Art Bloc Artists
Inspired by an obsession with the ocean and a fascination with extravagant interiors of old churches, Adam Wallacavage transformed the dining room of his South Philadelphia Victorian Brownstone into something from the pages of a Jules Verne novel. Teaching himself the ancient art of ornamental plastering, Adam evolved his new found skills into making plaster cast octopus shaped chandeliers as the final touch to his underwater themed room. Not content with leaving the chandeliers to his own home, Adam continued his experimentation by making more and more. Beyond making chandeliers, Adam Wallacavage is also an accomplished photographer, documenting artists, musicians, daredevils and all things weird and wonderful. His first book, Monster Size Monsters, was released in August of 2006 through Gingko Press and spans fifteen years of his photography.
Curio Wallcoverings creates extraordinary patterns and finishes that transform and elevate environments. Combining contemporary artists with fine craftsmanship and production techniques, Curio offers an exclusive catalog that goes far beyond being just paper for your walls. While specializing in traditional flocked wallpaper Curio also offer a full range of luxurious papers and lush finishes for you to create a custom paper of your own design.
Billy Meisch is an interior designer and owner of House of Modern Living, a retro furniture store that has been on Cookman Avenue for twenty years. Meisch has decorated and sold furniture to many film sets.
James Vance is a multimedia artist who resides in Asbury Park, New Jersey. His latest work deals with various social and psychological issues. He performs as DJmeatnmore and plays experimental music with the post-psychedelic, christian-rap trio, TAINT.
Everything seen here is a collaborative effort by Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis. The objects presented merge the strengths of their studio practice – a dark vein backed by a historical current. Ornament and detail collide with a fascination of taxidermy and natural order. Our intention is to make art objects that reference design and are held together by craft.
Artist/ gallery curator David “Netherland” van Alphen lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. Though David’s family was from Holland, he was born in Toronto, and has been in Chicago for the last eight years. Being a child of the 70′s has influenced him greatly and is reflected in most of his work. Juxtaposing images, his color choices and the new modern context comes through his nostalgic imagery and helps to isolate and enhance them into a beautiful montage. David does not resize, photocopy or scan any of the images he uses. All images are cut directly from their original source and pieced together to keep each piece unique. David has shown at many galleries throughout the U.S. and sold out his first solo show in January 2008.
Shelter Home (Scott Hamm & Gene Mignola)
Jenny Hart is an artist based in Austin, Texas. She is also the founder Sublime Stitching, a design company launched in 2001 to revitalize the craft of hand embroidery. Jenny’s work has appeared in publications such as Spin, Nylon, Rolling Stone, Venus, The Face, Bust and Juxtapoz. She is the author of numerous titles on embroidery for Chronicle Books (San Francisco) and her work won PRINT Magazine’s Regional Design Annual award (2005). Jenny has worked with The Flaming Lips, collaborated with The Decemberists, and comic artists Dame Darcy and Mitch O’Connell. Her work is in the collections of Carrie Fisher, Tracey Ullman and Elizabeth Taylor. Jenny was a panelist at the 2007 SXSW Interactive Festival and a featured speaker at the 2007 Maker Faire Austin.
Jason is a visual artist and co director of Blankspace, an artist-run contemporary art gallery in Oakland, California.
Sarina is a self-proclaimed science nerd who incorporates her past formal art education with her passion for biology and the bizarre. Her childhood preoccupation with cryptozoology and anomalies of nature manifest themselves in her outlandish reveries of fur and flesh and every peculiar artifact she creates. These influences, combined with a slightly dark sense of humor, have carved out an unusual niche for Sarina in the art world. She specializes in creating fictional composite animals and sideshow gaffs for discerning collectors and the many connoisseurs of the curious around the world. We now invite you to peruse the culmination of nearly three decades of the study of art and the natural sciences in her eccentric works.
Robert Melee makes installations, films and photographs that feature an array of androgynous, eccentric characters, often depicted in bizarre scenarios. He also makes painting and sculpture that plays with motifs of suburban life, such as shag-pile carpets, curtains, mobiles and garden furniture. Similarly, other paintings, although they reference the abstract surfaces of Modernist and Op Art—some are made from bottle tops embedded in plaster and colored by layer upon layer of vibrant enamel paint—still celebrate a sense of low-brow, hand-made domesticity.
Treatzone is brought to you by the husband-and-wife team of Sandy Lynn and Matthew Davis, who have backgrounds in classical music and design, respectively. With a mutual love of the forgotten and overlooked, their work often incorporates vintage materials and imagery in a playful and fun way.
MOBOS® is a contemporary modular storage solution for homes, offices and retail establishments. Mix and match MOBOS® to create unique wall art. MOBOS® come in many colors and shapes and hook on and off a bar that easily mounts into the wall. Made from recyclable steel and non-toxic coatings, MOBOS® are proud to be made in the USA.
Isaac Krady is an industrial designer with experience working in the industry of furniture and home product design. Drawn to function and creating things that are multifunctional, Krady is all about the process of intense mock-ups, experimentation, prototyping, and what it takes to get from that initial spark to a finished product. Fusing the practicality of the past with the ingenuity of the future, Krady’s application of modern style and unexpected materials give him the ability to continuously craft interesting, functional and in-demand products.
Porkchop paints his “Visions of Temptation” by imbuing vintage images with a dark twist. He creates intriguing scenarios by combining paint, illustration and text. He has exhibited extensively in the United States and Europe and is published in “The Greatest Erotic Art of Today Volume 2,” “Eye Candy,“ and “I Want Your Skull.”
Bradley Hoffer likes making things. He wants to be loved.
Joe Nicita is an artist and web/graphic designer based in New Jersey. This artist is always searching for a public venue to create large-scale installations of his work in order to share the hidden beauty and grace in our collective “trash.”
John Murphy is an artist and curator. He received his BFA in Painting from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA and currently resides in New Jersey. This current body of work satisfies the artist’s indulgence in fantasy, beauty, artifice and the man made, and plays with the impossibility of preserving perfect moments.