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Recap: Maya Hayuk – ‘Spin Cycle’ @ Alice Gallery

Last weekend saw the conclusion of Maya Hayuk‘s Spin Cycle exhibition at Alice Gallery in Brussels. The influence of Hayuk’s history, identify and personal narrative stand visually proud in her abstract compositions: the X’s are evocative of the cross-stitching her grandmother taught her as a child, the kaleidoscopic rainbow of colors underscores her sense of queer kinship and the visual engagement of her work reflects her long history of social activism. But, her use of multiple transparent and opaque layers take individual paintings far beyond […]

Auction/Benefit: Totally Hammered

BombSquad, a York based non-profit art group, are currently running an auction entitled Totally Hammered in aid of York Food Bank. The Food Bank provide three days of nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis and they are part of a nationwide network of food banks whose work combating poverty and hunger is becoming increasingly important as the UK’s cost of living crisis deepens. There are 37 lots in total including a canvas by Al Diaz […]

Streets: Pejac – “WELCOME” (Nuart Aberdeen 2022)

Recently in Aberdeen, Scotland, Pejac completed his latest outdoor project which he entitled WELCOME. The whimsical and detailed work features his version of a classic doormat with a resulting piece that is more than the sum of its parts. The street intervention was placed in front of a building that the Spanish artist chose because it has hosted many charities as well as is a home for vulnerable residents facing social exclusion. Created for Nuart Aberdeen 2022, Pejac hopes the piece presents a “message of dignity, […]

Showing: Nina Vandeweghe – ‘Readymade NINAS’ @ Alice Gallery

Drawing to a close this weekend, Readymade NINAS at Alice Gallery in Brussels has been Nina Vandeweghe’s first solo exhibition. The show has been structured around the idea of Gustave Flaubert‘s Dictionnaire des idées reçues (The Dictionary of Received Ideas) which sought to lampoon his contemporaries’ lazy reliance on clichéd language by providing satirical definitions for words in common parlance. Nina de Vroome has reimagined this concept for the 21st century and her newly attributed meanings have provided the source material for a series of […]

Opening: Invader ‘Rubikcubist’ @ MIMA

Invader (featured) has described his tiled global invasion as spreading like a benevolent virus, continually mutating and changing. If that’s true then the virus undoubtedly jumped the species barrier in 2004 when he created the first Rubikcubist piece from nine Rubik’s Cubes, each manipulated into his desired configuration to create an image from the just six colors available on the iconic logic puzzle. The technique is a natural development of his aesthetic which replicates the humble pixel and a major new exhibition of over 100 […]

Showing: Escif – ‘Está lloviendo’ @ Underdogs Gallery

Returning after an extended absence from gallery shows, Escif is currently presenting his newest body of work entitled Está lloviendo (It’s raining) at Underdogs Gallery in Lisbon.The exhibition further develops threads of his work that have predominantly been showcased in museums in recent years and draws them together into a single coherent examination of armed conflict and the environment. The exhibition includes a collection of watercolors depicting military hardware that has all been manufactured in the artist’s native Spain. Related works in Beyond The Streets’ […]

Kickstarter: Swoon – “The Sanctuary”

Swoon and Za’Kiyah House are in the process of rebuilding a former church in North Braddock to create a space and facilities for people to rebuild their lives. The building dates back to 1854 when it was the First United Brethren Church; regular services were held for 150 years and, during this time, West Pennsylvania thrived as part of the US’ industrial backbone. But as jobs ebbed away, so did the town’s lifeblood and a year after the church closed for good, a fire torn […]

Showing: Os Gêmeos – ‘In the Corner of the Mind’ @ Lehmann Maupin (London)

Almost unbelievably, In The Corner Of The Mind is Os Gêmeos’ first solo show in the UK. The exhibition at Lehmann Maupin’s new London outpost allows the viewer to once again dive into the twin’s playful, personal universe created from small memories which they call Tritez.  A large canvases which shares its name with that of the exhibition depicts a head supported by crutches and, as a result, is strongly suggestive of Salvador Dalí’s Le Sommeil (Sleep). For Dali, the crutches hint at the fragility […]

Showing: Alicia McCarthy @ V1 Gallery

Returning for her third solo exhibition at V1 Gallery in Copenhagen, Alicia McCarthy is currently showing her latest body of abstract, intertwined paintings and urban-rustic explorations of the nature of community. The Oakland-based artist’s work lies at the intersection of numerous subcultures including graffiti, skateboarding, folk art, social activism and punk. The latter’s ethos of ‘unity’, encompassing both meanings of the word, is particularly apparent; within the paintings, the threads are each rendered in different colors, underscoring their singular individualism, but they all share similar […]

Recap: Margaret Kilgallen – “That’s Where The Beauty Is” @ Bonnefanten Museum

Following showings at the Aspen Art Museum and MOCA Cleveland, a retrospective of Margaret Kilgallen’s work entitled That’s Where The Beauty Is concluded shortly before Christmas after a seven month run at the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht. The exhibition presented a comprehensive survey of the work of the artist who has become closely associated with San Francisco’s Mission District.  Visitors to the museum are first met by Jeff Canham and Signpainters & Co’s re-creation of the Slaughter mural which Kilgallen painted with her husband Barry […]