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10 Questions with Steve Leadbeater
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With his exciting blend of typography and photography, and his use of minimal materials coupled with a primal attitude, Melbourne based artist Steve Leadbeater wants you to be challenged by his drawings and paintings. His upcoming independent show Within Us inspired No Cure to delve into his creative mind and explore his raw and dark artwork.

INTERVIEW: SALLY O'BRIEN


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Could you please introduce yourself to the world?
Hi. I’m an independent artist from the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. I write with dark humour and paint from the heart. My middle class story is one many would hide, but I’ve embraced it. Yes, Leadbeater is my real surname.

How would you describe your artistic style?
Primal and emotionally layered imagery that explores the human condition - OR - Like looking in a mirror with transparent skin and your heart on fire.

Which projects are you most proud of and why?
I’m most proud of my 365 Days of Leadbeater project where I shared new work on Instagram daily for a year. The challenge made me hardcore disciplined, defined my direction as an artist and significantly grew my audience.

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Many of your pieces incorporate words and text. What drew you to experiment with type?
Sometimes words are more powerful than images. I have a graphic design background and have a passion for typographic communication. The designer in me wants to connect with you any way I can.

Tell us a bit about your artistic process. What materials do you like to use in your artwork?
I constantly take photos and write ideas on my phone, draw in a visual diary, read books and collect reference that speaks to me. When the pressure of all the inspiration has built up I create things until the energy has gone. I work on whatever material is in front of me.


"I’m most proud of my 365 Days of Leadbeater project where I shared new work on Instagram daily for a year. The challenge made me hardcore disciplined, defined my direction as an artist and significantly grew my audience."

- Steve Leadbeater


How do you think Melbourne has shaped your art?
Melbourne shaped me so its effect on my work is profound. It’s hard to separate myself from my environment. I’m very lucky that I live in a city that is so committed to the arts with businesses that are finally acknowledging the value of creativity. I’m in the right place.

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What would you like your work to tell your audience?
People have extreme emotional reactions to my work (positive and negative). I want them to be reminded of the immense power, vulnerability and mystery of being human. I diffuse this seriousness with contemporary references and irreverent statements using high impact type.

What are you currently working on?
100 LEADBEATERed Selfies, where people send me selfies and I create work using them as a base. It’s an awesome way to stay fresh working with unexpected images. It gives an insight into my process seeing the before and after.  

Could we hear more about your future artistic goals and your plans of world domination?
Hahaha - that comes from a Venn diagram I did a while back. My plan is to keep creating, keep improving, keep sharing my stories and to live off my work. I tend to inspire others. I show them that a public educated, suburban bogan with a family, a demanding career and zero time can still follow their dream - regardless of how impossible everyone says it is. So if that’s possible, anything is right?

You describe your upcoming show as your most ambitious and risky endeavour yet, what can we expect from Within Us?
It’s ambitious narrowing my focus to a single theme and creating new work while ignoring hundreds of others. It’s risky putting myself and my work out there with everything on the line. What you can expect from WITHIN US is some wild and confronting art, amazing live music, great beers and a sea of horrified onlookers. Basically, if you like independent art, good times and you’re in Fitzroy North - you’re also in luck.

The opening night of Within US will be held on Friday 20 April 6-11pm, 151 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North.

@leadbeater
www.steveleadbeater.com

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Kowloon - In Transit
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WORDS: RUBY AVERY DE-WAAL

Our homie, Billy Zammit, will be hitting Goodspace on March 7th with his exhibition and launch of his new zine, ‘Kowloon - In Transit’. The first installment of the ‘In Transit’ series, both the exhibition and zine will explore five years of Zammit’s adventures in Kowloon, Hong Kong. His undying affinity for Kowloon sprouts from the city in all of its unique backstreets, suburbs and secluded regions, shrouded in the mysteries of people, places and moments in time.

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With the project described as having morphed very quickly into a project more so about location than Zammit’s own perspective. With the intention of creating a body of work relatable to all walks of life from travellers to locals to those just dropping in to the show to see what all the fuss is about, Zammit brings a taste of East Asia to the Inner West.

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His style is in a field of its own. The way this kid composes imagery is honest and raw, highlighting the beauty of the streets and the rest of the world around us. Ya crazier than Gnarls Barkley if you don’t swing past Goodspace and check out this little piece of history go down.

WHEN AND WHERE: Goodspace Gallery, 115-119 Regent Street, Chippendale. March 7th. 6PM.
VIEW AND DOWNLOAD CATALOGUE HERE
www.billyzammit.com

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Inappropriate Appropriation - an exhibition presented by Stupid Krap
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Prepare to get weird, as Australia's favourite art purveyors Stupid Krap, bring the work of three of the most exciting international Pop Artists to Melbourne


Artist above: Chris Cunningham

The unique exhibition entitled 'Inappropriate Appropriation', features over 50 pieces from artists Steve Seeley (United States), Jeroen Huijbregts (Netherlands), and Chris Cunningham (Ireland). Curated by Aaron Craig, the exhibition is the very first event for Versus Gallery, and promises to be the beginning of a new era of Melbourne art. 

Join us for a heavy dose of colour, vibrancy and Pop Art fun - with the tastiest of beers provided courtesy of Stone & Wood. 

Artist above: Steve Seeley / Artist below: Jeroen Huijbregts


OPENING: Thursday February 1st, 6-9pm, 1 Vere Street, Richmond.
For all sales and enquiries contact: aaron@stupidkrap.com

DOWNLOAD EXHIBITION CATALOGUE HERE


OUTTA' TUNE - GIG POSTERS FROM ANOTHER REALM
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OUTTA’ TUNE is a celebration of the artistry of gig posters and the craftmanship of screenprinting. The exhibition will showcase some of the genre's leading talents from around the GLOBE. OUTTA’ TUNE IS PRESENTED BY DANGER FORK PRINT CO. FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY AT CHURCH GALLERY, BRISBANE.


POSTERS BELOW LEFT TO RIGHT: JOE WHYTE, KEEPSAKE DESIGNS, BEN BROWN 

Gig posters are a fantastic blend of typography, illustration and print technique. The hand printed process has a raw honesty, giving the works a certain soul and character. Today screen printing is still a popular form of printmaking and we believe it is the leading gig poster artists who keep the humble artform alive.

POSTER BELOW: CALLUM PRESTON

What better way to celebrate movie and band posters than with fictitious bands that made their debut appearance through the lens of pop culture. Bands from the silver screen can taken us into outer space where we hang at the local cantina, snapping our fingers to the latest jizz track. Or imagine going back to the 70’s where we catch The Carpenters supporting the infamous Ziggy Star Dust, then jumping in the Dolorian to take us back to get our honky tonk on to The Soggy Bottom Brothers. Only these gigs didn’t happen in our world... but in another realm.


ARTISTS EXHIBITING: ANDY MURPHY · BEN BROWN · CALLUM PRESTON · CASSIE STEVENS · CELESTE POTTER · FUNERAL FRENCH · JOE WHYTE · KEEPSAKE DESIGNS · RHYS COOPER · STEVE COHEN · TRAVIS PRICE · VANCE KELLY

FRIDAY 17TH NOVEMBER (ONE NIGHT ONLY)
CHURCH BRISBANE / 18+
FREE ENTRY FROM 6PM - 11PM

 

All artworks will be presented as a collectable limited edition screen print and will be available at the event and online through dangerfork.com


 POSTER: TRAVIS PRICE

POSTER: TRAVIS PRICE