On the outside with @nemans

Here’s the latest round up of recent walls and laneways in Sydney. Today’s gallery of photo’s include, Bones, SMC3, Mike Watt, Sindy Sinn, OX, Monstery, Nico, Sare2,Tiger, Bafcat, Will Coles, David Cragg, Skulk, Birdhat, Apeseven, Mlon, Suchis, Ears and more. Click below for more photos. 
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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.

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.

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.

Opening: Square & Friends Gallery

Square & Friends Gallery is an articulate new space providing creative individuals with a stage to project their voice to deliver unique stories in the form of visual representation. Run and curated by local artist and innovator, Conrad Square, Square & Friends offers an exclusive opportunity for artists to exhibit their works in a unique new location on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

The exhibition space opened it’s doors to the public in September to expose and educated the public to the world of art. Not just the regular gallery standard of fine art, but art of all levels and styles.

The current exhibition on display is ‘Friends’, a group show featuring some of Queensland’s most prominent street/graffiti personalities including Kiss, Ekaer, John Kaye, Reals, Mouf and Buttons. After an amazing response to the gallery’s launch last month, the ‘Friends‘ show has been extended until the end of October. We highly recommend checking it out.

For more information follow Square & Friends Gallery on Instagram or Facebook @squareandfriends
 

 

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.

On the outside with @nemans

Here’s the latest round up of recent walls and laneways in Sydney. Today’s gallery of photo’s include Phibs, Amok Island, SG1, Monsteryandme, Nico, Spacemonkey, Retro, Will Coles, Zap and more. Click below for more photos. 
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On the outside with @nemans

Here’s the latest round up of recent walls and laneways in Sydney. Today’s gallery of photo’s include Peque vrs, Nico, Sid Tapia, Atome, Beq, Beastman, Skulk, Lister, Spacemonkey, Mulga and more. Click below for more photos. 
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On the outside with @nemans

Here’s the latest round up of recent walls and laneways in Sydney. Today’s gallery of photo’s include Adnate, Thomas Jackson, Numskull, Sare2, Nico, Bafcat, Jumbo, Sid Tapia, Pudl, The Yok, Atomiko, The Massive, Hules, and more. Click below for more photos. 
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Interview: Barry McGee

Second in our series of interviews that took place at Carbon Festival, is with Barry Mcgee. We were lucky enough to catch a bit of his time while he was in Melbourne and chatted about tags, art, his favourite Sydney writers and the effect graffiti has on cities.

Barry Mcgee would have to be one of the world’s most famous graffiti writers/artists. His career in both galleries and outside with graffiti are equally as prolific. Find out more about him here (it’s a google link, because he has no website).


Photos of Barry McGee by Michael Danischewski

THE OPENING HOURS: Since you’ve been here have you seen anyone up?

BARRY MCGEE: Just Sinch, I’m obsessed with Sinch, completely obsessed. You know when that happens? You just become completely obsessed?

TOH: Yeah totally. And you were saying you liked Zack as well right? Great throwups.

BMG: Yeah I like how loose it is, it seems like they go over whoever they want too which I find interesting. I know it’s controversial but i just like no rules. Is that bad?

TOH: I think there’s so much graffiti here that you kind of have to make your own space.

BMG: Yeah I like when its chaotic.

TOH: What’s your bag with graff?

BMG: I like throw-ups and tagging, all the bad stuff.

TOH: That’s all the good stuff!

BMG: Is that bad?

TOH: That’s great! I saw that you liked the insides in the mag (referring to Freak KGB’s section in Artillery magazine).

BMG: I like people focusing like that on something.

TOH: The tag wall you did in Sydney last time was quite controversial…

BMG: Oh yeah, they should have painted over that thing, i wish kids from Sydney hacked the whole thing, that would’ve been cool.

TOH: I was going to say, someone did actually.

BMG: Is there someone who writes Space there? I was into him. He was up all on the freeway.

TOH: He’s still really up.

BMG: Like I wish he went over the whole thing. You know it’s a weird thing, I don’t like legal walls, I just feel like there’s so many kids in Sydney that deserve it more. I don’t like the people coming into town, its just an awkward thing. I like when other kids come to town and smash stuff, but when you come to town and do legal walls its just lame. I think its better for sydney writers to just take over. Don’t you think?

TOH: Totally.

