So this dropped into our inbox the other day, and after reading it two or three times over, we think we’ve managed to work it out – this is a show about the weird shit that constitutes reality. More importantly, though, its about our place amongst the weird shit that surrounds us in this universe. Make no mistake, weird shit is cool (I mean,we just repeated the two words three times because it sounds cool), especially when that weird shit delves into temporal concepts, photonic musings and pseudo-Schrödinger perceptions.
"Curated by Theodore Wohng at Dark Horse Experiment. Lux 0.27 consists of works by artists Kit Webster, Sam Fagan, Hanna Tai, Alex Purchase, Kate Stryker, Tiziana Borghese, Tim Sterling and Julia Francis. Pursuing the theme of void/nothingness and our perception of reality through light and technology.
"In science our perception of reality is limited to the finite speed of light, as it is in a linguistic system, reference to a present reality is forever postponed from the temporal delay of meaning. Our univocal universe is full of constant metaphysical flux of change, difference and becoming. When we gaze upon the stars at night, the multiple instants in time are seen as simultaneous from our vantage point on the earth, the very same set of events will occur in different time combinations from other perspectives in space, the concept of ‘now’ is irrelevant, the only two things that remain the same are the wave-particle duality of photon and our perpetual curiosity of what reality really is."
You know what? We have no idea what to expect from this – but it sounds really different, and that’s the kind of shit we love best. Plus, there’s familiar names in there that we just know are rad, and we’re looking forward to acquainting ourselves with those that we’re not. We also just saw something pretty exciting on the event page on fb – apparently Jason Haebich will be doing a LAZER show. That’s it, this show just ramped up to awesome mode – fucking LAZERS!
A Dark Horse opening is always a really fun event, which you’d know if you’ve already been there – great art, great people, great place. Light. Reality. Void. Lazers. Weird shit is the new normal – go see it in action.
I’m in my own zone as I make my way down to Melbourne City Library; I’ve just changed out of some abhorred work clothes and am entering the building, camera in hand, kind of wondering where the hell I am (an exhibition, in a library? huh?) when Kaff calls out my name. "Hey Fletch?" I glance around – "Oh hey," I reply, searching around until I find her, waiting near the doorway. We go to shake, laugh, then decided a hug is more the order of the day.
"I didn’t recognise you with your sunnies on," she remarks, beaming all the way. "Come on up, have a look before the crowd gets here."
Kaff-eines at the Melbourne City Library, somewhat nervously standing under a projection of some of the work in the show above, awaiting the "preview" crowd. As a part of the opening of the Midsumma Festival, a large swath of art lovers are making their way to several of the galleries that encompass the festival. Urban Scrawl, a collaborative group show between four highly talented street and light painting artists, Kaff-eine, Precious Little, TigTab and Blacklodge was the second stop on the preview.
The first thing I see as I climb the stairs is a large Precious Little pasteup – I’ve seen a few around Melbourne in the last few years, as well as plenty of her work at the last show her and Kaff-eine were in, Fibre Femmes, and have always loved them. This one, however, is probably one of the best I’ve seen yet - it’s gorgeous – yet it’s only an introduction. The main wall of the show is covered in work. A large Kaff-eine mural. Gorgeous light-paintings, rendered entirely on camera – colourful imagery that I could swear were only possible with Photoshop. Dymo printed poems beneath accompanying illustrations, each depicting scenes within the words. Art. Art and more art – and as the crowd arrived, filling the space, I think to myself "this is exactly how a collaborative show should be."
Yes, I got pictures, I got plenty of them. Some of them are even in this interview with the crew of Urban Scrawl, accompanying the story behind the show. As for the rest, well, we’ll post them up after the opening – Urban Scrawl is just something that you just have to try to go and see for yourself …
How did the Urban Scrawl collaboration come about; what exactly spurred on the idea behind the show?
Kaff: In winter, Presh approached me with the idea of doing a Midsumma show at the City Library, something she’d wanted to do herself for a while. She mentioned that there was a projection space, and I immediately thought of BL and TT (Blacklodge and TigTab), two artists whose work I adore. I’d been trying to work out a way to exhibit with them for a while, to show the rest of the world their talents.
We all decided, given our respective pastimes, and the concepts wrapped up in Midsumma, on the broad theme of secret spaces, identity and ephemera – it just went from there.
How did this carry on from previous adventures in both street art and exhibitions, and explorations? When did the idea first formulate in your minds?
Kaff: I already admired Presh’s artwork, and adored her poetry. BL and TT have previously photographed my work, and more recently I’ve been lucky enough to hang around with them on their adventures, so we’d already been experimenting with collaborations.
