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Mural Festival in Montreal, Day 2

DAY 2 at #MuralFestival

The Mural Festival is well underway and the Saint-Laurent Boulevard route is getting festooned by A’Shop, Chris Dyer, En Masse, Escif, Gaia, Jason Botkin, Le Bonnard, LNY, Other (AKA Troy Lovegates), Omen, Paria Crew, Phlegm, Ricardo Cavolo, ROA, and Wzrds GNG, among others.

Here are exclusive on the scene photos for BSA readers from Daniel Esteban Rojas, who has a special eye for composition all his own.

Chris Dyer. Detail. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

OTHER. Detail of work in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Jason Botkin. Detail of work in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Escif. Detail of work in progress while he cleans his glasses. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Gaia rocks the pink socks on a yellow letter while the buffalo roam. Detail of work in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Gaia. Detail of work in progress with a portrait in hand of Rene Leveseque who is floating over a copy of a John Kane painting of British Colombia. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Ricardo Cavolo. Detail of work in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Le Bonnard. Detail of work in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Wzrds GNG. Detail of work in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Phlegm. Detail of work in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

OMEN (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

LNY. Detail of work in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

En Masse. Detail of work in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Labrona. Detail of work in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Paria Crew. Detail of work in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

ROA. Detail of work in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

ROA. Detail of work in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

ROA. Detail of work in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

A’ Shop. Detail of work in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

A shout out to the always very important volunteers! (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

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Montreal Has The Spotlight: MURAL Festival, Day 1

DAY 1 at #MuralFestival

Starting today in Montreal is MURAL, a four day open-air market on Saint-Laurent Boulevard that turns into a Street Art party. Running June 13-16, the 2 km street will be clobbered by about 20 Street Artists during the day, and dancing and cavorting at night.

BSA is proud to bring you exclusive shots of the action you can only find here as these walls go up for the full four days.  ROA, GAIA, Labrona and others have already started killin’ their spots and folks are already wandering through the closed streets to get a free show of art-in-progress. As is happening more often, Street Artists are getting their own walls and not hitting up the big collaborative cacaphonic multi-piece walls that we used to associate with festivals like these. Unless you count En Masse, who specialize in just that, but only in black and white.

ROA. Detail of work in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

So dial up MURAL on your Instagram machine here http://instagram.com/muralfestival# for quick flix of whatever is happening and check back at BSA every day because we’ll be bringing you a dope mix of shots from some of these artists who are making the MURAL scene; Jason Botkin, Omen, Escif, Labrona, ROA, Pixel Pancho, Other, A’Shop, Le Bonnard, Paria Crew, Phlegm, Reka One, Ricardo Cavolo, LNY,WZRDS GNG, Chris Dyer, Christina Angelina, Squid Called Sebastian, Stare, GAIA, and of course, local heroic collaboratists En Masse.

In the meantime enjoy these beauties just for BSA readers by talented photographer Daniel Esteban Rojas.

ROA (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Labrona. Detail of work in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Labrona. Detail of work in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

GAIA. Detail of work in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

le Bonnard. Detail of work in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Paria Crew. Detail of work in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Paria Crew. Detail of work in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

A’Shop. Detail of work in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Wzrds GNG. Detail of work in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Wzrds GNG. Detail of work in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Stare. Detail of work in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Chris Dyer. Detail of work in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

Chris Dyer. Detail of work in progress. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

The helping hand of volunteer Nathan Balaga. (photo © Daniel Esteban Rojas)

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LNDMRK Presents: Muralistes / Mural Street Art Festival (Montreal, Canada)

Mural Festival

MURAL réunira plus de 35 artistes locaux et internationaux sur 2 km de marché à ciel ouvert sur le Boulevard St-Laurent, fermé à la circulation pour l’occasion. Le festival présentera la création de près de 20 murales uniques qui redéfinieront l’image de la Main pour la prochaine année, en plus de présenter un évènement spécial chaque soir qui permettra aux festivaliers de se réunir en un lieu différent afin de poursuivre la fête créative.

Festival international d’art public déterminé à célébrer la créativité et démocratiser l’art urbain, MURAL transformera l’espace d’une semaine le boulevard Saint-Laurent en véritable musée à ciel ouvert où s’unissent créativement les talents d’artistes locaux et internationaux.

Rendez-vous unique dans le nord-est américain, l’événement annuel rassemble l’avant-garde en arts visuels afin de concrétiser Montréal comme pôle artistique incontournable en Amérique du nord.

Participating Artists: Jason Botkin, Omen, Escif, Pixel Pancho, ROA, Labrona, Le Bonnard, A’Shop, Other, Reka One, Paria Crew, Phlegm, Wzrd GNG, Ricardo Cavolo, LNY.
http://muralfestival.com/
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BSA Covers the Globe, Top Stories with HuffPost in ’12

BSA is not just Brooklyn, you know. Last year we brought you new Street Art from Atlanta, Arizona, Baltimore, Berlin, Boston, Bronx, Brooklyn, Brisbane, Bristol, Costa Rica, Chicago, China, Dominican Republic, The Gambia, Guatemala, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Istanbul, Italy, Jamaica, Johannesburg, Kenya, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Miami, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Norway, NYC, Palestine, Panama, Paris, Perth, Queens, Reno, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, and Trinidad. And that is a partial, incomplete list. Remember that the next time someone says we cover just Brooklyn and New York. Not quite.

