THE FULL SET: THEIR FLOWERS Edition

For BLINK we will be designing a new set of Electric Nails entitled 'Their Flowers'

The 'Full Set' is a playful origin story that plays with the complex intersectionality of American Culture. This piece creates a reason to gather, connect, and celebrate Blackness.

PERSPECTIVES

We had the pleasure of experiencing Walnut Hills from a 'people's first perspective'. It was eye-opening to learn about the history of the area, the legacy of the people, and the hopes for the future that people have. We sat down and chatted with people who are vested in Walnut Hills and learned about their hopes and dreams and aspirations for the future.

SOLID BLACK

We are thrilled to have lent our skills to Doritos Solid Black Initiative. For this project we created a piece called Legacy. It's featured on a limited edition bag available at select Sam's Club and on Snacks.com. We are channeling call and response. We are channeling 'throw it back'. We are channeling raising the vibration through a collective consciousness. This piece is a love letter saying, ' I see you. We see you. We see us.'

COMMONWEALTH

This piece is an ode to Bahamadia's lyricism and contribution to music. Her song 'CommonWealth' may have been the first hip-hop track that I ever heard that spoke to the culture of just how resourceful, creative, and innovative the average chick around the way is. I wanted to mirror that energy back into this piece in an imaginative way.

BANK SERIES

Grills speak to a particular value structure and bucking of respectability politics. The history of America is not kind when it comes to banks and financial institutions in relationship to black people, examples of this can be seen in redlining, the Tulsa massacre and discriminatory laws put into place after the reconstruction period And overall income inequality. Many aesthetic values are created out of being ostracized from mainstream society, but they are also examples of expression, practices and aesthetics that have been incredibly preserved.

RESPECT ON HER NAME

Over the last few years, we've had the privilege of sharing our experience, vision, and stories with community in the form of large murals. We have been literally taking up space. This collection is a mashup of all of these past public art pieces. It's a bold celebration of color, Blackness, femme energy, and the ancestors who may not have had the autonomy that we practice but taught us how to practice it.

IMAGINE MURAL

We are thrilled to share our latest and greatest mural located in Coney Island's Luna Park this 3-story beauty is one of our largest yet. It's titled IMAGINE. This project has been a year in the making...and the front of the Cyclone (see pictures)...well that was about 2 days...time is funny like.

REPRESENT EXHIBITION

Let's chat about this upcoming show Paradigm Gallery. It's a group show with the incredible Nazeer Sabree titled #REPRESENT.

We will be exhibiting new works on canvas, tufted pieces and mixed media pieces from our 'In Us We Trust' series. This series is a cheering on of all that is is us. We will be the change, hope, future, architects, value moderator and archivists of culture. This work is a playful celebration of this declaration.

MZ HOMEGOING

When most of the work you do is an acute examination of proportions and relationships it's important to dig into that on a personal intimate level...and it's not always easy to do this work. We world build in our art as a way of escape as well as find inspiration...but these relationships require us to do the grounding part and that's not always easy. This trip was all that stuff.

Fly2.0

he future is what we make, manifest, dream, put intention and or action into combined with the will of the universe. This piece represents that growth journey and possibility. It's a stoic unyielding recentering of power and value.

The allocatia (elephant ear plant) is considered the tree that grows to the sky.

MUSEUM OF BLACK JOY

To Imagine & Ritualize an Opulent Black Future…
A month-long, curated series of virtual prompts, performances, queries, artistic interventions, and intergenerational gatherings to consider topics related to Black Joy, defined here as a revolutionary process and practice.

GET IT TOGETHER

Can you believe it? We completed a mural in mid-November in Boston...Global warming is so real. Our collective was awarded this mural commission through Boston's Transformative Art Agenda. We had a chance to engage with the local community here their stories and aspirations.

LOVE+GRIT STOREFRONTS

The campaign, an extension of VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s popular Love + Grit podcast, reinvigorates the city’s empty storefronts by transforming them into art installations. The Love + Grit Storefronts Project spotlights Philly’s talented QBIPOC artists and innovative Black and Brown-owned businesses. In the citywide public art installation, each artist has turned an empty storefront into an expression of pride, supporting a business adversely affected by the pandemic and showcasing the potential of storefronts available for lease.

THE FULL SET

We did the damn thing. @kendrasteppdavis and the whole collective came to show all the way out! The Full Set is HERE! @theculurerooms is HERE....and we are very extra.

Huge gratitude to all of our peeps old and new that came out to support, chill and celebrate The Full Set. Big shout out to the universe for granting us a summer day in October.