When Presh came up with the idea, I was stoked to explore those connections further.
Sometimes there a dissociation between the photographic arts and the more hands on visual arts – how has this show brought all of these elements, as well as words and newer elements such as light painting, into cohesion?
Kaff: That’s what’s so exciting about this show! It combines photography, light stencilling and painting, contemporary art, street art, urban exploration and poetry in a really unique way. We have Presh + my street art photographed, light painted and light stencilled by BL and TT, in frames and projections; I have visually interpreted Presh’s poetry in a series of works on paper; we have created a limited edition zine so that people can take away the poems + artwork together. All our work stands alone, yet these collaborations have taken us in new directions.
TT&BL: Light painting photography differs to the conventional way a photographer would capture their images. With light painting, `light’ is used like a brush to paint each image. It requires the photographer to move light around and `through’ each shot in a specific way, as it is being created.
We were excited when Kaff-eine and Precious Little approached us with the idea of the show, as it seemed a natural progression to merge well known art forms with light art. The resulting images gave Precious Little and Kaff-eine the opportunity to experience drawing and writing in light – and while it was captured as a photo, it was still necessary for them to create that art in a physical space; as they would in their chosen mediums.
Who was responsible for what, and what did you each bring to the project?
Kaff: Presh has some gasmask grrls on paper, framed, + also some large aerosol paste-ups around the spaces. She also has sticker packs on opening night, and we have the Preshkaff zine; Swan Songs.
I have the series of watercolour and ink works on paper, interpreting Presh’s poetry; a wall mural with a few well-known characters; Kaff-eine mini-tvs, plus working drawings in lightboxes situated around the library.
BL and TT have selected their favourite urban exploration, light painting photos and some of our collaborations, for the framed photos and the projection space in the entrance to the library.
Let talk time lapse and light painting – what are the pitfalls and traps in working with this style, and what are the advantages? How did light painting help to engage and integrate all of these elements?
TT & BL: While street artists use spray paint, we use `light’ to paint our art. We have the obvious pitfalls of working in low to zero light, and using a physical space which we move around in – as our canvas.
Advantages of the places that we visit are the resulting photographs. All of our photographs are taken straight out of camera – this means that we don’t use photoshop, or computer editing to obtain the final image. As a result of this, each individual image can take up to four hours to create.
We are really proud of the images that have been created within our collaborations for `Urban Scrawl’, with the images achieved being a great cross over of all of our chosen mediums.
Time lapse is a recent addition, which has provided us with a tool that allows our art to come alive – we will be utilising more of this in the future.
There’s also an exploration of the written word within the pieces – how important a role did they play in the course of putting together the show? Presh describes herself as a "poetess mess" – but beyond the words, is there a narrative thread to the chaos?
Kaff: It was incredibly important to me, one of the main reasons why I wanted to do the show. The majority of my works on paper (and some of the street collaborations) were interpretations of Presh’s poetry, and the zine is entirely the end result of my imagery set to Presh’s words. Presh’s beautiful poems, which all have narratives, are autobiographical.
"Identity and ephemera intersecting" – this was evident in the videos that you teased us with in the lead up to the show. Exploding colour and light, near-innocence laden characters, urban fauna and masks; all of these tools have been utilised to explore these intersections, yet the "true" identity of all of the artists is somewhat hidden throughout – tell us more about these aspects within the show.
Kaff: My identity isn’t set in concrete; it is ephemeral, evolving, changing.
My street persona is an integral part of my identity – but it isn’t all of me. There are pieces of me in all of my work, and in the collaborations, but I’m not interested in placing ‘realistic’ images of my physical self in my work when there are other, less literal ways for me to show myself to the world.
TT & BL: I agree with Kaff, what you see within all of our images is the extension of who we all are. While we use human form in our photography – it is only showing the ephemeral facets of self for that fleeting moment.
With so many elements in the show, were you afraid of losing anything in the combination of different aspects? It seems like it would be a difficult thing to pull off – what were your major concerns in working in such a collaborative way over so many different mediums?
Kaff: I was really excited to see what would result from the combination of all of our practices! For me the process was easy, we all immediately started to bounce ideas off each other, it was a desperate rush to throw ourselves together and see what we could create in the limited time that we had.
The time we spent collaborating on location usually had a very organic flow, with ideas, suggestions and creations happening very naturally during the course of a several hour session.
The show is a part of the Midsumma festival being celebrated this month, initially it seems that the City Library seems an unusual venue for a show of this kind – how did it end up that you exhibited in that space and what are the most exciting aspects of holding the show as a part of the Midsumma festival itself?
