Pantophobia - A New Show by Jordan Debney
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Jordan Debney is a New Zealand born, Australia-based artist with 10 years professional experience under his belt. Having created everything from socks to to streetwear graphics, Debney has been able to develop and refine his own unique creative voice which the public will be able to get to know in his upcoming show, ‘Pantophobia’.

The weird and wonderful world of ‘Pantophobia’ will open at Outre Gallery in FITZROY, 6pm on Friday, September 13th.

INTERVIEW: RUBY AVERY-DE WAAL


Tell us about ‘Pantophobia’!
The name of my show “Pantophobia” has a lot of meanings, but to sum it up you would call it “the fear of everything”. My work shows a lot of your stereotypical imagery of basically good vs bad. To me it’s metaphorical, it’s the balance which I practise most days of my life, you can’t have one without the other. I am a very literal thinker, and with this show specifically I wanted to have each piece illustrate the simple message of good vs bad. I wanted to show that because something may seem bad, it doesn’t mean that’s the limited perspective you can have. Some bad things that happen can be good, and a lot of good things that happen can be bad, and it all has to do with how you approach it, how you react. Nothing is ever 100% bad and nothing is ever 100%, nothing is that black and white, not everything has to be fearful.

The imagery throughout your works combines a clever fusion of pretty pastels and dark themes. Tell us a bit about that! Do you feel the way you compose you artworks reflects yourself?
In a way yes, and also no. I myself don’t wear much pastel colours, or if I do its’ pretty muted but that doesn’t go so far as to say I don’t like pastels, although I am heavily drawn to the darker side of life. Colour with my artwork is something I have always struggled with, so I kind of over compensated that by learning all about colour and light and how they work together to create feeling, most colours I use reflect my mood and also what’s happening in my mind as I tend to associate memories and objects with colour. It kind of made sense to me to make sure the colour I use has impact to complement what’s happening in my mind. These “darks things” in my head, it’s more a phrase than a description, these darks things are full of colour.

Is wood-cut work something you’ve exhibited much before? Tell us about the process of creating these pieces!
I have exhibited a couple pieces in New Zealand and one later last year for Outre, those pieces were extremely intricate and more of a “centrepiece” for a wall, I have intentionally made the pieces for this show to be a more customer friendly size, something you could easily imagine hanging on your wall without the heavy price tag. I’m often asked how one might be able to get their hands on one of my woodcut paintings, the opportunity is pretty rare so with this smorgasbord it’s quite the special occasion. The works for Pantophobia started out as a very rough sketch, I wanted the pieces to be able to speak for themselves as well as be apart of a whole, so all pieces had to be well thought out from the very beginning before I even touched a brush. Cutting the pieces was another challenge, using power tools with all that grunt to create a delicate piece of art sounds kind of ridiculous but with enough awareness of the blade and planning of how each corner and edge will be approached there’s no way you could fail. The key to accomplishing a large body of wood cut work lies in the planning, no planning means mistakes and a mistake could cost you your finger or your eye.


“The works for Pantophobia started out as a very rough sketch, I wanted the pieces to be able to speak for themselves as well as be apart of a whole, so all pieces had to be well thought out from the very beginning before I even touched a brush.”

- Jordan Debney


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Have you exhibited in Melbourne before? How will ‘Pantophobia’ differ from other exhibitions you’ve showed?
I have exhibited multiple paintings for various shows around the city, doing custom cut skate decks for Decks for Change is always a highlight of my year. ‘Pantophobia’ allowed me to be able to get across what I was trying to say by splitting it across multiple pieces, with each piece still retaining the message within itself. Instead of cramming it all into one piece, I was able to spread my message out across a spectrum of works without having to be so serious about it. I had a lot of fun challenging myself, and I learned a hell of a lot about my craft as well as learning a lot about myself in the process of it all.

Can people purchase your works if they can’t make it to the show?
For the out-of-towners the presale is currently live over at the ‘Pantophobia’ page on the Outre Gallery website, including all paintings and exclusive new giclee prints only purchasable through Outre Gallery during the duration of the show. Some paintings have already been picked up so its best to be quick!

