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THEY LIVE!

In homage to the film that launched a thousand street art careers, Rough Trade Books is releasing They Live: A Cultural & Visual Awakening – a 30 year anniversary publication in homage to John Carpenter’s classic cult film: THEY LIVE!

The book includes an essay from the author that connects the dots between They Live and Brandalism alongside a critical analysis of contemporary forms of propaganda today. The book also contains a host of written and visual contributions from renowned figures including Shephard Fairey, Slavoj Zizek, Guerrilla Girls, Barbara Kruger, John Grant and Roger Luckhurst.

In partnership with Mondo/Death Waltz Recording Co, a special edition version of the book has also been created and is being sold exclusively at screenings taking place in London, Los Angeles, New York and Austin,Texas on Wednesday 16th January. This special edition will be housed in a slipcase, and includes a signed and numbered money bill. Strictly limited to 750 copies worldwide.

**PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY ONLINE HERE**

**GET TICKETS FOR A SCREENING HERE**

Book Features:

— Designed as a replica of the original film prop, including all the
infamous commands

— Original contributions from

— Bubblegum scented

— Subliminal commands hidden throughout the book

— Original short-story in full by Ray Nelson

— Comic Book adaptation in full by Ray Nelson and Bill Wray

— Rare and unseen archive material from Universal Studios exploring the
film’s genesis

— Specialist glyph typeface of the alien language (Formaldehyde-face)

— Rare archive imagery from Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, Guerrilla
Girls, the LA Times, the Reagan family, the Trump Campaign and WWE.

Standard edition:

http://roughtradebooks.com/books/they-live-a-visual-and-cultural-awakening/

Limited Edition (750 copies worldwide):

http://roughtradebooks.com/books/they-live-a-visual-and-cultural-awakening-special-edition/

**SHIPPING FROM 2nd JANUARY**

Waste World – Bill Posters

Amidst growing concerns around the impact of the fashion industry and consumer waste, a series of street art interventions have appeared across the country to coincide with #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday. Bill Posters, the pseudonym for the street artist and activist who co-founded Brandalism, has been subvertising ad spaces to draw attention to the negative impacts of consumer waste and fast fashion.

 

Timed for release on the biggest global retail event of the year, Bill Poster’s latest campaign entitled ‘Waste World’ looks at the true consequences of the world’s rubbish – from clothes to plastics and e-waste – as well as those most affected by it. Inspired by New Internationalist’s latest issue on Waste, the street art installations take aim at brands including Nike, Pretty Little Thing, Apple and Gucci and reveal where large amounts of waste and ‘recycling’ from the western world actually ends up.

“Instead of getting beaten up this Black Friday in shopping malls for a new TV we should probably be paying more attention to where the majority of our ‘recycled’ waste actually ends up. In low-income countries, 93% of global waste is dumped due to inadequate urban provisions. Western countries can’t process their own waste, instead – they sell it to other low-income countries in Asia and Africa. It reeks of colonialism, we are literally taking a dump on millions of less privileged people with our waste” says Posters.

This latest subvertising campaign is also timed to support ‘No Ad day’, an artist led initiative that seeks to remove ads from public spaces across the world on Saturday 24th November 2018. To support other street artists and graffiti writers to take over advertising spaces in cities for No Ad Day, Bill Posters has just published the world’s first pocket sized ‘Subvertising Manual’ with Dog Section Press.

Artists can pick up a copy from Dog Section Press here: https://dogsection.bigcartel.com/product/brandalism-ad-takeover-guide

 

See more of Bill Posters’ street art on Insta: @BrandalismProject

 

www.billposters.ch

 

‘New Meaning’ – Shida

Shida’s work explores the interlinked relationship between ritual, sexuality and love. Psychedelic entities are entwined in ceremonial acts, transcending the boundaries of known reality. In a world where society’s issues are becoming increasingly gendered and people are seemingly more divided than ever due to the rise of identity politics, Shida seeks to turn this tide like an ancient shaman with each of these works being, in essence, an invocation, an energetic manifestation, a prayer to joy.

