Opening: Versus – No Comply Gallery

Landing a bunch of big name national artists for the line up of their newest showcase, ‘Versus‘, quaint Toowoomba art space, No Comply gallery have again proved to be on the pulse of the visual art industry.

Housed in Kontraband Studios, a graffiti store / screen-printing and sign writing space, No Comply will soon launch a group exhibition set to spur nostalgia from gamers and creatives alike.

Featuring 16 Australian artists and their response to the theme of video games, the showcase plays on the iconopgraphy of the home consoles and coin operated arcades games of the yesteryear, celebrating all that is grand about an 8-64 bit, square-eyed reality.

Of the 16 artists, Versus will display an impressive scope of work from the forefront of Australian contemporary art with Ghost Patrol, Gimiks Born, John Kaye, Sean Morris and Shida all gracing the gallery space. Check out the full-list of featured artists here.

Don’t miss the official opening on Friday 13th March from 7-9pm at 6 Laurel St, Toowoomba, (RSVP: here).

As well as the unveiling of the unseen artworks, the launch also promises beer, dumplings and vintage arcade games – Ya, Wa, Wahooo!

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Outside: The Pillars Project – Brisbane

In the fierce lead up to the ‘cultural celebrations’ of the G20, Brisbane city has seen a number of creative transformations. One we hope can withstand the test of ‘world leader time’ is The Pillars Project.

Thanks to Queensland Rail, Brisbane City Council, the accredited artists and the approaching arrival of some important political visitors, the massive underpass area of South Brisbane railway line is now site to an ‘outdoor art gallery’. This amazing series of enormous pillar murals each stands over seven metres tall.

The Pillars Project encompasses the work of a number of local street and graffiti artists including Gus Eagleton, Guido Van Helton, Gimiks Born, Fintan Magee and Mik Shida.

Though it is questionable why our vastly multicultural, multifaceted and multidisciplinary city council has rejected, covered up and even criminalized such creative projects in the past, any change moving towards artistic appreciation is a success to be acknowledged and commended. It almost feels as though the pillars are a long awaited award for Brisbane’s creative community. Street art you can appreciate without worrying it will be buffed out before your next visit. Hell, it’s been a long time coming. Brisbane’s finally catching up.

Interestingly, Fintan Magee has replicated the original mural that was removed by Brisbane City Council at the Cultural Center earlier this year. Causing quite a controversy at the time, the mural was removed because the buff squad claimed it to be ‘graffiti’ even after Magee had written approval to paint the mural. Created to commemorate the Brisbane floods, the mural has now been revived and is at least five times its original size. An ironic and intelligent move from Magee.

The pillars are located at the corner or Merivale and Montague road, just down from the Gallery of Modern Art in South Brisbane.

Video: First Coat festival – Toowoomba

First Coat is a street art festival brought to by Toowoomba Regional Council and GraffitiSTOP, in partnership with Toowoomba Youth Service & Kontraband Studios.

In it’s first year, First Coat hosted some of australia’s best inlcuding Shida, Sofles, Fintan Magee and more, and also had Ewok MSK and Mr wany from the internatial Ironlak team come out and paint a handful of small to large scale walls. Check out the video shot by Luke Shirlaw below.

First Coat from 40/40 Creative on Vimeo.

Opening: Kingbrown Issue 9 Sydney Launch

To celebrate the release of Kingbrown issue 9, The Hours and The Tate are hosting the Kingbrown official launch party featuring an array of work by good mates of Kingbrown and The Hours.

Friday Aug 16th / The Tate Gallery / 345 Glebe Pt Rd, Glebe Sydney / 6pm

Vans the Omega + Roach + Drypnz + Numskull + Beastman + Ian Mutch + Takie + Bridge Stehli + Gimiks Born + Will Lynes + Joel Birch + Ozzie Wright + Jae Copp + Mark Alsweiler + Dabs & Myla + Shida + Ghostpatrol + Two One + Phibs + Max Berry + Fuzeillear + Thomas Jackson + Loretta Lizzio + Nior + Will Cooke + Bec Winnel + Jumbo

Works by the above, Kingbrown Issue 9, and assorted merch will be sold on the night – For one night only.
connect: @kingbrown / @theopeninghours / @thetategallery
Fb: www.facebook.com/events/592020647509795/

Kingbrown Issue 9

What is a Kingbrown?

Kingbrown is West Australian slang for a longneck beer – a 40oz. Wrapped in a brown bag, just like a good 40 should.

