Stikman 20.1 Celebrating 20 Years Hanging Around Philly
Stupid Easy Gallery is proud to announce a new solo-exhibition by one of street art’s most prolific and elusive personalities.
Stikman presents a new body of work celebrating twenty years of public intervention. Utilizing a diverse range of media the world-renown artist has created a truly satisfying experience. The work is subtle and complex yet irresistibly seductive; a familiar icon of the human form recognized by all as a symbol of being. Stupid Easy Gallery invites you to join us Friday November 2nd From 6-9pm to honor one of Philadelphia’s best kept secrets. STIKMAN
It could be in the form of 3D men made of small sticks to figures hidden in iconic imagery pasted to doors, or literally under your feet, smashed into the concrete. The range of mediums used and the calculated creativity given to each piece is overshadowed only by the sheer amount of work he has affixed to our cities surfaces. -Darkclouds
from the artist:
It was the spring of 1992 that I stuck a little man made of sticks to a wall of a derelict building on 3rd Street in Old City. Both the cityscape and the little man have changed a lot in the years that have passed since. This journey experimenting with the base elements contained in stikman and the urban environment has been very rewarding to me, revealing visual combinations and the effect of the slow drip, drip, drip of time working its magic. I share this transient form of art to connect with a viewer whom I will never meet, in hopes that the joy of finding the unexpected has altered their consciousness. It finds an indigenous space in our surroundings like a flower escaping from the crack in a sidewalk. Continuously altered by time and circumstance.
Once I started painting the 3-D stikmen I also started to paint stickers. Combining the 2 dimensional graphic element expanded my view of the ever changing stikman form, and the project took off in unforeseen directions. I was finding many different materials and processes with which to explore the realm of stikman. Over the years I have affixed and painted the stikman on numerous LP record covers, prints, book pages, cut paper paste-ups, hollow core doors and a variety of metal, wood, cloth and plastic objects. Some of my favorite pieces include stenciling images on ping pong balls, bricks, tiny slide viewers, and playing cards. And of course there were always little wooden men made of sticks.
For this twentieth year celebration in Philadelphia I have created 20 new works on paper and wood. The paper collages are based on 20 overlapping stencil paintings blended with a Neo-plastik figure. The wooden figures have 20 coats of paint. The exhibit also includes selections from the STIK Museum.
Stikman 20.1 Celebrating 20 Years Hanging Around Philly at Stupid Easy Gallery
Opening Reception 11/02/2012 6:00-9:00 PM
307 Market Street Philadelphia PA 19106