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DENIAL – CONTROL + ALT + DELETE

Does the world as we know it need a hard reset? International street artist DENIAL explores this question with his newest collection of visual subversions for Control Alt Delete, his inaugural exhibition at Melbourne’s Vs. Gallery.

CONTROL+ALT+DELETE examines the current corporate power structures that seek to control our thoughts and lives and, ultimately, our wallets. Through advertising and branding techniques, these companies attempt to alter how we perceive the world in order to encourage consumerism at any cost. The pieces in the exhibition work to alter our perception of these branded images in an effort to interrupt their function and to create a new dialogue about the nature of our capitalistic lives. DENIAL works to develop bold new meanings by taking these household names and iconography and reimagining their structure and purpose to foster alternative modes of thinking. How long can our society coexist with corporate values and aspirations? Is it time to reboot?

The exhibition will feature a broad collection of works across a variety of mediums. From 3-D laser-cut assemblages, to original limited edition screen prints and wood-panel aerosol paintings, DENIAL takes his signature street style and boils it down to ironically consumable artworks that are as visually stunning as they are thought-provoking.

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Herakut’s RENTAL ASYLUM

On Saturday, February 24, downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) will proudly present the latest exhibition from leading German graffiti artists and storytellers HERAKUT — HERA (Jasmin Siddiqui) and AKUT (Falk Lehmann). Titled “Herakut’s RENTAL ASYLUM,” the exhibition of all new works will inhabit CHG’s 4,500 square-foot main gallery, with the artists in attendance.

Regarding their newest creations, HERAKUT states: “The show is called ‘Rental Asylum’ — as we all need to rent a place somewhere far from today’s actual reality, don’t we? And all our creatures on canvas are the happy patients of our rental asylum. They all have different reasons for checking in with us, for a bit, before facing the shit show our world has become.”

After joining forces in 2004, the artists merged their names and styles to collaborate as HERAKUT. Since then, the duo have been painting murals all over the world, along with additional works on canvas, paper and film for gallery and museum shows. Beyond international exhibitions around the world (France, Gaza, Germany and Jordan, among many others), live festival showings at Glastonbury (U.K.), Coachella (U.S.) and an appearance at the Happy 80th Birthday, Dalai Lama celebration (U.S.), this marks HERAKUT’s second exhibition at the gallery.

HERAKUT consider themselves “storytellers” who want to share their thoughts and questions with the public, so their figurative work is always accompanied with text. Their process of painting is also a dialogue with both artists adding their individual techniques to the piece. Jasmin uses her drawing skills on finding the form and proportion of their characters, while Falk specializes on painting the photorealistic elements.

In addition, HERAKUT are also involved with a variety of charity organizations — where the two work with children in schools and youth programs teaching young people to create a world for themselves — inside their minds. A collection of their work can be found in their books HERAKUT – the perfect merge and After The Laughter.

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Spencer Keeton Cunningham – ARRIVAL

In his current solo exhibit, artist & activist, Spencer Keeton Cunningham addresses the first point of contact between European colonists and indigenous peoples. In his distinct style, he has created a new mural, installation, film festival & art exhibit at Space Gallery in downtown Portland, Maine. The opening reception is Friday Feb 2nd, 5-8pm 2018

“I’m really happy about this exhibit. It’s something new for me,” Cunningham stated. “The legendary Jonathan Richman of The Modern Lovers is actually coming to play a live musical set inside my art show, so it’s a big honour to be a part of something like that.”

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BAILER – ‘DUALITY’

‘Duality’, an exhibition from Melbourne artist, Bailer, opens at fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne, on Tuesday 30 January 2018.

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Featuring paintings and sculptural works that traverse liminal states of being, ‘Duality’ aims to explore the ever-changing state of the human condition. Through abstraction, the viewer is immersed, unlocking their own mutable states of mind and coming to understand that nothing ever stays the same. All is fluid, moving.

Capturing a likeness of something that already occupies space has never really interested Bailer. Instead, the development of a personal style and the refinement of an enjoyable cathartic process takes precedence. Process is the most important part of Bailer’s artistic expression, and is clearly apparent in his work.

‘I have used art (and an array of other activities) as a form of escapism for many years. Graffiti, muralism, sketching, writing, all forms of creativity I have used to escape the hands of time, the act of contemplating my own successes/failures, impending mortality, the inequities of an unjust society. Getting deeply lost in the creative process is like ducking my head below the breakers. The roar of the ocean instantly forgotten in the calm below, surfacing for air briefly only to dive deeper. The noise of self- doubt, expectation and pressure fading into the depths.’ – Bailer

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Painting publicly in Melbourne for 20 years, Bailer’s style is instantly recognisable. The roots of his work are imbedded deeply in the graffiti subculture, and his new pieces push outside the self-imposed boundaries of genre. Bailer’s studio practice and public art incorporate a broad range of artistic modes.

Bailer’s art practice is varied: from large scale creations across walls in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Bali and Europe to more intimate approaches on canvas evoking existential explorations of the mind. His work is a fusion of biomech – surrealist manifestations of the self – expressed within abstract forms. Bailer’s art is currently positioned within these liminal states of the mind.

