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Early today Vivid Sydney announced its line-up for this year’s event starting in May. And we can’t get our eyes off the fact that Shepard Fairey is on the list. We caught up with Eddie Zammit to discuss the exciting news.

PHOTOGRAPHY: NICOLE REED


“It’s taken 3 good years behind-the-scenes to make it happen and we’re thrilled that he’ll be in Sydney for the first time in 14 years,” Zammit says. He will be headlining a Game-Changer talk as part of Vivid Ideas exclusively for Vivid Sydney in June – tickets have just gone on sale. Fairey will be speaking on Saturday, 17 June at the Sydney Town Hall. Tickets can be purchased here: http://bit.ly/vividshepard Zammit confirms that, “The essence of Shepard’s talk will be placed on his DIY mantra.”


“Creating is about sharing ideas, sharing aesthetics, and sharing what you believe in with other people. Vivid Sydney is the perfect platform to do this in Australia.” 

-Shepard Fairey


“Creating is about sharing ideas, sharing aesthetics, and sharing what you believe in with other people. Vivid Sydney is the perfect platform to do this in Australia,” says Shepard Fairey. As an artist he is best known for the OBEY art project, the HOPE poster promoting Barak Obama and more recently We The People campaign.

Outside of the talk, he is expected to paint the largest mural in the Sydney CBD. This will take place from 12 – 17 June. Stay tuned for details on that one. There are also plans to have a free exhibition at Darling Quarter.

More news as this comes to hand. 

Purchase your tickets here: http://bit.ly/vividshepard

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'Golden Summer' - A joint exhibition by Greg Straight and Ross Murray

An ice-cream run to the corner dairy; that road trip up the coast; a cold one on a long, hot afternoon. ‘Golden Summer’ celebrates all this and more on a nostalgic journey around New Zealand. ‘Golden Summer’, is a joint exhibition by New Zealand based artists Greg Straight and Ross Murray. The show opens this Friday at Endemic World on Ponsonby Rd.

How did the show come about?
Greg: Last year Ross and I were both featured in a street art / design magazine called No Cure based in Australia. They released a New Zealand issue and interviewed a bunch of amazing artists. Ross is from the Mount and I have family at Papamoa, so I decided to drop Ross an email and introduce myself. I am a big fan of his work and we soon became friends.

Last year I started researching and developing a series of art prints looking at different NZ landmarks and places, many of these were rural settings. On my way to the BOP I just kept seeing these typical New Zealand scenes and wanted to turn them into artworks. Ross had been working on a similar range and by coincidence we were totally on the same page but executing them in very different ways.

Ross’s works have a beautiful organic hand drawn feel to them often looking at old packaging and logos combined with retro styled cars while mine are all very hard edged, geometric and kept fairly simple in their compositions. We decided to put an exhibition together to showcase the new works and Elliot at Endemic World was the perfect guy to help make this come into fruition. 

Can you tell us about the theme of the show?
Ross: The show is essentially a celebration of the New Zealand summer. It features some recurring imagery: dairies, beaches, vintage advertising, Cortinas, Kingswoods and plenty of sun-baked landscapes. The overall tone is very nostalgic. Greg’s work has a beautiful simplicity to it, which in a way, symbolises the rose-tinted memories of our youth. And my work focuses on the idea of the summer road trip and how modern ideas of nostalgia are often linked to the things we consume. We both set out to make our artwork really evocative; so while a lot of the locations are imagined, they feel super familiar.


"I’d go surfing all day until my arms felt like they would drop off, sometimes taking out my Uncle's 9 foot Big Kahuna surfboard when the swell was small. The sand on your jandles, offshore breeze in your hair and the sound of laughter from the family sharing a long lunch together, that to me is my favorite memory of summer."

-GREG STRAIGHT


Favourite NZ summer memory?
Ross: My favourite NZ summer is a combination of two or three summers at Opoutere in the Coromandel where I lived about ten years ago. Collecting Tuatua and making fritters soaked in freshly squeezed lemon juice; that lovely long beach, completely empty except for the dotterels and oystercatchers; shady walks through the pines; driving to the local orchard to buy stone fruit and Frujus; watching the kaka fly north in the morning and return south at night; and bobbing in the surf at dusk with the bronze whalers.

