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RAW INC.

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We took 5 with Raw Inc bossman and all round nice guy Kalis recently to talk all things Inc! Check it out below!

What is Raw Inc and how did it come to be?
It started back in 1987, by myself (KALIS) messing around with a few crew name ideas, while hanging with friends getting up to no good late at night walking the streets on the outer Western Line as you do. Raw originally stood for Real.Aussie.Writers or Read.And.Weep among a few others…

Raw is a collective of artists starting from Australia, England, Germany, France and America. The guys support and rep us all the time and we try to support them in anyway we can as well. We’re all on the same path.

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THE MORTAL DRAMA by YUSK IMAI

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‘Life’s absurdity and the inevitability of death are the central themes of The Mortal Drama by Yuske Imai. In 2015, after temporarily relocating studios from Berlin to Sao Paulo, in order to be closer to his family, Yuske found himself confronted by a series of personal tragedies. It’s from within this confrontation that the themes of The Mortal Drama were formed. After staring into the chimeric eyes of existence, life and death, Yuske returned to the canvas, each time, with a visceral and profound message, touched by his experiences. Life is beautiful, it is sad, it gives and it takes and any sense of control might just be an illusion.

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The Mortal Drama is an story of existence, told across twelve paintings on canvas, from the most symbolically expressive and profound artists that Backwoods Gallery has been lucky enough to work with. We hope that our community has time to visit The Mortal Drama between the 15-26th of July at the Backwoods Gallery main space in Collingwood.’ Alexander Mitchell, 2016. Director – Backwoods Gallery.

Cam Scale – ‘State of Mind’

Growing up in Sydney and influenced by the trackside graffiti throughout the suburbs, Melbourne-based multidisciplinary artist Cam Scale was motivated to create his own art. “I grew up drawing. My parents encouraged me and tried sending me to art classes when I was young, but it wasn’t until I hit high school I showed a real interest. A close mate and I used to hang out creating mischief, mainly blowing stuff up, until we discovered graffiti,” says Scale. “After that, I was hooked. I tried to maintain some form of grades at school, but much of the time was spent out until the early hours, and then battling to stay awake in class!”

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After an attempt at graphic design, Scale realised that he wanted to be drawing the pictures, not moving them around. A ten-month graffiti binge around Europe followed, and upon return Scale moved to Melbourne and began an illustration course. As an artist, Scale admits, “Melbourne just had all the opportunities and a fresh start.” The rest as they say, is history.

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Considered a renowned graffiti writer and large-scale photorealist, Scale has now called Melbourne home for almost a decade. His first major solo show, ‘State Of Mind’ explores the viewer’s attitude towards graffiti, street and urban art and delves into the previously unexplored parallels of the urban and contemporary art world.

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Brian M. Viveros – Print Release!

Thinkspace Edition’s is excited to announce two brand new limited fine art editions from Brian M. Viveros coming this Friday, July 8th at 10AM (PST)

Two NEW PRINTS FEARLESS _ VIVA VAUDEVILLE

Both prints will be available via Thinkspace Gallery ‘shop’ page through this purchase link: www.thinkspacegallery.com/shop

Save the date and BE READY!!!

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Anthony Lister – ‘Our Side of the Fence’

“I believe in free expression. A fence is a fence and if it’s on my side then I should have the right as a citizen who lives on that side to beautify it.” – Anthony Lister

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Anthony Lister is an Australian modern artist who walks the line between street art and fine art. Gracing the walls of fine art galleries, pubic spaces and alleyways alike, Lister is internationally recognised and collected, and consistently exhibits internationally.

Lister has unexpectedly bared his artistic soul in a raw and mesmerising new short film by Masses Collective, titled Our Side of the Fence.

A public interventionist, Lister reveals a commitment to art that has become an obsession. He opens up about existence, intention, love, family, and letting go.

The result is a portrait of the artist in his Redfern studio, torn between the demands of his art on his heart and his mind.

