Exhibition - E.L.K. - Not With It - Melbourne - INVURT

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

Through The Lens July 2016 – David Russell Photography

Hey guys it may be wet and cold but that doesn’t stop Melbourne artist’s from churning out some pretty dope art, wether on a wall or canvas July saw artist Cam Scale pull off a ripper of a show at Juddy Roller. Dvate and the guys smashed out a nice wall at the top of High street, Clifton Hill featuring pieces by Dvate, sigs, Putos, Askem, Sage, Porno and Ling. I also spent a bit of time out at night capturing the art under the cover of darkness bringing it to life using my two favourite torches the Led Lenser

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Sunshines Melbourne Street Art & Graffiti Top 10 – July 2016

It’s not easy finding the best ten pieces around the city from month to month, but thats what Dean Sunshine tries to do for us in an un-ceasing survey of the best of Melbourne street art and graffiti. In this, believe it or not the 64th edition of his Top 10, Dean has chosen some of the best pieces that we’re seen yet! Of course, top tens are always subjective, but we do think that he’s nailed it this month! With work from all across the city, featuring Adnate to Al Stark, Hancock and Ape Seven and so many others, its a wonder

Snapshots – State Of Mind – Cam Scale – At Juddy Roller

For those of you who were unable to make it down Juddy Roller to check out Cam Scale’s amazing show State Of Mind, here are  bunch of photos featuring his works from the show.  

Snapshots & Video – The Fresh Hood – Preston

Snapshots & Video – The Fresh Hood – Preston

There are a whole bunch of rad things going up around Preston these days, its turning into one of the cooler spots in Melbourne, to be honest. The Fresh Hood is no exception, taking an older building at the Preston markets and turning it into a cornucopia of cool shops and eateries, surrounded by some dope ass new artwork! Selected and curated out all by our man Dean Sunshine (with support from Loop, Crag of the Space Agency, Dulux Australia and Duke Style) this is an awesome new addition to the many gorgeous walls around Preston … check out the photos

Through The Lens – June 2016 – David Russell Photography

It may be cold in Melbourne right now but that hasn’t deterred artists like Smug who managed to smash out two amazing murals organised by Juddy Roller, one over three storeys depicting his grandparents. Roa was in town and didn’t disappoint with his show at Backwoods Gallery, featuring Australian wildlife painted on all manner of objects he collected while in Melbourne, all from hard rubbish found around Clifton Hill and surrounding suburbs. Adnate also had an exhibition at the Metro Gallery featuring his amazing works depicting members from the indigenous community, its great to see an artist use their skills

Video – Shida – Bombing HK & Seoul

Video – Shida – Bombing HK & Seoul

The man Shida went on a bit of a trip to Hong Kong and Seoul recently, and got a bunch of video of some of his exploits on the streets there – a nice little piece of a man doing what he loves, and doing it with his expressive style – Theres really something to be said about bombing with a brush(s)! Check out the video below ..

Exhibition – E.L.K. – Not With It – Melbourne

We have no compunctions with stating right here and now that E.L.K. is one of our all time favourite Australian artists. His work over the years has continually blown us away and catapulted him to the top of his game. Now, after a hugely successful year, E.L.K. will be presenting his next solo show “Not With It”, at Metro Gallery in Melbourne – this is going to be fkn awesome.

“E.L.K’s work is a progressive social commentary that emanates from a uniquely Australian perspective. The portraits of Hon. Bob Hawke and Fr Bob Maguire were exceptionally well received, making him the first artist in history to be accepted into the prestigious Archibald prize with a portrait that has roots in the street art culture. E.L.K’s latest exhibition ‘Not with it’ is inspired by the cultural response from Australian society to the GFC – as he sees it. As an artist that has, for the most part, existed on the fringes, E.L.K examines the divide between rich and poor through poignant and satirical art works such as “Don’t worry, be happy?” which depicts a ‘plain Jane’ girl-next-door archetype, hands clasping a sign saying “will work for food”.

“Not With It” touches on the separation of church and state through E.L.K.s portraiture of iconic, though controversial, Australians, which are partnered with the aforementioned social commentary via his tongue-in-cheek, street based works. The image of a Rosella upon a black background is an incredibly uplifting moment, described as “a dizziness of freedom” – a laconic, yet utterly familiar connection.

A crucial fulcrum lay between E.L.K’s association with street art, and his works dichotomy with fine art; this tension is always negotiated through his use of subject matter and well honed technique. The method by which E.L.K breaks the boundaries of stencils – a medium that is traditionally associated with street art – is contrasted with his political and societal observations, the subject matter of which is irrevocable linked to both fields.

The real question, however, with E.L.K’s work is not where it has taken him, but where it will take him next. Like the essential notion contained within the laws of physics, for E.L.K, the only way is up.

As Winston Churchill said “Kites climb higher against the wind, NOT WITH IT”

We’ll leave you with this event info for now – as we have a really cool feature coming up on the man in the next few days … so stay tuned for the good shit!

Who: E.L.K.
What: Not With It solo show
Where: Metro Gallery, 1214 High St, Armadale
When: Show opens Wednesday 14th from 6:30pm til 9pm and runs until 1st December

Check out the facebook event page, E.L.K.s website, his facebook page as well as the Metro Gallery website for more details.

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