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‘Onwards & Inwards’ – Kitt Bennett

‘Onwards & Inwards’, Kitt Bennett’s latest solo exhibition explores sensations of life and consciousness. This series of small and large works on paper aims to create meaning in what we perceive to be unrelated phenomena around us. Bennett is driven to explore how our possessions inform our individuality, and of how our internal and external worlds connect. In this series, Bennett uses his trademark illustrative comic style, in an attempt to maintain a playful balance between both the humorous and the darkly thought provoking aspects of our existence.

Bennett uses his illustrative style of storytelling in an attempt to maintain a playful balance between both the humorous and the darkly thought provoking aspects of our existence.

Can you introduce yourself, and talk a little about how you got to where you are?

My name’s Kitt. I’m an artist/illustrator working out of Juddy Roller studios.
Since completing a Bachelor of Illustration I have worked as a freelance illustrator dabbling in animation.
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Cecil Street Mega Wall

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Leading Australian mural artists Rone, Adnate, Sofles, Dvate, Cam Scale, Heesco and Jason Parker have teamed up to create an epic, large-scale mural on the streets of Fitzroy.

Curated by Juddy Roller, and supported by Yarra City Council and the Department of Justice, the project showcases the talents of the seven well known, and highly respected, artists.

Each artist, all unique in style, has been given creative license to paint a dedicated section of the wall, with the only limitation being that all artworks will be portrait based.

Says artist Adnate of the upcoming project, “I’m stoked to be a part of it, I respect all of these artist so much so to have the opportunity to collaborate with them on such an awesome project is really cool. Add to that, I’ve always thought a mural on this wall would be great so the fact the Juddy Roller has managed to secure it for us is really impressive.”

The wall is located on the Rear of Fry’s Storage on Cecil Street, Fitzroy.

All images by @p1xels

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‘Bring Cash’ – Lushsux

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Concluding year of controversy, council disputes, censorship, dank memes and delicately treading a political gray area — LUSHSUX is presenting his final statement for 2016, a secret show called “BRING CASH”.

Visitors to the exhibition will be blindfolded and escorted, via black van, to a secret exhibition location where they will have a strict 30 minutes to view the artwork, before being hoodwinked and returned to the rendezvous location.

As the founding artists of the Memeist art movement, LUSHSUX’sartwork has hit a consistent nerve with the Australian people, allowing him to present a commentary on socio-political issues ranging from the violently divisive political environment of the U.S election, celebrity culture, freedom of speech, media bias to the meteoric rise of memes as a political force and form of civic protest.

“BRING CASH” will be LUSHSUX’s decisive conclusion and the final punchline of 2016.

Open from the weekend of November 25th. All guests will be required to purchase a ticket, book a time slot and sign a consent form that gives the gallery permission to confiscate all recording devices, blindfold, restrain and transport them to and from the exhibition. Amongst over things.

Come prepared for a confronting experience, designed by Australia’s most provocative artist and don’t forget to bring cash.

visit www.backwoods.gallery for details.

‘The Games We Play’ – Ohnoes

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Growing up in Melbourne in the mid-late 90’s and inspired by the tags gracing the surfaces of the southern suburbs, it wasn’t long before Ohnoes was out writing letters. Realising his crew need a character guy, his childhood experience drawing his favourite basketball players allowed him quickly transition and fill this void. Many ‘charros’ later and Ohnoes’ love of portraiture was prevalent.

Inspired by the likes of Rone, Mike Giant, Ken Taylor and Ben Brown, Ohnoes has developed a unique portraiture style, painting his detail to reflect a refined spray can feel. This style, inclusive of overspray, gives the work a reflection of his graffiti background.

In ‘The Games We Play’, Ohnoes presents 15 mixed media works (acrylic and aerosol), on canvas, paper and salvaged basketball court. Known for his obsession with basketball, Ohnoes has combined this with his love of beautiful women, having realised that his best art is created when the subject is one which he is passionate about and has meaning to him.

‘The Games We Play’ is an ‘open and honest story of Ohnoes and delves into what makes him tick; an opportunity to view his debut show and first complete body of work exploring themes of obsession, rejection, yearning, curiosity and desire.

“Beautiful women intrigue me. From an outside point of view it appears that they have everything easier, but I feel like that life would be harder; they have to judge people on how and what level they perceive them, not on just face value alone.”

In the lead up to the show, Damo went a visited Ohnoes at his beloved group studio – ‘The Arts Hole’ to find out a little more about the man of the moment.

