Editors note : Six months down; help wanted. - INVURT

Sunshines Top 10 Melbourne Street Art & Graffiti – July 2017

Another month rolls by, and I dont know about you but the cold weather lately has been really making me wish for summer to come as soon as it can! The cold doesnt stop the painting though, and this time around Dean Sunshine has ten great shots of some of the cool shit that has been sprayed and smashed up on the walls of Melbourne this month! Check them all out below, and enjoy!! 1. ELK – stkilda 2. SAGE – Brunswick 3. FACTER – Windsor 4. KID SILK + PUTOS Hosier Lane 5. CELOUT – CBD, Melbourne 6. RONE

Sunshines Melbourne Graffiti & Street Art Top 10 – June 2017

Again and again, every month Mr Dean Sunshine brings us all the cool shit that has happened on the walls of our fair city. This month brings a whole slew of cool stuff, from Makatron to Dosey, Scale and Porn and everything else thats grand in this lineup of works! Check them all out below, we’ll have more for you next month, of course! 1. Julian Clavijo – Brunswick 2. Makatron – South Yarra 3. Deams – Clifton Hill 4. Senekt – Clifton Hill 5. Porn – Fitzroy  6. Al Stark – Melbourne 7. Dosey + Sugar – Sunshine lane,

Snapshots – OBEY – Shepard Fairey – Vivid – Sydney

Our man Dean Sunshine was up in Sydney last week to cehck out Vivid Sydney – specifically, he was taking a bit of time checking out the Shepherd Fairey exhibition, Printed Matters, and mural that he was painting as a part of the event. This was a bit of the blurb from the show: “Iconic American artist Shepard Fairey blurs the boundaries of art and design. His unique style is instantly recognised in exhibitions and walls around the world. His body of work includes the OBEY GIANT art project, the Barak Obama HOPE campaign, and this year’s ubiquitous ‘We The

Sunshines Top 10 Melbourne Street Art & Graffiti – May 2017

Winter is here, but that has not stopped the paint from going up on the walls. Braving the chilling conditions, our intrepid Dean Sunshine has, once again, sought out all his favourite pieces that have been painted on the streets of Melbourne! Theres a mighty fine selection this month, so check them all out below! 1. ELLE – St.Kilda 2. HA HA – Brunswick 3. LOV3 – Collingwood  4. Resio – Clifton Hill 5. Be Free – Northcote  6. Crisp – Hosier Lane, Melbourne  7. Heesco – Windsor 8. Steve Cross – Melbourne  9. JME NACK SICK BAFLE – Clifton Hill 10.

VR Snapshots – Immersive Media Lounge – State Library of Victoria

A few weeks ago Invurt was involved in creating the Immersive Media Lounge at Melbourne Knowledge Week 2017, hosted at the State Library of Victoria. The event was an awesome success with hundreds of people coming through the doors across the week, and some very cool artwork being created. I was pretty impressed with what the artists came up with (Senekt, Facter, Conrad Bizjak and RASHEE).  Invurt and Phoria had the HTC Vive rocking Google Tilt Brush against a Green screen – Hollywood Styles, resulting in  a mixed reality display combining what the artist was doing against the world they

Video – Wall To Wall Festival 2017 – Benalla

Another Wall To Wall has been and gone, but they’re got the video out, and it looks totally rad! “The Wall to Wall Festival is the largest regional street art festival in Australia. And also one of the most innovative community development initiatives on a national level. This year it hosted 35 internationally acclaimed artists from Australia and around the world, and attracted thousands of curious participants and observers from near and far. It’s changing the face of Benalla, one wall at a time. And changing a whole community’s identity, while it’s at it. ” Man, it’d be great to

Sunshines Top 10 Melbourne Street Art and Graffiti – April 2017

Okay, here we go yet again (and again, can you believe this is No. 73? Jeezus) with Dean Sunshines picks for all the cool shit he saw around our city this month, and its a pretty nice colleciton indeed with everything from Lush and Dvate, to Love and relative newcomer Welin (who keeps getting up all over the place).   Check out all the rad images below if you know whats grand!     1. Lucy Lucy – Preston 2. Frosk, Facter, Keomatch, – Richmond  3. Ling – Preston 4. Lush – Brunswick 5. Awes – Melbourne  6. Arcy –

Sunshines Top 10 Melbourne Street Art & Graffiiti – March 2017

Well, we’re really late on this one, and my apologies for that, its been a busy month! Once again, we have Dean Sunshine providing us with monthly pick of all the great and grand work that has gone up around the walls of Melbourne, and this month is no exception. Always nice to see familiar names, but even better ot see some newer ones that have started to pop up – we’re especially loving the work of Julian Clavijio and Welin in recent months. Check it all out below! 1. Shida – Sunshine Lane, Brunswick 2. Stormie Mills – Prahran