BET MURAL: SINCE DAY

This piece is an exploration of rhythm and movement. It is an ode and mirror of trends, styles, and expressions of culture that we've shared and continue to share with the world. It's a bold celebration of us. 'Since Day' visual depicts the grit, flow, and beautiful connections that swirl throughout Philadelphia. We are inspired by the stories, community, music, and soul of this city. We hope to reflect that back in this piece.

FLUIDITY MURAL

SUMMER OF 2021: This piece is called FLUIDITY
and it's hella big.

Have you ever listened to the 'slave' narratives recorded in conjunction with the WPA project? If not, stop scrolling and listen now. The sounds of the ancestors voices recalling there experiences of basically being responsible for the physical embodiment of wealth in this nation is chilling.

OF EXPANSION

We made a movie...a short one...but still a movie! And it won Best Experimental film in the Imagine This Women's Film Festival!

'Of Expansion' is a short film inspired by quarantine musings and art-making. Here's the website for the film

This is a trippy studio visit follows 2 puppets through a time and space distorted art exhibition. The visit features a collection of collages, photography, banners, textile studies, and mixed media pieces exploring 'what is the ideal scenario and how do we get there?'

SEE ME MURAL

Stay Up. Get right. Love up on yerself and each other.

just a lil reminder located in a city I love.

This piece came together quickly, which is usually a sign of being in flow / frequency with things/ people / energy combined. The goal is to ride that.

THE VISIONARY IN YOU MURAL

Our intention with all of these murals is to create large love letters that encourage people to connect, unite, feel empowered and seen.

The way folks connect with spaces is very important. These spaces are/were designed. they are/were intentionally created for various uses and when they fall into decay ruin or abandonment it's important that we understand that these can be repurposed. It's also imperative to know that the same applies in our own personal communities and spaces.

ART AUCTION

“Homesick Philly” Black Art Auction Curated By Chill Moody And Atim Annette Oton Is The First Auction To Celebrate Philadelphia Black Artists Whose Work Speaks To The Creative, Vibrant Stories, Street, Fashion And Visual Culture Of The City. 

ROADMAP TO JOY EXHIBITION

Roadmap to Joy is a public art exhibition curated by Atiba T. Edwards @at1ba and Mz. Icar Collective @mz.icar in partnership with  The Culture Rooms @theculturerooms and Arts and Crafts Holdings. This exhibition will approach the notion of joy as a journey. How do we get there as a collective? As individuals? And what does it look like? What does it feel like?

UNRAVELED

The Untitled Space is pleased to present “UNRAVELED: Confronting The Fabric of Fiber Art” a group show opening on April 17th and on view through May 28th, 2021.

STUDIO VISIT: MAS

From an anthropological point of view, carnival is a reversal ritual, in which social roles are reversed and norms about desired behavior are suspended.

And like most things in this region of the world black folks got a hold of carnival and took it to the next level, these elaborate multi-day celebrations. They were not invited to the ceremonies of their masters and would put on their own festivals making fun of their masters and so this became a partially satirical event.

UNDERNEATH IT ALL

So much of Blackness is defined in opposition or relation to whiteness, after the labels, the castes, the stereotypes, and social-behavioral expectations are removed, what's underneath? This piece explores one possibility of what's underneath it all.

It is our very first print edition and is included in @versal_amsterdam VERSO subscription box. It is printed in an edition of 50.

SEE ME MURAL

“It is a reminder to walk with eyes open. Through color and composition, this piece explores the positive impact of representation and the lasting inspirational value of being able to see oneself iconically depicted”

Value: In Terms of Iconography

We are so excited to share a collaborative project that we have been working with Erin Patrice O'Brien on. Let's start at the very, very beginning. We met Erin Patricia O'Brian a few years back while working under a different name. We were not new to her images as she is a veteran in the game of photography. One of our members has fond memories of going through vibe magazine...

STUDY UP

This week, we get silly, we get loose and we take a trip back to the archives and chat about process.

THE FUTURE…IF YOU WANT IT

In this week's studio visit we do some time traveling in this video and we play outside.

