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Talk: Frank Hyder

  • James Oliver Gallery 723 Chestnut Street \ 4th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States (map)

James Oliver Gallery presents:
The Janis Project - Both Sides Now // Works by Frank Hyder
Artist Talk: Thursday, January 3rd // 6-8PM

We are excited to host Frank Hyder’s artist talk for our current exhibition, The Janis Project - Both Sides Now! Join us Thursday, January 3rd from 6-8pm to get an up-close talk with the artist himself. Learn more about Hyder's process, inspirations, and more and take your favorite piece home with you. We hope to see you there!

About The Janis Project:
Hyder’s Janis project implicates the duality of being. His paintings and sculptures contain mysterious faces, both recognizable and foreign, blissful and forlorn. The range of media depicting this subject displays Hyder’s desires for seeing a body of work applied to its fullest means. Larger than life inflatable sculptures seem looming with ancient messages while his smaller watercolor works depict the Janis figures like characters floating through a dream. The mobile quality of the Janis Project implies the ways we carry these dualities within us, growing larger than life, lighting us from within, and carrying our own hidden identities. 

Hyder’s show at James Oliver Gallery will contain several of his manifestations of The Janis Project and introduce the viewer to a fuller development of the figures in a variety of media. Light-up wall sculptures wrap the figures around an illuminated curve bringing the colorful figures to life, while watercolor works imagine the Janus in colorful imaginary landscapes. Hyder’s works, post a 2017 accident, took form in fiberglass and bronze, a medium he could perform while temporarily wheelchair bound. Hyder’s larger than life inflatables have traveled internationally and through their journeys, the series has grown to reflect the history of the countries they’ve visited.

Earlier Event: December 15
Luna plus dream
Later Event: January 4
Meg Saligman on Surreal