One of the world’s leading female street artists, Vexta, is making a triumphant return to the art scene with her brand new exhibition, Cosmos, a visual exploration and emotional response to the current environmental crisis. The exhibition will launch on Friday 2 August at KSR Art Bar, 6-8pm and will be open to the public until Wednesday 21 August. This will be supported by a series of interactive events, including an immersive dinner, Japanese meditative tea ceremony, a transformative sound healing and an artist talk hosted by Co-Curator, Andrew King.
Cosmos will be filled with her iconic geometric symbology and eye-catching neon aesthetic: birds of wisdom and warning, figures flying and falling in amongst a tangle of natural elements, separated from the earth, yet still bound by it. Her latest works are a personal response to the present state of the environment and an emotive description of our connection to nature. As she explains: “This new body of work is really important to me because it takes my iconic flying imagery and raises it to the next level; making it more personal, more intricate, and ideologically drenched in the nuances of the times we live in.”
This exhibition takes its title from Cosmos: A Sketch of a Physical Description of the Universe, a book written by Alexander Von Humboldt — known as the father of ecology — which predated Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. One of the first Western thinkers to provide a holistic perception of the universe as one interacting entity, Von Humboldt described the phenomenon and cause of human-induced climate change back in the 1800s.
Cosmos is an invitation to look inwards, to connect with our feelings — to examine how healing our connection to our sense of self can heal our world.
Vexta is a self-taught artist from Sydney Australia. With a background in Street Art beginning in the mid-2000s, her bold and extravagant artworks have invaded our visual landscape from Melbourne to Mexico and everywhere in between, from large-scale murals to gallery exhibitions, she is a nomad of our modern times. She has exhibited extensively across Australia, Europe and North America.
In 2009, Anthony Lister held a one-night-only pop-up art event in Sydney’s Kings Cross, entitled No Win Sitch. The show encompassed an installation in notorious Strip Club, Porky’s.
To mark the ten-year anniversary of No Win Sitch, Lister presents a brand new installation, CULTURE IS OVER, once again paying homage to the colourful old school Kings Cross culture.
The pop-up will be a week-long free exhibition for the public. Inspired by the Lister’s iconic artwork ‘Moloch of Luna Park’, 2017, attendees can expect a twisted trip into the paranormal mystery of Luna Park’s unidentified horned man, as well as the plethora of Kings Cross nightlife and characters, conveyed through his painting, sculpture and video installations.
Expect occult themes, introspective in-painting analysis of form and movement, Basquiat-style outpourings and Lister’s usual kickback against the cops.
CULTURE IS OVER opens Wednesday 17 July at 7:00pm.
HYPNAGOGIA – opening night June 21st I show open until June 30th
Performance by Karen Bravo during the opening at Versus Gallery I 1 Vere St, Richmond, VIC. 3121. Australia
When we fall asleep, where do we travel? Can we go there entirely conscious? The transitional state between sleep and wakefulness— Hypnagogia—is the ephemeral portal that opens every night allowing us to dive in dreams consciously. After exploring the concept of presence in daily life with her last show, Lucy Lucy is now taking this idea into the world of dreams. Being aware in dreams is possible and strange. The delicate skill of traveling through the dreamscape mindfully is incredibly powerful. In this new body of work Lucy aims to capture the elusive joy and power of the hypnagogic state by depicting her subjects in this state of limbo playing with mysterious forms plugged into their mind, linking conscious and unconscious. Those bedtime travellers are mindfully interacting with their dawning dreams. Playing with the weird and the wonderful by engaging lucidly with the subconscious may be just a question of intention.
Currently residing in Melbourne, Parisian born artist Lucy Lucy has graciously carved her niche in the Australian urban art community. Her work moves between large-scale public murals, gallery exhibitions, book illustration and tribal ornaments.
Marking Hill’s debut Melbourne solo exhibition, A Measure Of All Things explores how structures and language combine to become a scale in which our experiences exist, where the physical world connects and shapes our own interpretations.
