A new monthly post from resident Invurt photographer David Russell – introducing “Through the Lens with David Russell”
Dave doesn’t miss a beat around Melbourne wether it be gallery shows, street work or abandos. Dave has decided to do a monthly round up of some of his favourite works he finds on his daily missions. Thanks Dave keep the photos coming.
Something special for you today that I really wanted to share! After two and a half months travel in Central America (expect a whole bundle of Sojourn articles coming up from all across Mexico and Guatemala!) I arrived this week in NYC. As luck would have it, dynamos José Parlá and JR were having an opening tonight at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in Chelsea! Read on for the media release, to give you an idea of what it was all about …
"The Wrinkles of the City was started by JR in Cartagena, Spain and has been reprised in Shanghai, Los Angeles, and most recently, Havana. In 2012, JR and Parlá photographed and interviewed dozens of senior citizens who lived through the Cuban revolution, flyposting colossal black-and-white portraits of their subjects on the walls of city buildings. Parlá, who is of Cuban descent, interlaces the images with palimpsestic, calligraphic writings and color. In a city devoid of commercial imagery, JR and Parlá’s enormous yet intimate portraits offer a stunningly humane contrast to the endless repetition of political icons.
This exhibition will consist of twelve large portraits from the Havana iteration of The Wrinkles of the City project along with a site-specific installation."
Although it was mighty packed inside, there was some really great work on display – most of it imagery from the many walls they’d worked on – but there was one piece, was that "site specific installation", that I fucking loved …
Check out the pics from the opening below (excuse the not so grand shots, I’m not the worlds greatest photographer!) to give you an idea of how it all was – and check out all the pics of the work in the show here.
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.
One of Australia’s “premier contemporary style and culture events” CARBON festival returns to Melbourne for it’s third year running. Invurt covered CARBON last year via a live blog event and we’ll be hoping to do the same again this year.
The line up this year has me REALLY excited. Some of my all time favourite artists, photographers, producers, writers, designers, website founders, well you get the idea. The line up this year is: Shawn Stussy, Ronnie Fieg, Eddie Huang, Simon ‘Woody’ Wood, Jeff Hamada, Henry Chalfant, Martha Cooper, Dabs Myla, Lawrence Schlossman, Mark Drew, Barry McGee, PM Tenore, Andrew Montell and Geoffrey Lillemon. Artist profiles below.
We’re also planning to publish a couple of pre-event interviews, so keep your eyes peeled for them. This should be another awesome event. Details on the show and where to buy tickets below.
One of the foremost authorities on New York graffiti and hip-hop culture, Henry Chalfant’s photographic and film studies of early subway graffiti include the definitive books on the subject Subway Art and Spray Can Art, the former of which he co-authored with Martha Cooper. He co- produced the 1984 documentary Style Wars, widely considered the best exploration of graffiti culture captured on film.
Respected documentary photographer Martha Cooper has worked for The Washington Post and has had photographs featured in multiple publications and gallery exhibitions. Martha is best known for her documentation of graffiti art, including several books on the subject.
Former surfboard shaper Shawn Stussy first printed his name onto a t-shirt in the early eighties. His namesake surf label Stussy quickly grew to become one of the first true streetwear labels recognised on a global scale.
Ronnie Fieg is one of today’s most sought-after designers in footwear, his list of 2012 collaborations includes highly coveted shoe releases for Sebago, New Balance, Puma, Asics, Dr Martens and many more. 2011 saw the opening of his iconic Manhattan store Kith.
Eddie Huang’s wildly erratic talent has seen him enter many career paths – from lawyer, weed dealer to standup comedian – before charging onto the NY food scene with his hit restaurant BaoHaus. He has been described as a celebrity chef for the hip-hop generation, with his ongoing video segment on Vice.com, Fresh Off The Boat.
Simon ‘Woody’ Wood
Simon ‘Woody’ Wood celebrated 10 years at the helm of one of Australia’s most successful independent magazines Sneaker Freaker last year, which has grown into a globally distributed gospel for sneaker culture.
Vancouver based artist Jeff Hamada is the man behind Booooooom.com, one of the Internet’s most popular art blogs. Jeff has used the platform to launch a host of exciting exhibitions, interactive projects and philanthropic endeavors.
