Our man Liam Keown has been over to catch up with Danny O’Connor in the studio.
‘FACING DECONSTRUCTION’ by Unwell Bunny is somewhat of a self-portrait for Unwell Bunny otherwise known as Ed Bechervaise. It represents a point of reflection both on himself and the urban art movement he has a lengthy relationship with. Captured are faces of Ed’s contemporaries, mentors, figure heads and the new breed of an independent disestablishment art movement.
‘FACING DECONSTRUCTION’ opens at Backwoods Gallery on October 20th from 6pm. Visit the exhibition page for more information. In the lead up to the show, Ed sat down with Damo….
Damo: We’ve finally managed to actually speak in person! Could we just start with who is ‘Unwell Bunny’ and how do you describe your current style?
Unwell Bunny: Unwell Bunny is kind of like my second artistic incarnation; an incarnation of Ed Bechervaise and my first graffiti name in Adelaide that I ran for about seven years. Moving to Melbourne I felt the need to reemerge in a slightly different form and Unwell Bunny was the reemergence. It came from a comic book that I did very early on in about 2002 or 2003 whilst I was actually witnessing the Melbourne street art boom happening. I had not quite ten years’ graffiti heritage and the street art boom was just completely new and I’d never experienced anything like that before. So, Unwell Bunny is the reincarnation of my graffiti past in a new form which has gone on to resemble urban contemporary art -giving me another sphere to project myself beyond my own name.
This allows the work to have secondary perspective on things and that works quite well for me. Keeping my name as a part of the linkage to my artistic practice with Unwell Bunny being an easier vehicle to move forward with.
‘Content by the Kilo’ is Callum Preston’s first venture north to exhibit artworks from his home town of Melbourne, with Church Brisbane being the perfect venue considering his history creative visual work in the music industry.
The artworks are a collection of what he calls ” fast and loose” butchers shop signs, the kind of thing you would have seen as a kid while shopping with a parent, proclaiming the finest cuts, the cheapest prices or the freshest produce. Big bold and eye catching, from a time before social media, you wanted to say something, you wrote it down and put a splash of neon around it.
Callum sat down with Damo over at Everfresh Studios to have a yarn about his show and what else is happening in his world.
Damo: Thanks for taking the time to hang out today. Can you introduce yourself and talk about your various artistic practices?
Callum: My name is Callum Preston I am based out of Everfresh Studios in Collingwood (Melbourne, Australia). I’ve been part of Everfresh since around 2004/2005 when I was a lot younger. I’m currently 33 and I’m a full-time… I don’t really have a full-time title but I’m sort of a full-time artist / designer / sculptor. It’s kind of very blurry; basically I’ll have a go at anything. That’s sort of my motto. I have just come to accept that I don’t really like the ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ phrase. I think it’s not as simple as that, it’s more that will do a lot of things to the best of my ability and then I have to decide whether I think that’s an acceptable quality. I’m sort of still finding my feet in all elements of my practice but I really am enjoying myself.
OPEN HOME is a new 2-day project by artist Ian Strange.
Creating a site-specific intervention onto the exterior of a suburban home in Melbourne, Australia and transforming the interior to display film, photographic and installation works.
‘OPEN HOME’ OPENING NIGHT:
FRIDAY OCT 6th
6pm – 9pm
25 Clifton Street
SAT 7th and SUN 8th
10am – 6pm
For any information about the project or to request an advanced catalogue please contact Jedda Andrews; email@example.com
L A T E R AL I S AT I OИ
The functional specialisation of the brain with some skills, such as analytical and mathematical occurring primarily in the left hemisphere and others, such as perception of visual and spatial relationships occurring primarily on the right.
Liam Snootle presents new paintings that encourage an internal dialogue by stimulating the viewer’s lateralisation.
VNA: It’s been 12 months since we last spoke, what has been happening in your world?
LS: Yes, well if I’d said it’d gone quickly I’d be lying. At the time of my last show we were blessed with the very early arrival of our first child, little George. He had a pretty hectic first few months, I think it was 137 days in the hospital but now he is home and doing amazingly well, such a happy and inspiring person.
Photo: Nik Epifanidis
VNA: How has the birth of your son changed the way you look at things? Has it changed your artistic practice at all?
LS: I’d have to say it has completely changed me, priorities have been totally reworked. I struggled to find time to paint but I’m in such a great space at the moment, after a really tough time and I’d like to think this newfound optimism and inspiration is reflected in my latest body of work which has come together nicely.
Photo: Nik Epifanidis
VNA: Tell us a little about ‘Lateralisation’. There is often a lot in the name of a show, why did you go down the ‘Lateralisation’ path?
LS: Lateralisation is the theory that people have a tendency to use different hemispheres of their brains in different ways, a preference of one over the other, mathematical/analytical on one and creativity on the other. I’ve always felt I did both of these naturally and these paintings are my attempt a creating an environment where the viewer was forced to get both hemispheres working in unison.
VNA: What is the make up of the show? Is there a piece you are particularly proud of?
LS: Most of the paintings are diptychs of colour blocks with a black and white dynamic geometric expression. I’m hoping that the two halves complement one another. I’m fond of all of them but there is a personal favourite that I’m hoping stays unsold (they probably all will).
