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RATS III Launch || Curated By Stefan Marx

RATS is a magazine of few words. Mostly pictures. For the third issue Heavy Time have invited Stefan Marx to assemble a selection of his favourite artists, resulting in a distinct group that’s bound simply by drawing.

Stefan was present for the exhibition opening, accompanied by Masanao Hirayama, who will be creating a wall drawing during the show.

Featuring:

Thomas Baldischwyler

Linus Bill & Adrien Horni

Quentin Chambry

Susan Cianciolo

Espen Frieberg

Ingo Giezendanner

Masanao Hirayama

Francesco Igory Deiana

Ken Kagami

Zebadiah Keneally

Rhys Lee

Stefan Marx

Marcus Oakley

Jason Polan

Wesley Willis

Presented by RVCA and HEAVY TIME.

Exhibition continues May 12 - June 7.


True Stories | Benjamin JeanJean

In November 2016, ANP artist Benjamin Jeanjean spent a month living and diving into the life stories of Ali, Firas and other war refugees coming from Middle-East to capture and witness their true stories…

With his signature drawings and illustrations, Jeanjean committed to bringing to life those words and moments as told by those who have gone through such unforgettable life-changing experiences.

After a couple of months’ showcase at adhocpad gallery in Vienna (AUT) that kicked-off what has now become a long-term project for the artist, Benjamin will launch a second #TrueStories show at Monika Studio in Bordeaux (FRA) on May 5, 2017 ; the show will be on till early June’17.

Based in Southwest France, Benjamin JeanJean’s art stands for a neo-symbolism based on contemporary aesthetics. As an artist he is normally looking for inspiration in the unknown, a surreal world that lives from people’s dreams, thoughts and fears. But after having met Ali and other refuges during an art project in Vienna in 2016, he wanted to step out of this imaginary sanctuary. To bring reality to life. To illustrate the reality of refugees. To tell their stories. True stories.

"The essence of my art didn’t change though. I want people to look closer. This is when their imagination kicks in and the unconscious takes over. Skulls, for example, are only skulls at first glance. But in fact, they represent any human: blacks, whites, Syrians, Austrians, Americans, good people, bad people, workers, doctors, politicians, you, me. We all have a skull, we all are human beings. There is a story behind each human, and each story is worth being told." -- Benjamin JeanJean.

Video: Directed/Edited by Sebastien Chebassier (EnArrO prod.) Filmed by Christian Fischer.
Music: 'Be Cold' by Concorde.


Tino Razo | Party In The Back

RVCA alongside the Heavy Time Institute are presenting the Australian premiere of 'Party In The Back' from celebrated skateboarder, Tino Razo.

Razo's evocative images of sunset-drenched skate-sessions document the faded grandeur of South California's abandoned suburban pools. The same adventurous spirit that drove him to use word-of-mouth, satellite technology, and pure luck to track down deserted territories also permeates the tone of his art. Steeped in nostalgia for a thrill-seeking youth gone by and increasingly ungraspable notions of the American Dream, the exhibition, categorised as a 'lyrical photo eulogy', is a narrative of decay and discovery.

Having skated for over 30 years, Tino Razo lives his photo project, and his perspective is accordingly authentic. His work is being exhibited in Australia for the first time, alongside a book of all images, available to purchase alongside limited prints for the duration of the show.

View the Party In The Back catalogue of works here.


The Heavy Time Institute | RVCA Corner Gallery

The Heavy Time Institute is an opportunity to build community around ideas, creativity and social issues, with a program of exhibitions, workshops, presentations, alongside a temporary book shop.

The institute will exist in its first incarnation at the RVCA Corner Gallery in Melbourne, Australia between March 17th and May 31st, 2017.

For updates follow @heavytimebooks & @rvca_aus on Instagram.


This Is A Song | Benedict Brink

'This Is A Song' is an all womens photographic exhibition curated by Benedict Brink that opened on Friday March, 2017 at the RVCA Corner Gallery in Melbourne.

These images are a translation of moments, feelings and experiences. This is human in 2017, tuned in and turned on.

Featuring works from: Benedict Brink, Brianna Capozzi, Clare Shilland, Danielle Neu, Estelle Hanania, Hanna Moon, Kersti Werdal & Polly Brown.

