Dean delivers his usual goodness for the month of July with his latest top ten. So much goodness last month.
As a Northern Beaches chick, I guess I can understand their “oh” moment when people ask where I take my photos (the majority being Sydney’s Inner West). Catching public transport is actually a really nice way to start and end my treasure hunts. A quick jump on the ferry, short walk to the train station, then while travelling on the train (getting frustrated at seeing some art on placed that could only be photographed if one was to stand smack bang in the middle of a track area!) some internal dialogue about where to alight and all the while planning a certain route to walk.
Given this is my first article it needs to laid out from the get go when I say “walk” it usually entails 4 hours of meandering the streets, getting lost, getting found and ensuring I can always hear a main road or some form of public transport if venturing into new territories, as my sense of direction is notoriously bad. Ask me where a certain wall or installation is? No problemo! Ask me the name of the lanes or streets: can prove difficult!
Thus it was one of these “new territories” that I looked up (being on the hunt requires much swivelling of head, eyeballs, walking up one side of a street or lane way and then back down the other just to ensure nothing has been missed) and spied a paste-up that while at the time was difficult to see (only had small teeny weeny camera initially but as time progressed and the much beloved EOS110D came in to my life!) I was still pretty stoked at the eventual outcome.
Fast track Outpost 2011 and my instant love affair began resulting in about 10 visits but one of the first images captured was the most INCREDIBLE installation
but it wasn’t long after that I found the true mecca for past up. Paste Modernism 3
Here are my 5 questions with Houl:
Can you give me a little bit of the history of Houl?
HOUL came about quite a bit after I got into street art. I had been putting up paste-ups and stickers without a name to them for a while before I ran into Ears at the first Paste-Modernism. He invited me to check out his new gallery “Oh Really” then asked if I wanted to show any work. I raced home, whipped up some shitty piece and when I got to the gallery with the piece, they needed an artist name and Houl was the first thing that i thought of. In hindsight it’s not the coolest name I could have chosen, but it could have been worse.
From commissions to street to vagabondness of beyond. Where do you find the most freedom or do you enjoy having restrictions if nothing else other than to have a moment of “structure” in a world which is surrounded by chaos
I find the most freedom exists when painting walls. The limitations imposed by the canvas are removed when painting big murals and you are able to make huge gestural movements, really putting yourself in to the work. Painting Canberra’s underpasses and drains drags my art-making from an internal process into something more external, not only with regards to location but also the way I think about work.
That said, there still exists and element of restriction no matter what you do, but painting walls seems to alleviate it the most.
Where, whom or what inspires you?
Where: the coast line of the city of R’lyeh
Whom: Tom Waits, Swerfk, Bafcat, SMC3, Arvz, The Dirt, Resan, OX, Mr Gawky and David Attenborough
What: Triple Cream Brie, Pizza Shapes and a knob of Hungarian Salami
It is known that scent and music are the most power evocators of memory. Due you draw some of your inspiration from memories or do you simply allow your creativity “flow” to take you where it may and with the end result being as much as a surprise to yourself as an artist and you as an individual?
There is no room for memory in art or the motion that comes attached
For some artist’s a work is never really “finished”. Do you feel at times you have to draw a line in the sand and if that is the case, how difficult a process emotionally and creatively can that be?
Know when to stop an artwork can be tough. There will always be that ‘one more thing’ you need to add, that extra line that will complete a piece. But as much as you think it will be, it’s never just ‘one more’. It can be frustrating working on something that you feel is SO close to being finished, but you can’t quite reach that perfect point.
Painting Grounds 2011 Collab Preview Shot (Artists: Andros, Bafcat, Houl)
For me, it’s not so much about drawing a line, but rather giving up on the perfect piece which is possible,: a little less depressing than it sounds, but only just.
Thus ends my 5 questions with Houl. Amazing artist, amazing blog and a thank you to Hurl for not only sharing a bit of insight in to his world but allowing reproduction of images for this piece.
Check out Houl’s website here!
(re “Painting Grounds 2011 Preview Shot” I was fortunate enough to be invited to the maiden voyage of Painting Grounds and take some amazing photos by some incredibly talented artists)
DOES and Endless Perspectives just keeps on goin on! This master of cans has just released a great video from the opening of his Melbourne installation, and watching it is worth every second!
Fuck I wish I had of been there!
Sorry for the delay in this post folks.
Tuesday the 2nd of July saw the opening night of ‘Welcome To The World Of…‘ at Linton and Kay Galleries by Brooklyn based Perth artist, Daek William. The first solo exhibition in his hometown since his move to Brooklyn was a huge show, both in the the body of work and the opening night turn out. The night was distinctly Daek, with trademark renderings of folded and pictorial headdresses and the wine served in tea cups. Daek had made a lot of the work tactile and articulated, encouraging the public to engage and touch, rub, flick on a switch and even sniff the works. The works responded by automated moving parts, scents and change of colour. Too often an artist, whether intentionally or not, alienates the viewer and puts their work on a pedestal that the public must keep a respectful distance from. Daek’s background as a street artist seems to have carried over into his fine artwork exhibitions.
‘Welcome To The World Of…’ was a tight show by a talented original artist. If this is any indication of things to come, Daek William is one to watch.
2 of Melbourne’s finest writers are having a show over in Heidelberg Germany, opening this Friday the 19th. Wish I could be there.
Well it has been another busy month, capturing the ever changing streets of Melbourne’s diverse street art scene.
Here is a selection of some of my favourite images from the last 30 days enjoy . Peace
We love Artillery Magazine, and we love Selina Miles work – she’s one of our favourite home grown urban videographers right now.
Selina has captured some really cool moments in this vid – with TMD doing throwies, quick panels and assorted burns. Mad cunts getting up grand – check it out!
Polands been pretty rad so far (oh yeah, I’m in Polamd – more on that in a Sojourn post soon!), and tonight was pretty cool too. The guys at V9 studios in Warsaw put me onto a great little show here in Krakow, so I stopped by to check out a bunch of art from Jurne, Great and Mags put on at Garaz.
Garaz is a pretty cool little spot just outside of Krakows Old Town, a little innocuous space full of art amongst a bunch of car garages – I thought it was a brilliant idea, actually.
It was a cool show, alas I couldn’t stay too long as I’m fucking off to Budapest first thing in the morning – but I’m glad I managed to make it and to meet the artists, I’ve been a fan of all of their work so it was nice to get a chance to see some of it on some walls!
Heres a few more shots of the show before heading off to Budapest tomorrow morning, traveling fkn rules – enjoy the pics!
Every time we see a video from
Sofles we whoop in joy haha, and this time around he’s battling Swet at the Roskilde festival!
Great video viewing from Anders Skovshoved and
Jesper Andreassen for your Saturday morning, enjoy!