@SEEYOUTHROUGHIT IN PHILLY FOR ‘BEAUTIFUL TIMES’ TOUR

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This week Amanda Marie dropped this dreamy CampScape in one of Philly’s Community Garden.

Artists, Amanda Marie and X-O (@seeyouthroughit & @ihyland) are road tripping around the US leaving a trail of cool art in public spaces in support and to bring awareness to their “Beautiful Times” tour. Beautiful Times is a collaborative project between the two artists – its goal is to raise awareness about the world we live in, the protection our of children and wild flowers. The tour will support two organizations – Lady Bird Johnson & The Morgan Adams Foundation – whose efforts go into both concerns.

To learn more about “Beautiful Times” go to www.beautifultimes.net.com.

To follow the rest of their tour go to www.bkstreetart.com for exclusive pics. You can help support their work by going to their Beautiful Times Indiegogo page. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/beautiful-times#home

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What The Heck?! Random Guy Buffs ESPO Mural

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Most people that follow the work of artist Steve Powers aka ‘ESPO’ know about the mural he painted in Philadelphia – off of Front Street, for the promotion of Philly musician, Kurt Vile’s album, “ Waking On a Pretty Daze”.

Well today this unknown guy took it upon himself to paint over the ESPO piece because he thinks “it attracted graffiti to the neighborhood” – you know the one rich in public art. The same neighborhood I toured during a TED WALK on the merits of Public Art.

From what our sources ascertained, he’s neither the property owner or employed by the city, nor might I add associated with any community initiative. After being asked to stop and being told that this was a commissioned piece by world renowned artist ‘ESPO’ – he replied that he didn’t’ give a s$#!. Oddly enough, he did leave without finishing, but he defaced enough it.

But seriously dude, why stop now? You almost wrecked it all… maybe because you stopped to think for more than two seconds to realize you don’t have the right to go around judging what art stays and what goes in our neighborhoods?

What a douche move… and by the way, now the wall looks like crap. Way to go – you accomplished what again?

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*photos thanks to Najeeb (@dasheikee) who happened to be driving by the mural when this went down.

KID HAZO PARODIES THOSE VISIT PHILLY POSTERS…

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The Visit Philly campaign posters aren’t so bad – they just don’t always read as my version of Philly. If I didn’t look close enough, I’d think they’d finally gotten hipper and more in tuned to the city’s vibe. But I should have known…that’s what’s so fun about Kid Hazo’s work, you really have to be observant to catch the joke.

Our favorite Philly Art Blogger & photographer was first on the scene (as usual). He gave a really great breakdown of Hazo’s Dear Street Art Lovers Poster:

“In case you need a little help cracking the ‘Dear Street Art Lovers’ one: We got Tagged Up Elephants (Cornbread), Sticker Characters (The Sticky Bandits), Black and white paper cut outs (Joe Burochow), Yarn bombed stuff (Ishknits) , stick dudes (Stikman), Mythical Animal Murals (NoseGo), Braille Art (Sonia and Austin), Conspiracy Street tiles (Toynbee Tiles) AND Ben Franklin wheat paste stencily janws (Get Up Art).”

You can find these new installs around Chestnut Street between Broad and 18th.

*For more installation shots check out StreetsDept.com photo 3

SELFIES ARE THE GOLDEN TICKET IN PHILLY’S WEEK LONG STREET ART SCAVENGER HUNT

Philly Tech Week  2014 is hosting something new this year, a citywide street art scavenger hunt.

The scavenger hunt, organized by community arts supporters, Tattooed Mom, Philly Tech Week and HAHA x Paradigm is designed to spotlight Philadelphia street artists, their work, and the neighborhoods that inspire them. So far, the lineup has included artists:  Joe BoruchowKid Hazo (work pictured below), HurrayForBraille Street ArtBobWillReign and Scrandy.

Daily clues to the stashed artwork locations get released at midnight.  Each day is a fresh hunt, a new artist, and a new winner. Hunters must take selfies with the art and share them via Twitter or Instagram using the scavenger hashtags for a chance to win an exclusive piece of art

Dedication is the key for participating art lovers – daily selfies are entries counted toward your chance of winning special prizes awarded to participants who find the most art at the end of Tech Week.

The scavenger hunt began on April 4th, 2014 and will continue until Philly Tech Week commences on April 12th, 2014.

Can’t join in the fun? You can watch it evolve using hashtags #ptw14 & #hahaxpara.

Check out HAHAxPara on Twitter or on their website for more information.

*story ran first in artnerdnewyork

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

TATYANA FAZLALIZADEH: STOP TELLING WOMEN TO SMILE

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It’s like having an activist on the streets – but then again I think of most street artist with a message as such. It’s just that I’ve never seen one geared towards women in this way.

Brooklyn based artist,Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is peddling social activism into the realm of public art, addressing gender based street harassment. The Stop Telling Women to Smile street art features black & white portraits of women from multiple cultures sport strong powerful eyes that look out at the viewer as if they were speaking the messages from the posters aloud. Fazalaizadeh says “the project attempts to take women’s voices and faces and put them in the street – creating a presence for women in an environment where women are a lot of times made to feel uncomfortable and unsafe – outside in the street. ” There are real women behind these drawings who humanize Fazlalizadeh’s campaign – that so far, to my knowledge has just been seen in Philadelphia and Brooklyn.

But she’s on the move. With the successful funding of her recent KickStarter and the support of Hollaback and StopStreetHarassment.org: Baltimore, Atlanta, San Francisco, Miami, Kansas City, Los Angeles and Chicago stops are in the works.

If you can’t wait to see them in your neighborhood, you can look into participating in the campaign through the projects dedicated website.

 

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 *pic 1,3 (philly found) courtesy Ginger Rudolph. pic 2,4,5 (brooklyn found) via Tatyana Fazlalizadeh website.