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“Noche de Calaveras” at Buckshot Gallery in Los Angeles, CA

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The newest addition to Los Angeles’ thriving art scene, Buckshot Gallery opened its doors in October with its star studded inaugural exhibition “Noche de Calaveras.” Co-founder and graffiti icon turned gallery owner RISK partnered with Kevin Zinger and Ivory Daniels from The Regime as well as local entrepreneurs Howard and Bryan Spunt to create a space in which artists could have the freedom to show works outside of their norm. “Noche de Calaveras” featured work from over thirty five iconic graffiti writers and artists in the form of mixed media skulls, prints, photographs, videos, and books.

The attendance was overwhelming and among this thriving crowd of art lovers were many of the exhibiting artists, including Van Styles, Vyal, Seen, Sel, Shark Toof, attending to sign books, chat about their pieces and lives. The overarching concept to bring together a large group of talented street artists was linked together by the presence of molded skulls. Some, like Slick’s “Death of Innocence” were transformed into otherworldly characters, and others, like RISK’s “Collateral Damage” and “Rorschach” were more classically painted on with aerosols, car paint, and filigree flawlessly emphasizing an object we perceive as mundane. SEEN took over an entire wall with his pieces, making homages to his NYC punk days with “Uncle Frank,” “Punked,” and “Grampa,” while juxtaposing it with a more contemporary color palette in “Colorveras.”

Exhibiting artists at “Noche de Calaveras” include: Risk, Seen, Tristan Eaton, Nathan Ota, Estevan Oriol, Slick, Andrew Hem, David Flores, Everlast, Evidence, O.G. Abel, Phil Frost, Saber, Sonny Boy, Van Styles, Aaron Thomas, Ariel Gold, Vyal, Axis, Ernie Cefalu, Franco Vescovi, Ariel Gold, Cookie, Meggs, Shark Toof, Steven Lippman, and more.

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Natalia Rak is showing “Butterfly Effect” @ Montana Gallery Barcelona

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On October 16th Montana Gallery Barcelona opened a solo show by the young Polish artist Natalia Rak. “Butterfly Effect” is  her first exhibition in Spain and it features all new body of work created for this event, consisting of canvases and couple of works on paper.

Natalia gathered international recognition with her recognizable murals she’s been painting around Europe and the world. Mixing different classic techniques and methods learned during fine arts study along with street art aesthetics, her style is a blend of the most exciting from the two worlds. The influences by Marvel, Rockwell, or Giger are only adding to the uniqueness of her visual language. Her dreamlike, vibrant works are mostly inspired on her own view on reality or dreams, from an ironic viewpoint. Both scary and humorous at the same time, the works carry childlike innocence and imagination fused with almost twisted mind of a 21st century young woman. From little girls flying with balloons to drowning lovers “Butterfly Effect” shows both the power of her imagination and the strength of her artistic skills, accented with her signature use of exceptionally over saturated color palette.

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Lek, Jaw & Kan showing “Amerouge” @ Galerie 42B

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Lek, Kan & Jaw, members of the infamous DMV crew, recently had a 3 day exhibition/installation showing @ Galerie 42b in Paris. Opening on 18th of June, “Amerouge” featured works whose imagery was influenced by American culture and were all connected through warm red tones (rouge).
Very diverse in their styles and technique, the artists created a harmonious show which was united by the effective installation using red plastic wrap. Using only dots from a tip of his Squeezer pens, Kan created his tribute to American icons such as Bernie Dexter, Marilyn Monroe, Rita Haywoth. etc. In contrast to his meticulous work, Jaw’s painting include both massive paint splatters and delicate brush work. By layering these two techniques, he achieved the effect of damaged or aged motionless photographs or screenshots, perfectly matching the imagery of his crew mate. Finally, Lek’s complex geo abstraction pieces created with paint roller and brush are linking the works together in a subtle way, covering tones of other works and transforming them in an abstract form. (Photo credit by Nicolas Gzeley)

Preview of Sowat’s “Ars Longa Vita Brevis” solo show in Geneve

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Opening tonight (April 23rd) in Geneva, Sowat will be having a solo show with Richard & Le Feuvre Gallery in Switzerland. For this exhibition French-American graffiti artist prepared new body of work that is based on calligraphy and typography, visual languages he fell in love during his stays in California years ago.

