Project Five – Volume Four

We’ve always supported what the aMBUSH team have done with Project 5. A live group art show of four Australian artists in which final artwork is auctioned off and 100% of the profit goes to ICE.

This year is the FOURTH installment and features a killer lineup of Australian street artists. REKA (from Melbourne), ELK (originally from Canberra), HAHA (from Melbourne) and last not definitely not least VEXTA (from Melbourne/Sydney). Stay tuned for photos and updates of the many events on the schedule.

Click here for the Project 5 website & see below for the full info, flyer and a teaser video.

Retrospective Art Exhibition
47 George Street (March 1-25, 2012)
Live Art Events The Rocks Square
(opening night Friday March 9 6-9PM – Saturday March 10 & Sunday March 11 12-3PM)
Artist Talks
47 George Street
(Monday March 12 11AM- 12pm)
Auction – invitation only
(Thursday March 22– 6-9 PM)

Project 5 - The Opening Hours

Sneak Peek: ‘Primary Suspects’ by Reka

This Friday is the opening of Reka‘s solo show ‘Primary Suspects’ at Backwoods Gallery in Melbourne.

His last show at Backwoods, ‘Down Low Too Slow’ was a huge success, so we are really excited to see this new collection of work. In between painting a bunch of large scale outdoor walls, Reka has been uber busy in the studio, creating these new works on canvas and old, used and rusted spraycans.

‘Primary Suspects’ opens at Backwoods Gallery
Friday 2nd March, 6-9pm

He took some time to send us a few photos of the work in progress. Check it out.

Reka - The Opening Hours

Reka - The Opening Hours

Reka - The Opening Hours

Reka - The Opening Hours

Reka - The Opening Hours

Reka - The Opening Hours

Reka - The Opening Hours

Reka - The Opening Hours

Mark Bode – ‘Cartoon Concert’ at The Standard

Last night we went along to see Mark Bode perform his (formerly his fathers) ‘Cartoon Concert’. A truly enjoyable evening of experiencing the Bode family artwork come to life via a slideshow and super funny voices by Mark Bode himself. If you missed out, well, too bad. However don’t miss out on his exhibition of original artwork at China Heights, this Friday night.

Opening 24th February, 6-9pm
China Heights
Level 3, 16-28 Foster Street, Surry Hills

Mark Bode - The Opening Hours

Mark Bode - The Opening Hours

Mark Bode - The Opening Hours

Mark Bode - The Opening Hours

Mark Bode - The Opening Hours

Mark Bode - The Opening Hours

Midnight on the Sun Works by Jay Howell & Mark Whalen (KIll Pixie)

San Francisco’s FFDG is excited to announce the opening reception for MIDNIGHT ON THE SUN featuring over 60 new paintings by Los Angeles based artists Jay Howell & Mark Whalen (Kill Pixie). An opening reception will be held on Saturday February 18, 2012 (6-9pm). Also on the same night be a zine release for Jay Howell’s newest zine THE DARK WAVE published by Unpiano Books & Mt.St.Mtn. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

About Jay Howell
“Artist Jay Howell has been a strong presence in the Bay Area for the past few years (now living and working in Los Angeles), sharpening his cartoon-style drawings of skinny guys with erections, naked chicks on skateboards, dogs, beer, rockers, and endless good times. His art manages to be whimsical and crude at the same time, but above all damn right funny. His zine Punks Git Cut, and animated series called “The Forest City Rockers,” have deservingly earned him a devoted following. While “Forest City Rockers” seemed like the apex in punk rock cartoons, he’s taken things even further by developing the characters for Fox’s latest Sunday night animated sitcom, “Bob’s Burgers.” Produced by Loren Bouchard, best known for creating Comedy Central’s “Dr. Katz Professional Therapist” and Adult Swim’s “Home Movies,” “Bob’s Burgers’ about a family that runs a fumbling burger joint. Howell’s style and humor are a perfect match for the team, earning him a well deserved place alongside animation greats. Howell is currently in production developing a show for Nickelodeon.” -Justine Sharrock, 2011

About Mark Whalen (Kill Pixie)
From his beginnings in Sydney, Australia, Mark Whalen has evolved into an artist whose meticulously crafted paintings and sculptures examine the human experience by exploring communication, emotion, sexuality, invention, interaction, and ritual – all with an undercurrent of quiet absurdity. Whalen’s line precision and glowing color palette is enhanced by the introduction of colors of light, caution and arousal, making the interaction of his subjects more accentuated and accessible. Thick, seductive layers of clear glossy resin create a post-modern plane for the artist to explore spatial possibilities and relativity within the narrative.

Whalen has evolved into an artist whose meticulously executed paintings now have a prominent place in galleries around the world. He was also included in 2009’s Apocalypse Wow! Exhibition at MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, Italy, and 2010’s SPACE INVADERS Exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia. His work has also appeared in publications such as Juxtapoz, Modart Europe, Lodown, Arkitip, Art Ltd., Anthem, and Monster Children. He currently lives and paints in Los Angeles California.

The exhibition is open to the public and will be on view from February 18, 2012 – March 24, 2012. Gallery hours are as follow: Wednesday – Saturday 1pm – 6:00pm. And by appointment. FFDG is located at 2277 Mission Street, San Francisco CA 94110 For more information or to request a preview of the available work please contact the gallery at info@ffdg.net

MARK BODE ‘CARTOON CONCERT’ – LO-FI COLLECTIVE

Lo-Fi Collective & China Heights are proud to present ‘Bode in Oz’- The Cartoon Concert, a live performance/show by accomplished graffiti artist, tattooist, illustrator and writer – Mark Bode.

For two generations Mark and his father Vaughn Bode have forged an artistic legacy that has had a profound effect on graffiti, street art and underground comics.

In the mid seventies, the iconoclastic Vaughn Bode’s comic book characters, particularly Cheech Wizard resonated so closely with the revolutionary spirit of pioneering graffiti artist that these characters were adopted as the mascots of the movement, becoming the first used in graffiti.

In recent years Mark Bode has stretched the horizons of the Bode universe beyond imagination, creating several cult classic comics, perhaps the best known being Colbalt 60, which is currently slated by Zach Snieder for a live action film.

Bode is also something of a nexus for the world street art and graffiti art scene, the heir to the first graffiti characters, a genuinely positive visionary and a backbone of the community he has painted murals around the globe with an extended family consisting of the most respected graffiti and street artists.

Along side the ‘Cartoon Concert’ performance, Mark Bode be showcasing and exhibition of his illustrations & paintings at the China Heights gallery – 24th Feb 6-9pm.

See www.chinaheights.com for the exhibition
See www.wearelofi.com.au/collective For the Cartoon Concert