In 1999, Brisbane City Council encouraged a then 19-year-old Anthony Lister to paint dozens of the city’s traffic signal boxes with his eye-catching, freestyle explosions of colour and personality. In 2014, the same council took Lister – by now earning tens of thousands per piece and hanging in the National Gallery of Australia – to court on graffiti-related charges.
Between these two poles, the personal life of the so-called adventure painter was equally up and down, as he married his high-school sweetheart, had three children, battled drugs and the authorities and eventually watched his wife walk away, and it’s all on show in this candid documentary helmed by All This Mayhem director Eddie Martin (Lionel, 2008).
Made with the support of the MIFF Premiere Fund and named for one of Lister’s large-scale installation works designed to be a bridge back into his children’s lives, Have You Seen the Listers? is a frank portrait of a devoted but flawed family man who just happens to be one of the world’s most influential and collectable contemporary artists.
To find out more click here –> http://miff.com.au/program/film/have-you-seen-the-listers
“When Brisbane released Anthony Lister as a hostage to the legal system for his extraordinary beautification of what was otherwise another country town, he came to Sydney where all the creative DNA and spiritual memes within his imagination found an ideal concrete palette.
Sydney is the cauldron of witchcraft, with a pinch of creative criminology and endless outpourings of identity displacement and countless freaks and geeks without a cause, even the homeless adore Lister for adding to their skyline and ceilings—some fantastic things to look at from the gutter. Lister pours his paint over the places the public poor inhabit, Sydney is an enfant terrible’s playground where crime intercepts with crooked cops as a respected way of life, where he makes the ordinary become extraordinary with just a roller, spray-gun and the gift that Banksy described as “you appear to piss great art in your sleep”.
Lister has uncovered the dark mythology hidden under the Westfieldian plains, from the horned man of the ashes of Luna Park where Martin Sharp roamed for a while, where sniffer dogs nuzzle women’s crotches in search of drugs while the importers dine in mansions sublime, with bankers and merchants on harbor side balconies, their purchased wives laid out ‘like patients etherized upon a table’.
Most of all, Lister is democratic, he scorns hypocrisy and skates with dirty knotted haired street boys with the same panache as he brings to the rich man’s commissioned work.
Sydney is a slut with her legs wide open between the North and South Heads.”
– Charles Waterstreet
View the trailer for the documentary HAVE YOU SEEN THE LISTERS?- screened last month at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF). “From award-winning filmmaker Eddie Martin comes an up-to-the-minute snapshot of the life and creative processes of outspoken ‘visual freedom fighter’ Anthony Lister, Australia’s most renowned street artist.” MIFF
Kim Hyunji, aka KIM KIM KIM, is a painter from South Korea, currently based in Melbourne, Australia. Recognising Australia’s multiculturalism and diversity, Hyunji’s main subjects are the culturally attuned creatives of her generation, the Millennials. In real life and social media, she often observes the impacts of a globalised society – its conveniences, and pitfalls. Her unique style of portraiture is intended to portray the issues this generation is facing.
Her accurate yet expressive style embraces figural distortion to capture the internal reality of her subjects with the outward reality of their postures. In this exhibition, Kim Hyunji evokes feelings of her g…eneration; alienation, angst, and perhaps hope of a brighter future. Hyunji is primarily interested in how social media can be used to create a persona. The internet offers us many tools in how we present our virtual presence to others, making the self-curation of our lives increasingly accessible.
“Social media can be useful for those wishing to write a particular narrative vision of themselves.”
– Kim Hyunji
Hyunji’s work investigates the cause and effects of curated self-presentation, and how it may be empowering, misleading, or influential. She calls to question what may get left behind after careful thought of self-image and is concerned with what may remain hidden or deemed unfit for external projections of character.
In collaboration with her models, Hyunji has created a stunning vignette into the lives of her peers, on canvas, acrylic and paper, beyond the self-curated images projected via social media. ‘Mirror Stage’ opens at Backwoods Gallery September 15th at 6pm and continues until October 1st.
At the end of last year Keep Up Klan put together on of Perth’s biggest group shows, held at Beyond Skate in North Perth. The show boasted talent of over 40 artists from Australia, majority of which residing in Perth. With a huge turnout and plenty of sales made on the night, not to mention such amazing vibes put on by all those attended, it was abundantly clear the opening night and exhibition in general was a huge success and we can’t wait for the next one!