Brazilian artist Nunca went to Berlin to check out the local vibes and paint some walls. Dscreet followed with a camera. This is what happened. You can check out our full interview with Nunca in print in the issue 28 of VNA.
Curated by London’s Fragile Ventures and rendered in concrete, metal and wood; the cubes are their first project, URBAN[E], depicting Eine’s letter ‘E’ in Shutter, Tenderloin and Circus fonts. The Eine edition launches at Megumi Ogita gallery in Tokyo on Friday, 5 December with a simultaneous global launch online at www.fragileventures.com
Today the team behind OFF LIFE and One Thing I Know launches Yellow – an exciting project that will see 52 artists illustrate a whole year of news over the course of 52 weeks.
The idea is that artists can bring a different angle than written journalism, and by giving 52 separate artists a single week of news to illustrate, we can begin to chronicle and analyse a whole year from 52 unique perspectives.
Recently JustKids teamed up with Life Is Beautiful Festival to produce this amazing mural event. Ambitious in scope, some of the best artists from all over the world converged to transform 15 blocks of Downtown into a one-of-a-kind open-air urban gallery.
Curated by Charlotte Dutoit (JustKids) for the second year, the artists transformed the festival landscape into a magical art-inspired playground to give people a playful and unexpected escape into art. A huge abandoned motel was turned into an interactive playground and 6 installations were placed throughout the premises.
After two weeks of intense work, the murals and installations seamlessly integrate into the festival’s footprint which was visited by over 100,000 people over the course of three days, turning it into the largest North-American Street Art event.
Even though Life Is Beautiful 2014 is now finished, the murals are still visible in Downtown Las Vegas.
Contributing artists include Borondo, D*Face, Fintan Magee, Misaki Kawai, Maser, Lakwena, Roa, Li-Hill, Saner, Cyrcle, Thomas Dambo, Edoardo Tresoldi and Spencer Olsen.
REMIX, the new solo show from ABOVE opens November 21st, 2014 at Inner State Gallery Detroit, U.S.A.
Alaric Hammond’s new solo show ‘From Cheek to Blushing Cheek’ is a dystopian collection of paintings, drawing’s and original monotype prints exploring themes of protest and subterfuge within a world of decayed imperial grandeur. The artist presents varied styles of abstracted portraiture where the subject’s eyes and words are frequently obscured, often employing scrawled text, cartoonish details and comic violence to create an uneasy sense of hidden agendas and masked intentions.
Working from original collage Alaric has developed a highly original and textural approach to printmaking which is central to the new body of work presented in the show.
Over the last couple of weekends, VNA was invited to curate artwork for the Vans store and a small exhibition at TwentyTwentyTwo, Manchester. We hand picked some of our favourite artists to work with on the project, as well as some fresh new faces from up north.
Will Barras and Cbloxx stepped up to take on the window of the Vans store in the Arndale Centre with this killer piece inspired by the classic Vans Sidestripe.
Kyle Hughes-Odgers is an Australian visual artist. For over a decade he has exhibited and created artwork throughout Australia and internationally: New York, Los Angeles, London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Berlin and Cambodia. Damo was lucky enough to chat with Kyle at Sydney’s ‘Project 5′ and he has shared some inspirational videos.
First up we have ‘A Thousand Lights’. The concept for this work is based around an abstract aerial view of flying across the globe over Western Australia into Perth city. Abstract geometric pattern areas showcasing the environment with various colour changes from oranges, yellows of the desert to blues of the ocean and rivers. Bursts of colour highlighting life and activity within the growing metropolis of Perth and surrounding areas.
Keep checking back for more of Kyle’s work and an interview soon!
Off the back of his awesome bus-shelter keys initiative, PublicAdCampaign, Jordan Seiler is taking back the streets and taking on the ads in the virtual world as well as the physical. Pioneering the way for real-life ad blockers, Jordan has spent years researching and mapping out all the New York subway adverts so they can easily be digitally replaced by a carefully curated selection of art from over 50 (and growing) different international artists. We spoke to him to get the lowdown on his subversive new app: NO AD.
Not something we usually do, and probably won’t get around to doing again for quite some time, but we thought we’d review some of the books that we’ve had spread over the desk acting as upmarket coasters for the past month.
It’s also probably the only time you’ll see publications about animal porn next to books that include the Vatican’s ltd edition record releases. Unless perhaps that sort of thing goes on at the Vatican when their librarian’s car isn’t being used to smuggle hundreds of kilos of illicit drugs. Who knows…
T-post 96 – Alife – T-post
Now-retired Alife head honcho, Tony Arcabascio has stepped down from the pioneering clothing brand to concentrate on publishing. His latest focus is Swedish-born heavy-hitting monthly t-shirt zine, T-Post; a wearable magazine, with each ‘issue’ focusing on a different story or brand.