In 2012, local artist Wayne Tindall and Invurt began an epic multi-year project to transform a dilapidated laneway in the back streets of Windsor and Chapel St into a thriving mecca of street art on Melbournes south side.
After a period of time running the project, dubbed, unofficially, “Aerosol Alley”, the laneway gained the attention of Stonnington council, who offered to allocate the previously un-named laneway an official moniker – Artists Lane and threw their support behind the project. In time, local businesses and other members of the local community also began to offer their support, and this once disused lane now plays host to a growing number of visitors and artists, both domestically and international, and is a focal point for graffiti and street art in the City of Stonnington and the greater Melbourne area.
Having played host to over four large scale painting sessions to date, including the inaugural Aerosol Alley event last year, artists are set once again to begin yet another transformation of the laneway, with a celebration of the new work to be held this Sunday, March 2nd, with the official Aerosol Alley 2 event.
“Aerosol Alley 2″ will feature over twenty of Melbournes finest graffiti and street artists renewing the walls of the laneway over the weekend, with live painting, food, DJs, street poetry and a host of fun on offer on the Sunday afternoon.
During the event, several artists will also be painting in the laneway, and there will be a special live art display of a first time ever collaboration – CONRAD BIZJAK vs SHIDA !!
Some of the artists who will be contributing to the new makeover of the laneway prior to the event will include:
Drewfunk, Putos, Silk Roy, Loadz, Presto, Ero, Senekt, Bailer, Facter, Ohnoes, Amac, Jak Rapmund, Paners, Woke, joJo Spins, Jack Frost, Short, Choq, Jack Douglas, Makatron, Heesco, Ryan Boserio, Troll, Mysterious Al, Pierre Llloga, Unwell Bunny, Frosk, Jonathan Guthmann and Ashley Goudie, and theres already some new feature art on the walls by INK & CLOG (Singapore).
There will be a great DJ lineup on the day, with plenty of urban beats for you in the carpark, with tuneage from:
Mike Steva (Deeperoots)
Jimmy James (Strictly Vinyl)
Chris NG (Le Soul, Goodlife)
MzRizk (Rizky’s Block Party)
Nubody (Bounce Audio)
Come down and join us in Artists Lane (Between Union & Green st) in Windsor on Sunday, March 2nd from 2pm til 7pm for a unique event! We’d love to see you all down there!!
Who: Live art from SHIDA & Conrad Bizjak (and a few others) and the exhibition of new works on the walls by Drewfunk, Putos, Silk Roy, Loadz, Presto, Ero, Senekt, Bailer, Facter, Ohnoes, Amac, Jak Rapmund, Paners, Woke, Jack Frost, Short, Choq, Mishap, Jack Douglas, Makatron, Heesco, Ryan Boserio, Troll, Mysterious Al, Pierre Llloga, Unwell Bunny and Ashley Goudie, and featuring new art by INK & CLOG (Singapore) What: Aerosol Alley 2 Where: Artists Lane, (between Union and Green st), Windsor, VIC When: Event starts 2pm on Sunday 2nd March 2014 and runs til the evening!
Every year, when Semi-Permanent comes around, there is one event that we just dont miss, and thats the annual JAGS exhibition.
Just Another is one of our favourite agencies, and their artists stable is second to none, containing some of the higher calibre talent in the country, (and out of it!) – and one of their group shows is always awesome.
"In conjunction with Semi-Permanent Melbourne, Just Another Agency brings you the fourth instalment of their annual “Just Another Group Show” – an exhibition celebrating the diversity and eclectic nature of the agency’s stable of artists. Each artist involved has been asked to create a single piece of work showcasing their unique style, formatted to a square."
If there is one show that you go to see every year, this is the one – head down there this Thursday night to see it for yourself!
Who: Pretty much the entire Just Another artist stable, which you can check out here. What: Just Another Group Show 2013 Where: 361 Little Lonsdale st, (Entry via Heape Crt) When: Show opens Thursday 24th October from 6pm til 9pm and runs until the 27th October
Our good friend, and talented as fuck tattooist and street artist, Jack Douglas has just released a bean new little video showcasing his artwork – fkn love it!
“Brandishing an arsenal of colour and mind bending subjects all smacked together with the cuteness of a Hanna-Barbera cartoon Jack appears to be onto something.