Melburnian expat husband and wife graffiti duo Dabs Myla are the talk of the Australian art scene following a string of successful shows locally and abroad. Their relocation and settlement in Los Angeles has exposed their captivating work to the US market and allowed the Dabs Myla brand to gain worldwide traction. Their distinctive, cartoon flavoured pieces have appeared in the streets, on magazine covers and inside gallery walls. Dabs & Myla share their experience with a forum audience for the first time at Carbon.
Mark Drew entered the world of design with a photocopied self-published hip hop zine in Sydney during the ‘90s. After establishing his status as a graphic artist, Mark co-founded the iconic Surry Hills gallery China Heights with Ed Woodley in 2003 before relocating to Tokyo in 2009. His graphic artworks have become coveted collector pieces, referencing ‘90s hip hop iconography and pop culture. His designs have taken the form of album artwork, apparel and can be found on gallery walls, as well as having been featured in ad campaigns for Sony, Nike and New Era.
Now helming editorial duties at the newly formed, fast-growing menswear website Four-Pins, part of the Complex Network, Lawrence Schlossman’s satirical approach to his field of expertise has won him a loyal and expansive online following. Schlossman is also co-creator of the blog site Fuck Yeah Menswear and co-author of the book of the same title.
Joining Geoffrey Lillemon in the Contemporary Art And Design forum is San Francisco contemporary artist Barry McGee. McGee began exhibiting his art in the late ‘80s on the streets of San Francisco and is a globally applauded contemporary artist.
The Building A Brand forum welcomes PM Tenore, founder and President of street and surf lifestyle brand RVCA to its lineup. Tenore is a man with humble beginnings who dreamt up RVCA in his garage and personifies the entrepreneurial spirit of the forum. His experience in building and maintaining a brand over many years will provide invaluable insight.
Speaking as part of the New Media forum is Founder and Editor In Chief of ACCLAIM magazine Andrew Montell. Montell will be sharing his experience of independent publishing beginning with Out4Fame Magazine in 1999 to the present day incarnation of ACCLAIM encompassing print, web and creative agency activity.
Joining the Contemporary Art And Design forum, Geoffrey Lillemon is considered a leader in the Net Art Movement is an experienced public speaker. Lillemon is an adidas Originals ambassador and influential art world figure, and is one of a few creative artists recruited for the 2013 adidas Unite All Originals campaign.
CARBON Festival 2013 – Flyer
What: CARBON festival 2013
Where: RMIT Storey Hall Auditorium, Melbourne CBD
When: Saturday April 13 – Sunday April 14, 2013
Tickets here. (2 Day Pass: $150 (incl GST) 1 Day Pass: $83 (incl GST) * Student discount available).
There aint nothing like a Seasons Of Change show down at Revolver – for the past two years this quarterly exhibition has been a stalwart favourite of ours.
The most recent show saw some of Australias top graffiti lasses get together for a one night only expose of their work – and it was yet another cracker of a show. ISIS, ISHK, JOSKE, POISE and SEAR were totally on their game, and looking through the photos, I can only wish I had of been there to check it out myself!
Massive thanks to David Russell, once again, for the mad ass shots – check them out!
Soldiers Rd, which opened earlier this year, has already had some of our favourite shows and put some damn fine artwork up on the walls. Now, in the leadup to Xmas, the gallery gathers together a whole bunch of exciting artists to transform the simple cardboard medium into works of art – at an amazingly affordable price, as well!
“Cardboard city offers up 25 Australian artists, from the up and coming to the super experienced, practicing photography, fine art, street art and everything in between in one room for one night only.
Each artist will exhibit 10 pieces, on cardboard at $100 a pop. With those the only restrictions expect diversity, ingenuity, and a whole load of cardboard in the explosion of works set to fill every nook and cranny of Soldiers Rd on Thursday December 13th.
Works are expected to fly off the walls so get in early to grab a piece from your favourite artist without having to pawn your bike to pay the bills!”
We love cardboard!! Twenty five by ten – thats two hundred and fifty works of art all for under a hundred bucks each – and damn if we dont want some of that!
It only runs for the night, so theres only one chance to see it all. Head down to Soliders Rd Gallery this Thursday to see it all for yourself, and grab yourself some work from these awesome artists.
