We’re All Up in Miami Art Basel

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HAHA MAG has descended on Miami with all the other art geeks for Art Basel Week.  That means we probably won’t be posting regularly this week. But we will be doing our thing and instagramming all the excitement & debauchery (well, maybe not that).

Join us, follow us, interact with us…we’re here from December 2nd – 7th and we’ll do our best to answer back and deliver great shots from the fairs, Wynwood Walls and everyplace else our soon-to-be blistered feet can get to.

HAHA X PARADIGM BRINGS IN ARTISTS TO CREATE NEW MURALS IN QUEEN VILLAGE

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Philly got three new art installations over Labor Day weekend.

My Dog Sighs, Calo Buscanigua and Kelly Kozma dropped some amazing work between 3rd and 5th on Bainbridge in the Queen Village section of Philadelphia.  The 3 artists beautifully rehabbed three neglected junction boxes as part of a community beautification project with HAHA x Paradigm in collaboration with the Queen Village Neighborhood Association.

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UK artist My Dog Sighs left his trademark haunting eyes and water droplets.

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Fun Fact: The lyrics to UB40’s song ‘One in Ten’ are painted around My Dog’s box as a thoughtful observation on the homeless that often sat on benches near his box in the evenings.

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My Dog Sighs paints a Philly skyline reflection.

Calo Buscanigua shared some cherished images from his hometown in El Salvador.

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These beautiful colors are a homage to the vibrancy of the shantytowns in El Salvador.

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Kelly Kozma showed her burgeoning love of street art with a cute quirky take on yarnbombing.

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UK Street Artist My Dog Sighs Is Coming To Philly

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We’re excited to announce that our new HAHAxParadigm artist in residence is none other than, acclaimed UK street artist, My Dog Sighs.

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 SighsCalo 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.

 

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Get your free ticket for our panel discussion here.

 

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Philly Artists CORNBREAD & Isaiah Zagar will speak at I AM HERE Artists Talk

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Legendary Writer Darryl “Cornbread” McCray and Mosaic Artist Isaiah Zagar are scheduled to speak this Thursday, June 26th,  at a special Artists Talk in association with the I AM HERE exhibition currently up at James Oliver Gallery.

McCray and Zagar are expected to drive a lively discussion with stories on their many years of work and future endeavors.

Other artists in the exhibition are scheduled to join the discussion on the artists’ iconic work – and how their movements had an effect on the new generations contributions to this ever growing movement.

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I AM HERE is a group exhibition presenting a phenomenal roster of six Philadelphia artists (Ishknits, Streetsdept, Kid Hazo, Joe Burochow, Cornbread, and Isaiah Zagar) whose individual passions represent a link back to the blossoming graffiti culture – to the burgeoning generational shift that is pushing us to stray away from using generic terms such as “street art” to define the diversity of artistic work.

 

SPECIAL ARTIST TALK WITH 
DARRYL “CORNBREAD” McCRAY & ISAIAH ZAGAR

Thursday, June 26th 7-9pm at James Oliver Gallery
James Oliver Gallery | 723 Chestnut Street | Philadelphia, PA 19106
Refreshments will be served!
View the I AM HERE exhibition pieces at shop.paradigmarts.org.

SUMMAIYA JILLANI: FROM PAKISTAN TO PHILADELPHIA

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During the month of December, Pakistani Artist, Summayya Jillani collaborated with HAHAxParadigm to bring her works, rich in color and culture, outside of a gallery setting for the first time. Jillani’s work often carries a whimsical Eastern retelling of the influence of western pop culture. Like her famous painting of Marilyn dressed in classic Pakistani attire (Baar baar dekho, hazaar baar dekho).

HAHA sat down with Visual Artist, Summayya Jillani to discuss her views on community art and to figure out how street art is received in Pakistan.

HM: We’re excited that you’re going to participate in some street art with us before you fly back home. Being that street art is basically an umbrella term for most visual art displayed in public locations, what type of reaction does it receive back home in Karachi? Are there any major differences than the affects you see it have here in the U.S.?

SJ: I think there might be quite a big difference between the reactions we get from people here in the US and what we would get as a reaction on serious street-art back in Pakistan. I’ve been here for more than a month now and I have wandered about in many different neighborhoods of different cities here, which include some very arty areas with a lot of devised street art. People from Karachi would definitely admire it more than any American citizen because they’re not used to seeing such kind of strenuously executed works on the walls of their own city. What I mean is, it is an everyday thing here, while it is still a very big deal, a rarity in Pakistan to see public art. We too have a lot of things happening on our walls but it’s mostly highly provocative stuff like political or religious slogans and people don’t consider it arty.

HM: What would you like to take away from this project or convey to U.S. viewers with it?

