Let’s Go, Magic Weirdos Recap

I share a studio with a weirdo. everyday he is talking to me about his weirdo ideas. Most of his ideas disgust me or impress me or change the way I think about things. His name is Sean Morris, he put on a group show last week in Perth. It was filled with artwork from all over the world created by a bunch of other disgusting, impressive magic weirdos. opening night pics below. congrats Sean on putting this together you horrible weirdo.
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Lower-Fi Collective Temporary Space Nov/Dec 12

The Hours are proud to support this great re-surge of one of Sydney’s Most active Arts initiatives. The People from Lo-Fi Collective bring you Lower-Fi Collective, a four week showcase to lead us into a promising summer of visual treats.

Lower-fi in Surry Hills will be the next venture of the Lo-Fi Collective Arts initiative. Surry Hills Iconic Kinselas Building was once home to the visual arts Space known as Lo-Fi collective; a project occupying the space in the lead up to the completion of the intended live music venue known as THE STANDARD. At present Lo-Fi Collective shows artists on a monthly basis in The Standard due to the high rotation of some of Australia’s finest live music. Lower-Fi will house a curated family of artists from a range of disciplines and backgrounds, with the objective of re-invigorating Sydney’s arts and cultural scene.

Lower Fi is another initiative from Riversdale Group & The Hours, The groups behind Lo-Fi Collective, Self Est, Go Font Ur Self, The Opening Hours & Wonder Walls. Lower-Fi is co-curated by Marty Routledge and Christopher Loutfy.

Lower-Fi will hold weekly Thursday openings over a four week period, boasting world class talent from around the globe. Lower-Fi applies the same no-commission / free gallery structure as its brother gallery, Lo-Fi Collective, and sister gallery The Tate.

WEEK 1 / THU NOV 15
COLAB EYEWEAR – ART VS EYEWEAR GROUP EXHIBITION
ABOVE / ANTHONY LISTER / EARS / ELKE KRAMER / FRENCH / DEANNE CHEUK / DMOTE / EBOY / GEOFF MCFETRIDGE / JONATHAN CALUGI / MIKE PERRY / TIMBA SMITS

WEEK 2 / THU NOV 22
“IT’S A MYTH THAT HYENAS DON’T HUNT” – Solo Show
A SERIES OF PAINTINGS BY
JOEL DICKENS

WEEK 3 / THU NOV 29
“4 LETTER WORD” – Group Exhibition
FINTAN MAGEE / GUIDO VAN HELTEN / SCOTT MARSH / SOFLES

WEEK 4 / THU DEC 6
“SIGN LANGUAGE” – Hand Painted Signs
EDWARD WOODLEY / DAVE FREY / CHOW CRACKER / GARY MSK
GEMMA O’BRIEN / KAONE / LANCE CORLETT / NUMSKULL / ROACHI / WILL LYNES

LOWER-FI IS AN OVER 18’S EVENT
ALL SHOWS ARE FROM 6-9PM & ONE NIGHT ONLY
ADMISSION IS FREE

Lower-Fi Collective will hold its inaugural launch exhibition on Thursday, November 15th at 6pm.
AFTER PARTY DRINKS AT LO-FI / LV 2,383 BOURKE ST / 9PM TIL LATE

Lower-Fi / 7-9 Lt Bourke St, Surry Hills, 2010
Opening hours:
Thursdays 6-9pm between 15th Nov and 6th Dec

www.wearlofi.com.au/collective

Recap: AWOL Crew presents Fabric

“Last weekend, Melbourne’s AWOL Crew, a six-member collective characterised by a striking and inimitable grasp of the balance between street and fine art, launched Fabric, its first group show, to a fixated Melbourne audience.

Inspired by the idea that AWOL’s six members weave together into a single artistic force despite, or because of, their distinctive styles and artistic perspectives, Fabric attracted a full house of curious visitors on its opening night. The three-day show, a month in the making, was imbued with intrigue as the secrecy of its location was protected fiercely, released only to registered attendees one day prior to the launch.

