August 2011

Pure Evil Gallery Art Auction and Fundraiser for ROBBO (London, UK)


We’ve just started putting up a few of the pieces handed in so far for the Preview of the ROBBO auction @ Pure Evil Gallery
The preview of the auction opens Thursday evening at 6pm but some images of the work donated so far is up already because we want to get on it straight away… so far we have already raised abut £25,000 selling paintings and prints which is going towards Robbo and his family… he has a baby who is 1 year and 8 months old and other children and we’re trying to help the family out.


The guy is in a coma still, but he seems to be responding to some commands… anyone who has speculated about his injury and what actually happened to put him in hospital heres the scoop : He fell outside his house and hit his head really badly on some stone steps and he has been in hospital ever since.

I dont care about the graffiti / street art politics behind Banksy vs Robbo thats just a falling out between 2 painters. In the bigger picture of things its meaningless . This is more important than all that, we’re just trying to help out a mate. He’s no angel but he’s had a hard knock (literally) and he needs our help.

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Hold Up Art Gallery Presents: “Cluster Mess” Gosha Levochkin New Works and a Collaboration with Cyrcle (Los Angeles, CA)

Hold Up Gallery



New Works by Gosha Levochkin

Cluster Mess

brooklyn-street-art-hold-up-gallery-cyrcle-Gosha- Levochkin

Opening Reception

Saturday, September 3, 2011 from 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM

Exhibition runs through Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Hold Up Art

358 E. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Hold Up Art presents the work of Los Angeles-based artist Gosha Levochkin, whose latest collection of ink and watercolor works entitled CLUSTER MESS will be on display from September 3 through October 5.  Twenty-seven original paintings, depicting a surreal urban environment and the characters that dwell there, will fill the space. This exhibition will also feature a collaboration between Gosha and Cyrcle, the Los Angeles street art collective whose “cut it out” works have taken the city by storm.

CLUSTER MESS refers to Gosha’s approach to the urban landscape, something that has always intrigued him. His work often strives to capture the aging of a building through the effects of time or use, and how people live among the dense clutter of the city and make it work, while still maintaining an underlying sense of humor. His fans have come to expect playful and thought-provoking compositions. This new collection of paintings from Gosha is marked by a conscious departure from his previous works in palette and narrative.

“My palette is different this time. I wanted to add more colors and I kind of let them do their own thing,” says Gosha of CLUSTER MESS. “I also added a storyline to my characters which is something that I haven’t done before. My installation will be a good example of showing how everything is disconnected yet connected at the same time.”

Gosha’s goal with this new exhibit is to make the viewer want to learn more about the characters; to imagine themselves in the world that he’s created.

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Pandemic Gallery Presents: “Heat Beaten” A Group Show (Brooklyn, NY)

Heat Beaten
brooklyn-street-art-pandemic-galleryWell it’s been hot… DAMN HOT! The heat has beaten us yet again. But the summer is about to start winding down into fall, and to the eventual cold grip of winter. So in celebration… or acceptance… of this annual de-swelter we are hosting a multimedia group show with 9 great artists hailing from New York and Philadelphia. With work ranging from painting, printmaking, sculpture and installation, as well as murals painted directly on the gallery walls. The show will be a great farewell to the hot summer and a welcome mat for the cool autumn season.

Please join us for:

“Heat Beaten”
A summer’s end art show
Saturday, Sept. 10th
opening 7-11pm

Abby Goodman

El Hase
Ellis G

John Skibo
Noah Sparkes
Sofia Maldonado
W. Thomas Porter

PANDEMIC gallery
37 Broadway btwn Kent and Wythe
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Gallery hours:
Tues.-Fri. 11-6pm
Sat. & Sun. 12-7pm
closed Monday
or by appointment

L train to Bedford ave, J train to Marcy ave, or Q59 bus to Broadway/Wythe

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Brooklynite Gallery and FB Gallery Present: Guy Denning “Purgatorio” (Manhattan, NY)

brooklyn-street-art-guy-denning-brooklynite-galleryGuy Denning

September 8 – 25
Opening Night: Sept. 8th, 6-9PM
*New York City ‘Pop-Up’ Location*

Brooklynite & FB Gallery
368 Broadway, Tribeca, NYC

On the heels of his highly successful “Inferno” exhibition in Italy earlier this year, Guy Denning presents the second of his three part series of oil paintings on Dante’s Commedia in New York City for the aptly titled exhibition, “Purgatorio”.

