Brazilian artist Narcélio Grud has been in the UK over the Summer months installing street pieces across London as well as creating a number of street interventions in Manchester. The artist has just emailed his latest project Sonic Spray using sound and paint to create some interesting visuls. Check the clip below.
Vibrantly colourful yet sometimes deeply troubling, Micallef’s canvases interweave social commentary with self-examination. Antony’s work is built upon the profound belief in the act of markmaking; figures and faces loom through the veil of loose, confident, almost abstract brush-strokes that explore experiences of life in London through sensations of light and dark, mirrored in both his palette and his choice of imagery.
Focussing on the contradiction inherent to mass-consumerism, the artist satirizes the rampant social suspicion of multi-national brands while simultaneously being outwardly seduced by products and marketing. Basing his art on social commentary and self-examination over propaganda and style, Micallef is a traditional fine artist, weaving elements of pop-art into his large canvases.
Micallef says, "My work is like a Disney film that slowly turns into violent pornography, but you don’t really see where the change happens. It’s an ambush to the senses to capture an audience. I want to amalgamate and infuse the figures into a synthetic world. The twisted figures resembling experiments gone wrong from a science lab have somehow walked into our commercials, our glossy magazines; a cocktail of chromatic perversion. The aim is to use colour as a decoy to invite the viewer in, to ambush their senses, to give that inner world a sugar-coated, cracked-sweet veneer, hiding the distortion and decay."
Lazarides Rathbone - 11 Rathbone Place - London - W1T 1HR
9 September – 15 October 2011
As a truly global initiative, New Era Introducing aims to give unique talent an opportunity to make their own statement using a blank New Era 59FIFTY as their canvas. Those judged to show the most unique display of self-expression will go on to form a touring gallery exhibition and be published in a limited edition New Era Introducing book.
From the finished works of art, the artist who has displayed the most uniquely creative expression in headwear design will secure a £10,000 bursary with the intent of assisting the launch into their chosen artistic career.
For more details and registration forms visit the New Era Introducing website to upload an example of your work that you feel demonstrates why you are one of the unique creative minds of tomorrow on or before 7 September, 2011. Good luck!
This weekend has seen the See No Evil event take place in Brsitol and looks like it might possibly have been the UK's largest street art project to date.
72 artists including some of the biggest names in graffiti in the world descended on Nelson Street, painting masterpieces through the night to create a permanent cultural legacy for the city.
10 buildings, a bridge, 6 mega cranes, 326 metres of street, 26 scaffold towers, 325 litres of emulsion, 13,400 cans of paint and thousands of happy visitors
Organised by Inkie, Team Love and Weapon of Choice with the support of Bristol City Council and Nelson Street's building owners, they celebrated the project with an NYC style block party and three 'Hear No Evil' events in the incredible disused Westgate building.
Recorded over a week and edited in just 8 hours, special thanks go to Hurricane Media for this video.
The 'Bendy' print: Snow White offering up her innocence in front of the star-spangled flag comes in three colour options - Acqua, Pink or Lemon.
The Marilyn Print : Pop Art inspired, Marilyn Monroe visage has been defaced with his signature graphics and stencils.
All prints are hand-screenprinted: stamped, numbered and signed by the artist, Rugman.The collectible prints are sold exclusively at www.rumknuckles.com Priced at £72 plus post and package.
Arrested Motion filmmaker Carlos Gonzalez follows Portuguese-born artist Vhils as he completes his latest work on the streets of Venice, California. This particular piece was done in conjunction with the "European Bailout Show" at the Post No Bills showspace and located just on the side of the gallery. Watch as the process unfolds...
A cornerstone of the Black Panthers until their dissolution in the early 1980s, Douglas was one of the first agitants to use the visual language of the right wing to express the ideas of the left. His powerful pieces swapped hand-wringing for aggression and victim status for insurgency. Using a strong but consistent, simple yet brutal visual style Douglas’ artwork defined the Black Panther’s pride, resourcefulness and charisma. The illustrations’ accompanying battle cries, including ‘all power to the people’, ‘in revolution one wins and one dies’ and ‘seize the times’, entered the lexicon of a generation.
In and out of youth detention as a teen, Douglas kept busy working in the print shop of Ontario’s Youth Training School. Encouraged to draw by social workers, he went on to study commercial art at San Francisco’s community college, where he learned to use collage and what would today be called ‘found media’ to create high-impact pieces using minimal time and money.
