Walls covered with rainbow-colored spheres inspired by the seeding of mushroom spores, and a complementary array of costumed mannequins made in the artist’s likeness– this is what you can expect when visiting an installation by Philadelphia-based artist Greg Labold.
Labold’s current body of work is based on a design inspired by the artist’s finding a mushroom, in which he uncovered deeper meaning and symbolism. With the lessons he learned from his exploration of all things mushroom, the artist now produces his art like a mushroom–spreading his spore design wherever he goes and creating active installations. Recent art installations include one at Center City café The Last Drop, and from now to Jan. 7, 2015, at the Archive Space at Crane Arts.
About the artist
Greg Labold is a Tyler BFA printmaking graduate; he immersed himself in the world of installation arts while still completing his degree at school. The flat-file drawers that were provided for the printmaking department could not fit the work he was creating, so he moved into the hallway, took it over, and got into scuffles and awesome conversations with people. That was his first investigation into installation and the effect of his work on the community and passersby. Since then, the artist has been doing contract silkscreening work and has been on an art installation and costume-creating journey.
One of his recent accomplishments is his current show at the Crane Arts Building. In 2009, Labold exhibited at the Crane Arts Building in the Victory for Tyler sculpture show. There, he debuted concepts, such as the “Mushmanican,” that he still works with today. “Mushmanican” has been portrayed in mannequin form and portrayed by Labold himself. “Mushmanican” is an important patron saint of the spore chore.