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‘WIZARDS, LIZARDS AND BROADS’ – MARK BODE

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Very few people have had as much on an influence on the world of graffiti as the father and son team of Vaughn and Mark Bode.

Vaughn Bode was born, July 22, 1941 in Utica, New York. Upon finishing school Vaughn joined the army, soon went AWOL, was discharged and then went to art school. In 1963 at age 22, Bode self-published Das Kampf, considered one of the first underground comic books.

During the 1970’s, Vaughn Bode became one of the New Yorks most unique comic book artists. He was a young, cross dressing, messiah with a clear artistic vision, sharp sense of humour and captivating presence. As a contemporary to fellow cartoonists, Trina Robbins, Spain Rodriguez, Robert Crumb and Ralph Bakshi, Vaughn went on to become one of underground comic’s founding fathers.

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Julian Clavijo – ‘Patient Transition’

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‘Patient Transition’ is a compilation of some of fine artist, Julian Clavijo’s previous major works and a contemplative exploration of small works on the enchanting innocence of childhood as it should be.

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“As the inaugural resident artist at Ground Floor – S.T.K Arts Space I am honoured and committed to bring my passion, knowledge and creative input into Caydon’s urban art strategy as part of the S.T.K development.” – Julian Clavijo

Julian has compiled a collection of works from his years in Australia. Having originated from Colombia and exhibited in 28 different countries, his art includes a variety of colours, subjects and textures that are not only unique in his contemporary use of different mediums, but of an incredibly detailed nature.

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Opening at St Kild’as newset artistic space, Ground Floor – STK Arts Space. The STK Art Space integrates various art forms into a residential urban environment, and presents a range of art, workshops and activities to the public in a way that engages and enriches the dialogue between arts, culture and urban living.

Check out the latest artworks that Julian has been working on since he moved into STK Arts Space, this Friday 24th of June 2016 at 6:30 – 8:30pm at 3-5 St Kilda Road, St Kilda VIC 3182, for drinks and canapés.

For further information on upcoming workshops and an STK Arts Space activity schedule, please send your enquiry to julian.clavijo@icloud.com or visitwww.julianclavijo.com or check out instagram!

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Bailer x Conrad Bizjak – ‘Something to sink your teeth into’

For those of you in Australia suffering the Sunday blues, to take your mind off tomorrow being yet another working day, check out the newest wall to hit St Kilda, compliments of the masterminds Bailer AND Conrad Bizjak. Thanks to p1xels for the images and to Bailer for the exclusive words.

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Conrad and I had been studiously sketching our own version of Picasso’s Guernica to adorn another large wall not far from this one. This was an idea we had talked about realising over the past few years. We had hoped to encapsulate some of the realities of St Kilda life in the same manner that Picasso so brilliantly captured the horrors of war in one of his most powerful works. After some some disagreement with the owners of the building we were set to paint, the idea stalled then failed to come to fruition.

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However, the wheels were in motion and we still needed to create something. I found a better wall for us to decorate and we began the design process again, in the wake of the previous failure.

This time we took all external influences out of the equation.

We decided to work on our own separate parts of the wall, focusing on our artistic strengths. Then somehow connect all the elements.

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The Jaunt – Remed

Traveling art project and screen print studio The Jaunt is inviting their 25th artist to take the road. This time inviting the French Spanish artist REMED for a trip to the Canary Islands, to one of the smallest islands called La Gomera. We caught up with REMED to talk about his trip, what he’s hoping to find and what he will bring with him. “I’ll bring the least to find the most.”.

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If you are not familiar with The Jaunt (www.thejaunt.net) yet, make sure to get familiar with them quick. The Jaunt offers limited edition screen prints from some of your favorite artists. The artists travel to a place they’ve never been to before, and create a print once they have returned from their trip. You can order your print for as little as 60€ but only at sight unseen before the trip takes place. Place your order in due time, usually these prints sell out quick!

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