Malaga: Shepard Fairey – ‘Your Eyes Here’ @CAC Malaga

Shepard Fairey - Your Eyes Here Malaga

Los Angeles-based artist Shepard Fairey is having his first solo exhibition in a Spanish museum at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, curated by Fernando Francés. With over 300 pieces, this is the largest body of work from Shepard Fairey to ever be exhibited. The retrospective ‘Your Eyes Here’ spans over 25 years, and features paintings, silkscreens, stencils, stickers, illustrations, collage, photographs, sculptures and works in wood and metal. The show is structured in thematic sections that retrace Fairey’s artistic influences like music, politics – war and peace – and environmental issues. There are also selected examples of his early works, street art and portraits of musicians, artists and activists, as well as an impressive collection of his screenprints, an essential part of his production.

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In parallel to the museum exhibition, he and his team also painted a new ‘Mujer Fatal’ mural in the Soho district and some Obey Giant paste up and stencils could be found across the streets of Malaga.

View the full set of pics from the exhibition here

Shepard Fairey – Your Eyes Here
CAC Malaga
Until 25
September 2015

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London: Complicit @ Coates & Scarry

Complicit @ Coates & Scarry

Coates & Scarry are hosting a group exhibition Complicit featuring a collection of artworks by a trio of strong female artists: Kate MccGwire, Juliette Losq, and Jayne Anita-Smith. Each artwork acts as a sensory invitation to explore other worlds and the show as a whole offers a place for unique and unsettling encounters. Returning from Glasstress 2015 Gotika at the 56th Venice Biennale and a recent show at the RWA Bristol with Peter Randall Page, renowned British sculptor Kate MccGwire creates original sculptures through multiple techniques and materials including paper, glass and a variety of bird feathers that are transformed with swirling or concentric forms. An overflowing vase with ondulating waves of feathers, kaleioscopic creations, and unconventoional scultptures challenge the viewer to think about the relationship between human and nature.

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Similarly disconcerting qualities can be found within Juliette Losq’s two-dimensional and installation pieces. Highlighting neglected and abandoned semi-urban landscape clearings strewn with rubbish or covered in graffiti, her practice uncovers a beauty and a wildness within these familiar but liminal spaces. The works are devoid of all human figures but traces of their activity are left behind.

For the exhibition, Juliette Losq also created a large shaped installation in the lower ground floor space with intricate painted paper, which is then rolled and torn over. The exhibition space has been transformed into a surreal beautiful and romantic place where the viewer become a protagonist within the scene, and anything could happen.

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Smith’s drawings and paintings, meanwhile, depict ambiguous environments populated by strange human figures in overt pain and in suffering. Sometimes these places seem to depict lush forests or aspects of domestic interiors, such as Rococo chandeliers or wall paper patterns formed from curls, drips and washes of ink. Naked and fully clothed figures wearing historical garments emerge from whirling forms derived from memories and found images. Their character and emotional expression are informed by the artist’s reactions to images of suffering in the media. Smith’s works have a heightened feeling of movement. They seem to shift and form new patterns and figures constantly.

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Complicit
Until 4 July 2015
8 Duke Street
London SW1Y 6BN

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London Streets: El Seed @ Shubbak Festival

El Seed - London

For the Shubbak Festival, A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture, Cedar Lewison invited French Tunisian ‘calligraffiti’ artist eL Seed to paint his first UK commission on the wall of Village Underground in London Shoreditch.

We previously seen his work in person back in 2013 in Paris for La Tour 13 ( covered here) and more recently for Le Pont des Arts.

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Blending Arabic calligraphy with graffiti techniques, eL Seed has developed a distinctive and striking style, fusing poetry and language with dramatic design to create large-scale works.

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The Shubbak Festival runs until 26 July 2015

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London Streets: Ana Marietta new mural

Ana Marietta - London Streets

Puerto Rican born, Houston based artist Ana Marietta is currently in London and just finished painting a new mural in Brick Lane featuring her surrealistic animal universe.

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London: Nick Walker Book Launch @ Boxpark

Nick Walker - Book launch

Bristol based artist Nick Walker launched his brand new book “The Art Of Nick Walker” at Box Park in Shoreditch, including customised cover versions. The 152 page hardback retrospective with hundreds of full colour images comprising 20 years of ‘The Art Of Nick Walker’ was initially available at the recent solo exhibition in New York City, but you can also order a copy online from Nick’s website.

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Nick Walker - Book launch

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Toulouse: 100TAUR new mural for the Dominicans

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A surreal encounter between French graffiti artist 100Taur and the Dominicans: for the celebration of the 800th Anniversary of the  Order of Preachers  , founded in Toulouse (FR), the Dominicans asked lowbrow artist 100TAUR  to create a 100 square meters mural on their convent in Toulouse.

It’s a fusion between two worlds that coexist little: that of a religious order and that of a lowbrow and graffiti artist who created a (sometimes scary) fantasy world. A proof that 100Taur is open to all artistic challenges and encounters.

Surprising as it may seem, it also follows the ongoing collaboration of Dominicans with contemporary artists, like Matisse in 1951 when he created the Chapelle du Rosaire in Vence.

For a week, 100Taur has painted a huge portrait of Saint Dominique on the outside wall of the Dominican monastery. The artist studied the iconography of St. Dominique and incorporated many symbols including a lily flower for purity, the Toulouse cross, as well as his signature ‘Slug ‘character, symbol of resilience.

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More than 600 persons came to the inauguration were the mural was officially blessed. ‘St Dominique’ can be seen at the Couvent des Dominicains, Metro Faculte de Pharmacie, in Toulouse.

