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Klip Collective’s “Room 303” at BOK in South Philly Is A Whole Damn Thing, Don’t Miss It!

November 5, 2019

(Photo from Klip Collective)

In LOVE with Klip Collective’s Room 303, an immersive art experience on view now (free) 10am-4pm on weekdays next to Klip’s studios on the 3rd Floor of BOK in South Philly! Check out the video embebded below to get a better sense of the installation. (Those with trypophobia be warned.)

Led by video artist and projection mapping pioneer Ricardo Rivera, Klip Collective is a Philly-based art practice founded in 2003 that produces site-specific video, light, and sound installations.

Like most of their work, Klip’s experience at BOK is only temporary, so don’t wait long to go see it! There is currently no closing date, but you can follow them on Instagram here for more information and announcements.

P.s. Some of y’all might remember Klip Collective’s first installation at BOK in 2016, which was equally impressive and beautifully poignant. Check that out here, if you don’t remember!

Announcing Streets Dept Art Shop #2, One-day Street Art Shop At Tattooed Mom

November 4, 2019

The Streets Dept Art Shop is back – and just in time for the holiday season! It’s a perfect opportunity to come buy art from nine of your favorite Philly street artists.

Streets Dept Art Shop #2
WHEN: Friday 11/15, 6-10pm (FREE ENTRY, 21+)
WHERE: Tattooed Mom, 530 South Street, 2nd Floor
(Click here for the Facebook Event page) 

Here’s the thing, y’all: As far as I’m concerned, Philly is full of some of the most creative and hard-working street artists anywhere in the whole damn world. It’s one of the reasons I have LOVED running Streets Dept over the last eight and a half years. And it’s one of the reasons I’ve been so excited to work with Streets Dept Contributor Eric Dale and Tattooed Mom (Philadelphia’s own unofficially official street art museum) to create a monthly Philly Street Art Interviews series. Now that our second season of interviews is complete we’re building a pop-up shop with the artists just for you!

The shop will feature artwork for sale by all six of our Season 2 interview guests along with three more artists we’ve chatted with in the past, including:

Kid Hazo
Under Water Pirates
Symone Salib
SEPER
Morg
Lace In The Moon
FaithsFunnn
Darkmeal
Taped Off TV

I hope to see you there! Be sure to invite your friends and mark yourself as ‘going’ to this event to see updates over the next couple weeks with more details about what each artist will be selling.

In the meantime, catch up on any of the brilliant and insightful interviews with these artists that you might have missed over the months here!

A Wall for Puerto Rico Rises in Kensington

November 4, 2019

(Photos by Streets Dept Contributor Eric Dale)

A little more than a month ago an event called The Giveback: Puerto Rico was held at 5th street and Cecil B. Moore avenue in Kensington in celebration of this year’s Puerto Rican festivities as well as a fundraiser to provide education to the underserved areas of Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria. Organized by community leader artist and Puerto Rican native Christian Alexis Rodriguez-Pagan (aka TAMEARTZ), the project culminated with some new work around 5th and Cecil including this awesome large-scale mural created by @busta.art @imsedbr, @desilmula, @michaelpistash, and @tameartz!

“Over 400 schools have closed across Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria,” the project’s GoFundMe page reads. “Rural areas, like Christian’s hometowns of Mayagüez and Añasco, are often overlooked following natural disasters and struggle to receive and establish basic human services. Money raised from Puerto Rico: The Giveback will be used to create sustainable education programs and computer labs for community centers in areas that have not received relief… Understanding the magnitude of the project, Christian is working with local philanthropists Victor and Madeline Neris Negron, musician Asher Roth, and community sponsor Chadwick Smith of Flow Development & Technology to raise public awareness.”

And the GoFundMe page is still live and actively looking for donations, so if you’d like to contribute please learn more here.

P.s. Busta, who we interviewed last year, also created this new piece at 5th and Cecil (photographed below)!

Join Us for A “Streets Dept Walls” Artist Talk on 11/18 (6PM)

October 30, 2019

Join curator and StreetsDept.com founder Conrad Benner for a talk with our #StreetsDeptWalls artists!

Streets Dept Walls is a celebration of art, our beloved city of Philadelphia, and ourselves! Featuring a collection of 10 new temporary murals by 11 Philly artists, our project works to honor Philly’s status as an arts capitol and a place for creatives.

