Joker and the Thief is set to release THEIR new collection of playing cards – Maidens. We give you a sneaky look at the artwork by Kentaro Yoshida.

Designed over a period of 10 months by popular Sydney-based artist Kentaro Yoshida, the collaboration couldn’t be any more perfect. Known for his organic, bold style, Kentaro was inspired by Dia de los Muertos – central to Maidens’ theme of powerful and mystical feminine energy. 

Maidens truly is going to be a special deck of playing cards. Packaged in a gorgeous letter-pressed tuck box produced in San Diego, California – utilising premium imported papers, with interior and exterior hot stamped foil and embossing. All of this is capped by a vivid, custom shaped seal. 

To get your hands on this limited edition deck of cards, you can pre-order through Joker and the Thief's Kickstarter campaign launching on Friday, September 1st, 6PM PDT (West Coast, USA).

Doze Green

Doze Green

Justkids recently closed its third edition of The Unexpected, taking place this year from July 23 through the 30th, bringing together world renowned artists to create larger than life art experiences in Fort Smith, Arkansas. A challenge but also a game changer for the area.

In reference to the the curatorial focus of this edition, Justkids owner and curator Charlotte Dutoit states: “We were interested in putting together more interdisciplinary projects that would get viewers to revisit some of the historic landmarks in Fort Smith, discover hidden gems of the Downtown and participate in the creative process. We give the artists an opportunity to express themselves in an unlikely environment while building a beneficial cultural capital where it’s needed. Right in the heart of America.”

To kick off the week long art programming in the downtown area, legendary New York artist Doze Green introduces his metaphysical reinterpretation of life with “The Divine Sparks Project”  that opened in july 22nd. Encompassing diverse media such as  animation, muralism, light and sound installation, The Divine Sparks Project by Doze  intercepts various disciplines of art within Fort Smith’s former New Theater. Breathing new life into the former Art Nouveau playhouse originally built in  1910. The installation, who was produced in a time frame of 5 weeks, marks a revival for the historic landmark, which had remained dilapidated and closed to the public for more than 30 years.

London Artists Lakwena Maciver intercepted yet another monumentally ambitious project: the county’s Juvenile Detention Center in Fort Smith. Her brand new installation "Still I Rise" is a 360° mural inspired by the poem of Maya Angelou (who spent her childhood in Arkansas), painted on the walls and floor of the center’s courtyard  with the help and participation of the young detainees. Combining visual art, teaching and social action, this beautifully relevant undertaking received tremendous support from the local community as well as state officials with an inaugural visit by Arkansas State Governor Asa Hutchinson on June 28th. In relation to her experience working with the juveniles the artist stated; “Still I Rise talks about rising above adversity, rising above trials. I chose to put her words on the walls to hopefully inspire these kids. Everything in the design, all of the pattern and words are laid out trying to lift your eyes  up. Up into the sky”.

Spanish/Argentinian sensation Felipe Pantone delivered his massive  free-standing sculpture  "Multistabilitas”,  that doubled  as a “pop-up” skate park right in front of the  Fort Smith National Historic Site. The iconic op-art phenomena collaborated with local riders from Boardertown Skate shop in the design and fabrication of the ephemeral ramps which are now open to the public!

Felipe Pantone

Felipe Pantone

Pennsylvania based contemporary artist Crystal Wagner also joined the lineup creating Lithotroph, her most ambitious public sculpture installation yet. Her massive artwork is wrapped around the remaining facade of the historical Reynolds Davis building, pleasantly disrupting the Old West urban landscape of Downtown Fort Smith. The process required the daily help of dozens of volunteers, including the enthusiastic staff of the most  prestigious art institution in the region, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (situated at one hour from Fort Smith, in Bentonville). In relation to the monumental and collaborative process catalyzed, the artist emphasized: “I am interested in the dialog between architecture and natural forms and structures. Lithotroph is an pseudo-organism born of the modern world with the biological utility of an organic growth”.  

The Amsterdam audiovisual collective, Circus Family, also added to the immersive art experiences available with this year’s iteration of The Unexpected. Their mesmerizing  light installation Triph was commissioned  to be re-programed and adapted to a former neon and sign maker shop in the downtown area. On view until until August 13th, Triph comes alive when the visitors approach and interact with the installation, stimulating color and sound with their movements and revealing the magic. 

