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Ben Eine “Missing You”

“Missing You” is Ben Eine’s addition to The Cullen Hotel’s Street Art Suite series.

The hotel teamed up with UK street artist Ben Eine to create a one-of-a-kind artwork using elements of his distinctive typography and splashes of his graffiti style.

In town recently to join 25 of the hottest urban artists to create a multi-sensory art experience in Richmond, Eine spent two weeks at The Cullen and was invited to makeover one of its deluxe studio suites.

Titled ‘Missing You’, the artwork is a love letter to his French girlfriend and brings the spirit of Melbourne’s laneway culture into the hotel.

Each of The Cullen’s Street Art Suites features a personalised stamp left by the artist, as well as Adam Cullen artworks and books, to create to create an immersive art experience.

Eine is the fifth street artist to be featured, joining the ranks of Swoon, Blek le Rat, D*Face and Stormie Mills.

Eine’s trip to Melbourne was part of a campaign to help raise $1 million for the youth-led foundation Reach, aligning with his belief that “street artists want to add something to the environment”.

His work is currently held in the permanent collections of the V&A, London, The Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles and galleries worldwide, while his work can be seen in streets all over the world – most recently he completed a huge mural on the British Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

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‘Utopia’ – Adam Kinninmont

Since their beginnings, our friends at Backwoods have always fostered local and young artists. As they move into the future, Backwoods Forewoods aims to stay true to this ethos, fostering relationships with the next generation of up and coming Australian artists. Through this program, Backwoods Forewoods will spotlight young and local talent through a series of weekend exhibitions designed to support and promote our favourite emerging artists.

Backwoods are pleased to launch the program with their long time friend of the gallery, Adam Kinninmont, and his collection titled ‘Utopia.’

Adam Kinninmont, formerly known as Swerfk, is a Melbourne-based graphic artist. In his earliest memory of drawing, he is a four year old, pausing a Disney cartoon in order to trace over the character on the screen. This childhood exposure to TV animation and comic books, and later the skate and graffiti scene of his youth, has all played a role in the development of his artistic vision and unique graphic style. Since completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Printmaking and Drawing at the ANU in Canberra, Kinninmont has exhibited throughout Australia and internationally. His focus has recently shifted from graffiti to fine art graphic work. ‘Utopia’ is his first exhibition under his real name.

Kinninmont’s latest series claims its title somewhat ironically. In this body of work, the Western mirage of a sublime suburban existence is dissolved, and seen to be degraded, used, worn down over time by the grind and grit of everyday life. These street moments are composed from his own observation and exploration of Melbourne suburbia, in particular the older industrial suburbs of Collingwood and Brunswick. They are inspired by his interest in art deco and European style architecture, and of the tradition of architectural design illustration, which provides the backdrop for the ephemeral graffiti conversation irrepressibly expressed onto the scene. With inspiration drawn from the late Howard Arkley’s bright, highly stylised Melbourne suburbia paintings, Kinninmont’s illustrations have an added element of unease and mischievousness, a nod to the lively street culture here. Characterised by a bold 80s colour palette, his energetic, gestural style is balanced with technically executed detail and stylised abstraction. The presence of people is noticeably missing from each scene, leaving the natural and designed elements to be admired. However, this is no House & Garden magazine dream: you can see the cracks. – Helani Laisk

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Wandelism – Berlin

From the 17-24 MARCH 18 an old car workshop in Wilhelmsaue 32 in Wilmersdorf, Berlin, is being transformed by over 60 Berliners – a week before the demolition.  With some of the proceeds, the AWO Kita Kinderwald day care centre is being established for children.
Featuring artists:
ONUR / WENU / FINO / LOOMIT / 1UP / BERLIN KIDZ ÜF / DXTR / DAVE THE CHIMP / RAWS / BASE 23 / BOA1 / TOBO / BEN ONE / OUPS / TOY CREW / VIDAM / STEREOHEAT / STAN / NASCA UNO / WESR / BOA1 / AKTE ONE / KUZB 136 / ANNE BENGARD / HAGEN SCHÖNFELD / OSTAP SELFMADE CREW / YAT / BILL KNOSPI / SENOR SCHNU / CAROLINA AMAYA / JEROME GRAFF / HÜLPMAN / PARISUR PART / OLLY / POTATO / ILL. / STAN / MARINA ZUMI / KITRA / KISH / WANDBRAND / AIRBIOS / DRINK & DRAW / GOMES / CLAIRE CHAULET / 75SCON / PAIN / FARIBA LENZEN / SATO / SKENAR 73 / ZVENZVEN / DEJOE / TAPE FABIFA / SPOARE / CATHERINE LUPIS THOMAS / ROSKO / DUTER / SKALMO / TACK / RON MILLER / CANION. BERLIN / ANDREAS GEBALLER / RENZO BAYER / BEROL 377 / EMMA RYTOFT / LARA MINERVA / TOMEKK / RIOT1394 / THYM’ART / MR SASA / RISER / ALICE GREEN / AEROSOLICZ / COKYONE / C 0MPUTERJAN

