Melbournians this weekend you are invited to experience ART+MEL, an immersive two day art event without the white walls! Presented by Redbubble, ART+MEL will take local art out of the galleries and onto the streets, with two interactive ‘hot spots’ in the heart of the CBD.
An unexpected bedroom setting and floating gallery at Federation Square will display the original work of over 100 Melbourne artists, with live art courtesy of local illustrator Just Another Artist Justine McAllister. Art lovers can grab a free Code Black coffee at Federation Square before moving on to witness a pop-up installation by fellow Just Another Artist Kaitlin Beckett and Matthew Dunn, and watch as they add another layer of vibrance to one of Melbourne’s infamous laneways.
Then on Sunday night head to 1000 Pound Bend for the after party of a lifetime! Featuring live artwork by JA Artist Justine McAllister and Simon Sherry! Head down from 6pm-1am to experience it for yourself!
Berlin based Just Another Artist Jak Rapmund is in Melbourne and what better way then celebrating and saying hello then heading down to check out his solo show 'Not Dead Yet' opening on the 5th December at the Just Another Project Space.
All life comes to an end, but we're not dead yet.The knowledge of the ever-looming, ever-blooming death, is the greatest motivation for Skallywag Jak. It is his main inspiration, to refuse a regular job, to produce art and to travel the world enjoying the brevity of life. To try and experience as much of this world as it has to offer. Jak continues on the adventure, to keep painting and tattooing and learning, in the city that began his life as an artist, Melbourne.
Jak hand carves woodblock printing plates, to produce highly limited prints that are individually unique. He tattoos skin, primarily with flora and fauna, references to life and death, and elements of geometry and he paints murals, playing with similar themes, but bringing an explosion of colour to the walls, expending some of the energy pent up by studio time.
Friday December 5th at Click Click Bang in Santa Cruz is the opening of Just Another Artist Dirty Bandits solo show 'Yo Yo, Wanna Bang?' There will be pick up line prints that have never been shown before, part of the Love Bodega from her recent show at Madrone and a number of new pieces.
Click Click Bang is a hair salon and gallery with style and sass! Come join them for the opening night and celebrate the 1 year anniversary of business!
JA Artist Dirty Bandits has been at it again! Creating something fun to enjoy for all of 2015! A set of 12 digitally printed 4 x 6 postcards on heavy weight, 100% recycled kraft stock with hand done lettering and illustration. One for each month with a silly (but totally real) holiday. Check it out on her Etsy!
This week's art crush goes to photographic genius Jill Greenberg for one of her most controversial body of work, photographic series “End Times” depicts images of small children in the middle of a crying fit. Taken as headshots, the photographs display the overwhelming raw emotions that often overcome young children. Greenberg assures those who are concerned that the children were not harmed in any way and reminds us how easily a child’s smile can transform into an immense storm of grief. Greenberg enlisted her daughter, her friends, and a few child models to participate. Their mothers came along for the shoots, and together they’d work to get the children to start crying.
“The moms would hand them a lollipop in some cases, or they would offer them their cellphone—and then just sort of ask for it back. And basically the child was throwing a tantrum to try to get this candy or toy back, sort of putting on a show in a way,” Greenberg said.
As is tradition with the Seasons of Changes shows, the outside wall (of Revolver Upstairs) must be repainted by the artists featured. For the Winter edition of the exhibition, Arty Graffarti was lucky enough to be on hand to film the duo painting the wall and here is the end result.
Rain, scheduling, lack of paint, rain, wind and time was just a fraction of what slowed this production down, but the team got it together and belted out this great join up, from one end of the platform to the next. This isn’t the first time OG23 and Skary have gotten together on one space, with the end result showing. Surveying eyes, maracas, double denim, leopard prints, colour, along with arrows pointing in every direction, it’s all in there, as the Fly Crew members showcase their signature letterforms.
I am beyond thrilled to welcome the latest member of the Just Another Family, Marian Machismo. I have been watching Marian's work change, grow and develop for the last year and a half and I couldn't just watch any longer! Her fine art / illustrative twist just takes my breath away, while her fun flash illustration work usually brings a ridiculous smile to my face! You need to check it out for yourself though so head over to her portfolio!
I ended up visiting the new exhibition at Blindside Artist Run Space titled ‘Scratching the Surface’ by artists Eugenia Raftopoulos. She examines the meditations of feminine identity and the impacts of visual media on individual identities. She expressed this notion through intricate figurative paintings with motifs of blockage, emptiness and abstraction as the metaphor to manifest a psychological response towards the superficial aspects of an image driven society. An interesting exhibition, a must see!
Silent Landscape represents the way a city exists in the air: lights, reflections, fog, condensation, frost, electrical static, fireworks, bombs, dust. The result is a continuous, back lit scroll with images drifting into each other, mixing in the atmosphere, slowly forming land.
This exhibition is the latest for Melbourne based Stanislava Pinchuk. The twenty six works was produced at the Westminster Artist Residency in Tokyo, and is strongly inspired by filtering experiences of the city, as well as by Japanese scroll and landscape traditions.
Stanislava’s previous exhibition, Bright Night Sky, sold out before it even opened to the public. Feature pieces from the show were acquired by the NGV, securing Stanislava’s position as one of Australia’s most collectible young artists with work in both the NGV and NGA public collections. Since then, Stanislava has created work for Chanel, a collaborative line for Gorman, a sold-out book edition with La Chambre Graphique in Paris and a custom album cover for Lorde. She has spoken at every Semi-Permanent, had her work stolen in a heist and shattered her elbow. This busy year will culminate with the opening of Silent Landscape at Backwoods Gallery.