Thursday, August 25, 2016

Remi Rough ‘Descension’ Limited Edition Print Available August 30th


Earlier this year we were fortunate enough to be invited to Marrakech for a visit by the Morrocco Tourist board. Our visit to the Red City, a first for us happened to coincide with the 6th edition of the Marrakech Biennale. On our arrival in the city we learned of the MB6 Street Art project (Previously on Hookedblog) which was also happening across city during the Biennale.

The MB6 Street Art project was one of the parallel Biennale projects curated by Vestalia Chilton of ATTOLLO Art which saw eleven international and local street artists invited to bring street art to Marrakech's walls for the first time. One of those artists invited to participate in the project was South London based artist Remi Rough (Previously on Hookedblog). Work had finished on his mural when we landed but we did get to catch up with him for some beers while we were in Marrakech and he pointed us in the direction of his work for us to capture some images of his contribution to the project pictured here.

Back in London and Remi Rough has partnered up with East London Gallery Nelly Duff with plans to release an editioned screenprint titled 'Descension’ based on this iconic Marrakech Mural. Production of the screen print is well underway and Nelly Duff have shared with us a short film below of the print in production at the screen printers.

REMIROUGH_HOOKEDBLOG_7600_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEYREMIROUGH_HOOKEDBLOG_7598_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEYCloseup shots of Remi Rough's Mural. MB6 Street Art. Marrakech 2016. RemiRough_LXONE_HOOKEDBLOG_7626_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEYRemi Rough. MB6 Street Art. Marrakech 2016.
Views of the entire Marrakech wall which also features work from artist LXOne.

‘Descension’ will be released on Tuesday 30th August 2016. Please contact Nelly Duff to be added to the waiting list for the edition or stop by their website.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Discover some of the best Street Art in Brussels

We have just returned to London from a short visit to Brussels, those of you following us on our Hookedblog Instagram account you will have seen some of our #HookedblogOnTour adventures shared via the new Instagram stories feature. What do we think of this new stories feature? Are people feeling it or are we staying with Snapchat! We have also been snapchating for some time if you haven't already added us you can do so via this Hookedblog Snapchat Link or just search for Hookedblog.

While we were in Belgium we heavily used the stories feature in Instagram and we do feel that our videos and photographs were seen by more of our followers than on Snapchat. So the verdict is still out for us we will continue to use both for the time being and see how we go.

NIX_Brussels_HOOKEDBLOG_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEYOne of the many comic inspired murals around the city of Brussels.

Brussels Adventure 

Enough of the Insta/snapchat talk for those who missed our Brussels stories we will be sharing some images from our trip over a few blog posts in the next few days. This trip was a second trip to Brussels this year, Hookedblog were here earlier in the year briefly on route to the coastal town of Oostende for this years impressive Crystal Ship Festival ( Previously on Hookedblog).

We had originally planned to attend the opening party of the new museum MIMA Launch show City Lights featuring installations and work by Swoon, Faile, MOMO and Maya Hyuke. All artist were in Brussels installing their work and were set to be present for the show opening but the Museum postponed the opening the official March opening. We changed our tickets and visited Oostende instead but planed to return to Belgium at a later date to visit the museum. With a Eurostar sale we were able to pick up inexpensive tickets to return to Brussels and finally visit the new museum space and take in some of the sights of Brussels.

Invader_BXL_05_HOOKEDBLOG_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEYINVADER — Located at the most famous tourist stop in Brussels, French artist Invaders(Previously on Hookedblog) BXL_05 mosaic character pissing pixels down on all the tourists below who are all focused on shooting the bronze sculpture Manneken Pis, depicting a naked little boy urinating into the fountain below! The Invader work and Manneken Pis are located close to the Grand Place on rue de l'etude 31.

Street Art Highlights

Walking around the city it wasn't long before we discover a number of French artist Invader's works high above the tourists many oblivious of their presences. A number of the the artist works are located at many of the cities iconic tourist spots. Brussels has a rich history of Comic Strip Art and there are a huge number of large scale comic strip related murals painted across the city. The city also has it own museum dedicated to comic strip art, the Belgian Comic Strip Centre who also offer tours specifically for these mural but for us we were more interested in the other works that were to be found on the streets.

