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Pure Evil – ‘Sleepwalking Towards the Apocalypse’

Internationally renowned British artist Charley Uzzel-Edwards (PURE EVIL) returns to Australia with a new exhibition of his bold and engaging dystopian-pop artworks. Entitled ‘Sleepwalking Towards the Apocalypse’, his new show explores the cult of celebrity and the darker side of our utopian dreams an age where we’re immersed in social media.

“We are so bombarded with images and information” says EVIL, “that we are sleepwalking through our lives – there is just too much to process. I don’t think it’s the end of times, or the end of empires, but I do think that the times – they are definitely changing. Are we moving into a new utopian technology-driven age? Or are we sleepwalking towards the apocalypse?”

PURE EVIL’s trademark images of fanged bunnies and portaits of tearful celebrities, both on the street, canvas and in multiple screen-prints, have become icons of East London and throughout the world. Over the past 15 years, he has exhibited in galleries and museums in China, Hong Kong, South Africa, Russia, Mongolia, Brazil, USA, Chile and all over Europe.  In 2006 he was a part of Banksy’s now infamous exhibition ‘Santa’s Ghetto’ and was also featured on BBC’s ‘The Apprentice’ and Channel 4’s ‘Four Walls’. He is also the director of Pure Evil Gallery in Shoreditch, produces a monthly radio show, and runs regular workshops and lectures about street art.

PURE EVIL – SLEEPWALKING TOWARDS THE APOCALYPSE – OPENS THURS JULY 26TH, 6-9PM – UNTIL AUG 12

AND PRESENTING… PURE EVIL – KIDS DRAWING CLUB – SATURDAY JULY 28TH, 12-2PM

Join the VS Gallery team on the Saturday after the exhibition for a fun and unique afternoon of colouring and art-making, led by the artist himself. The Pure Evil Kid’s Drawing club is FREE, and consists of a big long table covered in a big roll of paper, loads of coloured pens and loads of kids!

The drawing club has so far been held in London, Brighton, Sweden and Texas and is a great way for young kids to engage with a world-renowned street artist. All materials supplied, with light refreshments for the kids in a safe, fun and encouraging environment.

Email: info@vsgallery.com.au to RSVP.

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Ben Eine “Missing You”

“Missing You” is Ben Eine’s addition to The Cullen Hotel’s Street Art Suite series.

The hotel teamed up with UK street artist Ben Eine to create a one-of-a-kind artwork using elements of his distinctive typography and splashes of his graffiti style.

In town recently to join 25 of the hottest urban artists to create a multi-sensory art experience in Richmond, Eine spent two weeks at The Cullen and was invited to makeover one of its deluxe studio suites.

Titled ‘Missing You’, the artwork is a love letter to his French girlfriend and brings the spirit of Melbourne’s laneway culture into the hotel.

Each of The Cullen’s Street Art Suites features a personalised stamp left by the artist, as well as Adam Cullen artworks and books, to create to create an immersive art experience.

Eine is the fifth street artist to be featured, joining the ranks of Swoon, Blek le Rat, D*Face and Stormie Mills.

Eine’s trip to Melbourne was part of a campaign to help raise $1 million for the youth-led foundation Reach, aligning with his belief that “street artists want to add something to the environment”.

His work is currently held in the permanent collections of the V&A, London, The Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles and galleries worldwide, while his work can be seen in streets all over the world – most recently he completed a huge mural on the British Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

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PHANTOM PAIN by YUSK IMAI and DANTE HOROIWA


“During one of our many discussions in the studio, we came across a hidden sensation, something that is always present, yet its causes or even the meaning of its existence still felt very abstract, but we agreed in describing it as a dull but constant pain.

This is our attempt to interpret this well of abstract sensations, and during this process we hit many notes, but one in particular kept showing up over and over for both of us, death. Maybe the fear of it, maybe what it leaves behind for the living, whatever it is, it exists.

This phantom pain keeps us going, fuelling our actions in life, always present, like gravity flowing through us and all things, always wise, reminding us, ironically, that everything is impermanent.

We hope that you may welcome this pain with warmth, and that it may feel less abstract now, as it does for us, through our exhibition Phantom Pain at Backwoods Gallery from June 8th to June 24th 2018.”

