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Stolen Space Gallery Presents: “Deck The Walls” A Group Exhibition (London, UK)

Stolen Space Gallery

This Winter, StolenSpace presents ‘Deck The Walls’, a Christmas Group Show celebrating the art of the Greetings Card. The show will be unveiled for the first time on Thursday 6th December, and will open with an exclusive evening of festive folly. Featuring brand-new originals from the likes of D*Face, David Bray, Will Barras, Word to Mother, and many, many more, this is a must-see showcase from some of the most exciting artists on the scene.

‘Deck The Walls’ is a celebration of the Greetings Card in all its splendour. From the time they arrived in London in 1843, Greetings Cards have been an overlooked artform, and have changed drastically in nature. The early Egyptians used papyrus scrolls; we use Moonpig and horrific family photos.

The show’s original pieces will include reworked vintage designs, religious and holy depictions, and newly imagined traditional scenes. Using a range of different media, our artists share their unique Christmas vision with canvas, wood, paper, and collage.

StolenSpace Gallery invites you to join them in Greeting the Season with festive beverages and snacks provided by The Bread Street Kitchen. Warm your hands, sample some festive treats, and feast your eyes on a delicious collection of Christmas artworks.

The Old Truman Brewery 91 Brick Lane London. E1 6QL
T:020 7247 2684 E:contact@stolenspace.com Open Tuesday to Sunday 11.00am – 7.00pm

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Get Up Get Down Presents: James Kalinda and Centina “Atroce” Book Launch and Exhibition. (London, UK)

Atroce

 

Get Up Get Down presents James Kalinda & Centina: Atroce book launch and exhibition

Tuesday 13 November 2012, 6-10pm
Power Lunches, 446 Kingsland Road, Dalston , London, E8 4AE

www.getupgetdown.co.uk
Twitter: @getupgetdownuk
Facebook: Get Up Get Down

Get Up Get Down is delighted to present Italian artists James Kalinda and Centina for the UK launch of the photobook Atroce and their first ever exhibition on British shores.

James Kalinda and Centina are two radical urban artists reviving abandoned buildings throughout Europe with large-scale yet hidden artworks. In contrast to street art convention they consciously and selflessly seek out obscure and inhospitable locations, painting large-scale portraits that will only ever be seen by a handful of people.

Atroce is a collection of vivid and atmospheric photographs that captures not only their finished artworks but also the thrills, spills and dangers that brought them to be. In addition to chronicling the abandoned warehouses, factories, and churches that formed the canvases for this series of subversive portraits, Atroce also exposes the often eerie and bleak surroundings in which these ruins exist.

Combining the thrill of urban exploration with an inherent love for painting, Atroce provides an intriguing insight into the minds of two of Italy’s most provocative urban artists today.

For their first UK exhibition James Kalinda and Centina will present an installation of trademark portraits alongside a selection of original drawings, photographs and videos that helped to form the making of Atroce.

To celebrate its UK release the first 25 copies of the book will include an exclusive limited edition screenprint signed by the artists.
Atroce: James Kalinda & Centina published by HolyMountainBooks.

Atroce book coverRelease Date: UK release – Tuesday 13 November 2012
Edition: 250
Format: 22 x 25 cm
Features: 96 pages, full colour, plastic cover
Language: English (with Italian translations)
RRP: £ 14.99

James Kalinda is a multidisciplinary artist from Parma, Italy. His art can be found on the walls of abandoned buildings across Europe, sometimes alone, sometimes in collaboration with other members of the Italian urban art fraternity. In addition to using abandoned buildings as his canvas, James Kalinda is also a sculptor, videographer and exceptional tattoo artist. He signs his work with an empty comic strip bubble.

Centina is a trained carpenter, artist and self-proclaimed art misfit from Parma, Italy. Neglecting the use of spray paint Centina prefers to use brushes and acrylics to make his dark creations, painted almost always in abandoned buildings throughout Europe. In his own words: “I love drawing in abandoned places, Godless and forgotten by those who once inhabited them.”

About Get Up Get Down

Get Up Get Down (GUGD) was founded by James Finucane and Cristian Valenti in 2012 to exhibit British and European street and contemporary artists in London. With an extensive network of European contacts and a wealth of curatorial expertise GUGD showcases some of Europe’s most exciting and engaging artistic talents through a combination of exhibitions and events across London. Above all, GUGD prides itself on representing cutting-edge artists who endeavour to push boundaries across the contemporary art spectrum.

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Rove Gallery Presents: Lucas Price “T E A M Atlas” (London, UK)

Lucas Price

T E A M Atlas is a solo exhibition by London based artist Lucas Price. The exhibition will open at the Rove Gallery, Hoxton Square 7th – 21st December.

