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ROA @ PURE EVIL / DALE GRIMSHAW @ SIGNAL, East London, 8th April – Two shows opening within spitting distance of each other over in the giant rabbit infested warren of streets that is Shoreditch, East London. (yeah yeah, Shoreditch, mock if you like, but there is a genuine buzz here, the place is alive, things are going on, being created, it isn’t all about avoiding the idiot culture in the Nailgun Arms). Tonight we have Roa with his first solo London show and Dale Grimshaw just over the road with a return for another show at Signal.  Two small shop-sized galleries and both rather alive and busy for their opening nights. 
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           We’ve been looking forward to Roa’s show, he’s one of the genuinely exciting, genuinely different, challenging (and productive) forward looking street artists out there doing it right now. You may well have passed one of Roa’s giant creations without know who the creator was, there’s been one of his giant rabbits on Curtain Road, almost opposite Dale Grimshaw’s show at Signal (and next to that giant Stik piece in the garage doors), can’t miss that impressive rabbit, been there for a few months now. Roa’s work seems to be turning up all over Europe. He’s from the industrial city of Ghent, in Belgium, how does he get to be in so many places at once “I just like to paint wherever I can” he said with a smile when I asked him, “I just keep doing in and people seem to like it so I do more”. There’s a depth to Roa’s work, a deeper soul, a sprit that you can invest your own emotion in, a Pagan spirit? Or maybe the spirit of deep ecology that gives his work a little more depth that the usual pop art famous for fifteen minutes of graphic design style that drive most street art (that isn’t a blanket dismissal of street art, indeed some of it should be instant bits of exciting impressive graphic design, here today, buffed tomorrow). Roa’s style is graphic, he has a slightly different painterly style though, a mostly black and white, and on the grandest of ambitious scales, eye catching from afar, pleasing from up close.  His work has appeared in London gallery shows before, not like this though, not as a solo show, pieces standing by themselves. Would it work as a solo collection in a gallery? His work is surely best when discovered on the sides of abandoned buildings, unexpected on derelict walls that are already being reclaimed by green growth (the Captain’s table notion), catching your eye ten foot high as you pass by on a bus or train.... He’s about that reclaiming, the reclaiming by nature of abandoned industrial buildings, of derelict office furniture, unwanted window blinds re-hung in forgotten window frames, metal wall fittings, old locker doors put back on the street adorned by a giant fox . To just come across one of his pieces on the street (or via a twitter message with a link to a photo that quickly flows around the on-line streetart networks) is almost mind-boggling, how does he do it on such a scale and with such accurate lineage? Can’t really mistake his work for anyone else’s, once you get to know his style you just know - doesn’t need to tag it, it already has a signature. 
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                Would Roa work in the confines of a small gallery though? Would taking it all in to one enclosed space and presenting it formally take away some of that vital soul? Well yes, it isn’t quite the same, the creatures are fighting for breath here, a gallery is not their natural environment. It does work though, this is still very very good, it really is exciting to catch a view through the window and step around the crowds chatting outside, to push through that door to catch a first glimpse. One big piece on either of the main room walls, smaller pieces in back rooms and a basement to Pure Evil that actually, once you get down there, fits perfectly with Roa’s use of abandoned industrial space, a semi-formal gallery environment that still has the slight feel of reclaimed wasteland and something taken back. It all comes to life once you get down the stairs to that more natural environment of the basement.  Rabbits, squirrels, giant birds, pieces painted on collections of doors and old desk tops. Desk tops and doors that open, like giant advent calendars, to reveal skeletons, inner structures, further treats...  Yes! Yes, it does work in here and you really should try and get to see the show. Roa really is one of the most exciting street artists out there right now, he’s a fresh and vital part of a scene and an idea that’s forever regenerating and reinventing - not a stencil or a political comment in sight tonight, just a really honest, really exciting, deep feeling of soul and a depth that’s more than welcome right now. We set out for East London tonight excited about Roa, we weren’t disappointed.
           Roa’s show is on now and runs until May 2nd at Pure Evil, Leonard Street, East London... - www.pureevil.eu

Or if you’re not in London, go follow some of the streetart bloggers on Twitter , word soon spreads when there’s a new piece up, go to the Organ twitter page and look at the lists, there’s a street art/Graff list there where you’ll find the people who tell you when there’s a new piece up  - twitter.com/organmagazine / roaweb.tumblr.com

