ABOVE, Chris Edser, Tristan Kerr, Ankles & Joshua Fanning

May 20 2011 . 04:51pm

I was flown to Adelaide, Australia to paint a mural on a 63 metre (200 foot) long wall. Within just 3 days of my arrival I fell and broke my scapula in 2 parts as well as suffering from a head concussion ending up in the hospital twice. Part of my responsibilities for this mural project was to be a mentor to 3 already extremely talented local Australian artists making this project a collaborative effort and highly entertaining. As a collective we decided to comment and paint a word play to relate the adversities of this wall’s rocky surface, and fact that I literally fell broke my bones during this project. In the end it was the words that were always there to save us!

Please familiarize yourself with the amazingly talented crew of artists who made this project come to life.

CHRIS EDSER is an illustrator and wood-carving artist from Adelaide, Australia. Recently he has been experimenting with installing carved wooden sculpture in street-settings and has an interest in hand-illustrated typography.
You can find more of Chris’ artworks at: chrisedser.com

TRISTAN KERR is a highly accomplished screen printer, painter, and graphic designer who lives and works in Adelaide, Australia. To see more of his artworks visit his website at:
enjoytastytreats.blogspot.com

Graphic designer, and public artist ANKLES currently lives in Adelaide, Australia. ANKLES has participated in many creative projects around Australia. You can find more of ANKLES’ art at: ohankles.com

JOSHUA FANNING is the director of a small, low-brow art gallery in Adelaide’s seedy end of town called MAGAZINE GALLERY. Josh’s Gallery exists to keep artists from exhibiting in restaurants and he thought that bringing ABOVE to Adelaide, Australia would be a progressing move for his city of Adelaide and the residents that live there. He’s glad to have been proven correct and looks forward to future projects like this in Adelaide and international artists.

JONATHAN VDK was the main photographer for the Sticks & Stones mural project so please credit his photos if/when you post them To see process and final photos visit his website at: jonathanvdk.com


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ABOVE | Melbourne, Australia

April 20 2011 . 03:57pm

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ABOVE | Brisbane, Australia

January 23 2011 . 08:25am

"With the recent downpour of rain and drastic floods washing out the city of Brisbane I decided get on a plane and fly to the recently flooded city. This site specific stencil’s aim was to empathize with the victims And reflect the high severity of the the flood waters" -Brisbane, Australia

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ABOVE | A picture is worth 1,000 words

October 18 2010 . 12:13pm

"A picture is worth 1,000 words." I sat for a while considering if I should describe this piece and the multi-layered meanings depicted in the painting?! The stencil and symbolism in the painting take on some heavy current topics of social, political, and racial issues just to name a few. I decided it’s best for you the viewer to interpret and look at this piece and make your decision on what you feel from it. Art has the amazing ability to be interpreted on a range of 1,000+ different meanings depending on who you ask. Some of you might find this piece offensive, constructive, ironic, or just plain stupid. I want to highly encourage all of you watching this to speak up and comment about your interpretation of this stencil and issues portrayed.

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ABOVE in Paris | Video

September 27 2010 . 03:30pm

*To understand this piece better please read the text before watching. If you already watched the video without reading the text, please read the text then watch the video again.

Last year I was traveling for 3-months around Europe and spent 2 weeks in Paris. One day when I was walking around Paris I found this spot but unfortunately I had just 1 day before my flight to Rome. After observing the large concrete frame on the wall, it gave me a lot of inspiration for several ideas on how to creatively interact with the un-used frame and location. One idea was to juxtapose an “art thief” stealing a popular painting like the Mona Lisa from the frame. I felt the idea and site-specific stencil would interact well with the un-used frame and the fact that the Mona Lisa is located just 10 minutes away inside the Louvre museum.

Time always changes things and with that new situations arise. Since last year when I was in Paris I’ve noticed a lot of new topics in street art and more importantly the thievery of art works in the street. I felt it more interesting and relative to have the art thief portrayed in the stencil stealing a piece of art that actually gets stolen quite often. The English artist Banksy is one of the most popular street artists and highly publicized victims of his street artworks being stolen. It’s not by random chance this happens to Banksy’s art as first and foremost he makes great work but also due to the fact that his indoor works have sold for several hundred thousand dollars you can imagine when he paints outside in the street his works are soon sought after by thieves.

It’s an interesting concept and somewhat of an irony as we the artists and the thieves are both working in an illegal manner. One illegal activity inspires another. The artist paints illegally with spray cans on a wall, while the thieves jack hammer and chip off illegally painted walls, illegally. It’s kind of like the pot calling the kettle black to a degree.
I took the initiative to comment and create a situation in this piece that could mimic both illegal acts simultaneously executed here in the painting and in the process.

Many years ago before Banksy’s mass appeal he painted his popular rat image that read, “Because I’m worthless.” Times have changed Banksy is a common household name as well as the increased value of his artworks. I felt like it would be applicable to the current state of affairs to appropriate his previous statement to “Because now I’m worth it” to reflect the past and current thievery of his street artworks.

"A lot of people never use their initiative because no-one told them to" -Banksy

Thanks you from Paris!
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