London: Charming Baker ‘Sweet Nothing’ @ S|2

Charming Baker - Sweet Nothing

Sotheby’s Contemporary art gallery in London. S|2, is currently showing an exhibition of new works by Charming Baker (covered) entitled ‘Sweet Nothing’, featuring canvasses and a series of studies on paper, and large scale drawings.

Known to purposefully damage his work by drilling, cutting and even shooting it, Baker intentionally puts into question the preciousness of art and the definition of its beauty, adding to the emotive charge of the work he produces.

Working towards his new exhibition Sweet Nothing, Charming Baker has described his overriding influences as “…Schrödinger’s cat, Pavlov’s dog, bitter nostalgia, sex, joy, folly, loss, Don Quixote, tended gardens, gypsum foundations, concrete ideals, loose morals, nature, nurture, sweet nothing…”

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View the full set of pics here

Charming Baker
Sweet Nothing @ S|2
Until 29 May 2016
31 St. George Street
London W1S 2FJ

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London: Comix Creatix – 100 Women making comics

House of Illustration

Earlier this year when Angoulême, one of the world’s biggest comic-book festivals, failed to include a single woman on its 30-strong Grand Prix shortlist, it created a widespread of fury and several prominent artists and campaigners threatened to boycott it.

Women have always been present throughout the evolution of the comics medium and produced some of its defining works, but their contribution has been often overlooked. Debunking the myth that there are very few female creators in the industry, Olivia Ahmad has been working together with journalist and comics enthusiast Paul Gravett to curate a new exhibition called Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics at the House of Illustration in London.

Featuring original comic artworks, graphic novels, comics and zines from 100 pioneered female comic artists from 18th-century caricature to today’s graphic novels, it is the UK’s largest ever exhibition ever displayed, working across genres and generations, from observational comedy to surreal fantasy, challenging biography to subversive dissent.

 Mary Darly’s 1775 portrait, Corporal Perpendicular, is the earliest work in the exhibition. She was among the first professional caricaturists in England. When working in the 1920s and 30s British cartoonist Anne Harriet Fish signed her work with the gender ambiguous ‘Fish’ to avoid discrimination, drawing cartoons satirising the ‘flapper’ lifestyle for the Tatler, American Vogue, Vanity Fair.
Other highlights include work from Jackie Ormes, the first African-American woman to create a syndicated comic strip in Torchy in Heartbeats (1954), as well as Miriam Katin’s We Are On Our Own, a moving account of her escape from the Nazi invasion of Budapest.  No subject is taboo, art of protest or with hard hitting social themes also feature prominently at Comix Creatix: Una addresses the ocean of unreported sexual assault in Becoming / Unbecoming.  Nina Bunjevac’s Fatherland  traces the life of her father Peter, a Serbian nationalist who was killed in an explosion while preparing a bomb intended for supporters of Yugoslavian President Tito.

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Images courtesy of the House of Illustration

The 100 artists are: Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Alison Bechdel, Alison Sampson, Angie Hofmeister, Angie Mills, Anke Feuchtenberger, Anne Harriet Fish, Annie Goetzinger, Art is a Lie, Asia Alfasi, Audrey Niffenegger, Aurélie William-Levaux, Aya Morton, Barbara ‘Willie’ Mendes, Barbara Yelin, Blackjack, Brigid Deacon, Carla Speed McNeil, Carol Swain, Cat O’Neil, Catherine Anyango, Chantal Montellier, Charlotte Salomon, Chie Kutsuwada, Claire Bretecher, Claudia Davila, Corinne Pearlman, Dale Messick, Denny Derbyshire, Donya Todd, Eleni Kalorkoti, Ellen Lindner, Emma Vieceli, Evelyn Flinders, Fay Dalton, Florence Cestac , Francesca Ghermandi, Hannah Berry, Hwei Lim, Isabel Greenberg, Jackie Ormes, Jacky Fleming, Joana Estrela, Josceline Fenton, Julie Doucet, Karrie Fransman, Kate Beaton, Kate Brown, Kate Charlesworth, Kate Evans, Katie Green, Kaveri Gopalakrishnan, Kripa Joshi, Laura Callaghan, Laura Howell, Leela Corman, Leila Abdul Razzaq, Lily Renee, Lizz Lunney, Lorna Miller, Lynda Barry, Lynn Paula Russell, Manjula Padmanabhan, Marcia Snyder, Maria Stoian, Marie Duval, Marion Fayolle, Mary Darly, Maya Wilson, Miriam Katin, Nadine Redlich, Naniiebim, Nell Brinkley, Nicola Lane, Nicola Streeten, Nina Bunjevac, Pat Tourett, Patrice Aggs, Philippa Rice, Posy Simmonds, Rachael Ball, Rachael House, Ramona Fradon, Reina Bull, Reshu Singh, Roz Chast, Rutu Modan, Sarah Lightman, Shirley Bellwood, Simone Lia, Sophie Standing, Suzy Varty, Tarpe Mills, Tijuana Bibles by Horizontal Press, Tillie Walden, Tove Jansson, Trina Robbins, Tula Lotay, and Una.

So do not miss this fantastic exhibition as it is running until 15 May.

Until 15 May 2016
House of Illustration
2 Granary Square
King’s Cross
London N1C 4BH

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London: Andy Denzler @ Opera Gallery

Andy Denzler - Opera Gallery London

Swiss painter Andy Denzler is having his first London solo show at Opera Gallery.  Featuring a series oil canvasses and bronze sculptures, the exhibition “Between Here and There” explores the romantic idea of young urban creatives’ existence in the inner city life: a creative mind surrounded by the decay of buildings a search for identity within the fast paced world.

The artist weaves nostalgic photorealism with gestural expression in his style of painting. Through the use of intricate and detailed images, staggered by recurrent flowing  horizontal sweeps of the brush, Denzler’s works resemble at once a still from a paused film and a fuzzy dreamlike memory.

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Bronze sculptures represent life size urban individuals holding their cellphones or taking a selfie. With the decayed texture, they look suspended in time during their everyday actions.

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Andy Denzler – Between Here and There
Until 20 May 2016
Opera Gallery London
New Bond St. London

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Marrakech Biennale 2016 – Tilt ‘Voyage Aller’ installation

Marrakech Biennale 2016

French graffiti artist Tilt has been selected for the OFF of the 6th Marrakech Biennale.
During his artistic residency at Jardin Rouge, in collaboration with the Montresso* Art Foundation, Tilt has created an installation entitled ‘Voyage Aller’ (Inbound Trip) featuring a vehicule overloaded with graffiti, composed of half of 404 Peugeot and his roof rack loaded with objects brought back from the Occident to the Orient.

Having traveled the world since 1988, Tilt has questioned the viewer about the expectations and prejudices, about our habits and ‘mind sets’, he tracks down the resistance to certain art concepts and proclaims loud and clear his graffiti artist status.

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In his thoughts about his participation to the Marrakech Biennale, Tilt continues  his questioning about the consequences of the practices and the experimentation in graffiti art, by fetishizing an object, the Peugeot 404 car, out of time, appreciated for its properties regardless of its practical, socials and cultural interests. Tilt sanctifies the object by vandalizing it; he breaks down the unstable and fluctuating barriers of the work of art.

From this, the artist reinterprets and mounts the images of those big summer migration flows on the Maghreb roads and of the meeting between two cultures through the round trip of these migrants, with his own language, graffiti.

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Here is  a video of the creative process for the “Voyage Aller’ installation

 

The ‘Voyage Aller‘ installation is currently exhibited at L’Blassa, Yougoslavie road, Marrakech until 8 May 2016.

View the full set of pics from the Marrakech Biennale here

The other half of the installation ‘Voyage Retour‘ will be presented at the museum Les Abattoirs in Toulouse in June 2016, the other side of the same car will be revealed to the public on his return version, with a roof rack loaded with objects brought back from Orient to Occident.

Tilt – Voyage Aller
Until 8 May
Marrakech Biennale 2016
L’Blassa, Yougoslavie road
Marrakech

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Upcoming: Antony Micallef ‘Raw Intent’ @ Pearl Lam Galleries (Hong Kong)

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British artist Antony Micallef (covered) will be opening his first solo show in Asia next week at Pearl Lam Galleries in Hong Kong.

The artist will exhibit a new series of paintings and studies that explore the relationships of the mechanics of artistic intent,
representation, and the use of paint as a material for expressing emotions.

The title of the exhibition, Raw Intent, refers to a seemingly unmediated yet highly conscious process of manipulating the material during the act of painting. By presenting an unidentifiable figure in the painting, the artist intends to trigger the audience’s sympathy. Micallef states his intention: ‘I am interested in that space where the figure almost disintegrates but somehow stays intact, leaving a sense of friction and raw distortion. The medium is celebrated and used in full force in many different ways with many different tools to render life that echoes traces of our emotional field.’

Antony Micallef – Raw Intent
13 May – 30 June 2016
Pearl Lam Galleries
Hong Kong

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Marrakech Biennale: 360 m2 mural by POES and JO BER

Poes & Jo Ber Mural - The Game of Life

For the Educational Programme of the Marrakech BiennaleFrench artists POES and JO BER  just completed the largest mural in a mixed school in Morocco, painting a monumental 360 sq meters.

