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Steve Cross – ‘The Black Ocean’

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‘The Black Ocean’ is the first instalment in a series of oil paintings from Issue 30 feature and long-term visual artist, Steve Cross.

Originally from Perth, Western Australia, Steve relocated to Melbourne in 1999 to pursue a career in tattooing. In the ensuing years he honed his craft, cementing a reputation as one of the country’s best artists.

In 2007 he opened his own shop, the acclaimed Korpus Studio, in Brunswick. But he never lost the love for his first creative passion – graffiti.

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Steve has been painting walls both nationally and internationally since 1988. In that time he has created hundreds of large-scale murals, showcasing his varied style and passion for street art.

While both these careers have seen his artwork showcased very publicly – on walls, and skin – this is the first time Steve has exhibited any of his oil paintings.

This selection has been worked on over the past three months, in private, and away from inquisitive eyes. As such, this first selection of work is deeply personal, and perhaps the most revealing of all Steve’s mediums.

The Black Ocean represents Steve’s obsession and compulsion to create; the paintings representative of the internal struggle an artist encounters when immersing themselves fully in the creative process – and the isolation that brings.

The subjects are caught in moments of internal disquiet – floating and falling into an endless ocean of inky blackness.”

Leading up to this, Steve’s first solo show, he took some time out with Damo to talk about ‘The Black Ocean’

This is your first solo show. What made you decide now was the time to bite the bullet (or jump into the black ocean as it may be)?

It’s been a bit of a natural progression to get to this point. I’ve been a part of a lot of group shows since my first in 1988. I’m at a stage now where I guess I’m ready to expose this hidden part of my life. I keep my ‘artist cards’ pretty close to my chest, and I mostly toil away on my own. But it feels like the right time for people to start seeing some of my more personal work, and The Black Ocean is a record of that.

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‘Made in Melbourne’ – Auguste Clown Gallery

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Melbourne is a city that is constantly celebrating art, from the streets to the big galleries – at the core of their culture is a passionate love of art and all things creative and quirky. Some of them are born and raised there, many go for visit and never leave, others travel from far and wide to be able to call Melbourne home. This patchwork of experience weaves together a magnificent spectrum of diversity, giving the city a truly unique creative perspective.

On show at Auguste Clown Gallery this February, “Made In Melbourne” showcases outstanding work from the city’s best and brightest. Featuring artwork by both established and upcoming artists across various artistic mediums, the exhibition is a brilliant collection of paintings, drawings and handmade sculptures.

Opening on Friday 19th February from 6.00pm – 8.00pm at Auguste Clown Gallery; 52 Johnston Street, Fitzroy. The exhibition is on view until 6th March.

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New! Steve Cross x VNA Tees!

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Earlier in the year, we teamed up with Steve Cross – a world class artist based in Melbourne – to produce these 6-colour screen-printed tees. Cross is an incredibly talented drawer, sketcher, painter, tattoo artist, muralist and illustrator amongst other things – check out stevecross-artist.com/

This process video was put together by the legends from Paste Studios, it’s how the printing for 6 colour spot process T-shirts by the guys at Sydney’s Aisle 6ix Industries.

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Shouts to the Aisle6ix crew for all the hard work and Alex from Paste Studios for putting the video together – pick up your super limited tee while stocks last, sizes S to XL!

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Steve Cross x VNA x Aisle6ix

Steve Cross is a world class artist based in Melbourne – he is a drawer, sketcher, painter, tattoo artist, muralist and illustrator amongst other things… VNA teamed up with him to create this awesome 6-colour screen-printed t-shirt, produced by Aisle6ix Industries in Sydney.

This process video was put together by the legends from Paste Studios, it’s how the printing for 6 colour spot process T-shirts we printed for VNA Magazine x Steve Cross Collaboration went down.
Shouts to the Aisle6ix crew for all the hard work and Alex from Paste Studio’s for putting this video together.

Stay posted for the drop of these tees coming soon…

www.stevecross-artist.com

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‘6×6′ – Auguste Clown Gallery

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An original artwork is one of a kind and irreplaceable; capturing a moment in time through the mind and talent of the artist behind it. On show at Auguste Clown Gallery, “6×6” introduces the works of more than 35 local and international artists in a group exhibition of small scale paintings.

