Dran opened a new pop-up exhibition in London over the weekend entitled Dessin du Jour. As the title suggests, the body of work is dominated by approximately 120 drawings which the artist has been executing on a daily basis in preparation for the show. The pieces individually distill down the small victories and defeats, dreams and doubts and joys and sorrows of everyday life. We see a man marooned on an island encircled and cut-off by gridlocked traffic which speaks to the isolation of modern urban life, […]
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Berlin based artist BLO, from the Da Mental Vaporz crew, is currently showing a new exhibition entitled Anywhere, Out Of This Mind at Galerie 42b in Paris. We asked him a few questions to find out more. AM: How long have you been preparing for this show? BLO: After a year experimenting with abstraction, and following my artistic residency in Perpignan (FR) in November/December 2017, I decided to return my focus to figurative painting while exploring fragmented compositions. So, I have been preparing for my current show […]
Four years after his last solo show in Paris (covered), graffiti artist Bom.K is returning to Paris for a solo show entitled Effects Secondaires (Side Effects) at Galerie Itinerrance opening on April 21st. The title of the exhibition refers to the sensations we managed to grasp from an artwork after enjoying the technique and subject. In addition, it also refers to one of the works in wood bearing the same name on the subject of overconsumption and the exhaustion of natural resources. Through the extreme precision of the spraycan, Bom.K […]
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 […]
After a two week residency at Villa Alliv, JAW, BLO and KAN of the Da Mental Vaporz crew (DMV) are showing their collaborative artworks. The three artists have invaded the space with canvasses as well extending their imagery to the walls and ceilings, blending their own distinctive style from abstract and impulsive to pointillism and precision with the results being vibrant and energetic compositions. Photos courtesy of Villa Alliv. Discuss DMV here.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]