Colorful Cord Installation Warms up Concrete Space



Brightening up a flat concrete space is always a challenge. Prism, the work of artist and architect Inés Esnal is a bold contrast to the industrial residential complex in Dumbo, Brooklyn where her colorful cord installation warms up this concrete space, creating a multifaceted geometric installation in the building’s lobby.

Prism is constructed from elastic cords that intersect one another. The views of the geometric shapes are framed off by the alcoves they adorn, haloed by shafts of light that reflect the blue, red and yellow shapes back into the lobby structure.








via My Modern Met

Insane Mash up of Street Artists Decorate this Hong Kong Restaurant



Holy visual stimuli.

Bibo, a new gastro restaurant in Hong Kong is offering diners the chance to experience safe street art housed in a fabrication of an abandoned French tram station. The interior of the restaurant is decorated, jam packed, tagged… however, you want to put it, with the work of renowned street artists Banksy, JR, Vhils, Daniel Arsham, Invader, amongst others.

Bibo was born from a collaboration between design agency Substance and a mysterious project coordinator known only as Bibo.

Their tagline ‘offering diners a new way to experience art while giving creatives a chance to showcase their work like never before’, sounds pretty interesting, but the execution looks pretty kitsch to me.

The excitement in witnessing the works of artists like D*Face and Invader is stumbling onto them in the wild, so to speak – not crammed on the wall next to my table or being the backdrop for my waitress as she hauls over overpriced entrees on a tray.

Maxime Dautresme, creative director of Substance, says, “We wanted to connect the decade, street art and gastronomy. Street artists often begin their careers spray-painting trains and trams. They also like to occupy disused heritage buildings and construction sites. They express themselves by layering their art on surfaces with a history.” 

I’m not saying that people won’t enjoy this experience, but I quietly wonder if street art themed restaurants make this form of art seem like a fad. I suppose I’ll let it go unless I hear about a gift shop full of trinkets you wander through on your way out. 

Design: Substance
Photography by Nathaniel McMahon

via My Modern Met








17th-century Dutch Inspired Wearable Art Worthy of any Art Phene’s Attention

Art Fashion

Models walked the runway wearing broken frames and twisted canvas like jilted lovers whose aggression found retribution in the cruelest of ways.

This isn’t some avant-garde Chelsea gathering, but the latest fashion show put on by the courageous fashion duo Viktor&Rolf.

As the models finished their turn on the catwalk Viktor&Rolf stood quiet in the background helping a chosen few out of the exaggerated outfits, rearranging the cracked textile frames and fabrics inspired by 17th-century Dutch Golden Age artwork, and hanging them on the back wall.

Moving works of art are steady features in the duo’s repertoire  – their early 2015 Haute Couture line, Van Gogh Girl was richly influenced by Van Gogh‘s style and vivid depictions of rural countrysides. During that runway show each flower printed A-line babydoll dress increased in color, topped off with ever growing sculptural straw hats. 

“Art comes to life in a gallery of surreal proportions,” read the designers’ show notes. “A dress transforms into an artwork, back into a dress and into an artwork again. Poetry becomes reality, morphing back into fantasy.”

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Coney Island Art Walls Moves In

Buff Monster with a View

It’s a mini version of Wynwood Walls sitting out in Coney Island amidst the backdrop of amusement rides. MOCA Los Angeles director, Jeffrey Dietch’s art project “Coney Art Walls” has brought some additional color to a neighborhood already known for its flair. It’s finally open to the public now, this myriad of 30+ gated (yup, you read that. Some people just can’t behave) popular & cult fav artists murals.  Some celebrate Coney Culture, while others are indicative of the artists’ style. We love that the Bowery is now home to more than just Nathan’s (yes, I know technically Nathan’s is on Surf Ave, but the walls sit right behind it, so I’m using the reference anyway).

I love a good Nathan’s hotdog during my summer Coney stroll, but I fear I’m going to have to leave it behind in favor of the popular Williamsburg hipster food market Smorgasburg, a version of which is encased in the maze of walls – now I can knock back a beer and some grub while surrounded by visual candy.

Whether you want to call it street art or an open air contemporary art stroll, it’s great to see New York graffiti legends like Futura and Lady Pink sharing the same space as the activist art of Tatyana Fazlalizadeh or the flashy lettering from London artist, Ben Eine. There’s just so much going on, one can’t claim to be bored.

