Pae White To Much Night, Again: 13 March - 12 May 2013 at South London Gallery
Anyone walking the streets of East London will have seen the amazing work of Roa. His giant hand-painted animals stalk the walls of many a building, stopping every passer-by in their tracks. His next solo show, ‘Hypnagogia’ will be held at the Stolen Space Gallery this April. Featuring installation work & originals on found objects as well as the launch of his first book ‘Roa: ‘An Introduction To Animal Representation’.
Address: Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
Tel: +44 207 247 2684
Viewings: April 20th – May 6th, 2012
Private view: April 19th 18:00 – 21:00
…And just to give you an idea of what to expect, here is the superb promo clip from the Roa show at White Walls, SF.
a minha amiga da sampa por sempre…
To celebrate the launch of the Girls Fall 2010 collection hitting stores, Vans will be touring the country to spread the word of their latest collection! Select retailers have been chosen for this event in the likes of London, Liverpool, leeds and Manchester. The Vans ‘Off the Rail Tour’ have called upon a London stylist to be on hand in each city along with make-up demos, (fake) tattoo artists and lots of cupcakes and drinks to keep you fed and watered…..oh and did I mention the Vans goodie bags? For the London leg of the tour, the stylist will be hitting the streets to select a few lucky people to style an outfit in store with a chance to win an exclusive Vans shopping spree, so make sure you’re at Carnaby Street on the June 25th!
Check after the jump for tour dates:
The team for this ambitious project are CIA’s fresh talent, Pirates, a collective of artists & art directors who use a mixture of spraypaint, set-design, paper, film and photography. Inspiration for the project comes straight from the venue’s history, the site was an old factory building specializing in silver lithography. So this idea is all about type, be it modern and bright or traditional and sophisticated. Pirates have full creative control (now we like the sound of that) so expect big, bright and beautiful things!
Actually… I can understand a bit but I just can’t hear loud enough on Papa Bear’s crappy laptop so there goes. Honestly!
Good luck to everyone involved in the event and hope there is much funds raised! For more info head over to Hang Up Pictures.
(Above, James Jessop with his star in Selfridges and below, work by Case, Herakut and Katrin Fridriks)
Too cute! If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in Gay Paris anytime between now and 29th of May, you may want to find your way to Colette who - not only are still listening to tech/prog house… really? - but are hosting an exhibtion by NY artist Darcel, entitled “And a Miserable Day To You Too”.
Most of Darcels work in autobiographical, as in stuff that happens to him although I’ve yet to confirm he is actually a digital potato looking thing.
And I do defy anyone not to say “awww” when they press play on his promo vid below… too kawaii for words!
More info here, or check out Darcel’s ‘mazing blog here
Here’s another treat for the people of San Fransisco, again courtesy of White Walls Gallery (and Shooting Gallery). This time the godfather of stencil art, Blek Le Rat is shipping a load of new work from France over to SF for a two man show with Above starting on May 1st ‘10. Check out this short video shot by Blek and his wife, Sybille Prou to give us an idea of what to expect!
Volcom have collaborated with London College of Fashion as part of VOLCOM SEED: a new initiative to support the grassroots in fashion and give upcoming designers the opportunity to showcase their work. So back in October ‘09 a selection of students were given either a pair of jeans or a jacket to do what they do best and create unique garments that embody Volcom’s ‘vision’ of their womens wear market. All entries will be narrowed down to a final 20 pieces which will be showcased at The Vinyl Factory (Soho) this Thursday the 18th March along with a sneak peak at the upcoming AW10 collection!
Ok, this happened in October, but I’ll be damned if I’m not posting these incredible images from the ‘Berlin Reunion’. And you never know, as it’s the first time I’ve seen them, there’s a smidgen of a chance you haven’t either. But Nossa! These images just blow me completely away! Why can’t we have giant puppets in the streets everyday? (Although it kind of makes me snigger to think somewhere, in that crowd, there’s a little kid who will have been traumatized for life by this.)
Here’s the rundown according to the awesome Boston ( Btw, I would highly recommend clicking that link to see the collection in its entirety.)
“…1.5 million people filled the streets of Berlin, Germany to watch a several-day performance by France’s Royal de Luxe street theatre company titled “The Berlin Reunion”. Part of the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Reunion show featured two massive marionettes, the Big Giant, a deep-sea diver, and his niece, the Little Giantess. The storyline of the performance has the two separated by a wall, thrown up by “land and sea monsters”. The Big Giant has just returned from a long and difficult - but successful - expedition to destroy the wall, and now the two are walking the streets of Berlin, seeking each other after many years apart.”
London Miles Gallery is soon to be holding an exhibition with Japanese Pop Surrealist painter, Yoko D’Holbachie. The show is called ‘Living in Your Dreams’ and features Yoko’s largest body of solo work to exhibited. This new collection aims to interrupt the meaning of dreams, and the spirits that journey through our subconscious. At first glance the viewer is faced with colourful and strangely cute creatures wondering in a neon desert, yet hidden under her externally pleasantly painted lands lays something dark and mysterious. Well I’ll definately be in attendance…looking forward to this one!
