Exhibition – Seasons Of Change 17 – Spring – Revolver Upstairs

For three years Seasons of Change has held a quarterly events at the beginning of each season featuring new work on Revolver Upstairs graffiti wall in the breezeway viewable from The Back Bar, a one night only exhibition and limited edition prints. This season we are flipping the script with a series of 6 limited edition 2 colour screenprints. The works will be created by six of Melbournes most well respected writers and artists all sharing a passion for letter-based graffiti, Dvate, Akuze, Askem, Sage, Inpac and Pkue. All prints will be signed and numbered by the artist. One night

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Snapshots & Video – Daek William – Sword and Society

Well, we got sent a mass of grand artwork the just yesterday, and I’d be remiss if I didnt share it with you all. Alas, we missed getting something up about the opening of this rad show, Daek Williams Swords and Society, but this will give you a really great overview of the work and how absolutely fkn rad it all was. I can still remember attending my first exhibition of Daeks work in Melbourne, at the much loved and lamented RTIST Gallery. One piece, an egyptian styled work held motorised pieces that allowed it to “transform”, and it was there,

Exhibition – Bitetime – Ian Mutch – Just Another Project Space

Celebrating the release of a brand new ‘superzine’, “Bitetime” is a selection of artworks, drawings, random travels and experiences, by Ian Mutch. The exhibition explores beauty through nature and narrative, capturing snippets of the artist’s life. From his childhood in Africa, travels through Asia and Japan, to the surrounds of his coastal studio in south-west Australia, these artworks immerse the viewer into a detailed view on the world. “Bitetime” is both an exhibition and a mini journal – a limited edition art booklet, neatly packaged with a build-yourself bitetime character and vinyl sticker. Ian Mutch is no stranger to print.

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Sunshines Top 10 – August 2015

August has almost come to an end, and it has been crammed with so much great work across Melbourne these past few weeks! From Brunswick to Richmond, the winter hasnt stopped our local creatives hitting the walls and throwing up some colour. Check out all the rad pieces that have been seen around the city by Dean Sunshine, as he brings us his latest Top 10 of all that is good and fine in Melbourne street art and graffiti!! 1. Rone + Mayo – Brunswick 2. Slicer – Richmond 3. Senekt + Swel2 – Brunswick 4. DVATE – St.Kilda 5.

Exhibition – INTERSECTION – JOHN ASLANIDIS & MAYONAIZE – Juddy Roller

INTERSECTION JOHN ASLANIDIS & MAYONAIZE Intersection is a collaborative exhibition between John Aslanidis and Mayonaize. Aslanidis’ work explores a sensorary dimension, which exists between sound and vision, where as graffiti has been a major influence on Mayonaize’s eclectic oeuvre. The contrasting approaches result in unique images that merge to become a fusion of sonic vibrations and calligraphic improvised text derived from graffiti. ABOUT JOHN ASLANIDIS John Aslanidis has exhibited throughout Australia and Internationally for over 20 years. His work is currently represented by galleries in Australia, New York and Berlin. He has worked extensively in collaboration with composers to install

Snapshots – Momentarium – Christopher Hancock – Off The Kerb

For those that couldn’t make it to Christopher Hancock’s show Momentarium at Off The Kerb gallery, here are a bunch of photos I took before the show went up.   More Cool Shit: Dean Sunshine’s Top Ten – July 2013 Event Wrap – Red Bull Wreckers Yard Finals Through The Lens With David Russell – Decemb… Snapshots – Heesco – Mongo Hustle

Exhibition – Apocalypse – Jonathan Guthmann – Backwoods Gallery

This body of work, simply but appropriately titled “Apocalypse” consists of a series of images based on the last book of the Bible: Revelation. This late first century visionary text purports to describe a series of prophetic visions delivered to an imprisoned Christian apostle, who reveals himself in the text as “John”. The visions contain some of the most vivid, powerful and at times disturbing images in our literary heritage. Guthmann, himself a student of the critical study of religion, is currently working on a written thesis which evaluates the cultural and literary background of the text of the Apocalypse,

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Exhibition – Misanthrope – ADi – Shane Sterry – Lazer Fist – Melbourne

Heres a nice one – a couple of my favourite Melbourne artists are getting together this week to put on a rad new show down at Collingwoods Port Jackson Press! “Three (Lazer Fist, Shane Sterry, ADi), Melbourne street and gallery based artists bring together a body of work which investigates the dilemma each faces of “misanthropy” with each artists work examining ideas of self, environment and culture, exploring the impact the outer world has on and in their private practices. Unhinged, opinionated and relevant this body of work will explore each artists “misanthropic” physch with an contemporary print and street

