Interview - Fibre Femmes - Baby Guerilla - INVURT

Sunshines Melbourne Streetart & Graffiti Top 10 – October 2017

Ahh October was a good month around the traps!! We are late on this as well, but Dean never stops haha … as the last month before we start coing into spring and summer fully, October always sees a lot more people getting out to do stuff – so check ut all the great shit below!! 1. Shida – Fitzroy  2. Porn + JME – Richmond 3. LOV3 – South Yarra 4. DVATE – Collingwood 5. Lucy Lucy, D’Nart, Mini One – Preston 6. Putos – Fitzroy 7. Senekt – Abbotsford 8. Sugar – South Yarra 9. Heesco – Docklands

Sunshines Top 10 Melbourne Streetart & Graffiti – September 2017

September passed a while ago. In between travel and work, Ive let things slide a bit here on the site, but its never too late to get these up – sorry Deano!  Check out all the great shit Dean saw on our streets over September below!! 1. DVATE + AWES – Richmond 2. BAILER + AWES- Port Melbourne 3. LING – Melbourne 4. N2O – Hosier Lane 5. PUTOS – Brunswick 6. SHIDA – Yarraville 7. SHEM – Hosier Lane 8. DVATE – Brunswick 9. HEESCO – Brunswick 10. SENEKT – Abbotsford 

Sunshines Top 10 Melbourne Streetart & Graffiti – August 2017

Oh shit. Okay, this is completely and utterly my ownfault that this is so late – Ive been so busy getting ready to go and launch Irikanji over at Taipei Toy Festival that so much has slipped on the blog lately! Busy as he always is  these days, Dean Sunshine though, didnt forget! He’s given us such a great bunch of pics this month as well, and I’m pretty stoked to see his selection!!! Check them all out below! 1. Makatron + Itch – brunswick 2. Jack Douglas – Sunshine Lane, Brunswick 3. AWES – Brunswick 4. Bailer + Ling – Collingwood

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 –

Interview – Fibre Femmes – Baby Guerilla

As you may have been reading, we’re running our special feature this week on a very cool bunch of female artists who are participating in the Fibre Femmes exhibition in Prahran this week – we felt like doing something different, and running this special feature as a test for many more to come – and we really couldn’t be happier with both the response as well as having had the chance to interview all the artists involved!

Next off the mark in our feature, is the wonderful work of Baby Guerilla – a fresh face in the Melbourne street art scene, her work is already garnering a lot of talk and hype, with her illustrative women adorning many a wall. Having regularly exhibited her work for some time since graduating from fine arts, BG has immersed herself into her street art work, and the results have been wonderous.

In this third part to our feature, we talked to BG about her work outside of the streets, her recent trip to China and the art scene there, the recent Ladie Killerz show and what we can expect from her in the upcoming exhibition …

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Tell us a little about your motivations for going out at night (or day?) and putting pieces of your work up on the walls of Melbourne? What drives you?

I guess the short answer is the creative spirit.  I have such a passion for art in all forms.  Street art is a great leveller in that you don’t have to ask to exhibit – you can just put the work out there. It is also more immediate and it puts your work into another context altogether and delivers it to an audience who may never get to a gallery.  Art on the street interacts directly with the environment that it is placed in to convey something art in a gallery could never convey.  However, having said that there are also things that work on a canvas or in a gallery that would not work well on the street; both forms of art are able to convey something unique. 

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Are you a self taught artist or have you had training or some form? What was the path that you’ve taken, creatively, up to here? 

I believe most artists these days are self taught in a technical sense.  We learn mostly from practice.  I went to both VCA and to Monash University.  I did a Fine Arts degree at VCA and exhibit regularly as a Fine Artist.  I began street art as a kind of hobby on the side.  Gradually my work became bolder.  I believe it complements and strengthens my other artistic practice and it is such a thrill.

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A recurring character of your work is the naked girl, surrounded by birds – what are the ideas behind the icons, and what is the story you wish them to tell, unless you would rather leave that up to the viewer? 

I love each persons’ own  interpretation of the themes as there is no single answer here.  I believe artists are the worst people to ask about the meaning behind their own works as they are often operating from deeply instinctive and unconscious motivations.  I guess the piece is about freedom, hurt, longing, falling or flying.  I love that paradox as our strengths are so often our weaknesses and vice versa.  The things that tear us down pull us up.

