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A week ago we captured artists Sindy Sinn and Kiel Tillman smashing out a couple of murals in Brisbane's new General Pants Store. We talk to the man behind Authority Creative – Christopher Skyner, who made it all happen. 


The murals completed at the new General Pants store in Brisbane City look epic. Have you worked with artists Sindy Sinn and Kiel Tillman before? 
Never actually, I have been a massive fan of Sindy's work for a while now. We met up over a year ago to talk about potential collaborations and I’m pumped to have finally found Sindy the perfect client for our first gig together. Such an awesome match.

At the beginning of this year I also started to notice the work of Kiel pop up more and more over social media. My main man Lee Spendlove got me onto him originally I think, and since then I have only heard great things. I decided to present his portfolio to the General Pants VM team and they loved it!

What do you like about their style of work? 
Each artwork is bold, badass and super distinctive, perfect for the GP brand.

How often do you snag creative work in Brisbane for Authority Creative? What’s your take on Brisbane? Spend much time here?
This is Authority's first project in Brisbane, and funnily enough we have another project coming up in a few weeks at Deathproof Bar with 42 Below Vodka. Can’t wait to start spending some more time in Brisbane as it seems to be going off creatively. 

"This is Authority's first project in Brisbane, and funnily enough we have another project coming up in a few weeks at Deathproof Bar with 42 Below Vodka."

-Christopher Skyner

How did the opportunity arise to work with numerous General Pants stores?
We were approached by the Visual Merchandising team a few weeks out from their Bondi store launch to recommend artists for a few upcoming projects and we just hit it off. At each store, the artists work just blew the GP team away, one after another. 

What’s next for Authority Creative?
The rest of this year is going to be huge, I probably shouldn’t let too much out of the bag but we have some fantastic projects just around the corner. Our next gig is an awesome project at Barangaroo by Lendlease. Keep an eye open for this one, it's going to be wicked! /

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. /



On the Wall - 'Paint The Polytechnic' project

Leading mural artists Sofles, Guido Van Helten and Reka have teamed up to transform Melbourne Polytechnic’s Prahran Campus with epic large scale murals on 3 seven storey walls.

Beginning December 2016 and produced and curated by leading street artist management agency Juddy Roller, the Paint The Polytechnic project saw world-class Australian and international street artists deepen Melbourne Polytechnic's cultural legacy of public art with many new must-see art installations.

The project was captured on video by Round3, and features aerial and close up slots of Sofles, Guido Van Helten and Reka working on their respective walls, and some amazing shots of their finished work.

“It’s great to see our educational institutes taking such a forward thinking approach to the visual regeneration of their facilities, says Shaun Hossack, curator at Juddy Roller. “Street art is quickly becoming the fastest growing art movement in Australia and by supporting works of this scale, Melbourne Polytechnic is at the forefront of the movement, helping to increase the visibility and appreciation of an art form that has been long been hidden within the city’s hidden laneways.

“I hope other institutions and organisations take notice and put their support behind future art projects that are as unique and exciting as this one.”

The project was supported by the City of Stonnington and Chapel Street Precinct.

“The uniqueness of Chapel Street is again being reflected in Melbourne Polytechnic’s massive new murals, which will only add to the streets international standing as an exciting destination." says John Lotton, President of the Chapel Street Precinct Association.

“We’re thrilled that we can continue the cultural legacy of Prahran Technical School by visually reinvigorating the campus. In showcasing some of Australia’s best street artists on incredibly big concrete canvases, we allow creativity and inspiration to be central to what we do on a creative arts campus,” said Tim Nikolsky, lecturer at Melbourne Polytechnic Prahran.

“With the extraordinary Art Silos Trail amongst other incredible projects, Juddy Roller have had a huge impact on the development of Australia’s world class street art scene. What they are doing is vitally important in communities.” he continued.

Juddy Roller’s recent projects including the Silo Art Trail, a project currently underway which will see renowned street artists transform grain silos in six small towns across Victoria, as well as Victoria’s only major street art festival—Wall to Wall festival happening in Benalla on April 7 - April 9, which is expected to draw over 4,000 people to the small town for artist demonstrations and talks, workshops, skate demos and street art tours.

“I hope other institutions and organisations take notice and put their support behind future art projects that are as unique and exciting as this one.”

-John Lotton