Rock goes to College

About seven years ago, Blackburn College started inviting bands to come in and record live in our television studio, with the aim to create something that was a youthful mixture of John Peel session and The Old Grey Whistle Test. The idea was to give the Art and Media students a chance to hone their…

A Northern Soul

“So, is Harland in London?” I ask his exhibition liaison at White Cube. “Yeah, he is, he’s just had his Film on Sunday event at Bermondsey and he’s around for a few days before he goes to Italy; just give him a call and see if he’s free”. When I call Harland to arrange an…

Feedback Loops

Massive Attack are one of the most iconic British bands of the last twenty years; their music de ned and broke the rules of numerous genres. Constantly innovative and given to potent marriages of music and visual art, their aesthetic has been shaped om the outset by graffiti writer-turned frontman Rob Del Naja (aka 3D).…

Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada

Various locations From hitting the New York City scene in the nineties with Culture Jamming, to his recent Memorylithics series, Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada has followed a lateral route, characterised by his constant going against the flow. His work hasn’t left behind the classical arguments of this practice, but he has moved away from some of its…

Give

Circleculture Gallery, Berlin November 18,2011- January 24, 2012 Isn’t a street art gallery a contradiction in terms? “We don‘t see ourselves as a street art gallery”, the charming lady manning the front desk at Circleculture Gallery informs me, “we rather consider ourselves working with artists who have a background in street art, or other urban…

Gabriel Specter, Sidebusting

Various locations, New York Beginning in 2010 and continuing into 2011, the New York City based street artist Gabriel Specter initiated a series he titled Unwanted Collaborations/ Sidebusts. Sidebusting – also known as spotjocking – is a term employed in the graffiti community to describe the act of knowingly placing one’s piece close to a…

Murmuration

Black Rat Projects, London 1st December 2011- 14th January 2012 It is always curious when street art makes the transition into the gallery space. Taken away from the context of the urban public realm, it automatically loses the aesthetics and politics that come with it, essentially, the inherent risk of making art without permission directly…

They call it Madness

Berlin-based MadC incorporates traditional graffiti lettering with extreme methods of paint application using industrial spray guns to paint walls up to 700 metres long. Her huge scale productions are a feat of endurance and technical skill. Here she chats with London’s street art legend and accidental gallerist Pure Evil about publishing, paint quality and why…

Off the Wall

Berlin based Robin Rhode occupies a unique position within the mainstream contemporary art world, revered equally for his performative drawings on the street as for his installations in some of the most presitigious galleries around the world. Told from the perspective of post-apartheid South Africa, his work is political, humorous and street savvy. Interview by…

Just For Fun

The story of the FUN Gallery is the story of a group of kids from New York City who started as outsiders and went on to achieve global recognition. Patti Astor’s unconventional approach to running the FUN Gallery is as radical now as it was back in the day. Cedar Lewisohn caught up with the…