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Malaga: Remed & Okuda at MAUS 2015

MAUS - Malaga 2015

For the second edition of the MAUS festival in Malaga  (Malaga Arte Urbane en el Soho) curated by Fer Francés, many international artists have been invited to paint in the Soho district and along the Guadalmedina river.
Remed and Okuda painted a 30 meters high Venus on the facade of the Hotel Bahia Malaga, mixing their signature colourful style.

The mural is entitled ‘La Danse de Venus et du Marin’.

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Along the river each of the artists also created further artworks, both typographic as well as figurative.

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Stay tuned for more pics from the MAUS Festival 2015 in Malaga!

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London: Batman – Arkham Knight ‘Cape and Cowl’ Exhibition

Batman: Arkham Knight ‘Cape and Cowl'

WB Games UK has teamed up with Moniker Projects to invite twenty of the most exciting contemporary artists and media celebrities to produce the UK edition of Batman: Arkham Knight ‘Cape and Cowl’ Exhibition.

The artworks stand within dimly lit Victorian railway arches, casting a procession of silhouetted Batman shadows onto the bare-brick walls. The occasional rumble of overhead trains resonate over the ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ sound track, which together with the backdrop of the ‘Holding Cells’ set captures the atmospheric Gotham City aesthetic.

Mondays preview was attended by artists, celebrities and press. Guests experienced the twenty diverse approaches to re-designing the iconic Batman ‘Cape and Cowl’ within a Gotham City immersive setting.

The exhibition is now open to the public and continues until Sunday 28th June and features the creations of artists’ Nancy Fouts, Lauren Baker, Hayden Kays, Inkie, Pam Glew, INSA, The Connor Brothers, Zeus, Matt Small, Jon Burgerman, CASE, CRASH, Cyclops, Kid Acne, Logan Hicks and Pure Evil and media celebrities Jonathan Ross, Noel Clarke, Eliza Doolittle and Jodie Kidd.

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Curated & produced by Moniker Projects Frankie Shea & Lindsay Edmunds, the exhibition is a rare opportunity to see these works on display together and to witness the exceptionally inspired approaches to what is a comic book, film and video game phenomenon.

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The Batman: Arkham Knight Cape & Cowl Exhibition
Until 28 June
Kachette, 347 Old Street,
London EC1V 9LP

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Paris: Brusk – ‘Ad Vitam Eternam’

Brusk - Ad vitam Eternam

Member of the Da Mental Vaporz crew , multidisciplinary artist Brusk is one of the leading figures of Street Art in France, with mastering techniques in graffiti , but also lightgraff, sculpture, installation and 3D animation. For his first Parisian show ‘AD VITAM ETERNAM?‘ at Galerie Itinerrance, Brusk concentrated more than twenty years of exceptional practice on a series of paintings and sculptures. All his imagery is there: ripped icons, symbols of polluted consumerism, children drawings made out of acid colors, ironic references to the masters. Magritte’s ‘Red Model’ is revisited with Nike shoes, Rodin’s ‘Thinker’ is melting away.

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The artist trademark rainbow dripping technique creates volume and lighting effects that evolve in an impressive 3rd dimension.  A sculpture of a real size baby elephant holding a spraycan defies gravity leaving his footprints on the ceiling and walls. A shining and melting bleeding heart sculpture is made of two kissing skulls, symbol of love until death.
‘AD VITAM ETERNAM?’ questions the place of humanity in its urban environment and invites the viewer to reflect on the future of the living and its relationship with death.

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Many artists like Seth, Legz , Choq and members of the DMV crew (Jaw, Kan, Sowat) also came in force to celebrate the opening.

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Brusk – Ad Vitam Eternam?
Until 11 July 2015
Galerie Itinerrance
Paris

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London: Masters of Urban Art @ Magda Danysz

Magda Gallery - London Project

Following her success in Paris and Shangai, French gallerist Magda Danysz recently launched a pop-up gallery space in London called the London Project for a duration of 100 days (covered here).

While the lower ground floor is dedicated to in-situ installations by international artists and evolving across the 100 days, the first floor is currently hosting an exhibition entitled The Masters of Urban Art.

Participating artists include: Banksy, Blek Le Rat, Futura, Jef Aerosol, JonOne, L’Atlas, Obey, Pure Evil, Remi Rough (pictured), Space Invader, Sten & Lex, West and Yz.

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Magda Danyz – The London Project
Masters of Urban Art
61 Charlotte Street
London W1T

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London: Julian Opie – Alan Cristea Gallery

Julian Opie - Alan Cristea Gallery

The Alan Cristea Gallery  in London is currently showing new editions by Julian Opie alongside prints and animations,  produced in a variety of media.

Inspired by different views of the town and countryside, the London series present us with observations of the everyday life: figures of walking in the rain, tourists on the Southbank, passers-by at school gates and busy crowds of workers descending on the city.

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The series, French Landscapes (2013), based on photos taken by the artist in France at different times of the day in different weather conditions, present us with revisited versions of Hiroshige’s nineteenth-century woodblocks of Japanese landscapes using lenticular or computer technology.

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For the first time, Opie reveals a new series of metal wall hangings, Nature 1. (2015), depicting boats, sheep, carp and pebbles which have been cut from sheet aluminium.

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Running until the 18th July, the exhibition, displayed across the two spaces of the gallery also feature small sculptures, metal silhouettes, screenprints and lenticulars, dating from 2012 – 2015.

