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INTERSECTIONS: Works by Joe Boruchow + Kid Hazo

Posted on August 14 2015

Paradigm Gallery + Studio presents: INTERSECTIONS
works by Joe Boruchow and Kid Hazo
August 28, 2015 – October 10, 2015

Opening Reception
Friday, August 28, 2015 • 5:30pm – 10:00pm

Exhibition Hours
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 12:00pm – 6:00pm
And 7 days a week by appointment: / (267)266-0073

Paradigm Gallery + Studio / 746 S. 4th Street, 1st Floor / Philadelphia, PA 19147

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INTERSECTIONS brings two of Philadelphia's well-known and loved "street artists", Kid Hazo (pronounced has•ohh) and Joe Boruchow, to the same room. Both artists almost solely install their works in the city of Philadelphia cementing themselves as artists who embody the vibe of our city.

Their work catches your attention and drives conversation. Though their approach to the creation and the life of their works couldn’t differ more, their evident intersecting in this show brings the evolutionary chain of street art full circle: from the urban to the fine art.

Joe Burochow’s work is often punctuated with words you don’t necessarily associate with street art: poignant and elegant. He gives his intricate paper cutouts a life outside their custom frames, reproducing them as wheatpastes, integrating his pattern play of stories into the city’s architecture.

Hazo’s belief that art is for everyone punctuates our daily interactions with his light hearted - one step ahead of you - clever pieces that parody the heart of Philly culture. It reminds us not to take life too seriously (and maybe to stick to just one selfie per day if we can).

The point where one crosses the other plays out on the streets where the impact of their work lies with the beholder who might just want to hold on to that feeling a bit longer.‡

‡ Introduction courtesy of Ginger Rudolph


My black and white cutouts are an evolution from when I used stencils to make posters for my band, The Nite Lights. About ten years ago, as my technique improved, the stencils became too fragile to work with. I started to simply photocopy black paper cutouts and found that I was able to get much more coverage pasting and stapling these around town than I had with the stencils, all the while, retaining a fine art object.

My process varies with each paper cutout, but there are some things that remain consistent. From thumbnail sketches I develop more detailed studies that I then redraw on black paper paying special attention to the limits of the medium. In a paper cutout, all the black must connect (this makes things like belly buttons challenging). Then I excise all the white space with an Xacto blade, paint out the remaining pencil marks with black spray paint, and scan the cutout. From this I have large prints made, which I use for my large-scale installations.

The longer I have been doing uncommissioned public art the more I try to find architectural spaces to frame and add context to my work, ultimately, integrating it into the environment. In a gallery, however, one can to see the original cutouts from which the larger installations are made. Their intricacy and smaller scale often surprise people, giving them a new perspective on the public / private aspects of my work and emphasizing the blend of craft and concept that I attempt to achieve.

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Photo by Conrad Benner

kid hazo (pronounced has•ohh) is a Philadelphia based street artist out to catch a few smirks and smiles by creating pieces that parody the heart of Philly culture and venues around the city. His lighthearted props and sculptures are interjected into the urban environment in attempts to brighten up someone's day and add a layer of comic relief on the streets.

kid hazo's initial street sign project was inspired by the likes of Leon Reid IV, TrustoCorp and Jay Shells. He continues to extend his work into other realms and mediums influenced by the global street art scene.

 View artwork by clicking HERE.