Like Ren and Stimpy meets Where the Wild Things Are he caresses form-representing animals, characterized innate objects and spews off beat colour throughout. Launching the image into a Technicolor ensemble that would happily sit alongside many a storybook writers narrative. His punctuation of form with the use of thick dark outline only emphasises the colour barricaded within.
Looking for something soft and cuddly? Well you wont find it here. Sure from afar you might think you saw a Teddy Bear but on closer inspection prepare to have your preconceptions shaken violently.
Jack has been tattooing for just over a year now and this video documents his progress, both as a street artist and tattooist”
A sensational line up of artists have selected their favourite art piece from the corner of their studios for the upcoming group show. With the successful recent showing of Creature Creature at the newly minted Chaotic Gallery, “In This Corner” will open on Friday, August 9th 2013.
One of a kind, Chaotic Gallery is Melbourne’s newest and coolest Art Space spilling out into ‘Artists Lane’ in Windsor. Tucked away in this corner of Melbourne, Artists Lane features works from some of Australia’s best Street Artists, many who are featured in this exhibition.
Teaming up with Invurt.com and curated by David Russell, Wayne Tindalls Chaotic Gallery presents a slew of both established and up and coming artists in this feastful showcase of Australian art.
Encompassing painting, illustration, street art based works, photography and other urban delights, “In This Corner” is the first in an ongoing series of group exhibitions to be held at Chaotic.
This is a rare opportunity to grab some original art directly from the corners of studios based in Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland. Followers, fanatics, friends and lovers of good art and photography – there’s something here for everyone!
“In This Corner”proudly presents Heesco, Conrad Bizjack, Jack Douglas, Makatron, Nicole Reed, Creature Creature, Wayne Tindall, Unwell Bunny, Steen Jones, Yvette Marie Tziallas, Mikaela Jane, Saul Attack, Sam kidkong Wong, James Watkins, GT Sewell, The Doctor, Thomas Stone, Jono, Slek, Perks and Jonny Crennan.
Come down and check out Chaotic Gallery, Artists Lane, Windsor (Running from Union Street to Green Street). Just look for the street art on the walls.
Opening 6PM Friday 9th August – Come and meet the artists and support them by grabbing an original! Keep an eye on Chaotic Gallery and here at Invurt for more news on the show as it happens!
Who: Heesco, Conrad Bizjack, Jack Douglas, Makatron, Nicole Reed, Creature Creature, Wayne Tindall, Unwell Bunny, Steen Jones, Yvette Marie Tziallas, Mikaela Jane, Saul Attack, Sam kidkong Wong, James Watkins, GT Sewell, The Doctor, Thomas Stone, Jono, Slek, Perks and Jonny Crennan. What: In This Corner Group Show Where: Chaotic Gallery, Artists Lane, Windsor VIC (Running between Green and Unions streets, Windsor – look for the signs!) When: Show opens Friday 9th August from 6pm til 9pm and runs until the 30th August
Wow, has it really been a year already since Just Another Project Space started up? Well, apparently so, and, of course, they’re having a show to celebrate!!!!
"Just Another Project Space is turning ONE! Yep that’s right, to think that it was a year ago that Just Another and Signed & Numbered teamed up to bring you the Just Another Project Space is crazy!
Yet here we are so let’s celebrate with a massive group show based around the theme of ‘one’. Featuring a range of S&N and JA Artists including ADi, Apeseven, Boo, Carley Cornelissen, Clare Toms, Dest, Does, Eddy Sara, Eleven, Heesco, Ian Mutch, Jack Douglas, Kaff-Eine, Kaitlin Beckett, Kirpy, Kitty Horton, Pierre Lloga, Nate Holmes Trapnell, Rena Littleson, Sirum, Slicer and Thirty60."
Looks like an amazing lineup, as always from the Just Another and Signed & Numbered crew. Wish I could be there for it – happy birthday dudes!!!!
