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Interviews: Heath West

Heath West is a Houston-based practicing architect and artist that has recently been included in Tumblr’s 2014 Year in Review Artists to Watch list. With a background in art history and master’s in Science of Advanced Architectural Design at Columbia University, his ‘wall-works’ or ‘non-paintings’ often use architectural concepts and theories in art production, focusing on the structure and transformation of space. On January 15th, Castor Gallery in New York will be introducing his latest series of algorithmic paintings that combine digitally-inspired patterns with abstract traditions, using folding, screens, framing, layers, transparency, […]

Introducing: POW! WOW! Hawaii 2015

Between the 7th and 14th of February, the Kaka’ako district of Honolulu will host another, the 6th edition of the POW! WOW! festival. Supported by RVCA, Montana Cans, and Hawaiian Airlines, the Valentine’s day week has become a central part of this large project that celebrates culture, music and art. During this week, the crème de la crème of street and urban art world will be creating murals, showing artwork at gallery shows, hosting lectures, all around Honolulu. Turning warehouses, shop windows, storage spaces, garages and other buildings around […]

Releases: Diagonal Press by Tauba Auerbach

After over a year of preparing, Tauba Auerbach and her team launched Diagonal Press on the 26th of December. The idea of this project is top create and offer DIY publications and products – hand-bound, hand-stamped and assembled in the studio, in open editions and at affordable prices. The art created through this platform affordable to the wider audience, and meant to be enjoyed in the real world instead of stored in the art collections with their value defined by what one gets out of owning it rather than from […]

Streets: Ludo (Hong Kong / Shanghai)

Right after releasing his recent limited edition lithograph (covered), Ludo (interviewed) traveled back to Hong Kong and China, and pasted some fresh works there. Continuing his ongoing Chaos Theory theme with butterflies as a signature character, in Hong Kong he left an image of a butterfly with handcuffs holding his wings along with the Both Sides of a Gun image he introduced in France back in August. These new pieces are probably referring to the  turbulent situation in the country and the clashes of protesters with the […]

Showing: Ai Weiwei – “F Grass” Installation @ Vancouver Biennale

China’s most notorious artist and social activist, Ai Weiwei, recently introduced a new public piece created exclusively for the Vancouver Biennale. F Grass is a site specific piece currently exhibited in Harbour Green Park, Vancouver, that is composed of 1328 tufts of iron grass. Totaling 182 square meters, this installation shows letter F, constructed of oversized grass tufts. F Grass is the continuation of the Chinese artist’s large-scale installation Sunflower Seeds made for Tate Modern in 2010 (covered), as they both share a similar idea – “the relationship between the individual and the collective and the […]

Art Focus: Pez – “The Magic of Christmas” Series

Pez is Nantes-based artist whose artwork has been greatly influenced by the graffiti and pop culture. Most famous for his recognizable graphite works on paper, his drawings often comment on everyday life, the economy, and icons of pop culture. He recently introduced a small series of drawings on paper forming The Magic of Christmas mini series. Millennium Mercatorum is one of the rare colored pieces from the artist, showing the Holy Night in a different, more consumerism focused environment. Money Christmas depicts an iconic snow ball with little bank notes […]

Showing: Katrin Fridriks – “Stendhal Syndrome” @ Circle Culture Gallery

Katrin Fridriks recently rounded up a successful year with an solo exhibition at Circle Culture in Berlin. Opened on the 21st of November, Stendhal Syndrome is the most challenging show that Icelandic abstract conceptual artist has put together to date. Showing mostly large works, dominated by five major installations measuring up to 5 m in length (Space Molecule Syndrome triptych), the exhibition is actually a preview of the big projects coming up for the artist in 2015. For example, the title piece of the show, Perception of the […]

Releases: Escif – “Elsewhere” Book

After a couple of months in the making, Escif just launched an Indiegogo campaign, raising funds for his upcoming book release. Elsewhere is a hardcover book that is set to be released in February 2015, in an edition of 1000 pieces, each hand-finished and signed. The book will be focused on his last five years – from mandatory murals and interventions around the world, to sketches, drawings, ideas, feelings, recipes, deep secrets and everyday life thoughts. There will be 300 full color pages printed on papers of […]

Previews: “No + de 30” Group Show @ SC Gallery

SC Gallery in Bilbao, Spain is opening a small group exhibition entitled No + de 30 which will introduce new works by young urban artists Aryz, Axel Void and Sebas Velasco. Even though all of the artists have their roots in graffiti and street art, each of them produces significantly different studio works. Focused on transferring the imperfections and spontaneity of sketching and drawing into bigger scale pieces, Aryz will be showing drawings he has been developing lately. On other hand, Axel Void and Sebas Velasco will be introducing works that use classic […]

Releases: Ludo – “344” Print

We just received these images from Idem Studio in Paris showing Ludo (interviewed) adding final touches to his upcoming lithograph (edition of 99), set to be released Thursday, 11th of December with PrintThemAll studio. The title is 344, and is one of the butterflies he introduced at his recent London solo at Lazarides (covered). With the title of the recent show, Chaos Theory, in mind, referring to the global situation and human influence on nature & environment, the French artist picked an image representing the butterfly effect. Using his signature black and […]