This is one project that was close to my heart, over five long, cold, wet days a colourfully decorated building emerged from its old grey exterior, breathing life into an otherwise drab surrounds.
I think we managed to achieve what we set out to do and that was represent the refugees in a positive light, to give them something beautifully inspiring, I got the chance to speak to many people and the overall vibe I got was they all loved it.
Artsits, Dvate, Conrad Bizjak, Heesco, Mike Makatron and Duke Style, really delivered the goods, covering the entire building over 100 meters long with a rainbow inspired palette, Heesco and Dvate dropped two insanely good portraits one of Malcolm Fraser the other was five faces mixed together.
So if you want to check out this mural head over to the Asylum Seekers Resources Centre, Nicholson Street, Footscray.
Backwoods Gallery proudly presents A Study of Camouflage – a new show within the A Study of… exhibition series.
This is the fourth exhibition in row in the long-term project consisting of annual shows that focus on different study subjects. After more than successful exhibitions A Study of Hands, A Study of Eyes andA Study of Hair, the new show is focusing on a completely different subject – camouflage.
A Study of Camouflage brings together some of the leading contemporary artists whose art, in some way, touches the subject of camouflage. In collaboration with DPM-Studio (Disruptive Pattern Material), our concept seeks to deconstruct the dominant perception of camouflage from its military driven narrative, and to bring back the camouflage patterns to its natural roots. Camouflage is usually linked with military uniforms and inherently with violence and rigorousness. However, camouflage patterns are much more than a simple military feature. Its different forms can be observed and understood as an artistic product, both in terms of aesthetics and conceptuality.
Aesthetically, camouflage can assume different shapes and forms, creating beautiful design and art products, while conceptually, it may be detached from its military connotation, and transformed to different purposes depending on the given context. Always depending on artistic approach towards it, camouflage has enormous potentials for being a perfect medium for countless interpretations of contemporary society. The use of camouflage in art may lead to more abstract forms, while on the other hand it can serve as the perfect material for figurative and conceptual approaches as well.
Each artist participating at A Study of Camouflage uses the concept of camouflage in different ways. The artists featured in the show are:Aaron de la Cruz, Acorn, Alexander Mitchell, Ashley Wood,Augustine Kofie, Beastman, Clemens Behr, Hardy Blechman,James Greenaway, Jaybo Monk, Jon Fox, Jun Inoue, Kano Hollamby, K-narf, Madsaki, Mark Bode, Mark Drew, Masaho Anotani, MoneyLess, Nelio, O-Two, Petro, Raphael Sliks, Remi Rough, ROA, Senekt, SheOne, Shida, Shohei Takasaki, Shun Kawakami, Slicer, Stabs, Stephen Ives, TwoOne and Yusk Imai.
The exhibition will open on Friday, May 29th, and will be on view until Sunday, June 7th. It will take place at a warehouse space, just next door to Backwoods Gallery, at 5 Easey Street, Collingwood.
Who: Aaron de la Cruz, Acorn, Alexander Mitchell, Ashley Wood,Augustine Kofie, Beastman, Clemens Behr, Hardy Blechman,James Greenaway, Jaybo Monk, Jon Fox, Jun Inoue, Kano Hollamby, K-narf, Madsaki, Mark Bode, Mark Drew, Masaho Anotani, MoneyLess, Nelio, O-Two, Petro, Raphael Sliks, Remi Rough, ROA, Senekt, SheOne, Shida, Shohei Takasaki, Shun Kawakami, Slicer, Stabs, Stephen Ives, TwoOne and Yusk Imai.
So, I’m back up here in Singapore for a fair while, and lets just say that there is plenty of shit going on here this month – more than enough, actually. The big one is the launch this week of the 50 Bridges project … but more on that later! First up, is this mad event that is being held at the Railway Corridor, a big nice area under a freeway underpass that has played host to a whole bunch of local and international visitors over the past two years.
As one of the events connected to 50 bridges, the event will display a whole bunch of artists (A mass of them from Australia, Malaysia and locally!) and a whole heap of damn fine music to boot … “Artists from Australia, Malaysia and Singapore collaborate in a rough-and-ready street art jam under the bridge. New Stream Brass Band, DJ Reiki, and A/K/A & Jaydah from Attagirl! provide the soundtrack – taking you from the streets of New Orleans to the bass-heavy sound of the UK underground. #OffTheRails”
This is going to be a pretty mad event, check out all the details below …
It all goes down this Saturday 23rd May, from 4pm in the afternoon til 12pm at night!
