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“Wipe Out: An Explosition of Invader in Hong Kong”

French mosaicist Invader will be returning to Hong Kong next month for his first ever solo show there.

“Wipe Out” was conceived as a reaction to the artist’s recent negative experiences in the country, when the vast majority of Invader’s public mosaic works in Hong Kong & Kowloon were removed by the Chinese government in 2014 for “safety reasons”.

Refusing to let his global invasion plans be thwarted, Invader’s teamed up with the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Foundation and Le French May for this subsequent event at The Qube, PMQ.

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The exhibition will intersperse recreations of the removed pieces with photos taken of the originals in situ. Mosaics feature dragons, dollar signs and the popular Japanese manga character Doraemon alongside his already familiar 8-bit characters. Excitingly, the artist has created a sculpture in tribute to Hong Kong legend Bruce Lee for the show, and uses LED artworks for the first time in his career.

Attendees can pick up souvenir stickers from custom vending machines at the venue, whilst an accompanying book and “FlashInvaders” app will also be on sale. The app can be used whilst at the exhibition, offering increased immersion and interaction for users. All sales at “Wipe Out” will go to Hong Kong charity Pathfinders.

“Wipe Out: An Explosition of Invader in Hong Kong” will run at The Qube, PMQ from 2 – 17 May.

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PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street
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Case Maclaim released a limited edition lithograph

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Last Friday PrintThemAll studio released a new limited edition by German artist Case Maclaim. Based on the image he painted in Miami earlier this year, the title is “The Heat Is On” and it’s a recognizable image built using only hands, his signature motif.
For the production of this piece the artist recreated the image on a large canvas and than worked with Idem Studio in Paris on creating a fine art lithograph from it. The finished print is created using 9 colors printed with antique Marinoni machines on white BFK Rives 270 gr paper measuring impressive 72 x 93 cm (28.34 x 36.61 inches). The release is available in a limited edition of only 60 pieces, each coming with decked edges, signed and numbered by the artist.

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Pejac paints a new piece in Santander

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Based on his pencil and acrylic painting from 2013, Pejac recently painted a street version of the New Order image in his hometown of Santander. Placed in a real environment with minor depth and perspective touchups, the emotive image turns into an illusion and comes to life in this variant.
Showing blossom branches turning into brick wall patterns (or the other way around), the piece symbolizes the drastic changes that the term New Order stays for. Using sand paper and paint Spanish artist managed to blend his work with the rugged concrete surface he worked on, yet again proving the strength and possibilities of his powerful technique. The added colored flower details and little bird resting on a branch are making the image pop up more and completing this strong piece.

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JOHN KAYE – Interview

Known and respected throughout the graffiti scene for his past and present creative conquests, Australian artist JOHN KAYE has no problems getting up and going all out. More recently recognized for his ink illustrations and large-scale mural work, his art has been appearing in multiple galleries and showcases around the world.

We catch up with John to chat about his ideas, artistic integrity and creative influence.

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VNA: Talk us through some projects you’re working on at the moment.

JOHN KAYE: My main priority at the moment has just been to draw or paint something everyday. It’s been going well so far. Other than that I’ve been lucky enough to team up with a few different people to work on some collaboration stuff that has been really fun and a massive learning curve. I’ve also been working on developing some limited run clothing that hopefully I can show everyone soon and I’ve been trying to save some money for a few trips I want to go on this year.

VNA: A lot of your illustrations and print series work features poetic lines with underlining themes surrounding crime, punishment and rail transport.

‘All You See Is Crime In The City’, ‘Find The Right Ways To Do The Wrong Things’, ‘From The Cradle to the Grave’, ‘Graffiti Gets You Nowhere’, ‘Better Seen Than Heard’

Obviously these topics are a source of experience and inspiration to you, can you tell us a bit about why?

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JOHN KAYE: Traveling and graffiti have both been huge parts of my life. When I was a kid, I was always fascinated by the different graffiti everywhere I went. Generally everything I do is a form of personal expression. The work you are referring to all just relates to things that have happened around me at a certain point in time. As my experiences change, so do the things I create. If people relate to my work, or interpret it in a certain way, I think that’s a good thing. Although, it’s never really the initial intent.

VNA: Do you think your past experiences as an artist have affected your current style?

JOHN KAYE: Definitely. My experiences are the most valuable thing I have. It doesn’t matter if they are mistakes I have made, or things I have enjoyed. They will always affect what I do in some way.

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VNA: Why do you think graffiti and street influenced artists are now becoming so prevalent in the mainstream art scene?

JOHN KAYE: The Internet has probably played a massive part in that happening. Everybody today has access to so much more information. Obviously people are constantly pushing boundaries and everything is always developing. So I guess as things evolve and change, people begin to pay more attention and the audience naturally grows.

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VNA: It seems ironic that artists such as yourself who’ve come from such colourfully illicit artistic backgrounds are now being commissioned by the same individuals and associations who once strongly opposed the art form. What’s your opinion on this?

JOHN KAYE: Personally I’m very particular about who I choose to work with. I feel like the individuals and associations who once strongly opposed the art form haven’t really been converted into enthusiasts of any sort. All that’s happening is that they are becoming more aware of the possibility to use artwork to there own advantage.

