Hit the Streets! Thursday, 30 October 2014

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'Hit the Streets' - the Graffiti Education and Prevention Project aims to provide opportunities for young people to develop and showcase their aerosol art skills and to engage positively and legally in community life.

Concurrently the program is intended to elevate the profile of legal street art in Stonnington, further encouraging young people to engage positively in this medium. The project is intended to help reduce and prevent graffiti vandalism in targeted areas in the City of Stonnington.

The project also aims to connect professional artists and young people in a mentoring capacity.

Youth Services, in conjunction with the City of Stonnington with be working with Just Another Agency, to provide support and advice while utilizing two of their prolific Just Another Artists Dvate and Sear to educate the participants in letter form, style, technique, composition, colour theory and much more. Helping give them insight into the commercial world within the creative industry.

The project will conclude with a group exhibition to showcase the overall designs by all participants in March 2015.

So, if you know someone aged between 12-17years old, who lives in the Stonnington area, tell them to submit and learn some skills from two of the best! Deadline for submissions is November 10th.


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Oferenda Tuesday, 28 October 2014

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The Just Another Project Space is going to kill it this November with not one but two exhibitions! The first being phenominal if I do say so myself. Curated by Marian Machismo, Oferenda is a massive group show, themed around the 'Day of the Dead'. One for ONLY ONE NIGHT, you will need to head down to see the space transformed and enjoy in the festivities. Opening from 8pm till midnight!

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Meet Up for the Socially Awkward Tuesday, 28 October 2014

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Meet up is another online networking portal that wants to connect people based on their interests by planning activities in accordance, so for example; potentially all the cat ladies will be able to be politically organised, share best cat care tips and show top cat videos (to explain my best meeting scenario). It is huge in the US and it's been running in Oz since 2012, as a way to expand your network and to try different activities, discuss a hot topic or learn a new skill while to get you out of your comfort zone.

This all sounds pretty good, but what happens when you are naturally born awkward? I tend to awkwardness... I can't help it and my Colombian accent generally doesn't help much. Sometimes for example, I want to compliment a guys beard, because some beards are really cool right? But instead I'll actually be complementing his 'bird' or 'beer' and I can't help it! It just sounds wrong somehow once I say it out loud (in my defense those three words should be colour coded or something cos they sound too similar). But do I really need to compliment the beard anyway? I really don't know.

However, Meetup has tons of workshops to choose from, as I couldn't find a cat ladies one, I went to a creative photography workshop, for free of course. The title 'creative photography' sounded promising. This is the story of how I lost my Meetup virginity.

I went to 'GLOW', a fully set up Photography studio paradise in North Melbourne. I arrived on my bike, on time, to see all the other participants in front of the place locking up their bikes so I basically run through them while saying "hello" (out of a bit of shame for making them move over.)

As I finished locking up my bike I realised everyone has gone inside, I made my second entrance to a group this time all standing in a semi circle in front of a comfy couch, why was nobody using the couch? Is one of those social situations I tend to not fully understand? I uncomfortably stood to match with the stranger photographer fellows. I should of sat down to break the ice, right?

When we were all ready to shoot I thought it would be like a first day at school when we get to introduce ourselves briefly and say what we like about photography (yes I believe in fairies) but instead we listened to the tutors monologue and questions on photography approaches. So far no chance to network or complement beards.

The rest of the workshop went slow, more talking than shooting but not much talking to each other. The exercises were mostly indoors with a bit outdoors, not a model or topic, mostly free to 'be creative'. Then I realised I ran out of things to shoot around me but I really wanted to push myself so I kept shooting, its the first time I've done an entire photoshoot on my camera bag. I was excited to see what others came up with and to have feedback on my photos, once again I was being optimistic, I briefly exchanged words with a few people and learnt one new trick (that paid off my creative afternoon with strangers), but I didn't catch the name of the lovely women that taught me (how rude).

I do not want to take this experience as my only example of a Meetup, it was my first time and it was supposed to be awkward anyway. Next time I will try 'Drinks with creatives' that sounds more promising! And I wish to have a different experience probably with more interesting creative beards (fingers crossed)  

My rate: not enough cats.

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Fourplay Brisbane Friday, 24 October 2014

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Talk about a mind blowing exhibition! Brisbane folks, you need to be penciling this in as this is a show you aren't going to want to miss! The Design Kids are putting on their annual Fourplay and boy is it going to be a killer!

Incredible design teams across the country have designed a series of A1 posters that need to be completed by you on the night. Go down, get involved, and the first 40 people get one of the artworks for free! Seriously, does it get better than that?!

Work from the top studios & students/grads around the country!