Presale Link: CLICK HERE

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‘Women's Work’ - Brisbane’s largest exhibition to date of women’s street art
Artist:  Tori-Jay Mordey

Artist: Tori-Jay Mordey


‘WOMEN’S WORK’ is Brisbane’s largest exhibition to date of women’s street art, displaying leading female artists across 10 large scale, inner-city locations. The exhibition is led by all-female curatorial team Brisbane Art Matriarchs (BAM!) and presented alongside Brisbane City CouncilGriffith University, and long term friends of NC, Brisbane Street Art Agency, The Culprit Club. 

Brisbane’s local creatives powerhouses, Courtney Brims, Claire Tracey, Dominique Falla, Emma Wright, Lusid Art, Mosessa, Nicola Holly, Rachael Sarra, Rae Cooper, Sarah Hazlehurst, Tori-Jay Mordey and Zoe Porter, will hit the streets to tell their visual stories. ‘WOMEN’S WORK’ allows the spotlight to focus on the power of women within the arts community, encouraging the perception of artists in the creative sphere to shift towards a more inclusive space - and deservedly so! We spoke to one of the exhibition’s curators, Sarah Hazlehurst, to find out everything you need to know about the exhibition.

INTERVIEW: RUBY AVERY-DE WAAL / IMAGES: COURTESY OF THE BRISBANE CITY COUNCIL


Artists Left to Right: Courtney Brims / Lusid Art

What inspired the ‘WOMEN’S WORK’ exhibition and what drove the team to bring this idea to life?
There was a lot of personal driving forces behind the idea, but the main one was the actual coming together our curatorial team, Rae Cooper, Nicola Holly, Clarie Tracey and myself to pioneer a new pathway for women’s work to be exhibited in high-impact, large scale, limelight locations across Brisbane City. We were fueled by a fire to create positive change and offer equitable employment and exposure opportunities for women in the arts. 

Do you feel there is much female comradery within the Brisbane female-identifying arts scene?
Absolutely! I think Brisbane in particular has such an overwhelmingly close community of creative women who work in support of one another and there is certainly a sense of loyalty, friendship and respect shared. I don’t think the comradery itself is gender specific though. I also feel the same way about a lot of the men I work with, and I’ve had a lot of male creatives inspire me and lift me up throughout my career!


“I think Brisbane in particular has such an overwhelmingly close community of creative women who work in support of one another and there is certainly a sense of loyalty, friendship and respect shared.”

-Sarah Hazlehurst



Artists Left to Right: Mosessa / Domique Falla

However, there's something that really strengthens the ties of women supporting women in the arts and that is the mutual resilience. I know of a lot of women, myself included who have gone through heavy hardships professionally and personally relating back to gender inequality. Instead of letting that cause weakness, we’ve found the strength in ourselves to fight through a very cutthroat and competitive industry that’s not always nice and not always fair to women. Having that understanding that a lot of creative women have survived these hardships and come out the other end even stronger… that evokes a respect, an understanding and a resilience that’s binding.

As a female arts practitioner, do you find there is a gender divide within the arts community?
Since the launch of our exhibition, I’ve been asked this a lot. One of my co-curators Rae Cooper said it really well, explaining that it’s super easy for people to believe that gender equality is an issue that belongs in the 1950s. Some people think that it’s not relevant anymore because as a society, we’re leaps and bounds ahead of where we were, BUT the research still shows that women, especially in creative industries, are still getting paid less and don’t receive the same access to opportunities as men. It’s not an opinion, it’s fact and with this exhibition, we wanted to do something about it in a positive manner and set an industry standard for how creatives should be paid and displayed. 

Artist:  Rae Cooper

Artist: Rae Cooper

What has the response been like so far towards the exhibition?
It’s been overwhelmingly positive! We’ve had some crazy media coverage which has been wild, but the best response has been seeing the artists' reactions to their own work on the walls throughout the city. A lot of the girls we commissioned had never worked with large-scale formats before this show, or been exhibited in areas this prominent so that was really, really rewarding to see them realise that opportunities like this aren't out of reach.

The artworks will be on display and free for viewers to experience each day from 12th August - 01 December. Curated walking tours and public program talks and events TBA.


