Open Source: Engaging Audiences in Public Space

About The Project

Artist

various artists (see below)

Completion Date

1 November 2015

Location

citywide

Visit our website dedicated to Open Source at
opensource.muralarts.org

 


 

Open Source: Engaging Audiences in Public Space is a groundbreaking outdoor exhibition of temporary, site-specific art created by leading contemporary artists. The 14 artists’ practices vary widely, from sculpture to community muralism to street art. Mural Arts has invited these artists to work in Philadelphia and to each approach a new project within the organization’s 30-year model of traversing art with social practice. The project  culminated in a citywide exhibition, in October 2015.

Open Source Artists & Projects

 

The Dufala Brothers

  
Steven and Billy Dufala, natives of greater Philadelphia, practice in a variety of media, approaching sculpture, theater, performance, music, digital media, and drawing with equal passion and zeal.

The Dufala Brothers will create a waste transfer station in the Edward Bok Vocational School in South Philadelphia. The station is conceived to recycle discarded materials from local scrappers, such as aluminum, and will be used by the artists to make art. In this way, the artists will close the loop on the lifecycle of raw materials that are transformed into branded products and discarded as junk by converting them into art.

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EVENTS WITH THE DUFALA BROTHERS

Open House Pour, Saturday October 10, 17, 24, and 31: Visit the Dufalas and watch in person as they do public “pours,” taking discarded aluminum and converting it into art objects.

Use This Art, Saturday October 24: Four leading contemporary artists convene for a conversation about user-friendly interactive art that by design engages the public through direct access and application.

Open Source Tours: Calling all art lovers: Trolley and walking tours are being offered throughout the month of October. Click for times and details.


Sam Durant


Sam Durant is a world-renowned multimedia artist who has exhibited in Los Angeles, Belgium, New Zealand, and elsewhere. His work explores the varying relationships between culture and politics, engaging subjects as diverse as the civil rights movement, southern rock music, and modernism.

Durant will address the quagmire of criminal justice by placing a 50 x 50 foot maze made of chain link fencing in the Municipal Services Plaza, next to Philadelphia City Hall. The public will be invited to interact with the maze by hanging personal items on the structure, using it as a platform to address issues surrounding mass incarceration. Initially the structure will be transparent, and as the public interacts with the art, it will become opaque. The maze functions as a double metaphor, symbolizing not only the struggle of criminals caught in the Department of Corrections but for how, as a society, we are all navigating the labyrinth of mass incarceration.

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EVENTS WITH SAM DURANT

Sam Durant Artist Talk, Thursday, October 1: Durant will make a special visit to the historic American prison Eastern State Penitentiary to discuss the collaborative process that led to Labyrinth, his site-specific installation at Thomas Paine Plaza.

Labyrinth Workshop, Monday, October 5: Make a meaningful art object to hang on the wall of LabyrinthSam Durant’s site-specific maze at Thomas Paine Plaza, which symbolizes the challenges of navigating the criminal justice system.

Unwinding the Labyrinth, Saturday, October 17: Join Sam Durant and special guests Timothy Phillips (co-founder, Beyond Conflict), Maria Gaspar (founder and lead artist, 96 Acres), and filmmaker Darius Monroe for a conversation about the many new and innovative ways creative thinkers and leaders are challenging the public’s perception of mass incarceration.

Open Source Tours: Calling all art lovers: Trolley and walking tours are being offered throughout the month of October. Click for times and details.


Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey’s imagery has changed the way people see art and the urban landscape. His artworks are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC. He recently completed Lotus Diamond with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program in August 2014.

Shepard will conduct interview-based research with inmates at Graterford SCI, members of the Guild (Mural Arts’ re-entry program for formerly incarcerated people), and others involved in Mural Arts’ Restorative Justice program. Based on this dialogue, he will develop a series of images that will kick off a massive campaign designed to raise awareness about criminal justice. Going back to the origins of his Andre the Giant sticker, Shepard will distribute stickers to the public for mass distribution, engaging in a participatory form of art, and he will also make a series of murals throughout the city.