Mexican master muralist Saner team up with Ukrainian oneiric decoder AEC  from the world famous duo Interesni Kazki to collaborate in the creation of a large scale mural that brilliantly touches themes of multiculturalism through colors, forms, folklore and iconography. Impossible to explain in words the street piece can be seen at the corner of  8th street and Garrison ave.

Saner and AEC

Saner and AEC

Ana María, the renowned Puerto Rican artist and now resident of Fort Smith put forward her much anticipated solo exhibition in her new hometown of Arkansas, rightfully titled Feral Kingdom. The show offers a  unique insight of the artist most recent studio work as well as a brand new interior mural created specifically for the event. Produced and curated by Justkids, this show not only reaches but traps the expectators in the long and alluring tentacles of the artist reality.

Ana María

Ana María

Coinciding with Peacemaker Music Festival, Justkids also inserted some eye candy within  the festival grounds, popping up two D*Face’s monumental zombie inflatables (Zombie Kitty and Zombie Snoopy) floating by the Arkansas River. /



All Photography: Yaya Stempler

All Photography: Yaya Stempler

Splendour in the Grass has come and gone once again and thousands of festival goers are still recovering.

This year, Mambo made its mark in more ways than one creating a sensory overload experience covering all the major bases of a festival; the artistic liberation, the fashion and of course the music!

The Venus Fly Trap stood tall at the top of the ampitheatre looking over North Byron Parklands and provided the perfect backdrop for an insta-worthy shot. The Venus Fly Trap was based on Mambo artist Ben Brown's illustration and brought to life by Lee McConnell. 

“Our inspiration for this year was a psychadelic paradise where mutated Venus fly traps quite aggressibely eat people while they camp right near them. People attending this year’s Splendour can get lost in Mambo’s 'Wayside Rest Area’ on their way to the ampitheatre when taking the hill. They might not make the ampitheatre though,” said McConnell. 

Down near the Tipi Forest was an 8m long 3D mural for punters to interact with, created by all four artists, Lee McConnell, Lauren Webster, Ben Brown and Kentaro Yoshida

Mambo brought back the #SITGxMamboLoudShirt for festival goers who just happened to be in the right place at the right time, as well as gifting all of their favourite artists backstage.

Until next year Splendour…

The Culprit Club-Back To Square One
Below: WIP artworks by Kiss, Bafcat, John Kaye, Aeon, Maid, Buttons,Lusid Art, Lauren Webster, Arswandaru, Pat Rogash and Dean Nenadich.

Below: WIP artworks by Kiss, Bafcat, John Kaye, Aeon, Maid, Buttons,Lusid Art, Lauren Webster, Arswandaru, Pat Rogash and Dean Nenadich.

Next Friday, Brisbane’s cosiest, yet most innovatively occupied art gallery, ‘The Culprit Club’ turns one-year-old.

After an insanely successful 12 months, featuring almost 100 local, interstate and international artists though a series of solo/group exhibitions, hosting over 20 events and launching a local creatives residency program, it’s crazy to think how far the the humble beginnings of The Culprit Club have come.

To celebrate their ripe young age, The Culprit’s one year birthday show, 'Back To Square One' is really something special. Keeping true to their ‘art amity’ ideals, they’re launching an all collaborative group show featuring 40+ artists who've been the heart and soul of the space over the last year. 

'Back To Square One' may be one of the first exclusively collaborative artist exhibitions we've heard of. With each individual bringing the uniqueness of their personal styles to compliment, contrast and come together with the style of another, it really is all for one, and one for all!

Make sure you head out to Winn Lane, Fortitude Valley from 6pm, next Friday 14 July to peep the collaborative works of all the artists, and party with the culprit crew!

Exhibition line up includes:
Aeon, Aidan Ryan, Alex Lehours, Arswandaru, Bafcat, Blex, Buttons, Billie Schneider, Chris Doyle, Chehehe, Chrissie Abbott, Dean Nenadich, Diz, Drule, Emmanuel Moore, Funeral French, Graham Hare, Hanna, Inkboy, Irok, Ivo, James Nye, John Kaye, Kiss, Kiel Tillman, Lauren Webster, Lusid Art, Lucinda Wolber, Lucks, Luke Henery, Maid, Markus Ravik, Memos, Oh Noes, Pat Rogasch, Phibs, ProCreativ, Reuben Stocks, Sevens, Shaman, Soda Mouf and 1337.

Join the party and full details via the Culprit Club's FB event page.