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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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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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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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Exhibition – PantoneMyArt- TCC (The Gallery) – Singapore

Celebrating ten years of collaboration between TCC (The Connoisseur Concerto) and Art-management.com, they present to you PantoneMyArt. A highly interactive exhibition held in Singapore.

Bringing together the works of 8 artists from various backgrounds. The works “are set to take the expression ‘off the wall’, as they present two dimensional artworks that will give a three dimensional illusion’’. Covering two full floors including the windows.

What you’re going to be seeing at the exhibition:  radioactive yellow monsters by Terence Koh, Red Panda’s by Ziqi, window creation of a cityscape by Race, anamorphic street design by Ben Qwek, animated graffiti by Clogtwo, Digital experiences by Dale, Lim Zi Sim will be showing off her paper-cut talents by creating an all white large cut out architectural masterpiece and Slacsatu’s going to be in his own words be ‘drawing stuff’ all over the place.

Admission to the exhibition is free and its open to the public, everyone and anyone is welcome to come interact with these works of art and obviously post as much photos of themselves with it on social networks as described by the organisers themselves on their Facebook event page.  The exhibition will be running from 13th June to 16th of October.

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Who: Ben Qwek, Clogtwo, Dale, Lim Zi Sin, Race, Slacsatu, Terence Koh, Ziqi
What: PantoneMyArt Exhibition 2014
Where: TCC (the Gallery) , 51 Circular Road, Singapore 049406
When: 13th June 2014, 6,30PM

 

Check out these links too:

Facebook Event Page 

TCC – Event Page 

Ben Qwek 

Clogtwo 

Race

Slacsatu 

Ziqi 

 

 

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Exhibiton – Toggles & Swerfk – Cerebrations – Melbourne

Two guys whose work I’ve followed for quite a while will be having a show early next week in Melbourne, and I’m looking forward to seeing what  Toggles and Swerfk have to offer with this one!!

“Cerebrations” is a celebration of cerebral activities, relating to creative process and perceptive narrative construction. It is an exhibition of recent artworks by Toggles and Swerfk in the cozy downstairs lair that is E55. Opening night will have art on the walls, tunes flowing across the airwaves and beers flowing across the bar (Contained within receptacles with any luck).

Come on down from 6pm for a brew and a view, with any luck it will be a PARTY! DJ Everready and DJ Midflite will be spinning some tunez from 6pm.”

Head down next Tuesday night to check out the show from two rad up and comers in the Melbourne scene – we’ll catch you there!

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Who: Toggles & Swerfk
What: Cerebrations
Where: e55 Downstairs, 55 Elizabeth St, Melbourne
When: Tuesday June 3rd from 6pm til a little later, and the show runs down in e55 for all of June.

Check out the facebook event page for more information as well as Toggles and Swerfk!

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Snapshots – From The Ground Up – Temasek Polytechnic – Singapore

An exhibition that brought together artworks of various mediums from ClogTwo, InkTen and FreakyFir.

From digital artworks by FreakyFir, canvas and wooden panel paintings by ClogTwo, street installations made up of both electronics and spray cans, not forgetting desks painted with the infamous hollow ghost by InkTen.  The exhibition attracted guests of various backgrounds who spent a fair bit of time looking through the various installations and artworks by the three artists.

The exhibition will last until the 25th of June 2014.

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Exhibition – Girls Of The Underworld – Kult Gallery – Singapore

Make no mistake, we’re fans of the shit that Kult Gallery does up in Singapore – we had a chance to visit there last year, and meet some of the crew involved, and they were fantastic. so whenever we see a show on there, we’re more than happy to tell you all about it-if you’re in the area, you should always make it to see one!! This time up, its an all-female lineup with Girls of the Underworld.

“Kult Gallery presents ‘Girls of the Underworld’, a group show of young female artists that examines what it means to be female in today’s Asian society. Kult invited 34 Singapore-based female artists to create a new piece of work that captures their perspective on living and working in fast-paced modern Asia. This is done through exploring subjects such as music, identity, pop TV & movie culture. Artists were given freedom to create their works using various mediums, such as painting, drawing, silkscreening, collaging, and even animated GIFs as a form of artistic conversation. The show features local female artists such as Adeline Tan, Dawn Ang, Inkten, Kristal Melson, Soph Ong and Tiffany Tan. Says Kult’s Curators, “We are currently witnessing a boom of creativity in Singapore, especially amongst the female community. ‘Girls of the Underworld’ aims to capture and celebrate this phenomenon.” Catch this female phenomenon of 33 new artists. The jilted generation of brought up on Asian pop culture, the age of mass communication and information overload. See them join forces in a special dedicated show marking the rise of this movement. Come and see how these girls are rocking the world of illustration, graphics and contemporary art.”