The title Team Atlas is an acronym, (The Earth As My Atlas), which refers to the idea of mapping and cataloguing using images and text.

The show will exhibit a series of new works, comprising oil paintings and carbon and graphite drawings.

Images of plants, statues of Jesus, basketballs, text taken from Ghostface Killah lyrics and personal writings come together to develop new narratives and relationships.

Price is one of very few artists to be accepted onto the Royal College of Art’s MFA painting course without any prior training or qualification. This exhibition will show a culmination of work created during his time spent at the college; building on an artistic path that has led from graffiti, being invited to appear in Banksy’s Oscar nominated film “Exit”, via fashion and design to the RCA. Along with Barry McGee, Kaws et al, Price’s work bridges the gap between fine art and the world of so called “street culture”.

T E A M Atlas

Private View: Thursday 6th December, 2012, 6pm
Exhibition runs 7th – 21st December, 2012, 10am – 6pm Tuesday – Saturday The Rove Gallery, 33-34 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NN

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The Outsiders Gallery Presents: Anthony Lister “Unslung Heroes” (London and Newcastle, UK)

Anthony Lister

 

Anthony Lister – ‘Unslung Heroes’
16th November – 29th December 2012 (Private View Thursday 15th November)

The private views will both take place from 6pm – 9pm on Thursday November 15th 2012.

To attend the London private view you must RSVP to info@theoutsiders.net with your name and that of a guest by Wednesday 14th. The Newcastle private view does not require an RSVP.

An exhibition held simultaneously at:
The Outsiders London | 8 Greek Street | Soho | London | W1D 4DG | Tel +44 (0)203 214 0055 / 66

The Outsiders Newcastle | 77 Quayside | Newcastle-Upon-Tyne | NE1 3DE | Tel +44 (0)191 221 2560

The brightest international talent emerging from street art takes over both The Outsiders galleries simultaneously this November for a tour de force exhibition, Unslung Heroes.

For his all-new show, Anthony Lister – consistently described as “Australia’s best contemporary artist” – has used his sketchbook featuring portraits of hip hedonistic revellers, drawn at revels he’s attended, for inspiration. The elegant and sophisticated figures in the paintings – also dubbed the ‘Party Life Series’ – may be a contrast to the obnoxiously intoxicated international youth of today. But this is exemplary of the artist’s most consistent theme: “I try to combine the highbrow and lowbrow,” says Lister, “creating analogies which allow the viewer to feel comfortable with subjects that maybe they’ve made snap judgements on before.”

On a surface level the content of Unslung Heroes marks a departure for Lister. The artist’s past trademark has been paintings of super-powered ‘grey paladin’ characters indulging in louche behaviour, more inclined to shoot laser beams from their sexual organs than their eyes or gauntlets. “The super-heroes I always described as ‘mis- guiding role models’. Well, the characters in Unslung Heroes are the products of those bad role models. Also this whole show is about people without super-powers who influence us. Super-heroes are just people in costumes after all.”

Red, black and white dictate the palette of the entire show. Across both galleries the exhibition features several large canvases at 180cm square and a wide range of mid- sized canvases at 90cm square. These are painted using charcoal, acrylic, spray paint and oils. The rare grey shades employ the neutral ‘buffing’ paste used to delete graffiti by local authorities, “stolen from the council out of necessity” says Lister. The canvases are supplemented by miniature drawings on lined notepaper using felt pen and Tippex correction fluid. “When I started making the sketches, red and black pens – plus Tippex, which I’ve always worked with – were all I had to hand. A lot of the time when I’m travelling I’ll be alone and I’ll have to meet people. Sketching them helps for that. Plus it stops me drawing all over the tables and walls.”

Sculptural installations made on site will provide an immersive experience, including a grand piano in the style of a Picasso painting, a statue of Lister’s great-grandfather cut from packing foam using hot wire, and a bronze bust of his errant uncle. “My references to my family are also on the theme of role models,” says Lister. “You can choose your role models but you can’t choose your family. Apparently my great-grandfather was respected and established. My uncle though, he’s not right. It’s about detachment and influence. I imagine all these people in the paintings have uncles… and great- grandfathers.”

This is the first time both Outsiders exhibition spaces have been given over to one artist since David Choe’s UK debut in 2008. Get under the influence of Anthony Lister’s intoxicating artwork at Unslung Heroes this autumn.

