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8 June: #CODEFC's 20:12 (London)

#CODEFC’s London Olympics Installations
Curious Duke Gallery
207 Whitecross street, London EC1Y 8QP
Fri June 8th 2012 - Fri June 15th
Private View: Thu June 7th 2012


20:12 is a project by London-based artist #codefc that has developed over the past couple of years as a humorous social commentary on the build-up to the London 2012 Olympics.

Using stencil interventions onto London city landscapes, #codefc presents athletes’ imagery in all their splendour and vigour, performing the Olympian feats for which they are known against a backdrop of reconfigured and stretched Olympic rings, their faces replaced with cameras and camcorders - the artist’s signature mark.

20:12 places the glorification of the Olympic Games brand and the notion of “sportivity” well and truly within London’s urban context, which is in itself potent with particular socio-political circumstances and challenges faced as hosting city. In addition to highlighting these conditions, 20:12 looks at the commercial and creative cultures and economies created through the Olympics machine, in the form of merchandise, official and unofficial artistic outputs, and branding exercises.

20:12 has seen different incarnations at important street art hubs in London, including Cordy House and Red Gallery in Shoredich, the Westway in Ladbroke Grove, and South Bank. The project will culminate in an exhibition at Curious Duke Gallery during June 2012.

1 June: Make Ends Meet (NC) w. Mathew Curran

Opening Reception: Friday, June 1st, 2012


“There’s no retirement for an artist; it’s your way of living, so there’s no end to it.” - Henry Moore

Moore’s words outline art making not simply as profession, but as compulsion. Make Ends Meet is an exhibition that celebrates the repetition of a daily grind, as it features the incredibly inventive, yet remarkably labor-intensive works of Jonathan Brilliant, Mathew Curran, and Olek. Only compulsion could inspire these artists to employ the countless connections, cuts, and knots necessary to create their works. - Lauren Turner

2 June: Jef Aerosol 30 Ans de Pochoirs (FR)

Dans le cadre de sa mission de soutien à la création artistique et en collaboration avec la galerie Magda Danysz, la Mairie d’Orléans ouvre les portes de la Collégiale Saint-Pierre-Le-Puellier à Jef Aérosol, du 2 juin au 15 juillet 2012, pour une exposition événement qui célèbre les 30 ans de pochoirs de cet artiste incontournable du mouvement street-art.

Véritable pionnier, Jef Aérosol fait partie de la première génération d’artistes à avoir intégré la scène du pochoir en France au début des années 80. Il réalise son premier pochoir à Nantes en 1982 et peint pour la première fois à Orléans dès 1983. Il revient ensuite régulièrement dans la ville. En 2010, à l’occasion de l’exposition A Ciel Ouvert, Jef Aérosol investit la Vinaigrerie Dessaux avec plusieurs artistes internationaux tels JonOne ou West venu de Los Angeles. Son célèbre Sitting Kid ou Bruce Springsteen sont désormais inscrits durablement dans le paysage orléanais.
Collégiale St-Pierre-Le-Puellier > 2 juin au 15 juillet


7 June: A Cut Above II (AU)

Espionage Gallery Proudly Presents: A Cut Above II International Stencil Art Exhibition. Featuring some of the world’s best stencil artists from all over the world including the last 3 winners of the Australian Stencil Art Prize.

New Uploads to Stencil Archive, pt. 1


S O O N : WALLSCAPES – Prints in Street Art
Urban art and prints
May 26 to September 2, 2012

OPENING : May 25 - 18 o.

MORE: http://www.centredelagravure.be/Page.asp?docid=28984&langue=EN

On the occasion of La Louvière métropole culturelle 2012 - La Louviere 2012, Cultural Metropolis, Urban art will be in the heart of the head exhibition in 2012.
Be they provocative, playful, in the form of taglines or icons, images are printed and multiplied and they invade the Centre de la Gravure and the City of La Louvière.
Wallscapes – Prints in Street Art illustrates the amazing wealth of this bold artform, that has manifested itself during the last thirty years through many various techniques (prints, posters, stencils, stickers, installations, mosaic tiling …).

