We headed down to Backwoods Gallery last Friday night to check out Misos show, Bright Night Sky, and got a whole bunch of photos from the opening – great turnout, and the show was already sold out before it even opened! Nice.
Big thanks to DCats and David Russell for all the pics, nice one boys!
Gary Seaman was here in Melbourne not too long ago, and, catching up on our snapshot backlog, we have all the photos from his show down at Just Another Project Space in Prahran! He also recently had a show this week up in Sydney, head over to The Opening Hours to check that one out!
For now, take a look at what he did whilst he was here in the ‘Burn, mad shit …
Two artists whose work I’ve Ioved over the years are Drewfunk and Otis Chamberlain – and though Drewfunk has had multiple amazing shows over the past few years, shows from Otis have been much too few and far between for my liking! So its with huge pleasure that I see them teaming up this month to put on a grand collaborative exposition, Coalescence, at Backwoods Gallery – and its going to be grand!
"Otis Chamberlain and Drewfunk share a long history as leading figures in Australian street art.
This month they will be merging their visions into a collaborative exhibition titled COALESCENCE.
Otis Chamberlain is a New Zealand born multi-media creative presently based in Melbourne.
Chaimberlain is equally at home with a pencil or craft-knife as he is with an aerosol can. His current work can best be described as a marriage between the street-art and character design of his salad days, when he painted under the moniker Mephisto Jones, and his recent passion for mathematics, geometry and the physical sciences.
Both Chaimberlain’s subject matter and his technique are inspired by a quest for balance. His paintings draw parallels between the left and right brain, mysticism and science, the definitive and the ethereal; concepts that are rendered as much in undulating lines as in precise euclidean constructions.
Since his arrival in Melbourne, the Malaysian born Drewfunk has become a permanent fixture within Australia’s street art community.
As an energetic muralists who fuses his Malaysian heritage with contemporary imagery Drewfunk has become an integral part of the Melbourne landscape.
The work presented in COALESCENCE represents a change in direction and mood for Drewfunk, a somber collection that concludes his brief hiatus from art and explores of a deeper emotional range."
Head down to Backwoods Gallery next week to see the show in all its glory – can’t wait to see what other beautiful pieces these two have managed to dream up!
Who: Otis Chamberlain & Drewfunk What: Coalescence Where: Backwoods Gallery, 25 Easey St, Collingwood, Melbourne When: Show opens Friday 20th September from 6pm til 9pm and runs for two weeks.
Since moving over to the US earlier this year, Daek Williams has been hard at work refining an already beautiful style of work. Now, he will be returning to Australia to Perths Linton & Kay Galleries to show everyone why he’s one of our favourite artists about.
"After complete dedication to creating a piece of work in a public space, a street-artist walks away knowing that it will often be short-lived and eventually will be destroyed.
It is this carefree, changeable environment that makes bringing works into a gallery setting particularly significant for Brooklyn based street-artist Daek William, who will show a selection of works at Linton & Kay Galleries from the 2nd of July with the support from Robert Oatley Vineyards,The Butcher Shop and Creative Crops.
Welcome to the world of… reveals the life experiences of Australian-born Daek William, from his nostalgic youth saturated with American pop culture through to the highly technological world that we live in today.
“My interests are infinite, and therefore this body of work cannot by pinpointed to one select theme, but rather an appreciation for what is in this monstrous world we live in.”
From a life of working on the street, Daek William has different ideals to the majority of artists in a gallery setting, encouraging the viewers to interact with his works.
“Contrary to the belief that art work is too precious to touch, with my frivolous attitude from working on the street, I encourage viewers to feel and experience my works. This interaction is as important as my artwork itself.”
A recurring theme throughout Daek William’s work is a composite origami mesh of illustrative articles, photorealistic portraits and child hood nostalgia.
“My work projects into the world, to a community, to the people, to the inspired and the admired. My work is a beautiful object for your eyes to enjoy.”