Originally drawing inspiration from Dante’s writings, Guy’s intention has not been to recreate the poem in a visual or literal sense, but instead let it act as a framework for his own personal interpretation. As with the writing of Shakespeare, Guy finds a perpetual relevance in Dante’s work where the specifics of name, situation and place are easily adapted to the modern world; as if time moves on but the problems of humanity remain essentially the same.

The events of September 11th and the emotional toll it took on the American individual is final and critical element to this body of work. Guy suggests that the suffering of America is too often defined by the media in terms of the political rather than the personal, leaving the individual voice of ordinary people sometimes unspoken in the narrative of history. His work sets out to make a small and personal amendment to that omission. Poignantly enough, this exhibition will be held in a NYC ‘Pop-Up’ location just blocks from Ground Zero and on the 10 Year Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

The work, though tied to Dante’s writing will also feature elements of images found on the internet, particularly of people in New York City on that terrible day. Significant press images are also used as reference for Guy’s work in hopes that they will be scrutinized that much more intensely than the photos we glance at far too quickly in newsprint. He has also constructed one large landscape painting, in the fashion of the traditional ‘history’ genre, made from connected canvas panels. This oil painting, derived from studying still frame images from amateur video footage, aims to create an assumed and complete narrative of the major elements of the day from a New York perspective.

Guy states that this is a collection of work recognizing the suffering of the American people on September 11th and immediately thereafter – when the United States had the sympathy of the world. He wants it to be viewed as nothing short of respectful to the memories of all those that died and suffered as a result – both in New York and beyond. Guy quotes another English artist William Blake who wrote “Can I see another’s woe, and not be in sorrow, too? Can I see another’s grief, and not seek for kind relief?” Despite the many cultural differences of the peoples of the world we are all essentially united by our humanity; our common desires, hopes and despairs. It is the ordinary people’s common humanity that will take us forward and not politically inspired violence.

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Mark Carvalho “Back Talk” Conversation



To introduce readers to some of the Street Artists in the show “Street Art Saved My Life: 39 New York Stories”, BSA asked a number of the artists to take part in “Back Talk” with one of our most trusted and underground and sweet sources for modern art, Juxtapoz.

Today we hear from Mark Carvalho.

Something you want the world to know about you:
“I only sing two songs for karaoke; Lionel Richie’s ‘Hello’ and Tupac’s ‘How do you want it’.”


Mark Carlvalho (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Banksy: Should his Art Be Listed?

Melinda Brocka, Associate Art Editor at The Huffington Post asks:

Should Bansky Graffiti Art be Listed?

brooklyn-street-art-banksy-jaime-rojo-Chicago-08-08-17-webBanksy in Chicago (photo © Jaime Rojo)

It’s been quite a year for Banksy, but does the increased popularity merit legal protection for his art? A recent study makes the case that his most important works should be listed as assets of cultural significance in the UK.

John Webster, a postgraduate law student at Bristol University Law School (in Banksy’s hometown), recently published a paper titled “Should the Work of Banksy Be Listed?” in the Journal of Planning & Environment Law. The paper, part of Webster’s dissertation, suggests that Banksy’s art might benefit from the protection of the Listed Building Act, which seeks to protect structures of architectural and historic significance.

To continue reading  this article and for more photos go to: The Huffington Post ARTS…

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Indigo “Back Talk” Conversation



To introduce readers to some of the Street Artists in the show “Street Art Saved My Life: 39 New York Stories”, BSA asked a number of the artists to take part in “Back Talk” with one of our most trusted and underground and sweet sources for modern art, Juxtapoz.

Today we hear from Indigo.

Artists you admire:

“I admire everyone who has the courage to spend hours, weeks, months and years turning thoughts and feelings into things, then putting them out into the world for others to respond with love or hate or complete indifference.  I admire anyone who has the integrity to create for themselves, first and foremost.  I admire those who are constantly pushing themselves to try new ideas, use new mediums, reach out to new audiences and immerse themselves in uniquely challenging experiences.  I admire everyone who has taken a leap of faith, fallen into dark and swirling waters and after what often seems like a lifetime of struggle, reached the sunshine on the other side – only to do it all over again.”


Indigo (photo © Victoria Potter)

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Spoke Art Gallery Presents New Works by: Handiedan, Craww, Charmaine Olivia and Tatiana Suarez (San Francisco, CA)

Spoke Art

Spoke Art Gallery

September Group Exhibition

Featuring: Handiedan, Charmaine Olivia, Craww and Tatiana Suarez

Opening night September 1, 2011 6pm – 10pm

show on view through September 22, 2011

Spoke Art is pleased to present our September Group Show featuring four artists from around the world.  While there is a similar subject matter, each artist has their own individual aesthetic, form of medium and exploration of technique for representing the female figure in a substantially different way. We are excited to announce that all four artists will be in attendance.

