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Snapshots – Blender Xmas Party 2013

Last years Blender Xmas party was awesome, and this year was right on par! As is usual with a Blender Xmas party, the artists studios were all set up with artwork for anyone to peruse, and Dark Horse Studio was arrayed with a rich collection of works by the same-said artists.

I got down there a little later in the evening to join in the festivities – it’s one thing that I make sure I attend every year, if but just to catch up with everyone. I know Xmas isnt far, when Blender has their parties – and its been a successful year for so many of the artists in the studios.

Thanks for having us all, Blender crew – be seeing you next year for another round! Check out all the photos below – party photos, ya know? hahaha …


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Event – Rise Festival – Christchurch

Rise Festival is about to launch in Christchurch New Zealand and it looks like a cracker! Big Ups to Oi You who are running things! I’m SPEWING I haven’t organised a cheeky trip over for the weekend, ah well! For any in NZ make sure you get to this!

The festival features a stelar line up with the likes of Askew, Lister, ROA, Ian Strange (Kid Zoom), Thom Buchanan and works on display by Banksy (he won’t be there but some traveling canvases will) as well as some of the worlds best street artists work.

Of course, lots of big walls will be painted, as well as Ian Strange’s new show Final Act at Canterbury Museum. Thom Buchanan’s installation sounds like it will be interesting, a mix of film and art and experience. Read all about the festival and what to expect on their site.



Who: Oi You Present
What: Rise Festival
When: Friday 20th December to 23rd March 2014. (Work on display). Admission is free.
Where: Christchurch New Zealand.

Facebook event page here.


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Snapshots – That One Shot

With over two hundred entries, I can only imagine how hard it was for the Chasinghosts crew to select only twelve images from the entire lot for the inaugural That One Shot Melbourne street art photography exhibition. Held down at Husband in Prahran last Friday night, the whole thing was voted for by a bunch of industry judges including Toby (Just Another Agency), Steve Cross (Korpus Tattoo), Nicole Reed (A Shot Away), Mel Dixon (Lomography) and Saul Attack (Boy Wolf Clothing).

I also got hold of one of the new "Chased" shirts, the new shirt label from the Chasinghosts team – must say, that Crisis does some dope work!

This mad shot of Sinch bombing in St Kilda from Carl A won the award – a perfect example of why I love this shit. Well deserved!


The runner up was John Mcclumpha’s "Closing Time" – a brilliant shot of Degraves St.


… and the peoples choice award was another fantastic image, from Michel Cabre for  "Dark Street Art" shot taken near Little Lonsdale St.


It was a fantastic idea and brilliantly executed. I can see this whole event just getting stronger and stronger every year. Its nice to see the hard working crew form Chasinghosts doing something to acknowledge such an important part of our scene – all the paintspotters and aficionados who do so much to promote the art that we all love.

Check out all the rest of the finalists here, and check out all our shots from the event below – once again, well done!

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The study of eyes

Snapshots – A Study Of Eyes @ Backwoods Gallery – Melbourne

David Russell got down to the opening of Backwoods Galleries latest group show, “A Study Of Eyes” – the second in a series of shows (after the wonderful A Study Of Hands) featuring local and international artists producing work around various parts of the human body.

““A Study Of” is a decade-long project by curator Alexander Mitchell aiming to create an archive of anatomical and artistic studies by the world’s leading contemporary artists. The project was launched last year with “A Study Of Hands.”

This year, Backwoods Gallery will present the second installment,“A Study Of Eyes”, an exhibition consisting of 45 pieces of original artwork based on the eye by some of the world’s leading artists.”

I actually never realised it was a decade long project – talk about epic. Check out all the photos from the most recent iteration below, courtesy of David Russell …


The study of eyes

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All your walls 2013

Through The Lens with David Russell – December 2013

Once again David Russell has put together all of his favourite photos that he’s taken over the past month from around the streets of Melbourne – an absolute fine collection of work in this one, brilliant.

Check it all out below!

All your walls 2013

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Event & Exhibition – Blender Studios Christmas Party – Melbourne

Oh ho ho ho … excuse me, while I get all excited about this one!Once again, the Blender Christmas party has come around, that time of year when all things Franklin St and creative celebrates another massive year of accomplishments by all the artists involved down at one of the cities finest artistic establishment!!

The Blender Studios Christmas exhibition is an opportunity to celebrate the art and party with the artists of Blender Studios. The hard work and dedication of the artists is evident in this annual event with 13 artists showcasing their work.

The exhibition will be hosted by Dark Horse Experiment and the studios will hold a series of performers and installations. The opening night is sure to be a stunning example of current practice in Melbourne right now. The opening night will include DJs, cutting edge performance artists, traditional works on canvas, live graffiti events, strange objects and dislocated renderings of suburbia.

