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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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Martin Whatson Pop-Up Show “Hide And Seek” @ RexRomae, London

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Norwegian stencil artist, Martin Whatson, will be having a solo exhibition with London-based RexRomae gallery from the 6th through the 9th of November at their pop-up location @ 9 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8AA. Only few days before the opening, we got an exclusive look into what Martin was working on for this show in his studio.

Whatson’s recognizable combination of stencil art with graffiti writing and tags paved the way for his work around Europe and America, both through murals, original works and print editions. With his upcoming London show, the artists is exploring the continuous metamorphosis of the city’s ecosystem, through marking the canvas the same way people make their mark on society. Conflicting the symbols of “good” painted with stencils, against “evil” represented through colorful chaotic tags and graffiti, his idea is to show the relationship between right and wrong.

“I feel like my background is more from the fine art world, but I found interest in doing art myself through graffiti so I like to incorporate both. It’s like a fusion of two interests – the fine art and the street art – but I find that the aesthetics of graffiti is my favourite thing, so that’s why I try to incorporate it.”

Along with introducing new works on canvas, created exclusively for this show, Whatson will release a new hand painted print “Climber”, in a limited edition of 50, which will be available in person only at the gallery.

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Rockin’ Out with 23rd Key

Melbourne based artist 23rd Key has just submitted two mind-blowing stencils into Australia’s ‘Archibald Prize‘.  She took time to chat with Damo about how this all came about.

DW:  Thanks for taking the time to chat.  Can you tell us a bit about yourself, what led you to becoming a stencil artist?

23rd Key: No worries. I actually kind of fell into it- I made my first stencil when I was in high school. Being from Melbourne, stencil art was still emerging at the time, my brother knew some of the basics and taught them to me. I happened to really take to the medium though, I found the process of cutting/making stencils really cathartic and have been doing it ever since- I enjoy doing it now more than I ever have. I got to a stage where I’d made so many artworks that I decided I needed to do something with them – being an artist was never something I thought I’d be, ‘when I grew up’.

DW:  Often there can be a story behind a name.  Is that the case with you?

23rd Key: I struggle a lot when it comes to names, even when I used to play roller derby, I found coming up with a name harder than learning how to skate. The first show I was ever in I went under the pseudonym ‘Keys’, it was basically just because it sounds like my real last name and was my nickname for a long time. Twenty-three has been my favourite number since I can remember and is actually the date of my birth, so I kind of just put the two together. It’s a pretty poor story I guess, hopefully the work I make makes up for it.

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Snik, Now and Next

Britain’s beloved stencil duo Snik struck Brick Lane last month with a triptych of stencils from Marc Laroche’s haunting photo-series, “hair”. The copper clad portraits can be caught on Hanbury Street in the beating heart of the London Shoreditch area.

So VNA’s Jodie got chatting with Nik, one half of the prolific double act, during a rare quiet moment nestled in a packed schedule of exhibitions, printmaking and painting, to try to find out a bit about what the past, present and future holds for the hardworking pair.

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E.L.K – First Stencil Artist in the Archibald Prize

Australian stencil artist E.L.K has made it into the runnings for one of the countries most prestigious awards, the Archibald portrait prize.

E.L.K., aka Luke Cornish, has made the news with the first ever stencil art to be entered into the awards and is hotly tipped to be a finalist, watch this space…

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