For the past four years, Ryane Abdelmouhcine, Headmaster of Tariq Ben Ziad, the largest mixed college of Marrakech with 2200 children, always been creative to motivate and inspire his pupils, hence the numerous sport trophies won by his children during his tenure. He got in touch with Abdelhamid Bousaadi from the Marrakech Biennale to express his vision and how his school could be involved during the Biennale. Together with the funding of the MONTRESSO* ART FOUNDATION and the support of Hanaf and Colorado, this extraordinary project came to light.

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POES and JO BER worked together to create a revisited version of the infamous board game “The game of Life” created by Milton Bradley in 1861 and popular in the 90s.

The monumental artwork is designed to look like a video game. The Master of the game with robotic features invites the children in a playful world, with joyful characters and colourful experience. The adventure of Life goes through different seasons, starting in the spring with a growing tree of knowledge. The summer will be the time to escape and relax. The arrival of autumn reveals stairs, levels where they can gain additional knowledge. As winter comes, so does the snow and the urge to reach for the stars, and become a cosmonaut!

Through the seasons and cycle of life, artists POES and JO BER deeply desire to provide children of the college Tarik Ibn Ziad a joyful and creative vision of life based on knowledge.

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Sign of cultural openness and that the pupils aspirations and ambitions are supported, regardless of their background and gender, this one of a kind project is already the delight and pride of the boys and girls of the college Tariq Ben Ziad as they pose in front of it.

In parallel both artists  POES and JO BER have been working with 30 pupils to create a collaborative 2 x 10 meters within the school.

Poes & Jo Ber Mural - The Game of Life

View the full set of pics here

The ‘Game of Life’ mural by POES and JO BER is visible at the college Tarik Ibn Ziad,
rue El Bouraz, district M’Hamid in Marrakech.

Photo credit: Butterfly / Paul Etard / POES

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London: Warhol Icons @ Halcyon Gallery

Warhol Icons - Halcyon Gallery

A huge and comprehensive exhibit of Andy Warhol’s best work, Warhol Icons has opened at the Halcyon Gallery, narrating a layered social and cultural commentary from the mass consumerism society, music, politics to the celebrity culture.

Following a three years complex process the Halcyon Gallery has been gathering a significant collection from all over the world featuring over 100 pieces by collecting portfolios, key works and never-before-seen works.

Unique in its breadth, the exhibition spans over three floors and retraces Warhol’s career across three decades, from his early illustrative works of the 1950s through to the iconic works of the late 1980s. Creating a visual experience with an explosion of colours, forms and ideas, it gives viewers the opportunity to see original works on canvas, paper and some of his most important portfolios.

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The mezzanine space in the gallery has been rearranged to display Campbell’s Soup I installation, as a tribute to Warhol’s first exhibition with Irving Blum in 1962, where his famous soup can paintings were displayed in the gallery to represent the supermarket shelves on which the soup cans were stored.

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Five of the artist’s other famous portfolios from 10 have also been displayed including Cowboys and Indians and Endangered Species, looking at the nature of conservation and how Warhol viewed the environment – a lasting concern for the artist who frequently liked to bring these views into his works on the subject.

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His classic 1981 signed Myths Invitations – with images of fantasy icons the Wicked Witch of the West, Santa Claus, Mammy from Gone with the Wind, Superman, Garbo, Uncle Sam, Mickey Mouse, Howdy Doodie, Boris Karloff – is one of many of his most recognisable pieces on show.

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Warhol’s fascination with the celebrity is illustrated by his colourful portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Mick Jagger, Muhammad Ali, Ingrid Bergman or within one of his rare Self Portrait in Fright Wig.

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As visitors come, take photos to share on social media, Warhol’s legacy and celebration of ‘mass culture’ continue to show us his influence and relevance.

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Such an extensive collection of Warhol’s iconic works has rarely been seen in one space. It’s a delight for art lovers, WARHOL ICONS is not to be missed at Halcyon Gallery.

View the full set of pics here

WARHOL ICONS
Until 26 June 2016
Halcyon Gallery
New Bond Street
London

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London: D*Face Misprints & Misfits @ StolenSpace

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StolenSpace Gallery is hosting an exhibition called ‘Misprints & Misfits’, featuring a series of one off paper pieces by D*Face, from the deepest depths of D*Face’s print archives.

From the iconic ‘Dog Save the Queen’ to ‘Samo Butterfly effect’ and glittery ‘A Hole’, it’s a rare occasion to view unseen paper pieces, one offs, proofs, misprints and editions never before released. Hurry as the exhibition finishes on 1 May .

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D*Face Misprints & Misfits
Until 1st May 2016
Brick Lane , London

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Marrakech Biennale 2016 – Part I

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Presided by Vanessa Branson and curated by Reem FADDA, the sixth edition of  the Marrakech Biennale is a festival with the mission to build bridges between the cultures through the arts, inspiring outstanding artists from all over the world to create work that responds to the magical environment of Marrakech.

Concentrated within Marrakech’s central historical sites of the  El Bahia and El Badii palaces, Dar Si Saïd museum, Menara Pavilion, and Koutoubia Mosque and its surrounding minaret and cistern, the Marrakech Biennale offers visitors an immervise experience between the historical sites, the souks within the Medina and  the contemporary art installations.

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The  Palais de Bahia is displaying works by the late Farid Belkahia, an artist who spent nearly his entire life in Marrakech (1934-2014). Belkahia studied and worked in Europe for several years, but eventually returned to the region, where he headed the School of Fine Art in Casablanca in the early ’60s and created abstracted pieces from rich materials resembling the Moroccan earth (wax, copper, tanned leathers), effectively replacing the European expressionists’ canvases with the organic.

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The installation by Oscar Murillo entitled through patches of wheat, corn and mud exemplifies the artist’s ability to move across mediums, spanning painting to sculpture and interactive installation. The public is here called directly into the artwork through being able to handle large-size artworks, mainly paintings, of modest appearance.
By removing the taboo of touch and using humble and disposable, materials, the artist questions the aura and statute of the work of art and develops a new role for it in the viewer’s physical space.

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Fatiha Zemmouri presents an installation at the Palais El Badii entitled À l’abri… de rien (Sheltered… From Nothing). A massive, meteor-like rock made of polystyrene and plaster appears wedged between two walls at the end of a narrow corridor.
Hovering overhead, while it recalls a ancient history and geological time, the viewer’s awareness is focussed towards a potential daunting outcome.

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Colourful paintings by Moroccan artist Mohammed Chabâa, part of the radical Casablanca School of Fine Arts (mostly active in the 1960s and ’70s) also adorn the rooms to historical palaces.

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View the full set of pics here

Stay tuned for the rest of our coverage where we visit the Rancinan extraodinary exhibition, the OFF and the Street Art projects of the Marrakech Biennale.

Marrakech Biennale
Until 6 May 2016
Morocco

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Streets: Mr Cenz (London)

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We bumped into Mr Cenz as he was painting a brand new mural in Soho London.

Away from his signature female portraits, this new work features an oniric landscape.
Check some pics of the work in progress below.
It can be seen on Berwick Street, Soho London.

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London: Maser – Orbiting on the Periphery @ Lazarides Rathbone

Maser: Orbiting on the Periphery

Irish graffiti artist Maser stages his first solo show entitled ‘Orbiting on the Periphery‘ at Lazarides Rathbone in London.

‘Orbiting on the Periphery‘ continues Masers’ exploration into the philosopher and mathematician Thales of Miletus’s theory ; “mens sana in corpore sano,” in which physical health and condition are recognised as an essential part of psychological equilibrium.

With strong use of bold graphic and geometric elements, loose brush strokes and relief work, the exhibition focuses on Masers’s interest in duality and the thought-provoking relationship between the physical and psychological.
Combining his graffiti experience with his formal art education Maser has developed a singular body of work, balancing hard-edged blocks of neon colour that congeal into expressive, figurative compositions.

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View the full set of pics here

Maser – Orbiting on the Periphery
Until 5th May 2016
Lazarides Rathbone
11 Rathbone Place
London W1T 1HR

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Streets: Tracing Morocco with Hendrik ECB Beikirch

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We first encountered the work of German artist Hendrik Beikirch aka ECB last year in Toulouse where he completed a large scale monochrome portrait of a Maroccan woman for Mr Freeze Festival (covered).

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This was part of a series entitled Tracing Morocco’, following  an artistic residency at Jardin Rouge in collaboration with the Montresso Foundationduring which he created 22 portraits, paying tribute to those anonymous Moroccans craftsmen and women he met during his travels, emphasising these fascinating encounters through portraiture.

Many of these portraits were also painted as large scale murals in New York, Roma, Copenhagen, Oslo, Murmansk, Toulouse, Naestved, Paris etc.

Hendrick ECB Beikirch recently returned to Marrakech to reveal the different artworks and completed additional murals.

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Jardin Rouge – Marrakech 2016

Unveiled for the Marrakech Biennale, the latest mural  is an hommage to Aziz, a local Marrakchi builder working at Jardin Rouge, who coincidentally worked to repair this exact wall previously. The artwork can be seen across the Marrakech train station.

See some work in progress shots below.

