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Show Recap: Prefab77

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A couple of weeks’ ago, the Prefab77 crew hit London with their first solo show in the big smoke. The show at Hoxton Gallery, presented by Breaks, drew a large crowd on a nice warm evening to view an pretty eclectic collection of works that spanned painting, screen printing, engraving and metal work.

It was brave move to not simply show their more ‘signature’ style (which I immediately associate with monochromatic, larger pieces in the street) but by and large it worked, particularly some of the pieces on wood. The signature style was still in evidence and any work that manges to reference AC/DC songs is always a good thing.

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‘A Feature Presentation’ – Hanna Newman and Joshua Smith

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The USA based Unearthed film production studios were a horror film studio at large in the 1970s. Rivaling the Amicus and Hammer Horror film studios, the company, formed by Hanna Newman and Joshua Smith was big hit in Grind-house theatres until an explosion occurred on the set of the unreleased film ‘The Sisters of Satan’ in 1979 engulfing the entire film studios in fire.

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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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Adnate ‘Could We’ Print Release

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In September 2013, Adnate was personally invited to visit a community located in an isolated area of the central desert in the Northern Territory of Australia. Led by Indigenous Hip Hop Projects and Katherine West Health Board, it was an incredible experience for Adnate to join them on their journey. Adnate spent five nights with the local indigenous community, ‘Pigeon Hole’, also known as Nitjpurru. It was here that Adnate had one of his most important and integral connections with the indigenous peoples of Australia. He experienced first-hand their ancient culture, the immense beauty of their land and the people of Nitjpurru.

During his visit, Adnate was granted permission from the local Elders to photograph the members of this ancient community. After taking over 1,000 photos Adnate selected the most powerful images and painted two murals on buildings within the community. These photos have become the inspirtion to some of the most important work of his career to date being featured in massive murals in countries all over the world. Adnate hopes that this series is able to raise awareness of the Indigenous Australians and their struggle to survive in the modern world.

Adnate has not yet been able to give back directly to the community of Nitjpurru and in the indigenous cultural spirit of sharing wealth within their communities, all proceeds from the sale of this print will be going directly to the local school of ‘Pigeon Hole’. This will directly contribute towards the education and wellbeing of the inspirational children of Nitjpurru.

This is Adnate’s first, hand finished Giclée print. Produced using high quality archival ‘Giclée’ inks by the renowned Dangerfork printing company. All prints have been hand finished with a traditional ‘dressing’ applied to each print individually by the artist.

Prints will be released online at 1pm Friday July 24 (GMT + 10) and will be AU$250 inc GST (includes Australian postage and packaging). Prints will only be available for Australian delivery.

Print is 600mm x 425mm on 310gsm HahneVideo muhle archival paper, hand-finished with Montana Acrylic Ink, Edition of 200. Signed, numbered and uniquely hand-finished by the artist

All Profits going to the Nitjpurru, ‘Pigeon Hole’ Community in the desert of central Northern Territory, Australia

Available exclusively online at Juddy Roller

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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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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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Lek & Sowat – Evry Day I’m Hustlin’

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Before heading to Rome to attend the prestigious Villa Medici for a year, Lek & Sowat stopped by the city of Evry to paint their biggest mural to date, entitled ‘Evry Day I’m Hustlin’

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Invited by the city’s on-going Street Art festival, the two artists took advantage of the immensity offered by one of local college’s wall and roof to deploy their art on a 150 feet long and 27 feet high surface.

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The mural, featuring all of Lek & Sowat signature moves, made of graphic lines, colorful and abstract shapes and repetitive calligraphies is a tribute to the colossal wall paintings that flourished in the 70s along France’s freeways and tunnels.

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Pictures courtesy of Nicolas Gzeley

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Just Another July

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Just Another Agency is turning 5!! The Just Another Project is turning 3! The Just Another Print Range is about to be born, the Just Another Group Show is on AND the latest Just Another Book is being launched! Yep everything Just Another all in one lump sum and all in July! Phew!!!

So this is alllll happening in one MASSIVE event! On July 4th from 6-10pm head on down to the Just Another Project Space – 2A/127 Greville Street, Prahran (entry off Grattan Street)!

It’s sure to be Just Another Amazing event!

‘Freedom’ – StolenSpace Gallery

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StolenSpace Gallery are presenting a new group exhibition entitled “Freedom” in association with Urban Nation as part of their ongoing series Project M, in Berlin.

The show title is inspired by the city’s political past and present, and will be the 7th and final instalment of Project M before the Urban Nation museum is officially opened.

The show will be taking place 21.06.15 – 17.07.15, and will feature new original works by: Shepard Fairey, D*Face, Maya Hayuk, Cyrcle., Word to Mother, Miss Van, The London Police, Joram Roukes, Snik and Evoca 1 with the artists also traveling to Berlin to create new public art pieces.

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