BLACKOUT

We are going to tell you a true story.

there were these people who lived here, all over, and did things a particular way...as people do. then some other people came from a far place. they came because they couldn't figure out how to be seen where they lived. these poor people, because they were never seen, they didn't know how to see. they used this to justify and enforced dumb rules that continued not to see people and smoosh people. These folks were so blind that after the smooshing,  they traveled far and brought more people that they refused to see, so that they could

STUDIO VISIT: THAT NEW NEW

Let's chat about our experience and manifestations. In this studio visit, we share our process, our thoughts, our themes of exploration as well as our collaborative projects. We are gearing up for a show called 'The Church of expansion'. It will include a series of collages prints canvases banners and other mixed-media works. It also includes the collaboration print series with Erin Patrice O'Brien. We also chat about the origins of our character Matilda and an animation project that has Tanya Farmer teaching her (and you) yoga.

LOVE LESSONS: STUDIO VISIT

There are so many ways to love. Some are so complex and others are so simple. It's always been amazing that you can tell the way a person or creature has been loved often by the way they carry themselves and express love. Unfortunately, when love is lacking sometimes folks interact with that person as if they do not deserve to be loved. When I was a child I use to get so annoyed with my mother priming me. She would carefully do my hair to ensure there were no fly-a-ways. She should make sure I never left looking wrinkled or full of holes or dirty and the most agitating was that right before she would drop me off at...

WIGGED OUT

Let's chat about hair. Particularly the hair that grows out of the top of most folks head. This crown and glory is often a hot topic in the Black community,  often representing politics status, and culture. Basically we don't play when it comes to hair. This hair thing has a long history and has often been a battle and struggle for many women when it comes to acceptability politics, natural vs processed. We love that our hair represents something 'unique' for white audiences but at the same time in the past we have had trouble with the amount of time that this consumes with Black folks, in the form of....

TOLD YOU SO

Welcome to another week our archival studio visits. This week's visit will be centered around the theme 'I told you so'. One of the amazing aspects of having the opportunity to exercise creativity is that it puts the artist closer to the pulse and vibration of what's going on and maybe sometimes even ahead of the game. All of these featured pieces represent that.  All of the work featured in this grouping were a bit forward-leaning for there time, but super relevant now. At the time we were imagining kinda dark futures.

THOTS ON ARCHIVING

We were painstakingly going through all of Junkprint's old work categorizing measuring, storing and pricing all work to make all pieces available for purchase. Because after all if it hasn't been archived did it even exist? And if you are relying on social media networks to create your archives keep in mind, it's rough to build your house on other people's property.

TYPE PLAY

while we are on the topic of type love... We spend a lot of time playing and working on studies. Many of our projects require experimentation as they are quite tactile. We love the digital world...but real life in where it's at, touch something fuzzy, taste something sweet, hug a tree small some plants and gaze upon something shiny in real-life, that kind of thing. These are some recent manifestations of that play. They do not have a purpose, application or home per se but one of our members has been musing about a clothing line. it' all TBD, but in the meantime here's some manifestations of that play.

WE STILL LOVING: TYPE EDITION

We love all of this and it resonates with some of the latest projects we have been working on. We just wrapped up some custom lettering for Machel Montano's Machel Monday. Which happens to be today and also happens to be a celebration of his nuptials. yo! It is seriously a love fest over here. Our work is used in the flyers promotional video as well as the tickets. We loved having the opportunity to work on this. Ya'll over at Hasely stadium, buss a wine for us.

WE LOVE

...that got us thinking about the impact of simply loving up on each other. Like for real love, not ownership, or possessiveness. The type of love that sees oneself in another. That's open to listening and understands how to support and be an advocate. I know, I know it sounds mad mushy, well it is, the point is to feel good. Full belly full heart etc. So we decided that we are gonna share with you things/situations we love.

YOU MAY SHOP NOW

We love solutions, we love the absurdity of old ads (and full disclosure can't wait until our current ads become old these pharmaceutical commercials are out of control). we are very much so American (most apparent when we are out of the country but that's a different post) and so inherently, we are obsessed with the notion of a very quick fix. We also love painting and have a ton of empty cans in the studio. It's bad enough that were spraying all this aerosol into the world might as well make sure that we are upcycling.

NOVEMBER 15TH

What you up to on Friday, November 15th?
Well, you will be hanging with me at the 'Dope Ever Since' event in NYC.

I am super duper excited to announce my newest latest pop-up exhibition. It is taking place at a SECRET Chintatown location on November 15th between 7 p.m. 12a.m. One of the main agendas of Mz.Icar is to create and participate in engaging 'real life' experiences. Thanks to the movers and shakers at Lost Art BK, we have been able to team up with some musicians and creatives to do just that.

SPARK

Luckily, we're not the types to sit, complain, fart and scratch our butts all day. We decided to plan a shoot and basically remind ourselves what we’re working with. How super we are. That we have the answers to trifle with a demanding industry that wants more.