Handiedan’s layered and intricate collages are influenced by old pin-up girl posters and movie images.  She collects found items in the streets, old buildings, flea markets, and during her travels which she then later alters to create new works.  In her artwork you can find Chinese post papers, cook book pages, old stamps, fabric, rusty nails, dried flowers, currency, and old movie posters. Charmaine Olivia’s arresting oil paintings capture sensual tattooed women.  Whether they are wearing a fox mask, a feathery headdress, or there is a ship emerging from a tangle of black hair, it is hard to pull your eyes away from these beauties.  In a recent interview she says, “As most of my paintings are some sort of reflection of me, this is me living vicariously through them.” Craww uses graphite and acrylic paints to fabricate seductively dark and fantastical women who come to him in his day-dreams.  He enjoys seeing his creations evolve into something unexpected as he paints.  He describes his work as “stream of consciousness doodlings and paintings.  Steeped in ambiguity, often melancholic and usually featuring big hands and crows.”  Tatiana Suarez is a multifaceted artist who primarily uses oils although you can also find her on the streets painting murals with a graffiti can.  Her fascination with faces and emotional facial expression inspires her to create unique and vivid portraits.  Touching on symbols and mythology from her Brazilian and El Salvadorian background, her trademark wide-eyed girls conjure other-worldly fantasy.


Handiedan, also known as Hanneke Treffers, was born in 1981 in a small town in the Netherlands.  Recently, her work has been shown at: Phone Booth Gallery (Long Beach, CA), Mondo Bizzarro Gallery (Rome, Italy), and a solo show at Unit 44 (Newcastle, UK). She now lives and works in Amsterdam.

Charmaine Olivia is a self taught artist originally from San Diego, CA.  Some of her clients and projects include: Urban Outfitters, Lady Gaga, Volcom Stone, Element, Nylon Magazine, Eyes on Walls, and Society 6. Recently she has had shows in San Francisco at Project One Gallery, Public Works, 111 Minna, Vessel (Oakland) , and C.A.V.E Gallery (Venice, CA). She is currently living in San Francisco.

Craww  Recently he has shown with London Miles Gallery, Phone Booth Gallery (Long Beach, CA) and had a successful solo show entitled Crooked Comfort at C.A.V.E. in Venice, CA. Craww currently resides in Sheffield, England.

Tatiana Suarez was born in 1983 and is a graduate of the University of Miami’s graphic design program.  Her work has been seen at Primary Flight, Art Basel (Miami, FL), Art Whino Gallery (MD) and our own Quentin vs. Coen show (NYC). After living in Miami, she has recently migrated to Brooklyn, NY where she is a full time artist.

Spoke Art Gallery

816 Sutter St.

San Francisco, CA 94109

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Primary Projects Presents: “His Wife & Her Lover” A Group Show (Miami, Florida)

