You may remember last years highly successful and ultra cool Inherent Vice open comic studio at the NGV – well, following on from that, several of the artists involved have taken the idea and decided to create Australias first open comic studio.
"Squishface started December 1, 2011. It was Ben Hutchings’ idea, and he picked the name, too. We like it now. The founding members are Arran McKenna, Ben Hutchings, David Blumenstein, Marta Tesoro, Sarah Howell and Sacha Bryning.
We draw there, hang there, sell comics & prints and welcome the public in to say hi. Even the weird ones and the ones who are just casing the joint in case there’s something worth stealing there."
Squishface studio will launch in Brunswick on Australia day with a grand party – with all kinds of live art events, comic launches and other creative activities. We think this is a great idea, and we’re looking forward to seeing a whole bunch of stuff coming out of Squishface – it’s exactly what the independent comic scene needs. We’re wondering why it hasn’t been done before, but we’re really glad its being done now!
Who: Sarah Bryning, David Blumenstein, Sarah Howell, Marta Tesoro, Arran McKenna, Ben Hutchings What: Squishface Open Comic studio opening Where: Squishface Studios, 309 Victoria St, Brunswick When: Thursday 26th January from 4pm
The amazing talent that is Katie Houghton-Ward, Heavy Metal published comic book artist, painter and illustrator et all, will be holding a really intimate and intriguing event over the last fortnight of November.
Inviting members of the general public into her studio, Katie will be putting herself through the gruelling task of producing fourteen pieces of artwork over fourteen days – with all the work up for auction as she does so!
The flyer really says it all – but, if you haven’t come across Katies work just yet, you should read the interview we did with her, and then you’ll know why we’ll be heading up to Brunswick some time later this month to see her in action.
Who: Katie Houghton-Ward What: 14 x 14 live art and auctio Where: Hope Street Studios, 7a Hope Street, Brunswick, VIC When: 7pm til 10pm, every night for fourteen days from the 16th of November
We love seeing new spaces opening, and there have been a few lately! How Now will be making it’s Fitzroy (VIC) debut next week, with a great collection of artists and some pretty cool tunes to go along with it all.
"HOW NOW Warehouse is an artist run studios and exhibition space in the heart of Fitzroy’s thriving arts precinct. Situated next to the Rose street markets, a 1920s industrial warehouse provides shelter for a diverse collective of artists in varying disciplines.
October 14th marks the beginning of a show in the HOW NOW Gallery that will display the works of many of the artists in the space, as well as a selection of pieces submitted from creatives outside of the collective including: Be Free, Jojo Hynes, Erin Greer, Scallywag, Kelly Read, Tahnee Kelland, Adele Wilkes, Benjamin Dean, Bobby Barons, Donna Sadler and many more.
Painting, Illustration, Sound art, Installation, Puppetry and Film are just some of the styles you’ll find across the exhibiting dates from October 14-16th."
The names there give us a good idea that this new studio is going to rock – some of our favourites, and some new faces that we’re keen to follow! Head down to Fitzroy next Friday for all the fun, and to congratulate all the artists and creatives on embarking on the future of what we are sure will be a fruitful, and plentiful, art fill adventure.
Who: and performances from Priscilla Elixir (Mermaid burlesque), Prawn King and the Prawn Crackers (Music and dance via the oceanic network), Wolf Eye Dragon (Werewolf pole dancing), The Terror Byte Stripes (German style electro pop and funky lycra clad dance moves), Burqa Ninjas (Sound art extravaganza). What:How Now Gallery opening exhibition and launch party Where: 50 Rose Street, Fitzroy, Victoria When: Friday 14th of October from 6pm til 10pm, show runs til the 16th October.
Welcome to our first Saturday Snapshots column! Like the Thursday Transmissions, we see a hell of a lot of photos and images posted up across the blogosphere, so here we will be doing a wrap and recap of some of the cool shit that’s been sent to us, or that we’ve seen during the week!
Hope you enjoy this new column, and that you find it a handy guide too the weeks photographic goodness on your Saturday morning …
Ill Logic @ Melbourne
First up, the guys from Ill Logic sent us these pics during the week from their event last week!
"The annual ILL-Logic art exhibition returned to Chapel Street, Fitzroy on Thursday night, which showcased street artists Itch, Flake, Sex Panther, Rick Sweden and Taylor White, as well as 16 mm projections and video-mapping from Paul Rodgers and Charlotte McDonald."
200+ art lovers were treated to hip hop tunes, Grolsch beer, Gypsy Pear cider and Emma & Toms Juices. The night kicked on with punters mingling and checking out the artworks on display. Rick Sweden’s ‘The Battle for Flinders Street’ which was hung on the wall of the newly opened Juddy Roller Café, created quite the stir with its remarkable detail and engrossing scene.
