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.  

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,

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Sunshines Top 10 – July 2015

Ahh July, in Melbourne – a damn cold one, I hear – I wouldn’t know, as Im in Singapore basking (read, constantly sweating in) the warmth of the tropics. If I didn’t see these kinds of rad photos from Dean Sunshine (and all of Dave Russells!), I wouldn’t have  the chance to really get to see a lot of the amazing work that is going up in the ‘burn this winter!! So, here it is – Deans latest top 10 from aroubd the traps in July – hope you enjoy his selection this month, I damn well did! 1. Be

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Exhibition – SKL0 – LIMPEH Show – Singapore

In 2012 she got notoriety for her stickers around the streets of Singapore and became known as “The Sticker Lady” by the mainstream media – a name she does not like. Her stickers featured anecdotes of daily Singaporean life in Singlish and also the image of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, founding father of modern Singapore. Since then SKLO/ Sam Lo has come a long way. SKLO has since been featured in numerous exhibitions and galleries, participated in giving workshops and talks to the public as well as traveling overseas to paint the world. The LIMPEH Show “is a

Sojourn – Singapore Street Art – Part 1 – Sultans Gate

After the hectic bustle of Kuala Lumpur and an overeating dose of food for Chinese New Year, I headed back to Singapore. My first few days there were, yep, full of eating, and getting back to do some proper exploring was pretty exciting. In all my previous wanderings, I just hadn’t seen any signs of graff or street art. Not a single piece, or tag …

I mean, I didn’t see anything. It was so clean, so tidy and so manicured that I was a little despondent – I’d been told by so many people that if I wanted to see street art, then I was pretty fucked in Singapore.

Late last year I’d also read some news over at BSA that a Singaporean street artist, known only as “sticker Lady”, who had put up some really fkn cool stickers across the city on pedestrian crossing buttons, was facing a hefty dose of potential jail time and/or the cane for doing so. Thankfully, as far as I know, that didn’t eventuate and from all reports the legal system went quite easy on her – but it didn’t really fill me full of much optimism for any potential visit there.

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Image via the WSJ article on Sticker Lady

Then, not too long before I left, I saw a piece in Melbournes Blender Laneway by two Singaporean artists, Ink & Clog – and I fkn loved it. I ended up interviewing them for the first issue of our upcoming print magazine, Damn It! (you’ll have to buy a copy when its out later this month to read it, but its a good one!) and my feelings on the place started to shift – here were two amazingly talented artists who were really making some headway with their art in a place reminiscent to Australia back in its zero tolerance, culturally wastelanded 90s period.

I kept in contact with Ink & Clog, and, a week after I arrived back from KL (Id been practically bed ridden when I got back) they invited me out to visit for the afternoon. Thats when  discovered Sultans Gate – and my faith began to be restored.

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After arriving in Sultans Gate (thankfully the bus took me right there, and I didn’t have to wander around wondering where the fuck I was) I walked down the street, and, almost as soon as I looked I saw something that had been missing from all my glances around Singapore – tags. You have no idea how much even seeing one tag restored my faith – here it was, visible proof that there really was something cool going on in Singapore.

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Wandering down the road, I bumped into Ink  & Clog heading to go and grab some food, so after a few bites they took me on a quick tour of the somewhat more artistic side of Singapore.

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Our first stop was Blackbook – run by Slac Satu and crew. This is the place you go to get your paint, people. They had a good range, too, mostly the local paint – Zenith which was pretty damn affordable and much cheaper than anything we get in Australia. I didn’t try it out, but the colours looked good and I was assured it was pretty decent.

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Blackbook being an artist run shop, it didn’t stop at the paint supply – it also has a whole bunch of art from Slac and others adorning the walls, so if you want to pick yourself up some pretty mad art direct from the source, it’s all there for you to see on the walls.

