British artist Mysterious Al presents his latest solo show, an interactive exhibition in Melbourne.
Following successful shows in London, Sydney and LA, Mysterious Al returns to Melbourne for ‘Blinking into the Sunlight’, opening Friday 24th May 6pm – 9pm.
With early shows in the 2000s alongside D*Face and Word to Mother, Mysterious Al has also worked on numerous collaborations with brands like Vans, Yahoo!, Carhartt, Volvo and Levi’s, even creating custom kicks with Adidas.
The exhibition is the continuation of a chance encounter with some African masks at a London museum that gave Al new-found inspiration;
“I was desperate for a piss so popped into the museum to find a toilet. I went the wrong way and ended up in a room full of African masks. These crazy dudes were simple and crudely made yet they had so much character and expression. It was a time in my life when I was feeling lost and trapped within my work, and the vibe of these masks gave me a newfound energy. I made my first mask painting that night.” – Says Al.
Mysterious Al is returning to his roots to create an one weekend-only exhibition showing brand new canvases and installations, featuring over 30 new works that take the viewer through an experiential journey from darkness to light.
‘Blinking into the Sunlight’ is open to the public Friday 24th to Sunday 26th May at 16-20 Langridge St, Collingwood, VIC.
Backwoods Gallery is an independently run commercial gallery that began as an Artist Run Initiative in 2010. From humble beginnings as a platform for its artist owners to exhibit artwork of their own, Backwoods has grown to become world recognised, working with the likes of MONA and The Japan Foundation.
As a small commercial gallery, they do not receive funding from government arts grants, nor do they have the support from another commercial business. In most cases galleries rely on one or the other for funding due to the volatile nature of the industry.
Backwoods’ unique situation means the gallery relies on sales from exhibitions to rent the space, run projects, workshops, produce exhibitions, pay wages and more. The reality of hands-on collaboration with their artists and community has helped them forge strong and long-lasting relationships all the artists with whom they work, all of which they consider to be good friends, as well as their community of friends and collectors.
Backwoods Gallery only exhibits artists they really believe in, have relationships with, and who are a part of their community, such as Minna Leunig, Shohei Otomo, Reka, Twoone, Roa, Fintan Magee, Georgia Hill and more. They are dedicated to working, developing and growing with the artists they represent to ensure long-lasting, professional relationships.
Due to rising overheads, the gallery requires significant financial assistance to run smoothly. To meet these ongoing challenges they have planned an annual fundraiser which aims to take the pressure off day-to-day operations to allow them to continue to produce great exhibitions.
The online fundraiser auction will feature significant artworks from artists they’ve worked with closely over the past 9 years. The artworks will be hung in a special weekend exhibition at the gallery, with all funds raised going to help pay overheads for the space.
The exhibition will run from the 24th to the 26th May, and will be a silently auctioned online, open to all collectors and guests both locally and internationally.
Backwoods Gallery first annual fundraiser auction
Opening Night: Friday May 24th from 6-10pm.
Similar to his NYC stunt a couple years back, British artist Banksy hide himself amongst street vendors in Italy for the Venice Bienalle 2019. The elusive artist put together a clean setup that joined together several paintings which were entitled “Venice in Oil”. The entire body of work depicted a large cruise ship navigating within the old city amongst the traditional gondoliers.
It is currently unknown if any one actually purchased any of the individual canvases on the streets but the video doesn’t give any hints toward that direction.
Take a look at the full video and imagery below and keep checking back with us for the latest street updates from Banksy.
Mexican artist Farid Rueda just finished working on a large new piece somewhere on the busy streets of Belgrade in Serbia.
It took several day for Farid to create this ultra-vibrant artwork. The mural shows a large-scale rendition of a young lady wearing a colorful eagle mask against a background that makes it really pop. The piece was created for the Runaway Festival.
Take a look below to discover several high resolution images of Farid’s latest mural.
