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‘Phish in the Pacific Northwest’ Exhibit to be featured at Oregon State University Phish Studies Conference

The Phishsonian Institute, with Oregon State University Philosophy School of Phish, and PhanArt, is proud to announce “Below The Moss Forgotten: Phish in the Pacific Northwest,” a museum exhibit about the band and its relationship with the region.

From Ashland 1991 to The Gorge 2018, Phish’s time out here perfectly mirrors the band’s evolution and growth and will be represented by fan-created art and some choice artifacts. The exhibit will be presented in the Horizon Lounge of the Memorial Union on the OSU campus in Corvallis, Oregon. It will coincide with the first-ever Phish Studies academic conference on May 17-19, 2019. This is the Phishsonian’s first exhibit with PhanArt in what it hopes will be many.

In order to make this exhibit happen, the Phishsonian Institute and PhanArt are looking for donations to help fund materials needed for presentation. To donate, please visit Go Fund Me and support this archival endeavor. If you own a business and would like to sponsor this exhibit and the Phish Studies conference, please contact Stephanie Jenkins of Oregon State at stephanie.jenkins@oregonstate.edu.

Lastly, to understand Phish’s time in the Pacific Northwest, you just have to listen to the tapes. The Phishsonian Hour on JEMP Radio will be airing an 11-part series about Phish in the Pacific Northwest leading up to the conference. It airs every Thursday at 2 PM East/11 AM West, kicking off today with selections from Spring and Fall 1991. Please tune in.

EMU Ballroom ticket stub from GolgiProject.com

Call for Proposals: “Phish and Philosophy” Public Philosophy Journal Special Issue

In an unprecedented collaboration between an academic journal and live music community, Phish.net, the Philosophy School of Phish, and the Public Philosophy Journal (PPJ) are soliciting abstracts for essays about the improvisational rock band Phish, its music, and fans. Selected papers that successfully complete the PPJ’s Formative Peer Review process will be published in a special issue of the Public Philosophy Journal, co-edited by Dr. Stephanie Jenkins (Oregon State University, assistant professor of Philosophy) and Charlie Dirksen (Mockingbird Foundation, Vice President and Associate Counsel).

Contributors may submit abstracts on any topic of philosophical significance related to the Phish phenomenon. Proposed essays should explore philosophical questions, problems, concepts, themes, or historical figures through connections to the music and fan culture of Phish. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Aesthetics: beautiful; sublime; emotion

Music, performance, and lyrics: conceptual themes; Gamehendge mythology; improvisational ethos; live performance; music ontology; narrations; gags

Ethics: “phan” ethos; ticket trading and secondary market; tarping; environmental impacts of tour

Politics: fan counterculture; activism; issues of race, gender, sexuality, disability, class, and religion

Phenomenology: embodiment; lived experience of jams, “IT,” lighting, or concert space

Technology: recording; social media; RFID data and surveillance; live streaming; tape trading

This special issue is part of a PPJ pilot project that aims to reconfigure the relationship between the academy and the public. To this end, the editors seek proposals for essays that will be of interest to both audiences. You do not have to be a professional scholar or philosopher to submit.

Submission Guidelines

Please submit abstracts of 250-500 words and a brief bio via this Google form. Your abstract should summarize your proposed essay, outline its argument, and identify its significance to both Phish fans and scholars new to the band.

Submissions should demonstrate the following PPJ style criteria:

Relevance: Responds to an issue of concern to the Phish community
Accessibility: Written clearly for a general audience, with technical terms and concepts unpacked. Does not assume previous knowledge of the band.

Intellectual coherence: Provides evidence to support arguments and identifies theoretical concepts that illuminate the philosophical problem, question, or idea under consideration

Scholarly engagement: Demonstrates awareness of ongoing dialogues within relevant scholarly and/or community conversations

Completed essays will be approximately 2000-4000 words. Formatting and citations should follow the guidelines set in the Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition).

Submission Timeline

Abstracts due: January 18, 2019
Completed papers due: April 15, 2019

Contact

Questions can be addressed to:

Dr. Stephanie Jenkins
Assistant Professor
Oregon State University, School of History, Philosophy, and Religion
stephanie.jenkins@oregonstate.edu

Announcing the Lineup and Exclusive art Available at the Lake Tahoe PhanArt Show!