We visited Coney Art Walls last week, so enjoy some of our pictures until you can get out there and see it for yourself. We’ll spare you the pictures we took of our fried anchovies from our favorite Smorgasburg regular Bon Chovie … they are a work of art in themselves.

Lady Aiko pays tribute to the Coney Island Mermaids_HAHAMAG

Lady Aiko pays tribute to the Coney Island Mermaids

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How & Nosm for Coney Art Walls

How & Nosm for Coney Art Walls

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Ben Eine‘s RIOT


“Gypsy with Stallions” by Miss Van


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Buff Monster with a View

Buff Monster with a View

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We think Ben Eine has been here!

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Amazing piece by ROA

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Space Candy & The Yok Collaboration

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Tatyana Fazlalizadeh makes an appearance at Coney Art Walls

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Brooklyn Based Artist Maya Hayuk







Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra delivers his mural tributes in a kaleidoscope of colors. His muses have ranged from architects to classic historical moments — his rendition of The Kiss was the most liked and reblogged post ever in the history of HAHA — it clocked in at 9,900. The newest of which has popped up in São Paulo, Brazil. The wall, entitled as “Genial is riding a bike”,  is 13 meters high by 7 meters large and the painting shows Albert Einstein riding a bicycle. On the front of the bicycle, Kobra has inserted his own version of the famous Einstein formula (E=MC2) which could be translated as: Love= Me + you2 .

*Thanks to Eduardo’s team for sending us these amazing pics.



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SET IN THE STREET: The Ultimate Selfie Zone



Set in the Street is an ongoing art project started by Photographer, Justin Bettman.  Bettman, a 23-year-old California native was looking for a way to save money on studio space. He and his collaborator Gözde Eker, starting kicking around ideas until they decided “Why don’t we try to shoot these outside?”

Their work questions our perspective — a trick of the eye. At first glance, on close inspection the scene played out before you seems normal. But when you’re pulled back and you see the entire picture, that’s when you realize you only had half a story.


The sets they use for the shoots are foraged from unwanted furniture and materials, most of which they find on the street. After shooting the initial photos, the sets are left up on the street with a sign that invites folks to shoot their own photos and post them using the hashtag #setinthestreet.

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set in the street

photos via Justin Bettman/




Months that begin with ‘M’ mean art overload here at HAHA. We barely recovered from Armory Week and yet here we go again. By no means is that a complaint—trust me—I am typing this with glee. The feeling of being thrown into the hustle and bustle of a week filled with activities centered solely around art is tantamount to the endorphin rush I get on my diet cheat day. While I gather together my art fair survival kit and book my ticket to New York; why don’t you peruse the fair offerings Frieze week has to offer. Our social media blasts from the fairs starts today. Make sure you’re following us on

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram this week for pics from the fairs.



When: May 14–17 / Thursday–Saturday: 11am–7pm; Sunday: 11am–6pm ($44)
Where: Randall’s Island Park (Randall’s Island)

Frieze is one of the world’s biggest contemporary art fairs. Art lovers/art curious make the pilgrimage across the East River to Randall Island Park to scope out which way the contemporary art trends are swaying. Over 190 galleries are participating at Frieze New York 2015—this year the focus is on local galleries. This is a mammoth of a fair — do yourself a favor and download their handy floor plan.

Not to be missed: Talks between Studio Museum in Harlem director Thelma Golden and Brooklyn Museum director Arnold Lehman (May 15, 4pm), as they attempt to answer the question: “Whom do museums serve?”


When: May 14–17 / Thursday, Friday: 2–10pm; Saturday: 12–10pm; Sunday: 12–6pm ($20)
Where: Center 548 (548 West 22nd Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

SELECT Art Fair is the avant-garde friend of FRIEZE. The fair provides a contemporary platform for galleries to market emerging to mid-career artists. This year SELECT is fueled by more interactive art programming including an exciting roster of installations, musical talent, performances, book signings and lectures. I’m looking forward to the rooftop performance piece, You Are Here, where a multi-sensory installation and living sculpture will be activated by performers, musicians, dancers, and visitors.