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Julian Opie
Until 18 July 2015
Alan Cristea Gallery
31 / 34 Cork Street
W1S 3NU London

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Toulouse: Open Summer Festival

Open Summer Festival - Toulouse

For the 4th year running, the Open Summer Festival invited twenty international artists in Toulouse at the new creative hub Cinquante Cinq / Espace Cobalt. Outside the exhibition space, guests enjoyed live painting sessions with a Graffiti Jam, but also relaxed with a good summer feeling including barbecue and music. We also bumped into artists from the Toulouse scene like Tilt, 100Taur.

Invited artists included: Babz – Katre – Twopy – Moner – Arnem – Meyer – Druid81 – Most – Heis – Fasim – Royce – Taroe – Grems – Opera – Gomer – Dashe – Reso – Demon – Panks – Azek – Sherio – Redy – Ofusk – Smice

 Inside the Espace Cobalt an exhibition displayed a series of drawings by the participating artists as well as a video projection of shorts film as well as the documentary ‘Banksy in New York’. 

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London streets : Cranio

Cranio - London

Brazilian artist Cranio continues his invasion in the streets of London. He recently painted his signature characters in Brick Lane.

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Cannes : Daniel Arsham – Future Relic 3

Daniel Arsham - Future Relic 3 Cannes

American artist Daniel Arsham is presenting his third instaltment of his ‘Future Relics’ series at the 68th Film Festival in Cannes. The short film features actress Juliette Lewis

In parallel to the screening an exhibition ‘Future Relic 3‘ is displayed at the Club Albane at the Marriott, presenting relic items from the film industry era including film camera, microphones to videotapes.

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London: Angela Bulloch – New Waves Digit @ Simon Lee Gallery

Angela Bulloch - New Wave Digits

After successfully showing at the Tate,  Kunstmuseum Bonn,  and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Canadian born contemporary artist  Angela Bulloch is currently showing “New Wave Digits’ at Simon Lee Gallery.

Conceived and designed within a digital imaging program, futuristic stacked columns and  geometric sculptures with electronic glow populate the gallery space.

Her interest in cybernetics (the integration of the human subject with technology) is apparent in her body of work: from the exhibition title , playing with the ambiguity of the word ‘digits’ – implying fingers, numerals or data, to the anthropomorphic sculptures , suggesting bodies or parts of bodies. Two of the sculptures entitled ‘Anima’ and ‘Animus’ make reference to Jung’s theory of archetypes: the male and female qualities that we subconsciously attribute to inanimate objects.

Some of the works also offer some interactivity and playful effects. The flat planes and angles of each sculpture appear to animate as one moves around them, creating a disorienting illusion of shifts between two and three dimensions.

In parallel to the exhibition, an outdoor sculpture in steel has been revealed on Mount Street, Mayfair, at the entrance to Mount Street Gardens.

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Until 30 May 2015
12 Berkeley Street
London W1J 8DT
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London: Magda Danysz – The London Project

Magda Danysz - London Project

After Paris (since 1999) and Shanghai (since 2009),  French gallery owner Magda Danysz is opening a London exhibition space for the next 4 months in the North of Soho. The ‘London Project is set to be a unique experience into contemporary art.

Within the last decade, Magda Danysz Gallery has been presenting artworks by emerging and talented artists who have since became key players of the international scene of contemporary art, such as OBEY, JR, Space Invader, Vhils, Futura, Erwin Olaf or Prune Nourry or Chinese rising stars such as Yang Yongliang and Liu Bolin, among others.

The London Project is a continuation of iconic projects curated by the Gallery such as Les Bains Douches in Paris, back in 2013 (covered here), or Look Through in the historic Bund18 building in Shanghai, in 2014. Magda Danysz London’s exhibition space aims at hosting regular shows presenting painting, sculpture, photographs from various and renowned artists.

The current artists on show in London include Sten & Lex (IT), Zhou Hongbin (CH), L’Atlas (FR), Jonone (USA), Stephane Bisseul (FR),  Bai Guanghua (CH), Blek Le Rat (FR), Futura (USA), Alain Delorme (FR), Gael Davrinche (FR), Zhand Dali (CH), Peikwen Cheng (CH), Feng Fangyu (CH), YZ (FR), Yang Yongliang (CH). 

With a large set of basements and vaults, the exhibition space is also devoted to a secret artistic project, giving carte blanche to major and iconic artists as they take over each and every inches of the space for unique collaborative artwork. The opening revealed creations and in-situ installations by French artist Yz, as well as UK artists Remi Rough, Pure Evil and Crossie. 

With live artworks over a period of four months, the London Project will organise private visits for a limited public to witness the creative process and the various techniques before being fully unveiled at the end of this project.

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Magda Danysz – The London Project
61 Charlotte Street
London

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London: VNA Issue 30

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We are pleased to share that our pics of Futura, the artist formerly known as Futura2000, are making the cover and special feature of Very Nearly Almost Magazine for their landmark issue 30.

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As D*face’s StolenSpace Gallery celebrates its tenth year anniversary, the issue looks back over the years of their journey to become one of the most well-respected urban art galleries on the world stage.

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The VNA 30 also features interviews by international artists including James Reka, Borondo, Rufus Dayglo, Mr Thoms, Aaron Li-Hill, Madsteez, Risk, as well as street shots from London, but also Malmö.

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London: Lucy Sparrow’s Warmongery

Lucy Sparrow's Warmongery

UK Textile artist Lucy Sparrow is launching her latest installation, The Warmongery at the Boxpark, featuring an arsenal of felt guns, knives, pistols and explosives as well as a range of biological and chemical weapons, dispensed from sweetshop jars.

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Purchasers of weapons are receiving a felt firearm licence while shop assistants in full biohazard suits were checking visitors to The Warmongery for traces of radiation and bacteria.

