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‘Post-Graffiti Pacific’ – Benjamin Work

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Part three in our ongoing ‘Post-Graffiti Pacific’ roles out today, with a comprehensive chat with artist Benjamin Work. Benjamin is of mixed Scottish and Tongan ancestry, and intially struggled to find a sense of belonging and gravitated towards the pop-cultural influences emanating from Los Angeles in the 1990s, such as skate, fashion, gang and graffiti culture. Today, Benjamin’s journey to learn more about his Tongan ancestry has led him to discover images of antique Tongan weapons finely carved with often overlooked symbols of warriors and royalty. These key figures in motion, form the majority of Benjamin’s works with strength and power and occasionally, the Lupe, a pacific bird of peace, feature in his works. He continues to explore the power of kula (red) and uli (black) and their connections to titles, Christian beliefs and youth gangs in Tongan thinking and practice.

Damo: What does it mean to you to be part of ‘Post-Graffiti Pacific’?
Benjamin: It’s a statement from a group of creatives that marks a place in time (tā) and space (vā). We are situated in a unique and rich part of the globe that has been subject to many misconceptions throughout the ages, so we are one part of that voice telling our stories from this region of the world. Just like our forefathers who were explorers venturing into uncharted waters, also with us, as we explore what it looks like to be Post graffiti in the Pacific Region.

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‘1+1=0′ – DSCREET

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Dscreet’s first Australian show in over 10 years opens this Thursday the 23rd of July at Dangerfork, 1-5 Perry Street, Collingwood.

There will be a glow in the dark print release to coincide with the exhibition and to see this print in all its element and as well as other glow works the atmosphere will be quiet dark.

The show itself has developed into an installation of Dscreet’s teenage life which gives an insight to his warped decision making process.

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Risk – Old Habits Die Hard – Monograph

Legendary Graffiti Writer RISK has released a 350-page monograph. Detroit printmakers, 1xRUN & cultural curator Roger Gastman have joined forces to publish the definitive book on one of the pioneering Los Angeles graffiti originators.

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1xRUN is pleased to present the definitive book on Los Angeles graffiti originator and icon RISK. Old Habits Die Hard recounts a career spanning over four decades with RISK detailing his history, failures, success and of course the many brushes with the law. Old Habits Die Hard is available for purchase online now from – href=”http://www.1xrun.com/runs/Old_Habits_Die_Hard”>www.1xrun.com/runs/Old_Habits_Die_Hard

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‘Post-Graffiti Pacific’ – Askew One

As part of ‘Post-Graffiti Pacific’ currently on show at aMBUSH Gallery in Sydney’s Central Park we have been lucky enough to have a quick Q&A with some of the contributing artists. To begin this ongoing series we present to you, Askew One.

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With a strong self-taught background in graffiti, graphic design and videography, Askew One’s geographical isolation of Auckland, New Zealand, hasn’t held him back from presenting his work to the world and he is now considered to be one of the leading figures of graffiti and urban contemporary art from the Pacific region.

Using skills in photography, graphic design, graffiti and traditional painting, Askew One captures his audience with visually complex and pleasing paintings whilst drawing attention to the economic and environmental issues affecting the smaller Pacific nations of Oceania.

Damo: What does it mean to you to be part of Post-Graffiti Pacific?
Askew One: I’m stoked to see this show come to fruition. From many late night debates amongst my friends over drinks, trying to define who we are as artists to first connecting with the aMBUSH guys and them giving this chance to share this revelation.

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Miron Milic’s mural gets buffed for ridiculous reasons

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Participating at the local Indirekt festival, Miron Milic recently spent couple of days painting in a Croatian coastal town of Umag. Working on a facade of the local elementary school, Croatian artist created a meaningful piece that combines illustration and text, as most of his works.

