My Dog Sighs Kills it in Philly

We were introduced to My Dog Sighs through a mutual friend and that meeting turned into a serious discussion of him coming to the States to work with HAHAxPARADIGM.  We were lucky enough to be able to snap him up right before his solo show in Chicago. 

MDS arrived in Philly late August of 2014, the few days we spent with him were packed.  This guy is a machine, up early racing thru a new city wheatpasting and creating on every available space he could find.

He bought his Free Art Friday project to Philly - leaving 4 of his trademark hand-painted cans hidden in plain sight for some attentive art lover to find. 

At 2nd & Poplar, you'll find one of his Everyman hug murals - MDS leaves one in every city he visits.  The mural is his way of saying thank you to the hosting city.

5th & Bainbridge is another sweet spot to find the junction box he beautified.  The box features those piercing eyes he's so well known for, and if you look close enough you can find the Philly skyline reflected in those deep orbs.

We love when someone stumbles across one of his wheatpastes and shares it via social media.  It's a pleasant reminder of what a great opportunity to had to work with him and share his art with our city.

*Thanks again to Conrad Benner of Streets Dept trekked around Philly along with us, taking great shots along the way.

Beautiful Times in Philadelphia

Artists, Amanda Marie & X-O breezed through the City of Brotherly Love Philly on their Beautiful Times art tour and left behind some street art gems.

It was amazing to have them visit with HAHAxPARADIGM while they were here. We secured Amanda Marie a great location in a community garden for one of her adorable storybook like camping murals.

Amanda Marie at a Community Garden. Detail. Beautiful Times. Philadelphia. August 2014 (photo © Ginger Rudolph)

X-O took to the streets and found an incredible space right off of 8th & South Street for one his Lost Objects installations. The install is comprised of found, recycled objects that X-O gathers and then transforms into these striking, geometric assemblages.

 X-O. Beautiful Times. Philadelphia. August 2014 (photo © courtesy Ginger Rudolph)

X-O. Beautiful Times. Philadelphia. August 2014 (photo © courtesy Ginger Rudolph)

We stopped them by one of our beloved Philly hang outs 'Tattooed Mom' for drinks - that morphed into them staying and adding to their mark to the walls of Mom's. Ever-changing art is the heart and soul of Mom's - a watering hole Mecca for street artists and writers.

 Amanda Marie at Tattooed Mom. Beautiful Times. Philadelphia. August 2014 (photo © courtesy Amanda Maire and X-O)

Amanda Marie at Tattooed Mom. Beautiful Times. Philadelphia. August 2014 (photo © courtesy Amanda Maire and X-O)

 X-O updates Hanksy at Tattooed Mom. Beautiful Times. Philadelphia. August 2014 (photo © courtesy Amanda Maire and X-O)

X-O updates Hanksy at Tattooed Mom. Beautiful Times. Philadelphia. August 2014 (photo © courtesy Amanda Maire and X-O)

It wasn't until the day they headed out of town that I stumbled across the final surprise. Amanda kissed this beige wall off South with her 'Pretty Baby' image.

It was a blast, we're looking forward to having them back.

For more details of their tour stop here in Philly make sure you go to Brooklynstreetart.com.

 Amanda Marie. Beautiful Times. Philadelphia. August 2014 (photo © Ginger Rudolph)

Amanda Marie. Beautiful Times. Philadelphia. August 2014 (photo © Ginger Rudolph)



Opening Night In The Garden of Alternative Histories

A few years back I stepped into a room at the Spring Break Art Show in Chelsea NY and experienced an interactive art exhibit that I couldn't let go of.

To say that I'm spending my nights in the gallery geeking out over the fact that HAHAxPARADIGM is presenting the relaunch of the collaborative project between Sarah Bereza & Fall On Your Sword would be an understatement.

Matter of fact, several of these pictures are just from late night trips to the gallery to crank up the lawnmower. I know the pictures are supposed to be of the opening of the show - after all that's what this blog post is supposed to be about. But I felt the need to share the depth of our addiction to the witchy, giant mushrooms (sans hookah smoking caterpillars), lawn mower that controls that twin peaky video, elaborate framing, faux grass, 16 alternative endings of glorious weirdness that is "The Garden of Alternative Histories".

If you caught this show at Spring Break, then you'll probably remember it as 'Darkness Turns to Night'. Trust me, it's just as fun the second time around. So drop what you're doing and come down to Paradigm Gallery to experience it.

 


We Made #6 on Streets Dept Presents: Philadelphia’s Top 10 Street Art Moments of 2013

HAHAxParadigm (www.hahaxparadigm.org) + A Common Namemade #6 on Streets Dept's list and in INCREDIBLE company!

Thank you everyone for following our collaborative adventures with Haha Mag. We are excitedly planning for 2014, and hope to bring more great artwork to the streets of Philadelphia (and hopefully spread Philly's talent with other cities as well!) What an amazing city we live in, full of artists that make it worth it over and over again to walk around Philadelphia with curiosity and stunning visuals as our guides instead of our heads buried in devices.