Posts tagged Exhibition
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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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

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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