Rise Festival is about to launch in Christchurch New Zealand and it looks like a cracker! Big Ups to Oi You who are running things! I’m SPEWING I haven’t organised a cheeky trip over for the weekend, ah well! For any in NZ make sure you get to this!
The festival features a stelar line up with the likes of Askew, Lister, ROA, Ian Strange (Kid Zoom), Thom Buchanan and works on display by Banksy (he won’t be there but some traveling canvases will) as well as some of the worlds best street artists work.
Of course, lots of big walls will be painted, as well as Ian Strange’s new show Final Act at Canterbury Museum. Thom Buchanan’s installation sounds like it will be interesting, a mix of film and art and experience. Read all about the festival and what to expect on their site.
Who: Oi You Present What: Rise Festival When: Friday 20th December to 23rd March 2014. (Work on display). Admission is free. Where: Christchurch New Zealand.
Cinzah Seekayem has some of the finest work we’ve seen – whether its illustrated, or painted up on a wall. Now, he is having his second solo show at Endemic World across the ditch in New Zealand, and if you’re anywhere in the vicinity of Auckland, you should go check it out.
"Cinzah’s second solo exhibition, kicking off at endemicworld.com ‘s Print Store in Ponsonby. Featuring a brand new body of work never seen before. One off original works as well as affordable limited edition prints. Big thanks to Stolen Rum and Lothlorien Winery for sponsoring the brews for the evening – hope to see you all there. All welcome."
Take a look at the preview video that was also just released to get a glimpse of what the show holds!
Mad shit happening in the New Zealand graffiti and street art scene lately, and a whole lot of mad shows going on – not least this one coming up this Friday night with Berst, alongside Fecks (Perth), Kaput (vancouver) and NZs Hazer.
For one night only, the artists will be displaying a whole bunch of their work, and with each artist reppin their own corner of the world, it sounds like it’ll be worth the checkin out.
Head down to K-Road to see it this Friday!
Who: Berst, Haser, Kaput, Fecks What: North East South West exhibition Where: Suite 108 Ironbank, K’Road, Auckland When: Friday the 1st of November at 6pm – one night ONLY!
We are, obviously, big fans of the work of AskewOne. The NZ artist has garnered a global fan base for his work over the years, and is one of the best to come out of the antipodes – and coming up pretty soon, you lucky bastards in Sydney will have a chance to see his very first solo show there!
"Askew One is a multi-disciplinary artist mostly renowned for his graffiti art paintings. Widely regarded as one of the New Zealand graffiti scene’s driving forces, he has managed to remain at the forefront of the movement (both in New Zealand and throughout the world) whilst working tirelessly behind the scenes in a diverse array of projects.
Askew’s indoor canvas works are influenced by double exposure photography, bold illustrative lines reflective of comic books and the graphic power of the letter. This is also seen in his public mural works in which his attraction to ‘bigger is better’ is highly precedent.
With an abundance of achievements and experiences almost 20 years in the graffiti scene which include a guest artist invite to Primary Flight – Art Basel Miami and taking out two consecutive ‘Write 4 Gold’ world titles as part of TMD crew (who remain undefeated), Askew is also versed in graphic design, illustration, photography, publishing, music and moving image. A self-taught, self-sufficient one-man army with no formal art qualifications behind him, Askew is an artist schooled by life itself."
The Evolving Face promises to be an amazing show, and an awesome opportunity to see his work in a Sydney gallery setting – head down there and check it out!!
Who: Askew What: The Evolving Face solo show Where:The Tate Gallery, 345 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe, Sydney When: show opens Wednesday 13th November from 6pm til 9pm and runs daily until 17th November.
ALL Fresco Street Art Festival was held over the weekend of 2 – 5 May in and around Karangahape Road (everyone calls it K Road) in the city. Despite the sometimes terrible weather, a lot of fantastic street art was created.
There were maps provided so you could see where the artists were working, and even free bikes to get around the area. It was awesome!
The K Road Business Association was the major player in terms of making the festival happen – it is listed as the host of the event on all media.
Magda_C is back with another NZ update – this time she’s grabbed a bunch of pics of all the latest work around Auckland, from KRoad (Karangahape Road, but everybody calls it K Road) and the inner city suburbs of Ponsonby and Newmarket.
