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Shida – ‘Summoning Lovers Out of Time’

Shida is an Australian artist specialising in murals, monumental in scale, spread across the east coast Australia and around the globe.

In ‘Summoning Lovers Out of Time’ Shida explores the relationship between ritual, sexuality and love. Psychedelic entities are entwined in a ceremonial act transcending the bounds of known reality.

A reaction to incidents in other states of being. Caught in an ancient battle and aligning at a balance between order and chaos. Shida seeks to turn a tide like an ancient shaman with each works being in essence an invocation, an energetic manifestation, a prayer to joy.

This new project will utilise a new industrial space to create large-scale, site specific paintings and drawings on display for one weekend only.

In Melbourne in the lead up to the show, Damo caught up with Shida to chat and learn more about him and his show:

Damo: Thank you very much for taking the time to talk to us. I was just wondering if you could just start by talking about yourself a little bit, how you got into art… define your style a little.

Shida: My entire life I’ve been an artist; I was always a very introverted kid, always drawing always stuck in my head in my own fantasies. I guess around the age of 13 I discovered street art and that channeled my introversion into… into something that I could actually connect with people and something where I could get feedback and get fuel from there. It’s just been a straight line. It’s been constant.

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Cam Scale – ‘State of Mind’

Growing up in Sydney and influenced by the trackside graffiti throughout the suburbs, Melbourne-based multidisciplinary artist Cam Scale was motivated to create his own art. “I grew up drawing. My parents encouraged me and tried sending me to art classes when I was young, but it wasn’t until I hit high school I showed a real interest. A close mate and I used to hang out creating mischief, mainly blowing stuff up, until we discovered graffiti,” says Scale. “After that, I was hooked. I tried to maintain some form of grades at school, but much of the time was spent out until the early hours, and then battling to stay awake in class!”

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After an attempt at graphic design, Scale realised that he wanted to be drawing the pictures, not moving them around. A ten-month graffiti binge around Europe followed, and upon return Scale moved to Melbourne and began an illustration course. As an artist, Scale admits, “Melbourne just had all the opportunities and a fresh start.” The rest as they say, is history.

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Considered a renowned graffiti writer and large-scale photorealist, Scale has now called Melbourne home for almost a decade. His first major solo show, ‘State Of Mind’ explores the viewer’s attitude towards graffiti, street and urban art and delves into the previously unexplored parallels of the urban and contemporary art world.

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Anthony Lister – ‘Our Side of the Fence’

“I believe in free expression. A fence is a fence and if it’s on my side then I should have the right as a citizen who lives on that side to beautify it.” – Anthony Lister

Our Side Of The Fence | Anthony Lister from Masses Collective on Vimeo.

Anthony Lister is an Australian modern artist who walks the line between street art and fine art. Gracing the walls of fine art galleries, pubic spaces and alleyways alike, Lister is internationally recognised and collected, and consistently exhibits internationally.

Lister has unexpectedly bared his artistic soul in a raw and mesmerising new short film by Masses Collective, titled Our Side of the Fence.

A public interventionist, Lister reveals a commitment to art that has become an obsession. He opens up about existence, intention, love, family, and letting go.

The result is a portrait of the artist in his Redfern studio, torn between the demands of his art on his heart and his mind.

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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.

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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.

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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