Arriving at the secret address, Melbourne locals and those who flocked to Melbourne just to visit the show were met with an historic Victorian building, whose every wall boasted the immeasurable skill of AWOL’s artists. Comprising 74 artworks executed on paper and canvas, as well as a large-scale jagged installation that sliced into the quiet elegance of the space, Fabric proved that the AWOL Crew as a whole is as indomitable as its individual artists are. The piece de resistance was a collaborative mural, 10m x 3m in scale, which combined the work of all six artists – the first commercial work to include the whole AWOL cast since the crew’s inception in 2006.”

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‘Ink Dots Black Spots’ This Wed 31st Oct @The Tate

The Tate, Sydney, gears up this week to host ‘Ink Dots Black Spots’, A group show featuring an incredible selection of Artists from Melbournes Tattoo and Low-Brow Community.

In its inaugural year this exhibition was born from the idea to share artwork from numerous artists to their fans & the public, whilst contributing to those of us who support the fight against cancer. Each sale will add to our total donation goal for Cancer Council Victoria.

The exhibition hits Sydney this wednesday October 31st for a week at Glebe’s THE TATE Gallery.

‘INK DOTS BLACK SPOTS’
Wed 31th October 2012 / Opening starts at 6pm.
The Tate @ The Toxteth / 345 Glebe Pt Rd / Glebe, Sydney, 2037
Exhibition is open til Sunday 4th Oct

We caught up with one half of the Curatorial team Chris Drummond…

1. Can you tell us the intention behind this amazing group show? is/was there somebody on the line up that has been affected by cancer in some way?
Sime  (Simplesime, Tattoo Magic) wanted to do a big group show with a bunch of tattooists and we were definitely keen to work with him again after the Tattoo Magic group show we did last year. From there it just kept gaining momentum and got much bigger than we had originally intended. With the Cancer council connection, i think that everyone knows someone affected by cancer and donating for skin cancer is sort of relevant to tattooing.
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Wonderwalls Wollongong

We are proud to announce a project we have been working on with Verb Syndicate in Wollongong.

WONDERWALLS is a three day art festival presented by The Hours, Verb Syndicate and Ironlak, featuring some of Australia’s most well known Low Brow artists. The weekend of the 9th – 11th of November we will be hosting an exhibition, an exclusive panel discussion AND a series of small & large scale murals being painted around the Wollongong CBD.

If you’re in Wollongong, come join us on the weekend. If you’re from Sydney, it’s only a short drive down the coast. Come for the day, stay for the weekend. Enjoy three days of Australia’s best street and graffiti art, absolutely free.

Visit the WONDERWALLS website for more info.

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Bridging the gap: BMD from Wellington, New Zealand

Bridging the gap is a new series of articles we are starting because we believe there are alot of talented artists outside of our shores that NEED to be noticed.

To start things off, we are showcasing one (or two actually) of New Zealand’s most talented artists, BMD.

We met these guys recently and were confused as to why we were not aware of their work. And it dawned on us that there is simply an invisible barrier between Australia and New Zealand which blocks us from getting fed information about amazing artists. BMD are just this.

BMD is a two man team that have a unique style and attitude towards painting. They are from Wellington and have a large number of walls (big ones…) under their belt and they don’t seem to be slowing down.

Below (click “Continue Reading”) is a sample of some recent walls they have painted. Go visit their website to discover more goodness.

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Sneak Peek: “Don’t Shoot the Messenger” by Bennett at Soldiers Rd

We dropped by Higher Ground the other day to check out how Bennett was going with his show “Don’t shoot the messenger”, which opens this week at Soldiers Rd Gallery in Sydney. Click below for the full set of photos.

‘DONT SHOOT THE MESSENGER’ is the latest collection of works from Sydney based painter BENNETT. These new abstractions explore the importance of balance and content and composition. Thematically the series hinges on the appropriation of found materials in order to give new meanings and contexts to everyday objects and scenarios

Opens Thursday,1st November, 6-9pm
Continues friday and Sat from 1pm-4pm
Soldiers Rd. Gallery – Suite 405, No 342 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, Sydney.

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A Study of Hands at China Heights

Backwards Gallery brought ‘A Study of Hands’ up to Sydney last week to show at China Heights. The exhibition, curated by Alexander Mitchell, was a collection of leading contemporary artists and their interpretation of hands. This is the first in an exciting journey which will cover different study collections to be completed over the next ten years. With the aim of creating an historic archive of work completed by artists including Kid Zoom, Reka, Dave Kinsey, Anthony Lister and Twoone.

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