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With the Lot

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VNA 24 featured artist Mike Eleven has been busy cooking up some tasty treats with a not-so-serious, independently owned label from Melbourne, Australia, ‘With the Lot’.

Bringing together burgers and T-shirts, the brand oozes a delicious, fun-lovin’ attitude. Disgruntled by the amount of brands claiming to rebel the norm, ‘With the Lot’ aims to pierce through the meaty fiction and represent individuals who aren’t afraid to ask for everything in life – and yes, they’d like fries with that!

‘With the Lot’ borrows heavily from head chef Mike Eleven’s colourful personality, subjective humour and acquired taste in torso fashion.

www.withthelot.com.au

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The Paterson Project – Update

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The Paterson Project is only two sleeps away, and half of Melbourne has been exceptionally busy getting ready for what is potentially going to be one of the biggest street art projects Australia will see in 2015!

To check out some progress shots head over the Chasing Ghosts Flicker and for more information and to donate check out The Paterson Project with all money raised going to The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation.

‘SLOE TRAILS’ – Kes Acorn

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‘Sloe Trails’ will be Acorn’s first appearance at Backwoods Gallery. In the five years since he last exhibited in Australia, Acorn has been exploring the world, setting up temporary studios in various cities and finally settling down to a permanent space in Berlin.

‘Sloe Trails’ is an exhibition about exploration, it is also a show about the parallels between the physical travel and an artists journey. In ‘Sloe Trails’, Acorn’s focus shifts away from characters and towards landscapes as he meditated on his travels and personal development since last leaving Melbourne.

OPening February 27 at 6pm – On show until March 8.
Backwoods Gallery
25 Easey St, Collingwood, Melbourne.

‘Rise and Fall’ – Meggs at StolenSpace Gallery

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StolenSpace Gallery presents ‘Rise and Fall’ a satirical solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Meggs. Following his residency and sold-out show at Inner State Gallery in Detroit last September, where he painted his largest mural to date at over 6,000 square feet, Meggs continues his perpetual fascination with dualism, urban decay, and finding beauty in tragedy. ‘Rise and Fall’ toys with current fractures in the social fabric of urban society, such as imploding over-indulgence, fallen idols, and the detriments of pop culture.

“Through all of the manufacturing and consumerism, we have moved away from more genuine, simple ideals such as community… and perhaps things that are better for us,” Meggs explains. “You begin to realize the discontinuity of certain childhood idealisms when you become an adult.”

In ‘Rise and Fall,’ Meggs combines light and colorful imagery with his unique, expressive, and energetic style. His technical use of color and movement fuse clean, bold, illustrative elements with intuitive, textural, and free flowing design. The exhibition will feature comic influences, natural elements, pop icon mash-ups, and abstract collaging on canvas, paper, wood panels, and comic book covers.

Opening February 6 at 6pm. StolenSpace Gallery

‘Kalabaw’ – Kaff-eine

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Kaff-eine is one of Australia’s premiere female street and contemporary artists. She paints her distinctive characters on walls around the globe, immersing herself in local communities and sharing their stories on their walls. While painting street murals in Manila shantytowns in 2013, Kaff-eine learned that some of Manila’s most impoverished slum communities lived on Manila’s garbage dumps, scavenging wood to burn for charcoal, picking through the toxic garbage, selling recyclables or creating recycled products from waste.

She was struck by the creativity, resilience, positivity and skill of these communities, who created beautiful objects and valuable resources in the most challenging conditions; she wanted to work with them, to share their strengths, stories and humanity with audiences far from the Manila slums.

‘Kalabaw’ is the special prelude to two extraordinary collaborative projects Kaff-eine will soon undertake with Manila’s garbage-picking and charcoal-making communities. For ‘Kalabaw’, Kaff-eine has created a collection of powerful portraits combining her signature street-based style with intricate realism, her human and kalabaw characters radiating the same resilience, tenderness and dignity that they do in reality.

All proceeds from the ‘Kalabaw’ exhibition will support Kaff-eine’s two subsequent collaborative projects with the communities who live from Manila’s garbage.
Opening this week at ‘fortyfivedownstairs’, Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

23rd Key – ‘Keezus’

Melbourne based 23rd Key’s solo show ‘Keezus’ opens next week at Juddy Roller in Melbourne. She took time with Damo to give us the low down on the show.

DW: Tell us more about your upcoming show at Juddy Roller. What is the concept behind it?

23rd Key: The concept behind the show is ‘ego’. I’ve tried to dissect the medium and showcase it in a way that I’ve never seen any one else do it before. It’s about what it is to be a stencil artist and the inner battle we have with who we are, who we are perceived to be, and how the two differ. I feel like there can be a real distance between the artist and the ‘audience’ when it comes to art and exhibitions. With Keezus, the theme is one that’s very close to home for me but I also wanted to do something really different with how things are displayed. I really want to bridge the gap with this show, hopefully anyone who comes to see it will walk away understanding a little bit more about stencil art and have seen it like it’s never been seen before.

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ART+MEL

Melbournians are invited to experience ART+MEL, an immersive two day art event without the white walls on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November 2014. ART+MEL will take local art out of the galleries and onto the streets, with two interactive ‘hot spots’ in the heart of the CBD. ART+MEL is designed to bring art into the everyday, encouraging people to experience art through unique creations. An unexpected bedroom setting and floating gallery at Federation Square will display the original work of over 100 Melbourne artists, with live art courtesy of local illustrator Justine McAllister and a pop-up installation by prominent street artists Kaitlin Beckett and Matthew Dunn, and watch as they add another layer of vibrance to one of Melbourne’s infamous laneways.

ART+MEL from Redbubble on Vimeo.

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

Shohei Otomo and Kosuke Kawamura – ‘Flat Bend’

Shohei Otomo is one of the most high-profile names of Tokyo’s independent illustration scene. His hyper-realist ball-point pen illustrations combine traditional japanese and pop-culture imagery to present a biting commentary on contemporary Japanese culture. This video was shot in the lead up to FLAT BEND, Shohei Otomo’s latest exhibition at Backwoods Gallery, Melbourne.

Flat Bend is series of collaborative works by Tokyo artists Shohei Otomo and Kosuke Kawamura. Together, these two artists present a “stereoscopic” vision of the twisted underbelly of Japanese society.

Backwoods Artist Profile : SHOHEI OTOMO from Alexander Mitchell on Vimeo.

Limited edition prints by Shohei Otomo are available online at
backwoods-gallery.myshopify.com/collections/shohei-otomo

RONE – ‘Lumen’

Opening next week (October 24), Rone’s first show in Australia in over two year, ‘Lumen’, will include eleven large-scale portraits inside and outside of the gallery and a twelve metre high mural on the building’s adjoining ventilation tower. The space itself – an abandoned office building slated for demolition – has been transformed into a black (and blank) canvas. The artworks will be brought spectacularly to life by lighting designer, John McKissock.

“Lumen explores that pivotal moment in our lives when we realise that we need to believe in what we see [and know to be true] rather than what we’ve been told,”
“It’s that point in your life when it becomes time to think for yourself, formulate your own opinions and develop a sense of personal identity without consideration to the past or outside influences. That’s why I titled the show Lumen – thematically it’s a series of works about seeing or following the light.” Rone.

Check out the teaser video with a full version promised soon!

RONE Teaser from Robot Army on Vimeo.