Snapshots – Mistery In Singapore

Its only been a little over two weeks since I moved up to Singapore for a couple of months for work, and already I’ve met a bunch of people, done a bit of painting, and seen some great artwork here amongst the Singapore graffiti scene.

Amongst all this, I was blessed to meet the renowned DCA/TFC alumni, Mistery – not only a damn talented artist, but a damn nice guy to boot. Mistery was actually up here at an event called Project Hip Hope in KL, but he had a chance to get down to SG for a few days amongst it all.

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On the Thursday night, headed down to Haji lane last week to check out a small show he put on, A Gallery Far Far Away, at CAD cafe, where he paid homage to a bunch of mad characters from the SW universe – he also had the opportunity to do a bit of a paint on one of the walls in the laneway.

On the weekend, myself and up and comer Daiso had a chance to get down to the Rail Corridor, one of Singapores few (but awesome) legal spots for a bit of a spray.

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Afterwards, we got down to Black Books for the regular Graff Fight event, though we were a little late, we hung out for a bit, got some food and packed it in for the day.

I got a bunch of shots from it all as well – apologies for the terrible quality of the exhibition shots, I aint no David Russell, and yeah, damn, I need a good flash. Farkit haha. Oh yeah, and if you’re in Singapore, you can still grab some of this artwork from CAD – its amazingly better than the shots.

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But you can check ‘em all out below, and mad props to Mistery for letting me use a couple of his shops – great meeting you man. Lots more updates from my SE Asia adventures coming up, stay tuned.

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Exhibition – E.L.K – Louder Than Words – StolenSpace – London

Whilst many of us sadly won’t be able to make this show, we thought we would give credit to Our good friend E.L.K (aka Luke Cornish) who is taking his Louder Than Words  show to the one and only StolenSpace Gallery in London. Fuck Yeah!!! Hope the show goes well man!

About the Show: “Inspired by his travels to refugee camps of Lebanon, surrounded by the sound of gunfire, Luke draws on his artistic skills to bear witness to the suffering, hope, violence and everydayness of the displacement and conflicts.”

If you are in London be there or if you know someone let them know about this awesome show.

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E.L.K – Photo Courtesy of E.L.K

Who: E.L.K (aka Luke Cornish).

What: Louder Than Words.

When: 7th August at 6PM and runs until 31st August.

Where: 17 Osborn Street,E1 6TD London, United Kingdom.

Facebook event page here.  

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Event – Bright Lights – By Numskull – At Backwoods Gallery

If you are looking for something to do friday night, then get along to Backwoods Gallery, and check out Bright Lights featuring Sydney artist Numskull

“Having not exhibited in Melbourne for over a decade, Numskull’s long awaited return also marks his first showing with Backwoods Gallery. Bright Lights is a series of paintings and sculptures that continue on from his recent residency at the Museums Quartier in Vienna where he celebrated our memories of popular comic book characters by reinterpreting them as a collection of museum busts.

Much like the works from Vienna, where the compositional arrangements of objects partially masked the identity of the characters, this new suite aims to subjugate the obvious. In Bright Lights, the immediately recognisable figures have disappeared. In their place are silhouettes of headless beings devoid of any distinctive personality, anonymous and statuesque. Their bodies are jolted by the blows of arrows piercing their skin as they float amongst a wreckage of irregular patterned objects.”

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Who: Numskull.

What: Bright Lights.

When: This Friday the 31st of July at 6pm to August the 10th.

Where: Backwoods Gallery, at 25 Easey street Collingwood, Melbourne, Victoria.

Facebook event page here

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Through The Lens With David Russell Photography – July 2014

Well it has been another month filled with mad walls by both graffiti and street artists, from epic paint ups such as the Rose street car park and the south wall at Section 8, featuring the talented Conrad Bizjak and Heesco.

Its not just in Melbourne’s laneways in the CBD where you will find these gems, you only have to travel to suburbs such as Collingwood, Fitzroy, Richmond  Brunswick to find a lot of the work you see in my photos.

So next time you are in the neighbourhood be sure check out some of the incredible art that we are so lucky to be surrounded by.

 

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Fitzroy Car Park – Top To Bottom Burners – Featuring Melburns Finest

One of the freshest car parks I have seen in a long time, featuring some of Melbourne’s finest Graffiti artists from past and present.

As you walk around you will notice that each room has utilised the same colour palette and as you can expect the end result was amazing.

So next time you’re in Fitzroy check out the Rose Street car park, you won’t be disappointed.

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Dvate & Askem

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Snapshots – Eno – Drawing Blood – Backwoods Gallery

Caught up with Eno at Backwoods Gallery for his show Drawing Blood, here are a bunch shots I got while trying to juggle a cold beer in the other hand..

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Eno – Drawing Blood

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Exhibition – Mistery – A Gallery Far Far Away – Singapore

Greetings all from the Lion City – this will be my first real post since my relocation up to Singapore a week or two ago, I decided to take the plunge and do something new, so I’ll be based out of here for the next six months or so. Good thing too, as there is a crapload of great stuff happening in the SE Asia region right now that I’m hoping to cover, like this show from old school Sydney graff legend Mistery – which just popped onto my radar today!

“Reaching back to his comic book roots, Australian graffiti artist Mistery has reinterpreted classic Star-Wars imagery in cartoon form with a graffiti styled twist.

