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Zoë Cohen Installs for #RevolutionaryArt at the National Museum of American Jewish History

May 24, 2017

Artwork by: Zoë Cohen
Title of Artwork: Shkoyach
Location: National Museum of American Jewish History

Artist Statement:
Shkoyach is a temporary projection to be displayed at the National Museum of American Jewish History. In this project, a series of pairs of watercolor portraits will be projected at monumental scale within the NMAJH’s lobby. On a walk through the museum’s educational displays and collections in the main galleries, I collected some of the images on view of Jewish women engaged in social justice work across 100 years of American history. I then researched images of Black, Latina, and Asian women engaged in the same types of public actions, strikes, protests, and organizing meetings. The resulting watercolor portraits are intended to offer a personal and humanizing response to the extraordinary and ordinary heroism of these women. The title, Shkoyach, is a Yiddish expression often used to acknowledge and appreciate an act of bravery, wisdom, or chutzpah. It is a contraction of the more formal Hebrew “Yasher Koach”, and the literal translation is “May your strength be directed forward”. The expression, and this project, acknowledge both the importance of what has already been done, and the importance of using our strength for future action.

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Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition is a six-week exhibit of 13 contemporary Philly-based artists installed at 13 locations across Philadelphia’s Historic District. Exploring the spirit of revolution, the artists chosen for #RevolutionaryArt are looking at the world around us with a critical eye and creating works of art that challenge the political and social status quo. Commissioned by Visit Philly and curated by StreetsDept.com’s Conrad Benner, more on the exhibition – including a map of all the installations – can be found here!

Karina Puente Installs for #RevolutionaryArt at La Colombe

May 24, 2017

Artwork by: Karina Puente
Title of Artwork: Papel Picado: Oil Spill Consciousness
Location: La Colombe (6th and Market)

Artist Statement:
I choose to raise consciousness about oil spills through the perspective of an underwater protagonist – La Sirena The Mermaid. This is one way to recall the stories of oil spill tragedies we remember and continue to face today. About 530,000 gallons of oil have spilled from the Belle Fourche Pipeline in western North Dakota this year. Over 142,000 gallons of crude oil covered the coastline of my California hometown beach in 2015. By personifying the wild life affected by the spills – my work aims to inspire a culture shift where we examine solutions collectively.

My name is Karina Puente and I create art that is rooted in the traditional Mexican folk art called Papel Picado (cut paper). Cutting into, out of, and through material is my way of writing, of transforming heritage and story into a sensory, symbolic, and consciousness-raising experience. My large scale and durable Papel Picado artwork is a tool to uplift the stories of marginalized communities and to shine light on obstacles affecting our environment. My great, great grandmother was a seamstress by trade and toggled the Mexican and Texas border for work. Working from home, heart, and by hand is my way of honoring her legacy while deepening connection to my culture and activism.

Work by Karina Puente is available for purchase here. You may also reach out to Karina if you’re interested in purchasing any of these three pieces, or if you’re interested in commissioning your own Papel Picado artwork, by contacting the artist here. Support local artists, y’all!

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Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition is a six-week exhibit of 13 contemporary Philly-based artists installed at 13 locations across Philadelphia’s Historic District. Exploring the spirit of revolution, the artists chosen for #RevolutionaryArt are looking at the world around us with a critical eye and creating works of art that challenge the political and social status quo. Commissioned by Visit Philly and curated by StreetsDept.com’s Conrad Benner, more on the exhibition – including a map of all the installations – can be found here!

Lisa Kelley Installs for #RevolutionaryArt at Arch Street Meeting House

May 24, 2017

Artwork by: Lisa Kelley
Title of Artwork: Epidemic
Location: Arch Street Meeting House

Artist Statement:
I am inspired by experiences that impact me emotionally. I developed my current body of work because of a need to tell a story, and to help others find their voice. I am interested in exploring the stigma and shame surrounding addiction, telling the stories of hope, loss and love and connecting those affected.

I engage the community by having individuals affected by addiction write on strips of fabric – messages of love, loss, memories, inspiration. We gather in groups to tell our stories, to share our trials and our breakthroughs. I take these written messages, knot and weave them together, creating woven panels that connect our stories. I have gravitated toward textiles and weaving because of the physical and meditative nature of creating the work.

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Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition is a six-week exhibit of 13 contemporary Philly-based artists installed at 13 locations across Philadelphia’s Historic District. Exploring the spirit of revolution, the artists chosen for #RevolutionaryArt are looking at the world around us with a critical eye and creating works of art that challenge the political and social status quo. Commissioned by Visit Philly and curated by StreetsDept.com’s Conrad Benner, more on the exhibition – including a map of all the installations – can be found here!

Carlos Lopez Rosa Installs for #RevolutionaryArt at the Betsy Ross House

May 24, 2017

Artwork by: Carlos Lopez Rosa
Title of Artwork: Abriendo Camino
Location: Betsy Ross House

Artist Statement:
Behind the beautiful flora of the Latin American tropics lies a history of cuts and sharp edges.

The saying “a machete se abre camino” (the machete carves a path) implies struggle for liberation and change. The machete sows the person who uses it back into the soil and becomes an extension of their arm, allowing them to be nurtured by Her. However, the machete is not only an agricultural tool but a weapon and symbol of revolution in Latin America and the Caribbean.

