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Half a Dozen Questions with Graphic Surgery

graphic_surgery_13_webGraphic Surgery has been honing their brand of minimalism for quite some time now.  Their bold, simple, and striking marks in abandoned spaces and meticulously crafted work for galleries are increasingly drawing appreciation from patrons and peers.

Recently I sent over a few questions, half dozen to be exact.  GS is a duo of Dutchies, Erris Huigens, and Gysbert Zijlstra.   I sent each the questions independently, and asked them to answer them ‘blindly’ ..a kind of  The Dating Game ,  questionaire, just to see how congruent is the party line.  Turns out…pretty much on target.

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Sam Yong – ‘K E E P S A K E S’

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Sam Yong is an artist and illustrator from Melbourne. He works across different traditional mediums. As a self-confessed introvert, Sam has a love of nature and solo adventure. He is often found booking a last minute flight to a far away land. This love of solitude, the unknown and the natural world manifests itself through his artwork. Sam’s work has been exhibited in Paris, the United States, New Zealand and Melbourne, along with a multitude of private commissions across the globe.

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Premiering his highly anticipated second exhibition, ‘K E E P S A K E S’ Yong’s new work explores the complexity of the human condition, with focus on how seemingly temporal emotions can manifest themselves as everlasting memories. The collection uses allegorical subject matter to take the audience on an immediate journey of emotion, evoking and creating memories on sight. The contrast between the emotional human psyche being portrayed by the cruel unforgiving reality of the natural world is a beautiful yet tragic and intriguing relationship.

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Spencer Keeton Cunningham – ACCESSION – Interview

Spencer Keeton Cunningham has finally launched a new solo exhibition after 2 years on the road. An artist who set forth over 2 years ago on a self proclaimed painting journey, Cunningham has most recently been painting large walls throughout the United States, Australia and New Zealand. He has continued to remain on the road with no home base, venturing solo from one location to the next, from the border of Southern Mexico to the iced over roads of Alaska over the past 800 days. He has just recently launched his most recent solo exhibit from the road, titled “Accession” at One Grand Gallery in Portland, Oregon. 

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The exhibit features colourfully painted walls bearing a skeleton of an American Indian figure dropping a firearm, a distressed Native American pattern, and a 4-eyed wolf apparently sliced into various pieces showing elements of its skeletal structure.  In Cunningham’s words, this show marks the first instalment of this “style” of show he has ever done in the United States.

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Kai & Sunny – My Eye On You – Colette, Paris

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Colette is pleased to present My Eye On You, a series of new works by the UK based artist duo Kai & Sunny. It will be their 1st solo exhibition at the gallery after solo shows in London,New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. In conjunction with the exhibition, the artists will release a new print edition, available for purchase at the opening reception.  

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Senekt – ‘Spectrum’

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Backwoods Gallery warmly welcomes SENEKT for his debut solo exhibition, titled SPECTRUM.

Following up his explosive arrival on Melbourne’s street art scene SENEKT is presenting a collection of vivid paintings and sculptures that explore the relationship between emotion and color.

Opening Friday 12th of August at 6pm.

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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

Our Side Of The Fence | Anthony Lister from Masses Collective on Vimeo.

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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