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Tokio Aoyama’s latest exhibition “The Loop” opens Aug 1 at Cre8 Gallery

Japanese born painter Tokio Aoyama is back this summer with 2nd solo art exhibition entitled The Loop. “The Loop” will showcase Aoyama’s latest surreal psychedelic paintings from his 2013 art series “Dogu.” Through his paintings he creates a mystical landscape that explores music, color, birth, life, transformation, the spiritual world and ancient Japanese mythology. The exhibition is being presented by Cre8 Gallery and Earth Tone arts at London based Hoxton Gallery. The exhibition will open August 1, 2013 from 6-9pm. Come prepared to party and enjoy some mind blowing visual art.

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Love in the FAME of God

Jonny Burt creates mixed media pieces on paper and canvas, predominantly using charcoals, pastels, acrylics, oils and collage. According to Jonny, we now live in a schizophrenic society with a serious identity crisis and his work focuses on the toxic, dehumanizing effects of a culture defined by reality shows and the gross sexualisation of our youth. As an actor, he is both disgusted and fascinated by the concept of fame and the crippling delusional aspects of ‘celebrity’ that seem to be increasingly aligned with human mortality in modern society. Take a closer look at some of Jonny’s work below.

 

 

Regressive Zero

Butterflies

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Mellow like a cello

Michael James Bell also known as BAEL is a melancholy type of artist. Mellow like a cello, his work is dark, almost brooding, sensual, and slightly hopeful all at once. Born 1983 in East Yorkshire UK where he’s currently based, the self taught artist from East Yorkshire in the UK, has show in various group shows and solo exhibitions across England and currently exhibits his work with Signal Gallery in London. He plans to show there again in 2013. Take a closer look at some of my favorite paintings from BAEL  below.

Joseph Loughborough’s “The Anatomy of Strangers”

When the city’s full of people who you just see around, there’s the art of Joseph Loughborough. The following charcoal works on paper are taken from Joseph’s recent exhibition at Future Tense Gallery in London, entitled The Anatomy of Strangers.

“There’s an opposite to déjà vu. They call it jamais vu. It’s when you meet the same people or visit places, again and again, but each time is the first. Everybody is always a stranger. Nothing is ever familiar.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Choke


“Absurd”

 


“And then we will fade”

 


“Blinding Lights”

 


“Collected thoughts of a simple man”

 


“La Route 153”

 


“The Replacement 195”

Unofficial Best of London’s LoveBox 2012 Festival – Sunday Set

Historically, music festivals like Woodstock and Glastonbury were created to celebrate idealism (one ‘ism that we agree is worth buying into). Lovebox is no different. Add to this idealism the inclusiveness that you find on the best dancefloors and the diversity you find on our capital’s streets and you have the beginnings of a manifesto for a world-class festival in a world-class city.

Ten years old Lovebox has grown up quickly to become the biggest party on East London’s summer calendar and with every year it takes another step forward.

Sunday is a freewheeling, groundbreaking, no-holds-barred party, pulling together elements of the fiercest all-night parties, ballrooms, gay discos, supper clubs, cabarets and bingo-halls and mixing it with recycled couture, the hottest emergent artists and, of course, outrageous acts to create a totally unique hedonistic all-dayer which is most definitely Out & Out Fierce…

Out and Out … and out, and out, and out #ofcontrol

 

LoveBox’s Sunday set maimed faces… the old-fashioned way – Le Freaks and Disco Beats, Khans and Firebombs, and Rhythmic Servitude in the name of Keeping Up with the Jones #Gracefaced

Chic ft. Nile Rodgers

Let’s Dance Cover

Like A VirginNotorius

Good Times

Chaka Khan (with Incognito)

Ain’t Nobody

Tell Me Something Good with Incognito

I’m Every Woman

Grace Jones

Slave to the Rhythm 

La Vie en Rose

Demolition Man

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Unofficial Best of London’s LoveBox Festival 2012 – Saturday Set

Historically, music festivals like Woodstock and Glastonbury were created to celebrate idealism (one ‘ism that we agree is worth buying into). Lovebox is no different. Add to this idealism the inclusiveness that you find on the best dancefloors and the diversity you find on our capital’s streets and you have the beginnings of a manifesto for a world-class festival in a world-class city.

Ten years old Lovebox has grown up quickly to become the biggest party on East London’s summer calendar and with every year it takes another step forward.

Saturday follows the tried and tested Lovebox model of curating a heady mix of international megastars, pop-cult legends, hipper than thou rockers and underground club collectives. Heart and soul, rock and roll.

