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The Man Behind the Myths 

Artist Philip Hitchcock is a post-modern Prometheus. Like Dr. Frankenstein before him, Hitchcock is unafraid to combine the best bits from the various models on his plaster-casting couch to arrive at a figure greater than the sum of its parts. When a head and torso are joined together with carefully considered accoutrements, like Thor's hammer, Icarus' wings or some psychedelic tiger stripes, Hitchcock crafts sculptural Adonises for the 21st century -- mythic figures brought down to earth through the expressive gesture of the models and the artist. The creations of Philip Hitchcock are featured in the exhibit Dark Impressions, which opens with a free public reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, January 20, at the phd gallery (2300 Cherokee Street; 314 or www.phdstl.com). Several of Hitchcock's heroic-scale sculptures will be in the gallery, but the exhibit focuses mainly on photographs of his sculptures that have been further processed and manipulated. Dark Impressions remains on display through Saturday, February 23, and the gallery is open Thursday through Sunday.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: Jan. 19. Continues through Feb. 23, 2013

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