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Project 5: Volume 6 Street Art Charity Auction

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by Jody Kimber (subscribe)
Freelance writing. Out of the urban clutter of the East and now situated on the Pittwater.
Project 5 Vol 6 Art Auction Wed 29th Oct
Pre-register at Project Five's website to attend the Project 5 Vol 6 live auction, held at the Lend Lease Darling Quarter Theatre on Wednesday October 29, 2014.

Vol. 6 of Project 5 has been in place on the Village Green of the Darling Quarter of the Sydney CBD during the months of September and October. The free public acitvities in OPEN Darling Quarter's pop-up public art exhibition space, curated by aMBUSH Gallery, included live art performances, live art and music events as well as urban kids workshops for the school holidays.

The cumulation of all this live art is 4 stunning artworks by 4 immensely talented contemporary street artists created over the event dates. This Wednesday 29th of October gives you the opportunity to attend the Charity Auction and possibly make one of them your own.

With Street Art credibility being hard won, Project 5: Volume 6 has introduced over 24 artists to a broader arts audience and $68,000 has been raised for charity. This years 4 artists include an amazing array of talent, including 23rd Key, Kyle Hughes Odgers, Alex Lehours and New Zealand artist Askew One. All proceeds from the sale of this awesome Street Art goes under the hammer in support of Artsready and Arts Traineeships.

This is a rare opportunity that you wont want to miss.

The four invited street artists, performed at their best to entrance, enthral, entertain, educate and create an experience for all who ventured to see.

"Project Five brings the artist's studio outside, giving an audience to the artist, and the audience a role in the creative process," said curator Bill Dimas. "The public engage and to some degree influence the creation process in this truly rare environment, and the works created reflect that, making for a special collectable piece," he said.

Bill Dimas, along with John Wiltshire are the Co-Directors of aMBUSH Gallery, as well as curators of this superbly successful foray into the world of contemporary Street Art. Bill Dimas and John Wiltshire have been the force behind this project since its inception.

Last year the artists included the likes of Jody Knowles, Rone, Numskull and Adnate with proceeds from the sale of their artwork going to the Western Suburbs of Sydney ICE projects. This year, the auction proceeds go to ArtsReady and a 1 year, four day a week traineeship with Monkey Baa, a Darling Quarter based Theatre Company.

Project Five has introduced the stars of Street Art to a mass audience since 2009. The funds raised (over $68,000) over this time have gone to supporting youth outreach and creative education programs.

Street artists such as Anthony Lister, Ian Strange (aka Kid Zoom), Archibald finalist Luke Cornish (aka E.L.K.), Regan Tamanui (aka Ha Ha), Beastman, Numskull, Vexta, Shannon Crees, Jodee Knowles, Adnate, Rone, Ben Frost, Ears are all names associated with Contemporary Street Art and participants in Project Five.

Street Art is its own artform a contemporary artform with no holds barred. This year, accomplished artists participating in the project include Alex Lehours; a Sydney street artist and muralist, whose work graces the streets of Newtown, the t-shirts of Very Nearly Almost Magazine and the walls of Facebooks Sydney offices.

For Project 5 Volume 6, Alex's work is God of Sea, "depicting Neptune, the name Romans gave to the ancient Greek god of the sea Poseidon, as the absolute epitome of chaos and calm and the positive balance between the two," (2400x1200mm stretched canvas, Mixed media on canvas.)

Alex Lehour Neptune. God of the Sea.
God of the Sea. Chaos and Calm.

23rd Key - Jessica Kease alter ego, 23rd Key is one of the few female artists in this field. As 23rd Key, she has developed her own amazing photo realist style of stencil works that are detailed and demand your attention. Already, at the age of 26, 23 Keys has accolades and awards from all over the country.

In double time:
2400x1200mm stretched canvas, Acrylic on canvas.

An unorthodox multi fauceted stenciled portrait of Chris Cheney of The Living End.. "'In double time'... there's more to anyone than just what they do, it takes more work than that to tell who someone is in a single image... because life isn't always a still life painting."

Jessica Kease, 23rd Key, In double time, Project 5 Vol 6 Art Auction.
In double time by 23rd Key

Kyle Hughes Odgers, The Moon and the Sun
2400x1200mm stretched canvas, Mixed media on canvas.

