Thursday, December 8, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
LONDON BOOK RELEASE PARTY AT POW
Pictures on Walls
Thursday 8th December . From 6 to 9 pm
46-48 Commercial Street . London E1 6LT
Walls & Frames is a cutting-edge collection of recent work by 101 known and emerging artists from around the world bound to the streets in different aspects. These ambitious talents are keeping their connection to the street alive while establishing themselves in the art market with work in traditional formats such as painting, sculpture, installation, and prints.
To celebrate the release of Walls and Frames, the artists featured in the book such as Anthony Lister, Conor Harrington, Dave Kinsey, Dran, Eine, Herakut, Meggs, Miss Van, Paul Insect, Shepard Fairey and many more, have created original handmade book sleeves* for the publication, which will be available for sale both at the London and Berlin events for 430£ and 500€ respectively (Book copies included).
The author and some of the artists will be present during these launch parties to happily sign regular copies of Walls and Frames sold at a lower price specially for the occasion.
Monday, December 5, 2011
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Sunday, November 27, 2011
Together with people employed to pick out recyclable material from garbage, Muniz creates from actual landfill trash large-scale mosaic portraits that are sold at art auctions in London and exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in São Paulo.
The film portrays the lives of the garbage pickers and their working conditions as well as Muniz's efforts to help them to gain recognition and better living conditions.
Black Rat Projects is extremely excited to announce the opening of Swoon’s ‘Murmuration’ which opens to the public on December 2nd.
Our new exhibition is a large scale installation by the New York artist Swoon. This is Swoon’s first London solo exhibition and she has spent three long weeks transforming the gallery space into a mesmerising world populated by towering sculptural figures, elaborate colours and delicate paper cuts.
Swoon is constantly seeking new and revolutionary movements to contribute her energy and creativity to. In the past these have included; gate-crashing the Venice Biennale in an armada of ships made from New York city junk, sailing the Hudson and Mississippi rivers in similar floating creations and most recently taking part in the huge humanitarian effort proceeding Haiti’s earthquake by rebuilding homes as part of the Konbit Shelter project.
Swoon has also been showing her unique creations in some major contemporary art spaces including recent shows at the Boston ICA, Museum of Contemporary Art LA and the Museum of Modern Art New Orleans.
This is undoubtedly a unique opportunity to see one of her most spell-binding installations and it is not to be missed at any cost.
So here is a bit of a random post, but I have spent a few hours on the internet just looking for inspiration and have come across some very creative blogs and projects that I thought you would appriciate me sharing with you.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
SOLO EXHIBITION AT GALERÍA IGNACIO DE LASSALETTA
On View November 24, 2011 - January 17, 2012
Rambla de Catalunya 47.08007 Barcelona, Spain
Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada is a founder of the New York Culture Jamming movement and an innovator in the international urban art scene. Since the late 90´s he has been replacing the faces of cultural icons chosen by advertisers with the faces of anonymous people to question the controls imposed on public space, the role models designated and the type of events that are guarded by the collective memory. Rodríguez-Gerada´s unique direction was mentioned in Naomi Klein´s book No Logo and was a precursor of the use of anonymous portraits now common in street art. His spectacular interventions are created for the sake of bringing awareness to relevant social issues. His large scale time base works avoid negative impact on the environment, challenge the conformity in contemporary art and allow for a reflection that goes beyond the completion of the piece to focus in its concept, process, and the metaphor that comes forth because of the material chosen.
'In spite of the growth in time periods and dimensions, and in spite of Rodríguez-Gerada never betraying his urban condition, his work does not 'crumble' in a gallery. It has its own presence that doesn’t really listen to a change of scale, nor acts as a mini-sized version of his usual work pattern. Like in all his itinerary, the point is to move a world into another world, a time into a different time, a meaning into an altogether 'other' meaning. For this, his pieces behave like a ready-made solution, willing to pay their debts with Art in general and with Urban Art in particular. Is it calling on Banksy or Blu? Both, but also on Duchamp, Brancusi or Picabia, as well as from Rosalind Krauss’ 'expanded sculptures', from Robert Smithson or Ana Mendieta.'
Iván de la Nuez. Essayist and Curator.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Aesop rock and Jeremy Fish...now that is a perfect collaboration.
