“A force created through stretching or pulling. The interplay of conflicting elements. A balance between opposing forces or elements. #tension” That’s the caption Philly street artist Ephemeroh wrote on his Instagram regarding his new wheatpaste (photographed above) that can be found at 5th and Green streets in Northern Liberties.
And just on the other side of Northern Liberties, you can find the wheatpaste below by Ephemeroh at 2nd street and Girard avenue… Absolutely LOVING Ephemeroh’s constantly brilliant and creative work over this last year!
See more work from Ephemeroh around Philly here!
Soooo much new Blur around Philly I can hardly keep up! LOVE these new installations on Bodine street, between George and Wildey streets, in Northern Liberties!
In an Instagram post about the installations, Blur writes: “See us Soar. Ascend into greatness. Climb over those who try to stop us. Stir up commotion. Rise above hate. Watch what we’ll become.”
See more work by Blur around Philly here!
Absolutely LOVE this series of wheatpastes that popped up around Philly this month that not only promoted the ‘A Day Without Women‘ country-wide protest, but shouted out the many, MANY women around the U.S. who could not take off work for the day.
Wish I had noticed this series and posted about it when it was more timely – sorry I’m just getting over the flu. Nevertheless, I applaud not only this wheatpaste series’ promoting of equity, justice and the human rights of women and all gender-oppressed people, but also its clear acknowledgement of privilege.
Spotted at Frankford avenue and Dauphin street in Fishtown, artist unknown.
Reminds me of this much-talked about installation by artist Kara Springer on Temple University’s campus last September!
Streets Dept to Takeover the Barnes Foundation’s Instagram to Explore ‘Person of the Crowd’ Installations Around Philly
Y’all, for YEARS I’ve been saying that one of the best routines I’ve even gotten myself in to is taking regular meandering walks. I even repeated this just a few weeks ago on Instagram. I try to walk at least an hour every day. I try to walk new ways to the same places as often as I can. And I try at least once or twice a month to take one really long walk with absolutely no goals or aims in mind, just going wherever I go. Meandering walks always work to help me digest the day, find inspiration, and focus myself. I say they’re the key not only to my sanity, but to my creativity!
And right now – inside the Barnes Foundation and all around the city of Philadelphia – there’s an exhibition going on that celebrates contemporary artists who do just that: meander. Or as they call it, flânerie. The word “flânerie” means to stroll aimlessly, and since the beginning of the Industrial Age, countless artists have used this technique of meandering around bustling, burgeoning cities to reflect on the world around them.
Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie celebrates the spirit of flânerie with over 50 international artists who have taken to the street to play detective, make fantastic maps, scavenge and shop for new materials, launch guerrilla campaigns, and make provocative spectacles of themselves to speak to issues as diverse as commodity fetishism, gentrification, gender politics, globalization, racism, and homelessness.
The exhibition is on view February 25 through May 22, 2017 at the Barnes Foundation, and features works, new performances, and historical pieces by Marina Abramović, Vito Acconci, Eleanor Antin, Constant, David Hammons, and Zhang Huan, among many others.
In addition to the work inside the Barnes, there are quite a number of pieces installed outside all around town on the streets of Philadelphia. And as someone who of course LOVES art in the public space, I’m thrilled to announce today that I’m partnering with the Barnes Foundation to take over their Instagram account for the next week starting tomorrow to explore these publicly displayed works from their inspired #PersonOfTheCrowd exhibition… Be sure to FOLLOW ALONG here, there’s so much good work!
(Michelle Angela Ortiz’s banner for Signs of Solidarity)
So excited to partner with Mural Arts Philadelphia, Young Involved Philadelphia, and the Kimmel Center to co-host this INCREDIBLE panel discussion featuring artists and advocates who have been active participants in the current political climate.
Including artists Michelle Angela Ortiz, Olek and Liza Goodell (from Spiral Q), as well as Councilwoman Helen Gym – our panelists will share their thoughts and experiences on how art plays a role in protest!
Get your tickets now here, space is limited.