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Swoon Hits Haiti!

The awesome force of nature that is Swoon headed back to Haiti to get stuck into her latest project, helping repair and rebuild the communities as part of the Konbit Shelter project. In her own words, she tells us about the work she is doing there:

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“With great joy, we have begun to build our bamboo home in Haiti. Architect Joana Torres and I arrived last week, joining forces with the team in Cormiers. There’s a lot of excitement in the air, and much to be done over the next few months.”

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Swoon Presents… Pearly’s Beauty Shop

SWOON AND THE HELIOTROPE FOUNDATION PRESENT PEARLY’S BEAUTY SHOP: AN ARTIST-RUN SOIRÉE IN DOWNTOWN L.A. SATURDAY, MAY 21 | SUPERCHIEF GALLERY.

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Pearly’s Beauty Shop, now in its fifth year, is unlike any event you’ve ever attended. Part exhibition, part live auction, part dance party, and part pop-up unisex beauty shop for which all stations are manned by artists. Want your nails did by a painter? Get your hair done in a diorama by a sculptor? Makeup by a conceptual artist? Performance-artist paraffin dip? No matter your aesthetic desire, Pearly’s has you covered… Artists will be partnered with salon technicians to recreate their designs; you’ll find salon stations throughout the party and revelry all around.

The Heliotrope Foundation, a nonprofit started by Brooklyn-based artist Swoon, helps communities respond and heal after natural disasters and other urgent social crises. Heliotrope works primarily with three initiatives:

– Braddock Tiles: a multi-tiered community arts project revitalizing the once-prosperous Rust Belt neighbuorhood of North Braddock, PA (2007 – present)

– New Orleans Airlift’s Music Box: a sonic playground, performance venue and laboratory for musical architecture and community engagement in New Orleans (2011 – present)

– The Konbit Shelter Project: a comprehensive and locally sustained community building project in post-­‐ earthquake Haiti (2010 – present)

HOST COMMITTEE for the event includes: Swizz Beatz, Jane Golden, Sallyann Kluz, Andrew Lockhart, Karmimadeebora McMillan, Sandra Powell, Zahra Sherzad, Anthony Spiegel, Ryan Nuckel, KT Tierney, Natalie Kates, Bill Dunleavy, Edward Zipco, Marsea Goldberg, Als Kenny, Ryland Behrens, Tamara Goldstein, Lisa Shimamura, Andrew Edward Brown, Liat Cohen, JL Sirisuk, Raina Mehler, Alex Fanning, Afrodet Zuri, Andrea Fiona Pagliai Londoño, Siovan Hope Ross, Adam Lehrer, Kristin Sancken, Charlotte Reed, Kurt McVey.

For the past four years, Swoon has invited artists such as Shepard Fairey, Dustin Yellin and Maripol to each offer a limited edition print for Heliotrope to accessibly price at $50 in support of Braddock Tiles. For this year’s edition of Pearly’s, Swoon has tapped Juxtapoz publisher Evan Pricco to guest-­‐curate a group of Los Angeles-­‐based artists for an exclusive Pearly’s 2016 print release.

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WHEN & WHERE: Saturday, May 21 • 7pm – 1am • Superchief Gallery LA (739 Kohler Street) TICKETS: Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased at bit.ly/pearlys2016 DRESS CODE: Come as you are Pearly’s Beauty Shop 2016 thanks Jefferson Projects; Juxtapoz Magazine; Lagunitas Brewing Company; Stolen Rum; Gary Lichtenstein Editions at Mana; Art Report; ArtLeadHER; and Red Flower for their generous support. Pearly’s is pleased to partner with LAMP Community, a Skid Row-­‐based organization seeking to end homelessness and foster self-­‐sufficiency among those living with severe mental illness.

www.braddocktiles-org.myshopify.com

www.heliotropefoundation.org

www.neworleansairlift.org

www.konbitshelter.org

www.swooninprint.com

Crowdfunding launch for ‘Happyland’

Melbourne artist Kaff-eine and her cheeseagle team are creating an onsite art installation as much-needed shelter with two slum communities in Manila, Philippines. A crowdfunding campaign to support the Happyland project launches with a group exhibition of leading street artists on 1 April.