Marco Mazzoni was born in 1982 in Tortona, Italy, and is currently based in Milan. Marcos work is not advocated by size, but are strong and powerful in the depictions of various women that are removed of features that make them instantly recognizable.
Their loss of identity draws the viewer towards the image, due to the shear mystery connected with his works. Marcos firm hand evokes a compelling and fleeting sensation. The ghostly fairytale images renders a mix of flowers, birds and faces lacking of globular organs. These details makes his work hard to forget, and a delight to remember.
Marco Mazzoni's first solo show at Gallery B15 will open on November 10th from 5pm to 8pm.
The Gallery is located in Copenhagen, Denmark. Visit the gallery website here:
Brad Reuben Kunkle's world premiere one-man exhibition, Against Nature, was sold out opening night in April of 2010 in New York City.
He has been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, Poets and Artists, and on the covers of American Art Collector and International Artists magazine.
Born in 1978 in a small town in Pennsylvania, he studied painting at Kutztown University under the primary guidance of George Sorrels, who was taught by a student of William-Adolphe Bouguereau.
Brad now lives and works in New York City.
Visit his website:
Friday, November 4, 2011
Sometimes you come across an artist on Facebook that you have never seen before, most of the time alot of it is just not for me, but once in awhile you find something that really captures you. This is my experience with finding the work of Dilka Nassyrova.
When looking at her photo albums I could see how her work over the past 3 years has developed dramatically, and her most recent paintings are just stunning. Beautifully painted, intriguing themes, and balanced compositions. I have to say that after today I am a new fan and am already trying to find out how I can add one of her gorgeous works to my collection.
Dilka is selling a great collection of her prints on Etsy...
Original artworks are available through Mondo Bizzarro Gallery in Italy.
João Ruas has been hard at work for the past year on 'YORE'. This exhibit will mark his first major solo showcase and we are thrilled to be able to host it for him.
'YORE' features 20 new paintings, 5 new etchings, 3 stunning works on ostrich eggs a beautiful mural and more to be revealed at the opening. We're excited to share that we'll also be publishing a limited edition catalog for the show as well as a limited edition giclee print. Details on both will be announced later this week. Please note we'll also have some copies on hand of João's limited edition 'Minion' book that was released in limited quantities at this past July's San Diego ComiCon.
Visit Thinkspace Gallery for full preview and more information.
Faile has a new exhibition opening at Lazarides Gallery in London....
Nov. 3rd – Nov. 30th 2011
Over the course of the past decade, FAILE developed an artistic practice inflected with remixes of mass culture, and built on careful juxtapositions of seeming dualities. Fragments of FAILE allows us to see them working at one frontier of their practice, stripping their painting down to its essentials and engaging a century of the more expressive terrain of abstract portraiture.
"We set out to explore something a little looser with this new set of figurative paintings. This was also a chance to explore ideas of identity, character and narrative within our own work. Feeling very inspired by the process and the fragments that comprise much of the work we do, you could say these new works are a love affair with painting and process.
"Architect to the urban aviary set, Street Artist XAM is one rare bird. Averaging one per week over the last year, the California born former graffiti writer has designed, constructed and installed homes and feeders for New York City birds on street signs above your head.
While studying architecture and object design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he followed an open interdisciplinary structure that allowed him to develop his vision, and made him prove the soundness of his work. "I had very intense conceptual-based architectural studio courses in school that didn't allow time to slack off, to say the least."
He points to his years as a student as pivotal in his development as a thinker and artist today. That's probably why his design, materials, and technical discipline can stand up to academic rigor, but it won't completely explain why these bird "dwelling units" have a satellite dish for television reception, a solar panel on the roof powering a night light, nor the certain minimalist elegance overlaying it all. Clearly XAM is a Street Artist for more than just the bird watchers and one worth keeping your eye on." Read full article on the Huffington Post website here.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Nom Kinnear King lives and works in the UK. I have had the pleasure of working with her over the past few years and she never fails to amaze me. Her beautiful paintings just continue to become more magical and skillfully painted. Here are some of her new paintings for this years Affordable Art Fair for Fine Grime Gallery.