– Yusk Imai and Dante Horoiwa

YUSK IMAI

Yusk Imai is a contemporary artist who was born in the U.S.A. in 1982, to a Japanese descendent family. At the age of 6 months his family migrated to São Paulo where he currently lives and works.

Since 2007, Yusk has exhibited extensively within galleries, at art fairs and on the street across Europe, U.S.A., Australia and South America. The flat perspectives and dramatic curves demonstrated in Imai’s work is reminiscent of Art Nouveau greats such as Gustav Klimt.

Imai’s paintings and drawings lure us into state of self-consciousness and questioning. These ostensibly post-apocalyptic works tread warily between sci-fi apparitions, threatening premonitions and horror stills. Like a séance, they speak to Dali’s technique for creative thinking; a thinking that was founded on the moments in which we begin to fall asleep. When this sleeping pattern is interrupted and we are awoken, we find the subconscious rise to the conscious as a definitive form.

DANTE HOROIWA

Dante Horoiwa is a self-taught contemporary artist who was born in São Paulo, Brazil in 1988, to a Japanese descendent family. Recently, Horoiwa has exhibited his paintings at the El Centenario Museum in Mexico, with further features in United States, South and North American galleries, as well as large scale murals on the streets of East and West Europe.

His work frequently deals with themes closely connected to the foundations of human existence, which are universal to all living beings. Using a placid colour scheme of neutral shades, Horoiwa’s paintings, drawings and murals possess a mysterious, spiritual and soulful tonality. His work delves into the depths of human experience to explore the seen and unseen, using familiar devices such as long hair, textiles, plants and threads to connect the various forms, and evoke our sense of something magical and supernatural.

Exhibition catalogue available on request from: sales@backwoods.gallery

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@dantehoroiwa
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‘Lonesome Souls’ – Loretta Lizzio

“Occasionally one wakes at 4 am. With the urge to drive south in the dark and feel the dawn peek back. To stop at the deserted beach and swim into the chill of anonymity with no obligation to anyone or anything, salved in a loss.”
Brett Whitely

With a style that’s developed from pen and line drawings, through realistic pencil drawings and blossomed into painting, ‘Lonesome Souls’ explores people. People who soothe themselves by being alone and enjoying solitude in natural places enticing the viewer to feel still and a little more tranquil.

After developing an obsession with water, Lizzio was captured by the underwater photography of Janaka Rodrigue, something which she knew she had to paint. This body of work forms the main theme of ‘Lonesome Souls’, exploring the feeling of weightlessness, the feeling being completely immersed in nothingness. ‘Lonesome Souls’ is the culmination of months of hard work, non-stop creating and no social life, but Lizzio states, “It’s the most natural thing to me, the best release andsomething that makes me happier than anything else.”

‘Lonesome Souls’ opens this Friday 27 May 2018, at 226A Johnston St, Fitzroy.
@loretta_lizzio

DENIAL – CONTROL + ALT + DELETE

Does the world as we know it need a hard reset? International street artist DENIAL explores this question with his newest collection of visual subversions for Control Alt Delete, his inaugural exhibition at Melbourne’s Vs. Gallery.

CONTROL+ALT+DELETE examines the current corporate power structures that seek to control our thoughts and lives and, ultimately, our wallets. Through advertising and branding techniques, these companies attempt to alter how we perceive the world in order to encourage consumerism at any cost. The pieces in the exhibition work to alter our perception of these branded images in an effort to interrupt their function and to create a new dialogue about the nature of our capitalistic lives. DENIAL works to develop bold new meanings by taking these household names and iconography and reimagining their structure and purpose to foster alternative modes of thinking. How long can our society coexist with corporate values and aspirations? Is it time to reboot?

The exhibition will feature a broad collection of works across a variety of mediums. From 3-D laser-cut assemblages, to original limited edition screen prints and wood-panel aerosol paintings, DENIAL takes his signature street style and boils it down to ironically consumable artworks that are as visually stunning as they are thought-provoking.

www.enjoydenial.com

Instagram: @denialart

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BAILER – ‘DUALITY’

‘Duality’, an exhibition from Melbourne artist, Bailer, opens at fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne, on Tuesday 30 January 2018.

