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Pablo Delgado has returned to London to present a major exhibition of new works and installation at Howard Griffin Gallery entitled Pablo Delgado: Even Less.  The title of the exhibition reflects Delgado’s obsessive focus in minimising and reducing his work to its smallest expression. The constant need to be less reflects the world’s unsustainable requirement for resources and necessities. As a counterpoint to this, minimalism and an emphasis upon negative space become a paramount means of expression.

For the exhibition the upper level of Howard Griffin Gallery is delineated into two distinct areas, one containing the other. In both, Delgado investigates the corresponding qualities of negative and positive space present in his work with an installation that gives attention to absence in order to give meaning to presence.  Throughout the installation Delgado remakes and recasts collected images and artistic works in subtle ways thereby creating new narratives and layers of meaning which reveal themselves upon closer inspection.  Objects and characters, seemingly unrelated and from different sources, are repositioned in new ways to pose questions about repetition, imitation, abundance and ephemerality.  Colour is used sparingly to draw attention to individual elements in the work. The ironic and metaphorical works contain dark and foreboding messages that are drawn out by Delgado’s strong sense of visual symbolism.

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THIERRY NOIR:
A RETROSPECTIVE

Howard Griffin Gallery
4 April – 5 May
info@howardgriffingallery.com

Howard Griffin Gallery have a great new show coming up on 3 April with the iconic Berlin Wall artist Thierry Noir.   We at Street Art London have of course worked with Noir on numerous occasions throughout 2013 so it is fantastic to see Howard Griffin Gallery and Noir staging the artists first significant solo show of his thirty year career.  In February 2013, we invited Noir over to Shoreditch to paint The Village Underground Wall and also deliver a lecture at Somerset House.  During this visit, Noir also painted a number of other walls around Shoreditch.  Pictured below is Noir’s wall on Great Eastern Street underneath Steve ESPO Powers.  Later on in 2013 Noir also participated in the Dulwich and Chichester street art festivals that Street Art London staged.  It has been very interesting to see an artist of Noir’s repute painting large works on the street once again, pioneer of the modern street art movement as he is.  The exhibition at Howard Griffin Gallery will also represent a full retrospective of Noir’s life’s works and experiences in painting the Berlin Wall illegally for years throughout the 1980s.

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Preview of installation (photo Marcus Peel)

Phlegm
The Bestiary

Howard Griffin Gallery
Opens 1 February, 6:30PM
Exhibition runs 01 February – 04 March

189 Shoreditch High St, London, E1 6HU
Further information: info@howardgriffingallery.com

On the 1st of February Phlegm will launch a major solo exhibition in London at Howard Griffin Gallery.  It promises to be a very special event given that Phlegm, who has risen to prominence as one of the greatest muralists of our times, has been working on producing it for the past six weeks.  The show itself will comprise a large scale, museum standard installation throughout the entire space of Phlegm’s surveying a range of Phlegm’s work.  The installaion is being kept entirely under wraps save for the two preview shots above and below. The concept behind the show is Phlegm’s take on a medieval Bestiary and is set out below, as enunciated on the Howard Griffin Gallery website.

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Show by artist John Dolan
Dscreet, Liqen, RUN and Thierry Noir 

John Dolan is an artist that all who live and work in Shoreditch, East London are familiar with although they may not know his name.  They will do soon as Dolan is preparing to launch his first solo exhibition on September 19 at the Howard-Griffin Gallery on Shoreditch High Street. Dolan will be supported in the show by over 35 of the world’s best known street art and graffiti artists.

For the past three years Dolan has sat every day with his dog George on Shoreditch High Street documenting the surrounding architecture, elevating the old, decrepit buildings that are so often ignored and under-appreciated. Dolan says that “I wasn’t a building drawer. What happened was I was sitting opposite the buildings that are on the other side of the road from where I usually sit, the old decrepit buildings, and I started drawing them to practice and get it right. I thought I would do it with these ones because they’re rotten old buildings“.

ROA and Thierry Noir:

Show by artist John Dolan

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Interview: John Dolan

2 Sep ’13

John Dolan Street Art London

Photography by Rob Weir
Interview by Carina Claassens

If you’ve been to Shoreditch on a sunny day you would have noticed John Dolan and his dog, George, sitting on the High Street. George sits patiently while John draws portraits of him and the buildings opposite.  In this in depth interview we find out exactly how John became the artist he is today.

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Martin Ron is one of the pre-eminent street artists in Argentina.  He paints hyper realistic surrealist imagery on a huge scale.  Upon invitation from Street Art London he travelled to London to participate in our Village Underground Wall Project and over the course of eight days painted a breathtaking mural.  Certainly a contender for one of the best ever pieces on this prestigious London wall.  We also talked a little to Ron to find out about his rationale for painting the piece he did. 

How did the project to paint this mural come about?

I came to London after being invited by Street Art London. It’s an important mural project that gets together a lot of international artists who come to London to paint. It’s an interesting project and it’s exciting to paint the Village Underground Wall that is one of the best and biggest in Shoreditch, a neighbourhood where a lot of top international street artists have painted. Every few months different street artists from different parts of the world come here and paint the VU Wall one after the other. I am here in London in August with my girlfriend.