Who: ADi, Apeseven, Boo, Carley Cornelissen, Clare Toms, Dest, Does, Eddy Sara, Eleven, Heesco, Ian Mutch, Jack Douglas, Kaff-Eine, Kaitlin Beckett, Kirpy, Kitty Horton, Pierre Lloga, Nate Holmes Trapnell, Rena Littleson, Sirum, Slicer and Thirty60 What: One – Just Another Project Space 1st Birthday Where: Just Another Project Space, 153 Greville St, Prahran When: Show opens 6pm 9pm – Thursday 4th July, 2013
Some of you may remember back in January that we posted a big assed painting session in Windsor that we helped to produce – at the time, I’d jokingly said that as the laneway didn’t have any official name, that it should be called "Aerosol Alley" … well, I guess its no longer a joke, and there’s going to be a big launch party this weekend to celebrate the project, and you’re all fucking invited!
Since Wayne Tindall started painting in an old laneway behind his studio in Windsor (Melbourne) back in 2009, Aerosol Alley has since grown into a beautiful example of what a community of artists can do when presented with an opportunity to remake a disused urban environment. After beginning to paint several murals in the laneway on his own, Wayne then invited a bunch of artists along to help him out – it was at that stage that we here at Invurt became involved in the project, helping to co-ordinate three sessions of painting by street artists over the course of two years.
With the entire project having been filmed by Wayne Tindall, the launch party will also include a special preview screening of part of the documentary that was filmed of the project. Artists such as Heesco, Hancock, Kaff-eine, Meggs, Unwell Bunny, Facter, Jack Douglas, Pierre Lloga, Porno, S4beth, Mishap, Dopio, Dvate, Gent, Askem, Dcat, Conrad Bizjak, Eleven, Phoenix, Shida and many, many more have all, over the course of several painting sessions been both interviewed and filmed, and a full length doco of it all is in the works.
You can check out a preview of the documentary below – there will be an extended version shown at the event!
Since the New Years painting session, several other artists, such as Shida and Kaff-eine ,have also joined in on the project, and quite a few other pieces have gone up – its turned into an amazing public art space, where before it was truly just a run down laneway. As you can tell, we’re just a little bit proud to have been a part of it, and grateful for the opportunity, and all the support, that Wayne Tindall and the building owners provided!
Starting from 2pm on the day, an amazing lineup of live music will also herald the event – with performances from Psyde Projects, Mish’Chief, Ryan Knowles, Andre Le, Vogue and Jay Tindall. As an added bonus, the whole thing will be broadcast live via Kiss FM.
Mysterious Al, Unwell Bunny and Shida will all also be painting live at the event. As a special bonus, Wayne Tindall will also be launching his new gallery "Chaotic" in conjunction with the event. The gallery launch will feature a 101 Life Drawing event, as well as the launch of a fantastic new "Outdoor Gallery" that Wayne and David Russell have been working on over the past few months.
The Aerosol Alley launch party is proudly supported by Chaotic Gallery, Boywolf, Invurt, David Russell Photography, Kiss Fm, Print Express, RedTV, Chapel St, Tyranny Of Distance, The Wolf & I and Sticky Beak.
Head down there this weekend to check it all out for yourself, see some mad live art, and brock out to some rad live music.
This is real Melbourne street art, at its finest!!
Who: Live art by Mysterious Al, Unwell Bunny, Shida. Tunes by Psyde Projects, Mish’Chief, Ryan Knowles, Andre Le, Vogue and Jay Tindall. Mural and artwork by Heesco, Hancock, Kaff-eine, Meggs, Unwell Bunny, Facter, Jack Douglas, Pierre Lloga, Porno, S4beth, Dvate, Gent, Askem, Mishap, Dopio, Dcat, Conrad Bizjak, Eleven, Phoenix, Shida and many, many more What: Aerosol Alley Launch Party Where: Aerosol Alley (Laneway between Green and Union St, Windsor) When: Event starts 2pm Sunday 17th March – one day only! You can also catch the tunes from the event live on Kiss Fm!
Almost missed this one, apologies as it looks absolutely mad! Some of Melbournes finest will be getting together tonight to put on Animal Styles – a great charity show in support of the WSPA Wildlife Society.
All you have to do is take a brief look through the list of artists to know that this will be absolute quality – and with hand painted bird boxes, planters and animal inspired artworks, you know you’ll get something unique whilst supporting a great cause!
Head down to 143 Johnson St in Collingwood tonight to check it all out!
