C is for Conor Harrington

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UK based street artist, Conor Harrington envisions the historical with street art styling, producing hypermodern murals that toss you right into the fray. His over-sized dramatic figures, regally attired in tattered historical garb loom over the viewer, poised in the throes of epic fights fought out on the side of buildings and city walls. Each scene drips with a sense of visceral urgency, bringing life to these amazing oil painting mimics.

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Like most recorded history, it’s all mapped out and planned before its written down. Scenes are staged like large-scale compositions and photographed in the studio before they’re executed outside.  Oil paintings from the days of our forefathers never looked like this. But if there was some Colonial Fight Club action taking place, chances are, it went down like this.

Watch it evolve:

Link up: Conor Harrington Website / Instagram @conorsaysboom

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Genre: Street Art

B is for Boy Kong

Boy Kong Mural

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B is for Boy Kong.  We caught Boy Kong’s work a few years ago during Armory Week, at the Fountain Art Fair and developed an instant connect.  Since then, we’ve been enjoying his stylized show pieces – they are vibrant, collaged images in motion that emote enough energy to taunt a viewer into standing there long enough to catch the moment they break free of the framing.

Boy Kong jumps around from painting, to illustrating, to muralist, but his gallery pieces are our favorites.  You’re just as likely to see a piece at a show or on the street – a double treat. 

Until then, you can check out his work by following these links:  Instagram: @BOYKONG Facebook: BOY KONG

Genre: Contemporary Art

Kid Hazo Plays Up The Pope Visit with some Pope-tacular Signs

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Well, kiddies the Pope is here in Philly, so why wouldn’t Kid Hazo hit up the streets with some Pope-tacular signs.

Our favorite has to be the sign collaboration ‘Prohibited Items’ with Mikey Ilagan (Geekadelphia) and Adam J. Teterus, parodying the crazy list prohibited items Philly dropped at the Pope security checkpoints.

Please can I see a group of people out there breaking the rules doing the ‘Stanky Leg’

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‘And Then Art Walked Into The Fray’ or the less dramatic title ‘They Called it Moonshine Kingdom’

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“Moonshine Kingdom” on the side of 56 Wyckoff Avenue. Photo by London Kaye

BUSHWICK, NY – Might as well view it now, because it’s gone.  This piece featuring Sam Shakusky from Wes Anderson’s 2012 Moonrise Kingdom holding hands with Delbert Grady’s daughters from The Shining got tangled up in a bigger social conversation – and it ain’t about street art aesthetics.

Yarnbomber, London Kaye (@madebylondon) installed this 15-foot crochet mural on the side of a family’s building adjacent to the Brooklyn Flea in Bushwick.  It was put up without the family’s permission.  In all fairness, Kaye thought she had the owner’s blessing.  Rob Abner, the flea’s founder, gave Kaye permission to erect the crochet piece, Abner did not, however, ask the family if he could decorate the facade of the home.  Rightfully, the family was a bit pissed.  Matters only got worse when their interactions with Abner requesting its removal went poorly (read all about that here, on The Gothamist – where the story was first reported).

Tenant advocate and Bushwick native Will Giron’s aunt owns the property.  In frustration over the artwork being erected without consent, Giron took to Facebook to air his family’s grievances… and that’s all she wrote.  We all know that the internet loves to reblog and comment on issues like this one.

The rage isn’t about the art, the debate is really about gentrification in urban neighbourhoods – it’s not easy to shake.  The lack of permission coupled with the poor communication Giron experienced with Abner just perpetuated the larger problem at hand – a lack of awareness and burgeoning sense of entitlement the residents were feeling from the new communities moving into their neighborhoods.  The beginning of the shift is usually an influx of artists who find the low rents affordable.  They bring a certain flair to the neighborhood which then attracts developers who attract wealthier individuals. While the affect is higher property values, unfortunately, the effect is the displacement of lower-income families and small businesses.

Kaye told The Gothamist

 “The last thing I was thinking about was making somebody upset with my art. The whole thing I wanted to do was make people happy.”

Can’t help but think of the comments I’ve heard in the past questioning the validity of street art’s ability to provoke conversations on social issues…

You really should read the rest of the story at The Gothamist

PARISIAN STREET ARTIST LEVALET STRIKES AGAIN…

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That headline could be a bit confusing.  Levalet, never stopped pasting up, we just picked up some pretty cool shots of his newer pieces.  This year he had a successful solo show and several commissioned installations.  But nothing beats his public works as he continues to delight passersby’s with his playful pieces.

Flashback to some of his earlier work here.