Known as a part of the infamous Da Mental Vaporz crew, Sowat has exhibited and painted both legal or illegal all around France and Europe, including working at the Palais de Tokyo. For this particular show he created works on canvas an paper, using various techniques from bamboo stick to acrylic and spray can, as well as an exclusive limited edition lithograph release. Whether understandable or abstract, the works are carrying obvious energy that was put into their creation, juxtaposing the rawness and quickness of graffiti tags with the precision and patience of traditional calligraphy techniques, as seen from these studio preview photos we received.

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Experience Stendhal Syndrome With Katrin Fridriks @ Circleculture Gallery

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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.

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Borondo Working On London Debut Show

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Spanish-born artist Gonzalo Borondo, is currently in London working on his upcoming solo debut organized by Rex Romae. From limited information we could get about this event, Animal will be a complex installation/show focused on conflict between our innate animal instincts and our present lives, which are coated with the dependence of technology and our fear for the unknown. With this in mind, the artist will divide the huge space into 8 different sections, covering different themes, all relating to dramatic nature of the humans.

Known to work with all kind of mediums, from fire (seen above), to scratching, acrylic, spray paint, and pretty much anything that leaves physical mark, Borondo will also be presenting video installations and painting animations in collaboration with Carmen Maín (Spain), and sculpture installations, created together with Edoardo Tresoldi (Italy) and Despina Charitonidi (Germany). The show curated by Rom Levy, founder of RexRomae, and noted art curator, Charlotte Dutoit from JustKids, will will take place at a pop-up location in Shoreditch, and will be open to visitors from the 5th through the 28th of February.

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Phil Frost solo show @ Galeria Javier Lopez in Madrid

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Galeria Javier Lopez in Madrid is currently showing a first European solo show by legendary New York-based painter Phil Frost. Intuitive Mathematics is an overview of most recent works constructed with his instantly recognizable aesthetics, and it refers to his creative process which is described as “intuitive perceptive portraiture”.

The layers of over saturated colors, flowing lines, and finally most recognizable, white mask-like shapes, are all key elements of his work. By multiplying these over and over again, using different techniques and mediums, Frost is creating eclectic patterns that spread over different surfaces, immune to physical or formal limitations. From papers or canvas to vintage suitcases, helmets, record sleeves, baseball bats and even plane bombs, his intuitive portraiture takes over any shapes or forms. This peculiar technique that evolved from his unique typography earned him a reputation of a leading contemporary artist even Frost had no formal artistic education. The complexity of his visual language allows each of his works to be seen as a compact art piece, but also, it gives the observer a chance to dissected it into infinite smaller, separate sections and images.
The show will stay on view all the way until 4th of February, so make sure you examine these complex works in person while visiting the Spanish capital.

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Martin Whatson Pop-Up Show “Hide And Seek” @ RexRomae, London

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Norwegian stencil artist, Martin Whatson, will be having a solo exhibition with London-based RexRomae gallery from the 6th through the 9th of November at their pop-up location @ 9 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8AA. Only few days before the opening, we got an exclusive look into what Martin was working on for this show in his studio.

Whatson’s recognizable combination of stencil art with graffiti writing and tags paved the way for his work around Europe and America, both through murals, original works and print editions. With his upcoming London show, the artists is exploring the continuous metamorphosis of the city’s ecosystem, through marking the canvas the same way people make their mark on society. Conflicting the symbols of “good” painted with stencils, against “evil” represented through colorful chaotic tags and graffiti, his idea is to show the relationship between right and wrong.

“I feel like my background is more from the fine art world, but I found interest in doing art myself through graffiti so I like to incorporate both. It’s like a fusion of two interests – the fine art and the street art – but I find that the aesthetics of graffiti is my favourite thing, so that’s why I try to incorporate it.”

Along with introducing new works on canvas, created exclusively for this show, Whatson will release a new hand painted print “Climber”, in a limited edition of 50, which will be available in person only at the gallery.

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Vhils “Dissection” Museum Show Recap

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From 5th of July until 5th of October 2014, Alexandre Farto aka Vhils, our Issue #22 cover artist, had a big museum show at the EDP Foundation in Lisbon. Being his biggest show so far, the focus of the show was dissecting the elements of what we recognize as urban life. The show included various styles of works, from public pieces through the city, signature scratched doors, paper and wood panels, styrofoam sculptures, to impressive dissected train cars. After 15 years of creating art, 2 years of working on this particular show, 3 months of showing the works to the public, Vhils’ landmark solo show reached a record-breaking attendance of over 65,000 visits!

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