Reka / @rekaone - “i was commissioned to paint 2 x 7-storey towers on the front facade of the melbourne polytechnic in melbourne, australia. after 3 years since my last melbourne visit, i was very happy to be given this opportunity to paint back in my hometown. for many years i wanted to explore australian themes in my mural work. i decided to explore australia’s beautiful and unique wildlife and native flora and fauna. both murals depict native birds sitting in australian gum-trees. an eastern rosella bird and a classic kookaburra that both sit among gum leaves, blossoms and gum nuts that can be seen surround the buildings location in windsor. through the next month while staying in melbourne i will be exploring more australian elements in upcoming murals and artwork.” @melbournepoly@sofles#straya
Fed up with people being angry, disappointed, sad and disillusioned with life, bortusk leer / @bortuskleer sees it as his duty to brighten up the world and spread some happiness. over a decade bortusk has developed a signature voice and style, creating manic, euphoric creatures (his monsters) plus other lively abstract pieces, videos, tv shows and numerous psychedelic assemblages of neo-pop-art-brut.
fascinated by picasso and the cobra-movement, inspired by futuristic heroes and influenced by all the children of the world, leer became the founder and leader of art comedy. he’s still the only member though as far as we know. his aim is not only to create as much art as he possibly can, but also to put a smile on everyone’s face and spread some positive emotions whilst doing so. “i just want to cheer people up a bit, as there’s far too many miserable b******s out there!” living as we do now in a world of division, suspicion and distress, bortusk looks beyond this. some say his mission is naive while others bless him for it. leer himself does not fear naivety, he fears cynicism.
loudly and gamesomely leer attempts to question our mental, social and political barriers. he tries to disrupt our fears and our expectations.
finally, his effervescent work challenges the inner child in us all to come out and play.
his new show opens sat 18th feb at original dampkring gallery / @originaldampkring, amsterdam.
Buff monster / @buffmonster has just made this massive 24" mister melty in the run up to his new show in an edition of 6 with 2 aps, as well as some smaller concrete versions.
as buff explains in his own words: "the upcoming show is the culmination of a variety of experiments with presenting one figure (mister melty) in multiple materials. mister melty has been presented as a vinyl toy and resin figure at 3 inches, and as a candle at 5 inches. i’ll continue to use those materials as is appropriate, but i really wanted to explore other materials; materials that are conceptually the exact opposite of melty ice cream. as a street artist, the materials i work with the most are spray paint and concrete. so we’ve been experimenting with several kinds of concrete until we found the best one. each sculpture has been cast by hand in my les studio in two sizes: 5” and 7.5”. each one in the show has been uniquely damaged and most are painted in solid colors (of spray paint). the resulting pieces resemble sculpted icons of a past society, and they all certainly contradict the soft and flowing nature of ice cream."
Finished shot of #bip's / @bip_graffiti new 65 ft mural in downtown san francisco at 816 mission st.
the piece, entitled "no ceiling", features a 6-year old african-american girl with rippling, body-builder-type muscles and an anchor tattoo with the san francisco and #oakland area codes. #sanfrancisco#vnamagazine
Repost from @lingerid - the allure of gold
gold has a historical and global standing as a sought after and prized possession. “the allure of gold’ series highlights this rare element, with artist ling coating seemingly worthless and mundane items entirely in gold.
often transforming overnight, painting the items gold creates an immediate and striking contrast. the confusion creates a focal point and causes the viewer to reflect on the true value of their surroundings.
conceived walking through the freight yards at tottenham, ling and his friends noticed the millions of dollars’ worth of dead carriages which had been there as long as they remembered, slowly rotting away whilst rail freight continues to be in heavy use.
the degradation of these freighters highlighted to ling how value can be can be viewed differently and how easily things can be cast aside. “i started to consider methods to generate contrast and create the perception of value around items that had been deemed worthless.”
“the perception of value is still just that, an illusion. passersby will be drawn to a piece and want to take photographs or talk to their friends, the reality remains that they are admiring an item that is worthless. each piece is still destined for the scrap heap, as it was prior to my intervention and inclusion in ‘the allure of gold’”.
thanks again to @vastwun@damovna
Detail 'bakdash' - luke cornish aka elk / @elkstencils - from his new show - thurs 2nd of feb, 6-8pm
level 1, 66 king st
in a recent television interview, american singer bruce springsteen / @springsteen was asked for his view on the inauguration of donald trump as president of the united states. he replied that rather than directing his audience to an outcome, it is his job as a musician and artist to “observe and report".
australian artist luke cornish has, for over a decade, created artwork in the public eye that turns a mirror upon its viewers. cornish’s beautiful yet gritty paintings delve into his interests of race, religion, conflict and the human condition. they are works that continue to entice and challenge their audience. luke cornish is a social commentator without borders—the broader humanitarian themes in his art practice have taken him all over the world, including many of the world’s most troubling places.
in june 2016, luke cornish traveled through syria with sydney’s anglican church reverend dave smith, on his hope-raising mission “boxers for peace”. for the artist, this was a life changing engagement with the syrian people through the ancient sport of boxing. amateur bouts in damascus and palmyra opened a world of history and humanity in the world’s number one hotspot.
what cornish found in the cities ravaged by civil war, was people proud of their ancient civilization, and profoundly giving in their generosity of spirit. the artist’s unfettered access allowed him to see, first-hand, how people continue to live in hope when surrounded by horrendous atrocities. this was not syria of the newsfeeds, this was the real syria—the ice cream vendor, children playing in the street, people going about their daily lives at markets sidestepping the detritus of war. the resulting exhibition is not about taking sides in a war, it is about the people in the middle. the freshly tarred and rebuilt road after an ied explosion drifts off into a horizon of greater hope.
prior to his syrian visit, cornish prepared a stencil of khaled al-assad (the curator of antiquities at palmyra who was beheaded by isis.