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View the full set of pics here

In parallel the Montresso Foundation released a book ‘Tracing Morocco’ illustrating the collection of Beikirch’s portraits of Moroccan men and women he immortalised by telling their story through their faces.  The book is an edition 2 500 copies with 50 deluxe version, signed and numbered by the artist. To preorder a copy of the book, just drop an email to  contact.jardinrouge@gmail.com

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Photos credit: Butterfly / Work in progress shots by Paul Etard / Jardin Rouge

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Toulouse: Subcultures @ Espace Croix Baragnon – Part I

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The museum ‘L’espace Croix Baragnon’ in Toulouse is celebrating the underground cultural scene with a new exhibition called ‘Subcultures’.  The city of Toulouse is the cradle of many renowned artists from Miss Van, Fafi, Reso, Tilt to dran, but the artistic scene is even more prolific, mixing popular cultures (rock music, punk, goth, hip hop, experimental … sci-fi, comics, movies, skateboarding, tattoo…) revisiting modern art movements (surrealism, Dadaism, pop art, poster-art…) as well as post-modern art forms (lowbrow, graffiti, street art,…)

Curator David Pujol has been observing the local underground culture for several years and presents ‘Subcultures’ featuring 10 established and emerging artists, with their influences and distinctive style on the local and international scene: Amandine Urruty 100TAUR (covered)A4 Putevie (covered), Mathieu Bourrillon, Nicolas Delpech, Fräneck, Herbot, Kinder K, Arnaud Loumeau and Benjamin Stoop.

Although not listed in the official artists roster, enfant terrible dran (covered) makes several appearances with a brand new canvas and stickers and flyers throughout the exhibition space.

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Huge crowds and artists turned out for the eagerly awaited opening including anonymous artist <++ (covered) who also made a live performance.

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Through his drawings and sculptural installations, artivist artist A4Putevie (b.1980) illustrates the thirst for freedom within the urban environment, his thoughts and distress about the current politic affairs, war and surveillance society.

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Inspired by nature, religious art, Japanese culture and mythology, 100TAUR (b.1982) explores the concept of imperfection, creating a universe populated by fantastic creatures, distorted hybrids humans and animals with a sacred touch. Anthropomorphic fishes are adorned with a golden aura, while his signature character ‘Slug’, symbol of resilience is omnipresent within his compositions.

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Kinder K. (b.1984) oil paintings play with medieval imagery and religious iconography to question our faith in life. Her colourful compositions illustrate empowered female characters with an erotic touch, whether Lolitas dancing and being seduced by the devil, or a man-eater she-devil.

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Fascinated by video games, Arnaud Loumeau (b.1978) draws kaleidoscopic shapes on paper. Using mathematical precision, patterns are repeated in a loop like in a computer and coloured with marker. Underground illustrator Franeck painted a mural inside the gallery space with a series of small black and white drawings featuring his signature humorous round shaped characters within architectural landscapes.

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View the full set of pics here

Stay tuned for the rest of the coverage soon with our Part II

‘Subcultures’
Until 18 June 2016
Espace Croix-Baragnon
24 rue Croix-Baragnon
31000 Toulouse (FR)

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London: Ben Eine – Soho Riot

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Moniker Projects have partnered with Lights of Soho for a new London exhibition entitled ‘SOHO RIOT’ featuring street artist Ben Eine by turning his popular 2D neon font  into 3D limited edition neon pieces .

‘SOHO RIOT’ is about encapsulating the spirit of Soho amidst a time of gentrification, cross-rail proposals and the closing of cultural institutions such as legendary club Madame Jojo’s. With a neighbourhood caught in the midst of rent hikes whilst trying to keep its dignity, Ben Eine mentions: “Soho is such a vibrant neighbourhood with rich history, characters and memories, I’m happy to attach ‘RIOT’ as a cultural and artistic protest to help keep the core values and community spirit of Soho alive.”
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Join Lights Of Soho on Tuesday 26 April for a very special in-conversation with Ben Eine where he will discuss his inspirations and his current show.    RSVP@lightsofsoho.com

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Ben Eine – Soho Riot
20 April – 21 May 2016
Lights of Soho
35 Brewer Street
London, W1F 0RX

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London: BB8 auction for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity

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In support of Star Wars: Force for Change, an initiative that inspires people to make a positive impact on the world, Star Wars talent, British celebrities, fans and artists worldwide have been challenged to create artwork inspired by everyone’s favourite new droid, BB-8, as a representation of all that is GREAT about Britain.

A number of the creations will be put on display for a public exhibition at White Rainbow Gallery, 47 Mortimer Street until 21 April. The initiative will raise vital funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity with a number of the designed BB-8s being auctioned off for charity via an online auction from 18 April at 7pm to 22 April at 11.59pm. 100%* of the proceeds from this auction will be donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, on behalf of Force For Change.

Stars of The Force Awakens, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, are lending their artistic talents to design their very own “BB-GR8s”, along with Star Wars legacy film stalwarts Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels and Warwick Davis who have each contributed a design.

UK personalities and Star Wars fans Simon Pegg, Paddy McGuinness and band of the moment Years and Years have all awakened their artistic flair to get involved in the project. A huge range of artists up and down the UK, including street and graffiti artists like Guy Denning, China Mike , jewellers, ceramic artists, typography specialists, embroiderers and sculptors, have each worked on their re-interpretations of BB-8 using an incredible array of materials to celebrate a particular area of Great British culture including music, food, sport, art, tourism and technology.

Ossie Robinson, 10 years old, a patient in the hospital and a massive Star Wars fan, has also got involved and created an amazing design featuring the colours of his favourite football team, Watford FC.

Bid on these unique and special BB-8 figurines and help raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

*After deduction of a 2.5% transaction fee for all card payments

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London: Paul Insect – It’s Only A Dream @ Allouche Gallery

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We are excited to see the return of British street and contemporary artist Paul Insect to London  for  an exhibition of new works ‘It’s Only a Dream‘. We still have some fond memories of his London Poison show back in 2008.
Presented by New York based Allouche Gallery for their first pop up location in London Old Street, the show features Paul Insect’s signature puppets ( which we saw at Dismaland with with New York street artist Bast) as well as a series of paintings and abstracted figures. Using spray paint chip’s collected from various degrading and flaking painted walls over the past seven years, Paul Insect also created new sculptural works looking like taxidermy owls, or a stormy cloud in a tea cup.

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Allouche Gallery London Pop-Up
Until 14 April 2016
347-349 Old Street, London

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London: Adam Neate – Heroes

Adam Neate - Heroes

A selection of new dimensional surface paintings on canvas by Adam Neate are currently on show ‘ Heroes’ at Elms Lesters Painting Rooms until 14th April in London.

Depicting whether a reclining woman by the sunset or runners by the seaside, the artist continues to experiment with the dimensional surfaces on the canvas itself, playing with matte, gloss and textured paints.

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Adam Neate – Heroes
Until 14 April 2016
Elms Lester Painting Rooms
London

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London: Space Invader – Wave 18

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French artist Space Invader has just returned to London since 2013 for a 18th wave of invasion. As part of an art commission for the London Games Festival organised by Film London, 12 new artworks have appeared on iconic buildings and streets.

As always location is key, and to celebrate spring, brand new CCTV flowers have popped up across the city, including a union jack one next to the British Film Institute surrounded by four other video cameras .

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A pixelated cheeky prince with crown and 3D glasses is flying high above the Prince Charles Cinema in the West End , while the Arts Building in Finsbury Park is adorned with a paint brush waiving invader mosaic.

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Wandering through the Museum of London, visitors can enjoy two new invaders with bowler hats and umbrellas watching each other.

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And before looking for the remaining invaders, enjoy a cup of tea in Shoreditch…

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London: Steven Claydon – The Guilded Bough @ Sadie Coles

Steven Claydon - The Gilded Bough

For the second exhibition of British artist / musician Steven Claydon at Sadie Coles HQ, ‘The Gilded Bough’ features sculptures, installations and sounds in which the artist examines the notion of the counterintuitive idea that cloaking an object might allow it to be seen more clearly.

Cloaking is a paradox found in the process of scanning electron microscopy, where samples are typically coated in ultra-thin layers of gold before going under the microscope (the conductive material increases the quantity of ‘secondary electrons’ that can be detected from their surfaces). Using gold plating as a material and a metaphor, Claydon equivocates between the surfaces and essences of objects. Gilding becomes a means of scrutinising.

The exhibition’s title refers to James Frazer’s The Golden Bough (first published in 1890), a seminal work of late-Victorian anthropology. Frazer’s understanding of ritual objects – as materials in which some special nature or aura may reside. In The Gilded Bough, objects appear in a variety of real and synthetic forms. Each oscillates between the status of an autonomous vessel and a vehicle for narratives.

By misquoting Frazer’s title, Claydon raises the idea of the alchemical mutations or degradations suffered by cultural artefacts over time. The gilding effect expresses the idea of projecting a potentially deceptive beauty or sanctity or financial worth onto an object. Weaving between the arcane and the technological, Claydon draws unlikely and improbable juxtapositions.

 
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Steven Claydon – The Guilded Bough
Until 2 April 2016
Sadie Coles HQ
Kingly Court
London W1

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London: Dean Melbourne – This Myth

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Artist Dean Melbourne returns to London for a second solo show ‘This Myth‘ with Coates and Scarry.

Inspired by childhood memories, references from Dante to Ted Hughes’ Ovid’s Metamorphosis, his vibrant oil paintings invite the viewer into a mystical world where nature, human figures and mythology are interconnected.

