After catching up with Stormy in Perth for PUBLIC, we’re g;ad to announce he’s coming to Melbourne for his latest show at Metro Gallery next week!!! The preview works below look amazing, so were looking forward to seeing what he comes up with for the show. We’ll see you at the opening.
Who: Stormie Mills.
When: Next Thursday the 25th of Sept from 6pm. Runs until the 12th of October.
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.
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!!
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
Last Friday, we attended the Kult gallery exhibition, Girls of the underworld. The show showcased works of 34 female artists of various backgrounds. It featured works such as paintings, sculptures to installations, they had it all. Although the gallery is a fair bit of a walk from the main road it was worth it.
Below are some of the photographs of the exhibition.
We’ve been watching the Art vs Reality series since it started up not too long ago, and we’ve been loving it. Peter Drew is well known for poking a stick at the art establishment, and this new series does just that.
Art vs Reality is somewhere between a beginners guide and high-brow – but if you sneak your mind past the (admittedly fairly minimal) art-speak then it is a wealth of great information, insight and opinion as to modern trends in art. We’ll definitely be continuing to watch it and see how it all unfolds. It’s also, as I am sure it is intended, quite humourous at times – and Peter Drew makes for a great all round, witty host.
Art vs Reality has previously covered the issues of Art Galleries and Conceptualism, and this time they bring us one thats close to home with Street Art vs The Art Market. This is seen through the lenses of the “Art Fair” and Impressionism. It’s interesting in that in this episode he draws parallels of street art to the media explosion of print and Impressionisms move away from the salons of old, and its a great take on the subject of the current popularity of street art. It also delves into the “curated wall” areas and their association with larger art fairs and the like – kudos also must be given to the Benny Hill head nod.
“Street art isn’t the first subculture to have an odd relationship with the art market. When the impressionists held their own exhibitions, outside of the Paris Salon, they changed the artworld forever. But today’s art fairs make the Paris Salon look like a yard sale. So, in this age of market dominated art, has it become any easier for subcultures to maintain their integrity? Will street art hold its own or will history just keep on repeating?”
Not everyone agrees with Peters take on things, but the great thing about the series is that he not only puts forth his considered and obviously well researched opinion, but he also actually takes the time out to do video responsesto the comments – a great little feedback loop for viewers. So if you do have an opinion, say so – you never know, he might respond. check it out below …
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.
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,
The other week we got down to Backwoods Gallery to check out Tom Civils latest show, Stick Folk. This was such a beautiful exhibition from Tom, and a great progression of his work we saw in his last exhibition, Long Story.
David Russell got down there to get a bunch of shots of the show, check them all out below!
Deams’ show Passing Through opened Friday at Abbotsford Convent so we went down to check it out. Deams’ latest series of work shows off his clean and crisp style. I loved how the circles and patterns contrast each other..
Make sure you get down to the show before it closes. Also make sure you get down to the gallery to see the man painting live at the following times:
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