Aspects of Hill’s large scale mural practice are distilled and reframed through canvas artworks, installation and paper studies, where the parallels of physical spaces and everyday conversation are layered, abstracted and manipulated into new landscapes and fragments of reflection. These works shift between simplifying and overwhelming concepts of experience, showing moments of clarity in boundaries and simplified forms, juxtaposed against instances of tension or reflection in textures, repetition, and phrasing. These works build to consider our varied experiences and memories, and what shapes the enduring significance of one place or point in time.
Georgia Hill is an Australian artist, specialising in contemporary, often site-specific based artworks that combine bold, monochromatic textures and lettering within experimental compositions.
Using a range of mediums, her instantly recognisable aesthetic can be read in terms of connections, relationships, time, place and community. Over the past four years, Hill’s works have developed from smaller exhibition works to large-scale installations that explore how structures and our natural environments are vital in allowing experiences to exist and develop from one physical context to another. Constantly on the road, Hill’s current gallery practice reflects her personal experience of moving fast then slow, continuously juxtaposing landscapes, and bold impressions of the physical and mental spaces our experiences come to exist in.
Hill’s works have spanned galleries, inner-city walls and even 400ft abandoned buildings in countries including India, New Zealand, Iceland, The United States, Canada, Japan, Indonesia, and across Australia.
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World renowned contemporary urban artist Mysterious Al presents walk-through interactive art experience in a disused warehouse in Melbourne.
Following successful art exhibitions in London, Sydney and Los Angeles, Mysterious Al is back in Melbourne for his solo show: ‘Blinking into the Sunlight’, opening Friday 24th May 6pm – 9pm.
Rising to fame in the early 2000s in the UK, with the emergence of street-art alongside D*Face and Word to Mother, Mysterious Al has worked with Vans, Yahoo!, Carhartt, Volvo and Levi’s, even creating custom designed shoes with Adidas.
After the controversial backlash to his ‘Amy Winehouse – Bride of Frankenstein’, a chance encounter with some African masks at a London museum gave the artist new-found inspiration;
“I was desperate for a piss so popped into the museum to find a toilet. I went the wrong way and ended up in a room full of African masks. These crazy dudes were simple and crudely made yet they had so much character and expression. It was a time in my life when I was feeling lost and trapped within my work, and the vibe of these masks gave me a newfound energy. I made my first mask painting that night.” – Says Al.
Mysterious Al is returning to his roots to create an unforgettable, one weekend-only exhibition showing brand new canvases and installations.
His new solo exhibition will showcase over 30 new works through an experiential journey from darkness to light.
‘Blinking into the Sunlight’ is open to the public Friday 24th to Sunday 26th May at 16-20 Langridge St, Collingwood, VIC.
As a small commercial gallery, they do not receive funding from government arts grants, nor do they have the support from another commercial business. In most cases galleries rely on one or the other for funding due to the volatile nature of the industry.
Backwoods’ unique situation means the gallery relies on sales from exhibitions to rent the space, run projects, workshops, produce exhibitions, pay wages and more. The reality of hands-on collaboration with their artists and community has helped them forge strong and long-lasting relationships all the artists with whom they work, all of which they consider to be good friends, as well as their community of friends and collectors.
Backwoods Gallery only exhibits artists they really believe in, have relationships with, and who are a part of their community, such as Minna Leunig, Shohei Otomo, Reka, Twoone, Roa, Fintan Magee, Georgia Hill and more. They are dedicated to working, developing and growing with the artists they represent to ensure long-lasting, professional relationships.
Due to rising overheads, the gallery requires significant financial assistance to run smoothly. To meet these ongoing challenges they have planned an annual fundraiser which aims to take the pressure off day-to-day operations to allow them to continue to produce great exhibitions.
The online fundraiser auction will feature significant artworks from artists they’ve worked with closely over the past 9 years. The artworks will be hung in a special weekend exhibition at the gallery, with all funds raised going to help pay overheads for the space.
