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Nuart 2016 “Post-Street Art” Group Show

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This year’s Nuart festival was themed around the idea of “post-street art” as the new label for contemporary street art. Known for working with creatives that fit under the classic “street artist” label, but also muralists, studio artists, computer artists and painters, Nuart 2016 questioned whether this is the right moment to introduce a new term to define their work.

“Street art” was first used to define art that was often illegal, not related with galleries, and connected to revolutionary movements like punk, hip-hop or graffiti. The kind of art that we see nowadays under this same term is usually legal, often shown in galleries or institutions, and has very little or no connection to any of those movements. Over time, with influence of the Internet, social media and mural festivals worldwide, the approach to classic street art has changed significantly and so did the art itself. There are still many artists out there that are using the streets to show their creativity, their beliefs or rebellion, but this movement has evolved into something much larger than that.  So, after 16 consecutive years of organizing one of the most important street art festivals out there, its founder Martyn Reed wanted to trigger the discussion about adopting another term for the kind of art that the event is promoting.  Maybe it’s time to rethink the whole idea and find a new one to chronicle the kind of art that is created on the foundations of classic street art, not because we need to label everything, but only cause the old one seems to become redundant and deceiving at this point.

“Post-Street Art” group show included works and installations created by the Nuart 2016 participating artists during their stay in Stavanger. Divided inside the tunnels of Tou center, the works cover wide range of mediums, styles and messages sent through them. From Eron’s ghostly spraypaint image of an oil covered pelican, Fintan Magee colorful dining room or Robert Montgomery’s poem, all the way to Spy’s conceptual installation hidden behind the brick wall. The full list of participating artists include Eron, Evol, Add Fuel, Fintan Magee, KennardPhillips, Nipper, Spy, Jaune, Jeff Gillette, Robert Montgomery and Henrik Uldalen.

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Snub 23 Solo Show – POLYHEDRON

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With his first big event of the year, cyborg heavy-hitter Snub is treating us to POLYHEDRON, an all-new solo show in Southsea, Portsmouth, between the 2nd and the 30th of April. One of the key themes in the exhibition is to capture demonstrate the scope of the Brighton-based graphic artist, as mentioned when we caught up with him for a quick interview about the new show. Continue Reading →

45RPM at Entrepreneurs Store ‘Upstairs Gallery’ recap

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Bristol based graffiti artist / designer and sometimes-clothing-accessory-producer 45RPM recently opened a new exhibition Entrepreneurs Store ‘Upstairs Gallery’ in Stoke-on-Trent alongside a permanent mural in the city centre. Describing himself as a ‘Compulsive designer with his fingers in many creative pies who will paint, draw, design and photograph anything and everything’ 45RPMS work is a lighthearted take on 1970’s graffiti mixed with the slang and geographically idiosyncratic phrases in uk language. Continue Reading →

Stika – Phwoar Yeah

London-based artist, Josh Stika, aka Stika, has just opened his latest show in London’s Hoxton Hotel. Neon typography is in abundance, heavily influenced by lyrics from ’90s dance tunes. We got a few words from him about his career to date, the haters, ‘selling out’ and who he’d love to work with in the future.

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VNA: So can you tell us a bit more about your new show, where, when, etc?

Stika: The exhibition is at The Hoxton Hotel, Shoreditch. It launches on the 19th of November is up for 3 months in the build up to the bespoke ‘Stika’ hotel room opening in late January.

As a solo show I aimed to make it as diverse as possible to ensure that anyone visiting doesn’t feel like they’re looking at the same piece/style 30 times over. I dabbled with the idea of a ‘group solo’ show – then I just realised this made it look like I had multiple-personality disorder so I let that one go…

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A Blank Canvas Is A White Flag – David Walker

As we draw into a grey, monochrome winter a splash of colour feels much needed. That splash of colour comes to us in London next week in the form of David Walker’s upcoming solo show at the Lawrence Alkin Gallery, “A Blank Canvas Is A White Flag”. The show is heralded not only to be an all new collection of Walker’s trademark expressive portraiture but also groundbreaking for David as an artist as he explores new techniques and styles alongside collaborations with other amazing artists such as Ryan Callanan and Schoony. Ahead of this new development we sent Jodie to interview Walker for the lowdown on what to expect and where these new territories will lead him.

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Trafačka Comes To Shoreditch

The internationally recognised Praha based art collective, Trafačka, is coming to London in their Temple of Freedom exhibition on the 1st of May. Jodie visited their base earlier in the year and was hugely impressed by the level of creativity on show with every flat wall space covered with one design or another. After this it felt only right that we follow up the visit with an interview with their Artistic Manager and Producer, Blanka, and find out a little about the project and their coming show exhibition.

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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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Ben Frost x Cope2 – Durability

Krause Gallery NYC is excited to present their latest show from two legends, Cope2 & Ben Frost – “DURABILITY”
Reception: March 21st – 7:00 – 9:00pm – Runs through April 20th

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Coalescence – Drewfunk x Otis Chamberlain at Backwoods

COALESCENCE, a collaborative show from Otis Chamberlain and Drewfunk, opens this Friday from 6pm-10pm at Backwoods Gallery, Melbourne.

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Coalescence: the merging of many into one. A fundamental principle evident across all magnitudes and timescales. From the behaviour of subatomic particles and neurosynaptic pathways – to the evolution of galaxy super-clusters and beyond, Coalescence is the unifying process that defies entropy, organizes systems, manifests structure and perpetuates the exchange of energy and information – the act of creation itself.

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