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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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Fieldinspired – Richard Field

Bright-eyed, bushy-tailed new designer Richard Field is a graphic artist and aspiring clothes designer who has recently made waves with a series of limited edition prints, personally hand delivered to customers around London. His incredibly intricate illustrations explore the complexity of natural forms with a limited yet striking colour palette, each and every creation exhibiting the same ‘third eye’ distinctive logo. We caught up with him to find out a little more…

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Dscreet “Look Of Love” Film and Print

Inspired by the age old art of seduction and the current phenomenon of online dating, Dscreet’s just put out this new film and print release.

The Edition and film launch online today with Prescription Art.

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LookOfLove wide mirror reflection LF6A7975 webDscreet - The Look Of Love collage webTheres 4 sexy colorways of the paper print edition, but also a special edition in 2 colorways printed onto a framed mirror so you can love yourself in the reflection.

Dscreet says;

“Bond set a knowing tongue in cheek standard for the archetype of seduction. I grew up on those films, but in the modern world I’m watching a lot of my friends growing obsession with online dating and matchmaking. At first it seems in human and too processed or calculated, but it doesn’t seem to matter whether you hookup in a bar or on a laptop, the end result is still Love.”

 

LookOfLove Closeup mirror reflectionLF6A7993Dscreet also made this “Boudoir” film as a homage to his fascination with Bond movies and hooking up on the internet

 

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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The Extinction Project – Walden

In an artistic world where bigger is better, it can be easy to overlook street art’s subtler areas. From an 8-inch, 8-bit invader to a psychedelically coloured rough-and-ready Pidgeon statue brightening up your morning commute, it’s the little things that can sometimes make a big impact. Walden, or Indiana as she is casually known is prolific within the Shoreditch area of London, the local geography saturated with the quiet presence of her eulogy-style pieces, highlighting the extinction of iconic animals in the not so distant past.

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L7M – “No Hope, No fear”

In 2001 one thirteen year old Brazilian boy wielded a spray can for the first time… Thirteen years further L7M, now 26, has scarcely looked back. From his home city of Sao Paolo this prolific artist has sent colourful birds migrating onto walls on a worldwide scale. In light of his recent globetrotting, VNA got in touch with L7M for a short interview to find out a little more about his life and work.

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Meanwhile in Ultraland – Look (Lars Wunderlich)

‘Meanwhile in Ultraland’ is LOOK, aka Lars Wunderlich’s upcoming solo-show at Epicentro art showcase his current works on canvas, drawings and prints. The exhibition centers around the series …It was all green instead.

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The topic of the big sized paintings is going back to a dream LOOK had as a teenager: Plunging into the fluid ground of the earth he was able to see the blurred world from below. Carrying and being inspired by this vision LOOK felt now encouraged to paint what he saw down there so many years ago. This dream considered as a starting point for the entire imagery of the artist is strongly connected to the topics he is dealing with. Meanwhile in Ultraland is a post apocalyptic world, ruled by nature.

Opening October 12th – 26th

More info: www.epicentroart.com

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Blek le Rat | Escaping Paris

New York’s ‘The Quin Hotel’ has welcomed Blek le Rat as its artist in residence this fall with an exhibit titled, ‘Blek le Rat | Escaping Paris.’ Curated by DK Johnston, the exhibit features 10 large-scale original Blek le Rat paintings, as well as an edition of 25 unique multiples and lithography the artist is creating at the New York Academy of Art during his tenure. This ambitious exhibition of monotypes and lithography is the result of the artist’s collaboration with the team at NYAA. Presented through the Quin Arts program, Blek le Rat’s latest show opens with an invitation-only reception and artist salon at the Quin on October 8th and will be on display during fall 2014.

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