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.
Ludo – The Chaos Theory – Filmed in Bangkok, the film shows a week, Ludo’s kind of week; fully emerged in Bangkok chaos.
Ludo explains: “Thailand’s capital was an obvious choice to hit for many reasons. First because the city is not over saturated at all with art on walls. That makes a new interesting place to discover and a virgin land to cover. It’s also a new kind of interaction because people there doesn’t get the idea that you don’t sell anything while covering a wall with a poster… Then the second reason is the endless chaos. The unlimited mix of noises, smells, colors,….is first of all incredibly inspiring, but also makes you reconsider some preconceived ideas you had. The city is an incredible playground. Disorder creates order or order motivates our disorganization.
This video filmed in may 2014 was created to be part of my London show at Lazarides Gallery later in the year, as a key to push the global ‘Chaos Theory’ concept and the butterfly [effect] concept.”
Alaric Hammond’s new solo show ‘From Cheek to Blushing Cheek’ is a dystopian collection of paintings, drawing’s and original monotype prints exploring themes of protest and subterfuge within a world of decayed imperial grandeur. The artist presents varied styles of abstracted portraiture where the subject’s eyes and words are frequently obscured, often employing scrawled text, cartoonish details and comic violence to create an uneasy sense of hidden agendas and masked intentions.
Working from original collage Alaric has developed a highly original and textural approach to printmaking which is central to the new body of work presented in the show.
To coincide with Sickboy’s technicolour transformation of The Outsiders London, the multi-disciplinary street artist has planned an extra curricular summer activity in the form of an exclusive Sickboy Treasure Hunt.
The weekend hunt will kick off this Friday 18th July with five laser-etched Sickboy coffins up for grabs, packed with artist ephemera, original sketches, exclusive Sickboy sticker packs and cosmic curio. The bespoke coffins, which are signed and numbered by the artist, will be buried in multiple locations around the capital marked with a Sickboy temple flag.
Secret location maps and further information regarding how to claim your treasure will be released Friday morning … watch this space and get those shovels ready!
Make It Last Forever runs from Friday 25th July until 30th August at The Outsiders London.
Film courtesy of Sickboy and Mark Warrington.
On Friday 27th of June 2014, Icelandic born abstract painter Katrin Fridriks will be opening her long awaited solo show @ Lazarides Rathbone.
Big ups to everyone that came down to our Bristol and London launches, apologies to those of you who couldn’t make the UK launches, hopefully we’ll be bringing a launch to somewhere near you in the not too distant future…
Massive thanks to all of our partners and friends that made this happen, special thanks to Aaron and the Sixpoint crew, Alex and Ian at Laz, and Cheba and the Weapon Of Choice boys for being most excellent hosts.
In VNA 26 we’ve managed to cram in large-scale muralists, fine art, graff writers who’ve transitioned to galleries, abstract art and even some skateboarding. From London and California, to New York and Penang by way of Bristol, we’ve scoured the world to bring you a mix of awesome artists we’ve just discovered alongside some of our old favourites who haven’t yet had their time to shine in VNA.
As for the cover artist, 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.
After our inaugural visit to Pow! Wow! Hawaii, we made the most of our contacts there, staying in touch with Augustine Kofie and going back to dig in the crates with Buff Monster. We’ve pulled out the stops to bring you some gallery talk with Jonathan LeVine, as well as crossing over to Australia to catch up with James Jirat Patradoon and Numskull.
We also feature 10101010101010101010, or Ten Ten for short, the mystical eastern styles of Calma, London-based print wizard, Aida, and US-artist, Greg Lamarche. To keep things fresh, we’ve also gone large with Lithuanian street painter Ernest Zacharevic and a little abstract too by chatting to Icelandic mark-maker, Katrin Fridriks.
Photo features focus on London, Singapore and Los Angeles, with contributions from NoLionsInEngland, Claude Crommelin, Mark Rigney, Chasing Ghosts and Birdman.
With cover shots from the talented photographer James Sharrock, we’re stepping up our game all round and pushing the boat out with no less than 4 different covers available over the next couple of weeks.
VNA 26 Is available to buy online from www.verynearlyalmost.com or you can pick up a copy in your awesome local Newsagent – we’re now stocked at WHSmith in the UK and Barnes & Noble in the USA, as well as a whole host of smaller, independent stores.
As usual, it wouldn’t be a VNA launch without a big party to celebrate the release of the LTD Editions, and this time we have another dual-city launch in both London at Lazarides Outsiders and Bristol, at Weapon Of Choice Gallery, with delicious, beery support from our buddies at NYC’s Sixpoint Brewery.
London Launch: www.facebook.com/events/456982974436187
Bristol Launch: www.facebook.com/events/672665359467071
More information to come next week!
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Perhaps you didn’t know it, but chances are you’ve seen a Joe Rush sculpture before.
Maybe it was the rocket ship Usain Bolt rode through the Olympic Stadium at the Paralympics, or some mental creation thundering past you while you were off your tits at Glastonbury.
Joe makes his marvellous mechanical sculptures and vehicles from old waste metal and scrapyard junk, creating beautiful, utilitarian sculptures and Mad Max-style monsters that rumble through the streets and fields.
‘While the Iron is Hot’ is Joe’s premiere gallery exhibition, featuring sculptures specially conjured up for home-installation, to be loved and cherished for generations to come
The event takes place from 6pm to 9pm on Thursday 21st November 2014.
The exhibition is open to the public from 17th January to 15th February 2014. Gallery opening hours are 12–6pm, Tuesday to Saturday, and admission is free.
US Artist, Saber, has created a new collection; The Ugly American.
In this showcase, he mixes spray paint, oils and charcoal to convey the all-encompassing power of America. With 22 years as a graffiti artist under his belt, with this latest body of work, Saber shows his crossover
“My gallery works have to be a beautiful painting. I want an average person who knows nothing about graffiti to say, ‘This is a beautiful painting’. That’s the most important thing to me.”
The show runs from the 10th Jan – 15th Feb at The Outsiders Gallery, London.
The Art of Xenz – Collector’s Edition Box Set featuring an original, signed Xenz painting and a 257-page retrospective book documenting the best of the artist’s graffiti and fine art.
More jump off after the jump off…
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