Info Via theriotclub
Another week another party for the peeps at King Apparel! This time it was Virus Syndicate who performed live (also in attendance were Plastician, El B and J Da Flex). The store got absolutely packed out again and Virus were absolutley amazing live, the best I’ve seen in a long time! And whats more, they are genuinly nice guys (erm hope i’m not ruining any street cred here). Anyway, if you havent had a chance make sure you take a look at the Virus Syndicate Myspace page and check after the jump for more photos….
More pics after the jump….
Woop Woop! Its that time again…infact its one of my favourite times of the summer….the OBEY SAMPLE SALE!!! Its in the same place as usuall and i seriosly recommend getting down there quick as items can go so quickly!
Anyway, as works of art, they certainly succeed in whisking you off to an alternate sphere of existance, but thats couture for you. I mean seriously, who actually wears couture? Like it is more dressing up than dressing but I suppose that’s the idea, but the world of couture seems so far removed from us mere mortals. But in some cases thats what great art is all about. However, a little closer to home I’m gonna use this post to as an excuse to show the greatest wedding outfit ever in the history of the wedding outfit - Bianca Jagger wearing YSL to her wedding to Mick. My God - like that is the outfit I would definately be basing my look on, (complete with near-booby splillage!) if the big day were to come my way… what a picture, the seventies, white YSL Le Smoking and a hot Latina mama - tres sexy!
Finishes 19th July
Rua Primeiro De Marco, 66
Rio De Janeiro
So, in contention for my personal best day-out in Rio ever, I would like to give praise and thanks to Raizes De Movimento – a social awareness faction based in Rio’s Most Dangerous Favela TM* ; Complexo Do Alemao. Amongst many other socially conscious projects, Raizes were responsible for the gathering up of a whole host of national and international graff artist for a day long jam in the favela last weekend! Beleeeeze! Absolutely amazing to witness, seriously. Im gonna report more on the function Of Raizes Do Movimento, who basically operate in a similar tenet to Afroreggae; encouraging and motivating young ‘uns through artists expression. That is as soon as I can translate the email they sent me! But whilst Im doing this please enjoy the photographic evidence of some of the marvellous happenings and there’s more to come so stay posted!
Oh, yeah. I might as well tell you that ever single favela has a reputation for being ‘Rio’s Most Dangerous Favela TM’; a tag which does little to remove the stigma of favela living, (although neither does posting the image of a shoot-out but whatever – aaaawesome canvas painting!). You see, apparently I live in Rio’s Most dangerous favela, (Vidigal) but then so is Rochina, and City Of God. So I’m referencing some British Corporal in Iraq who when commenting on the Green Mile being the ‘Most Dangerous Road In The World’ said; “The most dangerous road in the world is the one the bus runs you over on.”
Loads more pics apres le jump…
Anyway some of the artists involved included Laerte - who seems to be everywhere I look in Sao Paulo at the minute which believe me, is a very good thing - Daniel Galera, Xico Sá, Marcelo Rubens Paiva, Mário Bortolotto, Daniel Pellizzari and many more. Apres le jump I’ve posted a series of images to give y`ll an idea of the diversity of artwork which was available to purchase so go check it! And if you’re feeking particularly charitable have a meander down there and see if there’s anything left up for grabs, otherwise my bank details follow. Nahahaha!
Rua dos Pinheiros, 493
Choque Cultural gallery is pulling together a phenomenal amount of graff artists for what they’re calling their “one of our most exciting shows to date!” . That’s quite the statment but when you look at the international line-up you know its a claim to be taken seriously… amongst others there’s CHIVITZ (São Paulo), CLAUDIO GIL (Rio de Janeiro), CRAIG “KR” COSTELLO (New York), FEFE TALAVERA (Madrid), EINE (London), DICE (Osaka), DIMITRY OSKES (Russia), DIONR (Porto Alegre), LUCA BARCELLONA (Milan), IVAN (Hungry), LOOMIT (Germany) & many more…
The event itself finishes on the 27th of June so I’ve somehow got to get back down there before the final curtain falls on this one! Just one more thing however, the show also features the verrry lovely WHIP whose interview I’ll be posting in the next week, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to give y`all a little `Whip-tease`? Nahahahaha. Check out the image below - that’s him! Pretty impressive and you should see the guys yo-yoing skills - I guarentee its gonna be a good ‘un!
Rua Joao Moura, 997,
Ends 27th June
As promised here is the second installment of the Os Gemeos post relating to their Vertigem exhibition at the CCBB here in Rio which officially ends today! If there’s anyone out there still wondering whether to make the trip downtown, I ask you, look at the picture below - do we look like we’re not having the time of our lives? That’s what Os Gemeos induced happiness looks like, folks. Seriously, its all the fun of the fair and then some with incredible interactive installations, like the Os Gememos customised studio you see above, the hall of mirrors and the mind-bending Os Gemeos ‘head’ as well as their more traditional canvas work.
