Last weekend ex-Sydney and newly minted Melbourne artist Alexandra Lederman opened up her first solo show here in Collingwood, with LandEscapes. With playful abstractions juxtaposed with imaginative landscapes, this was a great showing by an emerging artist whose work we are particularly keen to follow!
Big thanks to David Russell for all the shots, and congrats to Alexandra on her first Melbourne show!
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 …
Last night myself (and many others) braved a chilly Melbourne evening to get down to the opening of the latest Studio 615 group show – Time Flies – and man was I glad that I did.
Held in Obscura Gallery off Carlisle st in Balaclava, previously mostly known for their photographic exhibitions, the entire crew put forth a show that I was immensely impressed by. Mike Danischewski, Sahil Silkroy, Sam Octigan, Marcus Dixon and Doug Aldrich all placed a firm foot forward with this group exhibition – and it showed.
I’ve been to countless group shows – some more impressive than others, and there was something about the 615 crews latest outing that, for me, really made an impact. There was a definite aesthetic within the show – the pieces flowed between the walls, and the themes reflected, as diverse as the work itself was, was entire cohesive. This is the thing that great crews are made of – individuals who can thrive off each others strength to present something new, intriguing and inspiring.
At a time when I’ve begun to lament that Melbourne may be on somewhat of a downward slide towards a certain lack of cooperation and "community" amongst its artists, a slide where a certain cut throat dog each dog mentality seems to be emerging amongst some of its various players (like in many other cities I’ve recently visited around the world), this show was a breath of fresh air. To say that seeing the spirit of cooperation and collaboration is alive and well here was heartening, is an understatement. Time Flies was an exemplary display of this sentiment – diverse, talented friends and peers working together for the common goal of artistic love.
Time Flies was everything that I loved about art and exhibitions in this unique city of ours – and I was glad to have been able to see it for myself.
Last night I made my way down to Little Hoddle Street in Richmond to check out the latest and greatest show put on by the crew at Dangerfork – and it was a great exhibition!
Dangerforks new space down in Richdmond is awesome – not only do they have a great setup for all their printing needs, but the exhibition space in the front of the warehouse is perfect; not too small, not too large. Really looking forward to seeing more shows at this spot, and seeing how they ramp it all up in time to come.
So Dave Russell and I went and checked out Oz Comic Con last Saturday. What a laugh of a day. Saw some awesome costumes, and some pretty disturbing ones also HAHA!!
We checked out all the stalls in particular anyone that was drawing live. Lot’s of random characters scattered around the convention which made for some great shots, not to mention the Cos Play competition. Check out some great shots from Dave below.
Sometimes when you’re travelling you are just in the right place at the right time – luckily for me thats happened during my visit here to NYC.
Amongst that fortune was being able to catch up with The Yok and Sheryo last week in the lead up to their opening, and, of course, being able to attend that very same opening tonight at Krause Gallery down near the Bowery.
The calibre of work in display was second to none – having seen them labour over the work whilst I was visiting possibly gave me a greater appreciation of the whole thing, but seeing work in progress and then the finished products all up on the walls and installed is something else. On the surface, many off the images seem quite simple in their iconography – that simplicity, however, is only on a casual glance, in each piece there is a complex play of ideas and head-nods to a whole swath of cultural foibles and fancies.
From beautifully rendered porcelain pots to the firehouse white on blue plates, there is a measure of immaculate detail hidden within each of this duos works. Messages both written and placed upon paper or ceramic surface as near hieroglyphic entreats – and though some of these can be obviously translated, you also get the sense that there are some distinctly playful in-jokes between the two artists scrawled across their work.
The upstairs section of the show was formal in its presentation – that aforementioned white and blue sprayed across the room. The bars and plates, though made of fragile material had a strengthened presence that belied their canvases.
Downstairs however, was a loose assortment of painted walls and printed materials documenting the couples journeys across SE Asia, Mexico and here in NYC, their adopted home.
I loved this section – you don’t always get such a complimentary display in an exhibition of some of the more intimate processes and plans behind the finished product. Playful scrawlings on found pages and plans for walls painted and finished abounded in ramshackle manner – a perfect juxtaposition to the room above.
