EARLY WORD: People Are Strange

JON FOY, DIRECTOR, RESURRECT DEAD: While most people associate [Resurrect The Dead star] Justin Duerr with the Toynbee tiles, I’ve been a long-time admirer of Justin’s unmistakable style of art for many years before we shot the movie. It was all over West Philly on records, shirts, show flyers, and wheat-pastes, and despite this he’s been one of the city’s best kept secrets.With the movie’s wide release, I’m hoping it leads many more people to discover Justin’s talents.  The exhibit includes the largest collection of Justin’s work ever assembled in one place.  These two free screenings are intended to introduce fans of the movie and Justin’s journey with the Toynbee tiles to a whole new side of Justin that is every bit as fascinating. I met Justin by accident through a prank call over a decade ago and it’s strange to see the path that life takes.  Through Resurrect Dead, Justin has been on late night TVnational radio, on stage at the Sundance awards ceremony, and his quest has garnered praise from Roger Ebert and The New York Times as well as many others.  Now Justin and I are hoping to use this exposure to introduce the world to his own original work. The strange journey continues and I hope you can join us for this special event.
Opening First Friday, April 6, 2012, 6 – 9 PM
Exhibit runs April 6 – April 30, 2012
309 Cherry st., Philadelphia. Gallery hours are Fri. – Sun. 12 – 5 or by appointment.
Two free screenings with cast/crew Q&A discussion of art and the movie.
Friday, April 13, 6 – 9:30 (film to begin at 7 PM)
Friday, April 27, 6 – 9:30 (film to begin at 7 PM)
Admission is free. Seating is limited.
The exhibit includes the largest collection of Duerr’s work ever assembled in one place. It features two sets of very large and intricately detailed works on paper, comprising thirteen pieces in all. The images and compositions are conjoined to form two parts of the continuous story line, including text and illustration, from which all of Duerr’s inspiration is drawn. The show also includes several smaller works so incredibly detailed that magnifying glasses are provided (and needed) in order to fully appreciate them.

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