With a belief that everything has been done before, but not by himself, Daek William will present his world and a new twist on exhibiting in a gallery setting. "
Check out all the info below, and if you’re in Perth make sure you head along to see the show – man, Perth has some good shit going on this month!
Who: Daek William What: Welcome To The World Of … Where: Linton & Kay Galleries, Old Perth Technical School, Level 1/137 St Georges Terrace, Perth When: Show opens 6pm til pm, 2nd July 2013
Check out Daek William, Linton & Kay as well as the facebook event page for more info.
Amongst my travels over the last few months, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and visiting with a whole bunch of artists. Last week I had the chance to catch up with two favourites, The Yok and Sheryo in their Brooklyn studio as they prepare for their upcoming exhibition "Pipe Dreams" (we posted a whole bunch of photos from their Mexico adventures not too long ago also).
Not only was I able to get a great interview with the pair of them (for the next issue of Damnit! Magazine), but I was also able to get an awesome preview of the show in the works …
"Krause Gallery is pleased to present the highly anticipated exhibition of recent works by Brooklyn-based duo Sheryo and the Yok. While previously seen in group exhibitions, Pipe Dreams marks their first solo show in the United States since establishing the city as their primary residence last year.
Working with varying painting techniques, the artists have culled together collaborative pieces that represent their shared life together. From their nomadic travels the past year to in-jokes with their friends in New York, the Yok and Sheryo seamlessly combine their adventures into every detail of their work.
For example, their hand painted vases combine eastern & western elements to portray the values of ideology, devotion, relationships, dharma and karma, depicting a narrative from the rich tales of their journey.
From their fun filled art renderings with Chinese dragons, pipes, and geishas intermixing with the New York culture, Sheryo and the Yok put their own illustrative styles on imagery as they re-interpret the traditional folklore and fables of old Chinese times while injecting their own personal stories with their iconic styles.
Their most recent body of work for their upcoming show at Krause Gallery is full of adventure and intrigue as they departed the United States for countries like Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia. By traveling to their native countries as well as a few places in between, Sheryo and the Yok characterize their formative life experiences with the memories that are being made together. Another example of this can be seen in their newest body of work; after returning from warm Mexico to the rain and snow of New York they used their cartoons to reflect on the sunnier days behind them; beer, Spanish icons and surf boards began to be a part of each piece.
For their solo show at the gallery they will also be creating hand painted ceramic plates, vases, painted pieces on paper and canvases, a surprise installation downstairs along with Limited Edition one color 25” x 19” high quality screen prints. Pipe Dreams is a must see for any street art enthusiast or talent seeker of any kind."
Also check out the rad video that they’ve put out with some of the plate and vase action in it all …
Here is all the details for the show – and check out the gallery down below for a great preview of the show and a bunch of shots from around their studio! Also, check out the catalogue of all the work in the show – amazing.
Who: The Yok & Sheryo What: Pipe Dreams Where: Krause Gallery, 149 Orchard St, New York City When: Show opens Thursday 16th May from 7pm til 9pm and runs for a month.
We’ve been hot on the trail of Paul Deej’s work for quite some time – we interviewed him way back in 2010 and since then he has had some damn fine shows. This time, Deej hits Kurb Gallery in Perth for what may be his best yet – Harlequins.
"On Saturday the 27th of April, Kurb Gallery in Northbridge will play host to the third solo art exhibition by accomplished Perth artist Paul Deej, entitled “Harlequins”.
“Harlequins” marks the end to a series of artworks recently completed, exploring the theme of the female clown, or “harlequin”, in an array of styles, moods and mixed media. Always on the quest to capture the beauty of the female form and face, he has created a body of colourful and bold work that represents his love of comic book and street art, while adding a graphic designer’s touch. In the past 3 years since his highly successful first exhibition “Nicely Toasted” at ABD The Gallery in Northbridge, Deej has worked diligently and shown pieces in a plethora of exhibitions locally and nationally. His last solo show was the successful “El Deejo” Exhibition at The Grey Door Gallery in Claremont in late 2011.
