Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Future Industries - Hong Kong

Prodip (above)
Simon Birch (left)

local and international, start-up and listed, in developing art. Future Industries (FI) is an innovative art organization founded in Hong Kong in 2011 to represent emerging and established artists. The company was born of a conviction that commercial galleries need to be more than businesses representing and dealing in art.
projects that challenge the parameters of the ‘white cube’ project room As a consultancy, FI brings together unique, cross-sector experience

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Waste Land - a film documentary

Waste Land is a 2010 documentary directed by Lucy Walker, João Jardim and Karen Harley. The film documents two years of work of Brazilian contemporary modern artist Vik Muniz in creating art with the cooperation of scavengers of recyclables working at Jardim Gramacho, one of the world's largest landfills, serving the metropolis of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

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.


Swoon "Murmuration" solo show at Black Rat Projects London

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.


A day on the internet

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.

First off is a blog that is truly entertaining. duk - duk - blog, described as the witty, the wonderful and the weird. This blogger has great taste and each post has led me to discover more wonderful projects and artists. Make yourself a cup of tea and spend some time on this blog. Sadly he has not updated it since June 2010 - but there are still many great posts on there to check out.

Secondly is a photography project by two Photographers, Ari Versluis and profiler Ellie Uyttenbroek have worked together since October 1994. Inspired by a shared interest in the striking dress codes of various social groups, they have systematically documented numerous identities over the last 16 years. Very interesting reflection of modern day life and fashion. They also just released a book, that is for sale on their website. This would make a great Christmas present.

And lastly, is a book publishing/ design studio that make really random yet fasinating books based around found photography.

Hope you enjoy...

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Jorge Rodrigues Gerada solo show in Barcelona, Spain


Opening Reception Thursday, November 24, 2011 from 7-10pm
On View November 24, 2011 - January 17, 2012
Rambla de Catalunya 47.08007 Barcelona, Spain

On Thursday November 24th, Cuban New Yorker and Barcelonaphile urban artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada will unveil his breathtaking and ground breaking new work at Galería Ignacio de Lassaletta. Presenting new pieces from the Urban Analogies charcoal drawing series created on 250 year old wall surfaces and the new Memorylithics sculpture series, using discarded historical architectural elements over 500 years old. All the work in this exhibition is based on the intangible memory that these materials possess and the passage of time that they portray. To celebrate the occasion a printed special edition catalogue of 1 to 500 numbered copies, including an insightful essay by Iván de la Nuez, will feature all of the exhibited works.

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

Non shall Pass, Aesop Rock. Video designed by Jeremy Fish

I know this has been out for ages, but I just watched it again and thought I should share it with you. This music video is just great, art directed by the one and only Jeremy Fish.
Aesop rock and Jeremy Fish...now that is a perfect collaboration.

XTSY solo show by Marco Mazzoni at Gallery B15

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:

The Artwork of Brad Kunkle

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

The Artwork of Dilka Nassyrova

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.

Joao Ruas solo show at Thinkspace Gallery

Yore opens this Saturday the 5th of November at Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City, Los Angeles.

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.

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, Fragments of Faile at Lazarides Gallery.

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.

Along with the new canvasses and imagery are a series of new wood paintings. Working on the two series together felt very natural to us and each played a strong role with one another while evolving separately.

We're really excited to share the new body of work with everyone. If you're in London please stop by.

If you can't make it to London and find yourself in NYC, we have a new mural up on Houston and Bowery. We're honored to be one of the artists invited to paint this infamous wall. The mural was hand-painted in the studio and then pasted over the course of a week. Big shout out to everyone we meet while putting the work up.

Here are a few links that we will be updating with images from both the new show and the mural.

Fragments of Faile:

Houston & Bowery Mural:

XAM -a home for city birds.

"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.