Two years ago, Dean Sunshine released his first book, Land Of Sunshine - one of the best photographic documentations of Melbourne street art that has come out over the past few years. Now, following on from the success of the first edition, comes a new book, Street Art Now – bigger, better and full of even more amazing shit than the previous edition, and the launch is this Thursday!!
“Following the success of Land of Sunshine published in 2012 comes the next book titled STREET ART NOW.
An updated snapshot of the Melbourne street art and graffiti scene over the last two years is once again all shot by Dean Sunshine on his travels across Melbourne and beyond.
STREET ART NOW is a larger, hardback book with 200 pages showcasing over 100 local and international artists who have painted in Australia. Plus there are also images from some of Dean’s travels overseas.
featuring both Australian and international artists including:
Adnate, Alexis Dias, Bailer, Be Free, Curiot, Dabs Myla, Dal East, Dasic, Deams, Deb, Does, Dvate, Insa, Jaz, Kaff-eine, Li-Hill, LUSH, Makatron, Meggs, Phlegm, Pixel Pancho, Reka, ROA, Rone, Seth Globepainter, Sheryo, Shida, Slicer, Smug, Sofles, Stormie Mills, The Yok, TwoOne, Tristan Eaton, Vexta, and more…
The forward by David Hurlston, Australian art Curator for the National Gallery of Victoria quotes:
“This new book provides us with an important visual diary of the changing face of Melbourne’s public spaces.”
The Land of Sunshine blog is still regularly updated with hundreds of photos from both here and overseas documenting the never ending art appearing on the streets.
Books will be available November through the same outlets including National Gallery of Victoria, National Gallery of Australia, MCA, GOMA, MONA, Heide Gallery, General Pants (nationally), and selected retail outlets.”
As was done with the previous book, Land Of Sunshine, sales from STREET ART NOW will be put towards any future editions, furthering Dean’s wish to provide ongoing documentation of Melbourne street art online and via printed media. You can check out a bunch of sneak peak images at the bottom of this post …
There will also on the night be a silent auction of a bunch of amazing artwork. Arranged for MSFW14 on behalf of the City of Melbourne, these works are on boards, measuring 2400mm X 1200mm and have a timber frame. Every cent of the money raised from the sale of these boards is going to charity – and specifically to the charity nominated by each of the artists.
As a part of the launch, Dean will be auctioning off some street art works from notable artists such as Smug, Sofles, Jack Douglas, Mysterious Al, Putos, Bail, Phoenix, Be Free, Steen Jones, Dvate, Conrad Bizjak, Itch and Deb.
Bidding will start at $300 per piece in the silent auction (best bid wins!). Check out the amazing work up for grabs on the night…
Dean does an amazing job in documenting all of this stuff, and invests a hell of a lot of his time making sure that all of the amazing art on our streets is preserved for posterity – he self funds everything he does, with little in return – we love his work, obviously. We’re looking forward to the night, and cant wait to get a copy of the book!!
Who: Dean Sunshine What: Street Art Now book launch Where: Level 1, 109 Little Collins St, Melbourne When: One night only Thursday 11th December from 6pm til 9pm.
Heres a little sneak peak of a bunch of the work in the book itself as well!
A book I have been hearing about for some time now; so I’m excited to announce the launch of Alison Youngs labour of love Street Art, Public City.
“The book is the first full-length academic study of street art in Melbourne, New York, Berlin and Paris. The book draws on interviews with over 60 street artists and graffiti writers in cities around the world, and looks at the ways cities, police and councils respond to street artworks”.
This is a subject that I am very passionate about and spend much of my time on (working with councils etc) so I can’t wait to read this and hear what Alison has to say.
From the Readings website: “What is street art? Who is the street artist? Why is street art a crime? Since the late 1990s, a distinctive cultural practice has emerged in many cities: street art, involving the placement of uncommissioned artworks in public places. Sometimes regarded as a variant of graffiti, sometimes called a new art movement, its practitioners engage in illicit activities while at the same time the resulting artworks can command high prices at auction and have become collectable aesthetic commodities. Such paradoxical responses show that street art challenges conventional understandings of culture, law, crime and art. Street Art, Public City: Law, Crime and the Urban Imagination engages with those paradoxes in order to understand how street art reveals new modes of citizenship in the contemporary city. It examines the histories of street art and the motivations of street artists, and the experiences both of making street art and looking at street art in public space. It considers the ways in which street art has become an integral part of the identity of cities such as London, New York, Berlin, and Melbourne, at the same time as street art has become increasingly criminalised. It investigates the implications of street art for conceptions of property and authority, and suggests that street art and the urban imagination can point us towards a different kind of city: the public city. Street Art, Public City will be of interest to readers concerned with art, culture, law, cities and urban space, and also to readers in the fields of legal studies, cultural criminology, urban geography, cultural studies and art more generally.”
Alison Young is a professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She has been studying street art for a number of years, and acted as a policy consultant for Melbourne City Council.
Hope to see you at Misty Bar on Wednesday!
Who: Alison Young
What: Street Art, Public City.
When: Wednesday 29th 630pm. The book is also available for sale online here, here and here.
Be sure to get along to my good mate, Sticky Fingers apparel Launch party in a couple of weeks, he has a rad clothing range with some of the coolest characters.
I was lucky enough to receive one in the mail, so don’t miss out see you guys there.
