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
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)
As always, the ever going Seasons Of Change, the quarterly show at Revolver that’s been going on for the past two years, is bringing the goods from the old school to the new.
This time around, its three of my favourites, and I don’t think I’ve seen much work in shows over the last handful of years, so its an absolute pleasure to see some of Melbournes best putting up some work for their fans to buy this month!
"Revolver Upstairs in collaboration with GraffixCreative present ‘Seasons of Change’, a showcase of local and international artists at Revolver’s internal and external art spaces, featuring a semi permanent mural on an outside wall and a one night only exhibition. Seasons of Change ‘Summer’ brings to you three of Melbourne’s most prolific and pioneering graffiti artists: STOPEM, DUKE & MARINE:
STOPEM’s traditional style lettering and colour combinations have graced the walls of our city consistently for almost 25 years. He has exhibited works in numerous group exhibitions, as well as several mural projects throughout Melbourne’s CBD.
Since starting his career in the city’s west in the early 80s, DUKE is famous for funky characters blazing the lines from the early 90s through to his current ‘sketch style’ pieces, using mediums including airbrushing, aerosol art and fine art.
MARINE specialises in razor sharp lettering as well as fresh characters and stylish detailed pieces using various techniques from aerosol art and stencil art to graphic design and fine art. He has worked on many mural projects and exhibitions in Australia and Canada, including the meeting of styles in Toronto and the Melbourne Underground event in Australia."
Head down to Revolver this Friday night to see it all for yourselves, and to pick up some mad artwork by this awesome trio.
Who: Stopem, Marine, Duke What: Seasons Of Change – Summer 2013 Where: Revolver Upstairs, Chapel St, Prahran, Melbourne When: Show opens Friday December 6th from 5pm til 9pm and runs for one night only!
My first step into the Arts Hole, was like walking into a bar and just knowing that you’d be returning again, and again and again (oh hi, Blue Bar). Full of a mass of creative talent of epic variety, from clothing to prints, to street art, graffiti and stencil art, photography and blogging, the entire space was a hive of relentless activity as all the artists … well, created the fuck out of shit haha.
Now, they’re having their first group show, this weekend down at NBHD Neanderthal – and its going to be mintox!
Themed around what happens when the lights turn off and day turns to night, the twelve resident artists of The Arts Hole have produced new work showcasing our different styles, mediums and techniques."
Always great to see a show on a Saturday night, as well!! Can’t wait to head down to Commercial Rd this weekend to check it all out.
Who: 23rd key, A.Mac, Chasing Ghosts, Chehehe, Gizmodojo, Glewtwo, Le’boeuf, Losop, Miranda Scherger, Ohnoes, Saul Attack, Unwell Bunny What: After Dark – The Arts Hole group show Where: NBHD Neanderthal, 153 Commercial Rd, South Yarra, Melbourne When: Show opens 6pm til 3am, Saturday 7th December 2013
Last weekend ex-Sydney and newly minted Melbourne artist Alexandra Lederman opened up her first solo show here in Collingwood, with LandEscapes. With playful abstractions juxtaposed with imaginative landscapes, this was a great showing by an emerging artist whose work we are particularly keen to follow!
Big thanks to David Russell for all the shots, and congrats to Alexandra on her first Melbourne show!
Last years Ink Dots Black Spots was epic – and its that time again, where some of Melbournes most amazing tattoo artists get together to offer their works as prints, and not any old prints – Dangerfork prints! Fifteen tattoo studios gathering together in an almighty display … it’s all for a good cause, too – here‘s some more info …
"In 2012 Ink Dots Black Spots inaugural year the exhibition was born from the idea to share artwork from numerous artists to their fans & the public, whilst contributing to those of us who support the fight against cancer. In 2013 Ink Dots Black Spots continues with a similar goal to expose great artwork to an audience which loves great creativity. Our goal this year is to give to the RSPCA & generate a donation matching or hopefully bettering last years $5,000 contribution to the Cancer Council Victoria.
Ink Dots Black Spots 2 group art exhibition launches on the 28th November 2013 at The Aviary in Abbotsford. The show is open to the public on the opening night from 6pm. Ink Dots Black Spots will be open until 5th December 2013.
Here is an outline of our objectives & profile of how the exhibition has been planned & what is intended.
18" x 24" illustrations created by screenprinting in mono colour. All artworks are original & are created with chosen media by each individual tattoo artist. Each unique screenprint is signed & numbered in an edition of twenty five. These artworks have been created specifically for the event Ink Dots Black Spots 2.
Our partner in production, Dangerfork, screenprints the entire exhibition. An experienced team whom produced our prints for Ink Dots Black Spots exhibition in August 2012. We are very excited to collaborate again on this project. One of each print will be framed, displayed & for sale at the exhibition. The remaining 24 prints of the edition will be available for purchase. The artworks will also be available in a simple black on white format booklet.
If you want some great artwork & a chance to support a worthy cause then make sure you save some time & money & join us at Ink Dots Black Spots 2.
Each print is priced at $85."
I seriously fucking loved this exhibition last year, and if that one was any indication, this one is going to be … what’s a bigger word than epic?
Who: 15 studios worth of some of the best Melbourne tattoo artists … do the math. What: Ink Dots Black Spots 1 Where:The Aviary, 271 Victoria Street, Melbourne, Victoria When: Show opens Friday 28th November 2013 from 6pm til late and runs until the 5th December
So many good things coming out of Queensland these days, and this time a whole bunch of artists are making their way down to Sydney to display their work at the infamous aMBUSH Gallery.
