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Pure Evil – ‘Sleepwalking Towards the Apocalypse’

Internationally renowned British artist Charley Uzzel-Edwards (PURE EVIL) returns to Australia with a new exhibition of his bold and engaging dystopian-pop artworks. Entitled ‘Sleepwalking Towards the Apocalypse’, his new show explores the cult of celebrity and the darker side of our utopian dreams an age where we’re immersed in social media.

“We are so bombarded with images and information” says EVIL, “that we are sleepwalking through our lives – there is just too much to process. I don’t think it’s the end of times, or the end of empires, but I do think that the times – they are definitely changing. Are we moving into a new utopian technology-driven age? Or are we sleepwalking towards the apocalypse?”

PURE EVIL’s trademark images of fanged bunnies and portaits of tearful celebrities, both on the street, canvas and in multiple screen-prints, have become icons of East London and throughout the world. Over the past 15 years, he has exhibited in galleries and museums in China, Hong Kong, South Africa, Russia, Mongolia, Brazil, USA, Chile and all over Europe.  In 2006 he was a part of Banksy’s now infamous exhibition ‘Santa’s Ghetto’ and was also featured on BBC’s ‘The Apprentice’ and Channel 4’s ‘Four Walls’. He is also the director of Pure Evil Gallery in Shoreditch, produces a monthly radio show, and runs regular workshops and lectures about street art.

PURE EVIL – SLEEPWALKING TOWARDS THE APOCALYPSE – OPENS THURS JULY 26TH, 6-9PM – UNTIL AUG 12

AND PRESENTING… PURE EVIL – KIDS DRAWING CLUB – SATURDAY JULY 28TH, 12-2PM

Join the VS Gallery team on the Saturday after the exhibition for a fun and unique afternoon of colouring and art-making, led by the artist himself. The Pure Evil Kid’s Drawing club is FREE, and consists of a big long table covered in a big roll of paper, loads of coloured pens and loads of kids!

The drawing club has so far been held in London, Brighton, Sweden and Texas and is a great way for young kids to engage with a world-renowned street artist. All materials supplied, with light refreshments for the kids in a safe, fun and encouraging environment.

Email: info@vsgallery.com.au to RSVP.

www.vsgallery.com.au

Ben Eine “Missing You”

“Missing You” is Ben Eine’s addition to The Cullen Hotel’s Street Art Suite series.

The hotel teamed up with UK street artist Ben Eine to create a one-of-a-kind artwork using elements of his distinctive typography and splashes of his graffiti style.

In town recently to join 25 of the hottest urban artists to create a multi-sensory art experience in Richmond, Eine spent two weeks at The Cullen and was invited to makeover one of its deluxe studio suites.

Titled ‘Missing You’, the artwork is a love letter to his French girlfriend and brings the spirit of Melbourne’s laneway culture into the hotel.

Each of The Cullen’s Street Art Suites features a personalised stamp left by the artist, as well as Adam Cullen artworks and books, to create to create an immersive art experience.

Eine is the fifth street artist to be featured, joining the ranks of Swoon, Blek le Rat, D*Face and Stormie Mills.

Eine’s trip to Melbourne was part of a campaign to help raise $1 million for the youth-led foundation Reach, aligning with his belief that “street artists want to add something to the environment”.

His work is currently held in the permanent collections of the V&A, London, The Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles and galleries worldwide, while his work can be seen in streets all over the world – most recently he completed a huge mural on the British Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

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RONE – THE OMEGA PROJECT

In yet another covert project set in a doomed, abandoned space, acclaimed Melbourne-based street artist Rone announces his latest work, The Omega Project – a nostalgic and haunting homage to the fading remnants of mid-century Australiana.

On the back of his hugely successful 2016 solo exhibition, Empty and a recent turn producing a large-scale mural for rural Victoria’s Silo Art Project, the internationally renowned Melbourne street artist has turned his attention back to his hometown for another fleetingly brief exhibition – this time set in a condemned suburban home. Check out this incredible VR-ready 3D tour of the site from the guys at Phoria:

www.captur3d.io/view/scann3d/rone-secret-location

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Luke Cornish – A Traveller in Wartime

Prize-winning Australian stencil artist Luke Cornish, aka E.L.K recently showed his exhibition of Syrian-inspired artworks, ‘Road to Damascus’ at Sydney art gallery Nanda/Hobbs Contemporary. For over a decade, Cornish has created artwork in the public eye that forces the viewer to reflect on their thoughts and actions and the impact their lives have on others.

Turning over the soil on perceptions of race, religion, conflict and the human condition, Cornish echoes the sentiments of American singer Bruce Springsteen, considering it his job as an artist to ‘observe and report’.

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Cornish extends his social commentary across borders and boundaries, with his work often taking him to the worlds most troubled and troubling places. In June 2016, Cornish traveled through Syria with Sydney’s Anglican Church Reverend Dave Smith, on his ‘Boxers for Peace’ mission. The life-changing journey brought him insights into the lives and stories of the people he encountered.

Despite the poverty and plight of the war-ravaged civilization, Cornish was able to experience first-hand the hope, generosity and defiant positivity of the people of Syria. Taking these reflections back and pouring them into his work, Cornish was then invited to return to Syria to exhibit the show at the Damascus Opera House.

