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Murals In The Market 2016

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Last year we were lucky enough to be invited out to 1xRUN’s Murals in the Market in Detroit. The event was surprising in so many ways, from the time taken by the team to show us what the city was really about – the once-indomitable motoring capital of the USA, with a thriving industry that birthed a lot of modern Capitalist structure, that was then slammed into depression and decay – to the amount of heart and community that the organisers put into it. With barber-chair artist chats, a roster of local events and genuine support for the artists and workers involved in the festival and beyond, one message was clear, Detroit got soul.

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It’s no surprise really – as so many Southern Americans made the trek north for promises of prosperity and a better life – that the city retains so much of it’s sense of family. It is evident in the streets, from the bustling Blues and Jazz bars, the smiling people willing to stop and talk to you on your travels, the rich culture of the museums and galleries, Tyree Guyton’s incredible Heidelberg Project, hidden homegrown music venues and pumping techno parties at institutions like TV Lounge. With an influx of creatives and maker-doers attracted by the cheap rents and sheer space available for living, the city has an ever-changing face and a multitude of urban farms and start-ups, including places of outreach and infrastructure for small businesses like Eastern Market’s Kid Rock community kitchen. Because of all this and more, Detroit will never be the same again, and maybe that’s a good thing.

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Despite, or perhaps precisely because of, the population falling from 2 million to a shade under 689,000, Detroit maintains a solid sense of pride, of community and of solidarity. And this is exactly what the 1xRUN team understand. This is what makes Murals in the Market so special and this is why it will continue to be a festival that regenerates, activates and builds up the great city of Detroit into somewhere people are proud to call home again.

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Over 50 artists worked to produce over 40 new murals this year, including: 1010 (Germany), Alex Yanes (Miami), Apex (San Francisco), Ben Saginaw (Detroit), Ben Wolf (Detroit), Cey Adams (NYC), Chris Saunders (LA), Clifton Perry (Detroit), Olayami Dabls(Detroit), Dalek (Raleigh), Emad Rashidi (Cleveland), Ellen Rutt + Patrick Ethen (Detroit), Freddy Diaz (Detroit), Felipe Pantone (Spain), Ghostbeard (Detroit), Greg Mike (Atlanta), Halopigg (NYC), Hebru Brantley (Chicago), Hueman (San Francisco), Janette Beckman (NYC), Jeff Gress (Hawaii), Jeremiah Britt (NYC), Jesse Kassel (Detroit), Kevin Lyons (NYC), Kristin Farr (San Francisco), Lauren Harrington (Detroit), Lauren YS (San Francisco), Marka27 (Boston), Meggs (Australia), Mr Jago (UK), NNII (Detroit), Nicole MacDonald (Detroit), Patch Whisky (Charleston), Pat Perry (Detroit), Paul Johnson (Detroit), Paula Schubatis & Dessislava Terzieva (Detroit), Pixel Pancho (Italy), Ricky Powell (NYC), Selina Miles (Australia), Shades (Detroit), Sheefy (Detroit), Sheryo (Singapore), The Yok (Australia), Slick (LA), Sydney James (Detroit), Tylonn Sawyer (Detroit), Tyree Guyton (Detroit), Vaughn Taormina (Detroit), and Xenz (UK).

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Robert Perry of Philly’s Infamous TMOM’s Talks Creative Playground

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Tattooed Mom, or as it is affectionately known to Philly locals, ‘TMoms’, is a place to eat, a place to drink, and a place to meet.  You might think to call it a bar and a restaurant…but it’s actually not, it’s more of a Temporary Autonomous Zone, that just so happens to be fairly permanent.  Check it out.

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Art on a Postcard – Lottery

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The Hepatitis C Trust’s Art on a Postcard is back for its second year at Moniker with postcards and customised car bonnets. The Postcard Lottery was a huge hit at last year’s Moniker Art Fair and sold out before the end. The lottery gives visitors the chance to own an original artwork by one of the many world renowned artists involved. By purchasing a £50 lottery ticket you are guaranteed to win a postcard size work of art from the likes of Paul Insect, Pure Evil, Eelus, Harland Miller, Peter Blake, Ally McIntyre, Brad Downey, Zsofia Schweger, and Rugman.

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Peculiarities In Composition: An interview with Petro (Aesthetics)

Graffiti is communication, a message from one to the others that there exists another world beyond the set patterns and paths of civilised society, free forms of interpretation playing amongst conditioned architecture. Petro is a Russian artist who creates vibrant, energetic and expressive work that is happy to cross genre boundaries with a style founded in letters but mixed beautiful with a more abstract temperament. I caught up with him for a few words on process, meaning and intent. 

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Nuart 2016 “Post-Street Art” Group Show

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This year’s Nuart festival was themed around the idea of “post-street art” as the new label for contemporary street art. Known for working with creatives that fit under the classic “street artist” label, but also muralists, studio artists, computer artists and painters, Nuart 2016 questioned whether this is the right moment to introduce a new term to define their work.

“Street art” was first used to define art that was often illegal, not related with galleries, and connected to revolutionary movements like punk, hip-hop or graffiti. The kind of art that we see nowadays under this same term is usually legal, often shown in galleries or institutions, and has very little or no connection to any of those movements. Over time, with influence of the Internet, social media and mural festivals worldwide, the approach to classic street art has changed significantly and so did the art itself. There are still many artists out there that are using the streets to show their creativity, their beliefs or rebellion, but this movement has evolved into something much larger than that.  So, after 16 consecutive years of organizing one of the most important street art festivals out there, its founder Martyn Reed wanted to trigger the discussion about adopting another term for the kind of art that the event is promoting.  Maybe it’s time to rethink the whole idea and find a new one to chronicle the kind of art that is created on the foundations of classic street art, not because we need to label everything, but only cause the old one seems to become redundant and deceiving at this point.

