Melbournians are invited to experience ART+MEL, an immersive two day art event without the white walls on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November 2014. ART+MEL will take local art out of the galleries and onto the streets, with two interactive ‘hot spots’ in the heart of the CBD. ART+MEL is designed to bring art into the everyday, encouraging people to experience art through unique creations. An unexpected bedroom setting and floating gallery at Federation Square will display the original work of over 100 Melbourne artists, with live art courtesy of local illustrator Justine McAllister and a pop-up installation by prominent street artists Kaitlin Beckett and Matthew Dunn, and watch as they add another layer of vibrance to one of Melbourne’s infamous laneways.
A little bit of Kyle Hughes-Odgers painting up a storm over Perth Freeway, Western Australia.
Very Nearly Almost Magazine launches the VNA 28 Limited Edition, featuring a screenprinted box set from Rebel8’s head clothing designer, Mike Giant.
Norwegian stencil artist, Martin Whatson, will be having a solo exhibition with London-based RexRomae gallery from the 6th through the 9th of November at their pop-up location @ 9 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8AA. Only few days before the opening, we got an exclusive look into what Martin was working on for this show in his studio.
Whatson’s recognizable combination of stencil art with graffiti writing and tags paved the way for his work around Europe and America, both through murals, original works and print editions. With his upcoming London show, the artists is exploring the continuous metamorphosis of the city’s ecosystem, through marking the canvas the same way people make their mark on society. Conflicting the symbols of “good” painted with stencils, against “evil” represented through colorful chaotic tags and graffiti, his idea is to show the relationship between right and wrong.
“I feel like my background is more from the fine art world, but I found interest in doing art myself through graffiti so I like to incorporate both. It’s like a fusion of two interests – the fine art and the street art – but I find that the aesthetics of graffiti is my favourite thing, so that’s why I try to incorporate it.”
Along with introducing new works on canvas, created exclusively for this show, Whatson will release a new hand painted print “Climber”, in a limited edition of 50, which will be available in person only at the gallery.
Shohei Otomo is one of the most high-profile names of Tokyo’s independent illustration scene. His hyper-realist ball-point pen illustrations combine traditional japanese and pop-culture imagery to present a biting commentary on contemporary Japanese culture. This video was shot in the lead up to FLAT BEND, Shohei Otomo’s latest exhibition at Backwoods Gallery, Melbourne.
Flat Bend is series of collaborative works by Tokyo artists Shohei Otomo and Kosuke Kawamura. Together, these two artists present a “stereoscopic” vision of the twisted underbelly of Japanese society.
Limited edition prints by Shohei Otomo are available online at
From 5th of July until 5th of October 2014, Alexandre Farto aka Vhils, our Issue #22 cover artist, had a big museum show at the EDP Foundation in Lisbon. Being his biggest show so far, the focus of the show was dissecting the elements of what we recognize as urban life. The show included various styles of works, from public pieces through the city, signature scratched doors, paper and wood panels, styrofoam sculptures, to impressive dissected train cars. After 15 years of creating art, 2 years of working on this particular show, 3 months of showing the works to the public, Vhils’ landmark solo show reached a record-breaking attendance of over 65,000 visits!
Opening next week (October 24), Rone’s first show in Australia in over two year, ‘Lumen’, will include eleven large-scale portraits inside and outside of the gallery and a twelve metre high mural on the building’s adjoining ventilation tower. The space itself – an abandoned office building slated for demolition – has been transformed into a black (and blank) canvas. The artworks will be brought spectacularly to life by lighting designer, John McKissock.
“Lumen explores that pivotal moment in our lives when we realise that we need to believe in what we see [and know to be true] rather than what we’ve been told,”
“It’s that point in your life when it becomes time to think for yourself, formulate your own opinions and develop a sense of personal identity without consideration to the past or outside influences. That’s why I titled the show Lumen – thematically it’s a series of works about seeing or following the light.” Rone.
Check out the teaser video with a full version promised soon!
Project Five, an initiative of aMBUSH Gallery, is an award-winning public art initiative featuring a highly successful live art event, public art exhibition and art auction.
Each year since its inception in 2009, growing crowds of onlookers from all walks of life have gathered in Sydney’s public spaces to watch four cutting edge contemporary street artists transform blank canvases into masterpieces, right in front of their eyes.
With the arrival of Project Five Volume Six, located on the grounds of Sydney’s Darling Quarter, comes the inspiring talents of four dynamic artists – Askew One, Kyle Hughes-Odgers, Alex Lehours and 23rd Key.
TwoOne is one of Australia’s leading street artists and ‘OUTSIDERS’ is a body of work completed in a new Berlin studio.
‘OUTSIDERS’ opens this Friday at 6pm (Oct 10th) at Backwoods Gallery.
TwoOne has been kind enough to chat and tell us a bit more about he exhibition and his processes. Keep reading as there is a terrific process video too!
Damo: Tell us a bit about yourself, how you got into art, and how you describe your work to someone who hasn’t been lucky enough to encounter it before:
TWOONE: I’m originally from Japan, move to Melbourne at age of 18. I then lived and started working as artist in Melbourne for 10 years. I moved to Berlin early this year.
I work with lots of different material, and form, and my style changes depending on what I use. There is loose theme that goes through my work, which is psychological portrait.
Psychological portrait is visual translation of people’s emotions, and personality, often usings animals as symbols.
New York’s ‘The Quin Hotel’ has welcomed Blek le Rat as its artist in residence this fall with an exhibit titled, ‘Blek le Rat | Escaping Paris.’ Curated by DK Johnston, the exhibit features 10 large-scale original Blek le Rat paintings, as well as an edition of 25 unique multiples and lithography the artist is creating at the New York Academy of Art during his tenure. This ambitious exhibition of monotypes and lithography is the result of the artist’s collaboration with the team at NYAA. Presented through the Quin Arts program, Blek le Rat’s latest show opens with an invitation-only reception and artist salon at the Quin on October 8th and will be on display during fall 2014.