Opening Reception First Friday, September 4 from 7-10pm.
August 2015 at Space 1026
“…the better to hold you with, my dear…”
new paintings and installation by Lisa Conn
“I once read that wood can handle pain that people cannot. The old medicine men used it as a method of healing. I believe there to be much truth in myth and this exhibition develops my idea of “tree saint girls” as represented in my most recent work. Einstein’s “Spooky Theory”, at its most surface level, states that when two particles are joined and later become separated by a spacial distance, should one undergo a change, the other will “feel” it at almost the exact time. Immediately I see possibility and magic within this thought; and it has the opportunity to take on a mythological presence. I’ve made a series of relief style paintings that cross the threshold into installation, heavily influenced by the magic I find within this theory, exploring it in terms of relationships between my created characters/ creatures and the relationship between said characters and their former selves, imagining an organism dividing into another separate being within the crossroads of a choice. One possibility of the theory’s connection to martyrdom plays into the idea that when a being suffers, perhaps somewhere else in the universe there is another being that
feels that pain with equal force. This theory is a catalyst to inform stories and personalities within each of the saint girls that I’ve created. With this installation I hope to inspire awe and reverence, and at the very least, a moment of escape from personal reality.”
- Lisa Conn
June 5-30TH, OPENING RECEPTION June 5, 7PM-10PM
Space 1026 is kicking off summer with a new exhibition featuring the work of Andrew Nigon and Carmen Tiffany visiting artists from Miami, FL.
No Fear comprises of sculpture, video and prints that are inspiration for punching onward, even in moments of ambivalence.
Inspired by historic fratricidal narratives, Andrew Nigon has created antiheroic wrestlers that fragment their aggression with a reckless assemblage. Plastic body parts made from casts of Nigon’s own body are displayed solely to subvert the figures unbridled malice.
Carmen Tiffany’s puppet play video narrates young characters that might be bullied by Nigon’s fighting brothers. The troupe travels together in a play like adventure on the way to their grown up future. Fulfilling a cycle of destitution the characters accept their fate with a naivety that is both sullen and joyful.
Works grasp tightly as they dangle from the bottom of the social ladder, but as primal behaviors are forced out of a survivalist’s instinct they face a state of a menial existence with abrasive tendencies.
MAY 1-29TH, OPENING RECEPTION MAY 1, 7PM-10PM
April 3rd -25th
Exhibition Dates: April 3rd – April 25th
Space 1026 is pleased to present Maze Generation, a solo exhibition of new work by Ryan Beck. Maze Generation is a body of work which represents several months of exploration into the term “maze generation” and ways that it could be applied to Beck’s process. The term first came into his view after seeing a documentary about Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining”. He was intrigued by the descriptions of maze patterns in the film and shortly after, the surrounding concepts and theories of maze generation began relating to the way he approached his work. The paintings in Maze Generation are the result of allowing those theories and various interpretations of the term to lead him through a re-evaluation of his process, application and approach to color. His work frequently pairs muted and watery tones with defined marks and vibrant colors-pairing quiet, ephemeral moments with frenetic activity. Ryan Beck is a Philadelphia based artist who has shown in Philadelphia, New York, Miami, and Los Angeles.
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Vocalist for the bands Freshkills and Publicist UK. Author of ‘Please Take Me Off The Guest List’
Member of Nuclear Power Pants and Wham City. Author of ‘Ant Killer & Other Poems’ and ‘We’
Vocalist/lyricist for Arab On Radar, Chinese Stars and Doomsday Student. Author of ‘I Offered Myself As The Sea’, ‘Love In The Monkey Cage’ & ‘My Parents’ Were Insects’
Presenting ‘Fecund Blessings’, a silent film featuring a live musical score by Ladybird Johnson
AND . . .
The wind howls a tune that is quite frightening. Autumn is the time of rust. And so it is that Evil Sword returns to us!
SEE YOU THERE!
On July 6th 2012 at Synchronicity in Los Angeles, CA a group show featuring 15 of the weirdest, wildest, and most powerful subterranean comix artists exploded into peoples faces with a visceral splat! There were some injuries and one spontaneous combustion, but overall it was a good nite.
The show was called FREAK SCENE.
Its been almost 2 years but you can’t keep good Freaks down…
Now, this spring, the FREAKS are back!
and this time with a few new friends along for the trip.
FREAK SCENE EAST
the new freak champions of underground comix
featuring works by:
Johnny Ryan (Prison Pit/Angry Youth Comix/Penis WAR)
Benjamin Marra (Night Buisness/Gansta Rap Posse/Traditional Comics)
Matthew Thurber (1-800-MICE/INFOMANIACS)
Pakito Bolino (Le DernierCri/Pixel Junk Destuctoid)
Jim Rugg (Supermag/Afrodisiac/Street Angel)
Matt Furie (Boys Club/The Night Riders)
Victor “BALD EAGLES” Cayro (Bittersweet Romance/Rub the Blood)
Jason T Miles (Pines/Profanity Hill/Love Wins)
Tom Neely (Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever/The HUMANS/The Wolf)
Josh Bayer (RAW POWER/Suspect Device/ROM)
Pat Aulisio (Bowman/XenoKaiju/Yeah Dude Comics)
Mickey Z. (RAV/Sagari)
Derek M Ballard (Cartoonshow/Root Rot)
Max Clotfelter (Andros/Buster/INTRUDER)
Lale Westvind (Hot Dog Beach/Express Less/Hyperspeed To Nowhere)
Shalo P (Cosmic Bummer Funnies/Death Trip/)
Darin Shuler (Castle&Wood/INTRUDER)
Anya Davidson (School Spirits/Barbarian Bitch)
Tom Toye (Illogical Comics/Dimensions)
Peter Gray Hurley (House/Death Trip/Happy)
Keenan Marshall Keller (Galactic Breakdown/Drippy Bone Books)
So what is FREAK SCENE EAST?
