Space Funk is set to blast-off at The Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery in Hampton, VA on Saturday, October 20 from 12- 5pm. The pop-up art show is inspired by the iconic Hampton Coliseum and its deep history of live performing arts.
The event will debut a newly curated print series exploring “Space Funk” and a very exciting Auction featuring original art, prints, and other memorabilia with all proceeds benefiting MS Society, Hampton City Schools Fine Arts, Hampton Arts Commission and The Matteson Children’s’ Fund.
The event is free, with a suggested $5 donation to the charities. All ages, 21+ to partake in adult beverages and enjoy a DJ spinning throughout the show. Space Funk is presented by Screens ‘n’ Suds, Mothership Art Collective and The Vanguard.
Participating Artists in the Space Funk print series and/or vending at the event include: Wayne K Allen, Blast-O-Plast, Brian Bojo, Isadora Bullock, Charles Cronin, Nick DiFabbio, Joey Feldman, Marc Guertin, Bruce Horan, Itty Bitty Press, Ryan Kerrigan, William Mitchell, Will Ott, JT Lucchesi, Tom Shaw, Dave Thomas, Tripp, Chris Williams of Plastic Flame Press, John Warner, Terry Werner and DKNG, who are collaborating with Almanac Beer Company on a print.
Artist list is subject to change at any time. Prints in the “Space Funk” series will be sold at the Screens ‘n’ Suds table. Strict limits will apply.
Space Funk Auction
The Space Funk Auction is now live. Click here for viewing and bidding on a wide variety of posters and more. Recent auction additions include: Bruce Horan‘s Anticipation Painting, Nick DiFabbio & Ryan Kerrigan originals, Framed Art by Dave Thomas & Bruce Horan, Original art by Bruce Horan, Nick DiFabbio, Ryan Kerrigan and monoprints by Dave Thomas and Bruce Horan, 5+ Jim Pollock sketches, drawings, prints, and shirts, plus Hand Embellished Joey Feldman art, Stained Glass Hops and Motherships by SZCrafty Glass, and a Tapestry by Stash Tie Dye.
Featured artwork includes Bruce Horan “Anticipation” Timed Release is now available for pre-order as a timed edition until 10/4/2018 at brucehoran.com. “Anticipation” is a fine art giclée print on 250gsm cotton rag paper, measuring 12” x 18” including a full white border. Prints will be signed and numbered. Cost is $50 per print plus shipping or an option for pick up at the Space Funk event. Bruce is kindly donating 50% of net proceeds to the charities.
Online biddingends at 3PM EST and live bidding ends at 4:20PM at the event on 10/20/2018. Serious bids only! All proceeds from the Auction will benefit the charities.
Those who know, collect art. If you collect the art on our scene, you know the unique work of Terry Werner of Werner Art & Design. His creative ideas and committment to top quality inks and paper make Terry’s work a must have for any serious collector. The 2018 Summer Tour Series is no exception. Choose your favorites and get them from Terry on lot, or order yours here! Limited Editions so don’t wait!
Terry Werner has released his Dead & Company Boulder prints online alongside his archival Grateful Dead ’77 Cornell print.
Each print is in an edition of 125 on white and an additional edition of 45 on natural stock. There are options for double print orders and for a limited time every dead Co/Cornell double print order includes a free Dead Co Wrigley print! Order Boulder (white) and natural, or the Cornell (white) through Terry’s online store.
Hill’s “Big Boat” Vegas is a 3 color silkscreen print with a glow in the dark light green. 15″ x 22″, $20 each for this Limited Edition of 100
Bojo’s “Zoltar” is a 4 color screenprint available on white paper (100 lb cougar) or on gold and silver foils. 18″x24″, $20/$40 signed and numbered.
Isadora’s “Axilla” comes in a main edition of 125 with three other variants in store.
Mark’s Halloween poster uses four-colors of ink with metallics in an edition of 150 on white paper and an edition of 50 on foil.
2016 vegas happy fish shirts, edition of 35 unisex t’s and 15 ladies tanks, $20 each. Plus check out Ryan’s “Evolution of a Costume” poster at The Mockingbird Foundation’s table!
Drivenpunk offers “Phandora” bracelets, unique charms for shows on a sterling bangle bracelet, and for the first time these bangles will have show dates on the backs of the charms. Here’s one from last summer, put together by a Phan named Sally.
Bringing with him a bevy of ‘Band in Steam’ designs, Andrew Bryant presents his first ever high quality art print. A limited edition of 150, measures 26″ x 10″ and printed with archival inks on textured canvas paper.
Other goodies include ‘Band in Steam’ glitter bombed fridge magnet (LE150), ‘Band in Steam’ glitter bombed pin (LE150), and the final three pins in the 13 pin set commemorating the Thrilling Chilling Sounds of the Haunted House set from 2014 – Haunted House in Lights (LE150), Water Torture (LE150) and Pet Cat (LE150). Andrew will also have summer tour leftovers, sock drawer items and Tomahawk County belt buckles.
Super Rad Cape Company
Designed by Sarah from SRCC and Sam from Heady Hats, these Cactus hats will be released at the PhanArt show and cost $35 each.
