Our man Liam keown was in Amsterdam at the end of last year and managed to pop and see FAKE in his studio.
Following the trend of similar establishments in Hong Kong and New York, Amsterdam recently opened doors to Europe’s first Street Art Bar – “De Bajes”. Located on Rembrandtplein, at the very end of the vibrant Utrechtsestraat, this unique place has been opened to business since February 16th.
With inside murals painted by the likes of D*Face, Ben Eine, The London Police, Jaune, Hugo Kaagman, Laser 3.14, Bortusk Leer and many others, “De Bajes” offers an unique opportunity to enjoy these works while enjoying your favorite drink or meal. The name of the place is a Dutch slang for ‘prison’, but the original Yiddish meaning is actually ‘home’, and coziness is one quality that is very important to the owners, as it is for all the Dutch people. Along with permanent murals that were painted recently, the place will host a variety of exhibitions for big names and up and coming street artists in collaboration with Vroom & Varossieau gallery. Currently they are displaying works by Laser 3.14, Soren Solkaer, Red Mice District and Cranio, with much more artist being lined up for the future. Aside from exciting art, “De Bajes” offers exciting menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner during day, as well as cocktails, craft beers, bar bites and a diverse DJ-programming. (Photo credit by Peter Baas)
I first encountered Drew Leshko’s work at SCOPE Art Fair in Miami…two maybe three winters ago. Steadily and without fail, I’ve become a bigger and bigger fan of his 1:12 classic dollhouse scale models of gritty urban landscapes and worn travel vehicles.
On Friday October 28th, Andenken and Makerversity Amsterdam are hosting Drew’s first solo exhibition in Europe ‘Heaven is Whenever’ . I caught up with Drew in advance of the show.
Moniker Art Fair 2016 opens this week and we’re pretty excited! Some of our favourite galleries are going to be showcasing the best of their artists and there’s some great new projects from the Art on a Postcard guys, Maser and our boy Josh Stika! This year also features open studios from some of London and Dublin’s finest.
NYC-based artist Michael De Feo also known as ‘The Flower Guy” has gained world recognition with his iconic flower symbols painted on the streets of more than 60 cities worldwide in the last 25 years. “The Fashion Pages” sprouted from a series of ad space and bus shelter takeovers on the streets of NYC and grew into a complete body of work created on magazine pages inside his NYC studio.
The new pieces created on editorials and advertisements are result of De Feo’s interest in the world of fashion. Through his new floral interventions the artist transforms the original images and the models within, turning these icons of our time into ethereal creatures and blurring the line between unsanctioned & authorized works. These unlawful ‘collaborations’ ended up getting positive feedback from the photographers, models and brands involved, which lead to sponsored partnerships like recently designed line of women’s accessories for Echo, takeover of Neiman Marcus’ April catalog, and a campaign for Christian Louboutin. On April 8th he will be introducing this new body of work @ The Garage, a 17th century carriage house in the canals of Amsterdam, as well as with series of bus stop fashion takeovers around the city.
CLET (Brittany, 1966) is an Italian artist with Breton origins working in the urban context with installations over buildings and (always removable) modifications to road signs.
The artist’s main purpose is to actively claw back public spaces.
Our man in Amsterdam, Hyland Mather of Andenken Gallery, recently caught up with Laser 3.14 for an interview. Remaining anonymous, Laser 3.14 is the pseudonym of a poetic painter, also from Amsterdam. Writing his short socio-critical messages on fences and construction site hoardings all over the world, his pen-name is a reference to his love for Sci-fi. The 3.14 in his name stands for the numerical denomination for Pi, the letters of which also represent an abbreviation for Public Image. As well as working on the streets, he is an exhibiting artist and cartoonist, with a book, ‘Are You Reading Me’, published in 2009.
Here’s Laser’s take on the world…
The image of a skull is timeless, a permanent reminder of our own impermanence, and has been covered in art since times began. In the early Renaissance a skull would be kept on the desk as an ornament along with the phrase “Memento Mori” (“Remember you will die.”) and the same obsession has remained until today when we are casting them from platinum and encrusting them with over eight thousand diamonds. One artist, however, has taken it upon himself to undertake a three year long quest to explore our fascination with the humble cranium, everything it is, does and makes us feel.
Something big is happening with Aussie artist Lush in Amsterdam, details to be revealed this Friday on here and at www.lushsux.com, you can also follow @lushsux on instagram and twitter to find out more this week.
Our buddies in Amsterdam put together this little video exclusive for VNA from their latest show at GO Gallery in Amsterdam, featuring work from Bustart, Zaira, The London Police and more.
This clip is part of a larger Dutch graffiti documentary coming soon…
Thanks to Rhylie Luanweir for the exclusive.