News / Upcoming:

Wednesday September 19th 7 pm Mutual Irradiation: Marcia Custer, Machine Listener, saggy, Marion Horowitz, Practice Gallery artists in a Graveyard TBD


September 7th- October 20th: "Flight of Fancy" Solo Exhibition at Vox Populi Gallery 

"Every person is a book about God", 2018


"A Cogeries of Grouse" part of new members show Vox Populi 2017


Musical Instruments and Performance

For close to a decade, Jim strong has been developing a distinctly personal approach to painting. Cultivating and casting residue from evaporated pigment, transmuting in vivid color the forms of 3-dimensional topographies into 2-dimensional imprint.  Slowly, family artifacts and found surfaces impart their likeness in a skin layer revealing a simulacra of the familiar. A map of common ephemera rendered incoherent through repetition and overlay. until a new map emerges through a coagulate of what is known and what is unknown.  


Solo Improvisation in Cleveland, OH 11.5.2016
filmed by: Ryan Manning

Minna Kartunnen - Movement - Finland
Elise Knudson- Movement - New York
Jim Strong- Invented Instruments - Pennsylvania 

The Death and Painful Dismemberment of Paul W. Auster live sound / Sound design by jim strong.
Jim Strong‘s work explores a broad range of activity with a focus on experimental instrument building, painting, improvised performance, cross-disciplinary collaborations all of which have contributed to his multifaceted approach to both Art and Curation. His Instruments are built intuitively utilizing Crank Mechanisms, Strings, Broken Electronics and pressurized air. His most recent work explores movement and improvisation through wearable instrumentation. He Plays solo and in variable group improvisations and works collaboratively in Dance, Video and Theater. His Video work has been shown internationally notably in RAUMERWEITERUNGSHALLE in Berlin, CPH:DOX (Copenhagen Documentary Film Festival), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and Icebox Project space in Philadelphia. He Curates multimedia events under shifting monikers (GENTLE SHEERS, membrane channel etc.) having presented Audrey Chen, Jill Flanagan / Forced into Femininity, Metropolarity, Elaine Kahn, Panoply Performance Lab, BOBO and Pod Blotz to name a few.  In addition, Strong is a founding member of the Impermanent society of Philadelphia and the Pfff! festival promoting the art form of free Improvisation in Movement and Dance and a member of Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia.

Across modes and media; Strong’s work finds its home in incongruence; between the comedic and the grotesque; the domestic and the extraterrestrial.

“Rubber burns on a pyre of wet oak. Breath bleeds into the more discreet sounds of the body. Jim Strong has made a name for himself privileging the collaborative and intuitive serendipity of performance.” – Vitrine




BFA- University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA 2008

Solo Exhibition: 
Flight of Fancy Vox Populi Gallery  Philadelphia 2018
Workshop Exhibition and Residency RhizomeDC Washington DC 2017

Group Exhibition 
Making It University of the Arts Philadelphia, PA 2017
"A cogeries of grouse" New Members Show Vox Populi Philadelphia PA 2017
Life, Death and The Absurd Third Street Gallery Philadelphia PA 2016 
Paths that Cross The Cameron Street Gallery Winchester, VA 2016
HyperIntersection Pageant Gallery Philadelphia 2015
Mechanism of the writer ArtCON2015/ Little Berlin Philadelphia 2015
Open House vacant house Philadelphia PA  2014
Food for thought 440 Gallery Brooklyn NYC  2014

Video Curation

Razan AlSalah   Your father was born a 100 years old, and so was the Nakba
أبوكي خلق عمره ١٠٠ سنة، زي النكب
Video Installation Vox Populi, Philadelphia 2018

Public Access Labyrinth Drew Zimmerman: The Treasure of Oak Island 
video installation 
Vox Populi Philadelphia PA and RhizomeDC Washington DC 2017

Body, Technology, Utopia: Everyday Labyrinths 

video installation  
group show  Vox Populi Philadelphia PA 2017

1+1+1+1+1+1 Vox Populi Philadelphia PA 2017 
video installation 

Select Curation

DiscorDance: an exploration of Discordance in Improvised sound and movement 
Performance Festival
Temple University, Mascher Space and Vox Populi 
Philadelphia, PA 2018

Salamander Mask Exhibition Pilot Projects Philadelphia 2018

Human Festival 01   Performance Festival / Video Installation  

Icebox Project Space Philadelphia PA 2017

TNMOT AZTRO: "The Projector Series 1.5" Theater/Installation/Dance

Vox Populi Philadelphia PA 2017
Pfff 2016 Philadelphia Free Form Festival
October 17th -23th 2016  Icebox Crane Arts Building  

Buttery Coldness Film Screening, Lecture/ Performance  

Film by Lily Benson Performance by Julia Pelta Feldman Vox Populi Philadelphia PA 2017

NowHere Festival of Free Improvisation in Sound & Movement 
Performance/Festival  Mascher Dance Cooperative Philadelphia PA 2015

Mutual Irradiation-- 2014-2017

Performance Series with Constantly Shifting Monikers focus on Cross Disciplinary Sound, Theater, Dance, Poetry and Screenings.  To name a few, has hosted: Metropolarity, BOBO, Audrey Chen, Panoply Performance Lab, Aye Nako, Pod Blotz...

 Select Screenings: 

Misrecollections: Ghost collaborative film with Catalina Jordan Alvarez

RAUMERWEITERUNGSHALLE,  Berlin-Friedrichshai 2015

Sewanee Union Theater in Sewanee, TN 2015

Camera swinging from a Rope collaborative film with Digbee 30 seconds, 2013 20/92 Video Screening  Icebox Project Space 

Everything all at Once collaborative film with Lily Benson
4 min, 2011  Pink Pony, New York 

collaborative film about the life of Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven curated by Lily Benson and Cassandra Guan 

Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival (CPH:DOX)
Official Competition: New Visions
World Premiere
November 14, 2013

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
January 18, 2014

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)
Netherlands Premiere
January 28, 2014

Lisbon International Independent Film Festival (IndieLisboa)
Portugal Premiere
May 2014

Asterisco International LGBTIQ Film Festival
Argentina Premiere
June 3, 2014

New Horizon International Film Festival
International Competition: Films on Art
Poland Premiere
July 25, 2014

Athens Avant Garde Film Festival
Greece Premiere
12-23 November, 2014

Pink Life Queer Film Festival (Ankara)
Turkey Premiere
15-22nd January, 2015

Select Theater/ Performances:

"Mechanism of the Writer" Little Berlin Philadelphia 2015

"Banquet of Limitless Opportunity" Humble Treasures Productions/ Little Berlin 2015
"Painter and Pataphysician: Thomas Chimes" Mari Shaw and Humble Treasure Productions, Slought Foundation 2015
"The Death and Painful Dismemberment of Paul W. Auster" Humble Treasure Productions, Little Berlin Philadelphia PA 2014  


Interview by Cacophony Magazine 2016
"Thomas Chimes and Mari shaw - a philadelphia story"  Art Blog Art Blog  Andrea Kirsch 2015

Artist Member, Vox Populi Philadelphia PA 2016-Present

Co-Chair BlackBox and Fourth Wall (Performance Space and Video Installation) Vox Populi 2017-Present
Curator Member, Impermanent Society of Philadelphia 2015-Present


Ernest W. Greenfield Annual, 2008
Michael Leone Award, 2007