Mapping Melbourne brings a collaboration of local fashion label Fame Agenda and Indonesian street artist Darbotz in Fame Agenda X Darbotz. A fashion show featuring models , music and street art, which will burst out of a giant pink box on the steps of the State Library of Victoria for one day only.
Indonesian street artist Darbotz is back after his last visit and show in April this year in Melbourne. He was also one of the many artists featured in Bomb It 2. Using the theory of semiotics, Darbotz wanted people to recognise his artwork without having to sign it. His unique character the “Cumi” squid monitors is only painted in black and white.
The “Cumi” has been adapted by Monica Lim, Fame Agenda’s designer into a dress that will featured in the show. It will also feature models wearing photographic prints of Dabotz’s artwork which he left in the walls of Melbourne during his last visit. During the show, Darbotz will be painting the giant pink box live, the panels of which will be sold and proceeds will go to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Check out the video from his last visit here to Melbourne
Head down and check it out today, and keep up to date with him while he’s visiting Melbourne!!
Who: Darbotz What: Mapping Melbourne – Fame Agenda x Darbotz Where: Forecourt, State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston street When: Friday , 6th December 2013 , 12:30pm-1.15pm and 530PM-615pm.
So Dave Russell and I went and checked out Oz Comic Con last Saturday. What a laugh of a day. Saw some awesome costumes, and some pretty disturbing ones also HAHA!!
We checked out all the stalls in particular anyone that was drawing live. Lot’s of random characters scattered around the convention which made for some great shots, not to mention the Cos Play competition. Check out some great shots from Dave below.
Well alright, this one looks pretty damn grand! Some of our Perth street art and graffiti favourites in amongst this group show this weekend, including Lady B, Poise, Idol and Tomahawk – plus a bunch of other great artists who we’re really keen to check out!
These thirteen artists will be presenting a show featuring life, art, graffiti, photography, fashion and music – not only that though, but there will be a very special screening of "ART CAN STAY" A short film on local Graffiti Art, presented by CURTIN UNI (Screening at 7.30pm).
Add all of that in conjunction with some kick ass live music, and you have all the makings of a great group show opening – and if I was in Perth, I’d definitely be there!
Who: Lady Bananas, Tomahawk, Destroy, Dangermouse, Ladie Poise, Idol, Sler, Elsh, Dile, Hangdog, Twenty Eleven, Sarah Mikula, Nathan D’antuono What: Splendid Imperfections group show Where: The Fibonacci CEntre – 19 Blinco Street, Fremantle When: Show opens Saturday 29th June from 6pm til 9pm and runs until 11th July 2013
In just over a week, I’ll be heading off for more distant shores (more on this later!), but, in the meantime, I’ve decided its high time to do something down at the amazing Blender Lane Artists Market . We’ve got a new shipment of stickers through, some tests of the new shirts we’re about to release on Redbubble (again, more on that soon) and a few other cool things as well – we’ll be giving out stickers and selling sticker packs on the night to visitors to the market.
As you know I’m not usually one for self promotion here on Invurt, but I’ll be selling a bunch of my own artwork on the night - I’d love to try to get rid of as many of my drawings as I can to happy buyers before I leave Melbourne. We’ll be joined by a few friends as well, so you never know what might turn up on the table of loot! We’ll be camped out just inside the studio entrance itself down the back of the Blender laneway.
Also on the night, Silent Army will be releasing some new fanzines as a part of their ongoing mission to provide you all with grand art and comic treasures in tidy, zinely format. This latest iteration is another version of Who Is Ha-Ha – one of our favourites. Plus, the Silent Army have an entire zine workshop set up in the back of Blender studios, with a heap of zines and other cool shit, which you should really check out if you haven’t seen it yet!!
Blender Lane artists market is hands down, our favourite mid-week activity in the past few weeks it has been absolutely pumping. With more and more stalls all the time, and a huge variety of cool, creative art and other eclectica on sale, oh, and not to mention all of the live entertainment – well, it’s a grand night out. If you’re interested in having a stall at the market, just email them – firstname.lastname@example.org
Seeya all there!
Who: Melbourne artists, artisans, Craftspeople What: Blender Lane Artists Market Where: Blender Laneway & Studios, 110 Franklin St, Melbourne When: Event starts at 5pm this Wednesday January 23rd – runs til 10pm – Night Market runs every Wednesday night!