MORE  PHOTOS HERE
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DALE GRIMSHAW @ SIGNAL, East London, April 8th - Thursdays in London are always busy in terms of new art and gallery openings, tonight is no exception and over the road from the Roa show at Signal (in Curtain Road) you can fine DALE GRIMSHAW’s more “formal” paintings. Formal is relative tonight, we’re surrounded by street art and yes, if you look those street art themes can be found in some of the script that’s semi-hidden in the subtle colours - using words in a Jenny Holzer kind of way, far more subtle though, far less in your face as it were (relative again). The Lancashire painter’s latest body of work, pieces on canvas, are on show. Dale Grimshaw’s third solo show at the inviting and intimate Signal gallery.  His latest collection of work is a show called Arcana, a series of paintings based on the ancient imagery of tarot cards. Reasonably big, rather graphic, never too obvious, alive with subtle radiant colour, with fine line, paintings that are almost illustrative, photographic, paintings that are alive with just a little edge of emotion. Works alive with details dragging you in closer and demanding you spend time exploring the bits that are almost hidden in the vibrant layers and the wonderful backgrounds - a personal emotional depth pulling you in to his impressive pieces. Actually found myself pulled back to the gallery for a second visit tonight, could have stood there looking in to them for hours, there’s a depth that you really don’t really see until you really get up close and look right in to these windows. So much in here; mysterious imagery, different states, complex pieces that once again you really need to go see in the flesh. Looking at art on the internet really is nowhere near enough, use the web to point the way, view the photos here, but you really have to go see them in the flesh. 

        Not really sure which show we enjoyed most tonight, not that it matters, certainly want to go back and see them both again, two exciting alive fresh painters and two rather fine shows, art is exciting right now, went to see some bands at the Legion afterwards, all seemed rather flat and predictable after the art... 

          Dale Grimshaw’s Arcana show is on at Signal, Curtain Road, until 1st May -  www.signalgallery.comwww.dalegrimshaw.com

MORE  PHOTOS HERE
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5th APRIL: The cities were once our pastures, fish once jumped from the rivers, storks once combed these streets. And that’s easy to forget — which is why the work of ROA can be so powerful, existing in ruined,  deserted industrial spaces of the city.

    ROA has Solo Exhibition at Pure Evil Gallery (Leonard St, East London) from 8th APRIL – 2nd MAY 2010

           "Roa’s eagerly anticipated UK solo debut opens in London this spring to exhibit his unique portrayal of large scale urban wildlife, disquietly cohabiting city streets, hand painted in his distinctive black and white style.
            Roa started painting abandoned buildings and warehouses in the isolated industrial outskirts of his hometown – Ghent, Belgium. Fixating on the animals he found there; the wildlife became the central subject matter of his work, inspired by their clever ability to adapt into scavengers in order to survive. He used the dilapidated, coarse interiors and exteriors of the unyielding landscape as a canvas to portray his large- scale creatures.
     Roa filled a vast abandoned warehouse complex of different chambers and exteriors with a menagerie of large-scale animals, creating an impressive spray painted zoo of city scavengers. His obsession went global when he took to the streets of New York, London, Berlin, Warsaw and Paris, prolifically painting his trademark cross-sectioned animals wherever he went, locating them where they naturally invade the main city streets with their quiet yet powerful presence.
Pure Evil Gallery is proud and extremely excited to present a new body of original artwork by ROA this spring, complete with street works inthe local area. Look out for a new ROA city fox appearing on a street near you". More here

