Friday, July 22, 2016

Ronzo's 'All Good in the Wood' Print Release

Earlier this year London street artist Ronzo was one of 20 artists invited to take part in Woodstreet Walls Paint Your London event (Previously on Hookedblog), a month long event which saw them giving their E17 neighbourhood a fresh lick of paint across a number of locations.

Well known for his character design, Ronzo's monster characters and urban pigeon sculptures (Previously on Hookedblog) can still be seen hanging around Shoreditch. For his Walthamstow mural he chose to paint this fun masked urban fox character wielding a spray can, perhaps taking inspiration from the urban foxes that are now common sight here in London. The All Good In The Wood mural pictured above is located just a few minutes walk from the Wood Street train station right next to The Duke pub.

This Urban Fox character has proven popular and Ronzo has decided to release the image as a limited hand screen printed edition. It will be available from Saturday 23rd July, 11:00am at The Art Conference (Previously on Hookedblog) which is taking place at Ugly Duck on Tanner Street and the edition will also be available online from WoodStreet Walls Bigcartel Shop.

  The Ronzo screen printed edition based on his mural.

Print Details 

"All Good in the Wood" 5 colour hand pulled Screenprint by RONZO on 300gsm Fabriano paper Signed, numbered and embossed Edition of 100. Launching at TAC#01 The Art Conference, Saturday 23rd July, 11:00am and shortly after online here.

Size: 50 x 50 cm
Price: £85
Location: Ugly Duck, 47/49 Tanner Street, SE1 3PL, London Bridge, UK.
Underground: London Bridge (Northern/ Jubilee lines)
Online: Woodstreet Walls Webshop.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Spanish Artist PEJAC's Don't Look Back in Anger Installation

Earlier this week on a coffee run to one of our local Shoreditch spots a chance encounter with a friend led us to be introduced to the elusive Spanish street artist PEJAC. The Barcelona-based artist Pejac is known for his socially and environmentally-charged work, such as his recent series in a Palestinian and Syrian refugee camp in Jordan.

The artist is currently in London preparing for his first-ever major global show ‘Law Of The Weakest’, set to open at the London Newcastle Project Space later this week. The exhibition is is being preceded with a number of street-based installations by Pejac in East London. We have already featured the artists gravity-defying ‘Downside Up’ (Previously on Hookedblog) installations which saw Pejac instal works in four different London locations.

Don't Look Back in Anger Installation

For his second street intervention titled ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’, Pejac recreates Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ as a response to the UK’s decision to Brexit. By scratching onto a Jaguar, the iconic British car, the artist addresses the human obsession to cover marks and scars by turning them into something positive.

’Passion can lead us to destroy and in a split second it can push us to create. We are unpredictable beings, anger is a necessary emotion.’ — Pejac

We were fortunate enough to get a look at this new installation and the artist allowed us to grab some photos to share with you below.

Short video of Pejac scratching into the car.

PEJAC_HOOKEDBLOG_3708_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEY copyDon't Look Back in Anger scratched into the back of the Jaguar along with his signature. PEJAC_HOOKEDBLOG_3733_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEY copyClose up detail of the scratched up car. PEJAC_HOOKEDBLOG_3732_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEY copy PEJAC_HOOKEDBLOG_3751_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEY copy PEJAC_HOOKEDBLOG_000_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEY PEJAC_HOOKEDBLOG_3760_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEY copy

'Law of the Weakest' Teaser Show Video

Pejac has released this teaser video above giving a glimpse of some of the works we can expect to see at his solo exhibition Law of the Weakest which opens to the public on Friday 22nd July 2016.

Exhibition details

Pejac 'Law of the Weakest'
Dates: 22nd to 31st July 2016
Location: 28 Redchurch St, London E2 7DP

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Street Art 'MasterPeace' by Shok-1 in London

London based artist Shok-1 (Previously on Hookedblog) recently completed work on a new piece titled 'MasterPeace', which according to Shok-1 has been 'Painted in London in response to hostilities arising from the UK's EU referendum'.

The new work is located on Fournier Street, just off Brick Lane. This location has previously been painted by Shok-1 on a number of occasions over the years including his much loved 2013 'Hearts & Minds' Mural(Previously on Hookedblog) as well as a collaborative piece with Remi Rough(Previously on Hookedblog) back in 2012 titled “Communication Accommodation Theory”.

Having perfected this translucent technique with his 'X-Rainbow' series (Previously on Hookedblog here & here) his recent works have seen him strip back the vibrant colours to an almost single colour while still managing to create some phenomenal x-ray style works portraying human bones such as the human hand piece pictured here which is looking incredibly accurate to us. On closer inspection you begin to see some of the subtle colours Shok-1 has used in addition to the white spray paint to create these impressive pieces. Have a look at some of the close up shots below.

