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MTO’s “Don Vs Kim” 2017 Dummies Contest Finals

Inspired (or better annoyed), by the recent irrational and superficial media fight between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, MTO recently created 2 paintings that are accompanied with an exclusive video. The works are portraying 2 leaders as bodybuilders striking their most impressive poses in a competition, and are continuation of French artist’s ongoing socio-political commentary.

Each acrylic painting is measuring 30x40cm and is a critique of their egocentric characters and need to demonstrate their worthiness, power, etc. Wearing shorts with national flags, they are representing the people of both countries, while making themselves look like a parody of the person they are supposed to be. This is further accented with a video that compiles different moments in which both Jong-un and Trump are acting more as attention-hungry narcissists and less as leaders chosen by their people.  And the lyrics of the song further add to the whole idea saying “Le temps ne fait rien à l´affaire Quand on est con, on est con / Time doesn’t make a difference, When you’re a cunt, you’re a cunt”.

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“The Hug” Limited Edition by Adam Neate

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Coinciding with London’s Frieze week, Elms Lesters just released especial limited edition by one of their most prominent artists, Adam Neate. Continuing their ongoing series of 2D Dimensional multiples, “The Hug” is another release in which both the artist and the gallery are testing out new techniques and materials to bring the most exceptional product possible.

Limited to only 18 pieces, this edition is a dynamic motion lenticular print mounted on aluminium plate. Measuring 50 x 67 x 0.5cm (2.5cm inc. aluminium hanging frame), the piece is ready to hang and changes depending of the angle of viewing, mixing the vibrant pigments and creating countless different combinations of color schemes. The motif of a hug is something that the artist has been revisiting frequently in his work, and this particular image was created by mixing graphic and subtle photographic elements. This ambiguous ‘shape-shifting’ composition changes from blue / yellow tonal background, gradually morphing into vibrant pink / green tonal background. The edition is now available through Elm Lesters online store and will be ready for international shipping by the end of October 2017.

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“Johnny Whiskfingers” Comic by Josh Josh Jones

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UK-based journalist, copywriter, interviewer and quality content producer, as well as editor and founder of art ‘zine Pavement Licker, Josh Josh Jones, recently published his first comic. This story about drink, drugs, bears, fights, gay saunas and reluctant superheroes was done in collaboration with illustrator Simon Davies and was premiered in Pavement Licker #10.

“100 years from now, in Itchytown, London’s scummiest area, lives masterful pick pocket, Johnny Whiskfingers. After having his hand cut off by a corrupt government he staggered into the lawless borough and was rescued by two ex-special forces bears, Saul and Gibbs who run an illegal bar. Fighting a secret war against injustice, the bears, joined by no nonsense barmaid, Tilika, let the hard drinking, drug taking, unreliable anti-hero into their lives and fit him with a robotic hand that might just save the city…”

Intended for mature audience the comic is now available for worldwide order through JohnnyWhiskfingers.com.

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“Toutes en Finesse” (All in finesse) group show @ Nunc! Paris

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On Thursday 21st of September from 18h Nunc! Paris will be opening a comeback group show titled “Toutes en Finesse” (All in finesse). Focusing on the creative ladies out there, this show will include works from ten female artists whose common point resides in the finesse and elegance of their work.
Showing mostly local, but also internationally famed names, the full lineup will include works by @Madame, Koralie, BTOY, Olivia De Bona, Alixe Cooper, Emmanuelle PetitePoissone, Germaine Couillon, Stoul, Yz Yseult and Hera (with the support of myFINBEC). Covering wide range of themes and styles, as well as techniques and formats, this collective exhibition will take place from 21.09.17 to 21.10.17 at 3 rue d’Arras-Paris 5th.

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Peter Phobia’s “I’ll Bring You Flowers“ solo show @ Sound of Snow, Berlin

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Berlin-based non-profit art association The Art Union, recently announced „I’ll Bring You Flowers“, a solo exhibition by Vienna based artist Peter Phobia. Opening on September 15th @ Sound of Snow as part of an exchange program between Vienna and Berlin based artists, the exhibition will be coinciding with this year’s Berlin Art Week.

Peter Phobia is an artist who is predominantly focusing on drawing, with works ranging from small pieces on paper to large murals. Using limited color in his work, and mixing text with visual elements, his work is “an open invitation to reflect on current topics in society”. In body of work prepared for this show, Phobia focuses on social media obsessed society and the way these channels become the source for political information and education. By using the aesthetic of 70s and 80s the artist evokes melancholy for “times passed” when the line between the truth or fact and lie or scam was much clearer. Through scribbled notes next to the pictures he is urging the viewer to stop blindly falling for superficial offers and fake attractiveness. For this occasion the artist painted a 400sqm mural and will release an exclusive 3-colour screen print in an edition of 50.