Sparrow comments, “The aim of The Warmongery is to draw people’s attention to what drives a few individuals to stockpile weapons and to ask why people are growing up in a world where a tiny minority feel so stressed and frustrated that they want to kill people. Although the exhibition isn’t intended to be a glorification of guns, what is clear is that obesity, alcohol, tobacco and drugs claim far more lives than firearms do in our high-stress society. Rather than banning guns we should look at better mental health treatment because if people are stressed they will always find a way to unleash their distress. The Warmongery hopes to decouple the subject of guns from mental illness.”

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Lucy Sparrow’s Warmongery
Until 17 May 2015
BOXPARK, 2 Bethnal Green Road
London E1 6GY

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London: The Art of Politics & Blek Le Rat Interview

The Art of Politics

Coinciding with the General Elections in the UK, Lawrence Alkin Gallery is presenting a group show entitled ‘The Art of Politics‘ until 23 May, featuring paintings, sculptures , drawings and ceramics by international artists including Blek Le RatNick WalkerBen Eine, Peter Kennard, Darren Coffield, War Boutique, Jacky Tsai, Carrie Reichardt, Pablo P Casio.

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Interview with Blek Le Rat

At the opening we caught up with the Godfather of stencil graffiti, Blek Le Rat who started out in 1981 in the streets of France, for a few questions. Some of our pictures have also been published in the Independent

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Why did you choose the rat as your signature?

I like that the word ‘Rat’ is an acronym of ‘Art’. At the same time rats are an integrated part of the urban landscape. There are about 2 millions people living in Paris while there is the double amount of rats. It’s a very organised society, and sometimes more ‘human’ than us as they tend to help each others.  They adapt and survive to any situation.

Can you explain your creative process?

When you create an artwork you have to reveal yourself, it’s a part of your soul. The biggest inspiration is death and what surrounds it. I use photos and images that moves me and turn them into stencils, and then work multiple layers or spray paint background until the desired result.

But overall I have been sharing the same imagery for years because the public needs time to assimilate and understand.

For this show it was about Politics.

I don’t believe in Politics since a long time.  I used to belong to a political movement in my youth when I was studying architecture. I find that the political propaganda just make people dumb. When you vote, it’s like signing a blank cheque for 5 – 7 years for someone you don’t really know. Then you realise that you voted for someone who didn’t do what he promised. That’s why I don’t believe in politics.

I tried to illustrate this in my work. In one of my canvas there are some messages like ‘Vote’ and ‘Repeat after me You are free’, but it’s all a farce. I believe more in the Anonymous movement, who shares his views through the web and actions, even though we don’t know behind the scene if this is not also a movement manipulated by government. I find there is more freedom of expression.

What are your next projects?

I’m heading off to Dubai to work on a couple of projects and then I have an exhibition coming up in New York this October.

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The Art of Politics
Until 23 May 2015
Lawrence Alkin Gallery
London

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London: Brazilian invasion

Naturally Unstable

Brazilian artists are currently bringing lots of colours to the streets of London. After his solo show at Montana Barcelona ( covered here) Cranio has been hitting the streets with his witty characters. In parallel, two São Paulo street artists, Mateus Bailon and Rafael Sliks are currently showing  new paintings and limited editions in a joint exhibition titled ‘Naturally Unstable’ hosted by Dope Gallery.

Bailon colourful paintings are inspired by myths, tropical birds and nature reminiscent of Amazonian Rainforest, while Sliks pixação style is very energic and abstract.

At the opening guests could also enjoy a live painting session with the two artists joined with Cranio.

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Mateus Bailon and Rafael Sliks
Naturally Unstable
Dope Gallery
9 Kingsland Rd, London

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London Streets: May Day Festivities

Remed & Okuda

With the long May Bank Holiday week end, a new royal baby and many international artists in town, there was a lot to celebrate in London.

On the Southbank with the Streets of Spain Festival organised by Campo Viejo for the third year ( see previous coverage here), Remed (FR) and Okuda (ES) created a new colourful artwork, while guests could customise their own bottle and enjoy Spanish delicacies.

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In the East End, LSD Magazine in-conjunction with the 1 Love Community Network organised a two-days graffiti jam with many artists including Waleska Nomura (BR), Cranio (BR), Jim Vision (UK) to name a few.

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London – Todd James ‘Fantasy Island’ @ Lazarides

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New York artist Todd James a.k.a. REAS, is showing his new works at London’s Lazarides. The exhibition entitled Fantasy Island explores the grotesque of socio-political news we receive, between images of war, somali pirates, UN soldiers and scantily-clad females posing on the cover of fashion magazines.

Using vibrant colours, Todd James’ paintings feature an army of multicolored AK47, armed soldiers balancing cup of teas in armchairs, while his oversexualised blonde female portraits are reminiscent of Wesselman.

In parallel to the gallery exhibition, guests could also enjoy his infamous Vandal’s Bedroom recreated in a vintage Chevrolet.

Fantasy Island in Lazarides Gallery runs until 28th May 2015.

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Todd James – Fantasy Island
Until 28 May 2015
Lazarides Rathbone
London

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London: Simon Sheperd & Janet Brown ‘The Fuse is lit’

Janet Brown & Simon Sheperd

The Fuse is Lit‘ is a new multidisciplinary exhibition by painter Janet Brown and sculptor Simon Shepherd at Black Rat Projects in London.

Playing with elements of scale, dislocation and emphasis Simon Sheperd transforms ordinary objects into unexpected sculptures:  a basket ball reveals some fruity orange slices or a coconut. Inspired by her experience as a CCTV librarian for the police, Brown’s paintings depict a new graphic universe with enigmatic, fantastical, bizarre and sometimes monstrous scenes.