Also while we were surveying what we did in 2012, we were curious to see which were the top stories we covered for the Huffington Post, measured by hits, social sharing, and emails sent to us. Here are the top stories you liked the most of the 44 we cross-published with Huffington Post Arts & Culture in 2012. (A complete list at the end of the posting)

Baltimore Opens Its Walls To Street Art

 

MOMO. Open Walls Baltimore 2012. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Atlanta Hosts First All Female Street Art Conference 

Neuzz (photo © Wil Hughes)

OS Gemeos And “The Giant Of Boston” 

Os Gemeos “The Giant of Boston” at the Rose Kennedy Greenway at Dewey Square, Boston. This side of the van was with Graffiti Artist Rize. (photo © Geoff Hargadon)

(VIDEO) 2012 Street Art Images of the Year from BSA 

Slideshow cover image of Vinz on the streets of Brooklyn (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mexico City: High Art in Thin Air

Escif (photo © courtesy of All City Canvas)

UFO Crashes at Brooklyn Academy of Music

UFO 907 and William Thomas Porter (photo © Jaime Rojo)

‘See No Evil’ in Bristol Brings Thousands to the Streets 

El Mac. (photo © Ian Cox 2012)

What’s New in Bushwick: A Quick Street Art Survey 

QRST in the wild. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Sex In The City: Street Art That is NSFW

Anthony Lister in NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)

NUART 2012: International Street Art Catalysts in Norway 

Ben Eine (photo © Ian Cox)

Springtime in Paris : Une Petite Revue of New Street Art

David Shillinglaw and Ben Slow (photo © Sandra Hoj)

Pulling Strings in Berlin; “Heinrich” The Public Marionette

Various & Gould “Heinrich” (photo © Lucky Cat)

“Poorhouse for the Rich” Revitalized by the Arts

Adam Parker Smith. “I Lost Of My Money In The Great Depression And All I Got Was This Room”, 2012. Installation in progress in collaboration with Wave Hill. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Here is the complete list of BSA / Huffington Post pieces for 2012

 

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Fun Friday 05.25.12

1.    Male Massage Poster from Manny Castro
2.    Reed Projects Now Open with “The Re-Jects” (Norway)
3.    “Vues sur murs” in Brussels
4.    “Vari-Okey” with Everman (Atlanta)
5.    A Classic from The Beastie Boys Gets a Tribute Remix – SABOTAGE! (VIDEO)
6.    Yue Minjun, Mark Jenkins and Aakash Nihalani (LA)
7.    Augustine Kofie’s Angle in LA
8.    (Re)-Print at Hendershot Gallery in The Bowery
9.    “Keep Wild Life In The Wild” At ThinkSpace
10.    “At Home I’m A Tourist” – Selim Varol at Me Collectors Room
11.    Cyrcle Daydreaming with James Lavelle (VIDEO)
12.  CELEBRATE BOB Moog : Moog Factory Mural Time Lapse (VIDEO)

Dear BSA Reader: Finding yourself at the end of another long hard week? Why don’t we all just go get a massage and release all that pent up anxiety and pressure? Thanks to Manny Castro for taking the photo of this ad and reminding us about the power of therapeutic touch.

Photo © Manny Castro

Reed Projects Now Open with “The Re-Jects” (Norway)

If you happen to call the port of Stavanger, Norway this weekend we recommend that as soon as you get off of your cruise head straight to Reed Projects where one of Street Art’s greatest rejects has mounted an art show to inaugurate his brand new gallery. The show “The Re-Jects” is now open to the public and the artists include: Dolk, Evol, Roa, Brad Downey, Escif, Dan Witz & Vhils.

Dolk in Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

Vues sur murs” in Brussels

The Centre de la Gravure new show “Vues sur murs” In opens today and includes C215, Denis Meyers, Doctor H, Jef Aerosol, Evol, Ludo, Muga, Obetre, Sten & Lex, Invader and Swoon.

Jef Aerosol in Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

 

“Vari-Okey” with Everman (Atlanta)

Living Walls The City Speaks Atlanta 2012 continues to bring world talented artists for all ya’ll. This Saturday Living Walls Concepts invites the public to be an active participant in the the festival with artist Everman. If you are interested in participating you must first stop by AM1690’s “Vari-Okey” event this Saturday, May 26 at the Goat Farm and sign up for Evereman’s workshop through ARTWORKS, the new digital platform that will transform your involvement in the Atlanta arts scene. Promise.

Everman (photo courtesy of Living Walls 2012)

For further information regarding this event click here.

A Classic from The Beastie Boys Gets a Tribute Remix – SABOTAGE! (VIDEO)

 

Yue Minjun, Mark Jenkins and Aakash Nihalani (LA)

The Carmichael Gallery in Culver City, CA has invited artists Yue Minjun, Mark Jenkins and Aakash Nihalani for the new show opening tomorrow.

Aakash Nihalani in Manhattan (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

Augustine Kofie’s Angle in LA

I’m truly honored to have the chance to share a lot of these more dense collage works with my LA peoples,” says Augustine Kofie about his new show “Working an Angle” which opens Saturday at the Known Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.

Augustine Kofie in Los Angeles for LA Freewalls Project (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Click here to read an interview on BSA with Augustine Kofie

For further information regarding this show click here.

Also Happening this Weekend:

(Re)-Print at Hendershot Gallery in The Bowery in NYC. A mostly prints show showcasing some of your most beloved Street Artist. Click here for more details regarding this show.

“Keep Wild Life In The Wild” At ThinkSpace Gallery in Culver City, CA. This is an art exhibition with some of the proceeds form the sale benefiting Born Free with the participation of more than 100 artists from all over the world. It should be fun. Click here for more details regarding this show.

“At Home I’m A Tourist” An Exhibition showcasing works of art and toys from the vast collection of Selim Varol at Me Collectors Room in Berlin Germany. Click here for more details regarding this show.

Cyrcle Daydreaming with James Lavelle (VIDEO)

 

CELEBRATE BOB: Moog Factory Mural Time Lapse (VIDEO)

Dude, Wednesday was Bob Moogs’ 78th birthday. Cool right? Awesome. Here’s a brand new portrait on the side of the Moog factory in Asheville, North Caroline by artist local artist Dustin Spagnola.

