The second collaboration of the HAHA MAG x Paradigm Gallery Community Arts Program this weekend saw Pakistani Artist, Summayya Jillani, wheatpaste all around Philly!
Summayya’s art dresses pop culture icons in classic Pakistani attire, like the ‘Pakistani Marilyn’ paste above located on 2nd street in Old City.
More pastes/photos to come… Stay tuned! In the meantime, be sure to check out HAHA x Paradign Gallery’s first collaboration with LA-based ‘Urban Geodes’ artist, Paige Smith, HERE.
‘Viral Art: How the Internet Has Shaped Street Art and Graffiti,’ a new ebook by awesome local dude and Vandalog creator, RJ Rushmore, traces how the histories of street art and graffiti have been shaped by communication technologies, from trading photos by hand to publishing books to sharing videos online… And it’s out today!
“If you want to understand street art and graffiti, you have to understand how books, movies, magazines, photographs and the internet have affected artists and fans,” explains Rushrore, adding: “['Viral Art'] is the most comprehensive look to date at how the internet has affected street art and graffiti. Conceptualizing the internet as a public space, I conclude the book by arguing that the future of street art and graffiti may lie in digital interventions rather than physical ones.”
Love, love, LOVE this! (RJ even mentions this here blog in the book…) Definitely worth checking out! Read it here.
Located on an idyllic street in the mountain town of Wilkes-Barre, PA sits an abandoned architectural gem called the Irem Temple.
Home to a theater, a dance hall, a small gymnasium – and four towering steeples (steeples?) – the Irem Temple is wonderful maze of abandoned exploration… Read more…
Written by Langston Clement (Instagram: foxx_boogie)
(Photos by Langston Clement)
Spray paint is the name of the game in Paris. It’s one of the most popular mediums that spreads far and wide throughout the “City of Love” – though it’s certainly not all you’ll find.
The newly coined term “street art” is far from a new concept in Paris. In the early days, contemporary artists would paint their artwork and messages on the sides of buildings and in public spaces for the simple joy of it, rather than a form of rebellion. To this day, you’ll find local artists displaying their work in the form of a painting or wheat paste in attempts to showcase their talent rather than to earn “street cred” from the scene. The concept of fine artists taking their work to the streets is usually taboo and rarely seen in other parts of the world, but it is fascinating how well these two worlds effortlessly blend together on the cobblestone alleyways of Paris.
The Louvre, Rodin and Centre Georges Pompidou are just a few iconic places that house some of the world’s most famous paintings in history – so it’s no surprise that their street art has always reflected the same caliber of work. From early pioneers like Blek Le Rat and Invader to the ever popular JR – Paris has produced some of the most influential street artists in the world. It’s a hub for international activity and in these photos you’ll see work from Shepard Fairey, Vhils (Portugal), eL Seed, Clet (Italy), and Pez (Barcelona). On the local side, you’ll find incredible work done by C215, Fred le Chevalier, Le Cyklop, and more. Read more…
Tucked into the snow-filled mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania, the Huber Coal Breaker sits as a ghost-like reminder of the area’s industrial past.
Closed in the mid/late 1970s, Ashley, PA’s Huber Coal Breaker has loomed abandoned and increasingly disheveled in the otherwise quaint small town for nearly four decades. The inspiration for a number of websites, a Facebook page, and even what looks like a soon-to-be documentary, efforts to call attention to the old coal breaker have only seemed to increase in recent years.
As of last month, the Huber Coal Breaker and its surrounding land were bought by Philadelphia-based Paselo Logistics, LLC for $1.3 million. A deal which will likely bring the coal breaker “one step nearer to demolition,” and “see a portion of the property donated to support the miners’ memorial park,” according to Citizens’ Voice. No word yet on Paselo’s plans for the rest of the land.
Awesome video about exploring Philadelphia’s abandoned spaces that I was recently interviewed for. Shot by Drexel Film student, Jon Sevik, the video’s beautiful and I totally recommend you check it out!
(Photos by Jill Saull)
Awesome new project by Jill Saull in Germantown uses images of people from the Germantown community to comment on community and surveillance.
“Seeing, Being Seen: Eyes On The Community is a comment on community and surveillance. What does it mean to ‘see’ or ‘hear’? What does it mean to be ‘watched’? How does being watched alter the way we present ourselves? What does it meant to be part of a community.” -Jill Saull
Project is ongoing with plans to install on more blocks in Germantown.