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Dan Witz – Mosh Pits, Raves and One Small Orgy

In what will be his third solo exhibition at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Witz continues to develop his acclaimed mosh pit series while also exploring new surroundings. With a career spanning over three decades Witz has evolved from being a pioneer of the street art movement to refining a studio practice that incorporates both digital and old master techniques.

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Influenced by the work of Renaissance painters Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel, his large-
scale oil paintings of rampant crowds embody a rebellious and provocative nature that’s heightened by a stunning hyperreal aesthetic. He elaborates:

“I’m an academic realist painter, but I’m living in the 21st century, so I’m not going to be painting Roman soldiers invading, or some gothic baroque composition…The highest aspiration of an academic realist painter are these big group figure paintings, and I’m using the hardcore scene as my subject.”

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In this new series of work, Witz continues to portray the frenetic motion of mosh pits but also expands upon his usual hardcore setting in a pair of works called Brite Nite, which depict rave scenes. As their luminous title suggests this atmospheric change has fostered a tonal shift, resulting in compositions that are euphoric and less physically aggressive. Witz further develops this notion in Small Orgy, an amorphous interlocking of nude figures in the midst of experiencing different stages of ecstasy.

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While building upon established themes Witz remains true to his skillful methods of conveying light, shadow, movement and depth. Mosh Pits, Raves and One Small Orgy exemplifies his renowned trompe l’oeil artistry, as well as his ability to epitomize the primordial instincts of his subjects.

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The B-Boy Sculptures of Taku Obata

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Born in 1980 in Saitama, Japan, Taku Obata creates larger than life wooden sculptures referencing breakdancing stances using traditional Japanese carving techniques. Having formed the crew UNITYSELECTIONS in 1999, Taku went on to receive a masters degree in sculpture from the Tokyo University of the Arts in 2008 and won the grand prize at the Tokyo Wonder Wall Grand Prix that same year.

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Analogue/Digital 2016 – D*Face, Timba Smits, Jonathan LeVine Confirmed

Analogue/Digital have just announced three international presenters for The Design Conference in Brisbane, May 2016

The Design Conference has successfully evolved to become one of the world’s favourite two-day design forums. To supersede the expectations of this years event, organiser and founder Matthew Haynes has successfully secured a range of internationally acclaimed entrepreneurs, designers and artists to make their Australian debut at next years conference in Brisbane, May 2016. Haynes explains:

“Over the past five years we have featured more that 90 of Australia’s best known creatives including super-stars like Chris Doyle, Kevin Finn and Dare Jennings. To keep our audience excited and engaged, we must debut internationally acclaimed thought leaders at our event here in Brisbane.”

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Lister in Miami

We caught up with Aussie artist Anthony Lister back in Miami ahead of his show at Lazarides Rathbone, entitled Hurt People, Hurt People. Love or hate this loose cannon of creativity, he always has some interesting things to say about society at large. We chat about his arrest in Brisbane, freedom of visual speech and the World’s Longest Suicide Attempt.

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Miami – Scope & Art Basel 2014 Photo-Set

We hit Miami for the art fairs this year and while we were impressed with the overall scale and sheer size of Art Basel, Scope held a few gems too… Here’s a few of our favourite shots.

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Urban Nation Berlin – PM6 Photo Roundup

Our main man Henrik ‘Lamar’ Haven was out in Berlin for the latest installation of Urban Nation’s ‘Project M’ series, curated by Jonathan LeVine. Featuring work from DAN WITZ, DALEAST, JEFF SOTO, NYCHOS, OLEK, SANER, ONUR, WES21, ALO, SOKAR UNO, CANVAZ.

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DalEast New Works / Solo Show in NYC

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Chinese artist DalEast is currently in NYC preparing his solo show with Jonathan Levine gallery. Opening on Sept 4th, “The Laten Photon” will be his 2nd show with the gallery. While in the city, the artist took a break from finalizing his works and working on a limited edition print that will be released with the show, and painted some public works that hes been widely known for.

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URBAN NATION PROJECT M/5 – PHOTOSET

A little while back, we kicked off a project in Berlin with 11 UK artists as part of the latest instalment of Urban Nation’s Project M Series in Berlin.

Below is a visual rundown from photographers Birdman, Henrik Haven and Mark Murphy.

Eine painted the facade with his glamorous assistant Christopher Stead, whilst the other 10 artists took out a window each at ground level.

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VNA 26 LTD Edition Launches – London and Bristol

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For the cover of VNA 26, we’ve returned to the UK to chat to a hugely influential artist and a bit of a personal hero of ours, Robert Del Naja, a character from the art world perhaps better known by his musical moniker; Massive Attack’s 3D. Featuring our first ever glitter screenprint, this is a milestone in VNA history and we’re pretty stoked with this collaboration with the Bristolian artist.

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