 

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Reed Projects Gallery Presents: The Re-Jects” A Group Exhibition and Gallery Launch (Stavanger, Norway)

Reed Projects

THE REJECTS
Featuring new and original works from seven of the worlds leading street, public, contemporary artists (Call em what you will)
Dolk, Evol, Roa, Brad Downey, Escif, Dan Witz & Vhils.
Plus very exclusive new limited edition prints from Dolk.

OPENING RECEPTION : THURSDAY 24TH MAY 1900-2200
May 24-June 22

Gallery opening hours Wed-Sat 1200-1700
and by appointment

Don’t like art ? Come and drink the beer ! Thank you,  Lervig.

Reed Projects Gallery,
Salvågergata 10, Stavanger 4006, Norway
Tel : 0047 41512885
Tel : 0047 97764651

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Mexico City: High Art in Thin Air

Capital Soars with Huge New International Street Art Murals

An Amazing Week in DF with Interesni Kazki, El Mac, Saner, Sego, Roa, Herakut, Vhils, and Escif

Gazing out at the sweep of metropolis that is modern Mexico City, you’ll have to catch your breath once in a while. A culture known for it’s historic public murals of the 20th Century, it looks like a resurgence is at hand, but this time the muralist are international Street Artists, and the scale is soaring.

Escif (photo © courtesy of All City Canvas)

The project “All City Canvas” invited nine artists from around the world and locally to use some of Distrito Federal’s prime real estate as just that – a canvas. With cranes and rollers instead of ladders and cans, these are some of the largest works we’ve seen by some of these artists. Here’s Portugals’ Vhils on the Dolores Building near La Alameda, there’s Germany’s Herakut on the side of the oldest newspaper in Mexico El Universal, and look way up to see LA’s El Mac signature portrait on the side of the Hotel Reforma Avenue. After eleven months of work getting permission from building owners, convincing city leaders, and securing major corporate sponsors, the capital of Mexico now has a few more major public art pieces that will blow you away and the resulting collection further secures this city of 21 million as one of the growing hubs of the Street Art scene.

ROA (photo © courtesy of All City Canvas)

We spoke with the three guys who organized the festival to get an understanding of the logistics and their aspirations for the project. As organizers and innovators with ties to their own arts organizations in Mexico City, each one of these guys hustled to make it happen; Victor Hugo Celaya of ARTO, Roberto Shimizu of MUJAM,  and Gonzalo Alvarez of MAMUTT. Participating artists were Interesni Kazki (Ukraine), El Mac (USA), Saner (Mexico), Sego (Mexico), Roa (Belgium), Herakut (Germany), Vhils (Portugal) and Ecif (Spain).

Brooklyn Street Art: Often Street Artists are relegated to the buildings that are abandoned and in a state of decay. In this case, your program featured work on the sides of some of the most important buildings in Mexico City. How did you get permission to do this?
Victor Hugo Celaya:
Since the beginning, we wanted to offer an unique experience to the city so we took urban art to everybody – youth, businessmen, doctors, moms… In order to make a huge impact, we worked to obtain the best spots in Mexico City. Each of these buildings is seen by thousands of people each day and are all located in the city center of Mexico City. It was a difficult job, but in the end we got everything set up. The impact would not have been the same if we had painted other walls.

ROA (photo © courtesy of All City Canvas)

Brooklyn Street Art: Mexican culture has a proud tradition of public murals. How does the style of Street Art in 2012 differ from that tradition?
Roberto Shimizu: Obviously the Mexican history with mural painters and our cultural background, with artists like David Alfaro Siqueiros and Diego Rivera – played a big part while we were conceptualizing the project. Mexico City has the perfect moral background to invite the best urban artists in the world to intervene its walls to create huge murals. We wanted to  innovate and create a new link with the past with some of the renowned urban artists of our time.

Brooklyn Street Art: Did you have difficulty persuading building owners to allow this work on their property?
Gonzalo Alvarez: It was difficult to get to the owners, since these people are important business people that don’t have “a lot of time”. Nevertheless, after a lot of work and perseverance we got to show them the project.  Once we got to them, we realized they are great people who were interested in getting involved in new innovative projects for the city. At the end, all of them were very happy with the outcome of the festival.

ROA. Detail. (photo © courtesy of All City Canvas)

Brooklyn Street Art: Is there a graffiti/Street Art “scene” in certain areas of D.F.?
Victor Hugo Celaya: DF is one of the biggest cities in the world – the 2nd biggest, so it is a natural hub for the urban art scene. The movement is very alive at the moment and it is giving Mexican artists an opportunity to show themselves to the world. With this project we wanted to make a statement to the world, that urban art is not only for young people that live in and around big cities – it’s for everybody – doctors, politicians, business people, Moms, merchants… For example, the intervention of the W Hotel, which is located in one of the most “posh” neighborhoods in the country, was very disruptive because nobody could have imagined an urban artists painting a huge mural on the same terrace where they usually eat their lunch or have their business meetings.

SEGO (photo © courtesy of All City Canvas)

Brooklyn Street Art: In the last few years we have been seeing many international Street Artists traveling to large cities around the world doing commissioned work for local festival organizers. How do these traveling artists affect the art scene in the local Mexican context?
Gonzalo Alvarez:
This was also very important to us when we were conceiving “All City Canvas”. First we wanted to show young artists that if you do a good job doing what you like, you can actually earn money and travel around the world. You can take your art to other cultures and if you are good enough, you could influence someone else.

Secondly, many artists in Mexico have no money to travel to other countries, and many of their influences  come from the pictures they see on the Internet. To have this world-known urban artist in Mexico City was an unique opportunity for these young artists to watch, compare and learn their techniques.

