Video: Part 4 of DOES’ “Endless Perspectives” series – Paris

Part 4 of Does’ “Endless Perspectives” has been released and it’s our favourite so far. Not just because it’s Paris, but the piece itself is simply amazing. If you’re in Melbourne, don’t miss out on this show. More details below and on the Just Another Website.

A lot of excitement surrounded the trip to Paris as Parisien friends had hinted towards an interesting location for the project: a tunnel and train track next to a hidden gypsy camp. After a long walk through the forest with a pack of canvasses, Does and Stephan Polman stumbled upon this trackside spot in Paris. On the way back while walking through the gypsy garden, Does found a rusty ‘get away’ van with bullet holes and could not resist the temptation of giving it a layer of paint.
After this extraordinary painting session they went straight to Paris centre, where a few glasses of fine French wine were awaiting them. On the way back they stopped at the square in front of La Basilique Du Sacre Coeur as sunrise was kicking in, the streets were being cleaned and the fresh milk was being delivered: “Il est cinq heures, Paris s’eveille”. The icing on the cake was Blankeroy’s email with beats and melodies for each of the cities they visited so far.

For those who missed the first three chapters:
Amsterdam – https://vimeo.com/61475562
London – https://vimeo.com/61957537
Basel – https://vimeo.com/62473056

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The Outside with @nemans

This week’s roundup features Vhils, Phibs, Jeff Canham, Amuse and a bunch more.

“On The Outside” is a feature from our friend @nemans (www.innerwestlifestyle.com.au). A weekly round up of recent walls and laneways around Sydney.

Click below for the full set of photos.

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The Hours Tower Mural Project

Catch Beastman and Jae Copp painting a collaboration on a huge three storey high lift-shaft in Surfers Paradise this Easter weekend. This will be the first in an ongoing series of collaborative murals curated by The Hours on the lift-shaft at The 4217 in Surfers Paradise.

You may also catch a glimpse of the elusive Marty Routledge up there, who is painting some big type walls at the same location over the weekend.

Sneak Peek: Fintan Magee “Storm Water” solo show – Sydney

Fintan Magee has recently made the move to Sydney where he’s been busy painting a series of small to large, to really large scale walls. He’s also been busy creating his latest body of work, called “Storm Water”. This is Fintans first Sydney solo exhibition and will be a show not to miss. We dropped by as he was setting up the feature installation and took some shots of the man at work. See below for a full set of photos.

Storm Water by Fintan Magee
Opens 26th March at The Tate, Glebe
More info on the show here.

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Video: Part 3 of DOES’ “Endless Perspectives” series – Basel

Part 3 of Does‘ “Endless Perspectives” video series has been released. This 3rd collection of canvases were painted in Basel.

Third destination was undoubtedly Basel, a five hour drive away from the south of Holland. Does’s first visit in 2006 left a deep impression when † Dare gave him a guided tour through the layered tunnel system and the famous Basel line. To this day the Basel line remains an important memorial site and a big drawing card for writers around the world who like to admire the original and sometimes ancient works of other artists from all over the world. Keeping in this atmosphere, Does arranged for a good spot near the trackside to set up and paint his canvasses. Despite Stephan Polman’s BBQ food poisoning, who spent a few days in hospital, this trip was incredible.

Paris is up next weekend. Get ready for it!

Part 3: Basel – Endless Perspectives from Digitaldoes on Vimeo.

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kind of — caught up with Takie to talk about her seond solo show ‘More Is Never Enough’.

We caught up with Takie recently to talk about her up-coming show during the kind of — residency at He Made x She Made (70 Oxford St, Darlinghurst).
The show is called ‘More Is Never Enough’ and will open Wednesday 3rd of April 6pm, it will run till Sunday 14th April.

‘More Is Never Enough’ – Takie from Chris Loutfy on Vimeo.

We all want more, what separates us is those that are willing to give it all up to get there.

An inquisitive impulse propels the engine for this new collection of work by Takie. Intrigued by the notion that no matter how well you know someone, how much time you spend with them and how familiar they are – you can never accurately predict how they will behave. We are bound by chemistry and desire to delve deeply into and unwrap the psyche of those closest to us – to understand why they do what they do. The only way to build these layers of perception is to first let go of the energies we harbor from the past. Shedding the weight of ingrained burdens to lighten the load for what is to come.

