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 – James Reka – Untold – Backwoods Gallery

For those who missed James Reka’s show “Untold”, check out the shots I was able to get while it was on down at Backwoods Gallery in Collingwood.

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Snapshots – Shida – Inner Myths – Backwoods Gallery

Friday night I got down to Backwoods gallery to check out Shida’s new show “Inner Myths” her are some pics from his show.

Be sure to check out his show, on till the 13th of July.

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Video – Public Enemy – Melbourne

This video is getting a lot of attention right now, and we figure it can speak for itself and for those who pursue their passions –  full respect.

“In early 2014 Melbourne videographers & photographers collaborated to create a short film exposing Melbourne’s underground and rooftops.”

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Exhibition – Sian Song & Erin Greer – Daylight/Dark Night – Melbourne

I’m a big fan of Erin Greers work, and though I am less than familiar with Sian Songs, the glimpses of it that I’ve seen have piqued my interest – and it looks like a great counterpoint to Erins work in this upcoming duo exhibition from the two at Off The Kerb gallery this Friday night.

Intrigued by the creatures that inhabit the daylight and dark night, Sian Song & Erin Greer combine forces to paint a window into the magical world of animals. Both artists employ a whimsical and playful style to bring these creatures’ narratives to life.”

Head down to Collingwood to see it all for yourselves, its shaping up to be a great night for art across Melbourne.

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Who: Sian Song & Erin Greer
What: Daylight / Dark Night exhibition
Where: Off The Kerb, 66b Johnston St, Collingwood, Melbourne
When: Show opens Friday 4th July from 6pm til 9pm and runs until 18th July

Check out the facebook event page for more info.

 

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Through The Lens With David Russell – June 2014

Another month of mad walls, not a day goes by where I don’t find something new on the streets of Melbourne, be it street art or graff.

The stand out show this month for me was ‘Untold” by James Reka, I really liked the found objets covered in rust with their striking blue designs, while the framed works spoke for themselves.

I got down to see “Charlie Foxtrot” by E.L.K at Metro Gallery; I have always been a big fan of  this guys work, his composition and subject matter always intriguing me.

I also got the chance to Meet the aptly named Mike Giant, founder of “Rebel 8″, which saw Melbourne host a rad party decked out with designs by Mike Giant and a half pipe in one room.

My lens is fixed on artists such as Bailer of “ID”, this guys evolution is amazing to watch especially in the last few months absolutely killing it and then there is Dem 189 of “F1″, here is another guy who never sleeps and who’s style inspires all who set eyes upon his work.

One of Melbourne’s favourite adopted artists Jaws, “Da Mental Vapors”, has left some amazing pieces behind as he recently left Oz to return home to France peace bro safe travels.

I have to mention my good mate Shida, who has really stepped up and taken his work to the next level, the way his work punctures the landscape so vividly leaving you breathless.

Melbourne saw the return of Meggs, luckily he was able to leave us with a few pieces to enjoy and if you haven’t seen them yet I would advise you guys to get down and check out the Rose street car park in Fitzroy, organised by Dvate, It’s an amazing graff filled area full of Melburn Kings, past and present.

Finally the ever busy Mr Jacob Oberman, this was on of my favourite pics, till next month Peace out Punkz.

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Video – Be Free – Abando Extinguisher

A great little video here from Be Free, nice to see the artist stepping up and doing some different shit, and its always good to see a fkn extinguisher going wild!!

Check it out below …

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Snapshots – E.L.K – Charlie Foxtrot – Metro Gallery

We headed down to check out E.L.K.s show last week, and it was a damn fine show indeed, everything we had expected it would be an more.

On a side note, theres a great interview with E.L.K. with Alex McCulloch over at his podcast site, and if you want to know a bit more about the story behind the show go check it out.

While you’re listening, check out the images below!

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Exhibition – Aida Sabic – Anima – Melbourne

One of the artists that we have followed over the years,  the muchly talented Aida Sabic, is having her next solo show this weekend – and this time she delves into the mythologies of times gone by, with Anima.

