On Friday evening, an all-female art exhibition, Ladie Killerz was launched at HQ in Leederville from 6-9pm.
Inside the spray-painted shell of the youth hub, ‘graffiti inspired artworks by Australia’s most prolific graffiti, street and lowbrow artists’ adorned the walls of the gallery space.
Featuring works by 23rd Key, Brooke Bobridge, Damsel, Deb, Chez, Fleur, Gemma Jones, Heart, Hiden, Ishk, Isis, Ilsa Bennion, Jianna Lucia, Joske, Keos, Lady Bnanas, Maiden, Meows, Nicole Tattersall, Poise, Poison Ivee, Rachee Renee, Rebecca Murphy, Sakie, Searious Jones, Skies, Snot Rag, Thorn and Toots Magee, the collection boasted an impressive ‘swag load’ of graffiti girls efforts and was deserving of more attendees than I saw there between 7pm-8pm.
The eclectic exhibition caters to everyone’s taste – showcasing a diverse range of styles, mediums and approaches. Vividly coloured handbags hang alongside delicate sketches in subdued hues; painstakingly intricate images are displayed next to bold canvases of morose looking teddy bears. Caricatures of the female form were a common element, reflecting the gender of the artists behind the can. Cute cartoons, kitchy customised ukuleles and guitars, an alarm clock, re-painted spray-cans (love that recycle concept!), an Asian-style wooden placement, a number of skate decks, pieces of jewellery and even a painted mannequin torso all come together in the one space to create a unique and powerful collection of works.
Fans of lettering, woodwork, stencils and prints will all find a favourite at the fifth Ladie Killerz exhibition until the closing party night this Friday 27 April from 5-8pm. There will be an after-party so get amongst Perth’s burgeoning art scene and show these artists some well-deserved support.
Those more inclined to catch live paint thrown on walls have their aerosol art appetites catered to over the weekend when Argue, Chez, Damsel, Diva, Fleur, Heart, Hiden, Ishk, Jesone, Joske, Keos, Lady Bnanas, Maiden, Meows, Poise, Sakie, Sear, Skies, Snotrag and Thorn will have a wall jam on Saturday and Sunday at the Chapman Street Oval in Bassendean. There will be a BBQ sizzling as well as beats – bring some cash along if you want to get your hands on a T-shirt, hoodie or some stickers.
I’ve also heard rumours the ladies will be busting out the cans yet again on Monday at Sundancer Backpackers on High Street in Fremantle.
Wordplay strongly recommends you head down to at least one of these events and support graffiti art in your neighbourhood and the ladies who are truly killing it.
By Lisa Morrison.