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‘Lonesome Souls’ – Loretta Lizzio

“Occasionally one wakes at 4 am. With the urge to drive south in the dark and feel the dawn peek back. To stop at the deserted beach and swim into the chill of anonymity with no obligation to anyone or anything, salved in a loss.”
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With a style that’s developed from pen and line drawings, through realistic pencil drawings and blossomed into painting, ‘Lonesome Souls’ explores people. People who soothe themselves by being alone and enjoying solitude in natural places enticing the viewer to feel still and a little more tranquil.

After developing an obsession with water, Lizzio was captured by the underwater photography of Janaka Rodrigue, something which she knew she had to paint. This body of work forms the main theme of ‘Lonesome Souls’, exploring the feeling of weightlessness, the feeling being completely immersed in nothingness. ‘Lonesome Souls’ is the culmination of months of hard work, non-stop creating and no social life, but Lizzio states, “It’s the most natural thing to me, the best release andsomething that makes me happier than anything else.”

‘Lonesome Souls’ opens this Friday 27 May 2018, at 226A Johnston St, Fitzroy.
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Q&A with LING

Born in New Zealand and raised on Melbourne’s Hurstbridge line, Ling is a multi-faceted artist based in Melbourne’s infamous Everfresh Studio. With a background in stylised lettering and graffiti, Ling is also well known for his 80’s and 90’s pop culture pieces, littering the streets of Melbourne and beyond, pushing those who come in contact with the pieces to reminisce of days gone by.

Having shot to international notoriety through his “Allure of Gold” project, taking everyday items like trains and cars that have been left to degrade and painting them gold, giving them the illusion of value once again, Ling is now pushing things even harder. Whilst on the hunt for a holy grail gold piece – ‘I noticed an abandoned fighter jet at Santorini airport…’– Ling has started working on far more diverse projects, pushing the canvas-based boundaries of portraiture and abstract work. A member of Melbourne’s ID crew, Ling is no stranger to collaboration, and is as familiar working alone as he is taking part in full scale productions, including most recently at Denmark’s Roskilde festival.


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‘FACING DECONSTRUCTION’ by Unwell Bunny

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‘FACING DECONSTRUCTION’ by Unwell Bunny is somewhat of a self-portrait for Unwell Bunny otherwise known as Ed Bechervaise. It represents a point of reflection both on himself and the urban art movement he has a lengthy relationship with. Captured are faces of Ed’s contemporaries, mentors, figure heads and the new breed of an independent disestablishment art movement.

‘FACING DECONSTRUCTION’ opens at Backwoods Gallery on October 20th from 6pm. Visit the exhibition page for more information. In the lead up to the show, Ed sat down with Damo….

Damo: We’ve finally managed to actually speak in person! Could we just start with who is ‘Unwell Bunny’ and how do you describe your current style?

Unwell Bunny: Unwell Bunny is kind of like my second artistic incarnation; an incarnation of Ed Bechervaise and my first graffiti name in Adelaide that I ran for about seven years. Moving to Melbourne I felt the need to reemerge in a slightly different form and Unwell Bunny was the reemergence. It came from a comic book that I did very early on in about 2002 or 2003 whilst I was actually witnessing the Melbourne street art boom happening. I had not quite ten years’ graffiti heritage and the street art boom was just completely new and I’d never experienced anything like that before. So, Unwell Bunny is the reincarnation of my graffiti past in a new form which has gone on to resemble urban contemporary art -giving me another sphere to project myself beyond my own name.

This allows the work to have secondary perspective on things and that works quite well for me. Keeping my name as a part of the linkage to my artistic practice with Unwell Bunny being an easier vehicle to move forward with.

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‘Content by the Kilo’ – Callum Preston

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‘Content by the Kilo’ is Callum Preston’s first venture north to exhibit artworks from his home town of Melbourne, with Church Brisbane being the perfect venue considering his history creative visual work in the music industry.

The artworks are a collection of what he calls ” fast and loose” butchers shop signs, the kind of thing you would have seen as a kid while shopping with a parent, proclaiming the finest cuts, the cheapest prices or the freshest produce. Big bold and eye catching, from a time before social media, you wanted to say something, you wrote it down and put a splash of neon around it.

Callum sat down with Damo over at Everfresh Studios to have a yarn about his show and what else is happening in his world.

Damo: Thanks for taking the time to hang out today. Can you introduce yourself and talk about your various artistic practices?

Callum: My name is Callum Preston I am based out of Everfresh Studios in Collingwood (Melbourne, Australia). I’ve been part of Everfresh since around 2004/2005 when I was a lot younger. I’m currently 33 and I’m a full-time… I don’t really have a full-time title but I’m sort of a full-time artist / designer / sculptor. It’s kind of very blurry; basically I’ll have a go at anything. That’s sort of my motto. I have just come to accept that I don’t really like the ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ phrase. I think it’s not as simple as that, it’s more that will do a lot of things to the best of my ability and then I have to decide whether I think that’s an acceptable quality. I’m sort of still finding my feet in all elements of my practice but I really am enjoying myself.