About The Artist
Paul Deej has been a professional Artist, Illustrator and Graphic Designer for 12 years. Originally known for working within the digital realm, around 3 years ago he started painting canvas and murals in the traditional style of acrylic paint and aerosol, and found he had a overwhelming desire to capture his minds eye on this raw medium based in reality rather than a computer screen.
With a short time on the gallery scene, Deej has been a part of 20 solo and group shows within the past three years.
Deej has also made a name for himself over the years as a part of the ever growing Australian Hip Hop community in Perth and the eastern states, creating literally hundreds of event posters for local and interstate acts as well as many award winning album covers. Deej is also closely affiliated with the West Australian music collective known as Syllabolix.
With a passion for throwing around paint and a workaholic attitude for creating artwork, there is plenty more on the way from this esteemed Perth artist"
We’re looking forward to this one – its been a little bit since the last mad show in Perth, and this one is going to rock!
Who: Paul Deej What: Harlequins solo show Where: Kurb Gallery, 312a William St, Northbridge, Perth WA When: The exhibition runs for one week only, from Saturday April 27th until Friday May 3rd.
We had news last week that one of Indonesias top street artists, Darbotz, will be heading down to Melbourne to have a solo show later this month. We’ve seen a bit of Darbotz work before, but we’re even more excited after having followed up on it all, and got a bit more info on the show from the guys at MiFA Asian Pacific Contemporary Art. This is going to be one rad show. Read on, and check it all out …
“Darbotz, one of Indonesia’s most loved graffiti artists will be presenting his first solo exhibition of street art in Melbourne. He is fast becoming one of the Asia Pacific’s most prolific street artists, and his growing reputation is brewing in the Melbourne street art scene.
Darbotz is an artist based in Jakarta, a complicated, hectic city drowning in colours and chaos. He tries to rescue the dirty streets of Jakarta by transforming walls with captivating images of his squid monster and hybrid squid King Kong monster.
The works from Monster Inside Us bring the streets of Jakarta into the gallery. Each piece shows how disturbances in the city and modern conveniences can create a monster within us.
He describes the brick wall as a ‘silent witness in every city’ as it is transformed by each person who decides to change it. Whether it is with posters and paint, or new construction and demolition. The wall becomes part-monster contributing to the chaos of a modern city, and yet, part-story teller, changing the stories on its surface over time.”
Take a look at a few more images of Darbotz work and skip down to the details of the show below!
Who: Darbotz What: Monster Inside Us solo show Where: MiFA Asian Pacific Contemporary Art, Level 1, 278 Collins Street, Melbourne Victoria, Australia. When: Show opens 28th March 2013 – 3rd May 2013. Hours Wednesday to Friday 10 to 5.30pm Sat 2- 6pm. Or by appointment
Well, we just posted up an article for Drewfunks upcoming show this morning, and no sooner did we have it up than he went and sent us some preview images! Instead of bundling it in, we decided that it deserves it own little preview post .. so, two in one day, thats double the funk right there!
Eddie Zammit has to be one our favourite people – his enthusiasm is infectious, his creativity is unbound, and, well, his t-shirt collection kicks absolute fkn ass over anyones. As the mastermind behind T-World, Eddie has teamed up with the girls from just Another Agency to present Melbourne with something that only those who went to Outpost Festival last year have had a chance to see – a snapshot of his amazing collection of shirts right in the heart of the city, at the NGV studio in Fed Square.
“Since 1990, T-shirt culture has boomed worldwide, but Melbourne really got started in the ‘80s.
A joint collaboration between Just Another, NGV Studio and T-world, TEES: Exposing Melbourne’s T-shirt culture examines and dissects the last 25 years of the city’s graphics on cotton through the eyes of avid T-shirt collector Eddie Zammit. Zammit digs into his 4,500+ tee collection to uncover influential items that demonstrate the power of Melbourne’s T-shirt past and its future direction.”
