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Everfresh Studio – Open Day

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That’s right, it’s that time of year. The day that Everfresh open their doors to Melbourne!

This is the chance for everyone to meet the artists and to buy new and old works. The hot tip is to get in early to pick up some amazing works that have been hidden at the back of the studio draws!

The studio can only handle about 50 people at a time so there will be a one in one out policy.

The studio will be open from 12-5pm, this Saturday 3 December, with Rone, Wonder, Callum Preston, Tom Civil, Mayo and more all on hand.

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‘Bring Cash’ – Lushsux

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Concluding year of controversy, council disputes, censorship, dank memes and delicately treading a political gray area — LUSHSUX is presenting his final statement for 2016, a secret show called “BRING CASH”.

Visitors to the exhibition will be blindfolded and escorted, via black van, to a secret exhibition location where they will have a strict 30 minutes to view the artwork, before being hoodwinked and returned to the rendezvous location.

As the founding artists of the Memeist art movement, LUSHSUX’sartwork has hit a consistent nerve with the Australian people, allowing him to present a commentary on socio-political issues ranging from the violently divisive political environment of the U.S election, celebrity culture, freedom of speech, media bias to the meteoric rise of memes as a political force and form of civic protest.

“BRING CASH” will be LUSHSUX’s decisive conclusion and the final punchline of 2016.

Open from the weekend of November 25th. All guests will be required to purchase a ticket, book a time slot and sign a consent form that gives the gallery permission to confiscate all recording devices, blindfold, restrain and transport them to and from the exhibition. Amongst over things.

Come prepared for a confronting experience, designed by Australia’s most provocative artist and don’t forget to bring cash.

visit www.backwoods.gallery for details.

‘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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Installation View, Visual Disobedience at the Pulse, Hong Kong. Presented by HOCA Foundation. Copyright Shepard Fairey / OBEY GIANT ART. Courtesy of HOCA Foundation. 

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‘A Thugz Rap Sprays’ – MISHAP

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Mishap is an artist who paints murals and makes art and jewellery.

She began passionately drawing and painting at a young age, but remembers always being intrigued by long train rides to the city on tagged up Hitachi train carriages, watching colourful pieces fly by. Later on in life she stared intensely at clean lines of murals and could never understand how they were done with a spray can.

Throughout her adolescence and high school, she experimented with many different mediums and by the age of 19 ( then going by her real name), she was approached and represented by her first small Gallery in Richmond. Painting dark characters in mixed medium, her major influences included pop surrealist painters such as like Mark Ryden and Camille Rose Garcia.

Shortly after, Mishap embarked on a world trip, where she was inspired by urban cities everywhere and began writing graffiti. Gradually her illustrative style became more and more influenced by this shift in medium and urban lifestyle. She began predominately working with aerosol and markers on much larger canvases and walls.

After her move back to Melbourne, she was unexpectedly forced out of a her Northcote apartment due to neighbors complaining of spray paint fumes, and decided to open a nearby gallery space with fellow artist Simz/SimTwo. At Large Gallery was born, and for many years created a solid foundation for herself and many graffiti and urban artists in Melbourne to paint and exhibit.

Now five years on from closing it’s doors so that she could have more time to focus on her own art, Mishap runs her own urban jewellery label DEF LAB, and paints murals and paintings for a living. She works from a small private garden studio outside her home in Thornbury, a suburb in Melbourne’s inner north, where she lives with her dog and best friend Dilla.

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Mishap’s new show ‘A THUGZ RAP SPRAYS’ is a brand new collection of artworks housed in a large Fitzroy warehouse, the exhibition will transform every wall and space within- with freshly graffed walls and limited prints and original pieces for sale.

In her first solo show since the days of At Large, ‘A Thugz Rap Sprays’ showcases Mishap’s many different uses of mediums and styles; albeit all heavily centered around street art, graffiti and hip hop references. In this exhibition Mishap pushes the boundaries of her usual mediums and styles, featuring a combination of sprayed canvases, pencil illustrations, typography and portraits. Ever wondered what it would look like if Mishap characters wore an MF DOOM mask or was mates with quasimoto?

On 11 November, the space will transform into a colorful show featuring a playful interactive graffiti mural where guests can write on the gallery walls in speech bubbles, models Nikki-Lee and friends will be dressed as characters handing out refreshments, and soulful, live original beats by Sadiva and Entro.

An evening not to be missed. Exhibition will be up for one week following for those who can’t make it to the Opening. OPENING NIGHT FRIDAY NOVEMBER 11 2016, 7-10PM.

@jazmishap

‘The Games We Play’ – Ohnoes

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Growing up in Melbourne in the mid-late 90’s and inspired by the tags gracing the surfaces of the southern suburbs, it wasn’t long before Ohnoes was out writing letters. Realising his crew need a character guy, his childhood experience drawing his favourite basketball players allowed him quickly transition and fill this void. Many ‘charros’ later and Ohnoes’ love of portraiture was prevalent.

Inspired by the likes of Rone, Mike Giant, Ken Taylor and Ben Brown, Ohnoes has developed a unique portraiture style, painting his detail to reflect a refined spray can feel. This style, inclusive of overspray, gives the work a reflection of his graffiti background.