Unofficial… because the view from the crowd puts you right in the pit #orsomethingtothateffect

 

Stooshe, Sabre, Sande, and Kelis… Girl Pop that won’t give you cavities, rough-around-the-edges neo-soul crooner with a tinge of Legend tone on the tongue, the heavenly neuroscience student whose rhythm transcends the merely cerebral – and, of course, the acapella milkshake distributor #bawsey

 

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Waterfalls Cover

 

Black Heart (Exclusive)

Maverick Sabre

I Can Never Be (Exclusive)

Emeli Sande

Heaven

Kelis

Millionaire

Milkshake (Holiday/Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Drum Mix)

BlinkkStreet: Mint Street Park, London SE1

I’ve come to love London a bit more each day. Coming from America, there’s a certain history to the Anglophilic streets that eludes most Stateside cities. Regardless of how wonderful and fresh the new, now, next – it’s the pastiche of the past and gifted present which makes those certain renowned locales truly worthy of any world citizen’s presence. London is one of those cities that appears to be a living, breathing convergence of old, now, and new. I love New York, I live New York to this day – but there’s something about London… the subtle signatures of the city scape that make it impossible to turn away.

 

Take South London. It’s a far cry from the casual cosmopolitan Notting Hill of the North. It’s nowhere near as “Yeah, we go to Manero’s – we know Manero. No – there’s no Manero,” as East London’s Shoreditch, Hoxton, or Dalston. I don’t exactly know what entails West London, but South London is clearly not the prime locale for fifth terminals, premiere football leagues, or posh pads. This is why I love South London – SE1 Sowfeese to be exact. It’s a neighborhood: we’ve got Morley’s Chicken and Chips #backbypopulardemand, we’ve got pachyderms and palaces, we’ve got Waterloo, Southbank, and Borough High, we’ve got the BFI Imax – which is basically a cinema in the sky.

Here’s a view of bits and pieces of the nooks and niches that make London a makeshift home for me.

 

 

First up: Mint Street Park, and some eponymously fresh playground art…

 

 

 

Looking Back to Move Forward–15 Minutes with Tokio Aoyama on the Ancient Future

I’m glad that I was given the opportunity to interview the very talented painter Tokio Aoyama. His latest exhibition, the aptly titled “Ancient Future” will opens later this month at the Hoxton Gallery in London. Check out the interview with Tokio below…

 

Art Nouveau: Hello Tokio Aoyama. I am a fan of your work so it is an honor to be conducting this interview with you.

Tokio Aoyama: Thank you so much!

 

AN: I initially discovered your work through Georgia Anne Muldrow’s music. You did album covers for both her and Dudley Perkins. How did you get that opportunity?

TA: Michael Tolle from Mello Music Group contacted me on Myspace, and he introduced Georgia and Dudley. They are into my art and we started working together. I love their music and their message. They are wonderful people.

 

 

AN: Are you a self taught artist or did you receive any training?

TA: Actually both, I didn’t finish but I studied graphic design at The Art Institute of Seattle. I took a life drawing class but I was not taught how to paint. I learned painting by myself.

 

AN: I’ve noticed you do a lot paintings of musicians. What kind of music do you like to listen to when you’re working on your paintings?

TA: I do listen to all kinds of music when I paint. It depends on what mood I am in. Sometimes I prefer silence. When I work on someone’s album cover, I listen to their music. Currently, I am working on an album cover for Australian artist Electric Egypt. His cosmic sound is giving me inspiration. He is one of my favorites right now.

 

AN: How long have you been painting?

TA: I started painting when I was little but I started painting on canvas with acrylic paints when I was 20.

 

AN: What do you enjoy most about being an artist?

TA: It’s a very simple thing. Expressing what I am thinking in my head with brushes and paint is really fun.

 

AN: What is a motto you live by?

TA: Be Humble.

 

AN: Is there anything else you would like to add?

TA: Please come to see my art at Hoxton Gallery London (22nd -29th August 2012).

 

Malerei: Painting As Object

Rudolf Polanszky, Documentation of Compression Spring Paintings’, 1983

‘If destiny will grant me enough time I shall discover an international language which will endure forever and which will continue to enrich itself… its name will be Malerei [painting]’ Hans K Roethel & Jean K Benjamin, ‘Kandinsky’ (1979)

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STATIC’s “Moments of Clarity” at Whisper Gallery in London

STATIC’s latest exhibition which recently opened at Whisper Gallery London showcases their new ‘layered’ work, which toys with light, reflection and transparency to create unique pieces mixing screen printing and stenciling on layers of glass, Perspex and aluminum. This practice results in ‘floating’, deconstructed portraits and multi-layered symbols and patterns, in which hope, dreams and escapism are visualized.

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Dinu Bodiciu Opts For An Unconventional Fashion Presentation

Dinu Bodiciu must not be very superstitious. The thought of bad luck didn’t stop the London based womenswear and millinery designer best known for lacing Lady GaGa for her appearance on Jay Leno, from launching his Fall/Winter 2012 collection at Swiss Church in London in an one night event with live music, video works and set design.

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