A T O M I S E D by Jimmy C – AN EXHIBITION YOU CANNOT MISS!

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HEY LONDON!
Go and check out our good friend @akaJimmyC ‘s show entitled ATOMISED at Lollipop Gallery (58 Commercial Street, Shoreditch, London). The show runs from September 10 – October 10th. This show is a MUST SEE!!!

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Renowned street artist Jimmy C opens his long awaited solo exhibition at London’s Lollipop Gallery this September. Titled ‘Atomised’, the exhibition will include new paintings by the artist painted in his signature aerosol pointillist style, exploring notions of how the human subject is connected to the world on an atomic and macrocosmic level through the motif of the sphere. The show will also feature an interactive real time self-generating portrait, where visitors to the show can see themselves transformed into a Jimmy C style painting.

The real time portraits are being created in collaboration with digital software artist Stuart Cupit, who has developed a custom application, which uses a Kinect2 sensor to capture the shape and colours of the subject’s face. In real-time the software uses a complex algorithm to calculates where to place thousands of spray paint pixels, reproducing Jimmy’s painting style in a fluid, interactive and engaging new piece of work.

Jimmy. C is a PROLIFIC London-based street artist who has worked all over the world, and is known for his aerosol pointillist signature style as well as pioneering an anaglyphic 3D painting technique. His East London portrait of Usain Bolt became one of the key images in the London Olympics news coverage, whilst the portrait of David Bowie on a wall in Brixton was the cause of recent controversy when a commercial company covered it up with advertising, sparking a community uproar and an immediate retraction of the campaign.  Last year he collaborated with iconic London store, Liberty, to create a limited edition Cosmic Heart fabric print that was launched during London Fashion Week.

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The Ugly American: Saber @ The Outsiders Gallery, London

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The opening of Saber’s The Ugly American had a record attendance level this past Thursday at The Outsiders Gallery in LONDONTOWN. This exhibition includes a large number of ABSTRACT GRAFFITI styles on canvas and wood. It is the gallery’s FIRST show of the NEW YEAR and WELL WORTH THE VISIT!

photo-2Saber’s works were divided between two floors. A total of seven trademark Stars’n’Stripes flags (Old Math Series) on stained wood, depicting the American Flag and the Union Jack, were BEAUTIFULLY displayed on the entrance level of the gallery (images above). Eight more works were displayed in the basement (so don’t forget to go downstairs)! Each work varied in size but stayed within a reasonable measurement for a gallery setting, in contrast to his works that can be seen in an outdoor environment. Yet, the use of spray paint, oils and charcoal to create these different graffiti pieces not only expanded the dimensional constraints but the overall depth of each piece. To some extent these small-scale works are even more beautiful than some of his pieces seen outdoors, as the artist now had the opportunity to use a variety of mediums.

The wood series has a more muted tonality with a more dominant use of the natural wood coloration, while the abstract graffiti canvases have VIVID splashes of colour amongst toned down tones (see images below). It gives the otherwise gray walls of the gallery a more lively conversation.

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The title of the show refers to the popularized phrase in William Lederer’s and Eugene Burdick’s 1958 novel, The Ugly American, which revolves around  international perceptions of Americans. Saber states in his Press Release for the show, “It’s a reference to the excesses, and foul nature, that some believe Americans possess. Obviously this has similarities to modern Britain too, but… I come from this culture that’s so self centered, and self-preserved, and I want to expose the cracks in it.” He has been known to go AGAINST many of the OFFICIAL POLICIES in the US, particularly those surrounding the health care system, misuse of public funding, and cuts in the art sector. These themes are some of the key factors dominating his works. It is no wonder this well-received exhibition was brought to London by POPULAR DEMAND.

Do yourself a favour and go check it out!

à plus! MCC (Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @CultureHeARTs)

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

GZUP: The Interview

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This past December when I was in PARIS I came across these seven-legged OCTOPUS dudes and wondered who the artist was. After spotting one after another (but actually), I finally came across one with the tag on it “GZUP,” and then googled who this “GZUP” was. These paste ups were fun and exciting to spot, from Tupac to Minnie Mouse, Spiderman to Johnny Depp, and more, GZUP has taken over the Paris street art scene within the last few years. Luckily, I got the incredible experience to interview this artist and am here to share it with you all! Enjoy kids!

