Month: November 2011

Fintan MaGee @ Rtist3

GALLERY // Fintan MaGee ‘Paper Plains’ at Rtist Gallery

For anyone out there who doubts that graffiti and street art is a no where, talentless form of expression, then this is probably the show that may change your mind. The real beauty of these artforms is that it is mostly about the self, usually based on no formal training, rather pure expression and artistic evolution. Fintan MaGee is a great example of this, I think most of his work speaks for itself, a raw pure painting talent, who just so happened to start with a spray can rather then a brush. Although street art and graffiti is my favourite form of art, I can definately appreciate the work that is on display at this show. How can’t you? It’s very immature, but i like art that looks amazing from a distance, yet up close shows all the grooves and technique in its production, you actually learn something through work like this. As you’ve probably come to expect from the crew at Rtist, they have completely given the artist their space to fulfil their artistic …

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EXCLUSIVE | D*Face x The Cullen

Finally, after so many empty promises on the ArtyGraffarti Facebook page, I can post this magical post that I’ve working on for the passed couple of weeks. Anyone here who follows this blog probably already knows that I am a huge fan of graffiti and street art, in particular a handful of writers and artists, Meggs, Kid-Zoom, Does, David Choe and D*Face, along with a couple dozen more. So when Art Series Hotel asked me if I was interested in heading down to The Cullen in Prahran to watch him paint one of their rooms, it was only a question of what am I going to do while I’m there? Now as you can probably tell, I’m no artist with the lens, I even give you guys a warning in the About page of this blog, but this was a little different. So I grabbed the girlfriends sisters special DLSR or whatever they’re called camera’s, along with the camera I use for this blog [and a few other bits and pieces] and headed on down …

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REVIEW // Writers Bench Documentary

I was lucky enough to get a ticket to the sold out premier of the Melbourne graffiti and street art documentary Writer’s Bench last Saturday. I’m actually a bit of a late boomer when it comes to the scene, like a lot of people in my early/late teens me and y friends were running amuck and we touched on tagging among other things, but I never looked at it seriously except for the passed 3 years. I still have a lot to learn, in general and particularly, Melbourne’s history. Books like Subway Art, King’s Way, The Everfresh Book, along with the internet and various store and gallery visits have always been a good way to learn. The slack man’s way to learn has always pretty much been a good documentary, which there are plenty on on the world scene, but this is the first purely on Melbourne’s proud history. Writer’s Bench covers the history and future of our beloved graffiti and street art culture, in a way that no-one has done on film yet. With its …

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GALLERY // Sabeth Solo Show at Giant, Johnston Street

I’m almost embarrassed to be posting this, its undescribably late and unfortunately its already closed, completely my fault, have just lost track of time as of late. But, here it is, some images and words on a great show that was held last week on Melbourne legend Sabeth, a man who has been painting for longer then I’ve been alive! How can you not respect? If you are a lover of letters, then obviously, this was a show for you, not only did Sabeth show his hand skills but he pushed them from being really fine tuned lettering to all out wildstyle. I don’t know if I’m just missing them, but I still find that there isn’t enough straight up graffiti shows in Melbourne and the one thing I’ve always said I like about them is that they’re full of colour. This show was no different, with a contrast in bright to what may be considered dull and dark colours been spread out across the pieces, graffiti writers are not just great with letters but also …

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GALLERY // D*Face ‘Burn Brighter’ at Metro Gallery

I don’t know if anyone had noticed yet, but one of the best street artists in the world D*Face has a show currently running at Metro in Armadale. Bah! Of course you guys know that, hes been all over Melbourne, who hasn’t seen the cans or the tombstones yet? As you may already know, I am a big fan of D*Face and his pop art style artwork and pretty much have been since I started getting more involved with graffiti and street art. Ok, so this “review” may sound a bit biased, but despite that, I honestly think this is one of the best shows in Melbourne this year. This is obviously going to be the last D*Face show we see in Melbourne for awhile and its a shame, obviously he is a very talented and diverse artist, but to be at one of his shows, as a whole, was definately something different. Obviously he is the type of world artist that doesn’t need any introduction, but theres a sense of respect at being at …