F & B
A taste of the Caribbean, limited edition rum punch, beers & soft drinks byLime House
369 Commonwealth Avenue / Viaduct
Access by block 44 Holland Drive Carpark
5 mins walk from Buona Vista MRT Station
Connected by Hyphen. An initiative of Noise Singapore and National Arts Council. Supported by Sideshow; the Australian High Commission in Singapore and its 50 Bridges Project. Poster design by Kenji Chai
A joint art exhibition by Chuck Mayfield and Júlia Palazzo.
We invite you to experience a body of work inspired by glimpses of a world beyond consciousness, come and immerse yourself in a room decorated with art and objects from each artists dreamlands.
The beautiful and the bizarre will be displayed side by side in an environment that will delight the senses.
Who: Chuck Mayfield & Julia Palazzo. What: Visions Of Dreamland. When: Opening night is on this Thursday the 14th of May from 6pm, till the 26th of May. Where: Hogan Gallery, 310 Smith Street, Collingwood.
Dean Sunshine, despite being one busy ass man lately with his recent arrival, has sent us through his lately Top 10 – and it’s an absolute cracker as it always is. I always look forward to this every month, because the man with his unbound dedication always manages to capture shit that even I haven’t seen – and his passion for it all just keeps on shining on.
Check out all the pics below for what waa great and hot throughout Melbourne in April!
“I Guess you’d call my art contemptible art, most of it gets painted over with beige or grey by other people, so it doesn’t curry much favour, mostly because it’s illegal art, illegal you’ve got to be kidding me, oppositionaly defiant even.
A body of stencil art representing two years of growth, change and sometimes ill considered ideas, all on show all to help me continue this beautiful crime.
Because sometimes Oppositional Defiance is in order”.
Who: Akemi Ito.
What: Oppositional Defiance Disorder.
When: Friday- 22nd May to the 5th June 6-9pm.
Where: Off The Kerb Gallery-66B Johnston Street Collingwood Vic 3006.
Last month saw burners going up all over Melbourne, with artists such as Askew 1, Guido Vanhelten, Adnate, Fintan Magee, Rone & Mayo, dropping an awesome production down Easey Street, Collingwood, organised by Shaun Hossack from the Juddy Roller Creative.
April also saw Dvate put up some killer pieces and with the return of Melbourne favourite Phibs, visiting for a short spray-cation, also artist’s such as Nemco didn’t escape my lens either, bringing his unique style and flavour all over the streets of Melbourne, its always good to see something fresh.
Not to forget artist’s Jack Douglas, Buttons, Mike Makatron, Duke Styles, Porno, Heesco and Sirum, these are artist’s constantly pushing their craft, till next month get out there and explore the world of Street and Graffiti, Peace.
Rad video here that was put together from a project that the masterminds at Juddy Roller organised – read on about the whole thing!
“With the support of CitiPower (Powercor), The Neighbourhood Justice Centre and City of Yarra, Juddy Roller transformed the Collingwood power substation at the corner of Easey Street and Wellington Street into one of Melbourne’s most iconic pieces of public art.
The graffiti treatment was a collaboration between some of the most sought after and influential contemporary street artists including Rone, Adnate, Mayo, Guido Van Helton and Askew. The monochromatic artwork was carefully curated, balancing community aesthetic and implementing subtle graffiti deterring features. Background and portraits by Askew, script by Mayo and photo realistic portraits by Rone, Guido and Adnate.
The power station is an stand-out example of how street art and graffiti aesthetics can be combined to create a lasting, positive impression on the community whilst having a strong anti graffiti and impact.”
This is yet another fine ass video from our mate EdinFocus – keep them coming bro, keep them coming!!
Well, big time apologies for this being up so late (and to Dean!), I’ve recently re-located up to Singapore (again) and shit has been pretty damn hectic!
Yet another great selection here from Mr Sunshine, yet again capturing a whole bunch of rad shit from around the streets of Melbourne – check out his Top 10 for MArch 2015. Some grand Melbourne street art and graffiti amongst this lot!
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