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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Event – Everfresh Studios – Open Studio – Collingwood

When the infamous Everfresh Studios closed suddenly last year we were in shock. The place was a true institution, like a museum, and soooo many good memories were lost, but not forever.

The guys have found a new space, and for the first and only time ever, they would like to invite you this Saturday to check out the new studio.

The studios will be open from 12 to 5 this Saturday and artists Rone, Wonderlust, Tooth, Tom Civil, Mayo and Makatron will all be there to show you around.

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As well as the open studio the guys are selling a limited edition sketchbook to raise funds for the new space. There will only be 60 books available on the day (some have sold online already) so its 1st in best dressed.

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Full sequence with titles from Everfresh Studio on Vimeo.

Who: Everfresh .

What: Open Studios.

When: Saturday 6th September 12 – 5.

Where: 5 Perry st, Collingwood.

Facebook event page here.

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Exhibition – Revolver Staff Art Show – Seasons Of Change Spring – Revolver – Prahran

If your looking for something to do this Friday night, get down to Revolver and check out Seasons of change spring exhibition.

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Who: Revolver arts

What: Seasons of change spring.

When: This Friday the 5th of September.

Where: At Revolver upstairs.

Facebook event  here

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Exhibition – Welcome to Black Canyon – Melbourne

We have always loved shows curated by Sean morris, and even better than a Sean curated show is him teaming up with Tom Groves from Knock Knock magazine fame for a new project – Black Canyon!

“The first venture from new Australian arts project Black Canyon opens in Melbourne next Friday, August 29.

‘Welcome To Black Canyon’ is set to feature large-scale print work by a lineup of artists from Spain, France, England, Canada, Germany and the USA (many of whom have never shown in Australia before) alongside a slew of local favourites.

Launching on the night will be the limited run risograph publication ‘Black Canyon Vision Quest 1′. A collection of bold, aggressive illustration and design,Vision Quest 1 Is Black Canyon’s statement of intent. No frills, no filler, just 16 young artists making uncompromising work.

Black Canyon is a collaboration between Sean Morris and Tom Groves, who first worked together on the ‘Gold Blood, Magic Weirdos’ group show at Backwoods Gallery in March of this year. It was the last in a trilogy of Magic Weirdos shows curated by Morris, which were greeted by big crowds in Melbourne, Perth and London.

The show runs until 5pm on Sunday August 31. Check the full lineup below:

SIMON LANDREIN (FR) IRKUS M. ZEBERIO (ESP) WE BUY YOUR KIDS (AUS) FRENCH (UK) TINA LUGO (USA) CHRIS YEE (AUS) JASPER DUNK (UK) CAITLIN SHEARER (AUS) JAMES JIRAT PATRADOON (AUS) BEN CONSTANTINE (AUS) NATHAN BROWN (CAN) MADDY YOUNG (AUS) BENE ROHLMANN (GER) EMMA WIESENEKKER (AUS) JUMBO (AUS) REGINALD PEAN (USA)”

Looks like a really fun show with a bunch of artists new to many of our eyes, as well as some familiar – head down and check it out for yourselves

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Who: SIMON LANDREIN (FR) IRKUS M. ZEBERIO (ESP) WE BUY YOUR KIDS (AUS) FRENCH (UK) TINA LUGO (USA) CHRIS YEE (AUS) JASPER DUNK (UK) CAITLIN SHEARER (AUS) JAMES JIRAT PATRADOON (AUS) BEN CONSTANTINE (AUS) NATHAN BROWN (CAN) MADDY YOUNG (AUS) BENE ROHLMANN (GER) EMMA WIESENEKKER (AUS) JUMBO (AUS) REGINALD PEAN (USA)
What: Welcome To Black Canyon
Where: 83 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, Melbourne
When: FRIDAY 29/9 6pm – 9pm
SATURDAY 30/9 12pm – 6pm
SUNDAY 31/9 12pm – 5pm

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Paint Up – Sofles, Adnate And Smug – At Northland

Sofles and Smug were in town recently, painting the town purple, beige, blue and every colour in between, with their unique styles of hyper rendering and tight detail. The guys were also accompanied by Adnate, the three of them spent four days in the freezing cold, where they each painted amazing portraits but each with such varying composition and    style.

To watch the three artists side by side was a definite highlight of my month, stay tuned as I will be posting their most recent paint up in Fitzroy.

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Event – Heist – International Urban and Contemporary Art Exhibition – At Juddy Roller

Heist, an international urban and contemporary art exhibition presented by New Hunting Ground and Juddy Roller Studios will open its doors on 6pm Friday 15th of August.

Coinciding with the Melbourne Art Fair, Heist will bring together some of the worlds most infamous and collectible street and contemporary artists under one roof for one weekend only. Conveniently located only a short walk away from the Melbourne Art Fair, the exhibition is located in a unique warehouse space in one of Fitzroy, Melbourne’s most colourful lane ways.

