IF you’re sharp, you’ll have noticed that for the past two weeks we havent posted up any snapshots – an unusual occurance for us, given how much is going on. Alas, our gallery software got all b0rked up and we werent able to upload any gallery images! Thankfully, this is now fixed .. and along with the fix comes a whole new gallery style – hope you enjoy it!
To kick off this new style, what better than David Russells latest favourite pieces of street art from around Melbourne for October? Check out his pics for what was cool and grand over the past month … and stay tuned for a heap more pics to come over the next few days, we have almost three weeks of catching up to do …
Thanks to Shane from AllThoseShapes for the shots from the show. Another great opening at Chaotic Gallery with their 2nd show “In this Corner”. I was impressed by the mix and quality of the artwork and another great turn out for the opening. (Plus Ruby makes the snapshots again haha!)
Well it has been another busy month; so much to see and do in Melbourne, we are so fortunate to have such a diverse range constantly evolving walls, here are just a few of my favourite images while getting my street safari on.
We love finding out about new artists, and Jacinta Kyam sure is one that we’re pretty keen on finding out even more about! We have covered a fair bit of collage in the past (obviously, one of our favourites, Phoenix, makes an appearance on here often) and we’re damn glad to see even more coming out to put on shows – this show looks fkn splendid indeed!
"Exhibition One explores the process between instinct and fine art through collage making. Jacinta has become a collage artist, in her words, ‘by accident’. It all started as a teenager when instead of plastering her walls with posters of her favourite celebrities she would create elaborate collages on her walls with cut up magazines and bluetak (much to her mother’s delight!).
Kyam’s original collages take up to 2 months to complete. These collages are photographed, blown up and printed on metallic photographic paper. The effect is stunning. The viewer can observe the meticulous hand cut detail of the collages, viewing their sculptural detail and lucid, contrasting imagery as a photographic whole. Kyam’s works are inspired, contemporary and a refreshing take on collage. The inspiration for the collection has come from Kyam’s background in fashion and art magazines. The process of creating the imagery evolves as the pictures ‘speak’ to her.
Renowned photographer Rob Little has photographed each work. The resulting original prints are simply beautiful. The size, colour and detail – awe-inspiring. Jacinta recalls stapling one of her teenage bedrooms together with a staple gun until it resembled somewhat of an installation with fabric billowing from the ceiling, textural fabric ‘art’ on the walls and of course, her collage which resulted in a rather unpleasant phone call from her mother when she took apart the room after Jacinta left home. It looked like someone had gone over the walls and ceiling with a sewing machine.
These instinctual beginnings have flourished into mature surrounds, where approach to the medium is the only thing that has shifted over time. From childhood to adolescence we take in an entire life, reflected through the care and detail of the assembled images. Jacinta’s work is original and like nothing else. Jacinta prefers not to see what other collage artists are doing as she feels it may taint the purity of her work which is her own and not inspired by any other artist. The inspiration comes when the pictures start coming together.
“It’s like an infant growing to full maturity, evolving and changing every step of the way”.
Yeah, we’re really liking the look of this one, so get yourself down to House Of Bricks this Friday night to see this mad collage artist in action – colour and depth, oh my.
Who: Jacinta Kyam What: Exhibition One solo show Where: House Of Bricks, Budd St, Collingwood When: Show opens Friday 12th April 6-9pm and runs til 28th April.
Alas, we missed getting this up in time for the opening of the show (welcoem to the world of Guatemalan internet – or the lack thereof!), but it looks like a great one! Crew / Cuts will be on for two weeks and you should get down to see it – RAWHIDE is one mad collaboration between two talented artists, acting as one!
"Adelaide staunch and fertile duo, Ankles and Smile, of the rollin’ Rawhide crew, return to the gallery in a follow up to their debut exhibition ‘Frontier’ last November (editor, see my website for pics). Friday, 29th March, sees Rawhide present their second show, ‘Crew Cuts’ featuring new work in cut paper.
