Completion of KOUROS 2013…

Posted in Some Ideas... on April 26, 2014 by Philip Hitchcock

KOUROS_2013_low_rezThe recently completed KOUROS 2013 has shipped to Alberta, Canada for installation in a private collection.  Hitchcock’s newest sculpture is a reference to those representations of male youths which first appear in the Archaic period in Greece.  Traditional Kouroi are layered with meaning, always beardless, take a formulaic advancing posture, and are most often nude.  Hitchcock’s version takes a decidedly erotic turn with the addition of the erect phallus, and the advancing posture replaced by chain suspensions which arrest all motion. The hands are literally bolted to the sides.

 

The sculpture is derived from casts taken from two men and is comprised of steel and fiberglass reinforced gypsum.  It hangs on two fifteen foot chains, though shown here suspended from a scaffolding.

 

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(Coming Soon: How this statue was made)

 

A History of QUEER: Selections from the St. Louis LGBT History Project…

Posted in Some Ideas... on April 25, 2014 by Philip Hitchcock

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It seems there’s more in your hairdresser’s closet than Nordstrom sweaters and fabulous shoes. In recent years, the St. Louis LGBT community has been busy rummaging through its closets, attics, and steamer trunks, salvaging bits and pieces of its lost queer history. Before long, a collection of artifacts and images was surfacing that began to tell the story of gay and lesbian activists, leather men, porn stars, and drag queens, many of whom lived secretly in the shadows. In 2007, Steven L. Brawley saw a need to assemble this random hoard of oddities and memorabilia so he founded the St. Louis LGBT History Project. “I started the Project because I was sad to see our community elders dying off – their stories untold and personal artifacts thrown away. I knew as an LGBT community we had to do something to preserve our very own special queer history – a history that was largely unknown.”

Today, under Brawley’s stewardship, the Project has grown into a comprehensive collection of historical treasures which provides a window into 50 years of St. Louis LGBT history. So significant is the Project’s stockpile, that the Missouri History Museum has agreed to take over conservatorship of select items from the collection in Spring of 2014. Before the items go into archival storage, however, PHD Gallery hosts: A History of Queer: Selections from the St. Louis LGBT History Project, curated by Steven L. Brawley. The exhibition was on view January 25 through March 1, 2014.  (See the 4 minute VIDEO TOUR.)

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See more videos from PHD Gallery here:

TOM of FINLAND Video Tour

FEAT of CLAY Video Tour

One Day LIFECASTING Workshop: Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013

Posted in Some Ideas... on January 28, 2013 by Philip Hitchcock

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To register call (314) 664-6644 or email philip@phdstl.com

DARK IMPRESSIONS: Sculpture and Photography by Philip Hitchcock Opens at PHD Gallery…

Posted in Some Ideas... on January 5, 2013 by Philip Hitchcock

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01-FootsoldierPHD Gallery showcases the work of gallery owner and artist Philip Hitchcock. Challenging and alluring, the life-size male erotic figures of Philip Hitchcock merge fantasy and reality to create powerful sculptural forms, evoking themes of heroism and human frailty.  Focusing on mythology from different cultures, Hitchcock creates contemporary representations of historical icons whose grandeur is humanized by their corporeal sensuality.  The hyper-realistic forms, which are created from multiple castings of live models, are layered and embellished with accoutrements.  Of this body of work Dr. William H. Gerdts an American art historian and Professor Emeritus of Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center writes: “Hitchcock’s sculpture is really powerful stuff.  His technical aesthetic is very much his own innovation.  He is able to manipulate his castings through tremendously imaginative reorganization and addition of forms, through carefully selected segmentation, and through dramatic color expression, which move into a darker, intensely more private world of fear, desire, and renewal.”

