Tag Archive "shawn-thornton"


Inclusion/Exclusion, a map-inspired show at Yell Gallery

[Roman investigates a new art space that emphasizes interaction between audience and artwork, and encourages confrontation. — the artblog editors] Yell Gallery opened its doors in November 2013 in East Kensington, Philadelphia, at the corner of Susquehanna Avenue and Martha Street. Rob Goodman, owner of the newly constructed building, was inspired as an artist/art instructor, and by a practical sense of space usage and his partner and founding director Mukethe Kawinzi, to be a patron of the arts. Yell Gallery is quickly becoming known as an arts and performance space where confrontation of change and challenge is beautiful. A successful ... More » »

Hunter Stabler, S.H.T.F. (Serpents Hallowed Tail Feathers), van, barn joists, mirrors, mosquito hammock, rain fly, bug-out bike, Mossberg 500, SSW 38 special, Ruger 10-22, Ruger Mark 2, various supplies and ammunition, oil painting, bug out bags. Image courtesy of Pageant Soloveev

Visions of Doom: Serpent’s Hallowed Tail Feathers at Pageant Soloveev

Serpents Hallowed Tail Feathers at Pageant Soloveev brings together the surreal and mind-bending works of three Philadelphia artists whose art packs a large “wow” factor. Opened just in time for the much-vaunted end of the Mayan calendar on Dec. 21, 2012, this show includes apocalyptic preparations by Hunter Stabler, paintings freighted with spiritual symbols by Shawn Thornton, and the precisely chaotic works of Nathan Wilson. The show takes its name from an installation piece by Stabler, entitled “S.H.T.F. (Serpents Hallowed Tail Feathers).” The work consists of a stained old minivan loaded with survivalist gear that has been set underneath barn ... More » »

New curator, new look, at Fleisher/Ollman

Nicholas Lenker, Sacrifices Will Be Made, 2008. clay, glaze, enamel, wood, metal. 16x8x8 inches “You Open so Late, You Close so Early” is Amy Adams first outing with the Fleisher/Ollman winter invitational, and although she is only one part of the curatorial team (see comment at end of post), there clearly is a difference. Previous shows were kind of like the show titles–daring you to figure out what the hell they meant, but invariably they showed you work you were really excited to see. In its place is a show that feels like it belongs in Fleisher/Ollman, for starters. For ... More » »

Weekly Update — Fleisher-Ollman’s Winter Invitational goodness

This week’s Weekly has my review of the winter invitational show at Fleisher-Ollman. Below is the copy with some pictures and a few changes. Shawn Thornton, one of five paintings in the show, oil on panel, 11×11″ Sly and serpentine works turn Fleisher-Ollman’s sixth annual emerging artist show into an Eden with bite. F-O is known for exhibiting the works of visionary outsider artists like James Castle.  But in this annual winter emerging artist exhibit it’s unusual to see a visionary.  So painter Shawn Thornton is the surprise.  Thornton at the opening reception, posing with two of his works. His ... More » »

What we want to see Friday, Saturday and next Thursday too

Friday, Dec. 5 Brave New World of Lady Comic Book heroes! Miss Lasko-Gross, Cheese Steak of the Damned…Cheese Steak of Enlightenment Creators of Fishtown, Black Cherry Bombshells and Escape from Special will be signing their comics — perfect holiday gifts if you ask us — at Brave New World, a boutique comic shop on North 2nd St in Old City. Who’s who: KEVIN COLDEN (Fishtown) and MISS LASKO-GROSS (Escape From Special) along w/ JOHNNY ZITO and TONY TROV (Black Cherry Bombshells). Kevin Colden, panel from Fishtown, a comic book We haven’t read these comics but we fell in love with ... More » »


Shawn Thornton: Roadmaps to reality

An orderly grid competes with a careening network. The Dali eyeballs and the oval with three toothy grins keep things light and edgy all at once. Photo provided by the artist. All the paintings are all 11 x 11 inch oil on panel. The conversation began simply enough–an email with a couple of images attached, announcing an exhibit by an unfamiliar artist in a cafe. The images were great, so I suggested we meet at the cafe. Artist Shawn Thornton hesitated because of his health. The 29-year-old is recuperating from brain surgery and chemo to remove a tumor on his ... More » »