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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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DEAMS – ‘In the Fold’

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Painter, designer and geometric visionary Deams has been influencing the Melbourne street art scene for over a decade. A founding member of the infamous Melbourne collective AWOL Crew, his work can be found in both galleries and street contexts around the world. Deams has an intuitive approach to painting and process, which allows for his work to oscillate between tangible and intangible forms and realities. He approaches his practice with a studious dedication to his past and the immediacy of his present, discovering links between the impressions of his childhood and his current ideas and experiences. His work continues to explore aesthetic and interpersonal relationships through compositional conversations in form and texture.

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Neon Laneway

As part of Melbourne’s infamous White Night, Neon Laneway was a colourful fusion of urban art and contemporary dance that lit up the iconic Rutledge lane in a fluid blend of physical and visual street art backed by an explosive soundtrack of contemporary Australian beats.

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Crowdfunding launch for ‘Happyland’

Melbourne artist Kaff-eine and her cheeseagle team are creating an onsite art installation as much-needed shelter with two slum communities in Manila, Philippines. A crowdfunding campaign to support the Happyland project launches with a group exhibition of leading street artists on 1 April.

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Kaff-eine, whose artwork is found on the street, in private homes and in galleries, is reuniting with the Baseco and Happyland dumpsite communities and working with an international team to create ‘art tarpaulins’, which feature portraits of community personalities, and which will be used as much-needed shelter.

‘The collaborators who worked with me for my last project, Phoenix, made it clear that suitable housing is really important to them. I have so much admiration for the colourful, proud and resilient personalities in the communities; why not combine both?’, says Kaff-eine.

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‘The Lost Conscious’ – Book by Shida

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Shida is an Australian artist, specialising in large-scale murals, painting, sculpture, video work and installation. On Friday March 4, 2016, Shida launched his new book entitled ‘The Lost Conscious’ at Backwoods Gallery, Collingwood.

Through this publication – Shida becomes a conduit, recording an inter-dimensional consciousness adrift in our universe.

Along with copies of ‘The Lost Conscious’ book, new original illustrations and T-shirt’s are available over at Backwoods. Check it out!

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‘Meeting of Styles’ – Melbourne

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‘Meeting of Styles’, an internationally renowned graffiti and arts festival is finally coming to Melbourne. Over three days (April 1 – 3, 2016) Melbourne’s iconic laneways will be transformed with some of the world’s best artwork – featuring local and national artists and maybe even some international friends .

Melbourne’s laneways will be completely repainted during the event – something never done before.

MOS started out in Wiesbaden, Germany in 1997 in a huge abandoned area known as the “Schlachthof Wiesbaden”, an abandoned slaughter house. Originally known as the “International Wall Street Meeting” the event attracted thousands of visitors from across Germany between 1997 and 2001.
Over the years, the slaughter house evolved into a hall of fame, until 2001 when it was announced it would be converted into a carpark, signifying the end of the hall of fame. In 2002 the event was revived and its name changed to “Meeting of Styles”.

From the MOS website: “Since the foundation of Int. Meeting Of Styles back in 2002 more than 250 events have been realised worldwide attracting more than 500000 spectators and thousands of artists from all over the world. MOS brings people together, creates publicity, supports the netting and enables intercultural cross-boarder-cooperation. It is an example how a better world of tomorrow might be possible.”

Artist line up, laneway locations and after party details will be announced closer to the date. Keep an eye on the Facebook event here, and other social media channels @mosmelbourne.