Some great New Zealand street art talent including Component, Cut Collective, Dager, EnforceOne, Enzo & Nio, Misery and Sofia Mainsen who Magda tells us
"Sofia Minson is a fine artist – and I think this is her only outside piece. It is a paste up of a painting she did of NZ musician Tiki Taane, consisting of multiple pieces. it’s HUGE and must have been quite a mission to get done!"
We have another great new controbutor joining us this week, with Magda C sending us a bunch of great shots from over in NZ. Magda will be keeping us updated on what’s happening across the ditch – massive thanks and welcome! First , some of the finest New Zealand graffiti and street artists …
"The bulk of these pics were taken at Corban’s Estate Art Centre Open weekend in March when the TMD (The Most Dedicated) crew were hard at work in the outside graffiti area of the estate."
Artists painting the spot were Berst, Askew, Mark Henare, Haser, Deus, Dager, Benjamin Work and a bunch of others from the TMD crew (and friends).
Aucklands K Road is infamous for its street art, and this group show, gathering together some of NZs coolest and finest, looks like it’ll be a great showcase of work – live!
As part of the running First Thursdays events, Alfresco will be a “rad street art festival up and down K’Rd, 10+ walls being painted by 10+ street artists from all around the country. Come watch these artists do what they do best LIVE in person and watch K’Road be transformed with colour across our walls”
“Karangahape Road is a long time home to art and cultural activity that doesn’t fit amongst the typical mainstream vernacular. It abounds with mythical figures and local legend from across multiple generations.
It is an area of Auckland that is fighting to retain all that is good about grit and grime, to celebrate the eccentric and erroneous. All the while ensuring that it remains a relevant and vital creative community that is recognised for its value as a rich depository of cultural artefact and activity.
All Fresco is both a response to the traditions of Krd, and to the paucity of street art in the Krd district. The character of a community is reflected in many things including the evidence of an engaged and ongoing public dialogue. And in an area noted for it’s character, a distinct lack of sites hosting relevant and revolving street art is something to be addressed.
The value of this event isn’t just in the opportunity it provides to artists, or even the spectacle and experience it offers spectators. It’s in reestablishing and re-affirming the qualities of a part of our city that makes it the most well know, most notorious and fabled strip in the country.”
Thats a lot of wall space to be painted up on one single night, K’Rd is going to look mad!The week before his solo show, even HaHA will also be in Auckland on the night doing some live art for the opening!
There will also be an exhibition on the 2nd May at Method & Manners studios. Head down and see it if you’re anywhere near the North Island!
Who: BMD, Eno, Erin Forsyth, Deus, Dagar, Mica Still, Wert159, Xoe Hall, HaHa, What: Alfresco street art festival (First Thursdays event) Where: Up and down K Road and Method and Manners studios, 6 Upper Queen Street, Auckland When: Exhibition opens at 6pm til 9pm on 2nd May, and the paiting goes on from the 3rd, 4th and 5th.
As you know, we do all the stuff here on the website without any real expectation in return, but there are costs associated with it all … so if you’ve ever wanted to directly help support us, now’s your chance!
First up is the classic Invurt T from Pierre Lloga – Pierre did this one for us prior to the Outpost Project up in Sydney, and its the shirt we have rocked the most over the past two years – big fans. Available in colours, as well as in both Pullover and Zip up hoodies.
Second up, is of course, our now logo from the man himself, Hancock (also check out @hancock_art on instagram). This is the same graphic from both here on the website, as well as on all of our stickers and other swag – we love this design! Also available in hoodies, yep!
The third shirt design, is from the hand of our friend Mikaela Jane (@mikaelajane on instagram) – we haven’t released this logo before and this sees its first outing! We love her custom type and we love our orange on purple (though there are other colours available also)! Yep, there’s hoodies available as well!
Lastly, I have actually gone through and put a whole bunch of my own personal artwork on a bunch of shirts as well – okay, so not Invurt related, but I hope you think there’s some cool designs of some creatures, nonetheless!
Invurt webzine provides information on AustralAsian street, urban, illustrative, graffiti and other genre defying, nu-contemporary art to readers around the world. It specialises in events and artists who are working, displaying and visiting Australasia – particularly with a focus on exhibitions, live art and other events the artists are partaking in.