Blindside Gallery, housed as it is in the imposing Nicholas Building, is always such a pleasure to visit. And on Thursday the wind-swept corridors of this Modern enclave hosts a much-anticipated event. Shae Rooke and Lizzy Sampson, along with Santina Amato have studiously been hankering down to present the fruits of the Summer Studio initiative. They‘ve previously commandeered the space with the aim of blurring “the lines between the creation, installation and exhibition process” and the public are finally invited to view the results in person. It is worth noting that they will also sport their collective stripes in these artistic endeavours or outcomes too. The Grand Opening is from 6pm on January 31st with an Artist Talk on Saturday, February 7th, from 2.30pm at Blindside on Level 7 off the corner of Swanston and Flinders Lane.
What would the Melbourne graff scene be without our beloved Reka? It‘d have nothing on the contemporary Euro‘s or Californians that’s for sure. I remember riding the Franga/ Dandy line back in 2002; everyday relishing the Reka characters adorning the embankment walls along the lines -particularly between South Yarra and Malvern.
The once elusive Reka has since inspired legions of next-generation writers and toys, whilst building an artistic practice that has seen him adorn the walls & galleries of New York, San Fran, LA, Berlin etc. One of the founding members of the EverFresh Crew and Skinny White Boys stalwart, Reka continues to aspire to great heights, luckily, taking us punters along for the ride! Now, witness the Primary Suspects show at the nucleus of Melb‘s fine art graffiti community: Backwoods Gallery - 2nd until 18th March, Easey St. Collingwood:
The t-shirt has come a long way. It has evolved into a new form of art and self-expression. NEXT is the exhibition curated by none other than Melbourne born t-shirt aficionado, Eddie Zammit, the creator of the world’s only t-shirt mag, T-World. NEXT asks 20 local and international designers to give their view on what the future holds for t-shirt graphics, paired with a portrait of each designer by the amazing photographer Nicole Reed. Eddie explores what’s NEXT for the humble T…
INFX: How did NEXT come to be part of the Outpost Project?
EZ: aMBUSH Gallery were instrumental in making it part of Outpost. We‘ve worked on projects before and they saw the vision of the project. Bill and John (owners) deserve a lot of credit for Outpost as a whole.
INFX: How did the collaboration with Nicole Reed come about?
EZ: Nicole Reed and I have been friends for years and we‘ve worked together on this side project for over 3 years. Outpost was the perfect event to exhibit this amazing array of portraits. Nicole Reed has a very bright future… you should see her work in the upcoming edition of T-world!! Wow.
INFX: And so what began your obsession with t-shirts?
EZ: My obsession on T-shirts has been an organic process since I was a teenager. One tee led to another, and um, err, I now have over 3,000+ T-shirts.
INFX: What do YOU see as the future for t-shirt graphics?
EZ: The future of T-shirts is all about the graphic, and more about the ‘me‘ generation. Those who survive will be sitting pretty on the T-shirt pile in 2015. Print – for journals or T-shirts - is still alive and kicking.
A big thank-you to Eddie!
NEXT is part of the Outpost Project being held on Cockatoo Island from 4th November – 11th December. If you‘re in Sydney, then get your arse on a ferry to Cockatoo Island and check it out!!!
Opening Tuesday evening; drop by First Site gallery, out front of RMIT, to sample the acute meanderings of this wondrous new show, by up-and-coming Media Artist impresario Spencer Lai.
The Death Set is driven by a sublime foray into the real and the unreal. “Two spaces and two realities“. Given your own particular perspective; delve into your appreciation of the actual and contrived. Upon inspection of the works on show, Monsieur Lai invites you to revel in an “immersive exploration of death, dread, reality and fiction“. Expect hyper-realism buffeted by theatrical visuals, and the low-res exploits of the internet fiefdom.
1 x 2 Death Set: RMIT First Site Gallery: June 7 – June 18
Drawing upon the graffiti artform, Josh hits his canvas with a depth of colour layers that are quite engrossing. His use of text calligraphy is striking as it brushes up against themes including societal quips, the female form, trashed pop iconoclasts and, perhaps flesh-eating disco zombies from outer space. Extra pursuits to his gallery works include aerosol murals, paste-up’s and the notional tag here or there. However, his creativity rises to the fore using an array of inks and paints on a fixed surface such as canvas or wood.
Wiffen’s visual style marks an awesome creative effort and his works prove themselves worthy of the modest sum that you would hardly expect to pay: that is, they’re a fucken bargain!
Next up, Josh is working on some further mural endeavours (such as that featured below) and he is co-curating major launch/ exhibition It’s Official from the 14th – 21st December 2010 at Gallery: 5 Crown Lane in Wollongong, NSW.
You can contact Josh for wall commissions and artist workshops at: wiffen.com.au
I’ve finally paid off my Nathan J print after neglecting to get onto it for, what? 3 months. It wasn’t the money. It wasn’t that I wasn’t anxious to get it on my wall (I was and had to replace a tired albeit grand one taking up centre-stage in the loungeroom). It was simply laziness and the fact that I tend to be in transit whenever I’m cruising through the city -which ironically is most days. The point is I got the fucker home. And it was easier than I thought.
Nathan Jurevicius is a home-grown Melbourne talent and has been at the forefront since 1994, debuting at Outré Gallery on Elizabeth in 2004. He is a fine arts artist who permeates the world stage with the likes of your Mike Giant or Jeremy Fish. He is known as a producer of high-quality visual art prints, original artworks and has designed a range of vinyl figures that he is quite renowned for: The Scary Girl series.
Scary Girl is complemented by a graphic novel and a CD release that was produced to reflect the mood of the series. He also designs everything from t-shirts to tarpaulins and has a vast assortment of wares on sale; notably from said Outré Gallery. Anyway, I have the piece up now and thought to share it with you, followed by a clip from Scary Girl. Enjoy.
Nathan Jurevicius b.1977 Melbourne, Victoria. Currently resides in Toronto, Canada.
-Rock The Boat