As a follow-up to our 2014 project, The Big Apple Doesn't fall far from the Tree, MPP and TIC's newest book, Streetwise: Words of Wisdom from the streets of Corona combines all of the materials that we didn't use in our first collaboration, where we asked people to share their favorite sayings. In collecting material for The Big Apple, we received a lot of amazing messages that we could only call wisdom -not really "sayings" but certainly of great value and worthy of a complete illustrated book.
The completed Streetwise will be completed during winter/spring 2016 and released as part of our exhibit, Soñamos Sentirmos Libres: Under Construction, at Interference Archive in May 2016.
As part of our work for Open Engagement: Place and Revolution, in Pittsburgh, PA, we collaborated with Pittsburgh-based hip hop collective Arts Greenhouse and hosted a participatory Hip Hop printmaking event entitled, Lyrics and Lettering.
Lyrics and Lettering combined two inherently social mediums, Hip Hop and silkscreen printmaking. Together we invited OE guests and passers-by to give us drawings and writing in response to the question, "what is the role of artist in society?" and "can you be an artist part of the time?" In exchange, participants were invited to print MPP designs (inspired by Arts Greenhouse's music) onto t-shirts. At the end of a long day of printing and performances, Arts Greenhouse brought the house down with a freestyle session inspired by the writing and drawings collected.
MPP collaborated with Talk Is Cheap: Unincorporated Language Laboratories on a month-long project that involved several public events and led to a new series of printed work. The project explored the rich and affordable medium of dialogue, specifically colloquialisms. For this collaboration, food (arepas) and print instruction were exchanged for people's favorite sayings during a day-long visit to Corona Plaza.
Sayings derive meaning from cultural context that highlights how language is about more than just literal meaning. After collecting sayings in both English and Spanish, in Corona Plaza, TIC and MPP translated these sayings and develop a series of silk-screens that were printed on 14th street during the Art in Odd Places festival on October 11, 2014.
In 2014 and 2015, MPP was invited to the Brooklyn Museum as part of the program ARTXCHANGE. This program offers New York City K-12 art teachers an opportunity to exchange and explore ideas about their teaching practice, make art, and work with contemporary artists.
For these events, we were invited as the "contemporary artist" and engaged teachers in a series of printmaking activities. These activities included creating a series of collaborative prints on-site, highlighting some of our strategies for collaborative design and printmaking.
As part of our work for Open Engagement: Life/Work, at the Queens Museum, we collaborated with Portland, OR-based collective Guestwork to create a tote bag intervention entitled, Do You Make A Living Wage?.
For the tote bag intervention, MPP and Guestwork invited OE participants and passers-by to have the social prompt "Do You Make A Living Wage" printed on their OE tote bag (which were also printed by MPP). In addition, small pamphlets were created with information about what it means to make a living wage.