4th APRIL Yeah, I know, quiet around here, busy slinging paint aren't we, that and animating .. here's a rather impressive wall piece from NOH J COLEY that's up on a wall in New York City, just down there, the face on the left of your screen, as pointed out by the good people at www.unurth.com... (Roa crow on the right, rather excited about the Roa show...)
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18th MAR: ART IS PROOF... The Art is Proof Press is a small collective of designers and illustrators, who for the past two years they put on annual exhibitions of screen printing and print sales. Tonight they are taking over Superette, a new exhibition and events space just off Brick Lane in the heart of East London for 2 weeks. Run by Leona Baker, the Art Is Proof will to be the very first people invited to host a show in the new Superette Space. For two weeks the space will be a one stop pop-up shop and gallery of affordable art, screenprints, books, zines and more from a selection of their favourite independent illustrators, designers and makers. As well as exhibiting and selling an eclectic mix of fantastic work, they have planned some punk-rock print workshops and a Sunday Sale featuring Wonderleague’s amazing mix of deadstock, trading cards, accessories and zines. For more info and dates of the events check www.superette.co.uk
         The space opens tonight, Thursday 18 March 7 – 9pm with drinks, music and nice things to look at (and buy). Read more about it over at www.hookedblog.co.uk
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12th MAR: The LOW-FI FAYRE is a new monthly event that is to happen over in Kensal Green, London, NW10 (our home turf these days).  The first Low-Fi Fayre runs from Midday until 9pm on Sunday 21st March. “This new unique monthly market and social enterprise celebrates all that is low-fi with a variety of stalls and entertainment”. We can expect stalls offering art, craft, books, vintage clothing and who knows what. “Enjoy tea and fabulous cakes from Cake Embassy together with music and film shorts while you browse”. The event takes place within the comfy confines of the rather spacious William IV pub on the Harrow Road, so there is no need to brave the cold” If you are a design-maker, artist, crafter there are stalls still available. “If you would like to hold a stall please email a link to your website or blog or provide a brief description of what you would like to sell”. Stalls cost £10, for further information and to book a stall  email: lowfifayre@yahoo.co.uk
             We'll be there with some pieces of art and general DIY Organness, hand painted vinyl, small canvas pieces and such, hopefully there will be lots of DIY type being and doing and all around getting involved from others.... More news on the musicians involved, the films and such late this week... The William IV is at 786 Harrow Road,
Kensal Green, London, NW10. nearest tube, Kensal Green on the Bakerloo Line, lot of buses - 52, 18 and such, nice big REVOK piece on the wall outside the pub, some of those mysterious scisors there... 
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6th MAR: If you haven’t been in to have a look at the FAILE / BAST Deluxe Fluxx Arcade installation, at the Lazarides Greek Street space over in Soho, London, right next the Pillars Of Hercules pub, really not that obvious and rather easy to walk straight past, if you haven’t had a look yet then it really is worth your time and effort. Or even if you were at the crowded opening, well worth going back and taking a second look with a little bit more time and space to breathe. Worth going, taking some real time and really focusing on the clever detail that you don’t really get first time around. There’s a depth here that doesn’t really reveal itself unless you really allow it to - sure, this is fun, relaxed easy to get fun, but take a closer look while you’re having your fun . A little more than just dayglo ‘throwaway’ pop/street art going on in that clever detail. 
               The exhibition/installation takes place over the two floors of the Lazarides space, wall to wall art. Upstairs free standing oldschool 80’s video arcade games, flanked by 50’s 60’s 70’s artwork, downstairs in the ultra-dayglo, there’s table football and such. The devil really is the detail though, you need to take a closer look and the little details in the work. The video games are interactive, playing them reveals more of the art, not only fun then... lots of fun though. If word had got out a bit more this place would be packed with people having fun, people who never think of going out to find art. 
            Tempting to just take it as 60’s influenced collage comic book populism, but look a little closer.... if you’re passing, then well worth dropping in for a (lingering) look (and some fun). Went there yesterday and we had the space all to ourselves, a whole art playground all to ourselves with machines and games and interactive art, there for as long as we wanted it to be there... The show is open from 11am to 7pm Monday until Saturday through until March 19th, here’s a few photos.... www.lazinc.com is where you go for more details, or just take yourself over there and take a look if you have the chance, art needs to be seen live, need to see it in the flesh, alive and breathing, rather than the detached stagnant flat colour-squashed version you get on line... And right now you can carry on over to the ICA and catch the Billy Childish show (more on that in a moment).

                 Do go see the Faile / Bast show, the key word is fun, like they say themselves, “come in, have fun, this is like comfort food”, more table football and black light in art galleries we say. There’s also a Faile ten year retrospective, for the slightly mysterious Brooklyn team (duo now) have been doing this for a over a decade...  There’s a video here, there’s some photos down there, explore it all live though, you’ve got just over a week left, you’ve got animation, retro eyeriots and all kinds fluorescent beauty waiting, step of the street for a minute and have some fun. Art is exciting right now, well when you can interact with it like this it is.... 

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3rd MAR: Latest SECRET WARS EURO LEAGUE Result... LONDON 2 AMSTERDAM 0....  Don’t know what we’re on about? Here you go, here’s the highlights, brought to you by Stitchthat TV...  More results over at www.secretwarseuroleague.com should you be interested.... meanwhile... Arsenal 2 Bristol City 2 (or is Banksy a Gashead?).... 

