After having their exhibition Ignore Mainstream 2 last year at the Ambush Gallery, the decade old Sydney crew, The Insomniaks, are back with Ignore Mainstream, this time for one day only at the Lo-fi in Sydney. Formed in 2003, in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, the Insomniaks have been actively producing artworks at live shows, exhibitions and galleries ever since.
Bringing together most of their crew, the exhibition will feature the new works of these ten artists, featuring the unique style of each member, including Oricks, Opens, Hules, Oush, Yzer, Daks, H20e, Lok, Jota and Okae.
Featuring the new works of The Insomniaks
Who : The Insomniaks
What : Ignore Mainstream
Where : Lo-fi , Floor 3, 383 Bourke Street, Darlinhurst, Sydney
When : Show Thursday , 5th December 2013, 6pm (One Night Only)
“Thousands came out to celebrate the second year of Wonderwalls Wollongong from November 8, a street art and graffiti festival an hour out of Sydney. Local and international artists were tasked with injecting the city with colour and showcasing graffiti and street art culture in Wollongong.
13 large-scale murals were painted around the city while the first two days of Wonderwalls Wollongong treated crowds to glorious sunshine perfect for painting. An unexpected weather change on the Sunday brought a torrential downpour making conditions difficult for artists to finish their creations. This, however, turned the three-day festival into a weeklong love-in, most of the artists returning to Wollongong to complete their pieces.
The 13 pieces included a 6 metre by 10 metre mural on Burelli street by Glasgow based internationally renowned street artist Smug. The bold, realist self-portrait depicts the artist interacting with native wildlife as he stares down with watchful eyes to the main street of Wollongong.
Other pieces included a portrait by New Zealand’s Askew on Smith Street and a collaboration by Vans the Omega and Beastman on Court Lane off Kembla Street.
Wonderwalls Wollongong 2013 inspired community discussion and interaction, with exhibitions and artist talks running throughout the weekend. In the weeks since the event everyone from tweens to twillights have been spotted snapping their own photos of the striking murals.
Successfully showcasing Wollongong’s creative side, Wonderwalls enticed creative enthusiasts from Sydney and Canberra to take a trip down the coast for the festival. See you next year, Wollongong.”
Dirty Playground alongside du NORD bar are getting ready to launch 6 Months of Darkness – End of Darkness. The darkness ends with a celebration after a 4 month residency by Marian Machismo, FKN-MAD, Ruskidd and Carlotta Phelan.
From the Press Release: “With mediums such as video, paint and sculpture, the Six Months of Darkness (6MOD) crew has literally lived in the dark, and as the Nordic do, create in manic fervour. The artists will present their works at a launch party on December 5, a weekend of exhibition and a close on December 8.
Works from Marian Machismo, FKN-MAD, Ruskidd and Carlotta Phelan have been developed in the basement to reflect the theme of 6MOD and are for sale over the three-day period. The launch party will feature the static and interactive works alongside Amin Payne, Edd Fisher and Hudson James Jr.”
Check out this great little video preview of some of the work in the show …
As always, the ever going Seasons Of Change, the quarterly show at Revolver that’s been going on for the past two years, is bringing the goods from the old school to the new.
This time around, its three of my favourites, and I don’t think I’ve seen much work in shows over the last handful of years, so its an absolute pleasure to see some of Melbournes best putting up some work for their fans to buy this month!
"Revolver Upstairs in collaboration with GraffixCreative present ‘Seasons of Change’, a showcase of local and international artists at Revolver’s internal and external art spaces, featuring a semi permanent mural on an outside wall and a one night only exhibition. Seasons of Change ‘Summer’ brings to you three of Melbourne’s most prolific and pioneering graffiti artists: STOPEM, DUKE & MARINE:
STOPEM’s traditional style lettering and colour combinations have graced the walls of our city consistently for almost 25 years. He has exhibited works in numerous group exhibitions, as well as several mural projects throughout Melbourne’s CBD.
Since starting his career in the city’s west in the early 80s, DUKE is famous for funky characters blazing the lines from the early 90s through to his current ‘sketch style’ pieces, using mediums including airbrushing, aerosol art and fine art.
