Exhibition - Da Mental Vaporz - Le Venin - Melbourne - INVURT

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

Snapshots – Rise & Fall – HA HA – Off The Kerb Gallery

For those of you that missed Rise and Fall by HA HA at Off The Kerb Gallery two weeks ago, I managed to get some photos before the show opened. This show was a departure from his usual works, here he employed broad range of techniques from illustration to brush and even some bronze sculptures of his iconic Ned Kelly stencils.

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Sunshines Melbourne Street Art & Graffiti Top 10 – August 2016

Has it already been a month since we posted the last collection of Dean Sunshines top ten Melbourne Street art and Graffiti images? We have no idea where all the time goes, but hey, who cares when we have a big fresh bunch of photos of all thats new and grand around the streets of Melbourne! Check it all out below … 1. Ling + Order55 – Richmond 2. Heesco – Cremorne 3. Bailer + Conrad Bizjak + Uncle Les – Port Melbourne 4. Shida – Hosier lane, Melbourne 5. Duke – Hosier lane, Melbourne 6. Hayden Dewar – Northcote

Through The Lens August 2016 – David Russell Photography

This month sees my usual wrap up of the Melbourne Graffiti and Street art scene, seen both in daylight and under the stars at night. Capturing Melbourne under the night sky is something quite special, the art seems to come to life and adds another dimension to these already amazing works of art. Since most of the work is done by good friends of mine I feel a real responsibility to do it justice and make their work shine – its a collaboration of sorts, that produces some amazing results. August also saw exhibitions featuring artists Kenta “Senekt”, at Backwoods

Snapshots – Spectrum – Senekt – Backwoods Gallery

Last week saw my good friend and very talented artist Kenta “Senekt”who had a solo show called Spectrum at Backwoods Gallery. I was really impressed with the progression of his latest works, having watched his style over the last three years since moving over from Japan. I must say its been an absolute pleasure getting to know Kenta and becoming good friends, even though there was a huge language barrier, thankfully my good friend Luke Mcmanus speaks fluent Japanese. Check out the photos below I captured for those who were unable to make it to the show.  

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Interview – Sam Yong

Sam Yong is one of those artists who I have followed for a while now, but have never really had a chance to find out more about. I first came across his work back in 2014 at the Analogue/Digital conference, where he was giving a talk as a part of the “Next Gen” artists talks alongside Carla McRae and Loretta Lizzio. As his work was projected upon the massive screen, I couldn’t help but be in slight awe at all the detail and macabre beauty within them. After that, beyond following his work on various social media, the next chance I had

Snapshots – Clockwise – Group Exhibition – S.T.K Art Spaces

If you didn’t get a chance to see the Clockwise group-show at S.T.K art space, this awesome line up of artists was curated by the lovely Filitsa Giannapoulos. This show featured a broad range of artists each bringing their own unique style, from Blek Le Rat to Conrad Bizjak to Rus Kidd and many more from Melbourne’s amazingly talented landscape. Check out the pics from the show below, hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

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Interview – Brolga

There is a long list of artists who have made their way over to New York City from our Australian shores, seeking what everyone else does in that big city across the seas – a chance to be inspired and create in one of the worlds most cosmopolitan environments. Brolga is one of these artists, who, after leaving the Northern Territory, travelled the world for some time before finally settled into the city he now calls home. With a pop styled aesthetic honed from his graphic design background, Brolga has been making a few waves in recent times. Recently, his Mohammed Ali painting

Exhibition – Da Mental Vaporz – Le Venin – Melbourne

Are you ready for this? One of the worlds most renowned graffiti crews, DMV, will be heading down our way – next week in fact. If you’re lucky enough to be in Melbourne, you’ll be able to catch what is going to be one fucking amazing show at Prahrans RTIST Gallery.

"February 2012: France is crippled by arctic weather conditions and paralysed by the presidential elections delirium. Leaving Toulouse, Lyon and Paris, the prolific French graffiti crew Da Mental Vaporz (DMV) decide to conquer the oceans for sunny horizons down under. Aboard “Le Venin”, the DMV sailors consisting of Bom.k, Blo, Brusk, Dran, Gris1, ISO, Jaw, Kan, and Sowat are heading to Melbourne, Australia.

Gathering their unique and distinctive style, the DMV crew form a gigantic nonapus, a nine-tentacles creature gifted with incredible energy, mastering many techniques with military precision. Monumental murals breathe through an explosion of colours, combining letters, throw-ups, calligraffiti or half-tone graffiti. Figurative paintings display a touch of dark humour while erotic characters transport the viewer to another dreamlike scenery. The DMV show will present a new body of works from all members, showcasing both collective paintings as well as individual works on paper and canvas."

"The French graffiti crew Da Mental Vaporz was created in 1999 by Bom.k and Iso within the Paris suburbs. Soon joined by Kan, they stood out by making huge murals in sordid lands within the southern suburbs, showcasing different subjects from traditional graffiti (previously confined to either block letters or cartoon characters and bubbles). Thus, their artworks can span over tens of meters high and wide, depicting monstrous characters, madness and the imminent end of times. In the 2000s, Jaw from South of France joined the collective with his crazy contorted characters and lettering. Gris1 came to strengthen the crew with his expertise of old school graffiti codes and madness vectors. Brusk from Lyon, vandal master with "3D honour" followed shortly and brought Dran’s touch of cynicism and childlike characters to the collective. Eventually in 2008 Sowat successfully managed to join the crew with his flops and calligraffiti … and discreetly integrate Blo with his dislocated dolls to darken the whole scenery.

Da Mental Vaporz surprises by its creativity and combination of styles. Internationally known for its large scale spectacular murals, the DMV successfully manages to maintain the unity of the group while strengthening each individuality. Regular feature of magazines, festivals, and exhibitions across Europe, Latin America, New York, Moscow or Hong-Kong, the Da Mental Vaporz crew members are both known collectively and individually. In 2010 Dran was invited by elusive artist Banksy for two simultaneous solos shows at POW in London, “Marks & Stencils” and “I have Chalks”."

These guys are seriously some of the best artists working on the streets in the world, and you’d be absolutely crazy not to get down to RTIST to check it out.

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Who: Da Mental Vapours – Bom.k, Blo, Brusk, Dran, Gris1, ISO, Jaw, Kan, and Sowat
What: La Venin Exhibition
Where: RTIST Gallery, 29 St Edmonds Road, Prahran, VIC
When: Thursday 16th February from 8pm

Check out the RTIST Gallery website as well as the facebook event page and the DMV website for more info on this mad show.

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