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Lister – Live and Unplugged in Melbourne

As you all know, Anthony Lister held his very first Melbourne ‘Lister Live’ last Friday at Juddy Roller Studios. Backing this up, he held an all day show and painted a live wall on Saturday in Fitzroy.

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‘It was a pleasure to give the new gallery space over to an artist such as Anthony Lister. His energy and his approach to his work is something that I’ve always found quite fascinating so it was an honour to finally get the chance to work with him. The atmosphere was quite a bit different to one of our regular exhibitions. It was a lot more intimate and a chance to get really up close and personal with the artist, his style and his creations, a rare opportunity for an audience that will usually only encounter an experience like that in the artists coveted studio’
Shaun Hossack, Creative Director, Juddy Roller

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Hopefully this wont be the last time we see Anthony in Melbourne with a live class, but for now, here’s a few flicks from p1xels to keep you interested. Be warned, some of these are probably NSFW. Keep checking back too, cause Juddy Roller have some dope shows coming up for the latter half of 2016!

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‘HIC SVNT DRACONES’ – ROA

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For European explorers across the Fifteenth to Eighteenth centuries, Australia was a fantastic, geographically remote, ‘island’ continent. Australia represented a wunderkammer filled with curious animals, plants & cultures waiting to be ‘discovered’.

Early cartographers decorated maps of ‘Terra Australis’ with illustrations of extraordinary animals inspired by their encounters on the ‘island’. Transformed by the rare glimpses experienced by their illustrators, Australia’s native animals assumed a supernatural demeanour. However, these fantastical illustrations paled in comparison to those reserved for the unexplored sections of maps titled ‘Hic Svnt Dracones’, where the cartographers illustrations would cross into the realm of pure fantasy as they imagined what lay across the great, yet unexplored, horizons.

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Lister Live – Melbourne Edition

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Australia’s most notorious artist, the infamous Anthony Lister, once again presents Lister Live, however this time with a twist. Lister has moved the class about 1000km south from Sydney to Melbourne (Juddy Roller Studios). Known for an intimate evening of drawing and mystique, Lister Live allows participants an opportunity to draw alongside Lister. Held this Friday 20 March, tickets are available here.

Following this event, Lister will present the sketches he completes during the evening (as well as a live paint) at Juddy Roller Studios on Saturday from 6pm. Billed as a one night / one day extravaganza, Melbourne is definitely in for a treat.

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Lane’s End – ‘Open for Bidness’

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Looking to bridge that gap between high end fine art and urban contemporary culture, Lane’s End is a new creative project and gallery space located in Fitzroy, Melbourne. With an emphasis on new wave urban pop, post graffiti art and contemporary fine art. Lane’s End encourages a global mindset and a youthful edge to the world of fine art.

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‘Lane’s End is an artist run space. We’re looking to add to the exhibiting culture and fill the gap between commercial and hire spaces. We’re interested in helping to move our demographics forward, and bring influence to the continued evolution of our specific genres. Within the space you can find influence from new wave urban pop, post graffiti art and contemporary fine art, with practices ranging from painting, illustration, sculpture, to photography and engraving. We will look to have the space as a platform for visiting national and international artists, and curators that are wanting to show concept exhibitions that fit with our sensibility and direction. We like the idea that the space can exhibit work that continues the debate and bridges the gap between high end fine art and urban contemporary culture.’- Unwell Bunny

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Opening this Saturday 21st of May 6-9 pm, 404 Fitzroy Street, Fitzroy

Launch group show featuring work by the talented inhabitants: Elwyn Murray, Lindsay Moffatt, Tasha Whittle, GT Sewell, George Rose, Unwell Bunny

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Creature Creature – ‘Daggers’

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Creature Creature is artist duo Chanel Tang and Ambrose Rehorek. First meeting at university they ‘flirted through art’ until they formed an official union in 2011 under one name. Creature Creature was chosen from a quote in the 1960’s film A Bucket of Blood; “A Creature is a Creature…or it is an artist!”

Born in Adelaide, Ambrose has a Degree in Visual Arts from the University of South Australia. Chanel was born in Wellington, New Zealand, moved to Australia in 1998 where she did her Degree in Fine Art at Monash University.

