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Rodrigo Branco’s “Distintos Filhos” (“Distinct Family”) Series

Brazilian artist Rodrigo Branco spent last couple of months working on a comprehensive series of portraits titled “Distintos Filhos” (Distinct Family). Commissioned by MyFinBec art project, part of the the series was recently presented to public @ Paris Urban Art Fair.

Branco was born and raised in Sao Paulo, and was showing interest for art from his early age. After discovering graffiti on the streets of his hometown, he started painting in public, but soon switched from textual towards figurative work. Influenced by the visual impairment he suffered from as a kid, his abstract portraits are showing subjects as blurred patches of colors and shapes. These images are inspired by his childhood memories of circus visits and looking at his dad’s photographs. For this series the artist created 42 such paintings using graphite, spray paint, acrylic and oil on canvas, along with 2 larger pieces that are used for vine labels. The canvases are available for purchase via MyFinBec website and are coming unstretched or framed, along with 2 bottles of organic wine with his Branco’s artworks.

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Creature Creature – ‘Daggers’

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Creature Creature is artist duo Chanel Tang and Ambrose Rehorek. First meeting at university they ‘flirted through art’ until they formed an official union in 2011 under one name. Creature Creature was chosen from a quote in the 1960’s film A Bucket of Blood; “A Creature is a Creature…or it is an artist!”

Born in Adelaide, Ambrose has a Degree in Visual Arts from the University of South Australia. Chanel was born in Wellington, New Zealand, moved to Australia in 1998 where she did her Degree in Fine Art at Monash University.

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With this background in fine art and graphic design, their work is a blend of both practices with strong historical influences, mixed with a love of street art and illustration. Creature Creature play with the idea of duality, east meets west, and the natural world. A dragon and unicorn are the pair’s alter egos, commonly appearing in their art.

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Reka – Mirage

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Beginning his journey as a conventional artist in 1999, James Reka – aka RekaOne – is an Australian-born artist, currently living in Berlin. In September 2015, the Parisians familiar with the M.U.R. on Oberkampf Street saw him working on site and discovered his colorful world. That summer, he also produced a 30-meter-high mural painting, in the 13th District of Paris, which can even be seen from the Périphérique.

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Abyss .607 – ‘Arcane Lotus’

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Opening this Friday at La De Da Bar in Canberra, Abyss .607 presents ‘Arcane Lotus’. Formerly of Canberra but now calling Melbourne home, Abyss .607 returns to his old stomping ground bringing with him a myriad of paper works, available for one night only.

We sat down and discovered what really is happening within the Abyss….

Damo: Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into art, both on the street and in the gallery?
₳. Ever since I can remember I’ve been fascinated by the Universe and what could lie deeper. I remember the earliest drawings I did as a child were scenes on alien planets with strange beings and creatures, I can’t recall the direct inspiration for this but it may have something to do with growing up in a place where you could see the stars. I spent most my youth drawing creatures, from there I progressed to create my own card games and stories for them. As for the progression into graffiti and street art; that happened much later. I was already utilising and engaging in the urban scape from years of skateboarding, it just seemed natural to put my visions out there too. Having the opportunity to exhibit in galleries of late has been good, as most of the work I do is illustrative based and I like the divide of practices.

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Luke Cornish (ELK) – ‘Vanishing Point’

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Opening this Thursday, 21st of April, at Sydney’s prestigious nanda\hobbs gallery, issue 33 featured artist Luke Cornish aka ELK presents “Vanishing Point”, an exhibition of new works.

Drawing inspiration from travel to over twenty countries within two years, ELK takes the medium of stencil art to a new level. This body of work incorporates over 800 hand cut layers and 200 colours (per piece) into the works, taking up to two months of solitary confinement to bring them into being.

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Steve Cross – ‘The Black Ocean’

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‘The Black Ocean’ is the first instalment in a series of oil paintings from Issue 30 feature and long-term visual artist, Steve Cross.

Originally from Perth, Western Australia, Steve relocated to Melbourne in 1999 to pursue a career in tattooing. In the ensuing years he honed his craft, cementing a reputation as one of the country’s best artists.

In 2007 he opened his own shop, the acclaimed Korpus Studio, in Brunswick. But he never lost the love for his first creative passion – graffiti.

