Well, we love stuff that’s different, that’s probably pretty obvious, and we just saw this show at Kick Gallery, full of some fantastically weird and wonderful flora, from artist Andy Thomas .
"Mixed-media artist Andy Thomas presents an extraordinary collection of intricate artworks, inspired by nature.Using a combination of digital technology and water colours, plants and animals are fused together into evolved abstract forms.This innovative exhibition includes animated video installations, which visually represent the voices of nature and create an eerie environment of sound and light."
All of Andys work is created with an amalgamation of photography of plants and other naturalistic objects, and 3D modelling. As lovers of art, tech and the vagaries of surrealistic life forms, this one is well and truly right up our alley.
Who: Andy Thomas What: Synthetic Nature solo show Where: Kick Gallery, Peel Street Collingwood, VIC When: Show opens Thursday 9th February from 6pm til 9pm, and runs until February 25th
It’s been over a year and a half since Beastmans last solo show (about the same amount of time since we last interviewed him!), but in during that time he’s been one damn busy dude. Thankfully, his Sydney fans now have a chance to get excited, as he rolls out his next show at Kind Of Gallery in early December – and it promises to be everything they’re hoping for.
"Our seeming dominance over the world is illusory and ephemeral. We consider ourselves masters of all creation, but as a species, humanity is insignificant on a cosmic scale, our limited perceptions allow us to only see a fraction of the full range of reality. ‘Cosmic Nature’ is a refreshing new series of paintings by Sydney based artist Beastman which explores the futuristic and overwhelming idea of nature coming to life in a way we could have never imagined. The artist’s new colour palette reflects the different elements of our young world, and his further developed distinctive style is influenced by the organic lines and often symmetrical geometric patterns found in nature. Whatever meaning or purpose may or may not be invested in Beastman’s paintings, the deities featured in his ambitious new works are a representation of what lies beyond the boundaries of our imagination, and what could result when the cosmic forces of nature eventually reveal the irrelevance of humanity in the universe.
"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new dark age." H.P. Lovecraft – ‘The Call of Cthulhu’ 1927
In his first solo exhibition in 18 months and over 2 years since his last Sydney solo show, Beastman has hit a new stride with this latest body of work. Travelling around Australia and the world painting large scale aerosol works has noticeably evolved his unique and well recognised style, which he is taking from the street and into the gallery. Recently named Best Artist at the Sydney Music Arts and Culture (SMAC) Awards, and fresh from participating in the Outpost Project on Cockatoo Island, Beastman is one of Australia’s most distinctive and prolific artists. He has exhibited his work and painted large scale murals all over Australia and New Zealand, as well as London, Berlin and New York. Beastman has also designed skateboards and graphics for brands including Element, Mingo Lamberti, T-Bar, The Art Park and Lowlife of London, he has also been commissioned to create artwork for Hyundai, Smirnoff, Red Bull, Tiger Beer and Huawei."
Not only that, but Beastman will also be releasing his first zine at the show!
"The ‘Cosmic Nature’ exhibition will also act as a launch for Beastman’s first publication. ‘Suburban Nature’ is a limited edition 60 page zine featuring street art, murals and collaborations created by the artist over 2 years throughout 10 different countries, documenting the journey and development of the artist’s unique and distinct style."
Apparently there are only 500 copies of this limited edition signed an numbered book available – so either get to the show, or get to his website afterwards.
Who: Beastman What: Cosmic Nature solo show Where: Kind Of Gallery, 72 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney When: Show opens Thursday 8th December, 7pm and runs til 18th December
Technology and nature are not often seen as mutually exclusive, but not so for Michael Candy and Kitty Horton. Each have have delved deep into their inner artiste to give us Terrarium, a uniquely themed show that blends ideas of botany, nature and modern science through a range of different media.
The show will open October 1st (THIS SATURDAY) at the notoriously chic LoveLove Studio in Brisbane, and will run right up until the 23rd.
Get in touch with nature…and a bit of technology. Go on – do it.
AWOL Crew, whose members include Adnate, Itch, Li-Hill, Lucy Lucy and Slicer, is one of Australia’s most prominent graffiti, urban and street art crews. With artists showing locally and internationally year round, this merry band of elite talent is producing more art than you can poke a nib at, and we’ve all been waiting to see a show from Deams!
This, the first solo for Taj, “is a visual exploration of sound and movement that creates an intriguing illusion. A metaphor for human expression and relationships, the work illustrates the interdependent nature of things. With aesthetic balance and harmony the work explores this view through conversations between form, texture, colour and context. The intersecting geometry and multi-dimensional perspectives create a state of flux within the work.
An aesthetic that Taj describes as a ‘graphic tapestry’ his style can be best described as a contemporary blend of graffiti art, graphic design and abstract impressionism. The varied patterns in the work are inspired by his observation of architecture, textiles and repetition in nature.
Swoop & Melodie appeals to people’s intrinsic relationship to birds. The birds are a vessel for communicating Taj’s ideas and philosophy. Their simplistic beauty, purposeful nature, freedom and melodious expression demonstrate values which people aspire to in all aspects of life. Taj presents the birds in such a way that their existence within the work is clear to some and hidden to others. In this way he introduces the importance of our individual perception.”
Rtist is an awesome venue, and Taj is an awesome artist – so come drink, think, talk and squawk with us at Swoop & Melodie next Friday. See you there cool cats and hot birds! (hehehe word play)
Who: Taj Alexander What: Swoop & Melodie – Debut Solo Show Where: Rist Gallery – 29 St Edmonds Rd, Prahran When: Opening night Friday 7th October 6pm. Show runs til 23rd October 2011
The Hole In The Wall, alongside Australia’s and possibly the worlds largest Sardine Festival, down by the waterside in sunny Fremantle. If you happen to be steering that way for some fishy delight, tomorrow evening we recommend you drop into The Hole In The Wall, and immerse yourself in the environment that will be Amok Island.
“Amok was born in the eighties As a child he could be found exploring the streets of Amsterdam, fishing canals, doing graffiti and exploring forgotten places in the city. His love for all things tropical have seen him journey through Asia and Australia where he now lives.
Combining design, graffiti and nature in to his works Amok creates intricate pieces on canvas. Join the artist and hit to celebrate the open of this exhibition A limited edition screen print will be available on the night.”
Evade your everyday existence and step into this artistic oasis!
Who: Amok Island What: Solo Exhibition Where: Hole In The Wall Gallery, 3a/64 Adelaide St. Fremantle When: Show opens Thursday 1st of September from 6pm til 9pm, and runs til 23rd September 2011
Okay, so the word dynamo comes to mind when I think of Twoone, and now I’m just going to apply it to Thomas Jackson as well. Only a two or three weeks after their last duo show, they are hitting back again with yet another one – again at the Lo Fi Collective space.
This time they’ll be showcasing a series of Giclee prints of new water color drawings, typographic works, and more – knowing those two artists work, theres sure to be some amazingly cool stuff on display.
Who: Twoone & Thomas Jackson What: Attic Antics duo show Where: Lo-Fi Collective, 383 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst When: Show opens Thursday 30th September at 6pm.