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Exhibition – Your Kid Cant Do This – Sydney

We are always the biggest lovers of stencil art here, and group shows with such high calibre, international work are always a welcome sight!! Out of the awesomeness that is the new aMBUSH Gallery, comes probably one of the biggest and best international stencil art exhibitions we have seen in years – Your Kid Cant Do This!

“However derisively you feel about conceptual art, and no matter how skillfully your chubby-cheeked progeny wields a Magic Marker, the fact remains that when it comes to the technical mastery and intricate vision of this line up of world-class stencil artists, Your Kid Can’t Do This.

Returning for the first time since 2010, international stencil art exhibition Your Kid Can’t Do This launches at aMBUSH Gallery, Central Park, Sydney on Friday 26 June from 6-9pm. The group exhibition is curated by Luke Cornish, aka E.L.K, who became the first street-based artist to be selected for inclusion in the prestigious Archibald Prize in 2012, and currently holds the record for creating the highest selling piece of street art in Australia.

YKCDT is the ultimate showcase of contemporary talent within the field of stencil artistry, featuring over 50 artists from 16 countries, including the Godfather of modern stencil art Blek Le Rat (France), Australian stencil art royalty Haha and Vexta, and Hugo Kaagman (Amsterdam), who is heralded as the ‘original pioneer of stencil art’. YKCDT also platforms the work of every winner of the Australian Stencil Art Prize from 2009-2014, leading stencillers from across Europe and America, and an assortment of emerging artists whose quieter reputations belie their exceptional talent.

“Modern stencil art exploded on to the scene in Australia in the early 2000s, around the time of the American invasion of Iraq. Hundreds of artists with a message hit the streets and lane ways, using the quickest means of delivering that message: stencil. In the decade that has followed, the boom of street stencils scene has slowed down, but the evolution of the medium continues to progress to a near hyper-realistic aesthetic. The 2015 instalment of YKCDT is set to be Australia’s most outstanding display of stencil art yet.”

On the opening night, Fenella Kernebone, host of By Design on Radio National and The Sound Lab on Triple J, will officially launch the exhibition.”

Put together by the brilliantly talented. and, well, one of the most authoritative stencils artists in the world, E.L.K., YKCDT is going to be an epic display of modern stencil art from across the globe – do not miss this show!!!


Who: Blek Le Rat, 23rd Key, Adam 5100, Artestensiva, B-toy, Be Free, Brian DeLoncker, C215, Camo, Czarnobyl, David Soukup, Denial, Eelus, Eime, EINS92, ELK, HAHA, Hugo Kaagman, Icy & Sot, Jamin, Jana et Js, Jef Aerosol, Joe Iurato, Joshua Smith, Katheine Jukes, Kirpy, Klingatron, Koleszar, Lekomio, Losop, M-City, Martin Whatson, Mili Vada, Mini Graff, Monstfur, Nils, Nufink, Ortaku, Orticanoodles, Pahni, Papermonster, Pisa 73, Ralf Kempken, Scotch Willington
What: Your Kid Can’t Do This – Exhibition
When: Friday 26 June, 6-9pm
Where: the new aMBUSH Gallery, Level 3 Central Park The Living Mall), 28 Broadway, Chippendale (opposite UTS)

Stencil Workshop with E.L.K
When: Saturday 27 June, 2-5pm
Where: aMBUSH Project Space, Level 3 Central Park
Cost: Free
Register: elkstencils@hotmail.com

Check out the facebook event page and aMBUSH Gallery for more info!

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Exhibition – Chris Hancock – Depressionism – Perth

Here’s something that all our readers in Perth should be damn excited about, our good mate Hancock is about to launch his next show and it looks like an absolute ripper!

Having travelled around Europe for most of a year Hancock is most definitely back and has been churning out some of the best work that we’ve ever seen from him. Inspired by those darker corners, yet with a palette of colours that belies the subject matter, we’re pretty excited to see another solo show from the man! 

Depressionism is a new body of work by Perth born, Melbourne based artist Christopher Hancock.  Created over the past six months, this body of work marks a significant shift in the artists practice. This series has seen Hancock develop an exhilarating new painting style, using complex figurative abstractions to explore dark and raw subject matter.


“These works have been created in a way that leaves behind pre-meditated construction and instead lends itself toward a process of chance and removed thinking. The application of the paint ranges from loose splashes of colour, to tightly refined areas, thus leaving room for the physical manifestation of emotion.”


Who: Chris Hancock
What: Depressionism – New works on canvas by Christopher Hancock
Where: The Bird, 181 William St, Northbridge, WA 6003
When: Opening Night, 4th of May 2015.  Running until the 18th of May.

Check out the facebook event page right here!

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Snapshots – Heesco – Liminal – Sydney

Last Wednesday night our mate Heesco headed up Sydney way to open his latest show, Liminal, at The Tate.

