Vhils (aka Alexandre Farto) is here in Australia. Sadly (for me anyway) he’s up north in Sydney, so I won’t get to see him or his new show, “Dissolve” presented by Skalitzers Art opening tomorrow on the 21st of March. I DID however manage to get a really great interview with him (via email) over on invurt. Definitely worth a read. For me, Vhils brings a different angle to street art. His chiseled walls and sculptured realistic characters bring a depth and feel to street art that I really appreciate. I also love different techniques, tools and textures so Vhils ticks all of the boxes for me.
The show opens today (March 21st) and runs through to the 6th of March at 140 George St, The Rocks, West Circular Quay, Sydney. Facebook event page here.
I’m a huge fan of Vhils’ work so it makes it even harder not being able to see the show. Some of the preview photos look very exciting. Check them out below.
There are a lot of writers from the subway era who have tried to break into fine art. Some are great. Some are, quite frankly, not. Mare139 aka Carlos Mare is one of the better ones, and certainly one of the most underrated ones. Through his captivating sculptures, he has been bringing graffiti into the third dimension for decades, and his b-boy sketches look like what Picasso would have sketched if he’d lived to see breaking (and wasn’t so easily distracted/inspired by young women).
This week, Mare has a solo show of his b-boy pieces opening at Skalitzers in Berlin. Physical Graffiti: Art of the B-boy Dance opens on June 9th at 7pm, there’s an artist talk on June 12th at 6pm, and then the main opening dates for the exhibition are June 13th through the 30th.
Nug, the artist best-known for basically going crazy with a spray-can in hand, has a solo show on right now at Skalitzers Gallery in Berlin. I’m not sure what I think of the work (which is a sort of installation), but I have a feeling that looking at it online is a very different experience to seeing it in person. Seems to me that Nug is most interesting when doing performance art, but it’s difficult to say based on only seeing jpegs. If anyone has seen the show in the flesh, I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments. Human Behaviour is open now through June 2nd.
As we mentioned last month, Roa‘s first Australian solo show, Paradox, opened recently at FORM in Perth and runs through min-January. Like D*face’s show in Melbourne, this show is mostly what Roa fans have come to expect, but with Australian animals. Here are a few of my favorite pieces:
In a few hours, Roa’s first solo show in Australia opens in Perth. The show, Paradox, is being put on by Skalitzers (a Berlin-based gallery) and FORM and will take place at FORM’s space at
357 Murray Street in Perth. Opening at 6pm today, Paradox will then run from 22 October through 13 January, 2012.
Roa‘s work has made it to the walls around Berlin before, but next month at Skalitzers Contemporary Art he will have his first solo show in the city. Titled Transit, the show will double as the launch of a new book that Roa has made called ROA: An Introduction To Animal Representation, published by Mammal Press. Transit opens on July 9th and runs through August 6th.
While the above piece in Berlin was painted about two years ago, here are some more recent walls from him…