BAILER – ‘DUALITY’

‘Duality’, an exhibition from Melbourne artist, Bailer, opens at fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne, on Tuesday 30 January 2018.

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Featuring paintings and sculptural works that traverse liminal states of being, ‘Duality’ aims to explore the ever-changing state of the human condition. Through abstraction, the viewer is immersed, unlocking their own mutable states of mind and coming to understand that nothing ever stays the same. All is fluid, moving.

Capturing a likeness of something that already occupies space has never really interested Bailer. Instead, the development of a personal style and the refinement of an enjoyable cathartic process takes precedence. Process is the most important part of Bailer’s artistic expression, and is clearly apparent in his work.

‘I have used art (and an array of other activities) as a form of escapism for many years. Graffiti, muralism, sketching, writing, all forms of creativity I have used to escape the hands of time, the act of contemplating my own successes/failures, impending mortality, the inequities of an unjust society. Getting deeply lost in the creative process is like ducking my head below the breakers. The roar of the ocean instantly forgotten in the calm below, surfacing for air briefly only to dive deeper. The noise of self- doubt, expectation and pressure fading into the depths.’ – Bailer

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Painting publicly in Melbourne for 20 years, Bailer’s style is instantly recognisable. The roots of his work are imbedded deeply in the graffiti subculture, and his new pieces push outside the self-imposed boundaries of genre. Bailer’s studio practice and public art incorporate a broad range of artistic modes.

Bailer’s art practice is varied: from large scale creations across walls in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Bali and Europe to more intimate approaches on canvas evoking existential explorations of the mind. His work is a fusion of biomech – surrealist manifestations of the self – expressed within abstract forms. Bailer’s art is currently positioned within these liminal states of the mind.

‘Duality’ opens at fortyfivedownstairs 45 Flinders Lane Melbourne on Tuesday 30 January from 5pm.

For catalogue enquires, contact curator: georgia.rouette@gmail.com

Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday 11am-5pm, Saturday 12pm-4pm

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Q&A with LING

Born in New Zealand and raised on Melbourne’s Hurstbridge line, Ling is a multi-faceted artist based in Melbourne’s infamous Everfresh Studio. With a background in stylised lettering and graffiti, Ling is also well known for his 80’s and 90’s pop culture pieces, littering the streets of Melbourne and beyond, pushing those who come in contact with the pieces to reminisce of days gone by.

Having shot to international notoriety through his “Allure of Gold” project, taking everyday items like trains and cars that have been left to degrade and painting them gold, giving them the illusion of value once again, Ling is now pushing things even harder. Whilst on the hunt for a holy grail gold piece – ‘I noticed an abandoned fighter jet at Santorini airport…’– Ling has started working on far more diverse projects, pushing the canvas-based boundaries of portraiture and abstract work. A member of Melbourne’s ID crew, Ling is no stranger to collaboration, and is as familiar working alone as he is taking part in full scale productions, including most recently at Denmark’s Roskilde festival.


Photo: LING

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“Wool Tang Clan” @ Regalerija, Croatia

Well known Croatian graffiti artists, Lunar, SmackMosk Ronald Lindgreen, recently opened a quirky group show organized in collaboration with Regeneracija, a local company that recycles textile and produces floor coverings. Under the title “Wool Tang Clan” they managed to transform some of their creative visions to an usual medium – woolen carpets.

Opened on December 20th 2017 @ Regeneracija’s Regalerija show space in Zabok, Croatia, the artists challenged their creativity by introducing graffiti-influenced knitted works. Intrigued by the unusual medium and a chance to produce work with such atypical technique and format, the artists boldly stepped away from their comfort zones for this exhibition. In such manner Mosk created somewhat conceptual piece spelling “WHO NEEDS A CARPET ANYWAY”, reducing the household object to minimum, completely cancelling or at least questioning its purpose. His friend Smack created a large round piece based on a pixelated macro shot of one of his actually graffiti pieces. Showing such strict structure with such organic and soft medium, the artist created a vibrant piece next to his actual tag created from bundles of wool. One of Croatia’s most prominent urban artists and initiator of this project, Lunar, successfully translated his cartoon-like imagery into this new medium, similar to Ronald Lindgreen whose watercolor landscapes turned out to be a perfect motif for knitted rugs.

