My Dog Sighs & Midge Collaborate on New Mural

Portsmouth, UK  –  My Dog Sighs and Midge are two of our favorite UK artists, so excuse us for geeking out over their latest mural that showcases Midge’s furry creatures embodied with the emotive faces of My Dog Sighs.

The excitement is that this isn’t just them teaming up for a mural, but a painting preface to their upcoming joint exhibition, Together In Solitude.  Solitude will open November 14th, at Coastguard Studios, a new gallery space in their hometown of Portsmouth.  But for right now, if you’re near Portsmouth, you can see the mural at SouthSea Coffee.

 

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Pics courtesy of My Dog Sighs & Midge

 

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

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

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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Behind the scenes of UK’s Travelling Art Gallery with Street Artist My Dog Sighs

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When Portsmouth (UK) based street artist My Dog Sighs said he was working on  The Rusty Alexander , an old double-decker bus that’s being converted into a traveling art gallery by Sculptor Hayley Kendal (Rust Bucket Workshop)  – I had to hear more.

My Dog Sighs sent us some cool photos of him in action while telling us how the transformation is coming along.

“Rust Bucket Workshop is doing an amazing job with it. Internally it has an aging ship like quality with paint peeling floorboard walls and old iron monger setting the scene for a stunning collection of work curated by Rust Bucket.

I, alongside outsider artists Funns, and Kazland were asked to come paint the external part of the bus after she saw us painting together at last years UPFest paint festival. It’s nearing completion and ready for its inaugural outing at an arts festival in Blackpool in May. The line up of artists who will be showing is incredibly impressive. and well, it can’t fail to raise a smile wherever it goes!”

My Dog Sighs champions for the arts himself being the founder of Portsmouth’s Free Art Friday Project where artists leave original works on the street for the public to stumble upon, enjoy and claim. Since its inception hundreds of pieces have been given away.  “Art is so often tied to a need by the artist to ‘make a living’ and constrained by gallery and dealer issues. It focuses the artist on the act itself, giving complete artistic freedom as opposed to considering financial and commercial limits.”

I love the idea of a travelling curiosity closet…there’s this common misconception that art is difficult to understand or not easy consumed by the masses. Intimidating first experiences with art feed this perception. Yet here’s a novel and simple idea – converting an iconic piece of London into a space where art comes to the people, eliminating the intimidation some feel visiting  gallery or museums spaces. Something tells me the The Rusty Alexander will be the site of many stress free and rewarding affordable 1st art purchases that hopefully provide a gateway into future artistic adventures.

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This Is Midge

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PORTSMOUTH, UK  – Instagram has been a driving force in spreading Portsmouth based street artist, Midge’s work. Use the hashtag #thisismidge and it will serve up a plethora of beautiful hand painted black & white furry wide-eyed creatures lounging around on backdrops of vintage newsprint and aged sheet music.

Recently Midge and fellow Portsmouth artist, My Dog Sighs, caused quite a stir around London when they plastered prominent hot-spots like Shoreditch and Brick Lane with their collaborative series of paste ups.

Because I’m unduly curious about the affairs of others and I got tired of stalking Midge via her Instagram – I rang her up to chat.

HM: Your latest collaboration with, MyDogSighs was Instagram gold. I loved following the project and seeing what pieces people had found. We received so many emails during that time from your fans telling us we should cover it.

Midge: It was my first time in London doing something like this – feeling like a kid again trying to quickly scrawl something up on the wall and then running away. I found it a bit scary and then a bit of a rush, and now I just want to go back and do it again. I’ll be a bit more subtle about it next time and not have those shifty eyes. I probably looked really suspicious.

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HM:  It’s not often that you see hand painted originals being pasted up. I’m really drawn in by the vintage papers you use – it adds another dimension to the work. I don’t know if it’s a stretch, but I often get the feeling you choose the paper based on its wording. I find that so incredible, the amount of time you put into something so tangible and temporary when it could be taken down within minutes – with street art that’s the nature of the beast.

Midge: There something a bit more special about leaving an original, it’s never going be replicated – once it’s gone its gone.

And I love using vintage paper. I do prefer to use sheet music because of the lyrics. I try to pick sheets that have nice lyrics, then I can create something on it to reflect that and relate it to the song. The collaboration with My Dog Sighs was done on old Portsmouth newspaper, I thought it was more relevant considering that’s where we’re both from.

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HM: The one thing we got asked repeatedly was if we knew how many pieces you guys collaborated on. People love knowing whether or not they’ve seen them all.

Midge: I think we’ve done 6 or 7 pieces together. We both pasted up our own pieces as well during that time.

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HM: I noticed on your Instagram that you leave artwork out on the streets for some lucky bastard to find as part of Portsmouth’s ‘Free Art Friday’.

Midge: Yeah, every Friday artists leave free art out for the community. It’s so exciting because you don’t know how someone’s going feel about your art. I still haven’t gotten used to the ‘letting go’ part of it, but whenever we get an emotional response it makes me feel so good. Someone being emotionally affected by finding something you created, it’s a really lovely feeling – we’re building on this community.

HM: So what’s next?

Midge: I’m working on more pieces. Liking a piece is one thing but falling in love with a piece of artwork is something you connect with – that’s really important. I really want to build on that message. You have to make an impact while you have a chance.

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photo credit: Susan Mackey