Our good mate Nick Millen from the very diverse gallery that is The House Of Bricks is having a show on the Gold Coast on the 30th of Jan, Nick is also having a preview of his works at The House Of Bricks, this Saturday night from 4pm – 8pm.
Using chalk, black & white acrylic and wood, Millen has created a series of painted objects. The paintings are diverse and range in their subject matter. The works are expressions of brightness, chaos and raw energy brought into order by the application of hand built frames.
“The works began with a continued passion for using chalk. I love how chalk is affordable, bright and versatile. It can be used in so many different ways & after considering how conceptually blown out painting had become; it felt right to work with a medium that was humble, playful & basic.
‘Everything is cut by hand. No power tools are used. I wanted to keep things basic & bring an individual intimacy to each piece whilst still creating a cohesive body of works. It appears to me that design aesthetics have crept in to art quite heavily and there is an expectation for artworks to carry a certain perfection & cleanliness in their execution. For the basics series, I have attempted to create works of beauty that still hold a natural roughness. No work is too similar to any other. Diversity in practice is essential to the works”.
This will be Nick Millen’s first solo exhibition outside of Melbourne. He has worked across theatre, film, street performance, sculpture & painting. He is currently the director of House of Bricks Gallery & former director of EGG Gallery. He has worked with hundreds of artists over the past 4 years and continues to extend his networks and offer exhibitions to budding artists.
Who: Nick Millen
When: 30th of Jan 2015 – 6pm-9pm, plus preview this Saturday night from 4pm – 8pm at the House Of Bricks
Where: Holly Gallery – Miami on the Gold Coast, 16b Brakes Crescent 4220 QLD
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Can’t believe I almost missed this rad video -another great display from the Ironlak team, shot by Luke Shirlow and cut by the ever talented Selina Miles.
“Inspired by classic 80s movies, Ironlak Family members MEKS, VANS the OMEGA, SIRUM, TREAS, LINZ, REALS and TUES got together last year to rock a wall on the Gold Coast. In a true “rain, hail or shine” fashion, our three days on the coast were reduced to just over one real day of painting time thanks to grey skies and heavy downpours.”
As you know, we do all the stuff here on the website without any real expectation in return, but there are costs associated with it all … so if you’ve ever wanted to directly help support us, now’s your chance!
First up is the classic Invurt T from Pierre Lloga – Pierre did this one for us prior to the Outpost Project up in Sydney, and its the shirt we have rocked the most over the past two years – big fans. Available in colours, as well as in both Pullover and Zip up hoodies.
Second up, is of course, our now logo from the man himself, Hancock (also check out @hancock_art on instagram). This is the same graphic from both here on the website, as well as on all of our stickers and other swag – we love this design! Also available in hoodies, yep!
The third shirt design, is from the hand of our friend Mikaela Jane (@mikaelajane on instagram) – we haven’t released this logo before and this sees its first outing! We love her custom type and we love our orange on purple (though there are other colours available also)! Yep, there’s hoodies available as well!
Lastly, I have actually gone through and put a whole bunch of my own personal artwork on a bunch of shirts as well – okay, so not Invurt related, but I hope you think there’s some cool designs of some creatures, nonetheless!
We don’t often post too much news here on the website, so please excuse this break from our regular services.
We’ve been slightly remiss with some of our updates lately, due to the fact that we’ve been hell busy on a variety of different projects. We do apologise for this, as we haven’t had much time lately to get to everything we usually would – but, it’s all for the better! Amongst things here and elsewhere, we’ve also been helping Dean Sunshine out with his upcoming book launch, moving our studio and, wonderfully, we’ve just entered into some new territory with a great collaborative project with out friends over at Nothing To Nobody magazine … so, read on!!
We’re pretty excited about this one, and we’ve been looking forward to sharing it with you properly for a while now.
For some time, I’ve harboured a wish to begin a print magazine. I’ve been writing and editing about art, music and general creativity for well over ten years now in various forms and for various different avenues, and starting up a print project has always been the dream. Given that it’s a huge endeavour, I had never gotten much beyond the planning stages for the project I had in mind (which is still bubbling away!).
