Opening: ‘Until Next Time…” final show at The Tate Gallery – Sydney

We were deeply saddened by the news of The Tate Gallery’s closing…

It’s been a gallery close to our hearts, and a space that in it’s time, has hosted an incredible mix of both world renown artists, and young emerging artists. All without rent or commission. Something which is so unique in the art world.

We’re excited to be helping The Tate Gallery team with one last show. So we’ve gathered as many available artists on short notice as possible to curate one last group show.

‘Until Next Time…’ group show
Where: The Tate Gallery, Glebe
Opening Hours: Wednesday 4th March, 6pm onwards

Until Next Time

Opening: The Hours presents ‘Stockroom’ – a group show

We are proud to announce ‘Stockroom’. A group show featuring some of Australia’s finest young artists

Over the years, The Hours (Beastman, Marty Routledge & Numskull) have produced a number of widely acclaimed art events & exhibitions around Australia and have worked with some of the most recognised young artists in a variety of different genres.

To celebrate these ties, The Hours presents ‘Stockroom’. A large group show featuring a host of artists that have either worked with us before, are working with us now, or are someone we’d like to work with in the future. A mix of connections between the artist and us, as purveyors of modern art, we believe this to be a perfect insight into “if we were to own a stockroom, this is who it would be filled with”.

Featuring:
MARK ALSWEILER, TOM FERSON, RONE, TWOONE, DANIEL O’TOOLE, SKOUNT, SCOTT MARSH, JUMBO, CHRIS LOUTFY, BAFCAT, JOEL BIRCH, BRIDGE STEHLI, BEASTMAN, EDWARD WOODLEY, SHIDA, MR PENFOLD, BENNETT, WILL COOKE, THE YOK, BEN FROST, RETRO, THOMAS JACKSON, KYLE MONTGOMERY, JAE COPP, FINTAN MAGEE, PHIBS, MADELEINE PFULL, NUMSKULL, AEDEN LEE, VANS THE OMEGA, ROACH, MAX BERRY, SHERYO, SID TAPIA, DAVID CRAGG, SOFLES & TAKIE

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“Stockroom” group show
Opening: Wednesday 4th June
The Tate Gallery – Sydney

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Photos: Big Wall mural at The Vic Enmore – Sydney

A massive thank you goes to The Vic Hotel in Enmore for hosting some of Sydney’s finest graffiti and street artists at their venue to paint the entire carpark wall. The Big Wall…

We invited a handful of artists, and over the weekend saw some surprise guests rock up including Numskull, Tom Schwigs, Okae, Bafcat, Beastman, Onshow, Roach, Retro, Scott Marsh, Clams, Oniks, Elvis, Eels, Cam Wall, Fintan Magee, Moik, Jumbo, Phibs, Resm, Thomas Jackson, Resan, Oricks, Denes, Renob and 2Wik.

Overall, it was an amazing weekend with plenty of drinks, good music and a great supportive crowd for what will hopefully be an ongoing project.

Click below to see a larger version of the joinup photo and all of the great photos taken
by photographer Billy Zammit.

The Hours Vic Enmore Big Wall

The Hours Big Wall

The Hours Big Wall

The Hours Big Wall

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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.

Photos: Askew ‘The Evolving Face’ at The Tate – Sydney

Last week we hosted Askew‘s sold out debut Australian solo exhibition, at The Tate Sydney. Thanks to everyone that came down and met the man himself, who is currently still in town for Wonderwalls and Hit the Bricks festivals.

The show boasted ten beautifully painted portrait pieces and a limited edition zine of 50, which Askew drew in for everyone that purchased. This collection of work is a massive step forward for the artist, having previously stuck to a strict colour scheme, these paintings saw him let loose and get experimental with more effects and colours.

To see the full set of photos, click below.

Askew

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Video & Photos: Neon Golden tour Hong Kong

In September 2013, Australian based creative group The Hours curated an exhibition at Above Second Gallery in Hong Kong’s Central and Western District. Titled ‘Neon Golden’, the exhibition featured new works on paper by a collective of world class contemporary, street and graffiti artists who all share a rich history of friendship and collaboration. A lot of the artists involved also travelled from all corners of the world to be in Hong Kong for the exhibition, and to paint as many walls as possible. This is what went down….

