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Ian Strange – ‘Home’ and ‘Shadow’

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Premiering today, 15 February 2017, on the Australian ABC iview ‘HOME: the Art of Ian Strange ‘ is a six part documentary covering Ian’s career to date.

This documentary will also be a fantastic lead in to Ian’s upcoming Sydney show,’Shadow’ launching on 2 March 2017 in Sydney.

Check them out if you can!

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‘Make Yourself at Home’ – Goodie

‘Make Yourself at Home’, a solo exhibition by Melbourne based artist Goodie, explores notions of comfort, safety and routine – ideas commonly associated with ‘home’.

Processes are perpetually underway to render things familiar, form habits and configure certainties, in order for us to feel comfortable. We are continually coming to terms with the relationship between our bodies, other’s bodies and the space we inhabit, which function in a way as secondary bodies.

Nevertheless, what is familiar is only a recurring strangeness. ‘Make Yourself at Home’ considers the curious relationship between the mundane and the bizarre. The recognisable is married with abstract, private with public, inside with outside, while ideas and mediums reverberate within each other and happen simultaneously on multiple levels. The show is a pattern of hypotheticals and realities, incorporating installation, painting, works on objects, objects in works, works on works, works on paper, collaborative noise works and poetry.

We sat with Goodie in the lead up to her show….

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Damo: Can we just start with you introducing yourself and a little bit about who you are?

Goodie: Hello I’m Goodie… Who am I? I’m predominantly a painter I suppose. But I also work in installation and a bit in film, poetry, illustration, anything. I’m just a human being.

Damo: What’s your background?

Goodie: I’m originally from Canberra however I was born in California. I lived there for the first 2 years of my life. I then grew up in Canberra and moved to Melbourne about 3 years ago.

Damo: What was it like growing up in Canberra?

Goodie: It was good. I always thought it was a good place to grow up. A lot of time to just walk around and the legal wall system in Canberra is unlike any other state. In Canberra there are around 25 legal walls, so there are heaps of places where you can go to paint. But I think the main thing is it’s just really easygoing. You walk down the street and you bump into a bunch of friends. I found coming to Melbourne was a bit like a sensory overload.

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Martha Cooper x VNA Limited Edition Box Set!

It’s been a long time coming… We’ve chased Martha from New York to Berlin, Miami to South America and finally, we are proud to bring you the Martha Cooper x VNA Limited Edition box set.

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We’ve sourced paper, run test prints and bounced proofs back and forth over the course of 6 months to produce an amazingly detailed black & white screen-print of one of Martha’s photos on the cover of issue 34.

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It’s taken us a while to confirm all the components of this set (an edition of /150) – from the special signature camera pin badge, to the screen-printed cover and lovingly signed photo prints – and both ours and Martha’s quality control has been super high throughout – there is even an exclusive list included in each set with caption details of each of Martha’s images in the magazine.

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We’d like to thank Martha publicly for her assistance and co-operation throughout this lengthy and difficult process, as well as special shouts to Louis @ Spraying Bricks, Nina @Joshua Liner Gallery, Rik @ Ripe Digital and Joshua @ White Duck Screen Print – without whom this would not have come together.

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So now, the wait is over, the prints are signed, the sets are numbered and the boxes are packed and they are finally available to buy exclusively, online, from 2pm GMT time today.

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Get your set before they disappear!

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Martha Cooper photograph courtesy of Susan Welchman.

Unwell Bunny – ‘ Super Psychology’

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Urban contemporary artist Unwell Bunny (also known as Ed Bechervaise) opens his new exhibition ‘Super Psychology’ in January 13th 2017 at Besser Space in Melbourne.

A study into the American psyche, the body of work takes part over two time periods. From 6 weeks travelling through New York, LA, San Francisco with observations of American fast food psychology.

And then a second part series, in Melbourne seeing these works for a second time with the figurative edge of the female form.

Its a suggestive dichotomy between the past subconscious experience and the present observational one occurs and takes the viewer into a contemporary lifestyle setting. Whilst still experiencing bursts of subliminal psychology as the American infused imagery punctures the background.

Ed has shown his work in Amsterdam, New York and most recently a solo show in Paris. With its global sensibility and edgy urban undertones, Ed’s motivations are both to be pleasing aesthetically while also disruptive emotionally, triggering questions in the viewer, which is both inward and outwardly focused. A super psychology of self-discovery.

In the lead up to the show, opening Friday 13 January 2017, Ed took some time with our boy in Melbourne, Damo, to chat about all things Unwell.

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Can you introduce yourself, and explain how you came to be where you are now?

