You've seen him in the crosswalk, on the sides of buildings, and as a sticker. Stikman has been a friendly face in Philadelphia, surprising us by being in plain sight but in unexpected ways, for the past 20 years. Stikman says, "It was the spring of 1992 that I stuck a little man made of sticks to a wall of a derelict building on 3rd Street in Old City." Since then, the cityscape has changed and time has weathered his creations, though this is all part of his plan. Explaining the impulse behind this plan, he says, "I share this transient form of art to connect with a viewer whom I will never meet, in hopes that the joy of finding the unexpected has altered their consciousness."
Now, his mediums have expanded to include the stikman affixed and painted on numerous LP record covers, prints, book pages, cut paper paste-ups, hollow core doors and a variety of metal, wood, cloth and plastic objects. Some of his favorite pieces include stenciling images on ping pong balls, bricks, tiny slide viewers, and playing cards. However, the little stikman made of sticks never disappeared.
For this twentieth year celebration in Philadelphia, Stikman has created 20 new works on paper and wood. The paper collages are based on 20 overlapping stencil paintings blended with a Neo-plastik figure. The wooden figures have 20 coats of paint. The exhibit also includes selections from the STIK Museum.Stikman 20.1 Celebrating Twenty Years Hanging Around Philly Stupid Easy Gallery307 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 November 2nd, 2012