FAILE Installs a Prayer Wheel In the Middle of Times Square

Photograph courtesy of Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.


Photograph courtesy of Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.

Photograph courtesy of Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.

New York, NY – There’s a little bit of sacred sitting amidst the lights and constant stream of noise in Times Square.

Times Square Arts* collaborates with contemporary artists to experiment and engage in one of the most iconic places – Times Square, have joined with the Brooklyn-based artists collaboration FAILE for FAILE: Wishing on You, an interactive public installation reimagining Asian prayer wheels.  Wishing on You explores this form of mediation with contemporary patterns of consumption, desire, and myth-making within a contextually juxtaposing landscape.

Prayer Wheels, used in some European, Asian, and American spiritual rituals are found in sacred gathering places.  Used for enlightenment – one would spin the prayer wheel clockwise while chanting the wheel’s inscribed mantra to accumulate good karma to purify oneself from the negative (bad karma).

FAILE’s spin on this spiritual symbol puts the contemporary offering in the hands of the public in an untraditional spot of communal gathering. The hand carved 7ft tall prayer wheel is full of the duo’s trademark typography, and eye-catching boldly colored collage graphics.

“The piece will ask viewers to think about what spirituality and desire look like in the context of affluent global cities and create a place of spontaneity and shared experience. Even the movement of the sculpture, with each turn of the wheel powering the neon lights on the piece, is an act of collaboration and hope rather than passive viewing.”

The piece will be on display at Broadway plaza between 42nd and 43rd Streets from August 17 – September 1, 2015; presented in collaboration with FAILE’s exhibition, FAILE: Savage/Sacred Young Minds, running at the Brooklyn Museum from July 10- October 4, 2015.

photo by Jaime rojo/ Brooklyn Street Art

photo by Jaime rojo/ Brooklyn Street Art

Photograph courtesy of Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.

Photograph courtesy of Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.



Photograph courtesy of Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.

Photograph courtesy of Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.


*Times Square Arts, the public art program of the Times Square Alliance, collaborates with contemporary artists and cultural institutions to experiment and engage with one of the world’s most iconic urban places. FAILE

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Artist Sophie Roach with her box at 2nd & South.

HAHA MAG isn’t simply a virtual resource for art, we jump into the ring and spread great art throughout our community. Our side project, HAHA x PARADIGM works with street artists that have an active role in giving back through urban beautification.

This summer with the help of South Street Headhouse District and our amazing roster of artists we were able to turn these bland, filthy electrical boxes along the popular stretch in Philly known as South Street into colorful mini murals.

Following Artists are featured: Sophie RoachSean TalaminiNDAClint Tillman ReidJason Andrew TurnerNate HarrisMiriam Singer, and Sean 9 Lugo.

For more pics and behind the scenes action go to HAHAxPARADIGM.ORG

You can take a tour of this project with awesome crowd pics using the hashtag #hahaxpara on Instagram.

Sean Talamini paints his box on 5th & South

Sean Talamini paints his box on 5th and South

Artist: Sean Talamini

Artist: Sean Talamini

Artist Sophie Roach with her box at 2nd & South.

Artist Sophie Roach with her box at 2nd & South.

Artist: Sophie Roach

Artist: Sophie Roach

Clint Tillman Reid working at 7th and South

Clint Tillman Reid working at 7th and South

Artist: Clint Tillman Reid

Artist: Clint Tillman Reid

Nate Harris working on his 4th and South box.

Nate Harris working on his 4th and South box


Artist: Nate Harris

Sean 9 Lugo getting down on his 7th and South box

Sean9Lugo getting down on his 7th and South box

Artist: Sean9Lugo

Artist: Sean9Lugo

Miriam Singer_HAHAMAG

Artist: Miriam Singer

Jason Andrew Turner at 2nd & South

Jason Andrew Turner at 2nd & South

Artist: Jason Andrew Turner

Artist: Jason Andrew Turner

NDA whipping up some magic at 6th & South

NDA whipping up some magic at 6th & South

Artist: NDA

Artist: NDA

For more pics and behind the scenes action go to HAHAxPARADIGM.ORG

You can take a tour of this project with awesome crowd pics using the hashtag #hahaxpara on Instagram.