After ten years the Blender Studios still hold true to the values of research, energy, independence and the solidarity.

With strong links to Melbourne Street Art and some of the most recognised and prolific artists calling the Blender home, the opening exhibition will attract a wide audience.The Blender Studios Christmas Exhibition, accompanied with a party, will open at Dark Horse Experiment on Friday 13th Dec, 2013 from 6 till late.”

I’ve been to the last few Blender Xmas parties, and I can safely say that this is one night on the Melbourne art calendar, and Xmas calendar, that you just can’t miss. Celebrations ahoy –  seeyas there!!


Who: Adi, James Bonnici, Adrian Doyle, Michael Fikaris, Drew Funk, Heesco, George Manioudakis, Tim Sterling, Nick Ives,Sebastian Franz, Jo Harrison, Cam Scale,Paul Round and a bunch of DJs and performers
What: Blender Studios Christmas Exhibition & Party
Where: Blender Studios & Dark Horse Experiment, 110 Franklin St, Melbourne
When: Friday 13th Dec, 2013 from 6 till late

Check out the facebook event pageBlender Studios and the Dark Horse Experiment for more info

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Snapshots – Melbourne Abando – Slicer – Jaws – Rashe – Shida – Deams

David Russell got down to another abando the other week in outer Melbourne. There is a whole bunch of amazing work by some of Melbournes finest in this one, and its well worth checking out the photos of it all.

Amazing, fkn love it.


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Sunshines Top 10 – November 2013

Here we go! A little late, but always grand, Dean Sunshine brings the goods once again with his top picks of all the latest Melbourne graffiti and street at for November.

Check out all the shots below, its a great collection this month!

1. Shida+ Eno – Brunswick
2. Makatron – Melbourne
3. Bailer + Camscale – Richmond
4. Unknown artist – Collingwood
5. Unknown artist – Hawthorn
6. TwoOne – Melbourne
7. Alastair Mooney – Collingwood
8. Deb – Windsor
9. CamScale, Bailer, Jack Douglas, Duke, Steve Cross

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Featuring the new works of The Insomniaks

Exhibition – The Insomniaks – IGNORE MAINSTREAM – Lo-Fi – Sydney

After having their exhibition Ignore Mainstream 2 last year at the Ambush Gallery, the decade old Sydney crew, The Insomniaks, are back with Ignore Mainstream, this time for one day only at the Lo-fi in Sydney. Formed in 2003, in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, the Insomniaks have been actively producing artworks at live shows, exhibitions and galleries ever since.

Bringing together most of their crew, the exhibition will feature the new works of these ten artists, featuring the unique style of each member, including Oricks, Opens, Hules, Oush, Yzer, Daks, H20e, Lok, Jota and Okae.

Featuring the new works of The Insomniaks

Featuring the new works of The Insomniaks

Who : The Insomniaks

What : Ignore Mainstream

Where : Lo-fi , Floor 3, 383 Bourke Street, Darlinhurst, Sydney

When : Show Thursday , 5th December 2013, 6pm (One Night Only)

Check out the Lo-fi event Facebook page and gallery website for more information



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Video Recap – Wonderwalls – Wollongong – 2013

Video Recap – Wonderwalls – Wollongong – 2013

“Thousands came out to celebrate the second year of Wonderwalls Wollongong from November 8, a street art and graffiti festival an hour out of Sydney. Local and international artists were tasked with injecting the city with colour and showcasing graffiti and street art culture in Wollongong.

13 large-scale murals were painted around the city while the first two days of Wonderwalls Wollongong treated crowds to glorious sunshine perfect for painting. An unexpected weather change on the Sunday brought a torrential downpour making conditions difficult for artists to finish their creations. This, however, turned the three-day festival into a weeklong love-in, most of the artists returning to Wollongong to complete their pieces.

The 13 pieces included a 6 metre by 10 metre mural on Burelli street by Glasgow based internationally renowned street artist Smug. The bold, realist self-portrait depicts the artist interacting with native wildlife as he stares down with watchful eyes to the main street of Wollongong.

Other pieces included a portrait by New Zealand’s Askew on Smith Street and a collaboration by Vans the Omega and Beastman on Court Lane off Kembla Street.

Wonderwalls Wollongong 2013 inspired community discussion and interaction, with exhibitions and artist talks running throughout the weekend. In the weeks since the event everyone from tweens to twillights have been spotted snapping their own photos of the striking murals.

Successfully showcasing Wollongong’s creative side, Wonderwalls enticed creative enthusiasts from Sydney and Canberra to take a trip down the coast for the festival. See you next year, Wollongong.”

Check out the video below as well as a whole bunch of photos from the event over at The Opening Hours

Wonderwalls Festival 2013 from The Hours on Vimeo.

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