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Event – 2015 Stencil Art Prize & Forum

The yearly Stencil Art Prize has been, for many years, an international institution, with some of the worlds top artists contributing and winning the event every year. For the 2015 iteration, there is no exception – the calibre of work from some of the artists involved is of such a high level of talent that it boggles the mind, and this is one of, if no the, most important events in global stencil art. Being held at the luminous aMBUSH Gallery for this years iteration, those of you in Sydney get a great chance to check it out over 92


Editorial – Getting Ahead In The Art Game – One Metre At a Time – The Story of Per Square Metre

Ever wondered what it takes to start up your own gallery? Almost a decade ago, five friends were so fed up with the state of Melbournes exhibition scene, which, at that time, didn’t cater for their love of graffiti and street art that they decided to open what would eventually become a legendary gallery that formed a critical piece in Australian graffiti and street art history – Per Square Metre gallery. In this editorial, Pauly Bailer talks to the owners of Per Square Metre – ten years since they began the journey, and five years after it lamentably closed its

Exhibition – Stereodynamica – Felipe Pantone – Backwoods Gallery

Stereodynamica On his ongoing journey to explore the notions of a never-ending development of technology at a stunning speed, Felipe Pantone brings us yet another experiment in multistable perception. For his latest show called Stereodynamica, coming to Backwoods Gallery, this talented artist from Valencia will, for the first time in Australia, exhibit a series of stereoscopic works on canvas and paper. In order to add yet another dimension to his vibrant, kinetic, almost three-dimensional works, Felipe Pantone worked with stereograms, a particular kind of imagery which hides a picture within a picture. Working with installations, graffiti, kinetic art and graphic

Exhibition – Undergrowth – Julia Palazzo & Chuck Mayfield – At Uncle & Jak Cafe

We are exhibiting a new series of works at Uncle & Jak Cafe in Fitzroy for a month, and we’ll be having a launch event this Saturday! Come check out beautiful art, have a drink and celebrate the arrival of summer in Melbourne. Beers and ciders provided at the event, courtesy of Mountain Goat Beer. • • • • “Undergrowth” is an exploration of the relationship between visual environments in both urban and natural landscapes. Our aim is to connectthese seemingly polar opposites with the theme of organic growth, and the grace and beauty of vivid colour. • • •

Through The Lens September 2015 – With David Russell Photography

  Check out some of my images from the past month, also don’t forget my show 32k, it’s happening on the 13th of November on a Friday at Blender Central. Facebook event page here.  


Interview – Knock

I first started seeing Knocks work around Melbourne some time ago, periodically appearing in run down abandos and a variety of walls sprawled across the city – immediately, there was just something that drew me to his work, whether it was the seemingly ordered chaos of his pieces, or the strange and pensively creepy character work that peered out from broken bricks, pinpoint eyes mirroring the decay around them. Like other artists who choose to follow this type chaotic expression, Knocks work is infused with a variety of influences from pop culture, to the surreal and macabre – his often

Exhibition – 100 Candles Game – By Barek – Off The Kerb

Inspired by the ancient Japanese game Hyakumonogatari Kaidenkai or 100 Candles Game. Around a circle of 100 lit candles––amidst a sum- mer chorus of frogs & insects––participants take turns telling a ghost story or supernatural tale, each snuffing a candle upon finishing. When the final candle is extinguished a Yōkai (ghost or spirit) can be seen with the naked eye… A collection of paintings, drawings & sculptures inspired by Japanese folklore and Kaidan (ghost stories) by artist Barek. Who: Barek. What: 100 Candles Game. Where: Off The Kerb Gallery, 66B Johnston Street, Collingwood. When: October 9th from 6-9pm – till the 23rd

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Sunshines Top 10 – September 2015

So Dean Sunshine has, yep, once again got out and about to get a bunch of great shots from around Melbourne of some of the finest shit on walls possible – welcome to Spring, people, theres going to be a lot more stuff going up over the next few months, so stay tuned as summer begins to roll in … 1. Unwell Bunny – Prahran 2. RusKidd – Fitzroy 3. Duke Style – Melbourne 4. Heesco Christopher Hancock – Melbourne 5. Phibs – Fitzroy 6. Mayo – Fitzroy 7. Lucy Lucy – Preston 8. Be Free – Collingwood 9. Putos –

Snapshots – Everfresh Studio – Open day 2015

Due to the popularity of last years open day, Everfresh decided to open it’s doors again for one day only and allow the public to walk through the studio and see the artists and their work up close and personal. For many people this would be the first time they would get to meet the artists who’s work they had seen all over Collingwood, Fitzroy and destinations around the world. This was also an opportunity to purchase some of their amazing work at a very reasonable price, so for those of you who were unable to make it down, here


Exhibition – Knock – Terra Senectus – Melbourne

At times wandering vagabond and all round grand artist and nice dude Knock will be having his Melbourne solo show at House Of Bricks next week, and its one that you really shouldn’t miss! “After having spent another summer in Berlin creating more visual stimuli ,”TERRA SENECTUS” represents a new body of work by the artist KNOCK. Opening October 2nd at HOB gallery. Translating to “old planet”, the paintings reference mythology and the unknown of yesteryear within deep time.. Deep time is the concept of geologic time. The modern philosophical concept was developed in the 18th century by Scottish geologist

Interview – Will Coles

I was having a cigarette outside a gallery opening some years back when I spotted my first Will Coles piece. No, it wasn’t in the gallery itself – it was stuck up high on a bit of guttering, glued in place –  I’d only noticed it as I’d been half drunkenly staring up into space. To be honest, at the time I had no idea what the fuck it was (some kind of concrete gun stuck to the wall?) but it piqued my interest enough to mention it to someone, who told me all about him, and therein began my  love for his work …

Will Coles sculptural “street art installations” surreptitiously blend in with the cities surroundings. Often, unless you’re really looking for them, you just wont see them – and it is this subtlety to his work that makes me believe his work to be amongst some of the finest examples of Street art in the world.

Downpipes, awnings, concrete slabs – sometimes covertly place but very often, so overtly gifted to the street that one wonders if it is deliberately placed or just a “natural” part of the urban environment.

This is the inherent beauty behind his pieces – the harsh reality of our concrete laden world made manifest with attitudinal pisstaking and poetry, consumer goods laden with solidity and non-functioning precision – replicas of reality, twisted into new forms of surreal visages and repetitiously cast, often antagonistic urban icons.

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We had the chance to shoot a few questions off to Will about his work just before his show, and what we got back was absolutely superb. You might notice that we’ve done this one a little differently – Will was a pretty busy dude the past few weeks, so he hand wrote out the answers to our interview questions. Given Wills raw expositions of his work out on the streets, we thought it only fitting to post this one up just as raw, and put it up exactly as he gave it to us!

Read on for a grand insight into the mans work! Click the images if you need a bigger version, or check out the PDFs of the pages below … many thanks Will, Melbourne definitely fucking loves you too.





For easier reading, if you require it, download Page One of the interview in PDF here and Page Two of the interview in PDF here.

Check out Will Coles website, as well as the Dark Horse Experiment website for more info on the show – its on until the 29th March in Melbourne.

Interview photos courtesy of Dean Sunshine – who also helped facilitate this rad interview with Will. Check out all of Deans photos from Will Coles opening at Dark Horse Experiment, as well as Will Coles in action during his visit to Melbourne here.

Also, check out even more photos that David Russell got for us from the opening of Will Coles show here.

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