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Event – Sticky Fingers Apparel Label Launch and Show – At K+N Studios In Richmond

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”

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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

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Snapshots – Now & Then – Ha Ha, Dlux & Sync.

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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Snapshots – Hip Hop – Idol Motions and Paul Deej

Last Saturday we went and checked out the ‘Hip Hop’  exhibition by Paul Deej and Idol motions. It was an awesome drool inducing show. Have a look at some of the shots below and see for yourself.

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Snapshots – Stick Folk By Tom Civil

The other week we got down to Backwoods Gallery to check out Tom Civils latest show, Stick Folk. This was such a beautiful exhibition from Tom, and a great progression of his work we saw in his last exhibition, Long Story.

David Russell got down there to get a bunch of shots of the show, check them all out below!

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Exhibition – Sync, Dlux & HA-HA – Now & Then – Melbourne

For the past ten years, if you’ve looked at any walls in Melbourne, chances are you have seen some of the work from three artists who were there right at the start of it all – Sync, Ha-Ha and Dlux. Stenciling and painting their way across the city, these guys were all pioneers at a time when there was a shitload less art on our walls, and helped to shape todays Melbourne street art culture to what it is today – their contribution then, as now, is boundless, and now we all get a chance to see how their work has evolved over the past decade.

“At the turn of the millennium Melbourne’s visual street culture was undergoing the beginnings of an extreme makeover. HA-HA, SYNC & DLUX! – pioneers of the city’s widely celebrated street art scene presented their first collaborative exhibition in 2003. It was an early experiment into bringing imagery most commonly found on the street into a gallery space.

Many things have developed in the decade since then, in the artists, the communities, the spaces and the contexts in which they all operate. Now & Then is an exhibition that will present early works from these artists alongside more recent investigations in a celebration of times past and time’s passing.”

We can’t wait for this-  it looks to be a bit of history, a bit of present, and a glimpse into the future, so head down to Second Story in Collingwood to see it for yourselves this Friday night.

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Who: SyncHa-Ha and Dlux
What: Now & Then group show
Where: Second Story studios, 159 Sackville Street, Collingwood
When: show opens Friday 16th May 2014 from 6pm til 9pm and runs until the Sunday – its a short show, so get in to see it while you can!

Check out the facebook event page for more info on the show!

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Exhibition – Kirpy – Raw Cuts – Melbourne

Melbourne street art and stencil art master Kirpy will be holding a new solo show during May, with a whole bunch of new work on paper and a whole bunch of prints down at the Port Jackson Press Print Gallery.

It’s been a couple of years since we interviewed Kiroy back in 2011, but the man has continued to go from strength to strength with his work, not only bringing further detail to his work, but also continually defining his style as his own – not an easy thing, in the always technically pushed world of stencils.

We’re looking forward to checking out this latest show from the man over in Collingwood!!

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Who: Kirpy
What: Raw Cuts
Where: Port Jackson Press Print Gallery, 84 Smith St, Collingwood, VIC
When: show opens Thursday 1st May – though there is no time posted, we assume the opening will be around 6pm … and it runs until 30th May 2014 – kirpy will also be doing some live painting on the 10th May from 1pm.

Check out Kirpys tumblr for more of the good shit! Oh, and his facebook page ….

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Exhibition – Tom Civil – Stick Folk – Melbourne

One of our favourite Melbourne artists, Tom Civil, will be holding a solo show this Friday night in Collingwood, and it looks to be another grand show from the man. Backwoods says it all best:

“The art of Tom Civil is about hidden worlds in the Australian landscape, where punk spirits dance, ordinary lives are lived and a new mythology is being born.

The young Tom Civil and his brother Ned, cubby house creating collaborators, spent their holidays at their Dad’s place in country New South Wales, exploring the bush around the area where they were born and grew up as little kids. They returned to the city at the end of each break with a sense of freedom and imagination that helped them look past the walls and fences to a world waiting to be explored, where strong personal connections could be found in every hidden place and abandoned building.

