Video: Fintan Magee – Man Bites Dog

Today the internet reveals Fintan Magee’s powerful new statement installation artwork and video titled ‘Man Bites Dog’ as an addition to ‘PROTEST’, a group exhibition opening at M16 Art Space in Canberra on Thursday 26 March 2015.

Originally created in an abandoned warehouse in Sydney’s Alexandria, Magee painted a large scale portrait of a man clutching a dog, very traditional to his larger than life, realistic mural style.

As he explains in detail in this video, the mural is symbolic for the relationship between the media mogul and the news consumer as well as the perception of lower level workers such as journalists being ‘lapdogs’. Magee also intelligently ties in the title and underlining statement of his mural from John B. Bogart’s historical aphorism in journalism, “When a dog bites a man that is not news, because it happens so often. But if a man bites a dog, that is news.”

In front of the mural stands a life size figure of a man that ceremoniously burns out as its body, made from copies of The Daily Telegraph newspaper become alight with flames. This bold and prevailing statement expresses Magee’s clear protest to the slander and smear of right wing media.

“Although ‘Man Bites Dog’ is a protest piece against the bias that exists amongst the broader Australian media landscape, I wanted to use the Rupurt Murdoch owned newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, as a core component of the artwork as I view this publication as emblematic of the issue,” said Mr Magee.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bsNYir1Fl8 and @fintan_magee

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.

Bright Night Sky by MISO

As a tattooist and street artist, working under the name MISO, Stanislava Pinchuk’s artwork spans the globe, on people and in cities everywhere.

After so many years traveling, Stanislava has resettled in her Melbourne studio and in a process of dreaming and mapping, Stanislava has begun retracing her life through delicate pinprick maps on white paper detailing the cities she has called home.

Hidden within each map are her memories, routines and experiences, as well as pathways leading to her friends houses across the world.

Recently The National Gallery of Australia acquired two of her pinprick works, making Stanislava one of the youngest artists in the Australian national collection.

Bright Night Sky will be an exhibition of fourteen pinprick maps on paper and large installations by Stanislava on display at Backwoods Gallery, Melbourne.

OPENING FRIDAY 18TH OCTOBER – UNTIL SUNDAY 3RD NOVEMBER
BACKWOODS GALLERY, 25 COLLINGWOODS, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Web (Tokyo). 11 x 18 cm. Pinprick on paper 2013.

 

Detail from “Walking to All My Friends’ Houses in the World I”. 1.1 x 1.5 m. Pinprick on paper 2013.

 

“Walking to All My Friends’ Houses in the World I”. 1.1 x 1.5 m. Pinprick on paper 2013.

 

Detail from “Constellation Map (Walking through Melbourne)” 58 – 75 cm. Pinprick on paper 2013.

 

Detail from “Constellation Map (Walking through London Fields)”. 58 – 75 cm. Pinprick on paper 2013.

 

 

 

Anthony Lister – Rainbow City Gaze

It’s a known fact that Lister is always busy. I’m sure as we write this post he is painting somewhere. Whilst in town for Outpost, he teamed up with aMBUSH for another project at The Galeries (where Transient was) he’s calling ‘Rainbow City Gaze’. A 3D installation painting, that is more like his street work. Check out a video and some photos below.

Anthony Lister The Opening Hours
Anthony Lister The Opening Hours
Anthony Lister The Opening Hours
Anthony Lister The Opening Hours

aMBUSH Gallery and L4NE FOUR at The Galeries present Rainbow City Gaze by Anthony Lister – an ambitious large scale 3 dimensional public art installation on exhibition from 24 November in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.

Anthony Lister explains that the installation “is about raining colour down on the public. Nothing makes me sadder than grey city days. I feel it’s important for colour to be all around. I like to think of myself as a leprechaun giving the rainbow dream to the people”.

This is the second public art exhibition at L4NE FOUR – Sydney’s brand new lane way art project curated by aMBUSH Gallery.

On exhibition for eight weeks from Thursday 24 November, 2011.

L4NE FOUR at The Galeries
500 George Street, Sydney (Pitt St entrance)