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Lister Live – Melbourne Edition

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Australia’s most notorious artist, the infamous Anthony Lister, once again presents Lister Live, however this time with a twist. Lister has moved the class about 1000km south from Sydney to Melbourne (Juddy Roller Studios). Known for an intimate evening of drawing and mystique, Lister Live allows participants an opportunity to draw alongside Lister. Held this Friday 20 March, tickets are available here.

Following this event, Lister will present the sketches he completes during the evening (as well as a live paint) at Juddy Roller Studios on Saturday from 6pm. Billed as a one night / one day extravaganza, Melbourne is definitely in for a treat.

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@juddyroller

‘The Next Level’

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Wacom and ​Just Another Agency are teaming up to bring a one ­of ­a ­kind event to Melbourne, exhibiting and launching Wacom’s first publication, featuring a range of digital artists’ work from across the globe. The exhibition and publication will showcase the winners of the ​’The Next Level’ competition alongside five elite artists, whose designs are created using various Wacom tools.

The show will feature works from: ​Alex Lehours, Alex Solis, Ben Brown, Bec Winnel, and Dirty Bandits and will run from September 5-­18, 2016 at No Vacancy Federation Square.

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Lane’s End – ‘Open for Bidness’

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Looking to bridge that gap between high end fine art and urban contemporary culture, Lane’s End is a new creative project and gallery space located in Fitzroy, Melbourne. With an emphasis on new wave urban pop, post graffiti art and contemporary fine art. Lane’s End encourages a global mindset and a youthful edge to the world of fine art.

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‘Lane’s End is an artist run space. We’re looking to add to the exhibiting culture and fill the gap between commercial and hire spaces. We’re interested in helping to move our demographics forward, and bring influence to the continued evolution of our specific genres. Within the space you can find influence from new wave urban pop, post graffiti art and contemporary fine art, with practices ranging from painting, illustration, sculpture, to photography and engraving. We will look to have the space as a platform for visiting national and international artists, and curators that are wanting to show concept exhibitions that fit with our sensibility and direction. We like the idea that the space can exhibit work that continues the debate and bridges the gap between high end fine art and urban contemporary culture.’- Unwell Bunny

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Opening this Saturday 21st of May 6-9 pm, 404 Fitzroy Street, Fitzroy

Launch group show featuring work by the talented inhabitants: Elwyn Murray, Lindsay Moffatt, Tasha Whittle, GT Sewell, George Rose, Unwell Bunny

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Ian Strange: SUBURBAN

Australian born and Brooklyn based, Ian Strange’s practice includes large-scale multifaceted projects resulting in; photography, sculpture, installation, site-specific interventions, film works and exhibitions. His studio practice includes painting, drawing and on-going research projects.

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Cinematic in both tone and scale, SUBURBAN investigates the iconography surrounding the family home and its place in the current economic climate. The exhibition presents eight large-scale photographic works and a multi-channel, surround sound video installation. This work documents site-specific interventions directly incorporating suburban homes undertaken by Strange in Ohio, Detroit, Alabama, New Jersey, New York and New Hampshire. These involved painting onto suburban homes and in some cases, burning them to the ground. Strange then worked with his production team to meticulously document these interventions in film and photography.

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Ian Strange SUBURBAN

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Pure Evil at ‘The Quin’

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Charles Uzzell-Edwards (born in South Wales 1968), also known as ‘Pure Evil’ is the son of prominent Welsh painter John Uzzell Edwards, and a stablemate of Banksy. 

Inspired by a sojourn into skateboard culture and the west coast character graffiti of San Francisco, he returned to London and spray-painted prolifically.

Having now developed this visual language into a multi decade career Pure Evil exhibits worldwide including recent solo shows in Italy, China, Russia, Brazil, USA and all over the Europe. He lives in London, where he runs 2 eponymous galleries and regularly lectures on Street Art.

This new body of work curated by DK Johnston and presented at New York’s ‘The Quin’ Hotel encompasses fine art on paper as well as canvases and a collection of written words by the artist to be included in the video art installation directed by award winning filmmaker Bill Mack.

Opening reception is this Thursday 21 April, at ‘The Quin’ from 6:30pm. Contact dkj@concllc.com for pre show sales.

@pureevilgallery

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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Blek Le Rat – Paris Urban Art Fair

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Continuing to populate the series of prints he recently launched, the godfather of stencil art, Blek Le Rat is at it again. ‘Rope Pulling’ is a numbered 
3 colour screen print on 250gsm Vélin d’Arches paper. The print is 56 x 76cm and limited to a run of only 60.

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If you’re after something a bit smaller, ‘The Crooner’ is a 2 colour print, edition of 150 on 22 x 30cm 300gsm Arches Paper.

For further information email
blekleratprint@gmail.com or head down to the inaugural Paris Urban Art Fair from 22-24 April 2016.

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Meeting of Styles – Melbourne

Melbourne has been updated with a new coat of paint! Over the first few days of April, nearly 300 artists from all over Australia took over the iconic laneways of Melbourne CBD and surrounds, painting up a storm for the inaugural Australian Meeting of Styles.

Whilst street art was incorporated into the event, the focus of the event was, as with all Meeting of Styles’, graffiti. As such, Melbourne was blessed by visits and work by some of Australia’s biggest crews.

Hailed by all involved as a huge success, there are already talks in place for a bigger and better event in 2017.

For all of you suffering from massive FOMO, check out the pics below, or head over to social media and check out @mosmelbourne and #mosmelbourne to see hundred of photos of all the works from conception to completion.

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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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The Crystal Ship – Belgium

The Crystal Ship is headed for land!

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This great new festival is about to set sail in Ostend, Belgium, with a whole bunch of awesome artists across the city, stay tuned for more info from us and FifthWallTV

The Crystal Ship is a contemporary art festival with a focus on art in public space which launch last week, on the 28th March with artists painting until the 10th April 2016 in the city of Ostend. An all star line up of 25 international and national artists are descending on the city to create large scale murals and installations which will form an artistic trail across Ostend. Artists taking part in this first edition of the Crystal Ship Festival include:

1010 (DE) – AGOSTINO IACURCI (IT) – CYRCLE (US) – DISORDERLINE (B) – ELIAN (AR) – ELLA & PITR (FR) – EVERSIEMPRE (AR) – FAITH47 (SA) – FINTAN MAGEE (AU) – GUIDO VAN HELTEN (AU) – HERR SEELE (B) – JAUNE (B) – JAZ (AR) – LOCATELLI (B) – MISTER FIKSIT (B) – NOIR (B) – NUART PRESENTS BIANCOSHOCK (IT) & ISAAC CORDAL (ES) – PIXELPANCHO (IT) – POL COSMO (B) – ROBERT MONTGOMERY (UK) – ROA (B) – SIEGFRIED VYNCK (B) – SMATES (B) – ZIO ZIEGLER (US)

Check out the website for more and check the VNA and FifthWallTV Instagram for updates…

www.thecrystalship.org