After having their exhibition Ignore Mainstream 2 last year at the Ambush Gallery, the decade old Sydney crew, The Insomniaks, are back with Ignore Mainstream, this time for one day only at the Lo-fi in Sydney. Formed in 2003, in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, the Insomniaks have been actively producing artworks at live shows, exhibitions and galleries ever since.
Bringing together most of their crew, the exhibition will feature the new works of these ten artists, featuring the unique style of each member, including Oricks, Opens, Hules, Oush, Yzer, Daks, H20e, Lok, Jota and Okae.
Featuring the new works of The Insomniaks
Who : The Insomniaks
What : Ignore Mainstream
Where : Lo-fi , Floor 3, 383 Bourke Street, Darlinhurst, Sydney
When : Show Thursday , 5th December 2013, 6pm (One Night Only)
Last weekend ex-Sydney and newly minted Melbourne artist Alexandra Lederman opened up her first solo show here in Collingwood, with LandEscapes. With playful abstractions juxtaposed with imaginative landscapes, this was a great showing by an emerging artist whose work we are particularly keen to follow!
Big thanks to David Russell for all the shots, and congrats to Alexandra on her first Melbourne show!
Once again Stormie Mills hits the wonderful Friends Of Leon gallery in Sydney, and this time he’s introducing a new element to his beautiful character work – which, I have to say, I’m kind really intrigued about – fish rule.
"Stormie Mills continue to explore the fragility of the human condition and how in spite of the many challenges that life presents people continue to rise above adversity. The body of work created for A Fish Tale tells the story of a man that lives with his fish based on the writings of filmmaker Mark Strong who, was inspired by Stormie’s work "I miss my friend I want him back" painted in 2008 for his solo exhibition loss + endings = fish.
A Fish Tale is a series of eleven works through which Stormie tells the story. Stormie said, "I am always fascinated by people’s reaction to my work and was quite taken by Mark’s response to my characters. His story really captures the sentiment of my work and it’s been really rewarding to depict this story for this show."
Stormie has long included the symbol of a fish in his work as a symbol of the fragility of life. A goldfish is often given to children as their first pet and it is through this process of looking after this fish that children are confronted with death at the passing of their pet. It is often the first time that children are confronted by death and the idea that everything comes to an end.
For Stormie these golden creatures stand out amongst his film noir restricted palette of black, grey and white as a celebration of life and at the same time, a reminder that we are all easily broken."
So many good things coming out of Queensland these days, and this time a whole bunch of artists are making their way down to Sydney to display their work at the infamous aMBUSH Gallery.
“So often characterised by syrupy heat and tropical vistas, Queensland shows its more pensive side with the launch of Northern Exposure, an exhibition of works by some of the state’s most prolific and provocative artists.
Launching at aMBUSH Gallery on Friday 22 November from 7-9pm, Northern Exposure will bring the varied insights and aesthetics of Asio, Benjamin Reeve, Cezary Stulgis, Fintan Magee, Gimiks Born, Guido van Helten, Gus Eagleton, Lee Harnden and Shida to Sydney’s contemporary art audiences and shed light on a more serious side of Queensland culture.
Delving into concepts ranging from the brutality of Queensland’s hip-hop community to haunting anatomical explorations and the changing face of an increasingly multicultural population, Northern Exposure is a captivating cross-section of influences, inspirations and insights of the artists born and bred in our country’s sunshine state.
Northern Exposure is proudly supported by aMBUSH Gallery, Stone & Wood Brewing, Ironlak and INFX. The Veggie Patch Van food truck will be serving snacks on the opening night.”
Check out this rad video preview of the show as well …
Seriously some of my favourite artists in this show, and man what a collection! I really wish I could make it up to Sydney … I wish I could make it to all these damn shows!
Who: Asio, Benjamin Reeve, Cezary Stulgis, Fintan Magee, Gimiks Born, Guido van Helten, Gus Eagleton, Lee Harnden and Shida What: Northern Exposure Where:aMBUSH Gallery, 4a James St, Waterloo, Sydney When: Show opens Friday 22nd November from 6pm til 9pm and runs until 24th November.
Cool little video here of a whole bunch of sydney street artists getting up on the Ozanam building ..
"A bunch of Australian street artists, Headed by Phibs, and featuring the likes of Numskull and Beastman, got together to transform a warehouse in the Sydney suburb of Stanmore, into a large scale piece of art."
Oh, all you gamers know wtf is on tonight, yeah? Of course you do – Cup eve release of Call Of Duty: Ghosts! To celebrate its release, Sydney artists RJ Williams did a big assed skull mural – and it looks badass.
Nice little Bliss n Eso tune to boot to go along with this Flinders hotel paintup … check it out below, and enjoy those of you who are lining up tonight to grab the fkn game!
The grand photography cool that is Michael Danischewski will be displaying a whole bunch of work up in Sydney this Wedneday night, as he launches his solo exhibition “Photographic Works”. We dont often follow photography here on Invurt, but there are a few cases where we do – especially when its a photographer who captures so much around street culture, graffiti and art, in such an awesome way, as Mike does!
