Interview: 5Fingers

Following the interesting arrival of new abandoned art installation, The Opening Hours caught up with the mysterious pair behind the 5Fingers project. Adapting a ‘run by thieves, worn by vandals’ mentality, it seems this local label have a lot more to offer than just fine threads.

What is 5Fingers and how did the idea originate?
We were kicking back over a few drinks, having a rant over some clothing companies and how they plug the same shit just to earn a few dollars. 5Fingers was created not as a business idea, but as a way for us as artists to express our creative side and inject our art into wearable threads. 5Fingers is a clothing line, however as artists, we want to play around a bit and keep our hands on the street by creating innovative installations and art projects.

Give us a run down of this installation.
We just wanted to do something different. We’re so used to the usual street art medium of paper and painting on walls in a 2D form. So to try something new, we’ve thrown up a 3D installation. We used multiple layers of sticky tape to form the letter structure then strategically placed small LED lights to help bring the letters to life. We want to push graffiti down new paths.

Is it still on display at the abandoned mall?
Yeah, it’s still on display and we don’t plan on touching it. It will be interesting to see how it’s doing down the track. We encourage people it to have some sort of fun if they come across it. Change it up, do what ever you want with it.

Describe where you live.
In a government controlled police state, a place we like to call Brisbane.

What do you love about your city?
I guess we love the ignorance. Brisbane is set back in the past with a lot of its infrastructure, trends etc so when people see something new and completely different, it’s fresh and makes a big impact on them.

What’s your background in ‘the industry’?
Growing up both of us got caught up in the street culture. Graffiti, photography, hip hop, skateboarding… It became captivating and I guess we’ve both never really left the scene.

Any other mediums you’re looking to explore?
We want to start pushing the boundaries with new mediums. We have some plans down the track to create an installation using natural elements. You’ll have to keep your eyes peeled for that one.

What can we expect from 5Fingers in the future?
A full range of clothing, along with an integration of cool installations and art projects that provide a new and different perspective on street culture. I guess you could say we don’t just want to be known as just a clothing line.

5Fingers will be launching their website and online store later this month. For more information on the label and their projects, head to their Instagram account, @5fingersclothing.

Event: Scribble Slam – Brisbane

Scribble Slam is a 90-minute live art battle between two artists surrounding a surprise theme announced just moments before the paint battle begins. Hosted at Kerbside bar in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, the winner of the battle is chosen by two judges and a crowd vote. The two artworks remain on display at Kerbside bar for one month until the next round of Scribble Slam when the walls are buffed out and painted again by the next round contestants.

Always entertaining an interesting crowd, the Scribble Slam canvas has attracted a number of excellent Queensland artists including Gus Eagleton, Reane Awen, Paul Harris, TwoLaks, Barek, Square One, Teens On Acid, Cherie Strong and Alby Mangles.

This Thursday round 19 sees two talented ladies, Buttonss and Bambi Wants Revenge battle it out for the crowd vote from 7pm.

For more information check out the Scribble Slam event page.

Reading: No Cure Magazine – Issue Five

Coming along way since their Pozible ‘Printed Issue’ campaign in 2013, Australian independent art magazine, No Cure celebrates the release of their fifth issue, themed ‘Graffiti and Urban Exploration.’

Boasting Beastman’s colourful cover art and featuring the works of world renown artists including Indie 184, Simon Silaidis, A.CE, BR1, Don1, Martain Whatson and Bianca of Abandoned Brisbane, this issue follows No Cure’s traditional A class design style with added interviews, alluring imagery, argumentative opinions and interview features. As a stimulating summary of work surrounding the urban environment and the urban artists who’ve (literally) made their mark on it, we recommend giving it a gander.

You can grab a copy from local newsagents, or online here.

Outdoors: Shida in Brisbane

Job done, nothing is stopping this guy of late! Mik Shida, making the most of his last couple of weeks in Australia before another European stint has just completed this incredible tunnel installation in Brisbane’s CBD. If you’re up that way, his solo exhibition Mythographies is still on show at the Brisbane Powerhouse until September 8. 

