Weaving eight years of life experience of this Malaysian artist, Escapeva launches his first solo exhibition today.
Not satisfied with a normal nine to five job and a degree in graphic design, Escapva took up the aerosol can to study public painting. This show features what is means to be a graffiti artist in Malaysia. Entitled ‘Can Control’, Escapva claims ‘’Mastery of the spray can tip parallels the growth and development of self’’’.
Can Control is a highly composed and organised collection of what Escapva represents. This exhibition visually incorporates his steady progression into the world of graffiti, and hopes will encourage others to step out of the norm, and trust that following their hopes and dreams will allow room for creativity via an escape from reality.
Who: Escapeva What: ‘Can Control’ Solo Show Where: KEDAI , D-G-03, Jalay SS6/20A, Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya 47301, Malaysia When: 28th March – 11th April from 8.00PM-11.00 PM (opens daily)
The cool crew over at Six Years Later will be holding an amazing bunch of launch events over a three day period in celebration of their third issue. Not only will there be a mad assed exhibition, but there will also be a weekends worth of events and workshops!
To top it all of, we’re doing our infamous Golden Ticket giveaways. Every mag purchase, art buy or gold coin donation puts you in the running to win up to $2000 worth of snazzy Boywolf merch, a Diana F+ Gold Edition lomo camera from Urban Attitude, 6YL mags or limited edition prints from Dangerfork.
**Please click ‘Attending’ to register your spot. Some classes are limited to 20 people.
PAINT JAM [SUNDAY 10am-6pm]
It’s gonna be the last day of the exhibition so we thought we’d just have a little paint jam around the gallery. Come down, say hello and put a bid in – there will also be a blind auction on the finished pieces so you can get your hands on some quality art – if you’re lucky!”
We will be heading down there for a bunch of the events, lots of our favourite artists are doing shit – and we hope to see a whole bunch o you there as well – gunna be a great weekend!!
The work of Silk Roy (aka Kid Silk) caught my eye a couple of years ago – and from that point onwards I was hooked on his work. As an artist whose first exposure to graffiti was, like many others, riding the train network of Melbourne back in the 90s, his passion ran a familiar course from bombing to piecing, and over the past decade or more he has consistently expanded his skills and outlook to further his craft.
There’s a lot of beautiful abstraction in the linework and colouring of Silks works – from his extruded lettering to some of his Miro-esque works on paper and canvas, he is an artist that doesn’t shy away from experimenting and pushing his style – which he acknowledges with his love for the Graffuturism movement. Vibrant colours interspersed with the familiar graffitied calligraphic signings, not only portrays his current skills as an artist, but also gives way-markers as to where his style may evolve to in the future. This is an aspect that isn’t always seen in an artist who already has a definable style. Often, these artists hone themselves further and become increasingly technical in their approach, whereas with Silk, you get the feeling that what he has already produced is just a brief stopover from where he is going – and that is a pretty fkn exciting element to see in an artists work.
This is one of the reasons why we love his work – and one of the reasons why we really wanted to interview him ahead of his duo show with Putos. Silk Roy is one of the definitive examples of a modern Melbourne artist – open to influence, mindful of the past, and always reaching towards the future.
Check out all the low down on him and his work below, and enjoy …
So where did you start creating artwork? Has it always been something that you’ve been interested in, or did it come to you at a definable moment in life?
Art became a driving force in my life after my introduction to Melbourne’s Graff scene. I moved here in 98′ and was instantly taken by the power and energy of it all.
It wasn’t too long before I was running around with a marker, but over the years that enthusiasm shifted to painting big walls, and now Graff really serves as my artistic foundation and influences everything else I do as an artist and person.
So, where did you get the moniker “Silk Roy from? Tell us a bit of the story behind the name :)
I used to write ‘Sure’, one day a friend was over and she asked if she could have a look at my book, she couldn’t read any of it so I asked her to look a little closer and try to decipher it, she was flicking through until she thought she had it and finally said … uhh Silky Fox?
After that, people started calling me Silk and later I added the ‘Roy’ which is part of my last name.
In terms of aerosol work and stuff you do out on the streets – what is it about painting walls that you love, and what parts of the graffiti and street art culture do you particularly identify with?
I can honestly say I love all of it. I love the entire process, starting from scratch and building yourself up, learning new techniques, constantly pushing your style, catching walls with other artists, being constantly inspired, it’s nice to have something you wake up thinking about!
How about style? What got you inspired at first, and what continues to inspire you, in terms of other artists, today?
At first just seeing graffiti from the train on the way to school inspired me, but now I draw inspiration from all over the place, my surroundings, people, travel, music, the list goes on.