Who: Ears, Bennet, Mark Alsweiler, Max Berry, Numskull, Phibs, Jumbo, Bridge Stehli, Tom Ferson, SMC, Houl, Bafcat, Birdhat, Joe Wilson, Chanelle Collier, Ella Condon, Syke, Benjamin Reeve, Claire Nakazawa, Choq, Tim Andrew, Kaffeine, Michael Hazel, Mim Fluhrer, Sid Tapia What: Cardboard City group show Where: Soldiers Rd Gallery, Suite 405, 342 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills, Sydney When: Show opens Thursday 13th December from 6pm til 9pm, for ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Following on from the successful first exhibition, ‘Don’t Grow Old It’s a Trap’, the people behind the Fuck You / I Am project showcase a photographic journey entitled ‘The Future Just Happened.’ A display of works from Sydney-based photographer Sam Stephenson, explore the subculture of DIY tattoos, via raw black and white imagery. The confronting images peep the audience inside the bedrooms, people and paraphernalia that exist in the underground world of inking yourself or others via crude, often hand made, implements. There is a youthful energy and humour in the works whose subjects are as intriguing as the tattoos themselves.
Our mate Hancock put us on to this one, and we’re glad he did – always great to see a cool show at one of our favourite inner city Galleries, No Vacancy – and what a show!
"New links between audience and artist will be created through interpretations of this very concept; Half.
The initial idea came from imagining what a piece of art would look like at the halfway stage of creation and how you would measure where half really is?
This idea evolved into giving the artists no restraints in interpreting Half. For instance they can; collaborate halfway with another artist, visually represent half, chop their finished artwork in half, the limitless choices are theirs to make.
Half Exhibition has incorporated a large spectrum of art forms, including; graffiti art, sound art, graphic design, jewellery art, photography, visual art, poetry, typography, illustration and more."
We can see a lot of great artists names in that list, especially a whole bunch from Perth – we’ve actually seen some of the stuff that Hancock has been working on for it and, damn. We just know that the rest of its going to be just as good as well. Check out this great preview video as well -
It really does look like like a great group show, and we’re looking forward to checking it all out!
Who: Yok, Acorn, Hancock, Henson, Luke Lucas, Future Inform, Eveline Tarunadjaja, Kevin Tran, Jacob Rolfe, Douglas E Pope, Sheryo, Michael Cain, Young Hunting, Nina Waldron, Kubota Fumikazu, SKULK, Lauren Besser, Juan McArb, Michael Berry, Keith McDougal, Hamish O’Neill, Autumn Royale What: Half group exhibition Where: No Vacancy Gallery, 34 – 40 Jane Bell Lane, QV, Melbourne When: Opening night Thursday 15th November from 6pm til 9pm. Show runs from 14th to 18th November.
A few weeks back popular Sydney based street artist Deb curated a huge group show, collating an incredible bunch of male artists from the nation and world wide. ‘Man Up’ was a charitable showcase with 100% of proceeds going to the Cancer Council of Australia to fund prostate cancer research.
Amongst the staggering array of work were pieces by Mark Bode, Mike Giant, Ben Brown, Ken Taylor, Ben Frost, and Edward Woodley. The works dotted the walls in monochromatic hues coming together to form an exciting and no doubt successful show. Making buying more art feel even better.
Late last year, we heard about a great little humanitarian project put on by a group of artists – Little Lotus. Having attained their fundraising goal, the artist then headed over to the Thailand/Burmese border to teach art to a whole slew of children in need – the results of which were extraordinary, and touching.
That, however, wasn’t the end of it. Not only have they also produced a short documentary of the whole project, but the artists involved, and a bunch of their friends, are now putting on a show in Wellington at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery – read on for a whole heap of cool stuff about it …
"[Little Lotus exhibition was] largely inspired by our recent trip in the border of Thailand and Burma, where 13 artists from the US and NZ got together to be volunteer art teachers last December 2011. We painted murals and taught art classes to these beautiful kids, who work at the nearby rubbish dump, or had been orphaned by AIDS or rescued from trafficking.
Around 30 artists have contributed to the exhibit, including Askew, Misery, Peap, Flox, and Sofia Minson. Artists who took part in the 2011 project and will be part of the exhibit include international artists Sheryo, The Yok, Drypnz, Angry Woebots, Meghan Geliza and J-Rryu.
The Little Lotus Project documentary and EP will also be released on the night, as well as photography from Pat Shepherd, Cleo Barnett and James Bushell, and drawings by the Burmese kids themselves. All proceeds will go to the ongoing welfare of these kids.
Also, check out the newly released Little Lotus documentary below …
Also check out a few of the pics from the whole project and a little preview of Meghan Gelizas work for the show – love it.