BMG: Don’t you think someone should have just fire extinguished that whole thing? That would have been the proper thing to do.

TOH: Well, Rich did cap it.

BMG: He didn’t go big enough, he should have filled the fire extinguisher and gone over the whole thing. I’m really glad someone did it but I wanted more. Fucking wreck the thing.

TOH: When you did it did you know you weren’t you supposed to do that part of the wall?

BMG: Yeah we knew. It’s always the best to do a bit more.

TOH: The reactions were pretty amazing because it’s quite a conservative area there, theres nothing cultural around there. I went the next day to have a look and there was business people yelling at me going ‘That’s disgusting did you do that?’ and I said ‘It’s a pretty infamous guy that’s done it, you’re pretty lucky to have this in your day to day’. Some of the businessman thought it was amazing that you could possibly get that high.

BMG: Did someone lose their job because of that?

TOH: No, you probably made a few because they did buff it in the end, which is a shame.

BMG: Its always better when it gets painted over, makes more space.

TOH: I really liked that massive wall in new york that you did with colossal media.

BMG: How weird is that!

TOH: Yeah how weird is it that someone else painted it for you!

BMG: I feel like someone should fire extinguish that (laughs). Im not into stuff like that it was just an opportunity that came up. Theres a dance company that had the space but i’m not really sure, they just wanted a sketch and I gave it to them. I wasn’t even involved in the sketch and someone put it together, its totally weird. Im really into chaos, like how things go together and I don’t have anything to do with it. You know how you set the table sometimes?

TOH: Put your knives on the left?

BMG: Yeah, it wasn’t as chaotic as i thought.

TOH: Did you watch it happen?

BMG: No I was in San Francisco! I didn’t know anything.

TOH: Those colossal media guys are pretty amazing though.

BMG: Yeah, they are good at what they do huh!

TOH: Yeah, some of the photorealistic stuff they do is crazy.

BMG: They do photorealistic stuff too?

TOH: Yeah hand painting all the ads on the sides of buildings.

BMG: They’re all graffiti kids aren’t they?

TOH: Yeah i’m sure, they’ve gotta be.

BMG: Tell me more about the Sydney graff scene.

TOH: Well it gets buffed quite often. We have these vans full of every colour paint, there’s a lot of money in buffing. But they don’t patch the colours, so you get all the patchy odd colour splurges on walls. I think people have these 15 minutes of fame when they pump everything and then its goes, and then a few people drop out, and the hardcore few keep going. Most of their stamina can only last for so long when its so defeating.

BMG: But you have youth on your side right, constant youth that gets excited. I think of the kid just focusing on insides (Freak KGB), if i was a kid just riding a train I’d freak out. Imagine if you were like 12 years old getting on a train, you’d be like how is this happening. He’s setting up a whole thing for young kids to get involved in. When you do something that well and with that focus, how can the kids not get involved.

TOH: Generally the whole train system in Sydney is getting smashed at the moment.

BMG: I love that, thats a good healthy city.

TOH: Tell us more about the graff where you’re from, Who’s up?

BMG: Theres a lot of kids like busriders who are up, they just focus on the buses. Very specific to San Francisco. There are tonnes of kids, most of its going on in oakland now, it kind of shifts back and forth with the cleaning up. Oakland’s out of money so all the kids go there. It looks really good.

TOH: Its funny in one way how it can feel like a healthy city culturally if its pumped, but then its not really a healthy city economically because they cant afford to clean it.

BMG: I think if they looked at the big picture its actually a better way to go as far as an interesting city. Just walking about melbourne and seeing all the graffiti, I don’t care if its just people painting murals or whatever, its a more interesting city. I know I always come down on street art but at least it’s something you know rather than nothing.

TOH: Its like thousands of voices screaming all the same time. Last question, whats your favourite hour of the day?

BMG: I think right around 2am is my optimum time, things are shut down, i can focus really well. That and like 6 in the morning is good too. When was your best hour?

TOH: Mine’s like 9am when I start working, when the madness starts.

BMG: Right out of the gate, you know what, can I change that? I think you’re right, morning’s better. I have a window when I’m good at 2am, but then I start fading, or I’ll do something I’m not supposed to be doing and then…you know what I mean?

TOH: Yeah for sure. Thanks heaps for that!

BMG: Thanks you guys!

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