That mad grand aussie duo Dabs Myla headed over to Barcelona not long ago to have a bit of a painting session with Vino and Aryz – awesomely cool, as always!
“During Dabs and Myla’s stay in Barcelona they got together with Vino and Aryz to have a chill day of wall painting. What better better guides could the australians have for a day of painting? Edgar Lledó made this video, a nice work of art combined with the works of these four great names of graffiti.”
The Ghetto Gallery team have been doing a bunch of vids over the past few months, highlighting cool shit out on the street. They have just released part #5 of this series, with a great little expose on Sydney street art from The Projects, featuring Beastman, Phibs, Scott Marsh, Numskull and Jumbo. Check it all out below.
Last Wednesday saw the opening of Cheeks‘ solo debut, Now or Never, at The Butcher Shop in Perth.
Now or Never was packed with Cheeks’ recognisable cast of weird and stylised characters using a pallet of loud colours. I particularly loved her use of pizzas and cat skulls as a reoccurring block pattern. Someone needs to make this into a fabric so I can cover myself in it.
It’s been interesting to watch the artistic development of this young artist. With her first solo exhibition a resounding success, her ideas, confidence and skill can only grow. Watch this space…
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!"
From beautifully rendered walls to amazing hand styles and flowing text, KAB101 is one of Australias finest graffiti artists.
Published Arthouse is a new gallery on the Adelaide graffiti and street art scene, and as their motto goes - "In the heart of Adelaide’s CBD, a small rupture in the surface of the underground has unveiled a stunning celebration of Australian street culture. Caged within the walls of an abandoned publishers house, an exciting new venue has emerged, where grandeur aligns with the raw grit of graffiti art."
Put an artist such as KAB101 together with a bunch of talented curators in a mad ass new venue, and you have a hell of an event – this is Australian graffiti art at its finest.
"Adelaide’s KAB101 is a long-serving stalwart of the Australian and international graffiti community.
As an artist of unique style and precision he has continued to innovate, invigorate and evolve his work beyond the expectations of canvas and medium. He is a figurehead of considerable influence, impacting on both the traditions of his art form and the aesthetic appreciations of the wider public.
This upcoming instalment visits his developments into calligraphy and script, invoking forgotten visual language through the integration of geometric and textural structures.
For one week only Kab 101′s works will be showcased in a 600sqm Gallery space dedicated to the art form. Over 20 new works will lay next to the best of his retrospective pieces including a giant wall installation"
Also check out this awesome video just released for the show -
With BIZ just announcing a show, and KAB101 doing the same, which of Australias top will come out and bring us grand shit next? Eh, who knows, we have more than enough to love with this one. Head down and see it all for yourself – its going to be grand.
Who: KAB101 What: Past And Present Works From KAB101 Where: Published Arthouse, 11 CAnon St, Adelaide CBD When: Exhibitions opens Friday 7th June from 6pm til 10pm – runs til Saturday 15th June.
The Adelaide street art scene is bangin – and not log ago the Oi You festival pumped out a whole bunch of amazing art and showed some fantastic local and international talent.
Check out the video recap below!
From the blurb -
“Oi You! brings the best of Urban Art from all over the country and the world to Adelaide. It showcases works from international artists such as BANKSY, FAILE, SWOON, MICALLEF, CHOE, INSECT, THE PALESTINE WORKS, CHOE, as well as Aussie artists BEASTMAN, ANTHONY LISTER and RONE. As well as works from local heroes RAWHIDE, TOY SOLDIERS, KAB 101, VANS THE OMEGA, SEB HUMPHREYS, STORE, JAYSON FOX, FREDROCK, GARY SEAMAN & YARN BOMBERS. The exhibition runs from April 20 2013 all the way up to June 2nd at the Artspace Gallery in the Adelaide Festival Centre.
As part of the festival/exhibition several artists painted ‘big walls’, bringing some fresh visuals to some big, grey walls in our hometown of Adelaide. Their unsurpassed street beautification is a free offering to to the fine citizens of Adelaide.”
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).
It’s a short one, but a grand one – once again EdInFocus gives us a cool look at some of the mad shit thats going on around the Juddy Roller complex with a timelapse from Jaws hitting Melbourne with his rad art.
"Jaws is a key member of Europe’s premier street art crew Da Mental Vaporz. He recently completed this mural in Fitzroy, Melbourne. Jaws will be exhibiting soon in a group show "New Hunting Ground".
New Hunting Ground will open its doors for the first time on Friday 21st June, 2013. The brand new street and contemporary art gallery space is located in a unique warehouse space in one of Fitzroy, Melbourne’s last industrial laneways."
We’ll have a bunch more news for you on the new New Hunting Ground gallery very shortly – it looks like it’ll be rad!
An awesome little video about Reka made by itdrewitself in collaboration with VNA. A great insight into his current style and process of finding objects and transforming them into works, definitely worth a watch.
