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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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Through The Lens With David Russell – April

It’s that time of month again to show you whats been happening on the streets of Melburn, as always there is something happening.

Below is a selection of some of my favourite shots from Ironlak’s 10th anniversary paint up in Croft Lane. The event saw some of the best Melbourne and overseas artists repaint the lane; Dvate, Sofles, Treas, Sirum, just to name a few .

We also saw Trunk Diner put on an amazing Sunday event with live painting over two months, featuring Conrad Bizjak, Deams, Itch, Lucy Lucy, Jaws, Hancock and more.

Invurt also got down to Junky Project’s first solo show ‘WASTED’ at The Darkhorse Experiment in Blender Studios. Who doesn’t love Junky’s work from his usual suspects the sentinels you see everywhere, as well as some amazing sculptures made from everyday found objects.

There is also some amazing pieces from Senekt in Abbotsford, Dem 189 in Clifton Hill and an amazing collab between Rashe & Bailer in Brunswick; and finally Emily Vanderlism and the Authority Clothing crew fronted by Christopher Skyner, created a great piece down Bennets lane in the CBD.

 

 

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Snapshots – Nasty Goreng – The Yok and Sheryo – Perth

Checked out opening of the ‘Nasty Goreng’ show by Yok and Sheryo last Friday night. Tuner gallery was packed with eager art loving peeps and the exhibition didn’t disappoint.  Traditional Batik textiles featured heavily, staring some not so traditional Yok and Sheryo characters.

The exhibition also included contributions from a handful of artists, including Amok Island and Feks. Large character sculptures were scattered throughout the gallery; it’s so awesome to see such a recognisable style in an unfamiliar format. Oh, and there was a snake temple. SNAKE TEMPLE!

If you’re in the area, get down to Turner and have a look for yourselves. Show’s on till the 19th of April!

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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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Interview – Junky Projects

This post appeared on Vandalog.com yesterday. Big thanks to Vandalog for allowing us to share this interview with you!

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Junky Project. Photo by KayVee.INC.

 

Daniel Lynch aka Junky Projects is and has always been one of my favourite Melbourne street artists. The reason is simple, because he’s different. Junky’s creations are a breath of fresh air in Melbourne’s street art scene. With his red hair and awesome taste in fashion, Junky is also one of the most interesting characters in the scene.

Junky describes his work on his website: “Essentially I create sentinels from junk and install them in strategic positions around the place to help remind passers by that if they continue to create so much waste in their lives one day it may come back to haunt them.” I find this idea fascinating and I love finding new characters around the city staring down at me from lamp posts and walls. He also makes amazing sculptures much greater in size than his street work.

Junky has a show coming up on the 21st of March at Dark Horse Experiment called Wasted. I’m looking forward to seeing what he creates for the show. You can see more of his work via this Flickr pool.

I recently caught up with Daniel and this is what we talked about…

LM: Where did your name come from?

JP: I had been toying around with the junk medium for a little while and using old tags that I had been using previously for straight up bombing, but it didn’t seem right. At the time there were a lot of artists popping up with really unusual names, and I dug that straight away. The old kinda more traditional tags were sorta flashy and 80′s sounding. When I heard tags like ‘RotGut’ Or ‘Snotrag’ I thought these were the kinda tags that stood out for me and sounded different. Because I was using recycled waste materials in my work I decided ‘Junky’ sounded like a nice brutal tag and straight away it stuck. But that was when it was all more anonymous. There is a certain luxury in the anonymity which means you can call yourself whatever you want. But then some dickhead Melbourne “Art Critic” took it upon himself to announce on the internet my real name and tag, so I had the problem of people coming up to me at shows calling me Junky, which can be awkward in certain situations. So I added the ‘projects’ part to kind of try and separate the person from the work a little, So that I am Daniel Lynch and these are my ‘Junkyprojects’.

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Junky Projects. Photo by AllThoseShapes.

 

LM: Where did the idea for your characters come from? How did you come up with the idea?

