French artist Lek, member of the DMV crew, known for his exploration of the graffiti letters and abstract forms, is returning to Paris for his solo show at Galerie 42b. On 3rd November the artist will present a series of works on canvas painted during his one year residency at the prestigious French Academy in Rome at the villa Medici.
A couple of weeks’ ago, the Prefab77 crew hit London with their first solo show in the big smoke. The show at Hoxton Gallery, presented by Breaks, drew a large crowd on a nice warm evening to view an pretty eclectic collection of works that spanned painting, screen printing, engraving and metal work.
It was brave move to not simply show their more ‘signature’ style (which I immediately associate with monochromatic, larger pieces in the street) but by and large it worked, particularly some of the pieces on wood. The signature style was still in evidence and any work that manges to reference AC/DC songs is always a good thing.
Newcastle-based Prefab77 are hitting London this week with their first solo show in the city, ‘Damned If You Do, Bored If You Don’t’ at Hoxton Gallery. To mark the occasion the launch will have some mystery giveaways to the early birds through the door.
For the show, the collective, know for their large black and white pieces have expanded to mix traditional techniques such as screen printing, with laser engraving, CNC routing and metalwork. In their own words:
“We want to explore the iconography and the power of the female form in traditional art, music and fashion, using our familiar ‘Groupies’. Throughout the ages portraits are used to reflect the subject but also the time period that the subject inhabits, with secret messages, religious affiliations and iconography woven into the piece. We want to take this forward and use the main figurative element reflect these messages into a powerful piece.”
London-based artist, Josh Stika, aka Stika, has just opened his latest show in London’s Hoxton Hotel. Neon typography is in abundance, heavily influenced by lyrics from ’90s dance tunes. We got a few words from him about his career to date, the haters, ‘selling out’ and who he’d love to work with in the future.
VNA: So can you tell us a bit more about your new show, where, when, etc?
Stika: The exhibition is at The Hoxton Hotel, Shoreditch. It launches on the 19th of November is up for 3 months in the build up to the bespoke ‘Stika’ hotel room opening in late January.
As a solo show I aimed to make it as diverse as possible to ensure that anyone visiting doesn’t feel like they’re looking at the same piece/style 30 times over. I dabbled with the idea of a ‘group solo’ show – then I just realised this made it look like I had multiple-personality disorder so I let that one go…
New York-based artist Phil Frost is opening his upcoming solo show with Galeria Javier Lopez in Madrid on 26th of November 2014. Being his first solo show with the gallery, as well as first in Europe, we’re very excited to see the works that legendary artist created for this event.
Frost became famous for his street installations around NYC back in 90s. He would find a perfect location, take measures of the place, and than carefully create work in his studio before placing and leaving them in public. Usually painting on panels this is where he shaped up his recognizable imagery that he’s been famous for. Though flat and intuitive at first, his complex works have a lot of depth he achieves with layering numerous coats of paint with his iconic forms and imagery. Mixing different mediums, different techniques and ways of applying and manipulating paint, his visual language consists of unique typography as well as repetitive mask-like shapes that float over bright colored background. “Intuitive Mathematics” will stay on view until 4th of February.
On October 11th, 2501 will round up his month long art residency in Miami, with an opening of a solo show “Nomadic Experiment – Tons of Tools” at Product81 gallery. Organized by the gallery and Yo Amo 305 in partnership with Fordistas, these art residencies so far included Axel Void, Jufe, Pastel, Elian, Franco Fassoli Jaz, etc.
For this show Italian artist stepped up his game, changed his sharp line work into more abstract, expressive ones, and created only large size canvases from 2x2m up to 6x2m. Constantly on the move with his “Nomadic Experiment” project, this month long residency allowed artist to experiment thoroughly with materials and concepts. Creating more time consuming, layered works, further manipulating his familiar forms seen on his murals worldwide, 2501 created some of his strongest, most serious works for this show.
Richard & Le Feuvre is a new gallery opening in Geneve, Switzerland with a big group show titled Paper Party 2. Exhibiting around 50 original works on paper by 11 artists from all over the globe, the idea of this show is to present the diversity of urban and graffiti related art to the local art lovers.
With most of the featured artists having strong roots in graffiti movement, this exhibition shows the variety of styles and directions that it can lead to. The strong lineup consisting of known names that never exhibited before, is the proven recipe for a successful exhibit.
From the abstract graffiti of Mist, the surrealistic comic like works of Alexöne Dizac, Jeff Soto‘s low brow inspired works, steampunk imagery of Pixel Pancho, Sowat‘s abstract calligraphy style, the pop explosions of Andrew McAttee, the wide range of styles and works guarantee an interesting install and show.
Maya Hayuk was recently vin Cologne, Germany, opening a solo show “Alles Klar” with Die Kunsagentin gallery, as well as having a mural reveal / print release party with Arty Farty gallery. We just got these photos by Klaus Dyba of her indoor mural/installation inside Arty Farty artspace, showing her latest acid neon woven masterpiece. Using thick layers of fluorescent paint, NYC based artist created this symmetric signature piece that worked as a perfect backdrop for a party that was organized. Along with mural reveal and solo show opening, Sept 4th was the official release date of her newest limited edition screenprint, premiere of a the short film “Chemical Trails” by Landy about Maya’s work on the infamous Bowery wall last year, as well as a big party with DJ’s Sid Vaga and Tito Wun.
Based in Sydney Beastman is influenced by the beauty and symbolism behind nature’s repetitive patterns and organic lines. One of the most distinctive and prolific emerging artists in Australia, one third of creative group The Hours and co-founder of East Editions, Beastman has exhibited extensively throughout Australia, as well as in the UK, USA, Germany, Hong Kong and New Zealand.
Beastman recently took time to speak to VNAussie, Damo about his upcoming show at Backwoods Gallery as well as all things Beastman…
Damo: Tell us a bit about your early years and how you got into art:
Beastman: I grew up in the Sydney suburbs, a kid obsessed with and completely immersed in skateboarding. I always had an interest in making art from a young age, was always drawing on everything and messing around with things. Through skating I got into shooting photos and making videos, just messing around whilst out on the streets skating with my friends. Then I began to develop a real interest in the art and design that was a big part of skateboarding culture, as well as all the graffiti I would see on the street. I was really into seeing how the different brands presented themselves in magazines, their deck graphics, logo designs and the way the brands collaborated with artists and photographers etc. I ended up studying graphic design after high school in the late 90s and then worked as a designer for years whilst always messing around with drawing, skate photography and painting. Then it wasn’t until around 2005 that I felt I was creating some unique artworks and actually wanted to show people what I was doing, so I began to get involved more in the local art scene and started showing work in group exhibitions etc. I had my first solo exhibition in Sydney in 2008 and then its all just kept rolling forward from there really.
Our boy Stika has a print show opening at Boxpark, Shoreditch tonight – 6-9pm, drinks from Jamesons.
You can also check out his latest Spring/Summer 2014 collab, ‘Fruit Cocktail’ with Boxfresh here: