Next Friday be sure to get along to “Never Ending” an amazing show put together by Creature Creature, I helped launch these guys in Melbourne by curating their first solo show “Bruiser” at Chaotic Gallery over two years ago, its been a pleasure to work with and watch these guys on their journey with their unique style.
2015 is a big year for CreatureCreature as they prepare their next elaborate solo show at No Vacancy QV Gallery. Running from January 28 through to February 8, Never Ending is curated by Joshua Smith of Espionage Gallery and will officially launch on Friday January 30 at 6pm.
CreatureCreature is the artist duo Chanel Tang and Ambrose Rehorek who together play with concepts of duality, East meets West mentality, and the natural world. They first met at university studying fine art and commercial graphic design and as they ‘flirted their way through drawing’ formed an official union in 2011 under one name, CreatureCreature.
Since then, they have worked together creating murals in the south in the front office spaces of Revolver Creative, exhibiting at Chaotic Gallery in 2013, Just Another Agency and Rtist Gallery.
The new collection ‘Never Ending’ will showcase all their skills to date — a blend of illustration and design with strong historical Japanese references, mixed with a love of street art and contemporary symbols. It is heavily inspired by the feeling of movement and freedom in skate culture along with music produced by beat-makers who mix hip hop with a traditional Japanese atmospheric ideals. Chanel excitedly reveals “… Expect everything from drawings and paintings, to skate decks, vinyl toys, t-shirts and small installations.”
Who: Creature Creature
What: Never Ending
Where: No Vacancy Gallery 34-40 Jane Bell Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3000
Be sure to get down to Off The Kerb, this friday to check the wonderful work of Barek, who’s pasteups have been gracing the streets of Melbourne for a few years now.
A wonderful mix of animals, trolls and the ever adventurous Barek, these pieces always seem to breathe life in to the urban landscape in the most wonderful way.
Tales from the Sketchbook
A journey into my sketchbook, highlighting 3 characters. Travel the arctic tundra with The Huntress, discover the secrets of the deep sea kelp forest – home of the Kelp Maiden and look into the black and white world of The Sorceress.
What: Tales From The The Sketchbook.
Where: Off The Kerb – 668 Johnston Street Collingwood.
Be sure to get along to my good mate, Sticky Fingers apparel Launch party in a couple of weeks, he has a rad clothing range with some of the coolest characters.
I was lucky enough to receive one in the mail, so don’t miss out see you guys there.
Number 1. An opportunity to check out the range of tshirts from Sticky Fingers Apparel together with fresh works from the contributing artists.
The day kicks off at noon with the works of the artists on display. Their tshirts will also be available, so you can get the right size and skip the postage cost!
The street art book ‘figment’ from AllThoseShapes will be on sale too.
At around 8:30 we will wind down the store and turn up the volume with some music from “euonim”
Who: Sticky Fingers Apparel
What: Sticky Fingers Apparel Label Launch and Show
When: October the 25th from 12pm
Where: K + N Studios 25 Wangaratta St, Richmond 3121
It’s been almost three months now since I packed up my bags and moved to Singapore for work (and you can probably tell how busy its been with my lack of regular posts here lately). In that time, I’ve painted a whole bunch, met a whole bunch of rad artists and had the opportunity to participate in one of the coolest things I have seen, artistically, in Singapore on my many trips here.
I first heard about An Eminent Takeover just after I arrived, when in a chance meeting I was told that a special project was in the works to convert an old dilapidated “vice mall” into a spontaneous, artist embellished space. Due to be knocked down, Eminent Plaza was a place of … well, dubious activity. “Massage” parlours full of happy endings and k-bars full of scantily clad women, probably the best thing about it was that it is next door to Lavender Food Square – one of Singapores awesome Hawker centres.
Now, in its place, a big office building is about to be constructed, but in the weeks leading up to its closure last weekend, it took on a new life as one of the coolest installation spaces I have seen – anywhere – An Eminent Takeover.
