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.
This is the first collaboration between Mik Shida & Zheani Sparkes.
The magic properties in Z’s marks translated into wearable art by shida. Proceeds will go towards funding an independent Australian film production.
The film will be a contemporary tragedy situated within the frame of Australia’s traditional “Lad” sub culture. It addresses the power dynamics at play between homeless youth and seeks to shine a light on a social issue that is rarely addressed.
Earlier in the year, we teamed up with Steve Cross – a world class artist based in Melbourne – to produce these 6-colour screen-printed tees. Cross is an incredibly talented drawer, sketcher, painter, tattoo artist, muralist and illustrator amongst other things – check out stevecross-artist.com/
This process video was put together by the legends from Paste Studios, it’s how the printing for 6 colour spot process T-shirts by the guys at Sydney’s Aisle 6ix Industries.
Shouts to the Aisle6ix crew for all the hard work and Alex from Paste Studios for putting the video together – pick up your super limited tee while stocks last, sizes S to XL!