Ankles and Smile’s own collage work predate their collaborative vandalism as Rawhide, so they’ve put our paint rollers down for the moment to combined forces in paper collage, the least popular artform known to man.
The work aims to be the visual equivalent of sample-heavy scratch DJs such as Cut Chemist, Kid Koala and The Avalanches. It is a time-consuming, yet therapeutic process digging through crates of pre-1970s magazines and books, removing type and image from their original context and rearranging it to form some self-referential narrative."
Check out the video for the show below!
Who: Rawhide (Ankles & Smile) What: CREW / CUTS Where: Magazine Gallery, 83a Hindley St, Adelaide When: Show opened last Friday 29th of March, and runs for two weeks – head down and see it before its over!
Fezwitch had a pretty big night the other night, as he opened up his first solo show “No Frills Caviar”
The man certainly has his own style going on, and his first show is as ecclectic and intriguing as everything we’ve seen on the streets. It’s on at Egg Gallery in Collingwood for another week or so, and its very much worth checking out.
Check out all the photos from our man Dave Russell below …
So much great shit on this week, and we apologise for being a bit behind on our events – we’ve missed a couple, alas – the crazy season has truly come, that’s for sure.
Not to miss tomorrow night, however, is the next awesome show out of RTIST Gallery – and this time, its the kings of Australian collage and cut will making themselves known as Alterations, Disturbances & Rips makes its way onto the walls of one of our favourite galleries.
"Collage” originally a French word, derived from the word coller, meaning “to paste” is an art form very much reflective of our omnipresent consumer culture and a compelling medium in the contemporary art practice that seeks to interrogate it.
The cut-up aesthetic, the chopping up of found imagery and the reshuffling of the fragments, invests new meaning in familiar imagery. Themes of anarchy, instability and heterogeneity emerge as everyday images are deconstructed and reassembled.
Sampling and tapping into the ubiquitous scraps of modern life the exhibition suggests an investigation around the Collage medium and the various techniques employed by the 4 participating artists.
With each artist engaging with the medium from a different perspective the resulting assemblage of artworks will present as a complex tapestry of investigations – joined in the gallery space to become an extensive and multifaceted collage in itself."
This is something a little different, but really fkn awesome. We’re big fans of collage work, its a challenging medium for most – but these guys are real masters of their game, and their techniques for producing their work is phenomenal.
Definitely go and check it out for yourselves.
Who: Kareem Rizk, Mauro Palmieri, Danilo Brandao and Phoenix What: Alterations, Disturbances & Rips group show Where: RTIST Gallery, 29 St Edmonds Rd, Prahran When: Show opens 7PM Friday the 16th of November, 2012.
A few weeks back popular Sydney based street artist Deb curated a huge group show, collating an incredible bunch of male artists from the nation and world wide. ‘Man Up’ was a charitable showcase with 100% of proceeds going to the Cancer Council of Australia to fund prostate cancer research.
Amongst the staggering array of work were pieces by Mark Bode, Mike Giant, Ben Brown, Ken Taylor, Ben Frost, and Edward Woodley. The works dotted the walls in monochromatic hues coming together to form an exciting and no doubt successful show. Making buying more art feel even better.
Brisbane artists Matt Stewart is a man of many influences, from architecture to fashion, to branding, marketing and painting. His work, drawing upon areas that have had close impact on his world, and yet are often eschewed by “underground” artists, he embraces the commercial and explores the alternatives. This, all wrapped in a melange of colour and form, his pieces sojourning over territory both illustrative, graphical and, undoubtedly, decidedly “now”.
Work that explores this mixing pot of mediums and style are of great interest to us here – as apparently adaptable to the commercial as this kind of work may be, it is this use of modern themes and design innovation in artistic works that really excites us.
Last year, Matt Stewart was invited to paint as a part of the Australian round of Tiger Translate, and, as a part of that, he will now be winging his way over to Mongolia for the event later next week. As curious as we were about both the artist, his work, the event and Mongolia itself, we decided to throw a few questions Matts way to get the lowdown on his art, and his upcoming immersion into the art and life of Ulan Batar …
Can you tell us a bit about how you got started painting, and what your path to where you are now has unfolded?