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 EVENTS WITH SHEPARD FAIREY

Shepard Fairey on Jasper Johns, Wednesday, October 14: Trailblazing L.A.-based artist Shepard Fairey, whose practice expands from street art to the global OBEY Giant enterprise, will expound upon the influential work of Jasper Johns.

Free License: Open Source in Art and Technology with Shepard Fairey and Rich Miner, Thursday, October 15: Join us for a conversation, in partnership with the Arts + Business Council, with pioneers from the worlds of arts and technology.

Open Source Tours: Calling all art lovers: Trolley and walking tours are being offered throughout the month of October. Click for times and details.


JR

Since 2000, JR has pasted his large-scale photographs in streets throughout the world as a method of exploring personal identity. Merging photography with street art, JR’s work addresses important social issues and gives a voice to the underrepresented.

JR is celebrated for his iconic black and white photographic murals. His striking images are enhanced by their strategic placement in public space. For Open Source, JR will continue his exploration of immigration by pasting a monumental portrait of an otherwise unknown immigrant on a building in Philadelphia’s Center City. This project will highlight the personal histories of the millions of anonymous immigrants who leave everything behind for a chance at a better life in this country.

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Keir Johnston & Ernel Martinez of AMBER Art & Design

Ernel Martinez and Keir Johnston are founding members of AMBER Art & Design, a collective of five Philadelphia-based public artists. Martinez’s practice focuses on providing urban communities with tools to tell their stories through art making. Johnston is an advocate for social issues, having worked on murals with inmates, students, the mentally and physically disabled, and the elderly.

Johnston and Martinez will convert a warehouse on 9th St and Susquehanna into a community center dedicated to capturing stories of migration and immigration into Philadelphia. Information from the captured histories will be rendered visually inside and outside the building. The goal of the center is to bridge the African American and Hispanic communities that are divided by the 5th Street corridor through sharing of personal histories. The community will be brought together through a series of lively events highlighting the culture of both groups such as music, food, and art.

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EVENTS WITH KEIR JOHNSTON & ERNEL MARTINEZ

North Philly Block Party, Saturday, October 3: Head north for a neighborhood celebration with Open Source artists Keir Johnston and Ernel Martinez, right next to the artists’ pop-up community bodega space, which explores the intersection of the Latino and African American communities in North Philadelphia.

La Frontera
, Wednesday October 21: Keir Johnston and Ernel Martinez of Amber Art and Design present a one-night event, La Frontera, that extends their Open Source project into the museum galleries.

Open Source Tours: Calling all art lovers: Trolley and walking tours are being offered throughout the month of October. Click for times and details.


MOMO

MOMO is an artist who works outdoors with systems and homemade tools. His current interests lie within an evolving range of adapted masonry techniques, which he implements to draft, design, and organize wall murals.

MOMO will develop a methodology based on Practical Geometry, a technique used by masons and carpenters to render geometric shapes. He will teach this methodology over the summer to students in Mural Arts’ Art Education program, and then paint a mural with the students, using the same technique. The workshop will be complemented by a “how-to” video that instructs others on implementing the practice. In October, the public will be convened to paint a mural using MOMO’s style. The youth from the Art Education classes will teach the public how to implement the technique.

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EVENTS WITH MOMO

Make Art with MOMO: PAFA Edition, Sunday, October 4: Learn how to design a mural using Practical Geometry, a technique used by masons and carpenters to render geometric shapes, at PAFA’s Annual Family Arts Festival on Lenfest Plaza.

MOMO's Murals: A Reception at Sonesta Philadelphia, Monday, October 5: Our hospitality sponsor, the Sonesta Hotel, is throwing a party to celebrate MOMO's Open Source installation on their wall. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres while getting a bit more insight into MOMO’s work in Philadelphia and around the world.

Full Steam Ahead: Curious Minds on Art in Education, Thursday, October 8: Street artist MOMO has tackled the vast intersection of art, science, and geometry in his work with students from Mural Arts’ Art Education program. He’ll be joined by a panel of special guests, all of whom will give short talks on the value of arts and design integration with math and science learning.

