Three emerging young street artists from Brazil, the UK, and Canada who go by the names Flip, Hush, and Other respectively will all feature in an exciting group exhibition entitled You’ve Been Wasting Your Time. Employing expansive color palettes and innovative techniques, the trio collides to contribute an eclectic range of paintings, drawings, screen prints, works on wood, and mixed media collages inspired by their diverse cultural backgrounds. Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art, a personal favourite of mine when it comes to galleries will host the exhibition that will open on August 16th will run through until September.
The depth and command of the artwork of Flip, Hush, and Other both challenges and seduces the viewer. Fascinated by the portrayal of the female form in art, Hush builds up and tears down layers of paint and images as he works, “letting the canvas and marks take their own path.” His stylistic fusion of the East and West is enriched by his interpretation of the inherent power play in graffiti and street art. Flip, too, draws inspiration from Asia in his new body of work. Observing the relationship between human beings and nature, he plants a tranquility of communion beneath his passionate explosion of Japanese brushstrokes. A similar dichotomy prevails in the work of Other, who both provokes and calms in pieces that were composed within rattling train carriages and buzzing coffee shops. The ideas and characters he coaxes out of hiding “come from blotches of paint and wet drips on paper…sort of like ink blots in psychology.”
Felipe “Flip” Yung is hailed by many as one of the most talented Brazilian artists of his generation, having painted and exhibited his work throughout the streets and galleries of Brazil, Europe, and the US for over a decade. Away from the wall and canvas, he has also lent his distinctive style to the world of designer plush and vinyl toys.
The work of Hush has been described as a sensory assault of shape, color, and character. With his singular blend of anime, pop-infused imagery, graffiti, and graphic design, the Englishman who worked as a graphic designer and illustrator in Hong Kong for a number of years attacks contemporary culture and established societal norms with an overwhelming proficiency and superb dry wit.
Even though the artist himself does not always accompany it, the artwork of Canadian painter Other travels by train through North America at all hours of the day. When not at work in his studio or exploring the world, the restless Other, who possesses “a nasty habit of scribbling on things that aren’t mine”, wanders into deserted train yards where he renders highly-skilled etchings of mournful men and beautiful creatures onto the sides of freight trains, then stands back as his canvas awakens and disappears into the darkness.