Often when artists collaborate, the seams between styles are in some evidence, instead of a perfunctory presence – yet of all the times I looked upon this work, I often found it difficult to discern, happily, where the Yok ended and Sheryo began – or visa versa.
For me, this is the essence of collaboration – that wavering grey area where two talents are able to combine into a distinct entity – something that the viewer, and even the artists themselves, have never seen before – and which would never have eventuates without such a close working relationship. Though this show was billed as two artists, it could have easily been one – such was the ease by which their merger of styles was both demonstrated and substantiated.
As I sit here, tapping into my phone and writing this over tea and post-show congee, I cant help bit think that this might be what NYC is really all about. Not the glitz and glamour and "oh New York is so fkn coool" and all the "art scene" bullshit, but about individuals, artists, having the opportunity and ability to present new shit in such a broad, dynamic environment – and being embrace for it. Not only did I see some amazing work tonight, but I also saw the "Pipe Dreams" of two artists literally manifested upon the walls of this grand old metropolis.
I love this city, and I love its artists, new and old, and I loved this fucking show.
Check out more of the photos from the show below – apologies for not being the best, I had to resort to my point and shoot after my dslr craped out … but I hope you enjoy them!
A few weeks back, we were invited to Oz Comic-Con in Perth . Having never been to a comic/fantasy/sci-fi convention, I wasn’t too sure what to expect. Comics are awesome, so why had I not been to a Oz Comic-Con before? I guess I thought this would be an event for hardcore science fiction fans and people who would make my comic knowledge feel like the small, pathetic, underfed creature it is.
As we neared the Perth Convention Centre we began to encounter Batmans, Pikachus and anime characters. Holly hell, people really dress up? I was SO excited! Upon entry we were greeted with what looked like a full house; stalls, shelves upon shelves of comics and a cast of patrons that were a mishmash of every cool movie, comic book and TV show I’d ever seen. All this and I hadn’t even got to where the Comic-Con special guests were. Macgyver was there, Macgyver!!!
I could prattle on about how great it was and how deep my regret is that I had not attended a Oz Comic-Con before but times is short yo. I gotta get started on my costume for next years Comic-Con.
Who: William Shatner, Jason Momoa, Richard Dean Anderson, Justin Randall, Nicola Scott, Patricia Quinn, J.G Hertzler and many, many more talented people. What: Oz Comic-Con Perth Where:Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre, 21 Mounts Bay Rd, Perth WA 6000 When: Saturday the 9th and Sunday the 10th of March 2013
Whilst I was in Singapore, I had the chance to head to Kult Gallery (I’ll be writing more about Kult and Singapore in my next few Sojourn posts) – and It just so happened that on the day I visited, Ben Frost was busy setting up for his first solo exhibition in Singapore.
From the press release for the show …
"Australian pop artist Ben Frost presents an exhibition of new artworks exploring our society’s obsession and relationship with mass-consumerism.
Painting directly onto fast food and pharmaceutical packaging, Frost asks us to look twice at the products we have grown to love – and also grown an addiction for. From McDonald’s french fry packages adorned with skulls and praying families, to Simpsons characters painted onto Viagra boxes, he presents a humorous and often challenging reflection of western culture. "Advertising is a drug," Frost says.
"A perfectly designed drug that keeps us dazed, confused and focused on the product at hand. We’ve formed an exuberant addiction to carefully designed colour combinations, cartoon character associations and dynamic buzz words that promise us the world – but deliver us much less."
By taking the packaging of these products and adding his own elements, Frost recontextualizes their messages into more interesting, challenging and subversive meanings."
Ben Frosts work is a unique commentary on our times – taking popular icons and meshing them in juxtaposition with every day foibles and pharmaceuticals, the resulting work adheres to Frosts ongoing pursuit to expose propaganderous postulations in our modern world.
Take a look at the rest of the photographs of both Bens work and the exhibition opening at Kult Gallery below (provided to us by Kult themselves!)
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