The Miaz Brothers (Milan, 1965 and 1968) live and work in Valencia, Spain. Winners of the prestigious 5th Arte Laguna Awards Painting section in 2011, they boast exhibitions in important galleries and international art fairs. The artists are nowadays well-known for their innovative and original approach in portrait painting: through a skilful use of acrylics on canvas they produce enigmatic and evocative artworks, in which the representation appears completely blurry and out-of-focus. Stimulating mnemonic and personal associations in the viewer’s mind, their work aims to engage our visual and cognitive perception.
Last year we were lucky enough to be invited out to 1xRUN’s Murals in the Market in Detroit. The event was surprising in so many ways, from the time taken by the team to show us what the city was really about – the once-indomitable motoring capital of the USA, with a thriving industry that birthed a lot of modern Capitalist structure, that has since come back from being slammed into depression and decay – to the amount of heart and community that the organisers put into it. With barber-chair artist chats, a roster of local events and genuine support for the artists and workers involved in the festival and beyond, one message was clear, Detroit got soul.
Spanish fine artist Pejac comes to London this July with first-ever major global show. The Barcelona-based fine artist will be hosting his first ever major exhibition at the Londonewcastle Project Space, London from 22nd to 31st July 2016.
A few weeks ago our man Henrik travelled to Madrid, Spain, here’s the first part of his coverage from the trip.
The pieces were created for the “Mind the Wall” project in conjunction with their duo exhibition ‘Atlántico’, which is currently on view at Swinton & Grant Gallery (who also organized the wall).
Thanks to The Powers That Be, we managed to
sneak into get a VIP tour of Dismaland at the weekend. This is what it looked like…
Henrik Haven recently took a trip to Ernest Zacharevic’s studio in Penang to snap some shots of him and Martin Whatson working on a new series of collaboration pieces for the Different Strokes group show.
Different strokes is a large group show curated by Giancarlo Petrucci (Graffiti Prints) in conjunction with Hin Bus Depot, which features new work by Ernest Zacharevic (Lithuania), Sandra Chevrier (Canada), Icy and Sot (Iran/NYC), Martin Whatson (Norway), Beejoir (UK), Alexface (Thailand), BON (Thailand), Snik (UK), Nafir (Iran), Sabek (Spain), Levalet (France), Roamcouch (Japan) and Gabriel Pitcher (UK) – more coverage of that coming soon!
The first venture from new Australian arts project Black Canyon opens in Melbourne next Friday, August 29.
‘Welcome To Black Canyon’ is set to feature large-scale print work by a lineup of artists from Spain, France, England, Canada, Germany and the USA (many of whom have never shown in Australia before) alongside a slew of local favourites.
Spanish artist Nano 4814 was recently invited to Estepona to paint a large mural in a residential area of the town. The project was organized by Fernando Francs and the local city council, and it took 5 days to finish. The result is this cheerful colorful mural showing an abstract, yet flat, cartoon like character painted using spray cans only. In artist’s signature iconographic style, he used a lot of bright colors to create this quite unusual image, rarely seen in such large scale. www.nano4814.com
REMED and OKUDA have been painting last week in Toronto within the project Streets of Colour. They also splashed some paint around at 461 King Street West. Both are inspired from the colorful Spanish way of life, with the second one adding Canadian references and elements.
Does what it says on the tin, but better – A short film by Pablo Aravena about painting letter and abstract graffiti in an abandoned factory near Barcelona
Music by Moonstarr – ‘Detriot’ – courtesy of Public Transit Recordings