Number 1. An opportunity to check out the range of tshirts from Sticky Fingers Apparel together with fresh works from the contributing artists.
The day kicks off at noon with the works of the artists on display. Their tshirts will also be available, so you can get the right size and skip the postage cost!
The street art book ‘figment’ from AllThoseShapes will be on sale too.
At around 8:30 we will wind down the store and turn up the volume with some music from “euonim”
Who: Sticky Fingers Apparel
What: Sticky Fingers Apparel Label Launch and Show
When: October the 25th from 12pm
Where: K + N Studios 25 Wangaratta St, Richmond 3121
It’s been almost three months now since I packed up my bags and moved to Singapore for work (and you can probably tell how busy its been with my lack of regular posts here lately). In that time, I’ve painted a whole bunch, met a whole bunch of rad artists and had the opportunity to participate in one of the coolest things I have seen, artistically, in Singapore on my many trips here.
I first heard about An Eminent Takeover just after I arrived, when in a chance meeting I was told that a special project was in the works to convert an old dilapidated “vice mall” into a spontaneous, artist embellished space. Due to be knocked down, Eminent Plaza was a place of … well, dubious activity. “Massage” parlours full of happy endings and k-bars full of scantily clad women, probably the best thing about it was that it is next door to Lavender Food Square – one of Singapores awesome Hawker centres.
Now, in its place, a big office building is about to be constructed, but in the weeks leading up to its closure last weekend, it took on a new life as one of the coolest installation spaces I have seen – anywhere – An Eminent Takeover.
Having had the chance to paint one of the main road facing walls early on in the event, I spent my “away from the sun time” looking around. At that stage, there were some cool bits and piece happening inside the building, but nothing that would come close to what it would resemble after three weeks of constant artistic action. Illustrations on walls, interactive performances, the “Lavenda Health Spa” converted into a weird, intriguing installation space, and, of course, graffiti and other intemporary art covering walls and spaces throughout the building – it was real poetry in motion shit, and every weekend I was surprised all over again but whatever new had been created.
This was something that money cant buy – in a city where art is often overly commodified, and where money is spent on trying to improve the aritstic culture, An Eminent Takeover proved that you really cant buy some of the best things that artists have to offer – everyone who did work down there volunteered it. To have been able to witness the evolution of the space in a place where conservatism is a way of life, it was, I hope, a harbinger of what could be possible if that overt conservatism is relaxed a little, and artists are allowed to do what they want to do without restriction, and left to have free reign over whatever they wish to create. Of course, there were some minor caveats – overtly political artworks were still quite absent, and the constant worry that it could all get shut down before its ending was, Im sure, in the curators and project managers minds throughout – but this ended up not being a problem, and that was also quite telling. I do wonder if but even a handful of years ago, that something like this may not have even been possible.
A constant stream of people, a plethora of general public stopping to take photos and explore he maze like interior of the building, and artists from all walks of life – musicians, writers, photographers, sculptors, illustrators and some of the best graffiti artists in Singapore, all came together to create an experience quite unlike anything I’ve seen – even in Melbourne.
Check out this great video about the event from the Today newspaper – awesome 3 minute recap worth watching!
Heres a rather lengthy, but cool, video of all the art in the building – its long, but worth checking out.
For all the creativity inside, everyone who went in knew it was impermanent – as of now, its all shut down, and the wrecking balls will arrive shortly. Walls will be knocked down, fragments of painted bricks will be discarded, and Eminent Plaza will remain only in the minds, photos, sounds and videos that were created as a part of its documentation. For me, a big thankyou to the organisers, especially Elisa Lam, the project manager, and curators Naomi Wang and Razi Razak, who made it all possible – you guys did something really, really fucking cool, and I cant wait to see what you think of next.
Enjoy the photos, an take your time – there are a shitloads, and all worth the viewing. For more info, and other documentation of the event, check out the facebook page.
“A collaborative community project by Tact Space x THE RSC
The hashtag ‘urbanisme’ begins an exploration on the role of urban cities through the involvement of collectives – Tact Space and THE RSC. Thus begins “An Eminent Takeover” – A potently reactive and multi-disciplinary collaboration that activates creativity through art and music.
The “Takeover” will occur at the Eminent Plaza in the month of September 2014 with artworks and music acts populating disused KTV lounges, massage parlours and office cubicles. As a site of spontaneity and reflection, Eminent Plaza’s notorious “vice mall” reputation re-focuses discussions on Singapore’s increasingly sanitised persona, triggering much imagination on the conception and idea of the ‘Urban Character’.
The Eminent Plaza built in the 1980s is slated for demolition in October 2014. We are opening the building doors for one last retrospective peak. Throughout the month long “Takeover”, anticipate amongst other projects, the majestic return of the “Identite Series”. Come bid adieu and share this amazing experience with us.
Paul Irving Pereira
Agnes M K Yit
Band of doodlers
LASALLE Fine Arts MA & BA Alumni
Ade Putra Safar bin Fuad
Nafa Fine Art Diploma & Graduates
Lin Yu Hao
McCoy Yip Chun Yong
Lapsap studio. Bands residency – Cashew Chemists, Pleasantry and A N E C H O I S
Artist studio residency – Speak Cryptic
Supported by Statement, Fhage, DCNSTRCT, Canopus Distro and DUNCE.
Official food court – Lavender Food Square. (Also known as Lavender Food Court)”
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.
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