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James Reka – Untold

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James Reka is a young contemporary Australian artist based in Berlin, Germany. His origins lie in the alleyways and train lines of Melbourne’s inner-suburbs where he spent over a decade refining his now-emblematic aesthetic. His character work has come to represent the beginnings of a new style of street art: clean, unique and not necessarily on the street (much to his mother’s joy).  With an amazing show opening tomorrow night (6 June) at Backwoods Gallery, Reka took time to talk to Damo.

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Luke Cornish (E.L.K) x Will Coles – Into The Void

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Two of Australia’s biggest hitters, Will Coles – best known for his subversive sculptures, and Luke Cornish, aka E.L.K – famed for his photo-realistic stencil work – have come together to create a new show of epic proportions.

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The show opens at Art Equity in Sydney on the 29th May and runs until the 13th June.

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‘Untold’ by James Reka – Backwoods Gallery – Opening June 6

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Backwoods Gallery is pleased to present UNTOLD, featuring new works by the Australian born, Berlin based artist James Reka.  In his first Australian exhibition since relocating to Europe, Reka explores the changing color palette and textures of his new home in Berlin. UNTOLD is an exhibition comprising large paintings on linen, found objects and sculpture, inspired by his observations of Berlin society as it stirred from its winter hibernation.

Last year, following an acclaimed exhibition in San Francisco, which culminated in the iconic Peace Mural and an energetic contribution to Miami Basel, Reka returned to a Berlin in the middle of winter. With the city in hibernation, Reka fell into a routine of people-watching, observing the passage of time and searching and abandoned factories and military bases for found objects. His observations and the objects that he found along with a series of photographs that he shot during Berlin’s transition from winter to spring became the inspiration for UNTOLD.

The collection tells the story of changing seasons against a backdrop of abandoned factories, rooftop painting missions, gritty streets and underground parties. It is a celebration of life in a city stirring from hibernation, of cherry blossoms and of society taking to the streets. UNTOLD is also the return home of one of Australia’s most internationally recognized urban contemporary artist. It is a collection of untold stories and impressions that he wants to share with his home town.

Brandalism – Anti-Advertising Campaign

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Record-breaking anti-advertising action hits UK streets from Brandalism.

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Analogue/Digital – Melbourne – 17 May

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A/D Day 2 began with Feature Artists: CJ Hendry, Mr. Penfold and Meggs – I was admittedly pretty keen to see this, particularly  as it was the first time I had had an opportunity to hear Meggs speak after his relocation to San Francisco.  This session complemented the Next Gen session of yesterday – allowing creatives to learn what can come of hard work, sacrifice and following your dreams.  These talks would have provided food for thought for a number if people in the room – CJ Hendry sold her entire wardrobe to have 12 months off work, study, everything, to pursue her dream.  Now, she is killing it with a US show scheduled for later this year and sell out shows here in Australia.

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Analogue/Digital – Melbourne – 16 May 2014

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Analogue/Digital is a two day event featuring 6 sessions, 15 presenters, a world class gallery show, a fully sponsored after party (18+) and a epic line up of artists, designers, creatives, next generation leaders and three amazing company founders.

Each presentation is projected in HD onto one of Melbourne’s biggest screens with full Dolby 7.1 Audio.

Having never been to anything like this before, I approached the event with great trepidation.  What is it going to be like?  I don’t know anyone…  What do I do?  Where do I sit?  But, in a typical fashon that I have come to expect from the art community in Australia, I was welcomed with open arms (literally!) when I hit the awesome Mr. Penfold show held at the Just Another Project Space in Prahan.

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Cam Scale x Aisle 6ix Industries – Always Hand Print

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Cam Scale – Always Hand Print @ Aisle6ix Industries

Cam Scale is a talented artist based in Melbourne, Australia. While preparing for a solo exhibition at Sydney’s Tate Gallery, SCALE had some spare time to paint a mural on the Aisle 6ix studio roller shutter with their un-official moto ‘Always Hand Print’

Get over to see our man Shannon McKinnon at Aisle 6ix for all your screen-print needs – tees, posters, bags… He’s got you covered!

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Beastman – ‘Future Origins’ Interview

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Based in Sydney Beastman is influenced by the beauty and symbolism behind nature’s repetitive patterns and organic lines. One of the most distinctive and prolific emerging artists in Australia, one third of creative group The Hours and co-founder of East Editions, Beastman has exhibited extensively throughout Australia, as well as in the UK, USA, Germany, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

Beastman recently took time to speak to VNAussie, Damo about his upcoming show at Backwoods Gallery as well as all things Beastman…

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Damo:  Tell us a bit about your early years and how you got into art:

Beastman: I grew up in the Sydney suburbs, a kid obsessed with and completely immersed in skateboarding. I always had an interest in making art from a young age, was always drawing on everything and messing around with things. Through skating I got into shooting photos and making videos, just messing around whilst out on the streets skating with my friends. Then I began to develop a real interest in the art and design that was a big part of skateboarding culture, as well as all the graffiti I would see on the street. I was really into seeing how the different brands presented themselves in magazines, their deck graphics, logo designs and the way the brands collaborated with artists and photographers etc. I ended up studying graphic design after high school in the late 90s and then worked as a designer for years whilst always messing around with drawing, skate photography and painting. Then it wasn’t until around 2005 that I felt I was creating some unique artworks and actually wanted to show people what I was doing, so I began to get involved more in the local art scene and started showing work in group exhibitions etc. I had my first solo exhibition in Sydney in 2008 and then its all just kept rolling forward from there really.

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