Dean Melbourne’s creative process has also evolved for this exhibition, using models, costumes and props, giving more freedom to the composition.

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Dean Melbourne – This Myth
Curated by Coates & Scarry
8 Duke Street
London SW1Y 6BN

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London: Venturing Beyond @ Somerset House

Venturing Beyond at Somerset House

The Somerset House is currently celebrating the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More’s book Utopia with a large show called UTOPIA 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility.
As part of this major exhibition, arts organisation A(by)P have renewed their collaboration with Somerset House ( see our previous coverage on Mapping the City and Futurismo Ancestral) with a new exhibition Venturing Beyond: Graffiti and the Everyday Utopias of the Street.

The show is exploring unsanctioned public art – or graffiti – as an intrinsically utopian practice and features specially-commissioned work of eighteen street artists from around the globe, including Antwan Horfée, Brad Downey, Eltono, Filippo Minelli, Huskmitnavn, Les Freres Ripoulain, Lucas Dillon, Mike Ballard, Misha Hollenbach, Nano4814, Petro, Revok, Russell Maurice, Saeio, Shepard Fairey, Sixe Paredes and Swoon.

Italian artist Fillipo Minelli kicked off the exhibition with his smoke performance, part of his ongoing Silence / Shapes series.

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Using high visibility material, Petro (UK) enables the viewers to venture in places not normally accessible (through its ability to make the wearer invisible).

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Blur Book from Les Freres Ripoulain (FR) is a version of a graffiti artist’s ‘Black Book’, but they have pixelated the content, to draw attention to the site specific context in which these works exist and to the performative doing of graffiti. NegatifX features a selection of images from their urban interventions between 2006 and 2016.

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Brad Downey (US) created installation works that remain invisible at first sight using coloured wall plugs, installed directly behind other artist’s pieces.

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Mike Ballard‘s series of work are inspired by the ‘urban hieroglyphics’ left by utility companies left on London Streets and explore the threshold between public and private space.

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From 13 – 20 April, French artists Horfée and Russell Maurice will take up residency, providing visitors with an insight into the processes of the practice. Working in situ, they will produce a new body of work based on the utopian themes of the exhibition. This project space will then remain open for viewing alongside the main exhibition until 2 May.
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In addition, A(by)P and Somerset House will be producing a wide-ranging programme of events to follow the key themes of the exhibition, including workshops, talks, films, music and performances.

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Venturing Beyond:
Graffiti and the Everyday Utopias of the Street.
3 March – 2 May 2016
Terrace Rooms, South Wing
Somerset House

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London: Martha Cooper – Life Work @ Stolenspace

Martha Cooper - Life Work

Stolen Space Gallery is currently exhibiting Martha Cooper: Life Work, an extensive collection of photographs from legendary photojournalist Martha Cooper who started documenting the New York graffiti scene in the 70s, when it was still considered an ‘underground phenomenon’.

She was introduced in the late 70s to Dondi, one of the most significant graffiti artists of the movement and the ‘king’ of one of New York’s graffiti gangs, the CIA – in which kids would ‘write’ together, rivalling other gangs for popularity and fame. After this Cooper’s interest in the illegal graffiti scene and ‘trainbombing’ – covering trains with graffiti – was unstoppable. A complete novelty at the time, her photographs travelled the globe in the form of Subway Art, first published in 1984, inspiring many to join the growing culture of plastering buildings, trains and other public places with art.

The exhibition features a selection of her work spanning over 40 years from Basquiat, Keith Haring in NY to her travels in Thailand documenting the tattoo underground scene, and her most recent travels documenting the graffiti and street art scene.

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Monica Norse, the exhibition’s curator mentions: “There’s so much behind the photos, she’s changed people’s lives, so many people started doing graffiti because they saw Subway Art and it opened up the world of graffiti and self-expression for them.”

A huge crowd came in for the opening to meet and discuss with the legendary photographer, who was happy to sign copies of her infamous Subway Art book.

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Stolenspace
Martha Cooper – Life Work
Until 28 February 2016
London

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London: Still Here, A Decade of Lazarides

A decade of Lazarides

Until 24th March 2016, Lazarides is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a group exhibition ‘Still Here – A Decade of Lazarides’.
For the landmark exhibition, celebrated and pioneering artists who have helped shape the gallery are taking over the Rathbone space in London over three floors.

Featuring 3D, Aiko, Anthony Lister, Antony Micallef, Banksy, Brett Amory, Chloe Early, David Choe, Doug Foster, Faile, Frank Laws, Gary Taxali, Herbert Baglione, Hush, Ian Francis, Invader, Joe Rush, Jonathan Yeo, JR, Karim Zeriahen, Katrin Fridriks, Know Hope / Addam Y, Lucy McLauchlan, Marcus Jansen, Mark Jenkins, Miaz Brothers, Mode 2, Nina Pandolfo, Oliver Jeffers, Pete Hawkins, Ron English, Sage Vaughn, Scott Campbell, Sickboy, Stanley Donwood, TEACH, Todd James / REAS, Vhils, Xenz, Zevs

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London: XX Group show @ Saatchi Gallery

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Following the recent opening of the all female Group show ‘Champagne Life’ (covered here) Saatchi Gallery also launched an exhibition called ‘XX: A MOMENT IN TIME‘.

Curated by Olly Walker and supported by Yasha Young, the show features new works by contemporary female street & graffiti artists from around the globe.

The artists participating in the exhibition include Aiko (Japan/USA), Alice Pasquini (Italy), Caratoes (Belgium/Hong Kong), Crajes (Spain), Elle (USA), Faith 47 (South Africa), Handiedan (Netherlands), Hera (Germany), Hueman (USA), Lora Zombie (Russia), Madamoiselle Maurice (France), Marina Zumi (Argentina), Martha Cooper (USA), Mimi S (Germany), Miss Van (France), Olek (Poland), Sandra Chevrier (Canada), Vexta (Australia) and Zabou (France).

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XX – A Moment in time
Until 6 March 2016
Saatchi Gallery

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London: Miro’s Studio @ Mayoral

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“My dream, when I can settle down somewhere, is to have a large workshop” –Joan Miró, 1938

60 years since Joan Miró’s studio was founded in Mallorca in 1956, the workshop has been reconstructed in London as an intensely immersive piece: an incredibly detailed work that mirrors the poetic environment of this leading avant-garde artist’s atelier. Featuring 25 of Miró’s paintings and drawings as well as copied everyday ephemera objects; the space has been rearranged as both installation and exhibition.

This studio was the first long-term residence for Miró , having lived in locations across Europe throughout his life and often travelling between two homes in Paris and Spain for example. Once established in Mallorca in 1956, the artist remained here, working here relentlessly until his death in 1983.

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Initially designed by the artist’s friend and renowned Catalan architect, Josep Lluís Sert worked on it from New York by sending Miró a series of letters which are also included within the show; giving some insights into the development of the studio, but also into the great artist’s preferences, relationships and voice.

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Miró’s Studio
Until 12 February
Mayoral Galeria d’Art
6 Duke Street
London SW1Y 6BN.

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Preview: Kaws @ Yorkshire Sculpture Park

 

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP), the largest of its kind in Europe, presents the first UK museum exhibition by Brooklyn-based artist KAWS from Feb 6th to June 2016.

The exhibition, in the expansive Longside Gallery and open air, features over 20 works: commanding sculptures in bronze, fibreglass, aluminium and wood alongside large, bright canvases immaculately rendered in acrylic paint.

The artist has made a series of five paintings especially for the exhibition. Each measuring 112 x 92 inches, they will span the largest wall of the spacious gallery, creating a swathe of brilliant colour and complex energy. Constructed with painstaking attention to detail, the abstracted forms overlay and interweave, forming shadows and deepening space to reveal a slinking, enigmatic figure.

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The Park’s historically designed landscape becomes home to a series of monumental and imposing sculptures, including a new six-metre-tall work, which take KAWS’s idiosyncratic form of almost-recognisable characters in the process of growing up.

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London: Jef Aerosol & Lee Jeffries – Synergy

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‘Synergy’ is an artistic and social encounter between French street artist Jef Aérosol and British photographer Lee Jeffries.

Stemming from the original ‘Synergy’ exhibition that took place in Paris at Mathgoth gallery in March 2015, this collaboration casts a new light on a sensitive topic: the homeless.

The models in Lee Jeffries’photographs are homeless people that he has met in Europe and in the United States: «Situations arose, and I made an effort to learn to get to know each of the subjects before asking their permission to do their portrait.» From then onwards, his photographs portray his convictions and his compassion to the world.

The artistic chemistry was sparked when Jef Aerosol and Lee Jeffries first met in London, early 2014. They both felt the urge to explore and share with the public their vision of this universal issue. Together, they explore faces and confront techniques to give another life to the forgotten of the streets.

10% of the sales will be donated to the Connection, a homelessness charity in Central London.

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Synergy
Until 25 February 2016
French Art Studio
58 Gloucester Rd, London SW7

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Streets: Banksy – Les Miserables (London)

Banksy - London 2016

As mentionned earlier (see here) Banksy created a new artwork in London on Saturday night. As usual location is key and the new stencil appeared  on the corner of a very busy road of Knightsbridge, surrounded by lots of CCTV but most importantly opposite the French Embassy under the watchful eyes of security guards.

