Photos: Blackartprojects ‘Conditioner’ by Cleon Peterson, Jonathan Zawada, Mark Whalen and Kelsey Brookes – Melbourne

Blackartprojects recently opened their group show ‘Conditioner’ at a pop up space in Melbourne, featuring Cleon Peterson, Jonathan Zawada, Mark Whalen and Kelsey Brookes. A simple, but supremely powerful collection of work focussing on social conditioning. Find out more on their website.

CONDITIONER is a tongue in cheek metaphor for the protection of inherited mores that form a social fabric. The exhibiting artists address the complexities of social conditioning through the subjects of violence, spirituality, sexuality, deviant behaviour and altered or multiple states of reality.

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Opening: Blackartprojects presents ‘Conditioner’ – Melbourne

Once again Blackartprojects presents a great group show of local and international artists, including Mark Whalen, Kelsey Brookes, Cleon Peterson and Jonathan Zawada. All very different at first glance, but each with a similar critical view of social conditioning and human nature.

‘Conditioner’ is a direct analysis of just that. “CONDITIONER is a tongue in cheek metaphor for the protection of
inherited mores that form a social fabric. The exhibiting artists address the complexities of social conditioning
through the subjects of violence, spirituality, sexuality, deviant behaviour and altered or multiple states of reality (chemical, digital, physical). A great deal has been written about psychoanalysis in consideration of the history of art and art criticism. This exhibition is not an attempt to answer any one question, nor is it an attempt to recontextualise this history, rather to demonstrate each artist as a practitioner of documenting the human condition in contemporary society.”

‘Conditioner’ featuring Mark Whalen, Kelsey Brookes, Cleon Peterson & Jonathon Zawada
Where: JCP Studios, 51-57 Cubitt Street, Cremorne, Victoria
Opening Hours: Thursday 13 Nov, 6-9pm

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The Opening Hours 2013 year in review

2013 was a big year for us, and an even bigger one for Australian art. Alot happened both inside Australia and by Australian artists overseas, something that has slowly but surely put Australia on the map for low brow, street art and graffiti art on the world stage.

We would like to thank every single person that has visited the website over the course of the year. We sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed the content we’ve been publishing and endeavor to continue updating as much as possible. Amongst the many Hours projects we create, we strive to get as much unique coverage out to you as possible, so you guys are inspired and informed. To finish off the year, below is a list of the various projects we’ve either covered, curated, or our contributors have posted.

The Opening Hours

– We started the year by releasing a rare limited t-shirt with local graffiti writers Roach TGS and Retro KGB
– Sydney street art photographer @nemans came on board as a frequent photo contributor, keeping us up to date with what’s happening outside. See her posts here.
– The first installment of The Hours Tower Mural Project was painted by Beastman, Jae Copp and Marty Routledge on the Gold Coast. See photos here.
Carbon festival happened again down in Melbourne, which saw talents like Barry McGee, Shawn Stussy, Dabs & Myla and many more speak, exhibit and paint throughout the week. We traveled down to interview some of the key speakers and create a short video.
– Throughout the year Australia welcomed a handful of visitors including Vhils, Ian Strange, June Inoe, Insa, Roa and more.
– Project Ugly hosted Thomas Jackson, Will Cooke, Skount, Bennett, Bafcat and more…
– After a long time in the making, we finally released Issue 9 of Kingbrown Magazine which we curated for the KB guys including artists we’ve worked with, met with, or were just plain hyped on. The issue featured Unga, Ed Templeton, Trent Whitehead, Dabs & Myla, Vans the Omega, Nychos, Ozzie Wright, Huskmitnavn, Shida, Drypnz, Ghostpatrol, Roach, Numskull and Jordan Walkzak.
– Throughout the year we curated solo exhibitions for Skount, Joel Birch, Askew, Beastman & Phibs, and Shida.
– The Sydney Contemporary Art Fair opened at Carriageworks and witnessed the largest crowd of art enthusiasts the city has ever seen. See our coverage here and more info here.
– In September we traveled over to Hong Kong and in cooperation with Above Second Gallery and the generous support of Ironlak, hosted some of the countries most notable street and graffiti artists in the city for an exhibition and art tour called Neon Golden. Check out the photos and video here.
– After the success of Wonderwalls 2012, together with Verb Syndicate and Ironlak, we brought back Wonderwalls for 2013 which saw some of the world’s most recognized street and graffiti artists travel to Wollongong and paint over 10 small to large scale murals. More info here and the recap video here.
– It seemed like 2013 was the year of mural festivals, as we saw the opening of Hit the Bricks in Newcastle and Rise in Christchurch (see our coverage here).
– A late, but very welcome addition to the Sydney art scene was the new RVCA gallery in Paddington. Curated by Mild Manners, the new gallery opened with a great group show including Mark Alsweiler, Dmote, Kelsey Brookes and many more, AND promises to be a great venue for future exhibitions. See photos from the opening here.
– Last but not least, the most memorable moment of 2013 for us would have to be the release of ‘Limitless‘. A short film made by Selina Miles featuring Sofles, Quench, Treas and Fintan Magee. Currently standing at over 7 million hits, if you haven’t seen this yet, go do so right now.

Thanks again to our supporters, contributors, friends and all of the artists that made 2013 memorable.

Show White – blackartprojects

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Blackartprojects present another exciting group show in Melbourne entitled “Show White”. “Show White” looks to continue the admirable exhibition history of the non-defined space with this ambitious project in spite of a somewhat regressive commercial marketplace.

SHOW WHITE

We cannot bury her
in the black earth

 

Louise Blyton
Kelsey Brookes
PJ Hickman
Kathleen Kngale
Emma Langridge
Miso
Elisabeth Weissensteiner

 

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André Piguet

 

 

Opening 19 September, 7-9pm

Building 6, Palmer Parade
Cremorne, Victoria 3121
19 – 30 September, 2012