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PERFEKT WORLD „Jesus Christ Super Sale“ @ PERFEKT BOX, MQ

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„The present age prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original, fancy to reality, the appearance to the essence… for in these days illusion only is sacred, truth profane.“ – Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach

In time for the final stretch of the Christmas shopping madness PERFEKT WORLD put on their first group exhibition in their new contemporary space PERFEKT BOX at the MQ in Vienna.

An exhibition, a Christmas market, a holy spirited special offer – „Jesus Christ Super Sale“ is an examination of the cultural and commercial phenomenon of Christmas and how it has gone from religious tradition to a celebration of commerce. 10 artists visualize their positions in the form of buyable objects

Artists: Boicut + Zwupp! //  Die Luntisten // Wald & Schwert // Lumpenpack + Mafia // Paul Busk // PERFEKT WORLD // Tobias Held + Michael Tripold (Atzgerei) // Soybot // Nize // Josef Wurm

her ARTic impression:
As usual the art collective PERFEKT WORLD suprises with it’s special kind of criticism and humor by provoking their audience with a mixture of sarcasm and trashy pop-cultural banality. It seems as if they are laughing at this whole Christmas shopping madness by turning the exhibition into a christmas art market itself and at the same time managing to show the biggest spacial and artistic potential with a variety of local artists in this little box.
The exhibition runs till 23.12.2012. Make sure to check it out!

Photos by Dimitri Aschwanden. More on artpjf fb album.

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Drink’n’Draw, Opening @ REM Artspace [her ARTic impression]

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The first exhibition and opening of the new R.E.M (Rabbit Eye Movement) artspace on 6.12. in Vienna was a great success – especially in terms of the large attendance. It seemed as if all the urban/street art/graffiti scene and onlookers of Vienna came together to one point to enjoy the literally warm and cuddly atmosphere in the new artspace.

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I followed this project since a little while to have a better insight at the whole R.E.M concept and of course the Drink’n’Draw process itself.

The idea:  „The RABBIT EYE MOVEMENT wants their new Art Space to be a platform in Vienna for local and international urban and graffiti artists. Their ambition is to give graffiti illustration the same level of recognition within the art scene as it does in cities like London, New York and Paris.“

„(…) it will be more than a gallery; it will be a meeting point where in addition to exhibitions, all kinds of events such as concerts and art festivals will be held. As well as organizing events, REM wants to mediate between artists and clients.“

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Sounds good to me. I wanted to take a closer look on that idea and visited the artists during their Drink’n’Draw days.

The whole crew including THE WEIRD, JUKEBOX COWBOYS , LORDS, SOBEKCIS, MICHAEL HACKER, FLYING FORTRESS (unfortunately with zero female-artist-power), was sitting around a huge table drinking and drawing around the clock. To tell you the truth, I was really amazed by their constant concentration in drawing and drinking.

Considering this effect the output seemed pretty astonishing and the artwork itself much more authentic if you had an idea of the story behind it. I hope there will be a catalogue or short film published soon, as in the vernissage itself there were not much traces shown of the process – one essential point I missed.

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The space itself has great potential to become a meeting point for artists all around the world who want to get to know Vienna and have some great collaborations with local and international artists, as give people a better insight into and appreciation for street/urban art and graffiti.

I am definitely looking forward to the next events and hope that the R.E.M artspace will become another internationally known and valued street art platform. So let’s see, time will tell. Anyway, stay tuned on artpjf.com about next events at R.E.M artspace. See you soon!

Photos by Dimitri Aschwanden

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Opening hours of the art space till christmas: mo-fr 12:00- 19:00, sat 12:00-17:00 @ Gumpendorferstraße 91

REM Artspace Opening 6.12. – Drink’n’Draw

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RABBIT EYE MOVEMENT (REM), a collective of Vienna-based creatives, is kicking off their opening event on Thursday December 6th with their first exhibition entitled “DRINK’N DRAW 2012”. The opening ceremony will take place in their brand-new REM Art Space located in the heart of Vienna with an exhibition national and international urban illustration artists like:

THE WEIRD // JUKEBOX COWBOYS // LORDS // SOBEKCIS // MICHAEL HACKER // FLYING FORTRESS

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With this opening event REM wants to think outside of the box. A week before the official opening 30 European urban illustration Artists will get together in the REM Art Space to have some drinks, create artworks together and exhibit them at the official REM opening.