Sitting somewhere between a book, a magazine and an art zine, Kingbrown is a super limited edition periodical. Each issue is handcrafted, delivered inside a silk screened brown bag which is designed and curated by some of the world’s leading innovators of photography, illustration and urban and skateboard art and design.

Inside Kingbrown you will find profiles and interviews that take you on a twisted journey inside the studios and minds of some of our very talented friends, with the aim of keeping you inspired and connected to the subcultures we love most. Printed with quality in mind, each page is a collectable item, individually sealed and packaged. Now in its 8th edition, Kingbrown has achieved worldwide success and is now launching for the first time in the US.

In this issue

Wrapped in a double sided brown bag with artwork by Ed Templeton & UNGA (Broken Fingaz), together with a cool outdoor vinyl sticker by Dabs Myla, and a Kingbrown x Ironlak stubby holder, featuring great interviews and studio insights with Nychos, Dabs Myla, Huskmitnavn, Ghostpatrol, Vans the Omega, Ed Templeton, Unga, Numskull, Roach, Ozzie Wright, and heaps more. Yep, told you it’s rad.

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Kingbrown Issue 9

Kingbrown Issue 9

Kingbrown Issue 9

Kingbrown Issue 9

Kingbrown Issue 9

Kingbrown Issue 9

Kingbrown Issue 9

Kingbrown Issue 9

Colour By Numbers Gallery presents: Paper Thin

Colour By Numbers Gallery is the newest gallery in Sydney, and for their debut opening they are showcasing a large group of established and emerging Australian artists in a show called “Paper Thin”. Get down to Newtown (the gallery has taken over the old Oh Really space) this Thursday night to celebrate their launch. More info below or on their website here and Facebook page here.

Opening Night 25 Aug, 6pm – 9pm
Colour By Numbers Gallery is proud to present Paper Thin, a group exhibition of new works on paper by some of the best emerging and established street and fine artists from both Australia and overseas. After a successful fundraiser earlier, Colour by Numbers Gallery has found a fresh new space to call home in Newtown.

Featured artists include
ANKLES / BEASTMAN / BEC WINNEL / BEI BADGIRL / BEN FROST / BENNETT / BONEFACE (UK) / CHRIS CUNNINGHAM (UK) / DAN WITHEY / DARREN HENDERSON / DICK FINEMAN / DEB / DRAB / EARS / EVELINE TARUNADJAJA / GARY SEAMAN / GIMIKS BORN / HEESCO / JACOB O. ROLFE / JAE COPP / JULIA RICH / KAITLIN BECKETT / KEIRON MCMASTER / KEN TAYLOR / KIRBEE LAWLER / LEIGH KUILBOER AKA MALICIOUS / LILLY PIRI / LUCY LUCY (FR) / MAKATRON / MATHIEU BERNARD MARTIN (FR) / MICHAEL PECK / MICHAEL STEELE / NATE HOLMES TRAPNELL / NICK SIMPSON / NUMSKULL / PRIZM / ROSS PAXMAN / RUBEN IRELAND (UK) / SEAN MORRIS / STABS / SZYMEK DORABIALSKI / TRISTAN KERR / TWOONE

Opening Hours
Wed – Sun, 12pm – 5pm
Other times by appointment

12 x 12 Exhibition

Brad from [weAREtheIMAGEmakers] has yet again pulled together a stellar lineup of artists for the next installment of 12×12, including Daek  /  Drewfunk  /  Ears  /  Ed Woodley  /  Gary Seaman  /  Gimiks Born  /  Mark Alsweiler  /  Rone  /  Sean Morris  /  Shannon Cress  /  Shida  /  Troy Archer. If you haven’t heard, or been to a 12×12, it’s a simple  idea that showcases 12 Australian artists, 12 artworks each, 12 x 12 inches.

This time around, the show will only be stopping in Sydney (as opposed to the usual Melbourne opening), at aMBUSH Gallery Friday 22 July.

The other interesting aspect of this 12×12 is that ALL artworks will also be available to purchase from an online catalogue launching at 12pm Saturday 23 July.

Stay tuned for some exclusive interviews with some of the 12×12 artists…

Busy weeks in Melbourne

There are a bunch of really good exhibitions going on in Melbourne this week and next. Check below for all the info. We’ll be making the journey down for next Friday, so expect some photos after our return.

24th March Drew Funk at No Vacancy QV

25th March Reka at Backwoods

31st March Miso at No Vacancy Federation square

1st April Kill Pixie at the Madman Void

1st of April – RTIST Group Show & Unofficial Opening