A Community of Color

Not many groups of people in the city are more prepared to hear words of doom than this group of artists. It fits their art as much has it fits their psyche’s.

James Heimer

James Heimer

Of all of the art spaces in the city there may not be one as in touch with their own mortality and the possibility of change in the worst way. For this group of artists at Phantom Hand, change came last week essentially in the form of an eviction notice. Sam Heimer explains…

So the run is at an end. A few weeks after getting an extension that merited much celebration, a stroke of bad luck and fate comes through and wipes it all away. Although it seems any news to this group is a reason to celebrate, so the smiles were out and it was a sight to see. Almost all of the artists showing had piled in, in part I’m sure after hearing the

Sam Heimer

Sam Heimer

news. But there was much to celebrate as the past few months for them have been a wild ride. “Phantom Hand was the best thing ever in Philadelphia and no one will ever get to experience a better place. Complete with mental water slides and emotional ball pits, every show they ever had was the best thing I ever saw,” said Jeff Daniels, who was showing some new Jason Voorhees art. “Imagine a brightly lit white walled room with a bunch of the friendliest weirdos in the city all having a drink and chatting about the funny stuff on the walls. The themes of the shows were always great, like the mythology and gods show. I didn’t see any boring still life’s of bowls of fruit at phantom hand. Nope.”

Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels.”

Well it would seem the great run is at an end. Although Arts on South is trying to find them a new space so they can finish their extension, head honcho Sam Heimer is skeptical about the amount of work it would take to move the art. But others who are willing to put the work in are not so down. Doom and gloom, aside there was new art on the walls and plenty of people to talk to, ( I recommend Robb Leef if you want to exercise your noodle).

The new show was a spring cleaning show. So everybody brought out a few things and filled the room with their more colorful version of cheer. There was probably a little too much beer to go around but in the end it worked in my favor as I was the lucky guy who got to do the group picture of all these characters, missing a few heavy weights but quite a group nonetheless. And also like just Phantom Hand, its filled with originals. Hopefully everything works out for this cast of characters. Most

Robb Leef

Rob Leef

seem to be finding a way to stay alive through odd commissions and long hours. But one thing is for certain that they certainly would rather be showing their art on South Street. The book is not closed yet but the string of luck may have come up short. Either way its been a crazy few months for the ones who worked there and the contributing artists. It was a true community that hopefully will spawn another chapter. This may be the end but there’s a chance that is just the beginning of something much larger.

 

The Gang

The Gang

Greg pizzoli

Greg Pizzoli

Phantom Hand; Evil Gods and False Idols

The latest Phantom Hand show, called Mythology and the Forgotten Gods, brought a full wall of new art to the gallery. The group show was curated by mythology and creature enthusiast Anthony Pedro. There were new pieces by Jeffro Kilpatrick, Jeff Daniels, Mike BukowskiJeanne D’Angelo, and the fantasy stylings of genre master John Moriarty.

Jeanne D'angelo

Jeanne D'angelo

The show coincided with the news from the  Arts on South program that the gallery was going to get an extension for another four months of art. So the mood was up all around.  “We got extended, yeah,” said Moo Noo, artist and Phantom associate. “It’s awesome, we’ll ride the summer, try to make this summer really great, Armageddon may or may not happen, its gonna heat up, people are gonna be walking around. We might as well have a great place to show art.”

Anthony Pedro

Anthony Pedro and friend

Even the cheer got to Shawn Hileman, founding member of Masthead Print Shop and Gallery who gave a few prints away, including giving me the “I Want to Have Adventures With You” piece I had in last weeks post on the Masthead Vice Show slideshow. I had my eye on it. What a guy.

The show went well, thanks to the great Friday night foot traffic. I would tell you how much but the thanks to the faulty clicker skills of Fred Grabosky the numbers were all off. “It definitely went as I expected” said Anthony Pedro. “It was a beautiful Friday night, and there was a lot of quality art up, so I knew a lot of people were going to come through.”

The room is set up so that the new show is by the door and in the back there are the remnants of the other shows, and thanks to the majority of them being prints, there is no

The new mythology themed wall.

The new mythology themed wall with cyclops

bottom to the barrel. But the room this time around was Anthony Pedro’s , and he caught some flack for having all the pictures lining up at the top, except for one lonely Cyclops by Christian “Patch” Patchell. ” It was something I just wanted to do different, I was going for the straight across and then the Cyclops honestly, see how its got kinda just a half a body, its all the way up there so I was thinking that it’s a tall Cyclops. It’s like the head, the body, then the feet.” Personal preferences aside everything went well, and the future is going to be filled with art. “Everybody has networked, we all know each other, so you get to know more of the city crew,” said Moo Noo It’s like this guy is at this gallery, this guy shows at that gallery. It really makes everything more cohesive, it becomes more of a community when everybody comes here and gets together.”

Check out the sights from the show:

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most prints are from the new show but a few were too good to not pass along.

Masthead Print Studio; Everything In Excess

Masthead Print Studio is a print shop and gallery on 340 Brown Street in Northern Liberties. Founded by owner and artist Shawn Hileman. From March 3rd to the 21st they are having a “vice” themed show. At the opening on the 3rd there were people and prints and the primary vice of most of the people there, cheap beer. “The show is about vices” says Shawn Hileman, creator of the “Whiskey is my water” prints. ” We wanted to get all kinds of artists together. I wanted fine arts painters and different types of artists saying I like this and I like that. Diversity was big for me”The show featured many near intervention level subject matter, but mostly the typical bad habits and pitfalls of a typical person. Maybe those are not so different.

The show featured a huge wheat paste from Mike Smith, the co founder of the street art

NOM NOW

Mike Smith- NOM NOW

movement NOM NOW. It was nice to see in a show as I’ve had them creep into my head from all the times I’ve seen them on the street. He also created a iPhone background. There are other shows on the horizon for Masthead. Including Heather Gargon and Jeffro Kilpatrick shows.

Check out some of the sights

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Phantom Hand Opening: Artificial Dissemination 2

Last Friday I had the pleasure of going to the Phantom Hand: Artificial Dissemination 2 Opening; Propaganda to Popaganda. And I can truly say that it was a pleasure. Phantom Hand is a Gallery at 604 South Street, Philadelphia, a space provided by the Arts on South program, something I hope to bring you more on in the future. The walls were lined with all different kinds of prints, skateboards, paintings and shirts. A certain type of no-holds-barred art. Artists with a certain type of toe on the precipice flair. A new kind of art made by new kind of people, people that don’t travel to the edge of their art as much as live there. The kind of stuff you don’t find in a museum, but that will be there as we grow old. It not so much predicated on the past as it is a product of the here and now. The frustrations of today, the technologies, the tastes of failure as much as the taste of success. So is the plight of the artist. But one must mark the differences between these artists and the ones 20 years before. The images that flash before these artists eyes are more varied than any before them. Such is the times.

 

Here’s some art from the over-stimulated minds at Phantom Hand, or Ghost Foot as it’s affectionately called by some of it’s inhabitants.

More after the jump… Pictures courtesy of Phantomhand.blogspot.com <—–Click for more

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