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Nuart 2016 “Post-Street Art” Group Show

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This year’s Nuart festival was themed around the idea of “post-street art” as the new label for contemporary street art. Known for working with creatives that fit under the classic “street artist” label, but also muralists, studio artists, computer artists and painters, Nuart 2016 questioned whether this is the right moment to introduce a new term to define their work.

“Street art” was first used to define art that was often illegal, not related with galleries, and connected to revolutionary movements like punk, hip-hop or graffiti. The kind of art that we see nowadays under this same term is usually legal, often shown in galleries or institutions, and has very little or no connection to any of those movements. Over time, with influence of the Internet, social media and mural festivals worldwide, the approach to classic street art has changed significantly and so did the art itself. There are still many artists out there that are using the streets to show their creativity, their beliefs or rebellion, but this movement has evolved into something much larger than that.  So, after 16 consecutive years of organizing one of the most important street art festivals out there, its founder Martyn Reed wanted to trigger the discussion about adopting another term for the kind of art that the event is promoting.  Maybe it’s time to rethink the whole idea and find a new one to chronicle the kind of art that is created on the foundations of classic street art, not because we need to label everything, but only cause the old one seems to become redundant and deceiving at this point.

“Post-Street Art” group show included works and installations created by the Nuart 2016 participating artists during their stay in Stavanger. Divided inside the tunnels of Tou center, the works cover wide range of mediums, styles and messages sent through them. From Eron’s ghostly spraypaint image of an oil covered pelican, Fintan Magee colorful dining room or Robert Montgomery’s poem, all the way to Spy’s conceptual installation hidden behind the brick wall. The full list of participating artists include Eron, Evol, Add Fuel, Fintan Magee, KennardPhillips, Nipper, Spy, Jaune, Jeff Gillette, Robert Montgomery and Henrik Uldalen.

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Michael De Feo “The Fashion Pages” @ The Garage, Amsterdam

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NYC-based artist Michael De Feo also known as ‘The Flower Guy” has gained world recognition with his iconic flower symbols painted on the streets of more than 60 cities worldwide in the last 25 years. “The Fashion Pages” sprouted from a series of ad space and bus shelter takeovers on the streets of NYC and grew into a complete body of work created on magazine pages inside his NYC studio.
The new pieces created on editorials and advertisements are result of De Feo’s interest in the world of fashion. Through his new floral interventions the artist transforms the original images and the models within, turning these icons of our time into ethereal creatures and blurring the line between unsanctioned & authorized works. These unlawful ‘collaborations’ ended up getting positive feedback from the photographers, models and brands involved, which lead to sponsored partnerships like recently designed line of women’s accessories for Echo, takeover of Neiman Marcus’ April catalog, and a campaign for Christian Louboutin. On April 8th he will be introducing this new body of work @ The Garage, a 17th century carriage house in the canals of Amsterdam, as well as with series of bus stop fashion takeovers around the city.

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Felipe Pantone is opening “Data Smog” @ Lebenson Gallery, Paris

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From 26th of March through 9th of May 2016 Lebenson gallery in Paris will be showing a solo show by Felipe Pantone. Spanish/Argentinian graffiti artist who successfully transfered his futuristic vibrant hi tech style onto a canvas and paper will be showing a new body of work titled “Data Smog”.
As one of the cutting edge urban / street artists out there, Pantone is fusing graffiti, typography and abstraction into a recognizable visual language bursting with ultra-modern aesthetics. Inspired by the technology and information that is influencing and changing our world and society by the minute, the idea of this show is to present the copious amounts of data that accumulates around the world. Though physically invisible and intangible, the artists depicts this “noxious muck and druck of the Information age” through vivid spectrum, highly evolved geometric shapes and rendered dimensional objects. For this show he produced 8 canvases (mostly square shaped), and 4 black and white pieces on paper.

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Finok Is Showing “Sorrir e Chorar” @ Galleria Patricia Armocida in Milan

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Brazilian artist Finok, member of the infamous VLOK crew, is currently having a solo show with Galleria Patricia Armocida in Milan. Titled “Sorrir e Chorar” (Smile and Cry) the show is based around the idea of duality, or two sides of the same coin, and is created using elements from Brazilian culture and tradition.

By incorporating modified graffiti characters into these traditional objects and concepts, the prolific artist creates unique mix of styles which resembles the colorful and vibrant culture of his homeland. Though playful at first, reuse of familiar children toys such as kites (pipas) and hot air balloons (baloes), represents the rough life and unforgiving environment in which kids are growing up in Brazil. These games include cutting down opponents’ kites or blazing gigantic balloons that take months to build, and for the artist they symbolize a way of preparing for the perils that come with adult life. The show includes six medium-scale works on canvas and wood, fifteen drawings, five sculptures, and three site-specific installations and feels like his most comprehensive show to date.