Heist will showcase a diverse selection of local and international urban contemporary artists. Showing internationally acclaimed artists on the same walls as the best emerging talent around, Heist aims to bridge the gap between the serious collector and the casual art fan. Located within Juddy Roller Studios, a well-known hub for both local and international artists, Heist is set to be the most innovative and high profile urban art group show of the year.

New Hunting Ground is curated by Shaun Hossack, the founder of Juddy Roller Studios and the annual ILL-Logic Outdoor Art Festival. Heist is a part of an ongoing series of pop-up exhibitions located in and around Melbourne. The show will feature artists from Europe, Australia and North America. The lineup includes Adnate, Sofles, Smug, Blek Le Rat, Mathew Johnson, Li-Hill, Ears, E.L.K, Lucy Lucy, Choq, Mayonaize and more.

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NEW HUNTING GROUND and JUDDY ROLLER Presents HEIST

Friday August 15th, 6pm

Sponsored by Cricketers Arms

Corner Johnston & Chapel Street, Fitzroy.
Entrance on Chapel St.

www.juddyroller.com.au

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Brad Mills – WildStyle In The West

This week I managed to get back to Brad Mills before she goes the way of  many other classic abando locations like the Collingwood silo’s, I really love this place as i’m sure a lot of you do.

From the graff covered walls to the to the old buildings that surround you, this makes for a perfect setting for photos, with all that rust and run down walls.

I always feel so safe and at home surrounded by decay and all forms of urban expression, from tags to burners, pieces to mad charo’s, it has it all.

If you ever got the chance to go there a few years back, it was massive on an epic scale the overall size was like few football fields, sheds as far as the eye can see photos’s can’t do it justice not even mine.

So if you gets the chance to pay her a visit before she leaves this mortal coil, do it you will not be disappointed.

I also grabbed a few cheeky pics on the by Dvate, Sabeth, Askem and some burners by the unstoppable Duke Grimo (Style).

 

 

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Exhibition – Chehehe – The Exit End Of A Wormhole To Another Dimension – Melbourne

Damnit, I do feel like I’m missing out on some cool shit while I’m up here in Singapore, and this show coming up this week is one of those things!

Seeing our mate Chehehe put in his first real solo show is pretty damn exciting we’ve been following his work and enjoying it immensely over the past whike. From his immediately recognisable chebots to his amazing interactive che-machine at the White Night festival, his painting and illustrations, as well as his unique installations really are curiously cool.

Head down this Thursday night and check it out, and support the man on his first solo endeavour – it’ll be well worth the trip!!

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Who: Chehehe
What: Exit End Of A Wormhole To Another Dimension solo show
Where: 42 Bangs St, Prahran, Melbourne
When: Thursday 7th August from 6pm til 10pm

Check out the Facebook event page for more info as well as Chehehes site.

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Dean Sunshines Top 10 – July 2014

 Dean Sunshine returns once again for yet another cracking collection of his top ten Melbourne graffiti and street art pieces for the month of July.

Check out all the photos below, and enjoy!!

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1. Slicer. Fitzroy
2. Be Free + Bailer. Fitzroy (also keller, nor, ghost and putos)
3. Deams. Fitzroy.
4. Dvate. St.Kilda
5. Rashe – Port Melbourne
6. Jack Douglas (JD) Fitzroy
7. Conrad Bizjak (RAD) Collingwood
8. Shame + Putos. Windsor
9. Theo Robinson + James Bartram. Fitzroy
10. Unknown artist. Windsor

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Event – Bright Lights – By Numskull – At Backwoods Gallery

If you are looking for something to do friday night, then get along to Backwoods Gallery, and check out Bright Lights featuring Sydney artist Numskull

“Having not exhibited in Melbourne for over a decade, Numskull’s long awaited return also marks his first showing with Backwoods Gallery. Bright Lights is a series of paintings and sculptures that continue on from his recent residency at the Museums Quartier in Vienna where he celebrated our memories of popular comic book characters by reinterpreting them as a collection of museum busts.

Much like the works from Vienna, where the compositional arrangements of objects partially masked the identity of the characters, this new suite aims to subjugate the obvious. In Bright Lights, the immediately recognisable figures have disappeared. In their place are silhouettes of headless beings devoid of any distinctive personality, anonymous and statuesque. Their bodies are jolted by the blows of arrows piercing their skin as they float amongst a wreckage of irregular patterned objects.”

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Who: Numskull.

What: Bright Lights.

When: This Friday the 31st of July at 6pm to August the 10th.

Where: Backwoods Gallery, at 25 Easey street Collingwood, Melbourne, Victoria.

Facebook event page here

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Through The Lens With David Russell Photography – July 2014

Well it has been another month filled with mad walls by both graffiti and street artists, from epic paint ups such as the Rose street car park and the south wall at Section 8, featuring the talented Conrad Bizjak and Heesco.

Its not just in Melbourne’s laneways in the CBD where you will find these gems, you only have to travel to suburbs such as Collingwood, Fitzroy, Richmond  Brunswick to find a lot of the work you see in my photos.

So next time you are in the neighbourhood be sure check out some of the incredible art that we are so lucky to be surrounded by.

 

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