About the artist

33 year-old Anthony Lister is hailed as the most compelling artistic talent coming out of Australia today. He has exhibited internationally to considerable acclaim, and been featured in Art Collector’s 50 Most Collectable Australian Artists. His 2007 painting Spider Woman recently sold at Lawson-Menzies auction house for just under AU$20,000, a personal record.

Anthony began his artistic career painting “awful” (in his own words) graffiti graduating to abstract landscapes on electricity junction boxes. A prolific worker he exhibits several times a year, consistently at Miami’s Art Basle festival. His most recent show in his home country took over an abandoned brothel, and an eponymous show earlier in 2012 in California featured ballerinas in group sex with dingoes.

 

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Black Rat Projects Presents “The Museum of Curiosty” A Group Exhibition (London, UK)

Black Rat Projects

Swoon “Dream Reliquiary” (photo © courtesy Swoon Studio)

Our new show opens Thursday night. It’s about wonder and is a modern Museum Of Curiosity. Swoon has been over for a week installing the Dream Reliquary sculpture and we also have works by Tessa Farmer, Butch Anthony, Candice Tripp, Nancy Fouts, Giles Walker, Jessica Harrison, Taylor Shepherd, Delaney Martin and Oscar Rink. As well as lots of curiosities – hippo skull, taxidermy ostrich from 1785 and so on.

 

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Pure Evil Gallery Presents: “New York Kings” A Group Exhibition. (London, UK)

Pure Evil Gallery

COPE2, INDIE 184, BLADE, STAY HIGH 149, SEN2, FUZZ ONE, POEM, BOM5, RD 357, DECK, EASY & JOZ

Over three decades ago, the mean streets and projects of Philly, Detroit & NYC began to blossom bright with spray-painted tales and tags of inner-city ‘hoodrats armed with spray cans, innate artistic talent, and a way with words and imagery whether it be spoken or drawn that demanded to be seen and heard.

The best became known as graffiti kings, a title not easily won. this small band of guerilla artists, innovators of a now global art form are one of the few to earn the right to incorporate the crown image in their art or above their tag, through accruing the highest number of tags in the most difficult to access places or most openly defiant public spaces.

Stylish, subversive, in-yer-face political and social comment perpetrated by anonymous tagsters using the city and its transport systems as their urban canvas. now banned from street and subway, the new york kings have found another way to express themselves, more contained this time but no less ironic.

In London for the first time in over a decade, a unique exhibition of the godfathers of graffiti art using new york subway maps as their canvas to tell their 30 year story while remaining true to their roots. this is a rare opportunity to see examples of a genre that is often temporary by its very nature.
Even more special is the limited availability to own a work of urban art that is also a piece of history.

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Signal Gallery Presents: Dale Grimshaw “Moreish” (London, UK)

Dale Grimshaw

Dale Grimshaw solo show – ‘Moreish’

Date: 2nd Nov – 23rd Nov 12

Dale Grimshaw is a dynamic artist calling on powerful emotions and strongly held belief to fuel his creative output.  This tumultuous energy has produced a marvelous series of paintings over the past five years – works that have often been highly personal, but because of their directness and honesty, have succeeded in resonating with very many people.

In his new show, ‘Moreish’ Dale is deeply concerned by the increasingly desperate dance of excess that he sees so many of us jig along to. As the artist says ‘It’s a case of enough is never enough. The ‘haves’ want more and the ‘have nots’ can pay for it. Once we get that acquisitive taste, we just want more and more’.

The response from the artist to this view of the world is ironically seductive. Succulent cakes, fruit, meat, chocolate and cream are piled on top of each other in an orgy of visual sensations. The works themselves have a disturbingly ‘Moreish’ appeal and despite the artist’s displeasure at a world where ‘some people don’t have a pot to piss in, while others are eating live octopus and filming the torture for youtube’, the images take on a Rubenesque lushness, full of symbolism and atmosphere.

Indeed much of the imagery references the increasingly overblown world of the baroque, a world that was on a collision course with the French Revolution. There is an underlying sadness, as if the artist is saying that this unsustainable behaviour will surely come to a crashing end at some point soon.

This will be Dale’s fifth solo show at Signal. His work has been seen in galleries across the world, notably in Paris, Rome, Berlin and in the USA. Dale is also getting recognition for his street art. He is now considered to be the leading street artists in the UK to use the woodcut print ‘paste up’ medium. He has also been invited to take part in a number of street art festivals across the UK and Europe, producing large mixed media works in his inimitable style.

THE PRIVATE VIEW IS TAKING PLACE ON 1ST NOVEMBER 6 – 9PM. PLEASE EMAIL US TO BE INCLUDED ON THE GUEST LIST info@signalgallery.com

Situated in the fashionable Hoxton area of London, the Signal gallery is well served by all the main means of transport;

Bus
There are many bus routes to the area including 67, 141, 149, 76, 21, 214, 26, 45, 43, 271, 47, 48

Underground
Nearest tubes are Old Street and Shoreditch High Street.

