In the run up to his London show multi-disciplinary street artist Sickboy created five laser-etched coffins which were packed with artist ephemera, original sketches, exclusive Sickboy sticker packs and cosmic curio. Signed and numbered by the artist, each of the coffins were buried in shallow graves across the capital (one north, one South, one West and two in East London).
The treasure Hunt took place on the morning of Friday 18th July with the Outsiders Galleryreleasing details of the hunt to their newsletter subscribers. The email included some hints as to the location of the buried treasure. For each of the five coffins an ariel view map was provided along with detail of a Sickboy temple flag marking the location of the buried treasure.
Within the hour images of exhumed coffins were starting to appear on instagram and twitter as treasure hunters began to share photos of their unearthed coffins We were also seeing images and hearing on twitter tales of hunters being beaten to the treasure by others or getting to the location too late only to find empty holes in the ground!
As much as we wanted to join in on the fun and go hunting for the East London coffins, we were already running late for a meeting that morning and with a few hours having passed since the location map were emailed out we figured all five would surely have been found. En route to Liverpool Street station we took a slight detour via Hanbury Street and were really shocked when we spotted one of the five Sickboy temple flags sticking up in a flower bed. At first we figured someone had taken the coffin and left the flag behind, but after some digging, the hidden treasure buried beneath the dirt soon revealed itself.
Grabbing a few snaps we removed the coffin from the ground, slung it under our arm and headed for the train station. Rocking up to our meeting a little later than we had planned saw some strange looks thrown our way as we turned up with muddy hands and coffin under arm! It was a few hours later before we got the opportunity to unglue the coffin lid and reveal the contents. Have a look at the Sickboy video which will give you an idea of the goodies that were to be found inside.
Make It Last Forever will mark Sickboy's first London gallery appearance, a comprehensive showcase which will feature a unique body of surreal abstract canvases with an elaborate installation designed specifically for The Outsiders’ basement space. Make It Last Forever Exhibition opens with a launch party Thursday 24th July and will run at the space until Saturday 30th of August 2014.
The Outsiders — 8 Greek Street — Soho — London — W1D4DG
We've been pinning some of our favourite Sickboy pieces both outdoor and indoor work onto our dedicated Sickboy Pinterest Board go have a look at some of the artists other work.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
Australian muralist Fintan Magee is currently in London working on a new body of work for the upcoming two man show “Oceanic” with New Zeland artist Askew One. Presented by Rex Romae Gallery the exhibition opens in Shoreditch in a pop-up space later this week with a preview evening on Thursday 24th July.
We were lucky enough to catch up with Fintan last week in his temporary Hackney Wick studio in East London as he was putting the finishing touches to his new body of work. Drawing on his own personal experience, this series of figurative works on paper will see Magee create "a narrative surrounding his experience with the 2011 Brisbane floods and explores greater issues of climate change and the environment." With works for the show now complete, Magee has moved back into Shoreditch where he has begun work on a large scale mural within the exhibition space. Check out some of the teaser images of the work below and stay tuned for images of the mural he is currently working on.
The exhibition will also see the release of a limited edition collaborative print also titled "Oceanic" by Askew One and Fintan Magee which will be available to buy at the exhibtiion and online for those not in London.
Opening Reception: Thursday, 24 July, 2014, 6:00 – 9:00 pm Exhibition dates: 24 — 30 July, 2014
Location: 17-19 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London EC2 (Map)
East London's Redchurch Street was where it was at on Friday evening with the launch of Israeli street artists Broken Fingaz new erotic zine Sex Picnic and accompanying exhibition. The multi-coloured risograph zine has been printed by London's Hato Press in an edition of 400 and for now is only available from the exhibition space on Redchurch street, but we imagine any remaining copies will be sold via the artists website. Alongside the standard Sex Picnic zine release the artists produced a boxed edition of the zine which included a limited edition screen print and t-shirt.
The exhibition of Broken Fingaz work is open daily until the 30th July, 12 — 8pm, where you can pick up your copy of the zine .
The Maurice Einhardt Neu Gallery (MEN) — 30A Redchurch Street — London — E2 7DP
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Available for free on iOS and Android, download the FlashInvader app, hit the streets of your city and "flash" as many Space Invader pieces as you can find. The app uses your GPS location and the invader you flash to authenticate the piece and if it's recognised you will score some points. The more you snap the more points you get and move up the games leader board.
We love the idea of this street based game for street art fans all competing with each other for the top score, although with well over a 1000 Invader pieces around their city waiting to be flashed, we think the Parisian fans have the advantage! Let the games commence! Good Luck.
Download the FlashInvader App for free from the Apple App Store or from Google Play.
FlashInvaders images via Invader website.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Spanish artist Borondo has been making the most of his last few days in the UK taking to the waterways of East London and painting some of the residents narrowboats moored along the River Lee in Hackney Wick. The start of the week saw Borondo redecorate the top of a boat with his take on John Everett Millais painting of Ophelia. We have not managed to capture this piece yet as these boats tend to move around quite a lot and we have yet to spot it in person.
We did however run into Borondo on Wednesday evening as he was finishing up on this as yet untitled piece pictured, on another narrow boat. As with some of Borondo's previous works such as the Narcissus mural, (covered here) the reflected piece in the water is as important and this last London work is no exception. It's unclear if the female figure is being hoisted out of the water or lowered over the edge of the boat into the murky waters.