SEGO. Detail. (photo © courtesy of All City Canvas)

Brooklyn Street Art: Can you talk about the vibrant youth culture in Mexico City and how it responds to this kind of work?
Roberto Shimizu: Yes, Mexico is a young country, and more than half of the population is under 30 years of age. We noticed how important cultural events like this are for the young people. Each day thousands of young Mexicans congregated outside of the buildings the artists were painting – they wanted to watch the work and to understand the artistic process of the artwork. Also we offered a series of conferences called WORDS and a gallery exposition called WORKS to offer different points of view of the urban art scene. What we found is that young people in Mexico are very keen to learn and participate in these kinds of projects.

Also on the other hand, the feedback from the Mexican youth is very honest and direct. If you are doing something wrong they will let you know –  also they’ll let you know if you are doing something right.

Vhils. (photo © courtesy of All City Canvas)

Vhils. Detail. (photo © courtesy of All City Canvas)

Sego and Vhils process shots. (photo © courtesy of All City Canvas)

Herakut (photo © courtesy of All City Canvas)

Herakut (photo © courtesy of All City Canvas)

SANER (photo © courtesy of All City Canvas)

SANER. Detail. (photo © courtesy of All City Canvas)

Interesni Kazki (photo © courtesy of All City Canvas)

Interesni Kazki (photo © courtesy of All City Canvas)

El Mac (photo © courtesy of All City Canvas)

El Mac. Detail. (photo © courtesy of All City Canvas)

For more information about the “All City Canvas” project, please click here.

MAMUTT (www.mamutt.mx)

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All City Canvas: Festival de Arte Urbano in Mexico City (Mexico City)

All City Canvas

 

ALL CITY CANVAS es un festival de arte urbano, a nivel internacional, que busca unir esfuerzos del movimiento alrededor del mundo, en un solo lugar durante una semana.

La ciudad sede, en este caso, la Ciudad de México, ofrecerá sus mejores espacios para que nueve de los artistas más reconocidos del movimiento de arte urbano intervengan espacios únicos e históricos de la ciudad.

Además, durante la semana del festival, se llevará a cabo una serie de conferencias impartidas por expertos en el tema, que ayudarán a contextualizar el trabajo que se realiza en las calles.

Finalmente, una reconocida galería de la ciudad expondrá obras de los artistas invitados y algunos otros talentos locales.

ARTISTS:

En esta primera edición de ALL CITY CANVAS, México fue seleccionado como sede del festival por ser, históricamente, un referente artístico y cultural. Este contexto histórico convierte a México en un importante punto de interés para la nueva generación de artistas que llevan años tomando las calles y los muros de las principales capitales del mundo para plasmar sus obras.

A finales de abril, los ojos del mundo estarán puestos en el corazón de la ciudad más grande del mundo y México se convertirá en uno de los focos principales de la escena del arte urbano.

El festival ALLC ITY CANVAS presentará del 30 de abril al 5 de mayo a 9 de los mejores artistas internacionales y nacionales, con amplias muestras de arte urbano, usando como lienzos algunos edificios icónicos de la Ciudad de México, creando una sinergia entre nuestras tradiciones y una nueva visión global. Es un festival inclusivo, que busca llevar el arte a superficies emblemáticas para crear murales de gran escala dentro del espacio urbano único que ofrece una de las ciudades más grandes del mundo. Así, la ciudad participará activamente, dejando un gran antecedente en la calle de lo que es el Arte Urbano en la actualidad.

Este proyecto ha sido la visión y trabajo de jóvenes mexicanos que asumieron la misión de voltear los ojos del mundo hacia México, insertándose en la historia, en un momento en el que es esencial mostrar de manera creativa y comunitaria la vitalidad, energía, magia, mezcla de razas y amor por la identidad mexicana en el espacio público. La Ciudad de México ofrece el escenario perfecto de una urbe con raíces históricas, arquitectura de gran visibilidad, ciudadanos abiertos a experiencias estéticas y una tradición artística de gran influencia.

ALL CITY CANVAS es un festival que desde su concepción ha sido inclusivo, trabajando con la autoridad, la iniciativa privada, la comunidad, con los estudiantes y los medios. Ha buscado impulsarse mostrando una cara positiva, apostando en el talento y energía del país. Es una apuesta por el arte en el espacio público, lo cual es y ha sido un concepto muy presente en la historiografía del arte en este país; en principio con tono revolucionario pero desde diferentes movimientos y con variantes en la manera de abordarlo, ha sido siempre una constante. Desde los muralistas, se tenía clara esta postura frente al arte; José Clemente Orozco se refirió así del muralismo: “La forma más desinteresada, ya que no puede ser escondida para beneficio de unos cuantos privilegiados. Es para la gente. Es para todos”.

Después del muralismo, el movimiento estudiantil de los años 60’s, en el que se manifestaba el descontento político, recurriendo a imágenes que se plasmaban en carteles, grafiti y fotografía llena de simbolismo. Movimientos artísticos conocidos como el Grupo, que a principios de los 70’s diseñaban pancartas y murales con variaciones de iconografía militante clásica para transmitir mensajes de disidencia o el No Grupo, que con imágenes populares y juegos de lenguaje criticaban el elitismo de las instituciones de arte, entre otras cosas. En el mundo, durante estos años, se gestionaba el manifesto de los Situacionistas, que se basaba en crear acontecimientos con significado que revirtiera el pre establecido por el sistema capitalista y de gobierno. En México surgió la neográfica y diversas técnicas de reproducción y transferencia de imágenes. Se organizaban happenings y trabajos muralísticos en comunidades campesinas e indígenas por el Taller de Investigación Plástica; se hacían exposiciones callejeras por parte de fotógrafos independientes como las del grupo Peyote y el de Narrativa Visual, del cual se desprendería el grupo Março con Alejandro Olmedo, Mauricio Guerrero y Sebastián, originadores de un manifesto Marxista inspirado en el Dadaísta. Todos coincidían en una postura clara ante el espacio público, ubicándolo como símbolo de democracia que planteaba cambiar el entorno diario a través del arte para poder dar un mensaje.

