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A benefit for Oker…

Pure Evil gallery hosts this benefit event for graffiti writer Oker who was recently arrested, charged and jailed for various vandalism charges against him. Like him or loathe him, Oker is a writer that is on another level! The first graffiti i was exposed to in my home towns of Tunbridge and Tunbridge Wells was Oker… Oker Oker Oker, on the streets, on the trains, on the train tracks and in the abandoned buildings I found myself in… Legend. Make sure if you are in London that you get to this and help support his family whilst he is inside…

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MTV RE: DEFINE 2012…

The guys at The Future Tense have again curated the exhibition for MTV RE:DEFINE event in Dallas. Its looking very nice. Some of the artists featured…  Charming Baker, Pedro Matos, Ryan McGinness, Parra,  Swoon, Juergen Teller and Dave White.

These are some of the stand out pieces for me anyway…

Michael Craig-Martin

Tomokazu Matsuyama

Ryan McGinness

Parra has also designed the t-shirts for the event. A great cause and a great looking exhibition/auction.

 

What do you know about "Sticker Phiends"?

I love a good exhibition about stickers. VNA caught up with MadOne (Founder and curator of Sticker Phiends) as the next exhibition gets closer and found out a bit more about these fairly annual exhibitions which attract big name artists such as Anthony Lister and Shepard Fairey to get involved.

How long have you been involved in street art/sticker art/urban art? 

I have actively been involved with this art form for almost 16 years now.

How did ‘Sticker Phiends’ come about?
Well I started traveling over to LosAngeles quit a bit at least a couple times a month viewing shows, hanging artwork and being apart of the LA arts community as much as possible due to the fact that Phoenix was lacking in it at the time. So shortly after coming back from a recent trip I was at my friends boutique/gallery downtown Phoenix one day and we just got to talking about more in depth about phoenix vs LA art scene and the amount of quality shows and artists LA has. So he said to me why don’t you put together a show here and we will open it on a first friday. So that I did, it all manifested in April of 2007. I started hitting up some of my friends and other artists I’ve shown with throughout the U.S. and a few beyond inviting them to take part in the show I was putting together featuring stickers,adhesive art and posters. So my homie Sike’/One Son and I came up with the name one night as to what it should be called originally it was spelled “Sticker Fiends”, but I had to mix it up and throw a “PH” on it to somewhat represent Phoenix. Five years later the show has opened in Portland,Oregon in April and now will be traveling down to it’s home base in Phoenix,AZ for the 5.2 edition. No regrets!!!!
How do you pick which artists are involved in the shows you put on?
Well the first year was somewhat invites and partially open call only through specific people/posters on the web. Over the years the show has had such a great success on numerous levels I have had to do invites only and really get the artists people love to see on the streets and in the galleries as well, making it a win-win mix. Just to name a few artists involved in the past few shows are Obey, BigFoot1, Anthony Lister, Cope2, Slick, London Police, and MANY OTHERS!! Thanks to everyone who has ever been involved with this show. 

Vinne Nylon 'Poptimism'…

Yeah! Love this promo video from Vinnie Nylon (Featured in issue 8 ) Check it out and be sure to go check out his show at High Roller Society in a couple of weeks…

Vinnie Nylon – Poptimism from vinnienylon on Vimeo.

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Welcome to Poptimism, the first solo show in London by Vinnie Nylon.

Vinnie Nylon has been involved in the street art and graffiti movement for over 25 years, producing walls, print, paintings, graphics and billboards for a variety of small and international companies and commissioners.

This all new body of work is born out of a lifelong collecting obsession, a visual playground in which all of the collected toys and mascots meet head on, a collision designed to level the fields of high and low art. Where old meets new and ultra cute takes on a slightly sinister undertone.

Since the mid 90s Vinnie Nylon has been placing an army of candy coloured characters and advertising mascots onto canvas and walls. A new spin on old favourites, a savage twist on others, all harking back to a simpler post war era when the distinction between childhood and adulthood was so much clearer.
Lost icons that are no longer employed to distract us from the austerity of mid century Britain and America take on their new guise to reclaim their rightful place in a new visual universe.

Television as smokescreen, popular as social acceptance, reality sugar coated with a big goofy smile slapped on it. Poptimism reintroduces, reevaluates and explores the themes of seduction by ad media, sentimental attachment and mass production.

The works on show include vintage petrol cans, sticker art, fanzine and screen print as well as a number of new paintings and mixed media pieces. Trademark bright colours and thick impasto sit beside the more demure offerings of hand finished print and collage pieces.

The frame is the door that leads into a world of visual pop delights and plastic fantastic high low art for all to enjoy, so step inside and keep it pop, never stop playing.

Vinnie Nylon – Poptimism from vinnienylon on Vimeo.

One of the UK’s great talents right here.