 

 

 

 

 

Mik Shida wraps up at the Brisbane Powerhouse

TAMARA AND THE DEMON by SHIDAHaving toured this exhibition through Melbourne and Sydney, it’s fitting that it’s final stop is his hometown of Brisbane at the iconic Powerhouse. Mythographies is a multi-layered record of Shida’s progress as an artist, these painting and hardwood sculptural works let his imagination lead the path, creating a series of self proclaimed ‘spiritscapes’.

Mythographies, presented by Mild Manners Gallery and The Brisbane Powerhouse opens tomorrow evening, Wednesday 13th and then continues until September 8.

More details here. 

Never one to rest for long, he’s also mid way through an impressive mural covering the Creek st tunnel in Brisbane City before he jets of to Europe. Below is a picture taken this morning, still very much a work in progress, we’ll post some images of the completed wall next week.

WIP CREEK ST

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Video: Analogue Digital Brisbane recap

Analogue Digital brought together a motley crew of artists, designers and creatives to Brisbane this year, with names like Meggs, Mr Penfold, We Buy Your Kids, Romance was Born, Stay Bold and many more. Check out this great video capturing exactly what happens when you fill a room full of inspiring creatives.

Analogue/Digital Brisbane 2014 from Camille Santiago on Vimeo.

Opening: Mr Penfold ‘Part Time Technophobe’ at JAA project space – Melbourne

Our good friend and talented artist Mr Penfold is currently in Australia for the Analogue Digital conference tour happening in May, where he will share a talk about his work and process AND be showing a whole new body of work in both Melbourne and Brisbane with Just Another Agency.

Opening from 6-9pm for a one night only show on Thursday May 8 at Blake House – Lvl 2, 35 Adelaide St, Brisbane and Thursday May 15 at the Just Another Project Space – 153 Greville St, Prahran, Melbourne. Melbourne show runs till May 30. For more info, click here.

Mr Penfold

Mr Penfold

Mr Penfold

Mr Penfold

Conference: Ananlogue Digital 2014 – Brisbane & Melbourne

Analogue Digital is hosting a heap of great artists this year over two events in Brisbane and Melbourne.

Brisbane only: Jasmine Dowling, Stay Bold & Aus Infront Guest
Melbourne only: Carla McRae, Loretta Lizzio, Sam Yong

Both Events: WeBuyYourKids, Zann St. Pierre, Supervixen, Rolling Stone, Romance Was Born, Hans Christian Øren, SouthSouthWest, The Company You Keep, Breeder, Cj Hendry, Meggs, Mr Penfold

Each event is broken into five distinct sessions; each discussing topics and case studies relevant to the future and growth of the creative industries within Australia.

Past presenters include; Anthony Lister, Askew, Monster Children Magazine, Christopher Doyle, Claudio Kirac, Damien Aistrope, Dare Jennings, Ill-Studio, Joseph Allen Shea, Josephmark, Luke Lucas, Magda Sayeg, Motherbird, Numskull, Parallax, Rone, Sneaker Freaker Magazine, Sofles, Sonia Rentsch, SouthSouthWest, Jacky Winter, Kevin Finn, Vice Magazine & We Buy Your Kids amongst many others.

For more info and to purchase tickets visit their website.

Analogue Digital

Analogue Digital

Analogue Digital

Photos: Sofles ‘Limitless’ video premiere and exhibition

To launch the limitless video (which is now over 5.5million views), Sofles held a solo show alongside a few works by Quench and documentation pieces from the limitless shoot.

It’s great to see that even whilst creating videos like this and constantly traveling the world doing graffiti, Sofles still has time to paint a series of works that are a solid reflection of how insanely talented this man is.

See the full set of photos over at the Ironlak blog here. (Photos by Luke Shirlaw)

Sofles

Sofles

Sofles

Sofles

Sofles

Sofles