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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

KENTARO YOSHIDA X BEN BROWN // RUMBLE

Sea-side Sydney natives, Ben Brown and Kentaro Yoshida, are set to bring the ruckus on Wendesday night at Goodspace Gallery, Chippendale. We spoke to the lads and gained some insight into the skull infused collaboration that is ‘RUMBLE’.

INTERVIEW: RUBY AVERY-DE-WAAL / PHOTOGRAPHY: ROB BIRCHALL

Tell us about your art style!
Kentaro: I have been drawing and reading manga since I was a kid. I grew up in Japan and moved to Sydney when I was 18. Since then, I have been living in Manly and have been influenced by the coastal culture here and the experience of living overseas by myself. The way I draw hasn’t changed much since I was a kid, I have always created clean line drawings as it is a basic technique in Japanese comics.

Ben: I have been doing art since I was a little kid, I am quite an old bastard - I grew up through the 70’s and 80’s and have been influenced by punk rock, skateboarding, surfing and all the goodness and art that accompanies those culturally rich underground lifestyles… basically - I like drawing skulls ’n stuff.

Give us a run down of how this collaboration came about…
Kentaro: One night we had few beers together at our local pub and we started talking about a collaboration and having show together. I also thought it could be a good opportunity to show how different our styles are as we both draw lots of skulls and are surrounded by similar cultures and environments. Ben has been one of my favourite artists since I was a uni student and I have respected him for a long time. I still remember my first task for my internship at O’Neill wetsuits - making something like Ben does! This collaboration means a lot to me.

What has the process been like working collaboratively with one another in the lead up to the show?
Ben: It has been really fun - we get on quite well and whenever we meet to discuss or work on the RUMBLE project, we end up drinking a lot of beer. It is really quite funny how the whole thing has pulled itself together considering we purposely had no concept or theme.


"We would email ideas back and forth to each other so we could both open our photoshop file and work directly on to the same piece using tablets. We later painted these designs on large canvases. We have truly collaborated in a very cruisey, Stress-free manner, it has been a lot of fun."

-Ben Brown


How did the name ‘Rumble’ come about?
Kentaro: We originally planed to make artworks separately, we got stuck on coming up with a concept for the show. One day, I was listening to one of my favourite Japanese bands, Dry and Heavy, and their song ‘Rumble’. I didn’t know the meaning of “Rumble” so I randomly found a meaning from dictionary. One of the definitions stated ‘rumble’ as ‘a street fight between gangs or large groups’ which made me realise it’d be really cool and fresh if we fight in the artwork! We came up with the idea of painting on the same canvases to create series of purely collaborative artworks together.  Fortunately we both live around Manly so it made the whole process way easier.

You’re exhibiting at Goodspace in Chippendale. Both of you are from the Northern Beaches and your work reflects that lifestyle and surf culture in general - has this had an influence on the works in ‘RUMBLE’?

Ben: We both do commercial work within that world and are keen surfers - but the work we have put together for this show reflects our individual styles crashing into each other. We made a conscious effort to steer clear of what people might expect and concentrate on the two of us essentially having a visual painting rumble that makes no sense and has no obvious references.


"RUMBLE is all about collaboration and visual experiment."

-Kentara Yoshida


What can people expect to see from the show?
Kentaro: RUMBLE is all about collaboration and visual experiment. Even I had no idea how final artwork would look until we finished them. We are both excited about how all the artworks turned out and they look really fresh too. Like Ben mentioned, there is no such theme or concept throughout the exhibition, but we did use limited colours and both of our characteristic and motifs to create the consistency across the show - that’s what I love about whole project. Our audience can expect to see our art crush and, of course, see lots of skulls. Come have couple of beers with us!

Ben: You can expect to see a tangled yet clean expression of our ideas clashing on canvas. We have stuck to a nice and simple colour palette and kept the themes and concepts completely meaningless and fun. We will have something for everyone. Original canvases, a limited number of t-shirts and sticker packs - and prints for sale online after the show…. all affordable art … all for the people!


Catch 'Rumble' tomorrow night 6-9pm, 31st May @good.space - 115 regent street, Chippendale, Sydney.
www.benbrown.com.au / Kentaro Yoshida