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Featured Event – Cutback Documentary Screening – Melbourne & Sydney

One of the coolest projects that we’ve had the pleasure of being involved with over the past few years, is the amazingly diverse and comprehensive Cutback project, put together by Rachel Bentley. Traversing the world, interviewing a plethora of amazing artists and grabbing shots of work from a hundred different walls, the Cutback project, both the introductory documentary itself and the multitude of web features,  is finally about to be released – and we’re really, really pretty damn excited.

For an overview of the project, read on for the press release as well as all the info on how to check it out.

CUTBACK is a multi-platform web and feature documentary filmed between 2011-2014 in Sydney, Melbourne, Berlin, NYC and London. Featuring in depth interviews from artists and writers it challenges the public’s preconceptions on art in the urban environment. CUTBACK explores the ‘key’ to understanding the artist’s addiction, which is street art and graffiti . The project features interviews with artists as they discuss their individual approach to their work, artistic motivations and frustrations.

CUTBACK documentary features artists from Australia and internationally, including: E.L.K. Makatron, Rone, Meggs, HAHA, Perso, Zerosix, Vexta, Mini Graff, CDH, Shannon Crees, Facter, Juanjo, DMOTE, Kid Zoom, and with commentary from Alison Young, Kurt Iveson, Jaklyn Babbington (NGA),Frances Lindsay (NGV), Fletcher Andersen, Sandra Powell and Andrew King.

Within the CUTBACK digital platform, over 60 artists have been interviewed, including luminaries such as Beastman, Numskull, Jak Rapmund, Ben Frost, Bill Dimas and John Whiltshire, Phibs and Meres (5Pointz). As an on-going, ever expanding project, a wealth of updates will be regularly added to the CUTBACK online platform.

CUTBACK also features the music of renowned Sydney artist and producer, Daniel (Ears) O’Toole.

The CUTBACK screening and launch is presented by INVURT in Melbourne and Commune Studios in Sydney.”

Rachel Bentley really has done an extraordinary job at putting all of this together – having seen the documentary cut myself, its pretty damn cool.

But the greatest thing about this entire project, is that it isn’t just limited to the documentary itself, which really only shows a small slice of what the entire thing entails. With over 60 artists having been interviewed over the past three years, it may be one of the most comprehensive video archives of artists practicing on the streets here in Australia – and, after the initial launch (on the 13th of December), these interviews will all be released on the Cutback website, with even more to be added. It will be a continually evolving entity, and, much like what we try to do here, will help to capture the essence and vitality of the ever evolving Australian graffiti and street art scenes.

Check out the promo video for the project –

CUTBACK LAUNCH PROMO from 2014 on Vimeo.

 

The Sydney event will be held on the 5th of December, and the Melbourne event will be held on the 12th – the Melbourne event will also allow for those who have never seen the amazing Emerald Car Park to get an exclusive tour (its closed to the public and hasnt been open for quite some time), and they will also be having their official after event at That One Shot II event and exhibition, where we will all be kicking on to after the doco screening and tour.

Seats at both the screenings are quite limited, but if you want to get a chance to see it first hand then here’s your chance – you just have to register at the Eventbrite links below. It’s simple, and completely free just click the links below to the respective screening – spots are filling up quickly, so get onto it.

Cutback Sydney Screening

Friday 5th December 2014
COMMUNE Studios
186 Rochford St, Erskineville

6.00pm – Exhibition and drinks.
7.00pm – CUTBACK Documentary screening
9.00pm – Concludes

Register for the Sydney event here http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/commune-studios-presents-cutback-launch-tickets-14208182055

Cutback Melbourne Screening

Friday 12th December
1800 – Exhibition
1830 – DOCO screening
2000 – Rare tour of Emerald House carpark !
830 – Official After Event – That One Shot II @ 1 Doonside St Richmond 

Register for the Melbourne event here https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/invurt-presents-cutback-launch-tickets-14183105049

 

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Exhibition – Syncopation – Alexandra Lederman – At The Tate – Sydney

If you are in Sydney on November the 19th, be sure to check out the work of Alexandra Lederman, who seems to be spending a bit of time north of the border.

