Billy Penn...Who's Next Arts?
Public art here in Philly is in a special season. It seems like regularly another young Philadelphia artist starts working with the likes of designer Patricia Field or creates gorgeous album art for an up-and-coming musician. Still, we weren’t expecting to receive the more than 125 nominations that we did.
Aubrie Costello Artist, Silk Graffiti
Aubrie Costello wasn’t a street artist at first. “I used to sit in my studio with the windows open and listen to the streets below me,” shewrites. She’s a painter and a draftswoman, and silk is a material she used in her installations. “I used to shred silk and bind things that I collected and trash-picked in the luxe fabric.” Then, she realized she “wanted out” of her studio. “One day (about 10 years ago) I took out some strands of silk, a pile of loose nails, and my hammer and started writing one of my collected words on the wall outside my studio, mimicking the Philly hands I’d observed. And it just clicked.” Her work has been spotted in Streets Dept, Philadelphia Magazine and City Paper (RIP.) She’s gotten attention from the fashion world and has worked with labels like local designer Dom Streater’s eponymous brand. She’s a member of the all-ladies art collective The Other Woman and recently her work was featured in Truth to Power, the major exhibition that showed in Callowhill during the Democratic National Convention.
Sara McCorriston & Jason Chen Co-Founders of Paradigm Gallery + Studio