"Owl", 2022, mixed media on panel, 36" x 48" x 5"
"A Hundred Good Ideas", 2022, mixed media on canvas, 30" x 30" x 2"
"Connected", 2021, mixed-media on wood panel (framed), 18” x 36” x 4”
"The Eternal Ephemeral", 2021, mixed media on panel, 24” x 24” x 2”
"Groovy Tube Day", 2021, mixed media on paper on wood panel, 11" x 14" x 4"
"Microtone Borderland", 2020, mixed media (acrylic, wood, electronics parts) on panel with wood frame, 20.5" x 7.5" x 2.5"
"Vibration Lands", 2017, mixed media, 23.5" x 49.5" x 7"
"Symphony Wave", 2019, acrylic on canvas (diptych), 64" x 24" x 1.5"
"Plume", 2019, colored pencil on paper, 18" x 24"
"Data Field V", 2018, mixed media, 12" x 12" x 2"
"The Early Universe", 2014, acrylic on canvas, 30” x 30”
"Sibling in Dirt", 2016, acrylic on canvas, 12” x 24”
"Emergence : Refraction", 2017, acrylic on canvas, 30” x 30”
"Surfacing", 2014, acrylic and sheet music on canvas, 12” x 36”
"Ginko Bunnies", 2015, ink on paper, 28” x 11” two panels
"The Rift", 2013, acrylic on canvas, “24” x 36”
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Andrew Chalfen

Andrew Chalfen is an artist and musician living in Philadelphia, PA


Emergence + Refraction, 2017

Artist Statement

I am fascinated by patterns, how they ripple, radiate, refract, bloom, interact, cluster, construct, and deconstruct. My works allude to aerial views, cartography, architectural renderings, musical notation, urban densities, and other natural and man-made patterns, while not literally being any of those things. Rather, my pieces reflect his psychological states during their creation, a kind of topography of thought and mood as I work through various aesthetic themes that have long held his attention. Shapes often spill out over edges, suggesting unseen continuations beyond, while others seek containment. My recent mixed media work with painted dowels focuses on connections, intersections, and layers, a non-representational way of depicting how we relate to the world and to one another.

My process mirrors that of his songwriting and music arranging. I utilize the repetition of a small selection of formal elements, subtle variation, the timbre of color palate, rhythm, and a combination of randomization strategies and intentionality. Every work is a process journey, in which I refine elements that grab me from previous pieces, and then push into unknown territory with experimentation and risk, always iterating. I follow my instincts, deviates from them when necessary, and trusts the process to guide the work to a successful outcome and maybe even a breakthrough or two.

Viewers may not know what to focus on first, becoming overwhelmed and subsequently absorbed in the details. The experience is reminiscent of mediation. Certainly working on these pieces in the studio is a meditative, flow state way of being, where I can take my time to think about and explore through art-making themes of nostalgia, anxiety, play, musicality, fragility, impenetrable data, accelerating planetary chaos, and physical and psychic fragmentation.

Biography Highlights

I am a visual artist and musician living and working in Philadelphia. My work has been featured at two solo shows in 2023 thus far and has appeared at many exhibits nationally and in and around Philadelphia, PA, such as at the Abington Art Center, The Hoyt Center, the Delaware Contemporary, Viridium Gallery, and many Philadelphia locations via his art collective Inliquid.  My work has appeared on book jackets and rock album covers. I am the recipient of several awards and am the winner of the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Mid-Atlantic Regional for 2018 and my piece "Vibration Lands" was displayed at SCOPE Miami during the Art Basel/Art Miami fair.

Continuing Education

Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
Course in Oil Painting

University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Course in Graphic Art and Digital Design

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
3 courses in Graphic Art and Digital Design

Awards & Honors

Abstract Is Abstract, Virtual Exhibition, HMVC Gallery, NY, NY
Juried Exhibition, First Place, Looks Like It Sounds Good

Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington, DE
Popular Vote Award for Vibration Lands

Prisma Art Prize
Finalist for Symphony Wave

Colored Pencil Society of America
Creative Art Materials/Caran d’Ache Award for Distinction for You Are Here

Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Mid-Atlantic Regional
Finalist for Vibration Lands


Collections nationally and internationally


Kostianovsky, Deborah, "On Hearing Wildflowers- Artist Spotlight on Andrew Chalfen," InLiquid.org, December 3, 2020

Krieger, Deborah, "Patterns of Obsession, mesmerizing two-person exhibit at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens," Art Blog, April 2, 2019


Cover art for the book “Who Should We Be Online?” Karen Frost-Arnold, Oxford University Press, 2022.

Cover art for the book “Abstractions and Embodiments: New Histories of Computing and Society,” edited by Abbate and Dick, Johns Hopkins Press, 2022.

Artfolio2021, Catalog
includes 3 works, Juried by Beatriz Esguerra

Chalfen, Andrew Look Up Coloring Book, Thunder Bay Press, 2017 (a collection of 84 pen and ink drawings)


I have led and been a member of many bands. The Wishniaks (1986-91) toured the U.S. extensively and released two albums, an ep, two singles, and tracks scattered across various compilations. A video managed to be appear twice on MTV's 120 minutes. I have since been a member of the Barnaby's, Bundtcake Vesuvius, Gimme, the Shimmers, Joey Sweeney, and Helen Back and the Str8 Razors. In 1995 I founded The Trolleyvox, which over the next 13 or so years with a a rotating cast of musicians (but mainly lead vocalist Beth Filla) released five albums, a number of covers, and also did it's fare share of touring before a career in music completely stopped making sense.

