Nate Gamble has been tattooing, painting walls and drawing for many yeas, and his illustrative skills are second to none. Every time we walk past one of his pieces on the street here in Melbourne, we stop for a second to admire its meticulous line work – notably, his lettering work on the wall of Street Machine in Chapel st, one of our favourite pieces of signage in the city.
When we saw the announcement late last week that he was having a show at Sydneys China Heights gallery, we wished, for the millionth time (you guessed it), that teleporters were amongst us.
“China Heights is proud to present Kalakukko, the debut solo exhibition by Nate Gamble, which explores the illustrative themes of scales and feathers through an involved transformation of iconic tattoo imagery.
With a tattooing history, Gamble’s works are a logical mix of tattoo art and illustration, approached with pen and marker on paper. With no lack of group show experience, Gamble’s progression in illustration is continually being built upon. Together, an ambition to redevelop tattoo flash artwork, and a fondness of drawing feathers and scales has inspired a school of imagined varmints. Fish with wings and clawed feet strut across the paper while shark heads slither atop snake bodies in a place where angels and mermaids exist.
Showing mostly black line drawings, with occasional blooming hues, the illustrations in Kalakukko don’t immediately appear fictional. When the strangeness becomes obvious, the fused beings come to wondrous life.”
Feathers and scales are remarkably complimentary objects of investigation, and one of our favourite – as lovers of the fantastical, and hugely drawn to black line drawings as much of this show will be, we have no doubt that Gamble is going to absolutely kill it.
Once again, China Heights brings it!
Who: Nate Gamble What: Kalakukko solo show Where:China Heights Gallery, L3, 16-28 Foster St, Surry Hills, Sydney When: Show opens Friday 6th April from 6pm til late, and continues until April the 8th.
Looks like Greville St will be busy tonight, with Matt Irwin as well as this show of t-shirt based art by a bunch of cool Melbourne artists opening up at Kings Of Carnaby. Each piece that each artist has created has been made into a highly limited edition of only ten each – so if you want to grab something, best get down there tonight and get in quick.
Who: Andy Murphy, Adam Cooper, Ben Ashton-Bell, Blair Heath, Danny Young, Dave Snow, Matt Obrien, Micah Pearson, Mont Laroc, Nate Gamble, Rone, Steve Gourlay What: T-shirt based group exhibition Where: Kings of Carnaby, 2/160 Greville St Prahran, VIC When: Friday 10th December @ 6pm
There aint no doubt that skateboarding has, and very much continues to play a huge part in the evolution of both street, urban and low brow art – and this coming show from China Heights celebrates exactly that, straight from the minds of artists who have been directly influenced by the sport/lifestyle.
Looks like Verb Australia have a hand in this one, and the artist line-up as well as the Verb display looks grand.
Who: Luke Brown, Andy Murphy, Rome Torti, Nate Gamble, Jack Tarlinton, Beastman, Marcello Guardigli, E.L.K. , Steve Gourlay, Alice Edy, Kronk, Bruce Mackay, Wesley Van eeden, Jordan Metcalf, Black Koki, Bison, Theory One What: Verb Australia presents Dont Push Mong – skateboard influenced group show Where: China Heights Gallery 3, 16-28 Foster St, Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW When: Show opens Friday 3rd December, 7pm and runs til 5th December
Last night I did the dual mission between Fitzroy and the city to go and check out both the opening of Sweet Streets @ BSG as well as to see my first Secret Wars heat.
Neither disappointed, and I got a couple not so crappy shots from both …
Sweet Streets @ BSG
So much going on with Sweet Streets at the moment! BSG opened their show last night, the Festival Film Night is on tonight with a bunch of new short films on street art, and tomorrow night is the Urban Intervention street art sculpture exhibition and art trail opening at Yarra Sculpture Gallery .. that and all the things happening at the Artists Hub in Collingwood, as well as all the workshops and the many events coming up on the program makes for a busy time.
Anyways, I got to BSG fairly early and moseyed around and checked everything out …
Wow, damn that was cool. Scale and Itch battled it out last night in the first heat of the Melbourne round of Secret Wars, and it was a great show – Scale just made it past the mark and beat out Itch to go into the next round of qualifiers. I personally wouldn’t have liked to have been the judges, and as it was their votes were equally split between the two and it was left to the crowd cheer-vote to decide.
I posted a fairly generic notice about this some time ago, but now that the festival is upon us its time to post again, this time with a little more detail. Sweet Streets is the new incarnation of the Melbourne Stencil Festival, reinvented by a new committee to traverse and cover all aspects of the street and urban art scene here in Victoria.
The guys and girls at the festival have been working hard to get everything running, and they have some pretty amazing things lined up for everyone, and just looking over it I’m really impressed by the variety, creativity and effort that has been put into it all!
The festival runs from the 8th to the 24th of October, and is really jam packed with what looks like an event for pretty much everyone, and it will be run over a variety of venues, so, heres the kinda really rough guide …
Sweet Streets Festival Opening
October 8th, 6pm @ 1000 Pound Bend – 361 Ltl Lonsdale St,, Melbourne, Australia, 3065
The night to begin what is sure to be an amazing two weeks, and as the release says:
“It’s your first chance to see the works in the award show, as well as find out the winners of this years prizes. You can also grab a festival program on the night to find out what other events you can get involved with! (events are also posted on the Sweet Streets website)
The night starts at 6pm, with live performance by Great Earthquake and guest artist. Speeches and formal announcements will happen around 7pm. Then lets all kick back and party the night away with Dj Mike Zun!
