Exhibition - From The Ashes - Phoenix's New Solo Show - Blank Space Gallery - Sydney

Snapshots – OBEY – Shepard Fairey – Vivid – Sydney

Our man Dean Sunshine was up in Sydney last week to cehck out Vivid Sydney – specifically, he was taking a bit of time checking out the Shepherd Fairey exhibition, Printed Matters, and mural that he was painting as a part of the event. This was a bit of the blurb from the show: “Iconic American artist Shepard Fairey blurs the boundaries of art and design. His unique style is instantly recognised in exhibitions and walls around the world. His body of work includes the OBEY GIANT art project, the Barak Obama HOPE campaign, and this year’s ubiquitous ‘We The

Sunshines Top 10 Melbourne Street Art & Graffiti – May 2017

Winter is here, but that has not stopped the paint from going up on the walls. Braving the chilling conditions, our intrepid Dean Sunshine has, once again, sought out all his favourite pieces that have been painted on the streets of Melbourne! Theres a mighty fine selection this month, so check them all out below! 1. ELLE – St.Kilda 2. HA HA – Brunswick 3. LOV3 – Collingwood  4. Resio – Clifton Hill 5. Be Free – Northcote  6. Crisp – Hosier Lane, Melbourne  7. Heesco – Windsor 8. Steve Cross – Melbourne  9. JME NACK SICK BAFLE – Clifton Hill 10.

VR Snapshots – Immersive Media Lounge – State Library of Victoria

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Video – Wall To Wall Festival 2017 – Benalla

Another Wall To Wall has been and gone, but they’re got the video out, and it looks totally rad! “The Wall to Wall Festival is the largest regional street art festival in Australia. And also one of the most innovative community development initiatives on a national level. This year it hosted 35 internationally acclaimed artists from Australia and around the world, and attracted thousands of curious participants and observers from near and far. It’s changing the face of Benalla, one wall at a time. And changing a whole community’s identity, while it’s at it. ” Man, it’d be great to

Sunshines Top 10 Melbourne Street Art and Graffiti – April 2017

Okay, here we go yet again (and again, can you believe this is No. 73? Jeezus) with Dean Sunshines picks for all the cool shit he saw around our city this month, and its a pretty nice colleciton indeed with everything from Lush and Dvate, to Love and relative newcomer Welin (who keeps getting up all over the place).   Check out all the rad images below if you know whats grand!     1. Lucy Lucy – Preston 2. Frosk, Facter, Keomatch, – Richmond  3. Ling – Preston 4. Lush – Brunswick 5. Awes – Melbourne  6. Arcy –

Sunshines Top 10 Melbourne Street Art & Graffiiti – March 2017

Well, we’re really late on this one, and my apologies for that, its been a busy month! Once again, we have Dean Sunshine providing us with monthly pick of all the great and grand work that has gone up around the walls of Melbourne, and this month is no exception. Always nice to see familiar names, but even better ot see some newer ones that have started to pop up – we’re especially loving the work of Julian Clavijio and Welin in recent months. Check it all out below! 1. Shida – Sunshine Lane, Brunswick 2. Stormie Mills – Prahran

Through The Lens March 2017 – David Russell Photography

March has passed by leaving some pretty fresh art on the streets of Melbourne once again, the standout for me would definitely be the work of Rone in the now demolished Fairfield paper mills. The big Sinch tag rates as one of my favourites as well go big or go home as they say, also see some new works by Heesco, Choq,  Jason Parkers lovely portrait of Juddy Roller artist Goodie at Off The Kerb Gallery. Stay tuned for next month as Im going to the Benalla Street art festival over three days, this looks to be the biggest one

Snapshots – The Light In Us – Isolde – Off The Kerb Gallery

Congratulations to Isolde on her first solo exhibition at the iconic Off The Kerb gallery in Collingwood, run by the ever busy and beautiful Shini. I would have to say the work of Isolde would definitely be some of my favourite paste ups I have seen on the streets of Melbourne, in her many art covered lanes. Isolde’s work always stood out, her powerful images amongst the rust and ruin of some grungy laneway, this is where her work shines. For those that couldn’t make it down to Off The Kerb, I managed to garb some photos while having my

Sunshines Top 10 Melbourne Graffiti & Street Art – February 2017

Well, by now you know the drill! After several years, each time we do one of Dean Sunshines Top 10s of Melbourne street art and graffiti, we see work that is even better and better hitting our streets. This time around, he’s pulled some fantastic pieces together for this one, and looking through it .. well, all I can say is that I really love Melbourne summers!! Check them all out below!! 1. Vexta + ELLE – Collingwood 2. Kaffeine – North melbourne 3. Lucy Lucy + Ola Volo – Fitzroy 4. Ling – Collingwood 5. Phibs – Fitzroy  6.

Snapshots – Make Your Self At Home – GOODIE – Juddy Roller

Congratulation to my good friend and all round beautiful soul “GOODIE”, as she put up her first solo show at Juddy Roller a few weeks back. I feel these works gave you a little insight in to the mind of the artist, you always take a risk when you expose yourself like this, I think she executed it well. It’s always refreshing to see what the artists come up with in the Juddy Roller space, especially when there is and has been so much talent pass through those doors. So for those that couldn’t make it to the show here

Exhibition – From The Ashes – Phoenix’s New Solo Show – Blank Space Gallery – Sydney

 

Phoenix: FROM THE ASHES
This July sees Phoenix’s first Sydney show – and his second solo exhibition. It gathers a range of works which have been seen on the streets in Melbourne and beyond. This exhibition, opening at 4pm at blank_space Gallery on Saturday July 25th, runs until Friday July 31st; through this period Phoenix will set up his mobile studio within the Gallery to demonstrate some of his methods.