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Exhibition & Event – Spilt Milk Magazine #2 Launch Party – Sydney

The first issue of Spilt Milk was, from all accounts (As, damnit, I’m out of the country, not in Sydney and havnt been able to get a hold of it yet), a grand affair, featuring a whole swag of mad art and tales of the artists who created it. If you’ve missed it .. “Spilt Milk Magazine was launched in June 2015, Our First issue printed in 1000 copies to be distributed for FREE throughout Sydney, Australia. The project started with the idea to create the Art’s and Culture Magazine that WE wanted to read, filled with all the fantastic creations the people we

Carbon X – Writers’ Bench – Melbourne

Carbon Festival has without a doubt been one of Team Invurt’s favourite events over the last few years – showcasing some of the world’s most successful creatives at the top of their game. Each year we have been so impressed with the line up and the management of the event, so we are super excied to hear Carbon is back in 2015. Invurt has attended and covered every Carbon event since it’s inception with a live blog and photo coverage of each event. There are soooo many great memories from the last few years; including meeting some amazing artists and people,

Interview – Mikaela Jane

When we think of something that has gone wild, or is wild, or exists in a wild state, our thoughts often travel back to those Sunday afternoons in front of David Attenborough, watching the beasts in their kingdoms via for supremacy in the ongoing cyclic battle between “eat or be eaten”.

Sometimes, when we wake up on that same Sunday, we’ll have a message from a prior evenings drinking partner exclaiming “fuck, your mate was a little wild last night” with all of its negative connotations; the wild of booze or rage filled action or that glimpse in the eye of someone not quite there nor connected to the reality surrounding them.

Then there is that other type of wild, of course, a deeper, more profound and elusive type  – the wilderness of the spirit. This is the unconscious, the personality, the passion, yearning and loving. the devout mission and the quest of individuality that so many espouse – this is the wild with gumption, the pizazz ridden wild that we artists and creatives thrive within.

When I think of my friend Mikaela, it’s that “wild pizazz” that comes to mind. Pint sized, inked, swaths of colour and a single minded aim to create imagery and make her mark. Not any kind of marks, mind you, but the smallest of kind, points of ink dispersed across a page, emulsified by proximity and calcified with determination. Shades promoted from blunt nibbed dots to fully formed imagery which encompasses the “wilderness of wildness” in all its various, synonymic beauty. A true wilderness, in all its glory, built from point upon point upon point, until even the slightest of detail becomes an integral part of its form.

These are the rock stars, the burnouts, the idols, the beasts and the burdened. This is an artist delving into her personality and her work, exploring the world before her and placing it where all eyes can see it.

So, with her first ever solo show, “The Wild” (obviously!) just around the corner, we decided to delve a little deeper  into the wild world of Mikaela Jane …

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So, tell us a bit about your younger years, and how you started out with this creative streak of yours?

I started drawing from a really early age probably about four or five. I remember when I started school, all I ever did in class was draw (usually Ninja turtles and Ren & Stimpy characters). My mother always encouraged us to express our creativity, and with her being a junior primary school teacher I had a vast array of art products always at my disposal. I was very shy until my teenage years, and drawing was my way of showing the world my personality.

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You’ve predominantly worked thus far as an illustrator – would you classify yourself as such? What draws you to illustration, and what other mediums do you aspire to master?

I guess I would refer to myself as an illustrator, yes.

I remember reading old copies of Alice In Wonderland and the Narnia series as a child and being drawn to the way that the illustrations really helped to further tell the stories and give a beautiful feel to each character, that they were able to convey so much without any colour, and so simply.

I would love to learn to paint, especially aerosol. I have dabbled in the past, but my can control was terrible, which I blamed on my small weak hands. I am blessed to be surrounded by many friends who are ridiculously talented with spray paint so one day maybe I will ask for some lessons. I also may branch into using colour at some point … who knows.

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Pointillism. What the hell. That would definitely drive me insane after so much of it – what is it about pointillism that you find an affinity with? Rhythm? Shade? Movement? Flow?

I think that I was originally drawn to pointillism due to my love of old fashioned style illustration as mentioned above, I also tried my hand at cross hatching but I didn’t enjoy doing it as much. When I started out I saw it as a “cheat way” of shading, as it meant I could just use the one pen, and not worry about grading.