Primary Projects

Primary PROJECTS Presents – His WIFE & Her LOVER
A Group Exhibition featuring New Works from :
Valerie Hegarty, Mark Jenkins, George Sanchez Calderon, Dead Dads Club Corporation, Manny Prieres, Emmett Moore, Franky Cruz, Andrew Nigon,            Cleon Peterson, Nick Klein, Johnny Robles, Jessy Nite, & Edouard Nardon
“The urge to destroy is also a creative urge.”
– Pablo Picasso
“Destruction is the process of causing massive amounts of damage to something so that it no longer exists. This curatorial project is a response to this standard definition. With His WIFE & Her LOVER, causing damage to something breathes new life into the work and redirects its existence.”
– Primary Projects
Miami, FL (August 5, 2011) – Primary Projects is pleased to present His WIFE & Her LOVER, a group exhibit of thirteen artists with a healthy range of artistic discipline and defiance.  Much like the cause and effect commonly associated with the love affair, Primary Projects has assembled a group of artists to call-and-respond to destruction, secrecy, violence, social class, pride and desire.
The opening reception of His WIFE & Her LOVER is slated for Saturday, September 10 from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at Primary Projects (4141 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 104, Miami Design District) and is free and open to the public; complimentary beverages are provided by 42 Below and Perrier. Curated by BooksIIII Bischof, Typoe and Chris Oh, the show will be on view until October 1, 2011.  For more information, please visit or call 954.296.1675.
Valerie Hegarty embodies the soul of this exhibit in her works. The joy of her approach lies in its destruction rather than its creation. Centering her practice on the politics of the American myth, Hegarty’s canvases and sculptures replicate emblems of frontier ethos – colonial furniture, antique dishware, heroic paintings of landscapes and national figures – only to demolish them by devices associated with their historical significance.
Los Angeles-based Artist Cleon Peterson presents a world in which contrasting schemes of morality result in eruptive hostility between social classes. Common in Peterson’s work, he depicts upheavals that embody these inner workings of the individual that can easily correspond to the mechanisms of society. Ultimately, it’s up to the viewer to take sides and feel sympathy or schadenfreude, indignation or catharsis.
Respond, destroy, create, destroy; a cycle that can be viewed as a simplified narrative to Edouard Nardon’s work entitled “Only the Strong.”  Nardon fabricates twenty authentic shivs in the jailhouse tradition with objects assembled from common prison materials.  Nardon then breaks down these objects and reassembles with the sole purpose to destroy again.
These brief examples are a glimpse into the overall mood and complexities romantically displayed in this ominously bright exhibit.  Primary Projects is a multidisciplinary, multifaceted, experimental project space. Powered by artistic collective Primary Flight, the organization’s mission is to develop intelligent projects and installations that can be considered noteworthy achievements for both the artists and curators alike. Primary Flight’s mission is to supply patrons with an alternative destination for creative vision, inspired by years of street level curatorial endeavors at Primary Projects.
The revival of public art over the past 20 years has found an incubator in Miami with Primary Flight, which since 2007 has produced a thoughtful, new brand of outdoor works transcending genres and labels.  Primary Projects takes cue from the attitude and intellect commonly associated with this genre of art.
Exhibition Duration | September 10 – October 1, 2011
Opening Reception | Saturday, September 10, 2011 |  7 – 11 pm
Private Collectors Preview | Friday, September 9, 2011 | 6 – 9 pm
Artist Panel Discussion | Moderated by George Sanchez Calderon | Friday, September 16, 2011 | 7:30 pm SHARP
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Bien Urbain Presents “Artistic Path on (and With) Public Spaces (Besançon, France)

Bien Urbain
Brooklyn-street-art-bien-urbain-france«BIEN URBAIN» is an artistic path in a popular city center district and the University campus of Besançon – France that aims at promoting art in public spaces just next a rich historic architecture.
The invited artists, all coming from the “street art” scene, are used to work with different kinds of tools and materials to create their own pieces of art: painting, paper, pasting, wood sculpture…
Once they have taken over the place, they finally start to make their ideas come true, revealing sometimes abandoned or unused spaces!
The event will take place every year at the end of summer, invading the town block by block.
Street art spread worldwide: many websites are updated every hour, presenting new crazy artists everyday, whereas in France a small number of events tend to promote these artists

BIEN URBAIN will contribute to make people realize the power of art on our everyday life perception on museums, theaters or clubs, and also on the streets!
For us presenting such an event is a good way to question everybody on our public space using. «Where is the place for art when ads and grey walls are everywhere? How to enjoy public spaces then?»
Moreover we are very proud to promote great artists and give them the possibility/chance to travel with their art in the best conditions.

As an inaugural issue, we wanted to welcome some of our favourite artists. So we got in touch with them and gladly realize that they really looked enthusiastic about our project!
Nine European artists and an Argentinean artist will be part of the artistic crew in September 2011.

ESCIFAfter a classic graffiti life, escif has developed a beautiful and poetic way of painting the everyday life on walls. Through simple scenes, he returns the context with an «mise en abîme» process: the painting wall is not just a wall, it is a canvas where escif paints another wall!

MONEYLESSThe Italian artist known as Moneyless uses geometric tools to reveal strange spaces: abandoned landscape, woods or temporary urban zones. The tension with his sculptures and the quiet space where he makes them create an unreal, ghostly third dimension.
Painting his large black figures all over the world, Sam3 is about to come to France for the really first time. His really sensitive work combines huge painting and introspective scene. He also has an experimental way of working on fabulous stop motion films.

They are three French guys who love pastel colours, old wood, abandoned things, geometric shapes and urban explorations.
One of the finest spanish street artist, SAN is first of all an amazing drawer who emphasise weird walls into great and disturbing pieces of arts.

For further information regarding this art festival visit the official site:

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