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Lek & Sowat – Evry Day I’m Hustlin’

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Before heading to Rome to attend the prestigious Villa Medici for a year, Lek & Sowat stopped by the city of Evry to paint their biggest mural to date, entitled ‘Evry Day I’m Hustlin’

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Invited by the city’s on-going Street Art festival, the two artists took advantage of the immensity offered by one of local college’s wall and roof to deploy their art on a 150 feet long and 27 feet high surface.

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The mural, featuring all of Lek & Sowat signature moves, made of graphic lines, colorful and abstract shapes and repetitive calligraphies is a tribute to the colossal wall paintings that flourished in the 70s along France’s freeways and tunnels.

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Pictures courtesy of Nicolas Gzeley

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Broken Fingaz Crew – Journey Galactiko – Howard Griffin LA

Broken Fingaz are launching their first US show, Journey Galactiko, in a huge 1000 cubic metre moving temple installation, complete with lightboxes and tonnes of small works and details in the space, at Howard Griffin Gallery in Downtown LA, alongside 16 brand new large scale paintings…

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BLO (DMV) – DREAMS HAVE NO TITLES – Solo Show

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BLO (nacido en Francia y establecido en Berlín) es un cirujano de hoy en día. Empalma desnudos de Man Ray con épicas Estatuas Renacentistas para crear graciosas figuras sagradas envueltas en ráfagas de abstracción cósmica. Clavadas con alfileres en el tiempo, como mariposas tropicales en el lienzo.

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“El Asesinato de la Pintura” de Joan Miró no es la primera referencia que asoma a nuestra mente al mirar la piedra maravillosamente concebida por BLO, sus antigüedades alegóricas y geométricas. Así, bajo el resplandor de la graciosa luz de los tonos pastel, se encuentran gestos de paraísos míticos que implosionan. Junto a zancadas futuristas de una estatua o un desnudo reclinado, un híbrido sin género de una época ya olvidada, un momento de tierna y fría pasión.

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BLO is a modern day surgeon, born in France and based in Berlin he splices between Man Ray’s nudes and epic Renaissance Statues creating graceful, sacred figures enveloped in bursts of cosmic abstraction. Pinned in time like tropical butterflies to the canvas.

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“The Assassination of Painting” is not the first quote to come to mind from Joan Miro when looking at BLO’s beautifully rendered stone, geometrical donned antiquities. Yet underneath the light, graceful glow of the pastel hues, one finds gestures of imploding mythical paradises. Alongside futuristic postures of a statues stride or a reclining nude, a genderless hybrid of a long forgotten time, a time of cold tender passion.

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MUSEU DO CÔA COA MUSEUM – CPS 30th Anniversary Show

MUSEU DO CÔA COA MUSEUM – Exhibition: 1/81 – CPS 30th Anniversary

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A central part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of CPS – Centro Português de Serigrafia
( Portuguese Printmaking Centre ) was a group exhibition at the Coa Museum. The exhibition
occupies the museum’s three temporary exhibition rooms, each with its unique focus. The first room displays a total of seven editioned works – one by each participating artist.

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The second and main exhibition room is dedicated to new original works exhibited for the first time, while the third room is a photography and video installation documenting the artists relationship with the printmaking studio.

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Exhibiting Artists include Alexandre Farto ( Vhils ), Miguel Januário, Paulo Arraiano, Pedro Matos, Ricardo Passaporte, Sandro Resende, Susana Anágua and Ana João Romana. Curated by Paulo Arraiano

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Curator Paulo Arraiano, explains “1/81” comes from the correlation of the existing mass between the Earth and the Moon. Being this last one the Earth’s only natural satellite and the fifth biggest of the Solar System, it’s also the biggest natural satellite of a planet in the solar system. Regarding its primary body size, it has a 27% diameter and 60% of Earth’s density, representing 1/81 of its mass.

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“We correlate ourselves in a so-called contemporary society controlled by artificial satellites, where the speed of a post-digital and new media generation dictates time and velocity, and artificially replaces the natural/analogical world. “Scrolling” reality in search of “new stories”, one’s loss of references for contemplation has become constant, increasingly contributing to distance human beings from nature. A reality where the pictorial tradition of landscaping no longer seems adequate to deal with the intricate web of meanings brought forth by the great networks and metropolises.”

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VNA 30 London Launch

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Big ups to all the people that made it down to the VNA Issue 30 Limited Edition London launch at East London’s Great Eastern Bear, featuring original screen-printed box sets from New York’s finest, Futura.

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It was an amazing turnout with lots of love for one of the seminal New York graffiti artists. Supported with beer from Brooklyn-based brewery, Sixpoint, as well as some Soffle’s pitta chips to soak up the sauce, and DJ LOL Cool J providing the tunes.

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Ironlak and local paint supply store, Chrome & Black came through with materials for local legend D*face to put up a billboard overlooking Shoreditch with a positive message to the people, ‘Think Bike’ – a nod to all the bikers in London and one of D*face’s own personal passions.

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Shepard Fairey – VNA Interview

VNA Issue 15 interview and art in the streets from Shepard Fairey.

Fresh from the vaults, this never-before-published footage has not seen the light of day, until now… With special thanks to the teams at Studio Number One, Subliminal Projects and Obey Clothing.

Filmed & edited by Charlie Inman – www.charlieinman.com

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Art Of One – MyneAndYours

Myneandyours is an artist who was born and raised in the UK to Iraqi parents. He now resides in Dubai and lives with his ‘head in the clouds’. He creates colourful, layered artwork with powerful underlying messages, which has placed him at the forefront of a rapidly growing UAE art scene. His instantly recognizable style can be seen more and more in cities around the region.

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VNA 30 – Limited Edition – Futura Box Set

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VNA 30 is here. This is a landmark issue with an extra special artist for the cover – a true godfather of graffiti, Futura, formerly known as Futura2000. He talks candidly about the stratospheric highs and crushing lows of his dramatic life and career to date.

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As always, VNA have produced a Limited Edition run of screen-printed magazines, lovingly prepared by our friends at White Duck Screen Print and this issue is no exception. Each boxset features Futura’s artwork screen-printed on the box and magazine cover and inside you’ll find included a set of four die-cut stickers and and an exclusive wooden model of Futura tag on Brooklyn Bridge.

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The box sets will be available to buy excusively at the London launch this Thursday 4th June from Great Eastern Bear, 8a Great Eastern St, Shoreditch, EC2A 3NT. We’ll have some complimentary beers from Brooklyn-based brewmasters, Sixpoint, as well as a few select paintings from some of the artists we know and love and some spicy snacks courtesy of Soffle’s Pitta Chips.

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As if all that wasn’t enough, D*face will be painting a billboard to guide you to the event space, supported by our friends at Ironlak and Chrome & Black, and local dancefloor destroyer, LOL Cool J will be spinning tunes to make you move to.

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