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The Bridges of Graffiti @ Venice Biennale ’15

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The cover artist of our current issue #30, Futura, was recently in Venice, taking part in a large group show, working next to other legends such as Boris Tellegen, Doze Green, Eron, Futura, Mode2, SKKI ©, Jayone, Todd James, Teach, and Zero-T. As one of the collateral events of 56th International Venice Biennale Arte, “The Bridges Of Graffiti” opened on May 9th in the presence of participating artists, and will stay on view until November 22nd at the Terminal S. Basilio.
The idea of this coherent show is to present the wide spectrum of creatives that are coming from the graffiti world. Differing in age, geographical origin and influences as well as their current work practice, the artists turned the abandoned ship terminal into an “art terminal”. Futura showed a large abstract triptych along with another large canvas piece, an iron sculpture of his legendary Pointman character, and painted a large mural which is probably the largest abstract works he ever created. Other artist also showed their signature works – Mode 2 painted large figurative mural using only outlines, Doze Green did a similar thing using his distinctive line work, Teach displayed some interesting work using industrial production as an art process, while Todd James once again showed his Vandal room installation. Along with these paintings, murals, sculptures and installations, two legendary photographers, Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant, showed their photos featured in legendary Subway Art book. Martha displayed her prints on a large clustered wall, while Henry’s photos of NYC trains were effectively projected on large real train size panels.

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Gris1 and Kan are opening “Humanity” in Geneve

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Atelier des Bains gallery in Geneve will be opening two men show featuring Kan and Gris1 from Da Mental Vaporz crew (interviewed in issue #28). “Humanity” will include 5 new paintings of each of the artist, one collaborative piece as well as a piece painted on the wall of the gallery.

The theme of this body of work created exclusively for the show are human values and the ways everyday exposure to violence is influencing them. Through their distinctive style, French artists are depicting their vision of this phenomenon. Using fat markers Kan is dotting images taken from news channels, stripping them off details and creating pixelated screenshots of mainstream media imagery. Gris1 on another hand is combining different symbols, visual languages, mediums and techniques from urban and popular art, creating collages that form emotive images about the subject. The idea of exhibition is to invite the viewer to question the issue of violence that shapes up our humanity.

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Photo credit Terez (Gris1) & Nicolas Gzeley (Kan).

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Bartek “Pener” Świątecki is showing “Cosmogramma” @ Inoperable gallery in Vienna

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Inoperable gallery in Vienna is currently showing “Cosmogramma”, a solo show by Polish artist Bartek “Pener” Świątecki. Opened on May 8th and staying on view through June 27th, the show features his new series of abstract and deconstructive canvases based on geo elements, as well as large pieces painted inside and outside the gallery.

After years of being a graffiti artist, and being limited with writing letters, Pener built his visual language into something that is universally communicative. He evolved the alphabet into surfaces, and made words become unpredictable shapes created with bright colors and sharp lines. While his work can be seen as closeup element of wild style graffiti, upon closer examination they are much more than that. Through use of clean lines, transparency of spray paint, drips and splatters, his works are focusing the energy and rawness of graffiti onto a smaller format. The new genre under which his work can be fitted is Graffuturism, and the series of work titled „Cosmogramma” refers to the very moment when Bartek abandoned classical graffiti and started his individual search for the essence of style.

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Backwoods Gallery: ‘A Study of Camouflage’

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Backwoods Gallery proudly presents ‘A Study of Camouflage’ – a new show within the A Study of… exhibition series. This is the fourth exhibition in row in the long-term project consisting of annual shows that focus on different study subjects.

With this series of exhibitions, Backwoods are creating a vivid archive of works by renowned artists from around the world whose works intersect on the same subject-matter. No matter the artistic style or technique used, a magnificent plurality of different approaches and representations of a single subject contextualises it, and places it in a dominant understanding of both the artists’ and audience’s views. Logically, this library becomes a diverse overview of different representations of a single subject, as seen and created by leading contemporary artists.

