Here’s some of the amazing stuff that happened in Melbourne last month. I’m sorry it’s so late – I am already working on the March post. Damn I am proud to post about my home town. So much goodness every month. Enjoy!Events, Featured Posts, Gallery/Museum Shows, Photos | Tags: Adnate, All Good Things, Be Free, Bonsai, Callum Preston, cdh, Creepy, Dabs Myla, David Russell, Dean Sunshine, Deb, DVATE, Erin Greer, everfresh, Ghostpatrol, Giant Storybook project, herakut, Invurt, Junky projects, Kyle Hughes Odgers, Louis Marnell, Luke McManus, lush, Maid, Meggs, Metro Gallery, Michael Danischewski, miso, Monster and the Girl, phibs, pow wow, rone, SDM, SDM crew, SOFLES, Too High To Heal, twoone, Wunderlust
Photos by Dean SunshineCategory: Photos | Tags: Dean Sunshine, everfresh, Hosier lane, Meggs, Numskull, Roach, rone, SOFLES
Rone has been busy since returning from San Francisco. He’s been painting lots of walls in Australia in various different new styles and has been involved in a number of collaborations. Loving all the new pieces around Melbourne. He is currently in Miami painting some amazing walls. Here’s a few of my favourite pieces. Also check out the great video by Callum Preston.Photos, Videos | Tags: Meggs, rone, Wonderwalls
From the press release:
Fusing elements of contemporary superheroes to ancient mythological beings, ‘Truth in Myth II’ is a collection of new artworks that expressively reference classic renaissance composition and contemporary pop culture. A continuation of Meggs’ search for balance and the understanding of physical and ideological duality in self.
“We live in the stories we tell ourselves. In a secular, scientific rational culture lacking in any convincing spiritual leadership, superhero stories speak loudly and boldly to our greatest fears, deepest longings and highest aspirations… the best superhero stories deal directly with mythic elements of the human condition… they help us confront and resolve even the deepest existential crisis. We should listen to what they have to tell us.” - Grant Morrison, ‘Supergods’, Spiegal & Grau, New York USA, 2011.
Photos courtesy of Backwoods GalleryCategory: Gallery/Museum Shows | Tags: backwoods gallery, everfresh, Meggs
Let’s see what has been happening off of Vandalog this week.
- I recently wrote a list of Complex.com giving my thoughts on the 50 greatest street artists right now. Let me know what you think. So far, the main criticism (besides the usual “screw you” flame war stuff) seems to be that I did not include enough women.
- The London Vandal broke a story about British former graffiti writers being arrested and being released on bail until November under some absurdly restrictive conditions. For example, they can’t enter a train station or use trains in London until November unless they can prove that they are going to court, to visit a lawyer or to make a journey relating to business or education. The New Statesman corrected some of The London Vandal’s claims and so the story is perhaps not as wild as initially reported, but it’s still a pretty messed up situation where bail conditions are being used solely for the purpose of maybe making The Olympics run more smoothly. Hyperallergic has more.
- Some great anti-Romney stickers are appearing in Philadelphia.
- This is a great piece by Remio.
- Meggs’ show at White Walls Gallery in SF is open and Graffuturism has photos.
- King Brown Magazine’s latest issue is launching in NYC on July 26th with a show including Mike Giant, Reka, Greg LaMarche, Anthony Lister, Sheryo, The Yok and others.
- DALeast’s latest mural is a beauty in a place that could use some art.
- Satterugly is doing some crazy stuff in Mexico.
Photo courtesy of M-CityCategory: Art News, Gallery/Museum Shows, Photos, Random, Vandalog Projects | Tags: anthony lister, daleast, greg lamarche, m-city, Meggs, mike giant, reka, remio, romney, satterugly, sheryo, The Yok, white walls
The show is comprised of a collection of paintings, collages, and sculptures, in which Meggs searches “for balance in the understanding of physical and ideological duality of self” referencing “classic renaissance composition and contemporary pop culture.”
If these teaser shots of Meggs on the street and in the studio are anything to go by then Truth in Myth looks like a show that is well worth a visit!
More shots after the jump… Read the rest of this article »Category: Gallery/Museum Shows | Tags: Meggs, white walls
Photos by RoneCategory: Festivals, Photos | Tags: Angry Woebots, everfresh, Meggs, mr. jago, pear Tarr, phibs, pow wow, rone, will barras
UPDATE – LOCATION CHANGE: The Underbelly Show has moved to 78 NW 25th Street in Wynwood, Miami to accommodate the large scale of the artwork in this show.
The Underbelly Project is back. Last year, I posted a lot about the project where 103 artists from around the world secretly painted an abandoned/half-completed New York City subway station. After that initial burst of press here and around the web, The Underbelly Project organizers stayed silent. With only occasional vague tweets from a mysterious twitter account and the appearance on Amazon of an upcoming book about the project. Yesterday though, The Underbelly Project announced that they will be participating in this year’s Basel Miami Week madness with a pop-up gallery in
South Beach Wynwood.