In between coffee spots (OR Espresso Bar and Cafe Du Salon were highlights) chocolate shops ( Pierre Marconi's flagship store at the place du Grand Salon, who is also to be found in London, which could be a little dangerous) and more than a few Belgian beers we did a lot of walking around Brussels. This is probably the best way to discover the cities street art, while we did have addresses for some key pieces such as the ROA mural and the Manneken Pis Invader piece a lot of the other works were pieces we discovered while exploring the city.

Street Artists whose works we found during our visit include some of the following Kashink (Fr), NY writer Smells(USA), ROA (BE), Jeff Aersol(Fr), Faile (USA), Colombian artist Gleo (CO), Alëxone (FR), Above (USA), ezbai, Otto Schade (CL) and Clet Albraham(FR). See some of what we capture while we were in town below along with street locations for those of you planning a visit to Brussels. And stayed tuned for more from our Belgian adventures we have a few most planned posts which will include our photos from from the Mima Museum, the full set of Invader pieces we flashed while in town and last but not least a post on our trip to Doel, the ghost town located just outside Antwerp!

JefAerosol_Brussels_HOOKEDBLOG_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEYJefAerosol_Brussels_02_HOOKEDBLOG_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEYJef Aerosol — Life size stencil of Bruce Springsteen painted by French street artist Jef Aerosol (Previously on Hookedblog) on the side of a second hand record shop located at 7 Rue du Chên. The artist has also decorated the front of the store which would suggest Aerosol had permission from the record store owners. The store front features stencils of John Lennon, Jim Morrison & Bob Dylan as well as Jimi Hendrix.

Clet_Albram_Brussels_HOOKEDBLOG_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEYClet Abraham — One of the many Clet Abraham (Previously on Hookedblog) altered Street signs we spotted while walking around the streets, we don't remember exactly where we saw this one, but be sure to also look up while walking around.

Invader_BXL_50_HOOKEDBLOG_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEY Invader — One of a the larger Invaders mosaics still up around Brussels. This one is called Invader BXL_02 for those of you using the artists Invader Flash App (Previously on Hookedblog) and flashing this Invader will get you 50 points should you be playing his Flash game. The piece is located just above Zinneke Pis, or pissing dog to you and me and one of the peeing trio of sculptures located around Brussels.

Kashink / SMELLS — Some quick pieces from Paris street artist Kashink and NY Graffiti writer Smells.

  Unknown_Brussels_02_HOOKEDBLOG_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEYUnknown Artist? — Not far from the skate park located on Rue des Ursulines we found this work by an artist unknown to us( if you know the artist let us know). The wall next to it also features the remains of what was once a ROA (see below) which was missing the head, all that remained were feathers and legs! The street was also lined with parked box trucks all of which were covered in graffiti.

ROA_Brussels_HOOKEDBLOG_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEYROA — Four Sleeping pigs! Classic work from Belgian street artist ROA in the heart of Brussels, painted in 2008 we believe and looking like it could have painted yesterday. This work is located on  Lollepotstraat/rue de la Chaufferette where you will also see some smaller pasteups / stickers and stencils by a number of other street artists.

Alëxone — This Alëxone Dizac mural is slowing evolving as graffiti writers tag over the lower levels of the work with the artists own spray can wielding characters looking as if they are spraying the tags over the themselves. The work is located under one of the train line on Rue Roger van der Weyden where there are also a series of works by other street artists.

Above_Brussels_HOOKEDBLOG_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEYAbove — An Above arrow mural painted way back in 2005 and still looking fresh in 2016, this mural can be found on Rue Philippe de Champagne. 

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

New York Adventures with artist Goodchild

Earlier this year we featured some street work of London based illustrator slash graffiti artist Goodchild here on the blog in this post called 'It's All Good with London Based artist Godchild'. Along with some photographs of his street work the previous post also included a video round-up of Goodchild's output in 2015. The short film included a selection of the artist's work across walls, rooftops, trains, Paris Subways and even a cars!

Goodchild grew up with the rich Bristol graffiti scene where he is originally from before relocating to London to study illustration. We have long been fans of Goodchild's hand drawn patterned pieces and continue to shoot them when we discover them on the streets. Our latest finds includes the pieces pictured here which were shot on a recent visit to East London Hackney Wick. While we were stomping around Hackney Wick shooting what was new in the neighbourhood, it would appear Goodchild was traveling and has just emailed us over this recent video showcasing his adventures in New York! The video is right at the bottom of the post go have a look.

