Melbourne


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 …


Melbourne Street Art


Where does one start with Melbourne street art? As one of the top ranking  notable world street art capitals, you could read the wikipedia page, or read any number of books on the subject, but, suffice to say, if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, there are few places to miss if you are an aficionado.

You can take tours of its world famous laneways, and read up on its prolific and much loved artist collectives and studios, including Everfresh in Collingwood, Blender Studios in the CBD, Paradise Hills and Safehouse Studios in Richmond, Rival Revolution/Invurt in Prahran, Cocoa Jackson in Brunswick and many others. Not a day goes by without new work finding its way up on the walls, much of which is covered in a variety of blogs and websites, and on the Melbourne Street Art facebook pages.

Street artists can also pick up any needed supplies from such spots as Obese Records in Prahran, This Is It in Richmond, Giant in North Melbourne and Refills in Fitzroy …


Read on for all that is grand, happening and cool in Melbournes art scene …



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Snapshots – Choqworld – Juddy Roller

last week saw the very talented French artist Choq with his solo show Choqworld at Juddy Roller, the show featuring his unique style which Melbourne has fallen in love with.

His way of painting everyday scenes he comes across in his travels always puts a smile on my face,  I was even lucky enough to purchase a piece myself, as were many others on the night with the show almost selling out.

In case you missed the show here are some photos I managed to take.

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Press Release – The Google Street Art Project in Melbourne

For over five years, Invurt.com and Land Of Sunshine have been documenting the fleeting and ephemeral artwork around the streets of Australia, particularly in their home town of Melbourne. In this period, they have documented thousands of walls and street art events via both photographs, interviews and articles. As two of Australias most eminent authorities on street art, they have, over this time, ceaselessly collaborated promote the Australian scene and its artists to a global audience.

Now, Invurt and Land Of Sunshine have partnered with the Google Cultural Institute on one of the most innovative and comprehensive collections of street art on the internet, the Google Street Art Project.

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As one of the worlds top destinations for street art, Melbourne offers a plethora of works from a contingent of hundreds of local artists, and as a global mecca for graffiti and street art it also attracts a large number of international artists to its walls.The Melbourne Street Art collection on the Google street art site contains a small slice of some of these remarkable painting projects, many works of which have, as ephemeral as it is, now departed, recorded only in the pixels within these digital archives.

With photography by Dean Sunshine and David Russell, and curated by local Melbourne artist and editor of Invurt.com, Facter (Fletcher Andersen), as well as Luke McManus, this showcase of works is blessed by a bountiful amount of high quality, top level art from across Melbourne.

“There is always a story to tell when it comes to the streets of Melbourne and its art, and we hope that by adding a little slice of Melbourne to such a massive global project, that people from around the world can easily view these amazing works within the Google Street Art platform,” said Facter. “We are extremely proud to have partnered with Google in this endeavour. One of our primary missions here is to document the ephemeral artwork and our scene, across Australia, and we couldn’t have been happier to have been given this opportunity to do so.”

Regular updates will be undertaken on these exhibitions, as Invurt and Land Of Sunshine continue on their mission to bring the best of Melbourne street art and graffiti to the people of the world.You can find the Melbourne Street Art by Invurt and Land Of Sunshine page on the Google Cultural institute website by the short link http://google.invurt.com or by going directly to the websitehttps://streetart.withgoogle.com/ #streetartproject #invurt

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Exhibition – Herbarium – Ruskidd – Blender Studio’s

Blender Studios present ‘Herbarium’, Ruskidd’s first major solo exhibition.

Herbarium explores the exotic patterns, organic shapes and vibrant colours found in flora and fauna. Ruskidd has created a collection of artworks featuring a variety of paintings and installations.

Over the past 5 years, Ruskidd has developed a unique and diverse style for large murals on the street and smaller scale paintings. His work engages the viewer with bright vibrant colours, free flowing organic lines and recurring motifs. Ruskidd’s evolving style explores various mediums that experiment with new found techniques. Always pushing the boundaries to create interesting and unique works that adapt to any scale and environment.

Featuring a live screen-printing session of limited run tees and Uncle Dave’s Home-brew beers on tap!