By a random chance catch-up conversation at Secret Walls in Melbourne, Jo Jette from Nothing to Nobody fame told me of a project she’d begun working on – it sounded great, we talked some more, and, long and short of it, I’m now the Editor for our new print venue – Damn It! Magazine.
"DAMN IT! is a triannual, 96 page, limited edition magazine, whose staff work for smiles, mainly as we can’t afford to pay them yet! Instead we put every cent we have into the publication, so that each issue will kick the can of the previous one.
We’re firm believers in the spoon full of sugar mantra, DAMN IT! magazine features juicy articles on super talented peeps – illustrators, photographers, typographers, painters, couture designers, writers, and other creative types as well as reporting on the more serious happenings in the world.
Each issue will also shine a Bat-signal on some of the amazingly selfless work done by caring peeps setting up and running not-for-profits all round the world. We’re not afraid to put our money where our damn big mouths are, and we pledge to donate $0.50 from each copy of DAMN IT! sold to the not-for-profit we feature in that issue.
The name DAMN IT! was chosen as the expression can have both positive and negative connotations. For example: “Damn it! That’s some good cider!” or “Damn it, I just trod in a pile of ginareinheart!”
We’d Love Your Help
Myself and Jo Jette have been working on various magazines, online publications and print magazines for over ten years. On our first foray together into our new project, we are looking for a little help to get us started with our own. We have started a campaign over at Indigogo, and we are looking for a few generous donations to kickstart the whole thing. This is a long term project for myself and Jo, and we’re really looking forward to it. Damn It!, like Invurt and Nothing To Nobody will be a labour of love, and any help thrown our way would be hugely appreciated and would mean a lot to us both!
DAMN IT! Will always remain limited edition so it’s special – a collector’s item if you will, and we also promise to limit the number of advertisements to 5 per issue – never more. By helping us raise the money to print DAMN IT! you’ll also be a part of making these great things happen – you’ll be part of the DAMN IT!! community and not just a ‘reader’. Plus you’ll have our never-ending thanks and undying love to keep you warm at night!
The crew at the studio have been responsible and had their hands amongst a huge range of shows and events across Melbourne since they all got together, and comprise some of Melbournes leading design, aerosol, printmaking and art project management talent. Dangerfork, It Stands Out, Graffix Creative, MT Design, MV Communication and DJW Creative all have homes at Safehouse, and now so do we …
"The SafeHouse is based in Richmond. We are a creative studio that specialises in design & art-based productions.
SafeHouse is not only a collective of artists & designers but also a mixed lolly bag of creative businesses. The Studio encompasses many traits and individual insignias of various art, design & production facets. All involved at the studio seek to benefit as a group from each others experience & knowledge as a whole. Through our mixed specialties we are able to hit the ground running with virtually any creative project or artwork at hand.
The individuals who work from the studio and/or operate their own creative businesses all come well trained in their respective fields. As a whole the SafeHouse is on the forefront of modern art & design. SafeHouse prides itself on strong design aesthetics & also professional project management, brillant production & outstanding results. We have a proven track record of getting what needs to be done, done… with the best possible outcome & in the timeline provided.
SafeHouse is a sanctuary for various urban designers & artists that have chosen to infuse their skillsets & work together for a greater creative community based calling.
The people that make up the SafeHouse team all come from different backgrounds and their skills include: Creative Management, Design, Web Design, Animation, Art Direction, Advertising, Campaigns, Strategy, Marketing, Guerilla Marketing, Branding, Brand Strategies, Photography, Fine Art, Illustration, Exhibitions, Product Launches, Product Promotions, Exhibition Curation, Furniture Design, Signage, Shop Fit-Outs, Fine Art Murals, Graffiti Murals, Graffiti Management, Printing, Fine Art Printing, Screen-Printing and the list goes on, and on, and on."
We can’t tell you how happy we are with our new home – we’re looking forward to our stay there, and looking forward to bringing you more news, events and other cool shit from our studio mates.
Great times ahead, all, thankyou for your continuing support!!!
There is no other place we love in the city as much as Blender. Home to a multitude of our friends and a bastion of amazing talent, we find ourselves spending a lot of time there in the company of more than welcoming community of artists. This veritable fortress of creativity in the heart of the CBD is lead by a man who has, over the past few years, helped and promoted the Melbourne street art scene, and emerging artists, in more ways than can be counted – Adrian Doyle.
