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Nuart Aberdeen 2017

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This April, after 15 years of continuous and successful festivals in their hometown of Stavanger, Nuart Festival will be hosting their first edition outside Norway. Coming to UK for the first time, they recently announced Nuart Aberdeen that will take place from Friday 14 – Sunday 16 April.

Staying true to their tested and proven concept, the project will include a series of site-specific murals, installations, interventions, and temporary exhibitions, along with a program of talks, presentations, film screenings, walking tours and workshops. Always focused on redefining the public space, bringing art to uncommon places and triggering critical and creative thinking with the general population, this initiative was recognized by the Aberdeen Inspired and Aberdeen City Council who were looking for a special way to mark Aberdeen’s year of ‘History, Heritage and Archaeology’. With this in mind the festival seeks to reveal how street art can create an environment for a more imaginative use of public space, encourage community engagement, make art accessible to all, and create talking points in the city, as well as brightening up neglected spaces in the city center.

The organizers recently announced the lineup which includes 11 international artists, mostly Nuart’s long time friends and collaborators – Robert Montgomery, Fintan Magee, Herakut, Add Fuel, Isaac Cordal, M-city, Jaune, Martin Whatson, Julian de Casabianca, Nipper and Alice Pasquini.

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“Herakut’s Butterfly-Effect (tested on elephants)” mural. – Los Angeles, CA

“Remember kids: you are what you eat! Treat other people as you want to be treated. Don’t run with scissors! The second mouse gets the cheese. Employees must wash their hands. This is the rhythm of the night. John Snow knows nothing! (But maybe he is still alive).” -Herakut

Across the pond in Los Angeles,  the German duo Herakut just finished their latest mural and are gearing up for their show at the Corey Helford Gallery on Saturday March 26th. This home shopping network ad to sell you a butterfly shapewear suit to transform yourself from that ugly pug you are and into a beautiful butterfly. As always their loose yet hyper realistic style never ceases to amaze their fans as they can make a large painting of something that is usually the ugliest yet most adorable small dog, a pug, into a beautiful work of art. Even better when they take some inspiration off the Ron English elephant mural on the side of it. They titled the mural: “Herakut’s Butterfly-Effect (tested on elephants).”

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Thinkspace x Stolenspace LAX/LHR Groupshow

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From LA to London, StolenSpace Gallery & ThinkSpace LA are joining forces to co- curate a group show in London at StolenSpace Gallery, opening Thursday 3rd September.

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With a roster of over 100 incredible artists between us, this is due to be a show to remember!

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Urban Nation – PM7 – BSA Persons Of Interest

Brooklyn Street Art recently kicked off the 7th part of Urban Nation’s Project M series. We caught up with BSA directors Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo to get the lowdown on their part of the project.

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VNA: So, why did you guys put this together?

Steve: We had a couple of goals when putting ‘Persons of Interest’ together – one was to counter the cultural imperialism that can happen in these large street art/mural festivals around the globe right now. It is sort of in response to a critique we have heard in the last few years as an international circuit of recurring Street Art “names” go into a host city and leave work that people can’t relate to personally. We wanted to leave work that people in Berlin could feel connected to.

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Jaime: We also asked each of the 12 artists to do research and produce a portrait of someone who lived in Germany or who lives in Brooklyn and is from Germany – a cultural exchange that highlights the real connection that Brooklyn and Berlin artists communities have had for decades, something we’re both personally familiar with as artists. The results have been nothing short of amazing (and gratifying) to us, because each of the artists chose people who they also relate to – realist and Dadaist artists, social and political activists, a writer and poet, an icon of the silver screen, Turkish immigrants, even a German photographer who lives next door to one of the artists in Brooklyn.

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Wynwood Walls 2014 – Day Shots

As we were were over for Art Basel and Scope, catching up with the homies and checking out the art, we couldn’t help but take a few photos of the best that Wynwood had to offer in the daylight… Including work from Pixel Pancho, Vexta, Reka, Elle, Li Hill, Nychos, Lister, Maya Hayuk, Cleon Peterson, Retna, Shepard Fairey, Shark Toof, Miss Van, Bicicleta Sem Freio, Faith 47, Seth Globepainter, Martin Whatson, Adnate, James Bullough, Shiro, Opire & Bonar, Herakut, Daleast, Sheryo & The Yok, Fin DAC, MTO, Bikismo and Alexis Diaz.

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Herakut “Flaw Circus” @ Ruttkowski;68

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Jasmin Siddiqui and Falk Lehmann, or Hera and Akut, the members of internationally known artist duo known as Herakut, are opening their solo show @ Ruttkowski;68 gallery in Cologne on August 29th. Through 10 years of collaborating on both large, outdoor murals and indoor exhibitions, they created a recognizable style which they’ve been known for. Strongly influenced by graffiti and street art, their unique signature style is famous for its melancholy and gratification. By mixing raw, expressive brush/line work, with realistic elements, along with text and messages, their new work kept the signature poetic and emotive feel. Using pastel, dimmed colors, they achieve more direct and honest impact as well as vintage feel to their work.

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My Fin Bec 2014 – Etam Cru, C215, Vhils, Herakut

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The winery Cave Fin Bec in Switzerland recently introduced the results of their myFINBEC project for 2014. For the last few years they commission urban artists to paint 672 stacked wood wine crates, or 84 crates for each painting, which are then printed as wine labels for a special limited edition organic wine. This year, their list of artists include VHILS from Portugal, Herakut from Germany, C215 from France and Etam Cru from Poland.

The finished works will be available as separate cases of wine, but also, as a limited edition lithographs printed @ Idem, Paris. Before each of the eight paintings are taken apart, and cases are filled with six bottles of wine and sent to collectors, the finished works will go on a Wine European Tour. This tour is a series of four day pop-up shows held in street galleries, where art lovers will get an unique chance to see these works in person. Starting @ Ruttkowski;68 gallery in Cologne, the works will be exhibited from August 15th – August 17th,  and will than go to Rome, London, etc.

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Herakut "Show Them"

German duo Herakut are dropping a new screenprint today to coincide with their new installation at Onethirty3, Hoults Yard in Newcastle. Nothing particularly newsworthy in a print at a show, except this one represents a slight depature for them, moving away from their darker palette to something brighter and cleaner.

Coming in at an edition of 66 (33 blue and 33 red) the 4 colour screen print is also handfinished so each differs slightly going some way to justifying the £250 price tag for a 52×38 cm print. While I like the fact these do seem genuinely ‘hand finished’, a term that’s being absued more and more as a description of “been near a spray can”, I don’t actually like them. To me Herakut’s art works so well on the streets and in originals precisely because it’s slightly dark, murky and twisted.