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Pejac – “Law of The Weakest” solo show

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Since 22nd of July Londonewcastle Project Space in Shoreditch is showing “Law of The Weakest”, a self produced solo show by the Spanish artist Pejac. Coincidentally, his first major London show will also be the last art event held at the legendary venue.

Artist who raised a lot of attention with his engaged public works that speak about environmental, social, political, racial and other important subjects, created a large new body of work for this showing. The works currently on view in London are continuing his interventions created everywhere from his hometown of Santander in Spain to Norway, Jordan, Japan, Seoul and other places he’s been working at.

The exhibition consists of some 35 new works that include drawings, paintings, sculptures, installations as well as a limited edition released for the event. Using wide range of techniques and materials, each piece Pejac produces carries a strong message. From Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” stained glass replica on an astronaut helmet, to a large canvas depicting a landfill full of books, his work criticize current state of the world and cleverly point out subjects other tend to ignore. The entire show is installed in a coherent showing, giving each piece enough place to be enjoyed and admired. Special focus was definitely put on his remake of Monet’s “Poppies” by hanging it on a wall covered with Victorian wallpaper. “Hunter”, a round oil on panel also got a prominent spot displayed on a large wall full of bullet holes, while one of his more famous images, “Meadow” got a special room being displayed along one of the sculptural pieces “Bunker”.

The show will stay on view only until 31st of July, so make sure you visit this landmark exhibition if you’re in London.

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HOODS

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Created and curated by Fuel Magazine’s creative director Luke Ray, ‘Hoods’ brings together ten Australian artists under one roof. In late 2015, Fuel Magazine® started production of this exciting project. GM Holden were approached to be involved, their contribution being to provide ten brand new bonnets, each to be used as a canvas upon which an artist would create a piece of art with no given brief. Ten street, graphic and automotive artists from Sydney and Melbourne were hand picked and the bonnets delivered to each studio. A few months later, the bonnets came back as works of art and it’s these pieces that will collectively be on display at Suus.

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BSIDE Gallery

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BSIDE Gallery is set to open on the 15th of July with an electrifying group show celebrating the talent and diversity within Fitzroy’s creative scenes.

The show features an incredible lineup of both emerging and established Australian artists including Ben Frost, Abyss 607, Swerfk, Hancock, Frosk, Mike Eleven, Gigi, Goodie, Aaaron Grech, Kenz and Zamara Robison.

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From street art and graffiti to fine art and installation this show will present the birth of a new era in the local arts scene: promoting an open and inclusive platform for both the artists and the audience that defies the norm of the traditional gallery setting. We want to challenge the existing paradigm and celebrate a diverse array of artistic practices and new conversations that keeps the Fitzroy art scene alive.

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THE MORTAL DRAMA by YUSK IMAI

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‘Life’s absurdity and the inevitability of death are the central themes of The Mortal Drama by Yuske Imai. In 2015, after temporarily relocating studios from Berlin to Sao Paulo, in order to be closer to his family, Yuske found himself confronted by a series of personal tragedies. It’s from within this confrontation that the themes of The Mortal Drama were formed. After staring into the chimeric eyes of existence, life and death, Yuske returned to the canvas, each time, with a visceral and profound message, touched by his experiences. Life is beautiful, it is sad, it gives and it takes and any sense of control might just be an illusion.

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The Mortal Drama is an story of existence, told across twelve paintings on canvas, from the most symbolically expressive and profound artists that Backwoods Gallery has been lucky enough to work with. We hope that our community has time to visit The Mortal Drama between the 15-26th of July at the Backwoods Gallery main space in Collingwood.’ Alexander Mitchell, 2016. Director – Backwoods Gallery.

Cam Scale – ‘State of Mind’

Growing up in Sydney and influenced by the trackside graffiti throughout the suburbs, Melbourne-based multidisciplinary artist Cam Scale was motivated to create his own art. “I grew up drawing. My parents encouraged me and tried sending me to art classes when I was young, but it wasn’t until I hit high school I showed a real interest. A close mate and I used to hang out creating mischief, mainly blowing stuff up, until we discovered graffiti,” says Scale. “After that, I was hooked. I tried to maintain some form of grades at school, but much of the time was spent out until the early hours, and then battling to stay awake in class!”

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After an attempt at graphic design, Scale realised that he wanted to be drawing the pictures, not moving them around. A ten-month graffiti binge around Europe followed, and upon return Scale moved to Melbourne and began an illustration course. As an artist, Scale admits, “Melbourne just had all the opportunities and a fresh start.” The rest as they say, is history.

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Considered a renowned graffiti writer and large-scale photorealist, Scale has now called Melbourne home for almost a decade. His first major solo show, ‘State Of Mind’ explores the viewer’s attitude towards graffiti, street and urban art and delves into the previously unexplored parallels of the urban and contemporary art world.

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Anthony Lister – ‘Our Side of the Fence’

“I believe in free expression. A fence is a fence and if it’s on my side then I should have the right as a citizen who lives on that side to beautify it.” – Anthony Lister

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Anthony Lister is an Australian modern artist who walks the line between street art and fine art. Gracing the walls of fine art galleries, pubic spaces and alleyways alike, Lister is internationally recognised and collected, and consistently exhibits internationally.

Lister has unexpectedly bared his artistic soul in a raw and mesmerising new short film by Masses Collective, titled Our Side of the Fence.

A public interventionist, Lister reveals a commitment to art that has become an obsession. He opens up about existence, intention, love, family, and letting go.

The result is a portrait of the artist in his Redfern studio, torn between the demands of his art on his heart and his mind.

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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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‘Street Portraits’ – Stormie Mills, E.L.K, Adnate, and Kaff-eine

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Sydney is set to see a street art project that will see large scale murals appear on unused walls, recognising local people with inspiring stories to tell.

Four of Australia’s most celebrated street artists Stormie Mills, E.L.K, Adnate, and Kaff-eine will bring to life portraits of Nathan Hindmarsh, Father Dave Smith, Jenny Munro and Katherine Hudson.

Each of these local identities were chosen as they have left a positive mark on their community, and changed things for the better.

The artists have begun painting on walls in Sydney’s CBD, Parramatta, Haymarket and Bondi Junction.

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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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