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Blackbook used to have a big wall erected that they could paint on that ran behind the shop – I’m not sure if they were asked to take it down or whatever, but it wasn’t present when I visited. I was told that they wanted to erect it again and I hope they do – given that there are almost fuck all places for people to paint with any freedom in Singapore (more on that in part 2 of this article!), I reckon anything is better than nothing. As it stands, they did have a whole bunch of boards about the place that had been painted on – and they all rocked.

I highly recommend visiting these guys when you’re in Singapore – its around the back from Ink & Clog and Bein Store.

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Oh yeah, and their cats were all pretty cool. Cats rule (sorry Lukey!).

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We then stopped in at a really cool store right next door to Ink & Clogs studios – Bein Store. I loved this place, not only did it have some amazingly cool threads and other locally made products (the freakin watches there were mad), but it was packed full of sweet art as well.

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One of the high lights of also checking out Bein was getting to see a  bunch of the Hell Lotus custom toys on the shelves.

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I’d heard of the “Hell Lotus works that Clog had done, and I remember a passage he said in the interview I did with him for Damn It! that didn’t make it into the piece –

“The Hell Lotus was initially inspired by a trip to Hong Kong in 2011 together with ANTZ, ZERO and Neo,” Clog explained in the interview answers he sent through to me for the Damn It! interview.

“We visited the giant sitting Buddha at a mountain tops. I was so blown away that I made a sketch of it in my black book. It was an illustration of sitting Buddha with his head splitting open, revealing a skull, encapsulated in it. Signifying that in us, there’s God, and in God, there’s us. When I got back to Singapore, I was approached by Mighty Jaxx to design a toy for them and the splitting Buddha head illustration caught their eyes. A few changes were made soon after due to religion sensitivity, and was adjusted accordingly to remain the same ideology but yet subtle.

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The design of the Hell Lotus got thrown back and forth to make sure that design are firmed, and the prototyped was also checked that the artists impression of the Hell Lotus was perfectly done for the buyers. That was the most important stage for me, making sure that people receive what I received in my head.”

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So, having already been worded up on these pieces, seeing them in the flesh was pretty rad. The guys at Bein were welcoming and friendly, and looked pretty proud of their space – and the should be, there’s not much like it in Singapore and we hope to see them do great things in the future.

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We then made our way next door to Ink & Clogs new studios that they’ve recently set up – inside, was a veritable treasure trove of cool shit. Paintings, toys, materials and all the things needed to create amazing work – and there certainly was a lot of that around.

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Having had a chance to peruse a bunch of their work, I was pretty well left just wanting to buy a whole bunch of it – alas, canvases and backpacks are not really the greatest of travelling companions, but I now have my heart set on getting something for my walls in future!

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Of course, there was the obligatory stickered out fridge in their studios as well – with a couple of pretty recongisable additions to it!

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I didn’t have a hell of a lot of time to hang out, unfortunately, so just before I left they gave me the only kind of gift an artist really loves  a piece in my blackbook. I can’t thank them enough for this, I absolutely love it – and what impressed me also was just how quickly they did it together. This is a well oiled artistic duo, and in under ten minutes they were done and dusted with this gem.

Again, Ink & Clog fucking rule.

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My quick visit to Sultans Gate gave me a real sense of an underground artistic community amongst the high octane, business driven world of Singapore. Fortunately, I can now say for a fact that all those people who said that there isn’t anything worth seeing in the Singaporean underground arts scene were wrong. It may not be everywhere and all over the place like in Melbourne, but its most definitely there.

In the next part of this article, I’ll cover a lot more of the actual art I saw up on the walls, my feelings on the overall “scene” and “artistic culture” of Singapore, as well as a place that is doing some pretty cool shit in Singapore that I’m sure you’ll all love – Kult Gallery.

Until then, check out the rest of the pics I got from around Sultans Gate, Blackbook, Bein and Ink & Clog Studios.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/nonameisagoodname Luke McManus

    Haha! No way! :p dogs ftw! Good to see you’re enjoying yourself man! Nice article!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.holsworth Mark Holsworth

    Good to know that Slac is still active in SG.