Down to the wire posting this, but I’m going to be part of two shows this weekend in Philadelphia. The first is tonigh at Paradigm Gallery, titled Confidence is not a Four-Letter Word. It is sponsored by the University of the Arts’ Alumni Association.
It is a common theme for artists to never be fully satisfied with their work. Even if we find ourselves feeling confident, we do not want to appear arrogant, so we go through the game of being overly humble when receiving compliments and sometimes even cut up our own work. As a part of this group exhibition of exclusively University of the Arts Alumni, all artists involved have submitted a piece that, with confidence, each can say, “I am proud of this.”
I am showing the original artwork (or as close as it can get, being digital work) for Donovan Irven’s novel, Two Days of Dying. Donovan should be in attendance to say a bit about the novel itself, and we will have copies for sale as well. More info and rsvp on the Facebook event page.
Abstract: An existential novel about friendship and the choices we make in the face of loneliness, Two Days of Dying portrays a nostalgic weekend sojourn with the full-sweep and grandeur of human memory. Recalling a life lived together in friendship over a two day chance encounter, Eli and Chago face in each other the different people they’ve become and must choose whether or not to reconcile the long deaths of their youthful days together. Bittersweet, full of the ache of time, Two Days of Dying is a poignant character study, a eulogy to American youth, and a celebration of the human spirit in the face of death. A fitting homage to the great American novels.
Second, I have a recent piece that was also in Masthead Studio’s Monster Show II, this time in a show (and zine!) called Mutations, at the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art this Saturday. Featuring music from Rasputin’s Secret Police, No One and the Somebodies, Starwood, Northern Liberties, and also mind-melting projections by Eye Gate II.
Also, please check out Artificial Dissemination 2: Propaganda to Popaganda at the Phantom Hand Gallery on South Street. I regretfully couldn’t get a piece together in time, and the work I’ve seen so far for the show is amazing (business as usual for those guys).
Finally, I designed a poster for a Tinnitus Benefit at World Live Café (thanks Matt Cavanaugh for the invite). All the works had a limited color palette to Pantone 199C and 297C plus paper white.