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Outside the Box – Creature Creature

Outside the Box continues in Melbourne, each day up to four artists have exactly 8 hours to create a piece within the confinements of the gallery, utilising only the materials provided to them.

We have spoken to a few of the artists to get an idea of who they are, what makes them tick and an insight into their OTB piece. First up, Creature Creature.

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Who are you and what do you do? Why art?

Our names are Ambrose and Chanel but we go under the artist name Creature Creature. When we met we were pretty inseparable and both equally passionate about art since we could hold a pencil. We soon decided to take our collaboration seriously and do all our art work under the one name that represents both of us. It has really pushed us individually and as a partnership.

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Drew Leshko’s Tiny Decay


I first encountered Drew Leshko’s work at SCOPE Art Fair in Miami…two maybe three winters ago.  Steadily and without fail, I’ve become a bigger and bigger fan of his 1:12 classic dollhouse scale models of  gritty urban landscapes and worn travel vehicles.

On Friday October 28th,  Andenken and Makerversity Amsterdam are hosting Drew’s first solo exhibition in Europe ‘Heaven is Whenever’  .  I caught up with Drew in advance of the show.


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‘Seratus’ – Snapshots by Chehehe


Australian artist Chehehe presents 100 hand-drawn snapshots of Bandar Seri Begawan and the surrounding areas. Illustrated during a three week stay in Brunei, the drawings focus on the beauty of mundane entities within the cities environment.

On show from 21 October 2016 at Brunei’s The Collective Makerspace (Unit 6, 2nd Floor, Lot 16162 & 16163S, Spg. 68, Kg. Pengkalan Gadong, Jln. Batu Bersurat, BE3519, Brunei.)

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TWOONE – ‘100 Faces’

Hiroyasu Tsuri — aka TWOONE — is a perpetual traveller. As an internationally acclaimed artist exhibiting throughout the globe, it’s part of the job, and it’s what drives this large-scale celebration of diversity and cultural exchange. A visual meditation on the people who cross his path and the places whose paths he crosses,‘100 Faces’ is a stirring exploration of who we are, as nomadic humans of the twenty-tens.

At 18 years of age, Hiroyasu emigrated from Japan to Australia. Now living in Berlin, as his career exploded, so did the number of stamps in his passport. Spending the last three years traversing Europe, Asia and the States, he captured the multitude of faces around him through candid photographs or quick sketches in his ever-present notebook. A medley of those he knows intimately, intertwined with unsuspecting strangers spotted in bars, on trains or even in books, these faces are the physical structures behind which all sorts of stories reside. Although he can’t know for sure, and never will, the ubiquity of migration in our increasingly cosmopolitan community drives Hiroyasu to contemplate the histories of those around him.


This extraordinarily extensive series sees Hiroyasu return to these snapshots to develop them into fully-fleshed artworks. Combining watercolour, pencil, acrylics, collage, spray paint, mirrored glass and anything else in reach, he renders an expressive textural landscape that arrests the viewer and draws them in. Renowned for his strikingly large, public murals, ‘100 Faces’ is an unmissable opportunity to experience Hiroyasu’s work in an entirely new space.

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Rone – ‘Empty’

These days, Rone doesn’t need an introduction.  Internationally renowned for his large scale female portraits, he has been to almost every corner of the globe beautifying the walls with local women.  For the first time in two years, Rone embarking on a new show of absolutely epic proportions.  If you are in Melbourne, you do not want to miss this, as it is the biggest show you will see! In between painting walls, floors and finishing touches, Rone caught up with Damo…

Can you tell us a bit about your show, ‘Empty’?

Rone:     It comes back to empty spaces.  There was a tradition happening in the early 2000s in Melbourne where people would find an abandoned building, everyone was given the location and people would go and paint, and then there would be a show until everyone got kicked out.
That was one of the things I really loved about the culture when I had just got in to it.  So this show is a little nod to that but also to what was here before there was nothing? The story of each space is told through what is left behind. 