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Kaff-eine, whose artwork is found on the street, in private homes and in galleries, is reuniting with the Baseco and Happyland dumpsite communities and working with an international team to create ‘art tarpaulins’, which feature portraits of community personalities, and which will be used as much-needed shelter.

‘The collaborators who worked with me for my last project, Phoenix, made it clear that suitable housing is really important to them. I have so much admiration for the colourful, proud and resilient personalities in the communities; why not combine both?’, says Kaff-eine.

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Photo: Kaff-eine

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UNEXPECTED – Arkansas Murals

This was totally UNEXPECTED – huge mural event in Fort Smith, Arkansas, curated by JUSTKIDS, with murals from Vhils, D*Face, Maser, Ana Maria, Bicicleta Sem Freio, Roa and Askew.

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Swoon’s “The Road By Walking” Benefit Gallery Show for the Heliotrope Foundation

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Our cover artist Swoon (issue #25), recently started a new non-profit organization, the Heliotrope Foundation, dedicated to using art to create lasting social change. These days she joined forces with Dean Collection, for an exclusive event that will be opened on 13th of May in NYC @ 287 Gallery (287 Tenth Ave, NYC).

The Road By Walking is a gallery show of Swoon’s prints, drawings and scale models, based on her community projects in Haiti, New Orleans and Braddock, PA. Through her projects Swoon and her team are using art to make lasting social change in communities recovering from natural disasters and other urgent social crises. This show will be unique opportunity to have a look behind-the-scenes of these unique projects, showing never before shown sketches, architectural models and signature portrait prints.

The attendees of VIP reception on 13th of May have a chance to receive a limited-edition print only available at this event along with their ticket purchase. All proceeds from this event will benefit The Heliotrope Foundation, and a selection of works will be available on Paddle8.com starting on May 1.

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SURFACE by Søren Solkær

Danish photographer Søren Solkær has put together one of the finest books of artist portraiture we’ve see in a long time! Featuring over 130 portraits of the worlds leading artists and some of the hottest new talent, this incredible book has everyone from Seen, Dabs Myla, ELLE, Shepard Fairey, Lady Pink, Swoon, Invader, London Police, Vexta and more…

Taken over 3 years, in 13 cities, the book will be launched alongside international exhibitions. We’re pretty excited.

www.sorensolkaer.com

Braddock Tiles – NEW PRINTS!

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New York-based artist, Swoon, also has a project called Braddock Tiles. Braddock will be a community based artisanal micro-factory located in a formerly abandoned church in North Braddock Pennsylvania whose first venture will be to hand produce the 20,000 beautifully colored ceramic tiles needed to give its landmark structure a new roof.

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To help raise money for the project, they also release super affordable prints. This latest killer set includes work from Shepard Fairey, Molly Crabapple, Ricky Powell, Pablo Power, Shelter Serra, Kenzo Minami, Vexta and Swoon herself.

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For more information and to purchase prints, visit the web store:

www.braddocktiles.org

Or check out their instagram @braddocktiles

VNA Limited Editions

We’ve just cleared out the office to make way for a whole bunch of new goodies, clothes and mags for 2015. Luckily for you guys, this includes a few Limited Edition Screenprinted back issues we found…

We will be adding a few new ones randomly, day by day, so be sure to keep checking back!

NUART PLUS

Nuart Plus is the festivals annual series of academic and industry talks from some of the world leading artists, academic and industry professionals. A dynamic series of talks, presentations, workshops, panel debates, film screenings and more take place in the days before the exhibition opening. Previous guests have included Ron English, Swoon, Saber, Chris Stain, Dan Witz, Brad Downey, Logan Hicks and many more.

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The events are recorded and made available on their website for research and educational purposes for free. The archive will be developed over the coming years into what they hope eventually gives an important historical insight into the life and times of Street Art. NUART 2014 : “BENEATH THE PAVING STONES, THE BEACH” This year’s Nuart Plus program will tackle the two ends of the street art-continuum, namely “safe murals” on the one hand and street art and activism on the other.

Guests and Keynote speakers:

Evan Pricco (US) / Carlo McCormick (US) / Andreco (IT) / Peter Bengtsen (SE) / RJ Rushmore (US) / Steven P. Harrington (US) / Jaime Rojo (US / Eirik Sjåholm Knutsen (NO) / Maismenos (PT) / Mathieu Tremblin (FR) / Natalie Hegert (US)