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04.16 2015

Coming up May 1st!!! Clint Woodside – “Build Us A Path”



Clint Woodside “Build Us A Path”
Exhibition Dates: May 1st – 29th
Opening Reception: May 1st 2015 7-10pm

01.03 2015


Opening Friday Jan 9, 2015



Featuring new work from Thomas Pontone and John Mitchell.

12.14 2014



Space 1026 presents 2014 annual Off The Blanket fleamarket and holiday bizarre!
w/ DJ Travis of the Rhinestones
We drop blankets on the floor of the gallery and sell art, merch, prints, vintage, zines, jewelry, t-shirts, bandanas, snacks and more from Space 1026 members and friends!


12.06 2014

Monday night at Space 1026! Bill Daniel “Tri-X-Noise” – One night photo show with live music performed by the Baltimore String Felons!

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Hobo filmmaker, phototramp Bill Daniel is back on the road with a pop-up photo show comprised of 30 years of 35mm photographs beginning with the early 80s punk scene in Texas, featuring all of your favorite old school punk bands. Daniel has continued to document various sub cultures using the same camera/lens/flash and Kodak Tri-X film for over 30 years. This exhibit, all non-digital darkroom prints, charts a path starting with punk shows in Austin and crawls through various subcultures, from the 90s graffiti scene in San Francisco, freight hopping scenarios, art openings in Los Angeles, house shows in Louisiana, generator shows on the Monongahela River, etc… all seen through Daniel’s signature spelunker style flash-lit vision.


Bill will be joined at Space 1026 with a live musical performance by The Baltimore String Felons

“The Baltimore String Felons. Fantastic timelessly weird old American folk music with a punk edge…”
-Rupert Wondolowski (Shattered Wig Press/Normals Books & Records)

Space 1026
Monday, December 8th, 2014 / 7-10pm
1026 Arch St. Philadelphia, PA

12.03 2014

2014 Off the Blanket


11.27 2014






“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C. Clarke

Join us at Space 1026 on Saturday, November 29 from 12-4pm for the last chance to see Clarke’s Third Law – a Group Exhibition curated by Paul Swenbeck.

11.08 2013

Funk, Soul, & Hip Hop at the Khyber


Tonight check out DJ’s Steve Ferrell and haveboard playing Funk, Soul, & Hip Hop to keep you moving upstairs at the Khyber starting at 9 o’clock!



11.02 2013

Hip Hop at Bottle Bar East with DJ haveboard tonight


Tonight (and every first Saturday) check dj haveboard out at Bottle Bar East on Frankford Ave spinning hip hop, old & new. in Fishtown starting at 9.

10.04 2013

Classic Hip Hop at Bottle Bar East by DJ haveboard


This Saturday and every first Saturday of the month I’ll be at Bottle Bar East spinning classic hip hop and other “dope jamz” from 9 until 1. Come on out for some good music and good beer! Check the event page on Facebook and RSVP.

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. 

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