JP: Coming to Melbourne from a smaller town like Newcastle can be a pretty intimidating experience. I had been making art, working a bit of graphic design and getting really involved in the graff scene for some time and of course Melbourne is the place to be if your into that stuff, so down I came. But once your here there are so many big personalities and crazy painters doing their thing everywhere, and doing it well. I just felt like my old approach to getting up was pretty much just that, old. I had seen some work by some guys around the world installing plaque’s and mosaics, even ‘Fuckin Revs’ steel welded sculptures, and I decided to have a crack at something like that. The junk aspect came naturally. I’ve always collected weird crap that I find, this just gave me an outlet for it. Once I put a few up they were really well received so I kept at it. Now its just a snowball I can’t stop.

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Junky Projects. Photo by AllThoseShapes.

 

LM: How long have you been doing what you do? How did you start? Have you always been into art?

JP: I grew up loving art. Art galleries were always amazing beautiful special places for me as a young person. Somewhere to go think and reflect. Very early on I decided that I wanted to be an Artist, but as it goes everybody around me told me that it was a silly pursuit for Bleeding hearts and hopeless romantics, fraught with poverty and woe. Of course I paid no mind and went ahead with it anyway. I did a Visual Communications Degree at Newcastle uni and came out a qualified Graphic designer, but I hated the idea that it was now my job to help the advertisers of the world sell crap to the public that they shouldn’t buy and don’t need anyway. So I decided to use my powers for good instead of evil. I’ve been working as Junkyprojects now for about eight years.

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Junky Projects. Photo by AllThoseShapes.

 

LM: Are there certain materials you like to use the most?

JP: I love the look of old rusty steel. For my street work that’s the best. I also love using old timbers because they have such a rich history. A block of wood was once a tree, then maybe a carport, then maybe get thrown around for a dog to chase, then washed out to sea, makes its way back onto shore and into one of my sculptures, I like those possibilities. Theses days though im really enjoying building sculptures with polystyrene packaging. Its such a disgusting oil based waste product which is available in such abundance if you just look. But it’s also really light and quite strong, and I love the shapes that are inherent in the forms already when I find the materials.

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Junky Projects. Photo by AllThoseShapes.

 

LM: What do you always carry with you on the street?

JP: Hammer, Extra Nails, Stickers, Sunglasses.

LM: Tell us a little about the process. Do you make these characters at home or in the studio and then attach them to things? Or do you make them on the fly?

JP: Usually I make them at the studio, I’ll collect up all the crap I need and the assemble a heap all at once then go out and install them, easy. Sometimes if I’m out somewhere having fun installing work and I run out of pre made pieces, I might make some there on the spot with whatever I can get my hands on. That’s where the spare nails come in.

LM: Aside from your street work, tell us a little about your larger sculptures? Where can we see some of these?

JP: The larger sculptures are just a natural flow of the work I guess. The street pieces are just quick tags for me so I like to put some more time and effort into larger work sometimes. And sometimes I install the larger stuff out and about. There are still a few around Brunswick I think, but because of the ephemeral nature of art out in the streets and because I’m kinda making it all up as I go along, a lot of the bigger stuff has disappeared. But keep your eyes peeled for more to pop up soon. Also the best place to see my larger sculptural work is at my exhibition on Friday.

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Junky Projects. Photo by AllThoseShapes.

 

LM: Do you dabble in any other forms of art? Like aerosol for example?

JP: I’ve always painted aerosol. I love the freedom and the social aspect of painting with a group of mates. It’s good to keep those skills and stay up. And Graffiti will never die.

LM: Apart from your art work, how else do you contribute to Melbourne’s street art culture?

JP: Well I’m a tour guide for starters, so I take tourists and school students around to check out all the amazing art in our alleys and laneways, that keeps me busy. I also do a lot of workshops with young people and disadvantaged youth. Those are great. We really get to engage a wide cross section of kids who are all facing different issues. Art can be a great outlet for these kids and being able to do something creative often really makes a difference to their lives.

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Junky Projects. Photo by AllThoseShapes.

 

LM: Tell us about “Wasted” your latest exhibition at Dark Horse Experiment? What can we expect from the show?