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The mural is a re appropriation of the iconic image of Cosette for Les Miserables, the little girl depicted in the historical novel of Victor Hugo during the French Revolution, whose mum left to another family hoping she would get a better life.

The French flag, used as symbol of Freedom during the French revolution but also for Les Droits de L’homme (Human rights) is torn apart. Grey tears are rolling down the girl’s face, provoked by a cloud of teargas from the CS cannister laying on the floor.

The mural is a continuation of Banksy’s engagement in raising awareness about the migrant situation in Europe, and specially in Calais. It’s a direct comment on the recent actions by French authorities to destroy part of the Jungle and evict around 1,500 refugees using teargas.

France is the ‘Pays des Droits de l’Homme’, country of Human Rights, but looking closer at the living conditions in the “Jungle” camp of Calais, it is a total disgrace.

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The mural also features an interactive piece, a QR code that directs you to a video showing the use of CS gas by French Police towards the migrants.

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As soon as the mural was confirmed on Banksy’s website, a few attempted to steal the artwork overnight, but it only resulted in some visible damages.

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While builders were having a meeting on how to protect / remove the piece, more media and fans arrived at the scene.

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It was not long before builders tried to remove it, and failed miserably, noticing it was glued to another board (video).

It was subsequently covered and watched over by a security guard before being taken down permanently, only to appear in the near future at some art dealer or gallery.

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Despite the short lifespan of the artwork, let’s hope that it continues to raise awareness about the refugees crisis and inhuman living conditions in the Calais ‘Jungle’ camp and that authorities (regardless of their country flags) will work to  improve the situation for both migrants and local residents.

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Farewell Cosette …

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Streets: Banksy in London

Banksy - London 2016

A new stencil by Banksy highlighting the use of teargas in the “Jungle” refugee camp in Calais has appeared on a building opposite the French Embassy in London.

The stencil on board features a CS can on the floor spreading a teargas cloud. With the French flag waving in the background, the infamous character Cosette from Les Miserables emerges with tears in her eyes.

The work is the latest in a series of pieces by the graffiti artist criticising Europe’s handling of the ongoing refugees crisis, after earlier his stencils in Calais (featured) . It is a direct comment on the recent actions by French authorities to destroy part of the Jungle and evict around 1,500 refugees.

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In a first for the elusive graffiti artist, the artwork is interactive and includes a stencilled QR code beneath. If viewers hold their phone over the code, it links them to an online video of a police raid on the camps on 5 January.

 

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Streets: ESPO – Love Letters Brooklyn to be demolished

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Back in 2011, we were in Brooklyn as street artist Steve Powers ESPO was painting his monumental ‘LOVE LETTERS BROOKLYN’ (covered here) on the facade of the Macy’s parking garage.

As an ode to the borough of Brooklyn and its 99cents stores below, ESPO adorned the building with black and white sentences like ‘Euphoria is you for Me’, ‘Turn to Me, I see Eternity’,

Macy’s restructuring plan to close 36 stores in the United States this year is also affecting one of the most treasured mural in the local community. In a recent Instagram post, Powers confirmed the closing of the garage, and thanked fellow artist Dave Chino, mural painters Colossal Media, Macy’s, and Brooklyn “for making [him] the man [he is] today.”

Developpers will transform the parking into a residential high-rise with construction planning to start next spring.

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London: Lumiere Festival

Lumiere London - Westminster Abbey / Patrice Warrener

During four evenings from the 14th-17th of January, visitors could experience installations from the world’s most exciting artists working with light at across 30 locations in the UK capital for the Lumiere London Festival.

Architectural landmarks are being coloured with 3D projections like Westminster Abbey by Patrice Warrener, the Kings Cross Granada Building by Ocudo, or Piccadilly by NOVAK.

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While Center Points lights have been temporarily moved to the National Portrait Gallery, Trafalgar Square fountains are transformed into Plastic Islands’ by activist group  Luzinterruptus .

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In  shop windows, shimmering dresses by Tae gon KIM change colours with their fibre-optic LEDs, giving them a Cinderella-esque touch.

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Within the famous pedestrian Carnaby Street, passers-by can enjoy the newly permanent installation Shaida Walking by Julian Opie.

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Drawing massive crowds, the iconic phone box is turned into an aquarium by Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille.

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Gigantic  fishes Lumineoles are flying above Piccadilly, while Travellers figures by Cedric Le Borgne adorn rooftops of nearby buildings. Neon birdhouses by Sarah Blood are nestled within Brown Hart Gardens.

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The French collective TILT (not the graffiti artist from Toulouse) have created a giant luminous tropical garden in the centre of Leicester Square.

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Janet Echelman used the data of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami from 2011, to create a 3D representation called 1.8 London. 

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Further pictures from the Lumiere London Festival in Mayfair and King’s Cross below:

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London: Champagne Life @ Saatchi

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Coinciding with its thirtieth birthday, Saatchi Gallery is opening on 13th January an all female show ‘Champagne Life’ featuring a cast of emerging international artists: Julia Wachtel, Mequitta Ahuja, Virgile Ittah, Marie Angeletti, Julia Dault, Alice Anderson, Jelena Bulajic, Mia Feuer, Sigrid Holmwood, Seung Ah Paik, Maha Malluh, Suzanne McClelland, Stephanie Quayle and Soheila Sokhanvari.

The exhibition title is based on one of the artwork from participating artist, Julia Wachtel. Her canvas represents an inverted image of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian with a poorly copied plastic sculpture of Minnie Mouse, convergence between the fantastical with the real world. Epitome of the current culture driven by the lust for celebrity, champagne is a relatively affordable signification of luxury life, the highest aspiration and emptiest cipher.

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Food for Thought – Al-Muallaqat‘ installation by Saudi Arabian artist Maha Mallu highlights the impact of globalisation and consumer culture within her nation. Suspended used aluminium pots refer to The pre-Islamic 6th century Suspended Odes or Hanging Poems traditionally hung in Mecca.

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A blue papier mache donkey lays down attached with rope. ‘Jerusalem Donkey’ is a collaborative work by Mia Feuer and Palestinian children, a tribute to the animal used during roadblocks in the region as it was forbidden for Palestinians to drive motor vehicles.

The taxidermy horse sculpture ‘Moje Sabz’ by Iranian artist Soheila Sokhanvari is a visual metaphor of the ‘Green Movement’ uprising of 2009, in which violent protesters’ demonstrations led to the annulment of a fraudulent election result.

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Extracting text, colour and forms from various political and cultural sources, the abstract paintings by US artist Suzanne McClelland focus on the omnipresence of data and code and illustrate evasive domestic terrorists in the US.

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Marie Angeletti juxtaposes a series of images, photographies, canvases, watercolors a bit like a quick Google image search, providing different interpretations to the meaning or the associative links.

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Cultivating plants and making her own hand made dye and pigments, Sigrid Holmwood‘s peasants paintings have fluorescent and psychedelic colours and reminiscent of the Impressionism era.

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Pale and frail life-size bodies made of wax and marble powder by Virgile Ittah are laying on iron beds, looking mortified. In the same room, intricate charcoal portraits of the older generation by Jelena Bulajic play with scale, whether miniature or monumental. ‘I am attracted to the human ‘map’ contained within a face, and the layers of its skin – a bodily margin that bridges the distance between the inner and the outer.’

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Ossifying objects using copper thread, symbol of neural transmitter of information and communication, Alice Anderson explores the transition of the physical world to the digital one. Her large bobbin sculpture ‘Bound’ is a reference to the game Freud used to play with his grandson to calm him down.

Inspired by ancient textile printing and stamping techniques, Mequitta Ahuja‘s work depicts cobalt blue female figures and self portraits in a fantastic universe.

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Korean artist Seung Ah Paik explores the relationship with her own skin through monumental flesh coloured raw canvases zooming on human details like hands, limbs, nipples.

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Large clay sculptures by Stephanie Quayle depict animals and the force of nature inherent within. ‘Two Cows’ are gazing at the viewers while Lion Man ‘s muscular figure radiates strongly with its presence.

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Using plexi materials, individually contorted and controlled by strings and boxing glove strapping, Julia Dault‘s sculptures are ready to spring open at any moment. The title of the artworks also indicates the length of time that the artist has wrestled with the materials).

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Champagne Life – Saatchi Gallery
Until 6 March 2016
Duke of York’s HQ
King’s Rd
London SW3 4RY

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London: Michael Craig-Martin – Transience

Michael Craig-Martin

To kick start 2016 with colourful artworks, the Serpentine Gallery is currently hosting  the first solo show of British artist Michael Craig-Martin in a London public institution since 1989.

Entitled ‘Transience‘, the exhibition gathers  works from 1981 to 2015, including his era-defining colourful representations of once familiar yet obsolete technology; laptops, games consoles, black-and-white televisions and incandescent lightbulbs that highlight the increasing transience of technological innovation.

From the earliest work in the show, a wall drawing first produced in 1981 (the same year that the first personal computer was made available), to a painting from 2014 that depicts the minimal lines of an iPhone, Craig-Martin’s work has recorded the profound impact that electronic technology has had on the way we consume and communicate.

The exhibition explores the seismic shift from analogue processes to digital technologies that informed the production and distribution of new kinds of objects in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

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Michael Craig-Martin
Transience
Until 14 Feb 2016
Serpentine Gallery
London

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2015 Highlights

As 2015 comes to an end, we look back at the highlights of this incredible artistic year across Europe. Click on the pics to view more info.

