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Artist profile: BAILER

Bailer has been a leading proponent of the Melbourne graffiti and public art scene for over a decade.

Actively contributing artistically for nearly twenty years he has dedicated the best part of his adult life to creating public works and supporting other creatives. Growing up with a graffiti addiction constantly painting letter after letter line after line he now wants to focus on progression. Pushing his style outside the boundaries and confines of the traditional graffiti structure Bailer hopes to continually increase the scale of his works and to paint them on new surfaces. 

Mid mural, Damo had the opportunity to go one on one with Bailer, to talk about the current lay of the land in Melbourne, what makes him tick, and also what pisses him off.

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Damo: Thanks for taking the time to chat today. I just was wondering if we could start at the beginning. Who or what is Bailer?

Bailer: I guess Bailer was a separate entity to myself. I think you build an ethos around the name that you create in the graffiti world, so for a while Bailer was a name that I tried to live up to.

This was quite detrimental to my life as I was doing violent and extreme things. You create hype around your own bullshit and then you have to live up to it. You do a few stupid things and your dirty washing on line gets aired down the grape vine. It got quite strange at one point, meeting people who would say shit like “You’re not Bailer, I know him.” Or “I heard he was 7 foot tall.” This that and the other. Bizarre really.

I’m at a point in my life where I’m sick of having multiple facets, divided up: a real identity, a fake identity, a graffiti entity, a business persona etc. I’ve been trying to simplify my life cutting out many of the negative aspects and focusing on art, music and health. I have been creating artwork, rap as well as graffiti under the same name instead of constantly shifting between split personalities. I guess that’s what it is; a projection of the creative self mixed with the ego.

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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

Cam Scale – ‘State of Mind’

Growing up in Sydney and influenced by the trackside graffiti throughout the suburbs, Melbourne-based multidisciplinary artist Cam Scale was motivated to create his own art. “I grew up drawing. My parents encouraged me and tried sending me to art classes when I was young, but it wasn’t until I hit high school I showed a real interest. A close mate and I used to hang out creating mischief, mainly blowing stuff up, until we discovered graffiti,” says Scale. “After that, I was hooked. I tried to maintain some form of grades at school, but much of the time was spent out until the early hours, and then battling to stay awake in class!”

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After an attempt at graphic design, Scale realised that he wanted to be drawing the pictures, not moving them around. A ten-month graffiti binge around Europe followed, and upon return Scale moved to Melbourne and began an illustration course. As an artist, Scale admits, “Melbourne just had all the opportunities and a fresh start.” The rest as they say, is history.

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Considered a renowned graffiti writer and large-scale photorealist, Scale has now called Melbourne home for almost a decade. His first major solo show, ‘State Of Mind’ explores the viewer’s attitude towards graffiti, street and urban art and delves into the previously unexplored parallels of the urban and contemporary art world.

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Bailer x Conrad Bizjak – ‘Something to sink your teeth into’

For those of you in Australia suffering the Sunday blues, to take your mind off tomorrow being yet another working day, check out the newest wall to hit St Kilda, compliments of the masterminds Bailer AND Conrad Bizjak. Thanks to p1xels for the images and to Bailer for the exclusive words.

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Conrad and I had been studiously sketching our own version of Picasso’s Guernica to adorn another large wall not far from this one. This was an idea we had talked about realising over the past few years. We had hoped to encapsulate some of the realities of St Kilda life in the same manner that Picasso so brilliantly captured the horrors of war in one of his most powerful works. After some some disagreement with the owners of the building we were set to paint, the idea stalled then failed to come to fruition.

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However, the wheels were in motion and we still needed to create something. I found a better wall for us to decorate and we began the design process again, in the wake of the previous failure.

This time we took all external influences out of the equation.

We decided to work on our own separate parts of the wall, focusing on our artistic strengths. Then somehow connect all the elements.

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The Paterson Project

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The Paterson Project will be one of Melbourne’s most exciting and important street art events in 2015. Elite talent from all over Australia will be painting together under one roof to raise money for The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation. Housed inside the ‘jewel of Smith Street’, the Patersons building’s top three floors will be transformed into one giant canvas for more than 100 artists. The Paterson is a heritage building that is to be demolished soon and redesigned as apartments. The history of the building spans over a century, and for the past forty years has remained a home to artists and musicians.

The project comprises of the top street artists, graffiti artists and stencil artists from around Australia. The event seeking to build a positive profile by giving back to the community, raising $20,000 for The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation through the auction of art created as part of The Paterson Project. In one week, up to 100 Artists will create vast collaborative murals and site specific installations over all three floors of the heritage listed Paterson Building.

This type of inspiring event has no precedence; never before has so many top street artists gathered and collaborated to give back to the community.

http://www.thepatersonproject.com/
@thepatersonproject

Dean Sunshine’s ‘Street Art Now’

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Following the success of ‘Land of Sunshine’ published in 2012 comes the next book titled ‘STREET ART NOW’. An updated snapshot of the Melbourne street art and graffiti scene over the last two years is once again, all shot by Dean Sunshine on his travels across Melbourne and beyond.

‘STREET ART NOW’ is a larger, hardback book with 206 pages highlighting over 100 local artists and international artists who have painted in Australia.

All sales from ‘STREET ART NOW’ will be put towards any future editions, furthering Dean’s wish to provide ongoing documentation of Melbourne street art online and via printed media.

www.deansunshine.com