Back Burners @ Lo-Fi Collective

Tomorrow night at Lo-Fi Collective (Thursday 21st April) is the opening of Back Burners, a group show curated by Sydney’s Warefare crew. A show bringing together some of Australia’s most prolific graffiti artists to display their hand painted denim jackets, a historic graffiti tradition that dates back to the late 70s and early 80s. See the flyer for more details and a full line up.

Carbon Festival

CARBON is a “festival of contemporary style, design & culture” presented by Acclaim Magazine and NB574.COM happening in Melbourne at the end of the month.

With big names like Futura, Lister, Bobby Hundreds and SO many more, this is sure to be an amazing event packed with speakers, forums and even a live painting event by one of Graffiti’s most famous names, Futura. If you’re in Melbourne, go grab a ticket here.

More info here. A PDF with all the info, interviews and photos here. Purchase a ticket here. See below the flyer for dates and full details.

WHAT:    CARBON
Australia’s first forum dedicated to street culture and design.

WHEN: Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1, 2011

WHERE: Federation Square (forums and launch party)
with exhibitions and additional parties hosted at selected Melbourne CBD locations

LAUNCH: Friday April 29, Atrium @ Federation Square, 6PM.
18+ event for ticket holders and media only

COST: 1 day pass $120+bf / 2 day pass $195+bf
Available for purchase at www.weareallcarbon.com
OR www.moshtix.com.au/event.aspx?id=46010&ref=carbon

SPEAKERS:

• Futura: one of the world’s most renowned street and modern artists (NYC)

• Noah Callahan-Bever: editor in chief of Complex Magazine and complex.com (NYC)

• Bobby Hundreds: co-founder of one of America’s most successful independent clothing labels The Hundreds (LA)

• Greg Rivera: founder of highly successful streetwear label Mishka (NYC)

• Chooee Hwang: founder of Southeast Asian culture site and branding company Streething (Singapore)

• Matt Thomas: co-founder of the highly successful Highs and Lows sneaker boutiques (Perth, AUS)

• Frank Liew: owner and founder of internationally renowned boutiques Qubic and Quarters, blogger for hypebeast.com and influencer (Auckland, NZ)

• Anthony Lister: Australian street and fine artist based in Brooklyn NYC, Lister is one of this country’s most renowned contemporary artists (NYC)

• Tristan Ceddia: Senior graphic designer at Ksubi and founder of creative agency, Never Now, Ceddia also heads theblackmail.com and The Serps artist collective
(Sydney, AUS)

• Beci Orpin: Artist, designer and founder of Beci Orpin stationary and homewares, founder of Princess Tina and Tiny Mammoth clothing (Melbourne, AUS)

• Alex Weiland: Managing Editor of ACCLAIM magazine, a Melbourne-based publication focused on style, culture, music, art and design (Melbourne, AUS)

• Matt Noffs:
Co-founder and owner of Gideon shoes, a company which prides itself on being “anti-sweatshop”, choosing to keep the design, ownership and
manufacturing of their products on Australian soil (Sydney, AUS)

• Jimmy Bliggs:
Designer and founder of leading Australian street and lifestyle brand, Grand Scheme (Melbourne, AUS)

• Brett Chan: Skater, artist, photographer and writer, Chan’s paintings and essays are a commentary on the human condition and our connection to the
environment around us (Sydney, Aus)

More speakers TBA

SIDE EVENTS:

• ‘Longing to be Knotted Together’, an exhibition by French artist and illustrator extraordinaire, Mega;
• Sneaker Freaker’s annual Swap Meet of vintage clothes, shoes and bikes;
• A live painting installation presented by Ironlak, featuring the legendary Futura with Jasper Wong, Sofles plus more.

GFUS BOOK LAUNCH BEGINS!