We invited artists from all over Europe and the United States : C215, Denis Meyers, Doctor H, Evol, Invader, Jef Aerosol, Ludo, Muga, Obêtre, Obey (Shepard Fairey), Sten & Lex, Swoon.
With the support of the Embassy of the United States of America.

Xavi Panneton Interview


For about 5 years now, I have have been lucky to visit with artist Xavi Panneton and snap photos of his glyphic stencils (check out his archive here). Over the past few months, Xavi has been putting up a mural on Cypress St. (at 24th St.). Utilizing graffiti and stencil techniques, along with other amazing styles, Xavi's mural continues his deep search for universal meanings via color, patterns, and lines. Soulpurpose snapped some great shots of his new work and interviewed him in the process. You should click over to see all the great photos that go with the discussion.

Here's an example Q and A to tease you to click through:

Many of the stencils and glyphs that you create seem to be encoded with a form of language - holding layers of information expressed through geometries.  Do these symbols carry any preset meaning for you?  Are there any symbols that hold a particularly special resonance?

X:   The primary ‘meaning’ of the symbols for me is that they are vast sums of experience condensed into a single package that can be downloaded instantly into your mind and heart. The total contents of the package will then be instantaneously cognized at every level of your being. The symbols are literally a visual mark of the experience contained within it. For example, you get a package that contains the entire history of a particular culture. The ‘symbol’ is the -spiritual identities- of every person who lived in that culture combined, as well as all their knowledge and experiences.  All this is condensed into one shape that burns with meaning and a strange familiarity.

Sometimes I like to make a symbol that looks like a frog or whatever and say “thats the frog symbol”!  “Sun Spirit”  symbol is another one… thats just for fun…

Sea of Love: Cut Paper Window Exhibit at SF Art Comm.

Exhibition dates :  May 4 – July 22, 2012

Opening reception:  Friday, May 4, 6pm - 8pm

SFAC Gallery Window Installation Site
155 Grove Street
Viewable 24/7


Tahiti Pehrson, an artist based in Nevada City, CA with strong Bay Area roots, has been hand cutting paper for decades.
The San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries commissioned Pehrson to create a site specific window installation for our Grove Street site, and the result is Sea of Love. This installation, the largest work Pehrson has ever produced, is a myriad of spirals created from hundreds of linear feet of hand cut paper. Veering from his earlier, more figurative and narrative works, Sea of Love features repetitive geometric patterns referencing those found in astrophysics, mathematics and biology. The artist is driven by an interest in the way humans organize information and our environment; and how strong our instinct is to seek out patterns to explain everything in the universe.

Arab Art Breaks Spell of Oppression

How Arab revolutionary art helped break the spell of political oppression

Graffiti, murals and other dissident art have transformed public spaces and mobilised public opinion in the Middle East

    Julia Rampen and Laurie Tuffrey
    guardian.co.uk, Saturday 5 May 2012 08.00 EDT
    Article found here

In January 2011 the Tunisian dictator Ben Ali fled Tunisia. Ten months later, his giant smiling face appeared on the side of a building in the busy port city of La Goulette. At first people just gathered beneath it and stared. Then they started to get angry. Urged on by the crowd, a group of men pulled the dictator's image down. The poster crumpled – and revealed a second poster: "Beware, dictatorship can return. On Oct 23rd, VOTE."

Half-ad, half-performance, this was one of the examples of art as political statement selected by Professor Charles Tripp, a specialist in Middle Eastern politics, who spoke at the University of East London on Tuesday night. He argued that graffiti, murals, posters and other visual art forms helped to "break the spell" of dictators like Ben Ali, continuing to mobilise protesters against threats to the revolutionary ideals.

For instance in January this year, as tensions between Egypt's interim military leadership and the crowds in Tahrir Square grew, the prominent street artist Ganzeer declared: "Art is the only weapon we have left to deal with the military dictatorship". When the authorities put up barricades around Tahrir, they were soon transformed by the city's artists. The use of visual tricks further undermined the installation of the barricades - many of these paintings simply depicted the forbidden street that lay behind.


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