Edinfocus was also there on the night, and we’re glad too, as he had his camera out and captured a whole swag of fantastic photos from the show, which you can check out below!

Looks like it was an absolutely fantastic show, wish we could have been there – thanks to Ed and Heesco for the pics!





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Exhibition – Heesco – Liminal – Sydney

Our good mate Heesco has a new show coming up, this time at The Tate in Sydney!

Its been a while since we saw a solo show from the man, who has been busy over the last year painting across Oz, Mongolia and NYC – and having seen the new direction that the work in this show has been taking over the past six months or so, we’re pretty excited to see how it all turns out. This latest show veers towards the abstract, but abstract in the way that is more than familiar for those of you that know Heescos work. Explosive, elemental and with a shitload of energy, Heescos Liminal is a gorgeous riot of colour.

“Liminal – adjective

1. relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process.

2. occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold.

With Liminal, there is a hyperfocus at the central point of Heesco’s many and varied influences from graffiti, comics, fantasy and sci-fi illustration to gestural and hard-edge abstraction, surrealism, and age-old figurative painting. It’s

an epic clash of opposing ideals and dynamics resulting in works that burst with energy, vibrancy and undeniable artistic skill.

The paintings are visceral and hypnotic, which exude elements and ideas from his Mongolian upbringing clashing with contemporary urban culture. The result is a unique new category that only Heesco can own. These works are a must see in person.

Heesco is an internationally recognised graffiti and street artist based in Melbourne – for catalogue enquiries contact heesco@heesco.com”

Check out a few of the images of works from the show, and see the mad new direction that Heescos work has taken recently.

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Also, heres a small sampling of the show and some of the work in this preview video from Michael Danischewski! Head down to The Tate this Wednesday to see the show for yourselves.

HEESCO- Liminal from Michael Danischewski on Vimeo.

Who: Heesco
What: Liminal Solo show
Where: The Tate, 345 Glebe Pt Rod, Glebe, Sydney
When: Show opens Wednesday October 3rd from 6pm til 9pm, and runs for a week

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E.L.K - Photo Courtesy of E.L.K

Exhibition – E.L.K – Louder Than Words – StolenSpace – London

Whilst many of us sadly won’t be able to make this show, we thought we would give credit to Our good friend E.L.K (aka Luke Cornish) who is taking his Louder Than Words  show to the one and only StolenSpace Gallery in London. Fuck Yeah!!! Hope the show goes well man!

About the Show: “Inspired by his travels to refugee camps of Lebanon, surrounded by the sound of gunfire, Luke draws on his artistic skills to bear witness to the suffering, hope, violence and everydayness of the displacement and conflicts.”

If you are in London be there or if you know someone let them know about this awesome show.

E.L.K - Photo Courtesy of E.L.K

E.L.K – Photo Courtesy of E.L.K

Who: E.L.K (aka Luke Cornish).

What: Louder Than Words.

When: 7th August at 6PM and runs until 31st August.

Where: 17 Osborn Street,E1 6TD London, United Kingdom.

Facebook event page here.  

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Exhibition – Aida Sabic – Anima – Melbourne

One of the artists that we have followed over the years,  the muchly talented Aida Sabic, is having her next solo show this weekend – and this time she delves into the mythologies of times gone by, with Anima.

“Greek mythology embodied the faults and strengths of human nature and it’s narratives veiled the fears, beliefs, and moral codes of their society. The stories were told by men, to motivate men. The female characters represented the feminine characteristics in themselves… to be resisted, subdued or overcome at any cost.

Ancient society had specific gender roles and typically the stories focus positively on male heroes achieving their heroic goals. Females were portrayed as weak or were punished harshly for showing dominant traits. Some became serial victims, deserving sympathy for a tragic life, but receiving none.

Although female heroines did exist, they were different to that of the male; women used intelligence to assist the men to achieve their goals, sacrificed themselves for loved ones or to preserve honour, and used their skills to exact revenge.

This work is based around the female characters in these myths and their relevancy, despite the role of women in ancient society being considered insignificant compared to that of men.”

We love anything mythological, and we love anything that comes from Aidas hand – beautiful work, and we cant wait until we get a chance to see it at Off The Kurb this Friday night – so head down and see it all for yourselves!!


Who: Aida Sabic
What: Anima solo show
Where: Off The Kerb Gallery, 66B Johnston Street, Collingwood, Melbourne
When: Opening Night Friday, 13th of Junefrom 6:00pm – 9:00pm and runs until the 27th June 2014

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Exhibition – Tom Civil – Stick Folk – Melbourne

One of our favourite Melbourne artists, Tom Civil, will be holding a solo show this Friday night in Collingwood, and it looks to be another grand show from the man. Backwoods says it all best:

“The art of Tom Civil is about hidden worlds in the Australian landscape, where punk spirits dance, ordinary lives are lived and a new mythology is being born.