Solo Shows: Dran, Mark Jenkins, Antony Micallef, Cranio, Daniel Arsham, David Shillinglaw, Julian Opie, Brusk, Angela Lizon, Pixel Pancho, Lisa Wright, Vhils, Anj Smith, Remi Rough, 100Taur, Hisham Echafaki.


Dr an - Public Execution Show
Mark Jenkins - Moment of Impact    Antony Micallef - Self      Cranio - Amore$    Daniel Arsham - Future Relic 3 Cannes David Shillinglaw    Julian Opie - Alan Cristea Gallery    Brusk - Ad vitam Eternam
Angela Lizon - Menagerie    Pixel Pancho - Memory of Our Life Lisa Wright - The Unversed    Vhils - DissonanceAnj Smith - Hauser & Wirth    Remi Rough - Home   Lusus Naturae - 100Taur & Hisham Echafaki

Murals and Festivals:  Artists for Je suis Charlie in Paris, El Seed, Ron English and Meetings of Style in London, Urban Nation M7 in Berlin, Open Summer Festival in Toulouse, Bom.K for Moniker,  MAUS Festival in Malaga.

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Museum Exhibitions: Jeff Koons at Pompidou Paris, D*Face & Shepard Fairey at the CAC Malaga

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Studio Visits: Borondo, Reso, Nick Walker.

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Group Exhibitions: Mapping the City,  Endangered Species, The London Project, LAX/LHR, Painting Guide, Empowered Printworks, Creve Hivernale

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Last but not least Banksy’s Bemusement Park Dismaland

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THANK YOU to all the artists, organisers, publications and art enthusiasts for your actions in 2015.

Best wishes of Peace, Love and Happiness surrounded by amazing Art !

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London: Damien Hirst Christmas Tree

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Next to the Connaught Hotel in London Mayfair stands a 30 feet tall Christmas tree adorned with flying doves and unusual decorations: snowmen formed of giant pills, medical instruments, scissors, syringues, scalpels…

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This is the work of  controversial artist Damien Hirst, who generated some complaints from local residents who found it inappropriate and culturally insensitive and dangerous as it is on a public highway next to a church and a homeless center.

Hirst said: “The Christmas tree is a celebration of togetherness, a joyful symbol of hope and love. For the decorations, I wanted to reference some of the amazing things that give us hope in the world today.”

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Video: Creve Hivernale – Toulouse

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Toulouse : Creve Hivernale Exhibition @ Frigo

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Initially planned for 4-5-6 December, an exhibition called ‘CREVE HIVERNALE / COPS31 / MARKER V’ in Toulouse has been extended to 11-12 -13 December with a grand finale on 30 December in support of La Cimade (not for profit organisation helping refugees and homeless people).

Located in the ‘Frigo’, 378, route de Launaguet, the show explores notions of homelessness and the Syrian migrant crisis that has been affecting Europe. The exhibition features a series of live performances, murals, photos, testimonies, dialogue between habitants, in-habitants, the visible and in-visible, installations and interventions.

Participating artists include anonymous artivist < + + , Fred Calmets,A4Putevie, photographer Balint Pörneczi, screenprints and Tshirts by Cleangraphics and more…

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To dissolve the incessant influx of refugees in the Calais’ Jungle, French government has been dispatching migrants via private jets to various CRA (retention centers) in France, Toulouse being the largest one (see here).

#CREVE HIVERNALE plays on the term ‘Treve hivernale’ which indicates the temporary period during which housing expulsion notices are suspended in the cold months of winter. ‘Creve’ also means ‘to have a cold’ and /or ‘die’.

Photographer Balint Pörneczi, winner of the Zoom 2015 prize at the Salon de la Photo in Paris, has been accompanying and documenting migrants through their journey in Europe.

Upon entering this massive industrial freezing warehouse nicknamed ‘Le Frigo’, we are faced with a series of photos in the outskirts of Toulouse and La Rocade depicting the precarious living conditions of the Syrian migrants. This aims to create a dialogue and wake up call with locals as they recognise the areas and drive past oblivious on a daily basis.

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In the main space large black and white portraits pay tribute to migrant families and their difficult journey through the Hungarian borders to get to a safer place.

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Toulousan artist A4Putevie created an immersive experience with a large scale mural with rainbow coloured fighter jets and temporary shelters. Sleeping or frightened figures are appearing ghostly, cut out in mattresses,while being overlooked by an observation tower.  Nearby stands a children treehouse, symbol of safe heaven, looking very fragile and on the brick of collapsing. Inscriptions on the wall reveals messages about surveillance, losing freedom rights, and an increased fear and manipulation of the mind.

#‎MATELAS / Mattress Piece of furniture used by people to lie down, element of comfort, often linked to a bed. Comes from the arab word ‘matrah’ .

#‎CABANE / HUT, seasonal housing construction serving as temporary shelter.

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Anonymous artist and long time activist <++ pays tribute to the less fortunate with his infamous series of hanging visible /invisible totem figures, from camouflage to  reflecting versions. Like a scene after a war explosion, layers of feathers (symbol of peace), broken mirrors (distorted reality), dirt, and faded tulips are juxtaposed on mattresses, surrounded by candles.

The use of #‎TULIPE represents capitalism speculation and over consumerism, in reference to the Tulip mania 

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In parallel to the installations, <++ did a couple a live painting performances and created a cabane for people to discuss, share experiences and enjoy some tea.
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A mural by Fred Calmet & Kegrea shows an upside down bird surrounded by men with protective clothes and masks.
Further down an installation using found objects recreate a raft, depicting the fragility of the current situation.

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CREVE HIVERNALE / COPS31/ MARKER V
GRAND FINALE ON 30 DECEMBER
OPEN / FREE ENTRY
From 15:00 to 00:00
Le Frigo, 378, route de Launaguet – 31140 Launaguet,
next to Toulouse

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Streets: Banksy in Calais

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After Dismaland, Banksy continues to hightlight the migrant crisis and horrific living conditions of Syrian refugiees in the Jungle of Calais by painting a portrait of Steve Jobs, reminding us that he is the son of a Syrian migrant. Steve Jobs is depicted carrying a travel bag with his iconic mac computer.  Further messages say “NOBODY DESERVES TO LIVE THIS WAY!”

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Additional murals and messages have been painted in the camp and the city center of Calais. The others pieces are showing a stenciled young girl and her telescope, a text piece which reads “Maybe This Whole Situation Will Sort Itself Out” and a piece showing a refugee raft inspired from the “The Raft of the Medusa” by Géricault and dubbed “Maybe We Are Not All In The Same Boat”. On a side note, this is the first ever time Banksy paints in France.

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Paris: Brandalism – 600 ad takeover denouncing the hypocrisy of COP21 Climate talks

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Over 600 artworks critiquing the corporate takeover of the COP21 climate talks were installed in advertising spaces across Paris this weekend -ahead of the United Nations summit beginning Monday 30 November.

Amidst the French state of emergency banning all public gatherings following the terrorist attacks on 13 November in Paris, the ‘Brandalism‘ project has worked with Parisians to insert unauthorised artworks across the city that aim to highlight the links between advertising, consumerism, fossil fuel dependency and climate change.

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The artworks were placed in advertising spaces owned by JC Decaux -one of the world’s largest outdoor advertising firms and an official sponsor to the COP21 climate talks.Other prominent corporate sponsors of the climate talks such as AirFrance, GDF Suez (Engie) and Dow Chemicals are parodied in the posters -whilst heads of state such as Francois Hollande, David Cameron, Barack Obama, Angela Merkel and Shinzo Abi also feature.

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The artworks were created by over 80 renowned artists from 19 countries across the world including Jimmy Cauty, Banksy-collaborator Paul Insect,Escif and Kennard Phillips – many of whom featured at Banksy’s Dismaland exhibition in England this summer (see our coverage here), as well as Aida, Arnaud Liard, AlexOne, Barnbrook, David De La Mano, Fra BiancoShock, Hobz,John Felkner, Ron English, Jon Burgerman, Noel Douglas, Lapiz, Mobstr to name a few.

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Joe Elan from Brandalism said, “By sponsoring the climate talks, major polluters such as Air France and GDF-Suez-Engie can promote themselves as part of the solution – when actually they are part of the problem.”

Elan continued, “We are taking their spaces back because we want to challenge the role advertising plays in promoting unsustainable consumerism. Because the advertising industry force feeds our desires for products created from fossil fuels, they are intimately connected to causing climate change. As is the case with the Climate talks and their corporate sponsored events, outdoor advertising ensures that those with the most amount of money are able to ensure that their voices get heard above all else.” The art works were installed on ‘Black Friday‘ or ‘Vendredi Noir’; the most hectic and competitive shopping day of the year.

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Other posters called on people to take to the streets as part of the”Climate Games” – the world’s largest disobedient adventure game as well as protesting the “Solutions 21” conference – a large corporate exposition being held at the Grand Palais during the climate talks .

Bill Posters from Brandalism said “Following the tragic events on 13th November in Paris, the government has chosen to ban the big civil society mobilisations – but big business events can continue. The multinationals responsible for climate change can keep green washing their destructive business models, but the communities directly impacted by them are silenced. It’s now more important than ever to call out their lies and speak truth to power. We call on people to take to the streets during the COP21 to confront the fossil fuel industry. We cannot leave the climate talks in the hands of politicians and corporate lobbyists who created this mess in the first place.”