MARINE specialises in razor sharp lettering as well as fresh characters and stylish detailed pieces using various techniques from aerosol art and stencil art to graphic design and fine art. He has worked on many mural projects and exhibitions in Australia and Canada, including the meeting of styles in Toronto and the Melbourne Underground event in Australia."
Head down to Revolver this Friday night to see it all for yourselves, and to pick up some mad artwork by this awesome trio.
Who: Stopem, Marine, Duke What: Seasons Of Change – Summer 2013 Where: Revolver Upstairs, Chapel St, Prahran, Melbourne When: Show opens Friday December 6th from 5pm til 9pm and runs for one night only!
My first step into the Arts Hole, was like walking into a bar and just knowing that you’d be returning again, and again and again (oh hi, Blue Bar). Full of a mass of creative talent of epic variety, from clothing to prints, to street art, graffiti and stencil art, photography and blogging, the entire space was a hive of relentless activity as all the artists … well, created the fuck out of shit haha.
Now, they’re having their first group show, this weekend down at NBHD Neanderthal – and its going to be mintox!
Themed around what happens when the lights turn off and day turns to night, the twelve resident artists of The Arts Hole have produced new work showcasing our different styles, mediums and techniques."
Always great to see a show on a Saturday night, as well!! Can’t wait to head down to Commercial Rd this weekend to check it all out.
Who: 23rd key, A.Mac, Chasing Ghosts, Chehehe, Gizmodojo, Glewtwo, Le’boeuf, Losop, Miranda Scherger, Ohnoes, Saul Attack, Unwell Bunny What: After Dark – The Arts Hole group show Where: NBHD Neanderthal, 153 Commercial Rd, South Yarra, Melbourne When: Show opens 6pm til 3am, Saturday 7th December 2013
When I first moved over to Melbourne, I often frequented what is still one of my favourite galleries – At Large. Run by two of Melbournes finest artists, Mishap and Simz, shows at At Large are still something that I look back on with a lot of fondness. The gallery, however, wasn’t the only grand thing about those times – it was the chance to get to know both artists, and their work, that really defined the time.
Having been a little quieter on the art front of late, I knew that when I next heard from Mishap that she’d have something really unique and awesome up her sleeve – the girl just can’t stop creating. Thats when I heard about her new project, Def Lab Jewellery.
"DEF LAB is a new Melbourne Designer Jewellery Label, specializing in unique, quality, custom made designs. Made and designed in Melbourne by Graffiti Artist Mishap (At Large Gallery), the first collection also features some Limited Edition Silver rings from partner in crime Rolex Bifta.
The label has been an entire year in the making of learning how to translate her art to a new medium and produce her designs in top quality silver, brass and hand painted sustainable maple.
DEF LAB is proud to unveil it’s very first collection My Life, which is inspired by the Artist’s love of Hip Hop, Pinup and Tattoos. Amongst the collection are Sterling Silver rings inspired by Influential rappers, Graffiti alphabet necklaces in ice cream flavours, and Custom Brass name plates. The collection although eclectic, all have one thing in common; they’re inspired by the things we love in our everyday life, painting and having fun with friends, city life in Melbourne and the music we listen to.
The range can be seen in person at Collingwood Gallery for one night only. All orders made on the night will receive 10% off, can be customized to suit you and sent out in the following weeks. Join us for some bubbly and come follow our exciting new journey!"
Now, I’m no purveyor of jewellery – and I don’t believe I’ve ever posted up an article about jewellery on this site, but having seen some of the previews of the work that I’ve seen Mishap put up, I can safely say that I’m a fan. They’re a grand extension of her street aesthetics, and I’m excited to see it all!
Head down to Collingwood gallery this Thursday night to see it as well.
Who: Def Lab Jewellery (Mishap) What: Def Lab Jewellery Launch Where: Collingwood Gallery, Collingwood Gallery, 292 Smith St, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia When: Opening runs from 6:30pm til 9:30pm Thursday 5th December – for one night only!!
Well, it been an epic road, and with two days of painting to go we’re almost ready to celebrate!
We cordially invite you to celebrate with us this Friday night, 29th of November, from 6pm to 9pm as the ALLYOURWALLS team and all the artists present the completion of the project!
ALLYOURWALLS brings together some of Melbourne’s finest graffiti crews/collectives and street artists, in a major makeover of Hosier and Rutledge Lanes, in order to celebrate the significant role street art and graffiti continues to play in Melbournes cultural life.
