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12 April: Dissidents (Berlin)

The ongoing economic crisis and the rise of all kinds of populism in Europe demonstrate a dangerous backlash in 21st century history; meanwhile extreme industrialization, mass production & over consumption has led global warming to break all records. Quarrels over diminishing but vital natural resources and shrinking living space may well be the cause of future conflicts. However fucked up the situation our world is facing right now, there is still hope. To keep faith, we need to remember people’s abilities to protest and to resist. Protest is when I say this does not please me. Resistance is when I ensure what does not please me occurs no more. From the Arab Spring to the Occupy movement, the eastern and western worlds have both lately shown the capability to fight against establishment. Protest always starts in the streets, and so often does art. The street is a mixture of languages and a hotchpotch of voices, where the pictograms of road signs and the surreal messages written by street artists live side by side, and where the simple commercial communication runs up against the political. To the careful observer the street makes visible the underlying noise of our society.

By acknowledging the social and political unrest of our time, OPEN WALLS Gallery cordially invites you as we debut Dissidents, a group show. A dissident, broadly defined, is a person who actively challenges an established doctrine, policy, or institution. Using the urban landscape as a playground, seeking truth and raising awareness, the artists that we have chosen for this show strive for non-conformity and create work representative of both political and social opposition, making them pioneers of dissident activity.

Join us on Friday April 12th in Stattbad Berlin as we contribute to the social strife of 2013 with works by:


Icy and Sot rock n roll pop up tour

Pop Up tour exhibiting works of
stencil/street artists Icy and Sot &
live music from The Yellow Dogs at the opening nights

March 1st - 3rd
Noise Pop festival at Public Works SF (161 Erie St.)
3/1: 6-9 pm opening party, w/Amon Tobin DJ set
3/2: 1-6 pm
3/3: 1-6 pm

EAST MIDDLE WEST : the stencil street art of ICY AND SOT
‘Underground from iran’

Opening March 1st from 6-9pm
at Roll Up Gallery (Public Works)
161 Erie st SF

Despite challenging societal norms and the Iranian government, Icy and Sot have helped expand and articulate the Iranian underground art culture as both skaters and artists, bringing them an international buzz that’s already lead them to create their dualistic works in NYC, Paris, Turin and Sao Paolo. Now, together with their friends, Brooklyn via Tehran post punk band, The Yellow Dogs, they will travel across the USA making stops in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston and Chicago with a van, trailer and their inspiring determination to spread their art, and in so, awareness.

Icy and Sot, who thematically address oppression, consumerism, the appeal of fame, and a hope for peace with playful but poignant figures of innocence, will be revealing new stencil work as well as site-specific installations at their Roll Up Gallery show at Public Works, March 1st-3rd, as part of Culture Club during Noise Pop.

Their stop at Noise Pop and Roll Up Gallery @ Public Works will also include a live performance from The Yellow Dogs at Great American Music Hall on Thursday, February 28th (supporting !!!)

and an interactive live music and art session with both Icy and Sot and The Yellow Dogs at Culture Club at Swedish American House on Saturday, March 2nd 

21 Feb: Art Teachers' Art (SF)

Art Teachers' Art
Opening Reception: February 21st 6p - 8p

Shannon Lawson, Song of the Bees

Come celebrate Art Teachers' Art, a collaborative exhibit with San Francisco Unified School District's own art teachers, artists-in-residence, and arts coordinators. Curated by Linda Janklow, Founder & Director of Peopleologie, and the Education Program of the former Museum of Craft and Folk Art.

Featured Artists: Ingrid Brook-Kothlow, Patricia Copeland, Lotte Dyhrberg, Sid Frischer, Nancy Gittleman, Marissa Kunz, Leslie Laurence, Shannon Lawson, Donna Mankus, Susanna Morgan, Jacqueline Ruben, Terri Scheid, Liz Scotta, Daniel Stingle, Ellen Weinstein

Ruth's Table is located at 580 Capp Street

Until 22 Feb: Urban Penumbra

"Urban Penumbra"
mixed media works by Ray Ferrer
January 11th - February 22nd, 2013
Closing Reception on Friday, Feb. 22nd from 6pm to 8pm
Meet the artist and view and purchase this original artwork on the final evening of the exhibition!

Elephant Room, Inc. - 704 S Wabash Ave. Chicago IL 60605 

7 Feb: New Work by Amy Rice (MN)

January 17 - February 17, 2013

Chowgirls Parlor
1224 Second Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Artist Reception
Thursday, February 7, 7:00 - 11:00 pm
Complimentary appetizers. Cash bar.

Chowgirls presents:
Locavore Love Affair
A local and organic Valentine's dinner
featuring the art work of Amy Rice
Thursday, February 14
Seatings from 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Make reservations at

19 Jan: BTOY in Paris

We are pleased to announce you that Barcelona based artist Btoy arrived in Paris a couple of days ago and provided us a beautiful selection of original stencils on paper for the show we host on Saturday, January, 19.


Signing + opening

at gallery
56, rue Alexandre Dumas
75011 Paris, France

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2013 From 4pm to 8pm
Exhibition January 19-31, 2013

Until 24 Jan: Speak Your Peace (SF, CA)

CK1 & Shaghayegh Cyrous are getting up in the gallery right now in preparation for the opening of Speak Your Peace 

What: Speak Your Peace exhibition
Where: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St. (between 8th and 9th) San Francisco, CA
When: January 4–24, 2013. Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12–7pm, and Saturday 12–5pm.
How Much: The exhibition and all accompanying events are free and open to the public.

SOMArts Cultural Center presents Speak Your Peace, a group exhibition open January 4 through 24, 2013, curated by SOMArts’ Curator & Gallery Director Justin Hoover. Opening with a reception on Friday, January 4, 2013, 6–9pm, the exhibition brings together Bay Area-based painters, digital, video and installation artists ranging in age, ethnicity and nationality to explore intercultural communication and social justice and propose new iconographies of peace through visual art.

Peat in Vegas

I tease for EYEZ FANZ....

THE EYEZ will be invading Las Vasas at the end February 2012. The Show will be at Get-Up Gallery inside the Emergency Arts Center. Let roll Snake EYEZ! 520 Fremont Street Las Vegas, NV 89101 Located Inside Of Emergency Arts Phone: 702-529-3330

Th 12/13/12: The Outsiders (SF, CA)

Spacecraft presents "The Outsiders," a mixed media group-show of artists working with propelled pigment and scavenged objects as alternative materials. This exhibition looks into the artistic symbols of opposition and speaks from the language of accessibility. During this new century, Aerosol media's techniques and methods are increasingly being incorporated in a wide range of contemporary work. Spacecraft welcomes you to examine these select works by Bay Area artists. We hope to explore this dialogue further. Until then, please join us on Thursday, December 13th at 7 p.m. for Spacecraft's "The Outsiders" at Inner Mission [formally CELLspace].

Artwork by - Erick Andino - Michelle Guintu - Cory, aka, C SkwaReD - Corey Best - Russell Howze - Cy Wagoner - Roland Blandy - Sam Lewin - Todd Hanson - Spencer Cunningham - Rye Purvis - And more




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