Torre di volo is to be considered a step in Gola Hundun’s current ABITARE research path, which is both an investigation into the space of coexistence between different species, and an examination of those places transformed by human action, abandoned by the latter and then resumed from the creation / occupation of the other animal and plant species.
Specifically, Torre di Volo is the latest in a series of installations that have as their starting point the desire to create a form capable of hybridizing the fascination for the ancestral totemic verticality and the desire to create a living space easily accessible to certain species and biological niches.
In this case the piece is dedicated to the Kestrel, a bird of prey that the artist spotted inside the lands that make up the Campidarte base not far from Monastir (Sardinia) during my artistic residence.
The installation stands today on a ridge of that land, in an elevated and strategic position, generally loved by birds of prey. The internal structure is made of wood, while the shell is in terracotta, the structure epidermis was created through the weaving technique with three weavers also typical of Sardinian basketry, using marsh reed fibers (used in Sardinia) and willow branches (more typical of the tradition of my lands).
The central element of the installation is inspired by the forms of the flight control towers of the airports, architectures that have always had a strong fascination on my imagination both aesthetically and poetically, and hence the name of the piece. The artist tried to transform them into organic totems.
From the tower that the artist interpreted, he hopes that in the near future the flight of a bird of prey will begin, allowing us to observe in reality the idea of flying, going and coming back and making the structure itself come alive: the occupation of the tower by a bird is part of the idea of the installation and is indispensable for its completion.
Around the central structure four elements radially arise on the cardinal points (calibrated with the compass) to symbolize the meridians themselves, therefore the orientation in flight and in going, they were also designed to give greater space to the installation, to provide the user the feeling of entering a circumscribed space when approaching the tower, a space that wishes to be a sacred refuge.
The circular plan with radial development and the wedge-shaped forms of the installation are influenced by the architecture of the nuragic and prenuragic era.
On the middle of the central tower Gola opened a minor entrance that leads to an intermediate shelf, to increase the possibility of use by birds or other animals of the structure. In fact the original idea and the choices with respect to the dimensions and the hole were taken thinking about the occupation of a Kestrel.
“Beyond The Streets”, the exhibition of graffiti, street art that debuted last year in Los Angeles announced today that it will head to the art form’s epicenter: New York, on June 21st.
The show celebrates society’s most pervasive mark makers and rule breakers with a sprawling showcase of work by more than 150 artists from around the world.
The exhibition will take over two floors of Twenty Five Kent in North Williamsburg. The exhibition will be comprised of more than 100,000 square feet of space and feature programming including performances, lectures and films.
It will examines the fundamental human need for public self-expression, highlighting artists with roots in graffiti and street art whose work has evolved into highly disciplined studio practices, alongside important cultural figures inspired by these art forms. For New York, the travelling art experience takes an expanded look at the role of music and the theme of artist activism.
The show features numerous immersive installations, bringing the dynamic art forms off the walls and surrounding attendees with tactile experiences, including the U.S. debut of “Facing The Giant: 3 Decades of Dissent,” Shepard Fairey’s 30th Anniversary, a special Beastie Boys installation featuring artifacts and ephemera from the band’s prolific 4-decade history, oversized sculptures by FUTURA and Cleon Peterson, a wall of Jenny Holzer’s truisms, a functioning tattoo parlor by Bert Krak & Alexis Ross, a room of puppets by Paul INSECT and BAST made of trash, works by Takashi Murakami, Guerrilla Girls and much more.
“Beyond The Streets” will also feature a curated gift shop with more than 150 items developed exclusively for the New York exhibition. The shop will feature a variety of apparel, collectibles, prints, books, toys, homegoods and accessories, including several limited-edition artist collaborations and a special capsule collection developed with adidas with proceeds benefiting NYC action sports charity Harold Hunter Foundation.