Can you introduce yourself, and talk a little about how you got to where you are?

Ohnoes: When I was young, like most people, I was pretty into art. I always drew like my childhood favourite basketball players like Shaq and Charles Barkley. Through a variety of influences my focus was shifted towards graffiti. I became very active and consumed by my love for the art form.

I kind of got burnt when I was about 18 and I stopped for a while. Then Ironlak came out and then everyone kind of started painting; it was kind of getting embraced. Me and Chehehe just started playing around with this new paint and we were like, “Fuck, these colours are awesome!” We just kind of went in head first and next thing you know, we were starting up a studio and as the studio started flourishing, our art started to get more focused. Five years later, here we are, That’s the story!

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Spencer Keeton-Cunningham – FAREWELL SAN FRANCISCO : A 12 YEAR RETROSPECTIVE AT HERON ARTS

Spencer Keeton Cunningham – FAREWELL SAN FRANCISCO : A 12 YEAR RETROSPECTIVE AT HERON ARTS

Born in 1983, Spencer Keeton Cunningham grew up in Portland skateboarding and painting from a very young age. Cunningham graduated from the prestigious San Francisco Art Institute. After leaving San Francisco in 2014, the prolific artist began working from the road on a self proclaimed permanent painting tour which took him all over the world including the North and South Island of New Zealand, Tasmania, Melbourne, Sydney, and the outback of Australia. Other countries Cunningham has exhibited and painted in include China, Japan, Ontario, British Columbia, the Yukon, Mexico, The Netherlands, Cuba, Tasmania, Hong Kong, Alaska, The United States, and Hawaii. Coming back to San Francisco to exhibit frequently, Cunningham has remained on tour for over 29 months and is now forced to pack his things and go. – Heron Arts

This is Cunningham’s first ever solo exhibition in San Francisco. Along with his solo works, there will be paintings for sale from his close friends, painting collaborators and roommates: Erlin Geffrard aka Kid Kreyola, Daisy Ortiz, and their son Daylin Geffrard. The four lived together in their house in San Francisco for numerous years and exhibited frequently in San Francisco and abroad, notably in 2013 at the Wenying Highland Art Museum in Guangzhou, China.

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Outside the Box – Jack Douglas

Outside the box finishes this Saturday, with its grand opening on Friday night. Head on down to check the completed works. Details here.

We caught up with Jack Douglas, to find out all about his OTB experience.

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Who are you and what do you do? Why art?
My Name’s Jack Douglas and I’m a tattooist and artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Being creative is the only thing I’ve ever enjoyed, so progressing into a creative career was the only logical step.

Why ‘Outside the Box’? What does being involved in an event like this mean to you?
I think for me it was more interesting to be inside the fish bowl looking out at the other incredible work being made or having been made. Having so many people coming from a variety of different disciplines being placed on such a level playing field was both intriguing and terrifying.

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Outside the Box – Creature Creature

Outside the Box continues in Melbourne, each day up to four artists have exactly 8 hours to create a piece within the confinements of the gallery, utilising only the materials provided to them.

We have spoken to a few of the artists to get an idea of who they are, what makes them tick and an insight into their OTB piece. First up, Creature Creature.

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Who are you and what do you do? Why art?

Our names are Ambrose and Chanel but we go under the artist name Creature Creature. When we met we were pretty inseparable and both equally passionate about art since we could hold a pencil. We soon decided to take our collaboration seriously and do all our art work under the one name that represents both of us. It has really pushed us individually and as a partnership.

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TWOONE – ‘100 Faces’

Hiroyasu Tsuri — aka TWOONE — is a perpetual traveller. As an internationally acclaimed artist exhibiting throughout the globe, it’s part of the job, and it’s what drives this large-scale celebration of diversity and cultural exchange. A visual meditation on the people who cross his path and the places whose paths he crosses,‘100 Faces’ is a stirring exploration of who we are, as nomadic humans of the twenty-tens.

At 18 years of age, Hiroyasu emigrated from Japan to Australia. Now living in Berlin, as his career exploded, so did the number of stamps in his passport. Spending the last three years traversing Europe, Asia and the States, he captured the multitude of faces around him through candid photographs or quick sketches in his ever-present notebook. A medley of those he knows intimately, intertwined with unsuspecting strangers spotted in bars, on trains or even in books, these faces are the physical structures behind which all sorts of stories reside. Although he can’t know for sure, and never will, the ubiquity of migration in our increasingly cosmopolitan community drives Hiroyasu to contemplate the histories of those around him.

