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Streets / Videos: Xenz – “Concrete Jungle” (Oslo)

Recently in the Sandvika, Norway, Xenz was invited in to create a delightful new installation on some concrete columns under a railway bridge featuring his distinctive birds and butterflies. Completed over the course of five days, the Concrete Jungle was brought to life with the British artist’s colorful trompe-l’œil technique and gave him a chance to point out unexpected parallels between the Impressionst and graffiti movement. He further explains – “Putting paint in tubes gave the Impressionists the opportunity to work en plein air for the first time. In […]

Streets: D*Face // London Mural Festival

With the global pandemic starting to loosen its grip on some areas of the world, it’s nice to see artists out painting walls again. The first ever London Mural Festival kicked off this month (created by Global Street Art) with a roster the included the locally-based D*Face (interviewed). The new piece created in his segmented style features his cartoonish imagery while also including what looks to be a partial self portrait. As the event was sponsored by Zippo, there appears to be some lighters produced with […]

Banksy Funded Refugee Rescue Boat

As an outspoken critic of EU policies towards the migrant crisis, Banksy has decided to take matters into his own hands. Redirecting some of the proceeds from his art sales, the elusive artist has purchased a former French Navy boat and converted it to a rescue boat for refugees in the Mediterranean (now captained by Pia Klemp and crewed by a team of rescue professionals drawn from across Europe). The MV Louise Michel has been painted over with the infamous street artist’s instantly recognizable Girl With Balloon image, with the […]

Showing: José Parlá – “The Awakening” @ Yuka Tsuruno Gallery

Over the weekend, Yuka Tsuruno Gallery opened up a solo exhibition from José Parlá entitled The Awakening. For his third showing with the gallery, the New York-based artist has created a new body of work while the US has been experiencing significant social unrest. Part of a series of works which are all protests paintings, Parla’s graffiti inspired imagery and textured layers reflect the fabric of the cities where this upheaval is taking place. Some accompanying words from the artist – “awakening hindsight, envisioning reason, camouflage writing against gaslighting, blooms of […]

Upcoming: Josh Keyes – “Inside Out” @ Thinkspace

On September 19th,  Thinkspace Gallery will be presenting all new works from Josh Keyes (interviewed) in a new solo show entitled Inside Out. The latest piece revealed from the talented painter features a horse wearing a gas mask in full gallop, something that hits close to home with the current pandemic. Known for his focus on a dystopian future for our planet and their denizens (notably with a lacking of human presence), the Portland-based artist has surely prepared more pieces in the same vein judging from another released image of […]

Showing: OSGEMEOS – “You Are My Guest” @ Storage by Hyundai Card (Seoul)

Currently in Itaewon, OSGEMEOS has a show on view at Storage by Hyundai Card, an exhibition space in central Seoul. Entitled You Are My Guest, the showing features 14 works (consisting of 244 pieces) including paintings, sculptures, installations, and videos that put on display the Brazilian artists’ distinctive style. Creating an immersive installation featuring their signature cartoonish yellow-skinned figures, the duo made liberal use of balloon heads including the eye-catching large piece outside sandwiched between two buildings. Photo credit: Jeon Byung Cheol (courtesy of Storage by Hyundai Card), @yeonhee_424, @maysix71, @usual.jungeun, @diana.jinseo, @deway_bora2, @sweet_elly95, @davidgmaupin, and […]

Previews: Mark Ryden – “Anima Animals” @ Perrotin (Shanghai)

Three years since his last solo show The Art of Whipped Cream (covered) with Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York, Mark Ryden (interviewed) is about to open his long-awaited solo debut at Perrotin’s Shanghai space on July 3rd. Jointly organized by Kasmin and Perrotin, Anima Animals will be the Asian debut of one of our all-time favorites, a pioneer in his genre and an artist that blurs the boundaries between what we recognize as high and low brow art. The presentation will be solely focused on portraying the “enchanted characters […]

Showing: Shawn Huckins – “Fool’s Errand” @ K Contemporary

This weekend in Denver at K Contemporary, an exhibition from Shawn Huckins (featured) opened that focuses on “our relationships with the past and how it affects our current state of the world and our place in it.” Continuing his practice of altering historical paintings (but without the overlaid text he is known for), the new body of work instead juxtaposes Roman sculpture over classic 18th century American paintings as a preemptive warning of a failed society. Take a look at more photos from the show below… Discuss Shawn […]

Jammie Holmes – “George Floyd” Public Sky Banner Demonstration

Last weekend, Jammie Holmes initiated an art demonstration (with support from Library Street Collective) in five cities in the United States (Detroit, Miami, Dallas, Los Angeles, and New York) that flew banners with George Floyd’s last words across the skies. With this highly visible and powerful presentation, the artist’s form of protest was meant to bring people together in their shared incense at the inhumane treatment of American citizens. He further explains – “With this demonstration, I hope that people across the United States will use […]

Streets: Nuart Aberdeen 2020 – Lock Down Past Up

Attending every edition of the festival since the inaugural 2017, we were very much looking forward to reuniting with our Nuart family for the fourth edition of now indefinitely postponed Nuart Aberdeen 2020 Festival. But, as it was to be expected with the event and the group of people around it, simply canceling and giving up on the dream wasn’t an option. After digitally launching Nuart Journal: Issue IV earlier this month (covered), they recently released Nuart’s Lockdown, Paste Up project which enables the cast of international artists […]