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Through The Lens With David Russell – April

It’s that time of month again to show you whats been happening on the streets of Melburn, as always there is something happening.

Below is a selection of some of my favourite shots from Ironlak’s 10th anniversary paint up in Croft Lane. The event saw some of the best Melbourne and overseas artists repaint the lane; Dvate, Sofles, Treas, Sirum, just to name a few .

We also saw Trunk Diner put on an amazing Sunday event with live painting over two months, featuring Conrad Bizjak, Deams, Itch, Lucy Lucy, Jaws, Hancock and more.

Invurt also got down to Junky Project’s first solo show ‘WASTED’ at The Darkhorse Experiment in Blender Studios. Who doesn’t love Junky’s work from his usual suspects the sentinels you see everywhere, as well as some amazing sculptures made from everyday found objects.

There is also some amazing pieces from Senekt in Abbotsford, Dem 189 in Clifton Hill and an amazing collab between Rashe & Bailer in Brunswick; and finally Emily Vanderlism and the Authority Clothing crew fronted by Christopher Skyner, created a great piece down Bennets lane in the CBD.

 

 

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Exhibition – DEAMS – Passing Through – Melbourne

AWOL crew member and expressionist graffiti artist Deams has been wowing both Melbourne and international lovers of his work for quite some time, and the shifts in his style recently have been nothing short of spectacular. His new work has all the hallmarks of a redefinitity, shapes shades and cut out gradiants interspersed with burtst of colorful linework.

As the minimal statement for the show says “This new collection of paintings by Deams presents deep sensory and emotional engagements between the artist and the natural world.” – and the statement is minimal, because having glimpses of the work, who needs the words? The works really do speak for themselves – seriously, Deams work is fkn grand – if back in the days of the beginnings of graffiti, if we could have but imagined where artists such as Deams and his peers are now taking the styles and forms of letter derivative pieces,  we’d all be astounded.

This is the kind of work I want hanging on my own wall – head down to the Abbotsford Convent on Friday night and see it all for yourself.

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Who: Deams
What: Passing Through solo show
Where: St Heliers Street Gallery, Abbotsford Convent, Abbotsford, Melbourne
When: Show opens Friday 18th April from 6pm til 9pm and runs until the 30th April 2014

Check out the facebook event page for more info on the show and Deams website!

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Exhibition – STABS – Keep It Simple – Melbourne

If you’ve ever looked up, really anywhere, around Melbourne, you would have seen the work of Stabs. Its been a while since we saw a show from him, but theres one coming up this Friday night – and its going to be a cracker of a show, as he delves into a whole bunch of iconography developed over the course of his stay in Indonesia last year … read on!

“The frenetic tribalism of Stabs’s artwork is a key element of Melbourne’s visual landscape, especially around Collingwood, where his slaps and posters are omnipresent.

One thing that a lot of people haven’t realized when looking at Stabs’s work is that, over the years, his art has developed its own language of glyphs. There is a complex system of logograms at play, with stories encoded in each piece.

Over the last few years, Stabs’s hidden language has gone from being a background pattern to becoming the main focus of his work.

Last year Stabs spent a month living in Jakarta, hanging out and painting with Jakarta’s leading graffiti crews.

While he was in Jakarta, Stabs kept a journal, entirely written in his own language of glyphs. Each mission, meeting and event of the cultural exchange was recorded as art in his own logographic system.

This April at Backwoods Gallery, Stabs will be presenting the journal as well as fifteen original pieces based on key events from the cultural exchange.

KEEP IT SIMPLE opens Friday 18th of April and will be on display until Sunday 28th at Backwoods Gallery. 25 Easey Street Collingwood.”

We’ve always been a big fan of his work, and we’re looking forward to seeing the show – can’t wait for Friday!

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Who: STABS
What: Keep It Simple solo show
Where: Backwoods Gallery, 25 Easey St, Collingwoof, Victoria
When: Friday 18th of April, from 6pm til 9pm and the show runs until 28th April 2014.

Check out Backwoods Gallery and the facebook event page for more info on the show!