Kaff: Who hasn’t wanted to draw all over the library walls, really? And being part of Midsumma allows me to show my work to an audience who may not have come across it on the streets. It doesn’t have overt references to queer or LGBTI identity or sexuality, most of my characters are deliberately without a defined age/gender/sex/sexuality – but I think the emotions and concepts I deal with are certainly relevant for a Midsumma audience.
You all probably need a bit of time off from hanging about in the darkness – now that you’ve accomplished a monumental collaborative effort, will there be more in the future? What else does 2012 hold for each of you?
Kaff: I love hanging about in the darkness more than you can imagine! But I’m itching to get back out on the street after this show. Presh and I have some big plans for street collabs and I can’t wait to get going on those too. I also love going on adventures with BL and TT, so I hope there are many more of those in 2012. I want to spend the rest of this year painting more, larger, increasingly intricate works, and collab with my favourite artists.
TT & BL: The exhibition has been a great way to start off 2012 – time now to get back to more adventures and light painting.
It’s been a while since Kaff-eine and Precious Littles last large scale outing at the Fibre Femmes group show and this time around not only teamed up together again, but they have combined forces with two heavy weights in Melbournes burgeoning light art world, Blacklodge and Tigtab. A part of Melbournes Midsumma Festival, Urban Scrawl looks like a groundbreaking way to start off the new year.
Urban explorers and purveyors of the long exposure shots, Tigtab and Blacklodge have been scouring the darkened tunnels beneath the surface of Melbourne for many a year – these two, combined with the prolific and highly endearing creative streaks of Kaff-eine and Precious, has resulted in a collaborative show blending light and paint, photography, video, words and compulsive meanderings through the decaying bowls of a modern city.
"URBAN SCRAWL is a collaborative collision between street art, light painting, photography and words from four of Melbourne’s most diverse urban artists.
Emerging from their shadowy haunts for the MIDSUMMA FESTIVAL are Kaff-eine, aerosol dynamo and prolific paster; and Precious Little, street art sweetheart and poetess mess. They are joined by light alchemists Tigtab and Blacklodge, who—through photography and ethereal illuminations—inject intimacy into forgotten spaces and reanimate sites of urban decay.
Navigating the monolithic themes of love, life, death and the minutiae in between, together they lead the expedition into the clandestine corners of Melbourne, from the painted laneways to the subterranean catacombs, snaking like a circulatory system beneath the city’s skin.
URBAN SCRAWL is where identity and ephemera intersect. "
They’ve already also teased the hell out of us all with a lot of promo videos and small images previews – and, well, it worked. Thanks to some really great video editing and sneak peeks at works, and of course, the artists involved, Urban Scrawl has to be one of the most anticipated shows, already, for 2012 – and for damn good reason.
Who: Precious Little, Kaff-eine, Tigtab, Blacklodge What: Urban Scrawl collaborative exhibition Where: City Library, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne When: Opening night is Thursday 19th January, 6pm til 8pm, however the exhibition itself is open from Monday 16th if you want to go and check it out!
Get your thinking cap on all you artists, (no berets, please), as the Tiger Translate2011 competition is coming up! This year the event caters to all mediums, and if your looking for a break and aren’t already entering then get the fuck onto it! Whatever your shtick is, we are sure you are more than capable of conjuring something up in the coming weeks – the prize speaks for itself!
All your rules regulations, stipulations and reservations are as follows…
“ARE YOU AN ASPIRING ARTIST? A roar goes out to all designers, illustrators, photographers, painters and graffiti artists – Tiger Beer invites you to enter Tiger Translate 2011. Tiger Translate competitions are run annually around the world to celebrate the talents of emerging artists.
THE COMPETITION: Entries open from August 8th 2011 through till September 20th 2011. Open to all Australian residents over the age of 18. Submissions are to be entered through Tiger Beer’s Facebook fan page, at www.facebook.com/tigerbeerau and elements for your artwork can be downloaded at www.tigerbeer.com.au
THE PRIZE: Winner notified October 6 before being announced at Sydney’s exclusive VIP Tiger Translate party in November featuring an explosive mix of DJs, live art and street artists. You will fly to Asia in 2012 to collaborate with other Tiger Translate winners from around the globe, beckoning international exposure.