Who: Toots Mcgee, Tiws, Tisk, Sofles, Stopem, Silk Roy, Sear, S4beth, Ruby Gaile, Putos, Pornograffixxx, Makatron, Jorz, Jack Douglas, Gent 4, Flint, Dvate, Duke, Dubiz, Doodle, Danny Young, Cam Scale, Armed KSA What: Animal Style group show Where: 143 Johnston St, Collingowood When: Show opens Friday 15th February 2013, from 6pm til 9pm – show runs for only Saturday and Sunday from 11am til 5pm!
About a year ago, we started working on a project in Prahran/Windsor with local artist and film media guru Wayne Tindall, at a laneway that was given the title Union Lane (it runs between Green and Union streets in Windsor). We helped organise a whole group of artists to paint for the first session, and then we helped again for a second session during winter last year – both were a great success. You can see photos from the first paintup here and the second session here.
When we’d finished off the laneway, (for the most part), I looked over at a big carpark towards the end of the laneway and remarked to Wayne how great it would be if we could paint there – he said he’d make enquiries and see what he could do …
Some months later, after a bunch of organising, a very supportive building owners permission, as well as with Wayne and his wife Annes generous above and beyond help (Anne and Wayne run the amazing Change The World organisation that you should check out), we had the paint and lifts organised and were ready to go. This was our big end of year painting session, and we wanted to see out 2012 with a bang.
It took us a day to buff the entirety of the carpark – we went for a simple primary colour scheme to hold it all together, and still give everyone free reign to paint as they liked.
We invited a bunch of people down to paint, not only was almost our entire WSW crew present (Conrad Bizjak, Heesco, P-Yeah, Jack Douglas, Hancock, Unwell Bunny and myself – minus Mysterious Al who was off in Thailand on a beach somewhere) but we invited down a whole bunch of people who we thought would enjoy a bit of an epic paint. Meggs, DVATE, Gent, S4beth, Porno, Askem, Presto, Eleven, Phoenix and Dcat all joined in on the action – a massive thanks to all of them for their time and amazing artwork, and to everyone else who helped out with the project.
There is currently a documentary being made of the entire project by Wayne Tindall and David Russell charting the progress of all three painting sessions over the past year or so (you can see part of the eventual doco from the first painting session here) – its going to be grand, and we’ll let you know when its coming out; the plan is to have a big festival in the laneway and carpark for its release.
Tonight will see the launch of a book that many have long looked forward to – the culmination of a passion project that we’ve followed from its inception. Having been “paintspotting” around Melbourne for years, Dean Sunshine started sharing his captures way back in 2010 – opening up his blog, Land Of Sunshine to the masses. Back in March, 2011, Dean became a regular contributor here on Invurt, sending through his monthly roundup of Top 10 pieces he’d seen around the streets of Melbourne – and Dean and I have been great friends ever since.
Now, he’s taken that collection of thousands of photos and somehow, extraordinarily, managed to cut them down into a book – named, of course Land Of Sunshine. How he managed to do this, I have no idea – but the result is 300 pages of incredible art from across Melbourne in the past two or three years. This isn’t any old work, either – it is the cream of the crop in many ways, much of the artwork inside it will be familiar to you if you’ve followed Melbourne street art over the past few years. If you’re just getting into it, well, its an amazing introduction and primer to what goes on down here in the ‘Burn.
I’m not going to talk too much about Dean here, because I was honoured enough to do so for the introduction to the book itself – theres plenty of jibber jabber in there. So please, read on for a little bit behind about one of the best people I know amongst this crazy world of the Melbourne street art community …
How long have you been enamoured by the Melbourne street art scene, and where did your affinity for art on the walls spring from?
I’m lucky to have grown up in Melbourne during the hip hop/graffiti explosion in the 80′s. Being an impressionable teenager I was hooked straight away. Over the last twenty years I have been surrounded by ever changing art on the streets whilst driving across Melbourne as part of my daily work routine. For the last five years, I’ve been taking photos and documenting the street art scene – my blog, Land of Sunshine, was started in 2010.
How long have you been working on the book and where did the idea to do it first come from?
I started to think about producing a book earlier this year after realising there was a lack of printed matter showcasing the overall scene in Melbourne, specifically the last few years. As I had all the content (over 12,000 images) it only took three months from starting the process to pressing print.
What did you want to represent with this book, and how did you want to accomplish this aim?
I wanted to represent the post stencil Melbourne street art acene and specifically to showcase the artists and pieces that have impressed and inspired me over the last few years – there are so many … it was very difficult to cull them to just 300 pages …
What were some of the more challenging aspects of putting together the book, and what were some of the unexpected difficulties you encountered along the way?