"Adrian Doyle is the dynamic face of the urban art world in Melbourne – part artist, part academic, part entrepreneur and part social activist. In 2001 he set up The Blender Studio as a co-op for artists and street artists alike. The old warehouse has become a hub of Australia’s finest practitioners. He runs an enormously successful council program that gets ‘young punks’ to stop doing graffiti and instead ‘beautify’ the walls of Melbourne. All this is on top of his own art that is increasingly obsessed with the suburbia of his upbringing. He’s not sure if he loves it or hates it but he has such a deep fascination with it that he’s doing a PhD studying the aesthetics of suburbia. Doyle frustrates and excites the art establishment in equal measure. Many see him as a breath of fresh air, while others regard him as a pushy kid with a runaway ego.
Doyle’s fiancé and business partner Piya is the brains behind the highly successful Melbourne Street Art Tours that operates out of the studios. With street art now the top tourist attraction in Melbourne, the couple have continuous media attention that has placed mounting pressure on their lives. Their latest venture is a gallery called Dark Horse Experiment, a partnership with the Dickerson family, scions of the traditional art world, in an effort to bring wealthy collectors to street art.
With multiple projects on the go, can Doyle manage to balance his bohemian lifestyle with his super strict fiance and the maelstrom of his fractured existence?
Created by Adrian Doyle, Jacob Oberman, Piya Suksodsai, Renegade Films, and ABC"
Definitely a unique look at Melbournes art scene with this one, and a unique insight into Doyles world, as you can see from the preview below.
Subtopia: The Myth Of Doyle is essential viewing for anyone with an interest in both Australian street art as well as the struggle involved for artists and creatives struggling to do new and exciting things with art.
Who: Adrian Doyle, Piya Suksodai & Jacob Oberman and a whole swath of friends, artists and Blender denizens! What: Subtopia: The Myth Of Doyle Where: On all TV screens across Australia When: Screening Tuesday 11th September and Tuesday 18th September at 10pm on ABC1
Last year we did an interview with Laura Chong, one of the two masterminds behind a cool and fresh new magazine, Six Years Later. At the time, they’d just been celebrating the release of issue #1 of the mag and they’d just done a call outs for submissions of artwork for their second issue, this time with the theme "Surface".
Several months down the track, and issue #2 is now available! Having had a good look through it, we can say that the wait was definitely worth it – this is a really limited edition magazine, chock full of amazing artwork and creative imagery.
To help celebrate their release, we have two copies of the new magazine to give away! All you have to do, is to be a little creative and take a photo of the words:
You can draw it, you can paint it, you can write it, you can stick it on the street or mark it on your hand. Take a photo of it, then just head to our fb page, post it on our wall and share it over at the Six Years Later page to show them some love from all of us! Alternatively, you can also enter by instagraming it and tag both @facter and @6ylmag.
The most innovative photo will win! See how ridiculously easy it is with this finely honed example we mocked up in two minutes on our lunch container …
Easy, right? The winner, will not only receive a copy of the latest issue of Six Years Later #2, but a very rare, now out of print copy of Issue #1 as well!Aalso in the pack, will be some stickers from several artists courtesy of our vault, both printed AND hand made just for you! But wait, there’s more! The runner up will get something too! A copy of Issue #2! Sweet! Plus, on top of all that, we’ll post up the winning entries and other images that we loved right here on the website.
Competition will run until Friday 8th of June when we’ll announce our favourite pics, and the winners of the giveaway!
Competition is open to anyone, anywhere! So get in there, and show the 6YL crew some Invurt love!!
So, here’s out weekly wrap up of all that is good and cool amongst the world of Australian and NZ street art, graffiti and underground styles. Follow on for this weeks video wrap up!
This is one fine ass video put together by David Anthony Parkinson featuring Adelaides Cameo – watch this one, its straight up grand and really well produced.
United Cans seem to have released two videos in recent weeks, and here is the first one featuring the ID Crew in Richmond – this is fkn great!!
Second up for United Cans also features Fitzroys Refills store. Putos, Libre, Bailer, DV8, Nektar and Silker all feature in this one. Also fkn great.
Tom Vincent has just released a new video alongside his new website – we love this mans work.
This video featuring The Yok, Daek and Sheryo in New York is rad as!