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Exhibition & Preview – Sam Octigan – What You Cant Forget – Melbourne

Strangely enough, it was only at last years 615 Studios group show that I had my first chance to really check out some of Sam Octigans work in person – and what I saw left me wishing I had a pile of his work up on my walls.

Grandly enough, Sam has a show opening this week at the Just Another Project Space in Prahran, and it looks to be a real beauty of a show.

"Just Another Project Space is proud to present What You Can’t Forget, an exhibition of painted works on canvas by Melbourne artist Sam Octigan. Following up his debut 2012 solo show ‘Of Two Minds’, the exhibition will feature larger works on canvas as well as a site-specific mural installation.

In this body of work, Octigan examines the idea of history repeating itself, the ways in which we subconsciously cling to certain moments in our lives and how these experiences underwrite the way we see things like certainty, truth, justice, faith and love. Even after having acknowledged the fallibility of these experiences. We feel ourselves acting out based on impressions we take on as children, only half aware as adults, of how these experiences are hard-written into our consciousness.

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We grasp at them, as if attempting to solve a riddle, as they fall in and out of the ether. Life remains cyclical. Doors are opened and closed, wires connect and disconnect, memories surface and disappear.

These themes are represented in each work visually, through Octigan’s use of composition, line, color and contrast. Featuring detailed realistic renderings framed with dynamic abstractions and an emphasis placed on composition, the paintings read almost as visual riddles, compelling the viewer to engage, and connect their own dots. What You Can’t Forget show’s Octigan’s growth and current focus as an artist, with both the works visual and conceptual increasing complexity.

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The opening reception of ‘What You Can’t Forget’ takes place on the 10th of April, 6pm at Just Another Project Space, 153 Greville St Prahran and runs until the 27th April"

Just take a few minutes out to check out this video preview of the entire show …

SAM OCTIGAN – What You Cant Forget from Michael Danischewski on Vimeo.

After seeing all these preview images, if we weren’t looking forward to this show already, we’re doubly looking forward to it now – see you all there!

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Who: Sam Octigan
What: What you Cant Forget solo show
Where: Just Another Project Space, 153 Greville St Prahran, Melbourne
When: Show opens Thursday April 10th from 6pm til 9pm and runs until 27th of April

Check Sam Octigan as well as the out the facebook event page for more info on the show!

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Feature Event – PUBLIC – Perth

Man, you have no idea how excited we are for this – PUBLIC is the kind of event we love the most, a showcase of all that is great and grand about art painted out on the streets and walls – just read on and check it out for yourself …

“From 5 – 13 April 2014, large-scale urban artworks will be developed by some of the world’s best known urban artists. Blank walls will be transformed throughout Perth, pop-up spaces created in Wolf Lane, and artists will begin residencies on William Street in Northbridge, which will result in Dear William, a dedication to William Street, opening on 13 April, with artworks installed on William Street from the 13-20 April.

Art in the City has a number of events that you can attend and get involved in; some of these are listed below, but keep checking the ‘What’s On‘ page for information about artists’ talks, walking tours, and more:

Art in the City: follow the map to watch as artworks unfold across Perth. 5 – 13 April.

PUBLIC Salon: exhibition of works by PUBLIC artists at FORM Gallery. Friday 11 April, 6pm.

PUBLIC House:  two days of events in Wolf Lane. Friday 11 & Saturday 12 April.

Dear William, a dedication to William Street: opening at  Turner Galleries. Sunday 13 April, 6pm.

PUBLIC will place Perth as an emerging international street art hotspot, alongside cities such as Bristol, New York, Miami, Barcelona and Buenos Aires; cities that are well-known for the impact of using art to enrich and empower the lives of its people.

