Month: November 2012

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GALLERY // Mark Bode ‘Ned Kelly Maps and Other Outback Stories’ at 143 Johnston Street

The Melbourne street art and graffiti scene has its fair share of great international artists visiting to either paint walls and a show or two, artists such as: D*Face, DMV and Above spring to mind immediately. We aren’t the biggest country by a long shot, so when an artists of such caliber visits our shores, its one hell of a treat. And with all do respect to all the artists I previously mentioned, having Mark Bode in the country, in our city, is no small achievement. This being his second visit and show in Melbourne in the space of a year, you really have no excuse to have missed either, because considering the time frame of all of our lives, shows like this won’t last forever. The name of this show doesn’t only reflect the theme running through the pieces, it is literally the show itself with the majority of pieces each being hand drawn on a variety of maps, new and old. Not all are from Australia, making the ones fresh from New York …

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GALLERY // Chris Drummond ‘Play The Angles’ at Litre Space

Anyone who knows a thing or two about graffiti, is that its all about the letterform, but that can be anything really whne you think about it. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z. They look simple and basic in nature, but you almost have to step outside The Matrix to see that there’s more then meets the eye with these daily inhabitants. Chris Drummond likes to explore these forms in his street and his gallery work too, exhibiting in a number of group shows through his label DangerFork and some friends elsewhere, but this is his first solo outing and it certainly didn’t disappont. For those keeping up, this was actually the night more car broke down making me miss the opening and a bunch of other shows in process, but I caught up with Chris and the team at Litre Space the day before hang around for the hanging. Despite Litre Space’s small layout, …

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GALLERY // Meggs ‘Truth In Myth II’ at Backwoods Gallery

Anyone who has followed this blog long enough knows that Meggs is one of my favourite street artists to not only come out of Melbourne, but since I ever got into the culture in the first place. Going to his solo show at the old Schwipe show has always been a fond memory of mine, it could have very well been the start in taking the street art and graffiti culture a bit more seriously. But lets not spend some much time talking about the past, lets focus on the present, even though I can’t afford originals as yet, out of the dozen or so print I currently own, 3 of them are Meggs’ and coming from someone who has an endless supply of places to get art for their house, thats saying a lot. I’ll be honest with you all, despite my fanboy attitude towards Meggs, I wasn’t a very big fan of his change in style that happened in his work 2-3 years back. Having being first introduced to his thick, bold, comic …

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GALLERY // A Study Of Hands Group Show at Backwoods Gallery

Sorry for being so late with this one everyone, my hands have been some what tied towards other area’s in my life lately, mainly school work. But here we are, a rare show for the great Backwoods Gallery in Collingwood, a group show, a show focusing on one of, if not, the most important parts of our bodies. We touch, feel, type and create with our hands, they help us express, but they can also cause pain, but most importantly, they made all the works you find on this blog! After thinking about this subject matter, there’s definately one thing you do, take a closer look at your hands. What do mine have on them right now? Some wear and tear, a bit of ink, bitten fingernails [shhhh] and wrinkles, those little characteristics alone say a lot about my day and even my life so far. Of course I have my own interpretation of hands, but walking into this exhibition, being faced by a number of artists interpretations was a unique experience. Sure, being surrounded …