Murdochs The Daily Telegraph is a bias piece of shit masquerading as journalism and Fintan Magee, like so many of us, hates it. Which is actually a good thing, too, because otherwise he wouldnt have done this awesome piece – Man Bites Dog. Check out the release for it and the video below!
“Sydney based artist, Fintan Magee is rapidly becoming one of Australia’s most prominent street artists having been commissioned to paint in over 20 cities around the world.
Arguably his most political work to date, ‘Man Bites Dog’ explores media bias in Australia.
Originally installed in an abandoned warehouse in Sydney’s Alexandria, Magee painted the detailed mural at the centre of the work before ceremoniously burning a life-sized wire sculpture filled with copies of The Daily Telegraph newspaper, filming the process to create a mesmeric video installation.
‘Man Bites Dog’ will be exhibited as part of ‘PROTEST’, a group exhibition opening at M16 Art Space in Canberra on Thursday 26 March
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 firstname.lastname@example.org”
Check out a few of the images of works from the show, and see the mad new direction that Heescos work has taken recently.
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.
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 …
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.
Both of these guys are at the top of their game, and I know that with this show we can expect something a little different – with Will Coles having just been down here in Melbourne recently, smashing up a whole pile of his trademarked concrete pieces, and with some preview pieces of some bronze casted sculptural pieces from E.L.K. we know that alongside their staple awesomeness, there is going to be some great little surprises at the show!
On Wednesday night, the amazing Vans The Omega will be holding an exhibition in Sydney, bringing his unique style and patterned brilliance to the walls of The Tate. Now, we shouldn’t need to introduce you to Vans, if you know your art here in Australia, but in case you haven’t heard of one of the top artists in our country, maybe you should go and check out his website before reading all the info for the show below …
“A solo exhibition by Vans The Omega in collaboration with East Editions, The Hours and Karton Group, featuring a range of unique hand painted furniture and homewares, sculptural works and installations, new mixed media paintings and a limited edition print set.
Roughly based in Adelaide Australia, Vans the Omega has been creating and painting letterforms for over two decades, which has seen him travel around the globe consistently since 2000. Recognised in the global graffiti scene for his attention to detail and search for perfection within letter structure and technique, most of his influences come from ancient scripts, architecture, engineering, nature and the idea of movement or balance.
His use of sharp highly technical machine like shapes and seemingly impossible patterns mixed with a traditional graffiti aesthetic, blend together to produce new innovative artworks which continue to push boundaries and perfect his craft. Vans The Omega is extremely well travelled and has exhibited artwork and painted murals all over the world.”
This will be an excellent display of work from one of the best practitioners on walls across the world, so head down to check it all out yourselves.
Who: Vans The Omega What: Into The Light solo show Where:The Tate, 345 Glebe point Rd, Glebe, Sydney When: Show opens Wednesday 21st May from 6pm til 9pm and runs until Saturday 24th May.
A grand show of both locally known and international artists will be opening up this week in Sydney, as the aMBUSH crew and M Contemporary team up to present From The Streets – a celebration of artists who have their roots in street based practices.
“Please join us for the opening of FROM THE STREETS on Saturday 22 March at M Contemporary gallery, 37 Ocean St, Woollahra from 4-6pm. Artists ADNATE, BEASTMAN and SHANNON CREES will be painting live at the opening and the works will be auctioned to raise money for the children’s medical charity Operation Smile.
Also, the FROM THE STREETS exhibition, which will run until 27 April, brings together street artists from around the world to highlight the many different genres of street art and the different practices that artists utilise in their work. The featuring artists are Adnate (Melbourne), Beastman (Sydney), Chris Uphues (New York), Ever (Buenos Aires), Jaz (Buenos Aires), Jef Aerosol (Lille), Mademoiselle Maurice (Paris), Morley (LA), Shannon Crees (Sydney), Slinkachu (London) and Will Coles (Sydney).”
Head down to M Contemporary to check it all out this Saturday afternoon.
Who: Adnate (Melbourne), Beastman (Sydney), Chris Uphues (New York), Ever (Buenos Aires), Jaz (Buenos Aires), Jef Aerosol (Lille), Mademoiselle Maurice (Paris), Morley (LA), Shannon Crees (Sydney), Slinkachu (London), Will Coles (Sydney) What: From The Streets group exhibition Where: M Contemporary When: Saturday 22nd March from 4pm til 6pm and running until 27th April 2014
This week, Melbourne artist Cam Scale hits one of Sydneys coolest galleries, The Tate, for his solo show “Iron Oxied”.
Iron Oxied will be a grand exhibition of small works on found objects, with Scale gathering a whole bunch of unique, and ohhh, mildly familiar, metal canvases on which he’s applied his more than sufficient skills.
As Scale says, the show will be “Exploring the elements around us, our human interaction with nature and existence within the universe.” Take a look at a couple of the process shots below …
Nice. Very, very nice!! Head down to The Tate to see it all for yourself, it’s gunna be grand!!
Who: Cam Scale What: Iron Oxide solo show Where: The Tate @ The Toxeth Hotel, 345 Glebe point Rd, Glebe, Sydney When: Show opens Wednesday 10th March from 6pm til 9pm, and runs until 23rd March.
Well, it’s always a little sad seeing an artist head off from the ‘burn on new adventures, but when its someone like Drewfunk its even more so! Drewfunk has been such a stalwart in the Melbourne art scene for so long that it’ll be hard to imagine not bumping into him all the time at Blender (or Workshop, ha!) but he’s heading off up to Sydney for a change of pace, and in celebration of his time here and to new beginnings he’ll be having an open studio, with a bunch of artwork up for grabs and a bit of a bbq sendoff.
“Some of new and old unseen work will be available, also some prints, books and one off drawings.
I’ve been in Melbourne since early 2006, Its time for a change. Moving to Sydney on the 30th of March. Come by for a catchup. DJ’s and BBQ will be organized too. After party starts from 5 – 10pm. (BYO Drinks) ”
From me, on a personal note, Drew – you’ll be missed bro – hope you have all the luck in the world up in Sydney, and in the meantime, see you Saturday!!
Head down to Blender to celebrate with the man himself this weekend, and maybe even pick up some mad Drewfunk bargains!
Who: Drewfunk What: Open Studio Where: Blender Studios, 110 Franklin St, Melbourne When: Open studio from 12pm til 5pm, after party from 5 – 10pm, Saturday 13th March 2014
The whole idea behind Trespassing looks grand. A new series of documentary photography and video that aims to “See what the graffiti artist sees”, Trespassing will be opening up in Sydney tomorrow night at The Tate.
As big believers in the documentation of the graffiti and street art cultures, Trespassing is a welcome addition to the many paintspotting and documentation initiatives around the world. Focusing on the underground rail systems, this new addition to the documentation of the culture is more than welcome.
Some of the photos and video previews look pretty grand, as you can see below.
The website itself is pretty great too, and it looks likie these guys are in it for the long haul to capture as much as they can – theres more info on the whole project, as well as prints and other stuff - so go and take a look at the site.
Cant wait to see all the photos and images from the project – looks awesome indeed.
Who: A variety of photographers What: Trespassing Where: The Tate, Upstairs of the Toxeth Hotel, 345 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, Sydney When: Show opens Wednesday February 26th from 6pm til
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