The organizers of The Underbelly Project and The Underbelly Show, Workhorse and PAC, have this to say about the show:
Workhorse: The New York Underbelly was an important chapter for us, but the story hadn’t been comprehensively told. The Underbelly Miami show gives us a chance to present the broad scope of documentation – Videos, photos, time-lapses and first hand accounts. The project is about more than just artwork. This show gives us a chance to show the people and the environment behind the artwork.
PAC: While the experience each artist had in their expedition underground can never be captured, it is my hope that this show will highlight some of the trials and tribulations associated with urban art taking place in the remote corners of our cities. Too often the practice of making art in unconventional venues remains shrouded in mystery and I hope this exhibition will shine a faint light on those artists who risk their safety to find alternative ways to create and be a part of the cities they live in.
35 of the 103 artists from The Underbelly Project will be exhibiting art in The Underbelly Show, plus video and still footage of the artists at work in the tunnel. Here’s the full line-up: Faile, Dabs & Myla, TrustoCorp, Aiko, Rone, Revok, Ron English, Jeff Soto, Mark Jenkins, Anthony Lister, Logan Hicks, Lucy McLauchlan, M-City, Kid Zoom, Haze, Saber, Meggs, Jim & Tina Darling, The London Police, Sheone, Skewville, Jeff Stark, Jordan Seiler, Jason Eppink and I AM, Dan Witz, Specter, Ripo, MoMo, Remi/Rough, Stormie Mills, Swoon, Know Hope, Skullphone, L’Atlas, Roa, Surge, Gaia, Michael De Feo, Joe Iurato, Love Me, Adam 5100, and Chris Stain.
For this show, the space will be transformed into an environment imitating the tunnel where The Underbelly Project took place, right down to playing sounds recorded in the station while The Underbelly Project was happening.
If you absolutely cannot wait until February to get We Own The Night, the book documenting The Underbelly Project, a limited number will be available at The Underbelly Show in a box set with 9 photographic prints and the book all contained in a handcrafted oak box. Additionally, you will be able to your book signed by the artists participating in The Underbelly Show.
The Underbelly Show will take place at
2200 Collins Avenue, South Beach, Miami 78 NW 25th Street, Wynwood, Miami. There will be a private opening on November 30th, and the space will be open to the general public December 2nd-5th, with a general opening on the 2nd from 8-10pm.
Photo by RJ RushmoreCategory: Featured Posts, Gallery/Museum Shows | Tags: adam 5100, aiko, anthony lister, chris stain, curtis kulig, Dabs Myla, dan witz, faile, gaia, haze, i am, jason eppink, jeff soto, jeff stark, jim darling, joe iurato, jordan seiler, kid zoom, know hope, l'atlas, logan hicks, lucy mclauchlan, m-city, mark jenkins, Meggs, michael de feo, momo, pac, remi/rough, revok, ripo, roa, ron english, rone, saber, sheone, skewville, skullphone, specter, stormie mills, surge, swoon, the london police, tina darling, trustocorp, underbelly project, workhorse
Checked out ‘MEGGS ‘Inner Demons II’ at Backwoods Gallery in Collingwood (Melbourne) last Friday night. Meggs (Everfresh) is back in Melbourne with his 1st show since returning from London. Another great show at Backwoods gallery. A few photos from the night. Enjoy.
Photos by LukeyCategory: Gallery/Museum Shows | Tags: backwoods gallery, Meggs
One thing that has come up a number of times on Vandalog and in my personal conversations is the seeming isolation of Australia’s street art scene. Although Melbourne in particular as a street art community to rival many major American cities, it seems that most fans of street art are unfamiliar with Australian-based artists besides Anthony Lister and perhaps Meggs. Now, two of Australia’s most committed street art collectors have teamed up with 941 Geary in San Fransisco to put on the biggest show of Australian street artists the US has ever seen, Young & Free. The show has been curated by Sandra Powell and Andrew King, the couple with what is probably both the best collection of work by Australian street artists, and the best collection of work by street artists in Australia.
13 artists are involved in Young & Free: Anthony Lister, Kid Zoom, Dabs & Myla, Dmote, New2, Ben Frost, Meggs, Ha-Ha, Reka, Rone, Sofles and Vexta. That’s a pretty solid line up, representing most of the best Australian-born street artists (but, as far as I know, Ben Frost is not a street artist). If you haven’t heard of all of those names, you can go to the Young & Free website to get a taste for each artist. Basically, without making the trip to Australia yourself, this show will be the best way to see what’s going on with their street art scene. Hopefully, it will also be a massive step towards putting Australian street art on equal footing internationally with American and European street art.
But of course, a gallery may be a place to experience art, but it’s not the place to experience street art. Street art is on the street. Luckily, all 13 of the artists in Young & Free will be in San Fransisco at the start of September, so here’s to hoping that some walls get painted.
Young & Free is still a few weeks away from opening, with a run from September 10th through October 22nd, but we’ve got a quick preview…
Photos courtesy of Young & FreeCategory: Featured Posts, Gallery/Museum Shows | Tags: anthony lister, ben frost, Dabs Myla, dmote, HAHA, kid zoom, Meggs, new2, reka, rone, SOFLES, Vexta