Prague Metro Station gets Beautified by Popular Street Artists



Prague’s Public Transport is using art to combat graffiti. It’s a paradox, artists accustomed to breaking into Prague subways stations to paint are now being welcomed in as part of the Prague Public Transport’s new program to defeat unwanted/illegal graffiti.

Popular Prague street artists, Pasta Oner, Jan Kaláb, Michal Škapa aka Tran, and X-Dog were invited to beautify the walls covering the new elevator systems in the busy Andel underground station.  It’s the first legit street art in Prague’s metro system.

Prague Public Transport plans to expand the program to include other metro stations and public spaces overrun by illegal graffiti by the end of the year.






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Still saying ‘what the’ to Hanna Liden’s bagel totems?  Here’s the skinny: Swedish artist Hanna Liden had her first taste of that new york staple, the bagel in 1998 – which incidentally, is the year that she arrived in new york.  So I guess you could say that the bagels represent her formative NYC year, her first authentic taste of the city that would become her new home.

The sculptures are large-scale, carved versions of bagels — both individually placed and arranged in stacks, acting as makeshift ‘vases’, placed in well-traveled public spaces.  The black spray paint, a romanticized vision of the impurity and grime that is characteristic of the city.

Liden’s sculptural eating experience is titled ‘everything’, a two-part art installation in Hudson River Park until October 20, 2015, and Ruth Wittenberg plaza until august 24, 2015. Presented by Art Production Fund and Kiehl’s since 1851, the exhibition sets up the sculptural bagels in unexpected contexts around the city, giving new meaning to what Liden refers to as ‘a great icon of urban living’.


photo by nicholas knight / courtesy of art production fund


photo by nicholas knight / courtesy of art production fund


photo by nicholas knight / courtesy of art production fund


photo by nicholas knight / courtesy of art production fund


photo by nicholas knight / courtesy of art production fund


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For some basketball is a religion, a devotion to a sport where court time is sacred. Artist Victor Solomon’s stunning stained glass blackboards have taken that narrative and combined it with the luxury aesthetic and discipline of a craft normally reserved for opulent interior designs of texture and rich colours.

Those characteristics have been poured into his company Literally Balling –meticulously cut, soldered and assembled backboards crafted with historical accuracy to the traditional Tiffany Style.

The result is elegant evocative parallel to a sport that has a host of disparate narratives: a religious devotion to sport; the athlete as modern-day king of court; the proletarian drift of basketball from project pick-up games to newfound cultural heights; even a cautionary comment on the fragility of luxury.”







photos courtesy of Literally Balling


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Riikka Hyvönen 2015


It’s that old saying come to light, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.  In this case, artist Riikka Hyvönento finds beauty in a roller derby girls’ occupational hazard turned accidental canvas.  Inspired by the feminist, communal spirit of the sport her work reflects the community, fragility, and personal strength of the women who play it.

Roller Derby is high-octane, aggressive, physically demanding competitive contact speed skating sport that originated in the United States (hello Philly Roller Derby Girls).  One gnarly side effect is the technicolor rainbow of bruises the players sport after a particularly rough game.  Bruising is a trophy in this sport – a proudly earned right of passage from a well-played game. 

Hyvönen spent the last year collecting photographs of roller derby girls’ bottoms and converting the bruises – which she calls ‘kisses’ – in giant pop artworks.

“I am objectifying these women totally. But I am doing it exactly in the way they objectify themselves,” Hyvönen says.

“The players fall, and although it hurts, they get up smiling: after the match they are immensely proud of their bruises. Posting photos online and competing in who’s got the most colorful, biggest bruise, is a phenomenon: it would be a shame if no one saw the sign of bravery after a well-played game.

Hyvönen portrays the feminist, communal spirit as one of the essential characteristics of the sport. Even the titles of her works are inspired by the comments posted under the photos the girls have shared on social media:

Oh, Lord. Is That the One That Looks Suspiciously Like My Wheel?! God, I’m Sorry To Have Marked You So :( … Um, Think Of It As A Love Bite? xx” – The Finnish Institute in London

‘Roller Derby Kisses’ is part of an exhibition at the Finnish Institute in King Cross, London, it will run until August 20, 2015.

