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MAYO – STAR LYRIC THEATRE

Late in 2016, Rone held his solo show ‘Empty’ in Melbourne’s old Lyric Theatre, the last event to be shown there prior to demolition. Between finishing the show and returning the keys, Rone invited a select few into the space to collaborate and beautify the theatre a little more prior to the wrecking ball.

One of these artists, Mayonaize, internationally renowned tattooist and calligraffiti extraordinaire painted and documented a mandala filling the entire floor space. He documented this entire process through both film and photography. Damo went down to Everfresh Studios to chat with Mayo about this project.

Damo: Could we initially start by you introducing yourself and talk a little bit about you background and your artistic practice?

Mayo: I am known as ‘Mayo’ or ‘Mayonaize, my backgrounds are in both graffiti and tattooing. I am basing everything these days off of more calligraphic approach and trying to push that lettering thing as far as I can. At the same time I am trying to not to pigeon hole myself, but it doesn’t seem to be working. It could be a bad thing… I’m not sure.

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Damo: Why Mayo or Mayonaize?

Mayo: I was desperate for a new graffiti word. I used to write any words – words that had meanings or connotations I didn’t necessarily want to be tied to later on down the track. When I thought about it I realised that I didn’t want to get stuck with some word like ‘snake’ or something. I feel that some people have got words that don’t suit them. I watched the film ‘Style Wars’ and Duster said, ‘Graffiti, it’s like a game, it’s like here are your letters go do something with it.’ It really stuck with me. I came across the word Mayo thought I’d try make something out of it. It just turned out that ‘mayo’ was a funny word to use in graffiti, I kind of liked the word and the sound of it. Then I did an exhibition and this was how I was going to stop the cops from catching me, I was like ‘I will just call myself ‘Mayonnaise’.

So then it just turned into ‘Mayonnaise’. Instagram came along and I used ‘Z’, because ‘Mayonnaise’ wasn’t available. I kind of keep Mayonaize for the legal stuff I do and ‘Naise’ for keeping them them off my scent (laughs).
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50 Years of Bodé Style! Cobalt 60 Augmented Reality

Mark Bodé is set to launch a new Augmented Reality Graphic Novel, based on one of Vaughn Bodé’s earliest works, Cobalt 60.

In the late Sixties, Vaughn Bodé was one of the most influential and controversial artists in publishing. Creator of such iconic characters as Cheech Wizard, Da Lizard, and Cobalt 60, Vaughn’s Eisner and Hugo award-winning artwork caught on with the early street artists of New York, as well as with underground comic and satire publishers. This included National Lampoon, who ran his Cheech Wizard strip for years.

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ALL BIG LETTERS

Curated by Vandalog Editor-in-chief RJ Rushmore on the 50th anniversary of modern graffiti, ALL BIG LETTERS approaches the medium as fundamentally entangled with its tools. Investigating graffiti as a site of stylistic innovation where the sense of place, the excitement of sport, and the search for fame intersect, the exhibition considers primary yet lingering questions about the medium: Why does graffiti look like that, and why is it on my wall? ALL BIG LETTERS suggests that every aspect of graffiti can be understood as an effort to maximize reputation through novel uses of instruments and other innovations.

Video Produced by Peter English
Archival Video of Jordan Seiler by Aymann Ismail / Courtesy of Slate Magazine
Smart Fools Video by Smart Crew
Music by Watermark High

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DEATH & DISSECTION: A STUDY WITH NYCHOS – Sydney and Melbourne Workshops

Austrian urban art and graffiti illustrator Nychos has been part of the international art scene for more than 15 years now. He is well known for his huge and technically outstanding art pieces in the urban environment as well as being part of gallery exhibitions.

Recent murals in San Francisco, Miami and New York make him one of the most sought-after artists. Nychos’ paintings and drawings have been exhibited in galleries worldwide, including several solo exhibitions (e.g. Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York, Julian Kolly Gallery in Zurich, Open Space in Paris). The works on canvas serve as unique compliments to his massive public works that give character to cities all over the world.

Raised in a traditional Austrian hunting family, death and dissection were daily business for Nychos. The proximity to animal viscera had a profound effect on him visually. He explores the theme in different styles like dissection, cross section and translucency – pushing it to playful extremes.

Nychos returns to Australia after 10 years and will be presenting a WorkShop in Sydney and Melbourne. During the class Nychos will teach spray can techniques, how to paint translucency, give insight in his coloring concepts and will talk about 3D sculpturing techniques.

This workshop is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the world’s most celebrated artists.

Workshop will also be offering viewings of ‘The Deepest Depths of the Burrow’ with tickets and details here.

‘Onwards & Inwards’ – Kitt Bennett

‘Onwards & Inwards’, Kitt Bennett’s latest solo exhibition explores sensations of life and consciousness. This series of small and large works on paper aims to create meaning in what we perceive to be unrelated phenomena around us. Bennett is driven to explore how our possessions inform our individuality, and of how our internal and external worlds connect. In this series, Bennett uses his trademark illustrative comic style, in an attempt to maintain a playful balance between both the humorous and the darkly thought provoking aspects of our existence.