YOUR ARTWORK: Tiger Translates Australian theme in 2011 will showcase the artist’s interpretation of ‘GROWTH.’ Capture what ‘GROWTH’ means to you as an artistic visionary in an A@ size artwork. See the Facebook fan page for more details – www.facebook.com/tigerbeerau”
Who: You! What: Tiger Translate 2011 Where: Your bedroom, studio, squat, whatever, wherever. When: Entries close September 30th, winner will be notified October 5th 2011
With live art from an accession of well endowed artists and musicians including Makatron, Braddock, Itch, CDH, Paul Sonsie, Katie Houghton, with funk ‘n’ hip hop brought to you by Billie Hoyle and Mc Lotus and a bunch of other cool cats coming out of the wood works all in the name of a good cause, Invurt feels that a night draining spray cans, paint tins, sharpies, and beer bottles is defiantly on the cards next Friday.
Also, if you do decided to cancel those useless after work drinks that consume your sweet spondolie, your inner pyro will thank you for it as CDH will showcase his admirable Street Art created by burning the f*#! out of shit! Fire Brigade included, NOT TO BE MISSED CHILDREN! There is a $10 cover charge but its not much when its all in the name of Art and Earth.
So, all hands on deck to help raise some resources to send some of Melbourne street art’s best to Central Oz, to share the fun, empowerment and purpose of art with the local youth through workshops, paste-ups and graff collaborations!!
Surface Pop-Up Gallery and TH are joining forces again to present a night of ‘fun-raising’, beer and wine, music, good times and LIVE ART.”
Who:Makatron / Braddock / Itch / CDH / Paul Sonsie / Katie Houghton and more!!! And funk ‘n’ hip hop brought to you by Mc Lotus & Billie Hoyle What:For art and Earth Where:Rue de Fleurus – Salon/Bar, 153 Gertrude st, Fitzroy When: Friday, September 2 at 6:00pm – September 3 at 2:30am
How refreshing it is to have such obviously stunning folk art at such close reach. With works by twenty four Australian and Australiasian artists biding the ties between traditional folk and contemporary art, we find ourselves surrounded by their beautifully rich tapestry of aesthetics.
“Artists express and explore their relationships with the Asian folk culture, against a backdrop of the Australian cultural landscape.”
Using every sensory enveloping medium at their disposal; installation, sculpture, video, painting, and even involving jewellery and ‘“Asian folk-related fabrics”, the works on show will perfectly capture and convey the stories and ideas intended.
“When the minimalists are crying out Less is More, we are saying The More the Merrier! Lights! Colours! Actions! After all, this exhibition is dedicated to the art of the AustraliAsian people and their cultural traditions in the name of intercultural modernity!”
Some familiar names in this list – here, here, we say! Head down to this grandly diverse and inspiring show, expand your knowledge, and your art collection!
Who: Anna Glynn, Aramas Ridge, Ashlea Bechaz, Ayaka Mikata, Belinda Joynes, Ben Lopez, Sarah Hickey, Ellen Stapleton, Hilde Thomsen, Jessica Singh, Josef Peeters, Josh Roelink, Julia Chau, Juliet D Collins, Kaitlin Beckett, Levene Wong, Mal Wass, Mia Taninaka, Min Zhang, Nani Puspasari, Shannon Keane, Sue Codee, Violet Chan, Yuki Nakano What: Asian Folk Art| Fine Art – Group Show Where: Brunswick Street Gallery – 322 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, VIC When: Opening night Friday, August 26th at 6:00pm. Exhibition runs til September 8th 2011
For more info on the exhibition visit the BSG website and check out the Facebook Event Page for a sneak peak at the incredible pieces!
We’ve been blessed to have seen a tiny smidgeon of the progress for this upcoming show from Kristen McIver, and we can’t help but want to tell everyone about it!
McIver’s glowing typography is quite a beautiful sight, delving as she does into different phrases, words and other subversive messages (it really tickles our complete love for meme theory), illuminating her pieces as a simultaneous visual and mental experience.
"Kristin McIver’s Statement Pieces are self referential text-based artworks proclaiming to represent nothing more than their word subjects imply. Drawing upon the writings of Jean Beaudrillard’s Simulacra and Simulation, McIver’s Statement Pieces break down the illusionistic constructs of the media and advertising …
… McIver collects words and phrases from advertising, and subverts their message through context within her artworks. Your Shining Star seduces, inspires, instructs, and while on further contemplation, presents simply a neon sign, shining in fluorescent luminescence. The decadence proposed by The Good Life is rendered meaningless when placed upon a pile of chains and shipping pallets. Wishlist presents an indeterminate list of ideals, which in themselves are simply representational “wishes” eager to be satiated and replaced by the next desire.
Statement Pieces continues McIver’s investigation into desire, aspiration and consumerism in the 21st century."
Who: Kristin McIver What: Statement Pieces solo show Where: James Makin Gallery, 67 Cambridge Street, Collingwood, Victoria When: Show opens Thursday 4th August at 6pm and runs til the 27th August
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