(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.
New work by Philly’s preeminent parody street artist, Kid Hazo, today playfully calls attention to the fact that literally every street in Philadelphia turns into a yellow snow minefield for all the days following a snowstorm until the snow melts… Prove me wrong.
Seriously though, does everyone in Philly have a dog? Also, why don’t dogs drink enough water to make their pee less day-after-heavy-drinking looking? And, wait – does this mean there’s always this much dog pee in the streets but we’re only witness to its general magnitude after a snowstorm?!
In point of fact, I love dogs. I proudly call myself a ‘dog person’, when asked. And as a dog loving person I actually don’t really care about all the dog pee, I’m just glad they’ve found something that’s made them happy.
Kid Hazo’s Ruff Life Café, which as you might have noticed in the photos above encouraged dogs to “BYOP (bring your own pee)” was temporary installed outside The Pet Snobs Boutique on 4th at South Street for just a few hours this afternoon. But perhaps if you ask Hazo and Pet Snobs nicely on Instagram they might bring it back.
See more of Kid Hazo’s work around Philly here!
Street Artists Amberella and Ephemeroh brilliantly use the crumbling remains of the old Rocket Cat Cafe in Fishtown as canvas
That said, I do have three other quick things to say about these artists/this spot:
1) Amberella and Ephemeroh, y’all should seriously collaborate on something soon! Your work sits so nicely together.
2) The Rocket Cat Cafe is not closed forever, but simply amid some major renovations. So fret not, if you’re a Rocket Cat lover!
3) The former Swoon mural that was put up on the side of the Rocket Cat Cafe just about a year and a half ago was not originally supposed to be removed for this renovation. But alas, the building was in worse shape than Rocket Cat’s owners originally thought, and it had to come down. Pieces of the Swoon mural, however, were soon seen for sale online by Philadelphia Salvage Company. This was done without Swoon’s permission. And according to Billy Penn, the owners of Rocket Cat didn’t know either. For their part, Philadelphia Salvage says they tried to reach out to the artist, but didn’t hear back from her. Here’s my two cents: that’s not a good enough excuse. You don’t sell an artist’s work (or pieces of an artist’s work) without their express permission. It’s pretty simple, “common sense” as my dad might say. Now never do it again, Philadelphia Salvage!
Since the 1970s, the Philadelphia Water Department has had a gate around an incredible, since disused water reservoir in Fairmount Park. Prior to that the reservoir was open to the public and offered Philadelphians and neighbors from the surrounding communities access to a hiking trail and a simply STUNNING view.
Today, as apart of the Civic Commons PHL initiative, the reservoir is planning to open to the public yet again thanks to a unique partnership between the PA Audubon Society and the Philadelphia Outward Bound School.
I took a trip out to the reservoir last year with Civic Commons PHL, and I can not tell you how fun it is out there – and how amazing the view is… Learn more about the Civic Commons PHL initiative and the soon-to-be Discovery Center here!
Relatively new Philly street artist Alex Sayer has just put up a new series of stickers and wheatpastes, titled the ‘Lipstick Series’, which addresses the many countless insulting and sexists labels there are for women.
As the artist explained to me in an email: “I was thinking about how many different insulting labels there are for women. I wasn’t surprised at how many of them reflected a woman’s sexuality or ‘girly-ness’. We are labeled for the way we dress, the way we wear our make up, if we wear make up, our choices about our own sex life, and our health care.”
Alex’s previous sticker and wheatpaste series came soon after the election of Donald Trump and dealt with the rejecting of fear and divisiveness. Describing her new series to me as a rejection of the patriarchy, Alex went on to explain her own evolving history with feminism: “For me personally, feminism wasn’t something I was raised on. It was only in the last few years that I really started to educate myself and realize that there were so many things wrong with my previous thinking. That’s why I feel such a desire to make art about this now.”
Right now you can find Alex’s new ‘Lipstick Series’ along South 4th street’s Fabric Row and at the intersection of 5th and Bainbridge streets in Queen Village!
If you’ve been outside anytime in the last 20 years or so, chances are good you’ve come across a piece or two by legendary street artist Stikman before. Always love coming across his work myself, and recently found this lovely little installation on 2nd street between Laurel and Poplar streets in Northern Liberties.
If you’re at all curious about the origins of Stikman, I encourage you to check out this 2012 interview with the artist over at Street Art NYC!