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‘Alpha Beta Gamma’ – p1xels

Renowned Melbourne photographer, p1xels, is bringing an experiential Chernobyl showcase to a secret Melbourne location August 9 – 16 2019.
The walk-through exhibition, ‘Alpha Beta Gamma’ will uncover the nuclear ruins, through raw photography, iconic dodgem cars, a bespoke bar and immersive sound show.

The nuclear explosion that was the Chernobyl disaster of 1986, during the height of the Cold War, saw more than 53,000 people evacuated from within a 30km radius of the plant. Today, this exclusion zone is still one of the most radioactively contaminated areas in the world, with scientists predicting it will remain uninhabitable for 20,000 years.

p1xels’ work focuses on how nature is working to reclaim the once barren town, which the UN Chernobyl Forum described has “paradoxically become a unique sanctuary for
biodiversity.”

p1xels kindly spoked to us in the lead up to her exhibition:

What was the motivation behind visiting Chernobyl?
 
Chernobyl is one of, if not the largest abandoned human areas in the world. I have been exploring buildings that have been left in ruin by way of damage or, like Pripyat, due to a man made disaster. My visit was locked in in February after almost a year’s worth of planning, to go with the right people who understood what I wanted to get out of the visit.

What was the main thing you wanted to capture and why?
 
I was interested in the city, Pripyat, not the nuclear power station. I wondered what happens to a place when man leaves it alone for thirty years, structurally and also how plant life changes the landscape. That was one of the reasons for visiting in the summer. Much of the time we were pushing through the green dense overgrown jungle and all of a sudden a building would appear. There was a village I visited where we walked for ages to find houses and then a gap and more houses, realising that the main road through the village was now a mass of vines and small trees that had broken through the road.
 
One of the people who connected me to my guides runs a not-for-profit organisation, ‘The Clean Futures Fund’ and they work with the animals who live within the zone. I wanted to meet all of the animals, the dogs, the cats, but most of all Simon the Fox. We looked everywhere for Simon, but due to the heat he was nowhere to be found. I’d love to go back to meet him one day but on the other hand I like that all animals are wild in the zone. They do what they want and are not influenced by humans.


What was the most surprising aspect of the trip to Chernobyl?
 
How big Pripyat was, but how well planned and accessible it was for the residents. Multiple schools, gymnasiums, medical facilities, cinemas, Pripyat had it all!
 
What was the most confronting element of the expedition?
 
Being locked inside the accommodation overnight, Its a safety precaution but its strange how the psychological effect of being locked in a cage and not able to go anywhere with only the dull ‘bip bip bip’ of the geiger counter around you.

How do you respond to comments recently in the media that people currently travelling to Chernobyl are cashing in on others misfortune, and using it to boost their social media status? 
 
My position is that I love abandoned places, there is a stillness there for me and that stillness allows me to appreciate my life, the opportunities I have created, and that there are people who aren’t in a position to travel to some of the places I’ve visited or not here anymore who aren’t able to explore and see places like Pripyat. 

I can assure you I was considerate in every way while visiting Pripyat and I felt first hand the sadness in a city with so much potential and futuristic forward thinking planning to have come to such an unfortunate end.

I have received positive feedback on my images and the visit so I guess that there will always be opposing opinions but Pripyat is such a beautiful place that I feel it needs to be shared. My trip was exciting and beautiful and one that I’ll never forget. 

What do you hope the viewer takes away from the exhibition?
 
An appreciation of the images on show, the time money and effort I made to bring them into the public eye and the reality that the evacuation of 116000 people from their homes, not being able to return and leaving all their worldly possessions behind impacted so many and they are remembered through the generous guides who escort tourists through Pripyat and what the city looks like, not what has been seen on a TV show.

What’s next for p1xels?
 
I would love to be invited to photograph some of Melbourne’s abandoned spaces, I have a little list that I am hoping opportunities come up from through this exhibition. I’m rarely without my camera so I will continue to work with the incredibly talented artists and writers who invite me to work on their projects, travel wise I’ll be local to Australia. 2020 however has a number of international opportunities on the cards!