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Set on returning to the country, Cornish set about collecting donations for art supplies in Australia for his work with the children of Syria, but in doing so, found he encountered issues with PayPal obstructing any contributions with the label ‘Syria’ or ‘Syrian’ attached. His visit to the area wasn’t without incident either, as he found himself arrested in the wrong area at gunpoint, without the correct papers for his visit. However, the experience has left him un-jaded as to the warmth and humanity of the ordinary people he met along the way.

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Headset Apparel Exhibition

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Cycling and mental health awareness project Headset open their first show, Wednesday 29th March 6pm – 9pm. The exhibition shows until Sunday 2nd April at M2 Gallery 4/450 Elizabeth St Surry Hills

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‘Make Yourself at Home’ – Goodie

‘Make Yourself at Home’, a solo exhibition by Melbourne based artist Goodie, explores notions of comfort, safety and routine – ideas commonly associated with ‘home’.

Processes are perpetually underway to render things familiar, form habits and configure certainties, in order for us to feel comfortable. We are continually coming to terms with the relationship between our bodies, other’s bodies and the space we inhabit, which function in a way as secondary bodies.

Nevertheless, what is familiar is only a recurring strangeness. ‘Make Yourself at Home’ considers the curious relationship between the mundane and the bizarre. The recognisable is married with abstract, private with public, inside with outside, while ideas and mediums reverberate within each other and happen simultaneously on multiple levels. The show is a pattern of hypotheticals and realities, incorporating installation, painting, works on objects, objects in works, works on works, works on paper, collaborative noise works and poetry.

We sat with Goodie in the lead up to her show….

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Damo: Can we just start with you introducing yourself and a little bit about who you are?

Goodie: Hello I’m Goodie… Who am I? I’m predominantly a painter I suppose. But I also work in installation and a bit in film, poetry, illustration, anything. I’m just a human being.

Damo: What’s your background?

Goodie: I’m originally from Canberra however I was born in California. I lived there for the first 2 years of my life. I then grew up in Canberra and moved to Melbourne about 3 years ago.

Damo: What was it like growing up in Canberra?

Goodie: It was good. I always thought it was a good place to grow up. A lot of time to just walk around and the legal wall system in Canberra is unlike any other state. In Canberra there are around 25 legal walls, so there are heaps of places where you can go to paint. But I think the main thing is it’s just really easygoing. You walk down the street and you bump into a bunch of friends. I found coming to Melbourne was a bit like a sensory overload.

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VNA Issue 35 – OUT NOW!

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VNA has grown from it’s humble beginnings as a free black and white zine with the help and support of people like D*Face –who enabled the distribution of the mag at his StolenSpace gallery way back when it first started ten years ago. So it’s only fitting that 10 years on he features on the front cover – shot by Shamil Tanna – for the second time.

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The latest issue is out now and available to buy online before it hits stores next week right hurrr:
www.verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-35

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Inside Issue 35, you can see the philthy skills of Phill Blake, the gravity defying work of Spanish artist Cinta Vidal and the awesome muralism of Canadian young blood, Jarus.

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Also featured is the Japanese skate punk legend, Haroshi, giving an insight into the recycled skateboard sculptures he makes with heart and soul, and Croatian painter Lonac.

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From the Antipodes comes work from Japan-based Aussie artist, Mark Drew, with his blend of hip hop and remixed rap quotes over Peanuts paintings, alongside Melbourne-based Cam Scale, bringing a homegrown history of his life growing up in the bush.

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Great Dane Søren Solkær gives a look through the lens into music photography and artist portraiture and Floridian Tatiana Suarez highlights her local background and a glimpse into the world of her haunting characters.

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Last but not least are Shepard Fairey – return of one of our previous cover stars to give the lowdown on some highlights and milestones of his career – and Wayne White – master of puppets and tongue in cheek painter, fresh off the back of his latest epic show, Wayne-O-Rama, in his hometown of Chattanooga.

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Spencer Keeton-Cunningham – FAREWELL SAN FRANCISCO : A 12 YEAR RETROSPECTIVE AT HERON ARTS

Spencer Keeton Cunningham – FAREWELL SAN FRANCISCO : A 12 YEAR RETROSPECTIVE AT HERON ARTS

Born in 1983, Spencer Keeton Cunningham grew up in Portland skateboarding and painting from a very young age. Cunningham graduated from the prestigious San Francisco Art Institute. After leaving San Francisco in 2014, the prolific artist began working from the road on a self proclaimed permanent painting tour which took him all over the world including the North and South Island of New Zealand, Tasmania, Melbourne, Sydney, and the outback of Australia. Other countries Cunningham has exhibited and painted in include China, Japan, Ontario, British Columbia, the Yukon, Mexico, The Netherlands, Cuba, Tasmania, Hong Kong, Alaska, The United States, and Hawaii. Coming back to San Francisco to exhibit frequently, Cunningham has remained on tour for over 29 months and is now forced to pack his things and go. – Heron Arts

This is Cunningham’s first ever solo exhibition in San Francisco. Along with his solo works, there will be paintings for sale from his close friends, painting collaborators and roommates: Erlin Geffrard aka Kid Kreyola, Daisy Ortiz, and their son Daylin Geffrard. The four lived together in their house in San Francisco for numerous years and exhibited frequently in San Francisco and abroad, notably in 2013 at the Wenying Highland Art Museum in Guangzhou, China.

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Murals In The Market 2016

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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.

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‘The Art of Banksy’ to hit Melbourne…

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.

www.theartofbanksy.com.au

@banksymelbourne