A Study of Camouflage brings together some of the leading contemporary artists whose art, in some way, touches the subject of camouflage. The concept seeks to deconstruct the dominant perception of camouflage from its military driven narrative, and to bring back the camouflage patterns to its natural roots. Camouflage is usually linked with military uniforms and inherently with violence and rigorousness. However, camouflage patterns are much more than a simple military feature. Its different forms can be observed and understood as an artistic product, both in terms of aesthetics and conceptuality. Aesthetically, camouflage can assume different shapes and forms, creating beautiful design and art products, while conceptually, it may be detached from its military connotation, and transformed to different purposes depending on the given context. Always depending on artistic approach towards it, camouflage has enormous potentials for being a perfect medium for countless interpretations of contemporary society. The use of camouflage in art may lead to more abstract forms, while on the other hand it can serve as the perfect material for figurative and conceptual approaches as well.

The exhibition will open on Friday, May 29th, and will be on view until Sunday, June 7th. It will take place at a warehouse space, just next door to Backwoods Gallery, at 5 Easey Street, Collingwood.

I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S NOT GUTTER!

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Shine your bowling balls and strap on those hire shoes, because Stupid Krap is heading to Toowoomba to bring together the ‘kingpins’ of Australian and international art for the group exhibition ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Gutter!’

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Curated by Aaron Craig, this unique exhibition features a gallery full of hand painted and customised bowling pins collected locally for this project. The exhibition opening will coincide the second annual street art and music festival, First Coat, and will be open from May 1st – 31st. So no matter your bowling style, make sure you don’t miss ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Gutter!’

Opening reception: 1 – 4pm, Saturday May 16th. 2015
TheGRID Gallery, Toowoomba
Exhibition on view: May 16th – 31st, 2015

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VNA 30 – Out Now

VNA 30 is here, a landmark issue for us, it deserved an extra special artist for the cover – no less than Leonard McGurr, aka Futura, the artist formerly known as Futura2000.

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To get your copy – you can pick one up at your local independent newsagent, national WHSmith’s in the UK, Barnes & Noble stores in the US and of course, online here: www.verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-30

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Streetfest returns to Tobacco Dock this Sunday

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Streetfest is back this bank holiday Sunday for it’s 8th year, putting on their biggest & best show to date.

 

The line-up’s chock-full of talent from the worlds of art, music, urban sport, fashion and dance. Over 50 internationally celebrated graffiti & street artists will be representing from all corners of the globe, holding workshops, live wall painting & more.

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Artists include I.D crew members Tizer and Gent 48, Captain Kris, SPzero76, SiMitchell and Squirl of The Lost Soulz crew and talented painters InkFetish, ARTiSTA and Kaes.

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Musically speaking, a slew of live acts and DJS will be performing including grime scene stalwarts and Butterz Records bossmen Elijah & Skilliam, Shamz Le Roc, Isaiah Dreads and the So Fresh, So Clean boys. The Doctor’s Orders perform a full showcase whilst DJ Kutmah holds down the adidas stage with a headline DJ set.

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The 2015 Streetfest Sport programme combines demos, competitions, qualifiers and music for their biggest sports area to date. This includes a mini-ramp pro invitational contest for skateboarders and inline skates, as well as classic games of S.K.A.T.E culminating in an epic final. Pros include skates Chris Oliver and Dennis Lynn, and Red Bull BMXer Kyle Forte returning with his jump-box demo team.

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To top it all off they’ve got live tattooing from Paperchase Ink, digital graffiti walls and murals, a pop up nail bar and the Mayamada treasure hunt and funzone for the kids. Food both sweet & savory comes via some of London’s top street food traders, including Mama’s Jerk and Churros R Us.

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Check the StreetFest website for the full itinerary. StreetFest 2015 runs from 13:00 – 23:00 on bank holiday Sunday, 3rd May.

Tobacco Docks
50 Porters Walk,
Wapping,
London E1W 2SF

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XENZ – The Moon On A Stick – Fluorescent Smogg

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Fluorescent Smogg is pleased to announce a site-specific showcase of meditative work by London-based artist Xenz. The Moon On A Stick presents a new series of focused monochromatic illustrations and marks a brief departure from the artist’s vibrant idiosyncratic style.

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Steve Locatelli – SKL15 – Europe Tour

skl15The image of a skull is timeless, a permanent reminder of our own impermanence, and has been covered in art since times began. In the early Renaissance a skull would be kept on the desk as an ornament along with the phrase “Memento Mori” (“Remember you will die.”) and the same obsession has remained until today when we are casting them from platinum and encrusting them with over eight thousand diamonds. One artist, however, has taken it upon himself to undertake a three year long quest to explore our fascination with the humble cranium, everything it is, does and makes us feel.

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