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Don’t forget Free Comic Book Day 2011

April 24, 2011

http://www.freecomicbookday.com/

All around the world Comic Book shops give away comics and have extra specials on this day – and there’s no catch! Walk in to a local comic store and walk out with free comics from a wide range of publishers and writers!!! It seems like utter madness, and so it may be, but it’s madness in your favour!

Quite a few Melbourne stores participate every year, so use this handy locator to find the closest participating store to you

http://www.freecomicbookday.com/fcbd_global.asp

here’s a list of free comics! You really can’t go wrong, so get out there, grab some free schnizzle and get your comic on!

http://www.freecomicbookday.com/comics.asp

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Kustom Lane – kustom art sale, hotrods, tikis and more

November 22, 2010

 

Hawthorn art gallery/shop/curio haven Kustom Lane are having an Art sale this weekend.  That seems as good a reason as any to profile this mighty unique location, which brings together hotrods, tikis, lounge and gorelesque art,  50s horror schlock and more under one roof.  Kustom Lane is a paen to all things kitschtastic, with an emphasis on rockabilly, psychobilly, horror and burlesque motifs.

They display work by local artists centred around these themes, and sell tikis, have gigs and hotrod related exhibitions… and much more.

Why not make this weekend your excuse to get down to Kustom Lane in Hawthorn and find out more?  Oh and they also have an online art store.

Details:

General Email Enquiries: info@kustomlane.com

Online Store Enquiries: orders@kustomlane.com

LOCATION

8 LUTON LANE
HAWTHORN 3122

PHONE: (03) 9818 1307

Gallery is located near corner of Glenferrie Rd and Burwood Rd.

We are located directly behind The Glenferrie Hotel.

TRANSPORT AND PARKING

Plenty of parking near gallery on weekends.

Use Tram No. 16 or Train to Glenferrie Station.

Glenferrie Station.

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Sweet Streets Stencil Art Festival, 8 – 24 October 2010

September 28, 2010

It’s always interesting when the underground somehow makes the establishment… and you wonder what is lost and what is gained in that transaction.  That’s certainly the case when it comes to street art.  I remember a conversation on a train, a couple of years ago, between two stencil friends, one of whom was a stencil artist.  Another friend was currently serving time for his public defacement of buldings – ie stencilling.  However, this same friend’s work had just appeared in a new Melbourne City Council approved book on Melbourne’s stencil art.  There’s the rub, don’t you think?  Especially with this medium – people can endorse the product, legitimised and comodified, made respectable, but not the method, or the medium.  It’s an interesting tension.

And where better to ponder the issue than at a Stencil Art Festival like Sweet Streets.

From their website:

Welcome to Sweet Streets 2010, proudly presented by Melbourne Stencil Festival in conjunction with the City of Yarra & 3RRR.  Our festival celebrates & embraces the diversity of street art. Discover why Melbourne has a global reputation for these art forms through our extensive list of events, and happenings which will take you on an unforgettable journey that you will want to share with all of your friends. Our sponsor partners & wonderful team of dedicated volunteers, artists &  supporters are proud to present a dynamic and diverse 16 day festival (8 – 24 October 2010) which showcases the very best of contemporary urban and street art culture.

The calendar of events is here:

With the opening and awards show happening at 1000 pound bend on October 8th.  More info here:

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Liquid Architecture Sound Art Festival, July 2010

June 9, 2010

Liquid Architecture Festival is once more nearly upon us, with its usual diverse range of artists, spaces, media and performance.  This year, the focus seems to be on Australian artists, rather than importing a bunch of intriguing internationals, with just a smattering of imports including Japan’s KK Null.  The festival doesn’t suffer a whit from being more localised, though:  we have an astonishing amount of talent here in our own front, back and side yards.  What better way to get yourself acquainted with some of our most intriguing sonic ambassadors like Robin Fox, Snawklor, Matt Tierney and many more.

This year’s line up is available at the Liquid Architecture website:

and includes the following events:

01.07.2010 – 17.07.2010 Exhibition @ West Space West Space Gallery Melbourne
01.07.2010 – 17.07.2010 ‘constellation’ exhibition with performance interruptions @ Red Gallery, Melbourne Red Gallery Fitzroy North, Melbourne
01.07.2010 Concert One @ 3RRR Melbourne 3RRR Performance Space Brunswick East
02.07.2010 Artist talk by Lionel Marchetti @ West Space West Space Gallery Melbourne
02.07.2010 Concert Two @ 3RRR Melbourne 3RRR Performance Space Brunswick East
06.07.2010 – 17.07.2010 The Sound Playground Exhibition @ fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne fortyfivedownstairs Melbourne
09.07.2010 – 11.07.2010 Chronox installation @ Tape Projects, Melbourne Tape Projects Space Melbourne
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Banksy film showing @ ACMI for 2 weeks: 03 – 18 June 2010

June 3, 2010

A flying visit for the Banksy street-art film ‘Exit Through The Gift Shop’.  Especially in the light of MCC’s recent daft erasing of one of our last public Banksy pieces, this is as close as many fans will get to his work for a while. The film has shown across the world in a number of exotic locations, with the premiere in London being shown in an underground disused bunker.  ACMI, although far more normalised a venue, has screens and sound which should do the film justice.  See it if you can!

More information from ACMI below:

Street art goes celluloid

Feature Image Banksy keeps to the shadows

What exactly are we looking at here?

Exit Through the Gift Shop
is a Banksy film – Bansky being the elusive street artist who has tattooed walls from London to Hosier Lane, marking up public space with his satirical stencils and blurring the line between vandalism and invaluable cultural commentary. He has spray-painted British coppers embracing and rats under parachutes; he has written sky-high messages for downtrodden commuters; he has glued idyllic pictures to the West Bank barrier. No doubt about it, the man is a legend, and no less for his anonymity than his art. In almost twenty years of street art activism, Banksy’s true identity has remained a mystery (a much easier way to break the law). He has carefully guarded his personal particulars while encouraging speculation with bold, highly visible gestures, like hanging his own work in the Louvre and distributing counterfeit bank notes featuring Princess Diana instead of Queen Elizabeth (issued by the ‘Banksy of England’). As his stunts have gotten bigger, the evasive Banksy has become more and more fascinating, and Exit Through the Gift Shop could be his biggest stunt yet. It’s a film by Banksy, but it’s not really about Banksy. It’s about a crazy guy called Thierry Guetta, who became obsessed with Banksy. And it’s about the art world, which became obsessed with Thierry Guetta. The thing is, some people think Banksy IS Thierry Guetta. In which case, Exit Through the Gift Shop really is a film about Banksy. This is pure speculation, but he is one crafty mother duckster. I wouldn’t put it past him.

Exit Through the Gift Shop is screening exclusively at ACMI from Thursday 3 to Friday 18 June. Click here for session times.

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