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Unwell Bunny – ‘ Super Psychology’

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Urban contemporary artist Unwell Bunny (also known as Ed Bechervaise) opens his new exhibition ‘Super Psychology’ in January 13th 2017 at Besser Space in Melbourne.

A study into the American psyche, the body of work takes part over two time periods. From 6 weeks travelling through New York, LA, San Francisco with observations of American fast food psychology.

And then a second part series, in Melbourne seeing these works for a second time with the figurative edge of the female form.

Its a suggestive dichotomy between the past subconscious experience and the present observational one occurs and takes the viewer into a contemporary lifestyle setting. Whilst still experiencing bursts of subliminal psychology as the American infused imagery punctures the background.

Ed has shown his work in Amsterdam, New York and most recently a solo show in Paris. With its global sensibility and edgy urban undertones, Ed’s motivations are both to be pleasing aesthetically while also disruptive emotionally, triggering questions in the viewer, which is both inward and outwardly focused. A super psychology of self-discovery.

In the lead up to the show, opening Friday 13 January 2017, Ed took some time with our boy in Melbourne, Damo, to chat about all things Unwell.

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Can you introduce yourself, and explain how you came to be where you are now?

Unwell Bunny: I’m Unwell Bunny (also known as Ed Bechervaise). My art story starts in Adelaide in Australia, I was a graffiti artist early on. I did some art study in Adelaide then I moved to Melbourne. In Melbourne I discovered ‘street art’ it was new and exciting, I started following it, and then got into it myself. Over time my graffiti back ground and street art interest has merged. I’m investigating neo cubism and am creating pop expressionism; it’s a bit of a departure from direct graffiti influences but I still use mediums from my graffiti days and will almost certainly always be part of the genre.

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VNA Issue 35 – OUT NOW!

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VNA has grown from it’s humble beginnings as a free black and white zine with the help and support of people like D*Face –who enabled the distribution of the mag at his StolenSpace gallery way back when it first started ten years ago. So it’s only fitting that 10 years on he features on the front cover – shot by Shamil Tanna – for the second time.

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The latest issue is out now and available to buy online before it hits stores next week right hurrr:
www.verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-35

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Inside Issue 35, you can see the philthy skills of Phill Blake, the gravity defying work of Spanish artist Cinta Vidal and the awesome muralism of Canadian young blood, Jarus.

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Also featured is the Japanese skate punk legend, Haroshi, giving an insight into the recycled skateboard sculptures he makes with heart and soul, and Croatian painter Lonac.

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From the Antipodes comes work from Japan-based Aussie artist, Mark Drew, with his blend of hip hop and remixed rap quotes over Peanuts paintings, alongside Melbourne-based Cam Scale, bringing a homegrown history of his life growing up in the bush.

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Great Dane Søren Solkær gives a look through the lens into music photography and artist portraiture and Floridian Tatiana Suarez highlights her local background and a glimpse into the world of her haunting characters.

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Last but not least are Shepard Fairey – return of one of our previous cover stars to give the lowdown on some highlights and milestones of his career – and Wayne White – master of puppets and tongue in cheek painter, fresh off the back of his latest epic show, Wayne-O-Rama, in his hometown of Chattanooga.

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www.verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-35

New Translations at Subliminal Projects by Scott Albrecht

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Exhibition Review by Hyland Mather

This show New Translations, by Scott Ablrecht (instagram @scottyfivealive) has been getting lots of attention online, and why not… a) It’s at Shepard’s gallery, duh, and b) this new work from Scotty is quite freaking stellar.

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‘Onwards & Inwards’ – Kitt Bennett

‘Onwards & Inwards’, Kitt Bennett’s latest solo exhibition explores sensations of life and consciousness. This series of small and large works on paper aims to create meaning in what we perceive to be unrelated phenomena around us. Bennett is driven to explore how our possessions inform our individuality, and of how our internal and external worlds connect. In this series, Bennett uses his trademark illustrative comic style, in an attempt to maintain a playful balance between both the humorous and the darkly thought provoking aspects of our existence.

Bennett uses his illustrative style of storytelling in an attempt to maintain a playful balance between both the humorous and the darkly thought provoking aspects of our existence.

Can you introduce yourself, and talk a little about how you got to where you are?

My name’s Kitt. I’m an artist/illustrator working out of Juddy Roller studios.
Since completing a Bachelor of Illustration I have worked as a freelance illustrator dabbling in animation.
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‘Vectorized Reality’ – RASHE

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////Transport yourself into virtual reality_______Technology evolves faster than humans.

Coming from a graffiti background Rashe is now making art informed by his work as a graphic designer. This new body of work is inspired by new technologies and how they affect us on a day to day basis.

His process involves sketching on the computer, utilising software to create vectorised shapes. From there he uses an analogue approach, cutting paper by hand and painting shapes to play with composition and colours.

The digital revolution began with the transformation and transposition of as many “real life” activities and functions as possible into a digital entity. Today, the reverse tendency is becoming ever more apparent; the virtual is beginning to reveal itself within the actual.