PhanArt is pleased to announce the lineup for the first art show of 2018, and the first in Lake Tahoe! The show will be held at Harveys in Lake Tahoe, NV, one floor up from the casino, and features art by 15 artists, with more to be announced. The show is sponsored by Tahoe Honey Company, Groovesafe, JEMP Radio, Cash or Trade and NYS Music. More info on the show can be found here. Check out exclusive art from artists on hand at the show, which will be updated through mid-July.

Lizzy Layne is Back!

If you collect and appreciate prints from the Phish art scene then you know Lizzy’s work and likely own print or two. Know of her work or not you will want the new Summer Tour poster for yourself and you can get it at the thaw Phanart Show.

Trish Keeling

Make friends and start conversations with your own Tahoe 2018 Keychain/Bottle opener.  Available at the Tahoe Phanart Show!

Emily Bradbury Whalen – Fine Art

You will see the light in Emily’s beautiful watercolor paintings and now you can take it home with you at the Tahoe Phanart Show!

Kharma Threads and Goods

A limited number of hand stamped keychain guitar bottle openers are available at the show via Trisha Keeling, along with a wide selections of clothing and goods.

The Art of Ryan Kerrigan

Ryan’s artwork is among the most familiar on the scene. If you don’t already have one of his iconic phish inspired designs, don’t miss your chance to get one in Tahoe!

Andrew Bryant

For the Tahoe Art, Andrew will be reprising the 2013 Tahoe “Sunrise Over the Turquoise Mountains” design across a number of platforms including shirts, hoodies, fridge magnets and a dual sided keychain that features the 2018 design on one side and the 2013 design on the inverse. It will also be the first chance to grab this years Gorge items including Bryant’s first foil print in two different variants in addition to multiple new pins, magnets, hats, stickers and all types of other goodness.  “Lunch Sacs” will be available as well.

Faith Sponsler

Faith has two posters available at the show.
The first is a handmade, 8″ x 10.5″ three-color linoleum cut print commemorating Phish’s 11th festival, Curveball. It is inspired by both old school baseball and sci-fi posters and printed with water-based Speedball block printing ink on high quality Strathmore paper. Cost is $25 for the poster.
The second is a hand-printed, five color linocut print commemorating the Phish shows at Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys, July 17 and 18, 2018.  The design is inspired by 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and classic national park posters. It is printed with water-based Speedball block printing ink on high quality Strathmore paper. The cost is $30. 

Anita’s Art Gallery

Inspired by the music of Phish, and featuring canvases from her Dancing Goddess series, Anita’s work is painted on watercolor paper. This pieces and more are in the range of $100-$170, with or without matte.

KDalton Designs

From K Dalton Designs, exhibiting for the first time at a PhanArt show comes clothing, pins and more for all your west coast shows!

Ink and Brandy

If you looking for some inspired art from an artist new to Phanart shows – make sure to pick up a piece from Ink and Brandy. One look and you will want one (or all of them ) for your collection!

Check back for more art as it is released!

Music Empowering Women: A Photographic Anthology – Celebrating the Beauty of Community

Sophia Callisto has developed a new coffee table style book that celebrates the beauty of community and seeks to empower women through music, particularly in the Phish community. The book, Music Empowering Women: A Photographic Anthology, will feature over 100 women portraying related themes and sharing what the music and community mean to them. The content of Music Empowering Women is meant to be sexy and classy (with no nudity), and will feature female fans from all around the country, as well as artists and vendors of various types who will be featured alongside the models.

Callisto says through the Indiegogo Campaign, “In my own love of music, I have found an incredible and close-knit community of amazing people that share this common interest. All of the creative concepts are my own and I will be traveling to multiple locations throughout the U.S. to meet with the women involved and do each photo shoot.”

Currently, 40 shoots have been outlined and an outpouring of support and interest in the project has Callisto launching an Indiegogo campaign to catch the momentum. She has shared with PhanArt character sketches for Lawn Boy, The Famous Mockingbird, Winter Queen and Mercury, as well as water colors that will be used as incentives for support of the campaign.

Baker’s Dozen Acrylic Photo Prints

The universe is a donut. Tomorrow’s flavor is Kansas / Metallica. And this is still Lawn Boy. These are a few of the things we learned over the course of The Baker’s Dozen. Emphasis on few, since there were so many great moments over the run. For those lucky enough to attend all 13 (or any) of the Baker’s Dozen shows, Stephen Olker has created a mural, capturing one image from each night of the run.

