10 QUESTIONS WITH KYLE HUGHES-ODGERS
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Combining beautifully curated colour palettes and a sprinkle of childhood nostalgia, Kyle Hughes-Odgers splashes brand new worlds on to walls internationally. With the successful release of multiple childrens’ books, Hughes-Odgers is taking the art world by storm. Here at No Cure we love to sneak inside the brains of great creatives, so we sat down with Kyle for a chat! Here’s what we found out...

INTERVIEW: RUBY AVERY-DE WAAL


Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I'm visual artist based in Perth, W.A

What does a typical day in the life of Kyle Hughes-Odgers look like?
I wake up, hang out with my son, coffee, emails, catch the train to my studio in Fremantle, coffee, painting, emails, go home, hang out with my son.

Amongst many other achievements, you’ve written and illustrated your own children’s books including titles such as ‘Ten Tiny Things’ and ‘Can a Skeleton Have an X-Ray?’. What drew you towards creating work for children?
Children's books are still broadly accepted in the conservative adult world when they are very strange and unique. I have always loved this, like little creative revolutions sitting patiently waiting to be considered in homes around the world. When I was small it seemed like a dream that adults could draw and make strange books for a living. Most of my work is narrative based so a children's book is a good way of extending concepts and ideas.

Much of your work is quite soft and playful in colour and subject matter. Where do you draw your inspiration?
I make lots of notes around narratives and concepts I find interesting / little drawings of compositions or spacial balance that I might see in nature and want to remember. I like to use colours that are more sophisticated and muted than loud and obnoxious.

Do you feel as though your style has changed much over time?
Yes, it is constantly changing. 12 years ago I only drew black and white posters of people with tattoos and 10 double chins. I think it's important it grows and moves as I get older and moves with what I find interesting.

You recently completed the painting of 4 silos as part of Art in the Wheatbelt. Tell us a bit about the project!
I was commissioned to paint 4 x 35m silos in Merredin in the wheatbelt of Western Australia. The work is part of a bigger project called the public silo trail in Western Australia and aims to cast a light on these beautiful, distinctive regions. Tourism maps will connect the completed silos for visitors to tour. It was a great and challenging project to paint at such an extreme scale.

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"I was commissioned to paint 4 x 35m silos in Merredin in the wheatbelt of Western Australia. The work is part of a bigger project called the public silo trail in Western Australia and aims to cast a light on these beautiful, distinctive regions."

-Kyle Hughes-Odgers


Is there anything you aim for people to take away from your art?
Recently I have been actively trying to make more positive narratives / works rather than focusing on the negative. Making paintings about celebrating human problem solving and ingenuity and also playing with colour and abstraction. Focusing on the broader idea of human spirit.

Tell us a secret...
Secrets are for creeps.

What can we expect to see from you in the near future?
More public art, I have solo exhibitions in Madrid and Melbourne next year, and working on more book ideas.

Any advice for the kids of tomorrow?
Don't wait to be magically basquiated into the artworld. Work really hard.

www.kylehughesodgers.com

NO SUCH LUCK - THE CULPRIT CLUB
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The notions of bad luck on Friday 13th are believed to have started with Loki, the god of mischief, when he gatecrashed a party in the ancient Arctic. Loki's uninvited appearance made him the 13th visitor to attend. With his playful and provoking nature, he convinced Hoder, the blind god of darkness–winter, to attack Balder the Beautiful.

Hoder killed Balder with an arrow tipped with mistletoe. Then there was a fight, several other gods died in the mayhem, and the Earth experienced darkness–winter for the first time.

Below starting left to right: Dale Begini / Lacey / Mad Crook / Maid

Like the earth, your eyes will experience darkness and disappointment in missing The Culprit Club’s ONE NIGHT ONLY group exhibition, NO SUCH LUCK - this Friday 13th at 6PM in Winn Lane, Fortitude Valley.

