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Uninspired by the lack of public art in their home town of Aalborg, a mid-sized Danish city, Lars Bonde and Mads Mulvad curated We AArt, the first art festival focused exclusively on murals in Denmark. The fest brought out many diverse talents from different corners of Europe. In our first update, you'll find a large-scale mural by Aryz, who is known for expressing his illustrative style on monumental walls. Also hailing from Spain, Kenor created an abstract wall alive with neon colors and Escif painted a mural with neatly compartmentalized depictions of people and objects that evoke's a traveler's sketchbook. Stay tuned for more murals from Interesni Kazki, Alexis Diaz, Don John and Jaz, whose walls are still in progress as we speak.
Brooklyn-based, Michigan-raised artist Gary Mellon crafts wood sculptures that are conceived first in his sketchbook. Mellon adds pops of color with acrylic paint, though in much of his work, the natural poplar tones dominate the figures, faces, and totems constructed by the artist. Mellon’s ornate busts seem to blend notes from art history, from Roman influences to contemporary, pop style.
Our next issue features a plethora of issue exclusive articles, printed on fine art papers, Hi-Fructose 71 features a cover feature on the sculptures of En Iwamura, the paintings of Michael Koehler, Bjorn Lie's ultra bright botanical paintings, Ana Barriga's fascination with kitty objects, Jack Kenna's Milk Crate paintings, A special insert section dedicated to the work of James Linickas printed on sketchbook paper, Vickie Vainionpaa's Gaze paintings, Bella Ormseth's anthropomorphized mushroom paintings, Andrea Koch's deeply moody rural portraits. Plus multi-page reviews of the new Geoff McFetridge film, and Gena Marvin's movie Queendom. and more! Click above to see a few previews.

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