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‘Happy Never Ending’ – D*Face

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On Saturday, September 23, Downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) will premiere the long awaited new solo exhibition from world-renowned UK-based multimedia street artist D*Face, entitled “Happy Never Ending.”

As one of the most prolific contemporary urban artists of his generation, D*Face (a.k.a. Dean Stockton) has been at the forefront of his practice since his initial breakthrough in 2005. Working with a variety of mediums and techniques, he uses a family of dysfunctional characters to satirize and hold to ransom all that falls into their grasp – a welcome jolt of subversion in today’s media-saturated environment.

His ambition is to encourage the public eye not just to “see” but to carefully consider the surroundings of our day-to-day, and society’s increasingly bizarre fascination with celebrity culture and mass consumerism.

“For me this work is about the tragedy of losing someone you love. Not just in the physical sense of death but also in the metaphorical way that romance has become such an artificial thing in recent years. Courtship used to be a craft, something careful and considered; marriage was an everlasting bond of trust and commitment. Today though, romance is comparable to a shop bought commodity – instantly attainable at the touch of a button or swipe of a screen. In a constant search for someone or something better, people treat others as if they were mere objects – infinitely attainable and instantly disposable.” – D*Face

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By rethinking, editing and subverting imagery drawn from decades of materialistic consumption – currency, advertising and comic books, D*Face transforms these now iconic motifs, figures and genres in order to gain new insight into today’s conspicuous society. Describing his work as aPOPcalyptic, D*Face seeks to pick up where the masters of 80s American Pop left off – to establish a very real, albeit tongue and cheek criticism of our consumer dominated world.

“With this new series of work I wanted to re-kindle the lost romance of a bygone era, back when, even in death, the memory of a loved one could last an eternity and a marriage went beyond just a symbolic gesture. For the show I want to construct a mini chapel where we can actually hold a real ceremony and a graveyard in which I want people to leave momentos to the people they have lost. If romance is truly dead, then I want to resurrect it for the modern age

The influence I’ve taken from pop-masters like Roy Lichtenstein allows my work to give the clearest possible narrative. At the same time, it offers something more, something beyond the surface of the work – a darker side to pop that resonates with society of today.” D*Face

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The opening reception for “Happy Never Ending” will be hosted Saturday, September 23 from 7-11pm in Gallery 1 at Corey Helford Gallery. The reception is open to the public and on view through October 21. D*Face is recently ordained and in connection with the theme of his show (to resurrect romance in the modern era), he will perform a real marriage ceremony during opening night in front of a chapel installation inside the gallery.

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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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“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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Photos & words: Birdman

VNA 32 Limited Edition Launch – Thinkspace Gallery

VNA 32 launches at Thinkspace Gallery this Saturday 19th December, 6-9pm. Providing a little seasonal cheer and a few beers, this is the first opportunity worldwide to get your hands on a copy of the brand new, Limited Edition box set, featuring Audrey Kawasaki.

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VNA Magazine are proud to present the Limited Edition VNA 32, working closely with Audrey Kawasaki, we have produced a highly-collectible screen-printed set. Each imprint comes complete with a screen-printed sleeve, enamel badge and signed mini giclée print.

Stamped and numbered, this is an edition of 150, with the first sets available to buy in person directly from the gallery. Perfect for last minute presents and personal treats, it doesn’t matter if you’ve been naughty or nice this year, come down for some holiday drinks and a few tunes courtesy of neighbourhood superhero DJ, Kii Arens.

Thinkspace Gallery are throwing the doors open wide from 6pm, but get down early to make sure you get a copy! For international fans and those who can’t make this worldwide exclusive launch, a few issues will be held back to buy online after the launch.

*Apologies to our loyal London fans – we are putting all of our resources into the LA launch, so there will be no London launch this issue*

Screen prints by White Duck Screen Print in the UK, giclées printed by Static Medium in the USA.

Thinkspace Gallery, 6009 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / Saturday 19th December, 6-9pm

Thinkspace Gallery – www.thinkspacegallery.com

Audrey Kawasaki – www.audrey-kawasaki.com

Kii Arens – www.lalalandprints.com

White Duck Screen Print – www.whiteduckscreenprint.co.uk

Static Medium – www.staticmedium.com

“Noche de Calaveras” at Buckshot Gallery in Los Angeles, CA

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The newest addition to Los Angeles’ thriving art scene, Buckshot Gallery opened its doors in October with its star studded inaugural exhibition “Noche de Calaveras.” Co-founder and graffiti icon turned gallery owner RISK partnered with Kevin Zinger and Ivory Daniels from The Regime as well as local entrepreneurs Howard and Bryan Spunt to create a space in which artists could have the freedom to show works outside of their norm. “Noche de Calaveras” featured work from over thirty five iconic graffiti writers and artists in the form of mixed media skulls, prints, photographs, videos, and books.