En los años 80’s crece el grafiti junto con algunas acciones de intervención que funcionaban como testimonios de eventualidades e inconformidades, como por ejemplo la toma del Balmori en la colonia Roma, en dónde, ante una campaña de demolición posterior al terremoto del 85, el edificio fue “tomado” al ser pintados los cristales y así evitando que fuera demolido. Esta acción marcó un momento muy importante en la regeneración urbana.

La postura del reclamo y la apropiación del espacio público con un mensaje, es algo que ha estado muy presente en la historia de la ciudad y sigue siendo actual. El festival apuesta y celebra el actuar en espacios estratégicos para establecer un diálogo entre la arquitectura, la imagen, el espacio y el observador, para así transmitir un mensaje que lleve a algún tipo de reflexión.

Con disciplina de trabajo, experimentación de técnicas y herramientas innovadoras, los artistas y sus murales nos harán dialogar y revalorar el espacio, nos mostrarán cómo un edificio se activa y transforma. Nos presentarán ideas de temas actuales a partir de lo que la ciudad les provoque e inspire, a través de su talentoso lenguaje plástico para experimentar con la estética que llevan años trabajando y  perfeccionando.

Esta experiencia la podremos tener in situ, al pie de los edificios intervenidos o a través del otro espacio público que ofrece Internet, ya que se podrá interactuar durante los días del festival a través de diversas redes sociales, con el contenido que se generará durante esa semana.

ALL CITY CANVAS creará una comunidad sólida en un espacio público: físico cerca de las PAREDES intervenidas por los artistas y virtual en el mundo online. Se presentará en espacio de galería PIEZAS, de la obra a pequeña escala que estos artistas producen, disponible para venta. Y se hablará al respecto en PALABRAS, desde el punto de vista de expertos que han dedicado su vida a registrar, teorizar, publicar y/o experimentar este arte espectacular.

Se presentará a la Ciudad de México como un museo al aire libre, con arte monumental y público, que de manera visual e interactiva, será un Festival para todos.

Click HERE to learn more about ALL City Canvas

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Fun Friday 04.20.12

1. ROA at StolenSpace “Hypnagogia” (London)
2. Katowice Street Art Festival 4/20-29 (Poland)
3. LALA Gallery Inauguration Saturday (Los Angeles)
4. Herakut “Loving the Exiled” at 941 Geary (San Francisco)
5. Marsea Gives You the “High Five!” at New Image Art Saturday (LA)
6. Erica Il Cane  “Una Vita Violenta” at Fifty24MX Gallery (Mexico City)
7. Brett Amory “Waiting 101” at Outsiders Gallery (Newcastle, UK)
8. OLEK in Barcelona with Botero (VIDEO)
9. C215 “About Copyrights” (VIDEO)
10. The Bushwick Trailer (VIDEO)

ROA at StolenSpace “Hypnagogia” (London)

With his current show, now on view at the StolenSpace Gallery in London, ROA will demonstrate how you can be asleep and awake at the same time. His solo show “Hypnagogia” opens today to the general public and offers a dissected view of ROA’s fantastic world of animals and beasts. ROA’s hand crafted book “An Introduction To Animal Representation” by Mammal Press is on sale at The Old Truman Brewery on 91 Brick Lane. Hurry there are only only 125 tomes being offered.

Roa (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

Katowice Street Art Festival 4/20-29 (Poland)

Katowice, a Silesian city in Southern Poland celebrates Street Art with their own Street Art Festival, now on its second year, from April 20 through April 29. The gray, concrete architecture that dominates this town will be imbued with color, shapes and fantasy with the help of this city most prominent daughter, OLEK aided by an illustrious list of first rate of fine and Street Artists including Mark Kenkins, Escif, Boogie, Moneyless, Ganzeer, Ludo, Mona Tusz, Swanski, 0700 Team, Tellas, Dan Witz, Hyuro, M City, ROA, Goro, Kilo, Nespoon, Aryz, 108, Wers, Ciah-Ciah, Etam Crew, Otecki, Razpajzan, Sepe, Chazme, CFNTX Crew, Onte, Jezmirski, Terry Grand, Dast, Impact, Malik, Turbos and Mentalgassi.

Olek (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this festival click here.

LALA Gallery Inauguration Saturday (Los Angeles)

The West Coast continues to assert itself as a power house in the art world and as a Street Art mecca with the inaugural show of LALA Gallery. A brand new gallery conceived by Daniel Lahoda, the mind and soul and legs of LA Freewalls Project.

LALA’s line up of artists for this first show augurs an auspicious beginning and a successful life which we hope last for a long, long time. “LA Freewalls Inside” is the title of this show and artists included are: Anthony Lister, Askew One, Becca, Cern, Chris Brand, Cryptik, Cyrcle, Dale VN Marshall, Dan Witz, Daze, Dee Dee Cheriel, Evan Skrederstu, How & Nosm, Insa, Jaybo, Kim West, Kofie, Lady Aiko, Ludo, Mear, The Perv Brothers, Poesia, Push, Pyro, Ripo, Risk, Ron English, Saber, Shepard Fairey, Swoon and Zes.

Dan Witz. Detail of his installation “The Prisoners” on the walls of LALA. (photo © Dan Witz)

Askew One for LA Freewalls Project. (photo © Todd Mazer)

For further details regarding this show click here.

Herakut “Loving the Exiled” at 941 Geary (San Francisco)

Herakut, the indefatigable German collective are a busy duo with an impressive craft and a mastery of the can and paint brushes. Never compromising their artistic output regardless of their environment or medium they set their collaborative standards high with an output rich in earthy colors. Their palette of ores, reds, grays, oranges, blues, browns and yellows give birth to a universe of characters that are  fantastic and mysterious and in pursuit of you, the spectator. In San Francisco at 941 Geary Gallery Saturday the reception will be open for the artists and you at “Loving the Exiled”.