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What is virtual and what is literal have become intertwined in the minds and everyday lives of people or perhaps we should say Users to the extent that humans born after 1990 no longer distinguish between the two. It is presently undeniable that the Digital domain has fully immer- sed itself into the Physical realm. The construction of self is increasingly becoming conceptual rather than natural, as Jeffrey Deitch correctly prophesied in 1992, and our entire understanding of the meaning of private life has been completely redefined. It seems that a key element of the emerging collective consciousness of western societies is a desire to literally grasp, to make incarnate, the new, ethereal mental technology-driven social constructs into visceral objects, and experiences: interactive button options present in paper magazine ads, physical instagram filter panels cropping up in front of landmark London views, and 3D content being physically rendered, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way.

What does it mean to “Like” something nowadays? Does preference hold any value without explicit declaration? What mnemonic purpose does photography hold in a social context where images must be viewed within a 6-second time frame before self-destructing?
Vectorized Reality is the place where Rashe attempts to explore such questions and possibly reveal new insights into our new cultural and socioeconomic environment of multiple realities and multiple perceptions.

‘Vectorized Reality’ opens Friday 2nd of December at Lane’s End in Fitzroy.

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Cecil Street Mega Wall

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Leading Australian mural artists Rone, Adnate, Sofles, Dvate, Cam Scale, Heesco and Jason Parker have teamed up to create an epic, large-scale mural on the streets of Fitzroy.

Curated by Juddy Roller, and supported by Yarra City Council and the Department of Justice, the project showcases the talents of the seven well known, and highly respected, artists.

Each artist, all unique in style, has been given creative license to paint a dedicated section of the wall, with the only limitation being that all artworks will be portrait based.

Says artist Adnate of the upcoming project, “I’m stoked to be a part of it, I respect all of these artist so much so to have the opportunity to collaborate with them on such an awesome project is really cool. Add to that, I’ve always thought a mural on this wall would be great so the fact the Juddy Roller has managed to secure it for us is really impressive.”

The wall is located on the Rear of Fry’s Storage on Cecil Street, Fitzroy.

All images by @p1xels

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‘Polarity’ – Christopher Hancock

Christopher Hancock is best known for his dark and twisted figurative works that explore the surreal complexities of the human condition. Born in Perth, the now Melbourne-based artist hails from a background in Australia’s graffiti and street art scene. The raw aesthetics of these urban movements can still be seen in his studio works, although it is the influence of fine artists such Francis Bacon that is most prominent. Within Christopher Hancock’s works themes of family, love, sexuality, anxiety, depression and mental health can be derived among many others.

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‘Mythos’ – Sam Octigan

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Sam Octigan is a visual artist based in Melbourne, Australia. His practice typically centres with painting on canvas, exploring the intersection of narrative and abstract form. Endlessly fascinated from a young age with the visual image and how we as humans connect to it, his current work seeks to delve deeper into the alchemy of what makes an arresting image to an audience, while exploring his own personal interests in memory, history, growth, home and truth.

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‘Freshly Sliced’ – Amac

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Amac is a Melbourne based artist, that explores the idea of life – whether that be fruits or creating his own beings. Through the use of mixed media – Amac sets out to explore the beauty in the every day things that inspire creation.

Opening this Friday at Melbourne’s Lane’s End ‘Freshly Sliced’ brings to life the fruits of travel. These pieces have been inspired via the buffet fruit selections throughout Asia. Fruit is natures way of spreading life – making the seeds so delicious they had to be eaten and spread. The works look at how nature inserts its own patterns within the grown beauty of fruits. Now that Spring has come; it’s time to see the plants bare the fresh fruits of the new season.

We hit up Amac for the down low on his show.

Can you introduce yourself, and talk a little about how you got to where you are?

My moniker is Amac and I grew up in the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. I started in graffiti back in 2008 painting pieces, however I realised pretty quick that I wasn’t that good at letterform and was suggested by a mate to try paint characters instead. After studying a diploma of visual art a few years back I was looking to merge my character based works with what I had learned during that period; which was to paint realism with oil paints.

Unfortunately my characters were’t fitting into the heavy conceptual art that school was wanting from me and I went back onto the street to paint, rather than on canvas. Shortly after that I ended up painting with Ohnoes & Chehehe through a mutual friends internet cafe and from that day I was hanging out at The Artshole. I have now been apart of The Artshole studio for just over four years. It’s all been a lot of trials, errors and experimentation!

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‘Bring Cash’ – Lushsux

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Concluding year of controversy, council disputes, censorship, dank memes and delicately treading a political gray area — LUSHSUX is presenting his final statement for 2016, a secret show called “BRING CASH”.

Visitors to the exhibition will be blindfolded and escorted, via black van, to a secret exhibition location where they will have a strict 30 minutes to view the artwork, before being hoodwinked and returned to the rendezvous location.

As the founding artists of the Memeist art movement, LUSHSUX’sartwork has hit a consistent nerve with the Australian people, allowing him to present a commentary on socio-political issues ranging from the violently divisive political environment of the U.S election, celebrity culture, freedom of speech, media bias to the meteoric rise of memes as a political force and form of civic protest.

“BRING CASH” will be LUSHSUX’s decisive conclusion and the final punchline of 2016.

Open from the weekend of November 25th. All guests will be required to purchase a ticket, book a time slot and sign a consent form that gives the gallery permission to confiscate all recording devices, blindfold, restrain and transport them to and from the exhibition. Amongst over things.

Come prepared for a confronting experience, designed by Australia’s most provocative artist and don’t forget to bring cash.

visit www.backwoods.gallery for details.