              Robbo...blah... Banksy... blah blah... 40 year old shoe repair man.... never sold a piece of art... all over the Wall Street Journal now... On the BBC Culture show tomorrow so it seems... show coming up... never saw that one coming did we....  wonder if they cooked it all up together? Nah, guess not... over to the Wall Street Journal....
    Some saw Banksy's act as self-promotion, some as a tribute, but most interpreted it as plain disrespect for a local hero (reports the Wall Street Journal). Offers of retribution reached Robbo, who has remained friendly with many graffiti writers even as he slipped into a life of obscurity as a North London father of two children, with a third on the way.
            "They was all offering to do it for me," says Robbo - in an interview here in said March 3rd edition of  the Wall Street Journal - But he decided: "I've got to do it myself."
       So on Christmas morning - praying he wouldn't wind up in jail even as his children were opening their presents (like something out of Dickens ain't it guv, fair bring a tear to your paint-filled eye)- Robbo slipped back onto the canal and reclaimed his turf. Instead of applying wallpaper, Banksy's workmannow is seen painting two words: KING ROBBO...”

       Prehaps the saddest thing to come out of Gabrielle Steinhauser's piece is the bit about the street art/graffiti writer rivalry that is now starting to get a little unhealthy when really there should be time and space for all... 

        “The game didn't end there. Robbo in recent weeks has modified all four Banksys along Regent's Canal, signing them "Team Robbo." (of course the Journal probably doesn't know Robbo has gone on ot do more since then, hitting more Banksy pieces around London) Other graffiti writers have shown their support by adopting the "Team Robbo" tag for their own works. 
            "Graffiti writers are Team Robbo, street artists are Team Banksy," says Robbo, his heavy cockney accent and shaved head reminders of graffiti's past when skinheads and punks battled to mark their territory with names and slogans.
          Banksy apparently declined to be interviewed but provided a statement through a spokeswoman. 
             "I didn't paint over a 'Robbo' piece. I painted over a piece that said 'mrphfgdfrhdgf'," he said. "I find it surreal when graffiti writers get possessive over certain locations. I thought that having a casual attitude towards property ownership was an essential part of being a vandal."
              Seems Robbo, the ex Arsenal skinhead football hooligan turned shoe-repairing father of two (third on the way if he doesn't get hauled off to the poor house with no goose for Christmas), having never made a penny from his art, now has a show coming up, no one sa all that whe nthis first kicked off did they....
       Meanwhile, Rossetti screams at Hunt, everyone talks about it, Turner proves how easy it is to paint in anyone else's style and we all watch the soap opera evolve, evolve and evolve... Wonder who burned down Mr Keel's windmill? Damn those street sculptures.... 
           Seems RareKind (people who put on Graffiti orientated art shows) have, according to the Journal, asked Robbo to do his own show later this year, and, with a family to support and the thrill of his recent outings still fresh,
          Robbo is tempted.
        "I've done everything, everything for nothing," says Robbo. "I don't think anyone would knock me for making money out of it. But it's never been my goal to make money out of something I love."
          Aresnal eh? What we want from you Robbo is a bit of number 7, see there’s only one King Robbo and he’s as Red as it gets. Old Banksy, even in his best Leicester City and England world cup days would never have got near no7, the Red king Robbo, in full flow... all art innit... woof woof bark bark.... all the old news and the original story over here, promise not to mention it on these pages again..  now weavers versus textile printers, that war was pure evil, screens, boiling vats of resist wax, flying looms, converted sewing machines as weapons, and the Knit London crew watching on, needles in hand ready to pearl one at the drop of a hat... First Thursday tomorrow.... can we get ack to art now? 

1st MAR: Rather good video up on the UK Street Art website from the the Hazardous Waste event over at Portobello Road, West London 

28th FEB:Onward some more, a whole load of photos from the Hazardous Waste event that happened this past weekend over on the West side of London. The page can be found over here on a page dedicated to images of the event and nothing else but the rather enjoyable event... 

Meanwhile over in Parliment Square....  A YouTube of T.WAT and LEEKS.... “Has to be one of the best spots in town, a cold weekend in February and T.wat and Leeks are out and about, rocking Parliament Square, London SW1. Dedicated to Nigel, and Maria..on strike for peace...” An Eddie Dangerous short film.. 

