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Gris1 and Kan are opening “Humanity” in Geneve

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Atelier des Bains gallery in Geneve will be opening two men show featuring Kan and Gris1 from Da Mental Vaporz crew (interviewed in issue #28). “Humanity” will include 5 new paintings of each of the artist, one collaborative piece as well as a piece painted on the wall of the gallery.

The theme of this body of work created exclusively for the show are human values and the ways everyday exposure to violence is influencing them. Through their distinctive style, French artists are depicting their vision of this phenomenon. Using fat markers Kan is dotting images taken from news channels, stripping them off details and creating pixelated screenshots of mainstream media imagery. Gris1 on another hand is combining different symbols, visual languages, mediums and techniques from urban and popular art, creating collages that form emotive images about the subject. The idea of exhibition is to invite the viewer to question the issue of violence that shapes up our humanity.

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Photo credit Terez (Gris1) & Nicolas Gzeley (Kan).

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Shepard Fairey will visit Detroit to paint his largest mural to date

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Shepard Fairey will paint his largest mural to date in Detroit, on the recently purchased and soon to be renamed Compuware Building.

The 184 ft wide by 60 ft tall piece will go up some time during Detroit Library Street Gallery‘s “Printed Matters” exhibition, running from May 22 to August 31 across the street. The show features prints inside the gallery using slightly more unorthodox materials such as wood and metal, whilst an outdoor section of the gallery called ‘The Belt’ showcases a smaller mural, displayed for the duration of the event.

Shepard’s largest piece will be placed on the blank, vertical, yellow space shown in the middle of the building, which was recently joint-purchased by two large companies.

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LSG displays modern and contemporary fine art, and has previously exhibited artists such as HUSH, Vhils and VNA cover stars Swoon and Cleon Peterson. Printed Matters promises to explore Shepard’s usual themes of iconography and phenomenology alongside his own musical and artistic influences.

http://www.lscgallery.com/

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Sepe and Chazme collaborate on a piece in Estonia

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Polish artists Sepe and Chazme recently collaborated on a street piece in Tartu, Estonia. Titled ‘Supilinn 15′ after the name of neighberhood they painted in, the mural is kind of tribute to
two famous Polish creatives born in this town.
Mixing their different but complementing styles, the image is depicting a bus known from Bogusław Linke’s famous painting “Autobus”, along with architectural elements of a futuristic building ‘Spodek’ in Katowice, designed by the architect Jerzy Hryniewiecki. By mixing those two elements through their distinctive technique and interpretation, the young artists paid their tribute to their influential countrymen.

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Backwoods Gallery: ‘A Study of Camouflage’

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Backwoods Gallery proudly presents ‘A Study of Camouflage’ – a new show within the A Study of… exhibition series. This is the fourth exhibition in row in the long-term project consisting of annual shows that focus on different study subjects.

With this series of exhibitions, Backwoods are creating a vivid archive of works by renowned artists from around the world whose works intersect on the same subject-matter. No matter the artistic style or technique used, a magnificent plurality of different approaches and representations of a single subject contextualises it, and places it in a dominant understanding of both the artists’ and audience’s views. Logically, this library becomes a diverse overview of different representations of a single subject, as seen and created by leading contemporary artists.

A Study of Camouflage brings together some of the leading contemporary artists whose art, in some way, touches the subject of camouflage. The concept seeks to deconstruct the dominant perception of camouflage from its military driven narrative, and to bring back the camouflage patterns to its natural roots. Camouflage is usually linked with military uniforms and inherently with violence and rigorousness. However, camouflage patterns are much more than a simple military feature. Its different forms can be observed and understood as an artistic product, both in terms of aesthetics and conceptuality. Aesthetically, camouflage can assume different shapes and forms, creating beautiful design and art products, while conceptually, it may be detached from its military connotation, and transformed to different purposes depending on the given context. Always depending on artistic approach towards it, camouflage has enormous potentials for being a perfect medium for countless interpretations of contemporary society. The use of camouflage in art may lead to more abstract forms, while on the other hand it can serve as the perfect material for figurative and conceptual approaches as well.

The exhibition will open on Friday, May 29th, and will be on view until Sunday, June 7th. It will take place at a warehouse space, just next door to Backwoods Gallery, at 5 Easey Street, Collingwood.

I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S NOT GUTTER!

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Shine your bowling balls and strap on those hire shoes, because Stupid Krap is heading to Toowoomba to bring together the ‘kingpins’ of Australian and international art for the group exhibition ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Gutter!’

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Curated by Aaron Craig, this unique exhibition features a gallery full of hand painted and customised bowling pins collected locally for this project. The exhibition opening will coincide the second annual street art and music festival, First Coat, and will be open from May 1st – 31st. So no matter your bowling style, make sure you don’t miss ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Gutter!’