In my experience when I’ve had offers to work with certain people, it’s easy to tell what their motivations are. Sometimes they are very genuine and other times it’s because they are looking to use controlled artwork as a solution to a problem, or something that they can benefit from. I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with that. I think it’s great that people are open minded enough to take these things into consideration. I just feel that it’s extremely important as an artist to understand why you are doing something in the first place, and then to continuously keep that in mind as you carry on with whatever you decide to do.

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VNA: Tell us about home.

JOHN KAYE: Haha, okay. Home at the moment is a confusing subject. I feel like Melbourne is the closest thing to being home. When I was really young I moved around all the time between a bunch of different towns and cities. Nothing has really changed. I still have trouble spending very long in one place. Recently though, I’ve been spending the majority of my time on the Gold Coast. I have some very patient friends that have tolerated me leaving my belongings all over the place and have been kind enough to let me stay with them from time to time, which is lucky.

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VNA: You’re heading to Melbourne next week, yeah? What’s on the cards?

JOHN KAYE: A friend of mine is opening a burrito bar with a skate bowl in Melbourne next month and I’ve been working on some illustrations for him, so it seemed like a good enough excuse. I try to spend as much of my spare time down there as I can. I really enjoy painting in Melbourne. The weather is nice and the days are long.

VNA: If you could work with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

JOH KAYE: If I can pick someone who’s deceased, I’d probably say Nicola Tesla. He had such crazy ideas and visions to create things that would have massive impacts and he continued to work towards them no matter how insane he appeared. If that’s not allowed, then I would probably have to go with Jay Z. Everything he does, he does well.

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www.johnkayeart.com / @johnkayeart

 Image Credit John Kaye Art and Tim Caraco

Waone (Interesni Kazki) paints a new mural in Varkala, India

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Waone and AEC better known as Interesni Kazki, are currently travelling in India and creating some new works along the way. Waone recently shared this new mural titled “Visions and sounds of strangeness” painted somewhere around South Cliff, Varkala, Kerala, India.
Known for their surrealist imagery and meaningful works full of symbolism and traditional elements, Ukrainian artists painted this colorful image using many elements from local culture. Created on a local house somewhere in the lush rain forest around temple town of Verkala the piece quickly turned into a sensation among locals. As usual, their narrative work carries many messages carried through fairy-tale like visual language that Interesni Kazki have been known for, but we’ll let you discover those yourself.

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Montana Cans presents: Between Street and Art – Miami Art Basel 2014

More and more Street Artists and Graffiti Writers find their way into the professional art world. They create a whole new market that grows with the interests of prominent buyers like Pharell or Swizz Beatz. At the same time these two worlds still seem very seperated and only a view Street-Artists are recognized by the Fine Art scene and galleries. During last years Art Basel week in Miami we met Revok, Shepard Fairey and Cleon Peterson, talked about their view on their own development and heard some interesting tips to make a career in the art world.

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Etam Cru Painted New Large Mural in Adelaide

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Polish artists Sainer and Bezt, better known as Etam Cru, recently spent few days in warm Adelaide, working on their most recent large mural for WonderWalls festival at Port Adelaide.
This time they created a large figurative piece showing a young lad in a vintage royal uniform with his eyes closed. In their signature style, the image features couple of their recurring visual elements such a white rat on hs shoulder or a skull logo on a ring. Being very familiar with working in large scale, this piece shows their ability to create almost photo realistic works, while still staying recognizable through their fine touches. The use of the concrete surface of the building as their image background, or over saturated tones of red and yellow being examples of their recognizable style.

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“Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow” Print Release by Ernest Zacharevic

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PrintThemAll just announced their upcoming print release – “Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow” by Ernest Zacharevic. This edition is made after a large mural that Lithuanian artist painted in Atlanta earlier this year, and it’s showing children playing around iconic geo shapes by Dutch painter Piet Mondrian.

Few weeks ago artist was invited to Paris to create this edition at the legendary Idem studio in Paris, using their infamous Marinoni press that produced fine art editions by the likes of Picasso, Renoir, and others major names. The finished print is being released in an edition of 60, it’s a 8 color lithograph, printed on 70,5 x 56 cm hand cut BFK Rives 270g paper, and comes signed and numbered by the artist. You can see the process video above, as well as some exclusive photos of the finished prints after the jump, and the print will be available for purchase on Thursday, 27th of November via PrintThemAll website.

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Giacomo Bufarini a.k.a. RUN Introduces “Parabola Di G”

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Italian street artist RUN, is opening a unique exhibition and sculptural installation on 27th November 2014 @ Howard Griffin Gallery in London. Exhibiting for the first time under his real name, Giacomo Bufarini introduces “Parabola Di G”, a semi-autobiographical story told through a unique series of highly detailed pen and ink drawings that collectively make up a book.

The book follows the life journey of semi-fictional character, G, and explores ideas of imagination and creativity by showing important metaphorical moments from his life. The surreal story line is fully applicable to modern life, and it’s inspired by Giacomo’s personal experiences from his early days of creating street art on the streets of Bologna and Florence in the 90s, through meeting other cultures during world wide travels, to his current life and studio work in London.  This landmark exhibition for the artist is a unique opportunity to see the original drawings of the book presented in a complex and site specific installation, as well as a first major show of the renewed artist.

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