Select photos from Baker’s are combined with the mural from the 7th Ave. entrance to MSG,  as well as the banner that now hangs inside MSG to memorialize this epic run. Can you guess which night was Velvet?

This photo mural is offered on acrylic and Kodak Endura Metallic paper (each 20″ x 30″). The run will be limited and each piece will be numbered and hand signed.

The total price for the acrylic will be $275 plus shipping ($15-25, depending on location).  The total price for the Kodak Endura Metallic paper will be $130. Shipping will be free.

Visit Stephen’s website to place a deposit for preorder, which is $125 for the acrylic, or $50 for the paper print. When the pre-order period is over, I will send an email with an estimated shipping date, and make a link available to complete your purchase. Each acrylic will include some hanger wire and a hanger. Expect the acrylic to ship between 10/15 and 11/01 and the paper to ship 11/01 – 11/15.

Preorder and placing a deposit ends 10/05 Midnight CST!

Announcing the Lineups for PhanArt’s 6 Summer Shows

Summer tour is here and over the next 7 weeks, PhanArt brings 6 shows to Dead and Company at Wrigley Field, Phish in Chicago and NYC and to Twiddle’s Tumbledown. Each show is packed with more than 60 artists and their music inspired art for fans to find their favorite memorabilia, artwork, clothing, collectibles and much more!

The summer kicks off with PhanArt returning to Chicago, IL for a show on June 30th at The Cubby Bear, located directly across from Wrigley Field. Dead and Company kick off night 1 of their two night home stand at Wrigley and PhanArt will provide an opportunity for fans to track down their favorite Grateful Dead inspired art as close to the concert as possible!

PhanArt will be back in Chicago on July 16 on the third day of Phish’s three night run at Northerly Island. Congress Plaza Hotel, which has hosted 4 previous PhanArt shows, including the immensely successful ‘In All Good Company‘ held during Fare Thee Well in July 2015, will be the spot to find all the art and goods you would normally find on Shakedown.

Heading back east, PhanArt will return to The Hotel Pennsylvania, located directly across from Madison Square Garden for the first of 3 shows during The Baker’s Dozen.

Heading up north to Burlington for Twiddle’s Tumbledown? Then stop by Club Metronome above Nectar’s for an early PhanArt show focusing on Twiddle inspired artwork from a variety of up and coming vendors and artists, plus a very special comedy/musical performance from Ryan Dempsey of Twiddle!

Back in NYC, PhanArt will hold an intimate art show with a few first time artists at American Beauty NYC, sponsored by L4LM. The event will feature Space Carnival performing 2 sets on the first floor while PhanArt takes over the top floor of the venue from 3-7pm.

Finally, PhanArt will hold the final show of Summer 2017 with another show at The Hotel Pennsylvania. Pick up tickets that night to the Formula 5 show at BB King’s and get your last chance to snag Baker’s Dozen themed art!

Disc Jam Music Festival 2017 Vendor Line Up – Know B4 You Go!

It’s almost June and if you’re in the Northeast, you should be getting ready for the 7th Annual Disc Jam Music Festival! For the first time ever, PhanArt has teamed up with Disc Jam to keep fans up to date on who is vending this years festivities. From fest necessities to the apparel and art from some of our community’s most talented creators, you can find it all here so you will find it all there!

Strangers Helping Strangers 

Since 1997 Strangers Helping Strangers has been a resource for the fans, bands and venues in the music community to facilitate their charitable aims by providing organization, support and resources to care for those less fortunate and in need within the community by running food drives at concerts and festivals and then delivering the donations to local food banks, pantries and shelters near the venue at which it was collected. Together we make a difference!

Mr.B’s Festival Needs

This is the 24 Hour General Store is your one stop shop for festival essentials! With over 250 items in stock all weekend, you’ll be sure to find everything you need and more right on site! ‘If you forgot it…We brought it!!’

Mellow Mood Creations

By the Creators and Designers of the Mellow Mood Mat – the ultimate festival blanket for the free-spirited, adventurous music lover. All of our products are manufactured and hand-made in Thailand from hard-working and honest citizens that strive to make a good living for their families. The quality of their craftsmanship is exceptional. They use the most vibrant and unique fabrics that will brighten the mood of anyone who encounters them.

Concetta Designs

Beautifully crafted Custom zodiac, gem stone jewelry and embroidery from artist Lindsey Sullivan.

Bear Necessities

Everything you could need or want for your festival experience.