The young Tom Civil and his brother Ned, cubby house creating collaborators, spent their holidays at their Dad’s place in country New South Wales, exploring the bush around the area where they were born and grew up as little kids. They returned to the city at the end of each break with a sense of freedom and imagination that helped them look past the walls and fences to a world waiting to be explored, where strong personal connections could be found in every hidden place and abandoned building.

Tom moved to Melbourne in 2001 and fell in with Melbourne’s punk and graffiti scenes. Inspired by DIY publications, zines, posters, reclamation of public spaces and the culture of freedom. The ultimate expression of this came through projects such as the Empty Show, where Melbourne street artists including Civil would host exhibitions in abandoned buildings.

To Tom and his brother, who was based in Sydney, graffiti became a way for them to continue to personally explore the urban landscape while also contributing to a cultural movement. Tom’s brother died late 2010 and since then Tom’s work has reflected notions of grief and loss, and a searching for beauty in death.

Central to Tom’s current work are the Stick Folk, who manifest themselves as diminutive sprites which live hidden in the composition of his paintings or as bold tags across walls. The Stick Folk are representations of Tom’s personal connection to the land and the city. They live, hangout, protest, dance and move across the landscape, an Aussie punk mashup of May Gibbs and Michael Leunig.

Since his arrival in Melbourne, Tom has become one of Australia’s leading street artists, a social activist, community leader, a printmaker and a writer whose work has given a new dimension to Australian art. He is one of the few street artists who maintain the purity and rebellion which made Melbourne famous as a centre for street art.”

Heres a couple of preview images from the show …


Check out the images from Toms last show was way back in 2012 (has it been that long?) and we did an interview with him at the time, check them out, and look forward to seeing this new one for ourselves


Who: Tom Civil
What: Stick Folk solo show
Where: Backwoods Gallery, 25 Easey St, Collingwood, VIC
When: Show opens Friday 2nd May 2014 from 6pm til 9pm and runs until 11th May.

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Exhibition – DEAMS – Passing Through – Melbourne

AWOL crew member and expressionist graffiti artist Deams has been wowing both Melbourne and international lovers of his work for quite some time, and the shifts in his style recently have been nothing short of spectacular. His new work has all the hallmarks of a redefinitity, shapes shades and cut out gradiants interspersed with burtst of colorful linework.

As the minimal statement for the show says “This new collection of paintings by Deams presents deep sensory and emotional engagements between the artist and the natural world.” – and the statement is minimal, because having glimpses of the work, who needs the words? The works really do speak for themselves – seriously, Deams work is fkn grand – if back in the days of the beginnings of graffiti, if we could have but imagined where artists such as Deams and his peers are now taking the styles and forms of letter derivative pieces,  we’d all be astounded.

This is the kind of work I want hanging on my own wall – head down to the Abbotsford Convent on Friday night and see it all for yourself.



Who: Deams
What: Passing Through solo show
Where: St Heliers Street Gallery, Abbotsford Convent, Abbotsford, Melbourne
When: Show opens Friday 18th April from 6pm til 9pm and runs until the 30th April 2014

Check out the facebook event page for more info on the show and Deams website!

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Exhibition- Junky Projects – Wasted – Melbourne


Its been quite a long time since Junky Projects had a solo show, and now there is one right around the corner this Friday night with his most recent offering, “Wasted”.

If you dont know who Junky Projects is, then you’re definitely living under a rock. You’ve seen his work everywhere, his junk creatures nailed up to lamp posts and walls across the country. This show, however, will be something altogether different, as he pushes his recycled ethos to a new point, enlarging and exploring all the various different ways to transform unwanted materials into new icons and denizens of the streets.

“In a world where all that remains is wasted, new forms and manifestations of life after waste continue to evolve and develop from the very detritus which doomed a civilization.These are the JunkyProjects.

My recent work “WASTED” is a personal exploration into the creative process, the symbology and invented mythology around which my art making takes place. By using basically only materials which have had a previous life of some kind (found objects and waste polystyrene) i am creating a new type of history for these objects, whilst resonating echoes of their past lives within these new compositions.

‘WASTED’ presents the bearers of bad news, and the only news worth bearing. Don’t shoot the messenger.”

Can’t wait for this show, have been looking forward to it for quite some time now – so head down to Dark Horse Gallery this Friday to check it all out.


Who: Junky Projects
What: Wasted solo show
Where: Dark Horse Experiment, 110 Franklin St, Melbourne
When: Show opens Friday 21st March from 6pm til 9pm and runs until the 12th April 2014.

Check out the facebook event page for more info.

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Rolling Canvas

Snapshots – Rolling Canvas – Melbourne

Damn, this was one fine show, and if you didnt get a chance to see it you really did miss out. Flying a little under the radar at first, this was one of our favourite shows so far this year – a shitload of train canvases painted up by some of Melbourne finest underground graffiti artists. This wasnt your usual fare, and it was fkn grand.

Check out all the photos that Dave Russell got below.

Rolling Canvas

Rolling Canvas


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