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Martha Cooper’s Snap Wrap!

Legendary NYC photographer Martha Cooper comes to Berlin! URBAN NATION presents: Martha Cooper’s ‘Snap Wrap’ in an interactive room installation.

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Opening Friday 20th May 19:00, at Bülowstr. 97, Berlin, 10783, Germany.

Four decades of graffiti in four walls… Martha Cooper’s ‘Snap Wrap’ is a historic look back through the years at some of her most iconic images from the 1980s right through to the present day.

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Now respected worldwide as one of the originators of photo documentary of the most important art form of the modern age, Cooper gives us a unique insight into her work with over 300 photographs in one room.

In honour of Cooper’s work, Montana Cans has produced a brand new triptych of her work over 3 cans as the latest edition in their ‘Iconic’ series. Martha herself will also be present on the evening to sign her special edition.

No need to RSVP, just rock up!

Urban Nation Production Office
Bülowstr. 97
Berlin
10783
Germany

FB event: www.facebook.com/events/129936940752659

www.urban-nation.com

‘The Next Level’

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Wacom and ​Just Another Agency are teaming up to bring a one ­of ­a ­kind event to Melbourne, exhibiting and launching Wacom’s first publication, featuring a range of digital artists’ work from across the globe. The exhibition and publication will showcase the winners of the ​’The Next Level’ competition alongside five elite artists, whose designs are created using various Wacom tools.

The show will feature works from: ​Alex Lehours, Alex Solis, Ben Brown, Bec Winnel, and Dirty Bandits and will run from September 5-­18, 2016 at No Vacancy Federation Square.

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Lane’s End – ‘Open for Bidness’

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Looking to bridge that gap between high end fine art and urban contemporary culture, Lane’s End is a new creative project and gallery space located in Fitzroy, Melbourne. With an emphasis on new wave urban pop, post graffiti art and contemporary fine art. Lane’s End encourages a global mindset and a youthful edge to the world of fine art.

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‘Lane’s End is an artist run space. We’re looking to add to the exhibiting culture and fill the gap between commercial and hire spaces. We’re interested in helping to move our demographics forward, and bring influence to the continued evolution of our specific genres. Within the space you can find influence from new wave urban pop, post graffiti art and contemporary fine art, with practices ranging from painting, illustration, sculpture, to photography and engraving. We will look to have the space as a platform for visiting national and international artists, and curators that are wanting to show concept exhibitions that fit with our sensibility and direction. We like the idea that the space can exhibit work that continues the debate and bridges the gap between high end fine art and urban contemporary culture.’- Unwell Bunny

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Opening this Saturday 21st of May 6-9 pm, 404 Fitzroy Street, Fitzroy

Launch group show featuring work by the talented inhabitants: Elwyn Murray, Lindsay Moffatt, Tasha Whittle, GT Sewell, George Rose, Unwell Bunny

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Swoon Presents… Pearly’s Beauty Shop

SWOON AND THE HELIOTROPE FOUNDATION PRESENT PEARLY’S BEAUTY SHOP: AN ARTIST-RUN SOIRÉE IN DOWNTOWN L.A. SATURDAY, MAY 21 | SUPERCHIEF GALLERY.

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Pearly’s Beauty Shop, now in its fifth year, is unlike any event you’ve ever attended. Part exhibition, part live auction, part dance party, and part pop-up unisex beauty shop for which all stations are manned by artists. Want your nails did by a painter? Get your hair done in a diorama by a sculptor? Makeup by a conceptual artist? Performance-artist paraffin dip? No matter your aesthetic desire, Pearly’s has you covered… Artists will be partnered with salon technicians to recreate their designs; you’ll find salon stations throughout the party and revelry all around.

The Heliotrope Foundation, a nonprofit started by Brooklyn-based artist Swoon, helps communities respond and heal after natural disasters and other urgent social crises. Heliotrope works primarily with three initiatives:

– Braddock Tiles: a multi-tiered community arts project revitalizing the once-prosperous Rust Belt neighbuorhood of North Braddock, PA (2007 – present)

– New Orleans Airlift’s Music Box: a sonic playground, performance venue and laboratory for musical architecture and community engagement in New Orleans (2011 – present)

– The Konbit Shelter Project: a comprehensive and locally sustained community building project in post-­‐ earthquake Haiti (2010 – present)

HOST COMMITTEE for the event includes: Swizz Beatz, Jane Golden, Sallyann Kluz, Andrew Lockhart, Karmimadeebora McMillan, Sandra Powell, Zahra Sherzad, Anthony Spiegel, Ryan Nuckel, KT Tierney, Natalie Kates, Bill Dunleavy, Edward Zipco, Marsea Goldberg, Als Kenny, Ryland Behrens, Tamara Goldstein, Lisa Shimamura, Andrew Edward Brown, Liat Cohen, JL Sirisuk, Raina Mehler, Alex Fanning, Afrodet Zuri, Andrea Fiona Pagliai Londoño, Siovan Hope Ross, Adam Lehrer, Kristin Sancken, Charlotte Reed, Kurt McVey.

For the past four years, Swoon has invited artists such as Shepard Fairey, Dustin Yellin and Maripol to each offer a limited edition print for Heliotrope to accessibly price at $50 in support of Braddock Tiles. For this year’s edition of Pearly’s, Swoon has tapped Juxtapoz publisher Evan Pricco to guest-­‐curate a group of Los Angeles-­‐based artists for an exclusive Pearly’s 2016 print release.

