Curated and produced by aMBUSH Gallery, in conjunction with Darling Quarter, OPEN offers large-scale, captivating public art exhibitions. The precinct’s debut exhibition runs from Friday 21st September, til 26thOctober. OPEN STREET ART, featuring some of VNA’s favourite Australian artists; Anthony Lister, Beastman , Shannon Crees and Hiroyasu Tsuri (aka TWOONE).
OPEN STREET ART explores the changing relationship between street artists, their work and their audiences, as the most significant art movement of the last ten years continues to grow. Darling Quarter is gearing up to become a premier cultural hub in the city, supporting the arts, partnering with cultural organisations such as aMBUSH Gallery to connect with the community.
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The artists’ approaches are as unique as their styles; Anthony Lister says of his method, “I approached this painting like I was being attacked by an angry bull. It’s best to deal with an angry bull head-on and with conviction. It’s worst to run and be hit and have to deal with the horns then.”
2010 Sydney Music, Arts & Culture (SMACS) Best Artist winner, Beastman, explains that his work “is a representation of the four material elements of nature: wind, water, fire and earth.”
The only Australian artist to show in Banksy’s Cans Festival 2, 2008, Shannon Crees seeks to engage her OPEN STREET ART audience by designing her work “as a seamless, unending plane… every surface an extension of the last and a precursor to the next.”
Hailing from Japan and based now in Melbourne, Hiroyasu Tsuri, who also works under the name TWOONE, has created a series that is “an exploration of the concept of a psychological portrait.” His work depicts people not as they look, but as they feel and act, by employing animals as metaphors for the human condition.
For more info about Open Street Art, visit www.darlingquarter.com