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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. More Cool Shit: Interview – Eleven Video –

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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.   More Cool Shit: Feature – Meeting Of Styles Melbourne 2016 Editorial – Getting Ahead In The Art Game &#… Sunshines Melbourne Street Art & Graffiti Top… Snapshots – Hancock – Dirty Playground…

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

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Sunshines Melbourne Street Art & Graffiti Top 10 – May 2016

The thing we love about the end of every month is when Dean Sunshine  and Dave Russell send through what they reckon are their top picks of all the best Melbourne graffiti and street art for the previous months – and here is the first lot from Dean Sunshine, as he once again takes his paintspotting camera camera wide and far to bring us some damn cool shit. Check out Deans Top 10 Melbourne street art and graffiti photos below! Looking forward to seeing Daves soon also, keep an eye out! 1. Reko Rennie – Prahran 2. Cruel – Collingwood 3. Meggs

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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