Friday, 16 November 2012

Candy for the Eyes & Ears 17! Obey, VNA and Eton Messy!

Seems appropriate after only getting to see a few pieces of the show to take a proper look at the recent Shepard Fairey "Sound & Vision" opening at Stolen Space gallery in London. The work is all music related, a big inspiration and passion for Fairey and anyone else who has a soul. 

Some of the works make direct reference to bands or musicians while some take inspiration from song titles such as "Love Is The Drug" and the work ranges from specially designed 12" format record covers, portraits, posters, amazing hand made 7" record sleeves with custom cut 7s inside and a special mix tape was created for the show by DJ Z-Trip who's musical adventures are said to mirror the visual art adventures of Shepard!You can download the mix for free here, well worth a listen! So the show really covered a lot of areas, bringing together many different elements

Fairey also completed 3 large scale murals in various locations across London despite the rain, as well as poster bombing the Shoreditch area with his trademark Andre Obey posters. Some amazing work from a real pioneer, I'm chuffed I managed to bag one of the limited signed show posters (see below), gonna look real nice in my living room!

All Obey Photos by Jon Furlong!

I also picked up the latest copy of VNA (Very Nearly Almost) magazine at the Nelly Duffy Gallery. VNA is a pretty classy little arts magazine focusing on graffiti and  street art primarily with interviews and photo's of the artists work. They've covered everyone from Shepard Fairey (see above), Invader, D*Face to Roa and Retna to name a few and always highlight some new talents, issue 19's Twoone being of note, check him out!


And finally something for the ears from Eton Messy! Essentially a music channel blog on youtube and soundcloud, they specialise in "Future Garage inspired music. New electronic music updates as regularly as I find them" and have led me onto some pretty nice tunes. The Fog remix below and a remix of local lads Bones & Money makes them a winner in my book but check out their mix tapes and take the full journey into Beauty &  The Beats!