Alpha Beta Gamma is a free event and will open to the public 6pm Friday August 9 until
Friday August 16. The location will be revealed 24 hours prior to the exhibition over at @p1xels

Vexta: Cosmos

One of the world’s leading female street artists, Vexta, is making a triumphant return to the art scene with her brand new exhibition, Cosmos, a visual exploration and emotional response to the current environmental crisis. The exhibition will launch on Friday 2 August at KSR Art Bar, 6-8pm and will be open to the public until Wednesday 21 August. This will be supported by a series of interactive events, including an immersive dinner, Japanese meditative tea ceremony, a transformative sound healing and an artist talk hosted by Co-Curator, Andrew King.


Cosmos will be filled with her iconic geometric symbology and eye-catching neon aesthetic: birds of wisdom and warning, figures flying and falling in amongst a tangle of natural elements, separated from the earth, yet still bound by it. Her latest works are a personal response to the present state of the environment and an emotive description of our connection to nature. As she explains: “This new body of work is really important to me because it takes my iconic flying imagery and raises it to the next level; making it more personal, more intricate, and ideologically drenched in the nuances of the times we live in.”

This exhibition takes its title from Cosmos: A Sketch of a Physical Description of the Universe, a book written by Alexander Von Humboldt — known as the father of ecology — which predated Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. One of the first Western thinkers to provide a holistic perception of the universe as one interacting entity, Von Humboldt described the phenomenon and cause of human-induced climate change back in the 1800s.

Cosmos is an invitation to look inwards, to connect with our feelings — to examine how healing our connection to our sense of self can heal our world.

Vexta is a self-taught artist from Sydney Australia. With a background in Street Art beginning in the mid-2000s, her bold and extravagant artworks have invaded our visual landscape from Melbourne to Mexico and everywhere in between, from large-scale murals to gallery exhibitions, she is a nomad of our modern times. She has exhibited extensively across Australia, Europe and North America.

www.vexta.com.au

@vexta

Anthony Lister – CULTURE IS OVER

In 2009, Anthony Lister held a one-night-only pop-up art event in Sydney’s Kings Cross, entitled No Win Sitch. The show encompassed an installation in notorious Strip Club, Porky’s.

To mark the ten-year anniversary of No Win Sitch, Lister presents a brand new installation, CULTURE IS OVER, once again paying homage to the colourful old school Kings Cross culture.

The pop-up will be a week-long free exhibition for the public. Inspired by the Lister’s iconic artwork ‘Moloch of Luna Park’, 2017, attendees can expect a twisted trip into the paranormal mystery of Luna Park’s unidentified horned man, as well as the plethora of Kings Cross nightlife and characters, conveyed through his painting, sculpture and video installations.

Expect occult themes, introspective in-painting analysis of form and movement, Basquiat-style outpourings and Lister’s usual kickback against the cops.

CULTURE IS OVER opens Wednesday 17 July at 7:00pm.

www.anthonylister.com

‘Bed Bath and I’m the Big Spoon’ – Goodie

‘I’m the little spoon’ was a message Goodie received from a Tinder match while living in New York. ‘Bed Bath and I’m the Big Spoon’ is a new body of work and installation responding to a series of intimate experiences Goodie had over the past year across the United States (where she was born) and Australia (where she grew up).

Photo: Nicole Reed

The exhibition is about love and the shapes it takes, considering the spaces that hold and house our feelings, thoughts, doubts and desires. Shared spaces of intimacy are like second skins. They take on characteristics of their inhabitants and contain collective memories. Personal reflections on the bonds formed between bodies and spaces, from moments often occurring behind closed doors, are rendered for public display; the gallery is reimagined as a bedroom.

