I mean, wow. What a weekend. when I first heard about the PUBLIC event happening in Perth, I was really excited – and to get to see a portion of it unfold last weekend was an absolute pleasure.
With a huge array of artists invited to participate, it was a difficult job keeping up with everything going on across the city – with only two days to catch as much of the action as we could, it was more than hectic, and immensely enjoyable. There’s no doubt that FORM out on an amazingly professional, exciting and vastly talent filled event and we were stoked to have seen as much of it as we did.
The following images are a combination of the photos that Dean Sunshine took, and some that I took myself (Deans are the good ones!) of the progress over the weekend. We will have a wrapup of all the finished pieces up soon, and in the meantime we hope you enjoy some of what we saw over the weekend!
It’s that time of month again to show you whats been happening on the streets of Melburn, as always there is something happening.
Below is a selection of some of my favourite shots from Ironlak’s 10th anniversary paint up in Croft Lane. The event saw some of the best Melbourne and overseas artists repaint the lane; Dvate, Sofles, Treas, Sirum, just to name a few .
We also saw Trunk Diner put on an amazing Sunday event with live painting over two months, featuring Conrad Bizjak, Deams, Itch, Lucy Lucy, Jaws, Hancock and more.
Invurt also got down to Junky Project’s first solo show ‘WASTED’ at The Darkhorse Experiment in Blender Studios. Who doesn’t love Junky’s work from his usual suspects the sentinels you see everywhere, as well as some amazing sculptures made from everyday found objects.
There is also some amazing pieces from Senekt in Abbotsford, Dem 189 in Clifton Hill and an amazing collab between Rashe & Bailer in Brunswick; and finally Emily Vanderlism and the Authority Clothing crew fronted by Christopher Skyner, created a great piece down Bennets lane in the CBD.
AWOL crew member and expressionist graffiti artist Deams has been wowing both Melbourne and international lovers of his work for quite some time, and the shifts in his style recently have been nothing short of spectacular. His new work has all the hallmarks of a redefinitity, shapes shades and cut out gradiants interspersed with burtst of colorful linework.
As the minimal statement for the show says “This new collection of paintings by Deams presents deep sensory and emotional engagements between the artist and the natural world.” – and the statement is minimal, because having glimpses of the work, who needs the words? The works really do speak for themselves – seriously, Deams work is fkn grand – if back in the days of the beginnings of graffiti, if we could have but imagined where artists such as Deams and his peers are now taking the styles and forms of letter derivative pieces, we’d all be astounded.
This is the kind of work I want hanging on my own wall – head down to the Abbotsford Convent on Friday night and see it all for yourself.
Who: Deams What: Passing Through solo show Where: St Heliers Street Gallery, Abbotsford Convent, Abbotsford, Melbourne When: Show opens Friday 18th April from 6pm til 9pm and runs until the 30th April 2014
If you’ve ever looked up, really anywhere, around Melbourne, you would have seen the work of Stabs. Its been a while since we saw a show from him, but theres one coming up this Friday night – and its going to be a cracker of a show, as he delves into a whole bunch of iconography developed over the course of his stay in Indonesia last year … read on!
“The frenetic tribalism of Stabs’s artwork is a key element of Melbourne’s visual landscape, especially around Collingwood, where his slaps and posters are omnipresent.
One thing that a lot of people haven’t realized when looking at Stabs’s work is that, over the years, his art has developed its own language of glyphs. There is a complex system of logograms at play, with stories encoded in each piece.
Over the last few years, Stabs’s hidden language has gone from being a background pattern to becoming the main focus of his work.
Last year Stabs spent a month living in Jakarta, hanging out and painting with Jakarta’s leading graffiti crews.
While he was in Jakarta, Stabs kept a journal, entirely written in his own language of glyphs. Each mission, meeting and event of the cultural exchange was recorded as art in his own logographic system.
This April at Backwoods Gallery, Stabs will be presenting the journal as well as fifteen original pieces based on key events from the cultural exchange.
KEEP IT SIMPLE opens Friday 18th of April and will be on display until Sunday 28th at Backwoods Gallery. 25 Easey Street Collingwood.”
We’ve always been a big fan of his work, and we’re looking forward to seeing the show – can’t wait for Friday!
Who: STABS What: Keep It Simple solo show Where: Backwoods Gallery, 25 Easey St, Collingwoof, Victoria When: Friday 18th of April, from 6pm til 9pm and the show runs until 28th April 2014.
This is a great little video and interview with Jakartas Darbotz from the guys over at Indonesian Walls, who have been doing a whole bunch of videos and interviews over at their YouTube channel for the past year or so.
