GUERRILLA CAMPAIGN REPLACES PARISIAN ADVERTISEMENTS WITH CLASSICAL WORKS OF ART
As if Paris didn’t already remind us every second that they are the cultural epicenter of France – Etienne Lavie might have sealed it as it’s guerrilla art CEO of culture. In the series OMG, Who Stole My Ads?, Lavie is replacing billboards and other advertisements with classical paintings like Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People and Renoir’s La Lecture. It makes the rush into the subway, the stroll down to the coffeehouse a cultural experience. “It’s created accessibility, proving that art doesn’t have to exist in a gallery or museum to be successful – it can be anywhere and is for everyone.”
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*photos from Etienne’s site.
Eduardo Kobra Brings Rodin’s The Thinker to São Paulo
Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra’s new mural in Sao Paulo, brings Rodin into Brazil with a mural based on one of the most famous sculptures by the French Artist, ‘The Thinker’.
The mural is located in the east side of the city and carries Kobra’s typical style: an explosion of colors and geometric forms along with an impressive realistic painting.
Previous walls by Kobra:
*Thanks to Eduardo Kobra for sending us these images.
A CHAT WITH UK STREET ARTIST ‘THIS IS MIDGE’
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… READ THE REST OF OUR INTERVIEW HERE.
*photo credit: Susan Mackey
JR JOINS THE NYC BALLET ART SERIES
The New York City Ballet is really upping the ante with their Art Series. Last year they collaborated with the NYC based Duo, FAILE – tickets for those performances sold out within days.
This year shouldn’t be any different now that they’ve released word of their partnership with the French Artist, JR. The sheer power of JR’s popularity and his broad influence on his social media following should make this project an instant hit.
The special installation for the art series will be seen during the ballet performances on January 23rd, and February 7th & 13th. The advance tickets are gone, but keep checking the NYC Ballet website for updates. Don’t forget to link up with JR’s Instagram to see photos from the project as they’re released.
*photos via JR’s Instagram
REAL LIFE INSTAGRAM
Instagram cutouts with colorful cellophane filters have been found affixed to lampposts and walls all around popular London tourist spots - left there by Brazilian Artist, Bruno Riberio (aka. Nitchows).
Nitchow’s project, Real Life Instagram offers us two very unique viewpoints - most of us spend more time looking down at our phones and capturing special moments through the lens instead of soaking it in the old fashioned way, a life where we are constantly tethered to our phones.
On the other hand, Instagram does give us a way to stay in touch with the world, teaching us to become more observant, to pay attention to details. It’s even turned some into amateur photographers.
But where do we draw the line? When do we let real life takeover? Nitchow is hoping that his Insta Instagrams will give people pause - make them take notice of the places and neighborhood the cutouts are highlighting. It’s great to be able to use Instagram as a vehicle to connect and share but how about we put those phones down for a second and enjoy the moment.
*photos courtesy on Nitchow
FROM PAKISTAN TO PHILADELPHIA
More photos are flowing in from the Summaiya Jillani collaboration with HAHAxParadigm.
Pop icons are a fluent theme in Jillani’s work that calls attention to a wide range of cultural perceptions of Western Influence. Her gallery paintings were recreated as a series of prints and spread around downtown Philly.
Jillani hails from Karachi, Pakistan - and is the second Artist in Residence for the Philadelphia based Community Arts program, HAHAxParadigm, who invites artists from around the world to visit Philadelphia and have a active share in their hands-on dialogue about the power of public art.
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. You can view our conversation here.
*photo credit: Jason Chen.
**thanks to Kelly Kozma for the pic of the four fridas
Philly’s Kid Hazo has been on one my street art fav’s this year, he creates these hilarious signs that parody Philadelphia venues and culture around the city.
This year his PPA hazing made #1 on Streets Dept Top 10 Street Art Moments in Philly List. If anyone’s familiar with our crappy Philadelphia Parking Authority you know just how necessary and fantastic that prank was.
But whether it’s joking at overgrown lots that resemble something out of a Jurassic Park movie or making a fake route to Rocky’s main places - we’re always on the lookout for his street sign installations. Problem is, he makes them look and feel so real that the recognition of one might not register till several blocks later.
Here are some of our favorite things he’s pulled out on the city of Philly thus far.
*pics courtesy of Kid Hazo
Streets Dept Presents: Philadelphia’s Top 10 Street Art Moments of 2013
HAHAxParadigm (www.hahaxparadigm.org) + A Common Name made #6 on Streets Dept’s list and in INCREDIBLE company! Thank you everyone for following our collaborative adventures with Paradigm Gallery + Studio. We are excitedly planning for 2014, and hope to bring more great artwork to the streets of Philadelphia (and hopefully spread Philly’s talent with other cities as well!) What an amazing city we live in, full of artists that make it worth it over and over again to walk around Philadelphia with curiosity and stunning visuals as our guides instead of our heads buried in devices.
SUMMAYYA JILLANI WHEATPASTES ‘PAKISTANI MARILYN ’ IN OLD CITY
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). If you’re in Philly, you can check her ‘Pakistani Marilyn’ out at 2nd Street in Old City.
*photo’s taken by HAHA MAG