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POW! WOW! Hawaii 2017 Photo Round Up

After touring globe and beautifying the streets of eight different cities, contemporary art initiative POW! WOW! returned to its hometown in Oahu, Hawaii for its 2017 festivities. Taking place between February 11th and the 18th, artists headed over to the Kaka’ako neighbourhood to create a bunch of new murals and installations. As much as the festival is about art, it’s also about music, community and culture.

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These images tell the story of the island life behind the murals, as well as showing some of the brightest and best artistic talent out there right now. Some images are from a trip to Papahana Kuaola, a non-profit organization in Waipao that provides aina based learning experiences focused on connecting the area’s past with a sustainable future.

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Artists from overseas this year included: Careaux, Cinta Vidal, Dan Witz, Defer, The Draculas, Drew Merritt, Evoca, Glazed Paradise, James Jean, Joram Roukes, Kevin Lyons, Maya Hayuk, Michelle Tanguay, Mr. Jago, Oakoak, OG Slick, Ouizi, PichiAvo, Shok-1, Tara McPherson, Tavar Zawacki (Above), Telmo Miel and Woes, alongside local Hawaiian artists Beak, Ckaweeks, Dak1ne, Devour, Gavin Murai, Hoven, Jasper Wong, Jeffrey Gress, Kai Kaulukukui, Kamea Hadar, Kaplan Bunce, Katch, Lucky Olelo, Maek, Mason Rose, Mung Monster, Ran Noveck, Prime, Puff, Rolando Venegas, Solomon Enos, Soker, Uglykids, Whomu and Wooden Wave.

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Dan Witz – Mosh Pits, Raves and One Small Orgy

In what will be his third solo exhibition at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Witz continues to develop his acclaimed mosh pit series while also exploring new surroundings. With a career spanning over three decades Witz has evolved from being a pioneer of the street art movement to refining a studio practice that incorporates both digital and old master techniques.

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Influenced by the work of Renaissance painters Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel, his large-
scale oil paintings of rampant crowds embody a rebellious and provocative nature that’s heightened by a stunning hyperreal aesthetic. He elaborates:

“I’m an academic realist painter, but I’m living in the 21st century, so I’m not going to be painting Roman soldiers invading, or some gothic baroque composition…The highest aspiration of an academic realist painter are these big group figure paintings, and I’m using the hardcore scene as my subject.”

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In this new series of work, Witz continues to portray the frenetic motion of mosh pits but also expands upon his usual hardcore setting in a pair of works called Brite Nite, which depict rave scenes. As their luminous title suggests this atmospheric change has fostered a tonal shift, resulting in compositions that are euphoric and less physically aggressive. Witz further develops this notion in Small Orgy, an amorphous interlocking of nude figures in the midst of experiencing different stages of ecstasy.

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While building upon established themes Witz remains true to his skillful methods of conveying light, shadow, movement and depth. Mosh Pits, Raves and One Small Orgy exemplifies his renowned trompe l’oeil artistry, as well as his ability to epitomize the primordial instincts of his subjects.

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Miami – Scope & Art Basel 2014 Photo-Set

We hit Miami for the art fairs this year and while we were impressed with the overall scale and sheer size of Art Basel, Scope held a few gems too… Here’s a few of our favourite shots.

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Urban Nation Berlin – PM6 Photo Roundup

Our main man Henrik ‘Lamar’ Haven was out in Berlin for the latest installation of Urban Nation’s ‘Project M’ series, curated by Jonathan LeVine. Featuring work from DAN WITZ, DALEAST, JEFF SOTO, NYCHOS, OLEK, SANER, ONUR, WES21, ALO, SOKAR UNO, CANVAZ.

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NUART PLUS

Nuart Plus is the festivals annual series of academic and industry talks from some of the world leading artists, academic and industry professionals. A dynamic series of talks, presentations, workshops, panel debates, film screenings and more take place in the days before the exhibition opening. Previous guests have included Ron English, Swoon, Saber, Chris Stain, Dan Witz, Brad Downey, Logan Hicks and many more.

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The events are recorded and made available on their website for research and educational purposes for free. The archive will be developed over the coming years into what they hope eventually gives an important historical insight into the life and times of Street Art. NUART 2014 : “BENEATH THE PAVING STONES, THE BEACH” This year’s Nuart Plus program will tackle the two ends of the street art-continuum, namely “safe murals” on the one hand and street art and activism on the other.

Guests and Keynote speakers:

Evan Pricco (US) / Carlo McCormick (US) / Andreco (IT) / Peter Bengtsen (SE) / RJ Rushmore (US) / Steven P. Harrington (US) / Jaime Rojo (US / Eirik Sjåholm Knutsen (NO) / Maismenos (PT) / Mathieu Tremblin (FR) / Natalie Hegert (US)

Swoon – Submerged Motherlands – Brooklyn Museum

Swoon’s latest installation opens to the public on April 11th. We headed over for a sneak preview of the biggest street art installation of the year. After months of sweat, headaches, doubtless countless tears, sheer exasperation and hours and days of preparation from Swoon and the team, this is what unfolded. I’m not sure Brooklyn Museum were quite ready for it…

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More jump off after the jump off…
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