ICARUS-72dpiAlthough PHD Gallery will showcase several of Hitchcock’s life-size sculptures, central to this exhibit are the limited edition photographs of select works shot by Hitchcock.  Many images are plates taken from his book, Dark Impressions, The Art of Philip HitchcockThe artist is on hand to sign copies of his book at a free public reception on Saturday, January 19, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

About the Artist…

06-WarriorPHD Gallery owner Philip Hitchcock has challenged people with his art for over 20 years.  His life-size Christ Embracing the Cross is part of the permanent collection of Saint Louis University Museum of Art (SLUMA) and he is responsible for the portrait bust of Dr. Richard Chaifetz on permanent display at The Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis.  FOX TV commissioned Hitchcock to create over 20 full bodysculptures for its hit show The Swan, and The WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) retained the artist to create bodycast sculptures of its wrestling “superstars” for the Wrestlemania Fan Access show held at Toronto’s Skydome.  Hitchcock’s work can be seen on the small and big screen including a local feature on Living St. Louis (part one) (part two).

His works have been featured in solo and group exhibits and are in prestigious collections such as Leslie-Lohman Foundation, New York, NY; Saint Louis University Museum of Art (SLUMA); Mark Taper Family/Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, CA; Leather Archives & Museum, Chicago, IL; Henry Jewelry, Hong Kong; Barbie Benton, Aspen, CO; Michele Rodriguez, Cagliari, Italy and Rene Hubschmid of Switzerland.

13-flightHitchcock has garnered numerous awards and accolades for his work including the 2006 Artistic Achievement and Public Relations Award from the Association of Lifecasting International, (ALI); the 1997 Broadcast Design Award for MGM/UA’s Outer Limits limited edition sculpture, and the designation of being among “The OUT 100” in 2001, an annual list of the 100 most influential gay men and lesbians in America, according to OUTmagazine. He is the author of Dark Impressions, The Art of Philip Hitchcock.


Commercially, Hitchcock has been commissioned to create work for St. Louis Pride, Inc., Central Institute for the Deaf, Disneyland’s Tomorrowland, Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc., Delta Air Lines, and the L.A. Stage Alliance for whom he creates annually the LA Stage Ovation Awardwhich recognizes excellence in Los Angeles theatre.

04-dying-slaveA magna cum laude graduate from UCLA, Hitchcock relocated to St. Louis in 2005. He opened PHD Gallery, in April of 2007 and has curated over 40 exhibitions featuring artworks by local regional, and national artists, including the first ever St. Louis exhibition of original Tom of Finland drawings. PHD Gallery has received critical praise from numerous media outlets including the New York Times.

Final Week to See “Half Drag” at PHD Gallery…

Posted in Some Ideas... on November 18, 2012 by Philip Hitchcock

Image“Half Drag,” the sensational photo exhibit by Leland Bobbé depicting stars of New York’s drag scene in half make up and hair, MUST END November 24, 2012.  The work went viral earlier this year, appearing on over 100 web sites, blogs, and on-line magazines in more than 20 countries.  St. Louis Magazine raves:

“…there is nothing campy or ironic about these photograghs; they are tender, playful, and emotionally vulnerable, and tap 21st-century gender fluidity as deeply as 400-year-old drawings of alchemical hermaphrodites.” ~Stefene Russell, St. Louis Magazine

The PHD Gallery exhibit is the first “brick and mortar” showing of the work and the show moves to Berlin next year.  Don’t miss this opportunity to view in person the challenging exhibition!

“The Ascent of Icarus” is complete…

Posted in Some Ideas... on October 14, 2012 by Philip Hitchcock

It’s been nearly a year in the making, but The Ascent of Icarus is now complete.  The lifesize sculpture will be on view at Philip Hitchcock’s new studio for a limited time only starting Saturday, October 20, 2012, at 7PM.  After that, the sculpture may be viewed by appointment from noon to 4PM, Thursday through Sunday.  The artist’s studio is located at 2304 Cherokee Street in St. Louis, MO, next door to PHD Gallery.

The Ascent of Icarus will eventually ship to Seattle, Washington, where it will be the namesake centerpiece for Seattle’s newest nightspot.  Several other pieces of Hitchcock’s work will also be on view, including  limited edition prints, signed by the artist, many of which are featured in his book Dark Impressions, The Art of Philip Hitchcock.

