Exhibition – “Kioku – Flashback Memeories” By Goma – Backwoods Gallery

This looks to be a great show, Im looking forward to this one see you guys at Backwoods Gallery.   In his youth, the Tokyo born Goma traveled to the Northern Territory in order to study the didgeridoo under master Djalu Gurruwiwii. During his stay, Goma lived with the Yolngu people and was adopted into the Galpu clan. Under the tutelage of Djalu, Goma became the first non-indigenous person to win the Northern Land Council prize at the Barunga didgeridoo competition. Upon returning to Tokyo, Goma founded the Jungle Rhythm Section, a highly respected musical outfit which blends Jungle and

Exhibition – We Need A Myth – Erin Greer – Off The Kerb Gallery

Get along this Friday night to another art filled night at Off The Kerb Gallery, brought by the amazing Shini, this is one amazing person doing great things for Local and interstate artists for the past 9 years. Get down and support Erin Greer with her show called “We Need A Myth”, also check out the other artists showing in the other rooms. Fables instruct, myths ignite the imagination and dreams form the template of our ever shifting reality. The stories we tell teach us to interpret our world. They can, quite literally, shape the world around us. There is

Through The Lens – January 2016 – David Russell Photography

Welcome back to my series of photos capturing Melbourne’s amazing Graffiti and Street art culture, documenting artists, walls, galleries and everything in between. I’m really looking forward to what this year brings, so join me for another year of Through The Lens and see what Melburn Has to offer the world. Till next month where I will bring you a fresh batch of dope walls.

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Sunshines Top 10 – January 2016

Well, the new year is in full swing and 2016 holds a whole bunch of cool shit to come – we’re working on a new project here for the website, which will be released sometime in February, so stay tuned! In the meantime, here is Dean Sunshines monthly Top 10 of all the cool shit hes seen of Melbourne street art and graffiti – check it all out below and enjoy! 1. Findac – Brighton 2. Putos – Fitzroy 3. Kaffeine – Fitzroy 4. Shem – Melbourne 5. Damien Mitchell – Brunswick 6. Jimmy C – Collingwood 7. Skream – Fitzroy

Snapshots – Abyss 607 – Guardians Of The Threshold – Off The Kerb Gallery

For those of you who live Northside will be familiar with Abyss 607 and his work, with his unmistakable style adorning Melbourne’s walls, doors , footpaths and even trackside, his work is everywhere. If I can use one word to sum up his show it would be “WOW”, I was super impressed and surprised to say the least, well done Abyss 607, the exhibition space had a serious case of the measles, virtually every piece had a red sold sticker on it. For those of you who could not make it, here are a bunch of pics I took.

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Exhibition – Observance – Ryan Boserio – Melbourne

This is a show I’ve been waiting to see for a damn long time. Since moving to Melbourne from Perth a couple of years ago, Ryan Boserio has constantly worked on progressing his fantastical, surrealistic scifi infused imagery. Over this time his pieces that have popped up in both solo shows in Perth as well as group shows here in Melbourne (with the odd wall popping up here and there), all of which have hinted at a body of work that looks to have been realised with Observance – and damn, I’m fkn excited to see it all. Read on

Exhibition – Guardians Of The Threshold – Abyss 607 – Off The Kerb Gallery

Guardians Of The Threshold Abyss 607 Guardians of the Threshold is a glance into the mythological realms of Abyss 607. The Guardians, also known as the Seers are the deities that look over these dimensions and the ones that conceal the secrets within. The show primarily focuses on the di- vinely archaic forms of the Seers and their engagement within these realms. Abyss 607 is self taught and started painting and drawing the glyph in- spired Seers within the streets of Can- berra from 2009 and has since spent the last two years residing in and inspiring. Who: Abyss 607 What: Guardians

Through The Lens – A Look Back On 2015

Here are 65 images I think sum up 2015 pretty well, having said that I’m really looking forward to what 2016 has install so see you guys soon.

