Snapshots – Wizards Lizards And Broads – Mark Bode’ – Backwoods Gallery

There are not many shows that captivate me the way Mark Bode did with “Wizards, Lizards & Broads, I suppose for me like so many we were heavily influenced by both Vaughn and Marks undeniably distinguishable characters. There was a time in the 80’s where in class it was all about Cheech Wizard, Puck and Junkwaffle, especially if you were into graffiti you will remember theses characters in some shape or form, I was also lucky enough to meet Mark Bode and his lovely wife personally at a going away dinner for Roa a few weeks back. Don’t miss the

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Sunshines Melbourne Street Art & Graffiti Top 10 – June 2016

Okay, is it really half way through the year already? I cant believe that 2016 is flying past so damned fast – it seems like it was just the new year! Half way into the year, we already have some cracking choices of top 10s from our man Dean Sunshine, and this month is absolutely no exception! His picks for June 2016 contains some of the coolest shit we’ve seen, and man, it just keeps on coming, month after month, year after year … Check out all the latest below, enjoy! 1. George Rose – South Melbourne 2. Mike Eleven –

Snapshots & Studio Visit – Julian Clavijo

David Russell and I caught up with Julian Clavijo on Sunday in his studio in Brunswick and we’re lucky enough to get an early insight and sneak peek into his body of work for his upcoming show – Patient Transition – Check out all the details for the show here. Over a few beers Julian told us about his origins in Columbia, his time spent at an artist residency in Dubai, as well as his journey into art in general, gallery art and Friday’s show. That’s a very short summary of what we discussed – Julian tells his stories with so

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Snapshots – Adnate – Always Been Here – Metro Gallery 

Last night David Russell and I journeyed over the river to Metro Gallery in Armadale to check out the opening of Matt Adnate‘s – Always Been Here. Like all of Matt’s openings at Metro last night was no exception. The Welcome to Country ceremony kicked off the show as the gallery packed full of people and Eucalyptus smoke wafted through the air. An excellent show with amazingly detailed works. A must see – make sure you get down to Metro ASAP and have a look! Thanks David Russell for the great photos.

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Snapshots – Tiny Writers – Goon Hugs – At The Dark Horse Experiment

Friday the 10th of June saw an amazing show by local artist Goonhugs at the Dark Horse Experiment, a prolific sticker and paste up artist, whose works literally cover everything, I love seeing a shopfront or bus shelter completely covered knowing that there are few thousand stickers on there. This was his first solo show and for this he allowed us a view into his miniature world of these amazingly detailed reproductions of abandoned building from around Melbourne, these were covered in tags mostly from Melbourne’s prolific graffiti scene. He managed to reproduce in such amazing detail, some of my

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ROA at Healesville Sanctuary

Whilst ROA was here in Melbourne, like last time, he spent much of his time and gained much of his inspiration at Healesville Sanctuary. For anyone not familiar with the sanctuary, Healesville Sanctuary is a not-for-profit conservation organisation dedicated to fighting wildlife extinction through breeding and recovery programs for threatened species and by working with visitors and supporters to reduce threats facing endangered wildlife. ROA spent several days at the Sanctuary, meeting and playing with all of the animals, this intimate experience gave him the inspiration for the show, which was complimented by bones and other weird artifacts on loan from

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Interview – Goodie

For many years, creatives from all across Australia have pulled up stumps, waved tearful goodbye to their home towns and headed south (or east) to seek their fortune amongst the streets and lanes of Melbourne. Since way back when, Australians with a creative bent have often looked towards the city as an artistic mecca, one to which they must make at least one pilgrimage to in their life. For many, it’s just a holiday, but for others it’s the Big Move. Some make it, some fake it, some find other paths or settle down into mundanity, and some, after having tried all

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Snapshots – ROA – HIC SVNT DRACONES – Backwoods Gallery / Guy Mathew’s Industrial

David Russell and I were lucky enough to spend the last 2 weeks or so watching this incredible show evolve. ROA arrived a few weeks ago now, and as soon as he did, like a Bower Bird, started collecting bits and pieces for his nest, or his canvases ;) Just like Bower Birds to a blue object, David and myself were also magnetically drawn into the studio, spending every spare second there. Watching ROA work is not something you get to see every day – so we cherished every second. Whilst amassing a smorgasbord of junk, old furniture, globes, glass,

Through The Lens – May 2016 – David Russell Photography

Hi guys it’s good to be back with my monthly edition of Through The Lens, this month I have selected a group of photos I think you will all enjoy as much as I did taking them. Till next month and remember it’s never too late to follow your dreams and do what makes you happy.  