The attendance was overwhelming and among this thriving crowd of art lovers were many of the exhibiting artists, including Van Styles, Vyal, Seen, Sel, Shark Toof, attending to sign books, chat about their pieces and lives. The overarching concept to bring together a large group of talented street artists was linked together by the presence of molded skulls. Some, like Slick’s “Death of Innocence” were transformed into otherworldly characters, and others, like RISK’s “Collateral Damage” and “Rorschach” were more classically painted on with aerosols, car paint, and filigree flawlessly emphasizing an object we perceive as mundane. SEEN took over an entire wall with his pieces, making homages to his NYC punk days with “Uncle Frank,” “Punked,” and “Grampa,” while juxtaposing it with a more contemporary color palette in “Colorveras.”

Exhibiting artists at “Noche de Calaveras” include: Risk, Seen, Tristan Eaton, Nathan Ota, Estevan Oriol, Slick, Andrew Hem, David Flores, Everlast, Evidence, O.G. Abel, Phil Frost, Saber, Sonny Boy, Van Styles, Aaron Thomas, Ariel Gold, Vyal, Axis, Ernie Cefalu, Franco Vescovi, Ariel Gold, Cookie, Meggs, Shark Toof, Steven Lippman, and more.

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Giacomo Bufarini ‘RUN’ Showing “Man Is God” @ Howard Griffin Gallery, Los Angeles

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On 26th September Giacomo Bufarini aka Run opened his LA solo show with Howard Griffin Gallery titled “Man Is God”. Exhibiting large paintings and sculptural works, the show is balancing between neolithic and modern while referring to relation between the ancient wisdom and modern times.
Influenced by human civilization and anthropology, the installation include monumental busts as well as large ceremonial banners that cover large walls of the gallery. These are based on Pagan symbolism and iconography and are aiming to show our true origins and nature as bare human beings with no cultural or social influences. By reminiscing about mysterious and ancient past, the show concerns the lost spirituality of man in the modern world. The scale of the works is emphasizing the significance of a single person against human kind and juxtapozes it against the fact that in 21st century man has become his own God. Visually, the tribes, flora, fauna, the sun and the moon depicted on paintings, as well as monolithic forms, are all based on his previous figurative work and it’s recognizable head imagery.

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Shepard Fairey – VNA Interview

VNA Issue 15 interview and art in the streets from Shepard Fairey.

Fresh from the vaults, this never-before-published footage has not seen the light of day, until now… With special thanks to the teams at Studio Number One, Subliminal Projects and Obey Clothing.

Filmed & edited by Charlie Inman – www.charlieinman.com

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www.obeyclothing.co.uk

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“Palace Costume” – Video and photo recap of mural with Miss Van, Victor Castillo, Dan Quintana and Esao Andrews in Los Angeles, CA.

Last month Barcelona based artist Miss Van came to visit sunny Los Angeles, CA and found a mysterious looking store on Fairfax Blvd. she wanted to paint. After a friendly exchange of words with Palace Costume, which is an old cinema costume shop usually closed to the public, she invited her friends over to paint the blank front walls. LA based artists Esao Andrews, Victor Castillo and Dan Quintana came to add their work that is usually seen on canvas so it was nice to see their work on a different medium. Once finished Dan, Esao, and Miss Van had a fun time exploring the inside of  the costume shop that lead to some hilarious photos on the roof top of the shop. Check out the video and photos by Birdman.

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Victor Castillo: @victor_castillo_art on Instagram

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Miss Van: @vanessa_alice on Instagram

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Esao Andrews: @esao on Instagram

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Dan Quintana: @quintanarte on Instagram

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Aryz Is Opening Paral-lel Solo Show in LA

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Almost precisely 2 years since his last solo show in San Francisco, Aryz is back in California, working on his LA debut show – Paral-lel. Our cover artist (issue #27), created a whole new body of work exclusively for this show, as a follow up to his most recent murals.

Transferring the beauty and rawness of sketch to a large scale, the artist is further exploring his distinctive style with this show, focusing on the imperfections and personal side of art. Paral-lel will consist of two separate show rooms, symbolizing two geodesic lines that never meet in the same plane. The first one will be exhibiting classic style paintings in which Spanish artist mixes academic painting along with contemporary techniques and mediums, while the other one will consist of high energy, expressive works. The artist who established himself as a respected muralist is rarely showing in galleries, so this unique event is expected to get a lot of attention from his fans and general audience.

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