As usual the culprit crew have an insane line-up to wrap their walls with including:
Art by Dale / Muchos / Mike Watt / Shida / Irok / Dizzy Little Dotty / Mad Crook / Maid / Micky Hora / Masonrie / Tori-Jaye Mordey / Crisis / Zoo Keeper / Lusid Art / Harley and Hander / Ink Boy / Lacey / Mark Richardson / Joel McDonald / Billie Schneider / Quincey Mike / Shaman / Adam Avery / Tucks One / Joe O’toole / Eric Brunker / Matte  / Lucks

Below left to right: Shida / Micky Hora

All the artworks for the show are limited edition 1/1, trailed specificly to the theme of misfortune. 

Join us at The Culprit Club and commemorating this cursed day with an exhibition that's both eerie and ill fated. 

LAUNCH NIGHT: FRIDAY 13th OCTOBER, 6PM (ONE-NIGHT-ONLY)
(The Culprit Club - 5K WINN LANE, WINN STREET, FORTITUDE VALLEY)

www.theculpritclub.com

Sponsored by Young Henrys
Poster by Art by Dale

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FOR SYRIA'S CHILDREN
Artist: RONE

Artist: RONE

Inspired by his recent trips to war torn Syria, to make art with children in Aleppo, international artist ELK (Luke Cornish) created the not for profit ‘For Syria’s Children’ (FSC) an Australian fundraising project aiming to provide financial assistance to young Syrians that have been tragically affected by the relentless Syrian civil war.


Below artist: 23rd Key

FSC’s sole objective is to raise vital financial aid that will be directly provided to a number of local (on the ground) Syrian organisations that are in desperate need of supplies for basic amenities in orphanages, medical facilities and schools.

FSC believes in providing absolute transparency as to how donations will be used. There will be minimal fees involved for the fundraising event and financial provisions for the nominated FSC representatives to travel to and from Syria to deliver the financial aid. There will be no other major administrative costs, allowing for a large percentage of all donations to be delivered directly to Syria’s most vulnerable.


Below left to right artists: Vans the Omega / Alex Lehours

All of the artists have generously donated a signature piece of their work for the exhibition, with all artworks available for purchase prior to the exhibition through: www.elkstencils.com/forsyriaschildren 

The remaining pieces available through silent auction at the event’s official closing. The show features an extensive list of Australia’s most respected urban artists including Adnate, Anthony Lister, Rone, ELK, HA-HA plus more.


Below left to right artists: ELK / Steve Cross / Phoenix

When: Wednesday, 27 September, 11am - 6pm viewing and sale of artworks Thursday, 28 September, 11am - 6pm viewing and sale of artworks Thursday, 28 September, 6pm - 9pm Silent Auction and official party till 10pm.

Where: Besser Space Gallery, 15-25 Keele Street, Collingwood 3066

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PRAISE YOU
ARTIST: RACH PONY GOLD

ARTIST: RACH PONY GOLD

Every now and then, a show comes along that really shapes the course of creative compassion, and sets a standard to be remembered. ‘Praise You’ is one of these shows.

INTERVIEW: SARAH HAZLEHURST


This September, aMBUSH Gallery and Lusid Art illuminate the complex subject of women’s body image, and self-confidence, with the unveiling of one of Australia’s largest female group shows.

Working in support of Australia’s leading charity organisation for eating disorders and negative body image, The Butterfly Foundation, this giant group show will feature over 30 national and international female artists, all joining forces to educate, inform and challenge the accepted ideas of body image and comparison, by appreciating and empowering all elements of the female form through visual art, (with all proceeds being donated directly to The Butterfly Foundation). 

We catch up with Praise You curator and organiser, Lusid Art and feature artist Rach Pony Gold to talk women, working in the industry, and a collection of incredible artworks. 

Below left to right: Amy Clemens / Kate Pullen

NC: What’s the ideal goal you want to achieve with this show?
LUSID ART: Normality and self-acceptance to put it simply. To me, these are the biggest contributors to mental health and in turn body image. Being confident in everything you can offer, and in turn being able to empower those around you. Praise You has obviously evolved from the seeded idea of body image to really educating and challenging what we know as a society about our preconceived expectations. Praise You will turn what we know on it’s head and celebrate everything we’ve done.