LOCATIONS:
Eagle Lane - Alex Saba (Lusid Art)
Edison Lane - Courtney Brims
Edward Street - Dominique Falla
Edward Street - Claire Tracey
Fish Lane - Rae Cooper
Giffin Lane - Zoe Porter
Hutton Lane - Emma Wright
Irish Lane - Rachael Sarra
King George Square Car Park - Mosessa
William Jolly Bridge - Tori-Jay Mordey

Above Artists Left to right: Zoe Porter / Claire Tracey / Emma Wright / Rachael Saara

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Under The Stars - Go Suga
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YES the SEXY ASIAN (SASIAN) is back! And this time he’s bringing something new to the Gold Coast art scene! It’s the first ever augmented reality art exhibition on the Gold Coast (he’s claimin it), where the audience can see the paintings animated right in front of their eyes.


Go’s work draws upon and reflects his personal views on a wide range of influences including social, political and cultural issues, blended with a rare beauty and mystique with the vibrant use of colour, shape and movement to create a truly unique and entrancing artwork. Focusing on subjects close to his heart, such as the ocean, surf, sun and the environment, Go Suga has constructed beautiful images using bold colours and simple shapes for his new show at 19 Karen - Under The Stars.

To see Go’s animated art work, just download the Artivive app onto your phone and view the painting below.

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“For this show I added more detail and recognisable figures to the paintings,” says Go. “For some reason I had lots of starts in the design so I thought I should call the show ‘Under The Stars’. I wanted to display joy from these paintings even though some of them have a dark story behind them.”

‘Under The Stars’ is on at 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace from this Saturday 24th to Sept 28th. Opening night is this Saturday night from 5pm to 7pm.

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Praise You 2019 - Australia’s Largest all Female Art Show

ARTIST ABOVE: AMY CLEMENS


UNE PIECE and Lusid Art present Praise You art exhibition – a body of work with the power to make a difference, celebrating body positivity and empowering women.


Praise You saw incredible success in 2017 and 2018, becoming Australia’s largest female art show with a line-up of renowned female artists from across the globe. Praise You proudly supports the Butterfly Foundation - Australia’s national organisation for eating disorders and body image. In the past two years Praise You has raised $13,000 for the Butterfly Foundation, and the event is gaining momentum.

Praise You is now back for its third year presented by Creator and Co-founder Alex Saba (Founder of Lusid Art) and Co-founder Carly Brown (Founder of UNE PIECE). Driven by a passion and commitment to further women’s empowerment and body positivity, Alex and Carly run the event as a passion project alongside their own businesses in continuing efforts to support the of the work of The Butterfly Foundation.

ARTISTS LEFT TO RIGHT: JENNIFER DARR / KATE PULLEN x LUSID ART

“Praise You is a homage to the women who have supported every step I’ve taken in my journey. It’s time to open up the conversation about women supporting each other’s creative and personal journeys. Praise You is a celebration of this shift in conversation towards women uplifting and supporting one another, body positivity and all elements of the female form through visual art,” says Alex Saba, Praise You Co-Founder.

“We are passionate about fostering confidence and empowerment for women - and celebrating body positivity. I’m humbled by the generosity of the 40 talented female artists who are involved with Praise You. They have rallied behind us donating their precious time and work to contribute to much needed awareness of this cause and funds for the vital work that The Butterfly Foundation do,” says Carly Brown, Praise You Co- Founder.

ARTISTS LEFT TO RIGHT: JESS SOUTHEY / NICOLE BLACK / ELLEN PORTEUS / LUSID ART

In 2019 Lightspace have also come onboard, donating their beautiful venue space to the incredible cause.

Praise You showcases compelling artworks across several mediums and styles, including typography, illustration, and photography and wearable art, and features pieces from 40 globally renowned artists including, Amy Clemens, Ellen Porteus, Me Oh My Girl, Mosessa, Mel Stringer, Sophia Mary Mac and Kate Pullen.

All proceeds from event will be donated to the The Butterfly Foundation. Suggested donation of $25 upon entry. Bubbles, Bellini’s and canapés served.

Key Information: DATE: Thursday 22nd, August from 6:30 - 9.30pm
VENUE: Light Space, 30 Light Street, Fortitude Valley

For more information on the artists, The Butterfly Foundation or to RSVP to Praise You, visit www.praiseyou.co.

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