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 …
Our good mate Unwell Bunny is back this weekend with a cool show over at United Cans new location down in Windsor (we’ll have more for you on that later!).
Over the past year or so, Unwell Bunny did a fair bit of travelling, and this exhibition delves into his blackbook for a few glimpses of the inspiration behind his larger scale works up on the walls.
The thing that I like about these shows, is that you get to see pieces of work that you wouldnt normally get to see – rough ideas and pieces usually hidden away thrown into the light in all their cool, and sometimes, those rough diamonds are gems.
"Small black book based and inspired works from Europe & Australia from Melbourne based UNWELL BUNNY.
‘While travelling and painting last year, I kept a black book of illustrations which were inspired by each city we went to, these drawings produced paintings and were small snap shots of each placed stayed in and sprayed. These works are rescued and inspired by these visual records.
Small ideas, that lead to bigger ideas, many disorganised, with the occasional few works of tiny genius … These are the days of our sharpies and these sharpies are the days of our lives.’"
Check out a piece that Unwell bunny did with United Cans Libre as a bit of a preview above – theres also a video here on facebook (unfortunately there is no embed code!).
Looking forward to this one!!
Who: Unwell Bunny What: A Blackbook Exhibition Where: United Cans Street Art Cafe and gallery, 80 punt road, Windsor, Victoria, Australia When: Opens 20th December 2013 from 6-9pm
I am obviously a massive fan of all the guys down at the Arts Hole. I love their work, both individually and collectively – and even though I was pretty damned tired last weekend, I took myself off to their first group show “After Dark” last Saturday night, and Im damned glad I did.
A lot of great work, a whole bunch of great people in attendance – this is the thing that great group shows are made of. Oh, and if you didnt see this? Arts Hole residents Chasing Ghosts have their event tomorrow night with That One Show – the Melbourne street art awards exhibition, so you should go check it out.
Anyways, in the meantime, take a look at all the greatness that was last Saturday night!
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
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.
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)
Dirty Playground alongside du NORD bar are getting ready to launch 6 Months of Darkness – End of Darkness. The darkness ends with a celebration after a 4 month residency by Marian Machismo, FKN-MAD, Ruskidd and Carlotta Phelan.
From the Press Release: “With mediums such as video, paint and sculpture, the Six Months of Darkness (6MOD) crew has literally lived in the dark, and as the Nordic do, create in manic fervour. The artists will present their works at a launch party on December 5, a weekend of exhibition and a close on December 8.
Works from Marian Machismo, FKN-MAD, Ruskidd and Carlotta Phelan have been developed in the basement to reflect the theme of 6MOD and are for sale over the three-day period. The launch party will feature the static and interactive works alongside Amin Payne, Edd Fisher and Hudson James Jr.”
Check out this great little video preview of some of the work in the show …
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!
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