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!
IF you’re sharp, you’ll have noticed that for the past two weeks we havent posted up any snapshots – an unusual occurance for us, given how much is going on. Alas, our gallery software got all b0rked up and we werent able to upload any gallery images! Thankfully, this is now fixed .. and along with the fix comes a whole new gallery style – hope you enjoy it!
To kick off this new style, what better than David Russells latest favourite pieces of street art from around Melbourne for October? Check out his pics for what was cool and grand over the past month … and stay tuned for a heap more pics to come over the next few days, we have almost three weeks of catching up to do …
"Balkan Jewel is about the lifestyle, beauty and culture of Bosnia, from my perspective. My family background is Bosnian, and I’ve done a bit of travelling there – it’s an amazingly magical place, with wonderful people. A lot of the old world is still part of every day life in Bosnia, and it’s amazing to see how the old and new come together.
The pieces in Balkan Jewel are artists ink on Khadi Rag paper, fine details on beautifully textured, hand made paper. The work is in a more traditional style compared to what I’ve done in the past – i’s actually been great to change it up and explore something new."
Awesome to see Aida stepping outside of her usual fare of female portraiture, and doing something new, the glimpse we have of it from the flyer it really looks spectacularly cool and is a nice homage to her roots.
Who: Aida Sabic What: Balkan Jewel solo show Where: Every Sunday Galley, 471 Brunswick St, Fitzroy North, Melbourne When: Show opens Friday 27th Sepember from 6pm til 9pm and runs until 10th October
Now this one has me all kinds of intrigued – as a lover of print magazines, the broadside, though unwieldy is one of my favourite formats – it also often refers to “street literature” or as Kind Of Gallery say ” a type of printing on large printed sheets of paper, designed to be plastered onto walls as a form of mass communication.”
An “Art poster” exhibition is something different – which is good! Curated by DOCTOR DBOE (DBOE), who also put together last ears Black And White All Inbetween show (which looked rad), its another grand and epic undertaking that is sure to have fine results.
Taking a look at some of the preview images, I can’t help but be excited – also, the names that I’m seeing associated with this show are fkn grand – Days One, Ken Taylor, Nanami Cowdroy, James Jirat and Cam Scale to name just a few …
Broadside opens up in Sydney this Thursday! Make sure you head down to see it for yourself!
Who: Nanami Cowdroy, Georgia Perry, Dboe Oner, Gemma O’Brien, Chris Yee, Aldous Massie, Ben Brown, James Jirat, Pigeonboy, Nathan Pickering, Will Lynes, Mark Drew, Days One, Ken Taylor, Ben Frost, Pudler, Wing Lau, Filfury, Cam Scale What: Broadside Art Poster Show Where: Kind Of Gallery, 11 8 Oxford St, Darlinghurst, Sydney When: Show opens Thursday 29th August from 6pm and runs until 1st September
As a Northern Beaches chick, I guess I can understand their “oh” moment when people ask where I take my photos (the majority being Sydney’s Inner West). Catching public transport is actually a really nice way to start and end my treasure hunts. A quick jump on the ferry, short walk to the train station, then while travelling on the train (getting frustrated at seeing some art on placed that could only be photographed if one was to stand smack bang in the middle of a track area!) some internal dialogue about where to alight and all the while planning a certain route to walk.
Given this is my first article it needs to laid out from the get go when I say “walk” it usually entails 4 hours of meandering the streets, getting lost, getting found and ensuring I can always hear a main road or some form of public transport if venturing into new territories, as my sense of direction is notoriously bad. Ask me where a certain wall or installation is? No problemo! Ask me the name of the lanes or streets: can prove difficult!
Thus it was one of these “new territories” that I looked up (being on the hunt requires much swivelling of head, eyeballs, walking up one side of a street or lane way and then back down the other just to ensure nothing has been missed) and spied a paste-up that while at the time was difficult to see (only had small teeny weeny camera initially but as time progressed and the much beloved EOS110D came in to my life!) I was still pretty stoked at the eventual outcome.
Not really understanding what I was looking at, it became one of those “if you don’t capture it now it’ll be gone next time” moments.