Video – The Couple – Shawn Lu

We came across this recent video, another great bit of art from Melbourne based Shawn Lu from out of Juddy Roller! “Presented by Shawn Lu Melbourne based contemporary artist and illustrator Shawn Lu has painted his latest mural, The Couple, at one of Melbourne’s most beloved watering holes, Dr. Morse. Located in Collingwood, Melbourne, The Couple was completed over 7 days, in February this year. Using outdoor acrylic house paint, his trusty brush and steady hand, this piece features an unprecedented level of detail for a wall mural of this size. The video, created by Round 3 Creative captures Shawn’s

Event – Carbon Festival – Cullen Open House – Melbourne

As you’re all probably aware, Carbon Festival 2012 is fast approaching, so we’re kicking off our coverage of the event this week – we’ll hopefully be bringing you some interviews, lots of pics and all the info you’ll need to check it all out over the next few days.

First up, however, Art Series Hotel will be opening the doors and rooms of the Cullen Hotel in Prahran to help kick off the shebang. There will be a heap of amazing live art, from the awesome talents of visitors DALeast (China) and Faith 47 (South Africa), as well as local street artist. DALeast and Faith 47 will be painting a massive piece on the side of the hotel over April, and Heesco will be painting up the gym at the hotel. Plus, a design jam, tours of the hotel (yep, that’s my name down there), cocktails and the chance to check out all the rooms that various international artists have added their special touch to during their various visits down here.

This is a great event, and along with all the exhibitions, music, and the actual Carbon Festival itself – man. April … what a month.

Anyways, there’s a lot going on during the day, so we’ve decided to whack down the whole press release – read on!!

“The Cullen will kick off Carbon Festival 2012 with Cullen Open House on Saturday 21 April – a day of living fearlessly with street art. Showcasing the tallest mural in the Southern Hemisphere, a street art installation, interactive workshops and a chance to discover The Cullen’s very own Street Art Hotel Suites, The Cullen will educate and inspire guests bringing the spirit of Melbourne’s world famous street art culture into the Hotel.

Liz Austin, Marketing Manager, Art Series Hotels says;

“Carbon Festival allows us to engage our guests and neighbours and recognise street art as a legitimate part of our local culture. Cullen Open House is an expression of the Hotel’s representation of modern art and we have extended this inspiration to feature works from three street artists, D*Face, Swoon and Blek Le Rat, in our deluxe suites in recognition of the art form which is being embraced by Melbourne and the rest of the world.”

Boss Murals, All Day, Grattan Street Entry, Exterior Wall

Upon entry to The Cullen it will be hard to miss the tallest mural in the Southern Hemisphere – Boss Murals. South Yarra’s RTIST Gallery will curate the mural by international artists Faith 47 and DALeast. It will take a month to complete, transforming the exterior wall of The Cullen into an inspired street art masterpiece. This is a not to be missed spectacle.

Boss Murals will be created at the beginning of April and will be due for completion at the end of April.

The Cullen Street Art Suites, All Day, Various Levels (Guided Tours at 3pm and 4pm, starting in Hotel Foyer)

The Cullen will launch a series of Street Art Hotel Suites as part of Cullen Open House. Visitors will have the opportunity to wander the hotel with a cocktail in hand, discovering unique markings throughout the Hotel.  Spot the rat in Blek Le Rat’s room, as well as random rats throughout the Hotel as well as a Blek Le Rat self portrait on Commercial Road. Uncover Swoon’s muse and see the graphic black and white horizontal stencil art of D*Face emblazing the walls, as well as a concrete spray can in the foyer.

Guests will have an opportunity to join a guided tour of the Street Art Hotel Suites and learn more about the artists at 3pm and 4pm with Fletcher Andersen, street artist and Editor of Invurt Magazine.

Heesco Live, All Day, The Cullen Gymnasium, Level 6

Acclaimed Mongolian street artist, Heesco, will create a large scale mural, live, throughout the day, inspired by the notion of living fearlessly. The Cullen recently worked with Heesco at Outpost, Sydney and continues to support the artist and his public installations around Melbourne.

Design Jam at The Cullen, 10am – 5pm, Cullen Rooftop, Level 6

Swinburne University of Technology will present ‘Design Jam’, investigating themes including Transformation and Cross-
Cultural Brand Identity using a design-based approach to problem solving and creativity. Numbers are limited so to
register, please email [email protected]

This is a huge event on the Melbourne Street Art calendar, as is the rest of the Carbon festival and all the events and exhibitions surrounding it – stay tuned for all the rest of that, coming up in the next day or two!

See you at the Cullen!

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Who: DALeast, Faith 47, Heesco and showings of work from Blek Le Rat, Swoon, D*Face and more.
What: The Cullen Open House – Carbon Festival Preview
Where: The Cullen, 164 Commercial Road, Prahran, Melbourne, Australia
When: Event runs on Saturday 21st April 2012, from 10am to 5pm

Check out the Carbon Festival website, and the Art Series Hotels Cullen website for more info.

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