Phoenix: Biography

Multiple Creative Passions. Melbourne-born and -based street artist Phoenix has been drawing since childhood, and an avid collage and photocopy artist since the mid 1980s. Trained in health practice and psychotherapy rather than formally in art, he has explored – and taught himself – a whole range of creative processes throughout his life: creative healing approaches (aka the talking cure), music, metaphor and story-telling, writing and wordsmithery, performance, and philosophy – in addition to his main passion in visual art. This has resulted in him developing an understanding of the broader – and essential – principles of creative process.


Rising from the Ashes. In 2004, a massive fire destroyed his home studio – including the majority of his personal collection of works and his extensive library and processing system of collage images. After scouring through the ashes – and salvaging what he could of his artworks and collage resources – he took a break from making art but continued to explore his other creative pursuits.
Five years after the fire, spurred on by the prolific street art of Melbourne, he began to rebuild his collage system and soon began installing finished pieces on public walls – taking the name Phoenix in line with his art’s literal rise from the ashes. His many works installed around Melbourne have now been joined by those seen across Australia, Europe and the Americas.

The Triad of Processes. Phoenix’s work is almost always a combination of three main art processes: drawing, collage and photocopying. Photocopy and collage enhance his drawing process – and then convert it through a range of photocopy and collage methods into pasteups, stickers and mountable wall-plaques.
Apart from using the photocopier – and a desktop publishing for some text – his process is strictly analogue. It is also constantly evolving and developing new ways of working and making.
The use of layers is at the centre of all of this – whether using layers of paper, transparency or tracing paper in the photocopier, building up pieces through cut-and-paste layering of photocopied coloured papers, or exploring multiple layers of meaning, metaphor and innuendo.
The interlayering of text and iconography is a key aspect of his working process. A great love of words – combined with a passion for metaphor – is at the core of his art.

The Importance of Being Structured. His experience of the loss of such a great amount of work and source materials in his studio fire has reinforced the importance of mastering, filing and archiving of his works, source materials and process sheets. One of his first street art installations, Her Godot Was Worth Waiting For – a salvaged, half-melted collage element tray whose components were melted into place. Not long after installing this unique and irreplaceable piece of ephemera in Hosier Lane, it was souvenired by someone. This was a great lesson in the value of never* putting originals out in the street.
This structure also extends to the taxonomy of Phoenix s body of work: a set of ongoing Series defined by consistent rules – and inhabited by their own sets of iconic elements. These are again taken to another level by Phoenix’s penchant for layering – producing works that are simultaneously part of several different Series – and inhabited by a range of his signature elements, icons and characters.
His key ongoing series are, in order of their inception: the Dalíesque Series, the In The Land of the Blind Series, the Voice of the Blue Earth Series, the Silent ♥ Series, the Tools of Phoenix Series, the EPHEMERAL Series, the TEXTing Series, the Iconoclasm Series, Flight of the Osprey, the Metaphoric Earth Series, Milking IT!, Stacks of Cans, Playing with Fire, and his latest – the ? Series.

A Life Lived Backwards. Kierkegaard said: “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
To me this is a central principle of creative process and improvisation. The unfolding of the creative process, in a wide range of different practices, can be likened to seeking to bodysurf a wave. It is an exercise of experimenting in swimming forwards within the wave: looking back in retrospect, once the wave has passed, at what ways of swimming meet with the its natural energy – and bring an exhilarating rid.

[*FOOTNOTE: Never say never – so almost never; rules are great – but it’s also great to bend or break the

Phoenix: Brief Artist Statement
Phoenix is a visual artist exploring the combined use of drawing, collage and photocopy for making works for the street and in the public space – as well as in galleries and homes. His studio sits on the corner of Icon and Text.

Phoenix: Curriculum Vitae
2015 – Upcoming Solo Show: FROM THE ASHES – blank_space Gallery, Surry Hills, NSW
2015 – Group Show: BSG 40×40 – Brunswick Street Gallery
2014 – Group Show: Eklectica – Breslin Gallery, Carnegie
2013 – Presentation: The Blue Earth Speaks – Ecoarts Australis Conference, Wollongong, NSW
2012 – Group Show: Alterations, Disturbances, Rips – RTist Gallery, Prahran
2011 – Solo Show: • In Here • Out There – Surface PopUp Gallery, St Kilda
2010 – Open Show: Linden Postcard show 2010 – Linden Gallery, St Kilda

Phoenix: Websites / Social Media.
Phoenix is on Flickr and Facebook as ‘Phoenix the Street Artist’ and Instagram as phoenixthestreetartist.

Who: Phoenix The Street Artist.

What: From The Ashes.

Where: Blank Space Gallery, 374 Crown Street, Surrey Hills, Sydney.

When: Saturday July 25th opening at 4pm, runs till July 31st -through this period Phoenix will set up his mobile studio within the Gallery to demonstrate some of his methods.

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