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Spraying Bricks – ARTSCAPE MALMÖ 2014 – ABOVE

Spraying Bricks are BACK with this coverage of ABOVE at ARTSCAPE MALMÖ 2014

ARTSCAPE – is Sweden’s first ever street art festival. Spraying Bricks were fortunate enough to be invited out to Malmö for this historic affair. We caught up with Above whilst out there, painting a monstrous wall. He is the first of our ARTSCAPE series. This is the making of his piece METAMORPHOSIS

Above was born in California in 1981 and has been creating art in the streets since 1995. He is known for his multi-layer, full colour stencils, spinning wooden arrow-shaped kinetic art installations, and large text-based painted murals.

Above’s artworks regardless of medium usually have a strong message or awareness about social, political or international current events. Above began painting graffiti on freight trains in California in 1995. At the age of 19, Above moved to Paris, France, where he started painting his, decade long, trademark arrow icon pointing ‘above’.

@abovestudio

www.goabove.com

NO AD – Jordan Seiler Interview

Off the back of his awesome bus-shelter keys initiative, PublicAdCampaign, Jordan Seiler is taking back the streets and taking on the ads in the virtual world as well as the physical. Pioneering the way for real-life ad blockers, Jordan has spent years researching and mapping out all the New York subway adverts so they can easily be digitally replaced by a carefully curated selection of art from over 50 (and growing) different international artists. We spoke to him to get the lowdown on his subversive new app: NO AD.

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Meggs: on Detroit

On September 19th, Australian artist David “MEGGS” Hooke concluded his one-month residency at Inner State Gallery with the opening of his solo exhibition, Spoiled Rotten.

Process Big Balloon_Miya Tsukazaki

The exhibition of over 40 new paintings and multiples explores the wondrous decay of social morality stemming from modern society’s obsession with pop culture and overindulgent materialism. The artworks, all of which were created in Detroit during his residency, continue MEGGS’ perpetual fascination with dualism and finding beauty in tragedy.

Small balloons_Mike Popso

The city of Detroit plays a major influence in MEGGS’ philosophy behind Spoiled Rotten. The exhibition highlights Detroit as an inspirational juxtaposition of a spoiled past and its position as a new canvas for growth and rebirth. MEGGS’ use of deteriorating signage and locally sourced materials from the city’s abandoned and forgotten places emphasizes the revival of social pillars such as community and the idea that destruction and decay breed new beginnings.

Process_Life's Ups and Downs_Miya Tsukazaki

“Detroit is a city of duality more so than many other cities I have been to. I sought to incorporate this by using objects and surfaces that imply decay, in what I consider to be a beautiful way. Old wooden materials and signs with layers of paint tell a story of their own. Although the colors and textures are aesthetically beautiful, I think it’s about giving these materials a new life, a second purpose,” MEGGS said while working in the Inner State Gallery loft.

Process Mickey_Miya Tsukazaki

The genesis of Spoiled Rotten lies in MEGGS’ painting entitled ‘Life’s Ups and Downs,’ which features a split image of the inflated iconic yellow happy face balloon juxtaposed with its discarded, decaying, and deflated other half.

Scavenging Eastown Theatre_Miya Tsukazaki

“This concept started when I saw a deflated happy face balloon, which is an image I’ve been obsessed with lately. The ‘happy’ balloon is a classic icon that depicts playfulness, optimism, and the idea of, “Have a nice day!” Yet, the balloon is also a very disposable item and has a limited life span. It deflates. I think this is something that people can identify with and it ties into that idea of duality in Detroit,” MEGGS said.

Scavenging_Toys_Miya Tsukazaki

The exhibition also marked the debut of a new sculptural collaboration between MEGGS and artist Rafael Batista of Brooklyn, New York. Batista, who hand-sculpted each piece, gives new life to MEGGS’ happy face balloon images, taking them from canvas to 3D collectors’ items.

Scavenging_Eastown Theatre 2_Miya Tsukazaki

www.houseofmeggs.com

Photo Credit Miya Tsukazaki and Mike Popso.

‘A Study of Hair’ – Alexander Mitchell

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‘Oh Bondage’ – detail – Alexander Mitchell

This September, Backwoods Gallery is proud to present ‘A Study of Hair’, the third installment in what is to be a decade-long project.

The 2012 and 2013 exhibitions focused on two of the most important vectors of emotional communication: hands and eyes. This year’s theme, hair, is the most challenging of the series so far, and promises to generate an even more diverse range of interpretations.

This year’s artists will include C215, Dave Kinsey, Faith47, Inkie, Jonathan Guthmann, Mark Bode, Merda, Miso, ROA, Stephen Ives, Shohei Otomo, TwoOne, Usugrow, Yusk Imai and Alexander Mitchell.

In its completed form, the ‘A Study Of…’ project will document over 350 artworks from all corners of the globe. The curator’s (Alexander Mitchell) intent is to create an historical source with enough breadth to contextualize a generation of artists, many of whom work primarily outside the framework of established institutions.

Damo managed to catch curator and contributor Alexander Mitchell for the down low…

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