Unwell Bunny: I’m Unwell Bunny (also known as Ed Bechervaise). My art story starts in Adelaide in Australia, I was a graffiti artist early on. I did some art study in Adelaide then I moved to Melbourne. In Melbourne I discovered ‘street art’ it was new and exciting, I started following it, and then got into it myself. Over time my graffiti back ground and street art interest has merged. I’m investigating neo cubism and am creating pop expressionism; it’s a bit of a departure from direct graffiti influences but I still use mediums from my graffiti days and will almost certainly always be part of the genre.

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VNA Issue 35 – OUT NOW!

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VNA has grown from it’s humble beginnings as a free black and white zine with the help and support of people like D*Face –who enabled the distribution of the mag at his StolenSpace gallery way back when it first started ten years ago. So it’s only fitting that 10 years on he features on the front cover – shot by Shamil Tanna – for the second time.

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The latest issue is out now and available to buy online before it hits stores next week right hurrr:
www.verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-35

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Inside Issue 35, you can see the philthy skills of Phill Blake, the gravity defying work of Spanish artist Cinta Vidal and the awesome muralism of Canadian young blood, Jarus.

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Also featured is the Japanese skate punk legend, Haroshi, giving an insight into the recycled skateboard sculptures he makes with heart and soul, and Croatian painter Lonac.

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From the Antipodes comes work from Japan-based Aussie artist, Mark Drew, with his blend of hip hop and remixed rap quotes over Peanuts paintings, alongside Melbourne-based Cam Scale, bringing a homegrown history of his life growing up in the bush.

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Great Dane Søren Solkær gives a look through the lens into music photography and artist portraiture and Floridian Tatiana Suarez highlights her local background and a glimpse into the world of her haunting characters.

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Last but not least are Shepard Fairey – return of one of our previous cover stars to give the lowdown on some highlights and milestones of his career – and Wayne White – master of puppets and tongue in cheek painter, fresh off the back of his latest epic show, Wayne-O-Rama, in his hometown of Chattanooga.

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A woman in a man’s game – Ashes57

In a subculture dominated by men, a female street artist defies all convention by getting properly paid and getting good attention.

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In a cobblestone street in Bethnal Green, a series of wooden doors painted in plain pistachio colour line the sidewalk, keeping the mirror-like aesthetic of terraced houses clean and intact. You get to the end of the row and suddenly a surprise: a pitch-black door emerges with white strips reminiscent of tall buildings glistening with city lights.

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‘Onwards & Inwards’ – Kitt Bennett

‘Onwards & Inwards’, Kitt Bennett’s latest solo exhibition explores sensations of life and consciousness. This series of small and large works on paper aims to create meaning in what we perceive to be unrelated phenomena around us. Bennett is driven to explore how our possessions inform our individuality, and of how our internal and external worlds connect. In this series, Bennett uses his trademark illustrative comic style, in an attempt to maintain a playful balance between both the humorous and the darkly thought provoking aspects of our existence.

Bennett uses his illustrative style of storytelling in an attempt to maintain a playful balance between both the humorous and the darkly thought provoking aspects of our existence.

Can you introduce yourself, and talk a little about how you got to where you are?

My name’s Kitt. I’m an artist/illustrator working out of Juddy Roller studios.
Since completing a Bachelor of Illustration I have worked as a freelance illustrator dabbling in animation.
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‘Freshly Sliced’ – Amac

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Amac is a Melbourne based artist, that explores the idea of life – whether that be fruits or creating his own beings. Through the use of mixed media – Amac sets out to explore the beauty in the every day things that inspire creation.

Opening this Friday at Melbourne’s Lane’s End ‘Freshly Sliced’ brings to life the fruits of travel. These pieces have been inspired via the buffet fruit selections throughout Asia. Fruit is natures way of spreading life – making the seeds so delicious they had to be eaten and spread. The works look at how nature inserts its own patterns within the grown beauty of fruits. Now that Spring has come; it’s time to see the plants bare the fresh fruits of the new season.

We hit up Amac for the down low on his show.

Can you introduce yourself, and talk a little about how you got to where you are?

My moniker is Amac and I grew up in the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. I started in graffiti back in 2008 painting pieces, however I realised pretty quick that I wasn’t that good at letterform and was suggested by a mate to try paint characters instead. After studying a diploma of visual art a few years back I was looking to merge my character based works with what I had learned during that period; which was to paint realism with oil paints.

Unfortunately my characters were’t fitting into the heavy conceptual art that school was wanting from me and I went back onto the street to paint, rather than on canvas. Shortly after that I ended up painting with Ohnoes & Chehehe through a mutual friends internet cafe and from that day I was hanging out at The Artshole. I have now been apart of The Artshole studio for just over four years. It’s all been a lot of trials, errors and experimentation!