And all while BANKSY was taking glossy Sunday frontcovers, six page Sunday Times features  and getting himself on the front of TimeOut (and Team Robbo took things too far hitting more Banksy pieces and getting rather boring now, might have a point with the canal pieces but....) 
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25th FEB:Onward with the art of art and the recycling of reduntant vinyl and... Like this piece from Paris duo Leo and Pipo...

GRAFIK WARFARE presents HAZARDOUS WASTE.... Grafik Warfare are an international collective of twenty six street artists and illustrators, including SNUB23, HUTCH, ISTHISYOU?, SINNA, GERM, EYESAW, ORCO.... To celebrate the launch of their new website www.grafikwarfare.co.ukthe whole collective are exhibiting for the first time at the Graffik London Gallery, 284 Portobello Rd, London. The four day event is called Hazardous Waste and kicks off tonight, 25th February with a preview and charity auction, there’s a special party night with DJ’s followed by an after-party in a secret location on Friday and Saturday is dominated by a live art session, including wall graffiti, things carry on through Sunday and hen things are all packed away and....  The charity sponsored will be Medecins Sans Frontieres’ Haiti relief fund. The pieces up for auction will include one “mystery  piece” which will be completed by the Grafik Warfare artists throughout the duration of the event.   More from www.graffiklondon.co.uk.
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24th FEB: DANGER: An exhibition at The Rag Factory, Heneage Street, off Brick Lane, London E1.  The exhibition runs 12 - 6pm Friday 5th ‘til Sunday 7th March (with a “private view” on Thursday 4th March from 6 - 10pm). Curated by Kate Wiggs and featuring ROBIN CLARE, an rather striking artist who we’ve featured on these pages before, check out her graphic pop art style that something rather different. Other exhibiting artists include Sonya Chenery, Joanna Austin, Liam Herne, Adam Fearon, Kate Williams, Chloe Bardolf-Smith Uden, Juan DelGado, Charlie Hurcombe, Paul Kindersley, Jemma Watts, Razvan Anton, Anne Kermarrec, Kevin O'Keefe, Mick Bateman, Victoria Lucas, Martin O'Brien, Adam Dembski Bowden, Mathias Tujague, Marianna and Daniel O'Reilly. Explore Robin’s work via her website at www.robinclare.com

23rd FEB: BANKSY'S POP UP CINEMA OPENS UP - “Please note random bag searches in operation, all spray paint must be checked in....” Banksy opens up his London pop-up cinema to show his film  “Exit Through The Gift Shop” to the general public Tickets on sale at midday today, only 150 seats per showing so I guess if you’re bothered you need to move rather fast. See he’s on the front cover of this week’s Time Out as well, guess this is Bankymania time...
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22nd FEB: INKFETISH, aka Tom Blackford, has a piece of outdoor creativity that you can currently see on the London shop front that is Upper Playground. Expect a debut Inkfetish solo show at the Upper Playground London shop in Kingly Street, W1, sometime in April... More details and such via www.inkfetish.co.uk. The Upper Playground empire can be explored via www.upperplayground.com

No Organ radio show on Resonance FM next Sunday, Resonance is broadcasting live from the KILL YOUR TIMID NOTION festival next weekend...  KILL YOUR TIMID NOTION happens between Sunday 21st and Sunday 28th February at Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland. A festival of open-ended proposals for image, sound and dialogue (For those unable to get to Dundee, KYTN highlights will be broadcast on Resonance104.4fm www.resonancefm.com on the final festival weekend of the 27th and 28th.)
       “So maybe art isn’t some object or performance or film or whatever that you look at: it’s the process that produced it. And so Kill Your Timid Notion is Arika's festival of experimental image, sound and dialogue. It's a week-long chance to spend time together and investigate artistic actions and processes that might speak about the world we live in today.  The programme comprises FILM screenings, live PERFORMANCES, INSTALLATIONS and a series of  INVESTIGATION  events that you can get involved in – we want you to get involved in the processes used by the artists at KYTN this year, and maybe help develop those processes together. In fact, some of the artists might need your help in delivering their performance at the weekend. 
      Featuring: Morgan Fisher, Jarrod Fowler, Loic Blairon, Taku Unami, Mattin, Emma Hedditch, Howard Slater, Christof Migone, Resonance Radio Orchestra, Marc Baron and much much more.
      For full programme information see www.arika.org.uk or tune in to Resonance next weekend to hear it. We Organs will be back on air the weekend after – March 7th - with Marina’s Other Rock Show and the further exploration of rock music that goes beyond  the conventions of 4/4 time... 