Photo: Nik Epifanidis
VNA: What do you hope people will take away from the show? What messages (if any) are you trying to convey to your viewers?
LS: I’m hoping that people that usually walk away from contemporary art saying “I don’t get it” might have an awakening.
VNA: If you could collaborate with anyone, who would you choose and why?
LS: I’ve got a soundtrack that plays during the show which was designed and recorded by my brother, Dylan. He’s an amazing singer, songwriter and guitarist and I guess this was our first art/music collaboration. It’s something I’d love to build upon for future projects.
Photo: Nik Epifanidis
VNA: When we last spoke, you commented on the generational gap between you and your students ever increasing and your goal is to make art full time. How is that journey coming along?
LS: Oh yeah that gap is getting wider and wider, they’ve just made me realise that cool music is now called Dad Rock and that my preference for double denim is downright embarrassing. As far as full time art is concerned, well I still have a mortgage and the bank insists that I keep going back to the classroom most days!
‘Lateralisation’ opens this Friday at ‘Off the Kerb Gallery’ 66B Johnston St, Collingwood.
Kim Hyunji has created a collection of portraits that uncover each of her models carefully curated social media personas to find true beauty in the discarded remains, deemed unfit for projection. The collection, titled Mirror Stage, is an honest counter point to the rise of the online persona that bravely evokes feelings of love, alienation, angst, and hope.
Kim Hyunji, aka KIM KIM KIM, is a painter from South Korea, currently based in Melbourne, Australia. Recognising Australia’s multiculturalism and diversity, Hyunji’s main subjects are the culturally attuned creatives of her generation, the Millennials. In real life and social media, she often observes the impacts of a globalised society – its conveniences, and pitfalls. Her unique style of portraiture is intended to portray the issues this generation is facing.
Opens Friday, Sept 15th and is on display until Sunday, Oct 1st – Backwoods Gallery.
Our man Liam Keown has been over to catch up with London-based artist and East-London art-throb, Ben Slow…
Harmony rings within the chaos of society. As life’s ups and downs cancel each other out, a sense of balance can be found. Wrestling with positive and negative forces, Senekt’s solo exhibition explores the impacts and outcomes of life’s fluctuating experiences. With artworks fuelled by emotion, Senekt’s surreal style is highlighted by the mood, colour, and balance of each piece.
Senekt portrays the dissemblance of his own reality through hyper-realistic drawings flooded with colour and surreal dimensions. The Japanese painter from Kyoto has been based out of Melbourne, Australia since 2013. Inspired by friendships, photographs, disjointed memories, everyday experiences, and daily occurrences, Senekt found balance through creation. His figurative, yet abstract style confront the nature of instinct as Senekt aims to not only deconstruct the human physicality, but also its psyche.
On display at Backwoods Gallery from August 25th-27th, the artwork, created in coloured pencil, aerosol and watercolour spans throughout three rooms. Fuelled by love/hate, good/evil, and ever-present mindfulness, Senekts’ large suspended installation portrays his unique perspective on equilibrium in society.
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Subliminal Projects (LA) welcomes back UK-based artist duo Kai & Sunny for their second solo exhibition at Subliminal Projects titled, ‘Crossed Wave’. The exhibit will showcase new works of archival ballpoint pen on paper and acrylic on primed aluminium panel. As part of the exhibition, the artists will collaborate once again with Subliminal Projects founder, artist Shepard Fairey, on an original pen piece to be featured in the exhibition. The artists will also be releasing a screen print edition available in two color variations signed by Fairey and Kai & Sunny, to be released at the opening reception.
Crossed Wave is comprised of two narratives; fluid deconstructed landscapes representing a calm isolation, and hard-edged geometrics exuding energy and optimism. These parallel concepts are characterized by the duo’s hallmark precision line- work, a slow methodic process of building individual thin lines upon each other creating tense kinetic compositions while a certain fragility remains. The tidal-like waves and intense sunbursts hint at the changing environment we live in and the fragile planet we all share.
As part of the exhibition, there will be an exclusive giveaway, four limited edition skate decks and a new Kai & Sunny print release available.
KAI & SUNNY (born 1975 and 1977, respectively) are a UK based artist duo. They both graduated from the Epsom School of Art in Surrey, United Kingdom with degrees in Art and Design. They have collaborated with author David Mitchell, designer Alexander McQueen, artist Shepard Fairey and have won numerous accolades, including a 2012 D&AD Design Award and a 2015 LIA award. Works by Kai & Sunny have been exhibited internationally at institutions such as Haunch of Venison, Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York and are included in the Victoria & Albert Museum Print Archive Collection.
Stephen Baker is a Melbourne based Artist and Graphic Designer working from the Everfresh Studios. This is Stephen’s second screen-print release with Dangerfork Print Co and much like the first screen-print edition, they got Steve in to hand paint the outline layer directly onto the film to preserve the original texture and add an analogue detail to help bring the print to life. The seven colours are all hand mixed to perfection and the final pink outline colour printed using a hi-build screen to add some height to the ink and give some extra texture to the print.
Print: Chaise Lounge
Printing: 7 Colour screen print
Paper: Rosapina 285gsm cotton rag
Size: 880mm x 650mm
Number in Edition: 40 hand signed and numbered
Now available at DANGERFORK!