Editiorial – Can’t get your art into a gallery? Build your own. The Story of Per Square Metre
Ever wondered what it takes to start up your own gallery? Almost a decade ago, five friends were so fed up with the state of Melbournes gallery scene, which, at that time, didn’t cater for their love of graffiti and street art, and decide to open what would eventually become a legendary gallery that formed a critical piece in Australian graffiti and street art history – Per Square Metre gallery. In this editorial, Paul Round talks to the owners of Per Square Metre – ten years since they began the journey, and five years after it lamentably closed its doors.
Exhibition – Stereodynamica – Felipe Pantone – Backwoods Gallery
Stereodynamica On his ongoing journey to explore the notions of a never-ending development of technology at a stunning speed, Felipe Pantone brings us yet another experiment in multistable perception. For his latest show called Stereodynamica, coming to Backwoods Gallery, this talented artist from Valencia will, for the first time in Australia, exhibit a series of stereoscopic works on canvas and paper. In order to add yet another dimension to his vibrant, kinetic, almost three-dimensional works, Felipe Pantone worked with stereograms, a particular kind of imagery which hides a picture within a picture. Working with installations, graffiti, kinetic art and graphic
Exhibition – Undergrowth – Julia Palazzo & Chuck Mayfield – At Uncle & Jak Cafe
We are exhibiting a new series of works at Uncle & Jak Cafe in Fitzroy for a month, and we’ll be having a launch event this Saturday! Come check out beautiful art, have a drink and celebrate the arrival of summer in Melbourne. Beers and ciders provided at the event, courtesy of Mountain Goat Beer. • • • • “Undergrowth” is an exploration of the relationship between visual environments in both urban and natural landscapes. Our aim is to connectthese seemingly polar opposites with the theme of organic growth, and the grace and beauty of vivid colour. • • •
I first started seeing Knocks work around Melbourne some time ago, periodically appearing in run down abandos and a variety of walls sprawled across the city – immediately, there was just something that drew me to his work, whether it was the seemingly ordered chaos of his pieces, or the strange and pensively creepy character work that peered out from broken bricks, pinpoint eyes mirroring the decay around them. Like other artists who choose to follow this type chaotic expression, Knocks work is infused with a variety of influences from pop culture, to the surreal and macabre – his often
Exhibition – 100 Candles Game – By Barek – Off The Kerb
Inspired by the ancient Japanese game Hyakumonogatari Kaidenkai or 100 Candles Game. Around a circle of 100 lit candles––amidst a sum- mer chorus of frogs & insects––participants take turns telling a ghost story or supernatural tale, each snuffing a candle upon finishing. When the final candle is extinguished a Yōkai (ghost or spirit) can be seen with the naked eye… A collection of paintings, drawings & sculptures inspired by Japanese folklore and Kaidan (ghost stories) by artist Barek. Who: Barek. What: 100 Candles Game. Where: Off The Kerb Gallery, 66B Johnston Street, Collingwood. When: October 9th from 6-9pm – till the 23rd
So Dean Sunshine has, yep, once again got out and about to get a bunch of great shots from around Melbourne of some of the finest shit on walls possible – welcome to Spring, people, theres going to be a lot more stuff going up over the next few months, so stay tuned as summer begins to roll in … 1. Unwell Bunny – Prahran 2. RusKidd – Fitzroy 3. Duke Style – Melbourne 4. Heesco Christopher Hancock – Melbourne 5. Phibs – Fitzroy 6. Mayo – Fitzroy 7. Lucy Lucy – Preston 8. Be Free – Collingwood 9. Putos –
Due to the popularity of last years open day, Everfresh decided to open it’s doors again for one day only and allow the public to walk through the studio and see the artists and their work up close and personal. For many people this would be the first time they would get to meet the artists who’s work they had seen all over Collingwood, Fitzroy and destinations around the world. This was also an opportunity to purchase some of their amazing work at a very reasonable price, so for those of you who were unable to make it down, here
At times wandering vagabond and all round grand artist and nice dude Knock will be having his Melbourne solo show at House Of Bricks next week, and its one that you really shouldn’t miss! “After having spent another summer in Berlin creating more visual stimuli ,”TERRA SENECTUS” represents a new body of work by the artist KNOCK. Opening October 2nd at HOB gallery. Translating to “old planet”, the paintings reference mythology and the unknown of yesteryear within deep time.. Deep time is the concept of geologic time. The modern philosophical concept was developed in the 18th century by Scottish geologist
Exhibition – 32K by David Russell – Blender Studios
Resident Photographer for Invurt and our good friend, David Russell is FINALLY having his 1st exhibition – and were super excited to share it with you. I wrote this for his event page on Facebook: “I first met David Russell in Hosier lane in 2012, I’d seen him a hundred times in various streets, lanes and at walls all over Melbourne before, but this time I decided to say hello. I’m glad I did. When I first met David his photography was a passion and a hobby. Since then David has become one of Melbourne’s most renowned and respected graffiti
This post is something a little different to the norm. We ummm’ed and ahhhh’ed about the format for ages, should we transcribe it, should we make a video, should we edit it, should we chop it into smaller clips? We ended up deciding to just post it as is (with some work on the sound levels). It was such a special experience for us, it felt like we were watching a documentary.
To start off with, we have to thank Dean Sunshine. Dean took Futura on a street tour of Melbourne the day before. As you will hear, it was the best tour he’s done to date and he really loves Melbourne. He’s also a big fan of invurt which you’ll hear about too! Check out Dean’s photos from the day on his blog here.
We were called up for our turn, waiting in club 23 (which Hennessy had booked exclusively for Futura) at Crown.
It’s funny. We planned and planned this interview, and just before we sat down we heard Futura speaking to some other members of the press. He’s such a captivating speaker. Impromptu we decided we would just sit down and have a conversation with him. And while I had my list of questions handy, I didn’t have to ask one of them, Futura covered off basically every thing we wanted to ask.
It was possibly one of the most amazing conversations I’ve had with anyone from the scene, ever. I mean this man is a god father, he’s seen it all come and go and he’s still keeping it real.
We were also blessed to hear about the person behind the artist. We spoke intimately about his family and friends and some of his other passions; photography and exploring new cities.
Anyway, you’ll understand after listening! Kick back, grab a beer, have a listen and enjoy! Also check out the mad shots by David Russell below.
Luke McManus is an IT project manager by day, and by night (and any other spare time he gets) a street art and graffiti fan, collector and photographer. Luke has been interested in street art since the explosion in Melbourne in the mid 2000s, in particular stencils and paste ups. Since then Luke has always been a keen follower Melbourne’s street art and graffiti scene and of street art worldwide. Luke’s purpose for documenting and blogging about street art and graffiti is to share with the world the amazing talent in the street art and graffiti scene in Melbourne (and sometimes from other parts of Australia).