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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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KASSO+SMOGG presents Spring Affair

‘A week-long happening in the historic heart of Bristol, featuring a shimmering constellation of UK artists.’

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As its 6-month residency in Bristol’s historic Stock Exchange district draws to a close, progressive pop-up gallery and concept store KASSO+SMOGG invite you to celebrate the Spring Equinox with a microcosm of happenings over the course of 7 gradually lengthening days.
In keeping with the spring theme of renewal, each day will see a new mix of work from a stellar line-up of artists alongside featured products from the archives, including works from long-since sold out editions.

Featured artists will include:

Mr. Jago, Mudwig, Anna Marrow, Vinnie Nylon, Lucy McLauchlan, Sickboy, Paris, Russell Maurice, Matt Eko, Anna Higgie, Penfold, plus more guests TBA.

Spring Affair opens with a preview reception on March 22nd from 6 – 9:30pm at 34 St. Nicholas St. Bristol BS1 1TG and will continue through March 29th from 10am – 5pm, at which point the space will stay true to its mantra and ‘disappear here’.

Space for the preview is limited and RSVP is essential via: hello@kasso.smogg.com

Visit www.kasso-smogg.com and @kasso.smogg for more information and teasers.

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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Instagram: @vs.gallery.melbourne

 

Spencer Keeton Cunningham – ARRIVAL

In his current solo exhibit, artist & activist, Spencer Keeton Cunningham addresses the first point of contact between European colonists and indigenous peoples. In his distinct style, he has created a new mural, installation, film festival & art exhibit at Space Gallery in downtown Portland, Maine. The opening reception is Friday Feb 2nd, 5-8pm 2018

“I’m really happy about this exhibit. It’s something new for me,” Cunningham stated. “The legendary Jonathan Richman of The Modern Lovers is actually coming to play a live musical set inside my art show, so it’s a big honour to be a part of something like that.”

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RONE – THE OMEGA PROJECT

In yet another covert project set in a doomed, abandoned space, acclaimed Melbourne-based street artist Rone announces his latest work, The Omega Project – a nostalgic and haunting homage to the fading remnants of mid-century Australiana.

On the back of his hugely successful 2016 solo exhibition, Empty and a recent turn producing a large-scale mural for rural Victoria’s Silo Art Project, the internationally renowned Melbourne street artist has turned his attention back to his hometown for another fleetingly brief exhibition – this time set in a condemned suburban home. Check out this incredible VR-ready 3D tour of the site from the guys at Phoria:

www.captur3d.io/view/scann3d/rone-secret-location

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Luke Cornish – A Traveller in Wartime

Prize-winning Australian stencil artist Luke Cornish, aka E.L.K recently showed his exhibition of Syrian-inspired artworks, ‘Road to Damascus’ at Sydney art gallery Nanda/Hobbs Contemporary. For over a decade, Cornish has created artwork in the public eye that forces the viewer to reflect on their thoughts and actions and the impact their lives have on others.

Turning over the soil on perceptions of race, religion, conflict and the human condition, Cornish echoes the sentiments of American singer Bruce Springsteen, considering it his job as an artist to ‘observe and report’.

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Cornish extends his social commentary across borders and boundaries, with his work often taking him to the worlds most troubled and troubling places. In June 2016, Cornish traveled through Syria with Sydney’s Anglican Church Reverend Dave Smith, on his ‘Boxers for Peace’ mission. The life-changing journey brought him insights into the lives and stories of the people he encountered.

Despite the poverty and plight of the war-ravaged civilization, Cornish was able to experience first-hand the hope, generosity and defiant positivity of the people of Syria. Taking these reflections back and pouring them into his work, Cornish was then invited to return to Syria to exhibit the show at the Damascus Opera House.

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Set on returning to the country, Cornish set about collecting donations for art supplies in Australia for his work with the children of Syria, but in doing so, found he encountered issues with PayPal obstructing any contributions with the label ‘Syria’ or ‘Syrian’ attached. His visit to the area wasn’t without incident either, as he found himself arrested in the wrong area at gunpoint, without the correct papers for his visit. However, the experience has left him un-jaded as to the warmth and humanity of the ordinary people he met along the way.

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ALL BIG LETTERS

Curated by Vandalog Editor-in-chief RJ Rushmore on the 50th anniversary of modern graffiti, ALL BIG LETTERS approaches the medium as fundamentally entangled with its tools. Investigating graffiti as a site of stylistic innovation where the sense of place, the excitement of sport, and the search for fame intersect, the exhibition considers primary yet lingering questions about the medium: Why does graffiti look like that, and why is it on my wall? ALL BIG LETTERS suggests that every aspect of graffiti can be understood as an effort to maximize reputation through novel uses of instruments and other innovations.

Video Produced by Peter English
Archival Video of Jordan Seiler by Aymann Ismail / Courtesy of Slate Magazine
Smart Fools Video by Smart Crew
Music by Watermark High

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The Mine Presents… BETWEEN THE LINES

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‘Between The Lines’ is an all new urban contemporary group show at The Mine, Dubai, curated by Rom Levy, featuring Andrew Schoultz, Kenton Parker, RETNA, Andrew Faris, Paul Insect, BAST, eL Seed, Jenny Sharaf and Word to Mother.

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