I recently visited thist old abandoned brick works in Yarraville, also known as Wonder Walls, one of my favourite spots, so much going on its amazing from head turners and burners to tags and throwies of all manner of styles represented.
Sadly the building like so many others such as Bradd Mills, Gadd Street and the Silos in Collingwood will soon be developed, so get down and have a look before its gone.
We have a new contributor joining us this week, Sydney Street Art Projects – whose photos we’ve been following on instagram for some time now and have really enjoyed. This first bunch of images comes from the Camperdown Canals Ghetto Gallery, and they look amazing – we’re looking forward to a whole bunch of grand Sydney street art and graffiti shots from them!!
Now, the video for the project and a whole bunch of new images that haven’t been seen before have been released – and what a project it looks to have been!!
"I’m super proud to have been part of this amazing project. The Hepburn Windfarm is australia’s first community owed co-op windfarm. The pairof turbines power Dalesford and the surrounding area.
I proudly accepted my friend Simon’s challenge to paint ‘Gale’. I assembled my team, dived into my research and undertook some serious risk assessment, feeling very lucky to have been trusted to paint such an amazing structure. We pitched our tents under the giant blades and got down to work. As far as I know, I’m the first artist to ever paint a mural on a wind turbine (and I can understand why).
The whole process was super humbling. The community of Dalesford and Hepburn welcomed us and showed us the strength of spirit and passion required to make a difference in the world and confront the serious issues of energy and our responsibility to the environment.
::super thanks to: Scottie, Andre, Bernie, Tarryn, Simon, Tracey and Arved ::photo and video production: Bernard Winter."
Sometimes when you’re travelling you are just in the right place at the right time – luckily
for me thats happened during my visit here to NYC.
Amongst that fortune was being able to catch up with The Yok and Sheryo last week in the lead up to their opening, and, of course, being able to attend that very same opening tonight at Krause Gallery down near the Bowery.
The calibre of work in display was second to none – having seen them labour over the work whilst I was visiting possibly gave me a greater appreciation of the whole thing, but seeing work in progress and then the finished products all up on the walls and installed is something else. On the surface, many off the images seem quite simple in their iconography – that simplicity, however, is only on a casual glance, in each piece there is a complex play of ideas and head-nods to a whole swath of cultural foibles and fancies.
From beautifully rendered porcelain pots to the firehouse white on blue plates, there is a measure of immaculate detail hidden within each of this duos works. Messages both written and placed upon paper or ceramic surface as near hieroglyphic entreats – and though some of these can be obviously translated, you also get the sense that there are some distinctly playful in-jokes between the two artists scrawled across their work.
The upstairs section of the show was formal in its presentation – that aforementioned white and blue sprayed across the room. The bars and plates, though made of fragile material had a strengthened presence that belied their canvases.
Downstairs however, was a loose assortment of painted walls and printed materials documenting the couples journeys across SE Asia, Mexico and here in NYC, their adopted home.
I loved this section – you don’t always get such a complimentary display in an exhibition of some of the more intimate processes and plans behind the finished product. Playful scrawlings on found pages and plans for walls painted and finished abounded in ramshackle manner – a perfect juxtaposition to the room above.
Often when artists collaborate, the seams between styles are in some evidence, instead of a perfunctory presence – yet of all the times I looked upon this work, I often found it difficult to discern, happily, where the Yok ended and Sheryo began – or visa versa.
For me, this is the essence of collaboration – that wavering grey area where two talents are able to combine into a distinct entity – something that the viewer, and even the artists themselves, have never seen before – and which would never have eventuates without such a close working relationship. Though this show was billed as two artists, it could have easily been one – such was the ease by which their merger of styles was both demonstrated and substantiated.
As I sit here, tapping into my phone and writing this over tea and post-show congee, I cant help bit think that this might be what NYC is really all about. Not the glitz and glamour and "oh New York is so fkn coool" and all the "art scene" bullshit, but about individuals, artists, having the opportunity and ability to present new shit in such a broad, dynamic environment – and being embrace for it. Not only did I see some amazing work tonight, but I also saw the "Pipe Dreams" of two artists literally manifested upon the walls of this grand old metropolis.
I love this city, and I love its artists, new and old, and I loved this fucking show.
Check out more of the photos from the show below – apologies for not being the best, I had to resort to my point and shoot after my dslr craped out … but I hope you enjoy them!
We checked out HAHA‘s (Regan Tamanui) latest show “Metamorphosis” at Dark Horse Experiment on Friday night. It was great to see his awesome stencils again. A great series of stencils blending HAHA’s chosen subjects together, some of them were there in the crowd. Some of them featured himself. Very cool. I also loved the installation with all the used stencils scattered on the floor and the mad piece on the wall. Thanks to David Russell for the photos as usual.
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