The RABBIT EYE MOVEMENT wants their new Art Space to be a platform in Vienna for local and international urban and graffiti artists. Their ambition is to give graffiti illustration the same level of recognition within the art scene as it does in cities like London, New York and Paris.

The REM Gallery is located in the heart of Vienna. It will be a place where art is both made and exhibited. The REM movement of urban artists is active all around the globe. National and international graffiti artists – many with a background in illustration – will be invited to show their work in the REM Art Space. Yet it will be more than a gallery; it will be a meeting point where in addition to exhibitions, all kinds of events such as concerts and art festivals will be held. As well as organizing events, REM wants to mediate between artists and clients.

Watch the video  of 2012’s flashback of  The Weird, The Lords, Sobekcis and Jukebox Cowboys collaborating on walls all around the world.

See you on Thursday!

TOM FRENCH @ Zero Cool Gallery

Wer Ende April zufällig in London ist, sollte die Ausstellungseröffnung von Tom French @ Zero Cool Gallery am 26. April nicht verpassen. Mehr Infos zum Künstler im TOM FRENCH – Skull/Cowboy Balance Posting.

Interview with VINZ FEEL FREE and Vernissage @ INOPERAbLE Gallery

Last week I attended Vinz Feel Free’s Vernissage „Usual Misdeeds“ @ INOPERAbLE Gallery in Vienna. Vinz is a street artist from Valencia, Spain. The artist paints animal heads on large-scale photographies of human bodies and pastes them on the streets. His studio works show a similar approach: with collage technique he creates a background out of old documents such as certificates, love letters or bills, prints on them and finally paints the animal heads using enamel or gouache.

I met Vinz at the Vernissage last friday and wanted to know more about his artistic approach…

Enjoy my interview with Vinz Feel Free!

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artpjf: To begin, please introduce yourself briefly.

V.F.F.: Who I am is not important. I think the really interesting thing is the message of my work, not the messenger.
artpjf: Do you remember the first piece you did on the streets? What was it, and where did you do it?
V.F.F.: The first piece was a wheatpaste of a nude man squatting with his eyes looking the viewer. I pasted the piece on a wall of an abandoned lot where should be a school.
artpjf: You use different kinds of animal heads for your protagonists. Parrots for free/naked women and men and reptiles for businessmen and police officers. Could you briefly go into a bit more detail about this kind of iconography?
V.F.F.: This is related to the iconography of various religions. Birds and naked people are extracted from the book of Genesis in the Bible. Mayas, Aztechs, Sumerians etc. talk about the figure of reptile as the animals which take control over us, like police in our world. And the frog appears in Apocalypse scenes and is responsible for Humanity disasters. This is why I use them to build men in suit characters.
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artpjf: A couple of month ago there were big riots in Valencia with police brutalizing peaceful student protesters. As you explained me at the vernissage, your work refers at some point to this happening. Could you try to declare why this situation in Valencia is so tensed up? Why does the police act in such an inhuman and brutal way? How is the situation for students in Valencia now?
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V.F.F.: Education in Valencia is a delicate theme. They have cut budgets and most students lack of equipment and infrastructure such as heating or media. Teachers have spent months without collect sallary, and decided to hold a peaceful strike to attract media attention.
Police, who serves the government instead of the citizens, used brutal force to prevent a repetition. They were so aggressive that most of the population sided with the students. I tried to document and report the situation in a wall and some of the works exhibited in „Usual Misdeeds“ in INOPERAble Gallery.
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artpjf: What makes you feel free?
V.F.F.: Personal freedom ends when another one begins. It is very difficult to perform acts of freedom without bothering anyone, so, up to what point my freedom reaches? I think from my skin to inside, I rule.
artpjf: Upcoming projects?
V.F.F.: I usually work into 3 or 4 projects at once, most of them still secret. My next solo exhibition will be in July at Andenken Gallery, Amsterdam. And… I can talk up here!
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For more pics check out VINZ FEEL FREE’s and INOPERAble flickr photostream.
The exhibition at INOPERAbLE Gallery runs till 05.05.2012. If you are in Vienna, make sure to check it out!
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Vernissage and Interview with Pure Evil and Crossie

Two weeks ago a friend of mine advised me to visit a vernissage in the first district of Vienna. Actually all I knew was  „Pure Evil will do a live painting“ and that it will take place in spaces of „Dialog im Dunkeln„. The event wasn’t announced at all and I didn’t really know what to except, but it turned out to be quite exciting.