Exhibition ongoing until the 27th of March.

Who: Ruskidd.

What: Herbarium.

When: This Friday from 7pm – 20th March – 27th March.

Where: At The Blender Studios, 110 Franklin Street, Melbourne, entry via lane way.

Facebook event can be found here

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Through The Lens February – David Russell Photography

Last month saw some amazing work from Melbourne’s graffiti and street art community, painting all manner of shapes and sizes from small canvases to mega productions spanning as far as the boom arm would allow.

As for the laneways there is always a fresh burner or two amongst all the of the mess, which I love so much all those layers Its like a living breathing entity.

I can’t wait to bring you next months crop of photos, already so much happened and we are only four days in to the month of March, till then peace out peeps

 

 

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Amazing Street Art Collaboration – Little Smith Lane – Collingwood

This would have to be one of my favourite walls so far this year and the key word is collaboration, artists such as Bryan Itch, Mike Makatron, Plea, Damon Soule, Nitsua, Adam Paquette, Stiff  Ives and Sparkles, all came together to create something pretty special.

 

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Snapshots – Dvate & Smug – Fitzroy

It’s always good catching up with these two amazing artists Dvate and Smug, I came across them in Fitzroy where the two have painted many times before, so it was good to see their two unique style come together.

Check it out the next time you are in Fitzroy and while you there have a wonder around and look at the art filled streets of Fitzroy and Collingwood, you won’t be disappointed.

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Video – Sofles – Graffiti Mapped @ White Night Melbourne 2015

Video – Sofles – Graffiti Mapped @ White Night Melbourne 2015

I had the chance to watch Sofles painting his massive mural the other week, and yet another change on Saturday night to see his amazing work brought to life by Grant Obsbornes incredible graffiti mapping projections. Put together under the mad and rad creative direction of Shaun Hossask from Juddy Roller, if you weren’t in Melbourne, and didnt get to see it yourself (you missed out!), then you now have that chance!!

Brilliant video once again from Selina Miles as well – she never, ever disappoints with these. Lets also not forget the rad soundtrack by Opiou!

Watch the whole process and end result in all its glory below!

From the press release –

“On Saturday the 21st of February, Sofles – Graffiti Mapped premiered at Melbourne’s largest cultural festival, White Night Melbourne. Attended by over 500,000 people and running from 7pm – 7am, the festival takes over Melbourne’s CBD for a one night only artistic extravaganza.

Many months in the making, Sofles – Graffiti Mapped is an innovative step forward for the world of graffiti and technology. Sofles – Graffiti Mapped explores the intrinsic connection between graffiti, street art and technology through a combination of 3D video mapping, traditional street art and graffiti techniques and motion design.

Over 5 stories high, Sofles’ inner city mural is his biggest work to date. Add to that Grant Osborne’s incredibly detailed motion design and a musical score by New Zealand music producer Opiuo, and you have a truly innovative work of art. Visible for one night only, but destined to leave an impression on the city’s skyline Sofles- Graffiti Mapped was one of the most exciting events of the entire White Night Melbourne festival.

This video has been shot and cut by the director of Sofles’ extremely successful previous video, Limitless, Selina Miles. “

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Event – The Paterson Project – Melbourne

Well, holy shitballs, this is an event that I’m pretty excited to stick up today, and one that I cant wait to see (and paint at!!). Another huge production will be going down in Collingwood next week, as the Paterson building gets a huge makeover from over a hundred Melbourne artists, check out the press …

The Paterson Project will be one of Melbourne’s most exciting and important street art events in 2015. Elite talent from all over Australia will be painting together under one roof to raise money for The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation with artworks to be auctioned off on the night. Housed inside the ‘Grand Lady’ of Smith Street, the Paterson building’s top three floors will be transformed into one giant canvas for more than 100 artists.

Melbourne is a vibrant and innovative place for street art culture, and events like The Paterson Project continue to promote its presence and notability in the global street art community.

The Paterson is a heritage listed building that is destined to be reincarnated as apartments. The history of the building spans over a century, and for the past forty years has remained a home to artists and musicians. This event will enable the local populace and the street art community to come together and celebrate the history and culture of the Paterson building. The Paterson Project will pay homage to the artistic passage of the site through the creation of new art and give the building the send off it deserves.

