Last Friday night we headed down to Revolver Upstairs to check out the latest Seasons Of Change exhibition featuring Putos & Silk Roy. There was some fantastic fkn work on show, which you can check out in the pics below!
Nasty Goreng debuts on Friday the 21st of March. This will be Perth’s first look at the duo’s work since their kismet pairing some years ago. The teaming of these two talented artists is quite unique, both artists’ contribution can be seen in their work, neither voice is lost – instead the pairing is cohesive and flawless. Yok and Sheryo’s work has grown more intricate, crazy, and loose all at the same time.
If you only see one exhibition this year, make it this one!
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!
Check out more from Silk Roy here!
Perth artist Sean Morris is known for his quirky artworks, and in the Magic Weirdos series he has gathered together a whole slew of other artists and friends that have a kindred connection to the oddness he loves so much.
Having had the previous shows both in Perth and overseas, the Magic Weirdos series makes its way to Melbourne, Seans new home, with a grand array of artists.
“Curated by Melbourne’s Sean Morris, the Magic Weirdos represent an eclectic collection of world builders, divided by their unique styles and visions but united by the honesty and humanity found in their work.
Sean Morris describes Gold Blood as the common, intangible thing that flows through each of these artists, “some amazing disease that makes them see the world the way that they do and drives them to express what they see through their art.”
Ghostpatrol, Brendan Monroe, Simon Hanselmann, Kozyndan, Sheryo, The Yok, Jean Jullien, James Jirat Patradoon, Mr. Gauky, Mel Stringer, Wishcandy, Stevie Gee, Kyle Hughes-Odgers, Will Laren, HTML Flowers, Benjamin Sea, Sean Morris, Eveline Tarunadjaja, Bei Badgirl, Ambird, The Seven Seas, Manuel Donada, Maddy Young, Emma Wiesenekker, Bafcat, Jean Jullien.
Magic Weirdos will be opening on Friday the 7th of March 2014 from 6-9pm and will be on display until Sunday the 16th.”
We’re really happy to get the chance to finally see one of these shows in the flesh, so head down tomorrow night to Backwoods gallery to check it all out for yourself – heres some previews of the works in the show …
Who: Ghostpatrol, Brendan Monroe, Simon Hanselmann, Kozyndan, Sheryo, The Yok, Jean Jullien, James Jirat Patradoon, Mr. Gauky, Mel Stringer, Wishcandy, Stevie Gee, Kyle Hughes-Odgers, Will Laren, HTML Flowers, Benjamin Sea, Sean Morris, Eveline Tarunadjaja, Bei Badgirl, Ambird, The Seven Seas, Manuel Donada, Maddy Young, Emma Wiesenekker, Bafcat, Jean Jullien
What: Gold Blood, Magic Weirdos
Where: Backwoods Gallery, 25 Easey St, Collingwood, VIC
When: Show opens Friday the 7th of March 2014 from 6-9pm and will be on display until Sunday the 16th
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!
Check out the facebook event page for more info on the show.
Information about this one is pretty thin on the ground, I haven’t been able to find any lists of artists that will be exhibiting – but my best guess, is that this show will be displaying some mad old school graff talent with a bunch of paintings and sketchups on canvases – train canvases!
Heres what we found over at Melbourne Oldschooler – “Another cool exhibition is coming up. Some legends of the scene from the 80′s, 90′s and today got together and will show off at the ROLLING CANVAS Exhibition. The exhibition will open its doors at 169 Johnston St, Collingwood on Friday night 28th February and will be going over the weekend. Be ready for some wicked artworks by the “OLD SKOOL KINGS” !!!”
Looks pretty dope – head down to Johnston st in Collingwood tonight to check it out, it only runs for this one weekend!!
Who: A bunch of oldschool Melbourne graff legends
What: Rolling Canvas group show
Where: 169 Johnston St, Collingwood, VIC
When: Show opens Friday 28th February 2014 from 6pm til 10pm and runs til Sunday 2nd march at 5pm
One of Brisbanes quirkiest, and coolest artists is having a show opening tonight, and if you’ve seen any of Bareks work around you know that it’ll be a fun night down at The Bearded Lady (A cool name for a venue if I ever heard one). You’ve probably seen Bareks work about, and this is your chance to get yourself some for your very own!
