The Curse of The Matryoshka -Arch Enemy Arts: March 1st – 23rd, 2019​

‘The Curse of The Matryoshka’ : March 1st – 23rd, 2019​
Opening Reception: March 1st // 6 – 10pm
Arch Enemy Arts • 109 + 111 Arch Street in Philadelphia, PA 19106

Arch Enemy is excited to announce the Curse of the Matryoshka, the second AEA solo collection from Joe Vollan. Joe has a distinct and eerie style he calls doom folk, with works telling complex stories of heartache and adventure. 

A story inspired by a set of Matryoshka dolls that Joe saw at an antique store in Buffalo, New York, curse of the Matryoshka is a story about a worm that is cursed by the devil, eaten by a magpie, who was doomed and eaten by the Knivesman of Madison, a fox who then inherited the curse and then passed it on to an eight-fingered butcher, a wolf, when he ate the fox.  Baba Yaga the witch then ate the wolf and was cursed herself. The devil had known that this was exactly how things would work out as he intended the curse for the witch the entire time. As each creature was eaten they were turned into a Matryoshka doll in the stomach of the creature that ate them.

The story is told through a collection of paintings, each detailing a key scene in the saga and displayed with a corresponding hand sculpted and details matryoshka doll to represent each main character in the story.

Summer 18′ -Arch Enemy Arts: July 13th, 2018

Join Arch Enemy Arts this Friday, July 13th for 3 new show openings!
Doors will be open from 6-10pm

>> Dewi Plass // Passengers

>> Audrey Pongracz // Earthenware

>> and the Summer ’18 group show feat. new works from:
Alex Louisa, Sarah Joncas, Crystal Morey, Darla Jackson, Gretchen Lewis, Jason Hernandez, Joe Vollan, Paul Nebarra, Richard Ahnert, Robert Steven Connett, Shannon Taylor, Sheri DeBow, Thomas Ascott, Tracy Lewis, and Win Wallace

refreshments will be served // both solo artists will be in attendance

to request the collector’s preview for any of the above shows, email

Arch Enemy Arts • 109 + 111 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 717-7774

Periodic Table of Elements -Arch Enemy Arts: May 4th – 26th, 2018 ​

Arch Enemy challenged 19 artists to each create a moment or tell a story using only one of nature’s most basic building blocks. Exploring what’s as valuable as gold, bromine used as a tool of greed and deception, or phosphorus’ ability to bring light into the dark, each artist created a single piece using their own signature style and medium to bring science and creativity together in 19 moments, perfectly designed for this world. The show includes new works by 64 Colors, Alan Brown, Alex Eckman-Lawn, Allison Sommers, Chris Leib, David Seidman, Dewi Plass, Jason Limon, Jason Mowry, Jessica Dalva, Joe Vollan, John Walker, Johnie Thornton, Michael Reedy, Nick Sheehy, Paul Romano, Rachael Bridge, Sean Xenos, and Sergio Garcia.

Arch Enemy Arts
109 Arch St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106

Imaginary Menagerie vol. 5 -Arch Enemy Arts: May 5- 27, 2017

Arch Enemy Arts • 109 + 111 Arch Street in Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Arch Enemy Arts returns with the 5th and final chapter of its highly acclaimed ‘Imaginary Menagerie’ series. The Arch Enemy Arts’ official guide to cryptozoology adds 16 additional artists, each using their own unique creative style to render and breathe new life into ancient legends and fabled mythological beasts.

Since April 2015, AEA’s Imaginary Menagerie series has seen nearly 80 artists including Naoto Hattori, Craww, Caitlin Hackett, Richard Oliver, Jessica Dalva, and Jeremy Hush each take on nearly 80 different fantastic beasts to complete our contemporary guide to cryptozoology.

Volume 5 rounds out the collection with the release of new works by Mab Graves, Happy D, Matt Gordon, Kelsey Beckett, Richard Ahnert, Bayo, Heather Watts, Joe Vollan, Kelly Vivanco, Kit Mizeres, Lauren Marx, Mono Cieza, Nathan Durfee, Sean Xenos, Shaun Beaudry, Steve Ferrera, and Virginie Ropars.