/AWOA Artist Talks + LX ONE “UNION

/A WORD OF ART would like to present the next in our series of artist talks featuring international artists in residence LX ONE (FR), Mike Maka (AUS), and Karo Akpokiere (NG).

We will also be launching our Project Room with UNION, an installation featuring new work by LX ONE. Come down for a beer, listen to some records and meet the current residents.

Facebook event here.

LX.ONE - Montreuil Wall May 2012

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CHANCE VISITOR Opening Reception Photos

Thank you to everyone who came out to the opening reception of CHANCE VISITOR, featuring new work by Andrzej Urbanski (GER) and Scott Sueme (CDN). For those of you who couldn’t make it, here are a selection of photographs from the event. CHANCE VISITOR will be up until July 14th, 2012 - please be sure to come by /A SPACE to say hi and see the show! We are open Tuesday through Friday from 10am-5pm and Saturdays from 10am-1pm.

photo courtesy of /A WORD OF ART

We took some photos during opening night, please click here for the full selection. We would also like to extend our gratitude to the following photographers for capturing their experiences of the evening:

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It’s All About Art - Scott Sueme and Antonis Ensoe

One of our currently exhibiting artists, Scott Sueme in conversation with Antonis Ensoe and gallerist Ted Lederer of Elliott Louis Gallery in Vancouver, Canada. Sueme and Ensoe’s upcoming exhibit Positive Places, Negative Spaces: Graffiti to Deconstructivism opens at Elliott Louis on Thursday July 12th, 2012.

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/AWOA on The France24 Observers

/A WORD OF ART has been featured on The France 24 Observers in an article on street art in Woodstock and its’ positive effects on the local community. From the article:

The man behind all this is Ricky Lee Gordon, also known as Freddy Sam, a 28-year-old South African artist who lives in the neighbourhood. In 2011, he launched a project to bring some colour to Woodstock. His goal: to rid the neighbourhood of its bad reputation by highlighting its history and its community through art. Since then, over a dozen houses have been painted by local and international artists. In a country where the shadow of apartheid lingers, many of them chose to paint messages of peace and tolerance.”

Please click here to read the full article.

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/AWOA on BBC Africa

BBC Africa recently featured /A WORD OF ART in a photo story about street art in Cape Town. Please click here to see the full article.

Full artist credits for these photos are as follows (in order of photos): black koki (SA), Cern (USA), Elicser Elliott (CAN) and Andrzej Urbanski (GER), Freddy Sam (SA), Catherine J Howard (USA), Indigo (CAN) and Andrzej Urbanski (GER), Indigo (CAN), Binho (BRA) and Cern (USA), artists unknown, DALeast (CHI), Faith47 (SA), Mak1one (SA), artist unknown.

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Andrzej Urbanski for CHANCE VISITOR

Director’s note: Andrzej Urbanski is exhibiting with Scott Sueme in CHANCE VISITOR. The show opened last Thursday June 7th at /A WORD OF ART’s newly renovated exhibition space. We sat down with Andrzej recently to ask him a few questions about his process and his experiences creating the work for this exhibit.
For a full selection of images of Urbanski’s work for CHANCE VISITOR, please click here. The exhibition will be up until July 14th, 2012.

Can you please tell me a bit about your background, how you were introduced to graffiti and how it led you to where you are now?

photo by Pascal Paquette

I made my first connection with graffiti in the skateparks of Berlin around 1992/1993. While skating the obstacles every single part of them had tags or big graffiti letters. In the beginning I was tagging a lot of buses on the way to school and back. In this time West Berlin was very famous for tagging in buses (seats, windows, floors, doors. almost every part that was visible) and of course also inside trains. I started tagging because of my schoolmate Hüseyin. He introduced me to the guys in my neighborhood who had their tags in every bus and train.

A little while after I started tagging inside buses I dared to do my first letter-style at the hall of fame at the famous wildstyle shop in Berlin/Spandau. The graff-virus got me immediately after this experience. During the years of 1995/1996 the Berlin graffiti scene was very crazy. The police and the politicians had a big problem to keep the city clean from graffiti.

Berlin in the late 90´s was a paradise for everyone who wanted to become famous! We could paint everywhere. Around 2000 it became very difficult to paint in Berlin and the graff heads had to invent some new methods and tactics to paint their pieces on the walls and trains.

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Scott Sueme for CHANCE VISITOR

Director’s note: Scott Sueme will be exhibiting with [Andrzej Urbanski](http://www.a-word-of-art.co.za/a-space/available-artwork/andrzej-urbanski/ in CHANCE VISITOR, opening this Thursday June 7th at /A WORD OF ART’s newly renovated exhibition space. We sat down with Scott recently to ask him a few questions about his process and his experiences creating the work for this exhibit.
To view preview images of Sueme’s work for CHANCE VISITOR, please click here.
For the Facebook event page, please click here.

1. Can you please tell me a bit about your background, how you were introduced to graffiti and how it led you to where you are now?

I grew up in Vancouver BC, and when I was a kid I was always drawn to typography, mostly in signage and branding, and design too. Later on I caught onto graffiti through skateboarding culture. Graffiti just kind of stuck for me and I really wanted to get good at it. It was only until I started doing it a lot where I realized I wanted to do art as well, and potentially as a living.

2. How does your role as a writer influence your fine art, and vice versa? What dialogue or conversation is created between these two aspects of your practice?

Every day the lines seemed to be more and more blurred. But they definitely influence each other on many different levels. The dialogue can be very subtle and or obvious at times. The materials and mediums I use take on different concepts going from canvas to graffiti and back again; it just depends on the situation and what’s applicable.

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