Who: Askew, Misery, Peap, Flox, and Sofia Minson, Sheryo, The Yok, Drypnz, Angry Woebots, Meghan Geliza, J-Rryu & more. Photography from Pat Shepherd, Cleo Barnett and James Bushell, and drawings by the Burmese kids themselves. What: Little Lotus Exhibition Where: New Zealand Portrait Gallery (Shed 11), Wellington, NZ When: Exhibition opens Friday October 12th and runs until October 18th.
Whilst we were painting away next door and downstairs (which we’ll have pics up for soon), the very cool Platform72 was also holding an event – which we only actually found out about on the day!
With a whole bunch of art, both hung and live, the place was pumping throughout the afternoon – lots of people who were attending the Art Series event were also attending Platform 72s Future Beast show, and the whole vibe between the two was amazing. Andros, Tehror, Rebecca Murphy and Rotes were all painting away to some pretty cool tunes too – oh, and lots of free beer to be had – thanks!
Discovering new spaces is something that we love, and we have no idea how we hadn’t seen Platform72 before – how did that happen? Now that we have, though, we’re definitely going to be keeping an eye on what they’re up to. We met a couple of the people behind it all whilst we were there too, and they’re a diverse, creative and enthusiastic bunch of grand peeps doing some really cool things in Sydney – love it.
Woah. Gotta say, our trip up to Sydney this week couldn’t come at a better time – what other kind of show than an aMBUSH show? Held at The Galeries? Curated and put together by one of our favourite dudes in a T – Eddie Zammit? With guests Hit + Run?
"In an exciting partnership between aMBUSH Gallery, The Galeries and founder of T-world, Eddie Zammit, Sydney will play host to a diverse selection of artists and designers from around the world in the heart of the CBD.
Visitors can quite literally immerse themselves in the world of tees when they visit The Galeries. Zammit, himself the owner of over 4,000+ T-shirts, has generously donated almost 200 T-shirts from his collection to build a large scale globe installation made entirely of tees, which will hang from the The Galeries atrium throughout September and October as a testament to the long standing, universal appeal of the T-shirt.
As well as the T-shirt globe installation, visitors can also discover a new Lane Four exhibition called I love T’s, curated by Zammit and aMBUSH Gallery. Appearing straight off the back of the hugely popularCommunity Service Announcements exhibition by Jeremyville, ‘I love T’s’ at Lane Four will feature a personal portrait and information by ten international T-shirt labels.
I love T’s will be exhibiting from 20 September to 26 November with photography portraits by Nicole Reed of Auckland’s Nick Joblin (collective edition), Brisbane’s Jimmy Bligs (Grand Scheme), Chicago’s Ross Zietz (Threadless), London’s Alan Wardle (AnyForty), LA’s Mike Crivello and Brandy Flower (HIT+RUN), Melbourne’s Brendan Elliott (BURN), New York’s Greg Rivera (Mishka), San Francisco’s Joshy D (REBEL8), Sydney’s own Natalie Wood (Something Else) and Umea’s Peter Lundgren (T-post).
HIT+RUN will be at The Galeries from 6-9pm on Thursday, 20 September in a special event hosted by The Galeries. Visit their website here for information."
Woah, gotta say, from this, to the Acclaim Launch and Saturdays Art & About session with the Conversation Corner …. yep. Bring it on!!!
Who:Nicole Reed, Jimmy Bliggs (Grand Scheme), Ross Zietz (Threadless), Alan Wardle (AnyForty), Mike Crivello and Brandy Flower (HIT+RUN), Brendan Elliott (BURN), Greg Rivera (Mishka), Joshy D (REBEL8), Natalie Wood (Something Else) and Umea’s Peter Lundgren (T-post). What: I Love Ts Where: The Galeries, 500 George Street, Sydney NSW When: Opening event 6-9pm on Thursday, 20th September, show runs until the 26th September
Secret warehouse? Check. Tunes? Check. Great art? Double check! It’s an EP launch with a difference, as Planet Love Sound embark on an art and music laden evening, courtesy of our good friends over at T-Squat!
“Planet Love Sound are launching their second EP, Part Two, with an all-night art and music warehouse party to be held at a secret warehouse location in South Yarra, Melbourne!
It’s been a while since our last Melbourne show, but things have sure been busy. We’ve been shooting a music video with the incredible Maia Horniak for the track Middle of Nowhere, the first single from Part Two, as well as recording demos for our upcoming album, which we’ll be recording over the upcoming summer.”
