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    Volery Gallery at CAN Art Fair Ibiza 2022

    Volery Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in Contemporary Art Now, Ibiza (CAN). The fair focuses on the Now and solely on the latest happenings in the contemporary art world.Volery Gallery’s main aim is to offer the Middle East exposure to the latest happenings in the international art world, exhibiting and collaborating with artists and galleries representing the New Contemporary wave.Volery will exhibit the works of six outstanding artists, Ana Barriga, Ms. Dyu, Britty Em, Franco Fasoli, Tosin Kalejaye and Putu Adi Suanjaya (Kencut). Their work has a common thread of questioning their surrounding environments and societies. Flat backgrounds, cartoon characters and colourful toys take over the space to raise questions and recall past experiences.The selection brings together the mischievousness, irony and humour of Barriga’s universe, where the artist is met with children’s toys and daily colourful objects from which unforeseen situations that do not fit the rules emerge. The ironic presentation of society in Ms. Dyu’s work is seen in her cartoonish display of characters interacting with their surrounding environment. The extraordinary trip Em’s work takes the audiences through her extravagantly colourful and playful work filled with patterns, symbolism and nostalgic objects. The dispute, conflict and discursive juxtaposition in Fasoli’s work in which he questions the questions already asked. The flat backgrounds in Kalejaye’s work, in conjunction with his vividly painted figures, he utilises his work to convey his opinions and impressions about the everyday Black experience in modern society. The stuffed toys and the buttoned eyes are recurring characters in Kencut’s work, reflecting and mirroring his past experiences from a young age that are embedded within his subconscious.You can book your tickets to this year’s festival at Contemporary Art Now’s website. More

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    Artist Retrospective: Franco Fasoli aka JAZ

    Born into a family of artists, Franco Fasoli is one of the first urban artists to practice in Buenos Aires in the 90s under the name JAZ. He quickly evolves towards muralism, evolving towards a stylized figurative style. Today he is one of the best known and most talented artists on the Argentinian scene.One of the main features of his latest work is the exploration of different scales and materials for his pieces. From large-format paintings in public spaces to small works on bronze or paper, the fluctuation of contexts and resources has been the fuel of his art. The tension between the global, dominant culture, and the sub-cultures as a space of resistance, has been the subject of study in his work, both at the conceptual level and in his actions throughout his career.Mural in Barcelona, Spain, 2021Tigers, wildcats, and animal-human hybrids make frequent appearances in the graffiti, murals, paintings, sculptures, and collages of Franco Fasoli. The combats of zoomorphic characters in his works usually question the themes of the quest for identity and social divide.The artist over the years has exhibited in numerous countries worldwide, as he participates to international festivals and constantly works towards the productions of mural interventions.Check out below some of our favorite works from JAZ.“The Rapture” in Madrid, Spain, 2015On “The Rapture” JAZ ttok a break from his current style inspired by the sharp collage works, the images depict majestic Minotaur carrying and grasping the muscly horse. Using minimal color palette consisting of dark brown and black, the pieces look like blown up chalk drawings on a blank white paper. With these works the artist is commenting on the aggressive and survival lifestyle of modern world while using an icon of Spanish culture that is the bull.In his own words “Painting murals was alway my best way to communicate with people, explore the B sides of the cities and become a little part of them. It’s like a sport, a social exercise, a gift.”Mural in Berlin, Germany, 2014“Eat This” in Cozumel, Mexico, 2015JAZ has completed his giant mural for SeaWalls and PangeaSeed which just took place on the streets of the island of Cozumel in Mexico. The SeaWalls Street Art festival aim is to help saving Mexico’s Oceans and Endangered Marine Life, One Public Mural at a Time. The Argentinean muralist super impressive and vibrant piece warns us against harvesting sharks fins for soup.Mural by JAZ in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2014Mural by JAZ in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2014With this mural in Buenos Aires, JAZ teamed up with Pastel in their home town of Buenos Aires and created this double piece.Using different color palette for each of the images, they created these two piece that look like a mirrored image at a first glance. With Jaz’ signature anthropomorphic characters, juxtapozed with Pastel’s floral imagery, the piece has a strong contrast effect. Both color wise between two pieces, but also with easy, calming feel of the flowers and plants, against aggressive looking characters depicting football hooligans.Mural in Villa Soriano, Uruguay, 2013Mural in Cape Town, South Africa, 2013JAZ worked on a mural in Cape Town for the excellent Acrylic Walls Project last 2013. Through blending unconventional materials such as bitumen (asphaltic paint and petrol), he always delivers a huge mural that resemble a delicate watercolor.Mural in Barcelona, Spain, 2015Mural in Montreal, Canada, 2015Mural in Kyiv, UkraineMake sure to check out and follow our #FrancoFasoli page for more updates on the talented artist! More

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    Our Towns Brings A Series of New Murals To Basildon

    BasildON Creative People & Place initiative recently teamed up with ReFRAMED Productions and the two realized Our Towns, an innovative street art initiative that brought a number of large-scale murals to the streets of Basil-don town center in the past few months. With the initiative’s focus on putting the local community at the heart of driving and delivering diverse and engaging projects, this original concept partnered world-class artists with local organizations in order to create murals inspired by Basildon and reflecting on global issues seen through a local lens. Under the subtitle Our Towns: Climate, this series of murals aims to inspire and encourage conversations around climate, with a monumental art installation influenced by the local ecology and chosen by residents. The entire program was aligned with the Creative Estuary effort to transform 60 miles of the Thames Estuary across South Essex and North Kent into one of the most exciting creative clusters in the world.INSA © Doug GillenUnique in their approach Our Towns coordinated their activity with the residents who choose between ‘people and our behaviors’ or the ‘planet and our impact’ topic. After the voting, ‘planet and our impact’-themed mural was realized by INSA, shining a light on the near-threatened green-winged orchid frequently found in Basildon. The large-scale public work continuing artist’s series of GIF animations of graffiti work aka GIF-ITI, was painted using Graphenstone paints which are free of toxic components, accentuating the environmental focus of the entire undergoing. Meanwhile, the legacy of the concept will revolve around a series of workshops for local youth, as well as the development of Basildon town’s first Voluntary Local Review. VLR will assess and report on a city through the lens of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while monitoring progress on social, economic, and environmental factors in partnership with the University of Essex.INSA © Doug GillenIn similar manner, other murals developed over the summer were focused on such locally important and universally recognizable topics such as elderly population, diverse voices to LGBTQIA, and traveling communities,. By completing 8 public art interventions that celebrate difference and commonality the project is hoping. to spark important social and environmental discussion. The full lineup of participating artists include Aches (IRE), Franco Fasoli (ITA), Marina Capdevila (ESP), Erin Holly (UK), Gabriel Pitcher (UK), INSA (UK), Michele Curtis (UK), and Helen Bur (UK).Franco Fasoli © aruallanAches © Doug GillenAches © Doug GillenErin Holly © aruallanGabriel Pitcher © Doug GillenGabriel Pitcher © Doug GillenHelen Bur © aruallanHelen Bur © aruallanINSA © Doug GillenINSA © Doug GillenMarina Capdevila © Doug GillenMichele Curtis © Doug GillenMichele Curtis © Doug GillenMichele Curtis © Doug Gillen More