Well, time to wrap it all up – I’ll be taking the show down today so thought I’d do a quick wrapup of it with a bunch of images …
Thanks to everyone who came down, and to everyone who had kind words to say. T-Squat for the interview. Promoting other peoples work every day – its nice to really see people giving back a bit of love my way for a change, so thankyou to all those blogs that posted about it and helped promo it.
Well, the other day I was interviewed on T-Squat – James Watkins said some pretty damn nice things about me that I feel pretty humbled by and slightly undeserving… but it was a great interview. It gave me a chance, for the first time, really, to put some of my ideas and thoughts out there through an objective viewpoint. Cool questions, thanks T-Squat.
So, I had mentioned the collaborations in the show, but didnt really go into a lot of detail (as when I did the interview it was a week or two back and everything was still being worked on).
Before my show tomorrow, I thought I’d just take a few minutes to talk about all the people that have helped me out with collaborations in the show. Anyways … a few weeks back, I sent off a message to a bunch of mates I’ve been painting with for the ReVurt project, and few other friends, asking if they’d be interested in doing some remixes of the original drawings and such – I figured a couple of them would be interested, but I was totally stoked when all of them said they’d do something. There were a heap of people I wanted to ask! In fact .. an entire collaborative show is something I think would be mad – an idea for the future.
So, this is a little on those who have pieces in the show – some of the most talented and passionate people I know …
Pierre Lloga – As far as illustrators go, Pierres work is what I picture when I conjure up that exact word. Comicesque, yet highly stylised and brilliantly realised, he’s able to translate that from pen, to paint, to the wall, and anything in between.
ExRobot – one of our RR studio residents, his monochrome work is just starting to get out there, and there is a fair bit of interest as well with his works flying out the door over at Artboy Gallery. Definitely an artist to watch!
Mishke – I met Mishke at an exhibition some time back, and promptly coerced her into moving into our studios after I saw her work – and every one I see she just gets better and better. I love her illustrative style and I can’t wait to see where she takes it – must get her back to painting on more walls!
Ed "Unwell Bunny" Bechervaise – he recently had a hugely cool exhibition at RTIST Gallery in Prahran, and has started getting back into painting walls after a small hiatus. Always helpful, completely passionate and just a generally great guy to be around.
E.L.K. – a more honest and humble man I couldn’t meet, and there is a reason why E.L.K. is one of the best stencil artists in the world right now – because, simply, he is an absolute cutting fiend who can put together a stencil composition like no one else. E.L.K. moved down here from Canberra recently and has had some amazing shit start happening for him, and I’m totally stoked for him – he deserves great things for all the hard work he’s put in to his art over the years.
Conrad Bizjak – whether its with a brush, or on a wall, the man has style, absolutely mad technique, and an amazingly vivid imagination. His technique makes me wish I was that damn good, and, having seen some of his recent oil painting work – damn.
Heesco – awesome as all fuck, Heesco is one of the coolest emerging talents in Australia today. So down to earth and a real inspiration to me – he’s pushed me along and helped me out in going in a few different directions, always had kind words, and has always been there to help me out whenever I’ve needed it. Plus, he’s just fun mate to hang out and get drunk with haha.
Phoenix The Street Artist – until I saw Phoenix’s work, and met the man himself, I had, admittedly, never really thought all that much of collage work – but seeing the process he undergoes with it all, the philosophy behind it, the amount of work and preparation and planning – well, the man is a genius.
Jianna Lucia – another RR resident, this gypsy women has some pretty unique style! We hang a bit and chat – well, when I’m not heads down and immersed in focus land haha, but she’s great value, and a really cool artist. She recently did this video with Ollie Lucas for the Grolsch Grid show.