Employing a ‘DiY’ ethos to make potent, populist imagery re-enforced by slogans is a defining characteristic of many of today’s heralded street artists. The Outsiders gallery group is also home to a massed collection of political art from throughout the modern era, including the Situationists’ ‘Mai 68’ posters. For these reasons Emory Douglas’ art makes a proud and worthwhile addition to our roster.
The Outsiders - 8 Greek Street - London - Soho - W1D 4DG
Thursday 18th of August 2011 to Saturday 10th of September 2011
Show opens August 18 at 6pm — 9pm
Beach London - 20 Cheshire Street — London E2 6EH
Images ©Sean Morris
Bristol has long been the centre for urban art in the UK and now hosts a project that will create some of the world’s largest scale paintings. Over twenty internationally renowned artists will take up residency in Bristol city centre as part of a free, three day long arts and music event.
Artists already announced include New York based muralists, Tats Cru whose aerosol based work is dubbed to have ‘changed the perception of graffiti as art’ and LA artist El Mac whose work is prolific across every continent. As well as the US contingent, artists from France, Holland, Spain and Brazil will also bring their own unique styles to Bristol. Bristol born Inkie, one of the most notorious and prolific graffiti artists to emerge out of the 80’s Bristol scene will be joined by a raft of UK artists including Zeus and Nick Walker.
See No Evil will culminate on Saturday 20th August in a Block Party curated by local crew Team Love, celebrating the best of Bristol’s art and music culture with live street painting, bands and DJ’s, cartoon drawing, screen printing, a pop up barber shop and fancy dress emporium, street theatre and street dressing with a mini garden area stretching along the length of Nelson Street.
The Westgate, a disused building designed by architect Giles Gilbert Scott who also designed the Battersea Power Station and the iconic British red telephone box will be opening its doors for three nights of the best of Bristol music and art.
Nelson Street - BS1 Bristol - United Kingdom
Details and full artist line-up on the See No Evil website
"Another source of my subjects is from photographs that I find lying on the street while walking, broken, bent, missing. I have a large collection of these photographs, some I find interesting for bringing to a wall." - Stinkfish
This is the first ever multi-method print on 1xRUN, and perfectly fitting for an artist like Stinkfish. In producing these, they have created a set of giclee prints of an old magazine cover Stinkfish found, to use as a base. Afterwards, his stencil design was screen printed on top of the giclee with a thick layer of special black, glossy ink. The high quality image looks truly vintage, and silkscreen effect of the mask stands well above the image, just as the stencils he is known for.
1xRUN are simultaneously releasing two color versions of this print. A total of 50 in black, and 20 in pink. All prints are Signed & Numbered by the Artist and come with a Certificate of Authenticity from 1xRUN and go on sale on Monday the 5th of September.
Contributors include Michael Fagan talking about breaking into the Queen's bedroom: 'I looked into her eyes, they were dark'; and Noel Godin, who pioneered attacking celebrities with custard pies: 'Instead of a bullet I give them a cake'.
Explaining his reasoning behind the show, Banksy said: 'Basically I just thought it was a good name for a TV programme and I've been working back from there'.
Narrated by Kathy Burke and produced by Jamie D'cruz, The Antics Roadshow examines the stories behind some of the most audacious stunts of recent times and what motivates the perpetrators, from mindless boredom to heartfelt political beliefs.
It includes a world exclusive first interview with the man responsible for putting the turf Mohican on Winston Churchill's head! Enjoy.
Fund raiser and Art auction for graffiti artist Robbo is set to take place at Cargo, Sunday 4th September 1pm to Midnight, with the Auction starting at 8pm. Tickets will be available in advance and on the door with a £5 minimum donation. All proceeds going to the Robbo Fund.
Auction will include works from Eine, Reas, Zomby, Tizer, Andy Seize, Petro, Prime, Fuel, Pure Evil, Don, Bonzai, EGS WD, Panik ATG with additional names added daily.
Cargo - 83 Rivington Street - Shoreditch — EC2A 3AY
Having showed work from 5 continents and held over 42 exhibitions since it's launch, Scottish based gallery Recoat are celebrating 4 years this summer. To mark the occasion the gallery are planning the launch of Team Recoat, a collective of 10 Scottish artists who they rate massively for their excellent and well-crafted work. They have commissioned each of them to design a limited edition screen print, which will go on show this Friday alongside original paintings and drawings.
The collective will feature works from the following Scotish artists: Kirsty Whiten, Susie Wright, Elph, David Galletly, Rue Five, Al White, Mark Lyken, FiST, Syrkus and Death Rattles. The exhibition opens on the 12th August 7-10pm and it runs till the 4th Sep. The artwork will be available from the Recoat Bigcartel shop after the show opening. Each print will be A2, an edition of 25 and only £80!
