Video: ‘If these walls could talk’ web series by Ross Liew

We first met Ross Liew through his mural arts festival Graffiato and have been watching him curate and produce amazing projects ever since. A real pioneer and progressive front man for street art in New Zealand.

Ross has just released his latest project, ‘If These Walls Could Talk’. A series of online documentaries about some of NZ’s most notable street art and graffiti art names including Askew One, BMD, Benjamin Work, Mica Still and Elliot Francis Stewart. A rare and intimate insight into the background and current process of these artists.

Sit back, take some time and watch all of them below, and find out more on the website ifthesewallscouldtalk.co.nz

Askew One – http://www.askew1.com/

Benjamin Work – http://benjaminwork.tumblr.com/

BMD – http://bmdisyourfriend.com/

Elliot Francis Stewart – http://www.lilelz.com/

Mica Still – http://www.micastill.com/

“Created by Ross Liew (Cut Collective) and with the help from NZ On Air Ignite funding scheme, If These Walls Could Talk focuses on five street artists looking at what compels them to paint outside, what drives them artistically, and how they navigate identity, community, ownership and the creative process.

The works of Askew One, Benjamin Work, Mica Still, Elliot Francis Stewart and BMD are documented on video and online, with the series also providing a direct link between the walls painted and the stories captured – both from the online world to the artwork (in learning about the concept and the history of the artist, including their artistic statement with the work), and vice versa, with a link at each mural site available to transport patrons to the ITWTC online hub. “

Video: Rise festival – New Zealand

Rise Festival was a multi day street art and graffiti festival held in Christchurch, New Zealand late last year. (See Beastman’s coverage here). The team released a neat little video narrated by George Shaw, the man behind Oi You and the festival itself. Rise saw some of the best artists in the world paint murals, install work, and create art to re-vitalise a city that was devastated by an earthquake. Such a great idea, and such a great outcome. Well done Rise and the artists that created positive and enriching work.

See below for the video and more photos. All photos by Luke Shirlaw.

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Rise Festival
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Rise Festival
Inside the museum

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Photos: Ian Strange ‘Final Act’ Christchurch – New Zealand

‘Final Act’ was a major installation piece (or pieces) by Ian Strange for the Canterbury Museum in Christchurch as a part of the Rise Festival (covered here). It was another extension of the artists’ body of work surrounding the theme of suburban Homes, a theme that resonates deeply in Christchurch after the devastating earthquake of 2011. See below for the photos and a behind the scenes narration of the work by the artist.

Ian Strange: FINAL ACT from Ian Strange on Vimeo.

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Ian Strange

Ian Strange

Ian Strange

Ian Strange

Ian Strange

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Photos: Cinzah Merkens ‘Cosmological Beginnings’ – Auckland

Cinzah Merkens recently opened his solo show ‘Cosmological Beginnings’ in Auckland. A neat collection of trademark Cinzah illustrations on paper, all in Black, White and Gold. If you missed out, the artist has made this nice little wrap up video with some process shots and a view of the opening night. See the video here. Click below for the full set of photos.

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Overseas Opening: Ian Strange ‘Final Act’ – New Zealand

As a part of the RISE street art festival that’s currently happening in Christchurch New Zealand, artist Ian Strange will be opening his latest body of work (and what looks like the final in the ‘Home’ series) called ‘Final Act’. No doubt this will be an epic production as always, including constructed work and video work. If you’re in Christchurch, or anywhere in New Zealand for that matter, get down to see this and everything else the festival has to offer.

“Final Act” by Ian Strange
Opening: Thursday, 19th December
Canterbury Museum

Ian Strange

Opening: Cinzah Merkins ‘Cosmological Beginnings’ – Auckland

Cinzah Merkins is an artist hailing from New Zealand and is gearing up for his latest solo show titled ‘Cosmological Beginnings’, which opens this week. True to form, this show will showcase why Cinzah is respected for his beautifully crafted paintings and illustrations. If you’re in AK, get there!

“Cosmological Begginings” by Cinzah Merkins
Opening: Thursday, 21st November
Endemic World

Cosmological Beginnings – A Solo Exhibition by Cinzah Seekayem from Monster Valley on Vimeo.

Event: Wonderwalls Wollongong 2013 – A three day art festival

We are excited to finally announce the details for Wonderwalls Wollongong 2013. Our yearly mural arts festival in Wollongong, presented by The Hours, Verb Syndicate and Ironlak.

With huge thanks to our supporters we have managed to pull together some of the best street and graffiti artists from both Australia and overseas.

The festival will run from November 8 -10, including an art exhibition, artists talks and multiple large-scale murals being painted in the Wollongong CBD from featured artists SMUG (Glasgow), ASKEW (Auckland), ADNATE (Melbourne) WONDERLUST (Melbourne) VANS THE OMEGA (Adelaide), PHIBS (Sydney), SHIDA (Melbourne) FINTAN MAGEE (Brisbane), TWOONE (Melbourne), BEASTMAN (Sydney), NUMSKULL (Sydney), ROACH (Sydney), SCOTT MARSH (Sydney), THOMAS JACKSON (Sydney) PUDL (Sydney), BAFCAT (Wollongong), JAE COPP (Sunshine Coast), IDIOT (Wollongong), SYKE (Wollongong) and TRAIT (Wollongong).

Joining us this year will also be select members of the Ironlak Family, featuring LINZ (Sydney), SOFLES (Brisbane), REALS (Brisbane), SIRUM (Melbourne) and TREAS (Brisbane).

The artists on the Wonderwalls roster will converge on the city for this series of free public events. In Wonderwalls Wollongong’s second year they want to improve on gains made last year to present the city as a viable option for creative endeavours and projects, a place where artists can afford to live at lower cost without sacrificing culture. Increased cultural infrastructure will see the small city as an artistic tour de force in years to come.
Get down to The Gong for Wonderwalls, and the unveiling of their hidden artistic identity. What you see might surprise you.

For more information, mural map and a full program, visit wonderwallsfestival.com

Wonderwalls Wollongong 2013 - Mural Festival - The Hours

Festival: ALL FRESCO – K Road Street Art Festival

Ross Liew and his team show us again, why New Zealand is ahead of the game, but still un-noticed by alot of Australians. All Fres Co is a 3 day art event taking place on the famous K Road, Auckland.

Featuring some of our favourite NZ based artists BMD, Erin Forsyth, Deus, Dagar, Wert 159, Mica Still, HAHA, Component, Cinzah Seek, Ghstie and Jonny4Higher

Karangahape Road is a long time home to art and cultural activity that doesn’t fit the typical mainstream vernacular. It abounds with mythical figures and local legend from across multiple generations. It is an area of Auckland that is fighting to retain all that is good about grit and grime, to celebrate the eccentric and erroneous. All the while ensuring that it remains a relevant and vital creative community that is recognised for its value as a rich depository of cultural artefact and activity.

More info here.

Documentary: Dregs – A new Zealand Street Art Documentary

We just watched this documentary called ‘Dregs‘. A great insight into New Zealand’s street art scene. A really great exposure of some talented people we often don’t get to see much due to the invisible divide between our two countries.

NZ has a collection of some of the best street and graffiti artists in the world. It’s time we started to recognize them…

We highly recommend grabbing a copy of the DVD while it lasts. A true collectors item. Find out more here.

DREGS: A New Zealand Street Art Documentary – DVD Teaser from Karl Sheridan on Vimeo.

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Dregs

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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