The Moon and the Sun by Kyle Hughes-Odger
The Moon and the Sun by Kyle Hughes-Odger 2014

Western Australian artist
Kyle Hughes-Odgers who has an incredible array of public work has created The Moon and the Sun "a landscape/cityscape focusing on ideas of life and growth and the continuous circle of experience" for this year's Project 5 Volume 6.

Inspired by Takashi Murakami's Superflat aesthetic with "emphasis on surface and use of flat planes of colour" including the use of low art presented as high art and high art presented in low art packaging forms. Hughes-Odgers has had a great deal of commercial success with his somewhat gentle style of work with all its symmetrical, geometric, patterning inherent, yet somehow drawing you into the picture. (source: wikipedia.)

Improvisation 1.
2400x1200mm stretched canvas, Acrylic, waterborne enamel & spray paint.

ASKEW ONE, Improvisation 1, Project 5 Vol 6 Art Auction, Askew One Sydney Street Artist
Improvisation 1 by ASKEW ONE 2014.

"This painting was made in the manner I approach a lot of my street work, particularly my graffiti lettering. Started with a notion of a word I improvise with very heavy marks and strokes made with brushes, these marks channel the energy and movement of graffiti but also tend to look very organic, like a combination of vapour and melted flesh.

A lot of subtle tonal range is created by working the paint while it's very wet. Afterwards I work over the top with spray paint, searching for form within the composition, finding a nice balance between sharply rendered elements and areas that look as if they've fallen out of focus.

I often paint this way whilst working in a live setting because it is meditative and expressive. My figurative and pattern based works are very meticulous and not as fun for an audience to watch in process."(source: Project 5 website)

Askew One is a grass roots Auckland born, New Zealander. Originally a graffiti artist who has developed an amazing broad portfolio of work. From bright, vibrant interwoven tagging, through to a more organic fluid, yet still strong and independent artwork. His stylisation is definitely his own, with his own brilliant attitude. Superb portrait street art and work that interacts with the people who come in touch with it.

These are this year's Project 5 Volume 6 Street Artists, who have given their time and talent and share with us their amazing creativity over the past month on the Village Green of the Darling Quarter. Performing in this space "bringing art to the people and people to their art. Letting them become a part of the process of these works."

At last year's auction, artworks went for prices higher than expected. They were, to me undervalued at the time. The raw enthusiasm of some buyers was startling. Just, as the low key street credibility of the people who work exceedingly hard and well to create images to inspire, delight us and sometimes make us think or question.

You may view artworks by an appointment prior to the Auction evening at the aMBUSH Gallery, situated at 4a James Street, Waterloo, Sydney. To arrange a viewing, John Wiltshire on 02 8399 0707 or Anne Phillips on 0408 820 882 are the correct contacts.

Telephone or absence bidding may be enquired about by contacting , Anne Phillips at Art Market Works on 0408 820 882 or John Wiltshire at aMBUSH Gallery on 02 8399 0707.

If you've never bought a piece of art, it can be an amazing investment and a great conversation piece. Take the time and step into this contemporary, eclectic experience.

The gravel will be in the hands of expert art auctioneer Anne Phillips, Director of Art Market Works. To date, Project Five have featured 24 commissioned Australian artists, raised over $68,000 for charity supporting youth outreach and creative education programs, and is the recipient of both a State and a National AbaF Award in 2011 (Business Arts Foundation now Creative Partnerships Australia) a first for the street art genre in Australia.

You may view artworks by appointment before the Auction at the aMBUSH Gallery. To make an appointment to view the artworks at aMBUSH Gallery, 4a James Street, Waterloo, Sydney, please contact John Wiltshite on 02 8399 0707 or Anne Phillips on 0408 820 882.

For enquiries about telephone or absence bidding, please contact Anne Phillips at Art Market Works on 0408 820 882 or John Wiltshire at aMBUSH Gallery on 02 8399 0707.

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When: Wednesday 29th October 6pm - 9pm.
Phone: To arrange a viewing, John Wiltshire on 02 8399 0707 or Anne Phillips on 0408 820 882 are the correct contacts. Telephone or absence bidding may be enquired about by contacting , Anne Phillips at Art Market Works on 0408 820 882 or John Wiltshire a
Where: Lend Lease Theatre, The Darling Quarter, Darling Harbour, Sydney CBD
Cost: Whatever you spend if you win the bidding!
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