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‘Street Portraits’ – Stormie Mills, E.L.K, Adnate, and Kaff-eine

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Sydney is set to see a street art project that will see large scale murals appear on unused walls, recognising local people with inspiring stories to tell.

Four of Australia’s most celebrated street artists Stormie Mills, E.L.K, Adnate, and Kaff-eine will bring to life portraits of Nathan Hindmarsh, Father Dave Smith, Jenny Munro and Katherine Hudson.

Each of these local identities were chosen as they have left a positive mark on their community, and changed things for the better.

The artists have begun painting on walls in Sydney’s CBD, Parramatta, Haymarket and Bondi Junction.

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Adnate – ‘Always Been Here’

Melbourne based artist, Adnate, is considered one of the most influential street artists in Australia and has used his artistic practice to draw focus to the Indigenous peoples of the country. ‘Always Been Here’ is a powerfully emotive display of the faces he has encountered across Australia. The show poignantly represents the spiritual beauty of Indigenous culture and champions a deep respect for tradition.

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The solo exhibition, launches at 6:30 – 8:30 pm on Thursday 16 June 2016 at Melbourne’s Metro Gallery. Be sure not to miss the massive Welcome to Country ceremony and performances from Indigenous Hip Hop Projects on opening night. The exhibition will run until the 16th of July.

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A limited edition print as well as printed catalogues will be available on the night, with the catalogue designed by T-world, featuring beautiful photography by Nicole Reed.

Be Brave, Portrait of Adam Goodes 178 x 167

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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.

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Series of Refugees Inspired Works by Pejac in Jordan

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Last month Pejac took break from creating studio work for upcoming London solo show (details TBA), and flew to Jordan to create a series of refugees inspired works. With the kind support of the Spanish embassy the artist visited  Al-Hussein camp for Palestinian refugees, Azraq Syrian refugee camp and the city of Amman.

Touched by the stories and lives of these people, Barcelona-based artist created series of interventions that represents their struggle by scraping the facades in Al-Hussein camp. From depicting their journeys that started 70 years ago, to creating maps of Palestine over the last 7 decades, Pejac’s ghostly images are reminders of their distant memories, fears and hopes.

Along with these interventions he painted two pieces mixing black silhouette and colored details. On the streets of Amman he painted a young boy holding the Earth and being caught in the whirlwind of it’s rotation, symbolizing youth as the carriers of our future. Emotive piece in Azraq camp is celebrating mother’s power to protect their children from the harsh actuality by creating a new reality for them. All engaged and poetic, these pieces are showing the strength of well placed, thoughtful work that carries a strong, universal message.

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Crowdfunding launch for ‘Happyland’

Melbourne artist Kaff-eine and her cheeseagle team are creating an onsite art installation as much-needed shelter with two slum communities in Manila, Philippines. A crowdfunding campaign to support the Happyland project launches with a group exhibition of leading street artists on 1 April.

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Kaff-eine, whose artwork is found on the street, in private homes and in galleries, is reuniting with the Baseco and Happyland dumpsite communities and working with an international team to create ‘art tarpaulins’, which feature portraits of community personalities, and which will be used as much-needed shelter.

‘The collaborators who worked with me for my last project, Phoenix, made it clear that suitable housing is really important to them. I have so much admiration for the colourful, proud and resilient personalities in the communities; why not combine both?’, says Kaff-eine.

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1xRUN + Persue Present The Origins of BunnyKitty, A Tale for All Ages

1xRUN and Persue are proud to announce the release of a limited edition illustrated storybook, plush collectible and capsule for The Origins of Bunny Kitty: A Tale for All Ages. Written and illustrated by San Diego artist Persue, also known Dave Ross, The Origins of Bunny Kitty: A Tale for All Ages is a story for the entire family, a tale of acceptance, perseverance and finding one’s place in the world.

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Jose De Diego School, Wynwood – Robert De Los Rios Interview

The Jose De Diego Middle School sits just outside of the Wynwood arts district in Miami. Although Wynwood itself is gentrifying quickly, the areas around it, the areas that feed the school, like Overtown, are still fairly impoverished, tuff, and derelict. The JDD has little to no money for arts teachers, and as a result the school has no art programs. As a reaction to this, the school is now graced with over 80 murals created by Street Artists and Graffiti Artists from around the world. This massive on-going mural project is organized in large part by Robert De Los Rios as part of his RAW (Reimagining the Arts in Wynwood) effort. De Los Rios sat down with our man Hyland Mather and ate some Cuban food at the old school local’s diner, Enriqueta’s, where Rios did the ordering.

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Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans – New Zealand

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Non-profit organization PangeaSeed Foundation is continuing their worthy cause to harness the power of art, science and creativity to generate awareness, stimulate dialogue, change perception, and inspire positive change around pressing ocean environmental issues. Their newest edition of Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans, which focus on overfishing, plastics and pollution, global climate change and habitat loss through production of large-scale murals, will be taking place from March 11-20, 2016, in New Zealand.

For this event 29 renowned contemporary artists from across the world and New Zealand will beautify Napier’s streetscape and highlight marine environmental issues relevant to the local community. Bringing this unique project to the home to numerous endangered endemic species of flora and fauna both on land and in the ocean, the mural painting will be accompanied by educational field excursions and cultural tours for the artists, a public art exhibition, film screenings, and live art demonstrations. The list of participating artists include Aaron Glasson, Askew, Cinzah, Dirty Bandits, Faith47,  Jason Botkin, Meggs, Phibs, Twoone and many more.

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Art of the Mill

‘Art of the Mill’ is the inaugural group exhibition presented by No Fixed Address Gallery and  is an exclusive event as part of the Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival 2016. No Fixed Address Gallery will be bringing a large selection of street art and graffiti to the festival with artists including Adnate, Makatron, Kaff-Eine, Unwell Bunny, Kid Silk, Phibs, George Rose, Ohnoes, the Arts Hole studio crew, GT Sewell, ERG crew, Stopem, and many more

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New Street/Urban/Contemporary Art Auctions @ solidARTy.org

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We previously reported about refugee art charity fundraiser project, solidARTy.org, and we’re happy to see they are continuing their work in 2016. After taking a break over the holidays they just started a new batch of auctions, offering rare, original and edition street/urban/contemporary artwork.

The pieces offered were mainly donated by the artists themselves and are priced 50-70% of their retail value. From original pieces made especially for this cause to rare copies of sold out editions, this is a very unique opportunity to add something special to your collection. Previously auctioned works included original works by the likes of Escif, Ernest Zacharevic, Miaz Brothers, Fintan Switzer, Lonac, Rustam Qbic, Pez, etc, as well as editions by Martin Whatson, Icy & Sot, Sandra Chevrier, Fintan Magee, Pastel, Curiot, Ella & Pitr, etc. The funds raised were forwarded to Are You Syrious? initiative and used to buy food and shoes for the refugees, distribute help along the Balkan refugee route, finance the voyage of a Syrian family from Athens to Croatia and buy necessities for the New Year’s presents for the refugee kids. The new auctions include a copy of the latest sold out print by Vhils, an exclusive pack from Borondo that includes a book, a sketch and unique print on metal from his book release show in Rome, original pieces by Know Hope, Laura Keeble & Candice Tripp, Bordalo II, Daan Botlek, Rene Gagnon, 2Alas, Fraco Fasoli, Femke Hiemstra and many more.

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