David Russell got down to the opening of Backwoods Galleries latest group show, “A Study Of Eyes” – the second in a series of shows (after the wonderful A Study Of Hands) featuring local and international artists producing work around various parts of the human body.
““A Study Of” is a decade-long project by curator Alexander Mitchell aiming to create an archive of anatomical and artistic studies by the world’s leading contemporary artists. The project was launched last year with “A Study Of Hands.”
This year, Backwoods Gallery will present the second installment,“A Study Of Eyes”, an exhibition consisting of 45 pieces of original artwork based on the eye by some of the world’s leading artists.”
I actually never realised it was a decade long project – talk about epic. Check out all the photos from the most recent iteration below, courtesy of David Russell …
Once again David Russell has put together all of his favourite photos that he’s taken over the past month from around the streets of Melbourne – an absolute fine collection of work in this one, brilliant.
Oh ho ho ho … excuse me, while I get all excited about this one!Once again, the Blender Christmas party has come around, that time of year when all things Franklin St and creative celebrates another massive year of accomplishments by all the artists involved down at one of the cities finest artistic establishment!!
“The Blender Studios Christmas exhibition is an opportunity to celebrate the art and party with the artists of Blender Studios. The hard work and dedication of the artists is evident in this annual event with 13 artists showcasing their work.
The exhibition will be hosted by Dark Horse Experiment and the studios will hold a series of performers and installations. The opening night is sure to be a stunning example of current practice in Melbourne right now. The opening night will include DJs, cutting edge performance artists, traditional works on canvas, live graffiti events, strange objects and dislocated renderings of suburbia.
After ten years the Blender Studios still hold true to the values of research, energy, independence and the solidarity.
With strong links to Melbourne Street Art and some of the most recognised and prolific artists calling the Blender home, the opening exhibition will attract a wide audience.The Blender Studios Christmas Exhibition, accompanied with a party, will open at Dark Horse Experiment on Friday 13th Dec, 2013 from 6 till late.”
I’ve been to the last few Blender Xmas parties, and I can safely say that this is one night on the Melbourne art calendar, and Xmas calendar, that you just can’t miss. Celebrations ahoy – seeyas there!!
Who: Adi, James Bonnici, Adrian Doyle, Michael Fikaris, Drew Funk, Heesco, George Manioudakis, Tim Sterling, Nick Ives,Sebastian Franz, Jo Harrison, Cam Scale,Paul Round and a bunch of DJs and performers What: Blender Studios Christmas Exhibition & Party Where: Blender Studios & Dark Horse Experiment, 110 Franklin St, Melbourne When: Friday 13th Dec, 2013 from 6 till late
After hearing all about it and being excited to see it all, I headed down to Collingwood Gallery last Thursday night to see the launch of Mishaps new jewellery line, Def Lab Jewellery. Beautifully displayed in a way that could only befit work from Mishap, I absolutely loved it – street sense styled work with a flair of graffiti enthused creativity, I can see this new line going a long way.
Check out this mad video that was just released from the show (produced by Dave MSA), and all of my shots below (the video is a hell of a lot better than my shots, that for sure! Haha).
Mapping Melbourne brings a collaboration of local fashion label Fame Agenda and Indonesian street artist Darbotz in Fame Agenda X Darbotz. A fashion show featuring models , music and street art, which will burst out of a giant pink box on the steps of the State Library of Victoria for one day only.
Indonesian street artist Darbotz is back after his last visit and show in April this year in Melbourne. He was also one of the many artists featured in Bomb It 2. Using the theory of semiotics, Darbotz wanted people to recognise his artwork without having to sign it. His unique character the “Cumi” squid monitors is only painted in black and white.
The “Cumi” has been adapted by Monica Lim, Fame Agenda’s designer into a dress that will featured in the show. It will also feature models wearing photographic prints of Dabotz’s artwork which he left in the walls of Melbourne during his last visit. During the show, Darbotz will be painting the giant pink box live, the panels of which will be sold and proceeds will go to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Check out the video from his last visit here to Melbourne
Head down and check it out today, and keep up to date with him while he’s visiting Melbourne!!
Who: Darbotz What: Mapping Melbourne – Fame Agenda x Darbotz Where: Forecourt, State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston street When: Friday , 6th December 2013 , 12:30pm-1.15pm and 530PM-615pm.