From the “negros macheteros” that escaped their plantations in sixteenth century Caribbean, to the indigenous insurrections throughout Latin America, to the modern day “Macheteros,” (Boricua Popular Army) to the sugar cane and banana plantation workers who rebelled against labor oppression of companies like United Fruit Company. The machete has symbolically and literally led the resistance for a people who feel connected to their land and fight for their rights against imperialism and environmental degradation.

Today in the United States, the vision of the future for the immigrant families who escaped this oppression is uncertain. Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez, US-born Latin American labor leaders, co-founded the United Farm Workers (UFW), and used non-violent methods to organize and fight for the rights of migrant farm workers. They have planted the seeds of revolution, urging future generations to seek dignified life and work, and to remain connected with the land. This piece is for them.

*Pictured on the Machete: Nina Gualinga, young woman indigenous leader from the Kichwa community of Sarayaku in the Ecuadorian Amazon

To purchase this piece by Carlos Lopez Rosa, please contact the artist here – support local artists, y’all!

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Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition is a six-week exhibit of 13 contemporary Philly-based artists installed at 13 locations across Philadelphia’s Historic District. Exploring the spirit of revolution, the artists chosen for #RevolutionaryArt are looking at the world around us with a critical eye and creating works of art that challenge the political and social status quo. Commissioned by Visit Philly and curated by StreetsDept.com’s Conrad Benner, more on the exhibition – including a map of all the installations – can be found here!

Nick Cassway Installs for #RevolutionaryArt at Arden Theatre Company

May 24, 2017

Artwork by: Nick Cassway
Title of Artwork: TRIPARTITE
Location: Arden Theatre Company

Artist Statement:
This installation is a sketch for TRIPARTITE, an immersive room-sized installation using a custom wallpaper pattern involving 80 to 100 sequential drawings. The custom wallpaper is designed to fit the entirety of four walls using a rendered narrative that progresses and ultimately repeats; the story ends where it begins. In the final narrative-based wallcovering, three illustrated figures distinguished from one another by race, gender and costume will depict a tumult over the balance of power. (In this sketch actors are not used, instead found footage taken from a rugby match is used to investigate movement and the relationship of three figures) The drawings are set in a simple drop repeat formation akin to traditional surface design i.e. wallpaper and printed textiles.

TRIPARTITE brings to the foreground a conversation about the foundation of American civics, the tripartite (executive, legislative and judicial) structure of government as well as the notable importance and allegorical significance of the number three in math, engineering, psychology and religion. This project builds on the recent success of Above the Sounds of Ideologies Clashing, a room size installation of what I have dubbed “evolving wallpaper” in 2016 at Philadelphia’s Center for Emerging Visual Artists. A portion of the installation was recently purchased by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Work by Nick Cassway is available for purchase here – support local artists, y’all!

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Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition is a six-week exhibit of 13 contemporary Philly-based artists installed at 13 locations across Philadelphia’s Historic District. Exploring the spirit of revolution, the artists chosen for #RevolutionaryArt are looking at the world around us with a critical eye and creating works of art that challenge the political and social status quo. Commissioned by Visit Philly and curated by StreetsDept.com’s Conrad Benner, more on the exhibition – including a map of all the installations – can be found here!

Shawn Theodore Installs for #RevolutionaryArt on Elfreth’s Alley

May 24, 2017

Artwork by: Shawn Theodore
Title of Artwork: A Reminder
Location: Elfreth’s Alley

Artist Statement:
A revolution is only called such a thing when it succeeds in creating unequivocal, unilateral, systemic societal change. Revolutions are meant to bring about a positive change for all.

For those of us in this nation with ancestors who persevered under the tyranny of slavery before and after colonial independence, that change, that revolution, has yet to arrive.

With whistle stops along the way toward its destination, revolution is like a train. We may have missed one, but we know another one is coming. We hear its faint grind of wheel to track from over the horizon. Our minds paint a picture of its arrival, our eyes yearn for the vision of the final stop.

Work by Shawn Theodore is available for purchase here – support local artists, y’all!

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Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition is a six-week exhibit of 13 contemporary Philly-based artists installed at 13 locations across Philadelphia’s Historic District. Exploring the spirit of revolution, the artists chosen for #RevolutionaryArt are looking at the world around us with a critical eye and creating works of art that challenge the political and social status quo. Commissioned by Visit Philly and curated by StreetsDept.com’s Conrad Benner, more on the exhibition – including a map of all the installations – can be found here!

Emily Smith Satis Installs for #RevolutionaryArt at FringeArts

May 24, 2017

Artwork by: Emily Smith Satis
Title of Artwork: Out to Sea
Location: FringeArts

Artist Statement:
I started this piece shortly after the November election because I felt like I was caught in the undertow of the ocean. The loss of control, the fear that I felt for myself and everyone I loved, was crushing. The lack of humanity in our country’s leadership is something I cannot relate to, and it pulls me deeper and deeper out to sea.

Being a gentle American in 2017 feels like drowning. There is such an overwhelming sense of hopelessness. It starts to feel so consuming that it’s hard not to give up. But hopefully we all hold on to our anger, we continue to resist, and maybe (just maybe) we’ll live to swim another day.

To purchase this piece by Emily Smith Satis, please contact the artist here – support local artists, y’all!

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Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition is a six-week exhibit of 13 contemporary Philly-based artists installed at 13 locations across Philadelphia’s Historic District. Exploring the spirit of revolution, the artists chosen for #RevolutionaryArt are looking at the world around us with a critical eye and creating works of art that challenge the political and social status quo. Commissioned by Visit Philly and curated by StreetsDept.com’s Conrad Benner, more on the exhibition – including a map of all the installations – can be found here!

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