Beauty & Chaos: Be Free and Suki
On the 14th October, a collaboration of the very talented partnership of Be Free and Suki opened at Q Bank Gallery as part of the Unconformity Festival in Queenstown. Yarn featured in most of the pieces, and also connected the walls and ceiling, creating a sense that one was trapped in a beautiful web of art. Here are all the artworks that featured in the show.
Representative of the trend towards minimally coloured past-ups, Suki’s work is, noticeably, the product of both artistic skill and a dreamy imagination. Like many of her street artist contemporaries, Suki’s pieces garner attention not just because they are quietly striking, but because they are so recognisably hers. Feminine contours, floating clouds, a bathing woman and the nurturing mother carrying her baby are subjects prevalent in her work. Her work combines woodblock prints with mixed media explorations with fibre, fabric and found objects.
Be Free is a Melbourne artist who has been presenting art out on the street for 6 years. A central part of Be Free’s art is the freedom associated with night-time missions. This often comes through collaborations with other graffiti writers blending character based street art with text-based graffiti. The little girl that keeps popping up is a fun filled character who runs around watering plants, scribbling on walls and makes a mess with paint. Be Free’s works can be found on the streets of Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide. Works are also found internationally, in Spain, New Zealand and United States. Be Free has participated in a number of solo and group exhibitions around Australia. Works range from spray paint to linocut paste-ups and prints to drawings and collage.