Photos: Blackartprojects ‘Conditioner’ by Cleon Peterson, Jonathan Zawada, Mark Whalen and Kelsey Brookes – Melbourne

Blackartprojects recently opened their group show ‘Conditioner’ at a pop up space in Melbourne, featuring Cleon Peterson, Jonathan Zawada, Mark Whalen and Kelsey Brookes. A simple, but supremely powerful collection of work focussing on social conditioning. Find out more on their website.

CONDITIONER is a tongue in cheek metaphor for the protection of inherited mores that form a social fabric. The exhibiting artists address the complexities of social conditioning through the subjects of violence, spirituality, sexuality, deviant behaviour and altered or multiple states of reality.

Blackartprojects

Blackartprojects

Blackartprojects

Blackartprojects

Blackartprojects

Blackartprojects

‘The Streets Are Talking’ — new works by Alan Streets

November 27th we will be opening our 3rd exhibition at our new space in conjunction with the TWT Creative Precinct grand opening.

Alan Streets, aka Alan Russell-Cowan, was born to middle class parents in the leafy suburbs on the outskirts of London. Dropping out of the prestigious St Martins School of Art at the age of 19, he then left for New York where he became a Plein Air artist, living and working in Manhattan.

Whilst there he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, continuing to create whilst being treated.

After being approached by film makers, Alan became the subject of an award winning documentary “My Name Is Alan and I Paint Pictures”.

The new body of work is a result of him moving back to London after spending 10 years in the US. The imaginary work has a real English theme and simply shows what is going through his mind. Alan recently quit alcohol and replaced these addictive tendencies with creativity. He paints religiously every day of the week, which is a way of dealing with his schizophrenia.

This exhibition opening night will coincide with TWT St Leonards – The TWT Creative Precinct opening party. RSVP here:
https://rsvp-blockparty.eventbrite.com.au/

The TWT Creative Precinct is a major new arts initiative by Auswin TWT Developments (TWT) which involves the conversion of a number of commercial buildings between Atchison St and Chandos St in St Leonards, to be used as creative space by the independent arts sector. Under the creative direction of leading arts organisation, Brand X, the TWT Creative Precinct strives to support creativity in St Leonards and reinvigorate the cultural identity of the lower north shore by supporting new and existing, local, creative businesses.

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New Fintan Magee Mural in St Leonards

kind of — recently re-opened in St Leonards as a part of a new creative precinct headed up by Brand X and facilitated by development company Auswin TWT.

We helped arrange a new mural by Fintan Magee to be unveiled at the TWT Creative Precinct block party opening Thursday November 27th. We’ll be opening a new exhibition that night along side a range of different creative adventures. The night goes as follows:

To mark the official opening of the TWT Creative Precinct, the local and wider community is invited to the ‘TWT Creative Precinct Block Party’ on November 27 from 5:30pm-8:30pm – an event which will bring the once sleepy streets and laneways of St Leonards to life. 

Following the official mural unveiling at 6.15pm, the eight creative businesses within the precinct will open their doors to the public, inviting them into the creative process of the artists who now reside in St Leonards. The event will feature entertainment, food, dancing and artistic activities for the community to come along and enjoy. 

Activities taking place at the TWT Creative Precinct ‘Block Party’ on November 27 include: 

‘No lights, No Lycra’: Brand X rehearsal space, 60 Atchison Street
‘Black and White’: works by contemporary artists, Platform72, 62 Atchison Street
Live performances and karaoke: Bsidesound, 58 Atchison Street
‘Tubula Rose’ photography exhibition: The Photography Factory, 60 Atchison Street
Textile demonstrations and live music: Cre8tiv Studios, 27 Atchison Street
‘Small is beautiful’: exhibition, ME art space, 25 Atchison Street
‘On the easel’: an exhibition of visual artists of the TWT Creative Precinct, T1 Café
‘The Streets Are Talking’: new works by Alan Streets, kind of – gallery, 58 Atchison Street
Bicycle workshop, Cicli Spirito, 62 Atchison Street (rear entrance in Atchison Lane) 

The streets of St Leonards will also come alive with live music from Lolo the Gypsy Caravan and performances by local creative businesses, Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy and The Jazz Workshop Australia. Local restaurant, The Moody Chef will be providing delicious catering on the night. 

It’s going to be great night and everyone is invited.
Just RSVP here:  https://rsvp-blockparty.eventbrite.com.au/

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Reading: Shakewell Magazine Issue Two

After the successful release of Issue One earlier this year, the anonymous publishing team behind ‘Shakewell Magazine‘ officially launch Issue Two with subsequent parties in Brisbane and Sydney this week.

After gauging a mixed reaction from supporters, critics and police task forces alike, the production of Issue Two is interesting in itself.

There’s just something about illegal art that bestows bees in everyone’s bonnet!

The recent loss of one of Shakewell’s key founders, known graffiti king ‘Fawts’ to a tragic painting related accident has left devastating heart break on the magazine and its followers, but all appear adamant Shakewell will continue in hour of their Lost Soul.

Brisbane will host the first launch party this Friday night at Beach Burrito in Fortitude Valley and Sydney will see the second also at Beach Burrito in Coogee with the renown artist, Scottie Marsh painting live at the event.

Issue Two will be on sale at both launch parties and is also available online here.

Photos: HIROYASU TSURI ‘Outsiders’ at Backwoods Gallery – Melbourne

Hiroyasu Tsuri, aka TWOONE recently opened his solo show ‘Outsiders’ at Backwoods Gallery in Melbourne. An epic body of work which focussed on his technique of backlit reverse paintings and hand made sculptures. As always, a beautiful but simple body of work from the artist, who is now based in Berlin.

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Hiroyasu Tsuri Two One

Hiroyasu Tsuri Two One

Hiroyasu Tsuri Two One

Hiroyasu Tsuri Two One

Hiroyasu Tsuri Two One

Photos: Rone ‘Lumen’ – Melbourne

RONE recently opened his long awaited solo show in his home town of Melbourne, where he took over a soon to be demolished building in the centre of the CBD, which hosted his exhibition to huge crowds and great success.

The show consisted of a large mural on the front of the gallery, a print run by Dangerfork, his new book, a video room which was showing a collection of process films and of course the feature work which were his paintings. Some of his biggest to date, of which some almost towering from floor to ceiling height. Needless to say, it was hard to get front on photos of the work due to the amount of people on both the preview night and the public opening.

See more from RONE here. Click below to see all of the photos.

Rone Melbourne exhibition the opening hours

Rone Melbourne exhibition the opening hours

Rone Melbourne exhibition the opening hours

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Video: Ears paint the Record Store, Surry Hills – Sydney

Daniel ‘Ears’ O’Toole recently painted the famous Record Store wall over the weekend. One of Sydney’s most painted and well known walls. Ears has been creating video pieces lately, and brings us this short process video of the wall, but with a twist. It’s nice to see a painting video that is a little different. More on Ears here.

EARS – record store wall from Daniel O'Toole on Vimeo.