Month: September 2012

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GALLERY // Itch ‘Multiple Reality Disorder’ at Rtist Gallery

It’s been a great couple of week for the Melbourne street art gallery culture, with a number of shows opening across a number of buildings, but the one most of the town has been waiting for the most, has to be Itch’s. A true staple of the Melbourne street art [and graffiti] scene, this has been a long time coming for the AWOL Crew member. Sometimes you get excited for a show, based on its title, particularly when the first release comes out, with the title of Multiple Reality Disorder being the first impression we get from the show, it was hard to fathom what it could have ment. Has it lived up to its name? Absolutely. This is one of the few times I was glad that I missed opening night of a gallery show, sure the free booze are a top notch factor, but a good section of us are actually there for the art. After discussing the show with some friends, I had heard that the place was absolutely rammed [and Rtist …

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GALLERY // Cheeky ‘Cheeky By Nature’ at House Of Bricks

Most of you may know that while I love the talent surrounding Melbourne’s street art and graffiti scene, the European is one of my tip top choices for style of work. So when an artist like Cheeky comes to town, with her big bright colours and a seriously steady hand, you can bet that I’m gonna get down there and have a look. Due to work, followed by food commitments, I headed down to this show a little later then usual and despite it being covered by the dark of night, the bright artwork and atmosphere of the gallery space was still pretty vibrant. Graffiti writers and street artists filled the place, while a handful of the younger generation drew and annoyed their parents. It’s funny, that pretty much summed up the show, it has the style of European graffiti, but with an artists and youthful feeling about it also. I’ve said it before, I don’t come from an artistic background at all, I try to understand more contemporary styles of art, but I am …

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GALLERY // TwoOne ‘Seven Samurai’ at Backwoods Gallery

I’m a bit of a movie buff, at the same time, I’m a bit of a street art buff, TwoOne decided to put both of these cultures together for his long awaited show at Backwoods gallery this month. A Japanese artist taking on such an iconic piece of film is no simple task, especially in winning over fans of the original Kurosawa classic, but is it possible? Yes. It’s very easy to enjoy TwoOne’s work without the theme of this show and what he’s showcasing here is no different, in terms of quality, to what he has offered in the passed. His work is beautiful and its easy to mistaken him as  just a contemporary artists, with out the street art influence. Half man, human human creatures stand in motion, almost trying to escape the canvas they lay in. There are little to no bright colours in each piece, giving them a faded and rustic appeal to the subject matter. It all really works, its all mythical and like the artists of ancient times, creates …

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INTERVIEW // Safehouse: DangerFork

If you haven’t heard of them yet, DangerFork is a boutique independent screen printing service run out of Melbourne’s Safehouse studio by super husband and wife team Chris Drummond and Megan Quigley. Having produced some of the top, most appropriately priced prints for some of Melbourne’s best street and graffiti artists for a year now, the possibilities seem endless and the quality is only getting better for the future. Leading into the the Spring quarter of the fantastic Seasons of Change shows, I sat down with the duo to discuss all things DangerFork and working in the Safehouse studio. So lets start off with the basics. How did DangerFork come to fruition and does the name have any special meaning? Chris: Yeah, when Meagan and me were living in Europe, we were travelling a lot and the only way we could get artwork was with prints. We just really liked the idea of buying artwork and prints, along with making them, and decided when we came back we’d get a screenprinting table and start making …

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GALLERY // Gram ‘Gramizm’ at Nice Cat Gallery

Something a little funny happened at school today, my lecturer approached me during class and asked me why I do or am involved with graffiti. It wasn’t an aggressive question, he was asking in a ways in which to understand as to why people do it. It’s a hard question to understand, but ultimately I came to the answer in that graffiti itself is basically limitless, you may just write 4-5 letters, but there’s so many ways you go about it. Letterforms, positioning, colours, Ironlak alone recently started an online game where writers pick from 800,000+ variations of their colours to do a piece. Thats 800,000 different ways to write your name with Ironlak alone and its because of that a show like Gram’s is so unique and fresh, despite his longevity in the scene. This is a very good show, filled with some fantastic pieces of graffiti, whether you like it or not. While graffiti has been apart of the “street art” culture longer, shows dedicated to the art form are far and few between and …