Photo: p1xels

Featuring paintings and sculptural works that traverse liminal states of being, ‘Duality’ aims to explore the ever-changing state of the human condition. Through abstraction, the viewer is immersed, unlocking their own mutable states of mind and coming to understand that nothing ever stays the same. All is fluid, moving.

Capturing a likeness of something that already occupies space has never really interested Bailer. Instead, the development of a personal style and the refinement of an enjoyable cathartic process takes precedence. Process is the most important part of Bailer’s artistic expression, and is clearly apparent in his work.

‘I have used art (and an array of other activities) as a form of escapism for many years. Graffiti, muralism, sketching, writing, all forms of creativity I have used to escape the hands of time, the act of contemplating my own successes/failures, impending mortality, the inequities of an unjust society. Getting deeply lost in the creative process is like ducking my head below the breakers. The roar of the ocean instantly forgotten in the calm below, surfacing for air briefly only to dive deeper. The noise of self- doubt, expectation and pressure fading into the depths.’ – Bailer

Photo: p1xels

Painting publicly in Melbourne for 20 years, Bailer’s style is instantly recognisable. The roots of his work are imbedded deeply in the graffiti subculture, and his new pieces push outside the self-imposed boundaries of genre. Bailer’s studio practice and public art incorporate a broad range of artistic modes.

Bailer’s art practice is varied: from large scale creations across walls in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Bali and Europe to more intimate approaches on canvas evoking existential explorations of the mind. His work is a fusion of biomech – surrealist manifestations of the self – expressed within abstract forms. Bailer’s art is currently positioned within these liminal states of the mind.

‘Duality’ opens at fortyfivedownstairs 45 Flinders Lane Melbourne on Tuesday 30 January from 5pm.

For catalogue enquires, contact curator: georgia.rouette@gmail.com

Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday 11am-5pm, Saturday 12pm-4pm

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Q&A with LING

Born in New Zealand and raised on Melbourne’s Hurstbridge line, Ling is a multi-faceted artist based in Melbourne’s infamous Everfresh Studio. With a background in stylised lettering and graffiti, Ling is also well known for his 80’s and 90’s pop culture pieces, littering the streets of Melbourne and beyond, pushing those who come in contact with the pieces to reminisce of days gone by.

Having shot to international notoriety through his “Allure of Gold” project, taking everyday items like trains and cars that have been left to degrade and painting them gold, giving them the illusion of value once again, Ling is now pushing things even harder. Whilst on the hunt for a holy grail gold piece – ‘I noticed an abandoned fighter jet at Santorini airport…’– Ling has started working on far more diverse projects, pushing the canvas-based boundaries of portraiture and abstract work. A member of Melbourne’s ID crew, Ling is no stranger to collaboration, and is as familiar working alone as he is taking part in full scale productions, including most recently at Denmark’s Roskilde festival.


Photo: LING

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‘New Meaning’ – Shida

Shida’s work explores the interlinked relationship between ritual, sexuality and love. Psychedelic entities are entwined in ceremonial acts, transcending the boundaries of known reality. In a world where society’s issues are becoming increasingly gendered and people are seemingly more divided than ever due to the rise of identity politics, Shida seeks to turn this tide like an ancient shaman with each of these works being, in essence, an invocation, an energetic manifestation, a prayer to joy.

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Mayonaize T-Shirts now available!

Our friend Mayo has just released his new limited run of t-shirts just in time for the holiday and gift giving season! These tees are screen-printed front and back and available in sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL.

Email info@mayonaize.com to purchase while they last. First in best dressed (literally!). AU$60 + $10 shipping within Australia. Add an international address to your email for a shipping quote. Don’t sleep fam.

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Secret Walls x Melbourne / #PaintWillSpill World Tour

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Secret Walls began back in 2006 in a small bar in East London, it was small and intimate yet had the potential to be so much more. Years of hard work, dedication and a strong following has meant Secret Walls has pushed the boundaries and raised the bar for artists and promoters alike on an international stage.

Secret Walls is the world’s premier live illustration battle. Working in a similar way to Fight Club, Secret Walls battles are set up and promoted through word of mouth and social media with battles taking place between two individuals or teams of artists.

On Monday November 6, Melbourne will once again play host to this prestigious event. Fighting it out at Melbourne’s The Vic Bar will see Callum Preston and Heesco vs. Jack Douglas and Unwell Bunny….

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