Mini festival Self Est. brings together artists who put their artistic careers together themselves, be it by street art or through other more commercial avenues. Curated by Joseph Allen Shea, of the late Monster Children Gallery, and Marty Routledge, part of calm, alt-art championing Lo Fi Collective, the festival turns its eye on four days of pavement focused, out-of-towner talent. Star imports favour a deliberate eye for the painted letter, or a knack for blending typography into art. They include the precise abstractions of Britisher Roid, American Jeff Canham's ordered lettering and the wild words of compatriot Dmote. Rounding out the lineup are the organic constructions of French star Horfé.
Two shows during the season will highlight the visiting artists, along with Western Australian Ben Baretto. Baretto will be on display with Jeff Canham at Gallery A.S. from Friday, while the festival's other artists will help kick off opening night at Kind Of Gallery Thursday night from 6. On Saturday, Roid, Horfé and Canaham will be doing live work at the corner of Kippax and Little Riley streets, with Gallery A.S. hosting a discussion on the kind of fine art that comes out of left field the same day.
The show at Gallery A.S. runs until December 2, the show at Kind of Gallery until November 20. Kind of Gallery is at 72 Oxford St, Darlinghurst. Birdhouses pictured are by Jeff Canham.