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Janet Brown & Simon Sheperd
The Fuse is Lit – Black Rat Projects
Until 10 May
Bateman Street, London

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Barcelona: Cranio – “Amore$’ @ Montana Gallery

Cranio - Amore$

Brazilian artist Cranio returns to Spain for a second solo show at Montana Gallery Barcelona. “AMORE$” presents a series of colourful works on paper and canvases.

Cranio’s signature blue characters are depicted in everyday life situations, from passionate love, broken hearted to dancing and smoking, as well as escaping the police.

Larger canvas works also highlight issues like consumerism, globalization and corruption, environment, the lack of water and the exploitation of the Amazonian forest.

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Cranio – Amore$
Until 22 May 2015
Montana Gallery Barcelona

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London: Endangered Species @ MYA Gallery

Endangered Species — MYA Gallery

For the group exhibition Endangered Species at the MYA Gallery in London twenty international contemporary artists have created artworks highlighting animals facing extinction.

Participating artists include: Gent 48, Matt Small, Pam Glew, Labrona, Luke Chueh, JADE, Shark Toof, SatOne, Andrey Adno, Angry Woebots, Eismann, Txemy, Jason Redwood, 3ttman, Pantonio, Fintan Magee, Odisy, SozyOne, Morik1 and Uriginal.

From the Puma featured by British artist Pam Glew, the Monarch Butterfly by SatOne to the Killer Whale by American illustrator Luke Chueh or the Orangutan by Matt Small, each artist depicted an animal with their own tools and techniques.

Along with the group exhibition, MYA Gallery will be donating 10% of the proceeds from each artwork sold to the conservation charity World Land Trust.

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Endangered Species – MYA Gallery
Until 12 June 2015
150 Commercial Street, London, E1 6NU

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London: Angela Lizon – Menagerie

Angela Lizon - Menagerie

Bristol based artist Angela Lizon is currently showing her ‘Menagerie’ in London at Gallery 8 with Coates and Scarry. Her intricate oil paintings combine porcelain works, oversized cats and pugs wearing various ornaments and paper doily collar, and also feature a series of children set in a vintage like photograph style. Through her paintings, Lizon gives her subjects new experiences and narratives with a clever sense of humour.

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Angela Lizon – Menagerie
Until 2 May
Coates & Scarry
8 Duke Street
London SW1Y 6BN

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London: Ben Turnbull & Ramon Maiden @ Stolenspace

Ben Turnbull - Stolenspace

Stolenspace is currently presenting a duo show with British artist and craftsman Ben Turnbull and Spanish illustrative artist Ramon Maiden. In the Gallery 1, ‘Smells like Teens spirit‘ continues the series  of Ben Turnbull’s  ‘American History X’, focussing on the lone teen shooter phenomenon that occurred in the US for the past decade.

Guns & weapons are beautifully and intricately hand carved into vintage wooden school desks. ‘Emergency Break Glass’ boxes contain firearms and grenades highlighting the paradox of the U.S. gun culture.

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In the Gallery 2, Barcelona based artist Ramon Maiden revisits vintage imagery, pin-ups and religious characters by tattooing them on paper and gives them relevance in todays ever-changing society. “Turbofaith, Ladies of the night and Dandy Delinquents’  feature a series of work on paper and mixed media collages.

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Ben Turbull – Gallery 1
Ramon Maiden – Gallery 2
Stolenspace
Until 15 May 2015

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London: David Shillinglaw – ‘ You are here’ @ Scream

David Shillinglaw

UK artist David Shillinglaw just opened a new solo exhibition entitled ‘You are here’ at Scream Gallery in London.

A large crowd gathered to see the recreation of the studio space of the artist like an exploration of his creative mind and enjoyed the new body of work on canvas, paper and wood, featuring symbols and typography with David Shillinglaw’s signature sunny colour palette.  Also brightening up the evening was performance artist Pandemonia present amongst the guests.

Talking about the show, David Shillinglaw mentions:  ‘Inspired by the relationship we all have with the ideas of being physically/geographically lost, and lost within our own imagination/spirituality. The overriding theme being that its ok to get lost, we all are from time to time, and in fact the process of getting lost goes hand in hand with discovery. We used to find short cuts, we used to draw maps. No we are all guilty of relying on sat-nav and following computer generated pins that lead us to where we want to go. While around us the environment (especially in the city/ especially in London) grow at an alarming rate. Add to that map millions of people, colliding and bumbling around, we are lost in a labyrinth we are convinced has been created for us.’

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David Shillinglaw – You are Here
Scream
27 Eastcastle Street
London W1W 8DH

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Miami: ‘Heatwave’ – Shepard Fairey & Miami City Ballet

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Photo courtesy of Miami City Ballet

Reminiscent of the roaring 1920’s where artists were heavily influenced by Diaghilev & the Ballets Russes and vice versa, Street Art is now taking a growing place in Contemporary ballets. New York collective Faile and French artist JR (see here) collaborated with the New York City Ballets on numerous occasions.

In an unprecedented world premiere, ballet and guerrilla “street art” collide as US most sought after choreographer Justin Peck and visual artist Shepard Fairey join forces for Heatscape with the Miami City Ballet, an entirely new exploration of movement, music, costuming and art design. The back drop features Obey Giant’s iconography with a mandala and signature colours red / white/ black colours.

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Photo courtesy of Miami City Ballet

Watch the teaser, shot in Wynwood, Miami, featuring murals by Shepard Fairey, Retna, Maya Hayuk, Swoon, Miss Van and more

Click HERE to listen to Shepard Fairey and Justin Peck talk with WLRN Miami about the ballet.