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Movember – LING

The Movember Foundation is the only global charity solely focused on men’s health. They raise funds that deliver innovative, breakthrough research and support programs to enable men to live happier, healthier and longer lives.

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Awareness and fundraising activities are run year-round by the Foundation where they encourage men to become more aware of their health, talk more with their friends and be more active, improving their health and wellbeing. The annual Movember campaign in November is globally recognised for its fun, disruptive approach to fundraising and getting men to take action for their health.

Since Movember started in Melbourne in 2003, millions have joined the movement, raising $770 million and funding more than 1,200 projects focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide prevention.

Melbourne artist Ling recently hit Melbourne’s Hosier Lane to paint Movember ambassador Kirk Pengilly and raise awareness for this very important cause.

Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Ling – ID / GH.

Principally I am a graffiti writer, although increasingly find myself looking at any and all creative outlets as possibilities to further myself and my output.

Why do you do what you do?

I’ve always found the painting and the creative process as something that has kept my mind on a level playing field. When I can’t paint for a period of time I start to get anxious or when I’m in a negative head space I always find that painting is a steadying influence. In that respect it’s therapeutic.

Recently I’ve been painting otherwise worthless objects gold to generate the perception of value. Historically gold has always had an allure that attracts people. Where you may have walked passed something everyday without a second thought, it suddenly compels you to stop, comment, photograph, share etc. whilst the object in question is still completely worthless, destined to be left to the elements or hauled away to be destroyed. It’s interesting seeing how this changes the way people interact / perceive with what is otherwise rubbish and mundane.

I’ve also been painting more and more character based pieces based on bygone childhood figures from the 80’s and 90’s. Icons that represent something that is now seen as cheesy, outdated and playing on that by adding equally cheesy details in speed dealer sunnies and 80’s graphics. It’s always entertaining to do produce serious paintings using subjects that are deemed comical and share with a wider audience.

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Can you tell us a little about your piece for Movember and the inspiration behind it?

The Movember piece came about through a chance connection with the organisation. My family has been impacted by both testicular and prostate cancer, so I jumped at the chance to get involved and offer my services to create something unique that would assist the cause in raising awareness around cancer and mens health.

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What does the Movember campaign mean to you?
My family has been impacted by both Testicular and Prostate Cancer. Both scenarios had outcomes that were as positive as can be. The mitigating factor in both instances was a proactive approach to health. Insisting that GP’s perform the relevant tests and taking the necessary steps to investigate physical / mental changes means I still have a dad, a brother and that my niece and nephew still have a father and grandfather. If my piece for the Movember mural helps further the campaign message then I’m more than happy to be involved.

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Where can people go to find out more or to help?
Movember.com

What else can we expect to see from you for the rest of 2016 or moving into 2017?
Produce more. Bigger. Better.

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‘Visual Disobedience’ – a Q&A with Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey’s most recent career survey, ‘Visual Disobedience’, is currently on show in Hong Kong thanks to the HOCA Foundation. Our man in Australia, Damo, went to Hong Kong to check out the show and had a one on one with the man himself.

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Shepard Fairey “Peace Dove (Red)” 2012. Mixed Media (Stencil, Silkscreen, and Collage) on Canvas. Copyright Shepard Fairey / OBEY GIANT ART. Courtesy of HOCA Foundation. 

Damo: This is your first career survey being held in Hong Kong. Why Hong Kong and can you explain the concept of the show a little bit?

Shepard: It’s my first career survey in Hong Kong; this will be my 5th museum show. The reason this is happening here in Hong Kong is because the people behind the HOCA Foundation are fans of my work and have collected my work. They asked me over a year ago if I would be willing to put together a career survey and come over here and do some mural projects because they understood that outdoor art is really is important to me. We discussed my schedule and what art I would need to borrow from collectors versus what they had and things that I would have to provide for my own archive. There are 290 pieces of work in the show. So it’s a lot of work.

What’s exciting to me is I think Hong Kong is a really fascinating place in that it’s this hybrid of Asian and Western cultures, and this is my third trip here. I was here in 2000 and did a lot of street art here and worked with some guys who had a gallery and a magazine and did some streetwear. I was back in 2006 for some more street art and clothing projects. This trip I’m getting to do clothing projects, public artworks that are more permanent, this museum show and my usual street art. So in a way this is I think is the trip that embodies every aspect of my practice and philosophy. So that’s why I’m excited about here.

I think it’s important for people to understand both the evolution and the consistency of my work. A big concept of my work is repetition of certain motifs so there is accumulative effect but also that I address things that are happening in the world; current events and my style evolves. So what I like with this show is that you can see from the very beginning to the present through the different pieces that are here. That is a real privilege to get to share with an audience because most people experience my work in a very fragmented way.

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