Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Visiting Brussels: MIMA Museum's ‘City Lights’ with Swoon

Artist Swoon's Wheatpaste work at Mima Museum

Last month saw us here at Hookedblog take a short visit to Brussels, those of you following us on our Hookedblog Instagram account will have seen some of our #HookedblogOnTour adventures from the trip shared via the new Instagram stories feature. While in Brussels we spent some time exploring the city, enjoying the sights, some beers, chocolate and of course the street art on the walls of Brussels. In a previous post we shared some of the best street art we discovered on the streets of Brussels, if you missed it and want to see our street art finds from the trip and where you you can locate the works then be sure to have a look at the post 'Discovering some of Brussels best Street Art'.

The MIMA Museum

Alongside the street art on the streets we were also visiting Brussels to check out some of works from four giants of the New York Street Art scene, Faile (Previously on Hookedblog), Swoon(Previously on Hookedblog), MOMO (Previously on Hookedblog) and Maya Hayuk all of whom were invited to create indoor works for MIMA the Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art's inaugural exhibition, City Lights.

Michel and Florence de Launoit, Alice van den Abeele and Raphaël Cruyt are the brains behind this new project space which since opening it doors has attracted over 25,000 visitors in it’s first 4 months. The exhibition "City Lights" has been a huge success and luckily for those of you who have not visited Brussels yet for a visit they have extended the exhibition which will now run until the 31st December 2016. We have shared a selection of photographs we took at the Swoon installation while visiting the exhibition below.

MIMA_HOOKEDBLOG_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEYMIMA the Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art building on the site of the former brewery Belle-Vue beside the canal in the center of Brussels.
Swoon__MIMA_Brussels_01_HOOKEDBLOG_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEYBefore you enter the Swoon installation space there are a number of short films being screened including one with Swoon discussing her time in Brussels and the work in the space.
  Swoon__MIMA_Brussels_02_HOOKEDBLOG_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEYSwoon_MIMA_Brussels_06_HOOKEDBLOG_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEYFollowing the signage leads you to Swoon's delicate paper works which line the staircase and follow you down into the museum basement as you defend to where Swoon has installed her works taking over a maze of darken basement spaces.


Visiting MIMA

Location: MIMA, Quai du Hainaut 41, 1080 Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, Belgium
Dates: The City Lights exhibition has now been extended until the 31st December 2016.
Times: The exhibit is open 10am - 6pm but please note they are closed Monday and Tuesday. The restaurant/cafe space is open until 8.30pm and again closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Price: Admission to the City Lights exhibition is 9.50 EURO.
Metro: Comte de Flandre – Graaf van Vlaanderen, Line 1 & 5

For additional info regarding the City Lights exhibition as well as the museums permanent collection visit the MIMA website.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Fintan Magee's ‘Monument to a Disappearing Monument’ Mural in Stavanger for Nuart Festival

Fintan Magee Street Art Mural in Stavanger for Nuart FestivalHookedblog have been in Stavanger, Norway attending the 16th edition of the annual Nuart Festival. We have already shared a selection of works created on the streets of Stavanger by Belgian stencil artist Jaune(Previously on Hookedblog), now back in London we are slowly working our way through a weeks worth of photographs taken during our visit to Norway.

While we were in town we fortunate enough to catch Australian artist Fintan Magee (Previously on Hookedblog) in action putting the finishing touches to his epic Nuart Festival Mural. Titled ‘Monument to a Disappearing Monument', Magee spent two weeks working across two 50m silos on this dual mural that is one of the largest works to date created in the city.

FIntan_Magee_08_Nuartfestival_HOOKEDBLOG_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEY FIntan_Magee_03_Nuartfestival_HOOKEDBLOG_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEY

Of the new mural Magee has said; "In the beginning of 2016 global oil prices dropped to their lowest in decades. The slump has been driven by and a lack of demand attributed to the rise of the fracking industry, more Fuel efficient vehicles, a lack of investment in exploration and a number of other factors. 

Norway, one of Europe’s biggest oil producers has been hit hard by the price slump and in the oil city of Stavanger, house prices are falling, unemployment is rising and restaurants are closing. Some now predict that Norway could lose close to 200,000 oil jobs by 2020.

This mural painted on two silos in a soon to be demolished industrial district depicts an oil worker standing at the edge of the city, the reflected image on the right is created using a Rorschach technique and the paint appears to be is breaking to pieces and disappearing. The work directly addresses the issue of Job loses in Western Norway while further commenting how our global economy, changing markets, the collapse of Western industry, privatisation and technological advancement has left working class people and their families increasingly marginalised, isolated and left behind."
— Fintan Magee.

