Guz is one the stencil artists whose work inspired me to get into stenciling several years ago at the Melbourne Stencil Festival held at the Rose Street Market. Since then not much has changed... though to my surprise Guz has yet to have had a solo show, until now that is. This coming Wednesday For Walls will play host to "Politically Erect the debut show from Guz".
Being a true blue Aussie at heart the approach to his artwork is usually whimsical , even critical. He often dances along a fine line between vulgarity, pornography and popular culture. His work is heavily influenced by the new age of cyber culture where an agglomeration of images can be poured over in one night long sitting. He chooses a number of mediums but prefer to make his canvases by hand and spend countless blistering hours cutting and spraying. He chops, edits and destroys images. In this show porn stars, politicians and even 1960's movie posters are juxtaposed to create something designed to have you asking yourself questions.
To much to my delight Guz painted one of my surfboards (right) a little ago with one of my favourite stencils of his. Which I feels outlines most of what I've been told you can expect to see when taking a look at "Politically Erect" - boobs and guns.
For Walls Gallery
34 Franklin Street, Melbourne
Exhibition Opening: Wednesday 5 January, 6pm - 8pm
Exhibition: Wednesday 5 - Friday 28 January