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London: Paintguide @ Unit London

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Unit London is presenting Paintguide, a collaborative exhibition  of new works by 60 international painters, as featured on the instagram account @Paintguide.

Curated over the past year, the show is a physical representation of Henrik Uldaden‘s @Paintguide instagram feed  to promote emerging international artists. Each week a new artist is appointed as a curator posting works that have inspired them as well as their own pieces.

Participating artists include :Aaron Nagel, Aron Wiesenfeld, Alessandra Peters, Allison Sommers, Amy Sol, Andrew Hem, Andy Espinoza, Anthony Hurd, Anthony J. Waichulis, Audrey Kawasaki , Benjamin Bjorklund, Brad Kunkle, Casey Weldon, Casey Baugh, Conrad Roset, Daniel Ochoa, Dan Quintana, David Kassan, Eric Fortune, Eloy Morales, Erik Jones, Esao Andrews, Greg “Craola” Simkins, Hollis Dunlap, Brandon Holt, Henrik Uldaden, Hsiao-Ron Cheng, Ivan Alifan, Jake Wood-Evans, Jean Paul Malozzi, Jeff Hein, Jeremy Mann, Jeremy Geddes, Jesse Draxler, Joao Ruas, Joel Rea, Julio Reyes, Kai Samuel Davis, Kenichi Hoshine, Kim Cogan, Kit King, Linsey Levendall, Lewellyn, Marco Mazzoni, Martin Wittfooth, Matt R Martin, Michael Hussar, Morten Thyholt, Nicomi Nix Turner, RICO BLANCO, Ryan Hewett, Sail, Sam Wolfe Connelly, Serge Marshennikov, Sean Cheatham, Sverre Malling, Shawn Barber, Tom Bagshaw, Tony Curanaj, and Vincent Xeus.

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Paintguide
Until 20 December 2015
Unit London
W1, London

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Paris: Shepard Fairey ‘Earth Crisis’ at the Eiffel Tower

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Shepard Fairey unveiled his latest work “Earth Crisis”: a giant sphere suspended between the first and second floor of the Eiffel Tower, a call to action to address the global environmental crisis. Visible from November 20 to 26th, it is a strong artistic gesture for Paris that will host the World Conference on climate change COP21.

This project designed and implemented by Gallery Itinerrance comes from the combination of resolute commitment of the artist, the Mayor of Paris and the operating company of the Eiffel Tower, in favor of sustainable development. The sphere, called “Earth Crisis,” weighs 2.3 tons and displays 8 meters in diameter for a printed surface area of ​​over 200 meters squared. Suspended more than 60 meters above the ground, it is a strong call to reflection on the future of our planet and the threats to its sustainability.

“My political stance on protecting the planet is driven by my concern for the quality of life for future generations. I’m not an alarmist, but I do think people need to understand that we are facing an earth crisis. I think it is exciting that the globe provides different experiences for the viewer from a distance and up close while living in the heart of the Eiffel Tower. I hope the Earth Crisis Globe appeals visually but also generates a needed conversation about the fate of our planet.” -Shepard

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‘Public art has the power to engage people emotionally and intellectually. The Earth Crisis Globe is a mandala designed to provide a unified ornamental structure that evokes floral motifs and harmony with nature. Housed within the mandala’s shields are images that symbolize both threats to nature and incitement to respect it. The mandala images, composed of climate change and environmentally themed graphics, are positioned to raise awareness and provoke discussions about the Earth’s future. The colors used in the globe design connect blue and green of air, water, and vegetation that allow the earth to sustain life. ‘

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Shepard Fairey explains in details the panels of the Earth Crisis Globe:

EARTH CRISIS

My political stance on protecting the planet is driven by my concern for the quality of life for future generations. When I look at the motives of those who deny climate change, they are not driven by a quest for truth, but by greed or, in the case of politicians, the benefit of aligning themselves with certain corporate donors. The correlation between Carbon emissions and climate change is virtually unanimous in the scientific community. I’m not an alarmist, but I do think people need to understand that we are facing an earth crisis. If you aren’t a bit concerned about climate change, what will it take… NYC and Bangladesh under water?

ENDLESS POWER

The Endless Power image is designed to feel like a vintage ad celebrating the abundance of gasoline and the bright future of the American Dream. The claim that petrol provides an unlimited future is a snapshot of the overly-optimistic wish that oil is unlimited. Oil is finite and a major factor in climate change, but reliance on it is so extreme that the power wielded by those who control oil is virtually unlimited. Scientists hired by fossil fuels corporations represent the 1% minority of the scientific community who claim that oil and gas don’t contribute to climate change. These are the same scientists who, if paid, would claim that smoking cures asthma or that gas fumes are a cure-all lung tonic.

 

EARTH CRISIS

My political stance on protecting the planet is driven by my concern for the quality of life for future generations. When I look at the motives of those who deny climate change, they are not driven by a quest for truth, but by greed or, in the case of politicians, the benefit of aligning themselves with certain corporate donors. The correlation between Carbon emissions and climate change is virtually unanimous in the scientific community. I’m not an alarmist, but I do think people need to understand that we are facing an earth crisis. If you aren’t a bit concerned about climate change, what will it take… NYC and Bangladesh under water?

GREEN POWER

Green Power was created as part of my Power & Glory series. The series explores various notions of power and glory in terms of industry, authority, energy, the environment, politics, vice, and virtue. Many of my Power & Glory images critique fossil fuels and explore their accompanying oil and gas iconography as symbols of what literally and metaphorically drives America. Green Power was one of the images from the series in support of green energy. Rather than subsidizing dirty fossil fuels, tax revenues should be supporting research and development for renewable power sources.

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RESPECT AND JUSTICE

The Respect & Justice image is a call to celebrate, respect, and nurture the planet. The inter-dependence of earth’s eco-systems inspired the concept of Gaia, or the earth as one organism with a respiratory system. The earth’s delicate respiratory system can be thrown dangerously out of balance by climate change. True justice for the earth and future generations of all species can only be achieved by respecting the fragility of the eco-systems that sustain life. The future is in our hands.

PAINT IT BLACK

Paint it Black Hand is inspired by the Rolling Stones song and is about oil influencing too much of U.S. energy policy and foreign policy. Imagine if all the money spent on wars and strategic interests in the Middle East had been spent on developing green energy alternatives. Instead, the government subsidizes the highly profitable oil and gas industries for billions a year because no politician wants a rise in the price of gas to be blamed on them. The need for gas will remain, but countries and companies need to invest in sustainable energy alternatives to help with the transition away from the finite supply of fossil fuels that are also responsible for CO2 emissions and climate change.

LIFEGUARD NOT ON DUTY

This Lifeguard Not On Duty image was inspired by vintage scenic postcards and some old photos I saw of oil derricks down the beach on the California coast. There are still oil drilling platforms visible from the beach in Santa Barbara where there have been several oil spills. Beyond just the environmental hazards of oil spills and climate change, Lifeguard Not On Duty is also about our collective lack of foresight in transitioning away from oil, which is finite, to energy sources which are renewable. The tide will turn, and the question is whether the worldwill be technically equipped to adapt.

GLOBAL WARMING

The Global Warning image was inspired by watching my wife Amanda sunbathe with a newspaper over her face. I imagined the irony of newspaper headlines about climate change while the sunbather remains blissfully ignorant while the warnings about global warming are literally right in front of her face! I photographed my wife on the spot to make an illustration and then I had fun critiquing the right-wing climate change deniers in the satirical newspaper articles. Considering the magnitude of climate change, it is surpring that it does not make newspaper headlines with greater frequency.

SAVE OUR ENVIRONMENT

This image was originally created in the late 90’s for an organization called Save Our Environment which was founded by Mike D of the Beastie Boys. At the time, wind energy was becoming more cost-effective, and therefore viable, as a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. Wind is actually free, so the biggest challenge to implementing wind turbines is the up-front cost. I think the investment in wind energy to save our environment is well worth it. I designed this image to suggest that windmills or turbines are iconic symbols of a healthy earth.

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Pictures by Aline Deschamps, Milan Poyet, SETE/ E.Livine  for Galerie Itinerrance and the artist

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London: Anj Smith – Phosphor of the palms @ Hauser & Wirth

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For her new solo show at Hauser & Wirth in London, contemporary artist Anj Smith has been working tirelessly for the past three years to produce a series of twenty one paintings. Inspired by a variety of sources, from psychological states, nature, fashion subcultures, the artworks are rich in detail, colour and texture.

During a conversation with Laurence Sillars, Chief Curator, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Anj Smith explains her thought process behind the work.

‘Phosphor on the Palms’ is characterised by its exploration of the liminal. The exhibition’s title alludes to the poem ‘Fabliau of Florida’ by Wallace Stevens (1879 – 1955), in which natural elements morph into new configurations. Smith writes: ‘Difficulties in identifying and separating out phenomena aren’t artificially simplified but embraced in all their complexities. Thresholds are hard to determine; clouds in the sky are indistinguishable from the scum washed up with the surf’. These paintings explore shifting boundaries and disintegration, encompassing death and desire, sexuality and language.