Enjoy the pieces in person anytime at the corner of Johnston Street and Chapel Street (Fitzroy, VIC), and come check out Rick’s piece and have a coffee and lunch at the Juddy Roller from Monday to Saturday between 9am-4 pm."
For more images, check the Ill Logic website. Arty Graffarti was also there and got a heap of shots too.
Everfresh – "Where They Create" @ Collingwood
We had a look through all of these photos that were done of the Everfresh Studio by Photographer Paul Barbera – and they are amazing!
You may have seen this great collection of work up for the upcoming Young And Free exhibition on Fecalface this week, or you may not have – some really amazing shots and preview of the upcoming show in the USA!
Melbourne graffiti artist Adnate has been over in Berlin for a little while now, and he’s been painting up a storm! He recently had an article posted up on Urbanartcore.ea and they put up a whole bunch of studio shots of him preparing for his show there at Box32.
If you have any info or photos on any projects, feature. Image, walls, exhibitions or events you’ve been working on that you’d like us to feature on the Saturday Snapshots, just contact us – include a bit of info about it, an image or two, as well as links to your site and any artists involved so that we can properly credit it!
Tomorrow, we’ve kindly been donated a wall by the lovely people at Cloud Nine Cat Resort who have been really enthusiastic about the project (many, many thanks!) – so expect a couple of cool felines to pop up! As a special bonus, due to several of the NZ contingent being in town for Wreckers, some of them will be down to paint as well – its going to be grand!
With the really, really handy location of Cloud NineCat Resort being mere meters away from our studios, we have also decided to give anyone who comes down to check out the painting a special guided tour of the artwork in the studios – these will be two tours at 2pm and 3pm, with the painting hopefully kicking off by lunchtime.
There may even be a little musical accompaniment courtesy of the guys at Online Clubber and EdBurg …
Who: Where would the surprise in that be? Trust us – dope line up, you’ll just have to come check it out … What: Revurt #2 Where: Cloud Nine Cat Resort – 34 Clifton Street, Prahran, VIC When: Saturday 25th June, from 12:30pm. Studio artwork tours from the lovely people at Rival, and ourselves, at 2pm and 3pm
New week, new category – we’ll be posting up any studio related news in the “Studio” category from now on, and any other studios or studio news around Australiasia will go into this section!
Studio Spaces Now Available (Prahran) – Located just off Chapel street, Rival Revolution Studios, where Invurt is based, is now actively seeking artists to come join the space. Studio space partitions have now been built, and we’re looking for creative individuals to come and work with us in the complex! There are a few spaces available, adorned with some grand artwork (see below!) as well as a private room space that would suit a pair of people. We’re a pretty collaborative bunch, and we’re hoping to get people who are not only interested in pursuing their own work, but would like to be a part of our growing little community in the 3181.
Please contact Tony at Rival Revolution on 0425705133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in any of the cool and affordable spaces that are available!
T-Squat Interview – the totally mintox James Watkins from T-Squat has been in and out of the studios in the past few weeks, and he has written a feature article about Rival Revolution and Invurt. If you’re interested in whats been happening behind the scenes, and what Rival Revolution and Invurt actually are and reading an interview with us, then go and take a look!
Studio Paintup Pics
We’ve shown a bunch of snippets here and there on our facebook page, but here are all the pics of the studio paintup in progress!
There’s actually lots more to come, we’re still collating everything, but this is a bulk of them. Artists in this lot include Heesco, Sim2, Props, Mishap, Enix, Magnus McTavish, Katie Houghton-Ward, Heidi Philips, Ken Taylor, Shida, Jack Douglas, Scale, Aida Sabic, Makatron, Ears, Conrad Bizjak, Cubik, Ed Bechervaise, Pierre Lloga, F@R, Slicer and E.L.K. As you can see, its all a work in progress, but now that the walls are up (which isn’t pictured in this) its really starting to feel like its all coming together and the hard work is paying off!
The first set is the collection of images we took of the actual building and painting of the Invurt Studio.
This second set, is of the Rival Revolution paintup sessions, such a great day, all driven by fun, passion, and, of course, Doss Blockos!
Thanks to James Watkins and Lara Dale for all the images (the non-dodgy point and shoot ones are all my abominations!) You can find all of these, and a whole heap more on our facebook page!
We’d also like to thank all of the artists, friends, and everyone else involved who have supported us over the last few months in helping us transform everything – and a special mention and to our man Jacob, who has hammered and nailed, sawed, drilled and even bled on all of the construction work! Thanks everyone, you’re the fkn best.
Invurt webzine provides information on AustralAsian street, urban, illustrative, graffiti and other genre defying, nu-contemporary art to readers around the world. It specialises in events and artists who are working, displaying and visiting Australasia – particularly with a focus on exhibitions, live art and other events the artists are partaking in.