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Invader – My Game is … @ Musee en Herbe

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VNA favourite featured artist Invader is returning to Paris for his first show in the French capital since 2011  and invading the Musee en Herbe as his playground for an exhibition titled Hello, My Game is…. 

Featuring over 100 new works, the show retraces his inspirations from the infamous arcade games like Pac-Man and Q*bert and characters from children’s animation including the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Miyazaki’s Ponyo. Visitors from all ages could discover and rediscover and play with the videogames.

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A control board with interactive world map highlights all the 67 invaded cities across the past 20 years as well as life size ‘alias’ mosaics.

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Entering the Rubikcubism room, visitors discover footage from 80’s Rubik Cubes competitions and a series of Disney characters like tiger Shere Khan from the Jungle Book, or Peter Pan. This particular work is made from 1,320 Rubik’s Cubes making it his largest such piece to date. Children and fans can recreate their own 8-bits mosaics on a ‘pixel’ magnet wall.

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Entering the top level of the exploration game, visitors can enjoy the series of masks used during Invader’s streets interventions and have a glimpse of the artist’s studio.

We are pleased to see that Invader is wearing the limited edition collaborative scarf and some nice gems to be found in his studio.

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The exhibition is very playful and aims to engage with the inner children within us all.

Invader explains – ‘I have myself often drawn inspiration from the world of childhood. Besides, who other than an adult with a child’s soul could devote his life to invading the world with video game characters? Also, this exhibition is very close to my heart because children represent the future. Education and dialogue with children are the key to a good future for humanity and tomorrow’s world.’

A 40-page book containing games and stickers published by Casterman also accompany the exhibition.

Hello My Game is…
26 Jan – 3 Sept 2017
From Monday to Sunday (10am to 7pm; 9pm on Thursdays)
23 rue de l’Arbre-Sec, 75001 Paris.

Photo credit: Butterfly Art News

Sowat ‘Tempus Fugit’ @Galerie Lefeuvre

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From the urban wastelands of the Mausolée project to the underground ventilation shafts of the Palais de Tokyo, Lek and Sowat are the first graffiti writers to be welcomed as artists in residence in the villa Medicis, the prestigious Academy of France in Rome.  During  his 12 months residency,  Sowat created a new series of work that will be exhibited for his solo show ‘Tempus Fugit’ at the Galerie Lefeuvre in Paris opening tonight.

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LEK – XIX

French artist Lek,  member of the DMV crew, known for his exploration of the graffiti letters and abstract forms, is returning to Paris for his solo show at Galerie 42b.  On 3rd November the artist will present a series of works on canvas painted during his one year residency at the prestigious French Academy in Rome at the villa Medici.

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Save Yourselves in Hackney Wick

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For at least a decade, the urban art landscape of the East London area called Hackney Wick has shaped and developed the aesthetic of this unique pocket of London. Many of these artists have gone on to become some of the most prolific street artists of our time. As most buildings are doomed for demolition, subsequently so is the rich heritage of urban art in East London. Is there now anything left to Save, apart from ourselves?

Save Yourselves celebrates the art and the artists who have personal and emotional connections to the area. This October 14th at Stour Space, featured artist Aida Wilde will once again assemble the ‘Lunatics’ from the recent takeover of the Lord Napier pub (Hackney Wicked 2016), bringing you an immersive, visual and historical experience.

By sharing personal photos and archival images and footage, the local people of The Wick, Hackney WickED and Save Hackney Wick have contributed to what promises not to be just another gallery show but an insight into this unique community past and present.

Exhibiting along with the ‘Lunatics’ will be the launch of the printed posters of Sisters In Print,  a collective of opinionated sixteen national and international female artists, sharing  the love of print and print making. The prints produced for the show are all printed in Aida’s studio in the heart of Hackney Wick.

LINE UP

MOBSTR, Donk, Zombie Squeegee, Static, Fatherless, Edwin, Mighty Mo, Sweet Toof, Dscreet, Unga, Deso, Malarko, Float, DONE, Gregg Abbott (The Hidden Print), Vesna Parchet, Teddy Baden, John Atherton, Hin, Sony, Darren John, RUN, Ronzo, Rowdy, Neoh, David O’Shaughnessy, Cristina Lina, Brenda Goodchild, Helen Ashton, Jo Hicks, Anna Chilton, Xenz, Busk, Fifth Wall TV, Rosa Romeo, Felicity Taylor, Gina Pellicci, Juliette Stuart, Allie Li, Ego. A. Sowinski, Pang, Tek33, ODC & Nudo de Víboras.

Save Yourselves
Curated by Aida Wilde

Opening Night: Friday 14th October 2016, 7-10pm, free entry
Opening Hours: 15th-31st October 2016, 9am-5pm daily, free entry
Stour Space, 7 Roach Road, Hackney Wick, London, E3 2PA

www.stourspace.co.uk
Enquiries: coby@stourspace.co.uk

Tilt – Extractions

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We caught up with French artist TILT during his residency at Jardin Rouge in Marrakech, Morrocco, while he was creating his new series called ‘Extractions’ .

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“Extraction is not only about the graffiti’s sacralisation, it is about young people who did not want to stay in front of the T.V. , making nothing. We wanted to act in the street, to be part of the city by a simple gesture … To write our name, to show our existence. I want to tell the story of a generation.”  Continue Reading →