Two photographers from.two different generations, both of whom have documented some of the most important artworks and moments in Australia’s graffiti history.
Rennie Ellis would be familiar to those who have followed the scene since many a year ago, having grabbed a lot of photos from the pre-hiphop influenced graffiti years. p1xels is an absolute machine these years, and more than familiar to those who are avid street art and graffiti supporters in the past few years – her photographs are incredibly gorgeous in the way they reflect the current climate within the artform, from the legal to the illegal, structure to structure, wall to wall.
Read on more for the show details ..
“Photographs by Rennie Ellis and p1xels: Capturing the message – protest, graffiti and art showcases the importance of photographers documenting ephemeral aspects of our urban landscape – through their lenses they frame the political, social and cultural discourse in our public spaces.
Ellis’s photographs capture word-based graffiti of the 1970s and 1980s, which were an effective method of communicating a social message on a large scale in the days before social media.
Images captured in recent times by p1xels provide a different insight where messages are still communicated on walls, but may be conveyed in a more subtle form using illustrative imagery in addition to text.
The exhibition investigates the disparate styles of photographing graffiti from the documentary style of Ellis’ photography to the more aesthetic approaches of p1xels photographs.
Photographs by Rennie Ellis and p1xels: Capturing the message – protest, graffiti and art is curated by Georgia Rouette. ”
Head down on Thursday night to check it all out – this one is more than worth it to see!
Who: p1xels and Rennie Ellis What: Capturing the Message Where: The Gallery, St Kilda Town Hall When: The exhibition will run from 29 November – 22 December 2017 The exhibition will be officially launched on Thursday 30 November by Fiona Hilary Industry Fellow & Lecturer Master of Arts – Art in Public Space, School of Art – RMIT University