I Think Like Midnight (2012 -present) is an instrumental band I formed with the Dead Milkmen’s Dean “Clean” Sabatino in 2012 and currently consists of me on guitar, Dean on drums, Josh Newman (American Altitude, Silver Ages) on bass, and Alesandr Yāker (Room Tone) on keys and occasional guitar. The elevator pitch is that we’re super-melodic and original indie instrumental rock music, with quirky  intelligent twists, guitar twang, and hints of Surf, Folk Rock, and  Motorik. We have released thre albums, Warm Seclusion Structure (2014) and This Land Is Your Mind (2018), Interim Contingent (2021) and an ep Kompromat EP (2019). We were to record our fourth album in Spring 2020 when Covid-19 hit. It is now completed and in production for a Fall 2023 release. You can purchase ITLM music here.

For decades I’ve composed and recorded instrumental music, first on a cassette 4-track machine, then digitally. I’m also guitarist and song co-writer in Velvet Kirtan with Beth Filla, and have been known to stretch my live guitar skills and make new neural connections in the bands of Adrien Reju and Matt Keating.

Album Cover Design

I Think Like Midnight, This Land Is Your Mind
I Think Like Midnight, Kompromat, Wilber Records

I Think Like Midnight, Warm Seclusion Structure, Quadrapus Records

The Trolleyvox, Your Secret Safe/Luzerne, Transit of Venus Records

The Trolleyvox, Present the Karaoke Meltdowns, Transit of Venus Records

The Trolleyvox, Leap of Folly, Groove Disques Records

The Trolleyvox, Ephemera for the Future, Groove Disques Records

Related Musical Life

I Think Like Midnight



Effervescent, CFEVA Art Box at Lincoln Square, Philadelphia, PA

Mind Gardens, The Open Gallery, Vincennes, IN

The Pixelated World, Arts & Education at the Hoyt, New Castle, PA

Winter Solo Series,
Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA

Selected Drawings, Aksum Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA


Synesthesia, InLiquid at The National Building, Philadelphia, PA

Patterns of Obsession, Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, Philadelphia, PA

Paintings and Drawings: Andrew Chalfen & Nicole Donnelly, Seeds Gallery, Philadelphia, PA


9th Annual Benefit, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Materials Matter, Powell Lane Arts, Collingswood, NJ

/'ab,strak9t)/, ArtFluent, virtual exhibition

Collage/Assemblage, SITE:BROOKLYN GALLERY, Brooklyn, NY

In the Abstract, Virtual Exhibition, The San Fernando Arts and Cultural Center, Encino, CA

Waiting to Detonate, 3-artist show, Arts Council of Princeton, NJ

Attraction to Abstraction, Wayne Arts Center, Wayne, PA

New Painting, Virtual Exhibition, Site:Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Abstract Is Abstract, Virtual Exhibition, HMVC Gallery, NY, NY

Wings, Virtual Exhibition, Gallphium/Biafarin, Canada

Earth, Virtual Exhibition, Exhibizone/Biafarin, Canada

Completely Color Virtual Exhibition, Inter-Society Color Council, Washington, DC

3rd New Appalachia Show, Vestige Concept Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

Tactile Sublime, Virtual Exhibition, Dodomu Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Motion, Virtual Exhibition, Art Fluent, Boston, MA

Order/Disorder, Virtual Exhibition, B Extraordinaire Gallery, St. Louis, MO

Neoteric Abstract X, Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY

1st Annual Juried Show, Powell Lane Arts, Collingswood, NJ

Celebrating Color, Juried exhibition, Rhode Island Watercolor Society, Pawtucket, RI

Drawn to Macon V, Macon Arts Alliance, Macon, GA

Biafarin Awards, Virtual Group Exhibition, Ontario, Canada

Hope and Possibility, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Ellarslie Open 37/38, Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie, Trenton, NJ
Juried Exhibition

Small Wonders, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, St. Charles, IL
Juried Exhibition

Textures and Patterns, Las Lagunas Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
Juried Exhibition

Purely Abstract, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, St. Charles, IL
Juried Exhibition

Abstractions, Cape Cod Cultural Center, South Yarmouth, MA
Juried Exhibition

Riverfront 20/20, Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington, DE
Juried Exhibition

Small Works, Big Talent, Las Lagunas Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
Juried Exhibition

Congruence, Virtual Exhibition, I Like Your Work Podcast, Columbus, OH
Juried Exhibition

Banished for the Good of the Realm, Virtual Exhibition, InLiquid, Philadelphia, PA

Hatch, InLiquid at Park Towne Place, Philadelphia, PA

Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Finalists, SCOPE, Miami Beach, FL
For Vibration Lands

Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Mid-Atlantic Regional, Arch Enemy Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, InLiquid with Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

New Now, InLiquid Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Natural, James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Natural, James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

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