Bennett uses his illustrative style of storytelling in an attempt to maintain a playful balance between both the humorous and the darkly thought provoking aspects of our existence.

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

My name’s Kitt. I’m an artist/illustrator working out of Juddy Roller studios.
Since completing a Bachelor of Illustration I have worked as a freelance illustrator dabbling in animation.
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Mr. Jago x Eric Haacht – Working with Explosives

Mr Jago and Eric Haacht, two of the UK’s leading abstract expressionist artists, will be brought together next month in an unforgettable new show by Fluorescent Smogg. Following on from Fluorescent Smogg’s successful run of multidisciplinary exhibitions, this one will focus solely on the medium of painting, with both artists offering something completely fresh on the abstract expressionist genre and bringing a potent blast of colour to Bristol.

Deeply expressive. Rebelliously colourful. A joyful jolt of that limitless, spontaneous creative energy of 1950s New York. These are things that Mr Jago and Eric Haacht share. They are also both interested in the power of non-representation. Mr Jago with his expansive, kaleidoscopic looseness. Eric Haacht with his distorted faces and decisive movement away from the familiar human form. Yet the real magic to this show comes from their differences. Colour bursts vs. colour warps. A cyclone of brushstokes vs. a haze of rough smears. A starkly modern response to a landscape vs. a blurred, darkly compelling interpretation of a face. A well-established artist, used to touring the global gallery circuit, vs. an emergent portrait artist and recent entrant to the gallery scene.

You can’t help but be energised by Mr. Jago’s work. It sucks you up and draws you in. While Haacht’s – heavily influenced by his fascination with the artificiality of human life and death, his belief that time is a mere ruse – leaves you interestingly unsure of what to feel. Both artists are as compelling as the other. And they relate to and deeply respect one another’s work. Yet, they draw us into different worlds. This show lights a fuse between these worlds. And it’s going to be explosive.

Private view: 1st December 2016, 7-10.30pm. RSVP for guest list Show open to public: 2nd-4th December 2016, 10am-6pm

www.erichaacht.co.uk

www.mrjago.com

Spencer Keeton-Cunningham – FAREWELL SAN FRANCISCO : A 12 YEAR RETROSPECTIVE AT HERON ARTS

Spencer Keeton Cunningham – FAREWELL SAN FRANCISCO : A 12 YEAR RETROSPECTIVE AT HERON ARTS

Born in 1983, Spencer Keeton Cunningham grew up in Portland skateboarding and painting from a very young age. Cunningham graduated from the prestigious San Francisco Art Institute. After leaving San Francisco in 2014, the prolific artist began working from the road on a self proclaimed permanent painting tour which took him all over the world including the North and South Island of New Zealand, Tasmania, Melbourne, Sydney, and the outback of Australia. Other countries Cunningham has exhibited and painted in include China, Japan, Ontario, British Columbia, the Yukon, Mexico, The Netherlands, Cuba, Tasmania, Hong Kong, Alaska, The United States, and Hawaii. Coming back to San Francisco to exhibit frequently, Cunningham has remained on tour for over 29 months and is now forced to pack his things and go. – Heron Arts

This is Cunningham’s first ever solo exhibition in San Francisco. Along with his solo works, there will be paintings for sale from his close friends, painting collaborators and roommates: Erlin Geffrard aka Kid Kreyola, Daisy Ortiz, and their son Daylin Geffrard. The four lived together in their house in San Francisco for numerous years and exhibited frequently in San Francisco and abroad, notably in 2013 at the Wenying Highland Art Museum in Guangzhou, China.

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JORGE RODRIGUEZ-GERADA – RECORDAR (REMEMBER)

RECORDAR (REMEMBER) is a participative intervention created with ephemeral chalk spray paint, based on the concept of remembrance, and measuring more than 23,500 square feet. 


 
“RECORDAR means to pass through your heart. When a memory is relived we feel the same things that where lived and felt in the past.” Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada, a Cuban born artist who was raised in the US and is currently a resident in Barcelona, has created one of the largest public artworks in Spain, measuring more than 23,500 square feet (2,200 square meters). The participative and ephemeral artwork covered the Plaza Comercial, located in the Born section of Barcelona on October 1st, 2016. It was created with the help of local residents and more than 500 volunteers and had the philanthropic support of the small business association Born Comerç and the production support of Subagora Agency.

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Martha Cooper Library – URBAN NATION BERLIN

The worlds premier Urban Contemporary Art Museum, URBAN NATION (UN), in Berlin needs your help to donate or loan books. This rendering is the first look at the Martha Cooper Library inside the Urban Nation Museum in Berlin the heart of the library is Martha Cooper‘s personal collection.

URBAN NATION is calling all artists, art lovers and collectors – If you have books of your work or the work of others you produced, books you would like to lend or donate to the archive to help it grow, or even if you want to tell them about books they should know about, URBAN NATION will organise transport and they will be on display for the opening of the museum 2017 and beyond.

URBAN NATION is looking for books in the following categories:

– Photography
– Street art
– Urban art
– Low brow
– Pop art
– Propaganda
– Installation
– Cities and their art
– Public space
– Artist books

If you have anything to offer, please contact:

library@urban-nation.com

www.urban-nation.com