“So often characterised by syrupy heat and tropical vistas, Queensland shows its more pensive side with the launch of Northern Exposure, an exhibition of works by some of the state’s most prolific and provocative artists.
Launching at aMBUSH Gallery on Friday 22 November from 7-9pm, Northern Exposure will bring the varied insights and aesthetics of Asio, Benjamin Reeve, Cezary Stulgis, Fintan Magee, Gimiks Born, Guido van Helten, Gus Eagleton, Lee Harnden and Shida to Sydney’s contemporary art audiences and shed light on a more serious side of Queensland culture.
Delving into concepts ranging from the brutality of Queensland’s hip-hop community to haunting anatomical explorations and the changing face of an increasingly multicultural population, Northern Exposure is a captivating cross-section of influences, inspirations and insights of the artists born and bred in our country’s sunshine state.
Northern Exposure is proudly supported by aMBUSH Gallery, Stone & Wood Brewing, Ironlak and INFX. The Veggie Patch Van food truck will be serving snacks on the opening night.”
Check out this rad video preview of the show as well …
Seriously some of my favourite artists in this show, and man what a collection! I really wish I could make it up to Sydney … I wish I could make it to all these damn shows!
Who: Asio, Benjamin Reeve, Cezary Stulgis, Fintan Magee, Gimiks Born, Guido van Helten, Gus Eagleton, Lee Harnden and Shida What: Northern Exposure Where:aMBUSH Gallery, 4a James St, Waterloo, Sydney When: Show opens Friday 22nd November from 6pm til 9pm and runs until 24th November.
This show, LandEscapes, showcases Alexandras surrealistic abstracted linework, juxtapozed with images of landscape from her imagination – and it works pretty damn well.
"LandEscapes is a series of work stemming from the creation of small worlds within Alex’s imagination. These realms are born using a controlled circular form, and are then allowed to evolve naturally through the whims of her subconscious.
Each work is based around a recognisable and relatable image, often a landscape or scene from nature – from here she continues to work non-sequentially, allowing sections of the realistic image to bleed and flow into a new abstract domain. Each image becomes a merging of realism and abstraction – things that we recognise and things we have to interpret."
I’m a big fan of Alexandras work, and I’m looking forward to heading down to House Of Bricks next week to see it all!
Who: Alexandra Lederman What: LandEscapes Where:House Of Bricks, 40 Budd St, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia When: Show opens Friday November 22nd 2013, from 6pm til 9pm and runs until 1st December
Cinzah Seekayem has some of the finest work we’ve seen – whether its illustrated, or painted up on a wall. Now, he is having his second solo show at Endemic World across the ditch in New Zealand, and if you’re anywhere in the vicinity of Auckland, you should go check it out.
"Cinzah’s second solo exhibition, kicking off at endemicworld.com ‘s Print Store in Ponsonby. Featuring a brand new body of work never seen before. One off original works as well as affordable limited edition prints. Big thanks to Stolen Rum and Lothlorien Winery for sponsoring the brews for the evening – hope to see you all there. All welcome."
Take a look at the preview video that was also just released to get a glimpse of what the show holds!
Ahh man, I hate hearing that Espionage Gallery is getting squeezed by shitty fees and red tape, they’re one of the best things in Adelaide, promoting artists and generally doing wonders for the scene over there. Over the past two years, Joshua Smith and crew have worked wonders in that space – but now they’re having a few problems, and they’re asking for a bit of help …
"Espionage Gallery needs your help! Due to the rising costs of rent and maintenance bills the gallery is facing the threat of closure. To counteract, we’re aiming to raise $7000 through a Pozible campaign.
For those of you who don’t know, Pozible is a crowd funding website that helps raise money for creative projects – but unless the full amount of the campaign goal is met, the project won’t receive its funding. More details about Pozible can be found here: http://www.pozible.com/help/i/aboutus The money raised from our campaign will assist with ongoing maintenance costs, as well as opening a small shop in the gallery to stock books, t-shirts, vinyl toys, jewellery and artist prints.
A great number of local and interstate artists have donated works for the exhibition with great prices starting from as little as $50! There will also be an exhibition to mark the launch of the Pozible campaign. On the night our bar will be fully stocked and ready to meet your drinking needs, while Espionage volunteers will be available to help you with purchasing artwork, making donations via Pozible and also selling tickets for a mini raffle to be drawn later on that night.
For those of you who cannot make it to the exhibition opening night, a catalogue of artworks will be posted the next day in the ‘Update’ section of our Pozible campaign. If any pique your interest, just contact the Gallery to purchase them.
The main benefit of our Pozible exhibition opening night is that you’ll get first pick of all of the artworks. This means you can personally choose your donation prize! It’s also a great chance to pay in cash and secure your purchase immediately, meaning you’ll receive your prize whether or not our campaign reaches its goal.
Espionage has some great shows and exciting plans for the future, but none of it can happen without your help! So please, come along and check out our show, donate to our cause and support one of the key galleries in Adelaide’s thriving creative scene."
Get behind these guys, help them out and send them your love – it would be a massive, massive shame if they had to close their doors … they better not, I haven’t made it over there yet!!
Who: Adelaides finest What: Save Espionage Gallery Where: Espionage Gallery, When: Show opens Thursday November 14th from 6pm til 10pm
Gary Seaman was here in Melbourne not too long ago, and, catching up on our snapshot backlog, we have all the photos from his show down at Just Another Project Space in Prahran! He also recently had a show this week up in Sydney, head over to The Opening Hours to check that one out!
For now, take a look at what he did whilst he was here in the ‘Burn, mad shit …
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