Make Art with MOMO: Franklin Institute Edition, Saturday, October 10: Take time during a fun-filled day at the Franklin Institute to make geometric art and learn cool techniques from world famous street artist MOMO, as well as students from Mural Arts’ citywide Art Education program. Join us during your visit and make something great to take home and frame.

Open Source Tours: Calling all art lovers: Trolley and walking tours are being offered throughout the month of October. Click for times and details.


Jonathan Monk

British artist Jonathan Monk replays, recasts, and re-examines seminal works of conceptual and minimal art by variously witty, ingenious, and irreverent means: wall paintings, monochromes, ephemeral sculpture, and photography.

Monk created two temporary skateable sculptures based on concrete works by the minimalist master Sol LeWitt, which have been installed in Franklin Paine’s Skatepark and will remain there through November 2015. These large sculptures are unusual, interactive additions to the park, inviting skaters of all ages to touch, step, and skate upon their surfaces – public artworks that invite direct, physical interaction from the viewer. Monk’s Open Source project exemplifies his practice of reinterpreting works of conceptual art through humor, and challenges the typically precious nature of art objects.

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EVENTS WITH JONATHAN MONK

Use This Art, Saturday October 24: Four leading contemporary artists convene for a conversation about user-friendly interactive art that by design engages the public through direct access and application.

Open Source Tours: Calling all art lovers: Trolley and walking tours are being offered throughout the month of October. Click for times and details.


Odili Donald Odita

Odili Donald Odita was born in 1966 in Enugu, Nigeria and lives and works in Philadelphia. The recipient of many major grants, his large installation Give Me Shelter was featured prominently in the 52nd Venice Biennale exhibition Think with the Senses, Feel with the Mind.

The Nigerian-born artist Odili Donald Odita (now a Philadelphia resident) will address the social struggles faced by Philadelphia and the vital role that is played by community organizations such as Mural Arts in keeping the city thriving. Odita’s mural will highlight the active role that citizens and organizations play in filling the institutional voids present in underserved neighborhoods. The weaving of color and form represents the fabric of institutions and residents whose joint involvement and commitment make Philadelphia a vibrant community. Odita presents the tension of contradiction and opportunity found in “calamity and potential”.

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EVENTS WITH ODILI DONALD ODITA

Ephemerality, from Murals to Museums, Sunday, October 4: Three Open Source artists—SWOON, Odili Donald Odita, and Michelle Angela Ortiz—will discuss the complexities of working in ephemeral media, taking into consideration the implications of site and context, from the street to the museum.

Open Source Tours: Calling all art lovers: Trolley and walking tours are being offered throughout the month of October. Click for times and details.


Michelle Angela Ortiz

Michelle Angela Ortiz is a visual artist, muralist, and community arts educator based in Philadelphia. She uses richly crafted and emotive imagery in her art, in order to claim and transform “blighted” spaces, producing visual affirmations that reveal the strength and spirit of the community.

Michelle Angela Ortiz will continue her commitment to addressing immigrant rights. She intends to create a series of stenciled portraits and phrases derived from interviews with immigrants living in Philadelphia that have been directly affected by deportations. The stencils will be made in collaboration with the JUNTOS youth group and placed in key locations throughout the city. The recorded oral histories will be available online for the public to access. Members of the public will also be able to add their own stories to the collection.

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EVENTS WITH MICHELLE ANGELA ORTIZ

Ephemerality, from Murals to Museums, Sunday, October 4: Three Open Source artists—SWOON, Odili Donald Odita, and Michelle Angela Ortiz—will discuss the complexities of working in ephemeral media, taking into consideration the implications of site and context, from the street to the museum.

muraLAB Live: Open Source, Tuesday, October 20: The return of our annual muraLAB Live event features an exciting evening of talks, presentations, and conversations with artists and cultural thinkers from Philly and beyond, around the theme of open source.

The Art of Conflict: Teddy Cruz, Jennie Shanker, and Michelle Angela Ortiz, Sunday, October 25: Architect, urbanist, and professor Teddy Cruz, known for his ongoing work around the “geography of conflict,” will present a guest lecture at this special event, followed by short talks from two Open Source artists whose projects deal with issues of socioeconomic conflict in urban areas: Jennie Shanker and Michelle Angela Ortiz.

