During POW! WOW! Hawaii 2014, artists Kamea Hadar and Defer (K2S) collaborated on a mural that marked the start of a year-long series of collaborative walls, gallery shows and other creative projects between the two artists entitled “Paradise Lost”. The second installment of the series are two large-scale murals in San Francisco and a viewing of canvas pieces at First Amendment Gallery, San Francisco. The show at First Amendment Gallery opens Thursday August 7th, 2014.
Street art and campaigning are age-old buddies; having gone hand in hand since their gestation and covering a range of topics, from political propaganda to raising awareness against media takeover. However one artist is bringing things a great deal closer to home alongside a slightly offbeat subject. For the past year London-based ATM has been re-inhabiting rundown areas of the capital with the ghosts of times gone by in the form of its forgotten bird species. Having recently featured in some of the big dogs of mainstream media, we put Jodie on the case to see what all the flapping was about. Excuse the pun.
MONTANA-CANS, NOVACANE Store Berlin and Berlin Boombox teamed up to have an awesome instore Live Painting Session with the German illustrator and artist Max Birkl. A selection of beautiful works from Max Birkl, an illustrator and graphic designer from Augsburg, Germany was also shown. Max was painting a Montana Boombox and also proofed his live painting skills on the stores shop windows…
‘The Chop Shop’ is here to enliven Canberra’s street culture. They will present the best artists every Friday night and the craziest events every Saturday, we’re talking spray painting, custom car spray off’s, indie music festivals, hip-hop nights and skate jams just to name a few of the events on our crazy calendar.
Coming completely organically from the creative community, championed by Pat Rose and Sancho Murphy; ‘The Chop Shop’ has garnered the support of everyone and everything this side of the Burley Griffin (Canberra) and beyond. ‘The Chop Shop’ smashed it’s crowd funding goal, had polished it’s floors and was ready to party; when a big piece of red tape came along and asked for $80,000 worth of changes and far stricter conditions than those that were originally on the table.
‘The Chop Shop’ need you to get behind them and show that the people are crying out for this project and we aren’t going to let it be soiled by a handful of grinches in the community. Sign the petition and let ‘The Chop Shop’ soldier on as originally planned!
Please share, sign and support ‘The Chop Shop’: https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/andrew-barr-save-the-chop-shop-2
Lush and Dscreet teamed up in Amsterdam to make this film about Bodhi, cus Bodhi rules! Lush is currently driving a converted boxtruck mobile gallery through Europe and doing shows whereever he can find free parking. Check the site to find out where hes at; http://www.lushsux.com/
To coincide with Sickboy’s technicolour transformation of The Outsiders London, the multi-disciplinary street artist has planned an extra curricular summer activity in the form of an exclusive Sickboy Treasure Hunt.
The weekend hunt will kick off this Friday 18th July with five laser-etched Sickboy coffins up for grabs, packed with artist ephemera, original sketches, exclusive Sickboy sticker packs and cosmic curio. The bespoke coffins, which are signed and numbered by the artist, will be buried in multiple locations around the capital marked with a Sickboy temple flag.
Secret location maps and further information regarding how to claim your treasure will be released Friday morning … watch this space and get those shovels ready!
Make It Last Forever runs from Friday 25th July until 30th August at The Outsiders London.
Film courtesy of Sickboy and Mark Warrington.
Charity Group Show Supporting CALM “Campaign Against Living Miserably”
24th – 27th July 2014
Opening 6pm Thursday 24th
AnyForty are a British streetwear brand who specialise in artist collaborative products. In their first 6 years they’ve worked with the cream of the crop of contemporary illustrators and artists from around the world. Artists from the likes of Ken Taylor from Melbourne Australia, to 123Klan from Montreal, Canada.
Opening in August, the House of Vans in London will be the physical manifestation of the culture and creativity that have defined the Vans brand since 1966. Always embracing and fuelling creative expression through art, music, skateboarding, BMX, street culture and fashion; the space offers a solid platform for the local communities to experience and engage with Vans’ ‘Off The Wall’ spirit. With creative expression at the forefront; The House of Vans London will showcase an art gallery, a VansLab artist incubator space, cinema, live music venue, premium café and bars, gifting suite and skater built and designed concrete bowl, mini ramp and street course.
‘The Chop Shop’ will be taking over an abandoned warehouse in the heart of Braddon (Canberra, Australia) for 4 months, with a total of 26 weekends of events, running up to the New Year. Billed as a place to support the arts, music, fashion, and the fringe culture; but without the wank. An independent community based house of fun. In amongst making the venue entirely out of recycled materials, Sancho (of Sancho’s Dirty Laundry fame) took some time to chat with our Canberra correspondent Damo to give us the low down…
DW: What is ‘The Chop Shop’?
Sancho: Oh oh, you know that episode of ‘The Simpsons’ where Bart emancipates himself and moves into a loft downtown and finds that Tony Hawk lives within the building in a max-chillax pad – complete with a skate ramp and throwing a party with Blink 182? Cross that with Hansel’s pad from Zoolander, and that’s the Chop Shop! Haha.
On a more serious note, the Chop Shop is here to enliven Canberra’s street culture. We’re not re-inventing the wheel, just filling a much-needed gap in Canberra. Essentially, we just want to provide a platform where we can showcase Canberra’s creative talent that gives our city character. Friday’s are dedicated Arts nights and Saturday’s are gig nights. A point of differentiation with this initiative is, unlike a gallery, we won’t be charging rent or taking commissions, 100% straight up back to the artists.
We’ll also be focusing heavily on arts from the fringe such as street, graff, tattoo, bike/custom car culture as well as running street food festivals, art markets, independent movie nights to name a few.
Low Bros have been getting busy in Germany, recently releasing this new video from the Work’n’Progress – Urban Art wall project at WerkStadt Sending in Munich:
These images are of the work in progress…