Jim Brossy at Third Street Gallery

My husband and I took in some art gallery shows this past weekend. The first one was to see Jim Brossy’s paintings at the Third Street Gallery in Philadelphia.

The Third Street Gallery is across the street from O’Neil’s Pub, a hangout of mine in another life.

It’s a cooperative gallery that was founded in 1978, and it’s run by members and volunteers. For a partial list of members, press here.

I’ve written about Jim Brossy before. He refers to his work as “Crackpot Realism. ” He integrates materials such as “tar, cement, wax, latex, steel, objects and other ‘non-art’ materials” with traditional art media. The object is to “eliminate boundaries [between the work and the viewer] creating new form.”

And so the works do not have traditional margins or borders. They continue off the canvas, or bubble and wrinkle over the canvas, adding texture and dimension.

Some of the works spill onto the floor. Others make you do a double take. That which seems painted is a “non-art” material.

Other parts which seem to be “non-art” materials are actually painted.

For more about Jim Brossy and his work, go to his website.

The show runs to May 25. More information here.