Outside: The Pillars Project – Brisbane

In the fierce lead up to the ‘cultural celebrations’ of the G20, Brisbane city has seen a number of creative transformations. One we hope can withstand the test of ‘world leader time’ is The Pillars Project.

Thanks to Queensland Rail, Brisbane City Council, the accredited artists and the approaching arrival of some important political visitors, the massive underpass area of South Brisbane railway line is now site to an ‘outdoor art gallery’. This amazing series of enormous pillar murals each stands over seven metres tall.

The Pillars Project encompasses the work of a number of local street and graffiti artists including Gus Eagleton, Guido Van Helton, Gimiks Born, Fintan Magee and Mik Shida.

Though it is questionable why our vastly multicultural, multifaceted and multidisciplinary city council has rejected, covered up and even criminalized such creative projects in the past, any change moving towards artistic appreciation is a success to be acknowledged and commended. It almost feels as though the pillars are a long awaited award for Brisbane’s creative community. Street art you can appreciate without worrying it will be buffed out before your next visit. Hell, it’s been a long time coming. Brisbane’s finally catching up.

Interestingly, Fintan Magee has replicated the original mural that was removed by Brisbane City Council at the Cultural Center earlier this year. Causing quite a controversy at the time, the mural was removed because the buff squad claimed it to be ‘graffiti’ even after Magee had written approval to paint the mural. Created to commemorate the Brisbane floods, the mural has now been revived and is at least five times its original size. An ironic and intelligent move from Magee.

The pillars are located at the corner or Merivale and Montague road, just down from the Gallery of Modern Art in South Brisbane.

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Opening: Tom Ferson ‘Hindsight in Low Light’ at The Tate – Sydney

A mind bending foray into experimental portraiture. Tom Ferson offers a new body of work alongside photographic and video documentation revealing his unique approach to art-making.

“The exhibition is as much an investigation of identity as it is a declaration of his individuality as an art maker.”
Ben Frost

Tom Ferson ‘Hindsight in Low Light’
Where: The Tate Gallery, Sydney
Opening Hours: Wednesday 29 Oct, 6-9pm

Tom Ferson

Hindsight in Low Light from Tom Ferson on Vimeo.

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Shohei Otomo limited edition risographs

Backwoods Gallery and Shohei Otomo have released a collection of limited edition Risographs to coincide with the launch of FLAT BEND on Friday.

  • 29.7 x 24 cm.
  • Risograph print on 250gsm (enviocare) paper.
  • Hand signed and numbered by Shohei Otomo.
  • Limited to edition of 30 world wide.
  • $110 each
  • $450 for collection of 5.

more info here.

 

 

 

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On the outside with @nemans

Here’s the latest round up of recent walls and laneways in Sydney. Today’s gallery of photo’s include Thomas Jackson, Twoone, Numskull, Scott Marsh, Sare2, Tiger, Bafcat, Jumbo, Nico, Phibs, Peque, Will Coles, Fintan Magee and more. Click below for more photos. 
@nemans
, I Love the Inner West, www.innerwestlifestyle.com.au

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(VIDEO) Shohei Otomo at Backwoods Gallery.

Tokyo through the eyes of one of it’s leading young illustrators and artists, Shohei Otomo.

Working mostly in ballpoint pen, Shohei Otomo’s insightful depictions of Japan expose both its commercial facade and deepest underground culture. Delivered with an unmistakable level of biting political analysis and technical perfection, Shohei’s work straddles the worlds of art, graphic design, anime and punk.

Check the Backwoods vimeo channel for more artist profile videos.

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Recap: Remio ‘Subconscious Rumours’

Remio’s first exhibition in Australian kicked off this week at the RVCA Corner Gallery in Melbourne with a great crowd. The rare Colby prints sold out in a matter of minutes… Most of the other work following soon after. The exhibition, Subconscious Rumours remains open until November 9 .

Photos: Michael Danischewski

There are a handful of these limited edition USPS screen prints ($75 each – unframed) remaining, for interest email info@mild-manners.com

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Opening: Benjamin Reeve ‘Ornament’ Exibition – Toowomba

Prevalent and celebrated street artist Benjamin Reeve launches his solo exhibition, ‘Ornament’ tomorrow at Toowoomba’s newest artist run creative space, ‘No Comply’ Gallery.