In ‘The Games We Play’, Ohnoes presents 15 mixed media works (acrylic and aerosol), on canvas, paper and salvaged basketball court. Known for his obsession with basketball, Ohnoes has combined this with his love of beautiful women, having realised that his best art is created when the subject is one which he is passionate about and has meaning to him.

‘The Games We Play’ is an ‘open and honest story of Ohnoes and delves into what makes him tick; an opportunity to view his debut show and first complete body of work exploring themes of obsession, rejection, yearning, curiosity and desire.

“Beautiful women intrigue me. From an outside point of view it appears that they have everything easier, but I feel like that life would be harder; they have to judge people on how and what level they perceive them, not on just face value alone.”

In the lead up to the show, Damo went a visited Ohnoes at his beloved group studio – ‘The Arts Hole’ to find out a little more about the man of the moment.

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

Ohnoes: When I was young, like most people, I was pretty into art. I always drew like my childhood favourite basketball players like Shaq and Charles Barkley. Through a variety of influences my focus was shifted towards graffiti. I became very active and consumed by my love for the art form.

I kind of got burnt when I was about 18 and I stopped for a while. Then Ironlak came out and then everyone kind of started painting; it was kind of getting embraced. Me and Chehehe just started playing around with this new paint and we were like, “Fuck, these colours are awesome!” We just kind of went in head first and next thing you know, we were starting up a studio and as the studio started flourishing, our art started to get more focused. Five years later, here we are, That’s the story!

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‘Sketchy’ – Kaff-eine

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Many street artists work from references and designs created and stored on their mobile phones. Through a combination of habit, creative method and a tendency towards luddism, Kaff-eine paints solely from sketches that are developed on paper, and taped to the wall next to her.

For the very first time, Kaff-eine is exhibiting and offering over 100 of her sketches and studies, from her earliest images to her most recent works. Her Sketchy exhibition is a rare chance to examine her creative process, and see the development of many of her signature street characters.

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‘Kaamos’ – Rubin415

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Known for his cleanly executed geometric lines and shapes typical of his style, Rubin415 has been associated with the greater ‘Graffuturism’ movement; a style not widely exposed to the Hong Kong public, attributed from the artistic influences of cyber-futurism and suprematism. The dark tones and pale colours featured in the work of Rubin415 are brought to life with through the subtle sense of movement that exists within his pieces, created by the soft curves and sharp vertexes- an ensemble is created that may appear both electric and harmonic. Famously, spraying his first tag at an especially young age- having started with traditional graffiti; typography has had immense influence on his most recent works- notably upon his sense of composition, that achieving a sense of poetism and that the pieces are communicating ideas seemingly through dialogue. Rubin415 is now a renowned, recognisable name among the greater New York street art community.

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Rone – ‘Empty’

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These days, Rone doesn’t need an introduction.  Internationally renowned for his large scale female portraits, he has been to almost every corner of the globe beautifying the walls with local women.  For the first time in two years, Rone embarking on a new show of absolutely epic proportions.  If you are in Melbourne, you do not want to miss this, as it is the biggest show you will see! In between painting walls, floors and finishing touches, Rone caught up with Damo…

Can you tell us a bit about your show, ‘Empty’?

Rone:     It comes back to empty spaces.  There was a tradition happening in the early 2000s in Melbourne where people would find an abandoned building, everyone was given the location and people would go and paint, and then there would be a show until everyone got kicked out.
That was one of the things I really loved about the culture when I had just got in to it.  So this show is a little nod to that but also to what was here before there was nothing? The story of each space is told through what is left behind. 

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Ironlak Flagship Store – Sydney

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Seminal Australian art supplies brand, Ironlak, has proudly launched a fresh new retail space in the heart of Sydney. Located on the ground floor of Central Park in Chippendale, the Ironlak Art & Design flagship store aims to create an innovative retail experience for artists and designers.

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With the brand traditionally catering to graffiti writers with spray paint and markers, the Ironlak Art & Design store marks the launch of Ironlak’s vastly extended product range, providing a wider selection of art tools to allow all artists to express their creativity. New additions to the line include acrylic & oil paints, watercolour paint, colour pencils, technical drawing pens, gel pens, canvas, charcoal, pastels, sketchbooks, pads and easels. Apparel needs a mention too. 

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The store was designed and built by Blake Ibbotson and the team at Fat Projects. 

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To kick things off with a bang, Ironlak hosted a private launch party at the store on Thursday night, inviting a handful of Sydney creatives to enjoy a beer (thanks to Vale), wine, food and good times with the Ironlak team. Artist Mik Shida was in the building, blessing the feature wall with a fresh lick of paint, while DJ Harry Hunter filled the air with dope tunes.

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The store is open 363 days a year, 10am–8pm. You can find it on the ground floor of Central Park – 28 Broadway, Chippendale, NSW, 2008, Australia. Get in today and check out the new digs and extended range of quality art supplies and apparel.

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Visit the new look ironlak.com for more information about Ironlak. Mik Shida is over here: 

www.mikshida.com

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Photography: Luke Shirlaw

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