Art Miami New York

When: May 14–17 / Thursday: 5–9pm; Friday, Saturday: 12–8pm; Sunday: 12–6pm ($25)
Where: Pier 94 (55th Street and West Side Highway, Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan)

… As the name suggests, there are two incarnations of Art Miami New York.  Their Frieze Week debut will showcase a number of events, art talks, tours and nearly 1200 emerging and established artists from over 50 countries and 100 leading international art galleries. Art Miami produces other art fairs, such as CONTEXT, Aqua, Art Wynwood, CONTEXT New York, Art Southampton and Art Silicon Valley / San Francisco. No matter what the location (Miami is my fave),  Art Miami New York is one of the most important art events in the city.

NADA Art Fair

When: May 14–17 / Thursday: 6–8pm; Friday, Saturday: 11am–7pm; Sunday: 11–5pm (free)
Where: Pier 36 (299 South Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

NADA is the second largest fair during the week.  The 2015 lineup will include 100 galleries, including 27 first-time exhibitors. Apart from the regular program, NADA in New York 2015 will also have a series of performances, conversations and events.  Different events will be held each day of the fair. I’m looking forward to: Thursday’s program entitled NADA x PAOM NADA x PAOM, with an artist-designed, limited edition line of clothing and objects featuring artwork by three contemporary artists, each represented by NADA galleries. Sunday, Aeromoto and Wendy’s Subway will present A+WS, a collaboratively curated library and reading room designed by Tyler Polich and Hannah Wilentz , with a focus on art books, periodicals and exhibition catalogues by Latin American publishers.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

When: May 15–17 / Friday, Saturday: 12–8pm; Sunday: 12–6pm ($10)
Where: Pioneer Works (159 Pioneer Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn)

… London’s 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair is making its debut during Frieze Week. 1:54 is a reference to fifty-four countries that constitute the African continent, the title of 1:54 establishes the parameters of the fair’s ethos: as a platform that strives to represent multiplicity and showcase the diversity of contemporary African art and cultural production on an international stage. 1:54 NY’s participating galleries, which come from Abidjan, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Lagos, London, Marrakech, Milan and Paris, will feature works from 70+ African artists, including Gabonese painter Boris Nzebo, British-Nigerian draftswoman Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze, legendary Malian portrait photographers Malick Sidibé and Seydou Keita, Senegalese fashion and fine arts photographer Omar Victor Diop, Kenyan visual artist Jim Chuchu, Beninese mixed-media artist Romuald Hazoumè, iconic Nigerian photographer J.D. Okhai Ojeikere, Mozambican sculptor Gonçalo Mabunda, Belgian-Beninese photographer Fabrice Monteiro, and Tunisian artist and researcher Nidhal Chamekh, among others.

Not to be missed: artists talk with Hank Willis Thomas and Lyle Ashton Harris on the importance of the term “diaspora” to their practices (May 15, 4:15pm).

Artists Turn Raw Foods Into Works of Art


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When Dutch artists Lernert and Sander were commissioned to shoot photographs for a food themed documentary, they brilliantly transformed 98 different raw foods into perfect cubes. Each cube is a perfect 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm cube, spaced evenly across their grid — intense in color and texture.

Prints from the project, CUBES can be found here.

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Food Art1


Photography: Lernert & Sander
via Lernert & Sander Website

Colorful Shredded Paper Installations





Accumulation 2013 Shredded Paper Variable Installation at Moberg Gallery

Artist Travis Rice’s colorful installations are made up of thousands of strips of shredded paper layered in organized chaos. The ceiling to floor installations take on whimsical vibes – the room often looking more like a set for a Seuss inspired photo shoot.

His work creates a sense of stillness in movement; the frozen motion of undulating waves and cascading waterfalls that start feeling like living organisms stun you with blasts of brilliant colors.

“The approach is similar to that of the impressionist painter, but the brush stroke has been replaced by individual thin strips of paper that are the resultant product of a mechanical shredder,” he says. “The constructed forms are meant to imply frozen motion often starting from the ceiling and cascading to the floor.

My installations explore marks as modules that accumulate to create ordered masses. The approach is similar to that of the impressionist painter but the brush stroke has been replaced by individual thin strips of paper that are the resultant product of a mechanical shredder.

My palette is at one moment subjective and in another moment a basic application of color theory, but always gaudy and corrupt. Color allows me the opportunity to interject my cynical sense of humor and infatuation with early Disney cartoons. Ultimately, I see the work as a celebration of composition’s most fundamental element represented in an optimistic, mischievous manner while at the same time maintaining an aspiration toward intellectual purpose.”


