Tag Archives: Graffiti

To Find Authenticity; Saber Interview

 

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One of the most passionate, articulate and important individuals ever to grace an art form Saber needs very little introduction, his intricate and giant style find form in everything from pure abstraction to confrontational political action. Whilst the glory days of record breaking pieces may be behind him, he retains an honesty whose clarity is a cutting as ever. I had the pleasure of speaking to him about progress, parenthood and politics.

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Jose De Diego School, Wynwood – Robert De Los Rios Interview

The Jose De Diego Middle School sits just outside of the Wynwood arts district in Miami. Although Wynwood itself is gentrifying quickly, the areas around it, the areas that feed the school, like Overtown, are still fairly impoverished, tuff, and derelict. The JDD has little to no money for arts teachers, and as a result the school has no art programs. As a reaction to this, the school is now graced with over 80 murals created by Street Artists and Graffiti Artists from around the world. This massive on-going mural project is organized in large part by Robert De Los Rios as part of his RAW (Reimagining the Arts in Wynwood) effort. De Los Rios sat down with our man Hyland Mather and ate some Cuban food at the old school local’s diner, Enriqueta’s, where Rios did the ordering.

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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 →

ARTURb 2015: when art-curators decide to become art-caretakers freedom opens all prison gates.

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ARTURb 2015’s edition took place again in Lagos, middle end of September. AKA CORLEONE, ALIAS, BOSOLETTI, MR WOODLAND and REGG were the artists invited to create pieces of art while based at an old prison.

VNA was invited to fully cover this edition. We arrived to Lagos on a Friday’s still warm, late night. The guys were finishing dinner at a tasca (typical Portuguese kind of bistro) the long table resonating with conversations’ sounds and laughter (and a little bit of booze, too). The organizers, Jorge Pereira, Maria João Alcobia and Nuno Pereira were sitting amongst the artists. No formal behaviors or ceremonial mannerisms at sight; the whole atmosphere was the one of a group of good friends having dinner. Quite uncommon for an artistic residence, we shared with Nuno Pereira:

NP (smiling):  Do you think so? Well, we prefer to see ourselves more as art-caretakers than as art-curators…

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ARTURb: imprisonment is a beautiful way to free art on the streets.

This summer we chose Lagos for our holiday destination. We were looking for beautiful, quiet beaches,  nice hot stretches in the sun, cool places for drinks before dinner, and, yes, a little bit of buzz.  No more expectations.  The truth is we had much more than that: we ended up being struck by what we found on the city walls. 

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As you start to wander the alleys you literally bump into pieces from international artists such as ROA, BEZT, SAINER, ARYZ, SEPE, ONUR or BORONDO, to mention some, in addition to works from well known Portuguese ones as MÁRIO BELÉM, MAISMENOS, ADDFUEL, amongst others. It wouldn’t be as dazzling if we were in Berlin or Buenos Aires; the thing is it takes place in Lagos, a tiny spot on the Portuguese map, a small picturesque village. How the hell is this happening here?

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VIDEO: Berlin Kidz x Alaniz’s Message to Berlin on Gentrification

A few months ago when we were back in Berlin during Urban Nation we had a chance to go out on a mission with one of Berlin’s most prolific graffiti crews, the Berlin Kidz.  Take a look closer and you’ll see them abseiling down the wall to catch their tags. As that was going on Alaniz had his mile-high roller brush working on the middle finger from the ground. What’s crazy about this spot is Blu had buffed the entire wall black a few months prior to this as he didn’t like the real estate developers idea of having new condos that would have a great view of the local art hot spot. This was the message the Berlin Kidz and Alaniz had to say about that. Check out the time lapse and action photos shot by Birdman.

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Travis Young aka TRAV “If Nothing Changes” @ Artgang Art Contemporain in Montreal

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Artgang Art Contemporain in Montreal, recently opened a solo exhibition “If Nothing Changes” by Travis Young aka TRAV. TRAV is a California-based who recently started producing fine art after years of making traditional letter-based graffiti as a member of MSK crew. On July 10th he introduced his first Canadian exhibition which features a dozen paintings on paper.

Through his work, the artist is paying tribute to the traditional sign painting by cutting and cropping its elements into abstraction. Along with high technical skills needed to create such works, the artist showed a strong sense of color, form, and line with exhibited pieces. Inspired about his hometown of LA, his works are built with vibrant, eye-catching colors which shape up letters. By layering up such elements and combining them with vintage sign design and geo patterns, his works can be described as geo/txt based abstraction but some of the pieces can be seen as almost surrealist futuristic landscapes. The show will stay on view until August 12th @ Artgang Art Contemporain, a new gallery in Montreal. (Photos by Jose Enrique Montes Hernandez)

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ROA paints new mural in Sardinia

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VNA 12 cover artist ROA recently painted another of his striking animal murals in Sardinia.

The Belgian artist visited the mediterranean island to paint the mural as part of the Murartista Street Art festival, taking place in the small town of Sadali. His piece fittingly depicts the Sardinian wild boar tied by a rope to the skull of another boar, a commentary on the nature of life and death.

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ROA joined artists Yama, Peeta and duo CAKTUS & MARIA for this year’s Murartista event, curated by LOOK-OUT, a new cultural association based in Sardinia.

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The festival aims to develop innovative initiatives for artistic exchange in Sardinia, inviting leading international street artists to work in a collaborative, small community environment to explore new processes and concepts in public spaces.

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Check out some shots of when ROA painted the VNA 12 cover piece in 2012 here.