The exhibition will run from the 24th to the 26th May, and will be a silently auctioned online, open to all collectors and guests both locally and internationally.
Backwoods Gallery first annual fundraiser auction
Opening Night: Friday May 24th from 6-10pm.
Auction open Friday 24th, 6pm AEST – Sunday 26th, 6pm AEST
Following the international debut of their new short film, High Power, at Hong Hong’s Mahka Gallery as part of Business of Design Week, Guerrilla Theatre Brand (GTB) are brought their critically acclaimed movie back to Melbourne for its Australian premiere.
GTB is the brainchild of Paul Stam, who did away with the traditional constraints of the catwalks with his innovative 360-degree approach to art and fashion. Creating a mythical, multi-layered narrative, chronicling visions of the future, Stam collaborates with local artists to interpret the various verses in each chapter into clothing, before bringing his character’s journey to life through film, art and fashion.
Chapter 2, High Power, finds the story’s protagonist Guerri – a hybrid human with powers that allow him to travel into other realities – who, with his spirit guide, Soph, is battling a malevolent entity intent on consuming humanity using our own technology against us.
Paul Stam explains: “It was important to match each artist’s style to what is happening in their verse – we wanted each artist to bring their own unique point of view and aesthetic, and to truly showcase their talents as they brought the story to life.”
For Chapter 2, GTB collaborated with local artists Gareth Stehr – aka dirtsqid, Samantha Darling – aka Marian Machismo, Ryan Ady Putra, Chris Drummond, Sam Octigan, Sean Morris, Fikos Antonios and Chehehe.
Each range is shaped by the story, taking luxury streetwear to a new level as wearable art, which is all designed and manufactured in Melbourne. Some of the key pieces of the collection include a limited-edition hand-beaded velvet kimono and a made-to order leather biker jacket covered with 1,000 hand-cut crystal stone spikes. These highlights complement streetwear staples, including printed tees, hoodies and reversible bomber jackets.
To celebrate the premiere of their short film, GTB teamed up with 42below, Patron, COMMUNE Group, AFC Curated, SoHigh Gallery and Alice-D Magazine to throw a party where Chapter 2, HIGHER POWER was showcased. Set to the beats of SUNSHINE and PHILLIPS HEAD.
In homage to the film that launched a thousand street art careers, Rough Trade Books is releasing They Live: A Cultural & Visual Awakening – a 30 year anniversary publication in homage to John Carpenter’s classic cult film: THEY LIVE!
The book includes an essay from the author that connects the dots between They Live and Brandalism alongside a critical analysis of contemporary forms of propaganda today. The book also contains a host of written and visual contributions from renowned figures including Shephard Fairey, Slavoj Zizek, Guerrilla Girls, Barbara Kruger, John Grant and Roger Luckhurst.
In partnership with Mondo/Death Waltz Recording Co, a special edition version of the book has also been created and is being sold exclusively at screenings taking place in London, Los Angeles, New York and Austin,Texas on Wednesday 16th January. This special edition will be housed in a slipcase, and includes a signed and numbered money bill. Strictly limited to 750 copies worldwide.
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— Designed as a replica of the original film prop, including all the
— Original contributions from
— Bubblegum scented
— Subliminal commands hidden throughout the book
— Original short-story in full by Ray Nelson
— Comic Book adaptation in full by Ray Nelson and Bill Wray
— Rare and unseen archive material from Universal Studios exploring the
— Specialist glyph typeface of the alien language (Formaldehyde-face)
— Rare archive imagery from Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, Guerrilla
Girls, the LA Times, the Reagan family, the Trump Campaign and WWE.
Limited Edition (750 copies worldwide):
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OBJECT by HIROYASU TSURI 釣 博泰 / TWOONE opens Nov 23 – Dec 9 at Backwoods Gallery, 25 Easey St, Collingwood.
“There are ideas that you simply can’t express in words, logic or a singular object. Rather, the idea needs to be expressed through a story, a series of works or a collection of objects.”