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Bicicleta Sem Freio are opening their 1st US show @ Fifty24SF

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Few months after their successful London show, Brazilian duo, Bicicleta Sem Freio, will be opening their US debut @ Fifty24SF Gallery, San Francisco, in collaboration with Upper Playground and JUSTKIDS. For this show, the Brazilian illustrators and muralists, Douglas de Castro and Renato Perreira will showcase original work inspired by their love for hand painted poster art.
The works of Bicicleta Sem Freio has been recognized for their sharp line work, warm, vibrant colors and almost pshychodelic feel. With influences ranging from retro illustrations from 70s, 80s neon craze, comics and poster art, they’ve been commissioned by such names as Vampire Weekend, Jurassic 5, Kings of Leon and Beck among many. The works painted exclusively for this show are a great example of all these influences as seen from the preview images we just received. Along with presenting their first ever show in the United States, Bicicleta Sem Freio are gonna be painting a large mural in San Francisco as well. The show will open on the May 1st and will stay on view through June 15th.

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James Jarvis “No More Negative Space” Solo Show @ HHH Gallery in Tokyo

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London-born artist James Jarvis is having a solo show with HHH gallery in Tokyo. This new gallery was co-founded by Japanese artists Haroshi and Usugrow, and few other locals engaged in creative activities such as book-making, event planning, music-making and film making. After their inaugural special exhibition showing large Haroshi sculpture, “No More Negative Space” is their first official show.
The artist whose most famous character toy, Martin, has an iconic status in Japan, prepared a series of new drawings exclusively for this event. For the artist himself, drawings are “means of understanding the world rather than as an aesthetic construction for transcribing or recording an image”. In his drawings he is “trying to draw a character that has no ‘character’. A thing, an animate object, that is as generic, as unrepresentative of anything as possible.” Covering personal problems, everyday situation, philosophical questions as well as personal interests such as skateboarding, “No More Negative Space” includes series of works through which he is trying to understand the world, and the everyday phenomenons in it. The show is opening on April 25th and will be staying on view until May 31st, with an opening reception and live painting scheduled on April 26th.

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Preview of Sowat’s “Ars Longa Vita Brevis” solo show in Geneve

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Opening tonight (April 23rd) in Geneva, Sowat will be having a solo show with Richard & Le Feuvre Gallery in Switzerland. For this exhibition French-American graffiti artist prepared new body of work that is based on calligraphy and typography, visual languages he fell in love during his stays in California years ago.

Known as a part of the infamous Da Mental Vaporz crew, Sowat has exhibited and painted both legal or illegal all around France and Europe, including working at the Palais de Tokyo. For this particular show he created works on canvas an paper, using various techniques from bamboo stick to acrylic and spray can, as well as an exclusive limited edition lithograph release. Whether understandable or abstract, the works are carrying obvious energy that was put into their creation, juxtaposing the rawness and quickness of graffiti tags with the precision and patience of traditional calligraphy techniques, as seen from these studio preview photos we received.

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“Wipe Out: An Explosition of Invader in Hong Kong”

French mosaicist Invader will be returning to Hong Kong next month for his first ever solo show there.

“Wipe Out” was conceived as a reaction to the artist’s recent negative experiences in the country, when the vast majority of Invader’s public mosaic works in Hong Kong & Kowloon were removed by the Chinese government in 2014 for “safety reasons”.

Refusing to let his global invasion plans be thwarted, Invader’s teamed up with the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Foundation and Le French May for this subsequent event at The Qube, PMQ.

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The exhibition will intersperse recreations of the removed pieces with photos taken of the originals in situ. Mosaics feature dragons, dollar signs and the popular Japanese manga character Doraemon alongside his already familiar 8-bit characters. Excitingly, the artist has created a sculpture in tribute to Hong Kong legend Bruce Lee for the show, and uses LED artworks for the first time in his career.

Attendees can pick up souvenir stickers from custom vending machines at the venue, whilst an accompanying book and “FlashInvaders” app will also be on sale. The app can be used whilst at the exhibition, offering increased immersion and interaction for users. All sales at “Wipe Out” will go to Hong Kong charity Pathfinders.

“Wipe Out: An Explosition of Invader in Hong Kong” will run at The Qube, PMQ from 2 – 17 May.