Hera at work in preparation for the show. (photo courtesy © Jennifer Goff)

Akut at work in preparation for the show. (photo courtesy © Jennifer Goff)

For further information regarding this show click here.

Group Show “High Five!” at New Image Art Saturday (LA)

HIGH FIVE! the new group show at New Image Art Gallery in Los Angeles opens tomorrow and the artists include Alia Penner, Ashely Macomber, Curtis Kulig, Deanna Templeton, Maya Hayuk and Vanessa Prager.

Curtis Kulig AKA Love Me (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding this show click here.

Also happening this weekend:

Tomorrow, Saturday April 22 will be the last day to see Erica Il Cane show “Una Vita Violenta” at the Fifty24MX Gallery in Mexico City.  The gallery will also participate with Erica Il Cane at the Zona Maco Mexico Arte Contemporaneo Art Fair in Mexico City. April 18 – April 22. For further details about “Una Vita Violenta” click here. For more details about Zona Maco, Mexico Arte Contemporaneo Art Fair click here.

Brett Amory solo show “Waiting 101” At the Outsiders Gallery in Newcastle, UK opens today to the general public. Click here for more details about this show.

OLEK in Barcelona with Botero (VIDEO)

Still working on that scarf you’ve been knitting for OLEK’s birthday? You missed it.

C215 “About Copyrights” (VIDEO)

The Bushwick Trailer (VIDEO)

Starring: Bishop 203, Veng and Never

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Katowice Street Art Festival. April 20 – April 29 2012 (Katowice, Poland)

Katowice Street Art Festival

Olek (photo courtesy © Olek)

Katowice Street Art Festival

20-29 kwietnia 2012

http://www.katowicestreetartfestival.pl/

INSTALACJE:

Olek (USA)

14-29.04.2012

plac pod Spodkiem, Katowice

www.agataolek.com

Mentalgassi (Niemcy)

27-30.04.2012

Katowice

www.mentalgassi.blogspot.com

Mark Jenkins (USA)

15-26.04.2012

ul. Mariacka 15, Katowice

www.xmarkjenkinsx.com

Nawer vs. Temporary Space Design / DJ Krime / Daniel Drumz

28.04.2012

godz. 20.00

sala widowiskowa DOKP, al. Roździeńskiego 1

wstęp: 5 pln

www.facebook.com/NAWER.VS.TEMPORARYSPACEDESIGN

www.myspace.com/funkmastakrime

www.danieldrumz.org

MURALE

Roa (Belgia)

23-28.04.2012

ul. Mariacka Tylna 11, Katowice

www.roaweb.tumblr.com

M-City (Polska)

26-30.04.2012

ul. Sobieskiego 13, Katowice

www.m-city.org

Escif (Hiszpania)

20-27.04.2012

ul. Mikusińskiego 5, Katowice

www.flickr.com/people/escif

Hyuro (Argentyna)

20-27.04.2012

ul. Gliwicka 58, Katowice

www.flick.com/people/hyuro

Moneyless (Włochy)

20-29.04.2012

ul. Mariacka Tylna 13a, Katowice

www.moneyless.it

Tellas (Włochy)

20-29.04.2012

ul. Mariacka Tylna 13, Katowice

www.tellas.org

Swanski (Polska)

24-28.04.2012

ul. Monte Cassino 5, Katowice

www.swanofobia.com

Ludo (Francja)

17-20.04.2012

ul. Markiefki 55, Katowice

www.thisisludo.com

Drobczyk / Mona Tusz / Vero King / Raspazjan (Polska)

20-29.04.2012

wiadukt przy ul. Mikołowskiej, Katowice

www.magdalenadrobczykportfolio.blogspot.com

www.monatusz.art.pl

www.raspazjan.com

Śląski Mural (Polska)

20-29.04.2012

wiadukt przy ul. Mikołowskiej, Katowic

WYSTAWA

Boogie: Bangkok, Belgrad, Kingston (Serbia / USA)

20.04-6.05.2012, wernisaż 20.04 o godz. 18.00

Galeria Centrum (d. Sektor I), Centrum Kultury Katowice, pl. Sejmu Śląskiego 2

www.artcoup.com

CZTERY OBLICZA BASQUIATA – PRZEGLĄD FILMOWY

24.04.2012

godz. 19.00

Kinoteatr Rialto, ul. św. Jana 24

Basquiat. Une Vie

Francja 2010, 52 min.

reżyseria: J.M. Vecchiet

występują: Bruno Bischofberger, Kai Eric, Micheal Holman i in.

24.04.2012

godz. 20.15

Kinoteatr Rialto, ul. św. Jana 24

Basquiat – Taniec ze śmiercią

USA 1996, 108 min.

reżyseria: Julian Schnabel

występują: Jeffrey Wright, Benicio del Toro, David Bowie, Gary Oldman, Denis Hopper i in.

25.04.2012

godz. 18.00

Kinoteatr Rialto, ul. św. Jana 24

Basquiat, promienne dziecko

USA 2010, 88 min.

reżyseria: Tamra Davis

występują: Julian Schnabel, Larry Gagosian, Fat 5 Freddy, Thurston Moore i in.

25.04.2012

godz. 20.00

Kinoteatr Rialto, ul. św. Jana 24

The New York Beat Movie a.k.a. Downtown 81

USA 1981, 72 min.

reżyseria: Edo Bertoglio

występują: Fat 5 Freddy, Vincent Gallo, Deborah Harry, John Lurie i in.

DEBATA:

25.04.2012

godz. 18.00

Rondo Sztuki, Rondo im. Gen. J. Ziętka 1

Podczas tegorocznej edycji Festiwalu odbędzie się debata poświęcona wyzwaniom, jakie obecnie stają przed street artem – komercjalizacją, festiwalizacją, wejściem sztuki ulicy do czterech ścian galerii. Do zabrania głosu zostali zaproszeni: Kristel Talv (Nuart Festival ze Stavanger w Norwegii), Angelo Milano (FAME Festival z Grottaglie we Włoszech) oraz Polacy: Ixi Color z Fundacji Vlepvnet w Warszawie i Michał Bieżyński z Fundacji Urban Forms w Łodzi. Debatę poprowadzi Łukasz Greszta (portal sosm.pl).

