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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.

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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.

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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.

TwoOne – ‘OUTSIDERS’

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TwoOne is one of Australia’s leading street artists and ‘OUTSIDERS’ is a body of work completed in a new Berlin studio.

‘OUTSIDERS’ opens this Friday at 6pm (Oct 10th) at Backwoods Gallery.

TwoOne has been kind enough to chat and tell us a bit more about he exhibition and his processes. Keep reading as there is a terrific process video too!

Damo: Tell us a bit about yourself, how you got into art, and how you describe your work to someone who hasn’t been lucky enough to encounter it before:

TWOONE: I’m originally from Japan, move to Melbourne at age of 18. I then lived and started working as artist in Melbourne for 10 years. I moved to Berlin early this year.

I work with lots of different material, and form, and my style changes depending on what I use. There is loose theme that goes through my work, which is psychological portrait.
Psychological portrait is visual translation of people’s emotions, and personality, often usings animals as symbols.

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‘A Study of Hair’ – Dave Kinsey

In the ongoing series interviewing contributors to ‘A Study of Hair’ opening at Backwoods Gallery on Friday, we speak today with Dave Kinsey….

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‘Michelle, Ma Belle’ – detail – Dave Kinsey

Damo:  for the uninitiated, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

DK:  Dave Kinsey, full time painter, part time designer, living la vida loca in the Sierra Nevada mountains north of Los Angeles.

Damo:  Can you tell us about your piece, and how you have responded to the artistic brief?

DK:  “Michelle” by The Beatles was playing while I was sketching the piece. I’ve always loved that song, and since my wife’s middle name is Michelle too, I had that all in mind. Such a calming sound to it.

Damo:  What medium have you used?  Why did you choose this medium?

DK:  I really enjoy working with acrylic and collage utilizing old books, discarded postal envelops. etc., which I feel melds nicely together on the canvas. I especially love working with vintage book pages because of their interesting visual tonality, fragility, and personal histories.

Damo:  Why did you agree to be part of the ‘Study Of’ project?  It is a very ambitious task – how do you think it will be viewed on completion?

DK:  I really liked the concept—it’s one of the few thematic group showings that really makes sense to me. It’d love to see a book produced after 10 years or so of this continued series.

Damo:  On a more personal note, what can we expect to see from you in the next 18 months?

DK:  I just finished a huge show that opened at Library Street Collective in Detroit and now I’m back in the studio working on new pieces for Miami in December and Cologne, Germany in 2015.

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‘A Study of Hair’ – Backwoods Gallery, September 26th 2014

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Backwoods Gallery is proud to present A Study of Hair, the third installment in what is to be a decade-long project. A Study of… is a series of group exhibitions in which local and international artists are invited to present a contemporary interpretation of a motif drawn from art history.

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TWOONE – Studio Visit & Interview

Hiroyasu Tsuri, aka TWOONE, was born and raised in Japan. At the age of 18 he moved to Melbourne, Australia where he was awarded a Distinguished Talent Visa. He now lives in Berlin with his Australian wife and makes awesome art based around impressionist paintings of animals. His latest show opens alongside Reka’s at Stolenspace on Thursday 11th September. When VNA was in Berlin for the Urban Nation Project M series, we caught up with Hiro at his studio to talk about his journey so far.

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Wear Art Thou

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No Vacancy Gallery will host a unique exhibition featuring over 50 new designs

by Illustrators Australia members with a celebration on September 5th. Wear Art Thou will be

the culmination of a new venture between Illustrators Australia and the online artist

marketplace Redbubble. Redbubble challenged Illustrator Australia members to create

designs specifically for t-shirts and is thrilled to present the results in this exciting exhibition.

Wear Art Thou will feature the works of 52 Illustrator Australia members, hailing from across

the nation, including a new t-shirt design from each artist as well as other works displayed on

a range of mediums from wall art to throw pillows. In addition, the exhibition will be supported

by t-shirt connoisseur Eddie Zammit who will attend the opening night to award a people’s

choice award.