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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
**Please click ‘Attending’ to register your spot. Some classes are limited to 20 people.
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!!
"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!!
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!!
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!
The runner up was John Mcclumpha’s "Closing Time" – a brilliant shot of Degraves St.
… and the peoples choice award was another fantastic image, from Michel Cabre for "Dark Street Art" shot taken near Little Lonsdale St.
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.
When I first moved over to Melbourne, I often frequented what is still one of my favourite galleries – At Large. Run by two of Melbournes finest artists, Mishap and Simz, shows at At Large are still something that I look back on with a lot of fondness. The gallery, however, wasn’t the only grand thing about those times – it was the chance to get to know both artists, and their work, that really defined the time.
Having been a little quieter on the art front of late, I knew that when I next heard from Mishap that she’d have something really unique and awesome up her sleeve – the girl just can’t stop creating. Thats when I heard about her new project, Def Lab Jewellery.
"DEF LAB is a new Melbourne Designer Jewellery Label, specializing in unique, quality, custom made designs. Made and designed in Melbourne by Graffiti Artist Mishap (At Large Gallery), the first collection also features some Limited Edition Silver rings from partner in crime Rolex Bifta.
The label has been an entire year in the making of learning how to translate her art to a new medium and produce her designs in top quality silver, brass and hand painted sustainable maple.
DEF LAB is proud to unveil it’s very first collection My Life, which is inspired by the Artist’s love of Hip Hop, Pinup and Tattoos. Amongst the collection are Sterling Silver rings inspired by Influential rappers, Graffiti alphabet necklaces in ice cream flavours, and Custom Brass name plates. The collection although eclectic, all have one thing in common; they’re inspired by the things we love in our everyday life, painting and having fun with friends, city life in Melbourne and the music we listen to.
The range can be seen in person at Collingwood Gallery for one night only. All orders made on the night will receive 10% off, can be customized to suit you and sent out in the following weeks. Join us for some bubbly and come follow our exciting new journey!"
Now, I’m no purveyor of jewellery – and I don’t believe I’ve ever posted up an article about jewellery on this site, but having seen some of the previews of the work that I’ve seen Mishap put up, I can safely say that I’m a fan. They’re a grand extension of her street aesthetics, and I’m excited to see it all!
Head down to Collingwood gallery this Thursday night to see it as well.
Who: Def Lab Jewellery (Mishap) What: Def Lab Jewellery Launch Where: Collingwood Gallery, Collingwood Gallery, 292 Smith St, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia When: Opening runs from 6:30pm til 9:30pm Thursday 5th December – for one night only!!
On Saturday Lou Chamberlain released her labour of love “Street Art Melbourne”. Lou has been collecting shots of Melbourne’s amazing street art in our streets and lanes for the last 6 years or so, and the result is this great new book, showcasing some of Melbourne’s best along side interstate and international visitors. Lou also invited a bunch of artists down and provided some paint to help colour the lane. Thanks to Dave Russell as usual for the great shots.
The book will be on sale from Friday this week and is published by Explore Australia (a subsidiary of Hardy Grant). You can grab a copy at all good bookstores, or online here.
Two things that seem to follow me everywhere, beer and art – my work these days is filled with talking about beer, beer websites and everything beer brand related … I have been an avid craft brewer for many years, AG and the occassional partial – none of this kit shit. So whenever I see a brewery or a brand of beer working with artists, I have this big inner warm smile shit going on – and when I saw that Sydney Brewery is launching a new beer alongside some damn cool artists work, then yeah, I got a bit fkn excited!
"To celebrate Sydney Craft Beer Week 2013 (October 19th-26th), Black Penny have teamed up with Sydney Brewery, as well as an array of Sydney’s most impressive emerging artists to create a limited edition brew aptly named ‘Black Magic’. Working alongside Michael Caplado, Head Brewer at Sydney Brewery, we’ve have handcrafted a light and sessionable Hybrid EBS and Porter Beer with a dark amber hue. The velvet body denotes caramel and raisin overtones with a fruity backbone. Sounds complex, but drinks easy – perfect for a Sunday arvo session or post-work kick-back.
The evenings vibe will be complimented by Afro Funk band The Liberators, who will indulge the crowds in a stripped back version of their live experience. The band will be sharing tasty morsels from their upcoming album ‘Power Struggle.’
And to top it off we have an all-star lineup exhibition which includes Alex Lehours, Ben Marriott, Brent Smith (Biffy), Chris Yee, Claire Perini, Georgia Hill, Mark Drew, Ky Pamenter (Phoenix Empire), Marty Routledge (Roach), Robin Claire, Charlie Nivison (Silly Pear) and Thomas Jackson."
This night looks mad, and a great lineup of some of our favourite artists here – I wish more breweries were doing stuff like this down in Melbourne – and where do I get myself some of this ESB/Porter bastard mix? Ah well, going to have to settle to see the photos, I guess!
Head down there next week to check it out if you’re in Sydney!
Who: Alex Lehours, Ben Marriott, Brent Smith (Biffy), Chris Yee, Claire Perini, Georgia Hill, Mark Drew, Ky Pamenter (Phoenix Empire), Marty Routledge (Roach), Robin Claire, Charlie Nivison (Silly Pear) and Thomas Jackson What: Black Magic group show and beer launch Where: Black Penny Bar & Gallery, 648 Bourke St, Surry Hills, Sydney When: Show opens Tuesday October 22nd 2013 and runs for the week!
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