Exploring the nostalgia of childhood, ‘Ornament’ plays on the hallowed and harrowing memories of youth. Using spray enamel, inks, oil and acrylic paint, Reeve creates powerful portraits on paper and wood. Each unique piece, representing a mirrored snapshot of self-inquiry.

The official launch opens Friday 24th October from 7pm – 9pm with the works hanging until 15th November.

Well worth the 1.5 hour trek (from Brisbane), Toowoomba has plenty to offer this weekend. Make the most of the journey and stick around for Kontraband Studios first birthday party on Sunday to see live painting from a number of artists including Brisbane’s own Reals and John Kaye and Perth’s Ayres.

As Ayres is making the long winded journey from the other side of Australia to catch Benjamin Reeve and party with the Kontraband kids, we think you should too.

Where ever across our great nation you are tomorrow, Tbar is the place to be.

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Sneak Peek: Remio’s show opens in Melbourne

Remio is a bit of a mystery man and he prefers it that way. A prolific graffiti artist originally from Norway, he has found a way to make his mark in almost every country in the world.

Now an RVCA special edition artist, he was recommended by friends Barry McGee and Os Gemeos. Like many of his peers refining their skills at street level, Remy has already started making a successful entry into the gallery and museum world.

His Melbourne solo exhibition,  Subconscious Rumours opens this Thursday, October 23 from 5-8pm at the RVCA Corner Gallery, 82 Stanley St, Collingwood. Exhibition will continue until Mid November.

Alongside a host of new paintings, there are a handful of editioned prints available on the night. Don’t sleep on getting there early.

Photos: Mike Danischewski

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Interview: 5Fingers

Following the interesting arrival of new abandoned art installation, The Opening Hours caught up with the mysterious pair behind the 5Fingers project. Adapting a ‘run by thieves, worn by vandals’ mentality, it seems this local label have a lot more to offer than just fine threads.

What is 5Fingers and how did the idea originate?
We were kicking back over a few drinks, having a rant over some clothing companies and how they plug the same shit just to earn a few dollars. 5Fingers was created not as a business idea, but as a way for us as artists to express our creative side and inject our art into wearable threads. 5Fingers is a clothing line, however as artists, we want to play around a bit and keep our hands on the street by creating innovative installations and art projects.

Give us a run down of this installation.
We just wanted to do something different. We’re so used to the usual street art medium of paper and painting on walls in a 2D form. So to try something new, we’ve thrown up a 3D installation. We used multiple layers of sticky tape to form the letter structure then strategically placed small LED lights to help bring the letters to life. We want to push graffiti down new paths.

Is it still on display at the abandoned mall?
Yeah, it’s still on display and we don’t plan on touching it. It will be interesting to see how it’s doing down the track. We encourage people it to have some sort of fun if they come across it. Change it up, do what ever you want with it.

Describe where you live.
In a government controlled police state, a place we like to call Brisbane.

What do you love about your city?
I guess we love the ignorance. Brisbane is set back in the past with a lot of its infrastructure, trends etc so when people see something new and completely different, it’s fresh and makes a big impact on them.

What’s your background in ‘the industry’?
Growing up both of us got caught up in the street culture. Graffiti, photography, hip hop, skateboarding… It became captivating and I guess we’ve both never really left the scene.

Any other mediums you’re looking to explore?
We want to start pushing the boundaries with new mediums. We have some plans down the track to create an installation using natural elements. You’ll have to keep your eyes peeled for that one.

What can we expect from 5Fingers in the future?
A full range of clothing, along with an integration of cool installations and art projects that provide a new and different perspective on street culture. I guess you could say we don’t just want to be known as just a clothing line.

5Fingers will be launching their website and online store later this month. For more information on the label and their projects, head to their Instagram account, @5fingersclothing.

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Event: GC Paint Pit

The team at 40/40 Creative and their aerosol allies have banned together to present Gold Coast Paint Pit, a live painting, urban renewal event powered by V8 Superfest.

Over four days Alex Lehours, John Kaye and Lachlan Hansen will transform four boring walls into contemporary pieces of art across a number of prevalent Gold Coast locations.

Friday 17th – 69 Nerang Street, Southport
Saturday 18th – BSKT Cafe, Nobby’s Beach
Sunday 19th and Monday 20th – Waxy’s Irish Pub Surfers, Paradise (Major Event)
Wednesday 22nd – Guardian Pharmacy, Chirn Park

Session times and additional information here.

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