THE LEDGEND OF GFUS CONTINUE: THIS THURSDAY NINE LIVES BRISBANE

A 56pp book celebrating the 2nd year of a project involving 84 local & international artists, 17 exhibitions across 4 capital cities over 2 years, over 9,000 people in attendance, 2 books & 13,680 Kirins.

The 2nd Book of the GFUS* typography series is a 56pp perfect bound book, printed on 150gsm Novatech silk stock, with a 400gsm Bianco Flash cover with front and back white pearl foiling.

The Limited edition run of 1000 copies is a published reflection of the year gone by. The book is NOT FOR SALE. Each artist and contributor will receive a copy, with remaining copies given to the first 100 people to attend each of the openings across Australia in the months to come.

The book is the second installment of GFUS* publishing, and makes a stunning pair with the first released in February 2010, also Not for sale and distributed in the same manner rewarding the GFUS* followers who supported the project from its inception in 2009. The second was created with identical layout, printing techniques and stock, all bar the cover which was black foil on 450gsm Notturno (black on black); a must for collectors and fans of the GFUS series.

The second GO FONT UR SELF* book (Chapters 4, 5 & 6) boasts letter based work from the worlds leading alphabet ambassadors.

ABOVE / ADRIAN GRAY / ALEJANDRO PAUL / AMUSE / BONES / BLENDS / FIODOR SUMKIN / FRIENDS OF TYPE / GARY / HEDOF / HELEN MYCROFT / ISTVÅN SZUGYICZKY / JEREMYVILLE / JOHN SIDDLE / LACHIE GOLDSWORTHY / LUKE LUCAS / MARIN HORIKAWA / MAURO GATTI / MICHAEL DORET / MIKE GIANT / MORNING BREATH / OKAY / OZZIE WRIGHT / PARRA / PAUL NOLAN / RAZA UNO / ROB ABELL / SARAH A. KING / SAYNT / SIGGI EGGERTSSON / SOFLES / SUPEREXPRESSO / TIMBA SMITS / TRAVIS MILLARD / TWOONE / WE BUY YOUR KIDS / WELL DRESSED VANDALS / YOK.

www.gofonturself.com.au

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Vexta at Mays

Normally what happens at Mays is that a bunch of different artists float in at random times (sometimes all at once) and paint sections of the main wall, including 4 small panels and one large. The format has been great, allowing as many artists as possible to come whenever and display their work.

However, this year sees the new format. Like when they first started, Mays gives one artist the whole laneway to decorate themselves from top to bottom, side to side. To kick it off they have chosen Melbourne based Vexta, who has painted the laneway a couple of times since it’s beginnings so the Mays team were super excited to have her on board for the whole wall.

We headed down to May Lane, St Peters today (just as the rain subsided) to check out Vexta in action as she prepares the whole feature wall of the Mays project.

Opening 6PM Friday 8 April, 2011.

DOES “Between the lines” Melbourne

Practising his craft since 1997, DOES has developed into a multi-disciplinary international artist
recognised for his dazzling choice of colours, his clean style and his eye for detail. Inspired by colour
combinations and remarkable shapes in daily life, landscapes and magazines, Does continuously
strives towards innovation and perfection. Hard work and dedication characterise him as a painter
and designer.

His artwork takes root in graffiti art and the letter form is his primary love. Using letters as a
foundation, Does has over the years diversified into paintings, prints,  drawings, commercial designs
and murals. His exhibitions feature a variety of acrylic, digital, marker and aerosol works.

After his sold out ‘I Love Letters’ exhibition in Sydney, DOES is coming to Melbourne!
Bringing  his new solo show ‘Between The Lines’ featuring a  variety of new digital, acrylic, aerosol
and marker works by the letter genius himself. ‘Between the Lines’  is a reference to Netherlands
based artists clean style and his career in the soccer industry, as a professional soccer player. Come
and get swept up in the magic that is DOES’s letter-forms.

Opening Thursday 14th April 6-9pm
At Rancho Notorious – 361 Lt Lonsdale St, Melbourne