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Deen Scene - What's On # 12!

Another hectic month but lots of great things happening so here's my round up of whats been happening and whats coming up!

Local skateboard company Doric Skateboards have just celebrated their 1st year in business, a year that's seen a dream become a reality for founder Gary Kemp and one that's helped add a bit of community spirit that I think has been missing from the Aberdeen skate scene. As Gary has grown in confidence so has his output as he continues to promote Aberdeen and also noting the importance of the cities creative community. His first collab series with artist Honk went down a treat and now he's teamed up with designer extraordinaire Gabi Reith aka Small Stories. Riffing off the classic John Rattray photo where he's doing an impossible looking wall ride next to graffiti "Adeen thugs kill all visiting fans" Gabi has switched things up and added a more positive spin as a skater drops in on a giant beard. Decks have been selling fast so if you&#…

Getting To Know SLAVE!

One thing I've always liked about art and creativity is the varied practioners and communities that exist under one banner. From architects to designers and contemporary artists to graffiti writers, all add to the conversation and all have a part to play. For a long time the voices of the graffiti writers has been somewhat missing from the conversation, apart from the occasional inflammatory headline in the Evening Express (last time I checked they were happily sharing the Nuart map and degrading street beggars and the homeless) and as you'd expect from a community that operates outside the legal boundaries you have to be careful. 
Yet with the arrival of Nuart Aberdeen and a city discovering the power of street art its important to recognise those who have been plugging away and pioneering the movement for decades. And as anyone in the Scottish graff scene can tell you, none have been pushing harder than Aberdeens own Charlie K aka Slave. Charlie has been getting up and painti…

'Latherland' at Shop Front Festival, Coventry!

I'm currently sitting in my hotel room at the Premiere Inn, Coventry where ill be doing a live video mix for "Your favourite live and interactive Soap Opera!" Latherland, created by Susannah Hewlett and Steve Nice. Part performance art piece, part theatre production with a dash of improv, Latherland continues to explore all of the above but removed from the usual confines of traditional venues, no stuffy seating here! Each iteration of the show, originally called 'The Erinsborough Fringe' see's the story and cast of characters develop over the course of a 3 hour live performance, filmed and edited live to TVs around each venue. 

With a set beggining and end point, everything in between is really up to the people who join in. Audience members, local actors, café staff, all are welcome to don a new shirt and join the ever increasing cast, often jumping in with a little prep from set manager Steve. Thinking on your feet is essential and as previous shows have pro…

NUART ABERDEEN 2018!

Nuart Aberdeen is fast approaching and the the social media pages are abuzz as people look to April when 12 international and Scottish street artists will descend on Aberdeen, creating site specific works of art, murals, installations and paste ups, not to mention a few ceramic tile pieces. The artists for 2018 are Bordalo ii, Bortusk Leer, Carrie Reichardt, Dr. D (Subertiser), Elki, Ernest Zacharevic, The Glöbel Brothers, Hyuro, Milu Correch, Nimi & RH74, PhlegmandSnik. One of the things I enjoyed most about last years Nuart Aberdeen was the new artists they brought to my attention along with the more well known names and this year is no different.

Its wonderful to have Carrie Reichardt, who we met last year at Nuart Festival in Stavanger, gracing the streets of Aberdeen. With her cutting political and social commentary, Carrie's work serves to both highlight injustices across a range of issues whilst also holding a torch up for those who have fought and paved the way for gend…

Art of Urban Warfare Aberdeen!

One of the first street art books I bought was Street Renegades (New Underground Art) by Francesca Gavin. It featured work by Ben Eine, Invader, Brad Downey and El Tono along with a few others prominent figures from the time. The book didn't cover a huge amount of artists but it did highlight quite a few artists who've gone on to spear head the street art movement with many continuing to push it forward. Some of the artists have moved away from their signature style of work while others like Dan Witz are now entering their 4th decade of putting work on the streets. Printed in 2007 (probably when I bought it) it provided a glimpse into the burgeoning street art world and highlighted the diverse range of practitioners from all corners of the globe. 

One artist I gravitated towards was Flu aka Influenza aka Jeroen Jongeleen. His work was incredibly simple at the time, consisting of black lines with in accurate measurement details, black out street posters and multi coloured toy so…