Jack Douglas – Jack stole my idea of buying one of those awesome bags for spraycans, and at some stage, I’ll steal it off him. Besides that, he’s a really really cool artist – his can technique rules as well, and he’s a funny bastard to boot – I had fun working with him on a quick road sign that turned up …
Robbie Warden – helped me out with all the photography. He works for Big Dog in Prahran, and you can see him out and about taking a bundle of photos at all kinds of gigs, and just generally popping up here, there and everywhere. There is no way in hell I would be this happy with the work in the show without his photographic skills.
Carl Allison- I wanted to get some video done for the show, a first for me … and there was no doubt that I wanted Carl to do it. He’s been killing it lately with his work, covering artists that are a part of my friends from Just Another Agency, as well as stuff over at RTIST Gallery, and everything in between. We got him to do our first webisode for Invurt, and, he did an awesome job with my preview.
There were others involved too – all the girls who modelled for me were amazing, as was Sammy Elise at the Body Canvas event. To all of them, the biggest of thankyou for being a part of my show in one way or another, and thanks for all the inspiration along the way – love your fucking work.
All round talented video guru Carl Allison put together this quick preview for my show – absolutely love his work. Together with Scotty and Gregs mad tune (go buy it, it totally blitzes after the drop!) and with some footage from Body Canvas with Sammy Elise … its perfect. Thanks all.
Was asked to put some pieces in to the final show at Surface POPs St Kilda Gallery, before they move to a new space – so I’ll be putting in a mix of some older pieces and some new … will be a fantasticly fun night, so come on down
“Going out with a bang, Surface POP is finishing off where it’s about to start up again at T-Squat. Come celebrate new beginnings at Surface POP’s final exhibition at 11-13 Carlisle Street St. Kilda for a 3 day only POP-UP featuring T-Squat and Surface POP Artists & some of Melbournes Finest!
Regan Tamanui – HAHA
Phoenix the Street Artist
Man, I havent updated for a bit, sorry about that – its been pretty hectic. In amongst working full time, setting up the new studio for Invurt - oh, and DOING Invurt, doing artwork for a few shows, making music with my best mate (as The Hesperians) and actually having a social life … well, lets just say that I havent been sleeping much, and have been slightly neglecting this blog as well! I sometimes update on my facebook page, so check that as well …
I have some pieces in this show at Artboy Gallery on Friday night – come down and check it out! All the other artwork in the show looks amazing!
These are two of the pieces I have for the show, and some others …
This is the mural that I have been working on in the new Invurt workshop with my friend Heidi – still a fair bit to go, but hopefully I can get it finished before the launch on the 24th of March!
.. and just another little thing I played with to try a few new things
So, next week some friends and I will be getting together @ At Large Gallery in Northcote for a bit of fun to do a pop-up-installation-style show, in a big mash-up collaborative effort – and we’d like to invite you all along to check it out.
“At Large Gallery & Invurt present Cardbordia, a collective excursion into a variety of cardboard inspired installations, works, prints, paste-ups, cutouts, collaborative art, projections and soundscapes. In the lead up to the show, the Carbordia crew will spend the week transforming the At Large gallery into a celebration of carded goodness, with an array of urban focused styles and mediums!!
Featuring Enix Hart, Mishap, Sim2, Rachee Renee, Magnus McTavish, Fletcher Andersen, Danarchy, the creative sounds of Fergus, and proudly sponsored by Visy Cardboard, the show will be an amazing Three Dimensional Feast of the Senses, and one of the first ever Installation Style Shows @ At Large Gallery.
Pretty much, we are going to go apeshit with a truckload of cardboard – and its going to be funky as –
Enix Hart - bringing influences from a plethora of different disciplines including 3D Modeling and Animation, Graphic Design and Mixed Media, Enix Hart strives to stretch new styles constantly. Having fallen in love with spray paint in 2008 Enix plans to cover the world in delicious colours that can be chewed up and savoured by those who have the hunger.
Mishap & Simz – Simz, or Sim2, originally from WA, is nowadays best known for decorating walls around Melbourne with his macabre science-fiction and mechanical style. In contrast, Mishap’s strategically placed sultry feminine characters in and around inner city laneways have also been turning heads. The creative pair have been quickly paving their way in the street art scene since joining forces over three years ago. While continuing to add to their repertoire of exhibitions, Mishap and Simz are also focused these days on collaborative murals and the running of a gallery space that promotes artists of a similar mindset.
