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‘Happy Never Ending’ – D*Face

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On Saturday, September 23, Downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) will premiere the long awaited new solo exhibition from world-renowned UK-based multimedia street artist D*Face, entitled “Happy Never Ending.”

As one of the most prolific contemporary urban artists of his generation, D*Face (a.k.a. Dean Stockton) has been at the forefront of his practice since his initial breakthrough in 2005. Working with a variety of mediums and techniques, he uses a family of dysfunctional characters to satirize and hold to ransom all that falls into their grasp – a welcome jolt of subversion in today’s media-saturated environment.

His ambition is to encourage the public eye not just to “see” but to carefully consider the surroundings of our day-to-day, and society’s increasingly bizarre fascination with celebrity culture and mass consumerism.

“For me this work is about the tragedy of losing someone you love. Not just in the physical sense of death but also in the metaphorical way that romance has become such an artificial thing in recent years. Courtship used to be a craft, something careful and considered; marriage was an everlasting bond of trust and commitment. Today though, romance is comparable to a shop bought commodity – instantly attainable at the touch of a button or swipe of a screen. In a constant search for someone or something better, people treat others as if they were mere objects – infinitely attainable and instantly disposable.” – D*Face

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By rethinking, editing and subverting imagery drawn from decades of materialistic consumption – currency, advertising and comic books, D*Face transforms these now iconic motifs, figures and genres in order to gain new insight into today’s conspicuous society. Describing his work as aPOPcalyptic, D*Face seeks to pick up where the masters of 80s American Pop left off – to establish a very real, albeit tongue and cheek criticism of our consumer dominated world.

“With this new series of work I wanted to re-kindle the lost romance of a bygone era, back when, even in death, the memory of a loved one could last an eternity and a marriage went beyond just a symbolic gesture. For the show I want to construct a mini chapel where we can actually hold a real ceremony and a graveyard in which I want people to leave momentos to the people they have lost. If romance is truly dead, then I want to resurrect it for the modern age

The influence I’ve taken from pop-masters like Roy Lichtenstein allows my work to give the clearest possible narrative. At the same time, it offers something more, something beyond the surface of the work – a darker side to pop that resonates with society of today.” D*Face

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The opening reception for “Happy Never Ending” will be hosted Saturday, September 23 from 7-11pm in Gallery 1 at Corey Helford Gallery. The reception is open to the public and on view through October 21. D*Face is recently ordained and in connection with the theme of his show (to resurrect romance in the modern era), he will perform a real marriage ceremony during opening night in front of a chapel installation inside the gallery.

@dface_official

For Syria’s Children – presented by ELK and Emma Zoller

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Formed in mid-2017 by international artist ELK (Luke Cornish) and Emma Zoller, For Syria’s Children (FSC) is an Australian fundraising project aiming to provide financial assistance to young Syrians that have been tragically affected by the relentless Syrian civil war.

FSC’s sole objective is to raise vital financial aid that will be directly provided to a number of local (on the ground) Syrian organisations that are in desperate need of supplies for basic amenities in orphanages, medical facilities and schools.

For Syria’s Children [FSC] is hosting a sale and auction of urban art to assist the Children of Syria.

All of the participants have generously donated a signature piece of their work for the exhibition, with all artworks availablefor purchase prior to the exhibition here.

The remaining pieces will be available through silent auction at the event’s official closing. The show features an extensive list of Australia’s most respected urban artists including Adnate, Anthony Lister, Rone, ELK, HA-HA and more.

FSC believes in providing absolute transparency as to how donations will be used.
There will be minimal fees involved for the fundraising event and for the provisions for the nominated FSC representativesto travel to and from Syria to deliver the financial aid. There will be no other major administrative costs, allowing for a large percentage of all donations to be delivered directly to Syria’s most vulnerable.

Silent Auction and Official Party: Thursday 28 Sept at Besser Space Gallery, 15-25 Keele Street, Collingwood.

Irikanji by Facter

Over the past two decades, Australian street artist Facter has created a world of fantastical creatures inhabiting a far future, post-singularity apocalyptic realm called “The Known”. These creatures, known as Irikanji, are the result of years of creating illustrations and sharing them as colourful murals on the walls of cities across the world.

