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Jet Martinez presents KABLOOM at Black Book Gallery

Black Book Gallery and Denver Arts and Venues present artist Jet Martinez and his exhibition KABLOOM.

Jet creates beautiful artworks formed of lacquered plates from the state of Michoacan, Mexico. He takes information and inspiration from folk art he grew up with and reinterprets those works as means of paying homage to his own heritage.

Instead of recreating traditional themes, he utilises urban influences such as street art, hip hop, punk rock and multiculturalism to produce some truly unique works.

Jet Martinez
Kabloom!
June 6th – 27th
Black Book Gallery
Denver, Co.

ROA paints new mural in Sardinia

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VNA 12 cover artist ROA recently painted another of his striking animal murals in Sardinia.

The Belgian artist visited the mediterranean island to paint the mural as part of the Murartista Street Art festival, taking place in the small town of Sadali. His piece fittingly depicts the Sardinian wild boar tied by a rope to the skull of another boar, a commentary on the nature of life and death.

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ROA joined artists Yama, Peeta and duo CAKTUS & MARIA for this year’s Murartista event, curated by LOOK-OUT, a new cultural association based in Sardinia.

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The festival aims to develop innovative initiatives for artistic exchange in Sardinia, inviting leading international street artists to work in a collaborative, small community environment to explore new processes and concepts in public spaces.

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Check out some shots of when ROA painted the VNA 12 cover piece in 2012 here.

 

Shepard Fairey will visit Detroit to paint his largest mural to date

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Shepard Fairey will paint his largest mural to date in Detroit, on the recently purchased and soon to be renamed Compuware Building.

The 184 ft wide by 60 ft tall piece will go up some time during Detroit Library Street Gallery‘s “Printed Matters” exhibition, running from May 22 to August 31 across the street. The show features prints inside the gallery using slightly more unorthodox materials such as wood and metal, whilst an outdoor section of the gallery called ‘The Belt’ showcases a smaller mural, displayed for the duration of the event.

Shepard’s largest piece will be placed on the blank, vertical, yellow space shown in the middle of the building, which was recently joint-purchased by two large companies.

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LSG displays modern and contemporary fine art, and has previously exhibited artists such as HUSH, Vhils and VNA cover stars Swoon and Cleon Peterson. Printed Matters promises to explore Shepard’s usual themes of iconography and phenomenology alongside his own musical and artistic influences.

http://www.lscgallery.com/

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Streetfest returns to Tobacco Dock this Sunday

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Streetfest is back this bank holiday Sunday for it’s 8th year, putting on their biggest & best show to date.

 

The line-up’s chock-full of talent from the worlds of art, music, urban sport, fashion and dance. Over 50 internationally celebrated graffiti & street artists will be representing from all corners of the globe, holding workshops, live wall painting & more.

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Artists include I.D crew members Tizer and Gent 48, Captain Kris, SPzero76, SiMitchell and Squirl of The Lost Soulz crew and talented painters InkFetish, ARTiSTA and Kaes.

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Musically speaking, a slew of live acts and DJS will be performing including grime scene stalwarts and Butterz Records bossmen Elijah & Skilliam, Shamz Le Roc, Isaiah Dreads and the So Fresh, So Clean boys. The Doctor’s Orders perform a full showcase whilst DJ Kutmah holds down the adidas stage with a headline DJ set.

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The 2015 Streetfest Sport programme combines demos, competitions, qualifiers and music for their biggest sports area to date. This includes a mini-ramp pro invitational contest for skateboarders and inline skates, as well as classic games of S.K.A.T.E culminating in an epic final. Pros include skates Chris Oliver and Dennis Lynn, and Red Bull BMXer Kyle Forte returning with his jump-box demo team.

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To top it all off they’ve got live tattooing from Paperchase Ink, digital graffiti walls and murals, a pop up nail bar and the Mayamada treasure hunt and funzone for the kids. Food both sweet & savory comes via some of London’s top street food traders, including Mama’s Jerk and Churros R Us.

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Check the StreetFest website for the full itinerary. StreetFest 2015 runs from 13:00 – 23:00 on bank holiday Sunday, 3rd May.

Tobacco Docks
50 Porters Walk,
Wapping,
London E1W 2SF

http://streetfest.net/

“Wipe Out: An Explosition of Invader in Hong Kong”

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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.

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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.

The Qube
PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street
Central
Hong Kong