What have been some of your favourite pieces so far that you’ve done around Melbourne, and can you tell us any interesting stories about any of your guerilla missions?

One of my favourite pieces is a legal wall for Post Industrial Design in Footscray.  The owners were so lovely and supportive.  It also gave me the opportunity to relax and take my time with the piece.  It was refreshing to not have to worry about being caught and I guess it made me feel like I had some legitimacy.   It was the first time I have ever signed any work, which meant a lot. 

Almost every guerrilla mission is an interesting one as there is something beautiful about being up when the rest of the world isn’t and seeing all the various possibilities out there.  Well that’s how it goes…. sometimes….I have also been citizen-arrested by a security guard which was fairly ugly.

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We read lately that you had just returned from a three month residency at the Red Gate Gallery in Beijing – can you tell us a little about this experience? what is happening over in China at the moment, in terms of art, that most grabbed your attention or influenced you?

Chinese art and the work ethic there is absolutely incredible.  I was especially inspired by the products, packaging and advertising I found there.  I think when you step outside your own culture your senses become so heightened and alive.  You see things from a unique perspective only an outsider would notice.  Street art in Beijing is basically non existent because of the government and the fears that have permeated people’s lives.  Next time I return to China I would love to take my tools and put some stuff up.  I don’t think I could help myself.  That would be awesome!

When you were asked to do the show at Surface POP what were your first thoughts, and what was your initial thought as to what you wanted to do for it? 

I felt honoured to be part of it, in such great company and thought it would be a great way to show my artistic process, demonstrating how an idea goes from a tiny seed of a sketch into full bloom on the street.

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What do you think of the female street art contingent in Australia these days – kicking ass or what?

I think because of the secretive nature of street art and the penalties surrounding it, artists often work in small pockets or individually.  One of the main benefits of exhibiting in group shows such as this, is that it brings people together (we have Renee from Surface Pop Up to thank for this one!).  It has been great to connect and put a face to many of the pieces I have seen.  I love being part of a community as art can be a solitary business at times.  I feel like I am part of one big family here in Melbourne and that makes my heart happy.

I would definitely agree that female street art in Australia is right up there.  There are many people here in Melbourne who just blow me away.  Sam Serious Jones is one of these as her work is so intelligent, mixing fine art with street art to create something incredible. Exhibiting with the Ladiekillerz exhibition at Faction 5 in Footscray has definitely been a highlight.

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What do you believe the street art scene in Australia is mostly lacking, if anything? Or what do you believe are the pros and cons of being involved in street art here – and how would you encourage others who are just starting to get into it?

Street art in Melbourne is so vibrant, the only thing lacking in my mind is legal walls.  There are so many walls or buildings.  I see various buildings, skyscrapers blocks of flats etc… that would look absolutely incredible with some art on them.  I think of different things I could create on them all the time.  We are surrounded by blank canvas.  Artists could make this city look unbelievable but the process of gaining legal access to those buildings is overwhelming, time consuming and draining.  It means the artist would become mired in paperwork and administration which is the antithesis of most artistic practice.  Why is it that all big projects in life require paperwork?  Ouch!  There is an idea… someone should start an agency to gain permission from the owners of buildings to use their walls then invite artists to submit proposals for each project.  That would be brilliant.  I think most artists would do it just for the cost of materials.  I certainly would.  I know so many talented artists who could create something amazing with these spaces, it is a shame they are not being utilised.

The only advice I would have to someone starting out is that to some people street art is pure vandalism and destruction of property and in their mind there is no grey area.  Don’t argue with those people as they are often filled with hate and anger – just get the hell out of there.

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What do you have lined up for your work in the future, and where would you like to take it to next – will you continue to hit both the streets as well as the exhibition scene? 

It is quite funny really as I never felt street art would lead to anything at all for me.  In many ways I felt like Benjamin Button going in reverse towards adolescence, not maturity.  I will continue to create all kinds of art including oil painting, sculpture and drawing as well as street art.  I have many projects on the go.  The next pieces I have planned for the street will be quite romantic images.  I can’t wait.  I get excited just thinking about them.  Also have a few exhibitions lined up also, including Platform this July.

Check out Baby Guerilla’s facebook page here. Also, don’t forget to check out the info on Fibre Femmes at the Surface Pop blog and the facebook event.

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