  Shok1_HOOKEDBLOG_3586_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEY copy Close up detail shot of Shok-1's new MasterPeace Mural Shok1_HOOKEDBLOG_3585_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEY copy Another detail shot of Shok-1's new work, which at first glance looks like it has been painted with just white spray paint but a closer look and you begin to see all the subtle colours he has used to achieve the transparent effect. Shok1_HOOKEDBLOG_3584_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEY copy Shok1_HOOKEDBLOG_3580_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEY copyThe completed mural from Shok-1

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Dotmasters Rude Kids At London Graffik Gallery

Earlier this year we caught up with London Stencil artist The Dotmasters while we were in Marrakesh, Morocco for this year Marrakesh Biennale. The artist was one of eleven international and local street artists invited to paint murals in the city as part on MB6:Street Art (Previously on Hookedblog), one of the Biennale's parallel projects.

Prior to our visit we had been seeing The Dotmasters series of Rude Kids on the streets of London, life sized stencils of kids and teenagers all posing with various obscene hand gestures. Some of the works were quickly removed by the cities cleaning teams but a number are still visible including the one pictured above located in Hackney Wick.

This week The Dotmasters' Rude Kids are heading West to Portobello Road and moving indoors for the artists new show also titled 'RUDE KIDS' at the Graffik Gallery. The show will see the artist present new works along with some of his classic Rude Kid pieces. The exhibition will also see the launch of a new collaborative ‘street art’ wear collection with fashion brand Pills and $ Bills which will see the release a small selection of garments including hoodies, pants and tees that will be on show at the gallery for four days from the 14th July 2016. The Dotmasters new collection of work will be on show at the gallery space until the 26th July.

To tie in with the opening of the Rude Kids exhibition, The Dotmasters has also painted a three story mural on the outside wall of Graffik Gallery, check out the video below of the artist at work on this new mural.

Exhibition Details 

Launch Party: 14 July 2016, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Graffik Gallery, 284 Portobello Road, London, W10 5TE
Dates: 15th July — 26th July 2016.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Art Conference London - Tech, Art and Culture


Later this month in London sees the launch of The Art Conference (TAC), a two-day arts conference which will explore the intersection and evolution of technology, art and culture. Created by Californian contemporary art curator Tina Ziegler in partnership with The IWSC Group, the conference will bring together 18 + international visionaries, creating a platform to discuss, connect and engage with contemporary art from a fresh perspective.

Taking over three storeys of Bermondsey’s ‘Ugly Duck’ conference centre, TAC#01 will investigate the rapidly-evolving relationship between technology and the Urban art world – with app development, social platforms and virtual reality exhibitions available to explore.

During the conference visitors can will  be treated to food and drink from local chefs in the outdoor food court, while networking breakfasts and afternoon teas will be provided by Unity Kitchen, a social enterprise creating jobs and apprenticeships for people with disabilities.

The exhibition hall on the ground floor will play host to a varied collection of mini art exhibitions, virtual reality experiences, digital art installations and immersive installations from artists Will Vibes, Dan Witz, Tinsel Edwards, Maser, Colin McMaster, Jose Montemayor, Mr.Penfold and Robert Montgomery.>

The two floors above the exhibition hall will be reserved for The Art Conference's key note speakers which include: Valentina Fois - Digital Art Curator (Italy), Jordan Seiler - Artist and Activist (New York), Jose Montemayor - Digital Artist (Mexico), RJ Rushmore - Journalist and Curator (New York), Guillaume Trotin - Gallery Director (Germany), Dan Witz - Artist (Previously on Hookedblog)(New York) Maser - Artist (Previously on Hookedblog)(Ireland), Robert Montgomery - Artist (UK), Louis Jensen - Creative Director (UK), Mia Grondahl - Art Administrator and Journalist (Sweden), Tinsel Edwards - Artist and Activist (UK), Dan Lewis - App Designer (UK), Teresa Latuszewska (Poland).

Tina Ziegler, director of The Art Conference speaks a bit about what you can  expect from the The Art Conference in this short video above, have a watch.

The Art Conference Event Info 
Dates: July 23 - 24 2016
Location: Ugly Duck, 47/49 Tanner Street, SE1 3PL, London Bridge, UK.
Underground: London Bridge (Northern/ Jubilee lines)
Full Programme:

Conference Tickets

Tickets can be purchased online here and will also be available on the door on the day of the conference. Individual day tickets are also available to buy online. Conference tickets includes access to the two day conference, TAC goodie bag, networking breakfast and afternoon tea and cake.

Early Bird Ticket Price: £135 —Sold Out
General Ticket Price: £155
On Door Ticket Price: £170

Exhibition Hall and Food Court: Free entrance and open to the public on both days.
Please get your FREE entrance ticket by emailing them at:  (sign up is requested on the door)

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London Street Artist A.CE Hits The Streets

East London based street artist A.CE London (Previously on Hookedblog) continues to maintain a presence on the streets of Shoreditch and Brick Lane with his instantly recognisable series of screen printed pasteups. The artist has been hitting the streets on an almost weekly basis for the last month or two maintaining a number of sites that he has selected for his work and in some instances re-pasting over his own works should they be damaged, tagged or pasted over the commercial fly posters. We have also seen a number of collaborative works with other artists including some neon posters with Tim Head as well as some text based work with Vinnie Nylon.

