Video – Guido Van Helten – Portrait Of An Artist

Video – Guido Van Helten – Portrait Of An Artist

This rad video just got released, and its another gorgeous production from Selina Miles, covering some amazing art by the man Guido Van Helten whilst he painted a bunch of cool shit up in Iceland. Guido is at the forefront of all that is great about Australian street art, and Selinas Miles videos are always a pleasure to watch. “In August 2015, film director Selina Miles travelled with artist Guido van Helten to Akureyri – a town on the north coast of Iceland, to produce a very unique work. This 6-minute film documents their journey, and offers insight into the

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Interview – Bode Klein – LOV3

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Interview – Marguerite Tierney

These days, it’s always a pleasure when I stumble across a Melbourne artist that for some reason or another, I haven’t seen much of before. Over the years I’ve interviewed and written about (and just generally appreciated) hundreds of artists on this site, whether they’re painters, illustrators, comic book artists or those who are truly immersed in the Melbourne street art scene – so whenever I discover someone new, even if they’re not “new” per se, I tend to get a little excited. For a while there, it really did feel like the ranks of people painting on walls and

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Feature – Meeting Of Styles Philippines 2016

Without a doubt Meeting Of Styles Philippines was an awesome event. The MOS series of events are, themselves, some of the funnest things around that you can do with a bunch of other wall painting enthusiasts, and after fifteen years it just keeps getting better and bigger as it expands to different regions. It’s one of the best graffiti events in the world, hands down. At the beginning of April, I headed down to Melbourne for two days for MOS Melbourne, then, in mid-April, I found myself up in Kuala Lumpur for MOS Malaysia – so, it only felt right that I head up to Manila

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Sunshines Top 10 – April 2016

Another April goes by and Melbourne is starting the slow slide into the winter months – but that doesn’t stop jack shit, with everyone still out and about painting a huge mass of rad Melbourne graffiti and street art. As always, Dean Sunshine it out and about capturing as much of it as he can, and here is his pick for all the rad shit he saw in April! Check out all the shots below! 1. Vexta – Melbourne 2. Mayo + Destroy – Collingwood 3. Juan Salgado – Collingwood 4. DAC – Fitzroy 5. Be Free – Collingwood 6. Heesco

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Through The Lens – April 2016 – David Russell Photography

The month of April has past by leaving Melbourne with some amazing works of art, here are just a few of my favourite moments I managed to capture.

Video – Laneways Of Melbourne

Video – Laneways Of Melbourne

In a follow up to our recap of Meeting Of Styles Melbourne, Mick Russell posted up this video of a few of the laneways of Melbourne that were showcased in the event, with a nice little interaction and map in amongst it. Though it doesnt show all of the lanes that were done, unfortunately, its a pretty cool hyperlapse of some of the main ones! The Melbourne street art and graffiti scenes are blessed to have spots like this, when other countries struggle to get legal walls – though, we always need more … enjoy the video! “Taking a tour of

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Feature – Meeting Of Styles Malaysia 2016 – Kuala Lumpur

It was Friday evening by the time I arrived in KL, I’d finished work and hopped on a quick plane over from Singapore – it was like flying from Melbourne to Canberra, straight up, straight down. After catching the high speed express train into the city, then a connecting monorail to Bukit Bintang station, I’d thrown down my bags and walked the short way over to near Jalan Imbi where everyone was gathered. District Shop and Gallery is at the heart of graffiti in Kuala Lumpur – and the organisers of Meeting Of Styles Malaysia 2016. Down a side street,

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Interview – Steve Cross

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Steve Cross for a very long time, and in that time I’ve always found him to be a remarkably affable, courteous and downright talented and passionate man. Having seen his work on walls, in group shows, as tattoos on friends and sketches posted up on social media, I have had more than a familiarity with his work – yet its only really now (even given his incredible body of work so far), when Ive seen a catalogue of his upcoming show, The Black Ocean, that I realise I’ve caught a fleeting glimpse at the full scope of his

Video – Wall To Wall Festival 2016

Video – Wall To Wall Festival 2016

We loved seeing all the pics form up in Benalla the other week, and it was great to see this festival continue to grow our in regional Victoria – and they’ve just put out the video for it all! “Wall to Wall festival in Benalla, Victoria is the only major street art festival in the state. The festival drew over 4,000 punters to the town. Wall to Wall is an amazing example of how street art can strengthen regional communities. To find out more visit www.juddyroller.com.au Wall to Wall Festival is curated by Juddy Roller The lare the Managing Directors

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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