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Kai & Sunny – Lots of Bits of Star – Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Kai & Sunny (born 1975 and 1977, respectively) are a London-based artist duo. They both graduated from the Epsom School of Art in Surrey, United Kingdom with degrees in Art and Design. They have collaborated with Alexander McQueen, Shepard Fairey and have won numerous accolades, including a 2012 D&AD Design Award. Works by Kai & Sunny have been exhibited internationally at institutions such as Haunch of Venison, and are included in the Victoria & Albert Museum Print Archive Collection.

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Jonathan LeVine Gallery, NY, is pleased to present Lots of Bits of Star, a series of new works by the London-based artist duo Kai & Sunny in what will be their first solo exhibition in New York. In conjunction with the exhibition, the artists will release a new print edition, available for purchase at the opening reception.

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Above – Remix – Interview

Above’s latest show, Remix, opened recently in Detroit at Inner State Gallery. In his own words, Above describes his mission in his explorative new pieces:

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“The intention for my most recent body of artwork is to explore new directions and re-invent the arrow icon I have been creating for over the past 15 years.

The arrow icon is sharp and constructed of straight lines and angles, void of any curved elements. My intention is to contrast the existing sharp angles of the arrow, with the curved and circular cut lines, achieving a dynamic balance between the two with a new fresh look. Similar to that of a hair stylist making a perm on a head of hair that has always been straight.

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Stika – Phwoar Yeah

London-based artist, Josh Stika, aka Stika, has just opened his latest show in London’s Hoxton Hotel. Neon typography is in abundance, heavily influenced by lyrics from ’90s dance tunes. We got a few words from him about his career to date, the haters, ‘selling out’ and who he’d love to work with in the future.

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VNA: So can you tell us a bit more about your new show, where, when, etc?

Stika: The exhibition is at The Hoxton Hotel, Shoreditch. It launches on the 19th of November is up for 3 months in the build up to the bespoke ‘Stika’ hotel room opening in late January.

As a solo show I aimed to make it as diverse as possible to ensure that anyone visiting doesn’t feel like they’re looking at the same piece/style 30 times over. I dabbled with the idea of a ‘group solo’ show – then I just realised this made it look like I had multiple-personality disorder so I let that one go…

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23rd Key – ‘Keezus’

Melbourne based 23rd Key’s solo show ‘Keezus’ opens next week at Juddy Roller in Melbourne. She took time with Damo to give us the low down on the show.

DW: Tell us more about your upcoming show at Juddy Roller. What is the concept behind it?

23rd Key: The concept behind the show is ‘ego’. I’ve tried to dissect the medium and showcase it in a way that I’ve never seen any one else do it before. It’s about what it is to be a stencil artist and the inner battle we have with who we are, who we are perceived to be, and how the two differ. I feel like there can be a real distance between the artist and the ‘audience’ when it comes to art and exhibitions. With Keezus, the theme is one that’s very close to home for me but I also wanted to do something really different with how things are displayed. I really want to bridge the gap with this show, hopefully anyone who comes to see it will walk away understanding a little bit more about stencil art and have seen it like it’s never been seen before.

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Giacomo Bufarini a.k.a. RUN Introduces “Parabola Di G”

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Italian street artist RUN, is opening a unique exhibition and sculptural installation on 27th November 2014 @ Howard Griffin Gallery in London. Exhibiting for the first time under his real name, Giacomo Bufarini introduces “Parabola Di G”, a semi-autobiographical story told through a unique series of highly detailed pen and ink drawings that collectively make up a book.

The book follows the life journey of semi-fictional character, G, and explores ideas of imagination and creativity by showing important metaphorical moments from his life. The surreal story line is fully applicable to modern life, and it’s inspired by Giacomo’s personal experiences from his early days of creating street art on the streets of Bologna and Florence in the 90s, through meeting other cultures during world wide travels, to his current life and studio work in London.  This landmark exhibition for the artist is a unique opportunity to see the original drawings of the book presented in a complex and site specific installation, as well as a first major show of the renewed artist.

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Galeria Javier Lopez opening Phil Frost’s “Intuitive Mathematics”

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New York-based artist Phil Frost is opening his upcoming solo show with Galeria Javier Lopez in Madrid on 26th of November 2014. Being his first solo show with the gallery, as well as first in Europe, we’re very excited to see the works that legendary artist created for this event.

Frost became famous for his street installations around NYC back in 90s. He would find a perfect location, take measures of the place, and than carefully create work in his studio before placing and leaving them in public. Usually painting on panels this is where he shaped up his recognizable imagery that he’s been famous for. Though flat and intuitive at first, his complex works have a lot of depth he achieves with layering numerous coats of paint with his iconic forms and imagery. Mixing different mediums, different techniques and ways of applying and manipulating paint, his visual language consists of unique typography as well as repetitive mask-like shapes that float over bright colored background. “Intuitive Mathematics” will stay on view until 4th of February.

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ART+MEL

Melbournians are invited to experience ART+MEL, an immersive two day art event without the white walls on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November 2014. ART+MEL will take local art out of the galleries and onto the streets, with two interactive ‘hot spots’ in the heart of the CBD. ART+MEL is designed to bring art into the everyday, encouraging people to experience art through unique creations. An unexpected bedroom setting and floating gallery at Federation Square will display the original work of over 100 Melbourne artists, with live art courtesy of local illustrator Justine McAllister and a pop-up installation by prominent street artists Kaitlin Beckett and Matthew Dunn, and watch as they add another layer of vibrance to one of Melbourne’s infamous laneways.

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Dean Sunshine’s ‘Street Art Now’

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Following the success of ‘Land of Sunshine’ published in 2012 comes the next book titled ‘STREET ART NOW’. An updated snapshot of the Melbourne street art and graffiti scene over the last two years is once again, all shot by Dean Sunshine on his travels across Melbourne and beyond.

‘STREET ART NOW’ is a larger, hardback book with 206 pages highlighting over 100 local artists and international artists who have painted in Australia.

All sales from ‘STREET ART NOW’ will be put towards any future editions, furthering Dean’s wish to provide ongoing documentation of Melbourne street art online and via printed media.

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VNA 28 LTD EDITION LAUNCH

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Very Nearly Almost Magazine launches the VNA 28 Limited Edition, featuring a screenprinted box set from Rebel8’s head clothing designer, Mike Giant. The regular cover features an iconic shot of Giant by Melbourne-based photographer, Nicole Reed.

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The issue drops at Nelly Duff Gallery on Columbia Rd, East London, from 6-9pm, with free beers from Sixpoint Brewery, clothing giveaways from REBEL8 / Out Of Step and prints from 1XRUN.

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A Blank Canvas Is A White Flag – David Walker

As we draw into a grey, monochrome winter a splash of colour feels much needed. That splash of colour comes to us in London next week in the form of David Walker’s upcoming solo show at the Lawrence Alkin Gallery, “A Blank Canvas Is A White Flag”. The show is heralded not only to be an all new collection of Walker’s trademark expressive portraiture but also groundbreaking for David as an artist as he explores new techniques and styles alongside collaborations with other amazing artists such as Ryan Callanan and Schoony. Ahead of this new development we sent Jodie to interview Walker for the lowdown on what to expect and where these new territories will lead him.

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