Through The Lens March 2017 – David Russell Photography

March has passed by leaving some pretty fresh art on the streets of Melbourne once again, the standout for me would definitely be the work of Rone in the now demolished Fairfield paper mills. The big Sinch tag rates as one of my favourites as well go big or go home as they say, also see some new works by Heesco, Choq,  Jason Parkers lovely portrait of Juddy Roller artist Goodie at Off The Kerb Gallery. Stay tuned for next month as Im going to the Benalla Street art festival over three days, this looks to be the biggest one

Snapshots – The Light In Us – Isolde – Off The Kerb Gallery

Congratulations to Isolde on her first solo exhibition at the iconic Off The Kerb gallery in Collingwood, run by the ever busy and beautiful Shini. I would have to say the work of Isolde would definitely be some of my favourite paste ups I have seen on the streets of Melbourne, in her many art covered lanes. Isolde’s work always stood out, her powerful images amongst the rust and ruin of some grungy laneway, this is where her work shines. For those that couldn’t make it down to Off The Kerb, I managed to garb some photos while having my

Editors note : Six months down; help wanted.

I just realised that it’s been almost six months since I decided to, mostly,  move on from writing about music, and to really getting back into covering my first love: art.

Its always been the goal that once I managed to regularly cover events here in Melbourne, that I wanted to begin to cover events and artists out in other parts of Australia – so, I’m looking for people to help out here and there to cover events and artists across the rest of Oz.This city, and its artists, are amazing.

Yet, being from Perth, and having moved over to Melbourne not (all that) long ago, I know that there is so much more going on in the country than just this city – even though it has evolved into somewhat of a mecha for the art that we love. It has been a great experience since I started seriously blogging about this stuff, and its surprising that it has only been six months since I started – it feels like a lot longer.


Thus far, I have found Melbourne to be very accepting of an outsider coming in to write about their scene, not many of my contacts from having been involved in the Perth scene of the early 90s really crossed over to this new home of mine, so it has at times been a challenge. I’ve learnt a hell of a lot in the past six months about Melbournes history, and current, galleries,  street and urban art – and I’ve met some fantastic people thus far. I almost very rarely get the somewhat insular-clique orientated vibe and the “who the fuck are you?”, and in almost all cases, everyone is quite supportive of what I’m doing with the blog – and what am I doing?

Just writing about what I love, and learning as much as I can – its why I’ve always enjoyed doing interviews with artists and muscians for the past decade (for very litte renumeration!), because I find it inspiringly beautiful, those things that can be produced by talented people applying themselves with all their heart to their personal passions.

I work a full time job in a very non-artistic area, it is challenging and at times brain breaking job, but it also leaves only out of work hours and weekends to do the other things that I love. For the most part, when I’m writing articles, I do it outside of work. If I’m not familiar with the artist who is doing a show, then I try to go out of my way and read and research as much as I can about them before sitting down to write the questions. I could take those questions, and send them to the next artist, or the next artist .. but I find people would rather read *about* someone, that just a cooky cutter list of throw away twenty-questions. If I get a chance to talk to them in person, then I always try to write up a proper feature article – and that can take even more time, transcribing and writing it up. Of course, if I’m familiar with the artist, I usually already have a bunch of questions I’ve been busting to ask them, and I can get somthing off to them asap – but all of this does take a bit of time here and there, that, with more and more happening, is becoming to come in short supply.

Articles here always reference “we” – because this was always my aim – to get things rolling, and then to invite other people along who may be interested in the format I’ve established, to contribute to it as a whole. Every week, I see amazing shows happening in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and everywhere else, and lament that I just dont have the time on my hands to talk to or cover the other events and shows I constantly see. Plus, I love collaboration, and believe that community is a fundamental and indeed, essential part of helping to establish new art, artists and ceative endeavours in the public consciousness.

So, if you’re interested in writing for Invurt, drop me a line if you’re interested in helping out – I’d love it. The format here is really simple, and there is already a huge bunch of resources that I have put together to get you started if you are interested. Send me an example of something you’ve written to invurt [@] gmail.com, or just drop me a line via the contact form, and we can go from there.

It would also be great if anyone is interested in taking photographs of some of the event launches for us, it would be great to document all of those as well – I am, self admittedly, the worlds crappest photographer!

I’d just like to also take this opportunity (I know this has all turned into a bit of a diatribe) to thank all of the artists who have allowed me so far to take a bit of their time, usually at very busy moment for them pre-show, to ask questions and pick their brains. It always one of the best parts of my day when I get a bunch of questions and photos of artwork back from someone, and start putting the posts together – and, also thankyou to whoever reads this blog, I’m glad that this little fkn passion project of mine caught your eye, and I hope you enjoy reading all about these guys and girls doing their thing as much as I do.

ez,
Fletch.

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