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Mysterious Al – Blinking Into The Sunlight

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.

www.mysteriousal.com

Backwoods Gallery Launches Annual Fundraiser

Backwoods Gallery is an independently run commercial gallery that began as an Artist Run Initiative in 2010. From humble beginnings as a platform for its artist owners to exhibit artwork of their own, Backwoods has grown to become world recognised, working with the likes of MONA and The Japan Foundation.

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 begins: Friday May 24th, 6pm AEST
Auction Closes: Sunday May 26th, 6pm AEST

Auction open Friday 24th, 6pm AEST – Sunday 26th, 6pm AEST

Happy bidding!

Wearable Art – Guerilla Theatre Brand

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.

www.guerrillatheatrebrand.com

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THEY LIVE!

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.

**PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY ONLINE HERE**

**GET TICKETS FOR A SCREENING HERE**

Book Features:

— Designed as a replica of the original film prop, including all the
infamous commands

— 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
film’s genesis

— 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.

Standard edition:

http://roughtradebooks.com/books/they-live-a-visual-and-cultural-awakening/

Limited Edition (750 copies worldwide):

http://roughtradebooks.com/books/they-live-a-visual-and-cultural-awakening-special-edition/

**SHIPPING FROM 2nd JANUARY**

OBJECT – Hiroyasu Tsuri / TWOONE

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.” 

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Waste World – Bill Posters

Amidst growing concerns around the impact of the fashion industry and consumer waste, a series of street art interventions have appeared across the country to coincide with #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday. Bill Posters, the pseudonym for the street artist and activist who co-founded Brandalism, has been subvertising ad spaces to draw attention to the negative impacts of consumer waste and fast fashion.

 

Timed for release on the biggest global retail event of the year, Bill Poster’s latest campaign entitled ‘Waste World’ looks at the true consequences of the world’s rubbish – from clothes to plastics and e-waste – as well as those most affected by it. Inspired by New Internationalist’s latest issue on Waste, the street art installations take aim at brands including Nike, Pretty Little Thing, Apple and Gucci and reveal where large amounts of waste and ‘recycling’ from the western world actually ends up.

“Instead of getting beaten up this Black Friday in shopping malls for a new TV we should probably be paying more attention to where the majority of our ‘recycled’ waste actually ends up. In low-income countries, 93% of global waste is dumped due to inadequate urban provisions. Western countries can’t process their own waste, instead – they sell it to other low-income countries in Asia and Africa. It reeks of colonialism, we are literally taking a dump on millions of less privileged people with our waste” says Posters.

This latest subvertising campaign is also timed to support ‘No Ad day’, an artist led initiative that seeks to remove ads from public spaces across the world on Saturday 24th November 2018. To support other street artists and graffiti writers to take over advertising spaces in cities for No Ad Day, Bill Posters has just published the world’s first pocket sized ‘Subvertising Manual’ with Dog Section Press.

Artists can pick up a copy from Dog Section Press here: https://dogsection.bigcartel.com/product/brandalism-ad-takeover-guide

 

See more of Bill Posters’ street art on Insta: @BrandalismProject

 

www.billposters.ch

 

Secret Walls Australia 2018

Secret Walls returns to Australia for 3 epic battles this November in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne…


Ben Brown, Kentaro Yoshida, MLON and Oxking go head to head at Oxford Art Factory on the 4th November.

Gus and Meksy face Claire Foxton and Fuzeillear at The Foundry in Brisbane.

And for the finale, the mighty Callum Preston returns after his previous win with Heesco to team up with Cassie Stevens, defending the champion belt against Mitch Walder and Crisis at The Vic Bar’s Park St Party.

 

Get tickets for the Park St. Party here – https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/park-st-party-x-secret-walls-tickets-51238890902

Facebook event – https://www.facebook.com/events/244111339598652/

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Luke Cornish x Art Series Hotels – Colour Your Stay

In an Australian first, Art Series Hotels will challenge its guests this spring to grab a spray can, mask up and leave their mark on the walls of three of its properties. Until December 30, a white-washed room at The BlackmanThe Johnson and The Olsen hotels will be transformed into a collective canvas as part of a participatory art project.

The collaborative art project follows the award-winning No Robe campaign, where Art Series guests were invited to pose nude, and the ‘Steal Banksy’ initiative, which challenged people to half inch artwork.

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Adele Renault – Feathers And Faces

Amsterdam-based artist Adele Renault has something of a dirty habit… Painting pigeons is one of her favourite pastimes, and perhaps for what she is known best. However, her latest book also sheds light on some of her human portraiture.

Displaying the same intimate touch whether she illuminates people or pigeons, Renault’s masterful hand brings forth feathers and wrinkles with equal precision. From her aspirational quest to paint Mike Tyson’s portrait, via many flocks of pigeons on the way, to the inhabitants of Burkina Faso, her subjects are bathed in light, avoiding direct contact with the viewer in a way that brings them close, whilst maintaining distance and a sense of privacy.

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Pure Evil – ‘Sleepwalking Towards the Apocalypse’

Internationally renowned British artist Charley Uzzel-Edwards (PURE EVIL) returns to Australia with a new exhibition of his bold and engaging dystopian-pop artworks. Entitled ‘Sleepwalking Towards the Apocalypse’, his new show explores the cult of celebrity and the darker side of our utopian dreams an age where we’re immersed in social media.

“We are so bombarded with images and information” says EVIL, “that we are sleepwalking through our lives – there is just too much to process. I don’t think it’s the end of times, or the end of empires, but I do think that the times – they are definitely changing. Are we moving into a new utopian technology-driven age? Or are we sleepwalking towards the apocalypse?”

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