FIntan_Magee_07_Nuartfestival_HOOKEDBLOG_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEYFintan Magee putting the finishing touches to his latest mural for Nuart Festival 2016.

FIntan_Magee_09_Nuartfestival_HOOKEDBLOG_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEY FIntan_Magee_05_Nuartfestival_HOOKEDBLOG_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEYFintan Magee's finished mural and the Stavanger Skyline.

Our friends from FifthWallTV were also in Stavanger for this years Nuart Festival and have produced this short video in which they catch up with Fintan Magee's taking about his mural, be sure to check it out.

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Australian Based artist Stormie Mills painting in Shoreditch

Welsh born and Australian based artist Stormie Mills was in Europe recently were he was invited to paint a mural in Łódź, Poland with the Urban Forms Foundation as part of the City of Lodz festival "Energy of the City".

Following his visit in Poland the artist stopped in London for a number of days and found some time to hit the streets of Shoreditch and create some work. We discovered one of the two works he painted in the neighbourhood earlier today and have shared some images of the mural here, we will update the post when we find the second piece! (Let us know if you've seen it?) We have also included a short video the guys over at Global Street Art put together of Stormie Mills painting this mural which should you want to visit it yourself is located on Blackall Street, London.

Stormie_Mills_02_HOOKEDBLOG_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEYClose up of the Stormie Mills work in Balckall Street, London.

  Video of Stormie Millis painting the piece.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

My Dog Sighs Studio Visit Video

Street Artist My Dog Sighs At Work
Ahead of an upcoming group show The London Ibiza Collective in New York, artist My Dog Sighs was approached by photographer and film maker Howard Hurd about the idea of making a short film of him at work in his Southsea studio making preparations for this group exhibition which will feature the artist series of Lichtenstein-inspired artwork.

According to My Dog Sighs, "Howard uses a fascinating technique called free lensing which involves holding the camera lens in front of the camera body and physically moving the focus. It creates a beautiful softness that I hadn't seen before."

New York Exhibition 

The New York exhibition The London Ibiza Collective is presented by Imagination In Space opens the 6th October and will run until the 16th at S-Artspace. For guest list requests or to see a PDF preview of the work email: thelondonibizacollective@gmail.com

Artists exhibition in this group show include: My Dog Sighs, James Mylne, Paul McGowan, Mason Storm, Kimberley Thomas, Victor Spinelli, Hjordis Fogelberg Jensen, Leigh Hammett, Anna Louise Anderson, Julio Neto and Czee 13.

Private View: Thursday 6th October, 6pm — 10pm
Location: S-Artspace, 345 Broome Street, Lower Manhattan, NY 10013

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Walthamstow's William Morris Portrait Mural by ATMA

William Morris Mural in E17

Hookedblog were recently over in Walthamstow in East London catching up on the work of our friends at Wood Street Walls (Previously on Hookedblog). As we have been away travelling we missed a number of the newer mural projects they have arranging in their neighbourhood and a visit was long overdue.

One of the new murals we photographed while in Walthamstow was that of ATMA’s, a Blackhorse Road resident and a founding artist of Wood Street Walls Project. The artist's mural painted on the gable end wall on Bedford Road features a stencil portrait of the English textile designer and socialist activist William Morris. A one time Walthamstow resident Morris’s family home now houses the William Morris Gallery which is located next to this new mural from ATMA.

For this project organiser Wood Street Walls and William Morris Big Local enlisted the help of the local HEET society. Also based in Walthamstow, HEET helps the elderly and those on lower incomes save money on their fuel bills by improving the energy efficiency of their homes. The wall on which the mural was painted was fully insulated by Heet prior to ATM painting his mural.was fully insulated by HEET before ATMA began work on his mural.

The local residents were also invited to contribute by way of a vote on how the final mural would look. Local were able to choose between six different William Morris patterns to sit behind the portrait, with the pattern getting the most votes being what was painted by ATMA on the finished mural.


Visit The Mural

The William Morris Mural is located on Bedford Road, Walthamstow in the car park opposite the William Morris Gallery. If you head over to Walthamstow to visit the mural we suggest you also visit the excellent William Morris Gallery where you can learn more about this famous local and the British Arts and Crafts Movement.

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