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ROA – ‘HIC SVNT DRACONES’

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Melbourne is in the midst of Roa fever right now, with his show ‘HIC SVNT DRACONES’ currently on show through Backwoods Gallery. If you haven’t seen it you must, and if you can’t, check out the video walk through below and the images that follow.

Then, check out Damo’s exclusive with the man himself, below!

You travel the world through art. What brings you back to Melbourne and Backwoods Gallery?

I exhibited in Backwoods with the ‘Carrion’ show in 2012. Part of the gallery was a ‘living’ installation of road kill (animals) decomposing during the length of the exhibit. It was also then that I started the good relations with the Healesville Sanctuary, which made the Backwoods show for me a very special and good experience. When Backwoods invited me for this new exhibition, it felt naturally good to be back in Melbourne, to make a less smelly show!

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‘The Couple’ – Shawn Lu

The Couple by Shawn Lu from Round 3 Creative on Vimeo.

Melbourne based contemporary artist and illustrator Shawn Lu has painted his latest mural, The Couple, at one of Melbourne’s most beloved watering holes, Dr. Morse.

Located in Collingwood, Melbourne, The Couple was completed over 7 days, in February this year. Using outdoor acrylic house paint, his trusty brush and steady hand, this piece features an unprecedented level of detail for a wall mural of this size.

The video, created by Round 3 Creative captures Shawn’s process through a time-lapse, allowing you to follow the process from initial outlines right through to the rendering and completion of the mural, all in the space of a tidy few minutes.

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Ian Strange: SUBURBAN

Australian born and Brooklyn based, Ian Strange’s practice includes large-scale multifaceted projects resulting in; photography, sculpture, installation, site-specific interventions, film works and exhibitions. His studio practice includes painting, drawing and on-going research projects.

Ian Strange SUBURBAN

Ian Strange SUBURBAN

Cinematic in both tone and scale, SUBURBAN investigates the iconography surrounding the family home and its place in the current economic climate. The exhibition presents eight large-scale photographic works and a multi-channel, surround sound video installation. This work documents site-specific interventions directly incorporating suburban homes undertaken by Strange in Ohio, Detroit, Alabama, New Jersey, New York and New Hampshire. These involved painting onto suburban homes and in some cases, burning them to the ground. Strange then worked with his production team to meticulously document these interventions in film and photography.

Ian Strange SUBURBAN

Ian Strange SUBURBAN

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Rodrigo Branco’s “Distintos Filhos” (“Distinct Family”) Series

Brazilian artist Rodrigo Branco spent last couple of months working on a comprehensive series of portraits titled “Distintos Filhos” (Distinct Family). Commissioned by MyFinBec art project, part of the the series was recently presented to public @ Paris Urban Art Fair.

Branco was born and raised in Sao Paulo, and was showing interest for art from his early age. After discovering graffiti on the streets of his hometown, he started painting in public, but soon switched from textual towards figurative work. Influenced by the visual impairment he suffered from as a kid, his abstract portraits are showing subjects as blurred patches of colors and shapes. These images are inspired by his childhood memories of circus visits and looking at his dad’s photographs. For this series the artist created 42 such paintings using graphite, spray paint, acrylic and oil on canvas, along with 2 larger pieces that are used for vine labels. The canvases are available for purchase via MyFinBec website and are coming unstretched or framed, along with 2 bottles of organic wine with his Branco’s artworks.

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Articruz and Marion Gallery present SPECTRA

Selina Miles at the helm for this awesome little movie about some awesome little (big) artists… Nelio, 1010, Cisco Merel and Felipe Pantone go wild in the playground of Articruz workshop, in association with Marion Gallery.

All of the artists were trained in design and arose from the world of graffiti and street art, watch this for their explorative 3D creations.

(subtitles for those wot don’t speak nuffink uvver than Inglish)

To Find Authenticity; Saber Interview

 

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One of the most passionate, articulate and important individuals ever to grace an art form Saber needs very little introduction, his intricate and giant style find form in everything from pure abstraction to confrontational political action. Whilst the glory days of record breaking pieces may be behind him, he retains an honesty whose clarity is a cutting as ever. I had the pleasure of speaking to him about progress, parenthood and politics.

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TWOONE – Print Release

TWOONE teamed up with Urban Spree and Mother Drucker to produce an exceptional hand painted screen print using only traditional techniques.

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Hunted Hunter’s Head-Panther is a large format 4 colors screen print in a limited edition run of only 25 copies.

The print will be released on March 15th, 10:00 C.E.T.

For more information check:

www.urbanspree.com/shop/home/685-hunted-hunter-s-head-panther.html

Jason Parker – ‘Room with a View’

I close the door behind me, lock it, then deadlock it. I’ve already put out the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign. The
room is large, empty, save for a small desk that sits in the center. I make my way to the window to take in the view, I am greeted by a familiar sight, the scene below born 27 years ago, changing daily. Untarnished views that stretch to a horizon that is ever growing, structures fall, new ones erected, I take it all in. On top of the desk sits a small stack of paper, a pencil and a modest lamp. I flick the switch on the lamp basking the desk in a warm yellow glow, the walls catch a small amount of light, walls not built with steel and concrete but with experiences, emotions, and insight. I take one last look at the view, take a seat and draw.

Opening at Melbourne’s ‘Off the Kerb Gallery’ on 18 March from 6pm and on show until 31 March 2016

Felipe Pantone Interview – The Grifters

In the first of a new series of videos entitled INFLVENCERS, well known collective The Grifters speak to Argentinian graffiti / kinetic artist Felipe Pantone on his work and life ahead of the release of his new book ‘Race Flag’. The book is a collaborative project between Felipe and photographer Omar Quiñones, a conversation through images in which both question and answer are supplied via a visual medium. In this way the book opens up connections and experiences via abstraction through previously unconnected forms. The limited edition book will be released on the 22nd February at 10am (GMT + 1) and is available from The Grifters online store 

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