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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.

 

The Bridges of Graffiti @ Venice Biennale ’15

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The cover artist of our current issue #30, Futura, was recently in Venice, taking part in a large group show, working next to other legends such as Boris Tellegen, Doze Green, Eron, Futura, Mode2, SKKI ©, Jayone, Todd James, Teach, and Zero-T. As one of the collateral events of 56th International Venice Biennale Arte, “The Bridges Of Graffiti” opened on May 9th in the presence of participating artists, and will stay on view until November 22nd at the Terminal S. Basilio.
The idea of this coherent show is to present the wide spectrum of creatives that are coming from the graffiti world. Differing in age, geographical origin and influences as well as their current work practice, the artists turned the abandoned ship terminal into an “art terminal”. Futura showed a large abstract triptych along with another large canvas piece, an iron sculpture of his legendary Pointman character, and painted a large mural which is probably the largest abstract works he ever created. Other artist also showed their signature works – Mode 2 painted large figurative mural using only outlines, Doze Green did a similar thing using his distinctive line work, Teach displayed some interesting work using industrial production as an art process, while Todd James once again showed his Vandal room installation. Along with these paintings, murals, sculptures and installations, two legendary photographers, Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant, showed their photos featured in legendary Subway Art book. Martha displayed her prints on a large clustered wall, while Henry’s photos of NYC trains were effectively projected on large real train size panels.

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Preview of Sowat’s “Ars Longa Vita Brevis” solo show in Geneve

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Opening tonight (April 23rd) in Geneva, Sowat will be having a solo show with Richard & Le Feuvre Gallery in Switzerland. For this exhibition French-American graffiti artist prepared new body of work that is based on calligraphy and typography, visual languages he fell in love during his stays in California years ago.

Known as a part of the infamous Da Mental Vaporz crew, Sowat has exhibited and painted both legal or illegal all around France and Europe, including working at the Palais de Tokyo. For this particular show he created works on canvas an paper, using various techniques from bamboo stick to acrylic and spray can, as well as an exclusive limited edition lithograph release. Whether understandable or abstract, the works are carrying obvious energy that was put into their creation, juxtaposing the rawness and quickness of graffiti tags with the precision and patience of traditional calligraphy techniques, as seen from these studio preview photos we received.

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