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Interviews / Studio Visit: Ryan Hewett

Several weeks before opening his long awaited Europen debut on April 24th with The Unit London, we had a chance to talk with Ryan Hewett and have a peek at his process. His upcoming show is called Untitled and it features a collection of portraits of leading figures from the past and present who have somehow shaped civilization. Not limited to good or bad individuals, this unique body of work includes paintings of revered icons as Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Abraham Lincoln, but also Adolf Hitler, […]
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Openings: Vhils – “Dissonance’ @ Lazarides (London)

After showing at Lisbon’s Electricity Museum / EDP Foundation (covered) and in Paris (covered) over the last year, multidisciplinary Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto aka Vhils returned to London for a new solo entitled Dissonance at Lazarides Rathbone. Running until April 23rd, the exhibition reflects on how various factors in the contemporary urbanized world shapes its inhabitants, while personal identities are vanishing under the visual noise and surrounding clutter. Reflecting this, the subjects being portrayed in the pieces disappear through multiple layering of billboards and stratification on metal and wood. Check out images from the opening below. Photo credit: Butterfly. […]
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Previews: Vhils – “Dissonance” @ Lazarides Rathbone

On March 27th (private view on the 26th), Lazarides Rathbone will be opening a new solo from the Lisbon-based Vhils (filmed), his first there since 2012. Creating pieces with his special form of mark-making that mirrors his techniques on the streets, the artist otherwise known as Alexandre Farto will be presenting new compositions comprised of wood, billboard, metal and Styrofoam dioramas. Thematically based on the dilution of personal identity due to the oversaturation of by the realities of today’s society – profuse visual stimuli, mass media, […]
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Opening: Pixel Pancho – ‘Memory of Life’ @ StolenSpace

Pixel Pancho just launched his first solo exhibition in London at StolenSpace entitled Memory of Life. The Italian artist has transformed the gallery space with installations featuring surreal robotic characters using pieces of furniture & musical boxes while also created some sculptures with moving mechanisms, including Michelone, an edition of 10 handmade and articulated robots. The new body of work includes acrylic and pencil on wood pieces that showcase robotic figures that explore the circle of life, from the moment they grow while also making and […]
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Streets: Phlegm (London)

Phlegm recently spent several days on a cherry picker in East London, painting a large wall near Old Street with generous help from Red Market and AltLondon. The finished piece is features one of his gigantic characters, cramped inside a typical English house, and includes a cool little nod to Banksy since it’s created on the same wall where the TV Out of the Window piece was painted. While this mural can be seen as a critique on the crowds and over population of the British capital, the artist stated – “It’s just […]
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Openings: Jessica van der Weert – “Flipside” @ Hoxton Gallery

In conjunction with Beautiful Crime and Eddie Lock, photographer Jessica van der Weert presents FlipSide, the culmination of an incredible two year project shooting some of the world’s biggest and most influential dance music producers and DJs, following their passions away from music. The exhibition aims to raise awareness of tinnitus and funds for the British Tinnitus Association. The exhibition features 28 DJs and Music Producers, including Fatboy Slim, Paul Oakenfold, Example, Adam F, Carl Cox, Boy George, DJ Fresh, Zane Lowe, Shy FX, Chase & […]
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Alex Chinneck – “Pick Yourself Up and Pull Yourself Together”

British artist Alex Chinneck has put together another mindbending installation  a little different than the modified structures we have seen from him before (see melting & upside-down house). Created in a car park at London’s Southbank Centre, the piece features what appears to be a peeling away asphalt surface with a car still on top of it but upside down. Sadly, Pick Yourself Up and Pull Yourself Together was only on view through February 25th but enjoy the photos below… The Hackney-based artist states – “While I am most excited by […]
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Openings: Mehdi Ghadyanloo – “Perception” @ Howard Griffin Gallery

Having painted over a hundred murals in Tehran, Iranian artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo recently made his debut London show. Entitled Perception with Howard Griffin Gallery, the exhibition featured a series of paintings, miniature sculptures and a cube installation playing with perception and depth. Providing some insight into the Iranian peoples’ desire for expression, Ghadyanloo’s artworks carry universal themes of hope, anticipation, loss and sadness. In parallel, the artist also created a large scale mural in the streets of London  entitled We did not start the game, where three girls are jumping […]
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Viewpoints / Recap: Dran – ‘Public Execution’ pop up show in Soho, London (Part II)

AM recently covered the opening and first week of the last show by Dran, which was hosted by Pictures On Walls and closed on Saturday 21 February. The uniqueness of Public Execution is that it was produced by the artist — bit by bit and in public view — over the course of its duration. A white space filled with spraypainted images of blank canvases on Day 1 evolved into a picture-rich multicoloured venue on Day 17, the grand finale. Some visitors have referred to […]
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Showing: Borondo – “Animal” @ Rex Romae

Gonzalo Borondo’s Animal recently opened on the 5th of February at London’s Newcastle Project Space in Shoreditch, and is now in its final week. Closing on the 26th of February, this elaborate show presented by Rex Romae is a worthy visit for all the street and urban art fans. For this well formulated and executed show, the Spanish artist created eight thematic spaces which work great individually, as well as a whole. These included a cluster of small pieces on glass, large paintings, a haystack installation, glass works with […]
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