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Streets / Recap: North West Walls 2017

Last month, the 2017 edition of North West Walls (see 2016) wrapped up with new work from this year’s roster. Hoxxoh, Phlegm, Astro, Telmo Miel, Emmanuel Jarus, and Smates were invited in to painted stacked containers, a unique backdrop of the yearly summer rock festival in Belgium, Rock Werchter. Take a look at more in progress and completed photos of the murals in the photos below…

Upcoming: Lisa Ericson @ Antler Gallery

On July 27th, Antler Gallery in Portland will present new surreal paintings from Lisa Ericson featuring her hybrid creatures of the natural world. The new body of work she has prepared for this exhibition seems to be centered upon”mobile habitats,” plants growing on the back of tortoises that can support other wild life such as butterflies, frogs, and other insects. She will be sharing the show space with artists David Rice and Danny Samuels and their new work. Discuss Lisa Ericson here.

Streets: Shepard Fairey x Vhils (Lisbon)

Just this weekend, Printed Matters, a show from  Shepard Fairey (featured) opened at Underdogs in Lisbon, a gallery co-founded by the locally-based Vhils (interviewed). Their collaboration didn’t end there as the American and Portuguese street artists combined their artistic vision for a joint mural featuring Shep’s iconic imagery and Vhils unique mark-making. Take a look at some more photos of the stunning piece below as well a few more walls Fairey worked on while in town. Photo credit: Jonathan Furlong, Ig (as noted), and the artists. Discuss Shepard Fairey […]

Kickstarter: Luke Chueh – “Grief Encounters” Animated Series

Luke Chueh (interviewed) has recently started a Kickstarter with Munky King to create one minute shorts of some of his most iconic paintings. With the expertise of Tiny Giants, the Los Angeles-based artist’s world will expand as stories can be told centered around how his characters ended up in the situations they did (see an example below of his Target painting). Entitled Grief Encounters, the animated series can be supported by going to kickstarter here, with many goodies from Chueh going to those who invest in the different tiers […]

Previews/Interviews: Vhils // Festival Iminente (London)

Festival Iminente will be bringing a taste of Portuguese culture to East London at the end of the month. The event is being curated by Vhils and the Underdogs Gallery which he established in 2013. The festival debuted in Lisbon’s Oeiras district last autumn and this latest iteration carries a particularly contemporary theme with the subtitle Art Before Brexit. The participating artists’ individual contributions address some of the specific issues which dominated the public conversation around Brexit. For example, Mais Menos’ installation is concerned with […]

Previews: Edwin Ushiro – “A Survey” @ Giant Robot 2

On July 8th, Giant Robot 2 in Los Angeles will be opening a new solo from Edwin Ushiro (interviewed) entitled A Survey. Like his showing with the gallery back in 2015 (covered), the locally-based artist delves deep into his youth with nostalgic scenes from his experiences growing up in Hawaii. Created through his unique process and novel technique, the paintings seem to glow with a luminous light  like a memory extracted from Ushiro’s Pensieve. Ushiro further explains – “Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things by Lafacdio Hearn is […]

Showing: Slinkachu @ The Museum of Fine Arts (Ghent, Belgium)

Currently at the The Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium, Slinkachu has some works on view as part of a new group show Manufactories of Caring Space-Time. Not only does the UK-based artist have his signature miniatures on view that are part of the museum’s permanent collection inside but also has some installations outdoors as is his practice. Take a look at some of the clever and humorous scenes he has laid out for unsuspecting passerby’s to discover. Discuss Slinkachu here.

Streets: World Roundup (June 2017)

It’s been a long time since our last Streets World Roundup so we won’t be able to catch you up with all the murals we have been enjoying the last year or so. We can however share what caught our eye in June though. Up top we have a mural from Eduardo Kobra in Carrara, Italy with a very unique placement. Painted in the famous Carrara quarry where Michelangelo and so many other renowned Italian artists sought marble for their works, the new 12 x 20 meter […]

Showing: Faile – “The Size of the Fight” @ Library Street Collective (Detroit)

Last weekend, Library Street Collective opened a new solo from Faile (featured) entitled The Size of the Fight, the duo’s first show in Detroit. Along with originals, prints, and sculptural works, one of the walls featured a mural from the Patrick’s as they took inspiration from the Motor City’s revival in the last several years. The Brooklyn-based artists also unveiled five large-scale painted, stenciled, and silkscreened works on wood panels in the adjacent alleyway aka “The Belt,” the gallery’s public exhibition space (more on this later). Discuss Faile here.

Previews: Franco “Jaz” Fasoli – “Pretension Of Greatness” @ BC Gallery

Three years after his debut show (covered) at BC Gallery, Franco Fasoli aka Jaz will be opening his new solo tomorrow night (June 29th) in Berlin. Entitled Pretension Of Greatness, the new body of work from the Buenos Aires artist features his newer technique with collage, drawing imagery from the tumultuous modern history of his country. Rounding out the show will be a selection of sculptures made of bronze and fabric. Discuss Jaz here.
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