JP: Wasted is a collection of sculptures, collage, assemblage and installation which for me are all to some extent about magic and myth. All these materials have a life force and a spirit and when we turn materials into waste that spirit is broken down . When I create artworks from these wasted materials it feels like I am creating a new life force and a new spirit for that object. The work I have created seeks to harness this mythology and manifest it into real objects.

LM: What else is coming up for Junky Projects in 2014 and beyond?

JP: Who knows. I’d really like to get out and do some serious traveling over the next few years, maybe some artist residencies here there and everywhere. I’m also really interested in going out into regional areas and partnering with some of these communities to create public artworks made from local waste products. Basically I just wanna get out there and make much more art in many wide and diverse places. Have hammer, Will travel.

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Junky Projects. Photo by AllThoseShapes.

Photos courtesy of Junky Projects, AllThoseShapes and KayVee.INC

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Exhibition- Junky Projects – Wasted – Melbourne

 

Its been quite a long time since Junky Projects had a solo show, and now there is one right around the corner this Friday night with his most recent offering, “Wasted”.

If you dont know who Junky Projects is, then you’re definitely living under a rock. You’ve seen his work everywhere, his junk creatures nailed up to lamp posts and walls across the country. This show, however, will be something altogether different, as he pushes his recycled ethos to a new point, enlarging and exploring all the various different ways to transform unwanted materials into new icons and denizens of the streets.

“In a world where all that remains is wasted, new forms and manifestations of life after waste continue to evolve and develop from the very detritus which doomed a civilization.These are the JunkyProjects.

My recent work “WASTED” is a personal exploration into the creative process, the symbology and invented mythology around which my art making takes place. By using basically only materials which have had a previous life of some kind (found objects and waste polystyrene) i am creating a new type of history for these objects, whilst resonating echoes of their past lives within these new compositions.

‘WASTED’ presents the bearers of bad news, and the only news worth bearing. Don’t shoot the messenger.”

Can’t wait for this show, have been looking forward to it for quite some time now – so head down to Dark Horse Gallery this Friday to check it all out.

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Who: Junky Projects
What: Wasted solo show
Where: Dark Horse Experiment, 110 Franklin St, Melbourne
When: Show opens Friday 21st March from 6pm til 9pm and runs until the 12th April 2014.

Check out the facebook event page for more info.

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Exhibition – Bode Klein – ENTANGL3 – Collingwood

Do you guys remember when the word LOV3 appeared overnight on top of the silos in Collingwood last year? I still have no idea how Bode Klein managed to paint those perfect letters at that height! Well he is now back in Melbourne for a while and he’s got an exhibition opening up at House of Bricks this coming Friday with some paintings and sculptures on show. Make sure you check it out, the sneak peeks are looking great and I’m looking forward to see the rest of the pieces! You can find more information on the event page or on Bode Klein‘s page.

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Who: Bode Klein
What: ENTANGL3
When: Opening night Friday 14th of March
Where: House of Bricks, 40 Budd St, Collingwood

 

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Snapshots – Toy To The World 2014

Tuesday night I headed down to ArtBoy Gallery in Prahran to check out Toy To The World – an annual fundraiser for the Victorian AIDS Council where a bundle of artists (so, so many this year) customise vinyl toys with their indubitable talents. There were more people at ArtBoy this year than I’ve ever see at any previous TTTW – it was packed, and everything was absolutely loving what was on offer. Chopped, hacked, painted, glued and modified, man there were a lot of awesome toys down there!

Pencilneck Productions and all their volunteers have done a fine job of this years event, and I hope they make themselves a bundle of money for the VAC.

Check out the photos below, and if you like anything that you see, you can bet on them over at the Online Auction site – theres some really great shit there, and it all goes to a more than worthy cause!

Check it all out below!

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Snapshots – A Study Of Eyes @ Backwoods Gallery – Melbourne

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 …

 

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Event & Exhibition – Blender Studios Christmas Party – Melbourne

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!!

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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

Check out the facebook event pageBlender Studios and the Dark Horse Experiment for more info

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