Having had the chance to paint one of the main road facing walls early on in the event, I spent my “away from the sun time” looking around. At that stage, there were some cool bits and piece happening inside the building, but nothing that would come close to what it would resemble after three weeks of constant artistic action. Illustrations on walls, interactive performances, the “Lavenda Health Spa” converted into a weird, intriguing installation space, and, of course, graffiti and other intemporary art covering walls and spaces throughout the building – it was real poetry in motion shit, and every weekend I was surprised all over again but whatever new had been created.
This was something that money cant buy – in a city where art is often overly commodified, and where money is spent on trying to improve the aritstic culture, An Eminent Takeover proved that you really cant buy some of the best things that artists have to offer – everyone who did work down there volunteered it. To have been able to witness the evolution of the space in a place where conservatism is a way of life, it was, I hope, a harbinger of what could be possible if that overt conservatism is relaxed a little, and artists are allowed to do what they want to do without restriction, and left to have free reign over whatever they wish to create. Of course, there were some minor caveats – overtly political artworks were still quite absent, and the constant worry that it could all get shut down before its ending was, Im sure, in the curators and project managers minds throughout – but this ended up not being a problem, and that was also quite telling. I do wonder if but even a handful of years ago, that something like this may not have even been possible.
A constant stream of people, a plethora of general public stopping to take photos and explore he maze like interior of the building, and artists from all walks of life – musicians, writers, photographers, sculptors, illustrators and some of the best graffiti artists in Singapore, all came together to create an experience quite unlike anything I’ve seen – even in Melbourne.
Check out this great video about the event from the Today newspaper – awesome 3 minute recap worth watching!
Heres a rather lengthy, but cool, video of all the art in the building – its long, but worth checking out.
For all the creativity inside, everyone who went in knew it was impermanent – as of now, its all shut down, and the wrecking balls will arrive shortly. Walls will be knocked down, fragments of painted bricks will be discarded, and Eminent Plaza will remain only in the minds, photos, sounds and videos that were created as a part of its documentation. For me, a big thankyou to the organisers, especially Elisa Lam, the project manager, and curators Naomi Wang and Razi Razak, who made it all possible – you guys did something really, really fucking cool, and I cant wait to see what you think of next.
Enjoy the photos, an take your time – there are a shitloads, and all worth the viewing. For more info, and other documentation of the event, check out the facebook page.
“A collaborative community project by Tact Space x THE RSC
The hashtag ‘urbanisme’ begins an exploration on the role of urban cities through the involvement of collectives – Tact Space and THE RSC. Thus begins “An Eminent Takeover” – A potently reactive and multi-disciplinary collaboration that activates creativity through art and music.
The “Takeover” will occur at the Eminent Plaza in the month of September 2014 with artworks and music acts populating disused KTV lounges, massage parlours and office cubicles. As a site of spontaneity and reflection, Eminent Plaza’s notorious “vice mall” reputation re-focuses discussions on Singapore’s increasingly sanitised persona, triggering much imagination on the conception and idea of the ‘Urban Character’.
The Eminent Plaza built in the 1980s is slated for demolition in October 2014. We are opening the building doors for one last retrospective peak. Throughout the month long “Takeover”, anticipate amongst other projects, the majestic return of the “Identite Series”. Come bid adieu and share this amazing experience with us.
Paul Irving Pereira
Agnes M K Yit
Band of doodlers
LASALLE Fine Arts MA & BA Alumni
Ade Putra Safar bin Fuad
Nafa Fine Art Diploma & Graduates
Lin Yu Hao
McCoy Yip Chun Yong
Lapsap studio. Bands residency – Cashew Chemists, Pleasantry and A N E C H O I S
Artist studio residency – Speak Cryptic
Supported by Statement, Fhage, DCNSTRCT, Canopus Distro and DUNCE.
Official food court – Lavender Food Square. (Also known as Lavender Food Court)”
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!
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