I have always been artistic since I was young and took art classes right though my schooling. My professional career has consisted of creative outputs like graphic design right through to marketing and corporate branding. I started to sell paintings for a bit of fun on the side of a full time job about eight years ago and it gradually built up to become a monster of a side-business.
So, two and a half years ago I took it full time and haven’t looked back, moving ahead in leaps and bounds,
How about your mural work? We know that you have some skills with a spraycan. What is your history with street art and grafitti – is it a long time passion of yours?
Hahaha this is one of the big misconceptions that I get a lot with using a spraycan for some of my works. I actually don’t have a street art or graffiti background.
However, I follow and have a great interest in street art and it’s definitely a strong influence in a lot of my works.
We’ve seen a fair bit of your work, and can see that you have had a variety of influences, design, pop art and street art all seems to play a part – what do you try to channel when you are producing your art?
I have a large amount of influences on my work at different times.
Architecture, Interior Design and Fashion are all major influences in my works, so you will find resemblances of certain trends at times.
What about your views on commercial work as opposed to work for yourself, how differently do these two things present themselves in your work – what commercial opportunities have you had in the past, and what have been some of your more “create shit just for yourself” endeavours in the past?
To be honest, I love the balance between the two. Commercial work is very focused and precise and my personal canvas pieces are fun and more of a looser expression. I have been lucky to work with some great local and international brands in the past for commercial work and murals.
I’m fortunate that I can sell my “create shit just for myself” artworks to people that LOVE my work and follow my art career, but definitely do keep some of my favourites for my own collection.
We particularly loved some of the wallpaper work you did earlier in the year – this seems like such a unique way to present art ; we want to know more about this!
Yes it a great opportunity!!! It is a great bespoke way for both private and commercial clients to fit out a space, as it is all custom and made to order. I have created a single series which has had great response, so am working on a second patterned series as well as a much anticipated mural series.
It’s something different again to mix up my artwork and to apply it to different scenarios.
Tell us a bit about your involvement with Tiger Translate up until now? How did you get involved at the start, and tell us a bit about your winning the chance to be a Translate artist last year?
My entry into the Australian arm of the competition last year was a last minute entry. I literally started it and finished it about 2 days from the deadline….the rest is history. I was invited down to Sydney for the Tiger Translate event in November last year, where I painted several murals and had a chance to meet some amazing visiting artists from Korea, Mongolia and Singapore.
It was an intense few days, but very rewarding and my first look into the world of everything Tiger Translate!!
You have the trip to Mongolia coming up really soon, tell us a bit more about what you will be doing over there, and why you are looking forward to it?
Sure do! I will be collaborating with other international and local Mongolian artists on several pieces. These collaborations are fun and challenging especially when there is a definite language barrier. The process of using colour, shapes and style take over as a way of communicating that is universal, making the pieces work. I personally love collaborations as they force you to work outside your usual barriers and thinking and adapt to and merge your art and style with another artist who might have different thoughts on what ‘works well’.
Do you know much about Mongolian culture and it’s art already, and what about its cultural heritage are you most looking forward to, and what do you hope to take with you to share with lovers of art over there?
I know very little about Mongolian culture, art and cultural heritage so this will be a very rewarding trip for me! I am looking forward to taking in every second of the trip and event and making the most out of every opportunity that I get over there. I will definitely be taking Mongolian influences home with me and applying them to some of my artworks and I’m hoping to bring to Mongolia and Tiger Translate, my personal style and mix it up with some of the local artists to create something different and unique.
So, what happens after Mongolia and TT? What are your plans for after the journey, any shows or other projects you are working on?
I have a very busy few months ahead…I will get back and start working on my next canvas series almost immediately. I also have a clothing range in production which is part of a side business that I’m working on, so that will be ready to launch upon my return.
The week that I return I have a couple of large commercial murals to paint, followed a couple of weeks later by several private ones, so it’s fair to say that I will be working pretty hard …
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