We are always on the hunt for awesome spaces that support artists and the community. That strive to make a difference and The Chop Shop seems to be just that! Opening in an abandoned warehouse in the heart of Braddon (Canberra, Australia) for 4 months, with a total of 26 weekends of events, running up to the New Year. It's billed as a place to support the arts, music, fashion, and the fringe culture; but without the wank. An independent community based house of fun. Want to find out more? Well head on over to VNA and check out the interview done with Damo or show your love and check out their kickstarter fund!
The Boywolf Den is a hot spot in freezing cold Melb’s winter. Last week, I dared to say out loud "hey this winter is not being so bad!" and now... but last Friday night I was lucky enough to be in the right place to share the coldness and warm up with some real hot art. Hot indeed as the live performance of Hernan Lopera and his assistant making a wax sculpture out of cotton fabric, socked in liquefied paraffin and then placed on top of Hernan’s body where he ‘simply stayed put' until the paraffin went solid making his body a sculpture.
The opening of ‘build’ a pop-up show had a lot of character and charm. Right behind mass-produced Swiss design and top meatballs store IKEA, ‘build’ showcased 8 local artists and is so worth a check out!
Some of my highlights also include Petra Nicel with her bee wax sculpturesthat reminded me a lot the "Rorschach" or an inkblot test but in a 3D wonderful wax, delicate cloud version with a sensual femininity and flare to it. A hint of nature by Driftwood Dahlia that kind of transports you to Wonderland and so much more for you to discover.
It’s been so long since I last meet such a good looking bunch of people, had as many good chats and enjoyed a live performance art. From the art to the staff this place is damn hot. Super recommended! One-week only show.
- Erika Siabatto (JAPS Staff)
Numskull is a Sydney-based artist whose practice spans painting, sculpture, illustration and large-scale murals. 'Bright Lights' silhouettes of headless beings are devoid of any distinctive personality, anonymous and statuesque. Their bodies are jolted by the blows of arrows piercing their skin as they float amongst a wreckage of irregular patterned objects. Are these creatures under attack, and if so, by whom? What is the reason for their undoing? This is avant-garde story telling. Through suggestion, provocation and disguise Numskull turns us upon ourselves to question notions of expectation, influence and the longing for perfection.
Opening Friday 1st of August and on display until the 10th, at Backwoods Gallery.
Built on the slopes of mount Carmel is the city of Haifa. Even though it is the largest city in Northern Israel. With a population of just under 300,000, Haifa has a sleepy, small town vibe. Haifa may seem like a quiet city, yet it has a bustling street art and graffiti scene. At the heart of the graffiti community is The Warehouse, Haifa's one and only graffiti store. Located in central Haifa, this shop is a hub for pretty much every local writer and creative. The ground floor serves as the paint shop, with the upper level being home to a modest screen printing setup.
We were only in Haifa for a few days, yet the shop owner and several of the local artists were so welcoming, we spent a large part of our time, just sitting out the front, chatting, exchanging photos and stories about our respective graffiti communities. Its places like this that make you feel at home, no matter where you are in the world.
We are all aware of the global pollution problem, but hardly anyone realizes just how much trash we produce daily. Gregg Segal, a photographer from California, aims to show this problem through powerful imagery, photographing people lying in their weekly load of trash. this led him to the title of this week's art crush.
His ongoing project cleverly called “7 Days of Garbage” tries to portray people from different social backgrounds to reach largest audience possible. Segal decided to photograph the participants in front of naturalistic backgrounds to show that the garbage produced by us is effecting it directly. “Obviously, the series is guiding people toward a confrontation with the excess that’s part of their lives. I’m hoping they recognize a lot of the garbage they produce is unnecessary”. Some of the participants were too ashamed of how much garbage they produced weekly, so they edited their garbage bags. Others showed everything just the way it was resulting in nasty and very strong images, which you can see below.
H I R A E T H (n.) A homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was; the nostalgia, the yearning for the lost places of your past. Hiraeth, the continuous visual exploration from the previous three shows from Adelaide artist Gary Seaman - River (ADL), We Sleep in the Water (MELB) and The Seas Divide Us (SYD) and the first solo exhibition since becoming a resident artist in the Tooth and Nail artist studios. A new series of works presented alongside a special live mix by DJ Ocky, recorded live on the night for download. Supported by Just Another Agency, Lightly Salted, and Sons of Fuzz, unofficial event of SALA festival. Exhibition runs August 1st - 16th at Tooth and Nail Gallery - 22-28 Coromandel Place, Adelaide.
Tonight is the night to head down to Prahran as you can come and party with us! The renovations are finally done and we are launching tonight in a stellar event across 'TWO' locations! Yep, head to the old Just Another Project Space at 153 Greville Street to check out the group exhibition by a range of Just Another and Signed & Numbered artists, then cross the road to 2A/127 Greville Street and check out our new space, listen to Pat on the decks and watch Just Another Artist Justine McAllister live paint!
Espionage Gallery closed its doors earlier this year however, local street art gallery founder Joshua Smith refuses to say die and has teamed up with emerging artist and curator Kat Coppock and Adelaide Council initiative Splash Adelaide to continue doing what he loves- bringing art to the people.
The ‘Spirited’ Exhibition is the first outdoor exhibition the pair has worked on, which presents its own unique learning curves. “The Himeji Japanese Gardens on South Tce provide the perfect atmosphere to host a Studio Ghibli-inspired event. It’s like walking into an anime set, you almost expect there to be a Forest Sprite peeking out from behind the trees. The only issue is where we’re going to put everyone!”
Stalls, food trucks, interactive games and giant Totoro’s are just some of the things you’ll see at this one day event, as well as traditional Japanese music performance, sets from DJs Marcus and Ocky Plant, as well as Origami sessions and workshops teaching the art of Manga Japanese comic styling for both kids and adults. The visual art side of the event hosts 25 artists from Adelaide, interstate, and Japan including Alyshia Eming, Cameron Brideoake (Melb), Creature Creature(Melb), Daria HK, Earther (Kobe, Japan), Harry Plane, Nicole Tattersall, Rain Teo, Rebecca Murphy (Syd), Rem, and Tsunami Hee Ja. “We’re aiming to make this a very family-friendly event, between the original artworks, the stalls, games, and Studio Ghibli paraphernalia there’s something for fans and newbies alike!”
‘Spirited’ will be held one day only on Saturday 26th July between 10am-5pm at the Japanese Himeji Gardens, Adelaide.
So... I know I have been a little renovation crazy right now, but things will return to normal again shortly and I'll start sharing loads more Just Another Goodness, including Events in Berlin, Artist Updates, Projects, Murals and more.... However in the meantime, Nick from Visible Studio created this quick teaser for the relaunch so you can see what I've been up to... Check it out!
A friend of mine instagramed one of Tracey Emin's neon installations the other day and I fell in love, hence why she is this week's art crush. You get a real sense of Tracey's humour with her witty quotes around everyone's favorite topic, love. I love how much a simple sentence can affect you, make you reminisce and think of the future all at once.. Enjoy!