Fresh from two years of Netflix and a new broken wrist while skateboarding (don’t ask), the British co-founder of Stolenspace gallery, and street/commercial/multimedia artist returns to LA a bit bruised but with stars in his eyes. In fact, a large part of the show plays on the currency of familiar Tinseltown themes that he customizes with his familiar pop vocabulary.
“I wanted to play on this expectation of predictability in the show by twisting some of Hollywood’s most iconic creations,” he says in a press release. “ ─ defacing and reimagining the images we think we know and trying to break that cycle of comfortable, knowable nostalgia.”
A post-punk pragmatist of sorts, the *DFace cultural critique is ever-present since there is so much to rail against wherever one looks, but he won’t stir too much discomfort. The police state may be here, but can’t we all get along? He includes a new collection of collaged sticker compositions drawn from his prodigious collection along with new canvasses of familiar twists on pop themes and darker undertones.
As he says, there is still so much to be examined when it comes to cracks in the official stories, and he’s happy to show you what he found. Or paint over it.
“It is this occasional act of stepping outside the usual boundaries, questioning learned patterns and relationships that run throughout the body of work,” he says, “and I think it’s needed now more than ever.”
Painting Over the Cracks? Opening Saturday, August 6th at Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery with over 70 new works, installations and street murals on view through September 10th. Click HERE for more details and schedules.
Madrid’s Art Week – who would believe that it could actually happen? And to prove it, we have the 5th Anniversary of Urvanity defiantly strutting from one end of the COAM headquarter to the other. Taking its original inspiration from graffiti, post-graffiti, surrealism, pop, and that broadly applied “Urban Contemporary” tag, Sergio and the Urvanity team have persevered this year again.
Where others have failed, Urvanity has succeeded and grown and even matured – with more than 25 national galleries and others from as far away as New York, Brussels, and Bogotá. This is not about fanboys and big unsubstantiated claims, Urvanity drives for quality, and it shows.
The talks this year revolved around high-caliber artists, gallerists, architects, and curators of projects that have made new pathways and invariably give you insight and inspiration in equal measure. BSA has been proud to sponsor this thinking-persons fair, along with the artists and creators; we even hosted their talks a couple of years ago and loved the folks we met there.
Here are a few images of fine art works evolving from the street practice of a number of artists whose names you may recognize.
To see the complete list of galleries and the artists exhibited with the available works click HERE
“We’re back!” Announces URVANITY, the organization that has celebrated a distinctly street-influenced flavor of New Contemporary art in Madrid for 5 years. In anticipation of their upcoming fair at the end of May, they’re tantalizing you virtually starting this week with a special program called URVANITY SOLO SHOWS. Featuring 20+ galleries from February 25th to March 28th, attendees will be strolling through the solo shows of artists like D*Face, Eugenio Recuenco, Rafa Macarrón, Marría Pratts, James Rielly, and 108.
We were in Madrid at URVANITY a couple of years ago to host the BSA Talks Program. The energy and mix of talents and visitors created an exciting formula for conversations and education. The impact of graffiti writing and street artists continues to influence the contemporary art field, especially in Europe. We’re also excited this year to learn more about the launch of Urvanity LAB, “a creative laboratory and online shop platform” that will be offering limited edition products by artists like Add Fuel, Boa Mistura, Cristina Daura, GR170, Yubia, and Rorro Berjano.
As we lead into summer and more people get their vaccines, and public spaces begin to open, URVANITY will welcome visitors again to the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid (COAM) May 27-30. We’re looking forward to seeing this smartly curated fair bloom and grow again this year.
We share with you a selection of the participating artists and galleries for this year’s edition of Urvanity Art and a selection of the first crop of artists selected to participate in the first edition of Urvanity LAB.