All posts tagged: AWOL Crew

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EDITORIAL | The Rise and Fall of Melbourne Street Art

It goes without saying that Melbourne was (at one point) one of, if not the, biggest and best cities on the global street art scene. But as we edge closer to, what is going to be, the 10 year anniversary of the initial street art boom, something seems to be a little off in our states capital. There’s no denying that artists are using the city and it’s surrounding suburbs to get their work/ideas across, but certainly not as much as before. Furthermore, while the original innovators have [deservedly so] moved onto international landscapes and while dipping their toes into the contemporary side of the art world, it has left a large hole for a new generation of would be street painters, designers and artists to make their mark on Melbourne. Unfortunately over the past year (in particular), less and less seems to be appearing outside, in regards to true street art. As I walk through Melbourne and its surrounding suburbs, I have found myself taking an abundance of graffiti flicks, but hardly any of our once world renowned …

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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 …