It’s not easy as an artist to make a career in Singapore doing what it is you love, and although its getting (somewhat) better for creatives there in recent times, its shows like this are an important part of pushing new artists out into the public eye – so you should check it out, and go and support it, the artists and Kult!!

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Who:  Mightyellow (Adeline Tan), Allison M Low, Amanda Ang, Carmen Chen, Caramelaw, Cherryn Yap, Dawn Ang (Aeropalmics), Dewi Marie Vincoy, Ella Zheng, Emma Maxwell, Esther Goh, Farah Hannah, Fleecircus, Inkten Sufina, IVILS, Izziyana Suhaimi, Joyce Lee, Kristal Melson, Lui Yiling, Lydia Bindi, Marilyn Goh Yun Jin, Mary Bernadette, Yu Michelle, Moon Malek, Nataliette, Nazneen Aziz @seeulteriormotifs, Sharmila Roseli, Sheryo, Sheryl Yap, Sharon Yang (PAYNK), Soph Ong, Tiffany Tan, Winnie Wu
What: Girls Of The Underworld group show
Where: Kult Gallery, C2-5, 11 Upper Wilkie Road, Singapore 228120
When: The exhibition opens on Friday, 30th May 2014, 5pm at Kult Gallery and will run until Saturday 28 June 2014.

Check out the facebook event page and Kult gallery for more info on the show.

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Exhibition & Live Art – 365 – Authority Clothing – Melbourne

One new Melbourne label we’ve been cheering on in this past year has been Authority Clothing – these guys have something cool going on, grabbing local artists and show casing their work on a bunch of t-shirts and apparel. It’s great to see this kind of support from guys like this towards local artists, and we have to say, their shirts really do kick ass, and now their celebrating all of the collaborations that they’ve done in the past year with a fine assed event down in Bennets lane in Melbourne.

“Get ready friends, we’re throwing our first ever event to celebrate (and thank) 365 days of collaborations. Expect an exhibition, live painting, live screen-printing, a tee release and good times. Put the dates in your diary and come help us celebrate!! Huge shout out to Steen JonesAlex LehoursVanderlism and all our other collaborators in what can only be described as an awesome year!

Featuring artists Alex LehoursCale Rodriguez,Roberth Pinarete VillanuevaSteen Jones – artist pageMartin HeideEmily VanderlismPhoenix EmpireMolotowPaint Australia and Aidan Sprinkles Mckenzie.”

Plus, there’ll be some great live screen printing from the guys at hit + Run – which is always pretty mad!

We’ll be heading down tomorrow night to check it all out – a really great lineup of artists! See you all there!

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Who: Alex LehoursCale Rodriguez,Roberth Pinarete VillanuevaSteen Jones – artist pageMartin HeideEmily VanderlismPhoenix EmpireMolotowPaint Australia and Aidan Sprinkles Mckenzie
What: Authority Clothing
Where:  @ The Brolly Workshop, 24 Bennett’s Lane, Melbourne, 3000 — 
When: Launching 5pm, Friday 23rd May, 2014 and continuing on to the Saturday!

Check out the Authority clothing and the facebook event page for more info!

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Snapshots – Now & Then – Ha Ha, Dlux & Sync.

Last Friday night we had the honour of attending one of the coolest shows we’ve been to in some time – the joint group exhibition by none other than Ha Ha, Sync and Dlux (aka James Dodd, who we interviewed last week).

There was something really intriguing about this exhibition – walking in, you got the sense of stepping back in time, but knowing that you were firmly rooted in the present. Old stencils (the actual acetate themselves), covered in layers of paint adorned the walls – many, very familiar icons that had been seen on the street of Melbourne many times.

New works, vibrant and clean sat alongside them. Where it all began, and where it all ended, well, I don’t really know – it was hard to see any real transition point between the time frames, which is how it was intended – it was one, beautiful  though – Now & Then was, indeed, an uplifting experience. Throughout the room you could sense the joy oozing off the walls, from a group of artists who have continued, unrelenting, to create and pursue their passions for the past decade.

Perhaps the thing that it gave to me most, was hope for the next decade, and for those artists who have just started out, those who are still working – if this show was anything to go by, the progress of time, the unrelenting politics and bullshit of scene, and the progression of work from walls outside to walls inside does nothing to diminish, and everything to enhance, the veracity of art produced by those who have a background in street based art.

Thanks to David Russell, we have a whole bunch of photos from the show below – enjoy!

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