We have also been seeing his Peace Duck graphic up on the streets, a favourite of ours and one that the artist has had printed onto a limited number of t-shirts pictured below. We have been waiting for some warmer weather to bust our our Peace Duck tee but with the summer we have been having here in London we could be waiting for some time.


A.CE London's recently released Peace Duck T-shirt, which you can own yourself as they are available online from the A.CE London Bigcartel online shop.

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Friday, July 08, 2016

Logan Hicks & Joe Iurato “Seafaring Dream” Mural

We caught up with Bushwick resident Daniel Weintraub aka Halopigg last month(Previously on Hookedblog) who was kind enough to take some time to bring us on a quick tour of his neighbourhood during our New York visit.

While he was showing us some of the new mural additions painted in the run up to the Bushwhack Collective's annual block party we ran into artists Logan Hicks and Joe Iurato working on a large scale multi layered collaborative stencil piece. When we caught up with the two artists they were spraying the last few layers to complete this nautical themed piece. According to Logan the nautical flags in the mural spell out the mariner’s proverb, "No matter how big the sea may be, sometimes two ships meet" and is repeated throughout the piece. We have included some work in progress images below as well as the completed wall.

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Logan Hicks and Joe Iurato_HOOKEDBLOG_9150_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEYThe completed “Seafaring Dream” Mural by Logan Hicks and Joe Iurato.

Since we shot the completed wall it would appear the work has been since tagged over, but from pictures we have seen online it looks like Logan has returned to make some repairs to the mural which you can see on the corner of Troutman and St. Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn.

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Stencil artists Jana & JS Hit The Streets Of London

A series of new stencil pieces have been appearing around East London over the last week or so and this afternoon we managed to find some time to hit the streets and see what we could find. After a wander around Shoreditch we discovered three of the impressive multi layered stencil pieces presented here. We are unsure if there are more of these new works from duo Jana & JS (Previously on Hookedblog), an Austrian and French artist couple but we will keep you updated if we find anything else.

The two stencil artists have both been in town all week making preparations for their solo show with Stolen Space Gallery titled 'Inner World' which opens to the public Friday July 8th.

This piece is hidden away off Brick Lane on a narrow lane way that runs parallel to Code Street.JANA_&_JS_HOOKEDBLOG_3426_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEY JANA_&_JS_HOOKEDBLOG_3440_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEY
This beauty is hanging out on Fashion Street, just a short distance from Stolen Space Gallery.JANA_&_JS_HOOKEDBLOG_3459_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEY JANA_&_JS_HOOKEDBLOG_3485_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEY

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Thursday, July 07, 2016

Gravity-defying Shoe Installation on the Streets of London by Pejac

What goes up does not necessarily always come back down, such is the case with a series of new works made in London by Spanish artist Pejac. Titled Downside Up, these four new works are Pejac's first-ever series installed on the streets of London. His gravity-defying installations feature a collection of old sneakers and shoes hanging from lampposts but in reverse with the shoes appearing to float skywards.

 "You do not have to be an artist or a child to have a different view of reality. This work is for those who are looking to let their imagination drift away with gravity. Or possibly more for all those who have forgotten to do so.” — Pejac


The new work from the artist coincides with his upcoming exhibition at the Londonewcastle Project Space, in London opening on the 22nd July 2016, titled ‘Law Of The Weakest’ more info to follow. 

Exhibition Information 

Location: Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DP
Underground: Liverpool Street / Shoreditch Overground Station

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Stunning new Wheatpaste works by Brooklyn Artist Swoon

We were in New York for a few days before we headed up to Montreal, Canada for this years edition of the Mural Festival(Previously on Hookedblog). As big fans of Swoons work it was great to discover some large scale wheat pasted works of hers while we were in Red Hook in Brooklyn. We have already fratured some images we took of these Swoon piece on the site here.

Having returned to New York from Montreal on route back to London it would appear luck was once again on our side as we were made aware though Instagram that Swoon had returned to hit the streets of Brooklyn with a number of new large scale wheat pasteups while we were in Montreal.

Last week we set out to track down some of these new works deep in Brooklyn spending a number of hours on the subways, buses plus a lot of walking, close to 10 miles to be exact trying to track down these new pieces across the borough. But the effort was most certainly worth it on the discovery of each of the four beautiful works we got to enjoy.

Swoon never cease to blow us away with her work and the new pieces some of which must be close to several feet in height were no exception. Each placed in suitable locations, the pieces got more elaborate throughout the day starting off with hand painted wheat pasteups right up to delicate multi layered paper cut pieces pasted over a large scale hand painted wheat pasteup. Check out some of the images we captured on our Brooklyn adventure and we hope you enjoy these new works as much as we do.

Swoon Linoleum block print and cut paper, wheat-pasted. Brooklyn, NY.

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