PUBLIC will see walls and laneways around the Perth CBD and Northbridge transformed with street art, projections, installations and public events creating a unique cultural experience. This free program will bring leading contemporary West Australian, National and International visual, street and digital artists together including (but not limited to, for sure):

Jetsonorama (USA); Phlegm (UK); Jordan Seiler + Heavy Projects (USA); Nigel Bennet (Italy); eL Seed (Tunisia/Canada); ROA (Belgium); Ever (Argentina); Gaia (USA); Saner (Mexico); 2501 (Italy); Hyuro (Argentina); Alexis Diaz (Puerto Rico); Jaz (Argentina); Pixel Pancho (Italy); Maya Hayuk (USA); Remed (France); The Yok and Sheryo (Perth/USA); Beastman (Sydney); Kyle Hughes-Odgers (Perth); Lucas Grogan (Melbourne); Phibs (Sydney); Reko Rennie (Melbourne); Stormie Mills (Perth); Yandell Walton (Melbourne); and Vans the Omega (Adelaide) … and more!!

I mean, sssshiiiitttt! Heres a preview …

As a Perth boy myself, if you had of said to me that P-town would be playing host to over 45 artists from both Australia and across the world, artists who are some of the globes absolute finest, I would have looked at you and asked if you were kidding! But PUBLIC is no joke – this is exactly what the guys over at FORM have made happen, and its one of the most impressive things I’ve ever seen happen over in Perth. We’re so fkn excited that myself, Luke McManus and Dean Sunshine are all heading over to the event to check it all out for ourselves, so we’ll keep you up to date on everything happening!

Love seeing Perth being the focus of something so important, fuck yeah!

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Who: Jetsonorama (USA); Phlegm (UK); Jordan Seiler + Heavy Projects (USA); Nigel Bennet (Italy); eL Seed
(Tunisia/Canada); ROA (Belgium); Ever (Argentina); Gaia (USA); Saner (Mexico); 2501 (Italy); Hyuro (Argentina); Alexis Diaz (Puerto Rico); Jaz (Argentina); Pixel Pancho (Italy); Maya Hayuk (USA); Remed (France); The Yok and Sheryo (Perth/USA); Beastman (Sydney); Kyle Hughes-Odgers (Perth); Lucas Grogan (Melbourne); Phibs (Sydney); Reko Rennie (Melbourne); Stormie Mills (Perth); Yandell Walton (Melbourne); and Vans the Omega (Adelaide) – and we know for a fact that here are also a bunch of artists who are also participating who aren’t on this list!
What: PUBLIC
Where: All through the streets of the Perth CBD
When: Event runs from April 5th to April the 13th 2014 – nine days of painting awesomeness.

Check out the Public website and FORM over at facebook for more info.

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Exhibition – Apex – Little Wing Corner Gallery – Perth

In light of the W.A shark cull policy, Little Wing Corner Gallery  in conjunction with The Conservation Council of W.A  (CCWA), have put together a group exhibition to raise money.

APEX “The future of our oceans”.
Sharks are apex predators. Removing apex predators from the ocean can result in the loss of balance and eventual collapse of the marine ecosystem.
All art sales donated to CCWA to help protect our sharks.’

Worthy cause, heap of cool artists and live music. You do not want to miss this!
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Who: Amok Island, Sean Morris, Hayley Welsh, Robert Jenkins, Kiara Thomas, Dipesh Prasad, Brenton See, Rene Brink, Naomi Gittoes, Loren Kronemyer, J’amie Fazackerley, Kylie Rodd, Michael Dekker, Joshua Garner, Liam Dee, Calliope Bridge, Hannah Atcheson, Alexander Miller, Mike Maxted, Al EX, Girrl Toyy
What: Apex Exhiition
Where: Little Wing Corner Gallery – 263 Hay st, Subiaco, Perth
When: Opening night Saturday the 5th of April.

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Exhibition – ESCAPEVA – Kedai – Kelana Jaya – Malaysia

Weaving eight years of life experience of this Malaysian artist, Escapeva launches his first solo exhibition today.

Not satisfied with a normal nine to five job and a degree in graphic design, Escapva took up the aerosol can to study public painting. This show features what is means to be a graffiti artist in Malaysia. Entitled ‘Can Control’, Escapva claims ‘’Mastery of the spray can tip parallels the growth and development of self’’’.

Can Control is a highly composed and organised collection of what Escapva represents. This exhibition visually incorporates his steady progression into the world of graffiti, and hopes will encourage others to step out of the norm, and trust that following their hopes and dreams will allow room for creativity via an escape from reality.

