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‘Where the Edges Meet’ – Scott Albrecht

Andenken Gallery and the Jaunt are proud to present “Where the Edges Meet”, a solo exhibition of new works on paper, stone and wire sculptures by Scott Albrecht made during his artist residency at Andenken Gallery’s new location, The Holdout in Alcobaça, Portugal. The exhibition will be on view through June 16th, 2019.

“Where the Edges Meet” exhibits a snapshot of Scott’s brief time in Portugal during April 2019 showing an evolution in style and medium to his unique and signature graphic languages. Building on his approach of abstracting typography, Albrecht’s work continues to reconsider the relationship of message and viewer through a more visual and physical approach. In these series’, the artist has found ways of expanding on his work introducing new applications and mediums like a series of wire works and works on stone.

While in Portugal, Scott spent the majority of his time in and around Alcobaça, a small rural farm area near the silver coast of Portugal. When asked what stood out to him, Scott replied: “I found myself being most drawn to the aged personality you could find just walking around. Most homes and buildings feature a distinct color combination from one another which creates a really beautiful conversation of palette throughout the cities and towns. I spent a lot of time wandering, photographing different color combinations and how they relate to one another. I also found a lot of poetry in the messages and graffiti scrawled around. One of my favorites was a spray painted piece of plywood that read, ‘triste mas no boa’ which translates to ‘sad but good.’ I really came to appreciate these moments because that character felt genuine and wasn’t trying to be anything it didn’t need to be.”

Using these experiences, Scott translated his observations into this collection of work. In varying ways you can find Portugal throughout the pieces created, from the stone canvases found in a nearby pile of rubble, the wooden frames on the wire works that were made from a found crate, to the phrasing and sentiments distilled in each work, many of which in Portuguese. The works on paper speak the most directly to a visual translation of the environment. Each color palette in this series is inspired by the local landscapes of the buildings and beaches, while the forms, unlike Scott’s previous works, feature the shapes being colored in a more random pattern and leaving the original pencil drawing more exposed, meant to pay homage to the age and character you would find from paint peeling on a building or tiles that had fallen off.

In addition to the works created for the exhibition, Scott has also made a 4-color screen print edition for the jaunt based on his wire work “começos”, the Portuguese word for “beginnings”. When asked about the piece he says: “beginnings has been a theme that keeps resurfacing for me and something that I actively try to embrace. It’s a term that can lean into a matter of perspective but I like to think about it not as the point in which something has begun but the potential of where something will lead. Within my work, the residency was a good opportunity for me to unplug and experiment in some different ways, but I feel like the sentiment also lent itself to that specific time at the holdout. This was their first residency and the start of what they are building there and I’m looking forward to seeing where it will go and what will come of it.”

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VHILS – FESTIVAL IMINENTE – LONDON

FESTIVAL IMINENTE NEW ART AND NEW MUSIC FROM EUROPE’S UNDERGROUND OLD TRUMAN BREWERY, LONDON FRIDAY 28 & SATURDAY 29 JULY, 2017

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This Summer, a European cultural invasion hits the heart of Brexit Britain as the very first UK edition of Festival Iminente opens at London’s Old Truman Brewery. A two‐day festival of explosive and experimental Portuguese art and music, Festival Iminente brings the soul of Lisbon to the heart of London, following its successful debut in the Oeiras region of Lisbon in September 2016.

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Curated by Portuguese artist Vhils and Lisbon’s Underdogs Gallery, Festival Iminente not only offers Brits mourning Brexit a chance to immerse themselves in the most innovative new music and art from Portugal but also enlists some of Europe’s most creatively exciting artists to invade the capital with their best work.

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“Slither Between the Blinds Shows Our Fears” – Anthony Lister + NEW PRINT!

“As a child, I was repeatedly told by my father that I had an Aboriginal uncle. I grew up until the age of 14 believing that in fact I was partly Aboriginal by blood and in turn embraced my perceived heritage. It wasn’t until I asked for more details as a young teenager that I was confronted by an amused and dismissive father, laughing as he said: “I never said that”. In this exhibition I take a closer analysis of what it is to be influenced by misguiding role models and the potential psychologically damaging effects on misguided youth. These works are atheistic explorations analysing identity, culture, mythology, heritage, parenting and stereotypes.” – Anthony Lister

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Based on this particular sense of misdirection drawn from his own experience and memories, “Slither Between the Blinds Shows Our Fears” sees Anthony Lister conveying a reflection infused with a range of vivid emotions which, while personal in origin, are also universal enough to resonate deeply with us all.