Located in central Melbourne, Hosier Lane, along with its cobbled ‘anabranch’ Rutledge Lane, first came to prominence as a venue for street art and graffiti in the 1990s. Since then, the walls of the lanes have functioned as an exhibition site for local and visiting international graffiti and street artists.
Over a period of two massive painting sessions during November, both Hosier and Rutledge Lanes have been completely transformed, top to bottom, by over 100 local graffiti and street artists – all of which will culminate this Friday night in an event in Hosier Lane, in homage to Melbourne graffiti and street art.
Huge, massive thankyou to EdInFocus for taking care of all the video media for us – keep an eye out in the next few weeks for the full feature.
Mistys diner will be providing a bunch of the nights entertainment, and there will not only be a chance to check out all the artwork, but there will be some special event-only video-graffiti displays that you have to check out!
Who: At last count, over 100 of Melbournes finest graffiti and street artists. What: ALLYOURWALLS Where: Hosier Lane, Melbourne When: Friday 29th November, 6pm til 9pm
Last weekend ex-Sydney and newly minted Melbourne artist Alexandra Lederman opened up her first solo show here in Collingwood, with LandEscapes. With playful abstractions juxtaposed with imaginative landscapes, this was a great showing by an emerging artist whose work we are particularly keen to follow!
Big thanks to David Russell for all the shots, and congrats to Alexandra on her first Melbourne show!
Last years Ink Dots Black Spots was epic – and its that time again, where some of Melbournes most amazing tattoo artists get together to offer their works as prints, and not any old prints – Dangerfork prints! Fifteen tattoo studios gathering together in an almighty display … it’s all for a good cause, too – here‘s some more info …
"In 2012 Ink Dots Black Spots inaugural year the exhibition was born from the idea to share artwork from numerous artists to their fans & the public, whilst contributing to those of us who support the fight against cancer. In 2013 Ink Dots Black Spots continues with a similar goal to expose great artwork to an audience which loves great creativity. Our goal this year is to give to the RSPCA & generate a donation matching or hopefully bettering last years $5,000 contribution to the Cancer Council Victoria.
Ink Dots Black Spots 2 group art exhibition launches on the 28th November 2013 at The Aviary in Abbotsford. The show is open to the public on the opening night from 6pm. Ink Dots Black Spots will be open until 5th December 2013.
Here is an outline of our objectives & profile of how the exhibition has been planned & what is intended.
18" x 24" illustrations created by screenprinting in mono colour. All artworks are original & are created with chosen media by each individual tattoo artist. Each unique screenprint is signed & numbered in an edition of twenty five. These artworks have been created specifically for the event Ink Dots Black Spots 2.
Our partner in production, Dangerfork, screenprints the entire exhibition. An experienced team whom produced our prints for Ink Dots Black Spots exhibition in August 2012. We are very excited to collaborate again on this project. One of each print will be framed, displayed & for sale at the exhibition. The remaining 24 prints of the edition will be available for purchase. The artworks will also be available in a simple black on white format booklet.
If you want some great artwork & a chance to support a worthy cause then make sure you save some time & money & join us at Ink Dots Black Spots 2.
Each print is priced at $85."
I seriously fucking loved this exhibition last year, and if that one was any indication, this one is going to be … what’s a bigger word than epic?
Who: 15 studios worth of some of the best Melbourne tattoo artists … do the math. What: Ink Dots Black Spots 1 Where:The Aviary, 271 Victoria Street, Melbourne, Victoria When: Show opens Friday 28th November 2013 from 6pm til late and runs until the 5th December
Holy absolute crap. I never, ever, use the term “next level” but … what the hell other words do I really have for this video? I guess there’s always a first for everything. Waking up to this video on a Saturday morning has to be the highlight of my week – another Sofles/Selina Miles/Ironlak collaboration, featuring a whole slew of mates as well, including the ever talented Fintan Magee, Treas and Quench.
With amazing tunes by DJ Butcher … this video takes the cake for best graff video of the year, hands down. A follow up piece to the last video, Infinite, which I can see was merely a precursor (from where it previously held my video of the year rank) for something even more incredible.
Watch it for yourself, and if you disagree, I can’t hear you.
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