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Dresden: Magic City – Art of the streets

Magic City - Dresden

Opened since last October in the German city of Dresden, ‘MAGIC CITY – THE ART OF THE STREET‘ is a touring and evolving exhibition showcasing over 40 international street artists as well as local graffiti writers with their different practices and tools within 2500 square meters. Visitors can learn more about the different art forms, explore the streets of this dream city and interact with the immersive installations.

Curators Carlo McCormic and Ethel Seno declared that their goal was to create a “playground for the imagination”, in a new hybrid form. Starting with an initial ‘ white walls ‘ gallery setting , the streets are getting more and more covered with artworks and installations as the exhibition evolves and continues to tour.

The show starts with a chronological introduction to graffiti with a pictures gallery from legendary photo-journalists Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant, as well as Graffiti writer Daze, who bombed the New York subways in the mid-1970s and writer FINO’91 who grew up in the 1970s in the American sector of divided Berlin

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Rats have a favorite place in the heart of street artists. This week end saw the reveal of additional artworks to the Magic City exhibition from Ericalcaine to Banksy.

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To celebrate the European premiere of the documentary ‘Saving Banksy’ , the special week end was featuring an all-nighter of documentaries and talks with Blek Le Rat, Colin Day, Herakut, Jens Besser, Remi Jaccard, David Chaumet,  René Kæstner, Andreas Schanzenbach, which we were honoured to participate. In parallel kids could improve their graffiti writing skills in the Spike Labs with Akim Walta and graffiti legends.

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Discussion photos by Frank Embacher Photographie

In the first room of the exhibition, the public can play and create their own artworks using laser pens on the multimedia interactive screens by Akrylonumerik  or get immersed within 3D anamorphic installations by Leon Kerr, Truly, Replete, The Yok & Sheryo .

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Looking up, twin brothers Skewville ‘dogs have invaded the alleys, while shopping trolleys have been transformed into a playful seating duo. Asbestos ‘Lost’ posters  advertise items never to be found.

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Activist artists like Icy & Sot, Biancoshock and Ori Carino & Benjamin Armas present works about the refugee crisis in Europe while SpY and Shepard Fairey highlight the surveillance society.

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The city also contains a square with a colourful carrousel by crochet queen OLEK, a phone booth installation by Ernest Zacharevic as well as a red light district decorated by AIKO.

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Walking along the streets, visitors can play with the wooden panels by ROA and enjoy the murals by HERAKUT, Tristan Eaton, MadC, Ron English,  discover an urban installation by Brad Downey made of found material andet immersed within the miniature city of Isaac Cordal.

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Magic City also features a cinema with a selection of movies curated by our friends Jaime Rojo and Steven P. Harrington at Brooklyn Street Art.

Full list of participating artists includes Akrylonumerik, Andy K, Asbestos, Ben Heine, Benuz, Biancoshock, Bordalo II, Brad, Downey, Dan Witz, Daze, Ernest Zacharevic, Ganzeer, Henry Chalfant, HERAKUT, Icy & Sot, Isaac Cordal, Jaime Rojo, Jens Besser, Juandres Vera, Lady Aiko, Leon Keer, Loomit, MAD C, Mark Bode, Martha Cooper, Oakoak, Odeith, Olek, Ori Carin / Benjamin Armas, Qi Xinghua, Replete, ROA, Ron English, Shepard Fairey, Skewville, SpY, Tristan Eaton, Truly, WENU Crew, Yok & Sheryo.

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Photos by Butterfly Art News unless otherwise stated.

View the full set of pics here

Big Thanks to the SC Exhibition Team, Christoph Scholz, Oliver, Thobias, Britta, Colin Day, Hera, Blek Le Rat, Remi Jaccard, Akim Walta, Dizy, Astrid, René Kæstner, Andreas Schanzenbach, Frank Embacher and the participating artists.

Magic City – The art of the streets
Dresden – until 12 March 2017
Kultur-Quartier Zeitenströmung
Königsbrücker Straße 96
01099 Dresden


London: dran – Public Execution (Part II)

Dran - Public Execution Show

Ideally located in Soho between a sex shop, a pub and a primary school, the dran show ‘Public Execution’ is evolving on a daily basis. Last week opening (covered here) saw crowds facing white empty walls with spray painted frames .

As mentioned on Pictures on Walls website, the exhibition is a  ‘live’ masterclass in ‘spontaneous creativity’ happening in ‘real time’ and the show is being created from scratch.  Lucky ones can even manage to see dran in action.

Colourful background walls were painted overnight and every time we pop in, we can witness new witty characters being painted: a farmer’s revolution on a football pitch, an arachnophobe Spidermana sad clown painted upside down, a maid sweeping a flow of question marks, a flower pot ‘loading’ and growing by the day…

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View the full set of pics here

Upon completion on the 21 Feb, the show will close immediately so check it out this week.

Check our Part III and finale of the show here

dran – Public Execution
Until 21 Feb 2015
35 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1

London: Rone – Wallflower

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Known for his large scale female portraits across the globe, Australian street artist Rone has debuted his first UK solo show Wallflower at StolenSpace in London.

The exhibition showcases a series of artworks with his female muse surrounded by flowers on reclaimed wooden crates. Through a clever juxtaposition of layers, delicate and transparent portraits blend on a decaying background. While in London, Rone also painted a mural in London Brick Lane.

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View the full set of pics here

Rone – Wallflower
Until 4 May 2014
17 Osborn St, London E1 6TD

Barcelona: Jaz solo show

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Following his participation to the Open Walls Baltimore, Argentinian artist Franco Fasoli aka Jaz recently opened his first European solo show at RAS Gallery in Barcelona, curated by Maximiliano Ruiz and produced by Suben. Through a broad selection of works on paper and large scale canvases, the new body of work focuses on the duality of elements, clashes of forces with a mix of constellations.

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A large scale mural depicting a confrontation between two giant bears adorns the back wall of the gallery. The energy coming out of the artworks is very powerful  and balanced by a mastering technique of spray paint and use of different material such as tar. In parallel to the show, Jaz also created a large mural in the streets of Barcelona.

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Photos by Butterfly and SUBEN.

Jaz Solo Show
until June 16th
RAS Gallery
Career Doctor Dou 10, Barcelona