Come hear from the following artists and learn more about their lives, their art, and their careers thus far – not to mention their murals for Streets Dept Walls:

Marian Bailey
Uriah Bussey
Dora Cuenca
Manuela Guillén
Tim McFarlane
A’Driane Nieves
Nicole Nikolich
Quinn Rodriguez
Symone Salib
Meg Wolensky

“It’s undeniable, art is such a powerful tool. Art can connect us to ourselves, our communities, and our world in ways that few other things can. And art in the public space is a tool that’s well used when it reflects our humanity in all its beauty and complexity.” -Conrad Benner

Artist Talk – Streets Dept Walls
WHEN: Monday, November 18th (6-8PM)
WHERE: The Cube Plaza at Fashion District Philadelphia (located at 9th and Market streets)
**Event is free and open to all**

Hope to see y’all there! In the meantime, learn more about Streets Dept Walls and our artists’ temporary murals here!

Future Phase of the Rail Park Gets Activated with Temporary Public Art Installation, “Moon Viewing Platform”

October 19, 2019

Finally got a chance to check out the temporary installation Moon Viewing Platform by lead artists Nadia Hironaka, Matthew Suib, and Eugene Lew, created with support from Mural Arts Philadelphia.

Located at 465 North 18th street, the project includes building-sized nighttime video projections featuring an episodic series of short films and a garden/installation that references the karesansui (Japanese dry landscape garden) in what will eventually be the future Phase III of the Rail Park… This Sunday (October 20) is actually the last day to see this brilliant piece of public art, so don’t miss it if you can!

Read more…

Everything You Need to Know About “Streets Dept Walls,” On View Now at Fashion District

October 10, 2019

Streets Dept Walls
A Public Gallery

WHEN: Sept 19, 2019 – January 31, 2020
WHERE: Fashion District Philadelphia

Streets Dept Walls is a celebration of art, our beloved city of Philadelphia, and ourselves! Featuring a collection of 10 new temporary murals by 11 Philly artists, our project works to honor Philly’s status as an arts capitol and a place for creatives.

#StreetsDeptWalls are located in not one but two different areas of Fashion District. Our West Wall is located on the Concourse Level by 11th Street near Oath Pizza; and our East Wall is located on the Concourse Level by 9th Street near the As Seen On TV store.

Project created by curator Conrad Benner (founder of StreetsDept.com) with support from Fashion District Philadelphia. Read more…

Street Art Legend, Faith XLVII, Creates Massive New Mural in West Philly

October 10, 2019

(Photos by Streets Dept Contributor Eric Dale)

In LOVE with this!

Over the last several weeks, internationally acclaimed street artist Faith XLVII created her first mural in Philly, with Mural Arts Philadelphia. Located at 39th and Market streets in West Philly, the mural, titled The Silent Watcher, is 11,000 square feet and stands 19 stories tall with a series of lights that keep the image visible after dark.

If you’ve somehow never heard of Faith XLVII before, she’s a visual artist from South Africa who’s currently based in Los Angeles. “Through her work she attempts to disarm the strategies of global realpolitik, in order to advance the expression of personal truth,” her bio reads. “In this way, her work is both an internal and spiritual release that speaks to the complexities of the human condition, its deviant histories, and existential search.”

Faith XLVII’s West Philly mural features a woman looking down with a caring gaze. “The use of geometric lines, a color gradient, and contrasting gold accents bring the viewer’s eye upward, bringing a sense of hope and movement toward the future, as well as a calm, enduring strength in the current moment,” the mural’s project page explains. “Faith XLVII was inspired by the cultural, historical, and social aspects of the neighborhood, and included the words ‘Philadelphia Maneto’ from the City’s official seal, meaning ‘Let Brotherly Love Endure.’”

The mural also includes the phase, “optimism is a strategy for making a better future.”

I first came across Faith XLVII’s work when I visited Portland, Oregon in 2015. It stuck out from so many of the other murals in Portland for a few reasons. Her work is brilliantly painterly. She translates subtle body and facial features so well to larger scale works. And so many of her murals seem to just float there, feeling almost weightless. I’m so pumped Mural Arts was able to bring her to Philly, and give her such a massive wall!

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