The first artist to grace the new Bowery/Houston wall in NYC since it was re-done over the past months is none there than Ron English. The wall was first graced by Keith Haring in 1982, and since then we have seen Crash, How & Hosm, Cope, Swoon and many more street art and graffiti greats. If your in the city, head over to have a look and see all Ron’s greatest pieces collaged in with the popular “Tempertot” and his neon pink spray glow.
London-born artist James Jarvis is having a solo show with HHH gallery in Tokyo. This new gallery was co-founded by Japanese artists Haroshi and Usugrow, and few other locals engaged in creative activities such as book-making, event planning, music-making and film making. After their inaugural special exhibition showing large Haroshi sculpture, “No More Negative Space” is their first official show.
The artist whose most famous character toy, Martin, has an iconic status in Japan, prepared a series of new drawings exclusively for this event. For the artist himself, drawings are “means of understanding the world rather than as an aesthetic construction for transcribing or recording an image”. In his drawings he is “trying to draw a character that has no ‘character’. A thing, an animate object, that is as generic, as unrepresentative of anything as possible.” Covering personal problems, everyday situation, philosophical questions as well as personal interests such as skateboarding, “No More Negative Space” includes series of works through which he is trying to understand the world, and the everyday phenomenons in it. The show is opening on April 25th and will be staying on view until May 31st, with an opening reception and live painting scheduled on April 26th.
Opening tonight (April 23rd) in Geneva, Sowat will be having a solo show with Richard & Le Feuvre Gallery in Switzerland. For this exhibition French-American graffiti artist prepared new body of work that is based on calligraphy and typography, visual languages he fell in love during his stays in California years ago.
Known as a part of the infamous Da Mental Vaporz crew, Sowat has exhibited and painted both legal or illegal all around France and Europe, including working at the Palais de Tokyo. For this particular show he created works on canvas an paper, using various techniques from bamboo stick to acrylic and spray can, as well as an exclusive limited edition lithograph release. Whether understandable or abstract, the works are carrying obvious energy that was put into their creation, juxtaposing the rawness and quickness of graffiti tags with the precision and patience of traditional calligraphy techniques, as seen from these studio preview photos we received.
French mosaicist Invader will be returning to Hong Kong next month for his first ever solo show there.
“Wipe Out” was conceived as a reaction to the artist’s recent negative experiences in the country, when the vast majority of Invader’s public mosaic works in Hong Kong & Kowloon were removed by the Chinese government in 2014 for “safety reasons”.
Refusing to let his global invasion plans be thwarted, Invader’s teamed up with the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Foundation and Le French May for this subsequent event at The Qube, PMQ.
The exhibition will intersperse recreations of the removed pieces with photos taken of the originals in situ. Mosaics feature dragons, dollar signs and the popular Japanese manga character Doraemon alongside his already familiar 8-bit characters. Excitingly, the artist has created a sculpture in tribute to Hong Kong legend Bruce Lee for the show, and uses LED artworks for the first time in his career.
Attendees can pick up souvenir stickers from custom vending machines at the venue, whilst an accompanying book and “FlashInvaders” app will also be on sale. The app can be used whilst at the exhibition, offering increased immersion and interaction for users. All sales at “Wipe Out” will go to Hong Kong charity Pathfinders.
“Wipe Out: An Explosition of Invader in Hong Kong” will run at The Qube, PMQ from 2 – 17 May.
PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street
Last month Barcelona based artist Miss Van came to visit sunny Los Angeles, CA and found a mysterious looking store on Fairfax Blvd. she wanted to paint. After a friendly exchange of words with Palace Costume, which is an old cinema costume shop usually closed to the public, she invited her friends over to paint the blank front walls. LA based artists Esao Andrews, Victor Castillo and Dan Quintana came to add their work that is usually seen on canvas so it was nice to see their work on a different medium. Once finished Dan, Esao, and Miss Van had a fun time exploring the inside of the costume shop that lead to some hilarious photos on the roof top of the shop. Check out the video and photos by Birdman.
Recently a new wall went up outside of Low Brow Artique in Brooklyn, NYC by native Australian artist Damien Mitchell. This wall coincided with his solo exhibit at the gallery properly entitled “Tools of the Trade,” focusing on all of the tools graffiti writers and street artists needs to get the job done. We start outside with the simplicity of this giant cap taking shape then head inside to the exhibit. All of the pieces were done in black, white and grey tones which is especially nice.
German artist Hendrik Beikirch recently painted a new, mega portrait in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York in less than two days which stops traffic daily. This piece portrays a barber from his portrait series in Morocco of traders in danger of extinction. You most likely have seen his monumental scale murals throughout the world and we are thrilled to have another in Brooklyn. We hope to see him more in the states throughout 2015. A bit of work in progress finishing up…
Our friends Cleon Peterson and the guys at The Jaunt are offering up their second collaborative print release today at 15.00 (UTC +1)
To bag yours, head over to The Jaunt site, they WILL sell out…
We just received these exclusive images of C215 adding final touches to his upcoming print release with PrintThemAll studio, announcing a major street art exhibition he will be participating in.
The print release is titled “Ain’t No Sunshine” and it is a 12 colors lithograph produced at Idem Studio in Paris, that will be released on 17th of April in a limited edition of 99. Each print has been hand finished by the artist, making them all unique.
This lithograph is the first one from the series of exclusive fine art editions that French printing studio will be releasing for the upcoming “Main Street” exhibition at Mohammed VI Museum in Rabat, Morocco. The promising lineup of participating artist include C215, Case Maclaim, Daleast, Kan, Maya Hayuk, Miss Van, Ron English, Simo Mouhim, Smash137, Thomas Canto, Tilt and Wahib. According to PrintThemAll, most of these artists already did, or will be releasing a limited edition lithographs with them, but no further details are available at this point.
Elizabeth Gossling’s latest show , BURN, opens at Tintype Gallery, Islington – 16 April – 9 May 2015. An exploration of distraction, destruction and preservation, BURN re-invents the story of John Cura, a man who took photographs of television transmissions in the 50s and 60s. These ‘telesnaps’ represent a lost history in British broadcasting. Gossling imagines Cura mutating into Cura Obscura, a human camera evolving under the pressure and impossibility of capturing every moment on multiplying channels and screens as the speed and intensity of images accelerates. We caught up with her ahead of the show to get some insight into this latest exhibition.