All photos by Robin Hearfield.

Takie — YO!

kind of — Hey maaaaate. How was your date with Dad last night?

Takie — Haha it was good actually, thanks for asking – deliciousness
As in the food – not Dad ha ha.
Can we scrap the above? I sound like a CREEP.

kind of — Ha ha, it’s all good, it’s not creepy.
I just saw a few shots from our visit yesterday, they look great!

Takie — Oh sweet! Yay looking forward to seeing them.

kind of — We’re pretty excited to show your stuff too by the way.

Takie — I reckon I’m just as excited to show at kind of — maybe even more! Been following you guys for ages – dreaming of the day – that now is pretty fucking close.

kind of — That’s fucking cool man, I like when good people like us.
So this is your second solo??

Takie — Indeed. Second solo dolo.

kind of — Have you been in many group shows as well?

Takie — Yeah since boosting back up to Sydney in may last year I’ve been getting my stuff around – there’s been so much cool shit going on – the scene is really vibing at the moment.

kind of — Yeah I can feel that too hey. I think the city has a bit to do with that, especially around Oxford St.

Takie — Completely agree – pop up galleries – pop up design shops – all these semi permanent spots are keeping things fresh.

kind of — Fo real.
You mentioned you just got back to Sydney. Did you move up from Melbs?
Do I remember that right?

Takie — Not heaps recently – I’ve been back for about a year now. I spent 2 and a half years down in Burn city, miss that place hey.

kind of — Were you up in the scene down there as well?
You’re right in the thick of it in Sydney, solo show at The Tate, studio at The Tate, solo show at kind of —.

Takie — My interest in the scene was more prominent than my inclusion but Melbourne was where it all started for me. The streets were my playground for getting my Takie street based stuff up and that was the catalyst for exploring my stuff further for my show at The Tate.

kind of — Cool cool. Do you think there’s real differences in the Melbourne scene compared to Sydney?

Takie — Simply – yes. Everything is different – the people, the environment, the weather, the bars, the music, the food. But I think that’s a great thing – when you shift between the two you cover a lot of ground, your inspiration is doubled & varied.

kind of — That’s a good way to look at it. I was kind of — waiting for some hella conflict smack talk.

Takie — Ha ha ha you’re not gonna get it from me – I’m gonna sit on the fence and say I love them both equally for different reasons – peace & love man

kind of — Ha ha. How did you end up in cahoots with the Tate dudes?

Takie — Fuck they’re legends – they just got an email from an over excited chick one day and took a chance – I got really lucky in them having a space in the studios for me when I moved back up – and now I pretty much live here – annoying the hell out of them in my spare time.

kind of — I’m sure they’re happy to have you annoy them.
Guest question from Qwux, he’s standing right here so I thought I would ask him.
Qwux: hold up, he’s thinking.

Takie — Ha ha sweet! Say hi for me! Tell him I’m rocking a beanie today!

kind of — He said he likes beanies. He almost wore a beanie today but the sun came out.

Takie — I took one look at my bad hair day – then one look at the sun and thought eff you I’m doing it!

kind of —…………….delay……………………….
Sorry about that, I was chatting with Qwux. He said he couldn’t think of a question either!

Takie — Hopeless. How’s the show looking for Thursday?

kind of — I think we have pretty much all the works. We got the newspaper the other day which looks killer, I love Wings design stuff.
HEY! How good is the framer hook up!!!

Takie — Dude! I was just talking about it – telling the boys – everyone’s well jealous of your hook up!

kind of — Ha ha, she’s no secret! I probably won’t mention her here, but you can let the boys know fo sho!

Takie — Will do – cheers Faz!!

kind of — Anytime!
Back to your show, you want to give a little explanation of your concept?

Takie — Good timing – I was just writing the concept for Wing – not that I’ve articulated it very well yet. But the show’s called ‘More is Never Enough’ and basically it’s me trying to build an idea of the people behind my portraits through the colour palette associated with them & supporting paintings. The seemingly banal elements that make up someone’s identity – like where they live and their favoured mode of transport are used to add another dimension to their character for the viewer. I guess I’m intrigued by the idea that no matter how well you know someone, how much time you spend with them and how familiar they are – you can never truly predict how they’ll behave. I’m super inquisitive by nature, usually full of questions – but no matter how much I uncover – it’s never enough, I always want more.

