"Shane Andrews" face is known to pretty much anyone who paints or puts on shows here in Melbourne. One of our cities many diligent paintspotters, he has been roaming the city, taking snaps of everything he sees, for several years now – and his website, allThoseShapes, is a veritable treasure trove of cool art from around the city.
Now, he’s put it all together into a nice, lush tome for all to put on their coffee tables and share it around with their mates – and the launch party, complete with tunes and live art, is on this week.
"Figment’ is the first book from Toby Fairbank (sometimes known as Shane Andrews) who runs the Melbourne street art and graffiti website allThoseShapes, which now has over 300 artist pages and 8000 photos from around Melbourne.
Figment’s 200 pages contain over 320 photos most in landscape A4 placed together somewhat randomly as you would find them in the streets. The adventures are shown visually with all artist information and text left till the end of the book to let the art speak for itself.
Some of the art comes from the more obvious places such as the infamous Hosier Lane; some from regularly pasted places like Fitzroy, Northcote and Brunswick, some from the railways and some from abandos like the now departed Collingwood silos.
The artists in the book come from Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, New Zealand, Iran, UK, Italy, Belgium, Japan, Brazil, France, ++ though all the art was created in Melbourne.
For most of the art in this book, Figment is now all that remains. If you would like to have a copy of this sweet reminder, Figment is being launched on Thursday 16 January @ Trunk bar 275 Exhibition St, Melbourne.
There will be live art by RusKidd & Loadz (and possibly one other…!) which can be purchased at the end of the night (if you are lucky enough to be first!) music by euonim and copies of Figment to be bought and signed."
Head down this Thursday night, its a hot one this week, and the beer will be flowing, so head down there to check it all out!!
If you can’t by chance make it down this Thursday, or you’re out of town, you can grab yourself a copy of the book here!
Who: A whole bunch of artists in the book, and Ruskidd and Loadz doing live art
What: Figments book launch
Where: Trunk bar 275 Exhibition St, Melbourne
When: Launch is on Thursday evening 16th January 2013, from 4pm to 8pm – one night only!!
Check out the facebook event page here.