His unconventional Houdini act of crushing lifeless cans and then transforming them into stunning and often funny portraitures first caught our attention. These painted faces with haunting eyes full of lifelike emotions do not typically sit on walls like other installs but rather on the ground waiting for attention. They’ve become his trademark, garnering him a loyal worldwide fan base and international success on the contemporary art scene.
MDS is also known to many for his championing of public art as the founder of Free Art Friday, a non-profit project that allows artists the liberty to create work free from the constraints of commerce. Artists create special pieces that get placed outside in random locations to be discovered and taken home. It’s the exhilarating aspect of an unexpected approach to a random walk in your neighborhood that has pushed the growth of his 10 year devotion project on to other cities.
This August he will bring his Free Art Friday project to Philadelphia – the project is meant to unite the artist community in a common goal, so we encourage all who’d like to participate in the project to do so. If you spot any MDS pieces around Philly next week, make sure to use the hashtags: #phillyfreeartfriday #hahaxpara so everyone can play along.
While he is in Philly, MDS has promised to leave a wide range of his work in our hometown before heading to Chicago for his next project in the states. On Saturday, August 30th, come out and watch My Dog Sighs, Calo Buscante and Kelly Kozma paint together for a special community project in the Queens Village area. Afterwards, we invite you to join us back at Paradigm Gallery + Studio at 5pm for a fun panel discussion moderated by Streets Dept, along with our special panel guest Robert Perry from the Philly Street Art Mecca, Tattooed Mom.
The panel discussion is free, but please click below to reserve your ticket so we can estimate how much space we need.
Can’t make it to the event?
Watch the livestream on Ustream.tv/channel/haha-mag. Livestream starts at 5pm EST on August 20th, 2014.
Get your free ticket for our panel discussion here.