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Philo Northrup

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exhibition/performance, sculpture, conceptual, graffiti/street-art, ArtCar installation, mixed-media, Art Car

Current Exhibitions and Events
Sep, 2014 Anne & Mark's Art Party
Anne & Mark's Art Party

Art Images

ArtCar Images

CV & Exhibition History

Toys were never innocent playthings to me.  I have always seen them as troubled friends - symbols of the culture that made them. 

While I’m suspicious of the helpful attitudes of action figures, I trust decay.  Rust and rot supply me with the beauty I need to create artworks. 

I rarely start off with a design in mind; rather I prefer to riff off the objects I find and let them chart the initial course. Flotsam and jetsam speak to me, and I amplify that discourse into assemblages that often result in surprising resonances.  Sometimes they’re beautiful.  Sometimes they’re disturbingly familiar.  Sometimes they’re archeological evidence of a once proud civilization.

I’ve been doing this since I was 9 years old, when I fabricated “trophies” for my older brothers to commemorate their most memorable screw-ups.  I can’t seem to stop.  

Recent Exhibits

Philo Northrup participated in these exhibits:

Oct, 2011 Burning Man Historical ArtCars
Burning Man – Black Rock Arts
Oct, 2010 ArtCar Fest
Crocker Art Museum
Mar, 2009 Three x Three
Cabrillo Gallery
Feb, 2009 ECO-Morphosis
Santa Cruz County Bank Arts Collaborative
May, 2008 Josh Hires and Philo Northrup
Kaleid Gallery
Sep, 2005 ArtCar Fest
San Jose Museum of Art
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