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Dran “Tiens” Solo Show @ Adda Gallery, Brussels

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Six years since his last major solo show with POW in London, Dran is coming back with a long awaited gallery solo show. After a large installation painted in Palais de Tokyo in Paris in 2014, live painting intervention exhibition @ POW in 2015, on June 11th 2016 Adda Gallery in Brussels will be opening “Tiens”, showing his latest paintings and unpublished drawings from 2015 to 2016.

Showing all new body of work in 200 square meters historic building in the heart of Brussels, the show is shaping up to a be a landmark event. Well known for his satirical and dark humor filled drawings and paintings, this monographic exhibition will be an important event for the non conventional artist and his large following. Marking the significance of this showcase, the artist will be releasing a new book “ABCD’air” as well as a special edition of hand finished silkscreen prints. On 64 color pages his 7th book will include some of the pieces that are part of the exhibition plus previously unseen and unpublished drawings and paintings.

“Finished in spring of 2016 in Barcelona, this exhibition is the product of two years of conversations, letters, pictures, drawings, nights, days and so much happiness. Along the endless work of all the beautiful people who made this possible in France, Spain, Belgium and England.” – reveals the curator of the exhibition, Anna Dimitrova.

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Creature Creature – ‘Daggers’

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Creature Creature is artist duo Chanel Tang and Ambrose Rehorek. First meeting at university they ‘flirted through art’ until they formed an official union in 2011 under one name. Creature Creature was chosen from a quote in the 1960’s film A Bucket of Blood; “A Creature is a Creature…or it is an artist!”

Born in Adelaide, Ambrose has a Degree in Visual Arts from the University of South Australia. Chanel was born in Wellington, New Zealand, moved to Australia in 1998 where she did her Degree in Fine Art at Monash University.

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With this background in fine art and graphic design, their work is a blend of both practices with strong historical influences, mixed with a love of street art and illustration. Creature Creature play with the idea of duality, east meets west, and the natural world. A dragon and unicorn are the pair’s alter egos, commonly appearing in their art.

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The Mine Presents… BETWEEN THE LINES

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‘Between The Lines’ is an all new urban contemporary group show at The Mine, Dubai, curated by Rom Levy, featuring Andrew Schoultz, Kenton Parker, RETNA, Andrew Faris, Paul Insect, BAST, eL Seed, Jenny Sharaf and Word to Mother.

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Tom French – TRANSCEND

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Step into the illusionary world of Tom French, who tricks our eyes with pareidolic abstractions and hidden features. In his first solo show in two years French is back and better than ever, with an entirely new body of work, having mastered the style which we last saw him working on in the wildly successful sell-out, FLUX. Transcend invites the audience to look a little closer at the subconscious, metaphoric paintings which represent the multiple facets of the conscious mind in evocative pictorial form.

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Joe Holbrook – Ten Hail Mary’s

Ten Hail Mary’s by Joe Holbrook opens on Friday 29th April.

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Joe Holbrook displays his new works which are the reflection of people and the sinister aspects of young adult life. These characters, attitudes, and the immediate surroundings of his social life are seen through his own young eyes. He feels it’s necessary and dutiful to document and translate his generation, capturing and telling the story of his peers as he sees and experiences it.

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With a laid-back approach to subjects and activities that are often frowned upon, Holbrook is not shy in creating a piece that audiences may not see as beautiful. His work is much deeper than just an image portraying contrasting and hypercritical personalities; it is not meant to be understood instantly. Holbrook’s work is shrouded in secrecy, often cropped in a unique, snapshot way to only tell part of a story. This gives viewers a taste of what’s going on, but not enough to feel fully satisfied; and at the same time not enough to be completely disappointed. This leaves a hunger and frustration, a desire for more and a feeling of mentally standing on your toes, hoping to glimpse the whole picture and bigger story through a crack in the artist’s door.

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This will be the first showcase of Joe Holbrooks work in London, for 8 years. He will be presenting a curated selection of oil paintings from the past year, as well as the release of two limited prints and a exclusive signed, numbered zine.

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“This is a private event, with no representatives nor gallerists involved. I want to give collectors of my work the opportunity to purchase straight the artist, no fees, no drivel.” Joe Holbrook

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A map will be posted on the Friday afternoon on Instagram so you can find the location of the show, with the show opening Friday 29th 7-10pm and the consecutive Sat/Sun from 1-5pm.

Postcode will be E1 5LJ, UK.

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Reka – Mirage

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Beginning his journey as a conventional artist in 1999, James Reka – aka RekaOne – is an Australian-born artist, currently living in Berlin. In September 2015, the Parisians familiar with the M.U.R. on Oberkampf Street saw him working on site and discovered his colorful world. That summer, he also produced a 30-meter-high mural painting, in the 13th District of Paris, which can even be seen from the Périphérique.

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Da Mental Vaporz – ‘Residence’

On Saturday 30th April 2016, the Villa Alliv will open again its doors for its new exhibition “Residence”. JAW, KAN and BLO, three eminent members of graffiti crew DA MENTAL VAPORZ have spent two weeks in the villa, completely reinventing it.

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Their works displayed during the exhibition are the result of a common work, carried out in situ. The exhibition will unveil six hand painting techniques, considered by the orgainsers to be a ‘a real pictorial blending.’

The artists have implemented no premeditated work techniques, assisting in fostering the effects of improvisation. Their instinctive and instantaneous method brings together surrealism, abstraction and image deconstruction.

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Pure Evil at ‘The Quin’

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Charles Uzzell-Edwards (born in South Wales 1968), also known as ‘Pure Evil’ is the son of prominent Welsh painter John Uzzell Edwards, and a stablemate of Banksy. 

Inspired by a sojourn into skateboard culture and the west coast character graffiti of San Francisco, he returned to London and spray-painted prolifically.

Having now developed this visual language into a multi decade career Pure Evil exhibits worldwide including recent solo shows in Italy, China, Russia, Brazil, USA and all over the Europe. He lives in London, where he runs 2 eponymous galleries and regularly lectures on Street Art.

This new body of work curated by DK Johnston and presented at New York’s ‘The Quin’ Hotel encompasses fine art on paper as well as canvases and a collection of written words by the artist to be included in the video art installation directed by award winning filmmaker Bill Mack.

Opening reception is this Thursday 21 April, at ‘The Quin’ from 6:30pm. Contact dkj@concllc.com for pre show sales.

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Abyss .607 – ‘Arcane Lotus’

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Opening this Friday at La De Da Bar in Canberra, Abyss .607 presents ‘Arcane Lotus’. Formerly of Canberra but now calling Melbourne home, Abyss .607 returns to his old stomping ground bringing with him a myriad of paper works, available for one night only.

We sat down and discovered what really is happening within the Abyss….

Damo: Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into art, both on the street and in the gallery?
₳. Ever since I can remember I’ve been fascinated by the Universe and what could lie deeper. I remember the earliest drawings I did as a child were scenes on alien planets with strange beings and creatures, I can’t recall the direct inspiration for this but it may have something to do with growing up in a place where you could see the stars. I spent most my youth drawing creatures, from there I progressed to create my own card games and stories for them. As for the progression into graffiti and street art; that happened much later. I was already utilising and engaging in the urban scape from years of skateboarding, it just seemed natural to put my visions out there too. Having the opportunity to exhibit in galleries of late has been good, as most of the work I do is illustrative based and I like the divide of practices.

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