The images are signed and numbered archival digital prints at 16 x 20” which are framed to 22 x 28.” Copies of Dark Impressions, The Art of Philip Hitchcock, will also be on hand.

“Of MYTH and MORTALS” at Chicago’s Leather Archives and Museum…

Posted in Some Ideas... on January 30, 2012 by Philip Hitchcock

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Featured in the Guest Artist Gallery

Of Chicago’s Leather Archives & Museum

 On view January 27, – June 9, 2012

Opening Reception Friday, January 27, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Challenging. Alluring. Rock Hard.  The life-size male erotic figures of Philip Hitchcock merge fantasy and reality to create powerful sculptural forms, evoking themes of heroism and human frailty.  Focusing on ancient mythology from different cultures, Hitchcock creates contemporary representations of iconic deities whose grandeur is humanized by their corporeal sensuality.  The hyper-realistic forms, which are created from multiple castings of live models, are layered and embellished with accoutrements. The work is a  metaphor for the human condition one decade into the 21st century:  It presents a core of realism surrounded by the more unnerving images we wish the world to notice and judge.  Of this body of work Dr. William Whittington, Assistant Chair of Critical Studies at University of Southern California writes: “(Hitchcock’s) aesthetic presents idealized castings of the human figure, which are powerful enough alone, yet he retrofits these bodies, infusing them with technology, eroticism, and discourses on pain and pleasure. At the site of this fusion, the heroic figure transforms, activating new interpretations.” 

Nine of Hitchcock sculptures are on view at Chicago’s Leather Archives and Museum (LA&M) from January 27, through June 30, 2012.  Also on view are nine limited edition photographs of select works by Hitchcock, plates taken from his book, Dark Impressions, The Art of Philip Hitchcock. The artist is on hand to sign copies of his book at a free public reception at The LA &M on Friday, January 27, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. The Leather Archives & Museum is located at 6418 North Greenview Ave. in Chicago, Illinois.  For additional information call 773-761-9200.

Of Myth and Mortal focuses on legendary myths borrowed from Greek, Celtic, Egyptian and Christian mythologies.  Among the statues on view are Cernunnos, the horned Celtic god of fertility, Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead, Prometheus, the Greek god of fire, Thor the Norse god of thunder, The Black Knight from medieval lore, and Jesus, central figure of Christianity.  A selection of torsos, reminiscent of classical ruins, are also on view. The pieces created with concrete, steel, and fiberglass, start with multiple cast impressions from live models.

Of Myth and Mortal also showcases limited edition prints, signed by the artist, many of which are featured in his book Dark Impressions, The Art of Philip Hitchcock. The images are signed and numbered archival digital prints at 16 x 20” which are framed to 22 x 28.” 

The exhibition remains on view through June 9, 2012.  Here is a preview of the exhibition:

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The exhibit features Nine lifesize sculptures and nine 22 x 28″ photographs, blow ups of plates from “Dark Impressions, The Art of Philip Hitchcock.

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Sculptures and photographs line the passageway the circumscribes the main gallery. The areas are separated by a glass wall.

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Prometheus- For bringing fire to mankind, Zeus chained Prometheus to a cliff wall, to be tormented each day by an Eagle.

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Moving down the hallway…

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Anubis, Egyptian God of the Dead.

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Cernunnos, Celtic God of Fertility.

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Around the corner are two more images from “Dark Impressions, the Art of Philip Hitchcock.”

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Entering the main gallery…

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Statues and prints are on view. Shown here are Male torso, Kouros 2012, and Seated Male.

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Hallway view as seen from the main gallery.

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View of hallway from main gallery.

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Seated Male, a statue which is actually a composite of three different models.

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Detail- Seated Male.

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On the opposite wall are two more statues.

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Jesus and Thor are featured.

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Close up- Jesus, from Christian lore.

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Close up- Thor, Nordic god of Thunder

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Close up-Male Torso. Of MYTH and MORTALS remains on view through June 9, 2012.

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It was an honor to have in attendance, the man himself, Mr. Chuck Renslow. (I think he’s a fan of the work!)