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You’re Not Human x Rebecca Cleal

YNH X REBECCA CLEAL – You’re Not Human will present a unique exhibition featuring a series of new works by photographer and print-maker Rebecca Cleal on Saturday 8th October at The Old Coroners Court, Bristol, 7-10pm.


The culmination of a 3 year collaborative relationship between Rebecca Cleal & You’re Not Human, this exhibition of screen printed photography celebrates the darker side of Bristol’s music scene. Whilst You’re Not Human are well known for their heavy and uncompromising contribution to the live music landscape of Bristol, it’s Rebecca’s photographic documentation of the events that has given a distinct sense of shape and presence to the scene outside the performances themselves.

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‘To the Moon and Back’ – Stormie Mills

“To the Moon and Back” sees Stormie Mills look beyond the borders of our galaxy to explore the final frontier of humanity.

For the first time Stormie will introduce the unique use of authentic stardust into his artwork, blending the stardust with paint. This stardust represents an extension of Stormie’s use of the colour silver in his iconic monochromatic palette.


The stardust comes from an ancient meteorite that was formed 4.5 billion years ago in the core of an ancient star, with its rarer elements born in a massive supernova explosion. Stormie uses space as a metaphor for technology and isolation.

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‘Matisse Fan Club’ – David Booth (Ghostpatrol)

For the first time in 4 years, Issue 34 featured artist, David Booth (Ghostpatrol) is exhibiting in Melbourne. ‘Matisse Fan Club’ opens on this Friday at Batman Royale, 14 Gaffney Street, Melbourne at 6pm, and is on display until 15 October.


‘In 2015 I took a private pilgrimage to the south of France to visit the Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence, a building in which every detail and decoration was designed by Henry Matisse. This is why it is more widely known as Matisse’s Chapel.

Upon completion in 1951 Matisse stated that ‘this work required me four years of an exclusive and entiring effort and it is the fruit of my whole working life. In spite of all its imperfections I consider it as my masterpiece.’

I have built a meditation monument in memory of my time within his greatest and final work. It is, in part, an ode to the wonder inside this special place, but moreover it uses this chapel as an outlet for me to not only look at but be within my work, my own language.

And really, who isn’t part of the Matisse fan club?’


Peculiarities In Composition: An interview with Petro (Aesthetics)

Graffiti is communication, a message from one to the others that there exists another world beyond the set patterns and paths of civilised society, free forms of interpretation playing amongst conditioned architecture. Petro is a Russian artist who creates vibrant, energetic and expressive work that is happy to cross genre boundaries with a style founded in letters but mixed beautiful with a more abstract temperament. I caught up with him for a few words on process, meaning and intent. 


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Shida – ‘Summoning Lovers Out of Time’

Shida is an Australian artist specialising in murals, monumental in scale, spread across the east coast Australia and around the globe.

In ‘Summoning Lovers Out of Time’ Shida explores the relationship between ritual, sexuality and love. Psychedelic entities are entwined in a ceremonial act transcending the bounds of known reality.

A reaction to incidents in other states of being. Caught in an ancient battle and aligning at a balance between order and chaos. Shida seeks to turn a tide like an ancient shaman with each works being in essence an invocation, an energetic manifestation, a prayer to joy.

This new project will utilise a new industrial space to create large-scale, site specific paintings and drawings on display for one weekend only.

In Melbourne in the lead up to the show, Damo caught up with Shida to chat and learn more about him and his show:

Damo: Thank you very much for taking the time to talk to us. I was just wondering if you could just start by talking about yourself a little bit, how you got into art… define your style a little.

Shida: My entire life I’ve been an artist; I was always a very introverted kid, always drawing always stuck in my head in my own fantasies. I guess around the age of 13 I discovered street art and that channeled my introversion into… into something that I could actually connect with people and something where I could get feedback and get fuel from there. It’s just been a straight line. It’s been constant.

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