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‘WIZARDS, LIZARDS AND BROADS’ – MARK BODE

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Very few people have had as much on an influence on the world of graffiti as the father and son team of Vaughn and Mark Bode.

Vaughn Bode was born, July 22, 1941 in Utica, New York. Upon finishing school Vaughn joined the army, soon went AWOL, was discharged and then went to art school. In 1963 at age 22, Bode self-published Das Kampf, considered one of the first underground comic books.

During the 1970’s, Vaughn Bode became one of the New Yorks most unique comic book artists. He was a young, cross dressing, messiah with a clear artistic vision, sharp sense of humour and captivating presence. As a contemporary to fellow cartoonists, Trina Robbins, Spain Rodriguez, Robert Crumb and Ralph Bakshi, Vaughn went on to become one of underground comic’s founding fathers.

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‘Dark Times’ – Studio 615

The crew over at Studio 615 bring to you ‘Dark Times’; a collection of black and white works. Opening this Friday at the RVCA Cnr Gallery in Collingwood from 6pm. Head on down to see black and white works Sam Octigan, Silk Roy, Michael Danischewski, Doug Aldrich, Brendan Davies and Melissa Grisancich.

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Bailer x Conrad Bizjak – ‘Something to sink your teeth into’

For those of you in Australia suffering the Sunday blues, to take your mind off tomorrow being yet another working day, check out the newest wall to hit St Kilda, compliments of the masterminds Bailer AND Conrad Bizjak. Thanks to p1xels for the images and to Bailer for the exclusive words.

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Conrad and I had been studiously sketching our own version of Picasso’s Guernica to adorn another large wall not far from this one. This was an idea we had talked about realising over the past few years. We had hoped to encapsulate some of the realities of St Kilda life in the same manner that Picasso so brilliantly captured the horrors of war in one of his most powerful works. After some some disagreement with the owners of the building we were set to paint, the idea stalled then failed to come to fruition.

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However, the wheels were in motion and we still needed to create something. I found a better wall for us to decorate and we began the design process again, in the wake of the previous failure.

This time we took all external influences out of the equation.

We decided to work on our own separate parts of the wall, focusing on our artistic strengths. Then somehow connect all the elements.

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Adnate – ‘Always Been Here’

Melbourne based artist, Adnate, is considered one of the most influential street artists in Australia and has used his artistic practice to draw focus to the Indigenous peoples of the country. ‘Always Been Here’ is a powerfully emotive display of the faces he has encountered across Australia. The show poignantly represents the spiritual beauty of Indigenous culture and champions a deep respect for tradition.

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The solo exhibition, launches at 6:30 – 8:30 pm on Thursday 16 June 2016 at Melbourne’s Metro Gallery. Be sure not to miss the massive Welcome to Country ceremony and performances from Indigenous Hip Hop Projects on opening night. The exhibition will run until the 16th of July.

There is You, Portrait of Samantha Harris 147 x 157

A limited edition print as well as printed catalogues will be available on the night, with the catalogue designed by T-world, featuring beautiful photography by Nicole Reed.

Be Brave, Portrait of Adam Goodes 178 x 167

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Mysterious Al – It’s All Love

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Still enjoying his life in Australia like some kind of extended Lads-On-Tour spraycation, Brit defector and ex-Finders Keepers aficionado Mysterious Al has steadily been upping his art game and these new abstracted monster collage pieces are peaker than the Peak District in the peak of summer. Peak on fleek. Or whatever the kids are saying these days…

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His new body of work will be on view at M2 Gallery, Sydney from the 24-26th June. Check it.

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www.m2gallery.com.au

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Snik x Martin Whatson – Affinity

12328072_466108876911415_360020257_nIt has been just over two years since we last caught up with stencilling aficionado duo Snik, but now we are back again to find out more about their brand new collaborative exhibition with Norwegian fellow stencil artist Martin Whatson. “Affinity” combines the dual disciplines of graff’ writing and stencil, across a variety of both new and old compositions, into an entirely new body of both individual and collaborative work which goes on show at the Modus Art Gallery in Paris. Continue Reading →

Metro Luminescence

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Witness art from open spaces brought inside as 13 diverse artists swap the streets for a gallery.