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MTO’s “Don Vs Kim” 2017 Dummies Contest Finals

Inspired (or better annoyed), by the recent irrational and superficial media fight between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, MTO recently created 2 paintings that are accompanied with an exclusive video. The works are portraying 2 leaders as bodybuilders striking their most impressive poses in a competition, and are continuation of French artist’s ongoing socio-political commentary.

Each acrylic painting is measuring 30x40cm and is a critique of their egocentric characters and need to demonstrate their worthiness, power, etc. Wearing shorts with national flags, they are representing the people of both countries, while making themselves look like a parody of the person they are supposed to be. This is further accented with a video that compiles different moments in which both Jong-un and Trump are acting more as attention-hungry narcissists and less as leaders chosen by their people.  And the lyrics of the song further add to the whole idea saying “Le temps ne fait rien à l´affaire Quand on est con, on est con / Time doesn’t make a difference, When you’re a cunt, you’re a cunt”.

Facebook.com/mto.page

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Dscreet’s Dirty Protest: A Tremendous Trump Tower Takeover

TRUMP TOWERS BROKEN INTO & TRASHED BY LEGENDARY STREET ARTIST

After a hugely successful opening, Twumps is closing it’s doors this weekend. Twumps will be ending with a YUGE bang as well-known graffiti artist Dscreet “breaks in” and trashes the joint. Mimicking a break in to Trump’s very own penthouse, Dscreet films his break into Twumps, spray paints the walls, and even takes a “dump” on Trump’s desk.

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‘Equilibrium’ – SENEKT

Harmony rings within the chaos of society. As life’s ups and downs cancel each other out, a sense of balance can be found. Wrestling with positive and negative forces, Senekt’s solo exhibition explores the impacts and outcomes of life’s fluctuating experiences. With artworks fuelled by emotion, Senekt’s surreal style is highlighted by the mood, colour, and balance of each piece.

Senekt portrays the dissemblance of his own reality through hyper-realistic drawings flooded with colour and surreal dimensions. The Japanese painter from Kyoto has been based out of Melbourne, Australia since 2013. Inspired by friendships, photographs, disjointed memories, everyday experiences, and daily occurrences, Senekt found balance through creation. His figurative, yet abstract style confront the nature of instinct as Senekt aims to not only deconstruct the human physicality, but also its psyche.

On display at Backwoods Gallery from August 25th-27th, the artwork, created in coloured pencil, aerosol and watercolour spans throughout three rooms. Fuelled by love/hate, good/evil, and ever-present mindfulness, Senekts’ large suspended installation portrays his unique perspective on equilibrium in society.

Request an exhibition catalogue from: sales@backwoods.gallery

Badgirl Garden

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Stayfly Sydney recently launched a night called Badgirl Garden which showcases female performances along with art installations by designers Ailie Banks & Merindah Funnel.
The stage is owned by rappers, singers and DJs who entertain the crowd, while live art is painted on canvas by artists from the collective.

Badgirl Garden is a space created by a team of women smashing into the Sydney arts and music scene. Every event they create is a safe place for women, men and the LGBTIQ community to congregate, congratulate and party! The goal is to to bring parties and events where everyone can celebrate and support the up and coming female artists of every caliber.

This Thursday Badgirl Garden will be bringing new names to the line up, exciting acts and local artists.

DJ LOU LOU
LADY LASH (Mel)
ALPHAMAMA
JANNAH BETH
JACQUIE MALI

LIVE ART by STYNA & SOPHI ODLING

3 August 2017
9pm start – $5 entry
Slyfox, 199 Enmore Road

@badgirlgarden

‘Self Loathing’ – Mic Porter

True artists are compelled to make art. The reason for their expression is not always important. What is always important, however, is the act of creation. Art comes before reason in the same way that the universe existed before science. Mic Porter is one of those rare, great artists who is simply compelled to create. Mic isn’t driven by ‘career’ nor does he force himself to create consumable art. Mic is, instead, driven by a indefinable, fiery, energy of creation which torments him if he stops. In his youth, this creative compulsion drove Mic towards graffiti. He forged ahead as one of Australia’s pioneer street artists, eventually to be tempered into a painter and sculptor by the VCA and experience at a bronze foundry.

