'Harvest' Faith47 & Thingking - 2014

#ANOTHERLIGHTUP leverages street art with the capacity of crowd-funded community engagement.

The project, which aims to fund the installation of a street light system into one of Cape Town's more dangerous neighbourhoods, empowers individuals with the potential to be active agents in change.

Design Indaba Trust, Faith47 and Thingking have teamed up to create a mural that seeks to create a community level change through the duality of art-based social impact.

The multi-story artwork has a visual feedback loop for those who view it; the wall lights up at night each time enough money is raised for one new light to be installed on a pathway in the informal settlement of Monwabisi Park, Khayelitsha, through the organisation VPUU (Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading).

The intricate lighting pattern is an artistic endeavour that also serves as a reminder that there are communities in the city that lack the luxury of light, which is a major public safety concern.

Tweet #ANOTHERLIGHTUP to help promote the project and turn the lights on momentarily.When enough funds are raised for another light in Monwabisi the mural lights up for the evening.

See more at: anotherlightup.com

Nick Sheehy: ‘Metamorphosis’

Atomica Gallery is proud to present the debut solo exhibition by Australian artist and illustrator Nick Sheehy aka Showchicken, opening June 2014.

Metamorphosis is a collection of works on paper exploring change, death and imagination. Half dead and suspended of purpose, Sheehy’s characters are the results of cathartic and meditative drawings, documenting the emotional state of a person whose life is in a period of flux. Through laborious rendering and attention to detail, Sheehy presents an other-world of fantastical weirdlings, blurred narrative and elusive symbolism.

Metamorphosis sees a shift from Sheehy’s previous style and for this exhibition presents a more fluid and finely detailed body of work. Sheehy’s subjects include his signature double skull characters, animal skeletons and the dead awakened by courses of coloured, ribbon-like energy streaming through their static forms.

The exhibition will consist of a series of 15 graphite and watercolour works on paper, as well as several further smaller works; organic daily drawings reflecting Sheehy’s journey towards the Metamorphosis opening.

London based Sheehy has previously exhibited in group shows around the world including at Giant Robot in Los Angeles, Cartoon Network’s 20th Birthday Exhibition at Comic-Con 2012 and Pictoplasma curated exhibitions in Berlin and Paris. His work has been featured in a wide range of publications including Creative Review, Tiny Pencil and Nobrow.

12th June - 10th July 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday 12th June
Atomica Gallery, 29 Shorts Gardens, London

To attend the Metamorphosis Opening Reception on Thursday 12 June, 6-9pm, please RSVP to rsvp@atomicagallery.com or join the Facebook event here

Complimentary drinks will be provided by Huber Beer.

Katrin Fridriks: Flying Awareness

Lazarides is pleased to present Flying Awareness, the first solo exhibition in London from Icelandic abstract painter Katrin Fridriks, running from June 26th to July 24th at Lazarides Rathbone.

Following Fridriks' acclaimed participation in Lazarides’ 2013 group shows BRUTAL and Fresh Paint, the exhibition comprises a brand new body of work, marking the completion of her latest pictorial developments, and will invade the ground-floor of the gallery for one month this summer.

In keeping with Fridriks’ creative process, Flying Awareness will identify the strengthening of her signature style of idiosyncratic dripping enlargements and bold monochromatic leaking effects. Through endless technical experimentation, thin and almost transparent layers of kaleidoscopic colour appear across the canvases, fine tuning both the execution and conception of the final works. Movement and speed emerging from the vivid works invite the viewer to apprehend the powerful abstractions through different perspectives. Referencing a photographic aesthetic, the meanderings of Fridriks’ distinctive liquid drippings create an energy of their own and provide a new dimension to discover inside the artwork itself.

Partly inspired by her native land and its remote surroundings, Fridriks' explosive paintings can be interpreted as imaginary landscapes or reminiscent of satellite imagery. With multi-layered canvases acting as a catalyst, the spontaneous and graphical nature of the compositions offer a moment of freedom and reflection. The conceptual painter encourages viewers to seek out their own perception of the subjects within the works: eyes of a wild animal, a silhouette giving substance to a flying creature, or a savage and desolate landscape.

Katrin Fridriks’ well-defined colours and expressive architectural style provide an evocative impression, orientated towards staging distance from the paintings themselves and instead highlighting the viewer’s own perception and imagination. Working on both a micro and macro level the new body of work promises to provide a strong experiential experience.

26 June – 24 July 2014
Private View: 23 June 2014
Lazarides Rathbone, 11 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1HR

HABROS - A Solo Exhibition by Aida

Imagining the grand life of a gallant egotistical nabob, HABROS delivers a diverse range of screen printed works, highlighting the peculiar artifacts acquired through various means and adventures. Expect an abundant collection of exotic birds, luxurious items and exuberant bouquets, retracing the extravagant journeys of a master printmaker through time and space.

Born in Iran, Aida arrived in the UK as a political refugee in the early 1980's. Now based in London she produces fine art print editions for her avid audience. Aida’s most recent campaign, 'Print is Power' takes the form of public workshops, most notably held at the Victoria & Albert Museum, which successfully demonstrate how, with the right design and message, traditional printmaking can allow anyone to make a large-scale social impact.

* Special Feature *
Responding to Aida's work, Anna Potter (Swallows & Damsons) will create an ephemeral installation exclusively for the show.

Show opens June 5th and continues at the space until the 29th June 2014
B&B Gallery - 95B Mary St.  - Sheffield. S1 4RT

'Glamorous Darkness' By Miss Van

May at StolenSpace brings an exhibitions of works by revered female street artists, Miss Van and Olek.

The exhibition will divide the gallery into two spaces: In Gallery 1, Miss Van will exhibit a new body of work titled 'Glamorous Darkness'. In Gallery 2, Olek will exhibit never-before-seen photographic works and installation, 'Let's not get caught, let's keep going'. Having previously collaborated on public artworks, and exhibited together in many group shows across the world, StolenSpace is proud to bring these artists together to produce their first two-person show.

The concept behind these coinciding shows was born from the personal relationship between these two artists and their strong bond of friendship and mutual creative admiration. For these exhibitions, Miss Van & Olek have chosen to work with a subject that features prominently in both of their artworks: Masks. With a refreshing new take on this shared motif, the two artists will work in disparate media, with works on canvas, photography, and a spectacular three-dimensional construction. Mutually inspired by one another, these unique works will be shown in dialogue, playing upon and delving deeper into the creative realms of each others artwork.

Miss Van's breathtaking new work for her show 'Glamorous Darkness' maintain the signature aesthetic of her 'poupées' (dolls), yet evoking a darker poetic mood. Magical and dreamy, her muses pose in an ambient nature, singing or interacting with each other. They emerge from their loosely painted backgrounds like visions or dreams. The colours Miss Van has used in these painting also adds to the dream like quality, some bright and vivid, some softer, more natural. The masks are still the main elements, her characters are adorned with masquerade-style, animal-like masks, adding mystery and strength. Some with bird like beaks almost like protection to their delicate features, a sharp contrast to their soft sensual curves.

The exhibition opens the 9th May and runs until the 1st of June 2014.
Stolen Space Gallery - 17 Osborn Street  - London - E1 6TD