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Collaborative Projects Gain Traction: subTRACTION, Opening November 1st at Napoleon

Posted by Tracy McCarthy

Oct 28, 2013 2:26:00 PM

At NextFab, we have lots of cool tools. (Really, lots!) But our most valuable tool we offer our members is our network of like-minded makers, artists, and creatives. Having a multitude of perspectives right across the drawing table is the most effective way to foster individual and community-wide innovation.  So when we hear about projects like Traction Company's subTRACTION, we get that warm, fuzzy feeling that the kids are gonna be alright.


subTRACTION is Traction Company’s first collaborative sculptural project. It is an incredible one-sixth scale model of the collectives sculptural shop in West Philadelphia. subTRACTION represents the six-year ongoing effort to transform the former trolley manufacturing warehouse into a collaborative artist space entirely in miniature form. The installation is conceived and constructed by Traction Company’s 14 members, one being NextFab member, Miguel Antonio Horn, who is always hard at work in our studio and is even designing gifts for the opening on Friday, November 1 at Napoleon. 

We’ve had the pleasure of working with Traction Company before, printing the work of artist Ryan Hinkel for his exhibition Skyscapes in March, 2012. The artist’s photographs were printed on vinyl using our Roland VersaCAAM vinyl print/cut machine, then mounted on the old windows of the Traction Company’s building.

1378707_381240415344159_767529160_nTraction Company member Connie Ambridge via facebook



subTRACTION is inspired by the CITYWIDE project; unifying Philadelphia’s artist-run collectives into a month-long, multi-gallery exhibit. 



Opening First Friday, November 1st

6pm – 10pm

319 N 11th Street, 2L
Philadelphia, PA

Exhibition Dates: 11.1.2013-12.6.2013
Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 2pm – 6pm or by appointment



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