Featuring – Fintan Magee, Shida, Rone, Kyle Hughes-Odgers, Beastman, Yok, Sheryo, Numskull, Vans The Omega, Roach, Phibs, Twoone, Jumbo and Thomas Jackson.

A huge thank you to:
Above Second Gallery – above-second.com
Ironlak – ironlak.com

Video shot and edited by Michael Danischewski for The Opening Hours.
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Click below for a heap of photos from the trip.

The Opening Hours - Hong Kong - Neon Golden

The Opening Hours - Hong Kong - Neon Golden

The Opening Hours - Hong Kong - Neon Golden

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Sign of the Times – Marty Routledge

As part of The Hours involvement in the soon to be opened The 4217 in Surfers Paradise, Marty Routledge was commissioned to paint two large font murals on the exterior of the building, establishing The 4217 as a strong supporter of hand painted signage and helping to grow the local art scene on the Gold Coast. Once again the local guys from Digital Cinematix were there to capture it all on video, and also convinced Marty to talk on camera about his artistic background and his passion for sign painting.

For more information on The 4217 please visit their website – www.the4217.com




Skount – Fragments of Mythological Dreams

Tomorrow night in Sydney, The Hours presents for the first time in Australia, an exhibition of new paintings by Spanish artist Skount.

“Dreams are not just messages (coded messages, at that), but are also an aesthetic activity, a game of the imagination that has its own value. Dreams are proof that fantasies – emotional immersion in the visualization of events that have never and may never occur – are one of the profoundest necessities for human life. The characters that come from my imagination are my own possibilities, those that never came to bear, or those still on my horizon.”Skount

Inspired by the classical Spanish theatre of his hometown, Skount’s oneiric masked characters beckon the viewer from the urban environment into their mysterious and playful dreamscapes. The great playwrights of Skount’s youth formed a lasting impression, where he regards life as a wonderful play, in which everyone has a role. Driven by the fundamental desire to free his own mind, Skount’s creativity knows no bounds. With a background in graffiti, his artistic expression spans paint, paper, music and performance, to video art, sculpture, and installation. Skount’s irrepressible curiosity for other cultures has inspired him to travel and study different forms of creativity and traditions around the world. Currently based in Amsterdam, Skount has worked and exhibited throughout Spain, Europe, China, Mexico, Israel and the United States.

Now for the first time in Australia, The Hours presents ‘Fragments of Mythological Dreams’, an exhibition of new paintings and installation by Skount. In this exhibition, inspired by Ancient Greek myths and legends, Skount presents a reality, drawing a relatively cohesive oneiric spectrum with mythology. Recounting a pictorial discourse by which we enter into a world of dreams, created to explain the universe, the origin of the world, natural phenomena and anything for which there is no simple explanation. Through this new body of work on canvas and paper, Skount investigates this complex philosophical world full of arguments about the nature, properties, causes and effects of natural things, especially the human being and the universe.

Opening Night – Wednesday 15th May 2013 – 6pm to 9pm
Exhibition continues until Sunday 19th May

The Tate Gallery – 345 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe (Sydney)

Here is sneak preview…

For an Exhibition Catalogue please email us at – info@thehours.com.au

The Hours Tower Mural Project – Beastman & Jae Copp

Last month saw the completion of the first mural for The Hours Tower Mural Project at The 4217 in Surfers Paradise, Australia. Curated by The Hours, the ongoing art project aims to bring well known Australian artists to the Gold Coast to collaborate together using the three storey high lift-shaft at The 4217 as their canvas, providing Surfers Paradise with a truly unique large scale and evolving piece of public art.

The first collaborative mural for the project was painted by Beastman (Syd) and Jae Copp (GC) last month, and the local guys from Digital Cinematix were there to film it all.

Big thanks to The 4217 for supporting public art on the Gold Coast, and for providing the huge wall to paint. The 4217 will be opening in a few months, keep an eye out for more Hours activity there in the future. Please visit their website for more information – www.the4217.com.au