Some great videos of street art from Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane this week – as well as a bunch of other cool art movies. Read on to see the best of all the video we’ve seen from across the scene …
To finish it off, we have two newly uploaded videos taken in both Hosier Lane and Union Lane in Melbournes CBD. These are great walkthroughs, and if you want to see in detail the current state these two iconic Melbourne street art laneways then check these out!
Ah man, we really do love Australian art – what a great week for video!! Catch you next Thursday!
You know what? I think we’ll just have to let you read the introduction to this show first, and watch the video so you can grasp the idea behind it …
"Everything is in Motion is a new drawing work by Danny Wild and Luke Penders. It was created with the aid of various mechanical, robotic and wind up toys in which pens, crayons, markers and other drawing utensils were attached to enable to toys to ‘draw’.
With this piece our focus was on removing objects from their original context, investigating the unpredictable nature of drawing through non-conventional means."
Okay, got it? Cool, now,check out this cool ass video that they put together … mad stuff.
How cool is that?? Robots and dinosaurs, with pens, making art. I really don’t think there is much cooler. Except maybe if there was a wind up triceratops involved. Or if they were 100ft tall … but, this is really as cool as it gets, and a really great idea. Everything Is In Motion is a unique, nearly unclassifiable show, I mean, again, they have toys drawing shit.
It’s shows like Everything Is In Motion that are exactly the kind of things we love; we really wish we could get up there to see it. Kudos to the Zonk Vision dudes for dreaming this one up, and to the Tate crew for putting it on!
Who:What: Everything Is In Motion Where:The Tate, 345 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe, NSW When: Show opens Wednesday 20th June at 6pm and runs until Sunday June 24th.
Just when we thought that Espionage Gallery couldn’t possibly keep topping itself, Josh Smith and friends then pull out another doozy – this time with "Winter" – a massively ambitious group show featuring over 50 artists from across Australia, and the world.
"The most ambitious exhibition to date, Winter features over 50+ of the top artists from Toronto, Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide. With over 50+artists and over 60 works this will be the most packed exhibition yet with each artist reinterpreting the theme of "winter". Come along and be part of what could be one of the most memorable and packed exhibitions at Espionage Gallery."
This looks huge – with the names in there, and the various different types of works they’ll be putting up, there literally will be something for everyone – and then some!!!
Who: Lisa Vanin, Rebecca Murphy, YMT, Nicole Tattersall, Be Free, Suki, Cameron Brideoake, Creature Creature, Ellie Kammer, Kerri Ann Wright, Emmaline Zanelli, Katie Johnson, Jenny Allnutt, Tiff Rysdale, Pip Kruger, Lampin, Elita A’Vard, Caitlin Millard, Véra Ada, Hailey Lane, James Dean, Mustachio, Trent Lambert, Gina George Rex, John Willanski, Lindsey Bryant, Daniel Purvis, Donovan Christie, Joshua Miels, Josh Searson, Kate Kowald, Peter Fong, Rose Swincer, Scatterbrain, Tom Borgas, Kat Cuppock, Michael Carney, Rem, Ula Blocksage, Backyard Jesus, Greg Eden, Tim Mcburnie, Ant Can, Magic Jelly, Julian Lee, Jack Snell, Jenny Mclaughlin, Francine Sherman, Brendan Williams, Jessica Stewart, Imee, Catherine Murray, David Burden + more What: Winter – International Group Show Where: Espionage Gallery, Suite 1, Level 2, 93 Rundle Mall, Adelaide When: Show opens Thursday 21st June from 6pm til 9pm, and runs until Sunday 24th June – three days only!
One of the projects he has been working on for some time, is a large mural residency at Sydneys Damp Store and Gallery, it’s taken him a while, but the attention to detail in the small little previews we’ve seen makes it obvious that thats exactly that reason why it needs to be seen!
We’ve been following Damp since they opened, and we’re big advocates of what they’re doing with their space, and we wish we could get down there this Friday night to check out what Apeseven has done with it all!
We’re also massive fans of this mans work – its going to be a rockin event, with food, beverages and good times to be had.
Who: Apeseven What: Apeseven residency show Where:Damp Store & Gallery, Shop 4, 31 Brighton Street, Curl Curl, NSW When: Event runs from 6pm til 10pm on Friday, 15th June, 2012!
Unspoken Words, a follow up to his recent show at Backwoods Gallery in Melbourne, was a portal into the unique and highly stylised work of Phibs that we all know and love.
