In this edition of Canvassed, we catch up with Chicago-based artist and creative director, POSE, who is Australia-bound for an installation for Cooper’s Dark Ale. POSE gives us more insight on the project and lets us in on what he’ll be up to when he hits our shores for the first time.
What can you tell us about your project with Cooper’s?
It’s been killer so far, they are rad but I can’t leak any details yet, all I can say is I’ve definitely never worked on a project like this ever before. It’s been really exciting and challenging all at the same time so I can’t wait for the end result.
How long have you been working on it?
Exactly two months.
How long will you be in town? What will you be up to?
Seven days. Most of the time will be spent in the studio working on the project, but definitely want to get in some painting and see what the graff and art scene is like. Honestly I want to take in as much of Australia as I can while I’m here. So basically no sleep, working lots, spraying and hopefully partying pretty hard in Melbourne once the project is wrapped.
Have you done much work in Australia? What’s the best thing about working here?
I have painted with lots of guys from Australia and have lots of love for the place, but I’ve never actually been there, so I hope I have a ton of positive ammo for you when I return.
I’m excited; from what I can tell the scene is booming so it should be a blast.
You’re here for a whirlwind trip. What’s the one ‘non-work’ thing you MUST do whilst you’re here?
When I travel somewhere new even if it’s for a day I always have to try the true regionally specific cuisine, especially whatever street food the locals love. I don’t really know what I’m in store for, but it can’t be worse than eating a bowl of cockroaches in South Korea.
Anything else you wish to add?
Just really looking forward to getting out there and getting into some of Cooper’s finest.
Fans of the US street artist and Coopers alike can attend the unveiling of the Australian art installation, by visiting the corner of Rose and Brunswick Streets in Fitzroy, Melbourne, from 6.00pm on Monday 23rd July.