On Saturday 11 June, aMBUSH gallery is bringing art from the outside in. Thirteen artists with a connection to the streets unveil their work in a gallery setting, challenging themselves in a new environment and giving viewers an insight into the process of work that’s normally created in changing conditions and extremes. Whether in the shadows of midnight or in broad daylight, in the driving rain or scorching sun, these graffiti writers, muralists, fine artists, photographers, and sculptors demonstrate it’s about more than just the practice and the place; it’s about the outcome.

Curated by Australian multi-disciplinary and previously featured artist Phibs this group show features work from Andrew Jumbo, Chris McGeown, George Rose, GT Sewell, Lucy Lucy, Nico, Nicole Reed, p1xels, Peque, Phibs, Pudl, Snarl and Stabs.

Felipe Pantone – ‘Data Somersault’

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StolenSpace Gallery is proud to present ‘Data Somersault’ a new solo show from Felipe Pantone.
Felipe Pantone’s bright graphic style is at the forefront of street and urban contemporary art. Using strong colours, sharp edges and bold shapes, his work draws you in to his own dynamic aesthetic.

“I keep on with my quest for immediacy, connection, quick transition, travel and technological advancement. We live in exciting times where everything passes in front of our eyes at the speed of a glance, and much becomes data that relentlessly fills the cyberspace. This series of works challenges me to find solutions, put ideas in order, and solve graphic mysteries, all of which takes me closer to belonging to the times that we live in.”

Pantone has developed his own personal avant-garde artistic style. His use of shape and colour draws the viewer into his hypnotic and vibrant world, reminding us of a garish 80s atmosphere; synth pop and SMPTE colour bars on the TV.

Pantone draws his influences on modern-day concerns of the digital age and fast and never-ending development of technology, in which way he is discovering a new visual language in which to communicate.

Felipe has exhibited all over the world and has featured in several of our group shows (LAX/LHR, Reasons for the Seasons) but this will be his first solo show at StolenSpace. Opening 2 June 2016.

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Lister – Live and Unplugged in Melbourne

As you all know, Anthony Lister held his very first Melbourne ‘Lister Live’ last Friday at Juddy Roller Studios. Backing this up, he held an all day show and painted a live wall on Saturday in Fitzroy.

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‘It was a pleasure to give the new gallery space over to an artist such as Anthony Lister. His energy and his approach to his work is something that I’ve always found quite fascinating so it was an honour to finally get the chance to work with him. The atmosphere was quite a bit different to one of our regular exhibitions. It was a lot more intimate and a chance to get really up close and personal with the artist, his style and his creations, a rare opportunity for an audience that will usually only encounter an experience like that in the artists coveted studio’
Shaun Hossack, Creative Director, Juddy Roller

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Hopefully this wont be the last time we see Anthony in Melbourne with a live class, but for now, here’s a few flicks from p1xels to keep you interested. Be warned, some of these are probably NSFW. Keep checking back too, cause Juddy Roller have some dope shows coming up for the latter half of 2016!

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‘HIC SVNT DRACONES’ – ROA

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For European explorers across the Fifteenth to Eighteenth centuries, Australia was a fantastic, geographically remote, ‘island’ continent. Australia represented a wunderkammer filled with curious animals, plants & cultures waiting to be ‘discovered’.

Early cartographers decorated maps of ‘Terra Australis’ with illustrations of extraordinary animals inspired by their encounters on the ‘island’. Transformed by the rare glimpses experienced by their illustrators, Australia’s native animals assumed a supernatural demeanour. However, these fantastical illustrations paled in comparison to those reserved for the unexplored sections of maps titled ‘Hic Svnt Dracones’, where the cartographers illustrations would cross into the realm of pure fantasy as they imagined what lay across the great, yet unexplored, horizons.

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