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JonOne’s “The Fall” print release

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Legendary American graffiti artist JonOne aka Jon156, just released his latest limited edition print through PrintThemAll.com. NY-born and Harlem raised artist currently living in Paris, produced this lithograph in Idem Studio, using their infamous Marinoni Machines press.

The artist who was born as John Andrew Perello in ’63, spent his early days tagging his name around Harlem and making ground work for what is now known the world of graffiti and street art. Since his first solo show in 1990 in Berlin, the founder of 156 All Starz Crew had a chance to present his art all over the globe. Appreciative of this journey and the opportunities given, this particular work is sort of a “homage to challenges of life and the process of growing”. Representing the colorful flowers growing from the ashes in the concrete ghettos of New York city, “The Fall” symbolizes the rise and evolution of his work. The lithograph is produced on a hand cut 270g BFK Rives paper measuring 70 cm x 83 cm (27,56 x 32,68 inches), and each of the 199 signed, numbered and stamped pieces was produced using 27 colors.

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Pixel Pancho – “Hold You Up Forever” print release

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On 26th of April Pixel Pancho will be releasing his brand new print “Hold You Up Forever”. Produced @ Sericraft studio, this 9 layer hand pulled screenprint comes in low edition of only 50 examples, all signed and numbered by the artist.
The image was originally created as a sketch for Valentines day and later developed into a print. Slightly simpler than his usual designs, it still covers his signature imagery that mixes retro robotic and human parts, showing human and robotic hand holding each other. This print comes on Fabriano Rosaspina Avorio 250gr paper measuring 18×26″ (45x67cm) with rounded corners to give that Pixel Pancho signature artwork look.

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Hyuro For The Crystal Ship Festival in Ostend, Belgium

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Hyuro was one of 20 international and local artists that recently produced a series of fresh public works for the great The Crystal Ship festival, in Belgium’s coastal town of Oostende. Continuing her body of socially engaged and thought provoking works, Argentinian-born artist painted a signature image depicting women’s hands putting together a broken ceramic bowl.
Using pastel tones and her own trusty collection of brushes, Hyuro’s mural subtly blended with the facade of a solitary building, nicely composed within its format. The artist found an inspiration for her work in a fact that Belgium still holds the record for the longest time without government, as well as in its internal cultural and linguistic division. At the same time, the country’s capital is also a capital of the EU, which is slowly falling apart despite efforts to keep it united. This situation was nicely shown through a metaphor of rebuilding a broken ceramic which can never be put together into its original shape. By focusing on the action and the object while leaving the subject faceless and anonymous, Hyuro created a recognizable image that can be understood and applied universally, like most of her work painted worldwide. (Photo credit by @SashaBogojev)

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Seth – “In My Head” Lithograph

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Paris-based art agency AgenceSixPM will be releasing a new lithograph by French artist Seth on March 30th, produced @ legendary Idem Studio. Based on his image previous painted outdoor in China and indoor in Lyon, “In My Head” is a classic Seth image inspired by the world of children.

Depicting the back of the head of a young boy, the image shows a colorful portal inside kid’s mind. Representing their playful (rainbow colors), and unrestricted imagination (blue skies), the piece is somewhat more minimal, sharper and more focused than Seth’s usual works. The whole concept is accented with juxtaposition against the grim grey foreground that the subject is facing, symbolizing the real world around. Hand signed and numbered 15 colors lithograph will be available from March 30th and will be released in an edition of 125 pieces measuring 103,5 x 71 cm (40.75 x 27.95 inches).

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Curiot’s “Act II, Volume IV: Cascading Nebula” solo show @ BC Gallery

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Berlin’s BC Gallery recently got a massive makeover which was introduced to the public on February 25th. While setting up his latest solo show titled “Act II, Volume IV: Cascading Nebula”, Curiot painted the gallery space floor to ceiling, creating an immersive installation in which he presented his latest body of work.

The main idea of this exhibition is to take us on a surreal, futuristic journey into a parallel universe of Mexican artist’s alter ego named Xikatze. As the title suggest, this show has to be seen in a bigger context – as a part of a visualized sci-fi story which involves several exhibitions and projects. The body of work reflects the artist’s inner identification process, digging deeply into his experience with Mexican culture and it’s ancient gods and spirits . Mixing the ancient and futuristic, as well as the real and virtual, this show is opening a portal to an alternate reality filled with psychedelic imagery and colors. White Act I ended with a transcendent death-like experience for Curiot’s characters, Act II is exploring the idea of what comes after this transition. The works are showing visions of the worlds the soul could travel to, the things it might encounter or the lessons it might learn from the experience. Working in different, often traditional mediums, the show is direct result of artist’s spiritual upbringing deep in the Mayan jungle, as a part of a small tribe named “Tlaltzotl” which can be translated as “guardians of the path”.

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