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Aspect 281

Aspect 281, Carolyn Healy and John JH Phillips’ latest installation, is a multimedia work inspired by the importance of railroading in Philadelphia’s development and the signaling technology that made it possible. There are many parts to this immersive installation: three 9-foot-high sculptures derived from steam train smokestacks puffing steam on occasion; truss arches reflecting the many passages of trains over the streets of Philadelphia; quarter-scale train tracks; two large video projections combining historic train footage with visualizations of signals; a quadraphonic sound composition composed primarily of railroad sounds; a 3-story-tall wall graphic; authentic railroad signs, signals, and lanterns. All of these comprise a free and open place to be intrigued by the history of transportation, and to wonder about parallels between the methods that have evolved to control the complex web of tracks we take for granted everyday and the systems controlling other information that flows around us. The artists will be present at the exhibit when open. They look forward to talking with you.


Carolyn Healy

Carolyn Healy is an installation artist who began her career exhibiting small, abstract assemblages of found objects at the Marian Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, in 1979. Since 1987, she has created numerous large site-specific installation pieces, some for performance events and many in collaboration with sound and video artist John JH Phillips. These projects have been seen nationally and internationally in museums, university galleries, and theaters, as well as rough industrial and alternative sites. Healy has received five Individual Artist Fellowships in Interdisciplinary Art from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a New Forms Regional Grant, and grants from the Leeway Foundation, the Dietrich Foundation, and the Pollock Krasner Foundation.

John JH Phillips

John JH Phillips is a sound and video artist. His work has included interactive sound installations and audio-visual performances in museums, art galleries, and non-traditional spaces in the United States and abroad. He has collaborated extensively with sculptor Carolyn Healy. His musical compositions have been presented at dance and theater venues, on the nationally syndicated radio program New American Radio, and at national and international electronic art festivals such as ISEA and ICMA. His live sound and video performances have been seen in numerous venues in Philadelphia and New York City. Phillips has created several community-based public multimedia art works in Philadelphia. To pursue his video work, he has enjoyed five residencies at the Experimental Television Center and two at Signal Culture, both in Owego, New York. Grants include a fellowship in Sound Art from the National Endowment for the Arts, and five from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.