After finally having found the location, I still wasn’t quite sure to be at the right place. Everybody was pretty well-dressed, and couple of people I didn’t even know shook hands with me. Anyway, after clearing up the problem with the guest list and taking a glas of sparkling wine, I finally had a look at the exhibition.

The space was amazing! It was a huge basement made out of bricks, apparently being the crypt of the monastery Schottenstift, filled up with lot’s of Street Art hanging on the walls and people in dresses and suits talking all kinds of languages (as well as taking down couple of pictures pretty fastly).

I didn’t quite had the chance to talk to the organisers Stephen and Tom but luckily I was introduced to the artists Pure Evil and Crossie so I asked them some questions about the exhibition and their work.

Check out my interviews with the artists and the great shots of the exhibition by Dimitri Aschwanden on flickr.

Interview Crossie:

artpjf: Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your work.

Crossie: I mainly work with stencils and paint onto canvas, wood, mirror, paper and antique pages. I previously worked as a knitwear designer and therefore hugely influenced by my textile / fashion background. I’m not interested in being pigeon holed, I do what I do.
I’m currently exploring winged creatures of all kinds. I’m especially drawn to butterflies – I love their fragile beauty & vibrant colours.
artpjf: What do butterflies mean for you as a recurring motive of your works?

Crossie: I’ve just moved back to London after living in gorgeous Birghton which is on the South coast of England. Like the stripes of a stick of Brighton rock – I love things to look visually pleasing, with flashes of colour. I’ve always wanted to collect butterflies in cases – but it seemed so cruel. This way I’m the creator & the captor. Just like a butterfly collector the art collector is also seeking beautiful specimens for his collection.

When talking about my work you could say my butterflies have a distressed edginess to them.

I love bleeding lines and blended colours. The musical layers build up to create pattern & texture. I love the idea of giving them a second life. I find them in dimly lit secondhand bookshops off the beaten track and hidden away. By extending their life, and bringing them out, they are preserved in my artwork.

My chapter & verse date back to between 1906 – 1910.  There’s something quite rebellious in destroying the books which strangely appeals. My aim is to create something more beautiful out of them. There’s a history to those pages, I like to wonder who may have picked them up, read the words or played the notes. The musical pages add a different dimension and a kind of secret language to my Glitter & Twisted pieces as the notes dance across the page.

Some have Notes & Annotations – I wonder who would have used them to play music? I find this all very fascinating. There’s a sort of organised chaos in my painting. The fragile way that the glitter adheres to the fast drying spray paint is reminiscent of their delicate wings, as I only have moments before the paint dries.

artpjf: Tell us about your latest show in Vienna with Pure Evil. How did that happen? I was pretty amazed by the bigness of the show. The space was fantastic!

Crossie: A friend of mine organised our show in Vienna – I agree with  you the show was fantastic! And the venue blew me away, all very impressive in the vaults of a church and lots of fun!

artpjf: What was your best experience in Vienna or the most appreciable impression of the city?

Crossie: I fell in love with Vienna for all sorts of reasons – the old cafes and smiley folk. The Rococo & Baroque architecture I found utterly exquisite – and there’s so much of it! The love of the Arts and all things cultural. I think one of my favourite experiences was visiting Kunsthistorisches Museum for the Gustav Klimt exhibition. What an incredibly ornate building full of beautiful paintings. Hugely inspiring.

Crossie will have her first solo show ‚Metamorphosis‘ at the Pure Evil Gallery, London on 5th April.

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Interview Pure Evil:

artpjf: Please introduce yourself briefly.