If you find yourself in Hackney Wick along Regents Canal be sure to keep an eye out for these beautiful slow moving canvases and if anyone spots 'Ophelia' let us know where she is!
Friday, July 04, 2014
We finally got our hands on our copy of this recently released zine from The Real Dill after it got lost somewhere in our building amongst our neighbours post.
There seems to be a steady release recently of artist produced zines which we are real happy to see as fans of the fanzine. We recently featured South African artist Faith47's first release in a series The Hidden Years:: Volume One (covered here) which came complete with a small screen print. This week saw a new zine from Know Hope released in association with Street Art News, although at £500 each were not really sure it should be called a zine. Also on sale this week Issue nine of black and white zine Pavement Licker featuring work from Pure Evil, Lister, GILF, RUN, Jon Burgerman and more (grab one here).
The 'Visual Distraction' zine from the Real Dill is a 16 page photocopied A5 Zine featuring original artworks, drawings and photos form the past two years from the artist. You can pick up a copy for £5 via the artists website here.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
We were stopped dead in our tracks on Sunday in South London by a new mural titled "Neon Burner" featuring the work of Remi Rough and SHOK-1. It's not the first time these two London based artists have worked together and we imagine it certainly won't be the last looking at this impressive mural they completed recently.
We love seeing artists painting together especially when they are experimental productions such as this, rather than the so called collaborative walls we see so often, with each artist painting side by side in their allocated space, but with no cohesiveness to the overall finished work. With the use of electric neon pink against the black, Remi Rough and Shok-1 have once again successfully brought their distinctive styles together, creating something exciting and fresh in this unmissable piece that certainly packs a punch !
Thursday, June 19, 2014
On the solstice South African artist Faith47 will be releasing the first in a personal collectable series of zines and screen prints. The Hidden Years:: Volume One will be released online on the 21st June via the artists newly launched online webshop.
The A5 zine will feature a compilation of the artists sketches from 2013 & 2014 across 80 pages. The zine is extremely limited and will be released in an edition of just 100 each of which will be signed and numbered by Faith47. The publication will be sold along with a new five colour mini print titled 'Chaos'. The set will be $85.00 incl shipping and will be on sale online at 10:00 - LA, 13:00 - NYC, 18:00 - London , 17:00 - JHB time. Have a look at the preview of the new zine in the clip below.
For more of Faith47's beautiful work have a look at some of the mural she painted on a recent visit to London at the end of May. — Faith47 New London Muarls.
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Internationally acclaimed street artist ROA was in London last week to create a unique onsite installation at StolenSpace Gallery for his 'PROJECTUM 06' project which opened at the space on the 12th June. We missed the opening but stopped by the gallery over the weekend to check out the new large scale works from the artist. Check out a selection of images we took during our visit to the gallery. Projectum 06 runs at StolenSpace until the 4th July 2014.
STOLENSPACE GALLERY — 17 Osborn Street — London E1 6TD (Map)
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Monday, June 02, 2014
Artist and printer Aida invited us to her studio last month to take some photographs of her at work in her East London studio space to accompany an article about her work in the latest issue of independent publication Very Nearly Almost.
"Born in Iran, Aida arrived in the UK as a political refugee in the early 1980′s with her family and settled in London. Now from her base in Hackney Wick she produces fine art print editions for her avid audience. One of Aida’s recent campaigns, 'Print is Power' takes the form of free public screen printing workshops, most notably held at the Victoria & Albert Museum, which successfully demonstrate how, with the right design and message, traditional printmaking can allow anyone to make a large-scale social impact."
It's not the first time we have visited Aida in her studio, we caught up with her and the Hysteria ladies (Collagism and Shubby) back in March (covered here) as they were putting the finishing touches to their collaborative collage works for their group show Hsyteria, still on show at London's oldest patisserie Maison Bertaux until the 15th June.
On this occasion it was all about Aida and the new body of works she was preparing for her upcoming show at Bradbury and Blanchard gallery in Sheffield, set to opens on the 5th June 2014. Aida told us us she has been 'chained to her printing press' for the last few months testing images/colours and building up the multiple layers of the complex print pieces she plans to present at what is surprisingly her very first solo show titled 'HABROS'.
Often not leaving her studio for days on end she tells us, Aida took a short tea break on our visit to talk about the upcoming exhibition and showed us some of the new works before leaving us to get on with taking photos while she went back to work, jumping between rinsing newly exposed screens which she somehow seemed to expose while talking to us and prepping artwork for the next set of coated screens.
There was a great buzz in the studio, 80's music blasting out of the stereo and talking with Aida as well as seeing her at work, it was evident that she loves what she is doing and has a real passion for the craft of silkscreen printing. HABROS will see her exhibit a brand new body of prints and from the work in progress pieces we were lucky enough to see it's gonna be a stunning show. We might actually have to leave East London and venture north on a little trip to Sheffield to catch the finished collection in person!!
HABROS opens with a private view on the 5th June, 6.30 — 9pm and will be on show at B&B Gallery until the 29th June 2014.
Bradbury & Blanchard Gallery — 95B Mary Street — Sheffield — S1 4RT (Google Map)