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08.27 2015

Sales Inquiries for Daniel Danger/Jacob Van Loon Show

Hello, We’ve had an influx of phone calls and emails about purchasing work from our September gallery artists’ Daniel Danger and Jacob Van Loon. For the record here is what is going to be available and when. During the opening, September 4 from 7-10pm, there will be onsite sales available for original work, we accept cash, credit and check. Any editioned work will be available for purchase but no more then 1 copy of each print will be sold to an individual (no your uncle can’t give you money to buy a print for him). After Monday the entire remaining show, originals and the remaining editions, will go up for sale at Please feel free to contact us with any future questions about the show at Please use September show question in the subject line so it can be forwarded to the proper point person. Thanks!

04.30 2015

14 Questions for Clint Woodside

2.  What were your first connections to Space 1026?  How did you decide to join the space and become a member?


What’s crazy is… the first time I was ever at Space 1026 was while I was on tour… a band I was with was playing across the street, at the Troc. It was a hardcore band, and a bunch of people kept talking about how Ian MacKaye was over at this art gallery across the street… I was living in NYC at the time and heard rumblings about this gallery in philly that does a lot of shows like Alleged Gallery (that I was going to a bunch, and always had fun…) I put 2 and 2 together and figured out is was ACTUALLY Cynthia Connolly’s show over there, and I knew Cynthia from sending Dischord Records photos for the website they were building in the late 90’s… so I wanted to go over and say hi… and that was the first time I was ever in Space 1026… I still have the poster on my wall from that night… March 3rd, 2000.


I didn’t move to philly till late 2002… and even then it took a year or 2 before I knew anyone involved in Space 1026… I was actually hired by a design firm called Abacus run by Jeff Weisner (a former member of 1026, I think a founding member?). I freelanced for them for a while, and when that studio moved out of Space 1026, I decided to stay put, and freelance for a bunch of different things and work on my own stuff.

Read the full Interview HERE!

10.24 2014


Sara has a new band called BLOWDRYER, check out there 6 song EP

AND check out her band BLEEDING RAINBOW playing at the First Unitarian Church TONIGHT,  as part of the last two months of shows before the Church closes its doors to shows.


09.04 2013




Fight Well Against the Future is a new series of collage-based drawings and sculptural assemblage that imagine an encounter between past and present attitudes towards the future, nature and civilization. These works on paper are constructed through a manual cut and paste technique and combine digital prints culled from images of Mesoamerican architectural ruins, gilded ink drawings of parked cars, and hand-rendered surfaces evoking landscapes of blacktop, night sky, swimming pools and ethereal forests. The sculptural pieces are three-dimensional collages that extend this narrative into space by placing the viewer in an abstracted relationship  with the landscapes depicted.


Trained as a printmaker and book artist, Katie Murken creates site-specific installations that position her hand-made objects, books and drawings in relationship to diverse environments and audiences.   This exhibition follows upon Murken’s installation Continua, in which phone books were used as the modular unit to explore the color spectrum in three-dimensions through a game of harmony, chance and probability.  Though divergent from Continua in media and voice, Fight Well Against the Future also hinges on a chance encounter between images that creates an edge where a precise set of meanings can be explored.  In this case, the two sets of images are parked cars and ancient Mesoamerican architectural ruins.  The encounter happened in a sketchbook that Murken carried on a trip in 2009 to south-central Mexico and later to Colorado.  A quick contour sketch of car parked outside a hotel room in Denver where they have a Lappe Heating & Air installation to pass Colorado cold winters.


In Fight Well Against the Future the cars, rendered by hand in India ink and gold leaf, are drawn from photos of parking lots just cleaned by hydroblasting graffiti removal taken throughout the city of Philadelphia.  Gathered as if in waiting for some unknown spectacle and reflecting the light from some unseen sun, the car colonies perch amongst and upon various architectural follies constructed from black and white photographic reproductions of ancient ruins. While each element exerts an inherent geometry – one based in the impromptu architectures of consumption, the other in the studied observance of astronomical phenomena—the cars and the ruins merge to describe a fantastical and futuristic narrative setting where tourists scan their environment and their historical past for traces of purpose and meaning. The encounter is set in a vast yet reductive landscape depicted through the confrontation of edges – the edge between night and day, manmade and natural, earth and sky.


Murken describes the concept for the series as being serendipitous, but several themes emerged and replayed as she developed the work.  The exhibition title, Fight Well Against the Future, derives from Loren Eiseley’s book The Invisible Pyramid, a text that Murken has referred to frequently in her practice.  Published in 1970 by a literary naturalist, the series of essays  explores “man’s contradictory role upon the stage of life” his simultaneous impulses to fight the inevitable future through technological and scientific developments and to embrace the green world which continues to act as his sacred center.  Murken’s cars reflect this conundrum, a future-oriented society confronting its origins in the natural world.


The concept that our relationship to nature and to our history is mediated by culture and technology in particular, was reinforced when Murken received a hoax email with the subject “Mars Spectacular.”