Fast track Outpost 2011 and my instant love affair began resulting in about 10 visits but one of the first images captured was the most INCREDIBLE installation
but it wasn’t long after that I found the true mecca for past up. Paste Modernism 3
Can you give me a little bit of the history of Houl?
HOUL came about quite a bit after I got into street art. I had been putting up paste-ups and stickers without a name to them for a while before I ran into Ears at the first Paste-Modernism. He invited me to check out his new gallery “Oh Really” then asked if I wanted to show any work. I raced home, whipped up some shitty piece and when I got to the gallery with the piece, they needed an artist name and Houl was the first thing that i thought of. In hindsight it’s not the coolest name I could have chosen, but it could have been worse.
From commissions to street to vagabondness of beyond. Where do you find the most freedom or do you enjoy having restrictions if nothing else other than to have a moment of “structure” in a world which is surrounded by chaos
I find the most freedom exists when painting walls. The limitations imposed by the canvas are removed when painting big murals and you are able to make huge gestural movements, really putting yourself in to the work. Painting Canberra’s underpasses and drains drags my art-making from an internal process into something more external, not only with regards to location but also the way I think about work.
That said, there still exists and element of restriction no matter what you do, but painting walls seems to alleviate it the most.
Where, whom or what inspires you?
Where: the coast line of the city of R’lyeh
Whom: Tom Waits, Swerfk, Bafcat, SMC3, Arvz, The Dirt, Resan, OX, Mr Gawky and David Attenborough
What: Triple Cream Brie, Pizza Shapes and a knob of Hungarian Salami
It is known that scent and music are the most power evocators of memory. Due you draw some of your inspiration from memories or do you simply allow your creativity “flow” to take you where it may and with the end result being as much as a surprise to yourself as an artist and you as an individual?
There is no room for memory in art or the motion that comes attached
For some artist’s a work is never really “finished”. Do you feel at times you have to draw a line in the sand and if that is the case, how difficult a process emotionally and creatively can that be?
Know when to stop an artwork can be tough. There will always be that ‘one more thing’ you need to add, that extra line that will complete a piece. But as much as you think it will be, it’s never just ‘one more’. It can be frustrating working on something that you feel is SO close to being finished, but you can’t quite reach that perfect point.
We love finding out about new artists, and Jacinta Kyam sure is one that we’re pretty keen on finding out even more about! We have covered a fair bit of collage in the past (obviously, one of our favourites, Phoenix, makes an appearance on here often) and we’re damn glad to see even more coming out to put on shows – this show looks fkn splendid indeed!
"Exhibition One explores the process between instinct and fine art through collage making. Jacinta has become a collage artist, in her words, ‘by accident’. It all started as a teenager when instead of plastering her walls with posters of her favourite celebrities she would create elaborate collages on her walls with cut up magazines and bluetak (much to her mother’s delight!).
Kyam’s original collages take up to 2 months to complete. These collages are photographed, blown up and printed on metallic photographic paper. The effect is stunning. The viewer can observe the meticulous hand cut detail of the collages, viewing their sculptural detail and lucid, contrasting imagery as a photographic whole. Kyam’s works are inspired, contemporary and a refreshing take on collage. The inspiration for the collection has come from Kyam’s background in fashion and art magazines. The process of creating the imagery evolves as the pictures ‘speak’ to her.
Renowned photographer Rob Little has photographed each work. The resulting original prints are simply beautiful. The size, colour and detail – awe-inspiring. Jacinta recalls stapling one of her teenage bedrooms together with a staple gun until it resembled somewhat of an installation with fabric billowing from the ceiling, textural fabric ‘art’ on the walls and of course, her collage which resulted in a rather unpleasant phone call from her mother when she took apart the room after Jacinta left home. It looked like someone had gone over the walls and ceiling with a sewing machine.
These instinctual beginnings have flourished into mature surrounds, where approach to the medium is the only thing that has shifted over time. From childhood to adolescence we take in an entire life, reflected through the care and detail of the assembled images. Jacinta’s work is original and like nothing else. Jacinta prefers not to see what other collage artists are doing as she feels it may taint the purity of her work which is her own and not inspired by any other artist. The inspiration comes when the pictures start coming together.
