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Exhibition – A Study Of Camouflage – Backwoods Gallery

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.

What: A Study Of Camouflage.

When: 29th May – 6-10, till the 7th June.

Where:  Backwoods Gallery, Level 2. 5 Easey Street, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia.

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Event – Off The Rails – Live Street Art – Singapore

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 …

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Who/What/Where/When:

It all goes down this Saturday 23rd May, from 4pm in the afternoon til 12pm at night!

ART
HA-HA (AUS) – regantamanui.com
Drew Funk (AUS/MY) – drewfunk.com
Kenji Chai (MY) – facebook.com/kenjichai.art
Soph O (SG) – sophong.com
MCS ANTZ (SG) – facebook.com/antzrscls
eeshaun (SG) – gardensilly.com
ZERO (SG) – zerostarrfighter.blogspot.com
WeJungle (SG) – wejungle.com

MUSIC
New Stream Brass Band (live) – facebook.com/newstreambrassband
DJ Reikidjreiki.com
A/K/A & Jaydah (ATTAGIRL) – attagirlparty.com

F & B
A taste of the Caribbean, limited edition rum punch, beers & soft drinks byLime House

DIRECTIONS
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

Check out the facebook event page for more details on the event!

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Exhibition – Visions Of Dreamland – By Chuck Mayfield & Julia Palazzo – At Hogan Gallery

Visions of Dreamland

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.

Facebook event here

Contact:

contact@mayfieldpalace.com

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Sunshines Top 10 – April 2015

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!

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1. Ruskidd – Melbourne
2. Phibs – Collingwood
3. DVATE – Collingwood
4. Fintan Magee – Collingwood
5. Sirum, Adnate, Askew One – Preston
6. Shem, Dankemunkee – Coburg
7. Lucy Lucy – Richmond
8. Nemco – Brunswick
9. Dscreet, Eye – Prahran
10. Kill productions – Melbourne

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Exhibition – Seasons of Change – Winter – Names of the Game – Revolver Upstairs 

We are extremely proud to bring this show to you. Working along side Kid Silk, Invurt’s David Russell and Luke McManus have put together a selection of some of Melbourne’s finest for the next episode of Seasons of Change at Revolver – Names of the Game. With writers and artists from all styles and spectrums this line up is sure to produce some awesome work!

As well as a unique piece from each artist, there will also be a limited edition print available (thanks Dangerfork). We’ve also invited Nicole Reed to do the poster wall, one of Melbourne’s most renowned photographers; it totally made sense she should do the wall for this show, we’re looking forward to see what she comes up with, as her photos are always super awes!

It’s definitely an honour to have been asked to be involved with Seasons of Change. SOC has been one of my favourite long running exhibitions, showcasing different parts of Melbourne’s graffiti scene and giving people the opportunity to purchase (always at an affordable price) art from writers and artists that otherwise would not be on sale or at other exhibitions.
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Seasons of Change – Winter 2015 – Names of the Game

From the Press Release: “For the Winter Season of Change event we thought we would shake up the format a little and pass creative control over to a couple of people who work hard behind the scenes of the Melbourne graff and street art scene. Dave Russell is well known for his tireless photo documentation of graff and street art, as well as his role in Melbourne street art tours, and Luke McManus is co-editor for Invurt and a regular contributor to international blog Vandalog, and president of Hosier Inc.

Together they have helped organise and facilitate the production of several significant large-scale projects, including the recently completed Asylum Seekers Resource Centre production in Footscray. Both are also prominent members and contributors to the Invurt blog.

Together with the help of co-curator Kid Silk, ‘Names of The Game’, showcases some of their favourite Melbourne artists, with new works, a production on the graff wall, and a poster-wall installation.“

Who: Askem, Rase, Dose, Knock, Jack Douglas, Sorie, Ling, Presto, Nore, Otis Chamberlin, Dynes, Marine, Scale, Kid Silk, Shem, Amuse, Jme, Duke Style, H20, Bailer, Oricks, Heesco, Rsume & Putos. Poster wall by Nicole Reed.
What: Seasons of Change – Winter – Names of the Game.
When: 5th of June, 6-9pm – 1 night only!
Where: Revolver Upstairs. 229 Chapel St. Prahran.
Link to Facebook event page here.
Link to Revolver Arts Facebook page here.
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Exhibition – Oppositional Defiance Disorder – AKEMI ITO – At Off The Kerb Gallery

OPPOSITIONAL

DEFIANCE

DISORDER

By Akemi Ito

“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.

