After a decade of working alongside each other, the creative duo behind design studio have combined their artistic talents to produce #existagain. A collection of 15 new works on canvas feature fantastical hyper creatures with origins in myth and legend.

Lee Picot and Lachlan Young (aka dirtfish and thirty60) have spent years cultivating their own spin on street art. Under the dirtfish banner, Picot’s bold graphic imagery and liberal use of layers of paint result in striking textured works on canvas. In contrast, Young’s precise thirty60 stencil technique uses inks rather than aerosols, producing highly detailed artwork with the delicacy of watercolour.

The setting for the exhibition, Harley House Picanteria, itself plays with expectations; a New York style basement bar at the Paris end of Collins Street. Chef Daniel Salcedo has been inspired by the artworks to create a special menu for opening night featuring unexpected pairings of flavours with influences from the last 500 years of Spanish, Japanese, African, Italian and Peruvian cuisines.

For #existagain, Young and Picot have borrowed from their own methodologies and areas of interest to develop a new style of artistic expression. By working closely together at every stage of the project, they hope the final collection appears to be the work of a single artist.

Street art is often preoccupied with interpreting and commenting on the issues of the day. Young and Picot have chosen to look back further at elements of hundred-year-old drawings and etchings that are woven together to create new works that speak to a modern audience.

#existagain brings together 21st century pop art sensibilities with the iconography of the late 1700’s.

Exhibition Details
Title: #existagain
What: New artworks by Lee Picot (dirtfish) and Lachlan Young (thirty60)
When: Opening night on Thursday 24 September from 6pm to 9pm including food by Daniel Salcedo and drinks by Asahi
Where: Harley House Picanteria, Basement 71 Collins Street, Melbourne (entry via Strachan Lane)
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