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‘Utopia’ – Adam Kinninmont

Since their beginnings, our friends at Backwoods have always fostered local and young artists. As they move into the future, Backwoods Forewoods aims to stay true to this ethos, fostering relationships with the next generation of up and coming Australian artists. Through this program, Backwoods Forewoods will spotlight young and local talent through a series of weekend exhibitions designed to support and promote our favourite emerging artists.

Backwoods are pleased to launch the program with their long time friend of the gallery, Adam Kinninmont, and his collection titled ‘Utopia.’

Adam Kinninmont, formerly known as Swerfk, is a Melbourne-based graphic artist. In his earliest memory of drawing, he is a four year old, pausing a Disney cartoon in order to trace over the character on the screen. This childhood exposure to TV animation and comic books, and later the skate and graffiti scene of his youth, has all played a role in the development of his artistic vision and unique graphic style. Since completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Printmaking and Drawing at the ANU in Canberra, Kinninmont has exhibited throughout Australia and internationally. His focus has recently shifted from graffiti to fine art graphic work. ‘Utopia’ is his first exhibition under his real name.

Kinninmont’s latest series claims its title somewhat ironically. In this body of work, the Western mirage of a sublime suburban existence is dissolved, and seen to be degraded, used, worn down over time by the grind and grit of everyday life. These street moments are composed from his own observation and exploration of Melbourne suburbia, in particular the older industrial suburbs of Collingwood and Brunswick. They are inspired by his interest in art deco and European style architecture, and of the tradition of architectural design illustration, which provides the backdrop for the ephemeral graffiti conversation irrepressibly expressed onto the scene. With inspiration drawn from the late Howard Arkley’s bright, highly stylised Melbourne suburbia paintings, Kinninmont’s illustrations have an added element of unease and mischievousness, a nod to the lively street culture here. Characterised by a bold 80s colour palette, his energetic, gestural style is balanced with technically executed detail and stylised abstraction. The presence of people is noticeably missing from each scene, leaving the natural and designed elements to be admired. However, this is no House & Garden magazine dream: you can see the cracks. – Helani Laisk

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Lousy Ink – Lousy Show

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Melbourne based ink recycler’s Lousy Ink are hosting their first group exhibition, ‘Lousy Show’, which will celebrate local talent, featuring over 40 creatives.

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BSIDE Gallery is set to open on the 15th of July with an electrifying group show celebrating the talent and diversity within Fitzroy’s creative scenes.

The show features an incredible lineup of both emerging and established Australian artists including Ben Frost, Abyss 607, Swerfk, Hancock, Frosk, Mike Eleven, Gigi, Goodie, Aaaron Grech, Kenz and Zamara Robison.

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From street art and graffiti to fine art and installation this show will present the birth of a new era in the local arts scene: promoting an open and inclusive platform for both the artists and the audience that defies the norm of the traditional gallery setting. We want to challenge the existing paradigm and celebrate a diverse array of artistic practices and new conversations that keeps the Fitzroy art scene alive.

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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/
@thepatersonproject

Drains, Lanes and Automobiles…

We took a trip down the not-so-yellow brick road to Australia’s concrete capital, Canberra, to catch up with some crew over the Halloween weekend…

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More jump off after the jump off…
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Sancho’s Dirty Laundry – Up Your Alley

Sancho’s Dirty Laundry (pretty much the BEST thing happening in Canberra right now) is having a paint jam this weekend.

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Held at Lonsdale Street Traders and featuring live painting from Sindy Sinn, Houl, Mike Watt, Grizzle, Swerfk and Keo Match, the day kicks off at 11am and runs til 9pm.

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