Heist, an international urban and contemporary art exhibition presented by New Hunting Ground and Juddy Roller Studios will open its doors on 6pm Friday 15th of August.
Coinciding with the Melbourne Art Fair, Heist will bring together some of the worlds most infamous and collectible street and contemporary artists under one roof for one weekend only. Conveniently located only a short walk away from the Melbourne Art Fair, the exhibition is located in a unique warehouse space in one of Fitzroy, Melbourne’s most colourful lane ways.
Heist will showcase a diverse selection of local and international urban contemporary artists. Showing internationally acclaimed artists on the same walls as the best emerging talent around, Heist aims to bridge the gap between the serious collector and the casual art fan. Located within Juddy Roller Studios, a well-known hub for both local and international artists, Heist is set to be the most innovative and high profile urban art group show of the year.
New Hunting Ground is curated by Shaun Hossack, the founder of Juddy Roller Studios and the annual ILL-Logic Outdoor Art Festival. Heist is a part of an ongoing series of pop-up exhibitions located in and around Melbourne. The show will feature artists from Europe, Australia and North America. The lineup includes Adnate, Sofles, Smug, Blek Le Rat, Mathew Johnson, Li-Hill, Ears, E.L.K, Lucy Lucy, Choq, Mayonaize and more.
It’s been a few months since Fletch, Dean and I got back from Perth for PUBLIC. What an awesome weekend it was. The guys at FORM have just shared this great video by Chad Peacock with a great wrap up of the event. It’s a great reminder of the weekend.
FORM has also put together this little book called PUBLICation – available for purchase at the Gallery and also viewable free online, see below.
The work didn’t stop after that weekend, it’s still going! Big ups to the FORM crew – keep the goodness coming! Kyle Hughes-Odgers (aka Creepy) recently finished painting at the Perth airport and Vans the Omega and Beastman just finished this new piece together.
Kyle Hughes-Odgers – Photo by Kyle Hughes-Odgers
Kyle Hughes-Odgers – Photo by Kyle Hughes-Odgers
Vans the Omega & Beastman – Photo by Jarrad Seng
Even more exciting is the arrival of SANER !!! He couldn’t make the original dates due to some logistical issues so he’s coming this month to make up for it :) I’ll be sure to keep you in the loop with photos and progress when he gets here. He’ll paint walls in Perth as well as up in the Pilbara. Spewing we missed him while we were there, ah well.
Whilst many of us sadly won’t be able to make this show, we thought we would give credit to Our good friend E.L.K (aka Luke Cornish) who is taking his Louder Than Words show to the one and only StolenSpace Gallery in London. Fuck Yeah!!! Hope the show goes well man!
About the Show: “Inspired by his travels to refugee camps of Lebanon, surrounded by the sound of gunfire, Luke draws on his artistic skills to bear witness to the suffering, hope, violence and everydayness of the displacement and conflicts.”
If you are in London be there or if you know someone let them know about this awesome show.
E.L.K – Photo Courtesy of E.L.K
Who: E.L.K (aka Luke Cornish).
What: Louder Than Words.
When: 7th August at 6PM and runs until 31st August.
Where: 17 Osborn Street,E1 6TD London, United Kingdom.
Another month of mad walls, not a day goes by where I don’t find something new on the streets of Melbourne, be it street art or graff.
The stand out show this month for me was ‘Untold” by James Reka, I really liked the found objets covered in rust with their striking blue designs, while the framed works spoke for themselves.
I got down to see “Charlie Foxtrot” by E.L.K at Metro Gallery; I have always been a big fan of this guys work, his composition and subject matter always intriguing me.
I also got the chance to Meet the aptly named Mike Giant, founder of “Rebel 8″, which saw Melbourne host a rad party decked out with designs by Mike Giant and a half pipe in one room.
My lens is fixed on artists such as Bailer of “ID”, this guys evolution is amazing to watch especially in the last few months absolutely killing it and then there is Dem 189 of “F1″, here is another guy who never sleeps and who’s style inspires all who set eyes upon his work.
One of Melbourne’s favourite adopted artists Jaws, “Da Mental Vapors”, has left some amazing pieces behind as he recently left Oz to return home to France peace bro safe travels.
I have to mention my good mate Shida, who has really stepped up and taken his work to the next level, the way his work punctures the landscape so vividly leaving you breathless.