“Post-Street Art” group show included works and installations created by the Nuart 2016 participating artists during their stay in Stavanger. Divided inside the tunnels of Tou center, the works cover wide range of mediums, styles and messages sent through them. From Eron’s ghostly spraypaint image of an oil covered pelican, Fintan Magee colorful dining room or Robert Montgomery’s poem, all the way to Spy’s conceptual installation hidden behind the brick wall. The full list of participating artists include Eron, Evol, Add Fuel, Fintan Magee, KennardPhillips, Nipper, Spy, Jaune, Jeff Gillette, Robert Montgomery and Henrik Uldalen.

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‘The Art of Banksy’ to hit Melbourne…

It’s the exhibition that already has Melbourne talking, and it’s still a month away. ‘The Art of Banksy’ exhibition opens in Melbourne on 7 October 2016. Inspired by the streets of London, this exhibition will take visitors on an artistic adventure, exploring the mind of Banksy and his satirical street art.

More than 80 works will be on display, presenting the largest collection of Banksy artwork to ever be shown in Australia, and will be the most unique art event to grace Australia’s shores. ‘The Art of Banksy’ aims to showcase the mysterious street artist, who is now considered one of the biggest contemporary artists of our generation.

It’s apt that this body of work comes to Melbourne; the cities fascination with the man beginning back in 2003 when he came to Australia for Semi-Permanent, and hung around to complete a couple of missions with Burn Crew. These missions included spraying rats in various suburbs, policemen kissing in St.Kilda and twelve pieces in Prahan’s Revolver. Some of these stand to this day, and others, when destroyed, garner the outrage of the masses and receive worldwide media attention

Dean Sunshine, street art documenter, facilitator and author of ‘Land of Sunshine’ and ‘Street Art Now’ has exclaimed, “This exhibition is an opportunity for Melburnians to see a world class collection of original Banksy artworks, by the man who is known as one of the greatest street artists.  It is a privilege for Melbourne to host one of the biggest Banksy retrospective collections to ever be shown, and would not be possible without the generous collectors allowing others to share their passion for the elusive man himself.”

He continues, “If that’s not enough, 14 local artists, BAILER, BE FREE, CONRAD BIZJAK, DVATE, HEESCO, JACK DOUGLAS, PSALM, GEORGE ROSE, MAKATRON, MIKE ELEVEN, PUTOS, RUSKIDD, SIRUM and 23rd KEY will be painting panels which will be auctioned during the event to raise money for the homeless of Melbourne, and ADNATE will be painting a huge 6m x 6m mural… it’s really an unmissable exhibition.”

“This exhibition is a one off – never will you be able to see this amount of work in one place again. Once the show is over, the artwork will dissipate back to the other 40 collectors around the world, and the likelihood of them being brought together again in the future is very slim,”
– Steve Lazarides, curator.

Melbourne (and Australia).… You have been warned.

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Ha Ha – ‘Rise and Fall’

The work of Ha Ha explores the power of mass media within Australian popular culture. The reality TV phenomena, the religion of sport, criminal lifestyles, get rich quick & instant fame becomes the obsessions, the new virtues of the 21st century.

By using multi-layered stencils of up to 40 layers Ha Ha’s work is a reflection of popular culture. He gets his images direct from the newspaper or from photographing the subject to tell a story of the here & now. Without the aid of a computer, his cutting technique produces lifelike imagery.

Ha Ha is a self taught artist who started off by spray painting stencils on the street & has since then graduated to the gallery. He has been exhibiting for over 8 years he has held 10 solo shows in Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart & Sydney. He spoke to Damo, about his most recent show, ‘Rise and Fall’.

Damo: Can you could introduce yourself a little bit and talk about your practice?
Ha Ha: Yeah like again my name is Regan Tamanui aka Ha Ha from New Zealand. I’ve been in Australia for like 20 years. I’ve always been into art and into oil painting but never went to art school. I got introduced to pretty much straight up in 1999. I didn’t actually do anything till 2001. I’ve just been stencils pretty much. So over a period of time I got rid of oil painting just went with straight up stencil art.

Damo: Why did you do that? Why did you choose to go down that path?
Ha Ha: I had a few exhibitions with oil paintings but like nothing really sold. To be honest wasn’t really feeling a vibe. But once I started incorporating stencils into my art work stuff was selling I was like I should go down this road. so that’s what I would do.

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Liam Snootle – ‘On the Riot Trail’ and ‘Weapons of Maths Distraction’

Liam Snootle is a self-taught visual artist from Melbourne with a background in Mathematics and graffiti. Predominantly working with painting and urban installation pieces, Snootle’s work can be categorised as a visual response to sound or in contrast an attempt at creating an aural experience via visual stimulus. Influenced heavily by East Coast American alternative music of the 80’s and 90’s, Snootle is interested in the combination of colour and shape and how these are able to trigger an emotional response in the viewer. Often painting representations of his interpretation of punk songs. Using a language of shapes as his alphabet he encourages the viewer to allow the work to recall a memory, a sound, an idea or a thought previously experienced and provide time to contemplate and celebrate that moment.

This week, Snootle has not one but two shows opening in Victoria, Australia. He took a few minutes out of his hectic schedule to chat with Damo from what he affectionally refers to as his Snoodio.

Damo: Who is Liam Snootle?
LS: He’s an artist, he likes to paint shapes and listen to very loud music. He’s like a much cooler version of myself. He only comes out at night because during the day he moonlights as a maths teacher.

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