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VNA 29 – Out Now!

VNA 29 – Same, same, but different…

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As the art world continues to grow and develop, we’re trying to age gracefully too, with a move towards the broader culture that surrounds street art and graffiti.

This issue we go all out with a cover featuring the work of LA-based Cleon Peterson, whose violently bacchanalian work echoes the brutality he sees in society at large.

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Meggs – Rise Up – Detroit

‘Rise Up’ is Dave ‘MEGGS’ Hooke’s largest solo mural to date. At over 6,000 square feet, it towers over the eastern section of Detroit’s Russell industrial district and serves as an iconic symbol of the city’s ups and downs. The mural, which features an image of a tiger and the text ‘Rise Up,’ reveals a constant symbol of hope and strength that the city can identify with as it moves into a new era of change and regrowth.

Meggs-Rise-Up-300.Sal Rodriguez

“I hoped to convey the energy and momentum of self-empowerment and moving forward,” MEGGS explains regarding this milestone in his mural career. “The tiger is a symbol that all Detroiters relate to and feel proud ownership of – it’s a symbol that’s born from Detroit’s glory days and one that survived its unfortunate downfall.” MEGGS also expresses his respect for Detroit graffiti, “It was great to be able to share this wall with three local Detroit heavy hitters – props to Tead, Elmer, and Rawr.”

Rise Up 6.Miya Tsukazaki

The ‘Rise Up’ mural, which concludes MEGGS’ five-week residency and solo gallery exhibition with Inner State Gallery and 1XRUN, was created as his homage to the city of Detroit. “It was my way of giving back to a city that had welcomed me, inspired me, and allowed me to take from it to create my own artwork and experience,” he says. Aside from being his largest public piece of artwork, MEGGS’ eclipses his previous works with new textural techniques and intricate details to reference the multi-faceted landscape of Detroit.

Meggs_2.Mike Popso

Ironically, the mural commenced a week after Mayor Mike Duggan announced a controversial crackdown on graffiti, forcing the city to fine numerous business owners who had actually commissioned artists to paint murals on their buildings. MEGGS faced logistical hurdles and numerous encounters with police and city workers, but the response was overwhelmingly positive and he was allowed to proceed and complete the largest wall in his street art career.

Meggs_9.Mike Popso

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Photo’s courtesy Mike Popso, Miya Tsukazaki & Sal Rodriguez

Meggs: on Detroit

On September 19th, Australian artist David “MEGGS” Hooke concluded his one-month residency at Inner State Gallery with the opening of his solo exhibition, Spoiled Rotten.

Process Big Balloon_Miya Tsukazaki

The exhibition of over 40 new paintings and multiples explores the wondrous decay of social morality stemming from modern society’s obsession with pop culture and overindulgent materialism. The artworks, all of which were created in Detroit during his residency, continue MEGGS’ perpetual fascination with dualism and finding beauty in tragedy.

Small balloons_Mike Popso

The city of Detroit plays a major influence in MEGGS’ philosophy behind Spoiled Rotten. The exhibition highlights Detroit as an inspirational juxtaposition of a spoiled past and its position as a new canvas for growth and rebirth. MEGGS’ use of deteriorating signage and locally sourced materials from the city’s abandoned and forgotten places emphasizes the revival of social pillars such as community and the idea that destruction and decay breed new beginnings.

Process_Life's Ups and Downs_Miya Tsukazaki

“Detroit is a city of duality more so than many other cities I have been to. I sought to incorporate this by using objects and surfaces that imply decay, in what I consider to be a beautiful way. Old wooden materials and signs with layers of paint tell a story of their own. Although the colors and textures are aesthetically beautiful, I think it’s about giving these materials a new life, a second purpose,” MEGGS said while working in the Inner State Gallery loft.

Process Mickey_Miya Tsukazaki

The genesis of Spoiled Rotten lies in MEGGS’ painting entitled ‘Life’s Ups and Downs,’ which features a split image of the inflated iconic yellow happy face balloon juxtaposed with its discarded, decaying, and deflated other half.

Scavenging Eastown Theatre_Miya Tsukazaki

“This concept started when I saw a deflated happy face balloon, which is an image I’ve been obsessed with lately. The ‘happy’ balloon is a classic icon that depicts playfulness, optimism, and the idea of, “Have a nice day!” Yet, the balloon is also a very disposable item and has a limited life span. It deflates. I think this is something that people can identify with and it ties into that idea of duality in Detroit,” MEGGS said.

Scavenging_Toys_Miya Tsukazaki

The exhibition also marked the debut of a new sculptural collaboration between MEGGS and artist Rafael Batista of Brooklyn, New York. Batista, who hand-sculpted each piece, gives new life to MEGGS’ happy face balloon images, taking them from canvas to 3D collectors’ items.

Scavenging_Eastown Theatre 2_Miya Tsukazaki

www.houseofmeggs.com

Photo Credit Miya Tsukazaki and Mike Popso.

POW! WOW! Hawaii x 1xRun

A little video wrap of this year’s POW! WOW! Hawaii from our boys over at 1xRun, beaches, cliff-diving, sharks and good times…

Shot and edited by Mike Popso, co-edited with San Nguyen

www.powwowhawaii.com

www.pangeaseed.org

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