Thomasin’s Opening is Tonight!

My studio mate, 40th Street AIR Space resident, Thomasin Parnes’ Opening is TONIGHT Friday July 12…

“How Many Guys? :Remembering My Grandfather

pictured: Thomasin Parnes show card

an installation-y exhibit celebrating the lucky life of my grandfather, featuring new drawings, old handkerchiefs, excerpts from our joint four-leaf clover collection, and—of course—manhattans on the rocks!

this evening will also be, in many ways, the culmination of my studio residency at 40th St. (a stroke of my own great luck). come hang while i take a deep, appreciative breath! “

(Installing image, stolen from the fb event, can’t wait to see!)

On display July 12-26, 2013

at 40th Street AirSpace Gallery, 4007 Chestnut St., 1st Floor

Opening Reception:
Friday, July 12, 2013, 6 – 9pm
Gallery Hours: Fridays July 19 and 26, 3-7pm & by appointment (email

Thomasin Parnes is a queer/trans artist, DIY archivist, and curator of everyday junk. Prior to their arrival in Philadelphia in 2002, they studied graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. Thomasin has worked off-and-on in freelance illustration and print design, but has shifted their focus in recent years to the intersection of food, social/economic justice, and community-building through their current role as Grocery Coordinator and Buyer for the newly-expanded Mariposa Food Co-op at 49th and Baltimore. After a nearly three-year hiatus from drawing, Thomasin returned to art-making with a renewed passion in 2009 and has since created and shown two new collections of work (Portraits of Evidence, 2011 and Counterweight, 2012). Thomasin was also a 2011 recipient of the Leeway Foundation’s Art & Change Grant.

“Marvin & Mae (in a Sea of Plastic)” by Upholstery at Plastique Cirque

Upholstery’s debut of “Marvin and Mae (& a Sea of Plastic)”
May 10, 2013
40th Street AIR Space
Plastique Cirque

A year of collaboration with Upholstery on Plastic Fantastic including research about plastic, led to the debut of Upholstery’s first puppet show developed for the Plastic Fantastic dome. What will happen if our addiction to plastic continues? Upholstery’s premier of “Marvin & Mae (& a sea of plastic)”, imagines a fantastical tale of loneliness and love told through puppets made entirely of plastic waste. This original work features music by the group and puppeteers Kristen Bailey, Kate Black-Regan & C. Kennedy.