Well, we know this one is a little late, but things have been way too hectic lately as we go into the Xmas period – apologies.
The other week we were invited to The Peoples Market grand opening – since then its been in full swing, with a huge variety of art, music and events happening down at this amazing temporary space. If you haven’t been down there just yet, then you should go and check it all out – theres something new and unique every weekend.
Dave Russell got down there whilst they were preparing for it – getting the containers in place and watching Meggs and Rone doing the amazing feature wall, and we also got a few shots from the opening, and all the artwork about the place – theres plenty of it!
If you haven’t been down there yet, you’re really missing out!
Eddie Zammit has to be one our favourite people – his enthusiasm is infectious, his creativity is unbound, and, well, his t-shirt collection kicks absolute fkn ass over anyones. As the mastermind behind T-World, Eddie has teamed up with the girls from just Another Agency to present Melbourne with something that only those who went to Outpost Festival last year have had a chance to see – a snapshot of his amazing collection of shirts right in the heart of the city, at the NGV studio in Fed Square.
“Since 1990, T-shirt culture has boomed worldwide, but Melbourne really got started in the ‘80s.
A joint collaboration between Just Another, NGV Studio and T-world, TEES: Exposing Melbourne’s T-shirt culture examines and dissects the last 25 years of the city’s graphics on cotton through the eyes of avid T-shirt collector Eddie Zammit. Zammit digs into his 4,500+ tee collection to uncover influential items that demonstrate the power of Melbourne’s T-shirt past and its future direction.”
This isn’t, however, your run of the mill show. Although the shirts comprise a large portion of it all, the team behind TEES has presented it in such a way that it brings focus to those individuals and collectives who have, over many years, strived to create new and exciting wearable art for the masses. Tshirts, urban, low brow and street art intermesh in many ways – something about the near DIY attitude of it, and then utilising that attitude to propel your creations onto a public-facing canvas has changed the face of modern art over the past few decades.
Thus, like street art and graffiti, T-shirts as a form of public artwork are quite unlike works within a gallery – their often subliminal manifestations form a part of our environment, they can either grab your attention right away, force their presence upon you, or leave an impression in the corner of your mind – whispering their style and form to your subconscious, erupting without warning upon free associations or recognition.
That the TEES crew are now taking these works of art and placing them in the gallery, it is the former, in your face presence that is the aim – and when viewed in this context, their collective power is manifest. The question between whether these works are art unto themselves (they are), or merely a medium of conveyance (they are) is inconsequential – when you are dealing with a movement that dwars almost every other modern art movement, then who really gives a fuck about such philosophies?
Okay, so I’ve rambled a bit – but I love t-shirts so much that its justified fkn rambling, right?!
The stories behind all of these wearable works is a hugely important aspect of TEES, and as a part of the show, the ever amazingly talented Nicole Reed has photographically documented some of the leaders in the field – and these images and visages bring even more context to the show. They are, as always, beautifully done, and we have a whole bunch of preview shots below …
Head down to the opening night this Friday, or at any time over summer – it will be on for a little while over xmas, and it really is something that everyone should go and check out whilst they are in the city.
Who: Eddie Zammits amazing collection of t-shirts What: I Love Tees – T-shirt exhibition Where: NGV Studio Space, The Atrium, Federation Square, Melbourne When: Now until February 17th 2013. Launch party will be this Friday 14th December from 6pm!
When we first heard word that Comic-con was coming down under last year, we were pretty damned excited. After that, we sat her in Melbourne and had to live vicariously off the photos and run downs of the inaugural event over in Adelaide – but now, finally, its Melbournes turn.
If you haven’t heard of Comic-con, in whichever incarnation it takes, and you’re reading this website, then there is something seriously strange going on. Comic-con is now a world wide phenomenon, garnering legions of fan of comics, movies, animation and all things super, horror, scifi and fantastical. That this event is now running down here in Oz is a big thing – proving that our fandom is just as mighty as any other countries!
Patrick Stewart. Stan Lee. Artists. Writers. Editors and everything else in between – read on for the press release, and check it all out …
“After the success of their inaugural Oz Comic-Con event in Adelaide last March, DCA Enterprises heads to Melbourne to present the second round of Oz Comic-Con on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July, 2012.
