Long time friend and supporter of VNA (who can forget his killer tee graphic for us a few years ago), Mysterious Al continues to build on his mask-based work with a first Australian solo exhibition entitled “Boom-ka, Boomka”.
The show takes his signature style and also from what Al describes as the “product of a six-month period living and working with a secret ancient tribe in Melbourne. This nameless, faceless group had co-existed alongside the city’s residents for centuries. their ancient rituals and practices untouched since their beginning.”
Drawing on the tribe’s traditional practices, as well as Melbourne’s rich graffiti and street art heritage, advertising and youth culture, the show also contains Al’s usual influences. So as you’d expect there’s references to Drum and Bass music (maybe no shed this time like his Stolenspace show), traditional art, consumer culture, found objects and Witch Doctor ceremonies. Speaking of which, Adidas really need to work with Al on some new footwear.