However, as this is an art review of sorts I now have to attempt to wax lyrical on the works of Os Gemeos. In case you didn’t know, Os Gemeos - meaning ‘twins’ in Portuguese - are twin brothers Otávio and Gustavo Pandolfo. They are two of the original and most respected innovators in the street art scene from Sao Paulo. Their work is largely illustration based although they do experiment with caligraphy. Their work is very accessible yet abstract which is really what sets them apart - just how they manage to relay human emotions they way they do with characters who don’t might not instantly resemble people, in utterly surreal contexts, using an exquisite comprehension of colours and textures is beyond description and something beyond beautiful. Their work within the Brazilian street art scene has pretty much set the bar, so if Brazilian graffiti is the best in the world (it is the best in the world ;- )), then they are the best in the world.
And that’s all you need to know!
Bizarrely enough, the brothers don’t have their own site to reference their work, but the fantatsic
lost.art.br (who will feature in a forthcoming interview here in CLF) have an outstanding Os Gemeos archive - the best on the www, so get over there and be educated -it might well change your life just like it did mine!
Vertigem by Os Gemeos ends today
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil,
Rua Primeiro de Março,
66 - Centro Rio de Janeiro
Entry is free.
“I can’t live my, ah, I can’t live my
I CAN’T LIVE MY LIFE THIS WAAAAAY!”
So unless you’ve been diagnosed with terminal soul-death, there is no way you cannnot be uplifted by This Way, geddit? So as you can imagine I was bouncing off the fucking walls last weekend when DJ BABU of DILATED PEOPLES, people (!) guest starred at the Squat Festival in Lapa here in Rio! Now, I`ve never been that great at forming opinion; the concept of constructive critisicm just eludes me ‘cos I find pretty much everything amazing howeverrrr, this gig truly was amaaaaazing. It also featured Brazilian DJ Sany Pitbull who along with the crowd were pretty awesome so thank you everyone and the ticket touts particularly for giving me such a memorable and decidely cheap night out.
Being in Lapa also afforded me my first glimpse of the phenomenal JR art exhibition which features the faces of women who’ve all had male relatives murdered by the Brazilian police , plastered over the magnificent Lapa Arches. I’ll be posting a much more in-depth review of that exhibition very soon. Heart-breaking stuff. And that weren’t enough, I returned home just in time to witness just about the most incredible sunrise ever from my very own terrace in Vidigal favela.
Now, I was torn between posting This Way or Worst Comes To Worst, two of my all time favourite tracks, but This Way wins out for being THE anthem my girl Nooshin `Moz Def` Shabani and my 2007 tour of Latin America, so this ones for you baby girl!
Loads more fun & pics apres le jump!
Alrighty, it seems everyone is weighing in with reviews for the Vertigem exhibition by Os Gemeos so it’s about time we hopped aboard plus the fact I’ve been would make sense to do so. & It’s also a great way to mark the occasion of sighting my second O.G. street piece here in Sao Paulo! Yah!! Suffice to say we’ll be updating this post with a more traditional review entry but for now just enjoy the images. Plus it’s Os Gemeos who I’m actually in love with was genuinely gutted when I discovered they were married and living in Berlin. (What’s Portuguese for loser ?) So I’m happy to make this like a five-part-post or even just use abritary links to my life experinces as a reason to stick their stuff up on here like;
“So, today I woke up and thought I was seeing double. You know, double in the same manner as twins are double? Twins like the world famous garff twins Os Gemeos, who create pictors like theeeeese…” etc.
The latest exhibition at StolenSpace is Meryl Donoghues’ (premier/solo) ‘Once Upon A Lie..’
I wandered into StolenSpace on Sunday and was instantly drawn to Donoghues dark images of strange hybrids of people and animals. The images are born from pencil drawings and then digitally created to add an almost-believable photographic quality. Transferred from page to screen, the images are constructed from photography and then manipulated.
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Ok, so now that I’m officially reporting the Sao Paulo scene to all y’all I suppose I ought to be eloquent and constructive when critiquing works of comtemporary art. So this partcular exhibiton - Era Uma Vez (Once Upon A Time) is an artistic interpretation of a forray into the dark forests of folklore and fairytale via the Borthers Grimm, Hans “I’ve many a tale to tell” Christian Anderson and the like.
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The Philadelphia art scene is about to be invaded by a whole host of the UK’s best graff artists! Cruel Britannia will be showing at the T&P Gallery from 1st May ‘09.
Artists include: Pure Evil, Eine, Sweet Toof, Ame72, K-Guy, Dale Grimshaw, Rugman, Kev Munday, Matt Jordan, Simon Cauty, Dead Sheep, Ben Slow and more.