Inspired by the ecological principles on which this particular school is based, the work is showing two hands counting the 4 major R’s of sustainability – Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, Reinvent. While obviously positive and encouraging in its core, the mural ended up being completely misread and misjudged by the local hot heads obsessed with nationalism and times past. Instead of seeing the important message that the kids should remember and use through their life, frustrated individuals, including the school principal, saw 3 opened fingers which reminded them of the gesture that Serbian radicals were showing during the war on the Balkans few decades ago. Sadly, this was good enough reason for the principal of the school to selfishly order the buffing of the work by an academic painter only 3 days after it’s completion. Luckily, few days after the incident the town mayor apologized to the artist and invited him to come and paint a new mural.

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Post-Graffiti Pacific

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Post-Graffiti Pacific is not just another graffiti exhibition. It’s a statement and a definition – a bold assertion of language, history, culture, expression and the significance of place in art making. Curator Olivia Laita and her line-up of seven leading Post-Graffiti Pacific artists are proposing, with conviction, the dawn of a new movement in art.

Post-Graffiti Pacific seeks to clarify the way we discuss urban contemporary art. Today’s urban contemporary artists have evolved to straddle the divide between public and studio practice and terms like ‘graffiti’ and ‘street art’ have become insufficient to describe their activities and motivations. ‘Post-Graffiti’ is now a recognised term, used to describe the work of artists whose backgrounds in graffiti inform their professional artistic practice.

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Sepe reveals a new piece at abandoned spot in Wołczyn, south Poland

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After a successful London solo show, Polish artist Sepe is spending his summer exploring abandoned spots around his homeland and painting new works. Continuing slightly darker, more haunting style he’s been working with lately, he recently revealed this new piece in Wołczyn, south Poland.
Inspired by “Mouse Utopia”, experiment by John Calhoun from 1968, “And We Left All Our Cares Behind” is the title of this new raw and expressive piece he recently revealed. The piece is artist’s vision of what happens to human development when there are no dangers nor natural limitations like the struggle for existence etc. Painted in a secret, abandoned spot using dimmed, pastel colors with lots of sketch like lines and drips, this surrealist piece blends great with the environment with almost ghost-like feel to it.

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HangFire – Write Now

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HangFire are hosting a group exhibition focusing on the skill and craft of typographic and letter form artwork. Featuring original artwork, screen prints and sketches from international, national and local artists.

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Preview opening on Friday July 24th, 7pm – 10pm at HangFire, 49 North Street, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 1EN

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The HangFire guys will putting together a more in depth look at the artists over the next few weeks, follow their facebook page for more up to date interviews and insights:

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“Street Art, Book Art” – Ingrid Beazley

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Street Art and the Baroque have not always been the closest of partners, be it due to their wildly different demographics, styles or time periods, however teacher turned curator Ingrid Beazley has aimed to change that in a three year long project which began when she collaborated with Stik, an artist who requires no introduction, and asked him to create his own reinterpretations of the old masters’ pieces. Three years and sixteen further collaborating artists down the line, today Beazley is the figurehead of a project that even she states is “more successful than I ever imagined.” Continue Reading →

POW! WOW! Long Beach Recap

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From June 22nd – 27th, Long Beach hosted the newest edition in the series of POW! WOW! worldwide events.  This round included a museum show, series of workshops and lectures, Jeff Staple’s 1-2-1 talks, concerts, presentations, movie premieres and finally, mural painting.

In collaboration with Thinkspace Gallery “Verve and Vitality: Transforming the Urban Landscape” show was organized @ The Long Beach Museum of Art. For this event, an impressive lineup of contemporary, urban and street artists created works on the walls inside and outside the museum. Some of the artist participating in this unique event were Aaron Horkey, Andrew Schoultz, Audrey Kawasaki, Brendan Monroe, Esao Andrews, Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins, Hottea, Low Bros, Nychos, Saber, etc. Varying in their style, background and visual languages of the participating artists, the show resulted in an extensive overview of the current contemporary and urban art scene. The exhibition itself gathered so much interest by the local community, the number of visits broke all of the museum’s attendance records across the board. At the same time, other group of artists were painting mural through the city, beautifying the area with some fresh works by such artists as Hueman, Madsteez, James Jean, Tristan Eaton, Jeff Soto, Fafi, Cryptik, etc. (Photo credit by Brandon Shigeta)

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