“Greek mythology embodied the faults and strengths of human nature and it’s narratives veiled the fears, beliefs, and moral codes of their society. The stories were told by men, to motivate men. The female characters represented the feminine characteristics in themselves… to be resisted, subdued or overcome at any cost.

Ancient society had specific gender roles and typically the stories focus positively on male heroes achieving their heroic goals. Females were portrayed as weak or were punished harshly for showing dominant traits. Some became serial victims, deserving sympathy for a tragic life, but receiving none.

Although female heroines did exist, they were different to that of the male; women used intelligence to assist the men to achieve their goals, sacrificed themselves for loved ones or to preserve honour, and used their skills to exact revenge.

This work is based around the female characters in these myths and their relevancy, despite the role of women in ancient society being considered insignificant compared to that of men.”

We love anything mythological, and we love anything that comes from Aidas hand – beautiful work, and we cant wait until we get a chance to see it at Off The Kurb this Friday night – so head down and see it all for yourselves!!

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Who: Aida Sabic
What: Anima solo show
Where: Off The Kerb Gallery, 66B Johnston Street, Collingwood, Melbourne
When: Opening Night Friday, 13th of Junefrom 6:00pm – 9:00pm and runs until the 27th June 2014

check out Aida Sabic and the facebook event page for more info.

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Trackside With I.D Crew And Friends.

I managed to get tracks side, over in South Melbourne where I.D Crew and friends once again have smashed out an amazing wall.

Bailer really tightening his pieces lately, taking it to the next level, also Shem’s piece was a stand out with his dope lettering and mad colour scheme.

The guys where also joined by Rashe from AWOL and Jaw from Da Mental Vapours, bringing their mad style and french flavour.

Looking forward to the next instalment, till next time, peace.

 

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Exhibition – Luke Cornish – E.L.K. – Charlie Foxtrot (Cluster Fuck) – Metro Gallery – Melbourne

In what could be one of the most politically charged exhibitions this year, and certainly one of the highlights of our exhibition going – E.L.K. returns to Metro Gallery this week with an exhibition of real, honest and insightful works garnered from one of the most dangerous parts of the world today – Syria.

“Following a successful 2013, where he achieved the highest ever auction record for a street artist, Luke Cornish will again use his desire to bring social awareness and change through his work. Charlie Foxtrot, in his latest exhibition to be held at Metro Gallery in Armadale Victoria opening on 12 June 2014, will be opened by controversial Catholic Priest, Father Bob Maguire.

The exhibition follows Cornish’s journey to the Middle East where he wanted to gain access to Syria to photograph the ongoing civil war and highlight its humanitarian impact.

What ensued was a series of major road blocks. What could go wrong, went wrong, badly – He arrived at the Syrian border only to be turned away as a potential spy. Cornish and his ‘fixer’ headed out with long time war correspondents to hide that he didn’t have accreditation to photograph the region and they were caught in cross fire in Tripoli between soldiers and insurgents.

Hauntingly captivating, the collection symbolises the strength of human spirit no matter the obstacles we face.

Charlie Foxtrot – In radio communication or polite conversation (i.e. with a very senior officer with whom you have no prior experience) the term “clusterfuck” will often be replaced by the NATO phonetic acronym “Charlie Foxtrot.”

Metro Gallery Manager, Jacinta Cavalot, said: “Cornish’s work continues to connect with your soul and challenge your thoughts. Without a doubt these are his best works yet.”

We have followed E.L.K. for many years, and have watched his work go from his early street art based cut and spray to enigmatic works of both poignancy and beauty. His stencils are usually produced with technical mastery, but seeing some of the new images, many of which are brutally honest and candid, really just pushes to the fore that it is the soul of his work that lays at the core of his popularity.

“Clusterfuck” is a show we’ve always wanted to see by his hand – and now it’s upon us. Head down to Metro Gallery this week to check it all out.

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Who: E.L.K.
What: Charlie Foxtrot – aka Cluster Fuck solo show
Where: Metro Gallery, 1214 High St, Armadale, Melbourne
When: Show opens Thursday June 12th from 6:30pm til 8:30pm and runs for three weeks,

Check out E.L.K. at his website, fb page and the facebook event page for more info.

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