1. You are known for your seven legged octopi that range in characters from Johnny Depp’s character in Pirates to Tupac, and you even create your own characters. First off, how did you come up with creating a seven-legged octopus (is that what you refer to your work as?) and what does it mean to you? I actually make octopus from something I like; I can do a Golgorak or 2Pac’s one but I will never make one with Nicolas SARKOZY or something I hate. I don’t make any concession, I just do it solely for my own pleasure. The seven-legged octopus is based on the Octopus you can find in the game “Wonderboy” on Sega Master System. This one has only seven legs too.

2. Does any of your work differ from the octopi? Or is this creature your signature style? For now I’m focused on octopi and yes that is my signature.

3. I first came across your work in Paris (especially next to a bunch of Invaders – totally awesome/great location). Is Paris your home base? Where else can we find your work? I first pasted my octopi near other figures of street art, (for) now I discover places by myself all over Paris and often with immaculate walls. 
Now street artists paste near me, it’s a sort of recognition. I pasted 446 wood octopi in Paris (July 2013) and you can find my work in Lille, Rennes, Rouen and soon in Caen and Lyon……..

4. Are you solely a street artist? Do you exhibit in gallery shows or one day do you hope to show in galleries? Because some people ask me for some (Octopus) I did a collective exposition last year. I must admit this is not a finality in my work for now. My greatest pleasure is to expose my art in the streets.

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5. From what I have read, you are fairly new to the street art game (please correct me if I am wrong), yet your work is incredibly different, stands out, is friendly, fun, and exciting. Where does this inspiration come from? Are you a trained artist (if so, where did you study and what medium was your favourite in school)? I started pasting my octopi in May 2011. Just before in Fall 2010 I bombed the streets of Paris with aerosol (spray paint – below). And a long time ago in the 90’s I used to make graffiti. Many guys used to be street artists but they don’t keep up their presence in the streets. For me it’s not a fashion it’s MY way of life. You would be surprised how many times I dreamt about pasting up my pieces or just note a spot in my IPhone. It’s like a drug for me! I am determined in what I do. My inspiration comes mainly from manga, comics, and everything from everyday that I like.
 And in terms of schooling, I have no formation in art, I’m autodidactic.

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6. Who is your favourite seven-legged friend you have made to date? Is he still around and chilling somewhere for people to spot? If so where can we find this dude? My favorite is always my last one to come. I can tell you I’ve got 10 pieces to paste: it will be the hardest ever ‘LOL’.
For example my first piece I ever pasted-up is still in place. That’s a part of history…But when you come to Paris, there will always be a “GZUP” in the corner. I’m working towards this…

So my friends, next time you are in France, for now primarily Paris, look up at the street corner (signs), for it is rare that you will NOT spot one of these seven-legged octopi. Take a pic, and share with us! Or post your pics with GZUP pasties on his Facebook.

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XX, DP

P.S. Rumour has it we will soon be seeing these dudes in London! Tres exciting!!!!

Hello Kitty Art – But Seriously…

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So we all know that cat with the bow, who every girl, whether they admit it or not, has once loved at some point in their lifetime. But seriously? What is her deal? When did she get so immersed in the contemporary art scene? Shepard Fairey created his own as I like to call it “Obey the Kitty” version where street art meets Japanese cultural icon in 2010 (image above). By creating this image, he has re-appropriated this Japanese fictional character (designed by Yuko Shimizu, first introduced in 1974) and turned her into a mistress of the streets, commanding everyone’s attention by geniously having her not only hold a spray paint can, but she too is holding an image of Andre the Giant, a trademark of Fairey.

But Fairey is not the only artist who has taken part in this trend? Is it a trend? I’m still unsure. Continuing, Buff Monster, another street artist, also created his own version of the starlet (image above). Although these both were produced a few years back, I still continue to think how clashing cultures can be a good thing. Why not take risks? Take something and make it your own. Give it a twist. Put a spin on it. Have fun. Make Statements from the He(Art).

xx, DP