Takie — Sorry that wasn’t really ‘little’.

kind of — Ha ha, that was great!
I’ll be back in a minute.

Takie — No worries.

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kind of — I’m back!
Can we expect some more of your trademark coloured awesomeness?

Takie — Yeah you can! – colour overload as always – its all about contrast this time – super bright and bold.

kind of — Great! Ummmmmmm, anything else you want to add?
What’s going on for Takie in the future?

Takie — Ahhh next – well I’m doing some more mural commissions, then I’ve got a fashion based project I’m doing with a mate that I’m stoked about then hopefully heading to the shiny states of America and Central America at the end of the year – we’ll see though – as always I’ll just go with the opportunities that present themselves – I’ll keep you posted.
Oh and thanks a bunch for having me at kind of — can’t wait to install the show!

kind of — Hell yeah they’re good plans and damn man, thanks for showing with us!

Takie — Cheers! Catch you Thursday for covert framing operations!

kind of — Yes! Don’t let me forget that, we need go there after 11am. I’m so hyped to see those pieces framed.
OK, yep I think we done hey?

Takie — We’re done! Now I gotta go finish that motorbike.

kind of — YEW! See you Thursday dude!

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Photos: Vhils “Dissolve” exhibition – Sydney

Vhils was recently in town for his show “Dissolve” at the MCA building, The Rocks. The artist brought his team all the way to Sydney to create an entire exhibition of work, on site. Also whilst in town, they chipped away (or should I say, installed then chipped away) at a unique piece on George st, The Rocks.

Vhils and team are now in Fremantle, Western Australia for another project. Listen out for them if you’re in Freo!
Check out the photos from the show below.

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Qwux interview re: Altered States exhibition at kind of — gallery.

‘Altered States’ opened at kind of — gallery, Thursday 21st of March at 6.00 pm.

It’s a group show co-curated by kind of — gallery, Hyper XX and Qwux. The kind of — crew chatted with Jono (Hyper XX) and Qwuxdiggity (Qwux) via Facebook to speak about the exhibition, the past, the present and the blah blah.

In today’s instalment, we meet QWUX. Read the (largely unedited) Facebook chat transcript below.

Qwux —  Yo, Yo! Let’s sneak an interview. Obviously I’m at work, so if customers come in I need to sneak off, but I can do it.

kind of —   Cool bro, let’s do this.
I’m not going to lie, you do resemble a Viking, I dig it. Is that what you’re going for?
Good opening question??

Qwux —  Haha you know what? It’s not how I started out. I just grew a beard because I could, then I got too lazy to trim it. Recently I looked into my ancestory and it turns out that way back I actually have Viking in my blood, so it worked out kinda nice.
(Great question by the way, you gonna use a photo of me? Haha Jess just did new portraits!)

kind of —  Hell yeah let’s put a portrait up to support the Viking-ness. Vikings are tight. So Mr Rah Collective, what’s that about? I think that’s what you are probably most famous for?

Qwux —  Haha I need to get me one of those Viking horn helmets…

kind of —  Like.

Qwux —  Well, Rah Collective is a little art collective-come publishing company I established in 2009. Our initial interest was in hosting group shows for ourselves, then we wanted to get others involved and it kind of snowballed. When lots of artists were interested, we decided to start a yearly publication, focusing on emerging and student artists, giving them a platform to get their art out there that is professional and accessible. We are about to start the call out for our 3rd book, to be released later this year.

kind of —  Cool man, I just had a flick through book 2 when I was on the loo at He Made x She Made. It’s super cool, I really like it. We are doing this interview because you’re one of the co-curators on this Altered States exhibition that we are involved with as well. How did you get involved with it?

Qwux —  I snuck into the show, like a Viking Ninja haha. I have worked with the guys from Kind Of before, and have been trying to co-curate with Jonathon Verzosa for a long time, we have a bunch of things in the works, but this one evolved organically, and due to time constraints and the want/need to have a large group show we all merged some ideas together over a beer to create a supershow, with a rad theme and a sneaky publication.

kind of —  Haha, I felt a bit stupid asking that question because I already knew the answer. Tell me a little bit about this ‘6 eyes’ tip that you’re on?