Cotton Candy Cesspool 2013 Shredded Paper Variable Pearson Lakes Art Center Okoboji, IA




Rainbow Dyed Psychedelic Hallucination 2012 Shredded Paper Variable Artstop 2012 Des Moines, IA

Rainbow Dyed Psychedelic Hallucination
Shredded Paper
Artstop 2012 Des Moines, IA



Consumable Fragments 2007 Shredded Paper, Galvanized Metal, Pastel and Graphite Drawings Variable Fitch Gallery Des Moines, IA



Contamination 2013 Mixed Media Variable Moberg Gallery

Mixed Media
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Multiple Universes 2006 Shredded Paper, Stainless Steel Gazing Balls, Pastel on Paper Drawings Variable


Pothole Art Project Launches New Series – Treats in the Streets!

Creamsicle (Glass & Marble Mosaic)

Winter left the streets in my city riddled with potholes – wrecking havoc on my car, leaving me feeling like I’m one bump away from leaving an axle in the road. It also reminded me to check in with Jim Bachor, the artist from Chicago who fills potholes with amazing glass & marble mosaics.

Last year we covered the public art project and watched as nine mosaics were installed around Chicago. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Bachor’s 2015 Pothole Art Installation Project launched a new series of pothole art installations called Treats in the Streets. A perfect name for the creamy white tiles bordering brightly colored popsicles seemingly tossed off a Good Humor truck.

Take a sweet look at the first pieces from the series to hit the streets.


Bomp Pop

Bomp Pop

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Creamsicle (Glass & Marble Mosaic)

Creamsicle (Glass & Marble Mosaic)

Jim Bachor_Twin Pop

Twin Lime Popsicles



PS. Bachor is on his way to Finland to drop six more of pieces during their End of Winter Festival. Follow his Instagram account to see the updates.

Photos taken by Jim Bachor.



Still Life with a Ham and a Roemer

Willem Claesz. Heda, Dutch (active Haarlem), 1594 - 1680/82
Still Life with a Ham and a Roemer Willem Claesz. Heda, Dutch (active Haarlem), 1594 - 1680/82

Still Life with a Ham and a Roemer
Willem Claesz. Heda, Dutch (active Haarlem), 1594 – 1680/82

Philadelphia Museum of Art is branching out with a major art initiative, extending its arts outreach into ten local communities. This summer residents of participating communities throughout the city and region will find themselves stumbling across high-quality reproductions of famous works of art from the Museum’s vast collection in unexpected places.

The “Inside Out” initiative, funded by a $340,000 grant from the Knight Foundation, was conceived by the Detroit Institute of the Arts as a way to engage the community in its collection, and has been in hundreds of locations over the past five years.

Each neighborhood will host up to twelve masterpieces within a short distance of each other, displayed in a frame representative of the time period in which it was created. The art will be accompanied by a label with commentary by members of the Museum’s staff explaining what they most admire about the works.

The project will unfold in two phases—the summer installation begins in May 1st in the Philadelphia neighborhoods of East Passyunk and Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy; in Haddonfield, New Jersey; Media, Pennsylvania and Newtown, Pennsylvania. Inside Out will continue with installations this fall beginning in late August in Fishtown and Kensington in Philadelphia and in the Pennsylvania communities of Ambler, Norristown, Wayne and West Chester.

Communities participating in the project will receive free admission to the museum at designated times during the installation.

Find your local locations now, and get ready to experience some of the finest masterpieces in the open air.

Works on view

Media (Delaware County, PA)
Mary Cassatt, Mother and Child (1908)
Marc Chagall, Half-Past Three (The Poet) (1911)
Juan Gris, Man in a Café (1912)
Vasily Kandinsky, Little Painting with Yellow (Improvisation) (1914)
Paul Klee, Fish Magic (1925)
Claude Monet, The Japanese Footbridge and the Water Lily Pool, Giverny (1899)
Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon of the Colorado River (1892 and 1908)
Pablo Picasso, Self-Portrait with Palette (1906)
Henri Rousseau, Carnival Evening (1886)
Henry Ossawa Tanner, The Annunciation (1898)
Unknown (made in Korea), Lotus (19th century; Joseon Dynasty, 1392–1910)
Unknown (made in India; attributed to Nihal Chand), Krishna and Radha (about 1750)