2 Bitches & a Tent

We have an array of handmade products from body care, jewelry, and clothing. We also have an extensive array of collectible Grateful Dead merchandise, pins, and a plethora of LED items for those awesome late night parties!!

Rustic Roots Woodworking

Rustic, reclaimed, and re-purposed furniture/home decor items. Specializing in live edge, bark on, cedar, driftwood, and antiques.

Buena Vibras 

Buenas Vibras means Good Vibes in Spanish, keeping with our company goal of spreading smiles far and wide with our “feel-good” tee designs. We use a small, local business for all our printing needs because we believe that supporting the local economy is vital to stability and health of the communities we call home : ) (and plus, its just good karma!)

Earthen Treasure Chest

Earthen Treasure Chest will be making their festival debut this Summer of 2017, providing hand-made organic hemp clothing options, high-end jewelry, utility belts and more! Hemp is an extremely sustainable textile and has many benefits that other fabrics cannot boast. It grows quickly with little water and zero pesticides, is resistant to mold and mildew, has anti-microbial properties, is extremely durable throughout many washes, and gets softer after each wash/wear. Earthen Treasure Chest is thrilled to be working with two incredibly talented seamstresses, Infinite Wind and Kahunakai Swimwear. Each piece of clothing is hand-made ethically with love, in Florida and California. Elements Lakewood in Northeast Pennsylvania, May 26th – 28th, will be their first stop on their festival tour. Their second stop is Disc Jam Music Festival on June 8th – 11th, followed by several North East Dead and Company shows, and more TBA. Make sure to come by the booth and browse through their collection of nature-inspired clothing and adornments.

Brutal By Design

What began years ago as a sketch in a pizza shop in the last year has grown into dare we say…a movement?  We didn’t found Brutal Face so much as it found us.  Starting a clothing brand was never something that we ever dreamed of or was even on our radar, yet here we are, fully invested into what has become not just a hobby but a way of life.  

The idea behind the brand is pretty simple; self love and in turn love for others.  We want people to embrace their true selves and show it to the world, because that’s where real connections are formed, and connections are what make the world go round.  Brutal by Design has served as a platform for us to meet and collaborate with so many amazingly talented and unique individuals.  It has become about something much bigger than clothing; it’s about having honest conversations, sharing ideas and being who we were born to be no matter what risks we have to take to get there.  Join the movement and show the world your Brutal Face!

Moon Mats

MOONMATS ARE 100 % AMERICAN MADE & GREAT FOR: CAMPING • EXERCISE • PET BEDS  • FURNITURE PADDING  • KITCHEN MATS • PICNICKING • BED PAD • STAR GAZING  • BEACH PAD • SOUND DAMPENING • PICKUP TRUCK BED • SEXUAL SAFETY • BEDROOM FLOOR MAT • PROTECTION FOR FRAGILE ITEMS • CHILDREN’S PLAYROOM • AUTOMOTIVE WORK •BEHIND COUNTER OR BOOTH • CUSTOMIZED PADDING

“Lean In Closer’ A New Curated Exhibit in Portland

Expand your horizons exponentially at a new curated exhibit opening in Portland, Oregon today. ‘LEAN In CLOSER’ looks at artists who evoke visual narratives in their work, each telling stories with his or her unique vernacular. Through suggestion, color, repetition, and a familiar hand, these makers push their respective genres forward while honoring the tradition of folk. ‘Lean In Closer’ is hence a suggestion to look more closely at these stories.

Featuring : Ian Ferguson, Ryan Bubnis, Betsy Walton, Evan B. Harris, Andrea Joyce Heimer, Lori Field, Troy Lovegates, Stacey Rozich, Kreh Melick, Jaime Molina, and myself.

Lean in Closer opens this Friday, January 27th at Stephanie Chefas Projects (305 SE 3rd Ave #202) from 7-10 pm. Hope you can join me and several of the artists then!

Follow these links for more information about the show:

www.widewalls.ch/group-exhibition-stephanie-chefas-projects/

supersonicart.com/post/156360918937/lean-in-closer-at-stephanie-chefas-projects

Announcing Two PhanArt Shows in NYC this December

PhanArt is pleased to announce two exhibitions featuring more than 30 artists over two days, both within a very short walking distance of Madison Square Garden.

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On December 29th, PhanArt will be at The Hotel Pennsylvania for Skyscraper is Grander. This show will be held in the same room as the January 2, 2016 show, featuring two dozen artists, music and drinks, perfect for meeting up with friends before the show, checking out art made by fans, for fans, with a wide array of artistic creations available.

