Melbourne is the oft claimed “cultural capital of Australia” – whether this is true or not, it certainly has a wealth of amazing galleries, sights and opportunities for artists. From street art friendly laneways, art events and with an art friendly population, its hard to beat Melbourne for sheer output. Pushing the new waves of low brow, street art and nu-contempotary are galleries such as RTIST and Artboy Galleries in Prahran, Backwoods Gallery in Collingwood, Metro in Armadale, Paradise Hills in Richmond, Darkhorse and No Vacancy in the city, and many more …
Last years Blender Xmas party was awesome, and this year was right on par! As is usual with a Blender Xmas party, the artists studios were all set up with artwork for anyone to peruse, and Dark Horse Studio was arrayed with a rich collection of works by the same-said artists.
I got down there a little later in the evening to join in the festivities – it’s one thing that I make sure I attend every year, if but just to catch up with everyone. I know Xmas isnt far, when Blender has their parties – and its been a successful year for so many of the artists in the studios.
Thanks for having us all, Blender crew – be seeing you next year for another round! Check out all the photos below – party photos, ya know? hahaha …
With over two hundred entries, I can only imagine how hard it was for the Chasinghosts crew to select only twelve images from the entire lot for the inaugural That One Shot Melbourne street art photography exhibition. Held down at Husband in Prahran last Friday night, the whole thing was voted for by a bunch of industry judges including Toby (Just Another Agency), Steve Cross (Korpus Tattoo), Nicole Reed (A Shot Away), Mel Dixon (Lomography) and Saul Attack (Boy Wolf Clothing).
I also got hold of one of the new "Chased" shirts, the new shirt label from the Chasinghosts team – must say, that Crisis does some dope work!
This mad shot of Sinch bombing in St Kilda from Carl A won the award – a perfect example of why I love this shit. Well deserved!
The runner up was John Mcclumpha’s "Closing Time" – a brilliant shot of Degraves St.
… and the peoples choice award was another fantastic image, from Michel Cabre for "Dark Street Art" shot taken near Little Lonsdale St.
It was a fantastic idea and brilliantly executed. I can see this whole event just getting stronger and stronger every year. Its nice to see the hard working crew form Chasinghosts doing something to acknowledge such an important part of our scene – all the paintspotters and aficionados who do so much to promote the art that we all love.
Our good mate Unwell Bunny is back this weekend with a cool show over at United Cans new location down in Windsor (we’ll have more for you on that later!).
Over the past year or so, Unwell Bunny did a fair bit of travelling, and this exhibition delves into his blackbook for a few glimpses of the inspiration behind his larger scale works up on the walls.
The thing that I like about these shows, is that you get to see pieces of work that you wouldnt normally get to see – rough ideas and pieces usually hidden away thrown into the light in all their cool, and sometimes, those rough diamonds are gems.
"Small black book based and inspired works from Europe & Australia from Melbourne based UNWELL BUNNY.
‘While travelling and painting last year, I kept a black book of illustrations which were inspired by each city we went to, these drawings produced paintings and were small snap shots of each placed stayed in and sprayed. These works are rescued and inspired by these visual records.
Small ideas, that lead to bigger ideas, many disorganised, with the occasional few works of tiny genius … These are the days of our sharpies and these sharpies are the days of our lives.’"
Check out a piece that Unwell bunny did with United Cans Libre as a bit of a preview above – theres also a video here on facebook (unfortunately there is no embed code!).
Looking forward to this one!!
Who: Unwell Bunny What: A Blackbook Exhibition Where: United Cans Street Art Cafe and gallery, 80 punt road, Windsor, Victoria, Australia When: Opens 20th December 2013 from 6-9pm
I am obviously a massive fan of all the guys down at the Arts Hole. I love their work, both individually and collectively – and even though I was pretty damned tired last weekend, I took myself off to their first group show “After Dark” last Saturday night, and Im damned glad I did.