Tom moved to Melbourne in 2001 and fell in with Melbourne’s punk and graffiti scenes. Inspired by DIY publications, zines, posters, reclamation of public spaces and the culture of freedom. The ultimate expression of this came through projects such as the Empty Show, where Melbourne street artists including Civil would host exhibitions in abandoned buildings.

To Tom and his brother, who was based in Sydney, graffiti became a way for them to continue to personally explore the urban landscape while also contributing to a cultural movement. Tom’s brother died late 2010 and since then Tom’s work has reflected notions of grief and loss, and a searching for beauty in death.

Central to Tom’s current work are the Stick Folk, who manifest themselves as diminutive sprites which live hidden in the composition of his paintings or as bold tags across walls. The Stick Folk are representations of Tom’s personal connection to the land and the city. They live, hangout, protest, dance and move across the landscape, an Aussie punk mashup of May Gibbs and Michael Leunig.

Since his arrival in Melbourne, Tom has become one of Australia’s leading street artists, a social activist, community leader, a printmaker and a writer whose work has given a new dimension to Australian art. He is one of the few street artists who maintain the purity and rebellion which made Melbourne famous as a centre for street art.”

Heres a couple of preview images from the show …

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Check out the images from Toms last show was way back in 2012 (has it been that long?) and we did an interview with him at the time, check them out, and look forward to seeing this new one for ourselves

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Who: Tom Civil
What: Stick Folk solo show
Where: Backwoods Gallery, 25 Easey St, Collingwood, VIC
When: Show opens Friday 2nd May 2014 from 6pm til 9pm and runs until 11th May.

Check out Backwoods Gallery and the facebook event page for more info.

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Snapshots – Keep It Simple – Stabs – Backwoods Gallery

We went down to Backwoods last Friday to check out Stabs’ latest show Keep It Simple. Starting off with a great installation to greet us at the entrance the show was filled with rad pieces in Stabs’ unique style! It was a great show definitely worth a trip down to backwoods! Make sure get down and have a look!

 

 

 

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Stabs, Keep It Simple

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Exhibition – STABS – Keep It Simple – Melbourne

If you’ve ever looked up, really anywhere, around Melbourne, you would have seen the work of Stabs. Its been a while since we saw a show from him, but theres one coming up this Friday night – and its going to be a cracker of a show, as he delves into a whole bunch of iconography developed over the course of his stay in Indonesia last year … read on!

“The frenetic tribalism of Stabs’s artwork is a key element of Melbourne’s visual landscape, especially around Collingwood, where his slaps and posters are omnipresent.

One thing that a lot of people haven’t realized when looking at Stabs’s work is that, over the years, his art has developed its own language of glyphs. There is a complex system of logograms at play, with stories encoded in each piece.

Over the last few years, Stabs’s hidden language has gone from being a background pattern to becoming the main focus of his work.

Last year Stabs spent a month living in Jakarta, hanging out and painting with Jakarta’s leading graffiti crews.

While he was in Jakarta, Stabs kept a journal, entirely written in his own language of glyphs. Each mission, meeting and event of the cultural exchange was recorded as art in his own logographic system.

This April at Backwoods Gallery, Stabs will be presenting the journal as well as fifteen original pieces based on key events from the cultural exchange.

KEEP IT SIMPLE opens Friday 18th of April and will be on display until Sunday 28th at Backwoods Gallery. 25 Easey Street Collingwood.”

We’ve always been a big fan of his work, and we’re looking forward to seeing the show – can’t wait for Friday!

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Who: STABS
What: Keep It Simple solo show
Where: Backwoods Gallery, 25 Easey St, Collingwoof, Victoria
When: Friday 18th of April, from 6pm til 9pm and the show runs until 28th April 2014.

Check out Backwoods Gallery and the facebook event page for more info on the show!

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Snapshots – Wasted – Junky Projects – Dark Horse Experiment

We made it down to Junky Project’s show “Wasted” on Friday and as expected it was a great show. Junky’s usual creatures plus some interesting sculptures. Junky also built a small city out of polystyrene and invading monsters to match. Check out these great photos by David Russell.

 

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Wasted, Junky Projects

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