Space 1026 (collective)

About Space 1026

Founded in 1997, Space 1026 is a collaborative artistic community occupying two floors of a building in the Chinatown section of Philadelphia. The space functions as studio space for artists as well as a venue for exhibitions. Space 1026 has exhibited twice at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, as well as at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and the DUMBO Arts Center in Brooklyn, New York.

On Space 1026's work

While there have been a number of dynamic collectives in the Philadelphia art community, none have had the continued vitality of Space 1026. The roster of artist members has continuously shifted and evolved over the last twelve years, but several of the founding members are still part of the collective. Space 1026 functions as both a location and a collective and can be defined as many things. The many functions that it serves have undoubtedly insured its success. Around twenty artists have studios in their space, which also houses several small businesses and nonprofits. There is a gallery space with monthly exhibitions in that location, as well as printmaking facilities, which have served an important role providing access to screenprinting materials and training to a large number of Philadelphia artists. Artist members of Space 1026 exhibit their works individually (a number have exhibited internationally), but also work collaboratively and have created a number of ambitious and diverse installations. Space 1026 has also played a key role in the founding of a number of other organizations including the Bookmobile Project and Megawords Magazine. 

Project Description

Space 1026’s installations have ranged from massive multi-story constructions covered in printed works to an elegant geodesic dome. These works are often used as structure to install other works of art, linking Space 1026’s collective identity with the work of its individual members. Space 1026 is designing an installation that will transform the gallery spaces of The Print Center into a multi-use space with modular systems created for hanging work, reading publications and holding meetings.

Wood Construction, 2010
screenprinted fabric, vinyl flooring and video

*Image credit: Greenhouse Media

More Info

On view at The Print Center
1614 Latimer St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 735-6090