A lot of great work, a whole bunch of great people in attendance – this is the thing that great group shows are made of. Oh, and if you didnt see this? Arts Hole residents Chasing Ghosts have their event tomorrow night with That One Show – the Melbourne street art awards exhibition, so you should go check it out.
Anyways, in the meantime, take a look at all the greatness that was last Saturday night!
Last week I had the chance to get down to the 6mod opening – a show put on by a bunch of artists, inlcuding Marian Machismo, FKN-MAD, Ruskidd and Carlotta Phelan.
It was a pretty interesting affair – the space itself was pretty damn cool, a nice cellar area that I can see has a lot of potential for a space for these kinds of projects. It was a strange mix of people down there, but it all seemed to work – check it all out for yourselves below!
David Russell got down to the opening of Backwoods Galleries latest group show, “A Study Of Eyes” – the second in a series of shows (after the wonderful A Study Of Hands) featuring local and international artists producing work around various parts of the human body.
““A Study Of” is a decade-long project by curator Alexander Mitchell aiming to create an archive of anatomical and artistic studies by the world’s leading contemporary artists. The project was launched last year with “A Study Of Hands.”
This year, Backwoods Gallery will present the second installment,“A Study Of Eyes”, an exhibition consisting of 45 pieces of original artwork based on the eye by some of the world’s leading artists.”
I actually never realised it was a decade long project – talk about epic. Check out all the photos from the most recent iteration below, courtesy of David Russell …
Once again David Russell has put together all of his favourite photos that he’s taken over the past month from around the streets of Melbourne – an absolute fine collection of work in this one, brilliant.
Oh ho ho ho … excuse me, while I get all excited about this one!Once again, the Blender Christmas party has come around, that time of year when all things Franklin St and creative celebrates another massive year of accomplishments by all the artists involved down at one of the cities finest artistic establishment!!
“The Blender Studios Christmas exhibition is an opportunity to celebrate the art and party with the artists of Blender Studios. The hard work and dedication of the artists is evident in this annual event with 13 artists showcasing their work.
The exhibition will be hosted by Dark Horse Experiment and the studios will hold a series of performers and installations. The opening night is sure to be a stunning example of current practice in Melbourne right now. The opening night will include DJs, cutting edge performance artists, traditional works on canvas, live graffiti events, strange objects and dislocated renderings of suburbia.
After ten years the Blender Studios still hold true to the values of research, energy, independence and the solidarity.
With strong links to Melbourne Street Art and some of the most recognised and prolific artists calling the Blender home, the opening exhibition will attract a wide audience.The Blender Studios Christmas Exhibition, accompanied with a party, will open at Dark Horse Experiment on Friday 13th Dec, 2013 from 6 till late.”
I’ve been to the last few Blender Xmas parties, and I can safely say that this is one night on the Melbourne art calendar, and Xmas calendar, that you just can’t miss. Celebrations ahoy – seeyas there!!
Who: Adi, James Bonnici, Adrian Doyle, Michael Fikaris, Drew Funk, Heesco, George Manioudakis, Tim Sterling, Nick Ives,Sebastian Franz, Jo Harrison, Cam Scale,Paul Round and a bunch of DJs and performers What: Blender Studios Christmas Exhibition & Party Where: Blender Studios & Dark Horse Experiment, 110 Franklin St, Melbourne When: Friday 13th Dec, 2013 from 6 till late
After hearing all about it and being excited to see it all, I headed down to Collingwood Gallery last Thursday night to see the launch of Mishaps new jewellery line, Def Lab Jewellery. Beautifully displayed in a way that could only befit work from Mishap, I absolutely loved it – street sense styled work with a flair of graffiti enthused creativity, I can see this new line going a long way.
Check out this mad video that was just released from the show (produced by Dave MSA), and all of my shots below (the video is a hell of a lot better than my shots, that for sure! Haha).
David Russell got down to another abando the other week in outer Melbourne. There is a whole bunch of amazing work by some of Melbournes finest in this one, and its well worth checking out the photos of it all.
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