We hope you will join us at the Paterson building on the 6th of March to celebrate street art, urban culture and Melbourne’s art community. See some art, have a drink and help us reach our target of $15,000 for The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation.”

Yeah, its a little sad that this grand old building being redeveloped is yet another sign of an increasingly gentrified Collingwood, but what a way to send it off before its reincarnation as (yet another) apartment block – and dear god, thats a lot of fkn art going up! With all of my favourite artists involved, this whole thing is going to be massively amazing.

So, head down on Friday the 6th March and check it all out – and, while you are there, buy yourself some of the art that will also be created and help raise a bunch of money for charity, there’ll be some amazing pieces coming out of this.  See you all there!

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Who: ABET, ADNATE, AMAC, ARMED, AWES, BAILER, BURG, BUTTONS, CHEHEHE, CHOQ, CREATURE CREATURE, CRISIS, CRUEL, DEM189, DEST, DONOVAN CHRISTIE, DOSE, DUEL, DUKE STYLE, DVATE, EARS, EEVIEN TAN, ELEVEN, ELLIOT CLAYFIELD, ENDS, FACTER, FENOM, FLETCH CUTS, FRAME, GHETTO, GOODIE, GRIZZLE, GUS, HAHA, HANCOCK, HEESCO, IME, INPAC, ITCH, JAMES MCCULLOUGH, JORZ, JOSH SMITH, KEN TAYLOR, KEO, 23RD KEY, KITTY RITZ, LACHY HAMILTON, LEBOUEF, LING, LOSOP, LUCY LUCY, MAKATRON, MARIAN MACHISMO, MARINE, MAYO, MIKE WATT, MIT, MORDES, MYSTERIOUS AL, NASTE, NICOLE TATTERSALL, OHNOES, ORDER, OTIS CHAMBERLAIN, PHOENIX, PIGEON BOY, PILFER, PLEA, POISE, PORNO, PRESTO, PUTOS, RAD, RASHE, REPEAT, RESUME, REWS, RONE, ROOK REM, RUS KIDD, SABETH, SAM YONG, SCALE, SEAR, SENEKT, 6SETA, SHEM, SHIME, SIRUM, SKUBZ, SLICER, SMICK, STEVE CROSS, STOPEM, SWERFK, TANEA, TIM ROLLIN, TOGGLES, TREM, UNWELL BUNNY, VANDERLISM, WILL COLES, WONDERLUST
What: The Paterson Project
Where: The Paterson Building, 173-181 Smith Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
When: Friday 6th March 2015, from 6pm til late – for one night only!!

Check out the facebook event for more info on the show!!

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Exhibition – Quiet Path – Shawn Lu – At Off The Kerb

Don’t miss out on my good mate Shawn Lu’s show “Quiet Path”, at Off The Kerb Gallery next Friday night from 6pm, Shawn’s work is something you need to see to believe.

 

Who: Shawn Lu.

What: Quiet Path.

When: Friday 27th Feb – 13th March – from 6-9pm.

Where: Off the Kerb – 66B Johnston Street Collingwood.

Facebook event here

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Exhibition – LA-NY – KidKong & Jack Shelton – Melbourne

We dont usually post up may photography exhibitions, but when we do its for a good reason – like this show coming up from Sam (KidKong) Wong and Jack Shelton, two of Melbournes rising street photography stars.

“LA- NY is a joint exhibition between Sam Wong and Jack Shelton. Taking a look at a colourful California set against a stark black and white New York. The project will take the form of a book Launch and exhibition as part of The Photo-book Melbourne 2015 festival, Melbourne’s very first international photo book festival.”

Head down to No Vacancy at QV in Melbourne this Friday night to see the show, and the mad ass photos that will be on display.

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Who: Sam Wong (KidKong) and Jack Shelton
What: LA – NY photography exhibition
Where: No Vacancy gallery, Jane Bell Lane, QV, Melbourne
When: Show opens Friday 17th February from 6pm til 9pm and runs til 24th February.

 

Check out the facebook event page, as well as Sam Wong and Jack Sheltons websites

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