Opening: These Things Take Time by Michael Danischewski and Andrew Johnson at RVCA Gallery – Melbourne

Melbourne artists Michael Danischewski and Andrew Johnson are joining forces to exhibit a new series of photographic works. These Things Take Time concentrates on quiet observations reflecting forged memories within unknown landscapes. These images evoke an understanding of travel and personal growth only encountered with the freedom and inspiration of time on the open road.

Both photographers work primarily with analogue process to enhance their aesthetic, a skill they’ve both refined after countless hours under the haze of darkroom lights where they first met in their youth.

Having spent the years since honing their craft, These Things Take Time is a celebration of free spirit and reflection of youth. It’s a showcase of years well spent taking opportunity with a camera over shoulder and pocket full of film…

‘These Things Take Time’ by Michael Danischewski and Andrew Johnson
Where: RVCA Gallery, Melbourne
Opening: Friday 24th July

Michael Danischewski

Opening: Currency by Kate Banzai at Lamington Drive – Melbourne

Lamington Drive is pleased to present Currency — a solo show by Kate Banazi.

Concerned with the virulent standards by which we judge ourselves (and those around us), Banazi looks to our constant pursuit of perfection and the price we pay for this unattainable goal. A reflection on the fluctuating value of our own self-worth, Currency examines imperfection in a world lost amid the noise of impossible ideals. Ideals imposed by our environment and, more importantly, ourselves.

Currency features a collection of silkscreen prints on Perspex. Refraining from retouching any of the silk screens, Banazi accepts the artworks in their unedited beauty. Celebrating blemishes, praising flaws and enjoying the unpredictable process of creating the work — an experience that was both challenging and liberating.

An exploration of tessellating shapes and curves, each print is layered with a variety of patterns that blend and mesh, coming in and out of focus as the viewer moves throughout the space. The sum of these individual elements elicits a visceral sense of awe and respect for each piece’s uniquely flawed beauty, allowing Banazi to play upon the notion of what our aesthetic ideals are and who gets to decide them.

‘Currency’ by Kate Banzai
Where: Lamington Drive, Melbourne
Opening: Wednesday 8 July

Kate Banzai

Opening: Tree Sprits by Daniel ‘Ears’ O’Toole at Juddy Roller – Melbourne

Tree Spirits is a culmination of work that Ears has produced during a month long residency at Juddy Roller, using the entire gallery space as his studio to produce a mix of large format and smaller mixed media paintings on canvas and wood panel.

Tree Spirits delivers of a series of imagined landscapes that reference mountainous Australian bush lands, accompanied by floating portraits warped by playful line work offset by sparse graphic elements.

In his latest body of work, Ears uses bold colours and geometric lines to create compositions born of a street context yet taken further into ideas of symmetry and form, utilising the tension between the man made world and the natural environment.

‘Tree Spirits’ by Ears
Where: Juddy Roller, Melbourne
Opening: Friday 3 July

Photos: A Study of Camoflauge at Backwoods Gallery – Melbourne

Backwoods Gallery recently opened their group show ‘A Study of Camoflauge’ featuring a whole bunch of great local and international artists.

Aaron de la Cruz, Acorn, Alexander Mitchell, Ashley Wood, Augustine Kofie, Beastman, Clemens Behr, Hardy Blechman, James Greenaway, Jaybo Monk, Jon Fox, Jun Inoue, Kano Hollamby, K-narf, Madsaki, Mark Bode, Mark Drew, Masaho Anotani, MoneyLess, Nelio, O-Two, Petro, Raphael Sliks, Remi Rough, ROA, Senekt, SheOne, Shida, Shohei Takasaki, Shun Kawakami, Slicer, Stabs, Stephen Ives, TwoOne & Yusk Imai.

See more photos here.

Backwoods Gallery

Backwoods Gallery

Backwoods Gallery

Backwoods Gallery

Backwoods Gallery

Backwoods Gallery

Backwoods Gallery

Opening: Sean Morris ‘Cosmic Dread’ at Lamington Drive – Melbourne

We’re excited to hear that ex Perth, now Melbourne based Sean Morris will be opening a solo exhibition in the coming weeks with Lamington Drive. No doubt this show will be amazing, so if you’re in Melbourne don’t miss it!

Lamington Drive is pleased to present Cosmic Dread by Sean Morris. Marking his first solo outing since exhibiting in Madrid in 2013, Cosmic Dread features a series of new paintings on wood, print tapestries and painted vases, all adorned with a selection of Sean’s favourite subject matter—freedom vehicles, snakes vs snake-people, and powerful, slightly disgruntled girls with swords.

Morris’ eclectic work flickers between the trashy and the beautiful, manifesting in curious studies of outsider living and colourful homages to low culture. Symbols of evil are given loving twists, and nostalgic tributes are made to things that probably never happened, but which Morris wishes had.

‘Cosmic Drea’ by Sean Morris
Where: Lamington Drive
Opening Hours: Wednesday 13 May, 6 – 9pm

Sean Morris

Sean Morris

Video: Askew, Rone, Adnate, Mayo & Guido Van Helten paint the Collingwood Power Station – Melbourne

On May 6th 2014 Juddy Roller curated 4 world class portrait artists and one of Melbourne’s most respected graffiti writers to collaborate on a wall stretching over the 100 meter boundary of a large power station in Collingwood, Melbourne. The project took about 4 days to complete and has quickly been regarded as one of the most important collaborative murals in Melbourne

Juddy Roller mural Collingwood

Juddy Roller mural Collingwood

Juddy Roller mural Collingwood

Juddy Roller mural Collingwood

Video: Sofles graffiti mapped wall for White Night – Melbourne

On Saturday the 21st of February, Sofles – Graffiti Mapped premiered at Melbourne’s largest cultural festival, White Night Melbourne. Attended by over 500,000 people and running from 7pm – 7am, the festival takes over Melbourne’s CBD for a one night only artistic extravaganza.

Many months in the making, Sofles – Graffiti Mapped is an innovative step forward for the world of graffiti and technology. Sofles – Graffiti Mapped explores the intrinsic connection between graffiti, street art and technology through a combination of 3D video mapping, traditional street art and graffiti techniques and motion design.

Video Shot/Cut: Selina Miles.
Photo credit : Selina Miles
Mural by Sofles
Motion Design by Grant Osborne
Soundtrack by Opiuo
Creative Director – Shaun Hossack

Sofles

Sofles

Sofles

Sofles

Sofles

Opening: ‘Beyond Beyond’ at Lamington Drive – Melbourne

Together with Lamington Drive, Beci Orpin is curating a great group show at their space in Melbourne this week, called ‘Beyond Beyond’. The show opens this Wednesday night and features a host of local and international artists and designers. More details here.

‘Beyond Beyond’ group show
Where: Lamington Drive, Melbourne
Opening Hours: Wednesday 4 Feb, 6-9pm

Lamington Drive