For the first time, shipping from the PhanArt show will be available, along with tubes to purchase. A station will be setup for fans to purchase postage and tubes, and ship items purchased at the show home. The show will run from 12-7pm and is located directly across 7th Avenue from Madison Square Garden.

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On Friday, December 30th, PhanArt and Live For Live Music are excited to bring an afternoon of music, artists, and vendors to American Beauty for what will surely be a special edition of PhanArt. The event will feature two sets of music from up-and-coming funk jam band Formula 5, as well as a variety of posters, prints, apparel, pins and more from some of your favorite artists in the scene.

The event will start at 3pm and run until 7pm, so come out to American Beauty for an awesome afternoon filled with music, art, drinks, and free pizza (that’s right, free pizza!)

Lineups for both shows will be announced in the first week of December.

Artist Interview Project: Terry Werner

The next Artist Interview Project installment features Terry Werner, the artist behind Werner Art & Designs. The first part of this post includes a student’s reflective summary. It is followed by the full interview text.

Learn more about the Artist Interview Project course assignment in Dr. Jenkins’ introduction to the series. You can follow the Philosophy School of Phish on Facebook, Twitter (@phishedu), and the course’s public website.

Find more information about Terry Werner’s art on his website.

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Phish Magnaball/Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Matching Set. Image via artist’swebsite.

I interviewed a talented artist named Terry Werner for an assignment in my philosophy class. Terry is the owner of Werner Arts & Designs in Ukiah, California. Through his store, Terry sells his artwork, which is unique, beautiful, and eye-catching. I asked him many hard questions, which he answered thoughtfully.

In our interview, we discussed the nature of beauty and imagination. Terry’s description of what makes art beautiful is similar to philosopher Leo Tolstoy’s definition of art. Terry explains:

“As artists we all strive for our perfect expression of our vision. The beauty in the art is that struggle the artist goes through expressing his or herself. It is never perfect but almost always beauty appears somehow.”

Beauty is subjective; to one person Kandinsky’s art might be just a bunch of scribbles but to another, it may be a marvelous piece of art. Art is not perfect, but it nevertheless can be beautiful.

In his article, “What is Art?” Tolstoy argues that the purpose of art is to make us feel emotion. In fact, the transmission of emotion, for Tolstoy, defines what makes art beautiful. Terry’s answers were similar to Tolstoy’s perspective. In our interview, Terry said:

“I feel that art’s first purpose is to captivate the viewer’s attention even if it’s for just a moment… At this moment the viewer is feeling some emotion so in that respect an emotion is felt but I don’t think artists create art to make viewers feel an emotion.”

Terry’s opinion is like Tolstoy’s because he thinks art does give people emotion. However, his view departs from Tolstoy’s, because he doesn’t think emotion is art’s purpose. I appreciate Terry’s perspective, because he changed my mind! I now believe that I don’t have to feel something when I experience art; its imperfections make it beautiful.

Terry makes art for Phish fans, which certainly makes him an avid Phish fan. I noticed that his art recreates the sense of freedom and curiosity that Phish fans look for when they got to a Phish concert. In the essay, “Why We Come Back,” Mr. Miner’s blog explains:

“In their live concerts, Phish offers the promise that at any moment, anything can happen. And when they are at their best, “anything” often does. We come back to Phish because of this Freedom. Enmeshed in their live experience, this feeling returns us to a child-like state where our world is fresh and new and we are freed from the worries, obligations, responsibilities and ethical / moral compromises of our day to day selves. And like Peter Pan refusing to grow up, we crave to experience this “not knowing,” so that we may be able see the world anew, with fresh eyes and ears.”

I noticed a kind of child-like curiosity in Terry’s drawings. Or rather, his artwork produced this feeing within me! Terry has many prints and I found myself wanting to know what each one means. Their variation and color makes me feel like a child discovering a whole new world.

Terry and I discussed where he gets his inspiration. I learned that a lot of his inspiration comes from Phish community. Terry described how he was inspired to create Phish-themed art:

“The first time I was inspired to do Phish Phan-Art I would have to say it was attending Superball 9 at Watkins Glen in 2011. I was camped near an artist that goes by the handle ‘Crazy Red Beard.’ He was selling a few of his watercolor prints and matching pins very low key around his camp. I ended up getting a print/pin set from him on the final day of fest. The very next year at Alpine Valley I put out my first event phanart. One strange thing with Phish festivals is that they are any vending of any kind. The colorful and friendly community.”

