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ALL BIG LETTERS

Curated by Vandalog Editor-in-chief RJ Rushmore on the 50th anniversary of modern graffiti, ALL BIG LETTERS approaches the medium as fundamentally entangled with its tools. Investigating graffiti as a site of stylistic innovation where the sense of place, the excitement of sport, and the search for fame intersect, the exhibition considers primary yet lingering questions about the medium: Why does graffiti look like that, and why is it on my wall? ALL BIG LETTERS suggests that every aspect of graffiti can be understood as an effort to maximize reputation through novel uses of instruments and other innovations.

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ShangrilART at the V&A Museum

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Armed with buckets, paste and brushes, the creative team behind Shangri-la and a few special guests arrived late last week to add their striking additions to the Glastonbury land and legend exhibition at the V&A Museum, London.

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Works by the following artists can be seen if you look close enough: Jimmy Cauty, Shepherd Fairey, Chu, Paul Insect, Dr D, Noki, Mobstr, Steve Cutts, Dan Hillier, Andi Rivas, Carl Cashman, Charlie Anderson, Darren Cullen, Angry Dan, Hugo Farmer, Hal Hefner, Jim Chambers, Webbo, Hutch, Mark Hooley, Objectables, Aaron Baker, Natasha Carter.

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Nick Smith – Parlance

Following two previous sell-out solo shows at Lawrence Alkin Gallery, conceptual artist Nick Smith returns with a brand new body of work.

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Employing Smith’s signature ‘colour-chip’ methodology, Parlance reinterprets existing images of celebrities and iconic pop culture figures, giving them new life and meaning.

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DEATH & DISSECTION: A STUDY WITH NYCHOS – Sydney and Melbourne Workshops

Austrian urban art and graffiti illustrator Nychos has been part of the international art scene for more than 15 years now. He is well known for his huge and technically outstanding art pieces in the urban environment as well as being part of gallery exhibitions.

Recent murals in San Francisco, Miami and New York make him one of the most sought-after artists. Nychos’ paintings and drawings have been exhibited in galleries worldwide, including several solo exhibitions (e.g. Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York, Julian Kolly Gallery in Zurich, Open Space in Paris). The works on canvas serve as unique compliments to his massive public works that give character to cities all over the world.

Raised in a traditional Austrian hunting family, death and dissection were daily business for Nychos. The proximity to animal viscera had a profound effect on him visually. He explores the theme in different styles like dissection, cross section and translucency – pushing it to playful extremes.

Nychos returns to Australia after 10 years and will be presenting a WorkShop in Sydney and Melbourne. During the class Nychos will teach spray can techniques, how to paint translucency, give insight in his coloring concepts and will talk about 3D sculpturing techniques.

This workshop is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the world’s most celebrated artists.

Workshop will also be offering viewings of ‘The Deepest Depths of the Burrow’ with tickets and details here.

Reka’s New Murals @ Melbourne Polytechnic

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Back in Australia after couple of years, Reka is enjoying summer in his homeland but also, working on some new murals down under – he spent the beginning of the year participating in a mural program by Melbourne Polytechnic, which included a massive makeover of their Prahran campus.

For this project, Reka picked Aussie-oriented imagery, creating 2 large bird-focused pieces. Depicting the infamous Kookaburra and Rosella birds, symbols of Australian fauna, these large paintings are slightly less abstract than his recent works we’ve seen. Wrapping them both in rich floral compositions, the artist picked the earthy tones from the outback to create these works. Using signature geo-based forms to patch up the final images, both 5 story pieces are great examples of Reka’s flawless spray-paint maneuvering skills. Along with these pieces, the project produced new works by other Australian urban artists such as Makatron and Cam Scale, Sofles, Guido Van Helten, George Rose, etc.

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JUSTKIDS x D*Face & Shepard Fairey – Plaza Hotel Las Vegas

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Global art curator, Justkids, in partnership with Life is Beautiful Festival, continues to infuse art to the ever-growing outdoor art gallery in Downtown Las Vegas. This time choosing the 21 story tower of the iconic Plaza Hotel & Casino as the playing field for American artist Shepard Fairey and UK artist D*Face.

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Michael Porter – Artist Residency

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Michael Porter has recently returned to Melbourne and completed a two month artist residency at Yarra Sculptures Gallery, Abbotsford. Over the time, he has created a number of colossal creatures, as well as some more erotic pieces all made from salvaged materials.

The show opens at 3pm this Saturday, 18th February 2017 from 3-5pm at Yarra Sculpture Gallery, 117 Vere St, Abbotsford.

Michael is showing alongside other artists in residence Katy Bowman and Anne-Marie Kuter.

Thanks to p1xels we have acquired a few work in progress shots for those of you not lucky enough to make the exhibition.

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Ian Strange – ‘Home’ and ‘Shadow’

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Premiering today, 15 February 2017, on the Australian ABC iview ‘HOME: the Art of Ian Strange ‘ is a six part documentary covering Ian’s career to date.

This documentary will also be a fantastic lead in to Ian’s upcoming Sydney show,’Shadow’ launching on 2 March 2017 in Sydney.

Check them out if you can!

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‘Make Yourself at Home’ – Goodie

‘Make Yourself at Home’, a solo exhibition by Melbourne based artist Goodie, explores notions of comfort, safety and routine – ideas commonly associated with ‘home’.

Processes are perpetually underway to render things familiar, form habits and configure certainties, in order for us to feel comfortable. We are continually coming to terms with the relationship between our bodies, other’s bodies and the space we inhabit, which function in a way as secondary bodies.

Nevertheless, what is familiar is only a recurring strangeness. ‘Make Yourself at Home’ considers the curious relationship between the mundane and the bizarre. The recognisable is married with abstract, private with public, inside with outside, while ideas and mediums reverberate within each other and happen simultaneously on multiple levels. The show is a pattern of hypotheticals and realities, incorporating installation, painting, works on objects, objects in works, works on works, works on paper, collaborative noise works and poetry.

We sat with Goodie in the lead up to her show….

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Damo: Can we just start with you introducing yourself and a little bit about who you are?

Goodie: Hello I’m Goodie… Who am I? I’m predominantly a painter I suppose. But I also work in installation and a bit in film, poetry, illustration, anything. I’m just a human being.

Damo: What’s your background?

Goodie: I’m originally from Canberra however I was born in California. I lived there for the first 2 years of my life. I then grew up in Canberra and moved to Melbourne about 3 years ago.

Damo: What was it like growing up in Canberra?

Goodie: It was good. I always thought it was a good place to grow up. A lot of time to just walk around and the legal wall system in Canberra is unlike any other state. In Canberra there are around 25 legal walls, so there are heaps of places where you can go to paint. But I think the main thing is it’s just really easygoing. You walk down the street and you bump into a bunch of friends. I found coming to Melbourne was a bit like a sensory overload.

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Blek Le Rat – ‘After the Apocalypse’ Print Release

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Our good friend Blek Le Rat has just released a brand new website, and to coincide with the launch of this has also released the next print in his rat series – ‘After the Apocalypse’.

Blek’s first stencils were black rats, seen to be running along the walls throughout the centre of Paris. The rat, also an anagram for ‘art’, is in Blek’s mind “the only animal to survive the apocalypse“.

‘After the Apocalypse’ is a two-color screen print on 300gsm Arches paper; 23 x 31cm; signed, numbered and limited edition of 300. Each print comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

‘After the Apocalypse’ is available here, but as you can imagine be very quick!! The last two rat series have sold out very quickly and are now highly sort after by collectors.

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