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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
April 6 - May 4, 2009
Palm Springs, CA

Exposure Gallery
presents:

Permanent Impression
An Exhibition, a Demo, & a Workshop by Philip Hitchcock


Lifecasting by Philip Hitchcock

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 11, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Philip Hitchcock will be doing a live model demonstration
of his process at the opening reception!

Learn more about lifecasting here.

"Surfacing within Hitchcock's provocative, innovative, and sometimes-controversial work are recurring themes of heroism. The strange beauty of fragmentation, brokenness, and suffering, depicted in his sculptural forms serve to emphasize the spiritual struggle and resilience of human identity."

Monday, April 13, noon - 5:00 PM
A LIFECASTING WORKSHOP

Lifecasting or bodycasting is an exciting and powerful artform that has been used for centuries to immortalize its subjects. Today's high-tech methods are streamlined and accurate enough to duplicate fingerprints, wrinkles, even eyelashes! And, unlike a photograph or painting, lifecast sculptures show the subject from every angle.

Learn more about attending this hands-on workshop here.


Philip Hitchcock has challenged people with his art for over 20 years. Surfacing within Hitchcock's provocative, innovative, and sometimes-controversial work are recurring themes of heroism and forebearance which underscore the trials of human endeavors. The strange beauty of fragmentation, brokenness, and suffering, depicted in his sculptural forms serve to emphasize the spiritual struggle and resilience of human identity.

Hitchcock's work bridges high-photo realism and high-fantasy art, creating a realm wherein the imaginary is made manifest, and the emblematic made real:

"I capture realism in my work, but heighten and magnify it by adding layers and startling embellishments. The work is metaphorical for the human condition in modern society at the threshold of the 21st century; a core of realism surrounded by the more unnerving images we wish the world to notice and judge.

The pieces start by taking cast impressions from models. Frequently, having classical themes, a piece is constructed in several sections, often using two, three, or more models for a single artwork. Materials include cast concrete, steel, and fiberglass. Finishes are achieved through combinations of acrylic and enamel paints, reactive paints and oxidizing solutions, and epoxy based resins. I work with the most familiar object - the human body - to make it new as an art-image."

Hitchcock has garnered numerous awards and accolades for his work including the 2006 Artistic Achievement and Public Relations Award from the Association of Lifecasting International, (ALI); the 1997 Broadcast Design Award for MGM/UA's Outer Limits limited edition sculpture, and the designation of being among "The OUT 100" in 2001, an annual list of the 100 most influential gay men and lesbians in America, according to OUT magazine. He is the author of Dark Impressions: The Art of Philip Hitchcock

Commercially, Hitchcock has been commissioned to create work for St. Louis Pride, Inc., Central Institute for the Deaf, World Wrestling Entertainment, Fox-TV's The Swan, Disneyland's Tomorrowland, the L.A. Stage Alliance, Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc., and Delta Air Lines, among others. His works have been featured in solo and group exhibits and are in prestigious collections such as Leslie-Lohman Foundation, New York, NY; Mark Taper Family/Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, CA; Henry Jewelry, Hong Kong; Barbie Benton, Aspen, CO; and Michele Rodriguez, Cagliari, Italy.

A magna cum laude graduate from UCLA, Hitchcock returned home to St. Louis in 2005. By opening phd gallery, he is formalizing his commitment to the revitalization of St. Louis, especially the visual art scene.

Exposure Gallery
Gallery Hours: Monday thru Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM, Sunday: 11 AM - 4 PM, and by appointment.
515 North Palm Canyon, Suite 12, Palm Springs, CA 92262  Map
  760.327.6806
Exposure Gallery Website

Philip Hitchcock Website

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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