Further info the Miami City Ballet site

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London: Cosmo Sarson @ Pure Evil

Cosmo Sarson - Pure Evil

Coinciding with the Christian’s holiday Easter season, Pure Evil’s Department Store is hosting Cosmo Sarson‘s first solo show since he hit the headlines in 2013 with his massive breakdancing Jesus mural in Bristol. Since then he has kept himself busy with a group show at the Saatchi gallery and a 45ft long portrait mural at the London Olympics, amongst other projects. Cosmo returns to his native London to show a new body of work that takes inspiration from the tales and stories of Greek mythology as well as a few new moves from the son of God.

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Cosmo Sarson
Until 26 April
Pure Evil Department Store
London

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Video Teaser : JR – Les Bosquets @Tribeca Festival

French artist JR will be presenting his latest movie “Les Bosquets“, on a music by Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams and Woodkid, as a world premiere at the NY Tribeca Film Festival in April. Inspired by Portraits of a Generation (2005), where he shot portraits of residents in the French suburbs during the riots of 2005, and following his New York City ballets projects (2014), JR returns to the guetto of Montfermeil.

The film “Les Bosquets” brings the audience in a place where art, social uproar and the power of image interweave. The film is a continuation of his first project, Portraits of a Generation, for which he uses various means of expression and narration : video archives, choreography and testimony.

The short film will be presented exclusively in galleries and museum shows.

Some shots from Portraits of a Generation below:

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London: Vhils – Dissonance @ Lazarides

Vhils - Dissonance

After showing at Lisbon’s EDP Museum and Vestiges, showcased in Paris (see our coverage here) , multidisciplinary Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto aka Vhils is returning to London for a new solo exhibition called ‘Dissonance‘ at Lazarides.

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The show reflects on how various factors compose the contemporary urbanised world that is shaping its inhabitants, while personal identities are vanishing under the visual urban noise and surrounding clutter.

The subjects being portrayed disappear through multiple layering of billboards and stratification on metal and wood.

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Alexandrea Farto aka Vhils – Dissonance
Until 23rd of April 2015
Lazarides Rathbone
London

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Video: Jessica van der Weert – Flipside

Following our recent coverage (see here) of Jessica van der Weert exhibition Flipside in London, here is a video from the event and after party.

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Berlin: Urban Nation PM/7 – Part 2

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In parallel to the windows and facade they decorated with their Persons of Interest (see here) 12 Brooklyn based artists were given carte blanche to decorate the walls of the Urban Nation Haus for a pop up show in Berlin, where nothing was for sale. Each of the participating artist including Icy & Sot, Don Rimx, Case, Specter, Swoon, NohJColey, Dain, Chris Stain, El Sol 25, Esteban Del Valle and Gaia used their own tools and techniques to create a colourful and ephemeral display directly onto the walls.

Here are some behind the scenes shots:

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Large crowds attended the opening to celebrate the links between New York and Berlin. Amongst the guests was  Gaia‘s Persons of Interest Fereshta Ludin discussing with curators  Jaime Rojo and Steven P. Harrington

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Many international artists and friends also joined in to  show their support: David Walker (UK),  Strøk (NO)REKA (AUS), Herakut (DE), MACCLAIM (DE), Vermibus (DE), Mark Rigney (UK), Aida Bragstarr (UK), Onur Dinc (CH), NeverCrew (CH), DotDotDot (NO), Schwarzmaler (CH) and Andreas Englund (SE).

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Persons of Interest PM/7
URBAN NATION
Bülowstraße 97
10738 Berlin-Schöneberg, Germany

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Video: WK Interact – D-Day

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A new video showing some exciting behind the scenes process on how French born New York based artist WK Interact created his massive 400 ft mural to celebrate the 70th anniversary of D-Day at the Geode and his paste-ups in the streets of Paris last summer.

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London: Pixel Pancho – Memory of Life @ StolenSpace

Pixel Pancho - Memory of Our Life

StolenSpace Gallery is currently hosting Memory of Our Life, the first London solo exhibition by Italian artist Pixel Pancho.

The artist has transformed the gallery space into installations featuring surreal robotic characters using pieces of furniture, musical boxes and and also created some sculptures with moving mechanisms, including Michelone, an edition of 10 handmade and articulated robots . The new body of works with acrylic and pencil on wood, showcases robotic figures that explore the circle of life, from the moment they grow while also making and learning from mistakes. The show also displays an antique customised sketchbook ‘Memory of Our Life’ containing 34 hand drawn sketches in ink.

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In parallel to the show Pixel Pancho also hit the London streets with several murals, including this one with Evoca1.

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Pixel Pancho – Memory of Life
StolenSpace Gallery
Until 12th April 2015
London

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Berlin: Persons of Interest @ Urban Nation PM/7 – Part 1

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BSA is in Berlin this month to present a new show of 12 important Brooklyn Street Artists at the Urban Nation haus as part of Project M/7. PERSONS OF INTEREST brings to Berlin a diverse collection of artists who use many mediums and styles in the street art scene of Brooklyn. By way of tribute to the special relationship that artist communities in both cities have shared for decades, each artist has chosen to create a portrait of a Germany-based cultural influencer from the past or present, highlighting someone who has played a role in inspiring the artist in a meaningful way.

The four storey facade of the Urban Nation building has been painted by Icy & Sot, featuring a female portrait with the words FREEDOM. Looking closer it shows the population celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Puerto Rican born  Don Rimx opted for the German civil engineer John A. Roebling, who designed the Brooklyn Bridge in the late 1800’sMuralist artist Gaia has chosen Afghanistan-born German Muslim school teacher Fereshta Ludin who won the right to wear her headscarf in the public school system 12 years ago. Inspired by mid-century Hollywood actresses, street artist Dain decided to illustrate the infamous German actress Marlene Dietrich. 

