The annual Melbourne Midsumma festival is coming up fast, and alongside this twenty four year old annual celebration of gay, lesbian, bi, trans, intersex and queer arts, we’ve come to expect an amazing array of creative shows and events across its program. This year is jam packed full of great displays, not least of which is Brett Willis’s upcoming solo show at Prahrans ArtBoy Gallery,Toonarama.
"A caricature collection of the famous and infamous … incredible icons, cool celebrities, sexy sports stars, community cuties and fabulous friends.
TOONARAMA – The Exhibition features limited edition digital artwork caricature prints by 2012 Midsumma Festival Premier Artist for Stonnington – cartoonist Brett Willis.
The cast of cartoon hottie caricatures include Pop Princess Kylie Minogue, Olympic Diver Matt Mitchum, Music Icons Madonna & George Michael, Drag Legends Kerrie Le Gore, Tabitha Turlington & Doug Lucas, 100% KYLIE show star Lucy Bailey, Music Guru Ian "Molly" Meldrum, Melbourne STORM rugby player Cooper Cronk, comedian Josh Thomas, underwear model Nick Bracks, politician Penny Wong and more… plus a special tribute to the late Vivien St James."
Toonarama is ArtBoys first foray for the New Year, its a wonderfully comedic look at pop culture and a great warm up for what we know is going to be an amazing year ahead!
Who: Brett Willis What: Toonarama solo show Where: Artboy Gallery, 99 Greville Street, Prahran, VIC When: Show opens Thursday 12th January from 6pm til 9pm, and runs til 29th January
Heaps of cool stuff posted up everywhere this week, hard to know where to start, but we’ll just put it out as it comes … hope you are enjoying your Saturday morning off work (and for those who are working, commiserations!)
Safehouse Studio Opening @ Dangerfork
We got down a bit late, but the Safehouse Studio Opening show was complete win – we can’t wait to see what these guys come up with next! Saw these over at Dangerfork …
Probably the biggest slew of photos to come out this week were those from over in San Francisco, where a huge contingent of Australian street artists converged for the Young & Free exhibition. It was an important show, and one of the biggest Oz contingent ever to hit an overseas location, and was an amazing showcase of some great artists from across the Australian street art scene. …
Everfresh threw a whooooleeee bunch of images and such up on their Tumblr (they unfortunately had a couple of issues with images in the past week, all seems to be fixed now though). Some absolutely mad work in it.
That pretty much caps off this weeks roundup of pics from across the blogosphere, enjoy the rest of your weekend, and, if you have anything you’d like for us to cover in this section, just send us through the deets!
With his solo show “New” opening tomorrow night, Ed Bechervaise brings Unwell Bunny to Prahrans Rtist Gallery. We interviewed Ed earlier in the year before his last show, “Fast Forward”, and we were stoked when he sent us a range of images highlighting the process behind his “New” body of work.
So read on for all the preview pics, as well as a bunch of cool words on the philosophy of the work and what to expect – its gunna be a grand night at Rtist Gallery!
“This show ‘New’ is really just highlighting how we live right now – the speed in which we move, and the rate in which things come and go.
Crush City in Brissy have been running their End2End competition, and so much great shit has been coming out from it.
"We dropped 20 of Brissy’s most active writers names into a hat, drew one out and armed them with 4 colours to display their style in it’s simplest form. No effects and no fancy business.. We let them start it off then pass it on to the next writer…
The rules are:
• Writers may only use BLACK, CHROME, WHITE & ONE OTHER COLOUR • Writers must nominate the next artist and make sure they rock up to contest… Punishable by methods we cannot disclose publically. • Writers must keep it fresh!