"This Is Houston" at the TX Contemporary
Art League Houston is excited to present 'This Is Houston,' a unique installation by Houston-based artist Phillip Pyle II at the 2015 TX Contemporary. For this project, the artist will redesign a series of ad posters that the City of Houston published as part of a tourism campaign during the 1970's and 80's. The posters will be wheat pasted along the walls leading up to the fair's entrance.
"Throughout my artistic career, mining imagery and re-imagining it new ways has been my staple" says the artist. "Being born and raised in Houston this project is close to my heart and I am excited to showcase it."
Art Direction, Graphic Design, Illustration
Black Panther Party Power
“BLACK PANTHER PARTY POWER”
A new exhibition by Phillip Pyle, II
On view September 25, 2015– November 6, 2015
Opening reception: Friday, September 25, 2015
(Houston, TX) – Fresh Arts presents “Black Panther Party Power,” an exhibition by Houston-based artist Phillip Pyle, II., Pyle will present a collection of original images that recast some of the most recognizable and outspoken activists of the Black Panther Party as superheroes.
At its inception, the Black Panther Party's core practice was to arm citizen patrols to monitor the behavior of police officers and challenge police brutality in Oakland, California. In 1969, community social programs became a central activity of party members. The Black Panther Party instituted a variety of community social programs, most extensively the Free Breakfast for Children Programs, and community health clinics. Federal Bureau of Investigation director J. Edgar Hoover called the party "the greatest threat to the internal security of the country,” and he supervised a comprehensive program (COINTELPRO) of surveillance, infiltration, perjury, police harassment and many other tactics designed to undermine Panther leadership and incriminate party members in an effort to discredit, criminalize and drain the organization of resources and manpower.
In an attempt to reimagine the history of African-American people in the United States, Pyle will represent these vilified historical figures of the Black Panther movement in their new fantastic roles.
The public is invited to a free opening reception beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 25, 2015, at Fresh Arts, 2101 Winter Street, Studio B11, Houston, TX, 77007. Free parking is available.
“As a child, I was told numerous stories about the Black Panthers by my father,” Pyle says. “To him, the Panthers were heroes and defenders of the less fortunate, fighting for civil rights of African-Americans across the country. When my father told me stories about the Panthers, the majority of my heroes at that time were of the animated variety. Each Saturday morning, the cartoon Voltron was one of the shows that consumed my attention. The combination of outfits and large animal robots that united to form an even larger robot was thrilling.
As a result of Pyle’s mistrust of the traditional narrative of the Black Panther Party, he has chosen to represent the historical members on a galactic scale.
Art Direction, Graphic Design, Illustration
Emancipation Park Community Association
I am a life-long member of Third Ward, Houston, Texas. I love my neighborhood, but the community is on the verge of becoming extinct. Due to ongoing issues such as gentrification, lack of proper education, food scarcity, crime, and unemployment, the neighborhood has nearly come apart at the seams. Community members are aware of the problems, but have yet to truly unify to solve the problems.
As an artist I have found it somewhat necessary to constantly inform my community of whatever it is I think(hope) will get them motivated in any fashion. The best route for this form of action has been street art. My first attempt was a poster that read "Coming Soon, Whole Foods Third Ward" that I placed on the corner of Holman and Dowling street. The sign seen by members of the community, left them bewildered, and amazed that Whole Foods Market was actually thinking of coming to their neighborhood. Of course they later learned that an artist had put up the sign, but the conversation began about, Why Not? and What If? This project taps into that same essence, but attacks all aspects of daily life in Third Ward.
The main focus and first phase of this project is “ community beautification”, through the initiation of a Civic Club. Going door-to-door throughout Third Ward, with the aid of volunteers, I will ask members of the community to put the signs in their yard, and use brochures focused on issues relevant to the community, such as access to produce(or food of any kind), the lack of commercial businesses, and the development of a Third Ward Civic Club. Here is an outline of the steps the project will take
1. Door-to-door flood of info and sign installation.
2. Organizing the community groups in the neighborhood to meet at the Third Ward Multi-Service Center to discuss the needs of the community, plan to attack the conditions of properties in the neighborhood and establishing of civic club.
3. Meeting with city officials to establish schedule of neighborhood improvements.
The use of art to motivate change no matter how small has been proven to be an effective strategy, and I will follow this concept to start a dialogue for the improvement and continued beautification of Third Ward.
After sitting down in April with elders of the community, Rick Lowe (Project Row Houses), DeLoyd Parker (SHAPE Community Center), and Theola Petteway, I was instructed to delay my sign/advertising campaign and to instead focus on the civic club development.
