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Rone – Empty – Scann3D/VR

After seeing one of the most amazing shows of all time, Rone’s Empty, and knowing the space would soon disappear – I had to introduce Rone to some good friends of mine, the crew at Scann3D.  Using their super high end 360 scanning technology – we spent about 5 hours in the space after the show closed one night scanning the entire show – and after many hours of intense rendering the guys at Scann3D have created this 360 capture of the show.  This technology is like google maps on steroids and is a unique and powerful format to capture

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Sunshines Melbourne Street Art & Graffiti Top 10 – October 2016

Its November already, and I’m finally back in Melbourne – and what better way to kick-start things back after my travels than to (belatedly) throw up another fine ass collection of all the best bits of Melbourne street art and graffiti that Dean Sunshine saw over the past month!  These top 10s never disappoint, and there’s always a great cross section of work amongst his monthly picks – so check it all out below!  1. MERDA – Melbourne  2. Bailer – St.Kilda 3. Slicer – Brunswick 4. Makatron + Conrad Bizjak – Melbourne  5. Ethicks – Brunswick 6. Hayden Dewar

Through The Lens October 2016 – David Russell Photography

Join me once again as its that time to see what I saw in the month of October, it was a big month for artist Rone with his exhibition “EMPTY“, man what a show this was exhibited in the old Lyric theatre for the last time before demolition. October also saw “The Art Of Banksy“, exhibition behind Federation square along the train tracks, there was so much controversy surrounding this show. I wasn’t too phased I was just happy to be there with handful of my good mates who’s art featured on the way in to the exhibition, its on

Snapshots – EMPTY – RONE – Lyric Theatre

This show will be talked about long after the metal monsters tear down this beautiful 1920’s theatre that Rone brought back to life, giving Melbourne one last chance to see her in all her beauty. And boy did she shine especially from a photographers point of view, I returned 3 times to capture the amazing space come to life with these incredible shards of light coming through the porthole windows from 3:30 pm. I also loved just watching all the reactions of the bystanders as they walked in and were struck by a 10 metre mural depicting a female over

Snapshots – The Art Of Banksy – The Paddock Federation Square

This is one show that had its fair share of critics “The Art Of Banksy” featuring art purchased by various collectors on display in a faux London street scape. I myself am a big fan as are many are of Banksy’s work as it is what street art was originally about and that is using the street to convey a message about war, hunger, greed, politicians and the list goes on. It was great to see the works up close but something just didn’t feel right, some of the works felt out of place on a clean sterile wall, as

Snapshots – IN THE SHADOWS OF MANKIND – GEORGIE SECCULL – Gas Works Art Space

Once again congratulations to Georgie Seccull on her first solo show at the Gasworks arts space in Albert park, when I attended the show last week I was impressed to say the least. On seeing her creations up close one got to appreciate the amount of work that went into each piece she had created. Made from wood, metal, wire and other everyday objects, I could see Georgie had employed many techniques to bring these amazing pieces of art to life. For those that couldn’t make it to her show enjoy the photos I took while I was at the

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Sunshines Melbourne Street Art & Graffiti Top 10 – September 2016

Melbourne street art and graffiti are still going so damn strong, but would have thought we’d be three quarters of the way through 2016 already? And that so much amazing work has already gone up on the walls of our city? Dean Sunshine found us his top ten picks once again for this busy month, and as we come out of winter and into spring, I cant help but be pretty excited to see what else 2016 has in store for us!! Check out all the latest pics below, and enjoy! 1. Sirum – Clifton Hill 2. Lush – Cremorne

Through The Lens September 2016 – David Russell Photography

The month of September saw me capture everything from exhibitions featuring Shida at the new Backwoods space over in Footscray, Ha Ha at Off The Kerb Gallery and Frenchy at Backwoods Gallery, I also managed to spend a bit of time in the heart of Melbourne in Bourke Street with one of my favourite artists Mayonaize. As per usual I have a bunch of night time long exposure shots doing a bit of light painting, this has to be some of my favourite work as I have said many times in my previous posts, the art comes alive under torch

Snapshots – Brainfade – Frenchy – Backwoods Gallery

Almost forgot to post these photos from the exhibition Brainfade by the artist Frenchy at Backwoods Gallery a few weeks back, so for those were unable to attend the show enjoy the photos I captured.  

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Interview – Ox King

Distinctive, colorful, weird and downright gorgeous are all words that I’d attribute to the work of Ox King – and even then, they are meager words and are not able to give full justice to the pieces he does. Having worked across the years honing his style, which crosses between pop and fantastical fauna, to the realms of saturated manga-come-blade-runner-esque feminine visuals, Ox King has quickly become one of the most recognisable artists painting walls across Australia. Working predominantly around the streets of Sydney, Ox has also traveled wide and far, spreading his work across a legion of walls and into

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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