EGIPT / STREET ART / POLITYKA

Prezentując najnowsze zjawiska współczesnego street artu nie można pominąć zeszłorocznych ruchów rewolucyjnych, które przetoczyły się przez kraje Bliskiego Wschodu i które odbiły się szerokim echem na całym świecie. Znaczącą rolę w tych wydarzeniach odegrała egipska scena artystyczna, która – wychodząc na ulicę i tworząc tam politycznie zaangażowane prace – zachęcała ludzi do sprzeciwu wobec tyranii i zniewoleniu przez ówczesne władze. Wracając do tego, co leżało u podstaw street artu, egipscy artyści pokazali światu, jaką rolę może odgrywać sztuka w przestrzeni publicznej, nie ulegając przy tym komercjalizacji, uprzedmiotowieniu i dekoracyjności.

Ahmad Abdalla

22.04.2012

godz. 20.00

Kinoteatr Rialto, ul. św. Jana 24

The Microphone

Egipt 2010, 120 min.

reżyseria: Ahmad Abdalla

+ spotkanie z reżyserem

www.ahmadabdalla.net

Ganzeer – spotkanie

26.04.2012

godz. 18.00

Klub Festiwalowy KATO, ul. Mariacka 13

www.ganzeer.blogspot.co

MUZYKA

Young Fathers – koncert otwarcia

20.04.2012

godz. 20.00

ul. Mariacka

www.youngfathersmusic.com

www.myspace.com/youngfahters

U Know Me Night: Kixnare / Teielte

21.04.2012

godz. 21.00

Klub Festiwalowy KATO, ul. Mariacka 13

www.facebook.com/kixnare

http://www.myspace.com/tiltsound

KATO meets BRESLAU: Teleport Katowice / Igor Boxx

26.04.2012

godz. 20.00

Podcienia Centrum Kultury Katowice, pl. Sejmu Śląskiego 2

http://soundcloud.com/teleport_katowice

www.ninjatune.net/igorboxx

Cosmin TGR

27.04.2012

godz. 21.00

Flow Club

ul. 3 Maja 23

wstęp: 10 pln

www.cosmintgr.com

Nawer vs. Temporary Space Design / DJ Krime / Daniel Drumz

28.04.2012

godz. 20.00

sala widowiskowa DOKP, al. Roździeńskiego 1

wstęp: 5 pln

www.facebook.com/NAWER.VS.TEMPORARYSPACEDESIGN

www.myspace.com/funkmastakrime

www.danieldrumz.org

MaxFlo Fest

28.04.2012

godz. 20.00

Mega Club, ul. Żelazna 9

wstęp: pierwsze 300 sztuk – 25 pln, w przedsprzedaży – 30 pln, w dniu koncertu – 35 pln

www.maxflorec.pl

WARSZTATY:

Warsztaty z kibicami

1.02-29.04.2012

Prowadzenie: Urwis

Uczestnicy: kibice GKS Katowice / zapisy zamknięte

miejsce: Stadion GKS Katowice / ul. Jabłoniow

Warsztaty z typografii miejskiej

24.04.2012

26.04.2012

Prowadzenie: Zofia Oslislo-Piekarska

Uczestnicy: dzieci uczęszczające do MDK Bogucice

Miejsce: MDK Bogucice

Warsztaty dźwiękowe

20-22.04.2012

Prowadzenie: Marcin Dymiter

Uczestnicy: 16-30 lat / zapisy: magdalena.piechaczek@miastoogrodow.eu

Miejsce: SARP Katowice, ul. Dyrekcyjna 9

Warsztaty z szablonu

20-22.04.2012

Prowadzenie: Czarnobyl / Pisa73

Uczestnicy: młodzież z Domu Dziecka Stanica

Miejsce: Dom Dziecka Stanic

SPORTY MIEJSKIE:

Nightskating

21.04.2012

godz. 20.00

plac pod Spodkiem
Przed wyjazdem, w godzinach 18.00 – 20.00 na placu pod Spodkiem odbędą się warsztaty frisbee, które poprowadzi Śląskie Stowarzyszenie Graczy Ultimate Freezebeatz.

Wycieczka rowerowa szlakiem sztuki PRL-u

22.04.2012

godz. 10.00

zapisy: marcin.dzedzej@miasto-ogrodow.eu

Start: KATObar, ul. Mariacka 13

Zawody rolkowo-deskowe

28.04.2012

godz. 10.00

Miejsce: Skatepark PTG, Katowice
W czasie trwania zawodów, w godz. 10.00 – 18.00 odbędą się warsztaty frisbee, które poprowadzi Śląskie Stowarzyszenie Graczy Ultimate Freezebeatz.

Wycieczka rowerowa szlakiem katowickich murali

29.04.2012

godz. 10.00

zapisy: marcin.dzedzej@miasto-ogrodow.eu

Start: KATObar, ul. Mariacka 13

KATOWICE STREET ART FESTIVAL W PIEKARACH ŚLĄSKICH

Warsztaty budowania latawców

15.03.2012 / 1.04.2012

godz. 16.00

www.kuklok.pl

Warsztaty tworzenia murali

21.04.2012

godz. 12.00 – 14.00

Prowadzenie: Stowarzyszenie Kuklok

22.04.2012

godz. 10.00-16.00

Prowadzenie: 0700 team

miejsce: klub Piekarni.