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Who: Escapeva
What: ‘Can Control’ Solo Show
Where: KEDAI , D-G-03, Jalay SS6/20A, Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya 47301, Malaysia
When: 28th March – 11th April from 8.00PM-11.00 PM (opens daily)

Chek out the Escapva’s and KEDAI gallery’s Facebook page for more information.

https://www.facebook.com/thegreatescapeva (artist page)

https://www.facebook.com/kedai.co (gallery page)

https://www.facebook.com/events/438687846234750/ (event page)

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Snapshots – Ironlak 10th Anniversary – Paintup In Croft Lane

Croft alley saw a complete re-do last week, celebrating Ironlak’s 10th anniversary, with a stellar line up of some of Australia’s best graffers. We were down there on most of the days, checking out the work as it went up.

Artist’s such as Dvate, Sofles, Vans the Omega, WANE, Phibs, Dem 189, Sirum and many more got their work up on the walls, and David Russell caught it all on memcard with a damn nice fisheye. Take yourself down to Croft alley if you’re in Melbourne and check out the dopeness for yourselves.

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Exhibition – Urban + Iconic – Bundoora – Melbourne

We heard bits and pieces about this rad show opening up this weekend in the iconic Bundoora Homestead, and looking at the names on the flyer it looks totally rad – theres some great names there, and theres sure to be some great art in store, being curated by Juddy Roller and all!

“There is now no debate as to whether or not street art and its practitioners have been accepted into the mainstream consciousness. Embraced by tourism as a means to attract visitors, exploited by advertising agencies as hip backdrops to sell the latest urban SUV, and hashtagged to hell and back on social media networks; the image of street art and graffiti and what it represents is here to stay.

But exactly what it represents remains a contentious issue. Born from a necessity to rebel and express, graffiti & street art have developed to a point where it has penetrated the upper echelons of fine-art institutions around the world. It’s purists versus progressives and those that steadfastly cling to sentimental ideals and refuse to evolve get left behind.

Embracing the movement, it is forward-thinking initiatives such as the ‘Urban and Iconic’ exhibition sponsored by Darebin City Council that further legitimise the seriousness of the art form and its ever-increasing profile.

This exhibition symbolises the confluence of Australia’s rich artistic history with the present day; showcasing a variety of styles, approaches and the depth of introspective extension the medium and its artists have beyond its mainstream commodification. It aims to demystify stigmas attached to street art and educate viewers by recontexualising a selection of studio works from artists who all have a well-documented history of liberating blank walls without asking for permission.

Curated by Juddy Roller Studios, this exhibition showcases street art styles from local and internationally renowned artists currently practicing in Melbourne and features works by Adnate, Choq, Conrad, Drew, Jaws, Lucy Lucy, Makatron, Mayonaise, Rashe, Slicer and Tom Civil.

This exhibition celebrates National Youth Week, 4-13 April, 2014, and is presented by Bundoora Homestead Art Centre in partnership with Community Safety, City of Darebin and Juddy Roller Studios.

- See more at: http://www.bundoorahomestead.com/exhibition/urban-iconic/#sthash.yq2Rju25.dpuf

Bundoora Homestead is a beautiful space, and well worth the visit – and even more so worth it to check this show out whilst is on until the end of April! Get at it!

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Who: Adnate, Choq, Conrad, Drew, Jaws, Lucy Lucy, Makatron, Mayonaise, Rashe, Slicer and Tom Civil
What: Urban + Iconic Group Show
Where: Bundoora Homestead, 7-27 Snake Gully Drive, Bundoora, Melbourne
When: Show opens Saturday 29th March from 2pm til 5pm and runs until April 27th 2014

Check out the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre for more info!

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Snapshots – Wasted – Junky Projects – Dark Horse Experiment

We made it down to Junky Project’s show “Wasted” on Friday and as expected it was a great show. Junky’s usual creatures plus some interesting sculptures. Junky also built a small city out of polystyrene and invading monsters to match. Check out these great photos by David Russell.

 

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Wasted, Junky Projects

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