The space was filled to the brim with art and people on opening night, jostling for position to view the artists works on canvas, paper and found objects. A focal point was a sculpture of deliciously painted tree bark holding a dangling sea shell in the shape of a pyramid – it’s always good to see an artist reach outside the normal confines of 2D surfaces!
For one night only Threadless and T-World combined to bring Sydney a colourful retrospective of Threadless T-shirts and design talent, curated by Eddie Zammit.
The huge space was jam packed with wallpaper made from the pages of the Threadless book, as well as large prints of some fantastically fresh designs from some of the emerging talent coming through the Threadless ranks. It was the enormous number of T-shirts hanging from the ceiling that stole the show, like a laundry full of lusciousness – only colour coded and exclusive.
The Secret Walls machine is now in full swing, with tonights event heralding the Sydney side of the competition!
Starting up last month with the Melbourne round, in which Hancock prevailed against Reliable, now its the New South Welshpeoples turn to get some of the action as Dale Bigeni and Sindy Sinn go head to head at the Oxford Arts Factory!
Both of these artists have mad work, and are a great match up – we can’t wait to see all the shots from up there in Sydney after tonight! May the cleverest artist win!!
Who: Dale Bigeni vs Sindy Sinn What: Secret Walls Sydney Round #1 Where:OXFORD ART FACTORY, Basement, 38-46 Oxford St, Sydney When: Wednesday 13th June 2012 from 6:30pm, battle starts at 8:30 sharp!
There is a curious thing happening in the world today, something vast and progressive, yet outside of the viewpoint of those who pay it little attention. We take it as given, we adapt to its changes and we feel its ubiquity without really understanding what is happening – because, for the most part, it is a juggernaut to which not only do we pay homage, but reverence; the deity of technology is overcoming mythos of old, replacing ancient beliefs with supplication to its all encompassing omniscience. This is the accelerando, the exponential change of technological progression, a bell curve of rapidity that is quickly outstripping our ability to understand all the changes as they occur.
This acceleration, however, is not unnoticed by all. Scientists from all fields, futurists such as Ray Kurzweil have written upon it and investigated it extensively, and an entire university has been created to track its development. One group of people, however, are at the forefront of pushing these developments into the minds of the human consciousness, and it is through the eyes of artists that these notions are being visually presented to the world at large. Some may shrug it off as merely being "sci-fi"; we call it an imperative gaze into the future of the human condition.
ApeSeven is a multidisciplinary artists whose work delves into areas associated with this rapid climb in technological ubiquity. His figures contain visages of flesh and steel, circuits and skin. ApeSeven presents these ideas with influences imbibed from graffiti, skate and hiphop culture. From found objects to aerosol, illustration and a veritable compilation of mix media talents, his work is that of a man looking forward into his own visionary world without leaving the context of the present.
Ideology, the scientific method, an affinity with traditional folkloric knowledge, as well as a reverence for the history of learning and progress, all play a role within ApeSevens work, the elements of which are all manifestly evident in the large, post-human figures found adorning the walls of the cities he visits.
We caught up with ApeSeven ahead of the end of his residency event at Sydneys DampSpace, where he has spent the last two or so months creating a wall piece that will shortly be unveiled. Read on
Right back at the beginning, how did you start out drawing and painting, and how did you get into the creative game?
I started drawing in primary school at first for all the kids in class as part of their creative writing works… haha, I was an illustrator at the age of 8! It wasn’t until my later years snowboarding in Canada that painting came along as a means to relaxing in the evenings. I had the privilege of meeting a fellow snowboarder US west Coast artist "Klutch" in the early 2000’s he essentially was the first person to invite me to exhibit my works in Portland and San Francisco.
Skate culture, hip hop, science, technology … all all are fertile grounds for artists when it comes to formative years and their original influences – why do these things hold resonance with you, and what do you believe it is about some of these influences that finds them pervasive in a lot of the art being produced today?
First and foremost skating was my first passion and in hindsight it was a creative outlet, one which helped me to redefine what urban spaces original purpose was. Things were no longer pathways, walls, steps but obstacles which needed to be manipulated and mastered.
Rap and the early can do attitude of the hip hop music scene resonated with me, here were guys with no formal music training and basic equipment getting to express their ideas … very inspirational!
Science and technology are one and the same, and I guess they represent my more rational side. Yet upon thinking about it more … the same "can do" attitude from early scientists, with their abilities to imagine, theorize and then prove concepts … the mind boggles … awesome.