Find these exclusive Las Vegas pins at the first show featuring Phresh Art!
555 Gold Pin – multiple color glitter, a collaboration between Tony Averson and Lewis Baden. Measures 2½” x 1½” , edition of 120. $25 each
Glow in the Dark Vegas Ph16h Pin – crafted on black nickel, a collaboration between Tony Averson and Lewis Baden. Edition of 120, $20 each
Catphish Jon Pin – silver w/ blue glitter. Edition of 120, $15 each
Esteemed printmaker Isadora Bullock has created a gorgeous art print for The Mockingbird Foundation to celebrate the recent publication of The Phish Companion, 3rd Edition. “Out of Control” is a four-color linocut reduction print, in a signed and numbered edition of 150. All proceeds benefit music education for kids.
“Woke the Witch” is a tribute to the song “Axilla,” and the Halloween Tradition of ‘That Band From Vermont’. Rose tried to imagine the scene from the following passage: “I woke the witch with reverence reserved for serpents, snails, and slugs” in designing the poster.
“MGM Lionfish” – Single layer woodblock print made with spraypaint and oil based inks and printed on Mohawk Superfine Paper. Edition of 20 gold & 20 red with surprise variants available only at the PhanArt show.
The first layer is a metallic gold spray paint, followed by a subtle split fountain of red to orange, then a final layer of black. A hand carved, reduction cut, woodblock print printed with an etching press on Mohawk Superfine Acid Free Archival paper. Measures 20.5″ by 10″, signed and numbered in an edition of 100. A variant edition will be located at the WaterWheel table inside the venue.
Pre-Stamped Block Printed Postcards are hand carved and pressed and pre-stamped, just fill them out and drop in the mailbox! 2 for $5
Dog Face Boy Fall Tour $20 (12″ x 32″)
Fluffhead Fall Tour $20 (12″ x 32″)
Wolfman’s Brother MGM Vegas $30 (16″ x 32″)
All posters are watercolor wash lithographs printed on 100lb natural cover stock printed in Great Falls, Montana.
“Phall Tour 2016: Wilson” is a 7 color sparkle-ink screen-print on paper, edition of 300, signed and numbered for $35.
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.
Find more information about Terry Werner’s art on his website.
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.
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.
The PhanArt Coloring Book, Vol. 1, is a a collaboration between Jamie Huntsman (Artistic Director, Headcount) and Pete Mason (PhanArt), bringing together artists Andrew Abis, Bryan Boj, Eric Hanson, Jiggs, Ryan Kerrigan, Lizzy Layne, Drew Suto and Terry Werner to create an all ages coloring book of Phish-inspired drawings. The coloring book for all ages costs $5
All proceeds from the sale of The PhanArt Coloring Book after Etsy/Paypal fees benefits The Mockingbird Foundation. Get your copy today!
Are you ready for Ten at the Glen?Pick up the perfect collectible, new from Terry Werner!
Each print is 12″x36″ and print on 13 pt (100 lb) recycled matte cover stock. They are a watercolor/felt pen produced piece, which will be hand signed and numbered by the artist.
It is an edition of 255, so they will go quick! Each print is currently on sale for $30, with $1 of each purchase going to the Mockingbird Foundation. This deal is available until August 15th. Pick yours up here!
Terry is also doing a combo deal where you can get the Magnaball print, as well as his two Fare Thee Well posters!
These posters are the same dimensions, 12″x36″, and the set is available at a special pre-show deal of $75 until August 15th. Again, $1 of each purchase will be donated to the Mockingbird Foundation. Purchase them here.
Terry Werner has created two prints to commemorate ‘Fare Thee Well’, one for Santa Clara and one for Chicago.
Both are 12″ X 36″ offset prints made in Oakland, California on 13 pt. Recycled Matte Paper, similar to 100 lb. cover stock. Each print is hand-numbered and signed, each in an edition of 455. This is an exclusive to “In All Good Company” and represents the largest print effort by Werner to date.
Prints are available at the PhanArt table at In All Good Company, with each print costing $30 and limited sets costing $50 total.
2014 marked an incredible year for PhanArt. Not only were incredibly successful PhanArt shows held in Chicago, Las Vegas and in Miami on January 2, the website and logo were redesigned and plans are in place for a greater 2015 with more PhanArt shows amid a growing brand. Great thanks go to Kyle, Alex and Nate for their contributions towards the redesign this past year, Kelley for handling things on a day to day basis and Chris P, Jim, Chris S and Taylor for helping out on the site and at shows. This site could not be possible without you.
Once again, through donations of artists and fans alike, PhanArt raised nearly $4,000 to benefit The Mockingbird Foundation, bringing the total raised since 2009 to nearly $19,000 with a couple of fundraisers to come that will push the total well past the $20,000 mark.
Below are some of the best Phish inspired phan art of 2014. Included are honorable mentions plus the top 14 of 2014, with links to buy where items are not sold out.