I’m constantly inspired by anyone who pushes their style in their chosen art form, I know that’s a really boring answer, but guys like Barry McGee and Smash137 really do it for me at the moment.
You do a bit of graphic design work, how does the commercial side of design intersect with your artistic creativity?
Graphic design was the logical step as a career choice, of course its a bit different when your dealing with clients with particular requirements, but the way I design is heavily influenced by my artistic background. I’m also getting into digital illustration which is a particularly enjoyable avenue of design.
Melbourne is one of those cities that just oozes creativity and inspiration – in what ways does it influence you? What other locations have had an impact on your work?
Simply put, I wouldn’t be where I am or doing what I’m doing if I hadn’t moved to Melbourne.
There is a definite creative vibe here, obviously the graff scene here is a constant inspiration, there’s talent and competition everywhere which definitely keeps me working hard. I’ve also been lucky enough to paint in places like NYC and LA which were incredibly powerful experiences.
You’ve had a couple of group shows in the past, but how about solo endeavours? You have a show coming up with Putos, how does the work for this relate to the shows you’ve been a part of before? Tell us a bit more about it all.
As far as a solo show goes, that’s something I’ll be keen to do, but I’m not in a rush. Ill be taking my time on that front. Group shows with Studio 615 are a lot of fun, everyone in the group is accomplished in different media so coming together and being exposed to different thought processes are really beneficial to all of us. I use my involvement in the studio setting to develop work with a more experimental, abstracted vibe, more inline with Graff Futurism.
My Seasons Of Change show with Putos coming up lets me indulge in the graffiti side of things, and its a real honour to be involved with a series of shows that has showcased work by Melbournes best.
Tell us a bit about both the negative experiences you’ve had, as well as the positive experiences in pursuing your creative passion? what drives you every day to continue doing what you love – it isn’t easy out there these days to push yourself forward, in what ways do strive to better, and hone, your skills?
It can be frustrating, there’s definitely days where I question myself and my style, but its necessary if you want to move forward. Passion is what keeps me moving, especially after those bad days its what gets me to pick myself up and go hard. As long as it feels right, Ill continue to do it, theres nothing like producing work that your happy with.
Tell us a bit about your work with the 615 crew? where is everything with that at the moment, are you guys still doing collab work together?
615 is myself, Sam Octigan, Michael Danischewski, Marcus Dixon and Doug Aldridge, we are a collective of creatives involved in different areas of art and I think that’s what gives us our edge, we can come together and really create something different, something I think our Time Flies show last September really reflected. At this point we focus on collaborative projects, we are in the beginning stages of putting together another group show set for the latter part of this year.
So, after this next show, what do you have planned for the rest of the year? What other projects are you aspiring to get done during 2014?
After this show, as always I’ll remain open to anything really – if its a creative outlet inline with what I want to do, I’m in!
Shout outs to everyone who continues to support and follow their passions!
There have been some great Seasons Of Change exhibitions over the past few years, and the next installment of SOC Autumn 2014 is no exception. This time, the regular quarterly show held at Revolver Upstairs will be displaying the works of none other than Putos and Kid Silk.
“Brought to you by Revolver Upstairs in conjunction with GraffixCreative ‘Seasons of Change’ showcases local and international artists at Revolver internal and external art spaces.
Melbourne artists Putos and Silk have been catching walls together since 07′. With Putos’s signature character style and Silk’s devotion to letterform as well as characters, they work to create dynamic collaborations from small illustrated works to large scale murals, which exist across the city. Putos & Kid Silk will unveil a new graf wall at Revolver that will be viewable all through Autumn.
For one night only they will also be selling original works and have created a set of limited edition Seasons Of Change prints.
Music from DJ Who.”
Not a show to be missed, so head on down to Revolver this Friday night to check it all out!!
Who: Putos & Silk Roy What: Seasons of Change – Autumn 2014 Where: Revolver Upstairs, Chapel St, Prahran, Melbourne When: show is on for one night only on Friday 7th March, 2014 from 6pm til 9pm!
I can’t really put a finger on when I first met Ohnoes - I have a vague recollection of an early Secret Walls gig and getting drunk, but it could have, really, been any time over the past few years. His work has been adorning the walls of Melbourne for a while now, and his art has made appearances across a whole bunch of galleries and shows – even more so in the past year or two.
That might have to do with the fact that he now finds himself surrounded by a bastion of other creatives in the burgeoning Arts Hole studio – who give him that extra impetus to strive further with his work, or it may be that amongst the derth of “urban art” these days, his work is uncompromisingly spot on in terms of what, in my mind, he might be aiming at – a stylised depiction of imagination, graffiti, sports and underground cultures, interspersed with poignant reminders that the fantastical is often closer to reality than we realise.