Showcasing each artist’s style within the confines of a six inch square, these miniature masterpieces offer an obtainable piece of artwork to new and seasoned collectors alike.

Opening night: Friday 19th June from 6.00pm – 8.00pm. The exhibition is on view until 5th July.

Featured artists: Alex Garant, Anthony Clarkson, Brian Donnelly, Carol Liu, Ciou, Clare Toms, Danita Art, Edward Cao, Ella Smethurst, Emma Mount, Hye Jeong Park, Filthy the Bear, Jason Snyder, Jennalee Auclair, Jessica Charlotte, Julianna Menna, Kane Kokaris, Kari-Lise Alexander, Kassie McMahon, Kathleen Lolley, Kelly Vivanco, Kirbee Lawler, Laura Berger, Leilani Bustamante, Loretta Lizzio, Malojo, Megan Buccere, Michael Ramstead, Miss E, MJ Lindo, Mysterious Al, Natalia Rak, Redd Walitzki, Roby Dwi Antono, Rudy Fig, Silas, Steve Cross, Susan Apgar, Xue Wang and Yi Shu Wan.

VNA 30 – Out Now

VNA 30 is here, a landmark issue for us, it deserved an extra special artist for the cover – no less than Leonard McGurr, aka Futura, the artist formerly known as Futura2000.

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To get your copy – you can pick one up at your local independent newsagent, national WHSmith’s in the UK, Barnes & Noble stores in the US and of course, online here: www.verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-30

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The Paterson Project

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The Paterson Project will be one of Melbourne’s most exciting and important street art events in 2015. Elite talent from all over Australia will be painting together under one roof to raise money for The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation. Housed inside the ‘jewel of Smith Street’, the Patersons building’s top three floors will be transformed into one giant canvas for more than 100 artists. The Paterson is a heritage building that is to be demolished soon and redesigned as apartments. The history of the building spans over a century, and for the past forty years has remained a home to artists and musicians.

The project comprises of the top street artists, graffiti artists and stencil artists from around Australia. The event seeking to build a positive profile by giving back to the community, raising $20,000 for The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation through the auction of art created as part of The Paterson Project. In one week, up to 100 Artists will create vast collaborative murals and site specific installations over all three floors of the heritage listed Paterson Building.

This type of inspiring event has no precedence; never before has so many top street artists gathered and collaborated to give back to the community.

http://www.thepatersonproject.com/
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Carbon – Sunday Round Up

Sunday was kinda struggle street, hanging out with Days, Steve Cross, Dboe and the Phable jeans guys on Saturday night took it’s toll after we blazed through the Adidas party. There were a bunch of internationals in the house, including the 1xRun guys from the States and the UK’s very own Insa, who seemed pretty happy to scribble in Martha Cooper’s black book…

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Andrew Montell kicked off the days proceedings with an account of his student-style living during the formative years of Acclaim and the subsequent trials and errors in the production process. It was interesting to see how he refined the product and led on well to Jeff Hamada’s speech about appealing to markets. Hamada was funny, inspiring and brilliant, giving a great insight into his creative ideas and personality, which is probably one of the main reasons for www.booooooom.com’s huge success.

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Eddie Huang’s presentation was lively, informed and political. He came through with a few resonating messages about people power and disarming corporations through the removal of support – i.e. voting with your feet. His intelligent voice cut through a lot of the fluff that surrounded some of the other speakers, even if it did get a little Black Panthers at times.

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The final forum of the weekend included two of the most hotly anticipated guests of the weekend, Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant. The seminal duo were joined by Crack & Shine’s Will Robson-Scott. The photographic trio were a great finale for the event and Robson-Scott really held his own against Martha and Henry.

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His talk was lively, amusing and socially critical – touching on themes of unfair jail time for graffiti writers and an interesting take on film vs. digital photography: “It’s like the vinyl versus cd debate…” he quipped, when Martha tried to put him in his place with her obvious experience and current preference for digital (most notably her recent instagram addiction).

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All in, Andrew and the rest of the Carbon crew did an amazing job pulling in such a great line-up and putting on an awesome event. Massive respect and big ups to Bella, Edwina and the guys for all their hard work. Definitely one for the diary next year.

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