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A Study of Hair Thursday, 18 September 2014

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This September, Backwoods Gallery is proud to present A Study of Hair, the third installment in what is to be a decade-long project. A Study of… is a series of group exhibitions in which local and international artists are invited to present a contemporary interpretation of a motif drawn from art history.

C215, DAVE KINSEY, FAITH47, INKIE, , JONATHAN GUTHMANN, MARK BODE, MERDA, MISO, ROA, SHOHEI OTOMO, STEPHEN IVES, TWOONE, USUGROW, YUSK IMAI and ALEXANDER MITCHELL

Opens on Friday the 26th of September from 6-9pm

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Kaitlin Beckett collaborates Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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I am so beyond excited to share with you Just Another Artist Kaitlin Beckett's latest collaboration. She joined forces with Architact Collective to bring out a range of limited edition rings. With six different designs on two different ring styles, you better jump in quick! Grab them from here!

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Project 5 Round 6 Tuesday, 16 September 2014

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aMBUSH Gallery is proud to announce the return of Project Five, Australia’s longest running contemporary street art event. Now presenting its sixth Volume, and celebrating both its continued partnership with Darling Quarter and a new relationship with not-for-profit organisation ArtsReady, Project Five will this year introduce a diverse and dynamic artist line up featuring Askew One (NZ), Kyle Hughes-Odgers (PERTH), Alex Lehours (SYD) and 23rd Key (MELB).
 
Project Five Volume 6 launches this Friday 19 September at OPEN, Darling Quarter’s public outdoor exhibition space located in the Civic Connector, with its month long exhibition, featuring sixteen large-scale works by the Volume 6 feature artists. The exhibition is open 24/7 until Sunday 19 October.
 
The real excitement comes when Askew One, Kyle Hughes-Odgers, Alex Lehours and 23rd Key transform Darling Quarter’s Village Green into their own open-air studio, kicking off a three-day live painting event from 6-9pm on Friday 26 September, and continuing from 12-4pm on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 September. The live painting events are free and open to the public. The opening night will be set against a background of electro beats mixed by EARS, and DJ Ray Ray will be on the decks over the weekend.

Committed to the all-ages accessibility of street art, Project Five Volume 6 will also bring back the Kids’ Urban Art Workshops, following their inaugural success last year. The Workshops are facilitated by aMBUSH Gallery and guided by artists Cam Wall (SYD), HOUL (CAN) and Chris Lee (SYD). Kids of all ages will gain a hands-on introduction to street art disciplines including aerosol painting, stencilling and wheat pasting. The Workshops run on the Village Green during the school holidays – 23-30 September and 1-2 October, between 11am-2pm.
 
Finally, at 6pm on Wednesday 29 October, the works produced during the live painting event will go under the hammer to raise money for Project Five’s new charity partner, ArtsReady.

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Miniview Monday: Sarah Blake / Zso Monday, 15 September 2014

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Say hello to Zso! New York illustrator Sara Blake, aka Zso, is one of my longest held art crushes. When chatting about favourite artists and inspirations I used to joke that I wanted to be her. As I write this I am realising, as much as I like my life, I still do. Hell yeah I would take on her talent, New York apartment, art direction day job at IBM, her studio cat, and even her skin! Creepy tattoo/life envy aside, her work is absolute gold. Sara is a master of mixing traditional and digital media to create striking yet organic imagery. Dreamy pencil linework is built upon with layers of colour, pattern and texture.

Read on for a mini-ish interview with Sara!

1. Could you describe your style in a few words?
Largely improvised, textural, sometimes raw, light hearted but with some dark undertones... or maybe overtones, depending on your taste, ha!

2. What's been your favourite project to date?
Gosh, this is a hard one. I don't think I can answer it. In general my favorite project is always the last thing I worked on or the next thing I haven't made yet. I don't get super attached to my projects themselves, rather I love the feeling you get from finishing something. Things are also never as perfect as you imagine they could be, so the idea of the next project is very attractive because you can improve upon yourself.

