Alan Powell has been a practicing artist for over 40 years. His main body of work consists of single channel videotapes and video installations.
In the 1990s, Alan returned to painting, developing a painted diary in which he painted a picture every day for three years. He has exhibited his work at MOMA, Museum of the Moving Image, Kitchen, Everson Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Alan has been deeply committed to the idea of community arts and artist collectives. He was part of the video collective called Electron Movers 1973-1978. In the last five years, he has been an active member of the “Termite TV Collective,” which makes activist artworks. He is also involved with “Band of Artists,” a Philadelphia-based performance group whose subject matter addresses the lives of people with disabilities. He is currently a professor of communications and media at Arcadia University in Philadelphia.
Powell and Powell studio is located at 993 Main Street, Fleischmanns, next to the Skene Memorial Library.
“Since the early 1970s I have worked in electronic arts, which has included single channel video tapes, installations, artist books and electronically generated flat artwork. I was educated in wet room photography at Rhode Island School of Design. My undergraduate education was based on modernist practice. My aesthetic and cultural art practice is based in post-modernism and cultural studies.”
“I have been involved in artist collectives (Electron Movers 1973-1978) (Termite TV 1993-2016) and am a strong believer in collaboration and art being connected to the social. The practice of photography has always been part of my artistic practice. With the development of digital photography and new media in general, my video practice and photographic practice have integrated into a similar practice.”
“I do not see in a monolithic Renaissance eye. I scan, pan and sample my environment using the electronic tools related to video, sound, photography and 3D imaging. I rarely create an image based on one object/one moment of time, but arrange images and sounds in a montage or collage-like process. In the past year, my involvement with photography has expanded to an investigation of experiencing environments beyond the monolithic photo frame. My photographs have become composites of multiple images through a variety of photographic devices.”
“Using DSLRs, iPads, and Giga Pan devices, I have constructed photographic images that either knit the environment into a holistic map of itself or show conceptual relationships between objects, places or people. In video, I mainly did this via multi-channel video installations; now I am achieving these relationships through diptychs, triptychs, and collaged photographs.”
“These investigations started out in video during artist residencies at Art Pak in Lewiston NY, Mountain Lake Biological Station, Blacksburg VA and at the Catskill Nature Center. It was through these first panoramic photographs that I decided that these images represent a truer idea of how I was experiencing these environments. I have since expanded this panoramic investigation to many places where the visual experience goes beyond a single image.”
“Since the 2016 presidential election, I have been documenting the decay and despair in the communities that supported Donald Trump. The sense of loss and economic desperation is real, as nearly half our country turns to Fascistic leadership and policies similar to Germany in the 1930s. I have been traveling around the communities of rural Pennsylvania and upstate New York photographing places and people as their environments visually expose their despair and hopelessness. As a member of Termite-TV artist collective, we make art that eats away at culture. During 2016- 2017 I have been making media works about the 2016 election and the Trump presidency. The most recent work is an installation at Arcadia University called the “Waste Show – Political Waste.”
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