Expanding on previously explored themes, the artist has created an entirely new body of works for this exhibition, comprising a series of painted canvasses and a central installation of a sculptural nature. Conveying the habitual instinctual urgency of his visual language – tumultuous and mordant on the surface, yet imbued with a captivating poetic uniqueness – these works feature a wide range of symbolic references from his personal life along with others that play with some key (and stereotypical) elements of Aboriginal and Australian iconographies.

Constituting a personal journey of reflection, “Slither Between the Blinds Shows Our Fears” thus presents an intimate portrait on revelation, identity and purpose while also expressing the artist’s own approach to contemporary mythology.

“Slither Between the Blinds Shows Our Fears” is on show at Lisbon’s Underdogs Gallery from 16 June – 15 July 2017.

Lister has also released a new print, available exclusively from LISTER Shop.

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‘LADY ENTITLEMENT’ is a unique multiple,signed and numbered, edition of 100. A 300mm x 210mm screen print hand embellished with ink on 245gsm museum quality archival paper available for AU$120.

For all things Lister, keep an eye on his instagram story as he preps for his Lisbon show over at @anthonylister and @lister_shop for all your LISTER needs!

Add Fuel Paints New Mural for Muraliza in Cascais, Portugal

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Diogo Machado aka Add Fuel recently took part in Muraliza 2016 festival held in Torre neighborhood of Cascais, Portugal. Using his stencil style based on traditional “azulejo” ceramic, the work by Portuguese artist aims to bring past local traditions and culture to the present.
Built in the 1960’s, Torre was originally designed as a suburb to relocate fishermen and their families that inhabited the center of the village. With only 30ish buildings, these families still reside in the area and the artist decided to paint a tribute to their tradition. The mural titled “Avarina” is dedicated to the “varinas”, wives of the local fishermen that were selling fresh fish brought home by their husbands. It turned out that the actual building he was painting on was the exact spot where local “varina” Helene was selling fish few decades ago. (Photo by Miguel Oliveira)

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VNA 33 – Out Now!

VNA 33 is here and available to buy online – verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-33

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For the cover of this issue, we bring you Seb Lester, a typographer and calligrapher living in the heart of Sussex, UK, who’s literally exploded into the public eye. He’s killing it across social media as well as in that funny old thing they call real life.

Always willing to keep broadening our horizons and testing our readers’ own boundaries and tastes, we have some fresh new talent alongside some of the more established names.

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INSA – Abrantes – 180 Creative Camp

Canal180, in partnership with VNA, recently produced a documentary with INSA to document their event in Abrantes, Portugal, earlier in the summer.

During 5 hot days, INSA painted several layers in stages (which were later transformed into a digital GIF as part of his ongoing ‘Gif-iti project), at the historical centre of Abrantes, for the 180 Creative Camp event.

INEVITABILITY is a genuine conversation where the artist speaks about his roots, his message and his personal approach about the meaning of art in our lives.

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ARTURb 2015: when art-curators decide to become art-caretakers freedom opens all prison gates.

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ARTURb 2015’s edition took place again in Lagos, middle end of September. AKA CORLEONE, ALIAS, BOSOLETTI, MR WOODLAND and REGG were the artists invited to create pieces of art while based at an old prison.

VNA was invited to fully cover this edition. We arrived to Lagos on a Friday’s still warm, late night. The guys were finishing dinner at a tasca (typical Portuguese kind of bistro) the long table resonating with conversations’ sounds and laughter (and a little bit of booze, too). The organizers, Jorge Pereira, Maria João Alcobia and Nuno Pereira were sitting amongst the artists. No formal behaviors or ceremonial mannerisms at sight; the whole atmosphere was the one of a group of good friends having dinner. Quite uncommon for an artistic residence, we shared with Nuno Pereira:

NP (smiling):  Do you think so? Well, we prefer to see ourselves more as art-caretakers than as art-curators…

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Artist Profile – Pedro Matos

My work is about humanity, society and the human condition.
Although aesthetically influenced by the old masters, the religious subject matter has been replaced by the portrayal of those who are downtrodden, unnoticed, unappreciated and forgotten in society.

Who are you: My name is Pedro Matos, I am 20 years old and I am a painter, street artist, student and so on..

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Paste Up, Charcoal on Paper, Barcelona 2009

Home town: I was born in Santarem. Right now I live, study and work in Lisbon and am about to move to London soon I hope.

Describe your style: That’s a tough one. I guess you could say it’s a blend between a “post graffiti” and classical figurative painting where the main subject is the portrayal of those that have been unnoticed, forgotten, marginalized, downtrodden and unappreciated by contemporary society.