Whenever I hear the words “Be Free” and “exhibition” in the same sentence, I start wondering which exciting location I’m going to be directed to this time. After a string of collaborative shows held from galleries to random abandoned houses around the city, we will finally be able to attend Be Free’s first solo exhibition which will be held in… two different locations.In different ends of the city!
I’m not sure whether I should be going to Northcote or South Melbourne first, but it all sounds very interesting and I expect to be taken to two different and fascinating worlds, as the show will be exploring “two sides of the character’s personality” according to the event description says.
The exhibition opens this coming Friday, but meanwhile don’t forget to have a look at the super cute videos from Be Free below!
Got word of this rad show hitting Sydney this Friday night, with a couple of names that I’ve had my eye on for a while – Nico, Ox and SMC.
Looks to be a whole load of cool illustrative, type based goodness – check out some of the artists …
"A show of Illustration, painting and print by Sydney artists THE NIGHT.
OX – SOLD OUT! A type based illustration series on advertising and addiction. The speed we consume imagery in the internet age and the romance of consuming the shit that will kill us http://theoxking.tumblr.com/
NICO – SENTINELS - A hallucinatory series of neo-folk art featuring themes of magic, occultism and totemic iconography. http://www.artofnico.com/
SMC – ‘STRICTLY COMMERCIAL’ (HOT OFF THA’ PRESS). First edition prints of hand drawn and digital/ vector poster graphics. Symbolism, Iconology, Typography and EEEK-ISM. Specifically designed for print production. http://smc3.net/
Free drinks by WHITE RABBIT"’
Love these guys artwork, would be a really great show to get to – head over there on Friday night, Sydney!!
Who: Nico, Ox, SMC What: The Night group show Where: Workshop, 86 Broadway St, Chippendale, Sydney When: Opening night Friday the 13th 6pm – 10pm. Show runs until Sunday the 15th December
Last years Ink Dots Black Spots was epic – and its that time again, where some of Melbournes most amazing tattoo artists get together to offer their works as prints, and not any old prints – Dangerfork prints! Fifteen tattoo studios gathering together in an almighty display … it’s all for a good cause, too – here‘s some more info …
"In 2012 Ink Dots Black Spots inaugural year the exhibition was born from the idea to share artwork from numerous artists to their fans & the public, whilst contributing to those of us who support the fight against cancer. In 2013 Ink Dots Black Spots continues with a similar goal to expose great artwork to an audience which loves great creativity. Our goal this year is to give to the RSPCA & generate a donation matching or hopefully bettering last years $5,000 contribution to the Cancer Council Victoria.
Ink Dots Black Spots 2 group art exhibition launches on the 28th November 2013 at The Aviary in Abbotsford. The show is open to the public on the opening night from 6pm. Ink Dots Black Spots will be open until 5th December 2013.
Here is an outline of our objectives & profile of how the exhibition has been planned & what is intended.
18" x 24" illustrations created by screenprinting in mono colour. All artworks are original & are created with chosen media by each individual tattoo artist. Each unique screenprint is signed & numbered in an edition of twenty five. These artworks have been created specifically for the event Ink Dots Black Spots 2.
Our partner in production, Dangerfork, screenprints the entire exhibition. An experienced team whom produced our prints for Ink Dots Black Spots exhibition in August 2012. We are very excited to collaborate again on this project. One of each print will be framed, displayed & for sale at the exhibition. The remaining 24 prints of the edition will be available for purchase. The artworks will also be available in a simple black on white format booklet.
If you want some great artwork & a chance to support a worthy cause then make sure you save some time & money & join us at Ink Dots Black Spots 2.
Each print is priced at $85."
I seriously fucking loved this exhibition last year, and if that one was any indication, this one is going to be … what’s a bigger word than epic?
Who: 15 studios worth of some of the best Melbourne tattoo artists … do the math. What: Ink Dots Black Spots 1 Where:The Aviary, 271 Victoria Street, Melbourne, Victoria When: Show opens Friday 28th November 2013 from 6pm til late and runs until the 5th December
Well, this was one seriously cool show, and one of my favourite shows I’ve been to since I’ve returned from my travels.
Adelaide crew Print Cult made their visit over here to Melbourne a couple of weeks ago, and brought with them a seriously crazy amount of amazing work – as you can see for yourself from all the images below!! Prints prints and more prints, it was a hell of a cool sight to see!