British Rail
Liverpool Street mainline station Old Street.

Car
Parking – some very limited on-street is available. There an NCP car park 50 meters away on Paul Street.

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Moniker Art Fair 2012 (London, UK)

Moniker Art Fair

LUDO. “Jaws”

ARTISTS: Remi Rough, Penny, Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman, Ludo, Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada, Hush, C215, Ben Slow.

Thursday 11th -­ Sunday 14th October 2012

Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3PQ

Press Preview:

Thursday 11 October: 3 – 5pm

Private View:

Thursday 11 October: 5 – 7pm

Open to Public:

Thursday: 7pm – 9pm: £10 including catalogue
Friday & Saturday: 11am – 7pm: free admission

Sunday: 11am – 5pm: free admission

Public transport
Major bus routes: 8, N8, 26, N26, 48, 78, 149 (24H), 242 (24H), 388, 35, N35, 47, 135 and 67
Near Shoreditch High Street Station (5 min), Old Street Station (10 min) and Liverpool Street Station (10 min).

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Stolen Space Gallery Presents: Shepard Fairey “Sound & Vision”. (London, UK)

Shepard Fairey

STOLEN SPACE

presents

SHEPARD FAIREY

SOUND & VISION

19th October – 4th November 2012

The Old Truman Brewery

StolenSpace Gallery are delighted to announce a solo exhibition of work by Shepard Fairey opening on 19th October 2012. This will be Fairey’s second major London exhibition, following his collaboration with the Gallery in 2007. It will feature a range of new works including mixed media paintings on canvas, works on paper, retired stencils collages, rubylith cuts, and as well as serigraphs on wood, metal and paper

Entitled Sound and Vision, the exhibition title is taken from the David Bowie song of the same name. Bowie has been a major influence on Fairey, because he was able to master music and visual presentation with equal virtuosity. Music is an artistic medium that Fairey reveres almost more than he does visual art. He comments: “Music is visceral, but also has the additional powerful layers of the lyrics, with their content and politics, and the style, politics, and personalities of the musicians themselves. No matter how much I love art, or try to convince myself of its relevance in society, the fact remains that music is much more able to reach people’s hearts and minds.” The artist hopes to be able to induce in people, even a fraction of the emotion that hearing a new song or listening to a familiar one can evoke.

Sound and Vision, will incorporate a diverse array of mixed media works, which embody both the political and social influences on Fairey’s work, particularly that which is directly inspired by music. It is not only David Bowie, but also the Sex Pistols, Roxy Music, Gang of Four, the Clash and Metallica which have had an impact on Fairey’s work. To encourage viewers to experience an interaction between music and art, the artist will provide records from his own collection as well as customised vintage turntables to enable viewer listening. This section of the show is complemented by a display of eighty works which have the same 12×12” dimension as an LP sleeve. The artist will therefore use both sound and vision to connect with his audience.

Over the last five years the artist has seen a meteoric rise with a series of international projects and exhibitions. In 2008 his portrait of the then Democratic candidate, Barack Obama, with the message of ‘HOPE’ under the illustration, became an internationally recognised emblem of the campaign and a symbol political change for many. Since last exhibiting in London, Fairey has continued to progress with his art and with a/ 20 Year Retrospective museum exhibition that began at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston in 2009 and continued to the Warhol Museum and Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati. Last year, he was commissioned by TIME Magazine to design a cover in celebration of ‘The Protester’, an anonymous figure representative of momentous world demonstrations such as the Arab Spring and Occupy movement.

STOLENSPACE GALLERY
Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery
91 Brick Lane
London E1 6QL
United Kingdom

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Lazarides Gallery in Association With HTC Presents: “Bedlam” A Subterranean Art Exhibition. (London, UK)

Bedlam

Lazarides in association with HTC cordially invites you the launch of Bedlam, the 3rd and final in the trilogy of exhibitions held in The Old Vic Tunnels.

Lazarides artists and special guests inspired by London’s infamous asylum will transform the five tunnels with their own creative pandemonium.

The exhibition will run from the 9th to the 21st October and feature work by the following artists: Antony Micallef, Artists Anonymous, ATMA, Conor Harrington, Dan Witz, Doug Foster, Ian Francis, Karim Zeriahen, Kelsey Brookes, Klaus Weiskopf, Lucy McLauchlan, Michael Najjar, Nachev, Tessa Farmer, Tina Tsang, Tobias Klein, War Boutique and 3D.

