Press Mill Wednesday – Early June 2011 - INVURT
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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.  

Press Mill Wednesday – Early June 2011

It’s been a few weeks since our last Press Mill, but there’s been a fair bit of news across both Oz and NZ in the past few weeks, so here’s our informal wrap up of what’s been going on in the mainstream media in terms of street art, and its ilk, across Australia and NZ…

Most of the recent media attention has been focused on the New South Wales governments new anti-graffiti legislation, and its been overwhelmingly a sad read this week through a slush pile of relatively crap, sensationalist and biased articles. It’s unfortunate also, that with the introduction of these new laws, several councils have also removed their support or get rid of several legal walls across NSW – and this, to us here, just defies all logic. We guess, according to the NSW government, that unless its a semi abstract pastel coloured painting with the image of a beach in the background, hanging in some gallery cluttered with zimmer framed connoisseurs, it just mustn’t be art.

  • Links to news articles on the new NSW laws are here, and to be honest, this will all depress you. Young artists now face criminal court, increased fines, and can be stripped of a drivers license – wtf? Graff artist JONES from Lismore has good words about it all in the Northern Star … this is a pretty balanced article from the SMH on opinion points on both sides, nice.
  • Apparently, with no statistics or any real research research, the CEO for “Keep Australia Beautiful” has stated that legal graffiti walls –increase- the rate of illegal graffiti and he also wants to get rid of them, despite clear statistics from local councils across Australia that have shown that legal walls actually decrease it … umm, sorry Peter McLean – wot? 
  • Lets just get the depressing news out of the way, right? In Adelaide, St Peters council just buffed over a legal wall that had been done by eight different artists on the side of the Bond Gallery – don’t these fool councils actually check these things first?
  • The anti-art keeps on rolling, and expect to see lots of beautiful “Council Grey” adorning the walls of Yarra Ranges … again, if there were murals on these walls, what need would there be to buff them? This is coupled with the awesome talents of the Warner Awareness Education Group who are going around to local schools teaching kids the valuable “art is a crime” lesson.
  • Oh look, we finally got around to some nice news – we love Yarn Bombing, and there is a bunch of it going on in the Clarence Valley! Well done Grafton Regional Gallery on supporting it all.
  • Everyone in Brisbane should vote for Ray Smith in the upcoming mayoral race, it sounds like this guy actually has a clue about the arts, and wants to actually put money and some consideration into laneway projects for street art in Brisvegas – good luck, Ray.
  • Someones been going around painting dumped mattresses around the Sunshine Coast – they look pretty cool! Grand idea.
  • We saw C.O.P. Magazine a few months ago, and theres an article in the Mt Druitt Standard featuring Jo Alvarez. If you don’t know what C.O.P. is, its a magazine aimed at and that covers, female street and graffiti artists across the globe – and its really cool.
  • Here’s a great article on this years Northern Exposure festival in Northcote next week, which this year has a very specific street art theme with its Small Works Small Spaces component. Dope.
  • Why is it that when mainstream media sees something creative out on the streets that’s a little different, they always invoke the B word? Regardless, this sounds like it was a pretty cool idea that happened up in Brisbane last week.
  • NZ artists are up and supporting Amnesty International this week – I think we’ll post an event about this one shortly!
  • Lots of support for kiwi artist Eno in the last few weeks, after his run ins with authorities and the media after his attempts at beautifying his city. Much respect, bro.
  • Theres a cool article up today with Frank Liew from Qubic & Hypebeast up at the NZ Herald – a great guy doing great things for creatives. Heres ten of his favourite things.
  • George Shaw and Anne Rush are pushing for more public art to be done in Nelson in the leadup to the Rugby World Cup – such a great idea, and its so good to see people championing these kinds of things. Shaw is also the organiser of the Oi You Urban Art Project, that we’ll be covering later down the track …

Okay, that’s enough information overload for now, we’ve probably fulfilled our drabagoogle quota for the week – hope you’ve enjoyed this weeks media wrap up!

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