Rachee Renee – Rachee Renee has been brightening streets, alleyways, drains, warehouses, galleries, bars and clubs with stencils, characters and killer ladies throughout Melbourne and internationally under numerous aliases for at least the last decade! She would have been recently seen painting up a storm at Sketch City events (www.sketchcity.com.au), creating artwork peeps can dance to! Rachee’s style is influenced by pop surrealism, street art and all kinds of Japanese kitsch, creating cute and colourful art thats just a little provocative. Website: http://www.racheerenee.com
Magnus McTavish – Growing up in Brisbane’s wild West End, and now residing in Melbourne, Magnus has a long and prolific association with the core artists of the Brisbane street art scene, working alongside pioneers across generations of the culture.
“Magnus McTavish has never worked in Magic, But has a background in fine arts, also Known for schooling such legends as Ksino and AnThony Lister. Also Has Been practicing for many than 15 years. No more Of the Old, In with the Black. Appropriation of space is one of his main stays. Work by the Artist Is now also on Display this year, at the National Gallery Of Australia Canberra. As well As a Protest Mural at the Supreme Court Of Brisbane. You can view many of his works throughout time without worrying what he is doing in Magic… you may view his latest books In this next exhibition.”
Fletcher Andersen – Having moved to Melbourne in the not so distant past, and with a life long passion for street art, and a hands on passion since his days spent bombing Perth in the early 90s, Fletch has now immersed himself in Melbournes thriving art culture. Following his successful first solo show back in September, his love of all things robotic, science fiction and organic has engendered a unique style that he continues to push in new directions. Fletch is also the editor and writer of Invurt – a blogzine with the sole aim of promoting established and emerging Australian urban, street, illustrative and low brow artists – all that which he loves – to a wider local, national, and international audience. Website:http://www.irikanji.com/ & http://www.invurt.com/
Danarchy - this obnoxious artful-dodger, punka-basta – or whatever stereotype fits – is often found using his artistic flair as a way to keep his head above water, and, sometimes, out of trouble. In his eternal quest for reason and answers, he divulges his creativity and self expression with a consistent and endless questioning of the world, and the various vestiges of Authority around us.
Fergus - No stranger to Melbournes electronic music scene, and with a plethora of releases on some of the worlds top labels, DJ Fergus is the sound sculptor for the Cardbordia crew. As a producer, DJ and part of the emerging power-house band that is the Freak Technique, Fergus will lends his diverse audio skills in bringing the visual diversity of Cardbordia to life with a customised audioscape prepared specially for the show. http://soundcloud.com/fergus01
What: Cardbordia group installation show Where: At Large Gallery, 208 High Street, Northcote When: Show opens 6pm til 9pm, Friday 19th November and runs til December 2nd
Hi all – just a few photos from my own crappy camera and some more awesome ones that the guys at At Large took of my opening last Friday night of my first solo show, Inhabited Times – a pretty full on evening that floored me, so many amazing people and so many wonderful words about my work. I put a lot of effort into it, and I’m still overwhelmed by all the positive feedback I received.
Massive thankyou to everyone that helped me get it all organised, the guys at At Large gallery, and those all who were able to make it down to support me (on the night and over the weekend), with what turned into an epic evening that left me speechless and humbled.
The show is finishing up today, and I will be putting photos of all the work online, as well as a bunch of work for sale, so check back in a couple of days if you weren’t able to make it to the show here in Melbs.
Lots more photos on the At Large website, and I’ll also be putting a whole bunch of photos of all the pieces up on my blog after the show – I think the count was around 44 pieces at the end of it, not including some hand made toys and some amazing custom dresses – and I ended up selling roughly half of it – and for my first show, well, I cant express my thanks enough.
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