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Steve has been painting walls both nationally and internationally since 1988. In that time he has created hundreds of large-scale murals, showcasing his varied style and passion for street art.

While both these careers have seen his artwork showcased very publicly – on walls, and skin – this is the first time Steve has exhibited any of his oil paintings.

This selection has been worked on over the past three months, in private, and away from inquisitive eyes. As such, this first selection of work is deeply personal, and perhaps the most revealing of all Steve’s mediums.

The Black Ocean represents Steve’s obsession and compulsion to create; the paintings representative of the internal struggle an artist encounters when immersing themselves fully in the creative process – and the isolation that brings.

The subjects are caught in moments of internal disquiet – floating and falling into an endless ocean of inky blackness.”

Leading up to this, Steve’s first solo show, he took some time out with Damo to talk about ‘The Black Ocean’

This is your first solo show. What made you decide now was the time to bite the bullet (or jump into the black ocean as it may be)?

It’s been a bit of a natural progression to get to this point. I’ve been a part of a lot of group shows since my first in 1988. I’m at a stage now where I guess I’m ready to expose this hidden part of my life. I keep my ‘artist cards’ pretty close to my chest, and I mostly toil away on my own. But it feels like the right time for people to start seeing some of my more personal work, and The Black Ocean is a record of that.

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DEAMS – ‘In the Fold’

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Painter, designer and geometric visionary Deams has been influencing the Melbourne street art scene for over a decade. A founding member of the infamous Melbourne collective AWOL Crew, his work can be found in both galleries and street contexts around the world. Deams has an intuitive approach to painting and process, which allows for his work to oscillate between tangible and intangible forms and realities. He approaches his practice with a studious dedication to his past and the immediacy of his present, discovering links between the impressions of his childhood and his current ideas and experiences. His work continues to explore aesthetic and interpersonal relationships through compositional conversations in form and texture.

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‘Misprints and Misfits’ – D*Face

StolenSpace Gallery is pleased to present ‘Misprints & Misfits’, a series of one off paper pieces by D*Face. Delving into the deepest depths of D*Face’s print archives, it does as it says on it’s sticky print tin, showcasing unseen paper pieces, one offs, proofs, misprints and editions never before released.

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D*Face claims that screen printing changed his life, “From the first Andy Warhol canvases I saw, to the moment I walked into Surrey Skateboards and was hit by the heady smell of screen-printed decks, to the first envelope that arrived from Shepard Fairey stuffed full of OBEY stickers, or the first time I got all the magic ingredients right in the witch’s cauldron of home screen printing, and printing my first sticker sheet.”

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“I have always been fascinated by the process, which in its simplest form is a very basic method of mass print production, practically the lowest rung on the ladder of printing (just after potato printing), and achievable to anyone willing to invest in the small amount of money and time needed to learn the dark art. At the same time, it is revered as the top of the printing food chain and carries with it a trade and skill that is forever being honed by master printers. It can be deeply frustrating to people trying to achieve print perfection, but liberating to those who embrace the beauty of misprints and repetition.”

Keep an eye on @stolenspacegallery for details.

Henrik Haven – Website Launch

“Whether it be climb, crawl, scrape, break the door down, or ask politely, Henrik does whatever it takes to get the best shots possible of his subjects. His determination is only equalled by his friendliness.” – Shepard Fairey, 2015

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A righteous accolade for one of the most intrepid cameramen we’ve met on our travels and one that heralds the launch of his new website… (Fanfare, drum roll, etc) Go check out Henrik’s shiny new page here:

www.henrikhaven.com

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Henrik Haven contributes to:
Juxtapoz Magazine | VNA Magazine | Graffiti Art Magazine | Hi-Fructose Magazine | Complex | Brooklyn Street Art | Arrested Motion | Street Art News | Instagrafite | Upper Playground | POW! WOW! Hawaii | Slamxhype | Vandalog | Wide Walls | Street Art Europe | Graffiti Street | Fecal Face | Bitchslap Magazine | Le Petit Voyuer

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To Find Authenticity; Saber Interview

 

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One of the most passionate, articulate and important individuals ever to grace an art form Saber needs very little introduction, his intricate and giant style find form in everything from pure abstraction to confrontational political action. Whilst the glory days of record breaking pieces may be behind him, he retains an honesty whose clarity is a cutting as ever. I had the pleasure of speaking to him about progress, parenthood and politics.

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