Damnit, I do feel like I’m missing out on some cool shit while I’m up here in Singapore, and this show coming up this week is one of those things!
Seeing our mate Chehehe put in his first real solo show is pretty damn exciting we’ve been following his work and enjoying it immensely over the past whike. From his immediately recognisable chebots to his amazing interactive che-machine at the White Night festival, his painting and illustrations, as well as his unique installations really are curiously cool.
Head down this Thursday night and check it out, and support the man on his first solo endeavour – it’ll be well worth the trip!!
Who: Chehehe What: Exit End Of A Wormhole To Another Dimension solo show Where: 42 Bangs St, Prahran, Melbourne When: Thursday 7th August from 6pm til 10pm
Be sure to get along to this on Wednesday night, featuring my good mate, Sebastian Fransz.
Look at the wall. The wall has been built. Soon, it will be un-built. There is someone’s dried spit sitting partially over the last loop on a tag someone else did two years ago. The tag is black. The black spray paint fits over the texture of the brick. There is mortar between the bricks, which is made from sand, cement and water. The wall is made from spit, spray paint, bricks and mortar.
Steps out onto the street. Full of intention. Today is this day, and another one is coming after that.
Wood is trees. Cut wood is dead trees. Paper is pulverised trees. Charcoal is tree-derived carbon, which is bound with gum. Art is when various adulterated and mutilated elements are forced to hang around with one another.
How did it begin? With an explosion. How will it end?
The wall has been knocked down. The chips are spraying.
Something else will happen later, and it will probably be violent.
‘With Contributions from Blender studios and associated artists’
Idle – Sebastian Franz
Who: Sebastian Fransz.
When: This Wednesday the 23rd of July at 6:00pm.
Where: Dark Horse Experiment, at Blender studios, 110 Franklin Street, Melbourne, Victoria.
Well, we came across this great video just this morning, and we hadn’t seen it before. Recently Fintan Magee did some work at the Bundaberg Regional Art center, and it is a surprisingly insightful piece on the man and his work.
Check it out below – Fintan is one of Australias best, and this was a cool watch.
“Fintan Magee will be painting directly onto the walls of The Vault space to create a large scale mural in response to Sebastian Barry’s novel ‘Long Long Way’.
This highly acclaimed novel from 2005 charts the experience of a young man caught between the Great War in Europe and the war that is festering in his Irish homeland. Magee’s own heritage is part of the reason the novel is so appealing and inspirational for him. His father is from Northern Ireland, where large scale political murals are prolific and a part of the urban landscape.
Their influence on Magee is unsurprising given he has been visiting Ireland since he was five years old.”
An exhibition that brought together artworks of various mediums from ClogTwo, InkTen and FreakyFir.
From digital artworks by FreakyFir, canvas and wooden panel paintings by ClogTwo, street installations made up of both electronics and spray cans, not forgetting desks painted with the infamous hollow ghost by InkTen. The exhibition attracted guests of various backgrounds who spent a fair bit of time looking through the various installations and artworks by the three artists.
The exhibition will last until the 25th of June 2014.
Last Friday night we had the honour of attending one of the coolest shows we’ve been to in some time – the joint group exhibition by none other than Ha Ha, Sync and Dlux (aka James Dodd, who we interviewed last week).
There was something really intriguing about this exhibition – walking in, you got the sense of stepping back in time, but knowing that you were firmly rooted in the present. Old stencils (the actual acetate themselves), covered in layers of paint adorned the walls – many, very familiar icons that had been seen on the street of Melbourne many times.
New works, vibrant and clean sat alongside them. Where it all began, and where it all ended, well, I don’t really know – it was hard to see any real transition point between the time frames, which is how it was intended – it was one, beautiful though – Now & Then was, indeed, an uplifting experience. Throughout the room you could sense the joy oozing off the walls, from a group of artists who have continued, unrelenting, to create and pursue their passions for the past decade.
Perhaps the thing that it gave to me most, was hope for the next decade, and for those artists who have just started out, those who are still working – if this show was anything to go by, the progress of time, the unrelenting politics and bullshit of scene, and the progression of work from walls outside to walls inside does nothing to diminish, and everything to enhance, the veracity of art produced by those who have a background in street based art.
Thanks to David Russell, we have a whole bunch of photos from the show below – enjoy!
All kinds of things happening up in Indonesia this week, with the team from Gardu House putting on another grand event in the form of Canstop – an exhibition of customised spraycans from graffiti and street artists all across South East Asia.
“This is an exhibition of creative art using Spray Paint Cans media. Held for 14 days at GARDUHOUSE Artspace. Total 158 Street Artists selected will be exhibiting his artwork, they come from various parts of Indonesia and some countries in Southeast Asia such as Singapore, Malaysia, Phillipine, Thailand and also UK. Cans Custom Perform: Elplastico, Live Painting: Ashtwo and F21ST, Ice Sculpture: Carving Nation, Live Music: Toxicologie, Live Performance: Vlado
Support by : GARDU HOUSE Artspace • CARBURATOR SPRINGS • TEMBOK BOMBER • FORWARD • PENNY • DRIPS’N’DROPS • TAGKING • TOTY • FLYK • ANONYMOUS • DSKL • SLUG • PARTNERS • YWCK • PT.ZETA CIPTA KOMUNIKA • FOCUS ENTERTAINMENT”
We’re big fans of the stuff that Gardu house is doing – a lot of exhibitions and paintups supporting the art that we all love the most, and their support for artists from across the region is grand – keep it up guys – looking forward to checking it out for myself some day!
Who: Artists from across SE Asai and beyond - Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Phillipine, Thailand and the UK
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!
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