“From delivering DIY zines in pizza boxes to taking the portraits of some of the world’s most mysterious luminaries, Michael Danischewski’s work spans across all media. Be it digital, video, print magazine and film, few photographers capture the spirit of a subterranean moment quite as well as the Melbourne based artist, who began shooting at punk gigs. Now working with clients as diverse as Lee Jeans and The Operatives, graffiti artists and musicians and collaborating with multidisciplinary crew Studio615, Michael’s underground aesthetic, curious eye and dexterous expertise has lead him to become one of Australia’s most coveted photographers.
Regularly armed with a Contax T3, a free spirit and a pocket full of film, Danischewski explores the underbelly of the cities he visits, capturing not only their subcultural movements, but also those individuals who are breaking new ground.”
If you’re around Sydney this week, you should head down to The Tate and check it all out – we last saw Mikes work in the 615 Group show, and it was, quite frankly, excellent.
We are, obviously, big fans of the work of AskewOne. The NZ artist has garnered a global fan base for his work over the years, and is one of the best to come out of the antipodes – and coming up pretty soon, you lucky bastards in Sydney will have a chance to see his very first solo show there!
"Askew One is a multi-disciplinary artist mostly renowned for his graffiti art paintings. Widely regarded as one of the New Zealand graffiti scene’s driving forces, he has managed to remain at the forefront of the movement (both in New Zealand and throughout the world) whilst working tirelessly behind the scenes in a diverse array of projects.
Askew’s indoor canvas works are influenced by double exposure photography, bold illustrative lines reflective of comic books and the graphic power of the letter. This is also seen in his public mural works in which his attraction to ‘bigger is better’ is highly precedent.
With an abundance of achievements and experiences almost 20 years in the graffiti scene which include a guest artist invite to Primary Flight – Art Basel Miami and taking out two consecutive ‘Write 4 Gold’ world titles as part of TMD crew (who remain undefeated), Askew is also versed in graphic design, illustration, photography, publishing, music and moving image. A self-taught, self-sufficient one-man army with no formal art qualifications behind him, Askew is an artist schooled by life itself."
The Evolving Face promises to be an amazing show, and an awesome opportunity to see his work in a Sydney gallery setting – head down there and check it out!!
Who: Askew What: The Evolving Face solo show Where:The Tate Gallery, 345 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe, Sydney When: show opens Wednesday 13th November from 6pm til 9pm and runs daily until 17th November.
As far as ads for products go, well, this one is how I think all fkn ads should be! Nicely done vid, again, from Selina Miles for Ironlaks latest!
“The Ironlak dream began in 2002, when a young graffiti writer from Sydney wanted to offer Australian writers a premium spraypaint brand at an affordable price.
As the first Ironlak cans rolled onto shelves in 2004, the price of premium spraypaint was cut dramatically, opening up a whole new world of possibilities for Australian artists. Starting your own spraypaint brand from scratch comes with a (not so) healthy dose of landmines and headaches. The support we’ve received over the years from writers around the world is what drives us to keep pursuing this crazy dream.
The original spirit of graffiti lives on. Know who you’re supporting.
Cut: Selina Miles, Music: Original composition by Trials, Spoken: Yuin Huzami, Handstyle: Freak KGB, Footage captured in Europe and North America.”
Beeeerrr!! Yep, that got your attention – yet another grand celebration of beer and art is happening this week, this time over at one of our favourite Sydney venues, aMBUSH Gallery! This Friday, its a two day exhibition celebrating artisinal craftsmanship and bespoke design, coupled with, yep, great beer – Little Creatures.
"This October marks the return of Sydney Craft Beer Week and to celebrate, aMBUSH Gallery and Little Creatures are collaborating on Handmade – a one-night event and two-day exhibition of original artisanal craftsmanship that lends tangibility to the concepts of authenticity, nostalgia and bespoke design.
Featuring an exhibition of tattoo design by Sprinkles, floral installation by Flourish, found-object sculpture by Jane Gillings, live screen-printing by HIT+RUN Australia, sign-writing works by Numskull and two live music sets by Pilarties and Bad Jeep, Handmade is a weekend renaissance of hand-crafted art and design.
Throughout the night, interact with the custom built Handmade installation, created by design group Nowhere Famous, that turns the disappointment of an empty beer bottle into the delight of playful collaboration.
HIT+RUN Australia will be collaborating with six artists including Ben Brown, Marcus Dixon, Cryptikand Travis Price to produce 200 custom one-of-a-kind tees free (first in best dressed).
On Friday 25 October, experience the honest and skilful works of the Handmade feature artists and have complimentary drinks with aMBUSH and Little Creatures."
Sydney beer week – what a great week to be in Sydney! What a great time to go and check out some art, so go!
Who:Ben Brown, Marcus Dixon, Cryptik, Travis Priace, Nowhere Famous, Sprinkles, Flourish, Hit + Run, Numskull and more What: Handmade Art & Beer Celebration Where: aMBUSH Gallery, 4a James Street, Waterloo, Sydney When: Show opens Friday 25th October from 6pm til 9pm and runs for only two days!
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