All posts tagged: Pensylvania

Evoca1 and Rudy Daniels on the side of Methodist Towers in Erie, PA

Evoca1 and Rudy Daniels on the side of Methodist Towers in Erie, PA

Murals are making inroads into communities once again in ways that are meaningful and constructive, not only decorative.

Evoca1. Rudy Daniels. Erie, PA. October 2019. (photo courtesy of Iryna Kanishcheva)

An outgrowth of the illegal graffiti and Street Art movements, this new mural renaissance has once again engaged with the community rather than functioning as a means of protest or defiance. In our minds, art can serve many important roles in the communication of principles, ideas, values – and each expression in public space contains an opportunity for better, stronger, connections among community members.

Evoca1. Rudy Daniels. Erie, PA. October 2019. (photo © Bryan Geary)

Here in Erie, Pennsylvania a senior member of the community has been given an honor by Dominican born artist, muralist & designer EVOCA1, who painted a soaring portrait of Rudy Daniels on the side of Methodist Towers, where he lives. Blind since age 20 from a gunshot wound, the 71 year old has been a positive and familiar fixture on area streets and sidewalks and businesses for quite some time.

Evoca1. Rudy Daniels. Erie, PA. October 2019. (photo courtesy of Iryna Kanishcheva)

A project endorsed by the mayor, with local artists assisting with the mural using materials purchased in the community, honoring a neighborhood member? Here is one sincerely positive outcome to a global mural movement that grew into something quite positive.

A shout out to curator Iryna Kanishcheva, organizer Patrick Fischer, and Erie Arts & Culture for making this project happen.

Evoca1. Rudy Daniels. Erie, PA. October 2019. (photo courtesy of Iryna Kanishcheva)
Evoca1. Rudy Daniels. Erie, PA. October 2019. (photo courtesy of Iryna Kanishcheva)
Evoca1. Rudy Daniels. Erie, PA. October 2019. (photo © Bryan Geary)
Evoca1. Rudy Daniels. Erie, PA. October 2019. (photo © Bryan Geary)
Evoca1. Rudy Daniels. Erie, PA. October 2019. (photo courtesy of Iryna Kanishcheva)
Evoca1. Rudy Daniels. Erie, PA. October 2019. (photo © Bryan Geary)

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Stupid Easy Gallery Presents: Stikman “Stikman 20.1” (Philadelphia, PA)

Stikman

Stikman. (photo © Stkman)

Stikman 20.1 Celebrating 20 Years Hanging Around Philly

Stupid Easy Gallery is proud to announce a new solo-exhibition by one of street art’s most prolific and elusive personalities.

Stikman presents a new body of work celebrating twenty years of public intervention.  Utilizing a diverse range of media the world-renown artist has created a truly satisfying experience.  The work is subtle and complex yet irresistibly seductive; a familiar icon of the human form, recognized by all as a symbol of being .  Stupid Easy Gallery invites you to join us Friday November 2nd From 6-9pm to honor one of Philadelphia’s best kept secrets. STIKMAN.

It could be in the form of 3D men made of small sticks to figures hidden in iconic imagery pasted to doors, or literally under your feet, smashed into the concrete. The range of mediums used and the calculated creativity given to each piece is overshadowed only by the sheer amount of work he has affixed to our cities surfaces.-Darkclouds

from the artist:

It was the summer of 1992 that I deployed my first stikman in the East Village. In the early years the sticks were not painted, It took me much longer to make them at the time because I was always changing the way they were constructed. In the first year I don’t think I made more than 50 of them, they were between 5 and 6 inches tall and made of basswood. By 1996 I had started painting them and begun producing many more per year.

Once I started painting the 3-D stikmen I also started to paint stickers. Combining the 2 dimensional graphic element expanded my view of the ever changing stikman form, and the project took off in unforeseen directions. I was finding many different materials and processes with which to explore the realm of stikman.  Over the years I have affixed and painted the stikman on numerous LP record covers, prints, book pages, cut paper paste-ups, hollow core doors and a variety of metal, wood, cloth and plastic objects. Some of my favorite pieces include stenciling images on ping pong balls, bricks, tiny slide viewers, and playing cards. And of course there were always little wooden men made of sticks.

My pieces start their lives as static objects, but they come to life when I place them in a public place where they are subject to the forces of time, interactions with humans and climate. I share this transient form of art to connect with a viewer whom I will never meet, in hopes that the joy of finding the unexpected has altered their consciousness. It finds an indigenous space in our surroundings like a flower escaping from the crack in a sidewalk. Continuously altered by time and circumstance.

Stupid Easy Gallery. 307 Market St. Philadelphia, PA

 

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Images of the Week 10.07.12

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Barry McGee, Berth Control, BustArt, Cash4, Hot Tea, JM, Michael DeFeo, OverUnder, Rae, Shie Moreno, Smells, Spiro, Swoon, and Willow. First we start with a selection of details from the brand new piece by Brooklyn Street Artist Swoon that appeared on the street recently – in her inimitable style of revealing an internal world at play within the larger structure.

Swoon. “Neenee. Bradock”.  Swoon created this piece to raise funds for the restoration of the church in Braddock, PA. This hand tinted what paste for the streets was done on a metal fence with a colorful background by a different artist. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Swoon “Neenee. Braddock”. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Swoon “Neenee. Braddock”. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Swoon “Neenee. Braddock”. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Swoon “Neenee. Braddock”. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Swoon “Neenee. Braddock”. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Swoon. Detail of the maquette of the church as envisioned by the artist during a recent fundraiser called “Pearlys”. (photo © Jaime Rojo via Iphone)

Swoon. Detail of the miniature mode of the church as envisioned by the artist. (photo © Jaime Rojo via Iphone)

Shie Moreno (photo © Jaime Rojo)

JM, Berth Control (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Rae (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Willow (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Overunder (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Overunder (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Michael DeFeo (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Smells . Cash4 . Spiro (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Barry McGee’s completed mural. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

BustArt in Amsterdam goes after the behaviors of corporate chains. (photo © BustArt)

Hot Tea’s latest very subtle installation almost got lost here in the photo. Too bad, as this is one of his best installs so far. The fonts are beautifully rendered with the yarn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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