Special Thanks: Corona & The Heavy Time Institute

All Photos: Michael Danischewski

Exhibition will continue to April 9th | 82 Stanley Street, Collingwood | 11am - 4pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday


ANP Quarterly Vol 2 / No 9

We are pleased to announce the release of the latest issue of ANP Quarterly, the printed magazine of RVCA’s Artist Network Program. Now, in publication for over a decade, ANP Quarterly has always landed on the leading edge of popular culture, looking beyond what’s hip and focusing on the creative world through our singular lens. Our new issue Volume 2/Number 9, continues this tradition. ANP Quarterly is available for free at a number of galleries and retailers as well as on our site here. Price on site covers the shipping cost.

In this issue, Features include photographer Jesper Haynes, who documented the 1980s New York art/club scene in stunning black and white; a retrospective interview with artist/designer Susan Cianciolo who many claim single-handedly invented ‘90s deconstructed fashion; as well as a profile on Kevin Ancell, Venice Z-Boy turned painter, interviewed by fellow Dog Towner Jim Muir. Emma Reeves sat down with photographer Cheryl Dunn to speak about her storied career; we spoke to artist Nathaniel Mary Quinn; and entered the wild world of dynamic brother/sister duo Mike and Natalie Krim. We also delve into the world of some of the world’s most unique, up and coming contemporary galleries, go deep into the archives of 1980s LA Punk magazine Slash, and play fly on the wall at a panel discussion on 1990s LA Party Crews with Guadalupe Rosales, helmer of the mind-blowing Instagram feed Veteranas & Rucas. And that’s just the beginning! Pick up a copy because there’s so much more in the issue than we’re able to list here.

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Teen Angels | The Exhibition

RVCA was glad to support 'Teen Angels', the Exhibition this past weekend at the LA Art Book Fair. Highlighting the work of Teen Angel and the magazine he created, the exhibition was a hit for many in attendance, especially those inspired and invested in Lowrider and Cholo Culture from the 80's, 90's, and to present day. Check out photos from the exhibition opening and our weekend at the Book Fair below by Morgnar.

Check out the RVCA x Teen Angels Tees from the exhibition opening, available here.

About Teen Angel:

Teen Angel began working working full-time as an artist and writer for Lowrider Magazine in 1977. His art graced the pages regularly and soon after became well-known as ‘The Lowrider Artist’, depicting the Lowrider lifestyle in a fun, whimsical way at a time where that culture was not accepted amongst mainstream society. In 1981 he ventured into publishing on his own and started Teen Angels Magazine; with no constraints, he was able to create the magazine as he wanted featuring artwork, dedications, photo- graphs, poems, and articles all focusing on life in the streets of the Varrios of California and the Southwest. The magazine gave voice to a wide swath of young Chicanos, from the gangsters in prison to the young girls looking for love. Where others saw blight and despair, Teen Angel saw beauty and life. Rejected by larger chain stores, the only place to find Teen Angels Magazine was in liquor stores and small mom-and-pop markets in the ‘hood’. He went on to create over 200 issues which today are highly collectable due to their rarity. Teen Angel passed away in early 2015 but his legacy lives on.


LA Art Book Fair

RVCA is glad to support a handful of happenings this weekend at the LA Art Book Fair! Mostly, we are proud to support the Teen Angels Exhibition, the release of our latest ANP Quarterly Print Issue, along with a couple of shows and projects from artists and friends of RVCA.


In This Together || AEON & Tom Gerrard

'In This Together' is an apt name for the up and coming show by Melbourne based graffiti artist Aeon and fine artist Tom Gerrard. Their two careers have been existing side by side for a number of years, both exhibiting internationally and snapped up by art collectors around the world. Few people know that the two artists are actually the same person approaching the art world from two different angles and with two different styles.

Aeon’s quirky, iconic characters can be seen on the streets of Europe, Asia, the Americas and across Australia making him one of the most globally recognised Australian street artists. While Tom Gerrard’s career has existed predominately in galleries in cities such as London, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona and LA. He also hosts his podcast Bench Talk where he interviews artists and creatives about their careers.

‘In This Together’ opens at RVCA Corner Gallery in Collingwood on February 24 from 6pm to 8pm.


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