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Mayonaize T-Shirts now available!

Our friend Mayo has just released his new limited run of t-shirts just in time for the holiday and gift giving season! These tees are screen-printed front and back and available in sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL.

Email info@mayonaize.com to purchase while they last. First in best dressed (literally!). AU$60 + $10 shipping within Australia. Add an international address to your email for a shipping quote. Don’t sleep fam.

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Photographs by Rennie Ellis and p1xels: Capturing the message – protest, graffiti and art

Photographs by Rennie Ellis and p1xels: Capturing the message – protest, graffiti and art draws on the extensive work of documentary photographer Rennie Ellis, who documented life of the 1970s and 1980s, juxtaposed with contemporary artist p1xels’ street photography.
The exhibition encourages debate about imagery and messaging in the public domain and how we respond – from local experiences, to those across Melbourne.


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Photographs by Rennie Ellis and p1xels: Capturing the message – protest, graffiti and art showcases the importance of photographers documenting ephemeral aspects of our urban landscape – through their lenses they frame the political, social and cultural discourse in our public spaces.

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Ellis’s photographs capture word-based graffiti of the 1970s and 1980s, which were an effective method of communicating a social message on a large scale in the days before social media. The Ellis works selected highlight that some of the concerns that were raised in the 1970s and 1980s still resonate today such as the environment and gender issues. Ellis’ framing of these political statements sits alongside the current visual records by p1xels Melbourne catalogue.


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Images captured in recent times by p1xels provide a different insight where messages are still communicated on walls, but may be conveyed in a more subtle form using illustrative imagery in addition to text. The exhibition investigates the disparate styles of photographing graffiti from the documentary style of Ellis’ photography to the more aesthetic approaches of p1xels photographs.


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The exhibition will be officially launched at 6pm, Thursday 30 November 2017 at The Gallery, St Kilda Town Hall. Exhibition dates: 29 November to 22 December 2017

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Secret Walls x Melbourne / #PaintWillSpill World Tour

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Secret Walls began back in 2006 in a small bar in East London, it was small and intimate yet had the potential to be so much more. Years of hard work, dedication and a strong following has meant Secret Walls has pushed the boundaries and raised the bar for artists and promoters alike on an international stage.

Secret Walls is the world’s premier live illustration battle. Working in a similar way to Fight Club, Secret Walls battles are set up and promoted through word of mouth and social media with battles taking place between two individuals or teams of artists.

On Monday November 6, Melbourne will once again play host to this prestigious event. Fighting it out at Melbourne’s The Vic Bar will see Callum Preston and Heesco vs. Jack Douglas and Unwell Bunny….

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‘FACING DECONSTRUCTION’ by Unwell Bunny

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‘FACING DECONSTRUCTION’ by Unwell Bunny is somewhat of a self-portrait for Unwell Bunny otherwise known as Ed Bechervaise. It represents a point of reflection both on himself and the urban art movement he has a lengthy relationship with. Captured are faces of Ed’s contemporaries, mentors, figure heads and the new breed of an independent disestablishment art movement.

‘FACING DECONSTRUCTION’ opens at Backwoods Gallery on October 20th from 6pm. Visit the exhibition page for more information. In the lead up to the show, Ed sat down with Damo….

Damo: We’ve finally managed to actually speak in person! Could we just start with who is ‘Unwell Bunny’ and how do you describe your current style?

Unwell Bunny: Unwell Bunny is kind of like my second artistic incarnation; an incarnation of Ed Bechervaise and my first graffiti name in Adelaide that I ran for about seven years. Moving to Melbourne I felt the need to reemerge in a slightly different form and Unwell Bunny was the reemergence. It came from a comic book that I did very early on in about 2002 or 2003 whilst I was actually witnessing the Melbourne street art boom happening. I had not quite ten years’ graffiti heritage and the street art boom was just completely new and I’d never experienced anything like that before. So, Unwell Bunny is the reincarnation of my graffiti past in a new form which has gone on to resemble urban contemporary art -giving me another sphere to project myself beyond my own name.

This allows the work to have secondary perspective on things and that works quite well for me. Keeping my name as a part of the linkage to my artistic practice with Unwell Bunny being an easier vehicle to move forward with.

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