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New Translations at Subliminal Projects by Scott Albrecht

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Exhibition Review by Hyland Mather

This show New Translations, by Scott Ablrecht (instagram @scottyfivealive) has been getting lots of attention online, and why not… a) It’s at Shepard’s gallery, duh, and b) this new work from Scotty is quite freaking stellar.

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‘Polarity’ – Christopher Hancock

Christopher Hancock is best known for his dark and twisted figurative works that explore the surreal complexities of the human condition. Born in Perth, the now Melbourne-based artist hails from a background in Australia’s graffiti and street art scene. The raw aesthetics of these urban movements can still be seen in his studio works, although it is the influence of fine artists such Francis Bacon that is most prominent. Within Christopher Hancock’s works themes of family, love, sexuality, anxiety, depression and mental health can be derived among many others.

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‘Mythos’ – Sam Octigan

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Sam Octigan is a visual artist based in Melbourne, Australia. His practice typically centres with painting on canvas, exploring the intersection of narrative and abstract form. Endlessly fascinated from a young age with the visual image and how we as humans connect to it, his current work seeks to delve deeper into the alchemy of what makes an arresting image to an audience, while exploring his own personal interests in memory, history, growth, home and truth.

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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.

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Robert Perry of Philly’s Infamous TMOM’s Talks Creative Playground

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Tattooed Mom, or as it is affectionately known to Philly locals, ‘TMoms’, is a place to eat, a place to drink, and a place to meet.  You might think to call it a bar and a restaurant…but it’s actually not, it’s more of a Temporary Autonomous Zone, that just so happens to be fairly permanent.  Check it out.

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Project 5 Volume 8

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Long-running, LIVE, public art incubator, Project Five, is returning for Volume 8 – promising edgy artists, an outdoor studio, a month-long exhibition, school holidays urban art workshops, and an art-auction, for art-curious audiences including kids, at Darling Quarter, Sydney.

From late September (Friday 30), four of Australia’s hottest urban artists will bring their studios outdoors thanks to aMBUSH Gallery, Darling Quarter and City of Sydney’s Art & About for a LIVE weekend workshop (Friday 30 September – Sunday 02 October).

Join criminal lawyer turned urban art-maker Kaff-eine (Melbourne), prolific monochromatic illustrator Georgia Hill (Sydney), psychedelic multi-media artist Brett Chan (Bondi based New Zealand ex-pat), and street graffiti artist Mik Shida (Brisbane), as they create land-mark works of art.

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Nuart 2016 “Post-Street Art” Group Show

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This year’s Nuart festival was themed around the idea of “post-street art” as the new label for contemporary street art. Known for working with creatives that fit under the classic “street artist” label, but also muralists, studio artists, computer artists and painters, Nuart 2016 questioned whether this is the right moment to introduce a new term to define their work.

“Street art” was first used to define art that was often illegal, not related with galleries, and connected to revolutionary movements like punk, hip-hop or graffiti. The kind of art that we see nowadays under this same term is usually legal, often shown in galleries or institutions, and has very little or no connection to any of those movements. Over time, with influence of the Internet, social media and mural festivals worldwide, the approach to classic street art has changed significantly and so did the art itself. There are still many artists out there that are using the streets to show their creativity, their beliefs or rebellion, but this movement has evolved into something much larger than that.  So, after 16 consecutive years of organizing one of the most important street art festivals out there, its founder Martyn Reed wanted to trigger the discussion about adopting another term for the kind of art that the event is promoting.  Maybe it’s time to rethink the whole idea and find a new one to chronicle the kind of art that is created on the foundations of classic street art, not because we need to label everything, but only cause the old one seems to become redundant and deceiving at this point.

“Post-Street Art” group show included works and installations created by the Nuart 2016 participating artists during their stay in Stavanger. Divided inside the tunnels of Tou center, the works cover wide range of mediums, styles and messages sent through them. From Eron’s ghostly spraypaint image of an oil covered pelican, Fintan Magee colorful dining room or Robert Montgomery’s poem, all the way to Spy’s conceptual installation hidden behind the brick wall. The full list of participating artists include Eron, Evol, Add Fuel, Fintan Magee, KennardPhillips, Nipper, Spy, Jaune, Jeff Gillette, Robert Montgomery and Henrik Uldalen.

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Exhibition Review ‘Direction / Instruction’ at Paradigm Gallery

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‘Direction / Instruction’ is a traveling group exhibition boasting an outstanding lineup of artists.

Having already enjoyed successful stops in Denver at Svperordinary and at CAVE Gallery, Venice Beach, Cali, ‘Direction / Instruction’ is currently on expo thru September 17th at Paradigm Gallery in Philadelphia.

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Half a Dozen Questions with Graphic Surgery

graphic_surgery_13_webGraphic Surgery has been honing their brand of minimalism for quite some time now.  Their bold, simple, and striking marks in abandoned spaces and meticulously crafted work for galleries are increasingly drawing appreciation from patrons and peers.

Recently I sent over a few questions, half dozen to be exact.  GS is a duo of Dutchies, Erris Huigens, and Gysbert Zijlstra.   I sent each the questions independently, and asked them to answer them ‘blindly’ ..a kind of  The Dating Game ,  questionaire, just to see how congruent is the party line.  Turns out…pretty much on target.

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