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The Mine Presents… BETWEEN THE LINES

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‘Between The Lines’ is an all new urban contemporary group show at The Mine, Dubai, curated by Rom Levy, featuring Andrew Schoultz, Kenton Parker, RETNA, Andrew Faris, Paul Insect, BAST, eL Seed, Jenny Sharaf and Word to Mother.

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Reka – Mirage

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Beginning his journey as a conventional artist in 1999, James Reka – aka RekaOne – is an Australian-born artist, currently living in Berlin. In September 2015, the Parisians familiar with the M.U.R. on Oberkampf Street saw him working on site and discovered his colorful world. That summer, he also produced a 30-meter-high mural painting, in the 13th District of Paris, which can even be seen from the Périphérique.

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Da Mental Vaporz – ‘Residence’

On Saturday 30th April 2016, the Villa Alliv will open again its doors for its new exhibition “Residence”. JAW, KAN and BLO, three eminent members of graffiti crew DA MENTAL VAPORZ have spent two weeks in the villa, completely reinventing it.

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Their works displayed during the exhibition are the result of a common work, carried out in situ. The exhibition will unveil six hand painting techniques, considered by the orgainsers to be a ‘a real pictorial blending.’

The artists have implemented no premeditated work techniques, assisting in fostering the effects of improvisation. Their instinctive and instantaneous method brings together surrealism, abstraction and image deconstruction.

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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.

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Abyss .607 – ‘Arcane Lotus’

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Opening this Friday at La De Da Bar in Canberra, Abyss .607 presents ‘Arcane Lotus’. Formerly of Canberra but now calling Melbourne home, Abyss .607 returns to his old stomping ground bringing with him a myriad of paper works, available for one night only.

We sat down and discovered what really is happening within the Abyss….

Damo: Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into art, both on the street and in the gallery?
₳. Ever since I can remember I’ve been fascinated by the Universe and what could lie deeper. I remember the earliest drawings I did as a child were scenes on alien planets with strange beings and creatures, I can’t recall the direct inspiration for this but it may have something to do with growing up in a place where you could see the stars. I spent most my youth drawing creatures, from there I progressed to create my own card games and stories for them. As for the progression into graffiti and street art; that happened much later. I was already utilising and engaging in the urban scape from years of skateboarding, it just seemed natural to put my visions out there too. Having the opportunity to exhibit in galleries of late has been good, as most of the work I do is illustrative based and I like the divide of practices.

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Articruz and Marion Gallery present SPECTRA

Selina Miles at the helm for this awesome little movie about some awesome little (big) artists… Nelio, 1010, Cisco Merel and Felipe Pantone go wild in the playground of Articruz workshop, in association with Marion Gallery.

All of the artists were trained in design and arose from the world of graffiti and street art, watch this for their explorative 3D creations.

(subtitles for those wot don’t speak nuffink uvver than Inglish)

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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