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Street Update #172

  • Nevercrew in Novara
December 4, 2018
A philosophy graduate interested in theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.

Only a month before we wrap up the year 2018, the street art community is working as hard as ever. Even though winter is getting colder in the Northern Hemisphere, our favorite artists are continuing to travel the world, paint and introduce people to their art. This month, there is a little bit of everything: street art festivals, artist collaborations, murals accompanying exhibitions, etc. In our monthly Street Update, we bring you a selection of pieces which caught the attention of our followers the most but be sure to follow our Instagram account for more.

Vhils in Miami

The Portuguese artist Vhils is currently having his first-ever solo show during Art Basel Miami, titled Ethereal. The exhibition brings together a selection of works in a broad range of media, unified by the delicate, symbolic essence contained within the materials and released through his practice. As part of the show, the artist created a large-scale piece on the outside of the Wynwood Walls where the show is hosted.

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Etnik in Jacksonville

While visiting Jacksonville, Florida, Etnik created a new spatial composition of geometric forms. Titled Eikosi, the mural features all Platonic elements combined with a geometric shape: a cube with the Earth, an octahedron with the Air, a tetrahedron with the Fire, and the dodecahedron with the Universe. In addition, the work is full of rippling, swirling and splashing water.

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Smates in Cape Town

The recent mural by the Belgian artist Smates created in Cape Town is an extension of the third International Public Art Festival. Located in Harrington Street, the piece refers to the IPAF 2019 theme of Generation Next. The artist will also create a new piece as part of the 2019 edition of the festival.

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Giulio Vesprini and NULO in Rome

The Italian artists Giulio Vesprini and NULO collaborated on a piece titled My July, as part of the MYllennium Award 2018. Created in memory of the World War II, the piece refers to the month when the San Lorenzo district was bombed in 1943. Giulio Vesprini explained that instead, the bombs in the mural are colored, highlighting the power of color against all wars.

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Guy Denning in Breton

As the artist Guy Denning was obsessed with the First World War ever since he was a kid, he decided to commemorate the Armistice Centenary with a new piece in a village Breton, Finistere. The artist paid his respect to those from the village who lost their lives, and the families which remember them by creating paste-ups of 112 life-size drawings of soldiers around the square.

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NeverCrew in Novara

Titled Cluster, the latest piece by the duo NeverCrew in Novara, Italy shows raises awareness on the humankind’s uneasy relationship with nature and the environment. It depicts a group of sea animals and binder clips and folders floating on over and below one another. The duo used the particular position of the windows and the location of the wall to create a fake dimension within the piece.

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