Open Source Tours: Calling all art lovers: Trolley and walking tours are being offered throughout the month of October. Click for times and details.


Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby’s work was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial and he has had solo exhibitions around the world, most recently at the Baltimore Museum of Art. He is also featured in public collections at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Tate Modern, London; and elsewhere.

Based on letters and drawings from local children, Sterling Ruby is designing an outdoor sculpture that is intended to function as a playground and community gathering place. The artist will ask children in the community where the sculpture is to be placed to send him letters and drawings of the structure they wish to play on. The sculpture will be placed in an empty lot, in a neighborhood that is devoid of playgrounds and public sculpture. The artist intends to present art in the form of infrastructure to communities that lack both.

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Shinique Smith

Shinique Smith was featured in the2005 International Istanbul Biennial and her work is included in several prestigious permanent collections, including the Brooklyn Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Shinique Smith will work with students participating in the Mural Arts Art Education program to create a mural-based amphitheater that will function as a venue for student performances. In her own words: “I want to create a mural on the wall and on the ground of a playground or recreational center in Philadelphia. The artwork will serve as a backdrop and stage for interaction with Philadelphia youth wherein these teens may plan and/or participate in events that give them a forum to share their creative voices through poetry and spoken word, among their peers.”

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EVENTS WITH SHINIQUE SMITH

One City, Many Voices, Thursday, October 22: Cheer on Philadelphia youth as they share their own creative works with their peers and fellow community members against the backdrop of Shinique Smith’s outdoor “mural amphitheater,” located at 8th and Diamond Recreation Center in North Philadelphia.

Use This Art, Saturday October 24: Four leading contemporary artists convene for a conversation about user-friendly interactive art that by design engages the public through direct access and application.

Open Source Tours: Calling all art lovers: Trolley and walking tours are being offered throughout the month of October. Click for times and details.


Jennie Shanker

Jennie Shanker has lived and worked in Philadelphia since 1982. A founding member of Vox Populi Gallery and a previous collaborator with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Shanker is interested in generating space for access, information, dialogue, and understanding.

Jennie Shanker will create a mural that will serve as a memorial to the soon-to-be-demolished Norris Homes in North Philadelphia. The mural will depict the facades of the Norris Homes on the SEPTA retaining walls near the homes. Aside from the mural acting as a memorial, the memory of the Norris Homes will live on through a website created and maintained by the artist. Shanker will work with the residents of the home and local community center to populate the site with content from the community.

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EVENTS WITH JENNIE SHANKER

The Art of Conflict: Teddy Cruz, Jennie Shanker, and Michelle Angela Ortiz, Sunday, October 25: Architect, urbanist, and professor Teddy Cruz, known for his ongoing work around the “geography of conflict,” will present a guest lecture at this special event, followed by short talks from two Open Source artists whose projects deal with issues of socioeconomic conflict in urban areas: Jennie Shanker and Michelle Angela Ortiz.

Open Source Tours: Calling all art lovers: Trolley and walking tours are being offered throughout the month of October. Click for times and details.


Swoon

Caledonia Curry, who exhibits her artwork under the name SWOON, is a classically trained visual artist and printmaker. She explores the relationship between people and their built environments.

In an effort to help those struggling with substance abuse, SWOON will work with Mural Arts’ Restorative Justice program to develop an understanding of the conditions and context of trauma that lead to and perpetuate lifelong addiction. In collaboration with Jessica Radovich, a mental health counselor and yoga instructor, SWOON will develop a series of classes that help address trauma as it relates to addiction and loss. The classes will take place in Graterford SCI, a women’s halfway house, and the Community Living Room. From this experience, she will develop a series of portraits that will appear in a public space.

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EVENTS WITH SWOON

Five Stories with SWOON, Saturday, October 3: Visual artist and printmaker SWOON, in collaboration with mental health counselor Jessica Radovich, developed a series of classes this past spring at Graterford SCI, Interim House, and with the Mural Arts’ Guild program, addressing trauma as it relates to addiction and loss

Ephemerality, from Murals to Museums
, Sunday, October 4: Three Open Source artists—SWOON, Odili Donald Odita, and Michelle Angela Ortiz—will discuss the complexities of working in ephemeral media, taking into consideration the implications of site and context, from the street to the museum.