This list was compiled based on feedback received through the site, on tour, and through Facebook and Twitter. Fans were asked in the past month for some of the best Phish related (non-official) art of 2014 and they responded. I took all suggestions into account and looked at the list and came up with the top 14, as well as honorable mentions.
Remember, the Phanart made in 2014 was amazing and the following is just some of the best. If you think something was overlooked, share what was missed below in the comments section below. Make sure to support these artists and continue the great tradition of the PhanArt community that continues to grow each year.
Oh, and there will be a PhanArt show in Chicago on July 5th, a change from past shows as this show will highlight and feature Grateful Dead inspired art from artists across the 50 years of the Grateful Dead. More details to come soon.
Philly ‘Boy Mann God Shit’ Poster (artist unknown)
Paul and Silas shirts by Brian Kirk
The Top 14 of 2014
#14 Southern Run/SoCo shirt by Lane Phlexner and Mark Reynolds
This shirt was seen at the 8 southern shows on Phish’s Summer Tour. Combining the famous southern liqour and tour dates made this a quick seller, one that was requested by many fans during and after tour. This is one of those tour shirts that you’ll see for years and think ‘Damn, I wish I picked that one up back then.’
Take the Batman slapping Robin meme and add in a contradiction between fan bases and you have a hilarious sticker. Add Trey to the ‘Core Four’ and this sticker has a second wind of smart hilarity, although not all will get the ‘Your Trip is Short’ reference. Either way, this sticker is a trip. Order one by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
#10 Jon Rose’s Dick’s Print
This poster is thick with ink and was last seen dancing to “Dick’s Simple” near the soundboard. That’s how strong a poster this is – Jon Rose once again made an incredible poster to commemorate the fourth year of Phish at Dick’s.
#9 Ariane Davis Seven Below
A wonderfully inventive snowflake pin with great symmetry to represent the theme of “Seven Below”.
#8 Isadora Bullock SPAC Fuego
Isadora continues a great run over the past few years with the SPAC Fuego, a vibrant and eye-catching linocut that was in high demand, leading to shirts being printed in the fall with the now iconic design. The edition of 150 sold out this summer amid great demand.
#7 Wookles Shooter/Weapons pin sets
Smart art means getting creative and these are some of the smartest art of 2014. Six-shooters (LE 150 each) with bullet-specific-designs under the bullet holes, combined with bullets (LE 100 each) that contain a theme (band member nicknames, animals, etc…) make the bullet/shooters by Wookles a winner. But Wookles went a step further with his weapons sets (LE 150 each), adding relative weaponry to accompany various songs or onamonapia to create complimentary sets of pins that were immediate hits.
#6 Otto SPAC
Otto had a pretty good year among his various artistic endeavors, seen here, and among them is his SPAC print. This gorgeous poster features an equally gorgeous girl dancing and looking up the to heavens, draped in the red white and blue. This frame job captures the beauty of the print and the weekend all at once.
#5 Jay Rizzi/Cat Zachar Orange Beach 2014
This poster caught my eye leaving Orange Beach on August 1 for multiple reasons – the detail, the waves and the ink/paper combo. Details are worked subtly in throughout the entire print, all the way down the curls of the waves. Using a combination of water color, pen, ink and digital media and printed on metallic linen paper for an illustrious yet surprisingly thin combination that was snapped up by a lucky few in an edition of only 42. Rizzi’s Fall Tour prints were quite the detailed hit as well.
#4 Sam Sutton/Dave Bangert “JEMP Truck” slider pin
Created based on one of the final and lasting memories of 2013, Sam Sutton takes the JEMP truck, incorporates the band’s setup in the middle of MSG on 12/31/13 and added in sliders that allow the band to rise up from inside the truck, much like the stage itself rose up once the truck’s roof was blown off. Fun fact – this edition of 100 sold out in 28 seconds.
#3 Jiggs “Martian Monster” shirt
Jiggs has come up with a few vintage poster and shirt designs for the Halloween shows and ‘You’re About to Blast Off’ is one of the best. Jiggs explains how he came up with the design: “It all started when I was pretending to work for the Phish Bill and I created the “They Attack”/Hitchcock mock up. The rest of the ideas just flowed from “What if these Phish songs were advertised as their own movies?” And with that, you have Jiggs’ “Martian Monster”, “They Attack”, “Your Pet Cat” and “The Dogs” available now.
#2 Andrew Bryant and Josh Lang “Knife in Lights” pin
This pin collaboration from Andrew Bryant (Band in Lights) and Josh Lang (Pin Me Down) mixes Bryant’s ‘Band in Lights’ design along with a three dimensional aspect of lights that swing out from an interior shell ala a Swiss Army knife. Quality and an inventive approach that matches well with the design.
#1 Brian Bojo – Phifty-Two Weeks
Top honors this year go to Brian Bojo for his year long effort to create 52 unique pieces of Phan Art. The 52 pieces make one broader piece of art, combining mediums and time, leading to a broad expression of the influence of Phish’s music and community. Bojo has created a lasting art series with Phifty-Two Weeks. A gallery of some of his 52 weeks can be seen below with the rest visible at phiftytwoweeks.com.
Congrats to Brian and all the Best of PhanArt 2014!