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Sunshines Top 10 – December 2015

It’s been a fairly cruisey year for us here at Invurt, with me up in Singapore a lot and general life-things-busy, it’s great to end the year in a high note, and what better way than with a bunch if photos from Dean Sunshine of all the grand shit he has seen over December? Check them all out below, and have a great Xmas and New Years – and stay tuned, we have some big things and exciting projects in store for 2016 when we’ll be ramping up thing here on the site again! 1. Adnate + Kaffeine – StKilda

Video – Adnate & Kaffeine – Amnesty International

Video – Adnate & Kaffeine – Amnesty International

Adnate and Kaffeine put up their first ever collab piece the otyher week, and the results were pretty damn amazing. This was a piece for Amnesty, and it turned out wonderfully – always good to see some of our favourites collaborating for the first time! “Melbourne street artists Adnate and Kaff-eine collaborate for the first time to help raise awareness for the Write for Rights 2015 campaign run by Amnesty International. #W4R Phyoe Phyoe, a young student activist in Myanmar is currently in prison for peaceful protest like Yorm. Take action for her here> bit.ly/PhyoeW4R . Together we can make

Interview – MEGA

MEGA is, amongst many things: an esteemed artist, writer, master of languages, seasoned art director, and an enigmatic sucker-punch of creative POW. This artistic virtuoso will hit our shores this April, touring Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Newcastle – as well as a bunch of international locations – spreading his colourful brand of illustrative-esque awesomeness with his upcoming exhibition Longing to Be Knotted Together. If all that doesn’t blow your creative envelope enough, the man himself will feature at this year’s Carbon Festival, hosted by Acclaim Magazine and New Balance, to be held at Federation Square from April 29th to May 1st.

We thought we’d hit him up for a quick chat before things got a little hectic, and as well as showing us a bunch of exclusive preview images for his forthcoming shows, Mega also talked to Invurt about his art, girls, design, girls again, and what it’s like being, well … MEGA

Your work has featured globally in magazines and albums, and you’ve art directed a bazzilion covers for titles such as Acclaim, Wad and Kink. Was it always your aim to be a successful creative or did it just happen?

I am really dedicated to what I do. As far as I can remember I’ve always tried to make my passion my work but it didn’t come without sacrifice. It meant having little money, times when I had no personal life, plus I never had any idea of what my future was going to look like.

What most designers seem to forget is that even before being a good creative you have to be professional. It may sounds obvious, but even after all those years spent in industry I’m still amazed by the general lack of professionalism. Simple things like respecting a brief, formats, keeping deadlines, you have to do all this to become successful. Once people know they can rely on you, they won’t hesitate to call you back and spread your name around – then you find yourself working all the time.

You also have to be confident – as long as you consider something impossible, there are few chances that you will achieve it. So, when you face a closed door – blow it up.

Did you do well with art when you were at school? When did your interest in making things look cool begin?

It all started when I was a kid. Back then, I would spend days and days cutting out magazine pictures and pasting new layouts, in order to create cool covers for my tapes. I did pretty bad in art at school. I had the usual bunch of bad teachers, who were more like frustrated unsuccessful artists than good educators. So I just stopped going to school and started spending most of my time painting the walls of my city and the trains in my area. In a way I hated graffiti more than I loved it. I was more attracted by the typographical researches, the forms and colours, than by B-Boy characters and all those “wild style” shitty letters that were considered to be cool at the time.

I never bought any graffiti magazines, and always found more inspiration in graphic design books. After a couple of years it became natural for me to explore the computerised possibilities – as an extension of what I did on the walls.

Your skills aren’t just confined to the visual realm – you’re also a great writer. What’s your secret? Vitamins? Study? Natural awesomeness?

I was born awesome, with a book about vitamins in one hand, and a pen in the other!

I started writing when I worked as an art director for magazines. I was tired of waiting for poorly written interviews given way after the deadline. Secretly I knew I could do better. I began writing articles so I wouldn’t have to keep running after lazy journalists before I could do my layout. The bonus was to talk with cool artists I loved. Nowadays I’m constantly moving geographically, intellectually, and professionally, so I prevent myself from creative suffocation.

Having been an art director yourself and now freelancing, which do you prefer? Being your own boss or bossing other people around?

I’m neither god, nor master. I’m a free sprit who can afford to relate only on itself, and being a freelance artist is the closest thing to freedom I know. People keep saying how lucky I am, not having to work if I don’t want to but luck has not much to do with it. I have two hands that allow me to work, a brain that allows me to interact with others, and two legs that allow me to escape in case of emergency, and so do you, hopefully. Being freelance only allows you to work day and night if you are motivated, and I chose this style of work as I’m motivated. Always.

At the end of the day, it’s more about satisfaction than enjoyment. I liked being an art director, and trust me, I wasn’t the bossy kind. I learned a lot of things, met a lot of cool people, had too many parties when I worked for magazines, and this was good at the time, but I’m more comfortable working by myself, just the way I want.

It looks like you’re a well travelled man – your Facebook page suggests you currently live in Bali? Creatively speaking what is your favourite city and why did you decide to settle there?