Greg: It would have to be the family tiki tours down to Papamoa to visit my Aunty Hazel and Uncle Jim back when I was young. We would all pile into the old station wagon, me and my two brothers in the back or sometimes boot with surfboards on the roof, fishing rods and enough luggage to sink a ship. My Uncle would put the long line out and catch fresh snapper for dinner and aunty would make a huge spread with veges and salad grown from their garden and hot Tuatua fritters. 

Although they had very little money they had huge hearts and would welcome anyone into their home. I’d go surfing all day until my arms felt like they would drop off, sometimes taking out my Uncle's 9 foot Big Kahuna surfboard when the swell was small. The sand on your jandles, offshore breeze in your hair and the sound of laughter from the family sharing a long lunch together, that to me is my favorite memory of summer.

 www.rossmurray.com / www.gregstraight.com / www.endemicworld.com 

 

On the Wall - 'Paint The Polytechnic' project

Leading mural artists Sofles, Guido Van Helten and Reka have teamed up to transform Melbourne Polytechnic’s Prahran Campus with epic large scale murals on 3 seven storey walls.


Beginning December 2016 and produced and curated by leading street artist management agency Juddy Roller, the Paint The Polytechnic project saw world-class Australian and international street artists deepen Melbourne Polytechnic's cultural legacy of public art with many new must-see art installations.

The project was captured on video by Round3, and features aerial and close up slots of Sofles, Guido Van Helten and Reka working on their respective walls, and some amazing shots of their finished work.

“It’s great to see our educational institutes taking such a forward thinking approach to the visual regeneration of their facilities, says Shaun Hossack, curator at Juddy Roller. “Street art is quickly becoming the fastest growing art movement in Australia and by supporting works of this scale, Melbourne Polytechnic is at the forefront of the movement, helping to increase the visibility and appreciation of an art form that has been long been hidden within the city’s hidden laneways.

“I hope other institutions and organisations take notice and put their support behind future art projects that are as unique and exciting as this one.”

The project was supported by the City of Stonnington and Chapel Street Precinct.

“The uniqueness of Chapel Street is again being reflected in Melbourne Polytechnic’s massive new murals, which will only add to the streets international standing as an exciting destination." says John Lotton, President of the Chapel Street Precinct Association.

“We’re thrilled that we can continue the cultural legacy of Prahran Technical School by visually reinvigorating the campus. In showcasing some of Australia’s best street artists on incredibly big concrete canvases, we allow creativity and inspiration to be central to what we do on a creative arts campus,” said Tim Nikolsky, lecturer at Melbourne Polytechnic Prahran.

“With the extraordinary Art Silos Trail amongst other incredible projects, Juddy Roller have had a huge impact on the development of Australia’s world class street art scene. What they are doing is vitally important in communities.” he continued.

Juddy Roller’s recent projects including the Silo Art Trail, a project currently underway which will see renowned street artists transform grain silos in six small towns across Victoria, as well as Victoria’s only major street art festival—Wall to Wall festival happening in Benalla on April 7 - April 9, which is expected to draw over 4,000 people to the small town for artist demonstrations and talks, workshops, skate demos and street art tours.

www.juddyroller.com.au


“I hope other institutions and organisations take notice and put their support behind future art projects that are as unique and exciting as this one.”

-John Lotton


Street & Style - Grand Scheme summer 2 release & photo series by Jess Cochrane.

Continuing their history of collaborations with independent creative’s, Australian label Grand Scheme will be releasing their 2nd Summer collection Monday 20thFebruary with contemporary Sydney artist Jess Cochrane.

PHOTOS AND ARTWORK: JESS COCHRANE / MODELS: WES CHIANG AND LUCY WHITE / DIRECTION: JIMMY BLIGS


Inspired by Jess’s distinctive hand painted photographs, Grand Scheme commissioned her to create mixed media campaign images in response to the Summer collection. 

A strictly limited edition of the Streets Are Hot tee in a light pink colour way along with the quick strike collection will be available online while stock lasts this Monday from 5pm (AEDT time) at Grandscheme.com.au / See more of Jess Cochrane’s work  HERE