Wet Dreams at Philadelphia's SPACE 1026

Posted Oct 1, 2013 by Jeannie Stokowski-Bisanti
Wet Dreams is a mixed-media installation inspired by deep sea celestial voyaging, surfing, and the mysticism surrounding the ocean. Its opening reception is this Friday at SPACE 1026, a Philadelphia-based artist collective.
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Featuring the work of SPACE 1026 member Crystal Stokowski and photographer Michael Persico, the installation involves quilting, screen printing, photography, video installation, woodworking and pyrography. The artist pair are friends with a shared passion for the surf.
Persico is Philadelphia-based and has a self-proclaimed obsession for surf. He makes hand planes, a fine tool for any body surfer, as a hobby. In the show, you can see his detailed woodworks and a collaboration video that the two artists bring forward.
Artist Crystal Stokowski's work in this show was inspired by her surf travels to Australia, New Zealand, and her part time residence in Oahu, Hawaii. Volunteering for the Polynesian Voyaging Society has influenced her work and she currently has a show at Benna's cafe in Philadelphia until October 10. Next, she's headed to New York for a month long residency at the Clocktower Gallery.
Stokowski works in a variety of mediums and her work ranges in scale from mural size fabric installations to pocket size zines and dream catchers made from organic materials. She has exhibited her work throughout the United States, having held both group and solo shows at venues such as The Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, the Lobot Gallery in Oakland, California, and the Cinders Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. Her Clocktower Gallery project is partly supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.