Facebook event here

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Through The Lens April – With David Russell Photography

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.

 

 

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Video – The Power Station – Juddy Roller & EdInFocus

Video – The Power Station – Juddy Roller & EdInFocus

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!!

Power Station Final Cut from EdInFocus on Vimeo.

Check out a bunch more photos over at Juddy Roller here as well as a bunch from Dave Russell!

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Book Launch – Sculptures Of Melbourne

Super excited about this!! My good buddy Mark Holsworth has been working on this labour of love for some time now, and its finally getting to see the light of day! Encompassing Melbournes public sculpture in all its forms since way back at the beginning, til now – and all that street art stuff, this is a book to grab hold of, and a launch to get your ass to!

“Melbourne Books to launch one of the city’s most awaited art books.

Melbourne has an impressive number of sculptures on public display throughout the city. Just wander Melbourne’s city streets, gardens and laneways and you will undoubtedly find some magnificent public sculptures – from historical and religious icons to playful literary and social figures – all with rich historical weight. The book Sculptures of Melbourne explores major changes in the nature of public sculpture.

When Melbourne was established, sculpture was heavily influenced by the colonial legacy of neo-classical bronze and marble statues. From 1980 onwards, public sculpture changed dramatically, not only in style but in materials, location and sheer numbers.

This book, which includes controversial modernist sculptures such as ‘The Yellow Peril’ as well as unofficial laneway installations, tells the story of how the shifting trends in public sculpture moved from a classical style, to commemorative, to a corporate modernist style, to being integrated into urban design, and finally evolving into a contemporary style, which is non-traditional and temporary. Critics have unanimously hailed Melbourne’s collection of sculptures as notable narratives of place and time, which whilst stylistically different, have also established specific reference points and provided a rich reflection of the history of the city. These sculptures have come a long way from serving their decorative and utilitarian functions in the 1800s, to now embedding a strong historical beauty that is both permanent and ephemeral.

This is set to be one of year’s most memorable book milaunches! Don’t miss the sculptures, the installation works and the music.”

… and you know whats awesome? There is not one, but two book launches happening!

“Melbourne Books is pleased to announce two upcoming book launches of Sculptures of Melbourne by Mark S. Holsworth.

Come to Gallery One Three on Friday May 1 from 6pm for the launch party! The evening will include jazz (including The Smoking Owl – a fusion of live electronica, jazz, installation and new aesthetics) cocktails and artists at work! Mark Holsworth will be there to chat and sign books…

Then come to the Melbourne Art Book Fair at NGV International, where Sculptures of Melbourne will be launched on Sunday May 3 at 12noon in the Great Hall during the Fair!”

The inaugural Melbourne Art Book Fair at NGV International gathers together some of the most creative Australian and international book designers and publishers in an architecturally designed experience in NGV’s Great Hall.

So come along, entry is free and you can also take a look at the wares of some of the country’s leading publishers.”

We’ve got a lot more on this whole thing coming up, but for now – book in Friday and Sunday, and go get yourself a copy this weekend – and Friday sounds like a grand exhibition as well!!

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Who: Mark Holsworth
What: Sculptures Of Melbourne book launch
Where & When:

Gallery One Three on Friday May 1 from 6pm

Melbourne Art Book Fair at NGV International, where Sculptures of Melbourne will be launched on Sunday May 3 from 12noon in the Great Hall

 

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Exhibition – Chris Hancock – Depressionism – Perth

Here’s something that all our readers in Perth should be damn excited about, our good mate Hancock is about to launch his next show and it looks like an absolute ripper!

Having travelled around Europe for most of a year Hancock is most definitely back and has been churning out some of the best work that we’ve ever seen from him. Inspired by those darker corners, yet with a palette of colours that belies the subject matter, we’re pretty excited to see another solo show from the man! 

Depressionism is a new body of work by Perth born, Melbourne based artist Christopher Hancock.  Created over the past six months, this body of work marks a significant shift in the artists practice. This series has seen Hancock develop an exhilarating new painting style, using complex figurative abstractions to explore dark and raw subject matter.

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“These works have been created in a way that leaves behind pre-meditated construction and instead lends itself toward a process of chance and removed thinking. The application of the paint ranges from loose splashes of colour, to tightly refined areas, thus leaving room for the physical manifestation of emotion.”

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Who: Chris Hancock
What: Depressionism – New works on canvas by Christopher Hancock
Where: The Bird, 181 William St, Northbridge, WA 6003
When: Opening Night, 4th of May 2015.  Running until the 18th of May.

Check out the facebook event page right here!

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