Melbourne based ink recycler’s Lousy Ink are hosting their first group exhibition, ‘Lousy Show’, which will celebrate local talent, featuring over 40 creatives.
Born in the late 70’s in Beirut (Lebanon), DEM189 was quickly confronted to chaos and hysteria. Tarek aka Dem189 had to learn the limits of a city at war. Confined at home, during most of his free time outside school, he had to develop his own creative universe. From Lego to drawing, he built his own fantasies. Fascinated by war, he also lays on paper his fantasised weapons and war crafts, genesis to his future work.
In 1989 Dem moved to Paris, and discovered a whole new biotope with different rules and cultures. Ecstatic and overwhelmed by the prospect of this new life, Dem launched into graffiti in his early teens. Integrating various movements from punk rock to heavy metal, electro to hip-hip, switching from one to the other, he developed his own style.
Over the last 7 years, Dem has been working on paintings and installations in an abstract style, parallel to his graffiti world. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Moebius, Lebbeus Woods, Crumb… as well as urban architecture and decay.
His style is unpredictably diverse. Passed 30, Dem still refuses to limit himself to any particular movement. His inspirations and influences are countless. He focuses on exploring many sub-cultures. Urban by essence, he finds what inspires him roaming the streets, and allows himself to experiment with any technique and tools. His work in recent years has left the shores of lettering to venture into the realms of illustration and abstraction.
DEM189’s show ‘Ricochet’ opens at Backwoods Gallery Friday June 19th from 6pm and continues until Sunday July 5th.
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.