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Lek, Jaw & Kan showing “Amerouge” @ Galerie 42B

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Lek, Kan & Jaw, members of the infamous DMV crew, recently had a 3 day exhibition/installation showing @ Galerie 42b in Paris. Opening on 18th of June, “Amerouge” featured works whose imagery was influenced by American culture and were all connected through warm red tones (rouge).
Very diverse in their styles and technique, the artists created a harmonious show which was united by the effective installation using red plastic wrap. Using only dots from a tip of his Squeezer pens, Kan created his tribute to American icons such as Bernie Dexter, Marilyn Monroe, Rita Haywoth. etc. In contrast to his meticulous work, Jaw’s painting include both massive paint splatters and delicate brush work. By layering these two techniques, he achieved the effect of damaged or aged motionless photographs or screenshots, perfectly matching the imagery of his crew mate. Finally, Lek’s complex geo abstraction pieces created with paint roller and brush are linking the works together in a subtle way, covering tones of other works and transforming them in an abstract form. (Photo credit by Nicolas Gzeley)

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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ROA paints new mural in Sardinia

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VNA 12 cover artist ROA recently painted another of his striking animal murals in Sardinia.

The Belgian artist visited the mediterranean island to paint the mural as part of the Murartista Street Art festival, taking place in the small town of Sadali. His piece fittingly depicts the Sardinian wild boar tied by a rope to the skull of another boar, a commentary on the nature of life and death.

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ROA joined artists Yama, Peeta and duo CAKTUS & MARIA for this year’s Murartista event, curated by LOOK-OUT, a new cultural association based in Sardinia.

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The festival aims to develop innovative initiatives for artistic exchange in Sardinia, inviting leading international street artists to work in a collaborative, small community environment to explore new processes and concepts in public spaces.

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Check out some shots of when ROA painted the VNA 12 cover piece in 2012 here.

 

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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DEM189 – ‘Ricochet’

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Born in the late 70’s in Beirut (Lebanon), DEM189 was quickly confronted to chaos and hysteria. Tarek aka Dem189 had to learn the limits of a city at war. Confined at home, during most of his free time outside school, he had to develop his own creative universe. From Lego to drawing, he built his own fantasies. Fascinated by war, he also lays on paper his fantasised weapons and war crafts, genesis to his future work.

In 1989 Dem moved to Paris, and discovered a whole new biotope with different rules and cultures. Ecstatic and overwhelmed by the prospect of this new life, Dem launched into graffiti in his early teens. Integrating various movements from punk rock to heavy metal, electro to hip-hip, switching from one to the other, he developed his own style.

Over the last 7 years, Dem has been working on paintings and installations in an abstract style, parallel to his graffiti world. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Moebius, Lebbeus Woods, Crumb… as well as urban architecture and decay.

His style is unpredictably diverse. Passed 30, Dem still refuses to limit himself to any particular movement. His inspirations and influences are countless. He focuses on exploring many sub-cultures. Urban by essence, he finds what inspires him roaming the streets, and allows himself to experiment with any technique and tools. His work in recent years has left the shores of lettering to venture into the realms of illustration and abstraction.

DEM189’s show ‘Ricochet’ opens at Backwoods Gallery Friday June 19th from 6pm and continues until Sunday July 5th.

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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ART BY DALE – aMBUSH Gallery

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Fresh from speaking at analogue/digital, Art By Dale is an exhibition of solo artist Dale Bigeni launching at aMBUSH Gallery (Sydney, Australia) next week. Bigeni’s work represents an engaging intersection of the traditional and the contemporary as he calls on his skills as a graphic artist to echo and elaborate on traditional tattoo culture. This is definitely one not to be missed!

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Proudly supported by Aisle6ix Industries, Beach Burrito Bondi, Central Park Sydney, Dashing Print, Limited Addiction Posters, StickerApp and Pistonhead lager Australia

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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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