Sure, there are other people doing this these days – its not uncommon, but Ohnoes is good. Real good. Honest in his interpretations, he doesn’t compromise on what he wants to put out there. He experiments, crosses mediums, is equally skilled with a can as he is with a brush, and there’s a certain stylisation to his work that is recognisable and uniquely his own.
Lets just couple this with the fact that the dude is one of the most genuine artists I know – he doesn’t talk shit, he doesn’t do cliques, he doesn’t bitch or moan or try to one up himself, he’s a humble mofo with a lot of potential to make it big, and get his work in front of the eyes of “the masses”. On top of that, well, for me, some of his stuff is out there – in a positive way, that is, in the way that you take a look at it one second and get that slightly jarring feeling of “hey, that’s not quite … what I expected.”
NBA loving, paint crashin, passionate and reliably cool, Ohnoes is one of those guys that we just love to find out more about – so read on below for the DL on this talented dude …
How did you first start out in your creative journey? At what age did you start drawing, and how did life lead you to doing what you do now?
My earliest memories of enjoying drawing were when I was 8. I remember drawing ninja turtles and my favourite NBA players in class. I never really took it too seriously until I hit high school.
My high school art teacher encouraged me to take it more seriously and began feeding me art history, which just opened a Pandora’s box of experimentation, including spray paint.
Do you have any formal artistic background, and what kind of identities within the art world do you believe your work most identifies with?
I don’t have any formal artistic background; I was pretty much self-taught except for the tips I have gotten along the way. I always enjoyed observing art and trying to understand how it was created, and like a puzzle tries to recreate it later.
My ‘art’ is a very mood or influenced based process. One day I could be illustrating, the next I could be getting messy with an array of different mediums or even working digitally. The subject matter also changes, from realism portraiture, pop culture, graffiti etc. I believe just like in all professions these days to have an edge and grow multiple disciplines go a long way, and if I where to align my art with any movement it would be this one.
You obviously have a lot of influences from graffiti, illustration and hip-hop culture – but what other, random places, do you draw fragments of influence that other people probably wouldn’t realise?
I find my influences in a lot of places, none more then my peers. Being in a studio with so many different styles and methods allows me first hand to study other influences and processes, which eventually manifest into my own experimentation.
Conversations and advice also play a role into my influences. Photography, textures, old signage, lyrics in music – even found objects can also be strong influences in my work.
Tell us a bit about your aerosol work and the work you do up on walls – what is it about spraypaint that you love, and where does it sit amongst your total creative output?
In the past few years my aerosol art has been a development of stylized photorealism. With each wall I paint I learn something new too add to my process as well as a greater eye for detail.
Spray paint is without question my favourite creative output. Aerosol art has been my gateway medium into meeting so many artists and interesting individuals. Spray painting I feel is overseen for its amazing complexities. It is the most forgiving yet the most tedious medium; it covers large areas, but takes patients and attention to detail. It allows for collaborations with other artists who in most cases compliment your work and the diversity enhances the overall mural.
Tell us a bit about your studio, the Arts Hole – how does the place help you in your creative work, and what kind of environment is it? Who there inspires you to get shit done?
The Arts Hole is my ‘happy place’. Since the day it started, my production, quality of work and discipline has grown enormously. It’s become my second family and like families it’s constantly growing. It’s an open plan studio so pretty much what’s mine is yours policy goes in there (even with food and booze). I’d like to say everyone in the Hole gives me inspiration, although having history and watching my good friend Chehehe constantly push his envelope and churn out work every time he’s here pushes me to step up my game.
Unwell Bunny has become a mentor to me. His critical and insightful conversations about art and his processes are always a good way to get inspired.
Losop is a newer addition to the studio and has been an outside the box guy. His process is similar to mine but in a completely different format and learning off each other has also helped in my growth.
Boywolf, I can’t leave this guy off the list, just knowing him is an honour. I began knowing of him and a fan of his work, now a close friend and a guy I learn from and work with on the regular has helped me not only with promotion but my confidence as an artist too.
How about the commercial side of things? Does your day job intersect with the art that you do, and visa versa?
More and more I have been fortunate to be working more out of the studio and nothing makes me happier. I have been commissioned to create interesting murals, graphics for t-shirts and illustrations, allowing me to take ‘art breaks’ to focus on my personal projects.
What have been some of the more interesting projects that you have worked on in the past? Tell us a bit about some of the cool shit you’ve accomplished!