Over two days, the Oz Comic-Con event will feature international and local film and TV stars; with legendary actor SirPatrick Stewart (Charles Xavier in The X-Men Series, Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation) and comic icon Stan Lee (original creator of Spiderman and other comic icons such as The Hulk, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man and Thor) heading the stellar line up.
In the spirit of Comic-Con events worldwide – Oz Comic-Con will be a pop culture expo like no other in Australia. Melbourne fans will be among the first to experience the event in Australia, with Oz Comic-Con expanding further into Australia throughout 2013 and 2014.
Sir Patrick Stewart and Stan Lee will be joined by other international and local comic, film and TV guests; including Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Stargate: Atlantis), Julie Benz(Dexter), Mitch Peleggi (The X-Files, Sons of Anarchy), Sean Maher (Firefly, Serenity),Armin Shimerman (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) and in an exciting new twist – two stars from The Hunger Games movie; Willow Shields (‘Primrose Everdeen’) and Dayo Okeniyi (‘Thresh’) among others.
In an Australian first, aspiring comic creators will be able to submit their work for professional review, with Scott Allie (Dark Horse Comics, Senior Managing Editor) in attendance at Oz Comic-Con Melbourne and scouting for new talent.
There will also be comic book and anime artists, gaming demonstrations and cosplay competitions (a unique type of performance art in which participants don costumes to reflect cultural ideas and concepts, often from Japanese popular fiction).
“After the overwhelming success of Adelaide – we cannot wait to see what Melbourne has in store for us…,” said Carissa Avenhouse, of event organisers DCA Enterprises. “Oz Comic-Con is the perfect place for fans to share their love of pop culture, get up close and personal with celebrities, enter contests with fantastic prizes or gain tips on how to break into the industry.”
Oz Comic-Con is brought to Melbourne by DCA Enterprises (http://www.thehubproductions.com/), a Sydney-based company who specialise in popular culture events, bringing some of the world’s most loved stars to Australian shores. Recent DCA Enterprises events include Twilight 2008, 2009 and 2010 (featuring Taylor Lautner, Kellan Lutz and Nikki Reed), Star Trek 2010 (featuring William Shatner and Scott Bakula), Gleek-On 2010 (featuring Kevin McHale) and Stargate 2010 (featuring Richard Dean Anderson and Chris Judge).”
What more could you possibly want, really? After heading to Supernova a few months back, and having an absolute blast, we’re really looking forward to getting down to Comic-con – no longer do we need to spend thousands to get over to San Diego or New York – its right here in our own backyard.
Well, this is one of those rare occasions where we bend the rules slightly on our editorial filter and post up a photographic exhibition – because Nicole Reed isn’t your every day, ordinary photographer. I mean, just check out these awesome shots from the Order Of MelbourneSecret Wars paint up that put ours to shame; now that’s photography.
Having worked documenting urban culture around Australia, and internationally, for many years, Nicole Reed has snapped shots of a huge amount of cool shit. Having her hand in everything from working with T-world on the grand photo display of designers at last years NEXT at the Outpost Project, and running shoots with clients such as Wooden Toy, Inked, COP magazine (who ran a cool interview with her), Desktop and The Age, she has an eye for all that is street and cultural.
Head down to the Vic in Richmond tonight to see her latest personal photo-art display, "In Between" – if you haven’t seen her work before, check out A Shot Away, you it may very well look pretty familiar …
Who: Nicole Reed What: In Between photographic exhibition Where:The Vic Bar, 281 Victoria Street, Melbourne, VIC When: Show opens tonight from 5pm til 12pm! With tunes, drinks and more .. not sure how long it runs for, but probably a few weeks!
Wow – Threadless is one of our favorite websites to check out what’s cool in the T-shirt world, and to occasionally buy some garb, and it looks like aMBUSH Gallery will be helping to put on a great little exhibition and event this Friday to showcase all the creative genius behind it. Of course, it wouldn’t be a T-shirt show here in Oz without T-worlds involvement, and the affably cool Eddie Zammit will be curating the entire thing.