The artists involved are a really eclectic and interesting mix, spread across visual, installation, street and musical arts – its everything that you’d want from a party, that’s for sure!
We’ll be there, with fucking bells on!
Who: Planet Love Sound (live), Demian (live), Matt Adnate – Street Art, Conrad Bizjak – Street Art, Klara, Richard DeSouza – (live projections), Maia Horniak – Video Art, James Watkins- Photography, Jamieson Moore- Moving image, Chafia Brooks- Moving Image, Kirkis – Painting, The Lunar Collective- Poetry/Installation, James Ruse- Illustration, Marcus Encel – Visual/Martial Artist, Constantine Stefanou – talk / guest artist, Jack Rowland – Painting, Louis Kanzo – Painting What: Planet Love Sound EP Launch and Art Festivity Where: Venue to be announced on the day, check the facebook page Friday for details! When: Event begins Friday 7th September from 7:30pm
We like something a little different, and you know when its a friend of the Zonk Vision crew that its going to be as interesting as all fuck.
A couple of months ago, Ben Jones decided (by chance), as you do, bung up his arm in a skateboarding accident – housebound, and unable to use his right hand, he embarked on a mono-dextrous art escapade …
With photography and painted works, all have been produced left handed. The results of this are raw, candid and surprisingly intriguing works – an example of which you can see in the flyer below, oh, and in this awesome preview video.
See what we mean? Cruising through Bens blog we also saw some great work with a fun sense of whimsy to it – we like! This is sure to be gold, so head down to Cocoa Jackson Studio this Friday night to see it all for yourself.
Who: Ben Jones What: Left Out solo show Where: Cocoa Jackson Studio, 121 Lygon st (Down Cocoa Jackson lane) When: Friday 7th September from 6pm til late!
Last Wednesday the boys from paint and skate shop, Westsyde Connection, put on their annual Sidewayz Art Exhibition. This charity event showcased the work of over 100 Australian and international artists and photographers with all proceeds raised going to the VOICE Organisation, a chairty that aims to give Cambodian children a ‘better chance at life.’
Work is exhibited on recycled skateboards and snowboards, with a live auction happening on the night and a silent auction via Grays Online in the days that follow. Dj’s and hip hop mc’s provided the perfect back drop for a spectacular selection of artists work, including; Beastman, Days, Deb, Drewfunk, Bridge Stehli and Apeseven. Jump online to have a look at the boards still available here and see the opening images below …
It’s always sad to hear of the passing of a writer, but there is a joyous note in the memorials, homages and celebrations of life that follow their passing.
We first saw the RIP Dicknose tags popping up back in words March, and this was followed not long after by a whole slew of tribute posts and memorials across the web. One that we Melbourne particularly liked seeing was a memorial post by earnest Melbourne street art documenter, Alison Young. Like her, we’d become accustomed to seeing tags across Fitzroy, and it really was a surprise when we heard the news.
Thus, when we saw that DNs crew and friends were putting on a show to celebrate the life of this enigmatic vandal, we thought it a great chance to tell you all about it. Having not seen much of his creative output beyond his bombing, we’re really looking forward to seeing the show and a glimpse of the creative mind behind the tag.
“In memory of our late and great brother Dicknose. A night of celebration for the man who single handily took over Fitzroy.
Showcasing personal works from DN. A gold coin donation will see you get in the doors and enjoy one of Melbournes most notorious vandals.
On show will be sketches from Dicknose, literary works, poems and short stories, photos of DNs work in and around Melbourne, other random objects he sketched on.
We will be taking orders on the night for anyone that would like prints of his work, there will be 100 copies of a limited edition cd containing 3 tracks performed by Dicknose (spoken word recordings).
Light refreshments (Buffalo wings cos he loved em, and non alcoholic drinks, no alcohol to be consumed on the premises). Some old Hip Hop supplied by Paul Webb aka Paz, and a good night to remember our brother in crime. Get down and show your support to a brother we lost too early. RIP DICKNOSE 1981-2012 WE MISS YOU BRO!!!”
Looks like a great celebration to us, and we’re looking forward to checking it out and to pay our respects to the artist.
Dicknose Lives! RIP Dicknose!
Who: Dicknose and friends What: Dicknose Lives Where: Refills Melbourne, Ups tairs260 Brunswick st, Fitzroy, VIC When: Friday 29th June from 6pm til 9pm
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