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Jim Strong: Transcribing a Wilderness
Friday, March 3, 2023 - Sunday, April 16, 2023

Jim Strong: Transcribing a Wilderness

Opening Reception: Friday, March 3, 2023 | 6-9pm | Free-To-Attend
Friday, March 3, 2023 – Sunday, April 16, 2023
Presented in Gallery Three

About the Exhibition

Transcribing a Wilderness is a practice of listening in tongues, combing everyday streams of information for hidden manifestos in misremembered bits of conversation, typos, scrambled notes, fragments of paranoid dreams and hallucinations. These text operations are employed across a variety of media, informing semi-responsive mechanical and audio devices, architectural interventions, and a suite of painting/poems sumptuously rendered in Strong’s ongoing pigment “recording” practice—using natural processes to make time and memory visible. The results are both tied to the synesthetic associations of spiritual abstraction in painting but also feel as a system, like some alternative universe of early photographic/alchemical production.

About the Artist

Jim Strong is a Visual and Sound artist based in the outskirts of Philadelphia, PA who employs homespun low-tech processes to create personal languages in Painting, Musical Instrument Invention, Home Recording, Anthropomorphic furniture and Poetry- Often merging many of these elements into works and environments, which are both devotional and absurd. He operates the experimental music label, COR ARDENS and under constantly shifting pretexts has organized events and workshops in abandoned graveyards, school auditoriums and exhibition spaces throughout the Philadelphia area. He has shown work at Vox Populi Gallery (Phila, PA), Hudson House (Hudson, NY), The Philadelphia Flower Show (Phila, PA), Platform Project Space (New York, NY) , Rhizome DC (Takoma Park, MD), and The Center for New Music (San Francisco, CA). His musical projects have been released by Vitrine, Chocolate Monk, Gift of Music, Regional Bears, Horn of Plenty, and Cor Ardens. Follow Jim’s Work Here.

Related Programming:
Sunday March 12th 6:00 pm:TRANSCRIBING A WILDERNESS: WAITING WORSHIP group meditation, Lymphatic remedies, Fluid sounds, and gentle movement exercises in “Transcribing A Wilderness” exhibition featuring Chanelle Allesandre

Thursday March 23rd 7pm TRANSCRIBING A WILDERNESS: SCREENING OF “THE COLOR OF POMEGRANATES” Come see Sergei Parajanov’s 1969 masterpiece Restored to Directors Original Edit post-censorship complete with Hot Tea Pairings!

Saturday April 1st Transcribing a Wilderness: Sonic Cocktail Party / Cor Ardens showcase + Release Party 7pm – 10 pm Jordan Deal, The Rolling Stones, Saggy, Early Shinada, Pomona Za

Monday, April 10, 2023 | 7pm – 9pm


Please note that Vox Populi is located on the third floor of a historic warehouse building at 319 N. 11th Street and that there are five steps leading from the street-level to the first-floor landing where the passenger elevator picks-up/drops-off. The entry into/out of the elevator is 29-inches wide, so may not accommodate all wheelchairs or motorized chairs. Any individual requiring a ramp to navigate this entryway is encouraged to get in touch with Vox Populi ahead of time to coordinate ramp-access and discuss accessibility details. Our ramps may not be suitable for all wheelchairs or motorized chairs, so we strongly encourage anyone requiring a ramp to be in touch at: events@voxpopuligallery.org or 215.238.1236