SJ: Coming from a country like Pakistan, which we all know doesn’t have a very nice impression on the rest of the world due to its helter-skelter status quo; I have always tried to make a point that nothing in this world is completely bad or good. It’s always in the hands of someone or the other to bring out either a true or an exaggerated image of a place or just anything. I know my country is going through its worst phases but there is always some good in everything. Same is the case with Pakistan, it’s youth despite all the difficulties it has to face every other day, is vibrant, positive and very constructive. They’re hard to demotivate. They like to listen to/make good music, go to cinema, hang out with friends, do all the young things that people their age do in other prosperous countries without much fear. They have dreams and ambitions. They like to make friends across the borders, they’re not hostile in nature at all and they’re always trying very hard to steer up the image of their nation. Through any work that I have done in past or will be doing in future, my intension remains the same, that is to make people see beyond the extreme political or religious sturm and drang going on in Pakistan most of the time. There is a lot of taste, liveliness and love for fun in people’s hearts over there. There is a lot of good co-existing with the bad, but sadly it goes undetected most of the time.

HM: Lastly, what are your thoughts on community art/public art/street art?

SJ: I personally love public art more than any other type of art. My reasons are simple because that way it doesn’t remain exclusive, which I believe is not the actual purpose of art or any other mode of expression. It is meant to be seen and spread as much as it may. Another reason is that I have always enjoyed being surrounded by immense in size imageries. It makes my every-day life experiences a bit more interesting I feel.

Keep an eye out for Jillani’s addition to the vibrancy of Philadelphia’s streets this month. If you’re in Philly, you can check her ‘Pakistani Marilyn’ out at 2nd Street in Old City. HAHA x PARADIGM’s first collaboration was with LA-based artist, Paige Smith (aka a Common Name) who bought her Urban Geodes project to Philly this past October

HAHA MAG PRESENTS: The Dutch Umbrella Series

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HAHA Magazine asked The Dutch Umbrella Share Program if they would turn over their classic white umbrellas to five local Philadelphia artists to use as a blank canvas. The results of which were chronicled through five, four minute videos called, The HAHA Mag Dutch Umbrella Episodes. The artist’s umbrellas were exhibited at Paradigm Gallery + Studio  for a month and then auctioned off.  Proceeds from the auction went toward children’s art programming in Philadelphia.

 

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It’s A Wrap! Dutch Umbrella Episode 5

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In our final episode, the spotlight is on notorious Philadelphia Yarn Bomber, Jessie Hemmons. You might have seen her colorful bombs wrapped around trees in Rittenhouse or cozied up on bike racks around the city. Our host Lily delphia sits down with Jessie to chat about her inspiration for the project.

To see more of Jessie’s work hit up her website: www.ishknits.com

And remember, this Friday, November 12, join yours truly along with HAHA Magazine and all of our amazing artists at Paradigm Gallery to celebrate the completion of the Dutch Umbrella Project.

DJ PHSH will be spinning starting at 7 PM – which is when the beer starts flowing. The gallery is located at 2020 South Street and we will be pumping art and antics into the evening. Proceeds will benefit children’s art programming in Philadelphia. On behalf of HAHA Magazine, I thank you so much for all your support during the production of this project – we can’t wait to see your faces on Friday!

Dutch Umbrella Project Charity Auction & Showcase

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By now I’m sure you’ve all seen The Dutch Umbrella Episodes…

So you know that ‘The Dutch Umbrella Share Program’ gave us some of their signature white umbrellas; and we passed them on to some rad local artists to reimagine. Now that the umbrellas are finally finished, we’re gonna celebrate the completion of the project with an insane HAHA MAG Auction – complete with mustache styled paddles (it is No Shave November after all).

We hope everyone has enjoyed following the project and will come out and celebrate with us & the artists. Proceeds from the auction will go towards supporting the artists themselves and various local arts charities.

DJ PHSH starts spinning the tunes & the beer starts flowing at 7pm.
The Auction starts at 8pm Sharp!

*All 12 Umbrellas will be on display at Paradigm Gallery starting 11/8
if you want to check out the goods before the bidding starts.

HAHA MAG Presents: Dutch Umbrella Episode 4

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This time we’re with 27 year old local artist Frost 215 - the rogue sticker bomber of that trademark character, El Toro.

Are you watching the video already?…then make sure you stick around till the ‘2:27′ minute mark when Lily asks him what we’ve been dying to know since he jumped on screen.

To see more of Frost’s work, head over to:
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www.eltoro215.blogspot.com

HAHA MAG Presents: Dutch Umbrella Episode 3

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HAHA Magazine asked Philly’s Dutch Umbrella Share Program if they would turn over some of their classic white umbrellas to local artists and have them use the umbrellas as a blank canvas. The results of which have been chronicled through The Dutch Umbrella Episodes.

Episode 3 takes us to Old Kensington, the neighborhood of Artist, Kat Karnaky.

Click here to find out more about our exciting Dutch Umbrella Project events.

HAHA MAG Presents: Dutch Umbrella Episode 2

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HAHA Magazine asked Philly’s Dutch Umbrella Share Program if they would turn over some of their classic white umbrellas to local artists and have them use the umbrellas as a blank canvas. The results of which have been chronicled through The Dutch Umbrella Episodes.

Episode 2 takes us into the studio with Artist, Brandon Dean.

Click here to find out more about our exciting Dutch Umbrella Project events.