FREAK SCENE EAST is…
Graphic spewings of beauty and weirdness undulating thru your eyes and into your reptile brain, forcing a miniature breakdown in your DNA, allowing you to enjoy yourself in a primal state…
FREAK SCENE EAST is…
An overwhelming wave of 2 dimensional power forged thru vibrating formations of paper, pencil and ink, opening portals to dimensions of refined crudeness, painstakingly achieved renderings of id, the grotesque twistings of body, form and flesh, and reality-less vacuums of violence, absurdity and joy!
FREAK SCENE EAST is…
an explosion of original art, prints and comics from 21 of the biggest Freaks in comics today.
Enter this den of FREAKS… and let your brains go…
Come out to the opening nite party.
See some cool shit and hang with some Freaks.
March 7th through March 28th 2014
SPACE 1026 PROUDLY PRESENTS ART ‘N’ SKATE
An Installation by Dan Haddigan, Bradford Haubrich & Eric Kenny.
March 7th – March 28th, 2014
First Friday opening reception 7-10pm at Space 1026
After Party at Tango Noodle Bar
We are artists and we are skateboarders and we are building a ramp at the Space 1026. The ramp will be cool. we have a skate crew and we are called the Long Ass Grind Boys and sometimes we get a little wild. We are committed to bringing skateboard excellence to the Space 1026. We solemnly swear to bring the choicest techniques, and as such will host a fully-functional event of ‘skate-of-the-art’ proportions. We are sure that nothing will get messed up in any way.
Crimson Landslide // Erin M Riley
Opening Reception: First Friday February 7th 7-10pm
February 7th -21st, 2014 at Space 1026
Space 1026 is pleased to present Crimson Landslide, a solo exhibition by Erin M Riley of wool and cotton pieces based on the objects and ephemera of our daily lives. While widely known for her pieces depicting nude or scantily clad young women, her objects series is rarely shown as a collection. Exhibiting these pieces side by side allows the work to generate an underlying narrative. So much of one’s interactions are littered with tools, notions, toiletries, covered in text instructions, ingredients, many with salacious implications if found. Erin depicts the implements of drug use, as well as and detritus of female identity, beauty regimens, condoms, birth control pills, plan B packs, etc. These objects are presented on a simple background woven by hand in high detail, highlighting the complexities of small and sometimes meaningless things. Her work is based off of found photographs culled from the internet as well as images she has collected from her own life as a way to allow a view into the most common of private habits. These pieces allow the audience to see objects and ephemera from the point of view of many young men and women at this specific time in their lives.
Erin M Riley is a Brooklyn, NY based artist. She received her MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA and her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her work is published in the February 2014 issue of Juxtapoz magazine, the Annual 2013 by It’s Nice That, and will be in the forthcoming #110 Northeast issue of New American Painting. Her work has been exhibited internationally and nationally, and she has been an artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center as well Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.
For more information about Erin’s work please visit www.erinmriley.com
Wet Dreams featuring Crystal Stokowski and Michael Persico at SPACE 1026
Opening Reception Friday, October 4, 2013, 6pm-10pm
Wet dreams is a mixed media installation by Crystal Stokowski and Michael Persico involving quilting, screen printing, photography, video installation, woodworking and pyrography. The show is inspired by deep sea celestial voyaging, surfing, and the mysticism surrounding the ocean. The pair of artists are great friends who share a passion for the surf. Although they both currently live in the city they take every opportunity they can to get salty, often times adventuring to find waves together.
In this show Crystal Stokowski gives her layered psychedelic twist to work that is inspired by her surf travels to Australia, New Zealand, and her part time residence in Oahu, Hawaii. She has also volunteered for the Polynesian Voyaging Society, which has influenced her work and given her a deeper appreciation for the sea, surf and sailing. Crystal currently has a show at Benna’s cafe in Philadelphia, until the 10th of October. Next she’s headed to New York for a month long residency starting October 28th at the Clocktower Gallery.
Michael Persico is a Philadelphia based photographer with a self-proclaimed obsession for surf. Although it’s difficult living in the city with his desire to be one with the waves, he wouldn’t have it any other way. The feeling of being in the ocean and surf informs his everyday life and that same feeling is meant to come across in the work.
As a hobby Michael makes hand planes which are a fine tool for any body surfer. In the show you can see his beautiful detail to these woodworks and a collaboration video the two artists bring forward.