Recoat - 323 North Woodside Road - Glasgow - G20 6ND
Show your love for London with this classic "I LOVE LDN" t-shirt design from London crew ATG. It's a limited edition in a brand new colourway, hand screen printed onto 100% heavyweight cotton tee and are available now from the ATG online shop.
With the Art in the Streets exhibition having now finished, this fun short film allows you to see the entire show in just 5 minutes!
"A man and his suitcase take an extraordinary pixilated journey through MOCA's exhibition Art in the Streets at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, as works by BANKSY, RAMMELLZEE and KENNY SCHARF come alive all around him."
Directed by brothers Mark Osborne (MORE and KUNG FU PANDA) and Kent Osborne (ADVENTURE TIME, SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS), this short film was created in an improvisational fashion during three very busy days at the museum.
This film was made in collaboration with the Levi's Film Workshop and Happy Product, Inc. Produced with the generous support of the MOCA - http://www.moca.org
A short time lapse video from last weekend featuring artists Rootz, B.O.T.C and G87 painting a spot near Birmingham. According to the Subism website the wall is a work in progress with more to be added at a later date. Check the clip below.
Here is one to mark in your diaries for later this year. Missum is one half of the artist collective Miss Bugs. This unique artistic partnership, founded in 2007, has produced a body of work that has achieved international acclaim and developed a passionate home-grown following.
In early 2011, Missum began to explore her own individual aesthetic. Departing from the kinetic, graphically led collage style that had become synonymous with the work of Miss Bugs, Missum’s focus addresses a more traditional method of printing.
This new appraoch, which incorporates the use of watercolours, collograph and dry-point etching, has given the artist’s work a darker edge that yet imparts a more femine, softer tone. In these pieces, the artist can be seen to be developing her mark-making, whilst also addressing new themes and pre-occupations. The work resonates feelings of isolation and loss whilst the delicately dark, somber palette draws the viewer in to an unforgiving and often unsettling landscape.
‘PLACE – WORKS ON PAPER’ opens on the 21st October and will run until the 21st November 2011. A private view will be held on Thursday 20th October, 6 – 8.30PM.
INK_D GALLERY - 96 NORTH ROAD - BRIGHTON - BN1 6YE
Cheba in Bristol
Aroe in Brighton
All five ape videos can be view on the youTube channel here.
London West Bank is a new gallery in the heart of Notting Hill in West London. The gallery is already turning heads and is destined to be a fantastic space for new emerging talent to showcase their work alongside well-established artists in the art subculture/lowbrow/outsider institute.
From the 11th-25th of August, artist Louis Michel aka Masai, and gallery co-owner/director Tommy Blaquiere, will be curating an exhibition that documents an exciting collection of artists who are experimenting with attributes of fine art, illustration, street-art and graffiti.
Exhibiting artists include: belin, data, jaybo monk, silje kristiansen, monstieur, inkfetish, erik michel, charlie penrose, leeks, tizer, vera edwards, linda aslaksen, cosmo sarson, katrin schubert, ordu, snub 23, jim mcelvaney, the krah, louis masai michel, jack finnigan, lee ellis, danieljaemo, otto schade, simon fuek, dep, lee nutland, julian kimmings, daniel sequeria,
ec. woodard & ben slow.
The exhibition runs 11th - 25th August, everyday, 11am till 7pm.
London West Bank Gallery - 133-137 Westbourne Grove - London W11 2RS
Nearest tube Notting Hill Gate.
Andy Warhol’s famous dictum that “Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.” in an age of media and internet saturation sounds less like an off hand quip and more a prescient statement of fact.. It is fitting then that the inspiration for the series of darkly reductive artworks created by artist Pure Evil that make up the core of the Last Good Time show was an email full of thumbnail images received from a Chinese company specializing in the reproduction of the classic canon of western artwork, produced by an entire copy village indifferently mass producing Rembrandts and Warhols .
From this spark came further artworks in a series built on the idea of the tragic muse, the 'POP' combustibility of creative relationships and the dark side of the classic glamour of the age prior to tabloid overload, seen through the ghostly tear filled eyes of Elizabeth Taylor, Li Tobler, Sylvette Davide or Brigitte Bardot.
Pure Evil's THE LAST GOOD TIME opens at XOYO on Cowper Street this Thursday 4th August 2011, Starts at 6pm. Show runs until September 8th 2011.
XOYO — Cowper Street — London — EC2A 4AP