Attached to the email was a PowerPoint slideshow announcing that “this month and next , Earth is catching up with Mars in an encounter that will culminate in the closest approach between the two planets in recorded history.”  On the evening of August 27th Mars would look as large as the full moon to the naked eye! The document was full of convincing facts and proclamations about this amazing event, but a little research revealed it to be total exaggeration.  But why?  Why would anyone care enough to construct this farce in order to trick people into leaving their computer screens in search of something that wasn’t going to happen.


It is this contradictory impulse that Murken explores in her series, Fight Well Against the Future.  The large-scale collage works and small sculptural assemblages combine to create the narrative of a technological civilization in search of itself.  Stylistically, the works have a blasé and generic sensibility.  The cars, the architecture, the sky, the land and the water are flat as flat can be.  The car windows are blackened to conceal any trace of human life.  Yet each element is lovingly hand-crafted to create luscious surfaces that speak of our intimate attachment to the world we live in.


Available for sale throughout the exhibition is a limited edition print published by Chronic Town Press.  The print is Intaglio-type with Screen Print in an edition of 25.  Justin Myer Staller has been publishing prints for the last 3 years and his goal is to introduce printmakers and working artists to contemporary “non-toxic” printmaking techniques and create new editions that showcase both the artist’s and mediums strengths.


For images or interviews, please contact Katie Murken at  814-321-2506.

1241 Carpenter Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147.



Fight Well Against the Future. Space 1026, 1026 Arch Street, 2nd Floor.  Philadelphia, PA 19107. September 6 – 28, 2013. Opening reception September 6th, 7-10pm.

Gallery by appointment only, please contact or to schedule an appointment. 

09.04 2013





03.29 2013

NOTHING IS RATHER DO! Keith Greiman/Marth Rich

Nothing Is Rather Do

Nothing is Rather Do featuring new work from Philadelphia artists Keith Warren Greiman and Martha Rich at Space 1026 on April 5th.

Greiman and Rich met in Philadelphia three years ago through mutual friends in the design and illustration world. After an introductory discussion of the effects of eating too many skittles, they discovered a shared love of the silly and the absurd and have now come together to create a show of mixed media works celebrating this common ground.

Greiman says, “For this new collection of work, I am memorializing objects and scenes that I blindly coast through day after day: a pile of clothes on the floor, a vacant lot down the street, a cardboard toilet paper roll on the bathroom floor.”

All Greiman’s paintings are of objects and things within arms reach and are injected with his humorous and quirky way of observing the everyday world. “I try to approach all subjects, no matter how macabre or heavy, with a good dose of humor. Tears of a clown.”

Since receiving her MFA, Rich has been eavesdropping and collecting words and using them in her paintings. “My art is about what cracks me up and what disturbs me or what is absurd or what is at hand. Social acceptance? No. Self-acceptance? Yes. It’s a lesson in the ridiculous.”

Rich work uses collaged People magazine parts, paints on rejected CMYK screen prints of a rejected painting done years ago, includes silhouettes of friends and strangers and many of the eavesdropped conversations she has collected over the years to create an absurd narrative of life in the modern city.

Keith Greiman Bio:

Keith Warren Greiman lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. His bright and animated images of real and supernatural beings depict life, captured in experience, being ascendant, melancholic and at all times wild. Keith is a graduate of Tyler School of Art.

Keith’s work has been shown in various galleries and publications from all over and everywhere. Some clients include LA Times, Village Voice, Newsweek, the Fader, Ace Hotels, Fantagraphics, the Utne Reader, and Willamete Week. His work has been recognized by American Illustration, the Society of Illustrators and Graphis.

Martha Rich Bio:

Martha Rich lived the typical, suburban life – until she followed her husband to Los Angeles where, just short of a picket fence and 2.5 children her average American life unraveled. To cope with divorce, fate lead her to a class taught by painters Rob and Christian Clayton. They persuaded her to quit the pantyhose, corporate world, leave her human resources job at Universal Studios behind and become an artist full-time. She graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

Her commercial clients include Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Penguin UK, McSweeney’s, Portland Mercury, Y&R, Village Voice, Bon Appetit, San Francisco Chronicle, Henry Holt Publisher, and Country Music TV to name just a few. Her work has been featured in the Beck video “Girl” and on the television show “Girls.” A book, Sketchbook Expressionism, featuring artwork from her sketchbooks was published by Murphy Design and Rich’s artwork has been shown in galleries throughout the U.S. and internationally.

She is currently living in her hometown of Philadelphia and recently received her MFA in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania. Rich also teaches at Tyler School of Art, Drexel University and FIT.






04.18 2012 Interview with Justin Myer Staller

Read about how he doesn’t make any money! and really likes pizza!

05.18 2011



Lots of test prints, research gone bad, and non edition prints up for grabs in a large tube of mystery!

Get em HERE

10.27 2010

Throw Me Through Walls

Record has been out for awhile but you can pick it up now from A City Safe From Sea directly by clicking on the photo. LP come with a 8 panel booklet and marble green/grey vinyl.

07.30 2010