Following the success of last year’s joint ‘Deadstock’ exhibition, local Melbourne artist Kyle Adams has returned for his first ever solo display. Placing hip-hop and trap trailblazers front and centre, the hyper-realistic ‘Features’ collection ranged from the likes of Lil Pump all the way to Kendrick Lamar.
Held at the TooT Artspace in St Kilda, it’s safe to say that trap music and cheap beer aren’t the first things that come to mind when you hear the words fine art. Despite whatever preconceptions anyone may have held, the 150-strong crowd who rolled through were treated to an intimate display of works championing the diverse faces of hip-hop in 2018.
Once again standing testament to the Melbourne scene’s ability to support and recognise up and coming creatives, the venue was filled within the first half hour. Forced to filter out onto the curb shortly after, the always-lively St Kilda streets played the perfect backdrop for the event.
Combining alcohol, good vibes and access to a number of tattoo parlours did, however, bring up a host of conflicting feelings. As for whether or not getting barbed wire tatted on your forehead would be a logical career choice, that’s still undecided. Prints and original pieces are currently still available for purchase.
Check out more of Kyle’s work via Instagram.
- Photography by: Jae Besorio