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IT HAPPENED THIS SUMMER ON SOUTH STREET…

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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

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Artist: Sean Talamini

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

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

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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

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

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Artist: Miriam Singer

Jason Andrew Turner at 2nd & South

Jason Andrew Turner at 2nd & South

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Artist: Jason Andrew Turner

NDA whipping up some magic at 6th & South

NDA whipping up some magic at 6th & South

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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

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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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via The Vandallist

Kid Hazo’s INSECURITY Takes the Prying Eyes Off You

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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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Insane Mash up of Street Artists Decorate this Hong Kong Restaurant

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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

via My Modern Met

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Coney Island Art Walls Moves In

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It’s a mini version of Wynwood Walls sitting out in Coney Island amidst the backdrop of amusement rides. MOCA Los Angeles director, Jeffrey Dietch’s art project “Coney Art Walls” has brought some additional color to a neighborhood already known for its flair. It’s finally open to the public now, this myriad of 30+ gated (yup, you read that. Some people just can’t behave) popular & cult fav artists murals.  Some celebrate Coney Culture, while others are indicative of the artists’ style. We love that the Bowery is now home to more than just Nathan’s (yes, I know technically Nathan’s is on Surf Ave, but the walls sit right behind it, so I’m using the reference anyway).

I love a good Nathan’s hotdog during my summer Coney stroll, but I fear I’m going to have to leave it behind in favor of the popular Williamsburg hipster food market Smorgasburg, a version of which is encased in the maze of walls – now I can knock back a beer and some grub while surrounded by visual candy.

Whether you want to call it street art or an open air contemporary art stroll, it’s great to see New York graffiti legends like Futura and Lady Pink sharing the same space as the activist art of Tatyana Fazlalizadeh or the flashy lettering from London artist, Ben Eine. There’s just so much going on, one can’t claim to be bored.

We visited Coney Art Walls last week, so enjoy some of our pictures until you can get out there and see it for yourself. We’ll spare you the pictures we took of our fried anchovies from our favorite Smorgasburg regular Bon Chovie … they are a work of art in themselves.

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Lady Aiko pays tribute to the Coney Island Mermaids

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“Gypsy with Stallions” by Miss Van

 

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Amazing piece by ROA

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Tatyana Fazlalizadeh makes an appearance at Coney Art Walls

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Banksy’s Latest Protest Pops up in Gaza, Palestine

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About an hour ago, Banksy posted a video of his time in Gaza on his Instagram account. ‘Make this the year YOU discover a new destination’ is set up like a travel channel ad, laced with a hip – makes you want to be there right now – soundtrack. Every vacation sale, well-written one-liner that pops on screen is quickly doused with real ‘wake up’ stats on Gaza living.

This comes after this single shot on Instagram earlier today of Banksy’s latest protest.

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The piece entitled “Bomb Damage” is located in Gaza, Palestine. Inspired by a sculpture of Niobe, a Greek mythological figure, a symbol of mourning, a bereaved mother, weeping for the loss of her children. It is said that after Apollo slaughtered her seven sons and Artemis killed her seven daughters, Niobe was so stricken with grief that she fled to Mount Sipylus where she turned to stone.

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Three other new pieces were also revealed to be peppered around Gaza.

 

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Along with quotes that were enclosed with the images of the stenciled pieces:

Gaza is often described as ‘the world’s largest open air prison’ because no-one is allowed to enter or leave. But that seems a bit unfair to prisons – they don’t have their electricity and drinking water cut off randomly almost everyday.  — Banksy

A local man came up and said ‘Please – what does this mean?’ I explained I wanted to highlight the destruction in Gaza by posting photos on my website – but on the internet people only look at pictures of kittens. — Banksy

via StreetArtNews

pics courtesy of StreetArtNews / video and Instagram pulled from Bansky site.

The Tropics moved into Queen Village

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I wish it could create a heat wave – although, perhaps a quick glance at the new mural in Weccacoe Park might give you the vapors and fool you into thinking it just got a little warmer.

The temperature illusion I’m referring to is a newly commissioned work by Philly artist, Calo located near Weccacoe Playground in Queen Village.

We can’t get enough of his work; each piece is a thoughtful reach back into places he remembers fondly, his memory playing out the seasons with exacting color.  Seriously, his aerosol shopping list for this past summer’s hahaxparadigm project had color descriptions: 1 light orange (like a desert), 1 yellow (don’t think sunrise, think sunset).

I texted Calo as soon as I saw the pictures for this mural hit Instagram.

“Someone just left an island in Queen Village…was that you?”

“So this is my 2nd winter in Philadelphia and I’m getting use to it, little by little.  In the winter, my mind and body ask for the big Monstera deliciosa leaves and vibrant color patterns from the markets in the tropics. I tried to feed the warm feelings with this mural”

Roger that.

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