Australian and International Street Artists Help Raise Funds for Queensland Flood Victims

Paste-Modernism Charity Auction – all proceeds from the online auction of panels from the exhibition ‘Pastemodernism 2’ will be donated to the Qld Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal.

Paste-Modernism 2 was held at Lo-Fi Gallery in Darlinghurst on October 7th 2010 and featured the ‘paste-up’ works of over 50 Australian and International artists. Presented by and curated by Ben Frost and Bridge Stehli, the exhibition recontextualized the medium of ‘Paste-ups’ into a gallery setting.

The first Paste-Modernism exhibition was held in the derelict site of Hibernian House in Surry Hills in 2008 – where local street artists applied their photocopied, hand painted and collaged works on paper, to the interior walls of the building.

The ‘Paste-Up’ is an ever-expanding and innovative form of street art, that involves an artist making their work onto varying sizes of paper and then applying it to walls and surfaces within their urban environment using wheat-paste or wallpaper glue. Whether as black and white multiplied photocopies, colourfully hand painted murals or thought provoking text pieces, the ‘Paste-Up’ is an immediate and bold contemporary art-form. The medium explores not only aesthetic values, but is often politically and socially motivated – which allows experimentation both by accomplished artists as well as people with little or no artistic training. This has loosely brought about the tongue-in-cheek ideology of ‘Paste-Modernism.’

Paste-Modernism 2 filled approximately 250 square meters of every available inch of wall space at Lo-Fi Gallery, with the works of over 50 Australian and international artists. Applied onto pre-installed panels and canvas sheets, the entire exhibition was removed from the space (in varying states of repair) – and now exists in sections at StupidKrap Studios in Liechhardt.

In light of the terrible devastation of the recent Queensland Flood Disaster, we decided to auction off the remaining panels and donate
all proceeds to the Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal. will be hosting the online auction of over 50 artworks, available in sizes varying from 3m x 3m to 50cm x 50cm, by some of the world’s leading street artists including:

Pure Evil, Copyright, Anthony Lister, Vexta, Bridge Stehli, SMC, Skel, Bunkwaa, Ben Frost, Jumbo, Zap, Simon Lovelace, Catface, Houl, Creon, John Doe, Numskull, Leet, Shannon Crees, Felix, Mini Graff, RJ, Bennett, Beastman, Numskull, Roach, Max Berry, Konsume Terror, Mason Marcobello, Sprinkles, Bei Badgirl, Deb, HA-HA, Uno, Urban Cake Lady, Bella, Marissa Ziesing,Tim Andrew, Esjay, Anton Benois, Tez, Rico, PigeonBoy, Mr Skel, Jake Klarnet, Half Star, Dboe, Olive Fortyseven + more.


The online Auction will begin: midday Thursday January 20th and will continue until February 1st 2011 at StupidKrap’s Ebay Store :

Some photographs from the exhibition Pastemodernism 2 (October 7th 2010 at Lo-Fi Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney):

Additional photos of this event can be found at :

Larry Heath

Founding Editor and Publisher of the AU review. Currently based in Toronto, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter @larry_heath or on Instagram @larryheath.