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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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Travis Young aka TRAV “If Nothing Changes” @ Artgang Art Contemporain in Montreal

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Artgang Art Contemporain in Montreal, recently opened a solo exhibition “If Nothing Changes” by Travis Young aka TRAV. TRAV is a California-based who recently started producing fine art after years of making traditional letter-based graffiti as a member of MSK crew. On July 10th he introduced his first Canadian exhibition which features a dozen paintings on paper.

Through his work, the artist is paying tribute to the traditional sign painting by cutting and cropping its elements into abstraction. Along with high technical skills needed to create such works, the artist showed a strong sense of color, form, and line with exhibited pieces. Inspired about his hometown of LA, his works are built with vibrant, eye-catching colors which shape up letters. By layering up such elements and combining them with vintage sign design and geo patterns, his works can be described as geo/txt based abstraction but some of the pieces can be seen as almost surrealist futuristic landscapes. The show will stay on view until August 12th @ Artgang Art Contemporain, a new gallery in Montreal. (Photos by Jose Enrique Montes Hernandez)

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POW! WOW! Long Beach Recap

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From June 22nd – 27th, Long Beach hosted the newest edition in the series of POW! WOW! worldwide events.  This round included a museum show, series of workshops and lectures, Jeff Staple’s 1-2-1 talks, concerts, presentations, movie premieres and finally, mural painting.

In collaboration with Thinkspace Gallery “Verve and Vitality: Transforming the Urban Landscape” show was organized @ The Long Beach Museum of Art. For this event, an impressive lineup of contemporary, urban and street artists created works on the walls inside and outside the museum. Some of the artist participating in this unique event were Aaron Horkey, Andrew Schoultz, Audrey Kawasaki, Brendan Monroe, Esao Andrews, Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins, Hottea, Low Bros, Nychos, Saber, etc. Varying in their style, background and visual languages of the participating artists, the show resulted in an extensive overview of the current contemporary and urban art scene. The exhibition itself gathered so much interest by the local community, the number of visits broke all of the museum’s attendance records across the board. At the same time, other group of artists were painting mural through the city, beautifying the area with some fresh works by such artists as Hueman, Madsteez, James Jean, Tristan Eaton, Jeff Soto, Fafi, Cryptik, etc. (Photo credit by Brandon Shigeta)

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Robert Proch is opening “545 Days” solo show in Paris

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Robert Proch is returning to Paris with another solo exhibition showing for one week only @ Openspace gallery. From May 23rd Polish artist will be showing “545 Days”, his second solo show with the gallery.
After the success of “Turn the Corner” almost 2 years ago, Proch is back with his probably most important show to date. On a personal level the exhibition marks the period between the birth of his first child and the opening of the show (545 days). Career wise, this large exhibition will include forty works on canvas and paper, that will be displayed in 600 m2 space of the Bastille Design Center. With this body of work the artist is continuing his works that are balancing halfway between abstraction and figuration, using warmer colors and harmonious compositions showing personal moments from his new family life. His seemingly unfinished visual language that is based on deconstruction and defragmentation, is pushing the observer to create his own story and complete the image with his own vision. Along with the show, the gallery will be releasing a limited edition lithograph that the artist recently produced with Print Them All studio.

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Gris1 and Kan are opening “Humanity” in Geneve

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Atelier des Bains gallery in Geneve will be opening two men show featuring Kan and Gris1 from Da Mental Vaporz crew (interviewed in issue #28). “Humanity” will include 5 new paintings of each of the artist, one collaborative piece as well as a piece painted on the wall of the gallery.

The theme of this body of work created exclusively for the show are human values and the ways everyday exposure to violence is influencing them. Through their distinctive style, French artists are depicting their vision of this phenomenon. Using fat markers Kan is dotting images taken from news channels, stripping them off details and creating pixelated screenshots of mainstream media imagery. Gris1 on another hand is combining different symbols, visual languages, mediums and techniques from urban and popular art, creating collages that form emotive images about the subject. The idea of exhibition is to invite the viewer to question the issue of violence that shapes up our humanity.

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Photo credit Terez (Gris1) & Nicolas Gzeley (Kan).

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Bartek “Pener” Świątecki is showing “Cosmogramma” @ Inoperable gallery in Vienna

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Inoperable gallery in Vienna is currently showing “Cosmogramma”, a solo show by Polish artist Bartek “Pener” Świątecki. Opened on May 8th and staying on view through June 27th, the show features his new series of abstract and deconstructive canvases based on geo elements, as well as large pieces painted inside and outside the gallery.

After years of being a graffiti artist, and being limited with writing letters, Pener built his visual language into something that is universally communicative. He evolved the alphabet into surfaces, and made words become unpredictable shapes created with bright colors and sharp lines. While his work can be seen as closeup element of wild style graffiti, upon closer examination they are much more than that. Through use of clean lines, transparency of spray paint, drips and splatters, his works are focusing the energy and rawness of graffiti onto a smaller format. The new genre under which his work can be fitted is Graffuturism, and the series of work titled „Cosmogramma” refers to the very moment when Bartek abandoned classical graffiti and started his individual search for the essence of style.

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