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Mic wrestles his demons with chainsaws, knives, markers and paint upon the battlegrounds of canvas, found objects, bronze and the exterior of tall buildings. His work is primal, expressive and above all, honest. It’s easy to assume that Mic is a conduit for something that he doesn’t understand; that his work is automatic and lacking self awareness. A subconscious process perhaps? After all, Mic’s work is primal, he is reserved and is reluctant to talk about his art. Mic is not a spectator, he has mastered his drive, and is very much in control. Perhaps even due to his reservation to talk about his work, Mic manages to express himself with the kinds of perfectly cryptic sound bytes that other artists drive themselves mad in an attempt to coin. “Art is eternal narcissism, I’m a narcissist” ‘Self Loathing’ brings you a gallery full of screams, smiles and manic grins.

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In Mic’s autobiographical collection of work, he’s produced Totemic heads, brutally sculptured with from blocks of wood with a chainsaw sit in the centre of the large room, loomed over by the three largest Self Loathing paintings. The triptych feature Mic Porters iconic faces, instantly recognisable for the role that they’ve played in shaping Australia’s street art landscape for over a decade, now rendered in a mix of oil and enamel. Each face is Mic’s, but also his family and society’s, he explains that it’s history coming through his face. I think that it’s more than that, I think Mic is so brutally honest with himself, that the self portraits end up reflecting all of us, which is why they’re so alluring and powerful.

– Alex Mitchell

‘Self Loathing’ will be on display at Backwoods Gallery from the 4th until the 20th of August. The collection will consisted of paintings, bronze and wood sculptures and installations across two rooms and Backwoods Lane.

RONE – THE OMEGA PROJECT

In yet another covert project set in a doomed, abandoned space, acclaimed Melbourne-based street artist Rone announces his latest work, The Omega Project – a nostalgic and haunting homage to the fading remnants of mid-century Australiana.

On the back of his hugely successful 2016 solo exhibition, Empty and a recent turn producing a large-scale mural for rural Victoria’s Silo Art Project, the internationally renowned Melbourne street artist has turned his attention back to his hometown for another fleetingly brief exhibition – this time set in a condemned suburban home. Check out this incredible VR-ready 3D tour of the site from the guys at Phoria:

www.captur3d.io/view/scann3d/rone-secret-location

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‘Surface Tension’ – Silk Roy

Celebrating over a decade of creativity, Melbourne artist Silk Roy brings his debut solo show ‘Surface Tension’ to Melbourne. In the lead up to the show (opening this Friday), Silky was kind enough to chat with us.

How and when did you get into art and why?

I always enjoyed drawing when I was a kid, but it wasn’t ever something I thought I’d pursue until I moved to Melbourne in ’98. I’d never seen graffiti before having come over from Singapore, which in comparison was/still is a spotless city. I’d take the train to school and back everyday and it was hard not to notice the smashed insides and the walls on the line changing nightly. For a 13 year old, the idea of having an alias that people identified you by and going out on missions was pretty appealing. It wasn’t until years later that I’d realize this daydream, but of course now being an active writer, artist, creative is much more that, it’s given me a sense of ‘self’, and outlet to express my ideas and thoughts and a platform to continue my creative journey.

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You run two identities, Kid Silk and Silk Roy, How did this come about?

Basically I arrived at a point where I needed to let my graffiti and studio practise have their own shine as trying to put all my work under one name was confusing and felt forced. Silk is an old nickname I was given a long time ago so it was a no-brainer as far as putting it up as a writer.

‘Kid Silk’ came about because of my insta handle, other writers would meet me and ask who I was, I’d reply ‘Silk’ and they’d ask ‘Like Kid Silk?” It also works in terms of me keeping graffiti for myself, I don’t intend to profit from it or ever make it feel like work, it’s fun and I get to go out and essentially be a kid.

Silk Roy on the other hand is the name I work under when I’m showing / producing studio work. Two identities works for me now as I’ve started getting opportunities for both which is cool as far as keeping things varied creatively.

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