Event: Happy Hour – A Beer Inspired T-Shirt Exhibition

For all those kicking back in the sunshine state, make sure you get down to Balter Brewers on the Gold Coast this Thursday evening (23 June, 5-9pm) for the charity, beer inspired tee exhibition – Happy Hour.

14 artists have each designed a limited-edition t-shirt (only 10 of each design ever printed) for the show, which will be available for $50 each with 100% of proceeds being directly donated to Cystic Fibrosis research.

Artists include: Sean Bernhardt (US), Nicholas Chalmers, Luke Day, Brendan Davies, Xavier Davies, Shinya Dalby, Lachie Goldworthy, Nick Guenzler (US), Gina Kiel (NZ), Paul Mcniel, Kiel Tilman, Matt Waters and Kentaro Yoshida.

Happy Hour

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!

versusnocomply

Opening: Benjamin Reeve ‘Ornament’ Exibition – Toowomba

Prevalent and celebrated street artist Benjamin Reeve launches his solo exhibition, ‘Ornament’ tomorrow at Toowoomba’s newest artist run creative space, ‘No Comply’ Gallery.

Exploring the nostalgia of childhood, ‘Ornament’ plays on the hallowed and harrowing memories of youth. Using spray enamel, inks, oil and acrylic paint, Reeve creates powerful portraits on paper and wood. Each unique piece, representing a mirrored snapshot of self-inquiry.

The official launch opens Friday 24th October from 7pm – 9pm with the works hanging until 15th November.

Well worth the 1.5 hour trek (from Brisbane), Toowoomba has plenty to offer this weekend. Make the most of the journey and stick around for Kontraband Studios first birthday party on Sunday to see live painting from a number of artists including Brisbane’s own Reals and John Kaye and Perth’s Ayres.

As Ayres is making the long winded journey from the other side of Australia to catch Benjamin Reeve and party with the Kontraband kids, we think you should too.

Where ever across our great nation you are tomorrow, Tbar is the place to be.

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.

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
 

 

Comb Gallery presents “Whole”

Comb Gallery on the Gold Coast have put together an awesome lineup of Australian talent for a group show opening the 20th April. More details below or on their website here.

Reka, Jae Copp, Max Berry, Phibs, Yelz, Drypnz, William Harden, Seekayem, Bennett, Daniel Foothead, Megan Cope, Lexi Land, Mica Still, Sascha Bravery, Kathryn Dolby, Dick Fineman, Walter Gethrey Peach, Angella Connell, Stabs, Siana Butterfield, Eek, Evan Lole, Yoannah Elyse Dieudonne, Robert Wallace + Rory Harnden, Gunter Muller, Christie Wright, Keegan Davis, Daniel Loorparg, Benji Bradley + Liz Bird

The circle is a powerful symbolic form that holds a vast array of different associations throughout visual culture. This universal shape embodies our physical reality, from minute microscopic structures like the atom to the grandiose scale of the planetary giants. The circle has also been utilized to help understand and define our inner worlds as a symbol of balance and wholeness in psychological and spiritual practices. For ëWholeí we have asked a variety of artists from different backgrounds and stylistic approaches to create a work using this motif.

Opening Night 20th of April, 6pm
show runs till 2nd of May 2012

Comb Gallery
23 McLean st
Coolangatta, QLD

Vexta – “In Between Worlds”

Current Sydney resident Vexta has been busy creating a new body of work she’s called “In Between Worlds”. It opens this Thursday night at Edwina Corlette Gallery in Brisbane. This new series has us excited, so if you’re in QLD get down and check out the show before it dissapears…

Vexta sent us some exclusive photos of the setup and a few of the artworks being shown at the gallery (the animal skulls are amazing). See below for some of the magic.

vexta the opening hours

Vexta - The Opening Hours

Vexta - The Opening Hours

Vexta - The Opening Hours

Vexta - The Opening Hours

Vexta - The Opening Hours

Vexta - The Opening Hours

Vexta - The Opening Hours