Qwux —  The whole multi-eye craze that I single handidly started… *cough* came about through a few old paste ups I did. I found some rad old portraits of Victorian dudes, and they were so wrinkly around their eyes that i wanted enhance that. It started as photo collage, but that seemed too easy and obvious, so I transitioned to illustrating the figures, which allowed for more freedom in the forms. It also allowed me to develop the muted fluro™ colour treatment that I am so fond of now.

kind of —  Ah hah. Hey, did you add the “TM” to the word fluro?

Qwux —  Haha yeah I did. It’s not actually trademarked, but I like saying it

kind of —  Haha, I thought Google might have put it there or something.
So, in my interviews I try to cover the topic of the interview (which we might have to come back to), a bit of information about your past and some info on your future. I think we’re up to future although I think we should come back to the topic….. now. How do you know Jono (Hyper XX)?

Qwux —  I met Jono after his huge show at ambush gallery a year or so back, the one called Hyper XX, I knew a bunch of guys in the show, and the flyer killed it, so I popped over and met the dude. Since then we have talked a lot, been involved in a few shows and caught up at almost every show opening I have attended recently. I love his ideas and ethos, and his drive is admirable, so how could you not wanna hang around him?

kind of —  Yeah for sure, he’s like this little quiet achiever I reckon. I can respect anybody in this game at this level because we’re all doing it for the love and it’s super hard work.

Qwux —  Agreed

kind of —  You’re actually in the Altered States show as well right? Can we expect some 6 eyed freak action? Actually, I’ve already seen it so I know the answer to this question. I’ll answer it for you.
Qwux —  Why yes, you can expect more 6 eyed freaky action, it’s actually a self portrait.

kind of —  Oh really? That’s rad I can’t wait to see it!
Was that weird?

Qwux —  Hahaha answering it yourself. Can I add?

kind of —  Please do!

Qwux —  There will be more six eyed action in this show, all my current work revolves around that as an ongoing series. This time round it’s actually a self portrait, and I have added another dimension to the drawing, both to illustrate my the creative frustration I had in creating work with such a tight deadline, and also to push my abilities as an illustrator.

kind of —  Woah, your answer is waaaaaay better than mine! Ha ha ha. Ask me a question, then you answer it!

Qwux —  Haha my go-to question is the Viking one hahaha. Ok, Mr Faz, I heard you used to work as a tradesperson before making the transition into the creative world. Why did you make the change, and why was it the best thing that ever happened to you?

kind of —  Now you answer it!

Qwux —  Haha I had to say “hi” to a customer, gimme a break.

kind of —  This is so stupid, but kind of — funny.

Qwux —  Well, working as a tradey sucked a fat one, I had to get up way, super early and I was like ‘Oh my glob this is too much!’ So I went to creative school and got my juices flowing, then, I bailed on the early mornings, exchanging them for laaaaate nights of curating, hanging and all out being rad. This lead to the creation of kind of — which is 100% my hard work and no one else helped at all.

kind of —  Ha ha ha ha, that was awesome; I couldn’t have answered better myself. OK, enough about me. What do you like more: being an artist or a curator?

Qwux —  I couldn’t imagine trying to be anything else. Being an artist allows me freedom to create, often without having to justify it beyond calling it art. It might sound cliché but that’s really what I like. I also love being in shows, there is something so satisfying about seeing your work hung on walls, eiher in a solo or group show. Curating allows me to help other artists get their work into shows, as my main focus as a curator is on emerging and student artists who may have little or no exposure. I was there not too long ago, and to be honest I only started exhibiting in 2009, but I have pursued it fervently, and I think Altered States is my 51st show. (Holy shit that is weird to write that down!!!)

kind of —  Woah, that’s a shit load of shows! Have you had any solo shows?

Qwux —  I think I have only had 2 solo shows, in 2010 and 2011. I am working on having one later this year, but I have been so busy working on group shows and getting other people’s out there that mine has taken a back seat, and my plan is to change that this year.

kind of —  Yeah rad man, sounds good. I think we’re good now, unless you want to add anything else?

Qwux —  Nothing I can think to add. Can you link to my site though? www.qwux.net

kind of —  Done deal! I’ll catch you soon bro! Thanks for this.

Qwux —  Hoorah! No worries man, have a good night!

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