Last year we were lucky enough to be invited out to 1xRUN’s Murals in the Market in Detroit. The event was surprising in so many ways, from the time taken by the team to show us what the city was really about – the once-indomitable motoring capital of the USA, with a thriving industry that birthed a lot of modern Capitalist structure, that has since come back from being slammed into depression and decay – to the amount of heart and community that the organisers put into it. With barber-chair artist chats, a roster of local events and genuine support for the artists and workers involved in the festival and beyond, one message was clear, Detroit got soul.
It’s the exhibition that already has Melbourne talking, and it’s still a month away. ‘The Art of Banksy’ exhibition opens in Melbourne on 7 October 2016. Inspired by the streets of London, this exhibition will take visitors on an artistic adventure, exploring the mind of Banksy and his satirical street art.
More than 80 works will be on display, presenting the largest collection of Banksy artwork to ever be shown in Australia, and will be the most unique art event to grace Australia’s shores. ‘The Art of Banksy’ aims to showcase the mysterious street artist, who is now considered one of the biggest contemporary artists of our generation.
It’s apt that this body of work comes to Melbourne; the cities fascination with the man beginning back in 2003 when he came to Australia for Semi-Permanent, and hung around to complete a couple of missions with Burn Crew. These missions included spraying rats in various suburbs, policemen kissing in St.Kilda and twelve pieces in Prahan’s Revolver. Some of these stand to this day, and others, when destroyed, garner the outrage of the masses and receive worldwide media attention
Dean Sunshine, street art documenter, facilitator and author of ‘Land of Sunshine’ and ‘Street Art Now’ has exclaimed, “This exhibition is an opportunity for Melburnians to see a world class collection of original Banksy artworks, by the man who is known as one of the greatest street artists. It is a privilege for Melbourne to host one of the biggest Banksy retrospective collections to ever be shown, and would not be possible without the generous collectors allowing others to share their passion for the elusive man himself.”
He continues, “If that’s not enough, 14 local artists, BAILER, BE FREE, CONRAD BIZJAK, DVATE, HEESCO, JACK DOUGLAS, PSALM, GEORGE ROSE, MAKATRON, MIKE ELEVEN, PUTOS, RUSKIDD, SIRUM and 23rd KEY will be painting panels which will be auctioned during the event to raise money for the homeless of Melbourne, and ADNATE will be painting a huge 6m x 6m mural… it’s really an unmissable exhibition.”
“This exhibition is a one off – never will you be able to see this amount of work in one place again. Once the show is over, the artwork will dissipate back to the other 40 collectors around the world, and the likelihood of them being brought together again in the future is very slim,” – Steve Lazarides, curator.
Melbourne (and Australia).… You have been warned.
Berlin-based Japanese artist Twoone (Hiroyasu Tsuri) inaugurates the first ‘Urban Spree Art Residency’ which inverts the codes of an exhibition and invites the public to witness the process of creation of indoor and outdoor artworks. The opening reception on July 23rd, at 19.00h, presents the works originated during the residency and marks at the same time the vernissage of the exhibition. Closing day: July 24th, 12:00 – 19.00h, 2016. Location: Urban Spree Galerie, Revaler Str. 99, in Berlin-Friedrichshain.
Still enjoying his life in Australia like some kind of extended Lads-On-Tour spraycation, Brit defector and ex-Finders Keepers aficionado Mysterious Al has steadily been upping his art game and these new abstracted monster collage pieces are peaker than the Peak District in the peak of summer. Peak on fleek. Or whatever the kids are saying these days…
His new body of work will be on view at M2 Gallery, Sydney from the 24-26th June. Check it.
Melbourne has been updated with a new coat of paint! Over the first few days of April, nearly 300 artists from all over Australia took over the iconic laneways of Melbourne CBD and surrounds, painting up a storm for the inaugural Australian Meeting of Styles.
Whilst street art was incorporated into the event, the focus of the event was, as with all Meeting of Styles’, graffiti. As such, Melbourne was blessed by visits and work by some of Australia’s biggest crews.
Hailed by all involved as a huge success, there are already talks in place for a bigger and better event in 2017.
For all of you suffering from massive FOMO, check out the pics below, or head over to social media and check out @mosmelbourne and #mosmelbourne to see hundred of photos of all the works from conception to completion.
MTN are extremely excited to release a new limited edition MTN Australia T-shirt in collaboration with T-world.
Photo: Nicole Reed
T-world is the only T-shirt journal in existence and this year marks their 10-year anniversary. They’ve recruited Travis Price, a local illustrator, known for his T-shirt design work worldwide. It’s not the first time Mr. Price has collaborated with T-world, having also created art for Johnny Cupcakes, REBEL8 and Santa Cruz, just to name a few. MTN now joins that list and they are beyond rapt.
Photo: Nicole Reed
‘Buying this tee means you’re part of the CREW. We have your back and you have ours. Loyalty in the graffiti game is more important than ever and we want you to paint the town red – or whatever MTN Australia colours you choose!’ MTN AUSTRALIA
The black tee is available with a white or blue back print and a front pocket print. These T-shirts are extremely limited, so be sure to get yours while they’re hot. Run, don’t walk!
Photo: Nicole Reed
VNA 33 is here and available to buy online – verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-33
For the cover of this issue, we bring you Seb Lester, a typographer and calligrapher living in the heart of Sussex, UK, who’s literally exploded into the public eye. He’s killing it across social media as well as in that funny old thing they call real life.
Always willing to keep broadening our horizons and testing our readers’ own boundaries and tastes, we have some fresh new talent alongside some of the more established names.
In November 2014, renowned artist Anthony Lister appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court on 12 charges of wilful damage, dating back to 2009. “I thought what I do is art. Apparently it’s a crime,” said Lister, who reportedly spent 10 hours in Brisbane Watchhouse after being picked up by police.
The matter has been listed in the Brisbane Magistrates Court for 27 January 2016, and Lister has released the following statement:
‘Wish me luck for my trial this week in the Brisbane Magistrates Court. I love Brisbane and have always believed in the artwork I make. I am being charged with wilful damage If you’d like to show your support for public art… I will be wearing a suit this Wednesday 27th at 363 George Street BNE – 9am – Court 20’ – Anthony Lister
Opening tomorrow night at Sydney’s Goodspace Gallery is Brisbane-based artist, Buttons’ solo show ‘Life is Sweet’.
“My work has always been strongly influenced by Japan, pastel colours, desserts and female characters. Every piece I create always relates back to how I’m feeling at the time and what I’m interested in. Different things in my life influence my colour palettes, objects I draw, and how I draw them. I think its really important in life to indulge in things that make you happy, and to surround yourself with positive people and things. The idea for my show was to simulate my mind and way of life. Painting and creating is when I feel most content. LIFE IS SWEET is me sharing with you all of the things that make me happy.” – Buttons
Check it out from 6pm, 27 January 2016. Goodspace – Level 1, 115 Regent St Chippendale.
Nicholas Ganz is the author of some of worlds definitive books on graffiti and street art culture. The German writer and photographer began spraying graffiti himself in the 90s, capturing his own work and that of other artists on camera. A self-taught photographer, he created the pseudonym Keinom in 1997, eventually going on to publish his seminal book ‘Graffiti World’ in 2004. In this essay, he explores the impact of graffiti globally and tracks the development and subsequent globalisation of the artform.