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This extraordinarily extensive series sees Hiroyasu return to these snapshots to develop them into fully-fleshed artworks. Combining watercolour, pencil, acrylics, collage, spray paint, mirrored glass and anything else in reach, he renders an expressive textural landscape that arrests the viewer and draws them in. Renowned for his strikingly large, public murals, ‘100 Faces’ is an unmissable opportunity to experience Hiroyasu’s work in an entirely new space.

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Rone – ‘Empty’

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These days, Rone doesn’t need an introduction.  Internationally renowned for his large scale female portraits, he has been to almost every corner of the globe beautifying the walls with local women.  For the first time in two years, Rone embarking on a new show of absolutely epic proportions.  If you are in Melbourne, you do not want to miss this, as it is the biggest show you will see! In between painting walls, floors and finishing touches, Rone caught up with Damo…

Can you tell us a bit about your show, ‘Empty’?

Rone:     It comes back to empty spaces.  There was a tradition happening in the early 2000s in Melbourne where people would find an abandoned building, everyone was given the location and people would go and paint, and then there would be a show until everyone got kicked out.
That was one of the things I really loved about the culture when I had just got in to it.  So this show is a little nod to that but also to what was here before there was nothing? The story of each space is told through what is left behind. 

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‘Outside the Box’

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Just Another Agency presents ‘Outside the Box’, an exhibition at No Vacancy Gallery, spanning October, and featuring 100 Australian based artists. This exhibition is unlike any other, all artists are placed on a level playing field, no matter their experience, style, or technique. Each creative will have exactly one day to create their work within the confinements of the gallery, with only the materials provided to them.

“ IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THINKING OUTSIDE OF THE BOX, IT’S ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH THE BOX ITSELF. ”

Each artist has 8 hours to create a piece, faced with only 5 rules:

1 . You can only use the materials provided to you. No other materials are allowed in the space.
2. You have to physically be in the gallery space for the duration of the creating your artwork.
3. Each artist can have no longer than eight hours to create their work (10-6pm daily)
4. Reference material is allowed.
5. Think outside the box.

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Running from 3-29th October 2016, the list of artists is huge to say the least!

Featuring:

ADI. AEON. AIDA SABIC. ALEX HOOVES. AMY DEVEREUX. ASTROTWITCH. BODE ‘LOV3’ KLEIN. BRYAN ITCH. BUFF DISS. BUTTONS. CALLUM PRESTON. CAM SCALE. CAMERON BRIDEOAK. CAT WALL. CIVIL. CLARE BRADY. CONRAD BIZJAK. COYOTE. CREATURE CREATURE. DAVID LEE PEREIRA. DAWN TAN. DEST. DOSEY. DOMINIC TARANTO. DUKE STYLES. DVATE. ETHICS. FAUSTO. GARY SEAMAN. GIGI GORDES. GOONHUGS. GT SEWELL. HANCOCK. HEESCO. HOUL. ILL RUBBER DUCKY. JACK DOUGLAS. JACK WHITMORE. JAE COPP. JAK SKALLYWAG. JASON PARKER. JESS CRUICKSHANK. JINJJA. JOE BELL. JULIAN CLAVIJO. JUSTINE MCALLISTER. KAITLIN BECKETT. KAREENA ZEREFOS. KID MONKEY. KID PARIS. KIRPY. KIRRILY ANDERSON. KIT BENNETT. KITIYA PALASKAS. KYOKO IMAZU. LE GRIZZ. LOSOP. LUCY LUCY. LUKE PRESTO. MACHINE GUN DEV. MAKATRON. MARCOS DIAZ. MARIANNA MARX. MARTIN E WILLS. MATT DUNN. MICHAEL PECK. MITCH WALDER. MITCHELL HICKEY. MIMBY JONES ROBINSON. MISHAP. OHNOES. OX KING. PEADER THOMAS. PIERRE LLOGA. PORNO. PUTOS. REBECCA MURPHY. RESIO. RION. RUSKIDD. SEAR. SENEKT. SERENE KITCHEN. SHANE STERRSILKROY. SIRUM. SLICER. SPENCERONI. STEVE CROSS. STEVE LEADBEATER. SUGAR SWEET. SUP. TASHA WHITTLE. TAYLA BROEKMAN. THIRTY SIXTY. UNWELL BUNNY. VANS THE OMEGA. ZEBOM

OPENING NIGHT: OCTOBER 28TH 6-9PM
NO VACANCY GALLERY
38-40 Jane Bell Lane, Melbourne
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