Now that I’ve been doing it for quite a while, and become more intricate with the dots, I find it amazing how one little minuscule dot can completely change the look of someone’s face, or change the light of an image. I get into a rhythm and ‘zone’ when dotting away too, its become strangely relaxing now. I like the notion of creating light and shade with something that is so delicate.

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Can you tell us a bit about The Wild, your upcoming show at Egg Gallery? What will it entail, and will you be showing?

The Wild is my first ever solo show, before this I have only ever been a part of one group exhibition. Putting this show on was a huge step for me as it was me deciding to finally take my passion seriously, and try and push myself to the limit. I work best when I push myself out of my comfort zone, and The Wild is me doing just that – into the world of portraiture when in the past I focused mainly on anatomy and tattoo flash inspired work. It features 25 brand new works on paper, all black and white.

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What does that term mean for you – “wild” – in its natural state and its societal state, what are the commonalities that you find affinity for – and how would you refute the notion of “being wild” as being a clichéd idea, in a time when being wild seems par for the course?

My whole life I have never been classed as part of the norm, whether due to my appearance, my interests or my way of looking at the world. While back in my teenage years, this really brought me down and I had problems with conformity, I now see “being wild” as being an enormous compliment- that of being untamed, unaffected by what the majority tells you that you should be. There are so many instances these days in pop culture of manufactured ‘wildness’, or trying to be different, but it is all so transparent.

The real “Wild Ones” to me are those who accept their flaws yet don’t flaunt them, and don’t realize how beautiful their differences make them.

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We’re going to take a stab in the dark, and figure that even though you’re not really saying what who or what the portraits in the show are, and say that there is a good majority of musicians in your work – only because we know you ;) How have those idols of yours within music shaped your art?

I grew up in the punk and grunge scene back in Adelaide in the mid 90’s, and back then music was my world, it moulded me into who I am today.

Being somewhat of an outcast and a huge tomboy, I was drawn to those genres as they were ruled by fellow misfits – I felt like I had found my home in that crowd. I remember getting Dookie by Green Day on cassette for my 10th birthday, and if anyone remembers that artwork it is the most amazing and crude illustration, it had such a DIY feel to it. That sole piece of artwork resonated with me for some reason, and after that I found myself obsessing over cover art, the fonts the bands used, the controversial yet cheeky imagery bands like Green Day, Frenzal Rhomb and NOFX etc would use. My walls were covered in music posters and drawings I did of my favourite bands CD art.

I then started getting into skateboarding imagery too due to the many collaborations between the two fields, obsessing over artists like Ben Brown and Pushead, and wanting to one day be the female version. That then in turn led to my love of tattoo art, as tattooing pretty much comes hand in hand with the punk scene, which shows in my earlier work being a mix of flash and cheeky gore. The musicians I have focused on in the exhibition are either ones I personally admire for always being themselves, or those who are widely idolized for being pioneers within their own genres, whom I know will have touched someone else’s lives like my heroes did mine.

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The gauche and the grotesque – perception of these things is often determined by the viewer; how do you represent these aspects of your work in a positive light?

I think I try to do so with a cheeky attitude, yet the old punk aesthetic as well, keeping it simple.

I think that there’s a great juxtaposition between the delicate nature of pointillism and say, the subject matter of a severed hand. I also, in terms of portraiture, try and make the ‘ugly’ look beautiful, in the soft tones and shading, so that the viewer can see the subject in possibly a different light than before.

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As a first solo show, how have you found the entire process of putting it all together?  Has, at the end of the day, the work informed the show, or the show informed the work?

The whole process has been a huge learning curve for me, I had no idea just how much goes into putting a show on, especially when doing it all yourself. I have had a great help from one of my friends letting me use their studio space to prepare everything, if I didn’t have that I think I would’ve had to cancel it!
Its been a bit of both worlds really, while the general theme of the exhibition has remained the same since my original proposal, the direction has changed a lot along the way which has been exciting. Originally it was going to focus on Animals and mythical creatures, but then after experimenting with my style, I found an emotional connection with the final subject matter which I didn’t have before, and I think (and hope!) that will show in the work.

Its become my heart and soul, my little baby,  and while, right now, I’m a little overwhelmed, it’s already the best thing that I have ever done.

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So what are you going to do next? What kind of projects would you like to work on in the future, given time?

Coming up I am working on quite a few collaborations with various artist friends, on some Skateboard deck designs as well as with a couple T Shirt labels. I would love to continue working with apparel, as I have a huge passion for street wear, and would love to get to do some large scale work installation work too down the road and maybe even get involved with something like Secret Walls.

I want to try anything really, I’m all about pushing boundaries so who knows!!

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