This isn’t, however, your run of the mill show. Although the shirts comprise a large portion of it all, the team behind TEES has presented it in such a way that it brings focus to those individuals and collectives who have, over many years, strived to create new and exciting wearable art for the masses. Tshirts, urban, low brow and street art intermesh in many ways – something about the near DIY attitude of it, and then utilising that attitude to propel your creations onto a public-facing canvas has changed the face of modern art over the past few decades.
Thus, like street art and graffiti, T-shirts as a form of public artwork are quite unlike works within a gallery – their often subliminal manifestations form a part of our environment, they can either grab your attention right away, force their presence upon you, or leave an impression in the corner of your mind – whispering their style and form to your subconscious, erupting without warning upon free associations or recognition.
That the TEES crew are now taking these works of art and placing them in the gallery, it is the former, in your face presence that is the aim – and when viewed in this context, their collective power is manifest. The question between whether these works are art unto themselves (they are), or merely a medium of conveyance (they are) is inconsequential – when you are dealing with a movement that dwars almost every other modern art movement, then who really gives a fuck about such philosophies?
Okay, so I’ve rambled a bit – but I love t-shirts so much that its justified fkn rambling, right?!
The stories behind all of these wearable works is a hugely important aspect of TEES, and as a part of the show, the ever amazingly talented Nicole Reed has photographically documented some of the leaders in the field – and these images and visages bring even more context to the show. They are, as always, beautifully done, and we have a whole bunch of preview shots below …
Head down to the opening night this Friday, or at any time over summer – it will be on for a little while over xmas, and it really is something that everyone should go and check out whilst they are in the city.
Who: Eddie Zammits amazing collection of t-shirts What: I Love Tees – T-shirt exhibition Where: NGV Studio Space, The Atrium, Federation Square, Melbourne When: Now until February 17th 2013. Launch party will be this Friday 14th December from 6pm!
Not so long ago, we were following Meggs on his exploits across the seas, with his show at White Walls Gallery in San Fransisco – Truth In Myth. Having seen all the photos from the opening, the work, and the walls that were painted in between and amongst it all, we really wished that we had of seen it – here was Meggs, painting one of our favourite topics, in the way that only he can – beautifully – we wanted to be there!
So, obviously, we were pretty ecstatic when we saw the news that he would, indeed, be holding a show just like his San Fran show, and that it would continue the themes and amazing works from within it in a whole new collection, aptly titled, of course, Truth In Myth II.
"After a successful residency and solo exhibition with WhiteWalls Gallery in San Francisco, Meggs returns to his hometown melbourne for ‘Truth in Myth II’at Backwoods Gallery in Collingwood.
Fusing elements of contemporary superheroes to ancient mythological beings, ‘Truth in Myth II’is a collection of new artworks that expressively reference classic renaissance composition and contemporary pop culture. A continuation of Meggs search for balance and the understanding of physical and idealogical duality in self.
“We live in the stories we tell ourselves. In a secular, scientific rational culture lacking in any convincing spiritual leadership, superhero stories speak loudly and boldly to our greatest fears, deepest longings and highest aspirations… the best superhero stories deal directly with mythic elements of the human condition… they help us confront and resolve even the deepest existential crisis. We should listen to what they have to tell us.”
- Grant Morrison, ‘Supergods’ , Spiegal & Grau, New York USA, 2011
Any Backwoods show is a must see, just as any show from Meggs is as well. The man has, over the past few years, elevated his work to a level that is on par with the greats of Australian street-turned-fine artists, and you’d be highly remiss if you didn’t get down there to check it all out.
See you Friday – and, in the meantime, get a glimpse of what is to be seen …
Who: Meggs What: Truth In Myth II Where:Backwoods Gallery, 25 Easey St, Collingwood, VIC When: Show opens Friday 19th October from 6pm til 9pm, show runs til 28th October.
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