This coming Friday, Marcel will celebrate the official opening of their shared studio space with a typographic exhibition.
In conjunction with Three Word Advice, the show will feature fifteen local artists, designers and illustrators showcasing their diverse styles, with limited edition runs of risograph prints.
With such a varied lineup this exhibition promises to whet your eye-candy appetite!
Who: Andrew Frazer – adf designs, Adam Cicchini, Amanda Preston, Agnus Dales – DFNKT DSGN, Ash Pederick – The Design Threat, Ben Wright, Bruno Booth, Chris Haines – Neon Dreams, Chris Nixon, Corey James, Edward Stroud, Ika Jumali – Cheeks, Jarrad Burley – THNK, Maegan Brown, Matt Redway What: Opening Exhibition – Marcel x Three Word Advice Where: Marcel 5/37 Railway Parade, Mount Lawley, Perth When: Friday 11th of October 2013 6pm – 8pm
This weekend sees a group of Adelaide artists heading over to Melbourne to show a bunch of their work! Collectively known as Print Cult, these seven artists, based out of Adelaide’s Tooth and Nail studio, will be exhibiting a whole heap of stuff this Friday at Top Shelf Gallery, Melbourne.
"Print Cult is a collective of emerging contemporary artists who specialise in printmaking mediums. Since 2010 the Adelaide based collective has held regular exhibitions exploring the potential of traditional and non-traditional printmaking.
On September 27th, Print Cult will travel interstate to exhibit new work at Melbourne’s Top Shelf Gallery. There they will launch their first publication Print Cult • The Book, a profile of the seven artists and a substantial documentation of the collective’s artwork, practise and processes."
The collective have also produced a 60-page book profiling their work and processes from the last four years of exhibitions, which they’ll be launching on the night – they had a really successful Pozible campaign for this one, and you can check out some stuff from the book here.
They’ve also put out a bit of a preview video for the show which you can check out below – this one looks well worth attending this weekend!
Who: Jake Holmes, Jake Bresanello, Jayson Fox, Kerri Ann Wright, Ankles, Tommaso Pascale What: Print Cult group show Where: Top Shelf Gallery, Level 3 369 Lonsdale St, Melbourne When: Show opens Friday 27th September 2013 from 6pm til 9pm and runs until October 4th
One name that we seen crop up constantly over the years is stencil artist Poncho Army – having been a finalist in many rounds of the Australian Stencil Prize, her work is salubrious and follows a much more illustrative, and less photographic, bent with her cuttings – giving her work a unique character that’s quite intriguing. This Thursday, she’ll be showing all of her latest work down at Solerno Gallery in Glebe …
"Trina Collins, who works under the pseudonym Poncho Army, is an artist who isn’t afraid to get some paint under her fingernails. Known for her detailed line work and signature splatter paint skies, she has appeared in numerous gallery shows, been a finalist in multiple art prizes, and exhibited alongside many leading urban and contemporary artists including Banksy, Kid Zoom, ROA, Vexta, Arthur Apanski and Anthony Lister.
In June 2012 ArtsHub named Poncho Army as one of the top ten street artists in Australia. Her work is held in collections around the world including New York, Japan, London, Melbourne and Sydney. From June 2012 to June 2013 Poncho Army was the artist in residence at Wollongong City Gallery. Here she locked herself in the 80sqm studio and worked on a new series titled FIGHT or FLIGHT.
FIGHT or FLIGHT is a 13 piece linear series of work that depicts the story of an old man whose home is about to be destroyed. As the aged man is left with no fight in his withered body, two young girls take it upon themselves to help him win his war. The journey takes the girls from the city to the mountains, deep into the forest and out to the ocean. Along the way they cross paths with others who are also faced with the decision of whether to fight or take flight.
The series explores contrasts – between urban and rural spaces, internal and external realities, melancholy and joy, young and old, win or lose and between freedom and confinement. The works centre on themes such as feelings of claustrophobia in an increasingly controlled society, the nightmare of being forgotten and abandoned, and the relief of finding community and of being found.
Combining hand drawn illustrations, screen printing and stencil art FIGHT or FLIGHT is a series that will be admired by young urban art lovers and fine art collectors alike. Each work will be a limited edition aerosol coloured screen print of 55."
