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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

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‘Undercurrent’ – curated by Heesco

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Undercurrent is a group exhibition that highlights artists whose paintings challenge existing paradigms in today’s urban art scene. It’s a celebration of the highly considered and evolved studio practices.

The artists in this show all find themselves often referred to as street artists. However, from observation and conversations with some of his peers, Heesco found there was a stirring within the scene; as a certain unique style of painting was emerging, borne out of a unique mix of wildly diverse influences. The idea was born to exhibit these heavily considered, conceptual and refined studio works in their own light, detached from any street derived labels. Focusing on the processes,influences and conceptual narratives that form each artist’s practice, Undercurrent aims to bring focus on this new school of painting, and create its own platform for discussions.

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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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Cross Words

Steve Cross is a multi-talented artist, working across many mediums, including spraypaint, pencil and tattoos. Originally from Perth, Wild Western Australia, he now resides in Melbourne, where he co-runs Korpus Tattoo Studio. We caught up with the all-round b-boy for a chat about his murky past and inky fingers.

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Tell us about your studio, Korpus…

Korpus was founded in 2007, in Brunswick, Melbourne. My good friend, Brian Graydon, and I came up with the concept of an art studio that would also run as a tattoo studio. We figured that if we exposed new images, ideas and concepts to people, we’d break away from that clichéd idea of what a tattoo and a tattoo studio should be. We hoped customers would respond with more of an open mind, which, in turn, would expand the possibilities of what they would want, and what we could illustrate on them. To start with, it was tough, as, initially, we learnt how to tattoo for 12 years, but now we were thrown into the business side of things. Five years on, we have great artists working with us, and we’ve had some amazing people come through. All the people who work, or have worked, at Korpus have been artists that Brian and I have looked up to and wanted to either nurture or learn from.

More jump off after the jump off!
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