GENESIS BREYER P-ORRIDGE is sixty today, happy Birthday Genesis. There’s a celebration to mark the 60th birthday of the Throbbing Gristle /  Psychic TV front person happening at the Renwick Gallery over in New York with performance artist Amir Nogharabi tonight. www.renwickgallery.com
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20th FEB: Seems MASSIVE ATTACK have found themselves on the receiving end of a ban from TfL (Transport For London) over a poster showing the cover from their new album (so reports Londonist.com), Heligoland. The original artwork, painted by Massive Attack's own Robert del Naja, has had to be redesigned after TfL decided it looked too much like graffiti.
           "They won't allow anything on the tube that looks like 'street art'. They want us to remove all drips and fuzz from it so it doesn't look like it's been spray-painted, which is f**king ridiculous. It's the most absurd censorship I've ever seen," del Naja said in response to the decision. An early inspiration for famed street artist Banksy, the boundaries  between art and music have been central to del Naja's career with experimental album art beautifully complementing the haunting, dark and slightly menacing music which has become characteristic of Massive Attack. 
            They're not the first to fall foul of TfL's fragile aesthetic sensibilities; last year the Ministry of Sound's poster campaign for their New Year's O2 gig was banned in case it caused 'graffiti artists to think that such behaviour would be tolerated.' TfL appear to be taking the lowest common denominator approach over their advertising guidelines and applying the somewhat dubious assumption that such posters will inflame latent graffitical tendencies among us when the only graffiti most tube travellers would be tempted to undertake would be to correct the service information boards with accurate updates. (Londonist)

But do Transport For London know who Banksy is and what those Exit Through The Gift Shop posters that are all over the tube systems right now are all about? Thought not! 

SWEET TOOF has a new website, all teeth and smiles, are they smiles? Certainly lots of teeth Find it at sweettoof.com

16th FEB: NEVER ODD OR EVEN is the name of a new show of work from CASE that opens this week at the Signal Gallery. Case aka Andreas Von Chrzanowski, is as well known for his street work, with the Maclaim crew, as he is for his 'photo realistic' gallery work. This will be his first solo show in London, having shown successfully across Europe and recently in Los Angeles. “The show is based on the already fantastical imagery of 'Alice Through The Looking Glass'. Case has added his own special brand of twisted logic to the scenes”. The show runs from February 19th to March 6th at Signal Gallery, 96a Curtain Rd, London EC2. More info and imagery over at www.signalgallery.com
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12th FEB: That's a Rub Kandy piece there, read on to see why it is there... Seems that not a day goes by without Banksy jumping in in it in some form, or at least the media talking about Banksy, yeah I know, that's what we're doing now, guilty as anyone.... Interesting a video piece on the whole Banksy Robbo thing on line today, yeah, I know, we've heard far too much about that already but it is worth a little look for a touch of commentary from Vandalog. Meanwhile, seems the story that Foundry, over in East london, is to be pulled down for some fancy hotel gentrification, is getting out to the larger media outlets and the main news feature is that a Banksy will be destroyed if the iconic building gets pulled down. To his credit, Banksy has said that if the Foundry is to be demolished his piece should go with it and that that is the nature of his art. There's an Guardian piece up on line today that'a wel lworth your time Good on the man for saying his art should go with the much loved venue, but the story really should be the loss of of a much used arts venue and more soul-sucking gentrification... 
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Good piece in the Guardian though, here's the signpost to it...Interesting look at the nature of street art and how it really isn't meant to last forever. Correct of course but right now the idea of 'street art' and what it is branching off in so many ways, some interesting, some not quite so interesting is exciting people. The thinking papers and the art establishment might turn their nose up and scoff at all the galleries emerging, but it is where the real excitement is now, and the people driving it all, the venues, the DIY galleries, the blog networks, the Twitter feeds, the family of artists and creators interacting, the whole idea is alive with so much more positive creative energy than anything the establishment has to offer right now.  That Rub Candy piece there is as stimulating as any piece of Andy Goldsworthy land art, equally as valid and no, none of it, land art, street art, whenout there in an every shifting enviroment, should really be lasting forever. Art is exciting right now, the networks are alive with the current Faile show, with Roa, with Swoon, with... Street art, land art, wild art, toilet art (that's the Foundry toilet there, stolen from the Guardian piece, photo by Sarah Lee) even gallery art is threatening to be exciting now and again. Art is alive and 'street art', for all the faults it may have, is driving that excitement right now.. Of course the Banksy piece should go with the building.... 

