110 North 1st Street, Brooklyn
Divided by Lightning was a stab at the bloated hide of the pop music industry by building a universe where music had a platform outside the confines of labels. Rather than letting a publicity machine sculpt him in accordance with the strict dictates of the predefined pop market, Phiiliip gently entrusted himself to the masterfully crafty hands of over fifty friends and admirers, giving them free rein to have their way with him.
Rather than one streamlined image, Divided by Lightning collected a greatest-hits of imagery, a visual array from which to construct multiple versions of a pop career. Divided by Lightning encouraged the invited artists to encounter the music in its adolescent form and record their reactions. Their responses subsequently shaped the ultimate product. Artworks could be anything relating to the content of the CD however abstract or tenuous, be it inspired by/ responding to/ commenting on/ or utilizing the CD's meat.
These responses, once collected, were then exhibited at a show at the 110 N. 1st Deitch space in Williamsburg, which ran from November 8th through some time in December. Additionally, the submissions were be cannibalized for the design for a limited edition version of the new album, with a pull-out full-color poster which also functioned as the show catalogue and as the invite for the show itself. The show's opening was also the record release party, featuring the debut performance of Phiiliip’s new band, and evolved into its own after-party.
Throughout the duration of the show, Phiiliip hosted events of all race, creed, color and persuasion: ice cream socials, formal sit-down dinners, mud wrestling tournaments, bisexual orgies, psychedelic happenings/jam sessions, warehouse raves/chiropractic workouts, and of course, panty parties.
The project arrived complete and self-contained, a gift to unwrap. Rather than parceling out media in meager repetitive portions, Phiiliip gave it to you it all at once.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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