There will also be a limited edition zine available at the show, “The zine for the show will have drawings/paintings on book pages with stickers and hand drawn page there will be 30 copies + the original! Somebody will score a fully hand drawn zine!”
So head down there and check it all out, support the lad and enjoy!
What: Bearded Lady solo show
Where: The Bearded Lady, 138 Boundary Rd, West End, Brisbane
When: Show opens Thursday Febraury 27th 2014 from 6pm til 9pm
Check out the facebook event page for more info on the show!
Our good mate Jak Rapmund (aka Irk) has finally returned to Melbourne! To celebrate his return, he’s decided to have a new solo show down at House Of Bricks – one would think that the man would like to actually chill and have a bit of a rest, but that’s just not how he rolls ;)
"After a hectic year in Berlin, Jak Rapmund is Burnt Out.
Completely self-taught, practicing the arts of illustration, tattooing and mural painting, Jak is exhibiting a collection of work spanning the year that was 2013.
Screen printed things, shirts, illustrations, stickers, tattoo flash, photos and a 32 page, full colour, A4 magazine created in two weeks by the two creeps that make up the smallest art gang ever, the Meatgrinders.
The walls will be painted, the bar will be stocked and the leopard print stockings will be out, so we hope to see your faces. All of them.
Doss Blockos has once again been kind enough to throw a little love our way, so we hope you like delicious beer!"
If you’ve actually ever had a Doss Blockos, you’d know Jaks work – its on the label. Or you might know his work from all around the streets and walls of Melbourne, or from many of his past shows!
We’re really excited that Jak is back in town – and we’re really looking forward to checking out his show this week!!
Who: Jak Rapmund
What: Burnt Out Solo Show
Where: House Of Bricks, Budd St, Collingwood
When: Show opens Friday 14th Sunday the 23rd February
I first came across Putos down in Richmond a couple of years back – it was one of those “Ha!” moments, walking along and seeing a nicely lined blocky, spouting the artists moniker, way up above me. Knowing a little fragmentary Spanish, I couldn’t help but chuckle, and filed the name away in in the “interesting, gotta see what else he’s done” pile in the back of my (admittedly often overcrowded) mind.
When I next saw his work, I almost didn’t put two and two together as to it being the same guy that I’d seen way back when, but there it was – a big beast of a creature with the same fine lines and shading I’d seen earlier on, yet this time the beast was exemplary in its rendition. I was pretty damn eye catching. From that point on I was hooked, no longer was Putos’s name lodged in the back of my mind – it was at the forefront, and he swiftly became, in my eyes, one of those Melbourne artists who was, definitively, on my “fucking rad” list.
Putos most certainly has a style all his own – a culmination of years of infusing graffiti styles with modern pop cultural icons such as cartoons and anime, with a heavy dose of his own fantastical beastiary. I unashamedly devour every new piece from Putos, his work is just in that vein of “shit that does it” for me. His imagination touches on my own personal love of the weird and wonderful, and his can skills are more than worthy of admiration.
Read on for a cool insight into the artist, and find out why it is we fucking love his work, in the interview below …
Anyways, tell us how you got your start with being creative – have you always been into doing art and creating stuff?
I’ve always had a love for drawing since an early age, inspired from cartoons and anime I would draw heaps of dinosaurs n monsters n stuff like that… I would be in the back of the class sketching and the teacher would be like “You’re in trouble young man!… but that’s a nice dinosaur …”
How about your earlier days doing graffiti – how did you first get involved, and how did you become involved in it all?
I was playing around with graf for a while tagging n stuff, but I gradually got more serious into it when I met Silk Roy at uni and we started painting together a lot. We pretty much taught ourselves how to do this and that through trial and error.
What are some of the earliest lessons you learnt when painting in walls, and do you still carry those lessons with you today? What did you once think was all-important, but no longer believe is relevant when getting your work up?
