Last Chance Studio is an art gang from Perth, Australia, the most isolated capital city in the world. It’s the sort of town where you kinda have to make cool shit happen for yourself, ’cause it’s probably not gonna come to you. That’s pretty much why Last Chance exists. The east coast hubs of Sydney and Melbourne might traditionally be home to the nation’s most prolific artists, but out west in sleepy Perth this band of brothers have been kicking it pretty hard for about 18 months now. Established by Daek William and Kid Zoom, Last Chance began as an independant studio in a decaying main street shopfront – next to a skydiving business and a gun store – and has grown into a pretty solid collective, made up of about ten mid-20s dudes who share an general interest in painting rad stuff. -Michael Hsiung
A couple of weeks ago Last Chance Studio went on a national art tour. We drank too much beer, almost missed a couple of flights, met some rad people, and launched 3 separate art exhibitions in 14 days. Following the first show in our home town, Perth photo lord Elliot Strang got on an eastbound plane with us and shot a hell of a lot of photos. Here are a few of them.
Welcome to Newtown, Sydney.
Oh Really Gallery. The Monday morning before the show……
and Monday afternoon. Fume party.
Toilet dog! And Ryan’s badass metal sheet paintings.
The ridiculous works of Mr. Daek William.
Sean Morris Lycra pyramid. You know you wanna go there.
Bridge Stehli took us to the aquarium. And let us do jumping team high fives on her roof.
She also took us to Bondi Beach.
Hanging out at Stupid Krap studios with Max Berry and Beastman. Numskull and Two One were around there somewhere as well…
We went to a Bigfoot exhibition at Monster Children Gallery. It rained.
Then our show opened. “Face Palm Your Demons.” Boom!
Pretty decent turnout.
Might have had something to do with this… but whatever.
The Oh Really alleyway was the spot to hang. It was a pretty good night.
Sydney was DONE. Onto Melbourne!
Federation Square… tourist hot spot and unexpected home to No Vacancy Project Space. This was the queue to get into our show.
The gallery. Team signwriting win!
We couldn’t spray paint in the gallery so we had to get delicate. Way less cool to photograph than spray painting but it turned out pretty sweet.
This was weird… There was a random photo exhibit in Fed Square which just happened to contain this pic taken in front of a Troll piece from last year – along with a super devastating poem. Heavy.
Hanging with Drewfunk! And on some rooftops.
Daek and Creepy piece at Blender studios.
Daek, Tim Rollin, Meggs and Drypnz painting at Everfresh.
Creeps with Phibs and Sage.
Opening night #2! “Why Aren’t You Naked?”
Tim’s work… he sold a picture straight off the wall to some American tourists who were flying out the next day.
Kyle’s work and spacey wall painting…
Two of Sean’s paintings. Get Fucked Mountain and Whisky.
The bald guy was there to make sure shit didn’t get out of control.
We unwound after the show with a trip to the Finders Keepers market… indie wonderland. Everyone was pretty excited.
Except photo lord Elliot who felt more comfortable sitting on the dock. Thanks for taking amazing photos, Elliot! It’s time to go home.
The Excellent Adventure was a mega success. Thanks to all the good people who helped make it happen… and everyone who came down to the openings. You all rule.
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