After having their exhibition Ignore Mainstream 2 last year at the Ambush Gallery, the decade old Sydney crew, The Insomniaks, are back with Ignore Mainstream, this time for one day only at the Lo-fi in Sydney. Formed in 2003, in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, the Insomniaks have been actively producing artworks at live shows, exhibitions and galleries ever since.
Bringing together most of their crew, the exhibition will feature the new works of these ten artists, featuring the unique style of each member, including Oricks, Opens, Hules, Oush, Yzer, Daks, H20e, Lok, Jota and Okae.
Featuring the new works of The Insomniaks
Who : The Insomniaks
What : Ignore Mainstream
Where : Lo-fi , Floor 3, 383 Bourke Street, Darlinhurst, Sydney
When : Show Thursday , 5th December 2013, 6pm (One Night Only)
Dirty Playground alongside du NORD bar are getting ready to launch 6 Months of Darkness – End of Darkness. The darkness ends with a celebration after a 4 month residency by Marian Machismo, FKN-MAD, Ruskidd and Carlotta Phelan.
From the Press Release: “With mediums such as video, paint and sculpture, the Six Months of Darkness (6MOD) crew has literally lived in the dark, and as the Nordic do, create in manic fervour. The artists will present their works at a launch party on December 5, a weekend of exhibition and a close on December 8.
Works from Marian Machismo, FKN-MAD, Ruskidd and Carlotta Phelan have been developed in the basement to reflect the theme of 6MOD and are for sale over the three-day period. The launch party will feature the static and interactive works alongside Amin Payne, Edd Fisher and Hudson James Jr.”
Check out this great little video preview of some of the work in the show …
As always, the ever going Seasons Of Change, the quarterly show at Revolver that’s been going on for the past two years, is bringing the goods from the old school to the new.
This time around, its three of my favourites, and I don’t think I’ve seen much work in shows over the last handful of years, so its an absolute pleasure to see some of Melbournes best putting up some work for their fans to buy this month!
"Revolver Upstairs in collaboration with GraffixCreative present ‘Seasons of Change’, a showcase of local and international artists at Revolver’s internal and external art spaces, featuring a semi permanent mural on an outside wall and a one night only exhibition. Seasons of Change ‘Summer’ brings to you three of Melbourne’s most prolific and pioneering graffiti artists: STOPEM, DUKE & MARINE:
STOPEM’s traditional style lettering and colour combinations have graced the walls of our city consistently for almost 25 years. He has exhibited works in numerous group exhibitions, as well as several mural projects throughout Melbourne’s CBD.
Since starting his career in the city’s west in the early 80s, DUKE is famous for funky characters blazing the lines from the early 90s through to his current ‘sketch style’ pieces, using mediums including airbrushing, aerosol art and fine art.
MARINE specialises in razor sharp lettering as well as fresh characters and stylish detailed pieces using various techniques from aerosol art and stencil art to graphic design and fine art. He has worked on many mural projects and exhibitions in Australia and Canada, including the meeting of styles in Toronto and the Melbourne Underground event in Australia."
Head down to Revolver this Friday night to see it all for yourselves, and to pick up some mad artwork by this awesome trio.
Who: Stopem, Marine, Duke What: Seasons Of Change – Summer 2013 Where: Revolver Upstairs, Chapel St, Prahran, Melbourne When: Show opens Friday December 6th from 5pm til 9pm and runs for one night only!
My first step into the Arts Hole, was like walking into a bar and just knowing that you’d be returning again, and again and again (oh hi, Blue Bar). Full of a mass of creative talent of epic variety, from clothing to prints, to street art, graffiti and stencil art, photography and blogging, the entire space was a hive of relentless activity as all the artists … well, created the fuck out of shit haha.
Now, they’re having their first group show, this weekend down at NBHD Neanderthal – and its going to be mintox!
Themed around what happens when the lights turn off and day turns to night, the twelve resident artists of The Arts Hole have produced new work showcasing our different styles, mediums and techniques."
Always great to see a show on a Saturday night, as well!! Can’t wait to head down to Commercial Rd this weekend to check it all out.
Who: 23rd key, A.Mac, Chasing Ghosts, Chehehe, Gizmodojo, Glewtwo, Le’boeuf, Losop, Miranda Scherger, Ohnoes, Saul Attack, Unwell Bunny What: After Dark – The Arts Hole group show Where: NBHD Neanderthal, 153 Commercial Rd, South Yarra, Melbourne When: Show opens 6pm til 3am, Saturday 7th December 2013
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