C.R. Stecyk III
Fab 5 Freddy
Glen E. Friedman
Kilroy Was Here
Nina Chanel Abney
STAY HIGH 149
Portuguese Artist Pantonio recently travelled to the city of Vannes, a walled town in the Brittany region of northwest France.
DéDalE (a maze in French) is a city project settled in a former public services building abandoned since the end of 2016. Located in the very heart of the city, in the county of Morbihan, in Brittany and next to the marina, this building by the sea used to be until recently the government road services headquarters.
This building is to be pulled down around 2020 and a new city area should be created on the spot. DéDalE also tells the story of labour as it used to be imagined in the XXth century : partitioned, controlled and organized into a hierarchy. Our project stems from this idea of labour to question and tell another kind of labour, that of the artist and that of creation.
After a few days of work, Pantonio brought to life another monumental kinetic piece which is full of energy. Entwining neon-like creatures reminiscing of fishes are seen on this long and large facade.
Take a look at all the images below while we wait to hear for more updates from Pantonio around the world.
Determined to continue the conveying of his extraordinary views and art in the most peculiar places, from Al-Azraq refugee camp in the deserts of north Jordan to abandoned factories in Croatia, Pejac recently completed a series of interventions within the oldest prison in Spain, the Penitentiary Center of El Dueso.
Located at the entrance of artist’s hometown of Santander, overlooking the Cantabrian sea and surrounded by marshes, the prison built at the beginning of the 20th century on the remains of an old Napoleon’s fort was another challenging setting to carry out his poetic interventions. For 11 days, its walls, courtyards, and corridors became the artist’s workplace, giving life to the Gold Mine project in that sense. The project integrates three singular pieces, which as a whole represent the value of the human condition, its resistance to adversity, the need to create, and its desire, above all, to leave a mark.
“A prison itself is a place wrapped in harsh reality and at the same time, I feel that it has a great surrealist charge. It is as if you only need to scratch a little on its walls to discover the poetry hidden inside.” PEJAC
THE SHAPE OF DAYS
“This mural speaks about perseverance as one of the most valuable virtues between El Dueso’s walls. With the help of the inmates, I painted the iconic hash marks originally drawn on the walls of the cells to keep track of the days “inside”. We painted thousands of them, playing with shapes and superimposing them to create volumes that finally represent the shape of an immense tree that contains the passage of time and hope. Each day inside is a day that brings you closer to the freedom and the holm oak forest behind the walls of this prison.” – Pejac
“For this piece, I used the real 22-carat gold leaf on the basketball court backboard from the prison’s courtyard. The illusory visual effect of trompe l’oeil has done the rest, indicating that sometimes it is gold that does not shine. I like the idea of transforming an everyday object into a luxury object so that the inmates can use it and play with it daily. Creating luxury within everyone’s reach.” – Pejac
“When I first saw this corridor with only cement and barbed wires, I felt I needed to add a poetic element that would detract from the hardness and pressure of those who pass between these walls daily. Let’s wanted to imagine that they are actually made up of sliding doors which can open as if it were an immense built-in wardrobe. Let’s imagine… “ – Pejac
Long time world traveller David De La Mano is now in Berlin where he was invited by the good people from Urban Nation.
Painting for the “One Wall” mural project curated by Yasha Young, the talented artist brought to life one of his over-sized shadows in the streets of Berlin. Entitled “Gray Habitat”, the piece was painted using black and gray ink against a white background. The woman’s hair and fingers are turning onto roots which is a common theme in David’s work.
The first wave of the Titanes Project has started around the Madrid region in Spain! The Titanes Project is seeing the creation of a series of giant murals on unused silos in the province of Ciudad Real. As well as its importance in terms of cultural heritage, the project aims to encourage social inclusion through art.
Okuda, Bicicleta Sem Freio and Hell’O just completed their pieces in the country, and 11 more pieces will be painted in the coming weeks which you will obviously be discovering on StreetArtNews
Take a look at all of the images below and then make sure to keep checking back with us for more StreetArt updates from around the world