A really nice insight behind some of Darbotz work, and some great footage to boot – and yes, anglos, this one has subtitles! Check it out below …
Last week Jurassic 5 were in town, and as he does, Charli 2na wanted to ahve a bit of a paint here in the ‘burn – so what did he do? Put on a painting session with a bunch of Mebourne artists over at Rubix in Brunswick!
“A celebration of global street art hosted by the one and only Chali 2na from Jurassic 5 at Rubix Funhouse in Brunswick Melbourne. Live paint jam featuring Itch, Mishap, Whisl, Lady Killers + more of Melbourne’s finest street artists.”
I’ve known RSUME for a couple of years now, and his work has always been something I’ve loved seeing around our city whenever I’ve spotted it. A dedicated and prolific artist with a fresh, clean style that constantly changes up, his work speaks volumes to the passions for graffiti that subsume this city – his pieces are stories told in the dead of night, of letters and colour splayed across concrete rail embankments and listless freight cars.
Paying homage to the writers who made the city a bastion of graffiti, and forging ahead with his own work as statement, RSUME is the embodiment of everything that is fucking great about Melbourne graffiti – drive, gumption and pure, from the heart talent. As the man himself says, its not just about getting up in quantity – its about quality, and like so many other Melbourne writers, he has that in spades.
It’s not often that we repost articles from elsewhere, but every once in a while we see something just deserves the special treatment, and this is one of those times – thanks to MTN Australia and RSUME for letting us share it with our readers, read on for all the down low on one of our favourites of Melbourne graffiti …
RSUME (Resume) Melbourne, Australia
What crew/s do you represent?
DB. Darling Boys, Dropping Bombs, 42.
When did you start writing?
I’d been mucking around with sketching and tags since I was quite young, however I didn’t really have any understanding of the culture or a wider scene than the basketball court at the end of my street until much later. I started actively painting pieces from 2006
When was your first piece completed?
2006… I did three that night, each one got progressively worse.
What or who were your early influences?
Style Wars, RDC, CI, SDM, AFP, TSF and DTS
Which writers did you look up to back then?
The first writer I ever saw painting was ‘MESK’ CI in 2000, which initially sparked the interested. It was guys like MESS, OZONE and DAZR who showed me what people my own age were doing, that actually got me out there.
What about today?
My mates and crew. It’s always more impressive if it’s someone you know personally doing something that blows you away. Whether its the spot, style or size
Who is the writer you have enjoyed or had the most pleasure or honour painting with?
I met SHEM RDC early on and we became good friends, he mentored me a lot in terms of letter structure and flow. The guy has been painting for over 25 years and still impresses me with his style and commitment.
What do you think about the state of graffiti today as opposed to when you started?
I’m inspired by the people I paint with, I try not to bother myself with the politics of the scene.
That being said, in the last two years there’s been a resurgence locally; lots of writers popping up and moving here. Heaps of bombing, diverse styles and panels are running more again. A lot of people are crushing it.
What paint did you use back then?
Anything I could get my hands on. Got to love free buff paint on the side of the road
Which is your paint of choice today?
I like mixing scrap tins, making the most with what I’ve got.
What inspires you to keep painting?
That I get to live a pretty crazy lifestyle and the drive to out do myself, always developing and experimenting with style(s)
Have you travelled to paint? If so, where?
I travel up the east coast of Australia a bit, regularly visiting Sydney and Byron Bay. I’ve also travelled and painted throughout Europe
Where was the craziest place you’ve painted? Tell us about it.
Painting solo in Europe when not speaking any of the local languages. Weird scenes played out around train-yards.
There was this one spot in southern Germany. I met up with my contact and he took me to where they were having a party in these decommissioned s-trains just outside the main yard. There was a blow-up pool in the aisle and people were sunbaking on the roofs of the trains while some guy had set up a platform out of the windows with decks mixing tunes. After a swim and a few beers I started painting one of the trains as the sun set. The workers were walking past leaving the main yard, waving and giving the thumbs up. Surreal.
Do you prefer quality or quantity?
Quality, style is king.
Having said that, personally I think the two go hand in hand. I generally paint three to five times a week, that way I can see improvement and feel I’m on point.
If I sit it out for a little bit, for whatever reason, I see my line-work and flow suffer for the break.
Can you tell us any interesting stories from a past mission?
