Exhibition & Preview – Drewfunk & Otis Chamberlain – Coalescence – Melbourne

Two artists whose work I’ve Ioved over the years are Drewfunk and Otis Chamberlain – and though Drewfunk has had multiple amazing shows over the past few years, shows from Otis have been much too few and far between for my liking! So its with huge pleasure that I see them teaming up this month to put on a grand collaborative exposition, Coalescence, at Backwoods Gallery – and its going to be grand!

"Otis Chamberlain and Drewfunk share a long history as leading figures in Australian street art.

This month they will be merging their visions into a collaborative exhibition titled COALESCENCE.

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Otis Chamberlain is a New Zealand born multi-media creative presently based in Melbourne.

Chaimberlain is equally at home with a pencil or craft-knife as he is with an aerosol can. His current work can best be described as a marriage between the street-art and character design of his salad days, when he painted under the moniker Mephisto Jones, and his recent passion for mathematics, geometry and the physical sciences.

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Both Chaimberlain’s subject matter and his technique are inspired by a quest for balance. His paintings draw parallels between the left and right brain, mysticism and science, the definitive and the ethereal; concepts that are rendered as much in undulating lines as in precise euclidean constructions.

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Since his arrival in Melbourne, the Malaysian born Drewfunk has become a permanent fixture within Australia’s street art community.

As an energetic muralists who fuses his Malaysian heritage with contemporary imagery Drewfunk has become an integral part of the Melbourne landscape.

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The work presented in COALESCENCE represents a change in direction and mood for Drewfunk, a somber collection that concludes his brief hiatus from art and explores of a deeper emotional range."

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Head down to Backwoods Gallery next week to see the show in all its glory – can’t wait to see what other beautiful pieces these two have managed to dream up!

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Who: Otis Chamberlain & Drewfunk
What: Coalescence
Where: Backwoods Gallery, 25 Easey St, Collingwood, Melbourne
When: Show opens Friday 20th September from 6pm til 9pm and runs for two weeks.

Check out Backwoods Gallery and the facebook event page for more info!

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For the past ten years, Fletcher Andersen (Facter) has cut his teeth writing for a variety of street press and music magazines. Drawing on his years of writing experience, and as an artist himself, Facter founded Invurt with the aim of promoting artistic events, and the established and emerging Australasian urban, street, illustrative, underground and low brow artists that partake in them. Follow him on Instagram @facter, or go like his facebook page, and check out his website, Irikanji.

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