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‘ZERO TO THE LEFT’ – Luke Cornish (ELK)

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For many years, Cornish has challenged himself and others with his art. Often confronting and always compelling, he never ceases to spark conversations around race, religion, conflict and the human condition,. His work sees him travel to some of the most dangerous conflict zones in the world. The artists most recent trip abroad was a venture to Syria. In one of the artists most significant bodies of work to date, ‘ZERO TO THE LEFT’ intends to:

‘Put a human face on the effects of this war and raise awareness for the people caught in the middle of this conflict…It’s these people I want to support, the ones that left and the ones that have stayed…the ones that have no say in how their government fights this war, the ones who have no say in the sanctions that are crippling their lives and the ones who have no say in foreign invaders bent on destroying their secular society; the everyday people just trying to get by.’ – Luke Cornish

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Printed Matters Sydney – Shepard Fairey

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Printed Matters is an ongoing series of exhibitions, focusing on the importance of printed material in Shepard Fairey’s art. Each exhibition highlights the significance by incorporating a variety of Fairey’s printed material, including serigraphs on paper, editions on wood, editions on metal, and fine art collage. New works are added for each venue, making each Printed Matters exhibition a unique experience. Beginning in 2010, the Printed Matters platform was first presented in Los Angeles, and for its next instalment will exhibit in Sydney at The Old Rum Store in the Kensington Street Precinct in Chippendale (Sydney), on view from Saturday, 17 June – Sunday, 9 July 2017.

Fairey is known around the world for his iconic imagery; whether it’s the Barack Obama HOPE poster, his evolving sticker campaign, or his brand OBEY. He will be appearing as a keynote Game-Changer speaker for Vivid Ideas, as well as painting his largest mural ever, located at 309 George Street. In addition, he currently has a free public exhibition at the Darling Quarter precinct entitled ‘Revolutions’.

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“I can’t imagine my art practice without the influence of, and the use of, printing. Some of my biggest art influences were not paintings, but printed things like album covers, skateboard graphics, punk flyers, and T-shirt designs … Some people say print is on its way out, that it will be wiped out by digital media, but I say you can never replace the provocative, tactile experience of an art print on the street or in a gallery. Printing still matters.” Shepard Fairey

In addition to the exhibition, T-world is releasing two exclusive T-shirts to commemorate the show and Fairey’s tour as an official OBEY x T-world collaboration. The limited- edition T-shirts are exclusive to the event and only available at the pop-up gallery, reflecting the ethos of T-world’s “Print is Premium” stance.

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“Slither Between the Blinds Shows Our Fears” – Anthony Lister + NEW PRINT!

“As a child, I was repeatedly told by my father that I had an Aboriginal uncle. I grew up until the age of 14 believing that in fact I was partly Aboriginal by blood and in turn embraced my perceived heritage. It wasn’t until I asked for more details as a young teenager that I was confronted by an amused and dismissive father, laughing as he said: “I never said that”. In this exhibition I take a closer analysis of what it is to be influenced by misguiding role models and the potential psychologically damaging effects on misguided youth. These works are atheistic explorations analysing identity, culture, mythology, heritage, parenting and stereotypes.” – Anthony Lister

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Based on this particular sense of misdirection drawn from his own experience and memories, “Slither Between the Blinds Shows Our Fears” sees Anthony Lister conveying a reflection infused with a range of vivid emotions which, while personal in origin, are also universal enough to resonate deeply with us all.

Expanding on previously explored themes, the artist has created an entirely new body of works for this exhibition, comprising a series of painted canvasses and a central installation of a sculptural nature. Conveying the habitual instinctual urgency of his visual language – tumultuous and mordant on the surface, yet imbued with a captivating poetic uniqueness – these works feature a wide range of symbolic references from his personal life along with others that play with some key (and stereotypical) elements of Aboriginal and Australian iconographies.

Constituting a personal journey of reflection, “Slither Between the Blinds Shows Our Fears” thus presents an intimate portrait on revelation, identity and purpose while also expressing the artist’s own approach to contemporary mythology.

“Slither Between the Blinds Shows Our Fears” is on show at Lisbon’s Underdogs Gallery from 16 June – 15 July 2017.

Lister has also released a new print, available exclusively from LISTER Shop.

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‘LADY ENTITLEMENT’ is a unique multiple,signed and numbered, edition of 100. A 300mm x 210mm screen print hand embellished with ink on 245gsm museum quality archival paper available for AU$120.

For all things Lister, keep an eye on his instagram story as he preps for his Lisbon show over at @anthonylister and @lister_shop for all your LISTER needs!

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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Artist profile: Mic Porter

Mic Porter is synonymous with graffiti, urban and contemporary art in Melbourne. Having been beautifying Melbourne’s streets since the early 2000’s, Mic has recently returned with a vengeance. Speaking from his new studio in Melbourne’s inner north, we took ten minutes with Mic to discover a little more.

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Damo: Could you introduce yourself and tell us a little about your art?

Mic: My name is Mic Porter and I am a painter and sculptor, with a background in a few other mediums as well. I have been practicing for several years and really enjoy what I do. I am based on Melbourne but have travelled quite a bit and manage to experience many cultures. More recently I lived in Auckland for three years.

I don’t exactly know how to classify my style whether or not it is a style or not. I try and jump around a little bit from being like really loose and free with my line work and then make it really tight, either way I tend to be fastidious. I mostly create figurative painting and sculpture but I’ve also done a lot of installation sculpture.

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DVATE – ‘Thirst’

DVATE is a Melbourne based artist who is well-known for his graffiti art and large photo-realistic images of wildlife. His work can be seen from trackside to galleries, festivals and zoos and his unique lettering which is often integrated into his portraits of the natural world create a dynamic juxtaposition between the figurative and the abstract forms of graffiti.

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His interest in conservation and climate change issues led him to be commissioned as the first artist to paint a wall for the festival, Climate+Art=Change a partnership between CLIMARTE (the not-for profit organisation aimed at creating awareness of climate change issues through art) and the City of Port Phillip in St Kilda, Melbourne.

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