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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

Andrew Fairclough - Total Control

Sydney based illustrator and designer Andrew Fairclough’s first solo exhibition ‘Total Control’ features a collection of mixed media works on wood-panel, combining illustrative portraiture, painting and printmaking. 


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The works explore themes of introspection, confusion, duality and impulse control viewed through the dead-gaze of technological distraction and the mesmerising flow of infinite information that is everywhere and nowhere at once.  


The works explore themes of introspection, confusion, duality and impulse control viewed through the dead-gaze of technological distraction and the mesmerising flow of infinite information that is everywhere and nowhere at once.  

Inspired by dystopian fiction, mid-century illustration and low-brow comics, the resulting body of work constructs an uneasy yet hopeful atmosphere awash with abstract textural explorations and haphazard experiments.

Working mostly under his professional moniker Kindred Studio, Andrew Fairclough is an illustrator, designer and art-director best known for his textural illustrative work and vintage print aesthetic. Having participated in multiple group shows since 2012, Total Control will be Andrew’s first solo exhibition.

Opening: Friday 31st march, 6-8pm. China Heights, 16 Foster Street Surry Hills.

www.kindredstudio.netwww.chinaheights.com

 

10 Questions with Brooklyn Whelan

Sydney based creative Brooklyn Whelan is one of Australia’s finest emerging contemporary artists. Bringing elements from his days of graffiti writing together with his fascination with the unpredictable nature of weather patterns, Whelan creates dreamy pieces that are both minimalist yet other-worldly. We picked his cloud-infested brain about all things city, art and his upcoming solo show at China Heights gallery launching this Friday night.

INTERVIEW: RUBY AVERY-DE WAAL


Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I’m a  Sydney-based artist.

Your style is so carefully executed but soft at the same time, surely this has taken a bit of development! When did you start painting?
I've always created art. My style has evolved with the flow of events in my life. I know it sounds cliché but I just paint how I feel, my works take on a life of their own.

Clouds are evidently a bit of a recurring theme in your work. Why clouds?
There's something really powerful about an oncoming cloud front. I've always been drawn to storms and the way clouds rapidly move and transform like shape shifters. And lightning!

What were you like as a kid?
Ha. I didn't mind jumping fences and walking on the wrong side of the tracks. But in saying that I was still a good kid


"There's something really powerful about an oncoming cloud front. I've always been drawn to storms and the way clouds rapidly move and transform like shape shifters. And lightning!"

-Brooklyn Whelan


When you have a good look at some of your art works there are definitely undertones of urban culture. Has graffiti had an influence on your artistic practice?
Yep, for sure. I was an 80's kid which meant I was also growing up in the peak of the New York graffiti movement which hit Sydney pretty hard. Catching a train to school, it just seemed like a natural progression to try and emulate what I was seeing trackside and on 'Beat Street'. Ha


"All the paintings are large scale works using my signature palette of pink, grey and black continuing my fascination with sky masses. It will be my third show at China Heights (2nd solo). I'm really excited to show this new body of work."

-Brooklyn Whelan


Tell us a secret -
I hate avocado, but I love guacamole

What does the day-to-day of Brooklyn Whelan look like?
It's pretty routine. I try and have structure to keep the momentum. Wake up, make a coffee for my wife, walk the dog then paint. I try and keep it pretty chill.

Your exhibition, ‘Pushing Past’, at China Heights is going down on Friday, March 31st at 6pm. Tell us a bit about the show!
All the paintings are large scale works using my signature palette of pink, grey and black continuing my fascination with sky masses. It will be my third show at China Heights (2nd solo). I'm really excited to show this new body of work.

Is there anything you’re hoping people will take away from your exhibition?
A painting! And I hope for people to feel my works in the real.

What can we look forward to seeing in 2017?
More solo shows here and internationally.


'ALWAYS BEEN HERE' BY ADNATE
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WORDS: EDDIE ZAMMIT / PHOTOGRAPHY: NICOLE REED

THE SOLO EXHBITION BY THE MELBOURNE BASED ARTIST WILL BE LAUNCHING AT 6:30-8:30 PM TONIGHT AT MELBOURNE'S METRO GALLERY. BE SURE NOT TO MISS THE MASSIVE WELCOME TO COUNTRY CEREMONY AND PERFORMANCES FROM INDIGENOUS HIP HOP PROJECTS ON OPENING NIGHT. THE EXHIBITION WILL RUN UNTIL THE 16TH OF JULY.

Adnate is considered one of the most influential street artists in Australia and has used his artistic practice to draw focus to the Indigenous peoples of the country. 'Always Been Here' is a powerfully emotive display of the faces he has encountered across Australia. The show poignantly represents the spiritual beauty of Indigenous culture and champions a deep respect for tradition.

Printed catalogues will be available on the night designed by T-world, featuring beautiful photography by Nicole Reed.