The younger me felt like a ‘girltrotter’, wishing to discover and learn more about females from all over the world. I respect and I love girls. They talk a lot, sometime behave in enigmatic ways, are always beautiful and fascinating animals. Being 31 years old I think I am now ready to stick and commit myself to one and one only, whatever that means. I’m ready to marry the first young and really beautiful cooker with a big brain and an intriguing personality I meet. What was the question again?

I used to live in Brazil, Argentina, Australia, and I’m now living in Bali. Deep inside I definitively consider myself as a citizen of the world. I try not to plan much in my life, I let myself go with the flow, but as for now I’m not even sure that I would be able to settle down forever anywhere. I love to travel and experience different cultures. I like to learn languages, try new yummy food, meet interesting people raised and surrounded by a different cultural and natural environment. I feel lucky I can seize those opportunities to constantly learn and discover more about humans and non-human beings.

Sometimes, there is a lil’ pragmatic MEGA in my head that whispers how much he would like me to settle down. The way I see things, the good balance would be to spend five months in Bali, five months in a big and challenging city like NYC, and two months visiting my friends and relatives in Europe.

Living inside my head clearly gives me a sense of separation, not to say isolation, wherever my current location is. This feeling of seclusion might encourage creativity, as you still have to entertain yourself in a way or another. For now, I literally live in the jungle, so the colours are very intense all around me. My influences might have been different if I was living in the middle of the North Pole in a totally white landscape, but I hear that drawing with big mittens is not that easy.

Shed some light on how you came across the name MEGA. Is it an abbreviation? MEGA-TRON? MEGAMAN? MEGAMAZING?

Mega calculates the world in megabytes and maintains a megalomania that this interview is actually feeding. I have to thank you for that.

I keep in mind that the grace I enjoy today may be altered without prior notice. Life is a game with bitter accents, and the slang of my name -Game- (in French slang, we like to switch the words syllables) sometimes sounds like an enigmatic warning. In Indonesian Megah also means cloud, and if the sky is a limit for some, it nevertheless remains a playground that I like.

Mega is more like a girl’s name in Indonesia, which is cool to me, as I like those creatures.

Who inspires you most these days, in terms of the art you see and experience?

I admire every artist who stays true and dedicated to himself.

I like Charles Burns, his work is clean and beautiful, and he tells inspiring stories about weird characters. I didn’t think I’d ever have the chance to work with Charles Burns, but a few weeks ago a Parisian gallery called Issue told me that one of my screen prints was being sold alongside with one of his. That may be a good start.

I’m not into comics, but somehow I always enjoy a lot of the books published by Fantagraphics in the US.

My favourite Australian artist is Kill Pixie!

Tell us a bit about your involvement with the Carbon Festival, how did that all come about, and what is your part in the festival?

Every month I keep in touch with what’s hot and new by reading ACCLAIM magazine, and luckily they have a distribution all over South East Asia, including Bali. The great people who make the magazine are the same one’s behind Carbon. They offered me the opportunity to show my work in Fed Square/Atrium, which is a place I love. I’m featured alongside Futura, and speakers include the guys of The Hundreds, Mishka, and Complex. I am really proud and happy to be a part of this amazing event. Buy your tickets for the forum and come to see my art!

How about the show you are doing in conjunction with it, Longing To Be Knotted together – what is the idea behind it, and what themes will you be showing? As this is a multiple-showing international exhibition how have you found the logistics of it all?!

I like to draw everything, and I have a special attraction to masked characters, costumes, strange make-up, that kind of thing. That must be the super-hero inside me speaking through my art.

This personal exhibition will be touring in Australia, Asia, and Europe. It’s all about hot rods, the jungle, insects, snakes, bikes, balinese hindu figures, girls, letterings, knives, masked characters, skulls. I know… I’m a boy. All those element were making noise in my brain so I decided to draw everything and mix it in a series of 11 two-color, hand-pulled screen-prints on art paper.

On a logistic and organization level, I did it all by myself. I’ve spent four months drawing constantly with no interruption, dedicating my whole life to my illustrations, allowing me some time to eat and sleep, but pretty much drawing all the time. Then I started looking for galleries who liked my art.

One day, I’ll sleep – people say it feels good …

Zombie Apocalypse. What would you take with you? Three things. Go!

  1. A pen
  2. Lots of paper
  3. A girl who is ok to be listed as a ‘thing’ so she can come with me …

Check out more information Megas show, Longing To Be Knotted Together. Also take a look at Megas webpage here, as well as his facebook page. For more information on the Carbon Festival, swing by their website, We Are All Carbon.

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