Eight years ago, Matt Brady from Brisbane store The Outpost started a small skateboard art exhibition called ‘I Used to Skate Once’. The event’s popularity grew over the years with with an incredible lineup of local, interstate and international artists and bands, indoor ramps and plenty of beer, now attracting huge crowds for a one night only celebration of art and music in this sometimes sleepy city.
Now back for the 9th year running, it celebrates with a ‘ladies only’ showcase, including a solo exhibition by talented British lass Chrissie Abbott (her website is well worth a look) and boards by Stephanie Hughes, Bec Winnel, Carmella Ruffino plus a host more.
It happens THIS THURSDAY, JUNE 20 at The Zoo in Brisbane. Doors open at 7pm. One night only.
Curator / Producer and Director Aaron Rose spoke of this project last week in his presentation at Semi-Permanent Sydney. ‘Learn to say fuck you to the world’ was a collaborative work with punk rock band Rancid to remake Sol LeWitt’s four page letter to sculptor Eva Hesse in 1965 into a bold song with incredible LeWitt inspired visuals.
Interesting new music video by Midnight Juggernauts for the single ‘Memorium’ just launched on The Creators Project. Basically a whirlwind visual documentary of Computer Generated Image (CGI) and its evolution from 1951 to now. A great interview with director and band member Vincent Vendetta here. Worth the watch.
Poster art by Brisbane based illustrator Ken Smith
Ryokou is a five part documentary series put together by a few talented friends at Projucer, after a successful pozible campaign to get it off the ground they travelled to Japan to follow the journey of World Champion cyclist Shane Perkins whilst competing in the 2012/13 Keirin competition.
Hands down one of the busiest women I know, Melbourne based Steph Hughes is a talented illustrator, musician (she plays in two incredible Australian bands Dick Diver and Boomgates) and she’s a host on Triple J radio. It’s amazing to see someone with this much going on step up and make more work for herself. As a special series for Triple J Unearthed, Steph has compiled a collection of reggae tunes from some of Australia’s most remote indigenous groups. Rare these days to listen to the J’s for any extended period, but this sure is an amazing listen and a top notch poster to boot!
This comes in two parts, a gallery show (opening tomorrow night) featuring new works by Edward Woodley, Numskull, Marty Routledge & Joel Birch, and a large wall mural just around the corner. The project is based on a new generation keeping the age-old trade of hand-painted sign writing alive and kicking. Marty Routledge and Numskull have spent most of the day getting started on the outdoor element, here’s a sneak peek at the progress.
Thought I’d start proceedings with a short clip that’s always been a good source of inspiration for me. It’s still early days for Mild Manners – a new temporary gallery project I’m working on in Brisbane, but next week is the first exhibition featuring four hugely talented new generation artists who still use traditional sign writing in their work. It’s the rare few who work hard to keep the old style alive, on a commercial front, it’s now an artform that defies practicality in almost every sense of the word with digital technology as good as it has become. UP THERE, a few years old now, looks at a handful of New York sign writers working by the old style, keeping it alive for now, It Ain’t Dead.