There’s the funny stories and the not so funny, like being threatened with a gun while hiding in someone’s backyard. There was my mate driving down the train tracks in a car, a security guard who was practicing his Jedi training with his flashlight. Once I heard cops describe what I was wearing while copping a chase and re-dressed at someone’s washing line into a pair of chicks board shorts.
A few years back while painting a rooftop in the heart of the city we had only done our fills when I noticed a squad car parked below us with a cop pointing up. Before long there was another car parked in the rear alley. My mate decided to parkour his way down a few levels to suss out a possible exit, he was spotted, made a quick dart to an adjacent building when he fell through a skylight. Minutes later he’s being dragged out of the building by two cops yelling “where’s your mate?!” and not being able to figure out how we got up. I realised they had no idea how to reach me; a stand-off commenced. I spent the next hour trying to beat the high-score on Snake 2 on my phone while they scratched their heads. I heard a sound and peaked over the railing to the scene of this main street being blocked off with barriers, a third police car and the fire brigade, which were now ascending a cherry picker towards me with two cops inside. They were so focused on the front I just missioned down the back of the building.
A few blocks down I bumped into a friend, suggested getting a much deserved beer to which he laughed and said “you’re not getting in anywhere bleeding and covered in mud.”
If you could paint anywhere, where would it be?
The Renaissance era, those guys were boss.
Who would you most like to paint with?
Like minded, good people.
A lot of writers listen to tunes when they are painting legally, what would be on in your headphones?
WuTang again and again … Lately I’ve been digging Action Bronson and Oddisee.
Shout out to the DB boys, everyone else I paint with and my lady
Apologies for the lateness of this post, being kept busy with all the FORM festival activities.
So, a week or so ago, I checked out the Comic Con convention in Perth. Man, it did not disappoint. Such an awesome day of art and art fans; Comic Con always has such a great community vibe to it. A lot of people put in a huge effort with their costumes, providing an interesting snapshot of not only the fan base, but of the creativity involved in putting their look together. It’s great to check out the artists who are in attendance and put some faces to names. All in all it’s always a real treat to attend such a well put together convention.
With the amazing PUBLIC event already started, we’ve already got some coverage happening of all the shit thats going down over in Perth before we all arrive later in the week. A whole bunch of artists have already started making their mart on the city, with Phibs, The Yok, Sheryo, Phlegm, Roa, Maya Hayuk Stormie Mills and Phlegm having already made a crapload of progress on their pieces at this grand event put on by FORM Gallery.
There’s some exceptional work happening, and some massive walls – thanks to our Perth crew, Sam Gorecki for all the progress shots of the artists work, we can’t wait to get there later in the week!
Strangely enough, it was only at last years 615 Studios group show that I had my first chance to really check out some of Sam Octigans work in person – and what I saw left me wishing I had a pile of his work up on my walls.
Grandly enough, Sam has a show opening this week at the Just Another Project Space in Prahran, and it looks to be a real beauty of a show.
"Just Another Project Space is proud to present What You Can’t Forget, an exhibition of painted works on canvas by Melbourne artist Sam Octigan. Following up his debut 2012 solo show ‘Of Two Minds’, the exhibition will feature larger works on canvas as well as a site-specific mural installation.
In this body of work, Octigan examines the idea of history repeating itself, the ways in which we subconsciously cling to certain moments in our lives and how these experiences underwrite the way we see things like certainty, truth, justice, faith and love. Even after having acknowledged the fallibility of these experiences. We feel ourselves acting out based on impressions we take on as children, only half aware as adults, of how these experiences are hard-written into our consciousness.
We grasp at them, as if attempting to solve a riddle, as they fall in and out of the ether. Life remains cyclical. Doors are opened and closed, wires connect and disconnect, memories surface and disappear.
These themes are represented in each work visually, through Octigan’s use of composition, line, color and contrast. Featuring detailed realistic renderings framed with dynamic abstractions and an emphasis placed on composition, the paintings read almost as visual riddles, compelling the viewer to engage, and connect their own dots. What You Can’t Forget show’s Octigan’s growth and current focus as an artist, with both the works visual and conceptual increasing complexity.
The opening reception of ‘What You Can’t Forget’ takes place on the 10th of April, 6pm at Just Another Project Space, 153 Greville St Prahran and runs until the 27th April"
Just take a few minutes out to check out this video preview of the entire show …
After seeing all these preview images, if we weren’t looking forward to this show already, we’re doubly looking forward to it now – see you all there!
Who: Sam Octigan What: What you Cant Forget solo show Where: Just Another Project Space, 153 Greville St Prahran, Melbourne When: Show opens Thursday April 10th from 6pm til 9pm and runs until 27th of April
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