Haddonfield (Camden County, NJ)
Constantin Brancusi, The Kiss (1916)
Paul Cézanne, Mont Sainte-Victoire, 1902–4
Frederic Edwin Church, Pichincha (1867)
Simon Jacobsz. de Vlieger, Marine (about 1652–53)
Daniel Garber, Tanis (1915)
Jacob Lawrence, The Libraries Are Appreciated (1943)
Sir Frederic Leighton, Portrait of a Roman Lady (La Nanna) (1859)
Joan Miró, Dog Barking at the Moon (1926)
Claude Monet, Poplars on the Bank of the Epte River (1891)
Georgia O’Keeffe, Two Calla Lilies on Pink (1928)
Unknown (made in France), Rondel Depicting Holofernes’s Army Crossing the Euphrates River (1246–48)

Newtown (Bucks County, PA)
Marcel Duchamp, Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2) (1912)
Edward Hicks, Noah’s Ark (1846)
Winslow Homer, The Life Line (1884)
Jean-Antoine Houdon, Bust of Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790) (1779)
Édouard Manet, Le Bon Bock (1873)
Charles Willson Peale, Portrait of Yarrow Mamout (Muhammad Yaro) (1819)
Sir Joshua Reynolds, Portrait of Master Bunbury (1780–81)
Sarah Mary Taylor, “Hands” Quilt (Winter 1980)
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, At the Moulin Rouge: The Dance (1890)
Joseph Mallord William Turner, The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, October 16, 1834 (1834–35)

East Passyunk (South Philadelphia)
Canaletto, The Bucintoro at the Molo on Ascension Day (about 1745)
Eduard Charlemont, The Moorish Chief (1878)
Paul Gauguin, The Sacred Mountain (Parahi Te Marae) (1892)
Marsden Hartley, Painting No. 4 (A Black Horse) (1915)
Willem Claesz. Heda, Still Life with a Ham and a Roemer (about 1631–34)
Claude Monet, Manne-Porte, Étretat (1885)
Rubens Peale, From Nature in the Garden (1856)
Robert Rauschenberg, Estate (1963)
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Girl in a Red Ruff (about 1896)
William Trost Richards, Newport Coast (1902)
Diego Rivera, Sugar Cane (1931)

Chestnut Hill & Mt. Airy (Northwest Philadelphia)
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, A Reading from Homer (1885)
Moe Brooker, Present Futures (2006)
John Constable, Sketch for “A Boat Passing a Lock” (1822–24)
Beauford Delaney, Portrait of James Baldwin (1945)
Thomas Eakins, Sailboats Racing on the Delaware (1874)
Daniel Garber, Quarry, Evening (1913)
Kano Hōgai, Two Dragons [in Clouds] (1885)
František Kupka, Disks of Newton (Study for “Fugure in Two Colors”) (1912)
Joan Miró, Horse, Pipe, and Red Flower (1920)
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Portrait of Mademoiselle Legrand (1875)
Rebecca Scattergood Savery, Sunburst Quilt (1839
Unknown (made in Central Tibet), Four Hevajra Mandalas of the Vajravali Cycle (early 15th century)
Vincent van Gogh, Sunflowers (1888 or 1889)
Andy Warhol, Jackie (Four Jackies) (Portraits of Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy) (1964)
Grant Wood, Plowing (1936)
Andrew Newell Wyeth, Groundhog Day (1959)

Chase Me: The entirely 3D printed animated short



From the characters to the set, all elements from Filmmaker Gilles-Alexandre Deschaud’s Animated film, Chase Me were printed using a 3d printer. Deschaud spent two years 3D printing 2,500 parts using the Formlabs’ Form 1+ SLA 3D Printer.

Chase Me combines the magic of film with the wonder of 3D printing, every detail forming a beautiful representation of a magical world. This short film follows a ukelele-playing girl who is chased through a dark forest by the monster that emerges from her own shadow.

This creative stop animation project first began as a CG-animated storyboard, which was then 3D printed — frame by frame. Each second of the film is made up of 15 frames. 3D printing brings to animation, especially stop-motion, the freedom to edit on the computer, before committing to the time intensive process of frame by frame animation.



Check out this video preview of Chase Me:

via Mold3d