Thanks for all the feedback on the Create And SurvIve piece that ran on Resonance FM, for those asking if there's a podcast of it, yes there will be, any moment now, watch this space... busy times here.. 

There's one of the ROA pieces from his current Paris show, another one of his birds...
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11th FEB: I’M HERE? You may have been wondering what these stickers and posters are around town, you probably suspected it was some orchestrated PR thing, and yes, you were right, that's if you've been walking around London (or Manchester) un the last few days. They're for Spike Jonze's 30-minute short I'm Here. "The film features British actor 'du jour' Andrew Garfield (Boy A, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) and after premiering to critical acclaim at Sundance, the film officially launches globally on-line on March 1st". 
       “I got to make my first love story. It’s about the relationship between two robots living in Los Angeles” says Jonze. 

Sad to hear of the passinging of highly inspiring, groundbreaking fashion artist stroke designer Alexander McQueen today - a little more than just a designer, am artist and designer in the most real sense...

10th FEB: The BANKSY film, Exit Through The Gift Shop, will get a screening in London, the film will run from March 5th at Curzon Cinemas Soho. You can get your tickets here... or go explore banksyfilm.com
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9th FEB: Yes, Street art, or whatever you wish to call it, has kind of taken over a little here, we can only reflect what's happening, this is where the excitment is right now... 

FAILE and BAST exhibiting together at Lazarides in London’s Soho this week, that has to be a good thing, certainly causing a bit of excitement on the London streetart blogs and such right now. There’s also a Faile ten year retrospective that will run alongside the group show. The 'Torn: A Decade Of Faile' retrospective opens Friday 12th February at the Lazarides Rathbone Place venue. The Faile Bast show opens on the 12th February at Lazarides Greek Street space. For directions, opening times and dates for the show visit the Lazarides website at www.lazinc.com

CREATE AND SURVIVE is a series of on-going visual art radio documentaries, made by the Organart team in conjunction with London arts based radio station Resonance 104.4FM. Tune in worldwide via www.resonancefm.com
         CREATE AND SURVIVE #1: THE THOUSANDS, STREET ART AND...   The first in the series of radio documentaries from the Organ team, finds Michael 'RJ' Rushmore, he of respected street art blog Vandalog, and curator of The Thousands art show (as well as writer of the accompanying book – The Thousands: Painting Outside, Breaking In) in conversation in the gallery at the Village Underground, East London, with Sean Worrall and Marina Anthony from Organ. Informal conversations about Street art, the pieces in the show, and some of the major (and not so major quite yet) players of the ever evolving street art scene... 
    Create And Survive number one will run on Resonance 104.4fm on Thursday 11th Feb at 8pm  Tune in worldwide on line, or via FM in London... More details here
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8th FEB: The ongoing search for creative bite... Create and survive... 

ROA in Paris...  Seems that last Thursday’s opening of Roa’s first ever solo show was a massive success, and why shouldn’t it be? Roa must be one of themost exciting, forward looking (street) artists out there. The show took place at Gallerie Itinerrance in Paris. Seems that, according to Vandalog, pretty much everything sold straight away! Pretty good for his first show. Here’s what RJ from Vandalog has to say....
          “I’m a big fan of Roa’s artwork indoors and outdoors, so it’s great to finally see him getting the attention he deserves. Not only did Roa produce some great pieces on found wood and metal for this show, but he sprayed a number of his trademark animals onto the gallery’s walls. The man just does not stop painting, no doubt he’s out making something beautiful for Paris right now”.
      Roa’s work has been figuring quite a bit on these pages recently, good to see people picking up on his genuinely exciting and inspiring work... 
 