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Riikka Hyvönen 2015


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Riikka Hyvönen 2015

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Riikka Hyvönen 2015

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Riikka Hyvönen 2015



'Chowpatty' by Shweta Malhotra
'Chowpatty' by Shweta Malhotra

‘Chowpatty’ by Shweta Malhotra

Pranita Kocharekar's 'You & I'

Pranita Kocharekar’s ‘You & I’

Now in Mumbai, you can hail a colorful story for that ride across town. Taxis in Mumbai are being decked out in wildly colorful fabrics courtesy of the company Taxi Fabric.

India has some 55,000 taxis smashing around the city on the daily, with all the competition for fares, taxi drivers pimp out their vehicles to attract customers.  Fabrics for taxi seat coverings haven’t changed much over the years; the same fabrics geared towards function and less about design are being used over and over.

Tasneem Amiruddin's 'Jungle Book'

Tasneem Amiruddin’s ‘Jungle Book’

'Monad' by Samya Arif

‘Monad’ by Samya Arif

Sanket Avlani, founder of Taxi Fabric saw an opportunity to bring something new into the mix.  They highlight not only the art of design but the impact that design can have in an environment.  This platform provided the makers a gateway dialogue about the importance of fiber arts as a mainstay.  And opens a realm of accessibility to design students eager to showcase their work and celebrate their city by telling its stories with this exciting art form.

“We want to help Indian designers have their work not only be seen but also allow them to connect with members of the public who up until now perhaps haven’t understood that design can tell stories and create emotions.”

‘A century of Revolt’_ by Kunal Gaur

‘A century of Revolt’_ by Kunal Gaur

Right now it’s a limited number of taxis sporting the new looks, so finding one will be like searching for a diamond in the rough – but one with a lot more meaning and hopefully smiles from both the passengers and the drivers who move these stories about a city full of talent.

Lokesh Karekar's 'From a Taxi Window'

Lokesh Karekar’s ‘From a Taxi Window’

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, 30 designers will have their work be printed, stitched and fitted onto Mumbai taxi seats. That will turn into  20-25 Taxi Fabrics by the end of the year.

'Urban Garden' by Pavithra Dikshit

‘Urban Garden’ by Pavithra Dikshit

Gaurav Ogale's 'Cutting'

Gaurav Ogale’s ‘Cutting’


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Kid Hazo’s INSECURITY Takes the Prying Eyes Off You


Kid Hazo Insecurity


Someone’s always watching…or not.

Kid Hazo comes at you with a new install ‘INSECURITY’, mocking the constant need to monitor everything.  So here’s your chance to let it all hang out without unseen peering eyes.  Is that the joke, and someone is watching you while your guard is down?

Nah. If you’re kickin’ it by Frankford Ave, go crazy!

It’s a great ramp up to the ‘INTERSECTIONS’ show at Paradigm Gallery + Studio featuring works from Hazo & Joe Boruchow on Friday, August 28th (5:30 pm – 10 pm).

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Cai Guo-Qiang ladder-2

Cai Guo-Qiang likes to ignite things.

His pyrotechnic artistic technics are memorable for the impressions that come after the loud bangs, leaving nothing but darkened images that drift off into the wind. The shadows may phase out, but these outlines of the once existing things create palpable discussions that continue well after his installations have been set off.

On June 15, his latest piece titled Sky Ladder, (a huge white balloon filled with 6,200 cubic meters of helium was attached to a 500-meter long ladder coated completely with quick burning fuses and gold fireworks) ascended into the sky above Huiyu Island Harbor, Quanzhou, China, burning brightly into the early morning for 2 minutes and 30 seconds



This was Guo-Qiang’s fourth attempt to realize the performance. Previous Sky Ladder’s had been attempted in Bath (1994), Shanghai (2001), and in Los Angeles (2012), to varying degrees of success, none had fully realized his vision until now.

“Behind Sky Ladder lies a clear childhood dream of mine. Despite all life’s twists and turns, I have always been determined to realize it. My earlier proposals were either more abstract or ceremonial. Sky Ladder today is tender and touches my heart deeply: it carries affection for my hometown, my relatives, and my friends. In contrast to my other attempts, which set the ignition time at dusk, this time the ladder rose toward the morning sun, carrying hope. For me, this not only means a return but also the start of a new journey.”



All photos by Lin Yi and Wen-You Cai courtesy Cai Studio. (via Booooooom)

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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.








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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

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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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