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With this background in fine art and graphic design, their work is a blend of both practices with strong historical influences, mixed with a love of street art and illustration. Creature Creature play with the idea of duality, east meets west, and the natural world. A dragon and unicorn are the pair’s alter egos, commonly appearing in their art.

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Abyss .607 – ‘Arcane Lotus’

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Opening this Friday at La De Da Bar in Canberra, Abyss .607 presents ‘Arcane Lotus’. Formerly of Canberra but now calling Melbourne home, Abyss .607 returns to his old stomping ground bringing with him a myriad of paper works, available for one night only.

We sat down and discovered what really is happening within the Abyss….

Damo: Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into art, both on the street and in the gallery?
₳. Ever since I can remember I’ve been fascinated by the Universe and what could lie deeper. I remember the earliest drawings I did as a child were scenes on alien planets with strange beings and creatures, I can’t recall the direct inspiration for this but it may have something to do with growing up in a place where you could see the stars. I spent most my youth drawing creatures, from there I progressed to create my own card games and stories for them. As for the progression into graffiti and street art; that happened much later. I was already utilising and engaging in the urban scape from years of skateboarding, it just seemed natural to put my visions out there too. Having the opportunity to exhibit in galleries of late has been good, as most of the work I do is illustrative based and I like the divide of practices.

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Luke Cornish (ELK) – ‘Vanishing Point’

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Opening this Thursday, 21st of April, at Sydney’s prestigious nanda\hobbs gallery, issue 33 featured artist Luke Cornish aka ELK presents “Vanishing Point”, an exhibition of new works.

Drawing inspiration from travel to over twenty countries within two years, ELK takes the medium of stencil art to a new level. This body of work incorporates over 800 hand cut layers and 200 colours (per piece) into the works, taking up to two months of solitary confinement to bring them into being.

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Meeting of Styles – Melbourne

Melbourne has been updated with a new coat of paint! Over the first few days of April, nearly 300 artists from all over Australia took over the iconic laneways of Melbourne CBD and surrounds, painting up a storm for the inaugural Australian Meeting of Styles.

Whilst street art was incorporated into the event, the focus of the event was, as with all Meeting of Styles’, graffiti. As such, Melbourne was blessed by visits and work by some of Australia’s biggest crews.

Hailed by all involved as a huge success, there are already talks in place for a bigger and better event in 2017.

For all of you suffering from massive FOMO, check out the pics below, or head over to social media and check out @mosmelbourne and #mosmelbourne to see hundred of photos of all the works from conception to completion.

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Steve Cross – ‘The Black Ocean’

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‘The Black Ocean’ is the first instalment in a series of oil paintings from Issue 30 feature and long-term visual artist, Steve Cross.

Originally from Perth, Western Australia, Steve relocated to Melbourne in 1999 to pursue a career in tattooing. In the ensuing years he honed his craft, cementing a reputation as one of the country’s best artists.

In 2007 he opened his own shop, the acclaimed Korpus Studio, in Brunswick. But he never lost the love for his first creative passion – graffiti.

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Steve has been painting walls both nationally and internationally since 1988. In that time he has created hundreds of large-scale murals, showcasing his varied style and passion for street art.

While both these careers have seen his artwork showcased very publicly – on walls, and skin – this is the first time Steve has exhibited any of his oil paintings.

This selection has been worked on over the past three months, in private, and away from inquisitive eyes. As such, this first selection of work is deeply personal, and perhaps the most revealing of all Steve’s mediums.

The Black Ocean represents Steve’s obsession and compulsion to create; the paintings representative of the internal struggle an artist encounters when immersing themselves fully in the creative process – and the isolation that brings.

The subjects are caught in moments of internal disquiet – floating and falling into an endless ocean of inky blackness.”

Leading up to this, Steve’s first solo show, he took some time out with Damo to talk about ‘The Black Ocean’

This is your first solo show. What made you decide now was the time to bite the bullet (or jump into the black ocean as it may be)?

It’s been a bit of a natural progression to get to this point. I’ve been a part of a lot of group shows since my first in 1988. I’m at a stage now where I guess I’m ready to expose this hidden part of my life. I keep my ‘artist cards’ pretty close to my chest, and I mostly toil away on my own. But it feels like the right time for people to start seeing some of my more personal work, and The Black Ocean is a record of that.

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