One thing we’re interested in, is that we saw your interests also revolve around science, technology, and folklore – one would think that out of the three, that folklore is pretty far from technology, and people automatically get an idea of old stories and fabled tales – but there is already a culture of folkloric mythology around technology and science, which has become more apparent over the years; how do you interpret this via your work, and what do these juxtapositions of concepts garner within it?
I interpret this modern notion by combining visually organic elements, currently being skeletal structures and infusing them with notions of perpetual technology. These infusions are both represented by realistically painted tech and also by graphically painted symbols and nomenclature .
What I hope to explore is the idea of the new world religion "science", its past present and essentially create a visual science fiction of possible futures.
You did some pretty cool stuff on glass bottles, do you often create art using found objects? What’s the coolest/weirdest/most random thing you have ever used to create with?
I think the use of found objects come from skateboarding years the whole reuse, redefine idea. I think the weirdest thing would be using my own saliva to mix with paints so that I would leave a genetic signature …
Your technique is really varied, stencils to aerosol, traditional to mixed media – we often ask the question "Why is it important to vary your style" but we’re also curious – do you think that this time spent across various mediums means that it can take longer to master each one? Or is it a more complimentary evolution?
Mixed media represents the stratification of ideas and concepts in my head; within individual works there are many fulcrums of ideology and memory.
I guess a thorough understanding of light is important whether you are painting or drawing. I don’t think of different media as complete different tools and yes as you have suggested complimentary and supplementary.
I think it is important to explore various techniques, from the point of view that it keeps you learning – hence keeping your thought processes fresh. I personally believe that you owe your existence/gifts to learning…
Tell us a bit more about your aerosol work – how does this evolve out from the work you do with drawing and on canvases, and what techniques, if any, will you use both in the context of the piece zas well as in techniques, that differ between the two?
I think the evolution comes from an adaptation to paint works in public spaces quickly! The main ramifications being that I bring the aerosol component back to the studio as a mixed media tool.
You’ve been named to be part of Secret Walls in Sydney this year; there’s a big buzz about both the Melbourne and Sydney competitions – what do you think is the best thing about the Secret Wars concept?
If you look back at art history , many artists strive to achieve an efficient economy to their works. To put it another way "how can I best express what I want to say in the simplest way ???" … I think Secret Walls is a modern perversion of this … and hence extremely challenging.
What do you feel are some of the most important aspects you’ll keep in mind whilst you’re up there battling it out, and what are some of the things you are going to keep in mind whilst you’re battling it out?
Technique, technique, technique … how am I going to push and pull objects, ideas, in a quick ,efficient manner? As far as I am concerned there is no crowd or people or third person observational world, just an obstacle that needs to be overcome.
Tell us about some of the work you’ve been doing in residency at Damp Space? How did you get involved with the guys there?
I live about five blocks away from Damp. Matt @ Damp simply contacted me, he had seen some of my prior works and wanted for me to have an exhibition – I suggested a direction away from your stock standard gallery show.
Damp space was essentially about giving my self time to work on one work, a mural titled "Former Glory". It is essentially an allegory of humankind’s evolutionary path and its effects on the other species here on the planet.
What do you have planned for the rest of 2012 and beyond? What directions would you like to go in, and what as yet unrealized projects will you explore?
Yes , yes there is an exhibition coming up later in the year touring Sydney and Melbourne with another artist the curious beasts Kaitlin Beckett. I am just focusing on producing works at the moment – Ideologically the show is aligned to what I am currently working on @ Damp .
The main plan I have for this year is to do the Dobell @ AGNSW, and hence spend 3-4 months on one enormous drawing.
Also this year the concept of true collaboration has popped up, not simply painting stuff side by side with another artist, but engaging with them in a way that produces a third, different work. Currently is a slow process, but some opportunities have arisen …
Well this one kind of snuck up on us but we’re glad we saw it!
This Friday New Zealand/Sydney artist Mark Alsweiler will be presenting his next solo show, "Wild Wood" at Collingwoods House Of Bricks. Alsweiler has held a large number of shows in the past, from solo shows at China Heights and Nine lives, to group shows at Monster Children, aMBUSH and the Outpost Project – now its time for his work to be present to all of his ‘Burn fans.
From installations, to painting on both canvas and wood, his work is both exciting and quirkily driven. In Wild Wood, Mark will be creating a number of sculptures and paintings utilising wood as his foundation – head down to House Of Bricks tomorrow night to check it all out.
Who: Mark Alsweiler What: Wild Wood solo show Where: House Of Bricks, 40 Budd Street, Collingwood When: Show opens Friday June 8th and runs for one week.
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