Submergence by Squidshop,Photographer Credit: Carly Matsumoto.

* New Immersive Art Experience Opens January 24, 2020 *

Based in California, Wonderspaces launched in 2016 to bridge the gap between artists and new audiences. The experiential, interactive arts venue is opening its largest location to date, right here in Philadelphia at the Fashion District!

Building on the success of annual pop-up shows in San Diego, and its first permanent location in Scottsdale, AZ, Wonderspaces will open a 24,000 square foot new gallery space on January 24. Wonderspaces partners with artists from around the world to present art shows that everyone can enjoy as a place to connect with friends and family in a setting welcoming to all. Wonderspaces will be located in the Fashion District at 27 N 11th Street, a new shopping concept that blends together entertainment and art. Tickets for Wonderspaces are on sale now at philadelphia.wonderspaces.com/

“Wonderspaces is proud to open our first permanent location in a major metropolitan area right here in the City of Brotherly Love,” said Wonderspaces’ Co-Founder and President Jason Shin. “We believe taking art to unexpected places is a key part of creating the next generation of art lovers, and making art more accessible is a core part of our mission. Wonderspaces invites new audiences from the greater Philadelphia region to engage with extraordinary art in a fun, casual setting.”

Wonderspaces inaugural lineup will present 14 art installations that all play with the idea of perspective. The artwork ranges from award-winning virtual reality short film about a dinner party-turned-alien abduction, to a room where visitors digitally paint the walls with the movement of their bodies. After the first few months, the artwork at Wonderspaces will begin to rotate out.

In addition to showcasing art from around the globe, Wonderspaces is also excited to meet locally-based world-class artists. “We’re really looking forward to learning more about artists currently working in our new home in Philadelphia,” said Shin. “Artists we first featured in San Diego are currently having their work shown in Scottsdale, and soon we will be bringing it to Philadelphia. As Wonderspaces continues to grow, wherever we go, we want to partner with whomever is creating exceptional art that could be enjoyed by larger audiences. We are already talking to some local artists about showing their work everywhere we present art.”

The first line-up of artwork at Wonderspaces includes:

Submergence by Squidshop, Photographer: Peter Pascucci.

Submergence by Squidsoup

Submergence is an immersive installation comprised of 8,064 individual points of light visitors walk through. The lights continually change colors in correspondence to music. Submergence creates awe-inspiring feelings of movement within physical space.

Blooms by John Edmark

Blooms are 3D-printed sculptures designed to animate when spun under a strobe light. The rotational speed and the strobe light frequency are synchronized so that one flash occurs every time the bloom turns 137.5 degrees–the angular version of the golden ratio (0.618…).

Sun by Phillip Schutte, Photographer: Victor Ren.

Sun by Phillip Schutte

SUN is an interactive installation which empowers visitors to control the movement of the rise and setting of the sun. As the visitor moves the ball, the position of the sun changes the way the light interacts with the atmosphere.

Transition by Mike von Rotz and Joost Jordens

Transition is a virtual reality experience based on the music of Kettel & Secede. A metaphor for death, Transition takes visitors on a journey from one world into the next.

Black Balloons by Tadao Cern, Photographer: Brian Bautista.

Black Balloons by Tadao Cern

Black Balloons is comprised of balloons with opposing weights. The artwork explores contradictions; lightness and heaviness, attraction and repulsion, materiality and immateriality.

Body Paint by Memo Akten, Photographer: Carly Matsumoto.

Body Paint by Memo Akten

Playing on our natural instinct to express ourselves through movement and dance, Body Paint interprets our physical gestures into evolving compositions. Body Paint is about interaction experience, captured through this motion and the energy of the body.

Come Together by Michael Murphy

Come Together is a symbol of the power of collectivity. The artwork depicts the raised fist of Michael Murphy’s girlfriend at the Women’s March in early 2017.

The Last Word by Illegal Art Photographer: Brian Bautista.

The Last Word by Illegal Art

The Last Word is an invitation to share thoughts left unsaid. Thousands of tightly rolled pieces of paper, dyed red on one end and left untouched on the other offer an opportunity to anonymously complete your conversations or explore the unexpressed sentiments of others.

Stories of Mechanical Music, art and photo by Myriam Bleau

Stories of Mechanical Music by Myriam Bleau

Stories of Mechanical Music is an installation series that proposes an anachronistic take on the music box. Each box is made out of a large number of CDs collected from different cities, Montreal, Mexico and Stockholm. A side crank activates the rotation of the box, creating an algorithm based composition of musical samples. As most music is now stored in digital format, music and the medium that used to house it are becoming increasingly removed. The correlation between music and form in Stories of Mechanical Music aims to anchor the music to the physical world, in the form of an augmented object.

Myrkviðr by Yasuhiro Chida

An illuminated aluminum ring suspended by countless pieces of fishing line. The light from the ring reflects off of the fishing line in an infinite variety of ways depending on the viewer’s position. The artwork is meant to be experienced in an immediate, purely visual way.

Tickets

Tickets for Wonderspaces are now on sale for up to $24 each. Guests will purchase timed tickets for a specific date and time, to ensure that the space never becomes too crowded. An average tour of a Wonderspaces show lasts 80-90 minutes, though visitors are welcome to stay as long as they want. Before, during, and after the show, visitors are welcome to enjoy the Wonderspaces bar, which offers a curated selection of lite bites and beverages, including specialty cocktails.

In addition, art lovers might consider an annual membership. Members will enjoy unlimited visits to Wonderspaces, receive early access to new shows and installations, obtain discounts for their guests, and complementary and discounted items at the gift shop and bar.

To learn more about Wonderspaces, sign-up for the email list, and to purchase tickets and vouchers, visit https://philadelphia.wonderspaces.com/

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