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Obey Mural for Urban Nation in Berlin

Part of the ongoing curated projects by Urban Nation in Berlin, Germany project M8 was curated by Stolenspace Gallery and featured just about every major contemporary artist. First of many postings from this project is the beautiful and quite massive mural by Shepard Fairey and the Obey team. Take a look at their process in the pics we got while hanging out with the crew for a couple of days.birdman-pm8-8

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Jet Martinez presents KABLOOM at Black Book Gallery

Black Book Gallery and Denver Arts and Venues present artist Jet Martinez and his exhibition KABLOOM.

Jet creates beautiful artworks formed of lacquered plates from the state of Michoacan, Mexico. He takes information and inspiration from folk art he grew up with and reinterprets those works as means of paying homage to his own heritage.

Instead of recreating traditional themes, he utilises urban influences such as street art, hip hop, punk rock and multiculturalism to produce some truly unique works.

Jet Martinez
Kabloom!
June 6th – 27th
Black Book Gallery
Denver, Co.

ROA paints new mural in Sardinia

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VNA 12 cover artist ROA recently painted another of his striking animal murals in Sardinia.

The Belgian artist visited the mediterranean island to paint the mural as part of the Murartista Street Art festival, taking place in the small town of Sadali. His piece fittingly depicts the Sardinian wild boar tied by a rope to the skull of another boar, a commentary on the nature of life and death.

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ROA joined artists Yama, Peeta and duo CAKTUS & MARIA for this year’s Murartista event, curated by LOOK-OUT, a new cultural association based in Sardinia.

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The festival aims to develop innovative initiatives for artistic exchange in Sardinia, inviting leading international street artists to work in a collaborative, small community environment to explore new processes and concepts in public spaces.

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Check out some shots of when ROA painted the VNA 12 cover piece in 2012 here.

 

Francisco Diaz aka Pastel paints a new mural in Gaeta, Italy

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Currently in Europe for a two men show he is having with Elian @ Montana Gallery in Barcelona, Francisco Diaz aka Pastel was recently in Italy. Invited by the Memorie Urbane festival, Argentinian artist recently finished “Non ora (Not now)” mural.

Usually mixing the natural, mostly floral elements, against man made objects, mostly prehistoric ones, Pastel created another beautiful piece that looks like a wallpaper wrapping up the facade of a building. This effect is emphasized by covering every side of the unusual structure, but also, using black color as a background against dimmed tones of pink, orange, blue or beige. Though feeling decorative at first, as usual, the artist is hiding a deeper message in his work. In this particular case, he painted African plants, symbolizing native roots of people trying to immigrate to Europe. With the problem of immigrants from Africa being bigger and bigger through Europe, the artist is calling on action with this piece at one of first stops for majority of those looking for brighter future – south Italy.

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Shepard Fairey will visit Detroit to paint his largest mural to date

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Shepard Fairey will paint his largest mural to date in Detroit, on the recently purchased and soon to be renamed Compuware Building.

The 184 ft wide by 60 ft tall piece will go up some time during Detroit Library Street Gallery‘s “Printed Matters” exhibition, running from May 22 to August 31 across the street. The show features prints inside the gallery using slightly more unorthodox materials such as wood and metal, whilst an outdoor section of the gallery called ‘The Belt’ showcases a smaller mural, displayed for the duration of the event.

Shepard’s largest piece will be placed on the blank, vertical, yellow space shown in the middle of the building, which was recently joint-purchased by two large companies.

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LSG displays modern and contemporary fine art, and has previously exhibited artists such as HUSH, Vhils and VNA cover stars Swoon and Cleon Peterson. Printed Matters promises to explore Shepard’s usual themes of iconography and phenomenology alongside his own musical and artistic influences.

http://www.lscgallery.com/

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Sepe and Chazme collaborate on a piece in Estonia

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Polish artists Sepe and Chazme recently collaborated on a street piece in Tartu, Estonia. Titled ‘Supilinn 15′ after the name of neighberhood they painted in, the mural is kind of tribute to
two famous Polish creatives born in this town.
Mixing their different but complementing styles, the image is depicting a bus known from Bogusław Linke’s famous painting “Autobus”, along with architectural elements of a futuristic building ‘Spodek’ in Katowice, designed by the architect Jerzy Hryniewiecki. By mixing those two elements through their distinctive technique and interpretation, the young artists paid their tribute to their influential countrymen.

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Anthony Lister paints a large mural in Detroit

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During his current US tour that included a solo show in Miami, Anthony Lister recently visited Detroit to work with 1xRun and Inner State Gallery. Along with other projects that are yet to be announced, Australian artists painted this 100 foot long mural just down the street from their offices.
Working his way with rollers and limited palette, our cover artist (issue #19), created this great signature piece continuing his superheros series of works. Through repetition of shapes and contours, Lister created the illusion of dynamics in this expressive piece. Bordering with abstraction, this large mural is an example of his creativity and refreshing style to be seen on the streets.

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

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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
Central
Hong Kong

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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