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New C215 Print Announcing a Major Street Art Exhibition in Morocco

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We just received these exclusive images of C215 adding final touches to his upcoming print release with PrintThemAll studio, announcing a major street art exhibition he will be participating in.
The print release is titled “Ain’t No Sunshine” and it is a 12 colors lithograph produced at Idem Studio in Paris, that will be released on 17th of April in a limited edition of 99. Each print has been hand finished by the artist, making them all unique.
This lithograph is the first one from the series of exclusive fine art editions that French printing studio will be releasing for the upcoming “Main Street” exhibition at Mohammed VI Museum in Rabat, Morocco. The promising lineup of participating artist include C215, Case Maclaim, Daleast, Kan, Maya Hayuk, Miss Van, Ron English, Simo Mouhim, Smash137, Thomas Canto, Tilt and Wahib. According to PrintThemAll, most of these artists already did, or will be releasing a limited edition lithographs with them, but no further details are available at this point.

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Elizabeth Gossling – BURN – Tintype Gallery

Elizabeth Gossling’s latest show , BURN, opens at Tintype Gallery, Islington – 16 April – 9 May 2015. An exploration of distraction, destruction and preservation, BURN re-invents the story of John Cura, a man who took photographs of television transmissions in the 50s and 60s. These ‘telesnaps’ represent a lost history in British broadcasting. Gossling imagines Cura mutating into Cura Obscura, a human camera evolving under the pressure and impossibility of capturing every moment on multiplying channels and screens as the speed and intensity of images accelerates. We caught up with her ahead of the show to get some insight into this latest exhibition.

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Work-Shop’s ‘Adventures with Anthony Lister’ and ‘Day of the Deb’

For those of you who missed it, Anthony Lister recently held a whirlwind class at Work-Shop Sydney, ‘Adventures with Anthony Lister’. The video below gives you a sneak peek at what went down.

Melbourne, now it’s your turn but with a twist. Deb’s ‘Day of the DEB’ on 26 April at Work-Shop Melbourne’s new digs sounds too good to miss. You have been warned….

Anthony Lister x The Workshop Au from Billy Zammit on Vimeo.

Evie Cahir and Gemma Topliss: ‘Heavy Leisure’

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This week, Backwoods Gallery presents an exhibition of illustrations by two young artists, Evie Cahir & Gemma Topliss, who are representative of the bright future of Australia art.
In ‘Heavy Leisure’, opening on the 17th of April, Cahir and Topliss will present a series of delicate, illustrative works. The collection re-evaluates the seemingly mundane moments, objects and routines of daily life, imbuing them with emotional undertones.

Evie Cahir’s illustrative works offer a new, more attentive regard on the banal but precious objects and moments encountered in daily life. Cahir is fascinated by the hidden meanings of routine and the interplay between light and shadow. Her artwork employs sophisticated composition, refined techniques and subtle humour to present her point of view in a truly unique and beautiful way.

Gemma Topliss explores the connection between the interior and the exterior, both spatially and emotionally. Her charcoal and graphite drawings are intimate, fragmented and personal. At only 19, Topliss is the youngest artist that has exhibited at Backwoods.

In the lead up to the exhibition, they both took some time to speak with VNA.

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Aryz Is Opening Paral-lel Solo Show in LA

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Almost precisely 2 years since his last solo show in San Francisco, Aryz is back in California, working on his LA debut show – Paral-lel. Our cover artist (issue #27), created a whole new body of work exclusively for this show, as a follow up to his most recent murals.

Transferring the beauty and rawness of sketch to a large scale, the artist is further exploring his distinctive style with this show, focusing on the imperfections and personal side of art. Paral-lel will consist of two separate show rooms, symbolizing two geodesic lines that never meet in the same plane. The first one will be exhibiting classic style paintings in which Spanish artist mixes academic painting along with contemporary techniques and mediums, while the other one will consist of high energy, expressive works. The artist who established himself as a respected muralist is rarely showing in galleries, so this unique event is expected to get a lot of attention from his fans and general audience.

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POW! WOW! Hawaii 2015 Video Recap

The hardworking crew behind POW! WOW! Hawaii just wrapped up their official recap video for this years event. Showing on wall and behind the walls action by the participating artists, this video captures the essence of this world wide famous festival and its unique vibe. Shot from the ground, cherry pickers and drones, the flick gives an unique chance to see artists such as Doze Green, Strok, Natalia Rak, Case Maclaim, Hot Tea, Fafi, Kevin Lyons and many more, getting their work done under the tropical sun. With artists like Olek, Maya Hayuk or Tristan Eaton talking about their personal experiences and the distinctive atmosphere they experienced during their stay in the paradise, this video is great way to round up another successful edition and start warming up for the next years event.

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