MEGGS: Rise & Fall

February 11th, 2015

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StolenSpace Gallery presents ‘Rise & Fall’ a satirical solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist MEGGS. Following his residency and sold-out show at Inner State Gallery in Detroit last September, where he painted his largest mural to date at over 6,000 square feet, MEGGS continues his perpetual fascination with dualism, urban decay, and finding beauty in tragedy. ‘Rise & Fall’ toys with current fractures in the social fabric of urban society, such as imploding over-indulgence, fallen idols, and the detriments of pop culture.

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Saatchi Gallery: ‘Pop The Streets’

February 10th, 2015

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StolenSpace artists Alo and Ben Turnbull (who has a forthcoming solo show in April) are both showing in ‘Pop The Streets’ at the Saatchi Gallery. An Urban and Street Art spectacle, The Saatchi Gallery is exhibition of works by 10 contemporary graffiti and street artists from around the world. The show will illustrate the influence how the Pop Art movement has influenced the work of these artists.

For more information on Ben Turnbull’s work, and show, please email: contact@stolenspace.com

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In conversation with Snik

February 3rd, 2015

Fascinated by their intricate stencil based works, we couldn’t miss a chance to know more about artist duo Snik and their work. We caught up with them ahead of their exhibition titled ‘Shadow Aspect’; their debut solo at StolenSpace Gallery.

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SS: Let’s start from the beginning, from the birth of Snik. You are a duo but you didn’t start together. Can you tell us how your name came about, how you originally started and how you came to work together?

NIK: I started painting from a young age, growing up as a skater it was impossible to not have some influence of hip-hop, and then graffiti around me. Where i’m from isn’t anywhere close to a city vibe, its all very small town. Because of this, it was really tough to get into crews, or have people to paint with, and back then the internet wasn’t around so it was a case of just do what felt right. I discovered stencil work from just creating a tool to re-create some work for a college project. It was only when i travelled around to other countries that i realised there was a whole scene around this technique. Laura has always been painting also, but some how we missed each other for a while, it was only until 2010 when we met that the concept of a painting duo came around. It really helps, especially with large scale works on the street. We both have a very different approach to painting, i prefer quick and raw styles, whereas Laura has a very precise and planned approach. When combined it works out pretty nice, and especially with stencils gives a different approach to others.

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SS: Why did you decide to paint in the street?

Street work was always a priority for us both. When we started there was never a thought that we could make a living from selling work, it was just a nice by-product that people liked our work enough that they would hang it in their home. Street work has a lot of energy to it, and also it evolves which something that canvas and studio work doesn’t have.

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SS: What is your inspiration behind your work? How do you choose the subjects you depict?

We take inspiration from everything, not just one direct thing. Obviously we have influence from certain styles of painting, in the use of light and colour, but everything else is just a natural evolution to how we are feeling at the time and what we feel like painting. Our subjects always have an anonymous appearance, and are mostly female. This isn’t a statement, or a message, it’s just our personal opinion sways towards this aesthetic more. There is an element of hidden identity in the pieces, lately a lot of faces are covered, either by hair or by shadow, so it gives people a lot to contemplate when they view it, but we don’t force a direct narrative on the viewer.

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SS: How do you choose the urban spots where you paint? Is there any relation between the place where you paint and the characters you portray?

We always prefer to paint slightly downbeat spots, either places that are forgotten, or have just seen better days. It gives a real nice balance between the detail in our work, compared to the surrounding. It’s always nice for people to discover something people value in a place they never expected it.

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SS: Your many layered stencils are very intricate and detailed and reach high levels of realism. We are curious to know more about the process of creation of your work, your technique, style and progression.

There are many stencil artists out there, so in order to try to stand out, you have to do something different. It’s taken a long time, and endless hours of cutting to get to our level now. Progression is always the forefront of our method, we try to have every new piece to be better than the last. Sometimes this means cutting more detail in, or painting with a different approach. Lately we have reduced our style down, keeping it to strong black and a bold subject. We used to throw every sort of background element at the piece, but in the end the final subject got a bit watered down. Our style has pretty much always been Chiaroscuro, so to make that point even stronger we now just keep it simple black, and a strong use of colour on the subject. We have plenty of plans to the future, but it’s important for us to retain a strong aesthetic. 

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SS: What is the difference between painting outside on a wall or any urban medium and inside on a canvas or reclaimed objects such as cardboard? Which one of the two do you prefer?