This is a free event and perfect way to spend your friday night. So come on down and bring your friends to celebrate the opening of Melbourne’s street art event of the year!”
Theres an e-invite here on the Sweet Streets website, so download it and send it to all your mates.
Street Art Workshops & Master Classes
Undoubtedly the heart of the festival are the artist run education sessions that will be running over the two weeks that the festival will run for. A huge range of artists, designers and street art aficionados have pooled together with the Sweet Streets festival to play host to a wide range of workshops and master classes for anyone interested in finding out more about street art, or just to learn new techniques. There is everything from street art classes for secondary teachers, to stencils workshops, character design, yarnbombing and urban sculpture.
For a complete list of all the festival workshops you can be a part of, and to book your attendance, check out this link.
Festival Film Night
1000 Pound Bend – Thursday 14th October 7:30pm – Tickets $7 (+online booking fee)
Mark Holsworth, secretary of the Festival, well known for his impressive and often street-art supportive blogs, Melbourne Art & Culture Critic, has put together a cool night of street art short films “featuring four fresh short films about street art and by street artists – three of these films will be having their premiere screening.”
For more details on which films will be screening, check out this link – his selection looks pretty slick.
Sweet Streets at the BSG
Brunswick Street Gallery – October 13th @ 6pm – 322 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy – show runs til October 21st
The Brunswick Street Gallery in Fitzroy will also be playing host to an exhibition featuring artists from both sides of the Tasman during the festival, with a great range of talent such asl Cracked Ink (NZ) , Cinzah Seeyakem (NZ) , Liam Moore (NZ), PNTR (NZ),Rhys Burnie, Nate Gamble, Deb , Jo Waite, Megan Dell , Bados Earthling, Heesco and KA’ …
“Through a small bookshop, squashed between two kebab shops, and up some narrow stairs, you will find the hidden gem that isthe Sweet Streets at BSG exhibition.
Finding the place may be tricky, but it is worth the effort as Brunswick Street Gallery and the Sweet Streets Festival presents an amazing show of urban and street artists from Australia and New Zealand during the Sweet Streets Festival (8-21 october).
This cross-Tasman show will feature artists working in comic illustration, stencil, free-hand graffiti, screen-printing, mixed media, and painting.”
October 24, 2010 @ 6:00 pm - 1000 Pound Bend – 361 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne, Australia, 3000
Closing off the festival will be a great fundraising auction, where a bunch of the artwork from the awards ceremony as well as some other unique items will be auctioned off to help fund the future of the festival, as well as charity.
“Help raise money for the future of Sweet Streets as well as the Collingwood Housing Estate Arts Community, and Anglicare Victoria – our chosen charities.
Featuring signed prints donated by Obey, the Award Show murals by well-known local artists including Deb and Drewfunk, and a range of unique works created especially for the Charity Auction, by local and visiting artists, through the facilitation of the Collingwood Underground Artists hub – active throughout the three weeks of the festival.”
Check out the link to the event here.
So, thats the very brief kinda rough guide to the festival – but there is so, so much more detail that I haven’t covered, so make sure you check out these links:
Looks like southside is finally gained a fair few new galleries, with news that another new one will be opening in Prahran next week, joining the fantastic new Artboy gallery on Greville Street. Opening looks to be host to a large range of prints from a bunch of well loved artists. Looking forward to finding out more about it and am pretty excited to go and check it out – anything like this around my hood is awesome. Artboy, Signed and Numbered, Obese then contreau shots and jugs at Blue Bar – sounds like a grand day out.
Who: Acorn, Bel Johnstone, Caitlin Rigby, Catherine Campbell, Delicate Mayhem, Elisa Mazzone, Fake, Twoone, Ian Mutch, Jan Van Dijk, Jordan Clarke, Jungle Myth, Kaitlin Beckett, Kareena Zerefos, Kelly Allen, Kelly Smith, Kristy Milliken, Lucia Fiscger, Michael Steele, Miso, Nate Gamble, Rebecca Wetzler, Rik Lee, Sean Morris, Tim Rollin, Vexta What: Signed and Numbered Gallery opening. Where: Shop 4 / 155 Greville Street, Prahran, Victoria. Entry via Izett Street When: Gallery opens 16th September
The Brunswick Street Gallery has, for some time, been a bastion of visual innovation amongst the sidewalk-bustle of Melbournes creative hub, Fitzroy. With numerous exhibitions revolving around both solo and group works, as well as competitions for emerging and established artists, it is no surprise that their next endeavour is helping to foster the expanding interest in gallery displayed urban art. Having begun her position as Assistant Director at the BSG in October of 2009, and as a member of the board for the Melbourne Stencil Festival, curator Tessa Yee has wasted no time in putting together a showcase of works traversing an undeniably complex, and continually evolving style.
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