Very excited to visit Contain Ya’Self this afternoon. Astrotwitch painting, Klara making a zine, lots of art on the walls already. There will be many events here between now and October – look out for the painted shipping containers by the river, right behind the Footscray Art Centre. Part gallery, part creative space, definitely worth dropping by. Here’s some work in progress shots of what Astrotwitch got up to today, a sweet portrait of Courtney Trouble. To find out what’s happening, like Contain Ya’Self on facebook.
If you’d ever wondered what Surrealism looks like in 2015 (as opposed to, say, the late 1910s and early 20s), this group show is well worth checking out. If you need more convincing, SWIFT and CTRL V have work in it…On at Brunswick Street Gallery from 29 May to 11 June. Want to meet the artists? Drop by on Friday May 29, from 6-9pm.
Sadly I am out of town and am going to miss this completely. If you are anywhere near Melbourne, Akemi Ito’s upcoming show is a must-see. Experience ‘Oppositional Defiance Disorder’ at Off The Kerb Gallery from Thursday 21 May – June 5. Opening night is Friday 22 May, from 6 pm onwards. Find out more at INVURT
‘Something for the rest of us’ is a celebration of identities and perspectives that are not heteronormative, cisnormative, or male. I can totally identify with these vibrant portraits, and was deeply touched to learn that one of me was to be included in the show. The acrylic/gouache/pen style you’ll recognize from Astrotwitch’s pasteups leaps from the walls, as well as wood panels, found objects and paper. If you haven’t experienced these works yet, get down to Off The Kerb Gallery. This colourful and thought provoking exhibition opened on April 30, and can be viewed until 15 May.
Just got home after a long, cold day to find this zine in my mailbox. Be Free only made 50 copies, so I’m extra thrilled to have one. There’s lots of photos inside, a blog post of mine, and two by Alison Young AKA Images To Live By. So happy to be in such excellent company, and part of Volume 8! Thank you Be Free!
Craffiti is where Melbourne’s street art scene meets soft sculpture. Sayraphim Lothian has been inspired by a very diverse group of artists, and has reinterpreted their stickers, stencils, aerosol and pasteups. There are 30+ works in the show, artists include Astrotwitch, Barek, Braddock, Dean Sunshine (Land of Sunshine), Diabolical Robot, Erin Greer, General Artist Philb, Junky Projects, Legojacker, Lifetime Sticky Fingers, Malarkey Art, Putos, Psalm, Steen Jones, Suki, and Trollz B Trollin. This thought provoking exhibition is on at the No Vacancy Project Space Federation Square until April 19. My favourite (although so hard to choose) was the Troll, after Trollz B Trollin.