THE HOURS Launch Exhibition Sydney

When The Opening Hours first started, it was a means to fill the gap. A way to document a part of the art world that was going unnoticed.

After almost exactly 3 years of going strong, we are gearing up to get even stronger. We are proud to announce that we are officially launching THE HOURS.

“THE HOURS is a joint venture by three long time friends and artists, Brad Eastman (Beastman), Marty Routledge and Numskull. These three Sydney locals have each been instrumental in developing and enriching the Australian contemporary, street, graffiti and low brow art community over the last decade. They are now combining their many skills, fans, ideas, contacts and thriving ambition into THE HOURS, which promises to be an innovative creative force for years to come.”

To celebrate the launch, THE HOURS presents an exhibition of new paintings by a few our friends. Some of the most well known and respected artists in Australia. You won’t want to miss this show…

Beastman, Ben Frost, Bennett, Ears, Edward Woodley, Ghostpatrol, Jae Copp, Joel Birch, Jumbo, Kyle-Hughes-Odgers, Kyle Montgomery, Man Man, Mark Alsweiler, Max Berry, Miso, Numskull, Phibs, Roach, Sean Morris, Slug, Thomas Jackson, Trent Whitehead, Two One, Vans the Omega

More info on the Facebook Event here.

The Hours

Backwoods presents “Seven Samurai” by Two One

Two One would have to be one of our favourite Australian artists (we’ve said it many times before). His unique use of technique, colour and composition is second to none.

We are excited to see his newest body of work titled “Seven Samurai” at Backwoods Gallery, opening on the 14th September. If you’re in Melbourne, don’t miss this.

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Video: MONO – featuring Rone, Nicole Reed and more

This just dropped into our inbox out of nowhere. What a nice surprise! A video produced by Diamond Dozen and Callum Preston (Everefresh) featuring Rone, Andrew King, Nicole Reed, Adele Winteridge and Steve Gourlay, all about artists working in Mono. A great insight into some of Australia’s most talented/interesting people.

Why Mono? A discussion with creatives. from Callum Preston on Vimeo.

THE TATE: TONIGHT 22.08.12 JAMES JIRAT PATRADOON ‘DIE, AND BE FORGOTTEN’


JAMES JIRAT PATRADOON: ‘DIE, AND BE FORGOTTEN’

Bored with heavy black and white linework, James takes a time out and
explores his surrealist cyberpunk aethetic through mediums of sculpture
and animated gifs, harnessing inspiration from half-watched animes and
weird dreams over the past month.

James Jirat Patradoon
The Tate

‘DIE, AND BE FORGOTTEN’

Wednesday 22 Aug 2012
Opening starts at 6pm.
The Tate @ The Toxteth
345 Glebe Pt Rd,
Glebe, Sydney, 2037

Seven Samurai – a solo exhibition by TwoOne


What’s right? What’s wrong? Is the sacrifice of an individual worthwhile if it benefits the many?

Using Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai as a common cultural reference point, Japan-born Melbourne street artist TwoOne explores these questions at the exhibition of the same name at Collingwood’s Backwoods Gallery from Friday 14 to Sunday 30 September.

Seven Samurai is one of the most influential films of all time, with a major impact on American films in particular – from obvious tributes like the 1960s western The Magnificent Seven, which was a remake in everything but name and setting, to George Lucas paying homage to its dialogue and shot composition across his Star Wars saga.

The film continues to inspire nearly 60 years after its release, with TwoOne again drawing on Kurosawa’s 1954 masterpiece for his first solo exhibition of 2012. Each of the seven large works in this new collection is an exploration of the psyche of the film’s seven protagonists, approaching the heroes not as warriors, but rather culturally-significant character archetypes. These archetypes represent enduring perceptions of authoritarian figures in traditional Japanese society, and TwoOne’s analysis looks at them with contemporary insight.

TwoOne aims to bring both western and eastern philosophy together in his character portrayals, which are based on his own psychoanalysis of each of the samurai while at the same time drawing visual reference from the physical energy of Bushido and judo. “Within us all there is a battle,” TwoOne says. “The form of fighting and the ferocity is what defines us.”

With Seven Samurai, he creates a visual representation of that duality; of the forces, whether perceived or real, that pull Kurosawa’s characters (and, indeed, all of humanity) in different directions psychologically and the difficult decisions that must be made.

TWOONE – SEVEN SAMURAI

Backwoods Gallery, 25 Easey Street, Collingwood, Victoria (curated by Alex Mitchell)

Friday 14 – Sunday 30 September, 2012

Friday 14, 6pm (opening night)

Seven 150cm x 130cm works; Paper mounted on board; Acrylic, spray paint, charcoal, oil stick and ink.

RESOURCES
Backwoods Gallery
TwoOne Website
TwoOne Blog

THE TATE: This Wednesday 22 Aug 2012, JAMES JIRAT PATRADOON: ‘DIE, AND BE FORGOTTEN’

JAMES JIRAT PATRADOON: ‘DIE, AND BE FORGOTTEN’

Bored with heavy black and white linework, James takes a time out and
explores his surrealist cyberpunk aethetic through mediums of sculpture
and animated gifs, harnessing inspiration from half-watched animes and
weird dreams over the past month.

‘DIE, AND BE FORGOTTEN’

Wednesday 22 Aug 2012
Opening starts at 6pm.
The Tate @ The Toxteth
345 Glebe Pt Rd,
Glebe, Sydney, 2037