The end of 2013 was crazy in the months of November and December myself and the studio were invited to paint at ALL YOUR WALLS, which was a great honour for us as well as allowing us to work together towards a group effort. David Jones commissioned us to paint a mural for them on Good Food and Wine week and we also had our first group show, which was a great success. Personally I believe growth, as a group, is a much stronger statement then individual accomplishments.
Living, working and creating in Melbourne – how has this city itself changed the way you create art, if it has at all? what is it about Melbourne that gives you a sense of creative energy?
I have had a passion for street art since the 90s, both observed and practiced. I don’t even think there are words to describe how much it has grown in awareness and appreciation. Melbourne has always had it’s own spin to street art that separated it self from the rest of the world. That’s one of the things I love about working and living in Melbourne. Everyday there is something new on my social media feeds, every week someone is having a show and as a community we support each other. The energy is endless and truly motivational.
What do you have planned for the rest of the year, and, indeed, the future? What projects would you like to accomplish, and where do you see yourself taking your art?
This year I am planning to have my first solo show, that’s on the top of my list. The Arts hole plans too have a couple of group shows as well as do tons of kick ass productions.
I never know where my art is going – that’s half the fun.
I am obviously a massive fan of all the guys down at the Arts Hole. I love their work, both individually and collectively – and even though I was pretty damned tired last weekend, I took myself off to their first group show “After Dark” last Saturday night, and Im damned glad I did.
A lot of great work, a whole bunch of great people in attendance – this is the thing that great group shows are made of. Oh, and if you didnt see this? Arts Hole residents Chasing Ghosts have their event tomorrow night with That One Show – the Melbourne street art awards exhibition, so you should go check it out.
Anyways, in the meantime, take a look at all the greatness that was last Saturday night!
Got word of this rad show hitting Sydney this Friday night, with a couple of names that I’ve had my eye on for a while – Nico, Ox and SMC.
Looks to be a whole load of cool illustrative, type based goodness – check out some of the artists …
"A show of Illustration, painting and print by Sydney artists THE NIGHT.
OX – SOLD OUT! A type based illustration series on advertising and addiction. The speed we consume imagery in the internet age and the romance of consuming the shit that will kill us http://theoxking.tumblr.com/
NICO – SENTINELS - A hallucinatory series of neo-folk art featuring themes of magic, occultism and totemic iconography. http://www.artofnico.com/
SMC – ‘STRICTLY COMMERCIAL’ (HOT OFF THA’ PRESS). First edition prints of hand drawn and digital/ vector poster graphics. Symbolism, Iconology, Typography and EEEK-ISM. Specifically designed for print production. http://smc3.net/
Free drinks by WHITE RABBIT"’
Love these guys artwork, would be a really great show to get to – head over there on Friday night, Sydney!!
Who: Nico, Ox, SMC What: The Night group show Where: Workshop, 86 Broadway St, Chippendale, Sydney When: Opening night Friday the 13th 6pm – 10pm. Show runs until Sunday the 15th December
My first step into the Arts Hole, was like walking into a bar and just knowing that you’d be returning again, and again and again (oh hi, Blue Bar). Full of a mass of creative talent of epic variety, from clothing to prints, to street art, graffiti and stencil art, photography and blogging, the entire space was a hive of relentless activity as all the artists … well, created the fuck out of shit haha.
Now, they’re having their first group show, this weekend down at NBHD Neanderthal – and its going to be mintox!
Themed around what happens when the lights turn off and day turns to night, the twelve resident artists of The Arts Hole have produced new work showcasing our different styles, mediums and techniques."
Always great to see a show on a Saturday night, as well!! Can’t wait to head down to Commercial Rd this weekend to check it all out.
Who: 23rd key, A.Mac, Chasing Ghosts, Chehehe, Gizmodojo, Glewtwo, Le’boeuf, Losop, Miranda Scherger, Ohnoes, Saul Attack, Unwell Bunny What: After Dark – The Arts Hole group show Where: NBHD Neanderthal, 153 Commercial Rd, South Yarra, Melbourne When: Show opens 6pm til 3am, Saturday 7th December 2013
IF you’re sharp, you’ll have noticed that for the past two weeks we havent posted up any snapshots – an unusual occurance for us, given how much is going on. Alas, our gallery software got all b0rked up and we werent able to upload any gallery images! Thankfully, this is now fixed .. and along with the fix comes a whole new gallery style – hope you enjoy it!
To kick off this new style, what better than David Russells latest favourite pieces of street art from around Melbourne for October? Check out his pics for what was cool and grand over the past month … and stay tuned for a heap more pics to come over the next few days, we have almost three weeks of catching up to do …
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