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Show Recap: Prefab77

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A couple of weeks’ ago, the Prefab77 crew hit London with their first solo show in the big smoke. The show at Hoxton Gallery, presented by Breaks, drew a large crowd on a nice warm evening to view an pretty eclectic collection of works that spanned painting, screen printing, engraving and metal work.

It was brave move to not simply show their more ‘signature’ style (which I immediately associate with monochromatic, larger pieces in the street) but by and large it worked, particularly some of the pieces on wood. The signature style was still in evidence and any work that manges to reference AC/DC songs is always a good thing.

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Prefab77: First London solo show

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Newcastle-based  Prefab77 are hitting London this week with their first solo show in the city, ‘Damned If You Do, Bored If You Don’t’ at Hoxton Gallery. To mark the occasion the launch will have some mystery giveaways to the early birds through the door.

For the show, the collective, know for their large black and white pieces have expanded to mix traditional techniques such as screen printing, with laser engraving, CNC routing and metalwork. In their own words:

We want to explore the iconography and the power of the female form in traditional art, music and fashion, using our familiar ‘Groupies’. Throughout the ages portraits are used to reflect the subject but also the time period that the subject inhabits, with secret messages, religious affiliations and iconography woven into the piece. We want to take this forward and use the main figurative element reflect these messages into a powerful piece.”

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Latin America comes to London: Entre Muros @ MYA Gallery

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MYA Gallery is hosting a brand new show, ‘Entre Muros’ showcasing some of the best artist from Latin America, opening this Thursday June 25th. The show features: Rodrigo Branco, Rafael Hayashi (Brazil) /  Doma, Elian, Jaz  (Argentina) / Cekis, Inti (Chile) / Curiot, Saner (Mexico) / Decertor (Peru) /  Stinkfish (Colombia) / Alexis Diaz (Puerto Rico).

From the previews this looks to be a really high quality show and it’s refreshing to see some different names being shown over in London. To mark the show, MYA has worked with the artists on the Entre Muros Box Set, a collection of 12 one colour silkscreen prints. Each of the 12 exhibiting artists created a unique portrait, which they have then hand customised and signed. These come individually wrapped, inside a black card box with foil lettering and a COA from MYA Gallery, limited to 30 editions for £900(plus VAT).

Show info:
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Opening reception: Thursday, June 25th / 6-9pm
Artist in attendance for the opening: Alexis Dias, Elian, Cekis, Jaz, Inti
MYA Gallery
150a Commercial Street, E1 6NU

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D*Face: One Man and his Dog – LA Launch

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This is a guest post by Birdman Photos and Keisha Raines

The ever busy D*Face graced the States with his presence to celebrate the US launch of his limited edition box, The Art of D*Face: One Man and His Dog and release of pendants with fine jeweler Stephen Webster.

Celebrations began with a private cocktail reception at Stephen Webster’s flagship store in posh Beverly Hills which included a panel discussion with Shepard Fairey, moderated by Stephen Webster. The two legendary artists regaled the crowd with tales from their days adorning the streets. The duo also released a special collaboration print,”FACE TO *FACE”, in an edition of 200.

For the limited edition pendants, Webster translated D*Face’s iconic wing motif into expertly crafted dog tags. While the pieces were innovative and shared D*Face’s signature charm, the must-see work was the painted military helmets displayed throughout the shop. D*Face painted, welded and added intricate touches to the authentic relics, found at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. Also on display, were D*Face’s latest paintings. If you are in the area, check out the exhibition which will run through March 4th.

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Mysterious Al first Australian solo show: “Boom-Ka, Boomka”

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Long time friend and supporter of VNA (who can forget his killer tee graphic for us a few years ago), Mysterious Al continues to build on his mask-based work with a first Australian solo exhibition entitled “Boom-ka, Boomka”.

The show takes his signature style and also from what Al describes as the “product of a six-month period living and working with a secret ancient tribe in Melbourne. This nameless, faceless group had co-existed alongside the city’s residents for centuries. their ancient rituals and practices untouched since their beginning.”

Drawing on the tribe’s traditional practices, as well as Melbourne’s rich graffiti and street art heritage, advertising and youth culture, the show also contains Al’s usual influences. So as you’d expect there’s references to Drum and Bass music (maybe no shed this time like his Stolenspace show), traditional art, consumer culture, found objects and Witch Doctor ceremonies. Speaking of which, Adidas really need to work with Al on some new footwear.

Boom-Ka, Boomka opens on Jan 17th from 6-9pm at 248 Glenferrie Road, Malvern VIC,3144 and runs through to Jan 26.
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