I think the most challenging aspect of doing a book is the content, but as I had hard drives full of images that was pretty easy. Sorting the artists’ images and organising the other chapters definitely took some time, but again, not too difficult. The hardest part of it all was acknowledging that my photos needed re-touching for print, and that I didn’t know how to use InDesign to get the files ready for the printer.
With the keen eye and help from both Elizabeth McLeish and Georgina O’Connor these two issues were skilfully taken care of. Once I started this project it could not be stopped – it literally took over my days and nights, and I’d often wake up with even more ideas.
You’ve gone and checked out a large amount of work up on the walls – what have been some of your favourite locations/painting sessions you have seen?
Anytime you see these artists at work it is inspiring – I am in awe of their incredible talent when all I do is push a button on a camera.
Some memorable moments include late night pasting with D*Face (right next door to Malvern Police station) … watching DMV paint the huge piece in Chinatown … spending an afternoon with Hush and ELK painting my warehouse … driving around Brunswick and Fitzroy bombing with Will Coles … There’s More Festival in Brunswick where we had 40 artists painting the whole exterior of my warehouse … hanging with Slicer at an epic abandoned warehouse in Yarraville … watching Adnate paints those phenomenal faces … pasting with Phoenix and at other times Drab … hanging with the WSW crew while they paint both north and southside … helping CDH erect the Atlas piece opposite the NGV on St.Kilda Road … painting with Unwell Bunny and Mysterious Al at the Brunswick warehouse … bringing cold beer to Drew Funk as he painted the whole side of a building solo in St.Kilda …
(Urban Cake Lady)
Where do you see Melbourne and its art in regards to the international street art community? What do you believe it provides in terms of art up on the walls that other countries may not, and what do you believe that it doesn’t offer, that other countries do?
A few years ago a friend of mine said Melbourne street art didn’t rate internationally – he even sent me a list of global sites with no mention of Melbourne. I disagreed with him, so I set out to prove him wrong. I have travelled quite a bit and, without sounding too biased, our street art is world class!
I think Melbourne has such a large diverse range of different art on the streets – in many cities you just dont see such a range of styles. I think the only thing we lack are huge murals on whole buildings – like you see in Berlin. Those just stop you in your tracks.
Tell us a bit about the preparation that you have done for launching the book, and what some of the more interesting behind the scenes aspects of it have been?
Last weekend I was supremely fortunate to have some of the best Melbourne artists put their time, paint and energy into painting the space for the book launch. Andate, Kaff-eine, Slicer, Lucy Lucy, Heesco, Shida, Mysterious Al, Facter, Jack Douglas, RAD, Hancock, Junky, Eleven, Steve Cross, Choq, Ryan Boserio – I thank you all and it will never be forgotten, nor will the smell of paint fumes.
Tell us a bit more about where the book will be available and how people can get a copy of it?
For the past two years Dean Sunshine has embarked on a passionate mission to capture the vibrancy and beauty of street art across Melbourne.
With a long history of association with graffiti and street art, Sunshine has witnessed countless works in action, discovered hidden gems and documented artwork loved by street art communities and dedicated fans both locally and around the world.
Dean’s blog, Land Of Sunshine, has been a beckoning destination for all who enjoy their photographic fix of art on Melbourne’s streets and lanes. With this print version, Dean has created a 300 page book titled Land of Sunshine, the first in many years that represents the globally recognised Melbourne street art movement in its cross-genre entirety.
Over a hundred Melbourne artists are featured, with special exposés on a dozen specific artists who have made their impressions on Melbourne’s walls, including: Adnate, Be Free, CDH, Deb, Drab, Heesco, Kaff-eine, Makatron, Phoenix the street artist, Slicer, Suki and Urban Cake Lady.
All the photographs contained within the book have been captured by Dean on his many paintspotting adventures. The wide variety of mediums used and the Melbourne street art community as a whole are also well represented with chapters on walls, paste ups, exhibitions, international artists and installations.
“Land of Sunshine is a moment of captured time in the kaleidoscope of art that has adorned Melbourne in this, the second decade of our ‘new millennium’. In my mind this book, in regards to Melbourne street art, is as critical a piece of cultural documentation as any other produced.”
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