Street Art Adventures: Shoreditch, London

East London: Bricklane. Shoreditch. Alternative. Hipster (please don’t be offended) … Words to describe such a location. To me, what comes to mind is STREET ART, BABYYYY! Ya buddyyyyyy! My Sunday FUNDAY was not filled with shopping in markets, rather it was exploring what the East End of London had to offer… and that was URBAN ART GALORE. All the MAJOR names were present. Check below to see a glimpse of what I saw, but if you’re ever in the hood spend a few hours. Look up, look down, go down alleys (not at night) and seriously see this rad and diverse works ranging from stencil grafts to wheat pastes, to mixed media works!! Enjoy!

ROA:

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Jana & JS:

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DSCREET:

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Alexis Diaz:

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C215 aka Christian Guemy:

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STIK:

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Graffiti Life:

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and lastly, I came across some unknown artist that is tagging and making works entitled “ART is TRASH” using found garbage on ze streets of London compiling them into works of “ART” – dare I say (more on these works to follow within the week).

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Remember kids, one man’s trash is another man’s TREASURE. HAPPY HUNTING, and may the odds be ever in your FAVOUR!

XX, DP

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Navid Nuur @ Parasol Unit : Another View

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Sometimes living in REALITY can be quite difficult? Growing up can be such a pain. But that does not mean our FUN and IMAGINATON has to go with our youth?? I think the newest exhibition at Parasol Unit, is an escape from capitalist reality we live in today and allows our inner curious child to come out. Navid Nuur’s Phantom Fuel (13 March-19 May 2013), is an EXPLORATION of the MIND and provides the viewer with world of DISCOVERY. It is a lighthearted exhibition (which seems to diverge from my past reviews on exhibitions – I usually like the grotesque and heavily conceptual works) that plays with the phenomenological experience. Some of his works, can be slightly paralleled to the famous Duchamp – what a guy! Nuur takes found objects (like Duchamp) but rather reconstitutes its function thus creating a new object for experience and us the viewers can explore. I felt like a little child peeping through the holes of the reconstituted flash lights, that hold small collages of people and areas, or calling the cell phone that was plastered to wall with red and blue plasticine to hear Nuur himself screaming “RED BLUE.” Nuur I believe has a great sense of BEAUTY in the smallest things, which is what utterly EXCITES. An installation displaying a popsicle that drips and a projection that captures and displays the dripping is something beautiful that is often overlooked. Children find great satisfaction in the smallest things, and I believe that Nuur holds this childlike view of the world and creates works to let us see. If you’re in a mood to discover and find the inner child in you, go see this latest exhibition. It’s fun, exciting and imaginative, and that is what art should be.

Peace Out, K

P.S. YOU HAVE 3 DAYS LEFT TO GO GO GO!!!!

P.P.S. DON’T FORGET TO BRING A POUND AND A PENCE TO GET A METAL FINGERPRINT FROM THE ARTIST HIMSELF BY SPINNING ONE OF THOSE MACHINES THAT YOU FIND AT A THEME PARK! ONE OF THE LEAST EXPENSIVE PIECES OF ART YOU CAN ADD TO YOUR COLLECTION!

Street Art Saturday

Well once again East London has not disappointed me in terms of Street Art. Below are my top 4 favourite sightings I captured this week in the neighbourhood.

Top Left: Invader Top Right: Daleast Bottom Left: Roa Bottom Right: Phlegm

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Get out there, and go find these dudes! While some are more tucked away than others, the experience of coming across these works is what make makes it exciting and thrilling! It def gets my he(ART)beat going! But actually…

XX, DP

Phantom Fuel: Navid Nuur @ Parasol Unit

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If you find yourself in East London you should probably go to Parasol Unit. Currently on view is the work of Iran-born Dutch artist artist Navid Nuur and it’s nothing short of AMAZING. The show, entitled Phantom Fuel provides just the right amount of a certain push/pull aesthetic with works that invite you in and others that repel you just as quickly. With sculptural and installation-style works, the show pieces together a certain narrative which provides the viewer with an experience you can not only SEE, but FEEL.

In the first room you find yourself in a dark space, navigating an interesting array of LIGHT and NEON works. Traveling through SAND PAPER CURTAINS (it sounds about as pleasant as it feels… not) you come into the next space, light I may add, which presents sculptural works, an iphone video and even a freezer full of ice lollies. The exhibition continues in the first floor gallery space with more sculptural works as well as an eerily dark room. There is also work in the gardens outside. In order to not give it all away though, I’ll stop there.

Something is present, driving you onwards and upwards through the space and it’s that something that follows you when you leave. Perhaps its the broad combination of STYLES. Or perhaps it is the juxtaposition between LIGHT and DARK spaces you find yourself in. Or maybe it just is what it claims to be: Phantom Fuel, something INTANGIBLE but POWERFUL which encompasses the mind, body, and soul.

The show is on until the 19th of May. We highly suggest you take a field trip and experience this Phantom Fuel for yourself.

Cheers, NYX