With her unique style blending abstract forms into surreal landscapes,.

 

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Who: Alexandra Lederman

What: Syncopation

When: November the 19th, Wednesday @ 6pm

Where: The Tate . The Toxteth | 345 Glebe Pt Road, Glebe, Sydney City

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Snapshots – Heesco – Liminal – Sydney

Last Wednesday night our mate Heesco headed up Sydney way to open his latest show, Liminal, at The Tate.

Edinfocus was also there on the night, and we’re glad too, as he had his camera out and captured a whole swag of fantastic photos from the show, which you can check out below!

Looks like it was an absolutely fantastic show, wish we could have been there – thanks to Ed and Heesco for the pics!

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Exhibition – Heesco – Liminal – Sydney

Our good mate Heesco has a new show coming up, this time at The Tate in Sydney!

Its been a while since we saw a solo show from the man, who has been busy over the last year painting across Oz, Mongolia and NYC – and having seen the new direction that the work in this show has been taking over the past six months or so, we’re pretty excited to see how it all turns out. This latest show veers towards the abstract, but abstract in the way that is more than familiar for those of you that know Heescos work. Explosive, elemental and with a shitload of energy, Heescos Liminal is a gorgeous riot of colour.

“Liminal – adjective

1. relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process.

2. occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold.

With Liminal, there is a hyperfocus at the central point of Heesco’s many and varied influences from graffiti, comics, fantasy and sci-fi illustration to gestural and hard-edge abstraction, surrealism, and age-old figurative painting. It’s

an epic clash of opposing ideals and dynamics resulting in works that burst with energy, vibrancy and undeniable artistic skill.

The paintings are visceral and hypnotic, which exude elements and ideas from his Mongolian upbringing clashing with contemporary urban culture. The result is a unique new category that only Heesco can own. These works are a must see in person.

Heesco is an internationally recognised graffiti and street artist based in Melbourne – for catalogue enquiries contact heesco@heesco.com”

Check out a few of the images of works from the show, and see the mad new direction that Heescos work has taken recently.

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Also, heres a small sampling of the show and some of the work in this preview video from Michael Danischewski! Head down to The Tate this Wednesday to see the show for yourselves.

HEESCO- Liminal from Michael Danischewski on Vimeo.

Who: Heesco
What: Liminal Solo show
Where: The Tate, 345 Glebe Pt Rod, Glebe, Sydney
When: Show opens Wednesday October 3rd from 6pm til 9pm, and runs for a week

Check out the facebook event page for more info!!

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Exhibition – E.L.K. & Will Coles – Art Equity – Sydney

Well this is a bit of a powerhouse exhibition join-up right here – the amazing E.L.K. (Luke Cornish) and Will Coles getting together to put on a show together down at Art Equity in Sydney.

Both of these guys are at the top of their game, and I know that with this show we can expect something a little different – with Will Coles having just been down here in Melbourne recently, smashing up a whole pile of his trademarked concrete pieces, and with some preview pieces of some bronze casted sculptural pieces from E.L.K. we know that alongside their staple awesomeness, there is going to be some great little surprises at the show!

Take a  look at a shitload of preview photos from some of the works in the show, and head down and check them out this Thursday night down at Art Equity

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Who: E.L.K. & will Coles

What: Art Equity duo show
Where: Art Equity, Level 1, 66 king St, Sydney
When: Show opens Thursday 29th may 20014, from 6pm til 9pm, and runs until 13th June

Check out the facebook event page for more info on the show!

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Exhibition – Vans The Omega – Into The Light – Sydney

On Wednesday night, the amazing Vans The Omega will be holding an exhibition in Sydney, bringing his unique style and patterned brilliance to the walls of The Tate. Now, we shouldn’t need to introduce you to Vans, if you know your art here in Australia, but in case you haven’t heard of one of the top artists in our country, maybe you should go and check out his website before reading all the info for the show below …

“A solo exhibition by Vans The Omega in collaboration with East Editions, The Hours and Karton Group, featuring a range of unique hand painted furniture and homewares, sculptural works and installations, new mixed media paintings and a limited edition print set.

