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JUSTKIDS Presents Bicicleta Sem Freio’s “FERA" at REXROMAE.

Opening this coming weekend, March 5th through the 8th, 2015, at REXROMAE in London is the collective Bicleta Sem Freio’s first ever solo show, “FERA.”  Curated by JUSTKIDS’s Charlotte Dutoit the show will feature brand new work from the world acclaimed Brazilians Douglas de Castro and Renato Perreira.  The show’s title, “Fera,” means savage and perfectly portrays Bicicleta’s wild assault of color and beauty on the eyes, leaving one dazed not with pain or regret but ecstasy and respect. 

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The rock art of Tassili n’Ajjer, the Sahara Desert, Algeria.

Tassili is a stunning mountainous region located in the central Sahara, and is the home to over 15,000 engravings and paintings which are thought to date from about 10,000 BC to the first centuries of the present era. Tassili would have been more climatically suitable for human occupation during prehistoric times, and the remains of burial mounds, lithics, and habitations have also been found.

Having grasped international attention since 1933, these stunning paintings stand as a testament to, and provide a record to the lives of, the inhabitants of Tassili who lived in this landscape for thousands of years. They provide us with a kind of ‘history book’, documenting climate change, the evolution of human life, animal migrations, extinct species, and the like.

The rock art has been divided into 5 different periods. The first has been termed the ‘naturalistic period’, which features depictions of the savannah and fauna, followed by the ‘archaic period’. Up next is the ‘Bovidian period’ (about 4000-1500 BC), which is when the majority of the rock art dates to. A renewed naturalistic aesthetic becomes apparent in the art, with significant examples of scenes of daily life and representations of bovine herds (note image #4 of this post in particular). The 4th period is the ‘Equidian period’, which is notable for coinciding with the area’s progressive desiccation (extreme drying), and the disappearance of the many species it caused. Finally, during the early Christian era, we have the ‘Cameline period’, where we see the appearance of dromedary (also known as the Arabian camel). As the appearance of dromedary suggests, Tassili’s climate was now hyper-arid.

Photos courtesy of & taken by Patrick Gruban. UNESCO’s write up on the site was of use when writing up this article.

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Today the Department of Astonishing Optical Illusions is trying not to fall into these awesome spray-painted portals created by German street artist 1010 (pronounced ten-ten). Using concentric layers of vibrant color that darken and disappear into endless black centers, 1010 turns flat surfaces, ranging in size from small framed pieces to the sides of multi-story buildings, into mesmerizing illusions that brighten otherwise boring facades and interior walls and compel the viewer to try stepping into them. Who knows where they might take us.

1010 has been creating his hypnotic pieces all over the world since 2009. Last month he had a solo exhibition, entitled Limbus, at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco.

Head over to 1010’s website and Facebook page to check out more of his delightfull deceptive artwork.

[via Colossal]

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The upbeat art reaching a global audience
The art world is known for trying to find meaning in everything. There is one class, however, that operates in stark contrast to this thinking  in that it interprets very little. Its only pursuit is a vivid aesthetic and a bright, lush color palette. While the art establishment gives stylistic points for such moods as despair, depression and anguish, it is this so-called “naïve art” that seeks to celebrate the human narrative and is, by and large, optimistic. 

On March 5, Seattle’s Roq La Rue Gallery will present two solo shows from artists with distinct aesthetic sensibilities. Sam Wolfe Connelly (who was featured in HF Vol. 32) continues his exploration of the subtly sinister with a new series of drawings and paintings called “And Here I Lay.” Often set in (nearly) empty houses in remote locales, his work takes on the quality of a mysterious shadow one sees in the corner of one’s eye. It has an ambiance of foreboding that can’t be easily explained. 

See more on Hi-Fructose.

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 Vanina Lys Art

Artists on tumblr, on Behance 

"Yes, I do, paint, very special weird! difficult to apprehend.

 In my heart, I’m sure that what I’m doing, is quality in terms, not technical terms, but in terms of sensitivity, and spirituality, because I paint with my body and my soul!

But mostly, I often paint in great danger situation.

Those are, as paintings, for me, those are prayers, invocations, calls I did to save my life!

It is a necessity! a food that fills the void of my being, my to heal the wounds  which stops a while, my blood flowing.

 One day I hope someone will see the true sincerity of my painting.”