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Recap: Rose Beton 2016

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Toulouse Urban Culture Festival, Rose Beton, is rounding up its 2nd edition these days with Epoxy Exhibition @ Musée des Abattoirs closing its door on 28th of August.  This year the festival has decided to focus on graffiti as an artistic movement – from its beginnings in NYC back in the 70s to a global phenomenon that it is today.

In this manner, the festival included works by around 20 international artists with same graffiti origins but extremely different in their expression. From Futura’s signature abstraction to Boris Tellegen’s sharp futurism, Epoxy exhibition showed the variety of styles and visual languages that can evolve from classic graffiti. Along with works by these contemporary artists, Château d’Eau hosted a photography retrospective of Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant, presenting a flashback on how and where everything began.

Along with these indoors events, Open Summer Festival organized by 50cinq site invited muralists from around the world to leave their mark on the streets of the city. Supported by the Toulouse Town Hall, the city confirmed its status as an urban culture lab by adding new public works from Ben Eine, Reso, Honet, Aryz, Hendrik Beikirch and finally, Toulouse-born Miss Van.

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Half a Dozen Questions with Graphic Surgery

graphic_surgery_13_webGraphic Surgery has been honing their brand of minimalism for quite some time now.  Their bold, simple, and striking marks in abandoned spaces and meticulously crafted work for galleries are increasingly drawing appreciation from patrons and peers.

Recently I sent over a few questions, half dozen to be exact.  GS is a duo of Dutchies, Erris Huigens, and Gysbert Zijlstra.   I sent each the questions independently, and asked them to answer them ‘blindly’ ..a kind of  The Dating Game ,  questionaire, just to see how congruent is the party line.  Turns out…pretty much on target.

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Rustam Qbic “After School” Print Release

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Created after his recent mural in Bodo, Norway, Rustam Qbic recently announced a new print release titled “After School”. Depicting a schoolboy spray painting northern lights on the skies above his hometown, the print will be released in 2 very limited editions.

The main screenprint image was produced used 8 hand pulled colours, with additional, hand painted image of aurora borealis. The main edition of 50 copies features the green/yellow handpainted parts, similar to the ones on the mural, while variant edition of only 15 copies features warmer, orange/purple/yellow northern lights. Each print measures 50 x 70 cm and it comes signed and numbered by the Russian artist. The release was scheduled for Tuesday, August 23rd at 6pm London time (1pm New-York), and according to artist’s social media he’s done couple of unique versions, so keep an eye out for those too.

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Senekt – ‘Spectrum’

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Backwoods Gallery warmly welcomes SENEKT for his debut solo exhibition, titled SPECTRUM.

Following up his explosive arrival on Melbourne’s street art scene SENEKT is presenting a collection of vivid paintings and sculptures that explore the relationship between emotion and color.

Opening Friday 12th of August at 6pm.

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HOODS

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Created and curated by Fuel Magazine’s creative director Luke Ray, ‘Hoods’ brings together ten Australian artists under one roof. In late 2015, Fuel Magazine® started production of this exciting project. GM Holden were approached to be involved, their contribution being to provide ten brand new bonnets, each to be used as a canvas upon which an artist would create a piece of art with no given brief. Ten street, graphic and automotive artists from Sydney and Melbourne were hand picked and the bonnets delivered to each studio. A few months later, the bonnets came back as works of art and it’s these pieces that will collectively be on display at Suus.

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Rustam Qbic “After School” Mural in Bodo, Norway

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Russian artist Rustam Qbic has been very busy lately traveling the globe and painting recognizable surrealist murals. He recently flew back to Norway, this time to take part @ Upnorth festival in Bodo.

Visiting the quaint and remote parts of Norway for the first time, the artist was impressed with the nature and the peaceful life there. This inspired him to create more playful image than what we’re used from him. “After School” depicts a young boy spraying the Northern Lights onto the sky with his spray paint. The finished piece nicely blends his love for graffiti, the movement that opened the doors of the world for him, along with this beautiful local phenomenon, adding the local townscape to the image. Keeping his illustrative aesthetics and attention to detail, as well as creating surrealist imagery, Qbic certainly justified his 2nd invitation to Norway in less than 2 months with this piece.

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RAW INC.

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We took 5 with Raw Inc bossman and all round nice guy Kalis recently to talk all things Inc! Check it out below!

What is Raw Inc and how did it come to be?
It started back in 1987, by myself (KALIS) messing around with a few crew name ideas, while hanging with friends getting up to no good late at night walking the streets on the outer Western Line as you do. Raw originally stood for Real.Aussie.Writers or Read.And.Weep among a few others…

Raw is a collective of artists starting from Australia, England, Germany, France and America. The guys support and rep us all the time and we try to support them in anyway we can as well. We’re all on the same path.

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BSIDE Gallery

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BSIDE Gallery is set to open on the 15th of July with an electrifying group show celebrating the talent and diversity within Fitzroy’s creative scenes.

The show features an incredible lineup of both emerging and established Australian artists including Ben Frost, Abyss 607, Swerfk, Hancock, Frosk, Mike Eleven, Gigi, Goodie, Aaaron Grech, Kenz and Zamara Robison.

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From street art and graffiti to fine art and installation this show will present the birth of a new era in the local arts scene: promoting an open and inclusive platform for both the artists and the audience that defies the norm of the traditional gallery setting. We want to challenge the existing paradigm and celebrate a diverse array of artistic practices and new conversations that keeps the Fitzroy art scene alive.

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Sebas Velasco Paints a New Mural in Kiev

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Kiev is currently hosting a large public art program titled Art United Us, curated by Geo Leros, Iryna Kanishcheva and Waone Interesni Kazki. One of the recent artists that visited Ukranian capital in order to participate in this project was Spanish painter Sebas Velasco.

For this piece the artist put together a collage of images that he noticed and liked around Kiev – the architecture, the lettering used, local graffiti, lights, signs and colors of the night. Strongly influenced by the realistic painters from the beginning of 20th century, the works is sort of a nod to the local masters such as Ilia Repin or Mykola Pymonenko. In that sense Velasco accents his painterly technique, the marks of the brush, the use of color, the line, density and texture, over the image or the meaning of it. With the main character being one of the locals that invited the artist and his friend over for a dinner, the mural was also a thank you gesture to the kind stranger.

Photo credit by Geo Leros

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Cam Scale – ‘State of Mind’

Growing up in Sydney and influenced by the trackside graffiti throughout the suburbs, Melbourne-based multidisciplinary artist Cam Scale was motivated to create his own art. “I grew up drawing. My parents encouraged me and tried sending me to art classes when I was young, but it wasn’t until I hit high school I showed a real interest. A close mate and I used to hang out creating mischief, mainly blowing stuff up, until we discovered graffiti,” says Scale. “After that, I was hooked. I tried to maintain some form of grades at school, but much of the time was spent out until the early hours, and then battling to stay awake in class!”

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After an attempt at graphic design, Scale realised that he wanted to be drawing the pictures, not moving them around. A ten-month graffiti binge around Europe followed, and upon return Scale moved to Melbourne and began an illustration course. As an artist, Scale admits, “Melbourne just had all the opportunities and a fresh start.” The rest as they say, is history.

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Considered a renowned graffiti writer and large-scale photorealist, Scale has now called Melbourne home for almost a decade. His first major solo show, ‘State Of Mind’ explores the viewer’s attitude towards graffiti, street and urban art and delves into the previously unexplored parallels of the urban and contemporary art world.

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