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Urban Soule update

URBAN SOULE Newsletter

Oct 2011

Issue No.10

Dear Friends,
As most of you I had a major Jaw Surgery [
on October 4th,
The surgery was a success and I am healing well and feeling much better, I still
have another three weeks of having my mouth wired shut,many months of liquid/soft
food diet and a long road to recovery, but once all is healed I should be back to

10 Nov: Blek Book Event at SFMOMA (SF, CA, USA)

(I wrote an essay for this book. Haven't seen it yet, but now is your chance buy a copy and meet one of the stencil OGs - Russell)

Blek le Rat, the 30 Year Anniversary Retrospective will be available at the San Francisco MoMA on November 10, 2011, from 6:30 to 8:30.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third Street (between Mission and Howard) in the Schwab Room
San Francisco, California

Join us and meet iconic Parisian stencil graffiti artist Blek le Rat as he signs copies of his new book!

"Blek le Rat's stencils distill the essence of the human struggle into poetically concise images. Blek shows clarity in his work, he makes every stylized mark count, yielding art that is at once personal and universal, economical in gesture, and bountiful in statement."

—Shepard Fairey

By RSVPing to this event you are reserving your $70.00 copy of the Blek le Rat 30 Year Anniversary Retrospective. Books can be picked up, signed and dedicated by the artist at the MoMA during the event.

RSVP via FaceBook:

We look forward to seeing you there!

Gee Vaucher / Exitstencil Press News


OK, this is the first mail out from Exitstencil Press and there’s much to tell, which is one of the reasons it has taken so long to say hello.

Firstly, we have very kindly been offered a gallery in London with which to officially launch Exitstencil Press  back into the land of the living again.
The’ UNDERGROUND GALLERY’ is exactly that and underneath Charing Cross Station, London.
This new gallery is the brainchild of a young photographer called Christine Santa Ana who, no doubt, has a lot of other good ideas up her sleeve for the future.
The launch of Exitstencil will take place on  21st NOVEMBER – 5th DECEMBER.
There will be a series of events starting with music from Tony Barber and Danny Drummond, otherwise known as THE NEAR FUTURE
Other events have yet to be confirmed and once they are, we’ll let you know all the times and dates.
There is an exhibition about to open at the BOO-HOORAY GALLERY NYC.
If you are around anytime between 30th SEPTEMBER – 20th OCTOBER, take a look at the show, it’s a fascinating display of fanzines
and other ephemera from the 70’s-90’s.
Again there will be events happening, so see the website.

Essay Inside: Blek le Rat "30 Year Retrospective"

I have written an essay for this very special book.

Blek le Rat, the “godfather” of stencil graffiti commemorates 30 years creating art on the streets with the launch of new retrospective from Art Publishing, Ltd.

Jeremy Novy - Queer Street Art

A Movement Defaced: Queer Street Art Fights for Legitimacy
By Jonathan Curiel
published: June 15, 2011
Jonathan Curiel on A Movement Defaced: Queer Street Art Fights for Legitmacy

Cover photo by Michael Cuffe/Warholian.

Inside his art studio in San Francisco's Bayview District, Jeremy Novy surrounds himself with the stencilwork that has burnished his reputation as a street artist of note. Of course, the koi are there. Even people who don't know his name know his aquatic vertebrates — colorful creatures that can be found on sidewalks across San Francisco, most prominently at Market and Laguna streets, where scores of the fish swirl outside the Orbit Room. In Novy's studio, though, the animals are crowded out by representations of people. Men, mostly. Queer men like the drag queen with the yellow beehive and bright red panties, and the young wrestlers grabbing each other's flesh. Then there's the stencil of a big pink erect phallus.

"That's my cock," Novy says matter-of-factly.

20 March: Blek in SF

Blek le Rat, Free University Art School Event

Sunday, March 20, 2011 – 2PM to 4PM

998 Valencia Street (at 21st Street)

San Francisco, CA

Course Description:

The Free University Art School is very fortunate, and proud to present the very prolific street artist Blek le Rat on his journey around the world. He stops here with us for an extensive two hour presentation, sharing his masterful stencil art with the people of The Free University of San Francisco. Blek will tell his story, share his insurgent spirit, show his work and may even create some stencil art live in person.

Come early / limited room!


Blek le Rat was born in Boulogne-Billancourt, Paris in 1951. He is considered by most in the graffiti world to be the godfather of stencil graffiti art. He studied painting and architecture. He began his artwork in Paris in 1981. Since then he has had a great influence on today’s graffiti and “guerrilla art” movements, his main motivation being social consciousness and the desire to bring art to the people.


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