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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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Makatron in Singapore

To celebrate Singapore’s 50th Anniversary, and under the ’50 Bridges’ programme, the Australian High Commission arranged for Australian street artists to paint murals on walls in 50 heartland locations across Singapore.

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One of these artists was Melbourne based Mike Maka aka Makatron. Makatron has traveled and created work around the world, painting the Berlin Wall to the River Ganges. Makatron’s work is preoccupied with the interface between man, beast and machine. Presenting a visual riot that stimulates the mind, his art conveys an imperative message to those confined in the concrete jungle to stay connected to the natural world.

Damo: How did you get involved with the 50 Bridges programme? Who else was involved?

Mike: I was actually a late invite to the event, the idea came from an old friend, Regan Ha-Ha, on a visit to Singapore some years earlier. The other artists involved were Adnate, Yok + Sheryo, Vexta, Tom Civil and locals artists Trase and Zero.

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Damo: What was it like painting in Singapore? It is a country known for its strict rules – did this affect what you were able to paint in anyway?

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‘Your Kid Can’t Do This’ – aMBUSH Gallery

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Returning for the first time since 2010, international stencil art exhibition ‘Your Kid Can’t Do This’ launches at aMBUSH Gallery, Central Park, Sydney on Friday 26 June from 6-9pm. The group exhibition is curated by Luke Cornish, aka E.L.K, who became the first street-based artist to be selected for inclusion in the prestigious Archibald Prize in 2012, and currently holds the record for creating the highest selling piece of street art in Australia.

YKCDT is the ultimate showcase of contemporary talent within the field of stencil artistry, featuring over 50 artists from 16 countries, including the Godfather of modern stencil art Blek Le Rat (France), Australian stencil art royalty Haha and Vexta, and Hugo Kaagman (Amsterdam), who is heralded as the ‘original pioneer of stencil art’. YKCDT also platforms the work of every winner of the Australian Stencil Art Prize from 2009-2014, leading stencillers from across Europe and America, and an assortment of emerging artists whose quieter reputations belie their exceptional talent.

E.L.K says, “Modern stencil art exploded on to the scene in Australia in the early 2000s, around the time of the American invasion of Iraq. Hundreds of artists with a message hit the streets and lane ways, using the quickest means of delivering that message: stencil. In the decade that has followed, the boom of street stencils scene has slowed down, but the evolution of the medium continues to progress to a near hyper-realistic aesthetic. The 2015 installment of YKCDT is set to be Australia’s most outstanding display of stencil art yet.”

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

A SHOWCASE of Stupid Krap…

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Curated by Ben Frost and Aaron Craig, SHOWCASE brings together a selection of NEW TALENT as well as some of the best Australian and international artists that have worked with Stupid Krap over the last 12 months.

Co-curator Ben Frost words Damo up on the show.

Damo: Tell us about the upcoming Stupid Krap Showcase?

BF: It’s an intimate snapshot of Stupid Krap’s footprint within the local and international art world – celebrating the amazing talent that we have had the pleasure to work with over the last few years, and some of the new artists we’re excited to showcase.

Blankspace Gallery will be filled from floor to ceiling with international artists like Sharktoof, Greg Gossel, Mysterious Al and Denial, as well as Australian artists who have been making it big overseas like Vexta, Twoone, Gemma O’Brien and We Buy Your Kids. Some of the new names that we’re excited to work with for the first time, such as Nathaniel Kiwi, John Avanti, Loretta Lizzio, Danilo Brandao and William Ngheim – will be well worth coming to check out.

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Wynwood Walls 2014 – Day Shots

As we were were over for Art Basel and Scope, catching up with the homies and checking out the art, we couldn’t help but take a few photos of the best that Wynwood had to offer in the daylight… Including work from Pixel Pancho, Vexta, Reka, Elle, Li Hill, Nychos, Lister, Maya Hayuk, Cleon Peterson, Retna, Shepard Fairey, Shark Toof, Miss Van, Bicicleta Sem Freio, Faith 47, Seth Globepainter, Martin Whatson, Adnate, James Bullough, Shiro, Opire & Bonar, Herakut, Daleast, Sheryo & The Yok, Fin DAC, MTO, Bikismo and Alexis Diaz.

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Vexta – Flight Cycle – Neon Memento Mori

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Vexta has been working hard in her Brooklyn studio on an amazing new series now available on Stupid Krap. ‘Flight Cycle – Neon Memento Mori’ sees an edition of 9 hand painted and stencilled ostrich eggs in 3 different variations.

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Vexta explains about the artwork: “They explore the duality and essence of life by acknowledging both death and the true freedom life can bring. The neon ‘death bird’ depicted upon the egg is both alive and dead, an affirmation of where she has come from and from where she will return. She flies free.”

Each egg measures approx 5 x 6 inches (13 x 15cm) and comes with an ornamental stand and a sturdy wooden display box with a plexi-glass window.

(no ostriches were harmed in the making of these artworks)

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

Urban Xchange – Penang – Malaysia

Urban Xchange: Crossing Over – an event presented by Urban Nation and Hin Bus Depot featuring new public murals and a group show Rone, Elle, Vexta, Ernest Zacharevic, Adisson Karl, Tank Petrol, Don John, Mr. Toll and some local artists. Our man Henrik Haven sent us these progress shots of their work…

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