Piknik z Latawcem

6.04.2012

godz. 13.00

Kopiec Wyzwolenia, Piekary Śląskie

www.kuklok.pl

0700 team

20-29.04.2012

Kamienica na rogu ul. Bytomskiej i Wyszyńskiego

oraz Brzeziny Śląskie

Stowarzyszenie Kuklok

20-29.04.2012

Kamienica na rogu ul. Wyszyńskiego i Traugutta

Przegląd Piekarskich Amatorskich Zespołów Muzycznych

28.04.2012

Ośrodek Kultury Andaluzja, ul. Oświęcimska 45

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Paul Insect is Attracted to Light at the Barracuda Wall

The Barracuda Wall in Los Angeles is a safe outlet for Street Artists and graffiti artists to try out ideas without worrying that they have to look over their shoulder.  The boxing club inside is owned by Miguel De La Barracuda, thus it’s name and it’s a good spot to get seen, if only for minute before it’s replaced.

Paul Insect (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

What this fight club gives the lie to is that Street and graff artists are somehow at odds with one another, a mythology propagated by young hot heads sometimes. In fact, this high profile wall in LA shows that most peeps are big enough to allow everybody to get a chance to express the creative spirit, and often they collaborate. A quick bit of Googling will show you a diverse list of work on the Barracuda wall over the last couple of years, including people like Ron English, Gabe and OG. Defer, Prime, Gabe88, Anthony Lister, Escif, Sanir, Gregory Siff, Shepard Fairey and AWR MSK, Hush, Chad Muska, Cyrcle, Free Humanity, and David Flores. It’s a never ending reinvention for the never ending traffic on Melrose Avenue, a gift from a business owner to his community and the artists.

Photographer and BSA collaborator Carlos Gonzalez captured some excellent night shots of  Street Artist Paul Insect at work on the wall one night last week. Masking out the portions of the wall for painting with a roll of masking tape, alternating sharp lines with drippy, Insect put up a pair of eyes to keep track of a piece by Risk below.

Paul Insect (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

Paul Insect (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

Paul Insect (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

Paul Insect (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

Paul Insect (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

Paul Insect (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

Paul Insect (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

Paul Insect (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

Paul Insect (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

Paul Insect (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

Paul Insect (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

Paul Insect (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

Paul Insect (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

Paul Insect’s solo show “Triptease Revue” opens this Thursday at Post No Bills Gallery . For further information click on the link below:

http://www.brooklynstreetart.com/theblog/2011/10/24/post-no-bills-gallery-presents-paul-insect-triptease-revue-venice-beach-ca/

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New Street Art from Nuart 2011 in Norway

Nuart 2011, the annual Street Art festival in Stavanger Norway, just wrapped with a small tight roster of international artists putting new murals and installations around this waterfront city of 120,000. An inventive late “Summer Camp” that has brought worldwide attention and fame to the city in the last decade, Nuart continues to creatively stretch and challenge it’s participants while putting them on the street, in the gallery, and in front of the classroom.

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It could be the electronic music festival, the wicked history of goth and black metal spawned here, or the nearly thousand year old cathedral downtown, but something smart skews the outlaw impulses of artists toward exploration here. Perhaps it’s just the contrast of this sharp manicured capital of culture playing host to an art movement associated with urban decay that feeds the uncanny tension in some of the work. Whatever it is, each year there is something of high caliber that helps keep Nuart fresh and relevant.

For Nuart 2011 eleven artists from seven countries worked to create installations, including an indoor exhibition in a complex of buildings that formerly housed a brewery. Participating artists were Dan Witz (US), David Choe & DVS1 (US), Vhils (PO), Herbert Baglione (BR), Dolk (NO), Lucy McCluchlan (UK), Herakut (DE), Tellas (IT), Escif (ES), HYURO (ES), and Phlegm (UK)

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Lucy McLauchlan (Photo Courtesy of Nuart11 © CFSalicath)

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Escif (Photo Courtesy of Nuart11 © CFSalicath)

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Escif, Hyuro (Photo Courtesy of Nuart11 © John Rodger)

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Hyuro (Photo Courtesy of Nuart11 © CFSalicath)

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David Choe, DVS1 (Photo Courtesy of Nuart11 © CFSalicath)

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David Choe, DVS1 (Photo Courtesy of Nuart11 © CFSalicath)

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David Choe, DVS1 (Photo Courtesy of Nuart11 © CFSalicath)

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David Choe, DVS1 (Photo Courtesy of Nuart11 © John Rodger)

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Phlegm (Photo Courtesy of Nuart11 © CFSalicath)

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Dan Witz (Photo Courtesy of Nuart11 © Dan Witz)

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Dan Witz (Photo Courtesy of Nuart11 © Dan Witz)

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Dan Witz (Photo Courtesy of Nuart11 © John Rodger)

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Dan Witz conducted the first ever Workshop for Children at Nuart with great success! (photo Courtesy of Nuart11 © John Rodger)

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Herakut (Photo Courtesy of Nuart11 © Akut)

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Herakut (Photo Courtesy of Nuart11 © CFSalicath)

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Hera of Herakut (Photo Courtesy of Nuart11 © Mookie Mooks)

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Herakut (Photo Courtesy of Nuart11 © John Rodger)

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Dolk (Photo Courtesy of Nuart11 © CFSalicath)

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Vhils (Photo Courtesy of Nuart11 © CFSalicath)

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Vhils (Photo Courtesy of Nuart11 © CFSalicath)

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Tellas (Photo Courtesy of Nuart11 © John Rodger)

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Tellas (Photo Courtesy of Nuart11 © CFSalicath)

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Tellas (Photo Courtesy of Nuart11 © CFSalicath)

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Tellas (Photo Courtesy of Nuart11 © CFSalicath)

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Herbert Baglione (Photo Courtesy of Nuart11 © CFSalicath)

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Herbert Baglione (Photo Courtesy of Nuart11 © Mookie Mooks)

With special thanks to the talented photographers: CFSalicath, John Rodger, Mookie Mooks and Akut.

To learn more about Nuart visit their site at:

http://www.nuartfestival.no

This article also appears on The Huffington Post



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