Not only regarded as one of the countries leading aerosol artists, Mistery is also an accomplished B-Boy and MC, with Spanish paint company MTN recently producing a limited edition spray can in his honor! 

Join us on Thursday night to meet the artist, view the works and enjoy some drinks, as we launch this new exhibition at CAD.”

Heres a work in progress of something for the show …

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I fucking love Star Wars. I’ve seen the mans work in photos, but never had a chance to see it in a gallery context,  so i’m really looking forward to this one – and i’ll be sure to grab a bunch of photos whilst Im at it.

Check out a video featuring the man below …

For What it’s Worth from Adam Lowe on Vimeo.

If you’re in Singapore, head on down and check it out – oz graff at its finest!

And finally, some mad Mistery shit to keep your eyes open … all details are below for the event itself ..

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Who: Mistery
What: A Gallery Far Far Away
Where: CAD Cafe, 23 Haji Lane, Singapore
When: Show opens Thursday 24th July from 7pm til later and runs for, well, not quite sure so best get there tomorrow!

Check out the facebook event page for more info!

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Video – Last Breath Project – Melbourne

The last breath project has been doing some cool things over th epast year or two. Targeting buildings that are on the edge of demolition, the Last Breath project and the artists who participate in the various cities gain access and turn it into a temporary gallery of paint and good shit.

Last Breath IV (Melbourne) from Last Breath on Vimeo.

“This an attempt to make the most of the final days of a spacious warehouse in North Melbourne, now void of any life, before its meaning and beauty are forgotten. We occupied the space and invited artists to celebrate the last days of this soon-vanished construction. Now, the building and its final beautification will fully perish and on its grounds, yet another materiality will rise.

Last Breath is currently traveling. Write to tom@lastbreathproject.co.uk to remain up-to-date on next locations and to get involved, as a beautifier or exhibition visitor.

lastbreathproject.co.uk

Thanks to Dean Sunshine for helping to realise this episode: deansunshine.com

Artists involved:
@_Bailer
@cezarystulgis_cruel
makatron.com
facebook.com/jackdouglasart
psalmantics.blogspot.com/
heesco.com
conradbizjak.org/

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Event – Idle – By Sebastian Fransz – At The Darkhorse Experiment – At Blender studios

Be sure to get along to this on Wednesday night, featuring my good mate, Sebastian Fransz.

Look at the wall. The wall has been built. Soon, it will be un-built. There is someone’s dried spit sitting partially over the last loop on a tag someone else did two years ago. The tag is black. The black spray paint fits over the texture of the brick. There is mortar between the bricks, which is made from sand, cement and water. The wall is made from spit, spray paint, bricks and mortar.
Steps out onto the street. Full of intention. Today is this day, and another one is coming after that.
Wood is trees. Cut wood is dead trees. Paper is pulverised trees. Charcoal is tree-derived carbon, which is bound with gum. Art is when various adulterated and mutilated elements are forced to hang around with one another.
How did it begin? With an explosion. How will it end?
The wall has been knocked down. The chips are spraying.
Something else will happen later, and it will probably be violent.

 

‘With Contributions from Blender studios and associated artists’

 

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Idle – Sebastian Franz

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Who: Sebastian Fransz.

What: Idle.

When: This Wednesday the 23rd of July at 6:00pm.

Where: Dark Horse Experiment, at Blender studios, 110 Franklin Street, Melbourne, Victoria.

Facebook event page here

 

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Exhibition – Eno – Drawing Blood – Backwoods Gallery – Collingwood

This looks like an interesting show by New Zealand artist ENO, so be sure to get along to Backwoods Gallery this Friday night the 18th of July.

“An interest in the controversy surrounding early 20th century painter Charles. F. Goldie forms the basis for Drawing Blood, a body of work by Eno (Mikaere Gardiner) that confronts dogmas surrounding truth, taboo and the effects of colonization. Goldie’s paintings of Maori chiefs and princesses were a far cry from the typical portraiture of that era.
Goldie saw a race dying as a result of war and colonisation. Despite their precise detail, his works were considered by many critics at the time to be anthropological studies that belonged in a museum, not an art gallery. Yet these works are now regarded as the pinnacle of high art of that era, and Goldie himself as one of New Zealand’s most important artists.Eno draws on Goldie’s enduring will to capture the truth by reinterpreting the often solemn, weathered expressions in his subjects as a device to illuminate the dichotomy between the throwaway nature of celebrity culture and the retrospective acknowledgment of the disdained.
In Eno’s works we find the facial Ta moko (a traditional tattoo practice symbolic of high status) have been embellished with sailor tattoos – at once a candid remark on the harrowing effects that European colonisation had on the traditional values and cultural beliefs of the Maori people and a wry comment on the passing nature of trends in contemporary society. Having recently begun Ta moko, Eno fuses both his painting and tattooing practices to investigate the cultural significance of his Maori and European genealogy.
Acclaimed for his large scale murals, Drawing Blood sees the artist work on an intimate scale, using acrylic paints, tattoo inks and aerosol across various sized paintings on industrial boxing card as well as a number of smaller sculptures that reference Pataka, traditional Maori houses used to store food.”

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Eno, with Drawing Blood At Backwoods Gallery.

Who: ENO.

What: Drawing Blood.

When: This Friday the 18th Of July.

Where: Backwoods Gallery. 25 Easey Street Collingwood. 

Facebook event page here 

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