NC: What does ‘Praise You’ as a concept mean to you?
RACH PONY: I like thinking about the exhibition title as both an inwardly and outwardly directed imperative: as in, you celebrating you, but I'm also celebrating you, and that's going to be passed around among our community. A collective acknowledgement and celebration of badassery. 

Below left to right: Bree Auty / Elana Mullaly / Nikkita Ra / Chanelle Rose

NC: Talk us through the piece you created:
RACH PONY: Stylistically, I wanted to draw influence from decadent, romantic Art Nouveau themes, with a bit of a psychedelic feel but also that low-brow/comic style crispness. It's also taking a lot from the distilled intensity that I feel when I'm at home (the farm where I grew up); I always catch myself in these borderline poetic, trippy nature scenes that make me forget about the vessel for a while, because I'm just so in awe of the powerful world. 

LUSID: The piece I created, titled,  'Emma' really hits home for me, although it's on the most simpler side of my style, the photo itself is actually a recreation of the photo that inspired Praise You for me. The woman in the photo is a dear friend of mine who has been a long time supporter and the photographer is a friend of hers. So it's really full circle. The piece itself represents freedom, normality and positivity - I think there's a bit of this woman in all of us and it's just a matter of setting everything aside that's negative and letting her shine.

ARTIST: LUSID ART

ARTIST: LUSID ART

NC: Have you ever felt that your body, and/or your gender defines how you’re perceived as an artist?
LUSID ART: I have been looked down on in the past more so maybe because of my age. I think if anything being female and creative and fucking driven has been a blessing - because it’s not only shown people that I’m unstoppable when I set my mind to something, but I’ve really proved to myself in the last year - quite literally ANYTHING is possible with the drive and passion.

RACH PONY: My gender and body have had less of an impact on how I'm perceived as an artist than maybe they would have in a different field... Although there are times and areas and fields within art where there is inequality and maybe judgement, in my experience it's a lot less split along gender lines. Maybe that's a natural consequence of the arts being a bit more progressive? I felt differently about my gender when I worked in journalism or in corporate roles, where there's more structured management and comparable salaries. But all that being said, my gender defines what I produce as an artist, and in that light it is a very positive thing. 

Below left to right: Sarah Howell / Tiffany Atkin

NC: What does 'empowering women' mean to you?  
LUSID ART: To me empowering someone means you are first confident in yourself and what you offer to life. Empowerment affects every aspect of someone's life, when you give someone that support to break through issues such as body image, career development or even just general assistance, it really shines on both parties and ripples into the community. I think without empowerment, the world would be a very self conscious and bitter environment. 

RACH PONY: I think it's providing the opportunity to work unfettered by those disadvantages, criticisms or internalised strange ideas that have been used to control and marginalise women forever. It's unfortunate, but true that the world isn't equal, so there needs to be a conscious exploration of that and allocation of time and space to those who have been shortchanged on space, validation, opportunities or respect. And, of course, there's intersectionality to consider in that too. I think it will come from banding together, supporting each other, and applying a lot of strength and sensitivity.

NC: What are you expectations for the exhibition? It's an insane lineup!
RACH PONY:  There's going to be some really beautiful and personal work produced by a very incredible group of women. And that body of work should set the vibe for lots of supportive, celebratory, feelings of love. Hopefully that leads to a significant contribution to the Butterfly Foundation, and gives us all an excuse to carve out a little time to think about the way we love and consider ourselves, both mentally/abstractly and physically/bodily. 

LUSID ART: After so long of dreaming, planning and organising I think seeing it all come to life. I’m looking forward to celebrating, seeing people enjoy themselves and I think most important how much of an impact this one event can make on The Butterfly Foundation.

To find out more about Praise You, visit www.praiseyou2017.com or follow the prompts on the facbeook event, here

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