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Event & Book Launch – Street Art Now – Melbourne

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.”

You can also purchase the book online here.

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!!

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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!

Check out the facebook event page and the Land Of Sunshine website for more info!

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Event – Sticky Fingers Apparel Label Launch and Show – At K+N Studios In Richmond

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”

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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

Face book event here 

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Event – 3rd Chapter – Pop Up Concept Store – Windsor.

Get down to a Artist’s Lane to check out 3rd Chapters pop up store, releasing a new line of clothing, custom rolling papers and more, it opens this Thursday the 17th.

Be early as stock won’t last.

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Who: 3rd Chapter

What: Pop Up Concept Store

Where: 101 Artists Lane Windsor

When: July the 17th This Thursday

Facebook event page here.

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Snapshots – Girls of the Underworld – Kult Gallery – Singapore

Last Friday, we attended the Kult gallery exhibition, Girls of the underworld. The show showcased works of 34 female artists of various backgrounds. It featured works such as paintings, sculptures to installations, they had it all. Although the gallery is a fair bit of a walk from the main road it was worth it.

Below are some of the photographs of the exhibition.

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Snapshots – Now & Then – Ha Ha, Dlux & Sync.

Last Friday night we had the honour of attending one of the coolest shows we’ve been to in some time – the joint group exhibition by none other than Ha Ha, Sync and Dlux (aka James Dodd, who we interviewed last week).

There was something really intriguing about this exhibition – walking in, you got the sense of stepping back in time, but knowing that you were firmly rooted in the present. Old stencils (the actual acetate themselves), covered in layers of paint adorned the walls – many, very familiar icons that had been seen on the street of Melbourne many times.

New works, vibrant and clean sat alongside them. Where it all began, and where it all ended, well, I don’t really know – it was hard to see any real transition point between the time frames, which is how it was intended – it was one, beautiful  though – Now & Then was, indeed, an uplifting experience. Throughout the room you could sense the joy oozing off the walls, from a group of artists who have continued, unrelenting, to create and pursue their passions for the past decade.

Perhaps the thing that it gave to me most, was hope for the next decade, and for those artists who have just started out, those who are still working – if this show was anything to go by, the progress of time, the unrelenting politics and bullshit of scene, and the progression of work from walls outside to walls inside does nothing to diminish, and everything to enhance, the veracity of art produced by those who have a background in street based art.

Thanks to David Russell, we have a whole bunch of photos from the show below – enjoy!

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Magazine Release – Street Struck #2

When we picked up the first issue of Street Struck last year, we opened its pages and were more than a little fkn impressed – there are many magazines out there these days covering graffiti and street art, and its hard to push up amongst the pack,- but what we saw within its pages made us realise that it was well on its way, already, to being a leader amongst its peers.

Beautiful photography, imagery and behind the scenes shots, littered with works from some of Melbournes finest artists, Street Struck is the Melbourne graffiti magazine that we’ve needed  – and now they’ve released Issue #2, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it.

“Street Struck magazine is a Melbourne based limited edition publication focusing on all elements of graffiti. Issue 02 is 80 pages and packed full of high quality mostly unseen pictures. Including full colour productions, legals, tracksides, panels, freights, blackbooks & bombing; from some of the city’s (and its visitors) most active writers.

Features include GDS Crew, Leo One and blackbook entries from Pudl, John Kaye, Presto and I-Spy

The magazine is limited to only 500 copies.

Issue 2 has just landed in Melbourne, now currently available at Giant, Villain, Obese Records and online at www.obeserecords.bigcartel.com - It will be making its way around Australia to all good hip-hop stores next week.”

Check out a bunch of the preview images the Streetstruck dudes sent along below – rad shit indeed, get a copy as soon as you can.

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Once again – go buy this shit! www.obeserecords.bigcartel.com 

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Event – Six Years Later – Issue #3 Launch – Melbourne

The cool crew over at Six Years Later will be holding an amazing bunch of launch events over a three day period in celebration of their third issue. Not only will there be a mad assed exhibition, but there will also be a weekends worth of events and workshops!

“It’s gonna be an epic weekend by Six Years Later Magazine. So to ease you into the night, we’ve got a classic hip-hop set by DJ Guy Bronson coming your way. Keeping you hydrated on the night will be the award-winning brew from Kwencher Beverage. If beer isn’t your thing, you’ll be able to stay refreshed with some Stolen Recipe Ice Tea or some good ‘ol H20 byFree Is Better.

To top it all of, we’re doing our infamous Golden Ticket giveaways. Every mag purchase, art buy or gold coin donation puts you in the running to win up to $2000 worth of snazzy Boywolf merch, a Diana F+ Gold Edition lomo camera from Urban Attitude, 6YL mags or limited edition prints from Dangerfork.

Oh! BTW, we’ll also be selling some rad shirts and matching tote bags. Big thanks to Aisle6ix Industries and Permaset Aqua for their expertise.

Our exhibition features some fantastic work from:

Fintan MageeUnwell BunnyApesevenHeesco, Luke Henley, A Curious Bestiary : Art by Kaitlin BeckettJack Douglasthirty60Sam Wong Photography, Shari Rubeck, Losop, Ryan Boserio, OhnoesAndrew Frazer / adf designs, Crisis, GlewTwo, Lady D, A. MacMatto Lucas Artist, Chris Le, Aaron Tyler, ADi, Anna Trundle, Carolyn O’Neill, Jemila MacEwan, Jess Parker,Jesse Wakenshaw – Mixed Media Visual Artist, Joel Sammut, Sally Ridge, Serene Kitchen, Wardah Mohamad.