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Celebrating urban diversity,  Swoon decided to illustrate Turkish Immigrants, the largest ethnic minority in Germany.

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Known for depicting the struggles and hopes of the working class in the US, stencil artist Chris Stain has picked German-born American poet, novelist, and short story writer Charles Bukowki as his Person of Interest.

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Street artist Cake‘s wheat pasted paintings are paying tribute to German artist Käthe Kollwitz, whose works depict both aspects of life from the suffering to the truly happy sides.

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Multi-disciplinary artist Specter is featuring a Brooklyn based and German born photographer Sally Montana, symbol of the connexion between Berlin and NY.

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Artist NohJColey has decided to pay tribute to Afro-German feminist writer and activist Katharina Oguntoye, because of her contribution to the woman’s equality movement in Germany.

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Brooklyn based collage artist El Sol 25 is paying tribute to Hannah Höch, a Berlin rebel and one of the most important collage artists of the 20th Century, innovator in the original Dada movement. Activist Esteban Del Valle picked George Grosz , known for his corrosive caricatures during Berlin roaring 1920’s. Del Valle revisited Grosz’ own 1926 painting, Eclipse of the Sun, with a contemporary twist.

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In parallel to the Brooklyn based artists, Onur Dinc (CH), NeverCrew (CH), DotDotDot (NO), Schwarzmaler (CH) and Andreas Englund (SE) completed new murals around the Urban Nation Building.

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View the full set of pics here  and full coverage on Street Art News

Urban Nation PM/7
Persons of Interest
Curated by Jaime Rojo and Steven P. Harrington
of Brooklyn Street Art
Bülowstraße 97
10738 Berlin
Germany

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London: David Bray – Wrong Turn @ Stolenspace

David Bray - Wrong Turn

Gallery One at StolenSpace is currently showing a new body of works by British artist David Bray in a solo exhibition titled ‘Wrong Turn‘. Featuring works on wood with paint, pen and pencil with frames using reclaimed wood, the imagery is heavily influenced by hand poked tattoos, simple line drawings and erotic ladies, but also inspired by Eric Gill, James Ensor, Eric Stanton, Bart Simpson as well as ancient Greece. David Bray explains that many of the images comes from getting lost in America when on a trip with musician Georg Lubitzer, which in turn led them to meet someone called Yossarian who gave the artist names, subjects and compositions that he should use.

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David Bray – Wrong Turn
StolenSpace Gallery
Until 12th April 2015
London

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Video: Nuart Festival 2014 Recap

Hypebeast did a nice video recap of the Nuart Festival 2014 in Norway (covered here) with founder Martyn Reed and the participating artists.

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London: Slinkachu – Miniaturesque @ Andipa

Slinkachu - Miniaturesque

Since 2006 street artist Slinkachu has been abandoning his miniature people in the streets and has taken in-situ photographs creating a new narrative. Andipa Gallery is presenting a major new exhibition called Miniaturesque. 

Shot in London during different seasons over the past year, Slinkachu’s new body of work draws upon our desire to seek out and recreate the natural world amongst the urban metropolis with a certain dose of irony. His miniature people, photographed on the streets of London and then left in situ – or ‘abandoned’ – by the artist, explore the hidden enclaves of the wild within our city.

The show features seventeen new images on paper and aluminium as well as new sculptural pieces, including Slinkachu’s biggest yet with over 200 miniature figures in a recreation of The River Thames.

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Slinkachu – Miniaturesque
Andipa Gallery
Until 11 April 2015
162 Walton Street
Knightsbridge
London SW3 2JL

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London Streets: Phlegm

Phlegm - London

UK Street artist Phlegm is back to the streets of London with a new large scale mural in Shoreditch. Check the work in progress shots below.

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London: Remi Rough – Previously @ Morgan

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After showing in Dubai, Germany and New York, UK artist Remi Rough is returning to London with a retrospective exhibition entitled ‘Previously‘ featuring a series of unseen paintings between 2009 and 2012 showcased by Morgan Furniture.

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Remi Rough – Previously
Until 27 March
Morgan
1 Dallington Street
London EC1V 0BH

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London: Sotheby’s Bear Witness Auction

Sotheby's - Bear Witness Auction

For their upcoming auction ‘Bear Witness‘, Sotheby’s has been turned into a giant party house inside out. The facade is ornated by a giant bear neon sign, and even the wallpaper and walls have been redecorated with bear patterns.  Sothebys wanted to recreate the house of an eccentric collector who gathered one of the most extraordinary collections to have ever been assembled, and acquired over decades since 1976.

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Bear Witness features a wonderland of astonishing art and curious artefacts with major works by the pioneers of post-war and contemporary art alongside countless artefacts, curiosities and objets d’art drawn from across the globe. From Warhol, Haring, Koons, YBAs like Hirst, Chapman Brothers to Renaissance era marble skulls, Art Deco sculptures and 19th-century theatrical props – from the classical to the kitsch – it is a collection with no parallel or precedent.

The collection is unified by two recurring motifs – the bear, symbol of power, strengh and life, and the skull, a reminder of our own mortality, a memento mori.

Three sales will take place over three consecutive days, culminating with the first, and most probably only, dedicated “Bears & Skulls” auction on 12 March. The sheer breadth and diversity of the works on offer is reflected in their estimates, which range from as little as £20 to in excess of £2,000,000.