When we paint in the studio, we paint exactly the same as we would on the street, this is very important to us. Some artists almost have 2 styles, one a street side, and then a studio side – and you wouldn’t recognise they are the same artist. It’s very important for us to keep the energy when we paint in the studio, the speed, the spontaneous elements and the random approach that comes from painting on the street. As far as surfaces to paint, always prefer used object – metal, wood and especially card. they have a look and feel which is much more less sterile than a canvas. Obviously canvas has its place, especially for collectors, but we like to pose the question about what art is – is it about the work, or the surface its painted on? This is something that street art has a big part in. 

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SS: Can you tell us more about your ‘Shadow Aspect’ show at StolenSpace Gallery?

Shadow aspect is a collection of works focused on dark vs light. Not just in a painted work way, but also the subject matter and the way the works make people feel. The heavy black is not as imposing as some would think, because every piece has a bright focal point. This way the attention is drawn away from the vacant space, and instead drawn to the delicate cuts, and use of colour.

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SS: Any plans for the future you can reveal?

Get back to painting some more walls, and then starting to plan a new body and new approach to our work for 2016. With how long it takes to cut stencils, we have to plan things a long time in advance, but thats sometimes the easy part. coming up with fresh concepts and solid execution is the tricky one.

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All photo’s courtesy of Snik.

D*Face: ‘Rear View’ video

January 16th, 2015

When D*Face painted the ‘Rear View’ mural in LA!

Paul Stephenson: Laundromat (Reflection Painting)

December 13th, 2014

Paul Stephenson’s ‘Laundromat (Reflection Painting)’, part of the StolenSpace ‘Spectrum’ Group Show, has been featured in Esquire magazine:

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“The idea behind this series of paintings is to explore the dynamic between the original oil painting (the ‘art’) and the reflection (the place where it is viewed/hung) and the story that these two variables create. The reflection painting you currently have is the first of this series, the reflection is the interior of a Laundromat in Chinatown, New York City 2014. In the reflection you can see the owner of the Laundromat and his wife at work below the fluorescent lights of their Laundromat. This scene is superimposed onto the oil painting, a French landscape painted in 1843 showing nuns collecting sheaves of wheat from the fields as the sun fades. The two images contrast interior and exterior, contemporary and pre-industrial, but they also share similarities, the subjects of both images are people and both are scenes of workplaces. The narratives of both original oil painting and reflection run together to create a new story. The viewer of this painting sees the painted reflection and is made aware of their own reflection, their own experience as a viewer, they become part of the picture and part of the story.”

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Some of Paul Stephenson’s work can be seen and bought from the StolenSpace online store here.

For more info email contact@stolenspace.com

Mila Furstova ‘Ghost Stories’

November 26th, 2014

StolenSpace will be closed temporarily  1st – 3rd December reopening on the 4th to an exhibition with special guest Mila Furstova.

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‘Ghost Stories’
4th – 7th December
11 – 7pm
Free entry
The 4 day only exhibition entitled ‘Ghost Stories’ will showcase the artwork created for Coldplay’s album of the same title.
(Our group show Spectrum will resume from the 10th December)
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U2: Films of Innocence

November 22nd, 2014

We are pleased to announce StolenSpace artists D*Face and ROA are amongst 11 of the world’s most acclaimed urban artists to unveil their work through a collection of art films inspired by U2’s ‘Songs of Innocence’. The artists were given complete creative freedom to showcase their personal responses to U2’s music, through a series of part-animated, part live action films.

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The videos will be made available for purchasing on iTunes, you can pre-order yours now!

Kai And Sunny: ‘Lots of Bits of Stars’

November 15th, 2014

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Kai & Sunny have a brand new solo show titled ‘Lots of Bits of Star’ opening at Jonathan Levine Gallery, 529 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011, from November 22nd – December 20th. The opening reception will be on Saturday, November 22nd, from 6 – 8pm.

For any details please get in touch: eve@stolenspace.com

Ronzo: ‘Sick Cloud’

November 13th, 2014

To compliment his awesome mural on Fashion Street in East London, Ronzo has created a new painting titled ‘Sick Cloud’ which will part of our ‘Spectrum’ Group Show.

The show will have an opening reception on Thursday 13th November from 6 – 9pm.

Exhibition will then run from Friday 14th November – Sunday 21st December.

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Word To Mother: Charity Raffle WINNER!

November 8th, 2014

A HUGE thank you to everyone who entered Word To Mother’s Charity Raffle with 100% of sale proceeds going to Eastside Educational Trust.

The raffle has now been drawn and the lucky winner has been notified by email of their prize: this original framed drawing by Word To Mother!

It’s the FINAL WEEKEND to see Word To Mother’s ‘Too Blessed To Be Stressed‘ solo, exhibiting alongside Beau Stanton’s ‘Tenebras Lux’.

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