We’re Open/Taylor Martin, Parallax/Cristina Muffatti, Cornershop Design/Zach Cassidy, Thought and Process/Phillipa Pell, One Iota/Alice Moir, Josephmark/Clare Barrett, The Letter D/Liam Matthews, Analogue Digital/Jason Mangelsdorf, Frank and Mimi/Deane Featonby, Luke Day/Jake Williams, Art-Work Agency/Sam Rowe, Futago/Adam Van Winden, Motherbird/Kristen Hancock, Bird/Julian De Bono, TDK/Stefan Imbesi, Studio Constantine/Holly Le, The Cutaway/Scott McNally, Yoke/Amber Goedegebuure, Univers/Jessica Watson, Kate Pullen/Madeline Deneys, Alter/Nathan Nankervis, The Hungry Workshop/Lloyd Mst, The Company You Keep/Nonie Hunter, Studio Fellow/Joshua McCormack, Australian Type Foundry/Sophie Brown, Pocket Design/Kayla Gourlay, Shorthand/Jace Prasil, Zookraft/Madeline Ritchie, Living Brand/Amanda Nienaber, OneTrickPony/George Cooke, The Cut/Tim Meakins, Studio Bomba/Matthew Wong, Lost & Found/Yusuke Fujii, Georgia Hill/Jonathan Key, Nowhere Famous/Melissa Baillache, Born & Raised/Nicci Hurwitz and Mira Yuna/Trent Michael

Opening on the 30th October 2014 at No Vacancy QV, 34-40 Jane Bell Lane, Melbourne from 6pm-8pm

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Deifik Video Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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There isn't long left for you to be able to catch Just Another Artist Apeseven's incredible solo show Deifik. Want to know what's in store?! Well check out the video created by Visible Studio below. No photo really does this exhibition justice though, it truly is something you need to see in person! So head down to the Just Another Project Space before it's too late! Show is up tioll the 26th October.

Deifik by Apeseven from Just Another Agency on Vimeo.

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Miniview Monday: Jose Mertz Monday, 20 October 2014

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Jose Mertz is an artist / image maker based in Miami. Equally comfortable working across traditional and digital media, Jose takes inspiration from past civilisations, science fiction and the supernatural. His works have a unique fluid quality, are beautifully detailed and full of character. I especially love his surreal landscape/creature scenes - I get lost in those drippy, almost Dali-esque contours! Read on to hear a little more of his background, and an ultra strange dream he once had.

Hometown: Miami, Fl. USA
Nickname: MERTZ, Leemer, Leemerooski, Mertzalini, Cool-man, Chilly Willy, I have a couple. :)

1. How did your career and life in art begin?
Graphics, paintings, drawings.. have always been embedded in my life. I was always interested in images and shapes and designs. From teeshirt graphics to video game illustrations and everything in between. In my home growing up we had tons of trinkets and altars in the house as well as indigenous art and decoration. I used to stare at this stuff and then wonder how it was made and what they meant.

The first time I actually got paid to do something artistic was when I was 14 years old and a older friend asked me to design a logo for a rap group he was starting. It was only $20 but it changed my perception of how I can do what I love and generate money from it. I was mainly cutting grass around the neighborhood for like $5. When I graduated from college in 2002, I left to New York and got my first official art jobs doing illustration for clothing companies and print.

2. Your work is pretty versatile in terms of style and medium - do you have a favourite?
I love drawing. It’s my favorite. It feels the most vulnerable and the most honest to me. I enjoy doing works on paper and building layers. I love doing digital as well but everything usually starts on paper first. 

3. Many of your pieces have quite a surreal feel to them. Are any of them inspired by actual dreams you've had?
Some come from personal dreams and some come from blending different kinds of mythology and folklore. One that has a bit of all three is a piece called “Dust”. I had a dream of a elephant being sacrificed in order to give birth to his father in the form of a man. Visually it was all very fluid and similar to wet clay. The elephant seemed as if it was ready and confident. The body divided in half like sliced bread and this head emerged out of the insides. It was just looking around like a newborn baby. LOL! I woke up and was like WTF. It was so cool. So I thought about it and the elephant reminded me of the Hindu god Ganesh and his relationship to Shiva which is his father. But why would the child be giving birth to the father? I ended up drawing and trying to capture the dream and realized a lot from it personally but the best is what other people read into it.

I like the fact that the artwork can invite the viewer to think a bit outside the “norm”. I believe all of “reality” is surreal and extremely malleable and full of information. The cross referencing is always interesting but the immediate response from the viewer is for me the most gratifying. 

4. What is your idea of a well spent day?
Eating a good breakfast with my son Bodhi, Finishing up some pieces, getting paid, going for a swim then maybe making a good meal and then watch a movie.

