Urban Nation's Project M/5, Berlin

BERLIN --- Fecal Face contributor Henrik Haven recently got some behind the scenes access to Urban Nation's Project M/5 - 4 times a year Urban Nation invites a group of internationally acclaimed artists to creatively transform the facade and windows of a prominent building in Berlin while it is undergoing change. The art created acts as a creative cocoon, a city canvas, accompanying the modifications happening inside and outside the building.

PM/5 is curated by Roland Henry and VNA Magazine and features a massive mural (and walls) by Eine and window installations by Sickboy, Nick Walker (who also painted a wall outside), Xenz (who also painted a piece inside the UN HQ), Will Barras (who also painted a piece inside the UN HQ), Mark Lyken, Pam Glew, Steff Plaetz, O TWO (who also painted a piece inside and outside of the UN HQ), SheOne and Ben Frost. 

Apart from that Urban Nation organized new outdoor walls by Above, David Walker, Klone Yourself and Don John plus indoor walls/pieces by Anders Gjennestad aka Strøk, James Bullough, 45rpm, Yohnagao, Eli Troinin and Bosoletti.

Sickboy Interview - Show Opening 7/25 +London

‘Make It Last Forever’ is the title of the forthcoming solo exhibition by “UK street art pioneer” Sickboy, at Lazarides Gallery in London opening Friday, July 25th. 

Our friend and frequent FF contributor David Shillinglaw caught up with him before the big show featuring "misses, haphazardness, the longevity of art versus its creator."

I have known Sickboy for a few years and he is somewhat of a trickster. He is difficult to pin down. The man and his artwork slip and slide from canvas to caravan. A shape shifter and adventure painter, traversing Gambian mangroves and Indian slums as well as the less tropical streets of London and Bristol. The art is loaded with references that never fail to bend my mind toward humorous and psychedelic directions, a mash-up of familiar and foreign signs. I enjoy getting lost in the strange and colourful universe Sickboy creates; there is a golden thread throughout that no matter how cryptic and coded is always ready to make me smile.

We have both been away and on the run for the last few months, but with the help of various forms of telecommunications we managed to share a few words, images and a soundtrack to the new body of work. -David Shillinglaw

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DS: thanks for sending over photos. Looks like you've been having fun, how long you been in Barcelona? and why did you go to Barcelona in the first place.

SB: I woke up on new years day in the countryside without a hangover and thought it would be good to switch things up this year and get in the daylight stroke my hand in the ocean and rub garlic all over my teeth, I have been coming here for years and have good friends like Zosen, Max Rippon, Mina Hamada, Leon Kafre all going in deep on the art so I thought I’d join them while I created my show "Make It Last Forever" for Lazarides 

DS: You have been making a new body of work for the next London show. Tell me a little about the show. Where does the title come from? Make it last forever? Make what last forever? 

SB: It is a show about ephemera, life’s near misses, haphazardness, the longevity of art versus its creator, 

I am working on such an intense installation since I teamed up with a fabricator out here in Spain, and the canvas work to install ratio is really magnetised to my current most enveloping tangibility

DS: What you had for breakfast?

SB: Last nights dreams

DS: I know you have a strong appetite for rare soul and disco groove. Can you share some musical delights?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1GvzQ4_zlA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQKa42PI3u4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aaq8ZysG76Q

Press Release for the upcoming show opening July 25th in London: Sickboy’s return to London with a full-scale exhibition celebrates a poignant embodiment of the artist’s inspirations to date.

Seeking to freeze-frame life’s ephemeral nature in the form of vivid, forward-thinking paintings, sculpture and installation, Make It Last Forever presents the unconventional artist’s most cohesive showcase to date. Utilising a variety of mediums Sickboy has been able to curate an array of personal assemblages, between his London and Barcelona studios, into an intimate and thought- provoking new body of work.

“Since I can remember I have been collecting objects of personal interest and categorising them to give the sum of objects a new story amongst their interchangeable juxtaposition, anything from a Disney character jilted by the ages to inanimate objects of beauty found on the street, jewels amongst the trash or gifts from the good people in my life. A good find always excited the inner child and pushes the story teller within me forward.” – Sickboy, 2014

For more info on the show, check here.

Murals by Brazilian Fredone Fone

We posted some of his brilliant mural work on the old site (lost to the Gods), and was happy when he emailed the other day with some of his newest collages. But before we get to those, let's catch up with his mural work first.

Bio: "The Brazilian is son of a bricklayer, Fredone Fone began to work since early age with his father, constructing houses for almost 10 years. He was never present at a school of art, he learned with his father life experiences in the construction world, which for him was fulfilling the function of a school. In 1995 Fredone starts doing signatures in the street and with time he creates the "HumanUrbano" a being of concrete and steel who lives in a city of meat and bone-, an alive dialog between two bodies: the human being and the urban one"

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Urban Nation's Project M/4 (Berlin)

BERLIN --- A few weeks back Urban Nation's Project M/4 invited a group of "urban" artists to create works which will be displayed in the windows of a rundown residential building in there in Berlin. This round of artists feature a healthy selection of some of our favorites like Curiot, Dabs Myla, Nosego, Word To Mother and others - curated by Andrew Hosner / Thinkspace Gallery.

Photos: Henrik Haven

Curiot working on his mural in Berlin

Curiot working on his mural in Berlin

Mural by Curiot

Mural by Curiot

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Nosego working on his mural in Berlin.

Nosego working on his mural in Berlin.