Roughly based in Adelaide Australia, Vans the Omega has been creating and painting letterforms for over two decades, which has seen him travel around the globe consistently since 2000. Recognised in the global graffiti scene for his attention to detail and search for perfection within letter structure and technique, most of his influences come from ancient scripts, architecture, engineering, nature and the idea of movement or balance.

His use of sharp highly technical machine like shapes and seemingly impossible patterns mixed with a traditional graffiti aesthetic, blend together to produce new innovative artworks which continue to push boundaries and perfect his craft. Vans The Omega is extremely well travelled and has exhibited artwork and painted murals all over the world.”

This will be an excellent display of work from one of the best practitioners on walls across the world, so head down to check it all out yourselves.

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Who: Vans The Omega
What: Into The Light solo show
Where: The Tate, 345 Glebe point Rd, Glebe, Sydney
When: Show opens Wednesday 21st May from 6pm til 9pm and runs until Saturday 24th May.

Check out Vans The Omega on his website as well as the facebook event page.

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Video – Big Wall Collaboration – Sydney

A whole bunch of artists got down onto the a big collaborative wall at the Vic in Sydneys enmore the other week, with great results.

Artists involved include Numskull, Tom Schwigs, Okae, Bafcat, Beastman, Onshow, Roach, Retro, Scott Marsh, Clams, Oniks, Elvis, Eels, Cam Wall, Fintan Magee, Moik, Jumbo, Phibs, Resm, Thomas Jackson, Resan, Oricks, Denes, Renob and 2Wik

You can check out more images of it all here - and check out the video below.

‘BIG WALL’ – A collaborative mural project from Chris Loutfy on Vimeo.

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Snapshots & Video – Meetings Of Styles – Singapore

For the first time in history, Meeting Of Styles hit Singapore last weekend. Here are some snapshots of the event of artists/writers from Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Australia, Indonesia and Germany. Singapore graffiti at its finest!

Here’s a video from the whole weekend – good times …

Meeting Of Styles Singapore 2014 from Hazrin Ismail on Vimeo.

Check out all the photos below!

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Exhibition – Cam Scale – Iron Oxied – Sydney

This week, Melbourne artist Cam Scale hits one of Sydneys coolest galleries, The Tate, for his solo show “Iron Oxied”.

Iron Oxied will be a grand exhibition of small works on found objects, with Scale gathering a whole bunch of unique, and ohhh, mildly familiar, metal canvases on which he’s applied his more than sufficient skills.

As Scale says, the show will be “Exploring the elements around us, our human interaction with nature and existence within the universe.” Take a look at a couple of the process shots below …

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Nice. Very, very nice!! Head down to The Tate to see it all for yourself, it’s gunna be grand!!

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Who: Cam Scale
What: Iron Oxide solo show
Where: The Tate @ The Toxeth Hotel, 345 Glebe point Rd, Glebe, Sydney
When: Show opens Wednesday 10th March from 6pm til 9pm, and runs until 23rd March.

Check out the facebook event page for more info.

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Exhibition – Trespassing – Sydney

The whole idea behind Trespassing looks grand. A new series of documentary photography and video that aims to “See what the graffiti artist sees”, Trespassing will be opening up in Sydney tomorrow night at The Tate.

As big believers in the documentation of the graffiti and street art cultures, Trespassing is a welcome addition to the many paintspotting and documentation initiatives around the world. Focusing on the underground rail systems, this new addition to the documentation of the culture is more than welcome.

Some of the photos and video previews look pretty grand, as you can see below.

The website itself is pretty great too, and it looks likie these guys are in it for the long haul to capture as much as they can – theres more info on the whole project, as well as prints and other stuff - so go and take a look at the site.

Cant wait to see all the photos and images from the project – looks awesome indeed.

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Who: A variety of photographers
What: Trespassing
Where: The Tate, Upstairs of the Toxeth Hotel, 345 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, Sydney
When: Show opens Wednesday February 26th from 6pm til

Check out the Trespassing website as well as the facebook event page for more info

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