More about Nom Kinnear King:
" From Her shed in the Norfolk countryside Nom Kinnear King creates in oils and Pencil, portraits of girls roam from town to town in a patchwork old fashioned never world, where accordions and clarinets trail their steps, their joyful and curious behaviour shadowed by sweet melancholy. "
Visit her website to see her complete collection of paintings.
Here is another project happening right now that needs funding to continue. Have a look at the video above..has some great clips of artists painting such as Dabs Myla, Ben Eine, She One, Espo and more...
The Wall: London’s Most Public Gallery
"We’re turning 5 years old here at Village underground, and in celebration we’ve decided to try and make a dream happen.
We want to build London’s most public gallery. For years this immense wall on Great Eastern Street has been host to many artists painting in the wall’s 4m X 3m recesses, they’re oddly like natural picture frames, from Steve Powers and Shepard Fairy to incredibly talented local artists. We want to evolve this informal project, turning it into an amazing permanent art space.
Why We’re Coming to Kickstarter
To do this, we need to design, build and install bullet proof metal and glass frames over the recesses to protect the art work from theft and vandalism. Importantly, this means that artists can paint on board and canvas so the work can be kept. Its been really tough over the years to see such amazing work lost as the next artist paints over it.
Saving the art work will mean that artists can sell their pieces and earn a living. That’s obviously important, but it also means that we can exhibit art that’s not just painting – photography, digital art, mixed media, even interactive work: This takes the wall onto a whole new level.
Everybody Street, A Documentary project in New York, NY by Cheryl DunnWatch the video..its brilliant!
Everybody Street" is an invaluable treasure-chest of knowledge and insight into the art of photography and the City of New York. I know you will enjoy seeing it as much as I am loving making it. This is a rare opportunity for you to participate in not only the making of a film, but in the recording of art history.
"Hello photographers, photography enthusiasts, lovers of history and New York City. My name is Cheryl Dunn and I am a fellow photographer and the director of "Everybody Street", a feature documentary about NYC street photographers who have taken some of the most iconic images of the last century. Whether you take pictures with your phone or a Leica, you will relish the opportunity to hear the real stories of the men and women who are the very foundation of the street photography movement and of the medium itself. These include, to date:
Bruce Davidson Joel Meyerwitz , Mary Ellen Mark, Max Kozloff, Ricky Powell, Martha Cooper, Jamal Shabazz, Bruce Gilden, Clayton Patterson, Jeff Mermelstein, Rebecca Lepkoff Boogie, Luc Sante, Jill Freedman, Josh Wildman.
The film, shot in16mm and in HD, and with a score by NYC Band Endless Boogie, takes you into the studios and out onto the streets where you will see firsthand the working techniques of these incredible artists as they unfold in the theater of New York City. Many of my subjects have never been documented before, remaining instead hidden behind their cameras. "
(text taken from Cheryl Dunn's website for Everybody Stree)
This project will only be funded if at least $44,865 is pledged by Saturday Nov 19, 11:48am EST. Donate now to support the project. Visit: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/everybodystreet/everybody-street
Monday, October 17, 2011
This past weekend London saw the opening of Moniker Art Fair, where art galleries and artists came together representing the new contemporary and urban art world. Over the weekend thousands of people flocked to the fair, either to support the artists that they love and follow, or to escape from the over-load of Frieze art fair. To sum it up, Moniker was truly amazing. For the second year running Moniker has brought something special to London during art week. Offering everyone who attended a fresh experience, where discussion is welcome, laughter is key and having a good time and making new friends is what the fair is all about. This year Moniker welcomed Australian duo Dabs and Myla to the UK for the first time. Myself and Frankie Shea have teamed up and invited Dabs and Myla to come to London and take part in the fair, they created their own project space. An installation that included a 6 foot ciggerette box, two sky scrapers (one with a moustache) and a collection of hand painted cigarettes. Over the weekend Dabs and Myla painted the exterior wall of Village Underground and Sunday saw the release of a freshly pulled 2 colour screen print.
On top of all that, artists like D*Face, Ben Eine had print releases and the fair saw visitors like Mark Ryden and Marion Peck. The fair was from October 13 - 16, if you missed it this year make sure you mark your calendar next year for Moniker Art Fair.