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‘Be Civilised’ – Shawn Lu and Kitt Bennett

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Be Civilised is a collection of ink works on paper, by Kitt Bennett and Shawn Lu. The works are a documentation of the artists’ perceived representations of culture and the human experience that comes with it.

Kitt Bennett creates humorous instances that focus on our materialistically driven society, steadfast in its ways and blindly expanding with little regard for the consequences. Themes of consumerism and assimilation add to the storytelling in an attempt to realise new perspectives on our lives.

Shawn Lu’s work explores imagined myths and urban legends perpetuated by the human condition, through modern machinery coupled with nineteenth-century medievalism. Vague narratives of a second dark age which is paradoxically documented through the artwork, include monuments and technology that are repurposed, and their original intentions and meaning forgotten.

The works allow a glimpse into the uncertainties that surrounds us, serving as a reminder to always be civilised.


The Arts Hole – ‘REPEAT’


Opening its doors in the suburbs of Melbourne in 2011, The Arts Hole studio has, over the years, grown to become one of the most innovative and expressive artistic collectives within Australia.

Having produced the amazing Paterson Project in early 2015, the Arts Hole are no strangers to grand events. This time around, they’ve assembled a whole slew of artists from both within the studio, as well as a bunch of friends and extended Artsholian family, for their annual group show – REPEAT.

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Ken Taylor x Screaming Hand

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Ken Taylor is a Melbourne based poster artist and illustrator. For the past 10 years Ken has focussed on creating striking screenprinted rock posters for film studios and some of the worlds biggest bands, including Queens of the Stone Age, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, Kings of Leon, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones.

Damo: What’s your first memory of the Screaming Hand? Where does it take you back to?

Ken Taylor: My first memory of the screaming hand was probably when i was 12/13 and sated to get into skating which eventually lead me towards graff. It takes me back to drawing that hand over and over again on school folders, my old yellow canvas school bag, files, pencil cases – pretty much any item I owned that was meant to stay neat and tidy was covered in the hand an a bunch of other 80’s skate graphics.

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Ben Brown x Screaming Hand


Ben Brown’s illustrations have been proliferated through an extensive range of publications, apparel companies and music industry commissions. His work has featured in Rolling Stone magazine, has promoted performers including Nirvana and Pearl Jam and his graphics continue to be sought after by clients such as Hurley and Mambo.

Damo: What’s your first memory of the Screaming Hand? Where does it take you back to?

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POW! WOW! Japan Recap


From an old warehouse in industrial district of Honolulu to the streets of Tokyo, POW! WOW! festival has surely gone long way in its 5 years long history. After organizing POW! WOW! Taiwan last year, their Asia tour this year also included the first ever POW! WOW! Japan event.
Through a weeklong event from Oct. 17th, this edition surely set new limits for the organizers. Artists from across the globe and Japan assembled in Tokyo for an unique opportunity to create and show their work in one of the world’s most unique cities. Through live art events, installations and musical performances, POW! WOW! Japan produced over a dozen murals within one-block radius in the Tennozu area, as well as opened exhibitions and events in Shibuya and Harajuku. Mostly inspired by the local traditions and folklore, the public works include a massive Sumo themed mural by Case Maclaim, as well as smaller pieces and interventions by both international and local artists such as Dave Kinsey, Fafi, Kamea Hadar, Takizo, Bakibaki Mon, Cook, Yayshogo, Luise Ono, etc. After Japan the tour continues in Taiwan, so stay tuned for recap of that event.

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Travis Price x Screaming Hand

Travis Price is an award winning Commercial Illustrator based in Australia working primarily in Vector. Price was heavily influenced by skateboard and t-shirt graphics of the late 80’s and these early influences can be seen through is ever expanding folio of work. The last decade has seen Price work with some of the world’s leading apparel brands including Rebel8, Nike, Converse, Neff, and Johnny Cupcakes…

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Continue Reading → – Refugee Charity Fundraiser


The migration crisis that is hitting Europe these days is having a strong effect on the artworld since day 1. From Banksy’s “Mediterranean Boat Ride” installation at Dismaland, murals and art pieces commenting on the situation, to different art-related charities being setup to help. One of the most recent initiatives of such sort is which was launched only few days ago.

This website is auctioning original and rare edition works by well known urban and street artists, with 100% of the proceeds going to volunteer initiatives that are helping refugees in Eastern Europe (such as Are You Syrious). Being outside of the Schengen EU these places are points where 1,000s of people get stuck on daily basis, waiting for their turn and chance to cross the border. Often staying in improvised camps on no mans land, without food, water or shelter, the conditions there are often compared to concentration camps. As “nobody’s problem” these people are left to the mercy of volunteers and individuals that are doing their best to provide them the basics. was started with an idea to help raise funds for these initiatives which are saving lives on daily basis. Offering artworks directly donated by the artists as well as collectors, this week they’ll be offering works by Ernest Zacharevic, Ella & Pitr, Escif, Icy & Sot, Pez, Sepe, Bezt, Marco Wagner, with many more names and works being added later on.
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George Rose x Screaming Hand


George Rose is often mistaken for a boy. She is actually a visual artist with a flair for not taking life too seriously. She spends most of her time up ladders painting murals and sometimes makes it into her studio just to try something a bit more normal. She feels most as home with a paintbrush in hand but also likes the feel of a pen, spray can, drill or Wacom tablet.

Since graduating George has thrown caution to the wind and abandoned her formal design training opting to pursue a multidisciplinary art practice. She has spent the last several years pretending to be a gypsy, rarely in one city for longer then a few months completing art commissions for clients in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra. George had her first solo shown at Nishi Gallery and since has exhibited in group shows such as Curvy World Exhibition at aMBUSH Gallery Sydney, Uncommon Places, a part of Melbourne Fringe Festivals keynote event Melbourne, Bright Side Exhibition at The Chop Shop Canberra, Jannet Clayton Gallery Sydney and worked with various festivals including: You Are Here Canberra, ArtNotApart Canberra and This Is Not Art Newcastle to name a few. She has also completed several residencies creating murals with teens at the Bimberi Youth Justice Centre and is currently the artist in residence at Red Bubble Melbourne.

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Luca Ionescu x Screaming Hand


Luca Ionescu is Sydney based typographer, designer, artist and curator
with a range of local and international commercial clients. Luca is also
the owner of Like Minded Studio, renowned for their logo and typography
work, which has been documented in numerous publications and online. His
long list of curatorial work through refilL magazine and beyond has
brought a range of established international artists to Australian shores
as well as showcasing established and emerging local talent. Like Minded
Studio studio has received international awards and recognition from the
New York Type Directors Club, D&AD, and Cannes Lions.

Damo: What’s your first memory of the Screaming Hand? Where does it take you
back to?

Luca Ionescu: The graphic for me has its earliest roots round 1990, the fam was living
in Fairfield an outer suburb of Sydney. That summer all the local kids
would be building our own make shift ramps to launch from at home and if
at all possible making a trip across town to get together at the large
vert ramp at Fairfield Pool, which attracted a congregation older
skaters from all around showing off their skills, whilst the youngsters
would sit gazing in awe as if upon some idol skate gods. The 7 ply
objects of desire were adorned in Santa Cruz & Peralta graphics. The
rendering and detail on Jim Phillips speed wheels is the earliest memory
of spotting the screaming hand along w the dope vains making the
lettering out the back wrapping round the wheel.

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