I think the main lesson for me was to always try new things. I was focused for the first few years of painting on getting my stuff clean and crisp, doing a lot of cut backs and minimizing over spray so my images would look like my ink drawings. But after a while I started to get a bit bored of that and started to change up one element of what I would be doing, whether it be variations in the subject matter, the shapes and lines, fill pattern etc., so I would still be in my comfort zone but I would be trying something new as well. Through this I’ve discovered many different effects and techniques that I wouldn’t have come across otherwise.
I also love to play the Mr. Squiggle game where you just draw some squiggles on a page and then try to turn it into an image… this helped change up my shapes and flow of the images, and so I could paint a dog ten times in a row and still have a different thing going in each one.
Gotta ask, where did you derive the tag Putos from? It has a whole swag of interesting slang behind it, if you google around … Haha
Yea, it’s a joke name that just kinda stuck. I wrote some other words before that and they all double up with other writers so I was like, ‘what’s a word that no one will be writing?’ and before I knew it I was writing this word all the time… I also liked the letters for my pieces back in the day, but now I dont really do pieces so yea, its just a funny name.. In Australia the word isn’t too common so it’s not a problem, but in LA there’s a huge Hispanic population and when I was living there the name caused quite a stir haha
Tell us a little about the evolution of your style, where have you derived fundamental inspiration from for your work, and where do you want to drive your style to in the future?
I try not to be one style and be flexible, but all my stuff ends up taking on this certain aesthetic somewhat. I’ve been focusing on my fading for the last year or two, and so now people associate that with my style, which is cool but I dont really want to be locked into and be known just for that.
Soon I plan to change my focus to something else and hopefully that will evolve my style even further, right now Im just searching for what that next focus will be.
What have been some of the more interesting and challenging spots, both environmental and architecturally, that you’ve painted?
Most large walls I do I find challenging in their own ways. The wall I did with Silk, Dvate, Bail Libre and Nektar along the tracks between Richmond n South Yarra was fun, there was a 3+ meter drop at the wall – so we had scaff, and 7 meter ladders, and still only could reach 3~4 meters on the wall. It got a bit hairy trying to get to the top of the wall …
The dragon I painted in Brunswick St backpackers was also fun, it took me half a day to do the head and took me over a week to do that body… I decided to do this triangle pattern on the belly side of the dragon and that took way longer than expected on a ladder.
Beyond that, you’ve painted in some interesting spots over time, I remember seeing your “Rampage” video you did with Dcypher some time back in LA – how did you find painting in the US, and what have been some if the most interesting places you’ve travelled to to paint?
I lived in LA for like just under a year, and that was awesome because I found myself chillin with CBS dudes and learned a lot painting with them and being around them. I owe a lot to those guys, they helped me with everything there from work, a place to stay, linking up with cats there etc. which made my stay there absolutely awesome.
Painting in France and at the Meeting of Styles 2010 in Perpignan was also great, I didn’t know any French and they had minimal English but we had a ball painting together.
There I was chillin with ODV crew, and they also took care of me when I was there and I am super grateful to those guys too. France has its own unique graf styles, and I love the aesthetic that they push there where it’s a nice fusion between illustration and graf, which is right up my alley.
Have you extended your work much into the gallery realm before? What kind of stuff do you enjoy doing away from the walls?
I haven’t done much in terms of exhibitions except for a few lil group shows here and there. But I will be doing the Seasons of Change exhibit in March, which will be my first semi solo thing (with Silk) which I’m looking forward to.
I sketch a lot in my spare time away from walls, so I’m doing a lot of that for the show at the moment.
What kind of painting projects do you have coming up in the future, and what kind of work do you dream of doing if there were absolutely no obstacles?
I would love to paint bigger and bigger walls. With no obstacles I would be painting the side of a skyscraper or something,
So what do you have planned for 2014? What can we see Putos doing this year?
More of everything. More walls and more exhibitions, more collaborations with other artists, I’m up for anything.
We’ve been following a lot of what the Solidarity21 collaboration has been up to lately, and after having seen the Indonesia x Singapore photos from late last year, I was pretty happy to see this video pop up today from the project!
A great glimpse at what these guys are all up to, banding together to paint great shot and share ideas across their various countries. Check out the video below to see it all yourselves!