Opening reception: 1 – 4pm, Saturday May 16th. 2015
TheGRID Gallery, Toowoomba
Exhibition on view: May 16th – 31st, 2015

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DALeast is releasing his 1st ever lithograph

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We just received these exclusive shots of DALeast working on his 1st ever lithograph @ legendary Idem Studio in Paris. Releasing with PrintThemAll.com, as a part of their series of prints for upcoming “Main Street” exhibition at the Mohammed VI Museum (MMVI) of modern and contemporary art in Rabat, Morocco, “egariM” will be available on Thursday, 7th of May.

“egariM is my first lithograph, depicting one of the latest scene from my work, which catches an instant of the shifting moment. The performers standing in the realm of impermanence. By looking at each individual character, one can catch the emotions such as hope and fear for their existence. This is also causing the mirage on the story – a cargo ship capsizing in the wave. If we observe this very moment by seeing the whole picture, we may detect the illusion built up by those lines and particles is only created from one character, who is holding the sentiments inside ones mind. Through working with Print Them All and the Idem Paris, I am honored and humbled to have this great opportunity transforming this original piece into lithograph. I deem this is one of the best prints that I have made so far.” – DALeast

This fine art edition is measuring 57.5 x 94 cm and will be available on Thursday, 7th of May at 2pm GMT via PrintThemAll.com, in edition of 60 pieces signed, stamped and numbered by the artist. The print is fine, 70gr hand made Maruosawashi Japanese paper which gives it smooth feel and delicate edges.

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VNA 30 – Out Now

VNA 30 is here, a landmark issue for us, it deserved an extra special artist for the cover – no less than Leonard McGurr, aka Futura, the artist formerly known as Futura2000.

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To get your copy – you can pick one up at your local independent newsagent, national WHSmith’s in the UK, Barnes & Noble stores in the US and of course, online here: www.verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-30

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Streetfest returns to Tobacco Dock this Sunday

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Streetfest is back this bank holiday Sunday for it’s 8th year, putting on their biggest & best show to date.

 

The line-up’s chock-full of talent from the worlds of art, music, urban sport, fashion and dance. Over 50 internationally celebrated graffiti & street artists will be representing from all corners of the globe, holding workshops, live wall painting & more.

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Artists include I.D crew members Tizer and Gent 48, Captain Kris, SPzero76, SiMitchell and Squirl of The Lost Soulz crew and talented painters InkFetish, ARTiSTA and Kaes.

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Musically speaking, a slew of live acts and DJS will be performing including grime scene stalwarts and Butterz Records bossmen Elijah & Skilliam, Shamz Le Roc, Isaiah Dreads and the So Fresh, So Clean boys. The Doctor’s Orders perform a full showcase whilst DJ Kutmah holds down the adidas stage with a headline DJ set.

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The 2015 Streetfest Sport programme combines demos, competitions, qualifiers and music for their biggest sports area to date. This includes a mini-ramp pro invitational contest for skateboarders and inline skates, as well as classic games of S.K.A.T.E culminating in an epic final. Pros include skates Chris Oliver and Dennis Lynn, and Red Bull BMXer Kyle Forte returning with his jump-box demo team.

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To top it all off they’ve got live tattooing from Paperchase Ink, digital graffiti walls and murals, a pop up nail bar and the Mayamada treasure hunt and funzone for the kids. Food both sweet & savory comes via some of London’s top street food traders, including Mama’s Jerk and Churros R Us.

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Check the StreetFest website for the full itinerary. StreetFest 2015 runs from 13:00 – 23:00 on bank holiday Sunday, 3rd May.

Tobacco Docks
50 Porters Walk,
Wapping,
London E1W 2SF

http://streetfest.net/

Swoon’s “The Road By Walking” Benefit Gallery Show for the Heliotrope Foundation

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Our cover artist Swoon (issue #25), recently started a new non-profit organization, the Heliotrope Foundation, dedicated to using art to create lasting social change. These days she joined forces with Dean Collection, for an exclusive event that will be opened on 13th of May in NYC @ 287 Gallery (287 Tenth Ave, NYC).

The Road By Walking is a gallery show of Swoon’s prints, drawings and scale models, based on her community projects in Haiti, New Orleans and Braddock, PA. Through her projects Swoon and her team are using art to make lasting social change in communities recovering from natural disasters and other urgent social crises. This show will be unique opportunity to have a look behind-the-scenes of these unique projects, showing never before shown sketches, architectural models and signature portrait prints.

The attendees of VIP reception on 13th of May have a chance to receive a limited-edition print only available at this event along with their ticket purchase. All proceeds from this event will benefit The Heliotrope Foundation, and a selection of works will be available on Paddle8.com starting on May 1.

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