For July, LMNL Gallery is handing over the keys to Phantom Hand, a loose collective of Philadelphia’s best young illustrators. Small Talk, curated by Phantom Hand and sponsored by Field Notes, is something special for the voyeurs and people-watchers out there. It will also be LMNL Gallery’s first group show.
Small Talk is an exploration of the awkward, forced, occasionally drunk, seemingly meaningless and yet necessary interactions we have with strangers every day. Participating artists were asked to go out into the world - whatever bars, coffee shops, buses or dark alleys they may haunt - and sketch from life, maybe even eavesdrop and jot down snippets of conversation. Each artist has been supplied with an identical Field Notes brand memo-book to work in, and their preliminary work will be included in the show in addition to the finished pieces, unifying the show and giving a glimpse of the artists’ studies.
Small Talk will feature work by Miguel Co, Kate Collins, Philip Dahl, Eamon Dougherty, Tim Durning, Kate Eagle, Alex Eckman-Lawn, Kate Glasheen, Kirsten Harper, Sam Heimer, Carol P. Jarvis, Edward Kelley, Robb Leef, Julianna Lose, Alex Rivera, and Mike Sgier.
Phantom Hand was an artist-run gallery space, now a free-floating artist unit, created by a small group of Philadelphia illustrators. The group pulls from the wide variety of local art institutions, societies, clans, brotherhoods, and esoteric orders.
LMNL Gallery is a contemporary art gallery on Frankford Avenue in Fishtown, in the entrance to the offices of Bluecadet, an Emmy Award-winning digital agency that creates world-class websites, mobile apps, interactive installations, and immersive environments. Led by Bluecadet founder Josh Goldblum, gallery director Thomas Buildmore and curator RJ Rushmore, LMNL Gallery exhibits artists who are expanding the horizons of contemporary art in sculpture, photography, painting, drawing, and new media.
Small Talk opens at LMNL Gallery on Friday, July 3rd, from 6-9pm. The exhibition will remain on view through July 31st by appointment. LMNL Gallery is located at 1526 Frankford Ave in Philadelphia, PA.