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Transforming his street art and illustrations into hand made sculpted beings, the Irikanji are physical manifestations of the many inhabitants that reside within his imagination.

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Facter will be releasing the first limited editions of Irikanji at the Taipei Toy Festival in October 2017, where he is looking forward to introducing toy lovers and new collectors to his futuristic universe.

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For the full story on all the Irikanji as well as purchasing details hit up http://www.irikanji.com and follow @facter.

MIRROR STAGE by KIM HYUNJI

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Kim Hyunji has created a collection of portraits that uncover each of her models carefully curated social media personas to find true beauty in the discarded remains, deemed unfit for projection. The collection, titled Mirror Stage, is an honest counter point to the rise of the online persona that bravely evokes feelings of love, alienation, angst, and hope.

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Kim Hyunji, aka KIM KIM KIM, is a painter from South Korea, currently based in Melbourne, Australia. Recognising Australia’s multiculturalism and diversity, Hyunji’s main subjects are the culturally attuned creatives of her generation, the Millennials. In real life and social media, she often observes the impacts of a globalised society – its conveniences, and pitfalls. Her unique style of portraiture is intended to portray the issues this generation is facing.

Opens Friday, Sept 15th and is on display until Sunday, Oct 1st – Backwoods Gallery.

@kimkimkimxx

‘Equilibrium’ – SENEKT

Harmony rings within the chaos of society. As life’s ups and downs cancel each other out, a sense of balance can be found. Wrestling with positive and negative forces, Senekt’s solo exhibition explores the impacts and outcomes of life’s fluctuating experiences. With artworks fuelled by emotion, Senekt’s surreal style is highlighted by the mood, colour, and balance of each piece.

Senekt portrays the dissemblance of his own reality through hyper-realistic drawings flooded with colour and surreal dimensions. The Japanese painter from Kyoto has been based out of Melbourne, Australia since 2013. Inspired by friendships, photographs, disjointed memories, everyday experiences, and daily occurrences, Senekt found balance through creation. His figurative, yet abstract style confront the nature of instinct as Senekt aims to not only deconstruct the human physicality, but also its psyche.

On display at Backwoods Gallery from August 25th-27th, the artwork, created in coloured pencil, aerosol and watercolour spans throughout three rooms. Fuelled by love/hate, good/evil, and ever-present mindfulness, Senekts’ large suspended installation portrays his unique perspective on equilibrium in society.

Request an exhibition catalogue from: sales@backwoods.gallery

‘Crossed Wave’ – New Works by Kai and Sunny

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Subliminal Projects (LA) welcomes back UK-based artist duo Kai & Sunny for their second solo exhibition at Subliminal Projects titled, ‘Crossed Wave’. The exhibit will showcase new works of archival ballpoint pen on paper and acrylic on primed aluminium panel. As part of the exhibition, the artists will collaborate once again with Subliminal Projects founder, artist Shepard Fairey, on an original pen piece to be featured in the exhibition. The artists will also be releasing a screen print edition available in two color variations signed by Fairey and Kai & Sunny, to be released at the opening reception.

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Crossed Wave is comprised of two narratives; fluid deconstructed landscapes representing a calm isolation, and hard-edged geometrics exuding energy and optimism. These parallel concepts are characterized by the duo’s hallmark precision line- work, a slow methodic process of building individual thin lines upon each other creating tense kinetic compositions while a certain fragility remains. The tidal-like waves and intense sunbursts hint at the changing environment we live in and the fragile planet we all share.

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As part of the exhibition, there will be an exclusive giveaway, four limited edition skate decks and a new Kai & Sunny print release available.

KAI & SUNNY (born 1975 and 1977, respectively) are a UK based artist duo. They both graduated from the Epsom School of Art in Surrey, United Kingdom with degrees in Art and Design. They have collaborated with author David Mitchell, designer Alexander McQueen, artist Shepard Fairey and have won numerous accolades, including a 2012 D&AD Design Award and a 2015 LIA award. Works by Kai & Sunny have been exhibited internationally at institutions such as Haunch of Venison, Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York and are included in the Victoria & Albert Museum Print Archive Collection.

