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Weekly Highlights: Feb 23 – Mar 1

March 2, 2015
Bojan Marić was born in 1986. He had studied at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Political Sciences (Department for International Studies and Department for Cultural Studies). He is a teaching assistant on the courses Cultural Studies and Culture and Social Structure. He takes part in activities within the Center for Cultural Studies in Belgrade, such as project management, organization of cultural events and academic conferences. Currently, he is working on his Master thesis within the field of Philosophy of Culture. His favourite urban artists are Vhils, Saber, My Dog Sighs and MadC. Contact Bojan Maric via bojan.maric@widewalls.ch

There are those periods in time when each passing day feels as though it is “stuck” to another, creating a singular monotonous timeline… Last week was not that kind of a period! Every day brought a different incentive and an exciting insight into the world of Contemporary and Urban Art. We had a chance to prepare ourselves for Sickboy’s first exhibition in France, and see the dark side of Street Art with vandals destroying art of talented artists included in the Femme Fierce project. Once again, our community of followers enjoyed the medium of photography, brought to us by the erotic art of K Leo. A project which is special to us – Widewalls Podcast – is growing with each passing week and we are thrilled to have had a chance to feature an artist such as My Dog Sighs! Finally, with only one week to go, we are anticipating the retrospective of Björk at MoMA…

Just like every Monday, join us on revisiting the top five articles our community of followers found to be most interesting, in the week that is behind us.

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Sickboy Conquers France

The new solo exhibition by Sickboy will see the UK street artist conquer France with his own unique personal worlds created within his paintings that are comprised of memories from natural and urban environments that are collected wherever he goes. The chaotic and colorful creations to be found in the solo exhibition Supernature at Galerie Le Feuvre all came to life from what Sickboy calls his personal references material, all those elements from both the city and nature that act as a starting point for the compositions. Although these compositions can appear chaotic and sometimes psychedelic, it is obvious that they are carefully constructed and thought out, for example the use of signs and symbols can make the narrative more or less complicated while the placement of lines and forms can heavily influence how the painting is read. Check out our announcement and imagery in Sickboy Conquers France at Galerie Le Feuvre. [mc4wp_form]

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Street Art Vandalised

Ayaan Bulale, street artist agent and one of the main organizers behind the all female street art festival, stated for Widewalls: “Although street art is transient, the Femme Fierce project in Croydon, which was vandalised recently, was a community project beneficial to all. It planted its first seeds and deserved an opportunity to flourish, rather than have mindless idiots destroy it within a few days.” A sentiment echoed by Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison, owner of the Rise Gallery in Croydon that is working with Femme Fierce on the all female street art festival, who arrived at the Rise Gallery on Monday morning to find all the Femme Fierce murals vandalised along with the windows of the gallery. The owner of the Rise Gallery, who is trying to create an Arts Quarter in the centre of Croydon stated in the local press ‘’It’s just really sad and we are massively upset’’ and wants to reach out to those responsible for the Femme Fierce murals being vandalised to prevent similar actions occurring in the future. Stay tuned for an exclusive interview with Femme Fierce organizers – soon on Widewalls! [mc4wp_form]

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Erotica by K Leo

In our Provoke! section, we celebrate erotica. While the line between erotica and pornography is pretty fine, we tend not to cross it and to focus on the beauty of it. Last week there were Jeff Wack’s nude muses, and today we have yet another take on the erotic photography. The black and white erotica by Chicago photographer K Leo examines the female body. In his imagery, we see burlesque dancers, tattooed bodies, musicians, topless models, some more tattooed bodies, nude or barely dressed female figures. Women of all kinds, in different locations and moods, showing their beautiful bodies in the name of art. Check out the imagery in Black and White Erotica by K Leo. [mc4wp_form]

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A Conversation with My Dog Sighs

To paraphrase Antonio Gramsci – contemporary societies, and artists which help shape it, are in need of a certain pessimism of the mind, and optimism of the will! I guess Paul and I divided the two roles among us during this conversation. I would like to thank him for this, and invite you to join us in the never-ending discussion which does not concern only the faith of Street Art and art itself, but rather, much more – it concerns the need to understand our existential situation. Have a listen to my conversation with My Dog Sighs in Widewalls Podcast #5: My Dog Sighs.

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Björk at Museum of Modern Art

The Björk exhibition at MoMA is some sort of retrospective of the artist’s work. At the Museum’s lobbies on the first floor, four musical instruments from Biophilia are on view, programmed to play sound and music composed by the artist. In the Marron Atrium, a two-story structure is specifically built for Björk exhibition’s acoustical needs. For each Björk’s album, a complex, multifaceted character was created, represented though visual images that express her music. In the same space, Björk’s newest character and album will be featured in an immersive music and film experience, Black Lake. Also, a cinema space will show a presentation of Björk’s music videos. In her videos, she embraced elements of experimental video and filmmaking, narration, performance and technology. Björk as artist has unique style and approach that has had a huge influence on contemporary music, performance and music videos. Find out more in Björk at MoMA. [mc4wp_form]