Since quietly moving to Melbourne some two years ago, internationally renowned artist Mysterious Al has put up a mass of artwork across our city walls, with his instantly recognisable bashy Franks adorning the bricks from St Kilda to Brunswick.
For all his work up on the walls though, he has, mysteriously (pun completely intended) been extremely quiet on the exhibition front here in the ‘burn, with his last real contributions to an exhibition with some prints at Dangerforks shows and a few pieces in the group show Paperape.
That’s all about to change, however, as this week sees Mysterious all open up his first ever Australian solo show, and its something different, and something god damned awesome … its, well, Boom-ka Boomka!
"Mysterious Al’s first Australian solo exhibition is the product of a six-month period of living and working with a secret ancient tribe in Melbourne.
This nameless, faceless group has co-existed alongside the city’s residents for centuries. Their ancient rituals and practices untouched since their beginning.
Drawing influence from the Tribe’s traditional practices as well as the city’s sway of Graffiti, advertising and urban culture, Boom-ka, Boomka derives from the subconscious, hypnotic rhythm of Drum & Bass music, ancient traditional art, consumer culture, found objects and Witch-Doctor ceremonies."
With a huge amount of creative ingenuity, Mysterious Al has produced a whole slew of amazingly mixed media paper works for this show – awesomely different indeed. Heres a bunch of preview images for you, and all the info for this Fridays opening is below!
Who: Mysterious Al
What: Boom-ka Boomka
Where: 248 Glenferrie Rd, Malvern, VIC
When: Show opens Friday 17th January from 6pm til 9pm and runs until 26th January