“It’s like an infant growing to full maturity, evolving and changing every step of the way”.
Yeah, we’re really liking the look of this one, so get yourself down to House Of Bricks this Friday night to see this mad collage artist in action – colour and depth, oh my.
Who: Jacinta Kyam What: Exhibition One solo show Where: House Of Bricks, Budd St, Collingwood When: Show opens Friday 12th April 6-9pm and runs til 28th April.
Alas, we missed getting this up in time for the opening of the show (welcoem to the world of Guatemalan internet – or the lack thereof!), but it looks like a great one! Crew / Cuts will be on for two weeks and you should get down to see it – RAWHIDE is one mad collaboration between two talented artists, acting as one!
"Adelaide staunch and fertile duo, Ankles and Smile, of the rollin’ Rawhide crew, return to the gallery in a follow up to their debut exhibition ‘Frontier’ last November (editor, see my website for pics). Friday, 29th March, sees Rawhide present their second show, ‘Crew Cuts’ featuring new work in cut paper.
Ankles and Smile’s own collage work predate their collaborative vandalism as Rawhide, so they’ve put our paint rollers down for the moment to combined forces in paper collage, the least popular artform known to man.
The work aims to be the visual equivalent of sample-heavy scratch DJs such as Cut Chemist, Kid Koala and The Avalanches. It is a time-consuming, yet therapeutic process digging through crates of pre-1970s magazines and books, removing type and image from their original context and rearranging it to form some self-referential narrative."
Check out the video for the show below!
Who: Rawhide (Ankles & Smile) What: CREW / CUTS Where: Magazine Gallery, 83a Hindley St, Adelaide When: Show opened last Friday 29th of March, and runs for two weeks – head down and see it before its over!
If it’s one artist who never fails to make an impression, its Lush. We’ve interviewed him not once, but twice over the years, and followed his escapades across the globe and there hasn’t been much from him that we haven’t loved.
Evolution Of A Graffiti Shit Cunt (sorry to those who are so easily offended, we don’t censor shit haha!) sounds like it was a total blast – and, just one of those "you had to be there to believe it" shows.
Thankfully for us, after a bit of a hiatus, our good friend Lachlan Curtin-Corr was at the show to grab a whole bunch of photos for us – and we think you’ll agree with us, it’s always great to see Lachlans camera work here (theres just something about film!) – muchos gracias man!
In just over a week, I’ll be heading off for more distant shores (more on this later!), but, in the meantime, I’ve decided its high time to do something down at the amazing Blender Lane Artists Market . We’ve got a new shipment of stickers through, some tests of the new shirts we’re about to release on Redbubble (again, more on that soon) and a few other cool things as well – we’ll be giving out stickers and selling sticker packs on the night to visitors to the market.
As you know I’m not usually one for self promotion here on Invurt, but I’ll be selling a bunch of my own artwork on the night - I’d love to try to get rid of as many of my drawings as I can to happy buyers before I leave Melbourne. We’ll be joined by a few friends as well, so you never know what might turn up on the table of loot! We’ll be camped out just inside the studio entrance itself down the back of the Blender laneway.
Also on the night, Silent Army will be releasing some new fanzines as a part of their ongoing mission to provide you all with grand art and comic treasures in tidy, zinely format. This latest iteration is another version of Who Is Ha-Ha – one of our favourites. Plus, the Silent Army have an entire zine workshop set up in the back of Blender studios, with a heap of zines and other cool shit, which you should really check out if you haven’t seen it yet!!
Blender Lane artists market is hands down, our favourite mid-week activity in the past few weeks it has been absolutely pumping. With more and more stalls all the time, and a huge variety of cool, creative art and other eclectica on sale, oh, and not to mention all of the live entertainment – well, it’s a grand night out. If you’re interested in having a stall at the market, just email them – email@example.com
Seeya all there!
Who: Melbourne artists, artisans, Craftspeople What: Blender Lane Artists Market Where: Blender Laneway & Studios, 110 Franklin St, Melbourne When: Event starts at 5pm this Wednesday January 23rd – runs til 10pm – Night Market runs every Wednesday night!
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