Her portrait, landscape and still life paintings merge together harmoniously. In a landscape painting, the sitter although not visible has left signs of presence through different objects.

Anj Smith explore identity, ambiguity and gender in her enigmatic androgynous portraits. Within these works, she acknowledges how clothing is used as a tool to project a certain identity. Intricate botanical and animal imagery also permeates the paintings, from gecko, pangolin to monkeys and rodents that morph into a headdress.

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Anj Smith – Phosphor on the palms
Until 21 Nov 2015
Hauser & Wirth London
23 Savile Row
London W1S 2ET

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London: Empowered Printwork @ Women Art Library

Empowered Printwork - Women Art Library

After completing a residency at the Women Art Library in Goldsmiths in conjunction with the Being Human Festival, street artist and printmaker Aida and artist friend and archivist Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski are presenting an exhibition titled Empowered Printwork.

Being Human Festival is a festival demonstrating the strength and diversity of the humanities, and how they can help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world.

The Empowered Printwork  exhibition showcases newly created posters for Radical New Cross inspired by a collection of hundreds of posters from the women’s movements of the 1970s and 80s as well as a selection of posters from the Women Art Library archive about equality, freedom, solidarity, diversity and women rights.

Powerful and colourful posters feature slogans from ‘ Resist, Reject, Rethink’ to the infamous Aida’s Hashtag series ‘A hashtag might not save the world but… women might’ .

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Empowered Printwork
Women art Library
310 New Cross Rd,
Goldsmiths
SE14 6NW

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Video: One Day in Banksy’s Dismaland

To complete the last instalment of our extensive coverage on Banksy’s Dismaland, here is a thirty minutes documentary we had the pleasure to host, a Red Tower Films Production in cooperation with ARTE Creative TV.

Big thanks to Banksy and the Dismaland team,  Simone Hoffmann, Lars Pedersen, René Kästner, Aris Bibudis, Michael Schmidt and Evgeniy Grinko.

You can view the German version here

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London Opening: Lusus Naturae – 100Taur & Hisham Echafaki

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Here is a photo recap of ‘Lusus Naturae’ we have been pleased to curate with French artists 100Taur and Hisham Echafaki.

Viewers were introduced to the dark enchanted world of 100Taur with his hypnotic hybrid creatures from a weird Buffalo, a meditating and multitasking Holy Slug to some cheeky ‘Blood Brothers’ and a flying Mandrill.

Trompe l’oeil paintings by Hisham Echafaki captivated the audience, while they were intrigued by his oniric butterflies in three dimensions.

Congratulations to the talented artists 100Taur and Hisham Echafaki on this fantastic body of work. We would like to extend massive thanks to Dave Skelly, Bassim and Tunde for their precious help and all the people who have been supporting this event.

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Lusus Naturae
100Taur & Hisham Echafaki
94 Leonard Street
EC2A 4RH

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London: Remi Rough – Home @ Scream

Remi Rough - Home

After nine years, Remi Rough is returning to London with a solo exhibition ‘Home’ at Scream London. The show features a large collection of complex works on wood, handmade paper and canvas, playing with themes such as balance and imbalance, tension and geometric calculations – referencing Russian Constructionists such as Theo van Doesburg and Kazimir Malevich. A large scale installation also adorns the wall of the gallery with Remi’s vibrant colours. Join Scream London on 22 October for a special Q&A session with the artist and TIMID.

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Remi Rough – Home
Scream London
Until 3 November 2015
Eastcastle Street, London

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Paris: Roule Petit Ougandais @ Quartier General

Road-To-Mukono

From 23 to 25 Octobre 2015, the association Roule Petit Ougandais and Yvette Production present Road to Mukono, an exhibition of customised skateboards by 80 international artists at Quartier Général  in Paris. The funds will help children in Uganda to learn and play skateboard.

Full list of participating artists include : 7MAPLES & MOT / ALX / ALICE BARTHELEMY / ALOHA / AMARA POR DIOS / ANTOINE GAMARD / BASTO / BABS UV-TPK / BLO / BUD ONE / BUST THE DRIP / BROK 3HC TNB VBA / CASE MCLAIM / DER / DIRT / DSPRI / EELCO (VIRUS) / EL CUERVO / EL RAL / FANAKAPAN / F.BEL / FIO SILVA / FOSCA MORE / GERZ / GRIZZ / HALL / HOPARE / ILK / INTI ANSA / IVES ONE / JACOBA IGNACIO / JEF AEROSOL / JU / JULIEN RAYNAUD / JULIETTE LABORDE /JHANO / JO DI BONA / JON ONE / KANT (KMHCORP) / KURAR / L’ATLAS / LENZ / LZK /JM ROBERT / KARL KNAPP / KASHINK / MADC / MA2J / MANON LACOSTE & TOBER / MAYE / MELCHIOR / MH (KMHCORP) / MONDE / MANYAK ONE / NASTY / NATALIA RAK / NOON / NOSBE / NIKKO KKO / NS / OKUDA / PANKS / PAU / PRO 176 / PEETA / RESO / ROBIN ORB / ROMAIN FROQUET / RYSOM / SARA POIX / SARAH SCHENTEN / SHERIO / SIKER / SJEM BAKKUS / SLIKS / SOTEN ONE / SPEEDY GRAPHITO / TAKT / TIERI TRADEMARK / TILT / TOIZER / TONCE / TINHO / TUCO / XER’S / ZEST / KONGO / SHUCK ONE / HONDO / & MAMA PETULA

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London: Moniker Art Fair 2015

Moniker Art Fair 2015

Celebrating its sixth year anniversary the Moniker Art Fair returned to the Truman Brewery in East London from 15-18 October 2015.

Featuring twenty national and international galleries with contemporary and urban artists, the Moniker Art Fair also introduced Bitcoin through the Renaissance is Now installation with Ben Eine and Schoony. UK stencil artist Nick Walker canvasses were presented in an immersive dining space with Lauren Baker chandeliers for The Art of Patrón Cocktail Cantina.

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Supporting the  Hepatitius C Trust, Art on a Postcard showcased two hundred postcard size artworks from renowned artists priced at £50 through a lottery raffle including Gilbert& George, Harland Miller and more.

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Visitors could also enjoy some live performances like Mark Powell biro drawings or French graffiti artist Bom.K from the DMV crew painting live while MYA Gallery was presenting his UK solo show.

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A crucified Star Wars trooper by RYCA / Ryan Callanan (Tag Fine Arts, UK) overlooked the space while a three dimensional portrait by Matt Small (34 Fine Arts) greeted the visitors. Monochrome artworks by French artist WK Interact (Kallenbach Gallery, NL) were also  exhibited.

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Drawings by Betz/ Etam Cru were also on show with MyFinBec, while London Westbank presented many artists like Inkie. Stencil godfather Blek Le Rat was featured at 44309 Street//Art Gallery. Prints by Hush and Japanese contemporary artists like Chiho Aoshima and Takashi Murakami were presented by Kumi Contemporary.

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Secondary works by Banksy and Peter Blake were also presented amongst the exhibitors. See additional pics below from Curious Duke Gallery, Folly & Muse, Graffik Gallery, Hawkins & Blue, Iaysha Art, Smithson Gallery, and Worldart.

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In parallel Jealous Editions were also showing their printing process to the public.

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Moniker Art Fair
15 – 18 October
The Old Truman Brewery
London E1 6QL

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London: Lusus Naturae – 100TAUR & Hisham Echafaki

Hisham Echafaki - Sunset Moth (detail)

We are excited to curate Lusus Naturae,  a two-person exhibition with French artists 100TAUR andHisham Echafaki featuring a series of new paintings, drawings and three dimensional works.

In natural history, the latin terminology ‘Lusus Naturae’ is used to describe any creature or specimen that defied classification, an animal or a person that is markedly unusual or a freak of nature.

The show explores notions of anthropomorphism, human fascination with oddities or monstrosities and our fragile relationship with the natural world.  100TAUR’s mythical monsters are portrayed in a surrealist dark enchanted world with colourful details rich in narrative.

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Hisham Echafaki’s paintings play with intricate repetitive patterns found in nature and examine the impact that humankind exerts on its fragile balance.

Hisham Echafaki - Ballet 03 For the first time Hisham Echafaki will also present a series of his three-dimensional paintings. Using a unique technique of resin layering and acrylic paint, the artist meticulously builds layers to create three-dimensional insects in transparent boxes. Oniric butterflies, bees and dragonflies appear to be suspended and preserved in the manner of fragile taxidermy insects.
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LUSUS NATURAE By 100TAUR & Hisham Echafaki
94 Leonard Street, EC2A 4RH

14 OCT 11AM – 10PM
15 OCT 11AM – 10PM
16 OCT 11AM – 7PM

Private view 14 OCT 6-10PM
RSVP info@butterflyartnews.com or here

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Release: Nick Walker – The Last Ride Print

NW Print

Nick Walker (check the studio visit here) will have a new print on sale on Monday 12th October at 3.30pm DST UK time,  entitled The Last Ride.

The print is based on a portrait I took of the UK artist during a visit in Paris.  He’s wearing his signature Vandal outfit and umbrella while riding a carousel horse next to the Eiffel Tower. A quite surreal experience…

Produced in an edition of 150 on Somerset Satin 410 gms , measuring  66cm x 96 cm, it will be available for £400 online from  www.theartofnickwalker.com .

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