New Work by David Meyer
Curated by Eileen Tognini

a Philagrafika 2010 Independent Project

Opening Reception, Friday March 12, 2010, 7-10 pm
The Skybox at 2424 Studios

Exhibition March 13 through March 27
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat, 12 -6
The Skybox at 2424 Studios
2424 East York Street
Philadelphia, PA 19125

For David Meyer, creating a tangible interpretation of memories becomes the dialogue between comprehension and experience. The exploration of memory and its distortion becomes a mediated process Meyer expresses through the transformation of photographic images into sculptures, and perforated "prints". The rhythm of patterns, akin to typesetting, Braille, newspaper print, pixilated imagery-- each holding a different image for each viewer -- referencing their own memory and reality.

Exhibited in the dramatic, iconic turn-of-the-century industrial space, now known as The Skybox at 2424 Studios in Fishtown- the interpretation of memory comes alive in its architecture, its bookmark in history, its version of the lives that have occupied its "sense of place."

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Not Your Parents' Balloon Animals

Daily News videographer Sarah Glover dropped by to film Jason Hackenwerth and the process of creating his new show, Titan and the Fireflies. Read more on

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The Titan and the Fireflies

New Work by Jason Hakenwerth

The Titan and the Fireflies
New Work by Jason Hakenwerth
Curated by Eileen Tognini

Opening Party
Friday October 30, 7-10pm

October 31 - November 28
Tuesday - Saturday
12 - 6 pm

Sky Box
2424 East York Street
Philadelphia, PA 19125

Folding and twisting, folding and twisting, around and around. That's what Jason Hackenwerth will be doing for over a week as he builds The Titan and the Fireflies, opening on Friday October 30 at the Skybox at 2424 Studios, a new studio building at 2424 East York Street in Fishtown.

Inspired by the dramatic turn-of-the century industrial space, I invited Hackenwerth to create his monumental-scale biomorphic sculptural creatures made from balloons to evoke a spirit of wonder and fascination. The use of familiar and ordinary objects, yet unconventional by classical standards of art materials to create art, have long been a personal interest of mine. It's my goal to introduce artists who use unexpected materials that will expand the definition of "what is art".

"The ephemeral nature of an installation is an unmistakable reflection of our own lives. Because of its delicateness, it is difficult to predict how long it will last", Jason notes about his own work, considering his medium as a metaphor for the way artists make their way into the art scene.

A New York City based artist, Jason has been exhibited internationally including the Venice Biennale, SCOPE Art Fair in London, Jang Heung Art Museum in Seoul, Korea and The San Diego Children's Museum. Most recently Jason finished among the Top 10 competing for the largest art purse from The ART Prize in Grand Rapids Michigan where he competed amongst 1262 artists entries to win based on popular vote.

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Upcoming show at the SKYBOX @ 2424 studios

Opening Friday October 30 7-10pm through November 28
"The Titan and the Fireflies"
New Work by Jason Hackenwerth
Curated by Eileen Tognin

I've always had an affection for work that has been created with ordinary and familiar objects. My time spent at the Barnes Foundation while completing the Arboretum Program showing me how impassioned Dr. Barnes was by showing the viewer the how to see the beauty and explore the form of simple everyday objects, whether it was a hinge, a vase, a hook -- and making a contextual connection with the classic paintings hung just above that object. So in salon style arrangements, the hinges, hooks and vases were displayed with equal importance and shown all together forcing the viewer to draw their own connections. Over time Dr. Barnes goals have become the hallmark of my work -- giving people a different set of lenses to look at art.

Jason creates monumental scale sculptures made from balloons. Creating magic and mystery with thousands of latex balloons, the creations are composed of colored twisted, tied and woven into biomorphic beasties. Floating, suspended, and even worn, these magical, while ephemeral creatures promise to amaze and delight.

Please join me on the opening reception of Jason's show on Friday October 30. 2424 Studios is planning a Halloween extravaganza on Saturday October 31 too. Check out their website for more details:



Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST)

October 3-4 , 12 -6 pm
Studio 214 @ 2424 Studios

Come visit me at my new studio during POST in the Fishtown Kensington Northern Liberties 'hoods. The newly opened 2424 Studios at 2424 York will be open and greeting POST travelers and visitors -- come see.