“No matter where you live, there are billions of people wearing T-shirts right now. A large proportion of these people are wearing graphic tees. And you can bet there are many thousands of Threadless tees in that number. Threadless now boast a community of 1.8 million designers and design lovers, who post, vote on and buy unique T-shirt designs – over 1,000 are submitted each week. When it rains, it pours. And it will most certainly be raining T-shirts this Friday night. T-shirt worlds collide as the planet’s most formidable online T-shirt force Threadless and the globe’s only T-shirt journal, T-world, combine to ‘make great together’. The venue aMBUSH Gallery, is the perfect destination for this collision.
The public event is an open house to view Threadless artworks, as curated by Eddie Zammit’s T-world. This will be T-world’s first event after spending several months in New York launching the current edition. “Vivid Ideas were very generous in allowing us to partner with Threadless for this ‘one night only’ event. I have a few things up my sleeve, even though I only ever wear T-shirts! Clearly you’ll see plenty of T-shirt art and I’m super keen to show off some emerging and leading Threadless talent,” Zammit says.
According to Nickell, who is visiting Sydney for the Vivid Ideas festival to present a keynote talk, “I’ve been following T-world for quite some time and I’ve been extremely impressed by the depth and quality of the content and the journal itself. Eddie sure knows how to dig in, and puts everything he has into it. The events he puts together are unbelievably well thought out and over the top… in a good way!” The exhibition will include 200 x Threadless T-shirts curated by T-world, 10+ featured Threadless artworks and renowned Australian illustrator Ben Brown will be painting a wall mural exclusively for the evening.”
This is a brilliant opportunity to get a glimpse behind some of the greatness that has made Threadless into one of the most popular T-shirt websites in the world. Over 200 shirts! Artwork! Live art by BEN BROWN!!
Who: A multitude of Oz and NZ designers on display such as David Creighton-Pester, Dan Elijah G. Fajardo, Emery Greer, Pascal Hoayek, Aaron Hogg, Yeoh Guan Hong, Simon Massey di Vallazza, Leon Ryan, Blair Sayer and Ross Zietz What: Threadless T-shirt exhibition curated by T-world Where:aMBUSH Gallery, 4a James Street, Waterloo, Sydney When: Show is on for one night only, Friday 8th June from 7pm til 11pm
Last Saturday, we took ourselves down to Art Melbourne – like many of you probably did, if you’re here in the ‘burn.
Total artgasm. There was so much work on display, of such variety, that it was almost a little overwhelming – it was as if we’d gone to twenty, thirty, or more different shows in the one day. Throughout it though, there was some amazing work.
A lot of our favourites and friends were there – RTIST Gallery, Just Another Agency, Blender, ArtSeries, Metro, Edwina Corlette, and then there were some great names that we didn’t expect or were new to us – Coates and Scarry in particular blew us away upon entry, US stencil artists Zerosix, Upraw, Will & Caro and many more. There was some live painting from Adnate and others, and several talks throughout the whole thing including ELK up on stage with a bunch of other "younger" artists in Young Guns III.
Oh, and can we make a special mention and congrats to our friend Kristen McIver – who was the very first winner of the inaugural Melbourne Sculpture Prize which was announced as part of the event? If you haven’t seen her work, its fantastic, and well deserved of winning this award!
All in all, there was only a small fraction of work that we had seen bits and pieces of in shows before, a lot of work from specific artists was brand new for the event, thankfully. We were constantly surveying the walls, spotting shit that we loved, shit that we didn’t really care for, and shit that we never actually knew we cared for until we saw it.
Of course, everyone has their own aesthetic when it comes to art, and that’s the great thing about these events – every taste is almost guaranteed to be catered for in one respect or another. Even when we arrived we could see people walking out, canvases in hands.
It was a great day, and we probably could have spent longer here, but our brains were exploding from too much visual stimulation after only a few hours – but all in all, it was a fantastic event. Here’s hoping that a whole bunch of artists made some cash from their passion over the course of the event.
Check out the pics below, and click through the pages … we’re not kidding when we say that there was a lot of shit on display!
Invurt webzine provides information on AustralAsian street, urban, illustrative, graffiti and other genre defying, nu-contemporary art to readers around the world. It specialises in events and artists who are working, displaying and visiting Australasia – particularly with a focus on exhibitions, live art and other events the artists are partaking in.