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 …
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.
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
I’m living vicariously by this video – I got back to Australia a little too late to make the opening, though I did go and see the show, I had heard that it got shut down … but 12,000 people for an artist who got his start on the streets of Perth.
Damn fine, and well done man.
"Police were forced to close down the opening night of Ian Strange’s exhibition,SUBURBAN, due to the overwhelming number of people unable to get into the event that had spilled onto the streets surrounding the National Gallery of Victoria.
The popularity of the opening night was mirrored in overall attendance figures that saw visitation exceed 12,000 people over the duration of the exhibition.
“The response to the exhibition was phenomenal, ” said Strange. “To have that many people see something I dedicated such a large amount of time and effort too is truly humbling.”
At the conclusion of the exhibition, the artist’s first major museum showing, the National Gallery of Victoria acquired all eleven photographic works and the three-channel video work, Suburban, for their permanent collection.
Strange has recently commenced work on a new, site-specific project in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand and has been announced as one of only 24 artists to be included in the 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art."
Check out the video of the whole recap below, awesome.
We headed down to Backwoods Gallery last Friday night to check out Misos show, Bright Night Sky, and got a whole bunch of photos from the opening – great turnout, and the show was already sold out before it even opened! Nice.
Big thanks to DCats and David Russell for all the pics, nice one boys!
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 …
The other week we posted photos from Yandell Walton and I & The Others installation exhibition, Innocence of the Apocalypse – and they’ve just released a video of the whole thing. This Collingwood based show was all kinds of creepy, filled with cool art and installations, and the video really reflects that well! Check it out …
“INNOCENCE OF THE APOCALYPSE was an immersive installation incorporating projection, illustration, sculpture, performance and sound. The collaboration brings together projection artist Yandell Walton and illustration & street artist I & The Others (Kirrily Anderson) for three nights only part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2013 and supported by City Of Yarra. Video by Jim Arneman. Sound by Joe Hammond”
Friday night I headed down to Collingwood for what would turn out to be a uniquely cool opening and a fun concept.
I arrived just at Innocence Of The Apocalypse as the sun was setting down at the Peel street park, right in front of a giant pasteup of a dead bird – obviously, a herald as to the type of pandemic that would form the core of the show. Thinking I’d be heading off to some wayward spot around Collingwood, only to find that the venue was remarkably close by … entering the building for the show, I first walked into a side room where a small installation had been set up in the bathroom – I & The Others pasteup featuring prominently. From there, it was upstairs to the main installation, kids running around playing with tires and hiding amongst jumbled, makeshift houses ala cubbys, stand ins for ruined buildings inhabited by children, both painted and real.
Yandell Waltons video displays were in parts quite beautifully subtle, shadows of birds and fans whirling away, the main projection was a great centrepiece as well. Downstairs, the exhibition side of things was tied in nice well – one of the little subtleties that I liked as well were the newspapers with the headlines about the impending flu outbreak.
All in all a really great show, and a solid collaboration between two differently disciplined artists – if you didn’t get a chance to check it out, you really missed out – but check out my photos below …
Our good mate EdinFocus sent us through a bunch of photos of something that had a mass of Melbourne graffiti aficionados talking, and crowding, down at Collingwood over the weekend.
The second part of ITN Architects (following on from The Hive apartments) three part graffiti inspired project, the End To End building envisaged three of Melbournes old Hitachi cars atop a grand building down at Easey street in Collingwood. An ambitious project that I loved as soon as I heard about it.
I headed down to Collingwood on Sunday to see the first of the trains being lifted up onto the building – and what a sight it was! A huge Hitachi car rolled up into the street, and one of the largest portable cranes I’ve ever seen hoisted it up onto the roof. Come Sunday, the other two cars were also placed up onto the building, where they have created tracks to keep it in place. Absolutely amazing, architect Zvi Belling really has helped to create something grand.
Not completely our usual fare … But where there’s art on a wall, invariably there are kicks floating above it – but the one question that’s never been answered, is why the hell are they up there?
The most common urban myth is the “drug dealers” house one … But it turns out that, of course, there are many more trains than just the usual urban legend – is it art? Just for fun? I know Ive wondered more than once, and the video, “Mystery Of The Flying Kicks” delves right into this strange world of shoelace tied sneakers on power lines to reveal people’s thoughts, and some of the hidden history behind it all … Really intriguing watching.
“Murder, sex, drugs, art, politics… sneakers hanging on telephone lines have become a powerful urban symbol, inspiring genesis theories both hilarious and sinister. In an effort to get to the truth once and for all we asked the people of earth to help us solve this mystery. Using an on-line call out and a phone message bank, this documentary was made entirely from donated photographs, phoned-in theories, video, vlogs, and animation.
The Mystery of Flying Kicks is the result of a unique digital collaboration between the filmmakers and the international public.
Directed by Matthew Bate Watch Matt’s feature Documentary ‘Shut Up Little Man! – An Audio Misadventure’ – on demand on VIMEO – vimeo.com/66795363
Official Site: flying-kicks.com Facebook – like us!: facebook.com/closerprods BUY the DVD: closerproductions.com.au/shop/products/flying-kicks-dvd-and-poster-package “
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