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Streets: Escif (Europe)

Spanish artist Escif was very active in the last couple of months, travelling around Europe and creating new public works inspired by the local issues and history. Often criticizing aspect of human activity, or choices made by part of population, his pieces balance between conceptual interventions, large illustrations and classic murals. Back in October Escif finished one of his larges pieces to date, on the 100m long back wall of the Modern Art Museum in Valencia (Institut Valencià d’Art Modern—IVAM). Marking the opening of a new outdoor […]

Previews: Mike Lee – “Happier Together” @ Amala Gallery

Amala Gallery in Tokyo is wrapping up this year with the first international solo show by Mike Lee. After two successful solo shows earlier this year, the NY-based artist painted a small series of new oils titled Happier Together. Over the last couple of years, Lee has been developing recognizable visual language that is strongly influenced by his professional career as the digital media professional. After working mostly with pencils and creating detailed images that portrayed peculiar spaces and characters interacting with them, he recently […]

Interviews: Mary Iverson

On  Saturday November 11th, Amsterdam’s Andenken gallery will be hosting a double solo show by American Artists, Scott Albrecht and Mary Iverson (featured) at their new location in an old anatomy building in Oosterpark in Amsterdam. Our friend, artist, and gallery owner, Hyland Mather, got to chat with Iverson about the upcoming show and the background of the new body of work specifically created for this showcase: Hyland Mather: Mary, the new work for ‘Correspondence’ contains some wonderful pieces where the source material is photos from the Netherlands. You’re […]

Showing: “Lugares Comunes” @ Plastic Murs

The Valencia-based Plastic Murs art gallery and print shop opened their most recent group show on November 3rd, showing works by five young Spanish artists –  Aarón Duval, Iñigo Sesma, Jose Luis Ceña, Mikel Del Río and Sebas Velasco. Lugares Comune (Common Places) is focused on portraying mundane reality using artistic tools and a photographic approach. Depicting common places with classic painting as a medium creates visual memorials filled with urban sensitivity and the desire to transcend the ephemeral. This poetic approach to celebrate and represent the […]

Events: Banksy – “Balfour ‘Apology Party'” @ The Walled Off Hotel (Bethlehem, Palestine)

Earlier today Banksy set up a street tea party in front of The Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem, Palestine (covered), “celebrating” tomorrow’s 100 years anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. The infamous artist already addressed the important role of Great Britain in the ongoing Middle East conflict at the hotel’s museum, and couldn’t miss an opportunity to remind the world about it on this big day. Balfour Declaration was a public statement issued by the British government announcing support for the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people” […]

Upcoming: Icy and Sot – “‘Human (Nature)” @ Thinkspace Gallery

On November 4th Thinkspace gallery in LA will be opening Human (Nature), the first solo exhibition and full gallery takeover by internationally acclaimed Iranian artist-activist duo, Icy and Sot. For this landmark showcase the artists produced all new body of work varying in medium, techniques and aesthetics used, all focused on celebrating nature and human dependence on it. Iranian brothers first arrived to US back in 2012 for their NYC solo show and used the opportunity to immigrate, settling in Brooklyn and continuing their artistic practice. […]

Releases: Pixel Pancho “‘Orangutan” screenprint

Continuing the ongoing efforts of the Splash and Burn campaign initiated by Ernest Zacharevic earlier this year (covered), Pixel Pancho just announced a new print release that will further help their efforts. Based after his sculptural works created for the project  on location in Sumatra, Orangutan is depicting steam punk-like creature that’s been overgrown with lush flora. Italian artist has been known for creating poetic work that speaks about the interaction between nature and humans, especially man made machines. Adding vintage feel to his work, […]

Streets: Smug (Stavanger, Norway)

A few days after Nuart Festival officially closed their 2017 indoor show (covered), they wrapped up another successful mural project. Teaming up with Smug, Attende AS and students from Kannik Middle School, they produced their inaugural mural for the new Social Inclusion Through Street Art project. Attende AS employs approximately 330 people with disabilities who would otherwise exist without a meaningful work life. Providing them a steady employment in the large and varied industrial production system, the concept both helps these less fortunate individuals and contributes […]

Previews: Christian Rex van Minnen – “Mourning Wood in Liminal Dawn” @ Richard Heller Gallery

Richard Heller Gallery will be opening their first solo show with Christian Rex Van Minnen on Saturday, November 4th. Mourning Wood in Liminal Dawn will include a new series of oils exploring the ongoing journey through liminal space in between ideas around masculinity, sex and identity. With indisputable talent and exceptional panting technique, van Minnen creates pictures that are filled with grotesque and unsettling imagery, yet blatantly sincere in their subject matter and atmosphere. Wrapping his skills and familiarity with technique inside classic painting formats […]

Previews: Bezt (Etam Cru) – “Beautiful Mistakes” @ Spoke Art NYC / Thinkspace gallery

Polish artist Bezt, better known as part of the Etam Cru together with Sainer, is about to open his inaugural solo exhibition in New York City at Spoke Art, curated by Los Angeles-based gallery, Thinkspace. Opening on October 21st, Beautiful Mistakes will include a series of new paintings and drawings, mostly focused on portraying mundane characters and scenes with a subtle, surreal twist to them. The work of Etam Cru has always had a notable melancholic tone to it, and Bezt is pushing this idea further with his […]