25 November 2009

metagraffiti - film


Metagraffiti is a book/dvd that collects more than 20 short films from all over the world. With two long essays about graffitifilm and a running time of over 120 minutes Meta Graffiti is a vibrant testimony of the development of todays graffiti art. These short films are about and featuring graffiti. Humour and playfulness are in focus. These are films by people close to graffiti culture. Many of the film ease up the difference between graffiti and street art. Where street art has successfully used graffitis main communication space — the public place — the directors borrow from the constant ability to change that street art enjoys. The films of Metagraffiti certainly test the framework of graffiti, but maintain the important elements of style and mischief. As a medium, film is closer to other art forms rather than the wild, unkempt lettering jazz that the institutional art world discards.


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06 November 2009

May's - Jumbo & Zap

MAY’S is excited to present ‘Panic Attack – Monster City’ – the collaborative work of Jumbo and Zap; two artists who endeavor to transform Sydney’s monotonous, drab billboards and hoardings into bright screens of menacing comic-style characters.

'The journey that Zap has undertaken is one of time and space, seeing way into the future to the megatropolis here monsters are flying in spaceships. Jumbo, in contrast, has taken the path of the people who inhabit the mega city, with paranoia and panic overtaking the airwaves. The alias JUMBO was created in 2003 as a result of a head collision-on with the art establishment. After the shock of seeing what was possible in the public domain I quickly made a beeline for some big scale poster paper and paint. The characters were comic and pop art, but the subject was and always will be freestyle and experimental. I have put up posters in the UK, Europe and Sydney.'
- Jumbo

ZAP is one of Sydney's more prolific and unique street artists. His work contains influences from 1970's graffiti, sci-fi imagery, abstraction and a distinctive colour palette. ZAP has shown at various galleries and institutions around Australia.

‘I was in various street gangs from the age of 10. I had to steal sometimes to eat - it was tough. That's where my passion for graffiti and skateboarding grew - I never fitted the sporty stereotype. Always into creative pursuits, I have developed a style which is unique. Psychedelic abstract forms, shapes and spaceships are symbols of my journeys through time and space.’
- Zap

Panic Attack - Monster City
An Exhibition of Poster Art, by JUMBO and ZAP


Please keep the date free to join us for this special event!!


May's artists