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Sothebys – Bear Witness auction
10 – 12 March 2015
New Bond Street
London

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London: Bicicleta Sem Freio – Fera

Bicicleta Sem Freio - Fera

Following their recent  monumental murals across Europe and the US in major cities likes London, Berlin, Miami, Las Vegas or Los Angeles, the Brazilian duo of illustrators Bicicleta Sem Freio (“Bicycle Without Brake”), aka Douglas de Castro and Renato Perreira just launched their first London solo exhibition with Justkids and RexRomae.

The show entitled “Fera”, which means ‘wild’ in Portuguese, features a series of black and white ink illustrations as well as vibrant and colourful paintings juxtaposing 80’s iconography, female figures, exotic animals and rock’nroll imagery.

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Bicicleta Sem Freio – Fera
JustKids
Until 8 March 2015
9 Kingsland Road
London E2 8AA

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London: Jessica van der Weert – Flipside

Jessica van der Weert - Flipside

In conjunction with Beautiful Crime and Eddie Lock, photographer Jessica van der Weert  presents FlipSide, the culmination of an incredible 2-year project shooting some of the world’s biggest and most influential dance music producers and DJs, following their passions away from music . The exhibition aims to raise awareness of tinnitus and funds for the British Tinnitus Association.

Flipside features 28 DJs and Music Producers, including Fatboy Slim, Paul Oakenfold, Example, Adam F, Carl Cox, Boy George, DJ Fresh, Zane Lowe, Shy FX, Chase & Status, Annie Mac, DJ Hype, Andy C, Orbital and Judge Jules to name a few. Each portrait offers a unique insight into the interests and hobbies of the featured DJ and Music Producer,  from racing classic cars, Brighton and Hove Albion football club, Coronation Street to the film Platoon.

The first instalment of the touring exhibition is currently on view in London at the Hoxton Gallery, followed by New York, Los Angeles and Ibiza.

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Jessica van der Weert – Flipside
Until 4th March
Hoxton Gallery
9 Kingsland Road
London E2 8AA

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London: Mehdi Ghadyanloo – Perception

Mehdi Ghadyanloo - Perception

Having painted over a hundred murals in Tehran, Iranian artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo is making his debut London show ‘Perception‘ with Howard Griffin Gallery. The show features a series of paintings, miniature sculptures and a cube installation with visual effects playing with perception and depth.
Ghadyanloo’s work provides an insight into an impenetrable Iran, revealing a struggle and a desire for expression and a wider exploration of the human condition and life – carrying universal themes of hope, anticipation, loss and sadness.

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In parallel the artist also created a large scale mural in Shoreditch entitled ‘We did not start the game”, where three girls are jumping rope, while giant crows are overlooking them. For Ghadyanloo, the purpose of street art is to ‘beautify’ this grey and polluted city. Through the use of optical illusion, he portrays impossible scenes and gravity defying figures from radically altered perspectives. His escapist, surreal imagery aims to project an image of a utopia on the walls of the city, bending reality to provide a shared public space for dreaming.
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Mehdi Ghadyanloo – Perception
Until 2 April 2015
Howard Griffin Gallery
189 Shoreditch High St
London E1 6HU

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Video: Banksy in Gaza

Some new pictures and video from Gaza appeared on Banksy’s website, featuring a stencil version of the mythical female Greek character, Niobe, turned to stone and weeping continuously for her children.

‘If we wash our hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, we side with the powerful – We don’t remain neutral’
Banksy

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London: Borondo – Animal @ RexRomae

Borondo - Animal

Following our recent Borondo’s studio visit (covered here) where we could see some of the work in progress, it is great to see the final installations in the gallery space. ‘Animal’ aims to explore the relationship between human and nature. Visitors experience a journey through eight thematic spaces, with a multitude of techniques and artworks, from glass scratched painted windows and shadows, raw classical paintings on wood to collaboration with Carmen Maín (ES) on video installations and impressive sculptural installations with Edoardo Tresoldi (IT) and  Despina Charitonidi (GR).

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Borondo – Animal
Until 26 February
Rex Romae
London Newcastle Project Space London

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London: dran – Public Execution (Part III)

Dran - Public Execution

We returned to the  dran show ‘Public Execution’ (covered here) on its closing day on 21 February. Since the past two weeks the white empty walls with spray painted frames have gradually become more colourful and different characters have started to appear.

The Gallery assistant got a brand new desk. Playing with architecture, a little green hood in the woods reveals two skeletons from another angle. Dran’ signature characters evolve through different situations, from love relationships to being chased by the police, or simply have fun and spring for freedom.

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On a darker note, dran also highlights housing and homeless issues, with a reversed ad campaign promoting green areas coming soon to the grey city center.

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Here are some before / after shots to spot the differences:

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And if like the devil, you are turning green when looking at the electricity bill, need some oil to make your machine work or power up like Superman, if you are getting insanely cluttered with folders, listen to the advice on the computer ‘ Take some holidays’ and you’ll be flying high like the cat…

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London: Damien Hirst – Love @ Paul Stolper

Damien Hirst - Love Exhibition

Damien Hirst is currently having a pop-up exhibition titled ‘Love‘ featuring a series of prints and sculptural editions at Paul Stolper gallery.

Focussing on the theme of love, the exhibition includes ‘LOVE Gold’, a portfolio of love heart prints each foil blocked with a single butterfly in gold leaf, as well as two love heart pill sculptures ‘♡YU4EVA’, and ‘Love Struck’, a heart pierced by a crossbow bolt suspended in a sweet jar.

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Damien Hirst – Love
Until 21 February
Paul Stolper
31 Museum Street
LONDON WC1A 1LH

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