PowerHouse Books, the thoroughly unstuffy pop- and media-minded art-book publisher, can only put out so many bound volumes a year. To deal with the overflow of worthy talent, the company just launched pHytonics.net, an online gallery that gives artists one-week solo shows that change over every Friday (with past shows archived forever). The point, according to the gallery's mission statement, is to showcase work "that powerHouse's staff find exciting, energizing or just plain awesome." Kind of sweet, right?
I'm a fan of the very first artist to be shown at pHytonics.net, William Lamson, whose witty self-portraits, taken on road trips into the heartland, slyly reimagine American landscape photography. (That's him, in the picture.) Speaking of reimagining, pHytonics.net is an outgrowth of the new powerHouse Agency, which offers "fine-art sales, custom representation, stock agency sales and customized content marketing for both published and unpublished artists and photographers." I like this company's energy.