3. I remember reading that you are more concerned with aesthetics and imagination, rather than attaching a deep concept or message to your work. I think that's a super refreshing view! Have you always felt that way?
Ha! Yes and no. No, because I think I started out in school feeling like everything I made had to be rationalized or broken down somehow. We sort of learn this in art history when we study all the masters—we pick apart symbolism, we contextualize the work within history, culture, etc. We try so hard to answer the big Why. But now that I'm older and my life is so full, I don't spend the time asking myself Why. Sometimes we make stuff just for its own sake. I also spend a huge amount of my time as a graphic designer, and I think of design as solving problems. It's functional and purposeful. So when I get to the drawing table, that's my time to chill out and NOT overthink. It's an escape. So I supposed ever since having a career both in design and illustration, yes, I've always just kept my illustration more on the decorative, imaginative side.

4. What would a typical Zso day look like?
It's different every day depending on what kind of project I'm on. Typically I get my coffee in my neighborhood and enjoy it in Washington Square Park while I let my mind clear. Then it's to the computer I go. Email maintenance for about 45 minutes. I spend about 1/2 to 2/3 of my year working as a graphic designer and art director, so if I'm on a job, it's a full day at the computer and if I'm working with a team, sometimes we're brainstorming somewhere, sketching, writing, etc. Work days really vary. Sometimes I'm done at 6PM, sometime I'm done at 6AM the following morning. Regardless, I always try and take a break in the evening to let my brain rest, and my body move by going for a long run by the Hudson River, or a bike ride with my fella.

That's a pretty standard design day, but illustration days, I never know my schedule. Often I'm traveling to teach or talk for design related conferences. Sometimes it's just working strange hours based on how I'm feeling. And other times the job just calls for unexpected tasks, and there's no way to predict what I'll be doing. It might just be sitting quietly at my drafting table or it might be running around the city figuring out how to print on a certain kind of metal, gathering supplies, or for instance last month, hand painting a giant Batman costume on my roof and attaching a wild goat pelt. It's varied, and weird, often stressful, but ultimately challenging and fun.

5. Name five creatives we should google right now!
- Linsey Levendall
- Pat Perry
- CJ Hendry
- João Ruas
- Jose Mertz

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Deifik in Syndey! Monday, 15 September 2014

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Sydneysiders! Now is your chance! Deifik by Just Another Artist Apeseven opens this coming Wednesday at The Tate - Lvl 2, 345 Glebe Point Red, Glebe. Head down to check out his latest body of work before it travels to Melbourne!

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Artcrush: Marcus Coates Saturday, 13 September 2014

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Today it’s time to connect with the inner animal within us. British artist Marcus Coates in his piece entitled ‘The Plover’s Wing’ 2008 highlights his love and passion to connecting to a higher spiritual entity through animal behaviours. A funny yet inspirational piece of work.

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99 Red Ballons Friday, 12 September 2014

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This Friday I want to bring you something simple that will make you smile. Something that shows you creativity comes in many different forms. So enjoy Andrew Huang's rendition of 99 Red Balloons!

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Small World Wednesday, 10 September 2014

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The folks over at Young Henry's are putting on a festival that no matter what your creative interest is, music or art you are going to want to attend! 'Small World' is a celebration of everything that is unique and amazing about the inner west. Set on beautiful, tree lined Jabez Street in Marrickvile, Young Henry's have curated the best food, the best bands and some of our most talented artists from the Sydney community, all coming together for an amazing one day street festival.

Head down to listen to Tumbleweed, The Snowdroppers, The Delta Riggs, Little Bastard, True Vibenation, Steve Smyth, Pat Cappoci, Richard In Your Mind, Bloods, The Upskirts and Royal Tennyson, eat delicious food by Porteno, Bloodwood, Mary's and Cornersmith and view incredible artwork by: Sindy Sinn, Ben Brown, Glenno Smith, Grizzle, Brent Smith, Mulga, Apeseven, UD3, Warrick McMile, Keo Match, Lachlan Bruce, Trait Cross and Rohan Carter.

Get your tickets to the event here!

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I Believe in Space Tuesday, 09 September 2014

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Designer, illustrator, artist, letterer and all round talented lady Jess Wong is having her first ever solo exhibition and it's traveling between Sydney Melbourne! 'I Believe in Space' will contain typographic pieces created by Jess focused around the final frontier and all things cosmic. Head to Blacklisted Gallery tonight to check it out Sydneysiders before it heads to The Hungry Workshop in Melbourne next month.

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Young Henrys x Alex Lehours Monday, 08 September 2014

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Alex Lehours was commissioned by HAUT Artists to create a new t-shirt design for Sydney based brewery, Young Henrys. They wanted something fun and quirky and this is what he came up with. They are being sold via the brewery and their online store.

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