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Twoone – Urban Spree Residency

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Berlin-based Japanese artist Twoone (Hiroyasu Tsuri) inaugurates the first ‘Urban Spree Art Residency’ which inverts the codes of an exhibition and invites the public to witness the process of creation of indoor and outdoor artworks. The opening reception on July 23rd, at 19.00h, presents the works originated during the residency and marks at the same time the vernissage of the exhibition. Closing day: July 24th, 12:00 – 19.00h, 2016. Location: Urban Spree Galerie, Revaler Str. 99, in Berlin-Friedrichshain.

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THE MORTAL DRAMA by YUSK IMAI

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‘Life’s absurdity and the inevitability of death are the central themes of The Mortal Drama by Yuske Imai. In 2015, after temporarily relocating studios from Berlin to Sao Paulo, in order to be closer to his family, Yuske found himself confronted by a series of personal tragedies. It’s from within this confrontation that the themes of The Mortal Drama were formed. After staring into the chimeric eyes of existence, life and death, Yuske returned to the canvas, each time, with a visceral and profound message, touched by his experiences. Life is beautiful, it is sad, it gives and it takes and any sense of control might just be an illusion.

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The Mortal Drama is an story of existence, told across twelve paintings on canvas, from the most symbolically expressive and profound artists that Backwoods Gallery has been lucky enough to work with. We hope that our community has time to visit The Mortal Drama between the 15-26th of July at the Backwoods Gallery main space in Collingwood.’ Alexander Mitchell, 2016. Director – Backwoods Gallery.

‘WIZARDS, LIZARDS AND BROADS’ – MARK BODE

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Very few people have had as much on an influence on the world of graffiti as the father and son team of Vaughn and Mark Bode.

Vaughn Bode was born, July 22, 1941 in Utica, New York. Upon finishing school Vaughn joined the army, soon went AWOL, was discharged and then went to art school. In 1963 at age 22, Bode self-published Das Kampf, considered one of the first underground comic books.

During the 1970’s, Vaughn Bode became one of the New Yorks most unique comic book artists. He was a young, cross dressing, messiah with a clear artistic vision, sharp sense of humour and captivating presence. As a contemporary to fellow cartoonists, Trina Robbins, Spain Rodriguez, Robert Crumb and Ralph Bakshi, Vaughn went on to become one of underground comic’s founding fathers.

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‘Dark Times’ – Studio 615

The crew over at Studio 615 bring to you ‘Dark Times’; a collection of black and white works. Opening this Friday at the RVCA Cnr Gallery in Collingwood from 6pm. Head on down to see black and white works Sam Octigan, Silk Roy, Michael Danischewski, Doug Aldrich, Brendan Davies and Melissa Grisancich.

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Julian Clavijo – ‘Patient Transition’

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‘Patient Transition’ is a compilation of some of fine artist, Julian Clavijo’s previous major works and a contemplative exploration of small works on the enchanting innocence of childhood as it should be.

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“As the inaugural resident artist at Ground Floor – S.T.K Arts Space I am honoured and committed to bring my passion, knowledge and creative input into Caydon’s urban art strategy as part of the S.T.K development.” – Julian Clavijo

Julian has compiled a collection of works from his years in Australia. Having originated from Colombia and exhibited in 28 different countries, his art includes a variety of colours, subjects and textures that are not only unique in his contemporary use of different mediums, but of an incredibly detailed nature.

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Opening at St Kild’as newset artistic space, Ground Floor – STK Arts Space. The STK Art Space integrates various art forms into a residential urban environment, and presents a range of art, workshops and activities to the public in a way that engages and enriches the dialogue between arts, culture and urban living.

Check out the latest artworks that Julian has been working on since he moved into STK Arts Space, this Friday 24th of June 2016 at 6:30 – 8:30pm at 3-5 St Kilda Road, St Kilda VIC 3182, for drinks and canapés.

For further information on upcoming workshops and an STK Arts Space activity schedule, please send your enquiry to julian.clavijo@icloud.com or visitwww.julianclavijo.com or check out instagram!

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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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Adnate – ‘Always Been Here’

Melbourne based artist, Adnate, is considered one of the most influential street artists in Australia and has used his artistic practice to draw focus to the Indigenous peoples of the country. ‘Always Been Here’ is a powerfully emotive display of the faces he has encountered across Australia. The show poignantly represents the spiritual beauty of Indigenous culture and champions a deep respect for tradition.

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The solo exhibition, launches at 6:30 – 8:30 pm on Thursday 16 June 2016 at Melbourne’s Metro Gallery. Be sure not to miss the massive Welcome to Country ceremony and performances from Indigenous Hip Hop Projects on opening night. The exhibition will run until the 16th of July.

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A limited edition print as well as printed catalogues will be available on the night, with the catalogue designed by T-world, featuring beautiful photography by Nicole Reed.

Be Brave, Portrait of Adam Goodes 178 x 167

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ROA – ‘HIC SVNT DRACONES’

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Melbourne is in the midst of Roa fever right now, with his show ‘HIC SVNT DRACONES’ currently on show through Backwoods Gallery. If you haven’t seen it you must, and if you can’t, check out the video walk through below and the images that follow.

Then, check out Damo’s exclusive with the man himself, below!

You travel the world through art. What brings you back to Melbourne and Backwoods Gallery?

I exhibited in Backwoods with the ‘Carrion’ show in 2012. Part of the gallery was a ‘living’ installation of road kill (animals) decomposing during the length of the exhibit. It was also then that I started the good relations with the Healesville Sanctuary, which made the Backwoods show for me a very special and good experience. When Backwoods invited me for this new exhibition, it felt naturally good to be back in Melbourne, to make a less smelly show!

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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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