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Aug 30, 2013

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Pete Fowler ‘The Needle and The Damage Done’
Yes, the show’s title makes a reference to Neil Young’s 1972 track.

I recently did some stitch embroidery work with the World of Sama. The black and white pieces were a truly hit so they may be part of my new collection. As a big fan of Pete Fowler‘s work (and stitch embroidery, obviously), I wish I could see his show! ‘The Needle and The Damage Done’ is a body of new and original cross-stitch embroidery made during 2013. Colourful and psychedelic pieces, featuring Fowler’s traditionally outlandish juxtapostion of subject matter; Landscapes, UFO’s, Sailors, Roadies, Synths and Owls eschew the craft-like subject matter one would normally associate with the medium. 1/8/13 – 1/9/13 Beach London Gallery 20 Cheshire St, London, E2 6EH

Aug 19, 2013

Design / Art

Seen and Banksy collaboration
Miss Van and Ciro Schu in July, now Seen and Banksy. Awesome.

Aug 15, 2013

Design / Art

A gallery of Shigeru Ban architecture
Centre Pompidou, in Metz, France (2009)

Aug 13, 2013

Design / Art

Restoring Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’
Turning a Scientific Eye on Art

Art experts at the Getty Conservation Institute are using X-rays, scanning electron microscopy and mass spectrometers to probe a $140 million painting by Jackson Pollock. For the past 18 months, the Getty’s researchers have been repairing effects of earlier preservation work on the massive 8-by-20-foot painting, while exploring the artist’s radical technique and materials. Full article on The Wall Street Journal.

Jul 30, 2013

Design / Art

Jon Burgerman’s mural in Bangkok being coloured in by visitors to the gallery
Collaborative work with visitors and fans is always a good idea.

Jon Burgerman on Instagram.

Jul 23, 2013

Design / Art

Graffiti Rock 30th Anniversary on Kickstarter

Soon, it will be the 30th Anniversary of the airing of Graffiti Rock and through your contributions, we will re-master the 1 inch broadcast video tape of the show (on to DVD) as well as produce a new, feature length film called Graffiti Rock: The Untold Story. Graffiti Rock: The Untold Story will be an in-depth documentary that captures the memories and reactions of today’s Hip Hop celebrities to first seeing Graffiti Rock, and how it impacted their lives. The documentary will also capture the “behind the scenes” making of Graffiti Rock, as well as my own personal experiences and accomplishments as a Hip Hop Pioneer, helping to introduce Hip Hop Culture to New York’s Downtown Art Scene and eventually to the rest of the world. Support on Kickstarter!

Jul 22, 2013

Design / Art

Shamsia Hassani: ‘Art is stronger than war’
Hassani is Afghanistan’s first female street artist, and is a spokesperson for women’s rights in Kabul

Shamsia Hassani, Afghanistan’s first female street artist, emerges as a spokesperson for women’s rights in Kabul. Art Radar spoke with the artist to find out more about visual arts in the post-conflict capital and her drive to prove art is stronger than war. Throughout history, Afghanistan has withstood various assaults from outside nations due to its prominent location amid Central Asia’s trade routes. In contemporary times, the country has faced military advances from Russia (1978-1989) and currently, the United States (2001-present) in response to terrorist attacks by Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Read full article on Art Radar Asia

Jul 20, 2013

Design / Art

Syrian artist, Youssef Abdelke, arrested

Youssef Abdelke is an internationally acclaimed Syrian artist. He is of revolutionary stock – his father was imprisoned many times during the ‘60s and ‘70s. Abdelke himself, a member of the Communist Labor Party, spent the best part of 1978 to 1980 incarcerated. Following this he spent years in self-imposed exile in Paris, until his nostos in 2005. On his return, he remained candid about his disenchantment with the Syrian condition: “There’s a false image of openness now. The authorities are still controlling everything, and you can’t even hire a cleaning woman without the security services’ permission.” Source: NOW.

Jul 17, 2013

Design / Art

Felt Mistress: Pincer Lickin’ Good
She created stuffed versions of Jon Burgerman's characters. Amazing one-of-a-kind creatures.

More info on Felt Mistress’ latest project

Jul 16, 2013

Design / Art

When Miss Van and Ciro Schu meet in London
I love Miss Van's work. Great collaborative artwork with Brazilian artist Ciro Schu!

Full article here (Spanish).

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