Open Walls Conference in Barcelona has just closed its fourth edition, consolidating itself as the festival of reference for the international urban art scene. The public packed out La Nau Bostik, a former industrial space in la Sagrera, which has hosted most of this year’s mural interventions from renowned artists as well as Unlock, the first editorial fair specialized in graffiti and urban art, book presentations, workshops; music and amazing gastronomy from the street food fair Eat Street. The program was also supplemented by a debate about urban art conservation, gathering numerous international speakers and more than a hundred attendees at the CCCB.
RECORDAR (REMEMBER) is a participative intervention created with ephemeral chalk spray paint, based on the concept of remembrance, and measuring more than 23,500 square feet.
“RECORDAR means to pass through your heart. When a memory is relived we feel the same things that where lived and felt in the past.” Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada, a Cuban born artist who was raised in the US and is currently a resident in Barcelona, has created one of the largest public artworks in Spain, measuring more than 23,500 square feet (2,200 square meters). The participative and ephemeral artwork covered the Plaza Comercial, located in the Born section of Barcelona on October 1st, 2016. It was created with the help of local residents and more than 500 volunteers and had the philanthropic support of the small business association Born Comerç and the production support of Subagora Agency.
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.
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.
Lucy McLauchlan’s latest show, Where Were You Before Now, opens this Thursday 27th August, 7-10pm, at FluorescentSmogg gallery in Barcelona – Project Space, Carrer de Radas 41, T2, Poble Sec 08004, Barcelona
Fluorescent Smogg is pleased to announce a site-specific showcase of meditative work by London-based artist Xenz. The Moon On A Stick presents a new series of focused monochromatic illustrations and marks a brief departure from the artist’s vibrant idiosyncratic style.
Montana Colors brings together 20 international graffiti artists to celebrate 20 years anniversary at their hometown store/gallery – Montana Gallery Barcelona. This unique exhibition will show artworks of such graffiti legends as Dems, Dilk, Fasim, Flash, Jaba, Kaos, Kapi, Klor/Scien, Mookie, Musa, Nose, Os Gemeos, Popay, Posk, Sendys, Sunk, Suso33, Tkid, Wow123, Zeta. These 20 names are only representatives for the many other friends of the company, that won’t be able to get credit to in any gallery in the world, no matter how big it was.
Does what it says on the tin, but better – A short film by Pablo Aravena about painting letter and abstract graffiti in an abandoned factory near Barcelona
Music by Moonstarr – ‘Detriot’ – courtesy of Public Transit Recordings
One of the highlights of VNA Issue 15 for me was Ripo.And the guy has done it again with this new protest piece in Barcelona…AllCopsAreBastards (ACAB).
The man himself explains: “Last Friday, May 27th 2011, the Catalan police, the Mossos d’Esquadra, brutally evicted an ongoing and completely peaceful protest going on in Plaza Catalunya. The protestors never acted in an agressive way and never fought back yet the police continued to pummel them with batons and fire rubber bullets into the crowd, sending over a hundred people to the hospital.
None of those police bastards have had to answer for their actions. This piece is dedicated to the “indignats” who continue to peacefully fight against corrupt politics, police fascism, meaningless voting, and above all for actually having a voice in how their country is run.”
To read more about the man hit up the shop and order your copy of Issue 15!
After his recent solo exhibition in Barcelona Ripo (originally from New York) talks about his work and moving to Europe.