Last time I saw Scott, we were playing ping pong at The Marcy Project in Brooklyn. Sadly for me, he beat me in a best of 7. It still stings a bit. I mention it here as a form of therapy I think. Anyway, I’m catching up with him now as his two person show with Mary Iverson called ‘Correspondence’ has just opened at Andenken in Amsterdam on November 11th.
French artist Lek, member of the DMV crew, known for his exploration of the graffiti letters and abstract forms, is returning to Paris for his solo show at Galerie 42b. On 3rd November the artist will present a series of works on canvas painted during his one year residency at the prestigious French Academy in Rome at the villa Medici.
Creating art that catches the eye and draws the attention is something that artists around the world strive for, be it with size, bright colours, high impact subject matter or one-of a kind delivery, everyone wants to produce something that reaches out and grabs the audience. However, in the work of French-born artist Marchal Mithouard it could just do literally that. We got in contact for a short interview and asked him to tell us a little about himself.
Inoperable gallery in Vienna is currently showing “Cosmogramma”, a solo show by Polish artist Bartek “Pener” Świątecki. Opened on May 8th and staying on view through June 27th, the show features his new series of abstract and deconstructive canvases based on geo elements, as well as large pieces painted inside and outside the gallery.
After years of being a graffiti artist, and being limited with writing letters, Pener built his visual language into something that is universally communicative. He evolved the alphabet into surfaces, and made words become unpredictable shapes created with bright colors and sharp lines. While his work can be seen as closeup element of wild style graffiti, upon closer examination they are much more than that. Through use of clean lines, transparency of spray paint, drips and splatters, his works are focusing the energy and rawness of graffiti onto a smaller format. The new genre under which his work can be fitted is Graffuturism, and the series of work titled „Cosmogramma” refers to the very moment when Bartek abandoned classical graffiti and started his individual search for the essence of style.
Stendhal Syndrome or Florence syndrome is a psychosomatic condition caused by viewing certain artistic or historical artifacts, especially when the art is particularly beautiful or a large amount of art is in a single place. With that in mind, Icelandic artist Katrin Fridriks, named an entire series of works after this phenomenon, and finally, her current solo show @ Circle Culture gallery in Berlin. The landmark show opened on 21st of November and is one of her most significant projects to date by many accounts.
The significance of this event can be seen through the fact that this particular exhibition will be the core of Fridriks’ first monograph that’s gonna be released through Skira Publishing later this year. Focused on 13 years of creation & evolution of her distinctive style and technique, the book will be explaining and showing her work through pieces now showing in Berlin.
One of the main characteristics of Fridriks’ abstract paintings and conceptual installations are limitless ways of viewing the works. Her unique expressive technique that include thick layers of paint flowing and splattering over canvas, results in complex visuals that can be seen as a whole, but also, examined in almost limitless macro perspective. In order to present this sensation, the artist produced an interactive installation titled Perception of the Stendhal Syndrome vs. Gene&Ethics – Master Prism. Consisting of an over sized magnifying glass and a large canvas, this piece allows the observer to immerse into the artwork and experience it in a way that wasn’t possible before. This groundbreaking approach to presenting her work, secured Fridriks participation at the 56th Venice Biennale, so after closing of the show on 15th of February, this installation will be on view at the Palazzo Bembo in Venice.
Almost simultaneously, another piece from the show, Riding Awareness – Noble Eye-Catcher, will be shown at Reykjavik Art Museum as a part of a big group show titled Just painted (Contemporary Painting In Iceland). This historic exhibition will feature works by most important contemporary Icelandic artists, and Fridriks will be represented with this signature colorful installation, that is balancing between painting and sculptural work.
The Outsiders gallery in Newcastle recently opened a group show following the global recognition and success of young Polish artists and muralists. Lead by the Etam Cru’s Sainer and Bezt, Polish street art scene bloomed in the recent years, bringing us couple of big events as well as recognizable new styles and names. Jednakowo/Różni (Equally/Various or Same/Different) is featuring original works by Robert Proch, Chazme, Sepe, Nawer, Pener, M-City and Otecki.
Mostly presenting abstract works, the exhibition is showcasing the best new contemporary urban talent from the country. From Robert Proch, Sepe, or Otecki’s more figurative works that are bordering with abstraction, Chazme’s architecture influenced creations, Pener and Nawer’s futuristic dynamic, geo based, bright colored abstract paintings, all the way to M-City’s bold stencils. With most of the artists coming from a graffiti background, having some impressive, often collaborative murals behind them, the step into gallery works was a logical and natural way of progressing. What is pretty impressive is the ease that these young talents transferred their work on a new medium, and the quality of the works created for this show.
The show opened on 31st of October 2014 and will stay on view until 29th of November 2014 @ The Outsiders in Newcastle. (Photos by Pener)
Development and evolution are some of the most important elements within every artist of every art form however they are perhaps most tangible in the work of the Czech artist, Point. With a collected wealth of experience, inspiration, ability and execution, his prolific art dominates the Prague art scene from subtle hidden “Pointies” on street corners to gigantic geometric behemoths in the middle of the street. We touched base for a chat with him and covered the important issues, inspiration, growing older and the colour red.
With ASSIOMA Moneyless and Augustine Kofie meet at the Avantgarden Gallery to explore a new theory, finding together all the similarities and differences in their works, juxtaposing them. Moneyless takes care of building a solid foundation and Kofie begins a process of research combing Geometric and Hyperuranic Platonic perfection with the virus of reality. The work of Augustine Kofie therefore becomes one of the possible variables directly connected with Moneyless’ axiomatic purity.
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Next Thursday (27th September) see’s the launch of Gamma Proforma’s Futurism 2.0 show at Blackall Studios. Dubbed as London’s first Graffuturist exhibition, the line up reads like a roll call of some of the biggest names in Abstract Graffiti. Augustine Kofie, SheOne, Joker, Lyken, Remi/Rough, Part2ism, Delta, Mr Jago, Poesia, O.Two, Mare139 and many more! If you’re not in London you might want to pick up the catalogue from the Gamma store. More info at www.futurism2-0.com
Here’s a really nice visual and sound summary of our friend Mark‘s show in London last year. The event was organised by Gamma Proforma. The locations were iconic XOYO club and car park outside VIllage Underground.