Thank You! Also, a huge "THANK YOU" to everyone who supports me and follows my work.  My social networks are @josemertz /

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Down Time Sunday, 19 October 2014

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'Down Time' is a group exhibition featuring the work of creative collective, Studio 615.
A follow up to last years successful Melbourne show, "Time Flies", artists Mike Danischewski, Silk Roy, Sam Octigan, Marcus Dixon and Doug Aldrich have come together once again, this time taking what they do to The Tate in Sydney for one night only. The show is another insight into how the artists work, both personally as individuals and as a collaborative group. This next installment features more works on canvas, paper, wood in a broad range of mediums, as well as a range of printed matter available on the night.

Wednesday the 5th of November, 6-9pm 123 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, Sydney. Drinks provided by Cricketer's Arms. One night only.

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Lumen by Rone Friday, 17 October 2014

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Opening Friday, October 24 at Level 1, 109 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, is 'Lumen' by Rone will include eleven large-scale portraits inside and outside of the gallery and a twelve metre high mural on the building’s adjoining ventilation tower. The space itself – an abandoned office building slated for demolition – has been transformed into a black (and blank) canvas for the artist to takeover. Internally, the artworks will be brought spectacularly to life by lighting designer, John McKissock.

Creatively and thematically, the impetus for Rone’s work (particularly on the street) is the friction point between beauty and decay. Lumen – or “light of the day” in Latin – as a body of work continues in this vein, reflecting on moments of revelation and clarity as we transition into adulthood.

“Lumen explores that pivotal moment in our lives when we realise that we need to believe in what we see [and know to be true] rather than what we’ve been told,” says Rone. “It’s that point in your life when it becomes time to think for yourself, formulate your own opinions and develop a sense of personal identity without consideration to the past or outside influences. That’s why I titled the show Lumen – thematically it’s a series of works about seeing or following the light.” - Rone

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Sirum One in Arnhem Land Thursday, 16 October 2014

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Just Another Artist Sirum One has recently finished painting of Baru - the salt water crocodile in Nhulumbuy far north-east Arnhem land. Who better to tell you all about it then Sirum himself, read all about it below...

"Having spent the last two months travelling via 4x4 with my partner Georgie Seccull and great friend Charlotte through Australia's Top End, we found ourselves taking a leap of faith and trekking deep into one of the worlds most remote patches of wilderness. After 3 days travel along the Arnhem Hwy we finally arrived in Nhulunbuy. Originally set up as a mining town, this place is now the central hub for supplies, medical and practical needs that filter out to all the surrounding homelands of the Yolngu people. Here we set up and organised our general permits that would allow us to go bush and discover some of the most amazing and relatively untouched places we have ever experienced. Beaches that would pan out into the distance with crystal clear waters as far as your eyes could see (that you can't swim in - they're full of crocodiles) and the 3 of us being the only people around for days on end..

I decided to bring my paints with me and see if I could find a space to produce another mural and given my chosen subject matter, an opportunity came about soon after. The main hotel / restaurant - bar in town named the Walkabout commissioned me to produce my painting across the front entrance wall of the building. Very quickly the word spread that a large saltwater croc was being painted in town and every morning I painted I had a number of spectators dropping past to keep an eye on the progress and I guess to make sure I was doing the image justice..(no pressure) You see the saltwater crocodile, particularly to the major clans of that part of NE Arnhem Land to them,is their absolute world. Being one of their major totems of the surrounding clans BARU is their Mother dreaming.

As the Yolngu people "come from the Earth" they identify themselves being one with their surroundings and so to these amazing people the saltwater crocodile is respected and loved equally to that of anyone from family circles. The Yolngu people's connectivity to nature is something that we in modern society have lacked for far to long now leading us to constantly be fixated on the future instead of living for the now. In short, I felt the importance of producing a great piece for these people as I quickly realised how much bigger this painting was then just me tackling another crazy art project!

The Yolngu people still to this day live their traditional ways, continuing their dreaming through songlines via ceremonies and living off the land. Their culture is still as strong as it ever was way, way back then. The oldest civilisation on Earth to us thats some 40 - 60,000 years old, and these amazing people were more then happy to share their stories and culture with us for the 35 days we lived in their country and on their land.

See you next time, Arnhem Land, Thank You!"

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Phrenology Wednesday, 15 October 2014

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After the success of Shaun Thatcher and Ross Vaughan’s exhibition 'You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine' at No Vacancy last year, Shaun is exhibiting in the Federation Square space with a solo body of work before moving to Europe in December. Taking a step away from the pixellated imagery of YAWIAM, 'Phrenology' is a collection of cranial specimens painstakingly archived in oil paint from across the zoological spectrum, some local, some less so. Get to know your anatomy from 6pm on opening night, Thursday the 23rd of October. Exhibition runs until November 8th.

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