Boxfresh x STIKA Capsule Collection

Boxfresh launched their SS14 capsule collection Boxfresh x STIKA recently at the Topman General Store in East London. The collection titled "Fruit Cocktail" sees London based graffiti/ graphic artist Josh Stika creat an exclusive range of apparel and footwear for Boxfresh.

Check out the clip above of what went down at the launch and you can shop the collection here.

PICK ME UP at Sommerset House

Now in its fifth year, the UK’s original contemporary graphic arts festival Pick Me Up showcases graphic art in all its forms. Aimed at being the antithesis of a traditional art fair, Pick Me Up is a fun and informal festival featuring quirky studio spaces in which to shop for affordable artwork from the great and good of graphic arts, and a daily, lively line-up of events which encourage both budding and bonafide artists of all ages to get involved. Pick Me Up 2014 promises to be bigger and better than ever with more late nights and an even wider range of illustration and design represented, from fashion and architecture to comic books and album covers.

Some of the artists and studios taking part this year include: Artomatic, Beach London, Puck Collective, Skull Paradise, Letterproeftuin, Billy (Alex Godwin), Kyle Platts and Lynnie Zulu.

24 April – 5 May 2014
Open daily 10.00 – 18.00, late night Thursdays and Fridays until 22.00
Embankment Galleries, South Wing
Day tickets £10, concessions £8
Festival Pass £17.50

VON Elsewhere Exhibition At KK Outlet

KK Outlet is proud to announce an exhibition of new work by artist Von. Elsewhere, is a collection of delicately beautiful drawings based on photographs shot by Dan Sully.

Each portrait in the collection explores those fleeting moments where we involuntarily slip under and away from all of our surroundings, appearing to others absent and completely elsewhere.

Elsewhere is a reaction to an increasingly busy, saturated and invasive world where technology creeps further into our daily routine where we are actively encouraged to “share” day to day events no matter how minor or major, “Selfies” are recognised by Oxford English Dictionary and reaching for your phone when you have a spare minute to kill has become an automatic reaction. All these things make witnessing the moments where people have completely slipped into their own thoughts all the more rare, fragile and beautiful.

Writer Gavin Lucas said of his work, “Seemingly effortlessly, rather like a magician with a wand, Von uses the humble pencil to create images which let the viewer know instantly that they are beholding the work of a master craftsman at the peak of his artistry… In a digital age where it’s easy to lean towards the convenient and the quick, Von takes his time, producing images that are, due to no small amount of skill and always a cerebral approach, much more than the sum of their parts.”

Prints and originals will be available to buy throughout the exhibition.
Private View: Thursday 1 May, 7 – 9pm
Exhibition Runs: 2 – 31 May

KK OUTLET - 42 Hoxton Square - London - N1 6PB

'Wallflower' Exhibition by Rone At StolenSpace

StolenSpace is pleased to present the street artist Rone from Melbourne, Australia in his first UK solo exhibition entitled 'Wallflower'

Finding the friction point between beauty and decay is a thread that runs through much of Rone's work. As a street artist best known for his stylised images of women's faces, he understands better than most that beauty can be fleeting. Seeing his artworks gradually worn away by natural and human elements has taught him to appreciate the unexpected beauty of an image as it begins to blend back into its more prosaic surroundings. In Wallflower, Rone brings this natural tension into the gallery space. His haunting, transparent paintings of those classic symbols of youth and beauty - a female muse surrounded by flowers - are made all the more striking by their gritty backdrops of deteriorating wooden shipping crates. The flowers are a particularly potent example of the short-lived nature of what we traditionally consider beautiful, sometimes blooming and dying in just a day.

The use of reclaimed wood from shipping crates references another recurrent theme in Rone's work - the importance of travel in building character, wisdom and humility. Sourced in Australia, the crates have come from all over the world - not unlike Rone's street works, which can be found from Australia and New Zealand to Germany, Japan, Mexico, the US and UK. The journey that each of the works in 'Wallflower' has taken may never be truly known, but the character those journeys have imparted is what gives each piece its own unique and mysterious charm.

11.04.14 - 04.05.14
Private View Thursday 10th April
17 Osborn Street
London E1 6TD

Futurismo Ancestral: An Offering to Peru by Sixe Paredes

Somerset House, in collaboration with A(by)P, will bring acclaimed Barcelona-born graffiti artist Sixe Parades’ ode to Peruvian and Andean aesthetics to its underground spaces in late May for his first major solo show in the UK.

Working on all senses – sight and sound as much as taste and touch – Futurismo Ancestral: An Offering to Peru by Sixe Paredes will be an all-encompassing exhibition experience with free daily, interactive events on all aspects of Peruvian and Andean culture from food and film, to music and performance, hosted alongside large-scale artworks from tapestries to totems crafted by Sixe Paredes (formerly known as Sixeart).

Hidden underneath the neoclassical courtyard, the bowels of the building will become awash with vibrant and vivid colours, a spectacle set against the classic Portland stone work of Somerset House.  Within this unique space for one week only, Sixe will be resident with an exhibition that represents the richness of the Peruvian and Andean art world and a lively line-up of events that capture the soul and spirit of contemporary Peruvian and Andean culture.

The exhibition will feature 25 large-scale works including tapestries, totem sculptures, ceramics and quipus (a system of knotted cords developed by the Incas to communicate and record important information, or otherwise known as ‘talking knots’) and some smaller-scale works such as masks and chichas (hand-drawn concert posters decorated with fluorescent inks), all created by Sixe.  Produced exclusively for this project, it is the first time that the collection has been exhibited.

21 – 26 May 2014
Daily 10.00-18.00 (last entry 17.30)
Somerset House, Great Arch Hall, Lightwells & Deadhouse, South Wing
Free admission