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Banksy – Dismaland in Glorious Technicolour

Thanks to The Powers That Be, we managed to sneak into get a VIP tour of Dismaland at the weekend. This is what it looked like…

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Just Another Collection

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Over the last decade Just Another has been collecting a diverse range of artwork from a myriad of emerging and established artists from across the globe. Now is not only your chance to check out a portion of it, but you could also purchase a piece and end up owning a part of history!

Showing a range of work from some of the world’s best artists head down to the Just Another Project Space in Melbourne, this Thursday 6 August, to check it out!

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‘Post-Graffiti Pacific’ – Benjamin Work

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Part three in our ongoing ‘Post-Graffiti Pacific’ roles out today, with a comprehensive chat with artist Benjamin Work. Benjamin is of mixed Scottish and Tongan ancestry, and intially struggled to find a sense of belonging and gravitated towards the pop-cultural influences emanating from Los Angeles in the 1990s, such as skate, fashion, gang and graffiti culture. Today, Benjamin’s journey to learn more about his Tongan ancestry has led him to discover images of antique Tongan weapons finely carved with often overlooked symbols of warriors and royalty. These key figures in motion, form the majority of Benjamin’s works with strength and power and occasionally, the Lupe, a pacific bird of peace, feature in his works. He continues to explore the power of kula (red) and uli (black) and their connections to titles, Christian beliefs and youth gangs in Tongan thinking and practice.

Damo: What does it mean to you to be part of ‘Post-Graffiti Pacific’?
Benjamin: It’s a statement from a group of creatives that marks a place in time (tā) and space (vā). We are situated in a unique and rich part of the globe that has been subject to many misconceptions throughout the ages, so we are one part of that voice telling our stories from this region of the world. Just like our forefathers who were explorers venturing into uncharted waters, also with us, as we explore what it looks like to be Post graffiti in the Pacific Region.

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Post-Graffiti Pacific

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Post-Graffiti Pacific is not just another graffiti exhibition. It’s a statement and a definition – a bold assertion of language, history, culture, expression and the significance of place in art making. Curator Olivia Laita and her line-up of seven leading Post-Graffiti Pacific artists are proposing, with conviction, the dawn of a new movement in art.

Post-Graffiti Pacific seeks to clarify the way we discuss urban contemporary art. Today’s urban contemporary artists have evolved to straddle the divide between public and studio practice and terms like ‘graffiti’ and ‘street art’ have become insufficient to describe their activities and motivations. ‘Post-Graffiti’ is now a recognised term, used to describe the work of artists whose backgrounds in graffiti inform their professional artistic practice.

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‘How to Live Forever’ – Mysterious Al

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Mysterious Al is a street artist from London, UK. His current solo show ‘How to Live Forever’ is an introspective on leaving a lasting impression on this earth… On living forever.

The work continues Al’s exploration of tribal masks and paintings, this time using contemporary colours and methods. It questions time-travel, self-reflection and human mortality; all in Al’s playful yet satirical style.

“Making this body of work has been like falling in love. Painting walls is fun, but leaving a lasting positive impression on the earth is the ultimate up”.

‘How to Live Forever’ runs at No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne from 21-26 July with an opening party 23rd July.

‘The Biker’ – Shawn Lu

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Melbourne artist Shawn Lu is an artist who creates scenes inspired by modern folk-lore and urban legend. Practicing mainly as an illustrator, his detailed pen and ink drawings are reminiscent of etchings by Gustave Dore. He has created his most recent mural, ‘The Biker,’ outside Juddy Roller Studios in Melbourne, Australia. Completed over three days using house-hold acrylic paint and a brush, allowed for the level of detail indicative of Shawn’s drawing style.

The video gives an insight into Shawn’s process and development of the mural, beginning with his sketch and concluding with a time-lapse of the mural being completed.

‘The Biker’ resonates the feeling of wanting to escape to nowhere in particular, and having gotten there enjoying a quiet reflective moment.

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‘Satellite’ – Kyle Hughes-Odgers

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Australian Kyle Hughes-Odgers’ newest solo show opens at Turner Galleries (Perth, Australia) this week.

Turner Galleries have said “In the five years since we first worked with Kyle Hughes-Odgers, his career has taken a meteoric rise. From fairly humble beginnings as a street artist, this career has evolved rapidly to include major public art commissions, three children’s books, gallery exhibitions in Australia and overseas, and of course the (now international) street art has continued unabated. The spindly limbed characters that populate his artworks have certainly struck a chord with his viewers. They have a universal narrative; they struggle with their lives, carry their burdens, face difficult choices and are not afraid to dream.

Hughes-Odgers’ most important commissions include an eighty meter building exterior (including LED lighting design) at the new Perth international airport. Other recent career highlights include winning the Crystal Kite Award (Australia/New Zealand) with Meg McKinlay for their children’s book Ten tiny things, a forty meter mural for Murdoch University, a three storey building exterior in Washington DC, an interior mural for Jamie Oliver’s Perth restaurant, a four storey mural overlooking the Mitchell Freeway in Perth, solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, Amsterdam and Berlin, plus his third children’s book is due to be published in November 2015.”

The show consists of new drawings, works on linen and small sculptural works and if you can make it, is unmissable!

Exhibition runs June 26 – July 25 2015.

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Backwoods Gallery: ‘A Study of Camouflage’

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Backwoods Gallery proudly presents ‘A Study of Camouflage’ – a new show within the A Study of… exhibition series. This is the fourth exhibition in row in the long-term project consisting of annual shows that focus on different study subjects.

With this series of exhibitions, Backwoods are creating a vivid archive of works by renowned artists from around the world whose works intersect on the same subject-matter. No matter the artistic style or technique used, a magnificent plurality of different approaches and representations of a single subject contextualises it, and places it in a dominant understanding of both the artists’ and audience’s views. Logically, this library becomes a diverse overview of different representations of a single subject, as seen and created by leading contemporary artists.

A Study of Camouflage brings together some of the leading contemporary artists whose art, in some way, touches the subject of camouflage. The concept seeks to deconstruct the dominant perception of camouflage from its military driven narrative, and to bring back the camouflage patterns to its natural roots. Camouflage is usually linked with military uniforms and inherently with violence and rigorousness. However, camouflage patterns are much more than a simple military feature. Its different forms can be observed and understood as an artistic product, both in terms of aesthetics and conceptuality. Aesthetically, camouflage can assume different shapes and forms, creating beautiful design and art products, while conceptually, it may be detached from its military connotation, and transformed to different purposes depending on the given context. Always depending on artistic approach towards it, camouflage has enormous potentials for being a perfect medium for countless interpretations of contemporary society. The use of camouflage in art may lead to more abstract forms, while on the other hand it can serve as the perfect material for figurative and conceptual approaches as well.

The exhibition will open on Friday, May 29th, and will be on view until Sunday, June 7th. It will take place at a warehouse space, just next door to Backwoods Gallery, at 5 Easey Street, Collingwood.

I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S NOT GUTTER!

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Shine your bowling balls and strap on those hire shoes, because Stupid Krap is heading to Toowoomba to bring together the ‘kingpins’ of Australian and international art for the group exhibition ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Gutter!’

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Curated by Aaron Craig, this unique exhibition features a gallery full of hand painted and customised bowling pins collected locally for this project. The exhibition opening will coincide the second annual street art and music festival, First Coat, and will be open from May 1st – 31st. So no matter your bowling style, make sure you don’t miss ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Gutter!’

Opening reception: 1 – 4pm, Saturday May 16th. 2015
TheGRID Gallery, Toowoomba
Exhibition on view: May 16th – 31st, 2015

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