P.E.: I am an artist called PURE EVIL… I do graffiti and street art and run my eponymous gallery PURE EVIL in Shoreditch, London.
To understand a bit about Pure Evil it is illuminating to know that he is a descendant of Sir Thomas More, the Lord Chancellor who wrote the controversial work Utopia and who was later beheaded by King Henry VIII. With this busy background (Sir Thomas was later canonised) it is only natural that Pure Evil should explore the darker side of the wreckage of Utopian dreams and the myth of the Apocalypse, a belief in the life-changing event that brings history with all its conflicts to an end.
Pure Evils ancestry is alleged to include eight saints: Vladimir the Great, Saint Anna of Russia, the Holy Martyrs Boris and Gleb, Saint Stephen of Hungary, Saint Margaret of Scotland and Saint Mathilde together with Saint Thomas More, Humbert III of Savoy and several European royal families.He was also a descendant of the Old English Chieftain Ailric, Kings Thane to Edward the Confessor, who held Cawthorne and much of South Yorkshire before the Conquest.
artpjf: How did you got down to the exhibition in Vienna @ Dialog im Raum? The whole show seemed to have a private function and it wasn’t really announced in any way as far as I know… Could you enlighten me in this point?
P.E.: I have a buddy in Vienna who I have worked with before, and he invited me to present my artworks to a select group of art lovers in Vienna.. I think the city is amazing and it has a long historical association with Art, so I thought..LETS GO..Doing the show in what is probably the crypt of a 666 year old church appealed to my dark humour…
artpjf: You run a gallery in London situated in the heart of Hoxton. Concerning your art do you see a considerable change in the effect of your artworks while being a gallery owner and an artist at the same time?
P.E.: Its so funny being an artist AND running the gallery when people come in and want to discuss PURE EVIL art with me, not knowing that I am the guy who makes the art . Its a good testing ground for my paintings, I can paint something in the morning and sell it in the afternoon in my own gallery… I also work hard to promote other artists, so far we’ve done 50 solo and group shows with emerging artists. PHEW. One funny story was putting a Darth Vader mask on top of a typewriter in the gallery because I needed space. Somebody came in and went „WOW THATS AMAZING“ and suddenly the accident became art.. DARTH TYPEWRITER.. SOLD FOR £666…
artpjf: On your website you state: „Principles before Profit?“. What principles do you mean exactly?
P.E.: Not being a sellout, not ripping off people, not lying or stealing, being honest and helping other people…
artpjf: In what do you pay most attention in art?
P.E.: I like to see where culture is heading and in a small way I try to divert or influence culture with my own art. Its all about having FUN. Going skateboarding sporadically helps. Its a great leveller.. It helps me to control my aggression.
artpjf: Upcoming projects?
P.E.: Its all here baby…

Miss Van „Muses“ @ Inoperable Gallery Vienna

Die berühmte französische Street Art Künstlerin Miss Van präsentiert seit letzter Woche ihre neue Werkserie „Muses“ in der Inoperable Gallery in Wien. Gezeigt werden ihre typisch sinnlichen und zugleich verspielten weiblichen Figuren, filigran und bunt gemalt. Ihre Charaktere sind verhüllt, verschmelzend mit tierischen Zügen und wirken weniger süß, vielmehr verführerisch-sexy und geheimnisvoll.

Miss Van begann im Alter von 18 Jahren in den Straßen zu malen. Sie gilt als eine der berühmtesten Frauenkünstlerinnen, die seit den 90er Jahren die weibliche Bewegung in der Street Art avancierte.

her ARTic impression:

Die Inoperable Gallery zeigte sich wieder einmal von ihrer besten Seite. Nach dem großen Erfolg mit ROA gelang es der Galerie wieder einen weiteren Superstar der Street Art Szene für sich zu gewinnen. Die Eröffnung war besonders gut besucht, viele Arbeiten wurden verkauft. Miss Van war bei der Vernissage anwesend und präsentierte ihr neuestes Buch „Twinkles“. Glücklich über die vielen Fans fand sie leider kaum Ruhe und Zeit mit mir ein paar Worte über ihre Arbeiten zu wechseln. Vielleicht hätte ich das Buch kaufen sollen…

Mehr Fotos auf facebook und flickr.