This looks pretty cool! There’s a whole crapload of process and preview images over at her website as well, so go and check it out – and head down to Glebe this Thursday to see it for yourself!
Who: Poncho Army (Trina Collins) What: Fight or Flight solo show Where: Solerno Gallery, 70 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, Sydney When: Show opens Thursday 12th September 2013 from 6:30pm til 9:30pm and runs until 22nd September
Last night I made my way down to Little Hoddle Street in Richmond to check out the latest and greatest show put on by the crew at Dangerfork – and it was a great exhibition!
Dangerforks new space down in Richdmond is awesome – not only do they have a great setup for all their printing needs, but the exhibition space in the front of the warehouse is perfect; not too small, not too large. Really looking forward to seeing more shows at this spot, and seeing how they ramp it all up in time to come.
Since moving into their new studio, Dangerfork have been damn busy bunch, and they’re about to get even busier with their latest show about to open!
“Coming to life in 2010, Dangerfork is a Melbourne based boutique screen printer and print gallery comprised of the creative couple Chris Drummond & Megan Quigley.
Not only is Dangerfork an expert screen printing service, we are also a online print gallery that can be visited by anyone, anywhere, showcasing and selling work from Australia’s bubbling cauldron of great and unique talent. Our exhibitions display limited edition art prints in a wide variety of styles, including tattoo art, street art and graffiti; low-brow art, high-brow art, eye-brow art and everything in between.
Dangerfork Print Show is a group exhibition featuring works from 10 contemporary Australian artists and designers. The show aims to showcase the medium of screen printing and to create a unique collaboration between artist and printer.
Each Artist is well established in their own field and to ensure a varied collection of works and give the best example of screenprint throughout every medium.
Independent Illustrator, Designer and Art Director, Andrew works out of his solo studio, Kindred studio, creating modern styled illustrations and designs.
With a background in graffiti and street art, Chris has a strong knowledge of screen printing, and his style translates well from can to screen.
Hesheittheyi is the collaborative eorts of duo Dave Ladd and Stephanie Anderson, creating simple but fun styled illustrations together
Joel is a jack of all crafts. Musician, photographer, typographer and street artist.
Mike is a well known Melbourne based photographer and videographer, working for clients such as Acclaim and The Hours
Mimi has a carefree approach to her work and draws an early inspirations from mangas, cartoons and animes. Combine this with her love for expressionism her illustrations are bold, colourful and playful.
Co-founder of the world renown Finders Keepers Crew, Mysterious Al’s gothic eyed style characters can be found on many walls around the world. Al’s iconic style has been sought after by many big name brands.
The original founder of The Hours, Numskulls background in design sculpture and graffiti allows his iconic style to be found on plenty of walls inside and out.
Puzle is one of Australia’s top graffititi writers and has been in the scene for over 25 years. Its these experiences that lead him to design and art directing.
Sydney based, Shannon is a renown street artist, her style is intricate and detailed, with strong bright colours with high end clients.
Tattooing since 1997, Simon has a commercial oriental style, drawing portraits in a subtle greywash.”
Check out the preview video from the show, well, its more of a mini featurette – with a bunch of info on the crew!
Dangerfork are one of our favourite printing crews, and the quality of their work is second to none – with such a great range of artists showing on the night, who would want to miss it??
Who: Andrew Fairclough, Chris Drummond x Mike Danischewski, Dave Ladd, Joel Birch, Mimi Leung, Mysterious Al, Numskull, Puzle, Shannon Crees, Simple Sime What: Dangerfork Print Show Where: Dangerfork Studio, 45 Little Hoddle St Richmond, 3121 When: Show opens Thursday 5th September from 6pm and runs until the 5th of October 2013.
It’s a day of photos here, and what better way to end up the week than with a catchup on everything that has been happening over the past two weeks?
Mike Makatron, what can we say? The man is fkn talented, and his show proved to be everything we had thought it would be. Infused with beautiful eco-centric and mutable imagery, Cycles was another show that proves how versatile he is as an artist. From the resin painted bees to the bright, new world visages and creatures, House of Bricks was filled was so much shit we loved that.
Check out all the images from the show below – thanks once again to Dave Russell for all the shots.
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