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@kaiandsunny

@subliminalprojects

‘Chaise Lounge’ by Stephen Baker – print release

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Stephen Baker is a Melbourne based Artist and Graphic Designer working from the Everfresh Studios. This is Stephen’s second screen-print release with Dangerfork Print Co and much like the first screen-print edition, they got Steve in to hand paint the outline layer directly onto the film to preserve the original texture and add an analogue detail to help bring the print to life. The seven colours are all hand mixed to perfection and the final pink outline colour printed using a hi-build screen to add some height to the ink and give some extra texture to the print.

Print: Chaise Lounge
Printing: 7 Colour screen print
Paper: Rosapina 285gsm cotton rag
Size: 880mm x 650mm
Number in Edition: 40 hand signed and numbered
Price: $320.00AUD

Now available at DANGERFORK!

Badgirl Garden

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Stayfly Sydney recently launched a night called Badgirl Garden which showcases female performances along with art installations by designers Ailie Banks & Merindah Funnel.
The stage is owned by rappers, singers and DJs who entertain the crowd, while live art is painted on canvas by artists from the collective.

Badgirl Garden is a space created by a team of women smashing into the Sydney arts and music scene. Every event they create is a safe place for women, men and the LGBTIQ community to congregate, congratulate and party! The goal is to to bring parties and events where everyone can celebrate and support the up and coming female artists of every caliber.

This Thursday Badgirl Garden will be bringing new names to the line up, exciting acts and local artists.

DJ LOU LOU
LADY LASH (Mel)
ALPHAMAMA
JANNAH BETH
JACQUIE MALI

LIVE ART by STYNA & SOPHI ODLING

3 August 2017
9pm start – $5 entry
Slyfox, 199 Enmore Road

@badgirlgarden

‘Self Loathing’ – Mic Porter

True artists are compelled to make art. The reason for their expression is not always important. What is always important, however, is the act of creation. Art comes before reason in the same way that the universe existed before science. Mic Porter is one of those rare, great artists who is simply compelled to create. Mic isn’t driven by ‘career’ nor does he force himself to create consumable art. Mic is, instead, driven by a indefinable, fiery, energy of creation which torments him if he stops. In his youth, this creative compulsion drove Mic towards graffiti. He forged ahead as one of Australia’s pioneer street artists, eventually to be tempered into a painter and sculptor by the VCA and experience at a bronze foundry.

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Mic wrestles his demons with chainsaws, knives, markers and paint upon the battlegrounds of canvas, found objects, bronze and the exterior of tall buildings. His work is primal, expressive and above all, honest. It’s easy to assume that Mic is a conduit for something that he doesn’t understand; that his work is automatic and lacking self awareness. A subconscious process perhaps? After all, Mic’s work is primal, he is reserved and is reluctant to talk about his art. Mic is not a spectator, he has mastered his drive, and is very much in control. Perhaps even due to his reservation to talk about his work, Mic manages to express himself with the kinds of perfectly cryptic sound bytes that other artists drive themselves mad in an attempt to coin. “Art is eternal narcissism, I’m a narcissist” ‘Self Loathing’ brings you a gallery full of screams, smiles and manic grins.

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In Mic’s autobiographical collection of work, he’s produced Totemic heads, brutally sculptured with from blocks of wood with a chainsaw sit in the centre of the large room, loomed over by the three largest Self Loathing paintings. The triptych feature Mic Porters iconic faces, instantly recognisable for the role that they’ve played in shaping Australia’s street art landscape for over a decade, now rendered in a mix of oil and enamel. Each face is Mic’s, but also his family and society’s, he explains that it’s history coming through his face. I think that it’s more than that, I think Mic is so brutally honest with himself, that the self portraits end up reflecting all of us, which is why they’re so alluring and powerful.

– Alex Mitchell

‘Self Loathing’ will be on display at Backwoods Gallery from the 4th until the 20th of August. The collection will consisted of paintings, bronze and wood sculptures and installations across two rooms and Backwoods Lane.