Open Source Tours: Calling all art lovers: Trolley and walking tours are being offered throughout the month of October. Click for times and details.


Heesop Yoon

Heeseop Yoon’s artwork deals with memory within cluttered spaces. Her drawings, collages, and large-scale installations, created with inspiration from initial photographs, reflect how human perception is ever-changing over time.

Heeseop Yoon will create a large-scale public mural using her unique technique of rendering portraits of chaos using black masking tape on Mylar. Her mural will be shown in Philadelphia’s iconic Italian Market, where she will take a series of photographs and then create a composition based on objects and personal items found in the neighborhood. Yoon portrays society through humanity’s accumulation of objects and the resulting clutter of consumption. Her technique does not employ traditional materials such as brushes or paint, and thereby pushes the possibilities of muralism.

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EVENTS WITH HEESOP YOON

Heesop Yoon Workshop and Live Demo, Thursday, October 29: Heeseop Yoon will visit the Open Source Hub space to demonstrate her unique technique of rendering scenes of clutter and chaos using black masking tape on Mylar. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to create their own artworks using non-traditional materials.

Open Source Tours: Calling all art lovers: Trolley and walking tours are being offered throughout the month of October. Click for times and details.


 

Each artist will be embedded within a Philadelphia community, in order to explore a social issue that is of import to the city and which represents a major aspect of Mural Arts’ work, such as mass incarceration, behavioral health, environment, and community reinvestment. The artists will then be challenged to produce public art installations that push their own creative boundaries. This bold, challenging, and cross-cutting format exemplifies Mural Arts’ vision of establishing new standards in the practice of public and contemporary art while also promoting social change through art.

The name Open Source is inspired by the concept of open source software, with the idea that through this exhibition, Mural Arts’ unique resources and methodologies will function as an open platform to empower the invited artists to engage with local communities. The results will be unexpected and exciting, creating robust collaborations that are mutually beneficial to the artists, Mural Arts, and the community.

Open Source Curator

Open Source is curated by Pedro Alonzo, a Boston-based independent curator. Currently an adjunct curator at Dallas Contemporary, he was formerly an adjunct curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (2011–2013) and the Institute of Visual Arts, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (1996–2002). Since 2006, he has specialized in producing exhibitions that transcend the boundaries of the museum walls and spill out onto the urban landscape. In 2013, Mr. Alonzo organized the first solo museum exhibition for the French artist JR, winner of the 2011 TED Prize, at the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati and the Dallas Contemporary. At the ICA/Boston, he curated Os Gêmeos (2012), Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand (2009) and Dr. Lakra (2010).  He also curated Viva la Revolución: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape (2010) at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and Generations UsA (2007) at the PinchukArtCentre in Kiev, Ukraine. For more information, read our recent interview with Pedro Alonzo


Open Source is presented by:

and The Hummingbird Foundation.

Lead corporate support provided by:

Generous additional support provided by Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation, City of Philadelphia, Ford Foundation, The Barra Foundation, Sadie Coles HQ London, Paula Cooper Gallery New York, and Blum & Poe Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo.

TRAILBLAZER


LUMINARIES

CLAWS Foundation



The Fleischner Family Fund



INVENTORS

Dean Adler & Susanna Lachs Adler
MailChimp
PTS Foundation
Richard Vague

CREATORS

Comcast NBCUniversal; J2 Design Partnership; Nick & Dee Adams Charitable Fund

PATRONS

Blick Art Materials; Bridgette Mayer Gallery; Joe & Jane Goldblum; IKEA;
Neiman Marcus; Parkway Corporation; ShopRite Colligas Family Markets; Dana Spain;
Joe & Renee Zuritsky

SUPPORTERS

Amoroso's Baking Company; Arts & Crafts Holdings; First American Title Insurance Company National
Commercial Services; Goldenberg Group; Kristen & Michael Karp;
Relief Communications, LLC;
The Paul and Emily Singer Family Foundation

HOSPITALITY SPONSOR

 

HUB SPONSORS




MEDIA PARTNER