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Artcrush: Jill Greenberg Saturday, 22 November 2014

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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.

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Arty Graffarti x OG23 x Skary Friday, 21 November 2014

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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.

OG23 & Skary 'Pieces of Mind' from Arty Graffarti on Vimeo.

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Welcome Marian! Wednesday, 19 November 2014

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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!

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Scratching the Surface Wednesday, 19 November 2014

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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!

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Silent Landscape Tuesday, 18 November 2014

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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.

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ArtPlusMel Monday, 17 November 2014

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Melbournians are invited to experience ART+MEL, an immersive two day art event without the white walls on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November 2014.

Presented by Redbubble, Australia’s finest online marketplace for independent artists, 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.

Head quartered and founded in Melbourne, Redbubble represents over 250,000 creatives world-wide, and the event is set to showcase local artists whose work is currently found on the Redbubble website. ART+MEL is designed to bring art into the everyday, encouraging people to experience art through unique creations.

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.

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Street Art Now Friday, 14 November 2014

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Following the success of the book Land of Sunshine published in 2012 comes the next edition titled STREET ART NOW. An updated snapshot of the Melbourne street art and graffiti scene over the last two years is once again, all shot by Dean Sunshine on his travels across Melbourne and beyond..

STREET ART NOW is a larger, hardback book with 206 pages highlighting over 100 local artists and international artists who have painted in Australia. There are also images from some of Dean’s travels overseas featuring both Australian and international artists including: Adnate, Alexis Dias, Bailer, Be Free, Dabs Myla, Dasic, Deams, Deb, Does, Dvate, Insa, Jaz, Kaff-eine, Li-Hill, Makatron, Meggs, Phlegm, Pixel Pancho, Reka, ROA, Rone, Seth Globepainter, Sheryo, Shida, Slicer, Smug, Sofles, The Yok, TwoOne, Tristan Eaton, Vexta and many more..

The Land of Sunshine blog is still regularly updated with hundreds of photos from both here and overseas documenting the never ending art appearing on the streets. Books will be available November through the same outlets including National Gallery of Victoria, National Gallery of Australia, MCA, GOMA, Heide, MONA, General Pants nationally, and selected bookshops.

All sales from STREET ART NOW will be put towards any future editions, furthering Dean’s wish to provide ongoing documentation of Melbourne street art online and via printed media.

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The Importance of Collaboration Wednesday, 12 November 2014

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Redbubble has always been dedicated to artists and supporting the creative community and their latest project continues to do just that... Launching 'Redbubble Talks' -  a range of FREE conferences in Melbourne, I am super excited! The first talk is starting on November 23rd with four KILLER speakers, including Just Another Artists Jack Douglas and Loretta Lizzio, with the poignant topic of 'The Importance of Collaboration.'.

"Competition in the art world is tight these days, and success can seem as elusive as Big Foot, or democracy in North Korea. Redbubble is dedicated to supporting Aussie artists as they endeavour to put their creations into the hands of art lovers across the globe, and to help Melbourne artists do their thing, we’re putting 4 of the industry’s top leaders in front of 70 lucky creators to talk about one thing: Collaboration.

Collaboration is becoming a key ingredient to success in this competitive industry, so Redbubble is excited to bring you some words of wisdom from photographer David Russell, tattooist Jack Douglas, curator and consultant Kifka Kingan and illustrator Loretta Lizzio."

Head to Redbubble HQ, Level 3, 271 Collins St, Melbourne on the 23rd November, doors open from 3:30pm with the conference running from 4-6pm. but wait! There are only 70 tickets available so make sure you grab yourself some tickets while they last!!

REDBUBBLE TALKS: The Art Of Collaboration from Redbubble on Vimeo.

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Monday Miniview: Noni Cragg Monday, 10 November 2014

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Noni Cragg is one of those people who can turn their hand to just about anything, and do it well. An accomplished artist, actor, model and activist, Noni is making the rest of us look bad! Largely inspired by faces, colour and culture, she paints arresting portraits that explore her Indigenous heritage, and that of her peers and family. Noni recently had her first solo show at he Tate in Sydney, and was kind enough to share some of her favourite pieces, and a little more about her art practice.

1. Describe yourself and your art in a few words.
I would say my work consists of a strong use of colour and texture. I believe I am strong also but a bit stubborn too… particularly when it comes to the ideas and issues I discuss through my work.

2. How was the launch of your new show, Sun + Water?
The launch of ‘Sun + Water’ was received with what I believe to be a lot of love and support especially from the Tate Gallery in Glebe whom hosted the show. The space was an amazing platform for me to showcase my portraits and a video installation that I created with local Didge player Jamie Bridgeman of local group ‘Deadly Yarranidgy’ and Sydney Film maker John Young. I was so pleased with the portraits I painted as well as our collective efforts. I am just so happy to share all our efforts with an audience. I was pretty stoked by some kind words, shout outs and gestures from people in the industry who I admire and look up to as well. So all in all, I felt I had what I see as a successful first solo show.

3. What do you love most about painting portraits?
What I most love about painting portraits is that I can communicate and develop my ideas visually and conceptually through the subject but I can also utilise the experiences and knowledge of these people so that I may better convey the significance of what I am trying to articulate with my work. And who could forget the eyes; the eyes in a portrait can say a thousand different things without a word and that’s a pretty marvellous aspect of portraiture.

4. Who are some of your favourite local creatives?
Caroline Sundt-Wels and Jedda Daisy-Culley of Desert Designs encompass so much of what I admire in a creative; strength, sensitivity, integrity and most importantly, a deep and profound respect of the artwork they utilise. I have also been admiring from afar Pauly Bonomelli of HIMUMIMDEAD. He makes handmade, sustainable sweatshop free bespoke gear with a pretty fierce ‘tude about it, which simultaneously fights the fast fashion giants and the unsustainable crap they spew out. I like that his work has a style that is immediately identifiable as his own much like the work the Desert Designs girls produce. But what I most like about these creatives in particular is that that they not only create fashion pieces but are painters, they do creative art direction and styling among so many other talents, mixing a variety of mediums together to create something different to what anyone else is producing.

5. What's your idea of a well spent day?
A good day to me consists of an early start, nutritious & delicious food, some swimming and most certainly a few hours in the studio. If I can squeeze in time at the skate park or just have a chill with my friends, then that is a pretty golden day.

 photo credit: David Cragg

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Street Art Sunday: No need to be Smug Sunday, 09 November 2014

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Over the last few months there has been a huge amount of talent gracing the walls on Melbourne.

One mural in particular that has been getting a lot of attention is located just off Brunswick Street in Fitzroy. Even though this wall features work from the likes of Sofles and Adnate, you really can not take your eyes off the section by SMUG.

Many artists have their own unique style, but SMUG's twisted realism is instantly recognisable.

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