‘Duality’ opens at fortyfivedownstairs 45 Flinders Lane Melbourne on Tuesday 30 January from 5pm.

For catalogue enquires, contact curator: georgia.rouette@gmail.com

Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday 11am-5pm, Saturday 12pm-4pm

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Q&A with LING

Born in New Zealand and raised on Melbourne’s Hurstbridge line, Ling is a multi-faceted artist based in Melbourne’s infamous Everfresh Studio. With a background in stylised lettering and graffiti, Ling is also well known for his 80’s and 90’s pop culture pieces, littering the streets of Melbourne and beyond, pushing those who come in contact with the pieces to reminisce of days gone by.

Having shot to international notoriety through his “Allure of Gold” project, taking everyday items like trains and cars that have been left to degrade and painting them gold, giving them the illusion of value once again, Ling is now pushing things even harder. Whilst on the hunt for a holy grail gold piece – ‘I noticed an abandoned fighter jet at Santorini airport…’– Ling has started working on far more diverse projects, pushing the canvas-based boundaries of portraiture and abstract work. A member of Melbourne’s ID crew, Ling is no stranger to collaboration, and is as familiar working alone as he is taking part in full scale productions, including most recently at Denmark’s Roskilde festival.


Photo: LING

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INTERMISSON

‘Intermission’ is an experimental exhibition taking place at the former Collingwood Technical College (Melbourne, Australia). The buildings that form the Collingwood site have been a place of learning, creativity and collaboration since its days as the Collingwood School of Art and Design in 1871. Most of the site has remained unoccupied and vacant for 12 years, but is now on the eve of becoming a working arts precinct and cultural hub.


Photo: Nicole Reed

In the interval, a diverse crew of artists, curated by Goodie, are producing and installing work over three floors of one of the heritage buildings. The show brings together a line-up of local, national and international artists, of varying ages, genders, backgrounds and practices, ranging from graffiti, murals, installation, performance and sculpture.


Photo: Nicole Reed

In the building’s current state, emptiness is an opportunity to experiment, collaborate, exhibit and develop new work in a unique space with a long history. Intermission seeks to connect artists and artistic communities, and showcase various voices and modes of making and exhibiting work.


Photo: Nicole Reed

Featuring: 23rd Key, Abyss 607, Askew, Deams, DNART, EARS, Finn Astle, Goodie, Goon Hugs, Hannah Beilharz, Hiroko Okada, Jason Parker, John Aslanidis, Josie Alexandra, Junky, Justine McAllister, Kaff-eine, Kenz, Kitt Bennett, Lester Francois, LucyLucy, Mic Porter, Nicole Reed, Odeith, Putos, Simon Beuve, Slicer, Sofles, Tom Gerrard, Tyson Campbell


Photo: Nicole Reed

Grand opening Saturday 13th January 2018 from 3pm – 6pm.

14th – 21st January 2018 – Show open between 10am – 4pm

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“Wool Tang Clan” @ Regalerija, Croatia

Well known Croatian graffiti artists, Lunar, SmackMosk Ronald Lindgreen, recently opened a quirky group show organized in collaboration with Regeneracija, a local company that recycles textile and produces floor coverings. Under the title “Wool Tang Clan” they managed to transform some of their creative visions to an usual medium – woolen carpets.

Opened on December 20th 2017 @ Regeneracija’s Regalerija show space in Zabok, Croatia, the artists challenged their creativity by introducing graffiti-influenced knitted works. Intrigued by the unusual medium and a chance to produce work with such atypical technique and format, the artists boldly stepped away from their comfort zones for this exhibition. In such manner Mosk created somewhat conceptual piece spelling “WHO NEEDS A CARPET ANYWAY”, reducing the household object to minimum, completely cancelling or at least questioning its purpose. His friend Smack created a large round piece based on a pixelated macro shot of one of his actually graffiti pieces. Showing such strict structure with such organic and soft medium, the artist created a vibrant piece next to his actual tag created from bundles of wool. One of Croatia’s most prominent urban artists and initiator of this project, Lunar, successfully translated his cartoon-like imagery into this new medium, similar to Ronald Lindgreen whose watercolor landscapes turned out to be a perfect motif for knitted rugs.

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‘New Meaning’ – Shida

Shida’s work explores the interlinked relationship between ritual, sexuality and love. Psychedelic entities are entwined in ceremonial acts, transcending the boundaries of known reality. In a world where society’s issues are becoming increasingly gendered and people are seemingly more divided than ever due to the rise of identity politics, Shida seeks to turn this tide like an ancient shaman with each of these works being, in essence, an invocation, an energetic manifestation, a prayer to joy.

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Mayonaize T-Shirts now available!

Our friend Mayo has just released his new limited run of t-shirts just in time for the holiday and gift giving season! These tees are screen-printed front and back and available in sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL.

Email info@mayonaize.com to purchase while they last. First in best dressed (literally!). AU$60 + $10 shipping within Australia. Add an international address to your email for a shipping quote. Don’t sleep fam.

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