Photo: Nicole Reed

Repurposed cardboard is massaged, taped and painted to resemble items and activities from an imagined bedroom, and installed within the space to embellish it with a domestic familiarity. A series of new paintings and sculptures portray a collection of domestic scenes. Sharing these moments publicly speaks to an open approach to relationships, where transparency and communication are key. The work gestures towards characteristics of queer and polyamorous bonds, as well as celebrating the networks of support that hold them. Private and public, platonic and romantic, domestic and professional, personal and political: complicated and never simple dichotomies dance in contemporary relationships against a background of social media, dating apps and uncertainty in the future.

Photo: Nicole Reed

‘Bed Bath and I’m the Big Spoon’ opens at MARFA GALLERY (Level 1, 288 Johnston St, Abbotsford) onFriday 7 June 2019 from 6pm. The show will be open for viewing from 8-12 June 2019.

@goodie_was_here

Photo: Nicole Reed

About Goodie

Goodie is an artist and curator interested in orientations, suburbia and relations between spaces, objects and people. Their practice predominantly involves painting, installation, murals, writing and performance. By fabricating fictional architectures and characters, or adjusting existing architectures, they explore how public and private spaces hold objects and bodies. Furthermore, how the spaces we create reflect the values we live by and relate to slippery notions of identity, sexuality and gender.

Goodie was born in California and raised in Canberra, moving to Melbourne (Naarm) in 2014, where they live, work and love now. Goodie has exhibited and painted walls extensively throughout Australia and overseas, and has collaborated on projects with groups such as the Collingwood Arts Precinct, Juddy Roller, the Australian National University and the Abbotsford Convent. They completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2016. They recently completed a residency in New York at CON Artists Collective.

Mayonaize – ‘Memento’

This Friday, join Melbourne’s infamous Mayonaize as he opens his solo show ‘Memento’ at the incredible KSR Art Bar space. The space itself is a historic site – built around 1850, and at one point was a butter factory, now incorporated into the Rialto Piazza.

Mayonaize is a contemporary fine artist specialising in a unique calligraphy script style of lettering. Since moving to Australia in 2001, graffiti has been a major influence on his eclectic oeuvre,creating a well established profile within the Melbourne street-art scene with a multitude of public works.

His pieces are distinctive for his deliberate handwork and swift,
yet precise execution of a complex and elaborate style of monochromatic text.

He lives and works in Melbourne, also working as a highly sought after tattoo artist working out of Tattoo Magic in Fitzroy.

‘Memento’ opens 4pm Friday 17 May at the KSR Art Bar Space. 525 Collins Street, Melbourne.

@mayonaize

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Blek Le Rat – Rat N°5

The godfather of street art is at it again, our good friend Blek Le Rat has finally released Rat N°5!! A beautiful 23x31cm six colour screen print on 300 gsm Arches paper, Rat N°5 features a rat carrying two baguettes and the French flag dripping down the page. In a signed limited edition of 300, with a COA signed by the artist, this one is going to sell quick!! Get in while you can here!!

@blekleratoriginal

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**

OBJECT – Hiroyasu Tsuri / TWOONE

OBJECT by HIROYASU TSURI 釣 博泰 / TWOONE opens Nov 23 – Dec 9 at Backwoods Gallery, 25 Easey St, Collingwood.

“There are ideas that you simply can’t express in words, logic or a singular object. Rather, the idea needs to be expressed through a story, a series of works or a collection of objects.” 

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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

 

Secret Walls Australia 2018

Secret Walls returns to Australia for 3 epic battles this November in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne…


Ben Brown, Kentaro Yoshida, MLON and Oxking go head to head at Oxford Art Factory on the 4th November.

Gus and Meksy face Claire Foxton and Fuzeillear at The Foundry in Brisbane.

And for the finale, the mighty Callum Preston returns after his previous win with Heesco to team up with Cassie Stevens, defending the champion belt against Mitch Walder and Crisis at The Vic Bar’s Park St Party.

 

Get tickets for the Park St. Party here – https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/park-st-party-x-secret-walls-tickets-51238890902

Facebook event – https://www.facebook.com/events/244111339598652/

#SecretWalls

@SecretWalls

@wewillsupply