Admission is free however booking is essential. To book a time slot please visit the Bedlam website.

Following the astounding success of Hell’s Half Acre in 2010 and Minotaur in 2011, Lazarides Gallery and The Old Vic Tunnels are joining artistic forces for the third and final time coinciding with this coming Frieze Art Fair, running from 9 – 21 October.

This exhibition goes against the grain of society to bring you ‘Bedlam’ a term coined from ‘Bethlam’ London’s Hospital for the mad.  The infamous mental institute is the oldest in the country of which came to epitomise the brutality long associated with lunatic asylums all over the country dating back to 1247.

The meeting of minds between Lazarides Gallery within London’s foremost artistic platform The Old Vic Tunnels will creatively explore the well-intended beginnings of this legendary institution, to its final disgrace and reform. It will certainly leave you questioning your ‘compos mentis’ an experience that will showcase the line between genius and madness has never been so thin.

Artists so far confirmed to contribute include: Vhils, Conor Harrington, Doug Foster, Ian Francis, Kelsey Brookes, Karim Zeriahen, Klaus Weiskopf, Lucy McLauchlan, Artists Anonymous, Michael Najjar, Till Rabus, Jonathan Yeo and Antony Micallef.

“Bedlam over the years has become synonymous with madness, chaos and pandemonium, it seemed like the perfect theme for a world gone mad. Be afraid.” Steve Lazarides, Owner, Lazarides Gallery

 ‘Most people that work in theatre are MAD, everyone involved in the art world is crazy, Steve Lazarides is probably the craziest of them all, which is why Bedlam,  the historic mental asylum, is the perfect backdrop for an art show, a stones throw from the original site. Built around the same time as the Old Vic Theatre it drew almost as many crowds; for a penny one could peer into their cells, view the freaks of the “show of Bethlehem” and laugh at their antics. I guess nothing changes….’ Hamish Jenkinson – Director, The Old Vic Tunnels 

Please note this is a free event. Bedlam tickets will be released this Friday 5 October, sign up to the mailing list at http://www.lazaridesbedlam.com/ and we’ll email you once they’re available.

Lazarides: Rathbone Place, London
11 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1HR Tel (+44) (0)207 636 5443

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Dan Witz Goes to London. Keep Your Eyes Open.

Street Artist and fine artist Dan Witz is prepping for his part in a new group show titled “Bedlam” in the deep recesses of London with Lazarides Gallery. “We’re doing this huge thing in the tunnels below the Old Vic – should be massive,” he tells us with some thrill in his email voice. It’s good to hear Dan happy, because his work can be so dark. Just back from Frankfurt where he worked with Amnesty International to highlight the human rights and justice work that organization does for all of us, these new images on the streets of London are the Street Art component of Witz’s practice that is quietly compelling and unsettling.

Dan Witz. London 2012 (photo © Dan Witz)

Certainly the aim of these pieces is not to put us at ease, to “Keep Calm and Carry On”. The figures behind the glass are depicted as imprisoned or trapped, and your second glance at them will leave you disconcerted and troubled. Witz goes where many artists won’t or can’t in his explorations of the human condition and man’s inhumanity – reminding us that art can serve more than to just send us home happy and content.  It can also connect us with a truer sense of the world, provide a bit of grounding and remind us of the work that needs to be done. With this work Witz give a voice to those who don’t have words to express their suffering.

Our thanks to Dan for sharing these super fresh images exclusively for BSA readers.

Dan Witz. London 2012. Detail (photo © Dan Witz)

Dan Witz. London 2012 (photo © Dan Witz)

Dan Witz. London 2012. Detail (photo © Dan Witz)

Dan Witz. London 2012 (photo © Dan Witz)

Dan Witz. London 2012 (photo © Dan Witz)

Dan Witz in Frankfurt for Amnesty International. Frankfurt, Germany 2012. Work in Progress. All artworks by Dan Witz. Photos by Dan Witz and Hans-Juergen Kaemmerer.

 

Lazarides is mounting “Bedlam” in a maze of tunnels below Old Vic beginning October 09, evoking the historic mental asylum.  “Bedlam over the years has become synonymous with madness, chaos and pandemonium, it seemed like the perfect theme for a world gone mad. Be afraid.”  -Steve Lazarides. Participating Artists include: Vhils, Conor Harrington, Doug Foster, Ian Francis, Kelsey Brookes, Karim Zeriahen, Klaus Weiskopf, Lucy McLauchlan, Artists Anonymous, Michael Najjar, Till Rabus, Jonathan Yeo, DAn Witz and Antony Micallef.

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