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Openings: Brusk – ‘In Memoriam’ @ Galerie Laurent Strouk

Street artist Brusk from the Da Mental Vaporz crew has returned to Paris for a exhibition entitled In Memoriam at Galerie Laurent Strouk that runs until July 15th, his second solo show (see Ad Vitam Eternam coverage here) in Paris. As you will see, the front sign ‘Matignon’ has been cheekily stroked through with black spray paint while highlighting the letters ART in the Gallery name. Combining a Fine Arts background with more than twenty years of graffiti, Brusk’s gestural painting is instantly recognizable. The French artist creates questions, variations, wanderings through a poetic fantasy, […]

Showing: Blo & Jaw – ‘Amalgam’ @ The Art Union

French artists BLO and JAW from Da Mental Vaporz crew are currently have work on display in a duo exhibition entitled AMALGAM at The Art Union in Berlin. Moving from figurative depiction, both artists are diving into a sphere of abstraction and dynamics, opening up their pictorial dialogue by exploring the abstract landscapes which emerge through the amalgamation of their creational spirits. This outcome results in movement and balance between hard edges and soft floating areas leaving the spectator’s mind split between serenity and anxiety. Besides the display of BLO & JAW’s new canvases […]

Showing: “Link” @ Art Thema Gallery

French artists have taken over the Art Thema Gallery in Brussels for a group show entitled Link featuring French musician and multi-disciplinary artist Charlelie Couture, pioneer street artist Jérôme Mesnager, members of the DMV crew including Blo, Brusk, Jaw and Bom.K, as well as Liliwenn, Arnaud Puig, Kongo, Kurar, Mist, Cedrix Crespel, ColorZ, Éric Liot, Espi, and FenX. Take a look more photos from the show below… Photos credit: Baze Selecta & the gallery.

Openings: Gris1 – ‘Interview’ @ Kolly Gallery (Zurich)

Fresh from his pop up show Mixité Sociale (covered) in France, prolific artist Gris1 from the DMV crew returns to Zurich for his second solo show entitled Interview at Kolly Gallery. Through his paintings, he gives the viewers insights into his mind and his inspirations, like responding to an interview through his artworks. Gris1 pays tribute to pop art icons with Lichtenstein, Warhol, and graffiti king Keith Haring using an exquisite corpse style. In many of the paintings, the graffiti playground is referenced, from trains, shutters, walls, spray cans […]

Previews: DMV – ‘Residence’ @ Villa Alliv

On Saturday, the 30th of April, Villa Alliv in Marseille, France will open its doors for a new exhibition entitled Residence. JAW, KAN and BLO, members of the Da Mental Vaporz crew have transformed the space following a two week residency. The new body of work is a the result of collaborations between the artists, carried out in situ. Under impulse and improvisation, they bring their instinctive and distinctive methods together – street pointillism (KAN), abstraction (BLO) and image destructuring (JAW) – to create surrealist compositions.

Streets: Brusk / Art Rua (Rio de Janeiro)

Last month, we shared with you something Titi Freak painted during the fifth annual ArtRua fair in Rio de Janeiro. Turns out, a member of the Da Mental Vaporz crew was also in town painting a much larger 25m high mural entitled You’ll Sweat Blood And Water. Created over four days by Brusk, the impressive wall featured a disintegrating fire extinguisher made up of graffiti letterforms. Take a look at more photos below… Discuss Da Mental Vaporz here.

Openings: Brusk – ‘Ad Vitam Eternam’ @ Galerie Itinerrance

Member of the Da Mental Vaporz crew, Brusk, is one of the more versatile street artist in France through the mastering of techniques in graffiti, but also lightgraff, sculpture, installation and 3D animation. For his first Parisian show AD VITAM ETERNAM? at Galerie Itinerrance, he concentrated more than twenty years of exceptional practice on a series of paintings and sculptures. All his imagery is there: ripped icons, symbols of polluted consumerism, children drawings made out of acid colors, ironic references to the masters. Also, he chose to revisit Magritte’s Red […]

Previews: BLO – ‘Dreams have no title’ @ Swinton & Grant

After recently showing at the 5th Year Anniversary of Graffuturism (covered here), the French-born and Berlin-based artist BLO from Da Mental Vaporz crew is having a solo exhibition at Swinton & Grant Gallery in Madrid opening this weekend. The show entitled ‘Dreams have no title‘ features a series of canvases and ink drawings on paper. Using spraypaint and acrylic, BLO splices Man Ray’s nudes and epic Renaissance Statues, creating graceful and sacred figures enveloped in bursts of cosmic abstraction, pinned in time like tropical butterflies to […]

Previews: Gris1 & Kan – “Humanity” @ Atelier des Bains

On the 28th of May, Kan and Gris1, members of the infamous Da Mental Vaporz crew from France, will be presenting a two man show titled Humanity. Opening at Atelier des Bains in Geneva, Switzerland, the show will include all new works by both artists, focused on the subject of violence and humanity. From early childhood through our lives, people are used to violence being portrayed as acceptable or at least necessary behaviour. Through video games, news reports, and popular entertainment, the idea of violence is taking over […]

Previews: Sowat – “Ars Longa Vita Brevis” @ Richard & Lefeuvre Gallery (Switzerland)

Following his recent print release (see here), French-American artist Sowat, member of the French graffiti crew DMV or Da Mental Vaporz, is opening his solo exhibition at Richard & Lefeuvre Gallery in Geneva on the 23rd of April. Ars Longa Vita Brebis features a new body of work using acrylic and spraypaint on canvas. Always looking for new techniques, with a bamboo stick or a spray can, Sowat’s style is sometimes understandable, with some secret words and messages appearing suddenly within the composition, sometimes abstract, mixing energetic lines with composed and precised […]
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