7th FEB: AU SECOURS is an exhibition featuring some of the biggest names in urban art. The aim is to raise money for the earthquake victims of Haiti, the whole thing, that seems to involve those AGENTS OF CHANGE, takes place Blackall Studios, 73a Leonard Street, London EC2, plenty of chance to get involved via the webiste if you're not lucky/unlucky enough to be in London, new work going up there all the time.  Artists involved so far include BEST EVER, COPYRIGHT, DAVID DIPRE, DAVID SHILLINGLAW, DEP, DERM, DFACE, DON1, GROHS, HERO 1, INKIE, JAYBO, JONATHAN DARBY, JUICE 126, JULIAN KIMMINGS, LUCY MCLAUCHLAN, LX ONE, MARCO ‘PHO’ GRASSI, MATT SMALL, OLIVER WINCONEK, PART2ISM, PETE FOWLER, POPX, REMI/ROUGH, SHOK 1, SOLA, SYSTEM, TIMID, WILL BARRAS, ZOOT, find out more via www.ausecours.org

With Valentines just around the corner, SAM3 and Studio Cromie release "Uno", a set of three prints limited to an edition of just 50. The stop motion animation that can be seen here on Hookedblog (don’t want to be steaming no thunder and putting it on here, it was then Hookedbloggers who pointed it out...) was created to accompany the release of the prints pictured (also on Hookedblog)

6th FEB: Zines, doing it yourself, hand printing, hand painting, hand folding, getting  out there, non-stop opperations... CREATE AND SURVIVE... 
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ALTERNATIVE PRESS FAIR 2010 is a London free event celebrating (nearly?) all things self-published and DIY.  Comics and Zines, Radical Literature, Poetry, Printmaking, Book Arts and even a bit of DIY Fashion come together in this carnival of modern cottage industry!  There will be a huge variety of things to see and do, including collaborative drawing and live screen printing where you can make your own poster of the day.  In the evening there will be a party to celebrate the first birthday of the Alternative Press Fair with an open mic night for all comers to try, also featuring poetry, spoken word and music.  "So come along and help us blow out the candles!" Didn't say where or when in London but hey, the link is at the end, you fo look. And they're all very scenester and we're-cooler-that-you and not very inclussive and openarmed about it, when it really should be about everyone getting involved and create and survive and well, scenester scenes are not for us,  open-hearted DIY creativity and sharing the art of doing it yourself is. You can find out more over there where the cooler than you scenester zine people hang out. if only London wasn't such a divided scenester you're not cool enough to be part of what we do kind of city, if only it wasn't like that, if only people really walked it like they try to talk it, it could be such a more creatively alive and united kind of place to do things yourself, go get involve, thing need to change, more inclussive attitudes needed, less eliteism, ah f***, go get involved if you want, really should be room for everyone is "all things" are being "celebrated", different shapes and shades for different minds, go create, the more DIY creativity the better, CREATE has always been the word here (if anyone wants help getting a zine going, feel free to shout our way, we've learnt a lot over the long life of Organ)  - www.alternativepress.org.uk

CREATE AND SURVIVE is a series of visual art DIY radio documentaries, made by us here at Organ zine, the first of which will run on Resonance FM this coming Wednesday at 8pm, more from us on Monday, these are busy busy times.. 

4th FEB: LARRY ACHIAMPONG Late at Tate Britain: Jam in the Dark and Film Screening (Tate Britain, Manton Studio, Millbank, London SW1, Friday 5 February 2010, 6.30pm – 9.30pm, Free entry)
     “Join artist Larry Achiampong and his band tonight for a jam session with a difference! Taking place over three hours in a darkened space, “Jam in the Dark” is a heightened sensory experience and a whole new way to listen to music”.
Larry explains: “‘Ok, it’s as simple as ABC…we take our instruments into a dark space with improvisation in mind. We rely on each other’s sense of sound and feeling to communicate with one another. The audience is bound to this void of nothingness to see and everything to hear and feel. It’s a cycle of letting go, giving back and receiving! JAM IN THE DARK!’” With Kimathi Donkor, Kunal Patel, Sharon Dabrowa, Roi Driscoll, Ben Youngman and Barbara Lambert.
Also in the Manton Foyer at the Tate, you can watch “Nothingness into Somethingness” (2010), part two of a film series by artist Larry Achiampong, on the topic he describes as ’when artists make nothing and describe it as something’. The series is inspired by and responds to “Jam in the Dark”. Sound is by Larry Achiampong and Barbara Lambert. 
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1st FEB: BURNING CANDY COFFIN..  “I spotted this coffin in the window of a shop in Stokes Croft the otherday. It is etched with designs by Rowdy, Cyclops and Sweet Toof, all members of the Burning Candy crew. The skeleton inside the coffin even has Sweet Toof's distinctive mouth”. So said someone at the Bristol street art blog
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