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ME London exhibition with Street Art London

For one month commencing 10th July, Street Art London will take over ME London on the Strand with a five strong artist line up from the worlds of graffiti and street. Thierry Noir, BRK, RUN, Christiaan Nagel and Zomby will exhibit their works on canvas and project directly on the nine storey marble walls of ME London’s 30 metre high atrium, providing a stark contrast with the walls of the city.  Speaking about the exhibition, Richard Howard-Griffin, Director of Street Art London says: ‘It’s exciting to exhibit such an eclectic group of street artists and graffiti writers in such a rare environment and take these art-forms to new places and audiences in London’ 

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Street Art London staged a large scale street art festival in May.  The following artists were brought together in Chichester by Street Art London: Christiaan Nagel, Cityzen Kane, Dscreet, Hitnes, Liqen, NUNCA, Phlegm, ROA, RUN, Thierry Noir and The Rolling People. This is what we got up to.

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Street Art London are proud to present a major collaboration between world-renowned street artists RUN and Dscreet at the Cock ‘n’ Bull gallery, beneath Tramshed.

A Foot in the Door: RUN and Dscreet will juxtapose wall paintings with drawings, painting and sculpture, leading the viewer to reassess the role of environment and context in contemporary art. The exhibition runs from 28th June – 25th July and is open from 11am-6pm daily. The exhibition will include two new limited edition screen print editions from the artists that will be on sale in the gallery and through Salted Prints.

There will be an opening party on July 4th, 6.30-9.30 pm in the gallery. Come along for an opportunity to meet both artists alongside the release of limited edition exclusive signed prints. Free entrance, open to all.

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Street Art London are proud to announce a very unique project entitled, “Baroque The Streets: Dulwich Street Art Festival 2013” which will be happening between the 10th and 19th of May.  We have invited some of the biggest names in international street art to Dulwich in order to create an outdoor gallery of large scale public murals inspired by works held by Dulwich Picture Gallery, England’s oldest public gallery. The nine day long festival explores the position of street art, huge new global art movement that it is, in the continuum of art history and will see over 20 of the current masters of the street reinterpret and remix the works of the masters of old. The event will be accompanied by tours of the murals and debates led by academics and experts from both the worlds of street art and classical art alike. We have also taken over an entire house in Dulwich and are putting on a large scale exhibition of works for the general public.  The project is a collaboration between Street Art London and Ingrid Beazley, from Dulwich Picture Gallery.  Ingrid masterminded Stik’s project in Dulwich on 2012 which first introduced the concept of reinterpreting classical works from Dulwich Picture Gallery around the streets of Dulwich.  Three Dulwich Picture Gallery works that will be reinterpreted are set out below with the respective artists.  We will be releasing details of all associated events around the Dulwich Street Art Festival soon.

MAD C
Will be reinterpreting “Still Life with Flowers” by 
Van Huysum in a Stone Vase c.1720

Van Huysum - Still Life with Flowers in a Stone Vase - MadC Dulwich-Street-Art-Festival-Christiaan NagelMadC

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Interview: Dan Witz

25 Mar ’13

Dan Witz street art

Images from Dan Witz.

How did you get started in the street art scene?

I got started doing street art in the late 1970’s as an art student in downtown New York City. Back then, the idea was that if the world was a fucked up place that desperately needed changing, and contemporary art (and art schooling) had miserably failed us in this respect, then it became our job as artists to not only challenge the system but also change it. Much as I enjoyed museums and galleries, they were part of the problem: clearly exhibiting paintings on some white wall somewhere wasn’t going to change many minds. So, in search of more immediate impact, most of my friends started bands, and I did that for a while too, but I was a painter at heart. Inspired by the awesomely graffiti subway trains, I started going out tagging (or my version of it).

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Thierry Noir interview

Thierry Noir painting The Village Underground Wall (Feb 2013)

Thierry Noir was born in 1958 in Lyon, France, and came to Berlin in January 1982.  He found a place to live close to the Berlin Wall.  In April 1984, Noir began to paint the Berlin Wall in order to perform one real revolutionary act: to paint the Berlin wall, to transform it, to make it ridiculous, and to help destroy it. When the Wall fell in 1989 his paintings became a symbol of new-found freedom across Germany. Noir spent a week in London painting his iconic imagery around the streets of Shoreditch. 

Why did you move to Berlin in 1982?

I moved to Berlin for one simple reason – because I couldn’t find my way in France. I was fired from every job I started. After a while I said to myself, I have to change something in my life, because if I continue like this I’m going directly into a dead end. I didn’t want to be unemployed. So I thought to myself, I have to change something radically in my life. At that time I had heard a lot about West Berlin, about the music. There were a lot of new wave groups. A lot of people had to live in squats because there were no flats. The new mayor of West Berlin said, “If I am elected, I promise I will clean all the squats from Berlin”. So he got elected in June ’81, and from that point on there was a big battle in West Berlin about housing, with a lot of police and violence. It was in the news everyday in France, so I said to myself let’s go there, let’s see what’s happened. So I started from nothing, with only two small suitcases. I came with an address, but after a few days some guys said to me you have to find something else. I was really on the street, with only my two suitcases, and I started from zero to live in Berlin.

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