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WHEN & WHERE: Saturday, May 21 • 7pm – 1am • Superchief Gallery LA (739 Kohler Street) TICKETS: Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased at bit.ly/pearlys2016 DRESS CODE: Come as you are Pearly’s Beauty Shop 2016 thanks Jefferson Projects; Juxtapoz Magazine; Lagunitas Brewing Company; Stolen Rum; Gary Lichtenstein Editions at Mana; Art Report; ArtLeadHER; and Red Flower for their generous support. Pearly’s is pleased to partner with LAMP Community, a Skid Row-­‐based organization seeking to end homelessness and foster self-­‐sufficiency among those living with severe mental illness.

www.braddocktiles-org.myshopify.com

www.heliotropefoundation.org

www.neworleansairlift.org

www.konbitshelter.org

www.swooninprint.com

Ian Strange: SUBURBAN

Australian born and Brooklyn based, Ian Strange’s practice includes large-scale multifaceted projects resulting in; photography, sculpture, installation, site-specific interventions, film works and exhibitions. His studio practice includes painting, drawing and on-going research projects.

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Cinematic in both tone and scale, SUBURBAN investigates the iconography surrounding the family home and its place in the current economic climate. The exhibition presents eight large-scale photographic works and a multi-channel, surround sound video installation. This work documents site-specific interventions directly incorporating suburban homes undertaken by Strange in Ohio, Detroit, Alabama, New Jersey, New York and New Hampshire. These involved painting onto suburban homes and in some cases, burning them to the ground. Strange then worked with his production team to meticulously document these interventions in film and photography.

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Ian Strange SUBURBAN

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Dran “Tiens” Solo Show @ Adda Gallery, Brussels

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Six years since his last major solo show with POW in London, Dran is coming back with a long awaited gallery solo show. After a large installation painted in Palais de Tokyo in Paris in 2014, live painting intervention exhibition @ POW in 2015, on June 11th 2016 Adda Gallery in Brussels will be opening “Tiens”, showing his latest paintings and unpublished drawings from 2015 to 2016.

Showing all new body of work in 200 square meters historic building in the heart of Brussels, the show is shaping up to a be a landmark event. Well known for his satirical and dark humor filled drawings and paintings, this monographic exhibition will be an important event for the non conventional artist and his large following. Marking the significance of this showcase, the artist will be releasing a new book “ABCD’air” as well as a special edition of hand finished silkscreen prints. On 64 color pages his 7th book will include some of the pieces that are part of the exhibition plus previously unseen and unpublished drawings and paintings.

“Finished in spring of 2016 in Barcelona, this exhibition is the product of two years of conversations, letters, pictures, drawings, nights, days and so much happiness. Along the endless work of all the beautiful people who made this possible in France, Spain, Belgium and England.” – reveals the curator of the exhibition, Anna Dimitrova.

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Rodrigo Branco’s “Distintos Filhos” (“Distinct Family”) Series

Brazilian artist Rodrigo Branco spent last couple of months working on a comprehensive series of portraits titled “Distintos Filhos” (Distinct Family). Commissioned by MyFinBec art project, part of the the series was recently presented to public @ Paris Urban Art Fair.

Branco was born and raised in Sao Paulo, and was showing interest for art from his early age. After discovering graffiti on the streets of his hometown, he started painting in public, but soon switched from textual towards figurative work. Influenced by the visual impairment he suffered from as a kid, his abstract portraits are showing subjects as blurred patches of colors and shapes. These images are inspired by his childhood memories of circus visits and looking at his dad’s photographs. For this series the artist created 42 such paintings using graphite, spray paint, acrylic and oil on canvas, along with 2 larger pieces that are used for vine labels. The canvases are available for purchase via MyFinBec website and are coming unstretched or framed, along with 2 bottles of organic wine with his Branco’s artworks.

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Creature Creature – ‘Daggers’

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Creature Creature is artist duo Chanel Tang and Ambrose Rehorek. First meeting at university they ‘flirted through art’ until they formed an official union in 2011 under one name. Creature Creature was chosen from a quote in the 1960’s film A Bucket of Blood; “A Creature is a Creature…or it is an artist!”

Born in Adelaide, Ambrose has a Degree in Visual Arts from the University of South Australia. Chanel was born in Wellington, New Zealand, moved to Australia in 1998 where she did her Degree in Fine Art at Monash University.

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With this background in fine art and graphic design, their work is a blend of both practices with strong historical influences, mixed with a love of street art and illustration. Creature Creature play with the idea of duality, east meets west, and the natural world. A dragon and unicorn are the pair’s alter egos, commonly appearing in their art.

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Reka – Mirage

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Beginning his journey as a conventional artist in 1999, James Reka – aka RekaOne – is an Australian-born artist, currently living in Berlin. In September 2015, the Parisians familiar with the M.U.R. on Oberkampf Street saw him working on site and discovered his colorful world. That summer, he also produced a 30-meter-high mural painting, in the 13th District of Paris, which can even be seen from the Périphérique.

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Abyss .607 – ‘Arcane Lotus’

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Opening this Friday at La De Da Bar in Canberra, Abyss .607 presents ‘Arcane Lotus’. Formerly of Canberra but now calling Melbourne home, Abyss .607 returns to his old stomping ground bringing with him a myriad of paper works, available for one night only.

We sat down and discovered what really is happening within the Abyss….

Damo: Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into art, both on the street and in the gallery?
₳. Ever since I can remember I’ve been fascinated by the Universe and what could lie deeper. I remember the earliest drawings I did as a child were scenes on alien planets with strange beings and creatures, I can’t recall the direct inspiration for this but it may have something to do with growing up in a place where you could see the stars. I spent most my youth drawing creatures, from there I progressed to create my own card games and stories for them. As for the progression into graffiti and street art; that happened much later. I was already utilising and engaging in the urban scape from years of skateboarding, it just seemed natural to put my visions out there too. Having the opportunity to exhibit in galleries of late has been good, as most of the work I do is illustrative based and I like the divide of practices.

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