WORKSHOPS [SATURDAY 10am-6pm]

We’ll also be holding 3 workshops on Saturday:

Stencil Workshop with Losop
https://www.facebook.com/events/573021492805750/

Drawing Workshop with Aaron Tyler
https://www.facebook.com/events/422148191253883/

Zine-O-Jam with Chehehe
https://www.facebook.com/events/442569405875018/

**Please click ‘Attending’ to register your spot. Some classes are limited to 20 people.

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PAINT JAM [SUNDAY 10am-6pm]

It’s gonna be the last day of the exhibition so we thought we’d just have a little paint jam around the gallery. Come down, say hello and put a bid in – there will also be a blind auction on the finished pieces so you can get your hands on some quality art – if you’re lucky!”

We will be heading down there for a bunch of the events, lots of our favourite artists are doing shit – and we hope to see a whole bunch o you there as well – gunna be a great weekend!!

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Who: Fintan MageeUnwell BunnyApesevenHeesco, Luke Henley, A Curious Bestiary : Art by Kaitlin BeckettJack Douglasthirty60Sam Wong Photography, Shari Rubeck, Losop, Ryan Boserio, OhnoesAndrew Frazer / adf designs, Crisis, GlewTwo, Lady D, A. MacMatto Lucas Artist, Chris Le, Aaron Tyler, ADi, Anna Trundle, Carolyn O’Neill, Jemila MacEwan, Jess Parker,Jesse Wakenshaw – Mixed Media Visual Artist, Joel Sammut, Sally Ridge, Serene Kitchen, Wardah Mohamad
What: Six Years Later Magazine Launch
Where: Boywolf Project space – 1 Doonside St, Richmond, VIC
When: Friday March 23rd 2014 from 6pm til 9pm and then workshops during the day on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th.

Check out Six Years Later for even more info!

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Book Launch & Live Art – Figment – Melbourne

"Shane Andrews" face is known to pretty much anyone who paints or puts on shows here in Melbourne. One of our cities many diligent paintspotters, he has been roaming the city, taking snaps of everything he sees, for several years now – and his website, allThoseShapes, is a veritable treasure trove of cool art from around the city.

Now, he’s put it all together into a nice, lush tome for all to put on their coffee tables and share it around with their mates – and the launch party, complete with tunes and live art, is on this week.

"Figment’ is the first book from Toby Fairbank (sometimes known as Shane Andrews) who runs the Melbourne street art and graffiti website allThoseShapes, which now has over 300 artist pages and 8000 photos from around Melbourne.

Figment’s 200 pages contain over 320 photos most in landscape A4 placed together somewhat randomly as you would find them in the streets. The adventures are shown visually with all artist information and text left till the end of the book to let the art speak for itself.

Some of the art comes from the more obvious places such as the infamous Hosier Lane; some from regularly pasted places like Fitzroy, Northcote and Brunswick, some from the railways and some from abandos like the now departed Collingwood silos.

The artists in the book come from Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, New Zealand, Iran, UK, Italy, Belgium, Japan, Brazil, France, ++ though all the art was created in Melbourne.
For most of the art in this book, Figment is now all that remains. If you would like to have a copy of this sweet reminder, Figment is being launched on Thursday 16 January @ Trunk bar 275 Exhibition St, Melbourne.

There will be live art by RusKidd & Loadz (and possibly one other…!) which can be purchased at the end of the night (if you are lucky enough to be first!) music by euonim and copies of Figment to be bought and signed."

Head down this Thursday night, its a hot one this week, and the beer will be flowing, so head down there to check it all out!!

If you can’t by chance make it down this Thursday, or you’re out of town, you can grab yourself a copy of the book here!

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Who: A whole bunch of artists in the book, and Ruskidd and Loadz doing live art
What: Figments book launch
Where: Trunk bar 275 Exhibition St, Melbourne
When: Launch is on Thursday evening 16th January 2013, from 4pm to 8pm – one night only!!

Check out the facebook event page here.

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Snapshots – Shida – A Call To The Spirits

Last Friday night I headed down to The Silent Army storeroom at Blender studios to check out the latest creative endeavour from Shida – the launch of his book A Call To The Spirits.

The book itself is fantastic, I picked up a copy, sat down hung over on a Sunday and read through its pages – and thoroughly enjoyed both the artwork and the story itself.

Check out all the artwork from the show below (thanks to David Russell), and a glimpse of what you can find in the pages of the book – which you can buy for yourself right here.

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Snapshots – That One Shot

With over two hundred entries, I can only imagine how hard it was for the Chasinghosts crew to select only twelve images from the entire lot for the inaugural That One Shot Melbourne street art photography exhibition. Held down at Husband in Prahran last Friday night, the whole thing was voted for by a bunch of industry judges including Toby (Just Another Agency), Steve Cross (Korpus Tattoo), Nicole Reed (A Shot Away), Mel Dixon (Lomography) and Saul Attack (Boy Wolf Clothing).

I also got hold of one of the new "Chased" shirts, the new shirt label from the Chasinghosts team – must say, that Crisis does some dope work!

This mad shot of Sinch bombing in St Kilda from Carl A won the award – a perfect example of why I love this shit. Well deserved!

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The runner up was John Mcclumpha’s "Closing Time" – a brilliant shot of Degraves St.

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… and the peoples choice award was another fantastic image, from Michel Cabre for  "Dark Street Art" shot taken near Little Lonsdale St.

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It was a fantastic idea and brilliantly executed. I can see this whole event just getting stronger and stronger every year. Its nice to see the hard working crew form Chasinghosts doing something to acknowledge such an important part of our scene – all the paintspotters and aficionados who do so much to promote the art that we all love.

Check out all the rest of the finalists here, and check out all our shots from the event below – once again, well done!

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