Melbourne saw the return of Meggs, luckily he was able to leave us with a few pieces to enjoy and if you haven’t seen them yet I would advise you guys to get down and check out the Rose street car park in Fitzroy, organised by Dvate, It’s an amazing graff filled area full of Melburn Kings, past and present.
Finally the ever busy Mr Jacob Oberman, this was on of my favourite pics, till next month Peace out Punkz.
In what could be one of the most politically charged exhibitions this year, and certainly one of the highlights of our exhibition going – E.L.K. returns to Metro Gallery this week with an exhibition of real, honest and insightful works garnered from one of the most dangerous parts of the world today – Syria.
“Following a successful 2013, where he achieved the highest ever auction record for a street artist, Luke Cornish will again use his desire to bring social awareness and change through his work. Charlie Foxtrot, in his latest exhibition to be held at Metro Gallery in Armadale Victoria opening on 12 June 2014, will be opened by controversial Catholic Priest, Father Bob Maguire.
The exhibition follows Cornish’s journey to the Middle East where he wanted to gain access to Syria to photograph the ongoing civil war and highlight its humanitarian impact.
What ensued was a series of major road blocks. What could go wrong, went wrong, badly – He arrived at the Syrian border only to be turned away as a potential spy. Cornish and his ‘fixer’ headed out with long time war correspondents to hide that he didn’t have accreditation to photograph the region and they were caught in cross fire in Tripoli between soldiers and insurgents.
Hauntingly captivating, the collection symbolises the strength of human spirit no matter the obstacles we face.
Charlie Foxtrot – In radio communication or polite conversation (i.e. with a very senior officer with whom you have no prior experience) the term “clusterfuck” will often be replaced by the NATO phonetic acronym “Charlie Foxtrot.”
Metro Gallery Manager, Jacinta Cavalot, said: “Cornish’s work continues to connect with your soul and challenge your thoughts. Without a doubt these are his best works yet.”
We have followed E.L.K. for many years, and have watched his work go from his early street art based cut and spray to enigmatic works of both poignancy and beauty. His stencils are usually produced with technical mastery, but seeing some of the new images, many of which are brutally honest and candid, really just pushes to the fore that it is the soul of his work that lays at the core of his popularity.
“Clusterfuck” is a show we’ve always wanted to see by his hand – and now it’s upon us. Head down to Metro Gallery this week to check it all out.
Who: E.L.K. What: Charlie Foxtrot – aka Cluster Fuck solo show Where: Metro Gallery, 1214 High St, Armadale, Melbourne When: Show opens Thursday June 12th from 6:30pm til 8:30pm and runs for three weeks,
Both of these guys are at the top of their game, and I know that with this show we can expect something a little different – with Will Coles having just been down here in Melbourne recently, smashing up a whole pile of his trademarked concrete pieces, and with some preview pieces of some bronze casted sculptural pieces from E.L.K. we know that alongside their staple awesomeness, there is going to be some great little surprises at the show!
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!
All kinds of things happening up in Indonesia this week, with the team from Gardu House putting on another grand event in the form of Canstop – an exhibition of customised spraycans from graffiti and street artists all across South East Asia.
“This is an exhibition of creative art using Spray Paint Cans media. Held for 14 days at GARDUHOUSE Artspace. Total 158 Street Artists selected will be exhibiting his artwork, they come from various parts of Indonesia and some countries in Southeast Asia such as Singapore, Malaysia, Phillipine, Thailand and also UK. Cans Custom Perform: Elplastico, Live Painting: Ashtwo and F21ST, Ice Sculpture: Carving Nation, Live Music: Toxicologie, Live Performance: Vlado
Support by : GARDU HOUSE Artspace • CARBURATOR SPRINGS • TEMBOK BOMBER • FORWARD • PENNY • DRIPS’N’DROPS • TAGKING • TOTY • FLYK • ANONYMOUS • DSKL • SLUG • PARTNERS • YWCK • PT.ZETA CIPTA KOMUNIKA • FOCUS ENTERTAINMENT”
We’re big fans of the stuff that Gardu house is doing – a lot of exhibitions and paintups supporting the art that we all love the most, and their support for artists from across the region is grand – keep it up guys – looking forward to checking it out for myself some day!
Who: Artists from across SE Asai and beyond - Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Phillipine, Thailand and the UK
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