Last year we covered Street Cube, and they’ve just released a video covering the live painting event up on the Gold Coast. Beastman, Shida, Jae Copp and Gimiks Born all feature in this.
Check out this short video from Vexta of her painting up in the Hibernian House in Sydney
We’re big fans of JKB Fletchers, and heres a really great process video of one of his works from beginning to end. Nice.
Lastly, we have to post this up, just because it’s one of our favourite videos we have seen all year! International artist Jeff Soto teamed up with Chevy – the results of which, well .. you have to see for yourself!
Well this one snuck up on us, and once again its great to see our kind of art thriving up on the Gold Coast.
Comb Gallery just celebrated their first birthday, and they have done a great job in their first year. Combs mission statement is to "provide the southern coastal region with a space for local, established and up and coming artists to display their work. Comb offers a space for cultural exchange and is a hub for the community to relax and share appreciation for art." – which is, obviously, right up our alley.
"Whole" looks like a pretty cool group show, with representation from artists all around Australia and New Zealand, many of whose names you are more than familiar with! The theme, though fairly simple, is one with a huge range of creative scope.
"The circle is a powerful symbolic form that holds a vast array of different associations throughout visual culture. This universal shape embodies our physical reality, from minute microscopic structures like the atom to the grandiose scale of the planetary giants. The circle has also been utilized to help understand and define our inner worlds as a symbol of balance and wholeness in psychological and spiritual practices. For ëWholeí we have asked a variety of artists from different backgrounds and stylistic approaches to create a work using this motif."
Sounds like a real smorgasbord of great art, and we’re sure it’ll prove an absolute hit – nice job, Comb crew.
Who: Reka, Jae Copp, Max Berry, Phibs, Yelz, Drypnz, William Harden, Seekayem, Bennett, Daniel Foothead, Megan Cope, Lexi Land, Mica Still, Sascha Bravery, Kathryn Dolby, Dick Fineman, Walter Gethrey Peach, Angella Connell, Stabs, Siana Butterfield, Eek, Evan Lole, Yoannah Elyse Dieudonne, Robert Wallace, Rory Harnden, Gunter Muller, Christie Wright, Keegan Davis, Daniel Loorparg, Benji Bradley, Liz Bird What: Whole group show Where: Comb Gallery, 23 McLean St, Colangatta, QLD When: Show opens Friday 20th April from 6pm and runs til 2nd May
Loretta Lizzio is a new name for us, but when we saw a video of her putting up a mural last week, she captured our attention – then we saw that she had a show coming up in conjunction with Sean Scott, and we thought it’d be great to let you all know about it!
"Loretta Lizzio You can find her, painting on walls, drawing in a books or even on skateboards. Loretta Lizzio likes to take a break from reality and escape to a world of her own. Growing up quite isolated on a farm in far North Queensland left Loretta, from a young age, having to use her imagination to create her escapes. She has always loved to explore nature and an affinity for insects and animals has helped to define Loretta’s signature style.
Through her obsessive line work, she captures a sensuous desire for freedom, adventure and love. Always striving to exceed her own creative boundaries, Loretta has worked in tattooing, design, printmaking, installations and painting. Although its obvious her developed style and true love is working with pen and pencil. Loretta moved to the Gold Coast in 2010 where she now lives and works. She is currently undertaking study in Graphic Design to further her artistic knowledge and career."
See what I mean? The illustration itself is fairly traditionally styled, which is a slight departure from what we usually cover, but its very cool – warships ships rule! And wow, look at the styling of the ocean in this piece. Line Love <3
We’re really looking forward to seeing more from Loretta in the future, and we’re also curious about Sean Scotts work too – we wish we could check out this show!
Who: Loretta Lizzio & Sean Scott What: Duo show Where: Old Burleigh Theatre Arcade, 64 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads, QLD When: Show opens Thursday April 5th from 6pm til 9:30pm
We’re a little late getting this one off the rank (we’re running behind a bit after There’s More!) but if you haven’t seen it yet thencheck out issue #2 of the fantastic Knock Knock Magazine below – oh, and check out Issue #1 if you haven’t seen it yet!
“Knock knock magazine profiles street level emerging and established Australian and international creatives doing their thing, and doing it well.”