THE BOOK PAINTINGS OF EKATERINA PANIKANOVA

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These book paintings satisfy my dual need for art and book porn.  Ekaterina Panikanova layers her paintings across a collage of  discolored pages still bound to old books, creating a landscape of words and images that feel very much like treasured stories escaping the confines of covers and spines. For Panikanova the merge of words and images symbolize the gradual awakening, constant pondering and accumulated knowledge of man… “My work is, somehow, a suggestion about life: the text can’t be erased, but you can turn the page if you want to. I prefer not to fix my works in time and thus I always try to create works with movement. The everyday life is basically anchored to the past, therefore both our present and our future are strongly bound to our past experiences.”

Ekaterina was born in Russia and lives and works in Rome. She is currently being represented by Converge Gallery in Williamsport, PA.

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*Works featured:

Happy Turkey Ink, watercolor, and graphite on aged books. Mounted on birch. 43” x 51” 2014,

Box Num 53 Ink, watercolor, and graphite on aged books. Mounted on birch. 20” x 25” 2014

Birthday Ink, watercolor, and graphite on aged books. Mounted on birch. 47” x 53” 2014

Photo credit: Ginger Rudolph

Photo credit: Ginger Rudolph – photo set taken at Converge Gallery at Scope Art Fair in NY 2014

Phrequency Artist Stickers: JP Flexner

 

We’re so excited to be celebrating Phrequency’s 2nd year of Philadelphia art, music and culture. For this special occasion, we’ve decided to collaborate with four talented Philadelphia artists for a limited edition sticker release. Bradford Haubrich, JP Flexner, Hilary White, and Scott Albrecht all took to the task and produced some very unique, fun, and fantastic stickers.

This week we spoke with JP Flexner, a Philadelphia-based freeleance artist who has a passion for illustration and everything art and design related. His work is fresh, vibrant, and ranges from clean and linear to colorful and illustrative. Check out his sticker below:

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Phrequency: When did art introduce itself into your life?

JP: I think this one went the other way around honestly- My father Paul (now a professor) was working professionally as an illustrator for accuweather when I was born so, thankfully there has never been a shortage of art in my life from day 1.

P: What do you think of the current art scene in Philadelphia?

JP: I really love it, and I’m not just playing favorites. This city has a HUGE print making community populated by some of the hardest working creatives I’ve ever met.

P: What/who are some major influences in your work? What kind of mediums to you use?

JP: Well, direct influences include the likes of R. Crumb, Basil Wolverton, Jim Alteiri, Chuck Anderson, Ron English, Post Typography, Lure Design, Shepard Fairey and many, many more typographers, illustrators and designers. I’ve also always really loved graffiti, paste ups, sticker art and creative people reclaiming public space in general. As for mediums, I start virtually everything as a drawing or a pile of thumbnails in my sketchbook which I then re-draw any number of times before moving on to inking or vectoring (depending on the piece it self and the eventual method of reproduction). My favorite medium and the one my illustrations end up in the most is definitely screen printing.

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Posted by Gabrielle Bonghi