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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
April 21 - June 17, 2007
St. Louis, MO

phd
presents:

Hero · God · Mortal
Philip Hitchcock unveils his newest work

Thor
Sculpture by Philip Hitchcock

Grand Opening Reception Saturday April 21, 2007
7:00 PM until 11:00 PM


       Artist Philip Hitchcock, has formalized his commitment to the art scene in St. Louis by opening his own gallery in the white-hot, trendy, Cherokee-Lemp Historic District.
      
Many of you native St. Louisans used to visit Cherokee Street for antiquing. This area has been going through quite a renaissance and offers more than vintage tables and chairs. There are exciting new venues like a coffee shop, restaurants, a book store, ChinaFinders.com, art galleries, and a Christmas ornament shop. phd will be the place to visit in the neighborhood as well as when you want to see cutting-edge art exhibits.

Portraying the Heroic

The subject matter is iconic and familiar, but the style of the pieces and the materials used in their creation are decidedly contemporary. My work explores notions of heroism in popular culture through a modern re-examination of ageless myths. Though cloaked in shrouds of lore and magic, my figures represent ordinary human beings, attempting to define the relationship between who they are and whom they wish to be. Although the images are idealized, intrepid, and bold, never in doubt is their humanity. The work is metaphorical for the human condition in modern society in the first decade of the 21st century; a core of realism surrounded by the more unnerving images we wish the world to notice and judge.

Sculpture Inspired by Iconic Art and Myth features the latest creations from recently returned Los Angeles artist, Philip Hitchcock. On view are more than 20 pieces, including 12 new life-size figures inspired by heroic figures from art, history, and mythology.


Heroes, Gods, Mortals - Warriors All

"This new phase of sculptures by artist Philip Hitchcock presents the human form, armored, idealized and poised for battle in a re-imagined landscape of postmodern mythology, which collapses influences from Greek, Nordic, Medieval and Egyptian traditions. Each sculpture in this collection seems to demand a retelling of classical mythology from Thor--The God of Thunder to Prometheus--the savior of mankind and bringer of fire, while encouraging us to ask: What adventures lie ahead for these new heroes? What enemies will they confront? And, what sacrifices will they be required to make in a time of need?

"Hitchcock's work presents a renewed sense of urgency to reexamine the heroic in a modern context. His aesthetic presents idealized castings of the human figure, which are powerful enough alone, yet he retrofits these bodies, infusing them with technology, eroticism, and discourses on pain and pleasure. At the site of this fusion, the heroic figure transforms, activating new interpretations. In Thus Spake Zarathusra, Nietzsche wrote, 'Dead are all the Gods.' But clearly, Philip Hitchcock's work seeks to resurrect these spirits for battle in the modern world.

"I strongly suspect that these sculptures will inspire a new generation of artists and art lovers to seek out the heroic stories of the past, which are replete with powerful Gods, fearless heroes, epic battles, and endless struggles that still resonate today."

William Whittington, Ph.D.
Assistant Chair of Critical Studies
University of Southern California

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ABSTRACT ART
“The abstract, especially in those rough sketches, is very important to me, perhaps because of my advertising background, where layout is so important. Sometimes those first few lines cut the paper into such satisfying shapes that I don’t want to go on, but I always do, adding nostrils and nipples and bootstraps until I have filled the paper up as usual.” — Tom of Finland