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09.29 2009

DEAD OF THE LIVING NIGHT

DEAD OF THE LIVING NIGHT
Jonathan Cammisa and Jonah Birns

November 6th-27th, 2009.
Opening Reception: Friday, November 6th, 7-10pm.

DEAD OF THE LIVING NIGHT arises from the artists’ like-minded fascination-turned-obsession with childhood fantasies and fears; the inability to look away when you know you should, combined with the desire to stay up all night fantasizing about the greatest adventures and abilities only imaginable. The exhibition examines one generation’s memories through an observation of imagery that fueled their childhoods, with all the bizarre nuances and esoteric references. From this period, new imagery has been created from manipulated found photos and juxtapositions of movie stills, clippings and gore magazine art. The show features two video installations, sculpture, posters, and four volumes of a book of the same name, Dead Of The Living Night. The collaborative and ongoing book acts as a depository of images, photos, original drawings, found items and ephemera. The name itself sets a tone of horror, science fiction, dark humor and the arcane which will be a common thread throughout each of the books volumes.

The multimedia installation is housed inside a monolithic black room. Inside, viewers will snake through the horror/sci-fi section of a video store that pays homage to the filmic origins which drew the artists in and planted a lifetime pre-occupation with disturbing, uncanny and humorous images. Original VHS tapes line the walls in the dark, cramped hallway, a single bulb hanging overhead. In the adjoining room an interactive “magic beast” ride allows people the fantasy of flying on the back of a giant, movable creature. You are taken through the clouds into space and then the beyond. Outside, an old television set sits atop a stack of life-sized monster corpses, playing a video where high-speed editing and tongue-in-cheek cuts splice together gore and terror, assaulting you to the point of absurdity. Lining the gallery walls hang posters created from images in the books.
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Jonathan Cammisa
b. 1980 Philadelphia PA
Jonathan lives and works in Brooklyn. BFA, The School of Visual Arts, 2003. Currently working as a freelance graphic artist and designer. Clients include: MTV. Mark Gonzales/Krooked Skateboards. 411 Video Magazine. Generra. Fader Magazine. Sweden Unlimited. Urban Arts Research & Marketing (UARM). Featured artist: Arkitip Magazine. MTV. Beams Japan. Carhartt Japan. Tank Theory. Modern Amusement. Monument Snowboards. Element Skateboards.

Jonah Birns
b. 1979 Philadelphia PA

Jonah Birns graduated from Philadelphia’s University of the Arts with a BFA in 2002, and has since lived and worked in New York City. Primarily focusing on photography and graphic design, he has worked with some of New York’s top design, film and fashion companies. The artwork he creates is heavily influenced by films, books, and comics specifically in the genres of science fiction and fantasy. His work has recently appeared at The Nexus gallery in Philadelphia, the WORK Gallery in Brooklyn and in the award-winning documentary In A Dream.

Jonah Birns and Jonathan Cammisa have been friends for almost 20 years and collaborated on numerous projects, this is their first show together.

09.28 2009

Dennis McNett – Year of the Wolfbat

The Year of the Wolfbat began in NYC in June and has since trekked across the US stopping for exhibitions, artist talks and workshops along the way. The migratory flight of the Wolfbats has swooped in for shows at Fecal Face Dot Gallery in San Francisco and Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles. Their tour will culminate at Space 1026 in Philadelphia with an installation of print-derived sculpture and mural, accompanied by unique and editioned works both large and small.

The gallery will be transformed into a loud psychedelic woodcut landscape. Duck your head walking in and make way for an entire flock of hotheaded Wolfbats swooping overhead, not to mention the supercharged eagles diving out of their path to let them through.

New wood carved pieces, relief cut prints, masks and oversize tapestries. Leopards with serpent tails, goat heads wrapped in snakes, angry beasts, eagles fighting snakes, bats, and of course, Wolfbats!

09.27 2009

SATURDAY NIGHT DICE

The boys are back in town! Get yo dice hands ready … coming off touring all of September welcome back Mincemeat Or Tenspeed, Social Junk, n Dickneff this Saturday night – tight – October 3rd. Cars Will Burn opens it up. Where else but at the Bling Rolling Ca$h Money *BRCM* 1822Hancock SoKenzo NPhilly… 2block from th Berks El stop.

This is a release party for MMOTS’s new pizza pie out on Zum called ‘Strange Gods’. Check the hot grinding single ‘InfiniteGirlfriend’ on 20JFG.

Awesome ink action from Michael Gerkovich

MINCEMEAT OR TENSPEED – ‘Strange Gods’
Artwork by Mark Price.

09.25 2009

One Night ONLY!

A night of all prop comedy with Rose Luardo, Jacob Marcinek, Kendra Gaeta, Laris Kreslins, Billy Dufala, Hillary Rea, Joanna Quigley with Brendan Keegan, Christopher McManus, Sharon Curley, Andrew Jeffrey Wright and more, or less.

Saturday September 26, 2009
8pm

Space 1026
1026 Arch st., 2nd fl.
Phila., PA 19107

$donation$

09.25 2009

G20

Stories, Video, and Photos from protests during Pittsburgh’s G-20 Summit.

09.24 2009

FRIDAY NIGHT!

The last loud rock show of the month and maybe for a while. Come out and see A City Safe From Sea and Restorations. Show starts at 7pm.

09.23 2009

PROP ‘TIL YA DROP!

A night of all prop comedy with Rose Luardo, Jacob Marcinek, Kendra Gaeta, Laris Kreslins, Billy Dufala, Hillary Rea, Joanna Quigley with Brendan Keegan, Christopher McManus, Sharon Curley, Andrew Jeffrey Wright and more, or less.

Saturday September 26, 2009
8pm

Space 1026
1026 Arch st., 2nd fl.
Phila., PA 19107

$donation$

09.22 2009

ZINE OF THE MONTH on PRINTERESTING

Oh snap – some blog hype for Zine Of the Month on Printeresting.

Up next from Zine Of The Month is ‘Another Day’ from American Rager Rob Francisco and ‘Op-life’ from Hilary Price. She has a collection of recent work hanging at The Bean Cafe (6th and South) through September.

09.21 2009

ROCK MUSIC

A CITY SAFE FROM SEA, RESTORATIONS, HIGHLITES at Space this Friday night. Listen to A City Safe from Sea’s new album for free here

09.16 2009

SWEATHEART-JONESIN’-ANDREW JEFFREY WRIGHT

SWEATHEART-music, JONESIN’-music,ANDREW JEFFREY WRIGHT-art jokes Thursday September 17, 7pm, Space 1026, 1026 Arch Street, 2nd fl., Philadelphia, PA, ALL AGE RAGE!!!! $5 donation