Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine St.
Tue-Sat, 12 p.m.-6 p.m., free
The Wish You Were Here exhibition at the Painted Bride Art Center in Old City is currently featuring a unique collection of photographs that are meant to evoke thoughts of being somewhere, but really they're in the middle of nowhere. Trippy, isn't it? Brian Connor, Mark Indig and Brian Moss present a series of pictures of the concept of time moving forward, through images of shopping carts, Port-O-Potties and abandoned theme parks.
If you know nothing about photography, you should still check out this exhibit for all the bright shiny colors captured in the pictures. One photo in particular, an off-balance picture of two red lights on a structure in the distance, will make you wonder for hours on end what it could be. Is it the end of an airstrip? Grandstands to a high school football field? A velociraptor? The world may never know.
The image of time is effectively captured by the photographers. One picture shows the degeneration of the land around a highway overpass, while another gives hope to the future with the construction of a bridge. Other pictures were taken out of a window of a speeding Nissan. One patron was overheard saying that a photograph of a sand pyramid was "a throwback to the Renaissance."
The exhibition runs from now until October 16th, but if you check it out this weekend you'll also run into different events going on at the Painted Bride Art Center for the Philly Fringe/Live Arts Festival, including two dance performances, Kiss Off and This Ain't No Rodeo. But visit Wish You Were Here before it closes. If not, you'll wish you had been there.