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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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‘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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The Crystal Ship – WIP Shots

Work in progress from The Crystal Ship festival in Ostend, Belgium – check out their insta and follow our man from FifthWallTV for the latest updates from some of our favourites such as CYRCLE, Faith47, PixelPancho, Ella & Pitr, Fintan Magee, Roa, Zio Ziegler and more…

1010 at The Crystal Ship picture by Kristien Janssoone (2)

1010 at The Crystal Ship picture by Bjørn Van Poucke (3)

Elian at The Crystal Ship picture by Elian

Elian at The Crystal Ship picture by Egmond Dobbelaere (2)

Fintan Magee at The Crystal Ship picture by Bjørn Van Poucke (8)

Fintan Magee at The Crystal Ship picture by Egmond Dobbelaere (3)

Pictures by Kristien Janssoone, Egmond Dobbelaere, Bjørn Van Poucke and Elian.

www.thecrystalship.org

The Crystal Ship – Belgium

The Crystal Ship is headed for land!

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This great new festival is about to set sail in Ostend, Belgium, with a whole bunch of awesome artists across the city, stay tuned for more info from us and FifthWallTV

The Crystal Ship is a contemporary art festival with a focus on art in public space which launch last week, on the 28th March with artists painting until the 10th April 2016 in the city of Ostend. An all star line up of 25 international and national artists are descending on the city to create large scale murals and installations which will form an artistic trail across Ostend. Artists taking part in this first edition of the Crystal Ship Festival include:

1010 (DE) – AGOSTINO IACURCI (IT) – CYRCLE (US) – DISORDERLINE (B) – ELIAN (AR) – ELLA & PITR (FR) – EVERSIEMPRE (AR) – FAITH47 (SA) – FINTAN MAGEE (AU) – GUIDO VAN HELTEN (AU) – HERR SEELE (B) – JAUNE (B) – JAZ (AR) – LOCATELLI (B) – MISTER FIKSIT (B) – NOIR (B) – NUART PRESENTS BIANCOSHOCK (IT) & ISAAC CORDAL (ES) – PIXELPANCHO (IT) – POL COSMO (B) – ROBERT MONTGOMERY (UK) – ROA (B) – SIEGFRIED VYNCK (B) – SMATES (B) – ZIO ZIEGLER (US)

Check out the website for more and check the VNA and FifthWallTV Instagram for updates…

www.thecrystalship.org

UNEXPECTED – Arkansas Murals

This was totally UNEXPECTED – huge mural event in Fort Smith, Arkansas, curated by JUSTKIDS, with murals from Vhils, D*Face, Maser, Ana Maria, Bicicleta Sem Freio, Roa and Askew.

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ARTURb: imprisonment is a beautiful way to free art on the streets.

This summer we chose Lagos for our holiday destination. We were looking for beautiful, quiet beaches,  nice hot stretches in the sun, cool places for drinks before dinner, and, yes, a little bit of buzz.  No more expectations.  The truth is we had much more than that: we ended up being struck by what we found on the city walls. 

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As you start to wander the alleys you literally bump into pieces from international artists such as ROA, BEZT, SAINER, ARYZ, SEPE, ONUR or BORONDO, to mention some, in addition to works from well known Portuguese ones as MÁRIO BELÉM, MAISMENOS, ADDFUEL, amongst others. It wouldn’t be as dazzling if we were in Berlin or Buenos Aires; the thing is it takes place in Lagos, a tiny spot on the Portuguese map, a small picturesque village. How the hell is this happening here?

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“Street Art, Book Art” – Ingrid Beazley

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Street Art and the Baroque have not always been the closest of partners, be it due to their wildly different demographics, styles or time periods, however teacher turned curator Ingrid Beazley has aimed to change that in a three year long project which began when she collaborated with Stik, an artist who requires no introduction, and asked him to create his own reinterpretations of the old masters’ pieces. Three years and sixteen further collaborating artists down the line, today Beazley is the figurehead of a project that even she states is “more successful than I ever imagined.” Continue Reading →

ROA paints new mural in Sardinia

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VNA 12 cover artist ROA recently painted another of his striking animal murals in Sardinia.

The Belgian artist visited the mediterranean island to paint the mural as part of the Murartista Street Art festival, taking place in the small town of Sadali. His piece fittingly depicts the Sardinian wild boar tied by a rope to the skull of another boar, a commentary on the nature of life and death.

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ROA joined artists Yama, Peeta and duo CAKTUS & MARIA for this year’s Murartista event, curated by LOOK-OUT, a new cultural association based in Sardinia.

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The festival aims to develop innovative initiatives for artistic exchange in Sardinia, inviting leading international street artists to work in a collaborative, small community environment to explore new processes and concepts in public spaces.

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Check out some shots of when ROA painted the VNA 12 cover piece in 2012 here.

 

Backwoods Gallery: ‘A Study of Camouflage’

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Backwoods Gallery proudly presents ‘A Study of Camouflage’ – a new show within the A Study of… exhibition series. This is the fourth exhibition in row in the long-term project consisting of annual shows that focus on different study subjects.

With this series of exhibitions, Backwoods are creating a vivid archive of works by renowned artists from around the world whose works intersect on the same subject-matter. No matter the artistic style or technique used, a magnificent plurality of different approaches and representations of a single subject contextualises it, and places it in a dominant understanding of both the artists’ and audience’s views. Logically, this library becomes a diverse overview of different representations of a single subject, as seen and created by leading contemporary artists.

A Study of Camouflage brings together some of the leading contemporary artists whose art, in some way, touches the subject of camouflage. The concept seeks to deconstruct the dominant perception of camouflage from its military driven narrative, and to bring back the camouflage patterns to its natural roots. Camouflage is usually linked with military uniforms and inherently with violence and rigorousness. However, camouflage patterns are much more than a simple military feature. Its different forms can be observed and understood as an artistic product, both in terms of aesthetics and conceptuality. Aesthetically, camouflage can assume different shapes and forms, creating beautiful design and art products, while conceptually, it may be detached from its military connotation, and transformed to different purposes depending on the given context. Always depending on artistic approach towards it, camouflage has enormous potentials for being a perfect medium for countless interpretations of contemporary society. The use of camouflage in art may lead to more abstract forms, while on the other hand it can serve as the perfect material for figurative and conceptual approaches as well.

The exhibition will open on Friday, May 29th, and will be on view until Sunday, June 7th. It will take place at a warehouse space, just next door to Backwoods Gallery, at 5 Easey Street, Collingwood.