In my mind, Will Coles holds a special place in Australian street art. One of only a handful of dedicated artists who here whose entire practice involves put physical objets out on the street, he has been quoted as being one of the worlds street artists whose work has been stolen more than any other. Whether this is true or not, its certainly true that his work has a habit of disappearing quite quickly once he’s put it up, which has lead him to increasingly using different materials to bond his concrete cast works to the urban environment.
With broken pieces littering the country where enterprising collectors have attempted to grab and dash, there are still many around whole and sound, but if you havent had a chance to see them in-situ, his upcoming solo show this weekend at Bside is your next best chance!!
“UK born sculptor Will Coles’ long awaited follow up show to ‘I Fucking <3 Melbourne’ (March, 2013) will open this week at BSIDE Gallery, Fitzroy.
‘Fuck Sydney’ is his ‘it’s not me it’s you’ break-up letter to the city he called home for 20 years:
What was true twenty years ago is just as true today: Sydney is where the money is, Melbourne is where the culture is. Sydney, where the average house will now put you back $1 Million, where they import foreign street art rather than invest in their own. Sydney, where the pubs & clubs close early, live music is a memory & the shops close at 5. Sydney? Go fuck yourself.
– Will Coles”
Head down to Bside Gallery this Friday night to see it all for yourself, and you’ll see why Will Coles is one of Australias best when it comes to putting shit out on the street that makes people think.
See you there!
Who: Will Coles
What: Fuck Sydney solo show
Where: BSide Gallery, 121 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
When: Show opens Friday 21st July from 6pm til 9pm and runs until 30th July 2017