The delay was to wait for the reconstruction of Emancipation Park and begin the signage closer to the parks reopening. In the meantime I have focused on the installment of the civic club, naming it Emancipation Park Community Association. This project has been funded by the Idea Fund, Houston Arts Alliance, and the project made it to the On Our Radar of Creative Time: (http://creative-capital.org/onourradar?id=86423791)
Art Direction, Branding, Graphic Design
Design for the #1 exotic car company in Africa. Mhunzi Motors
Art Direction, Branding, Graphic Design
Long Live Flower Man
For the Houston 2014 Thanksgiving Day Parade, I had the opportunity to create a parade float paying tribute to a legendary figure from my community. Cleveland Turner aka Flower Man, was the epitome of creating something from nothing.
presenting...The Black Guys
Art League Houston is excited to present 'The Black Guys', an experimental performance-based exhibition by artists Robert Hodge and Phillip Pyle the Second. Inspired by the well-known Houston-based collaborative artist team The Art Guys (Michael Galbreth and Jack Massing), the artists will recreate a series of five Art Guy performances; Try to Cry!, Dish it Out!, Stop N Go!, Huh?!, The Art Guys Agree on a Painting. The duo will also present five original performances by 'The Black Guys'.
Art Direction, Performing Arts
Recent 2D Work
Art Direction, Digital Art
CTGME is an experimental exhibition at the University Museum of Texas Southern University, featuring installation, performance and mixed media works by select Houston artists. This show has been initiated by artist Robert Pruitt but is a highly collaborative venture between all the artists involved. CTGME is pulled from a lyric of Hip Hop artist Brother J of X-Clan, and conjures up images of Hannibal and his elephants riding to meet the Romans in Battle. The title serves to reference historical ideas of value, migration, and shifting concepts of power. To that end this exhibition will attempt to replicate components from early 20th century World Fairs. Each participating artists creates their own pavilion showcasing innovative ideas of power, identity, and worth.
Fine Arts, Pattern Design, Print Design
The Beauty Box (Third Ward)
The Beauty Box is an outdoor public installation illuminating a particular time in an average Third Ward home prior to integration. The project transformed an abandoned portion of a building into an installation and gallery space where artist talks, round table discussions, and other public events were held.
Architecture, Fine Arts, Interior Design
Will They Reminisce Over You
Will They Reminisce Over You, looks to remind the viewer of those that have passed away, and forces you to reflect on your own "works" in life.
Exhibition Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design
Children’s building blocks (Legos) have been used to craft an enormous amount of things, from the Empire State Building, to famous movie scenes. Caroline Plantation was the first attempt at a full scale reproduction of a slave plantation. Loosely based on the Wavering Place Plantation located in South Carolina, the piece will featured over 1000 legos. Exhibited at the Houston Museum of African American Culture
Art Direction, Fine Arts, Sculpting
STACKS :: BLACK FRIDAY
STACKS is a group exhibition curated by Robert Pruitt. 5 week-long laboratory residencies will occupy the Main Gallery as a site of transformation addressing themes of Black imagination, creativity, and commodification. The exhibition features a series of performances and installations by five emerging artists:Jamal Cyrus, Nathaniel Donnett, Autumn Knight, Phillip Pyle II, and M'kina Tapscott. Writer Garry Reece provides an online narrative component tracking and examining each artist's project, offering his thoughts on possible meanings of the work. This project pays homage to William Pope.L. and The Black Factory
On STACKS opening night, the artists invite the audience to participate by donating items and objects that are loaded with cultural stigmas, represent a negative stereotype, demeaning, poorly crafted, low budget, antiquated Black memorabilia and paraphernalia. As part of a performance the artists will destroy these materials.
STACKS looks at the relationship between cultural tropes and the notion of an authentic black experience. As a cathartic act, these five artists will use the exhibition's opening to publicly deconstruct, destroy, and de-power materials that impede the construction and reception of Black imaginative power.
Digital Art, Graphic Design
VALUE$ - Project Row Houses: Round 36
The removal of the words from picket signs during civil rights marches leaves the content of the sign up to the imagination of the viewer. It also forces you to focus more on the people holding the blank signs. The Texas School Board has released a history textbook that has omitted, and twisted many historical facts. The idea of the picket signs being blank is a visual description of what the Texas School Board has done.
The artwork was selected as a finalist in the 2011 Bombay Saphire/Artisan Series