Terry’s account describes how the Phish community supported the development of his artwork. In fact, Terry noted how supportive the fan base is for artists like himself. He explains, “A big thing I LOVE about the Phanart community is the respect and positive support from all the artists to each other.”

Philosopher John Drabinski describes the importance of what he calls the “occasional community,” because such spaces help us escape the monotony of modern life. Describing the lot at a Grateful Dead concert, Drabinksi writes:

“We didn’t need to know anything about one another, except we occupied this space, at this time, and that this was sufficient community of the commuter or the occasional community of the Deadhead lot is akin to exiting much of what defines modern life.”

Phish’s lot is also a place of hope to escape modern life through art, music, and community.

I learned a lot from my interview with Terry and I would like to thank him for taking time to discuss his artwork with me.

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Interview Transcript

Where do you get your inspiration? Your imagination?

My Inspiration comes from a lot of places… The music first and foremost, other art works, photography, etc…  But if I were to look back and find the first time I was inspired to do Phish Phan-Art I would have to say it was attending Superball 9 at Watkins Glen in 2011. I was camped near an artist that goes by the handle “Crazy Red Beard”. He was selling a few of his watercolor prints and matching pins very low key around his camp. I ended up getting a print/pin set from him on the final day of fest. The very next year at Alpine Valley I put out my first event phanart. One strange thing with Phish festivals is that they are any vending of any kind. The colorful and friendly community that almost always finds a place in the parking lots at shows is banned from THE show. There are tons of people that have tried to contact them about getting a permit or finding a way to do things legitimately but Phish/Magnaball doesn’t even respond to communication attempts.  I will be there this year for Magnaball 10 and have a wonderful unofficial print for it but will be staying very low key. I am going to be trying a promotional angle by handing out my card to promote my website/print. As to my imagination… I guess I always try to create my prints with animals of some kind and some way of reflecting the venue/city by including landmarks, flags, astrology, and local foliage and wildlife. I like it to be recognizable to children and adults alike.

What makes art beautiful?

The human imperfection in expression… That’s just my own view. Art is expression and as humans we are imperfect. These imperfections are in every artwork produced ever. Even the Mona Lisa can be argued is imperfect in someway. As artists we all strive for our perfect expression of our vision. The beauty in the art is that struggle the artist goes through expressing his or herself. It is never perfect but almost always beauty appears somehow.

Do you express your feelings by art?

Yes to a point. I think the expression of feeling or emotion appears more in fine art but there are small ways an artist can put personal feelings into there poster art work. In 2013 my dog Abbie passed unexpectedly just before Phish/Dicks and Further/Red Rocks and I was able to immortalize her in both of those print sets. I don’t think I’ve ever told anyone about that but it meant a lot to me. The art form of performing music expresses feeling and emotion to a much higher degree than visual art… but again that’s just my personal opinion.

What makes your artwork response to Phish?

To describe my response to Phish in my prints I would have to say its kind of literal for the most part. Examples would be including characters from phish songs in my art or references to song lyrics. If a Phan can pick up on it the connection occurs and this person usually ends up supporting me by purchasing my artwork or turning on his or her friends to me. One thing I will say here is that the more artists try to hide or disguise the Phish references in their artwork the more popular said artwork becomes.

Which artist do you appreciate or feel inspired by?

Oh man the list is huge… Crazy Red Beard, Tripp, Isadora Bullock, Wilson, Ryan Kerrigan, Otto, Pollock, Taylor,… I could go on and on. A big thing I LOVE about the Phanart community is the respect and positive support from all the artists to each other. The scene has truly become flooded with artists but with all that competition the pressure is on to create the best artwork possible. You would think its competitive but it doesn’t feel that way. I am always excited to see what others are coming up with.

Do you believe that art’s purpose is to make you feel emotion?  

I feel that art’s first purpose is to captivate the viewers attention even if it’s for just a moment… At this moment the viewer is feeling some emotion so in that respect an emotion is felt but I don’t think artists create art to make viewers feel an emotion. One could go so deep when talking about arts purpose and emotional response but that’s all very relative to each persons specific experiences… I think that the artist and the viewer could agree that the purpose of art is to inspire imagination. Imagination to ponder the artists vision or there own personal reflection of imagination.