The art of se­crecy

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Art -

DE­SCRIBED as the ‘fight club’ of the art scene, global live art event Se­cret Walls will ar­rive in Leed­erville this week with an un­usual twist.

Armed with black and white paint, street artists Jerome Daven­port and Robert Jenk­ins will bat­tle it out in a live art per­for­mance paint­ing high per­for­mance cars at Light Up Leed­erville Car­ni­val.

In an Aus­tralian first, the pair will have 90 min­utes to draw, paint or spray their black-and­white de­signs onto the cars, with no ref­er­ence point.

Cam­paign Brief ad­ver­tis­ing man­ager Kaye Guthrie Ado­nis, who brought the event to Perth last year, said blank walls were usu­ally the can­vas.

“Se­cret Walls started in Lon­don 10 years ago and peo­ple think it came to Sydney first but Perth was ac­tu­ally the first Aus­tralian city,” Guthrie Ado­nis said.

“I love the fact emerg­ing artists have a plat­form that’s so or­ganic and real in 90 min­utes.”

Guthrie Ado­nis said she was ex­cited for the bat­tle be­cause it gave peo­ple a chance to see the artists’ pas­sion.

“Th­ese guys are true artists and peo­ple love to in­ter­act with them,” she said.

“There will be DJs play­ing all day and I think it will bring an el­e­ment into Perth it really needs.”

Floreat aerosol artist Daven­port won a $1000 prize in the Black Swan Prize for his por­trait of Nic Nai­tanui in Oc­to­ber.

He said paint­ing the slip­pery sur­face of a car would be a chal­lenge.

“I haven’t painted on a car so I’m not really sure what to ex­pect,” Daven­port said.

The au­di­ence is in­te­gral to the per­for­mance, as the crowd de­ter­mines the win­ner through the loud­est cheer­ing.

The street art bat­tle be­gins at 5pm on Carr Place on De­cem­ber 6.

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