  GoodChild_Hackney_02_HOOKEDBLOG_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEY GoodChild_hackney03_HOOKEDBLOG_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEY GoodChild_Hackney04_HOOKEDBLOG_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEY
Goodchild's New York adventure video.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Pyramid Oracle's magnificent monochromatic works on the street

Hookedblog were recently introduced in person to New York based street artist Pyramid Oracle while we were attending the first edition of The Art Conference (Previously On Hookedblog) last month. The artist was back in London visiting and making preparations ahead of his upcoming solo exhibition here in East London.

We became aware of Pyramid Oracle's monochromatic works last year when he also spent some time here in London installing a number of magnificent large scale hand-painted pasteups around London. The sheer scale and style of these works really grabbed our attention on his last visit and having documented the works we saw on the streets we featured a selection of these on the blog (Previously on Hookedblog). A small few of the artists smaller works from that visit can still be around Shoreditch and along Hackney Road. For us it was refreshing to have discovered Pyramid Oracle's  work on the streets for the first time rather than online via Instagram. We were not aware of the artists work prior to us finding the large street art works that went up across London.

Pyramid_Oracle_Smoking_Man2_HOOKEDBLOG_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEYThis smoking man pasteup by Pyramid Oracle sits perfectly in this location which can be found on the popular London street art hotspot of Hanbury Street, just off Brick Lane, London. Pyramid_Oracle_Wolf_HOOKEDBLOG_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEYThe passing figure gives you an idea of the scale of these Pyramid Oracle pastes ups, this impressive wolf piece can be found on Osborn Street not far from Whitechapel Underground station. Pyramid_Oracle_Wolf02_HOOKEDBLOG_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEYClose up of some of the hand painted details in this large scale wolf pasteup.

For his upcoming exhibition titled “Oculus”, taking place at contemporary project space BSMT in Dalston, the artist will showcase "a collection of intricate and symbolic works that examine the dimensions of human spirit, and the complex world that it inhabits".

"In a world where everything is recycled... nothing is new under the sun. With all things constantly being repurposed there is no originality. Only paths that are authentic. 

By exploring the metaphysical, it seeks to capture the often imperceptible geometric systems that permeate through all of nature. And revisit venerable means of understanding the great mysterious architecture of the universe." 

Exhibition Details

Join the artist and BSMT Space for the Private Viewing on the 18th August from 6pm. To attending the evening RSVP to: The exhibition will run until the 24th August 2016.

BSMT Space is located  on Stoke Newington Road just a short 6 minute walk from Dalston Junction Overground Station or Dalston Kingsland Stations.

Open daily 12-7pm (Monday by appointment only).

BSMT Space, 5D Stoke Newington Road, London, N168BH

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

What Happens When a Toad, Snake and Bird get together

Located just off East London's Brick Lane this small car parking space know as the Star Yard has in recent years been a popular spot with London street artists painting along the walls of the space. The quality and turnover of work in this space varies hugely throughout the year, but things have been rather slow at the space over the summer months with not a lot of new work going up.

So when we spotted that the Horrow Crew were at work on a new wall at the Star Yard we headed over to catch this collaborative mural featuring The Horror Crew along with crew member Fanakapan (Previously on Hookedblog) and Canadian street artist Birdo aka Jerry Rugg. Bringing some wildlife to the walls of East London, the three artists redecorated this corner of the Star Yard with a Toad, Bird and Cobra Snake. Unfortunately the artists had finished work on the wall by the time we got over to the space but have a look at our photographs of the impressive wall from the three artists below.

  HORRORCREW_HOOKEDBLOG_4425_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEYFanakapan and The Horror Crew are joined by Canadian artist Birdo aka Jerry Rugg on this corner wall in the Star Yard. HorrorCrew_HOOKEDBLOG_4432_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEY Close up photograph of some of the details in the Horror Crew bird. Fanakapan_HOOKEDBLOG_4435_PHOTO_©2016_MARK_RIGNEYFanakapan's chrome Toad soaking up some sunshine.

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