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Sunshines Melbourne Streetart & Graffiti Top 10 – November 2016

Well, here we are. After a tentative step into summer, its cold again here in Melbourne, but the laneways and walls are just as full of people painting as they ever are! Once again, Dean Sunshine was out and about, snapping his pics for all the best things he saw around our fair city over the month of November – and this time, I’ve actually seen some of these pieces since I got home a few weeks ago! Its December already now, and its hitting crazy time already, Im sure there is a lot more left to come for the remainder

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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.  

Interview – Fibre Femmes – Be Free

Ever wished you could float above the clouds? We know you’re lying if you say no. We have to admit there’s something bout the work of Melbourne Artist Be Free that makes this childhood wonderment of ours come alive: whimsical imagery, decorated with a playful set of floating cards; It’s all the tell tale sign of a creative that clearly understands what it’s like to hover high above the ground, with a head planted firmly in the sky.

With a knack of making images come to life with the most simple of affects, Be Free makes us remember what it’s like to be a kid, dreaming about what life was going to deal you. As a part of our week long feature of Fibre Femmes artist show, we stole a few moments from Be Free herself so she could explain what it’s like making art for our streets…  

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So, the name Be Free -  it obviously has positive connotations, but what’s the actual story behind it?

No story really; just that if you’re not free, what are you? … I love the idea of being free …

Did you always want to create artwork? I think I have always been creative, in the early days skateboards, music and now visual art… Not to say I don’t do the others, it’s all the same, you express yourself on a daily basis.

… and tell us how you came to adorn our streets with your works?

My friend and I used to follow the street art scene a lot but never did anything. One day we decided that it would be really cool to be a part of it – a year later, I was actually doing it.

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A lot of your pieces have a real innocence to them. Can you tell us where this comes from?

I guess I see things in people that makes me feel something and want to use that in my art. I like to use people I know, it’s kinda like keeping a record of things- this was that time and that place, and I felt this.

What’s the actual significance behind the floating cards?

Yeah the cards, well some of my friends back in Adelaide were big Alice In Wonderland freaks, and they use to scatter cards all over there walls and I always loved it.

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Have you always used paste-ups? Are there other mediums you readily use? Or ones you like to use outside of your street work?

I really like mixed mediums, I would do more stencils on the street but the stencils don’t last very long and it’s harder to climb with them. Paste-ups are great, quick and easy, and you can get really creative with different types of paper.

I like that art installations step out and interact with people, I think people can stumble into the work without them even realising it.

Do you think it’s hard to be recognized as an urban artist?

I’m not really sure, I just like the fact that every street artist is adding and building to the street art culture …

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What are your plans, artistically speaking, for the future?
Working on my skills as an artist and just doing art on the street, I wasn’t even thinking about doing a gallery, but all the other girls that are doing the Fibre Femme’s show are so awesome I couldn’t say no.

Your collaborative all female show at Surface Pop, Fibre Femme’s, is coming up, tell us what to expect.

It feels awesome to be doing a show with the other girls they all have great styles. I think is going to be a big creative bombing session to change the space so it feels like you’re walking down a back street alleyway somewhere in Fitzroy.

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Can you give us a hint about where Be Free’s next street piece is going to be?

Hmmm, maybe Melbourne city, or Prahran…

 

Check out more work from Be Free at her facebook page. Dont forget to check out more details for Fibre Femmes at the Surface Pop Up blog and the Facebook Event.

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