Sep 4, 2013

MEGGS – ARCH ANGELS – WHITEWALLS GALLERY SF

On August 17 my latest solo show, Arch:Angels, opened at WhiteWalls Gallery in San Francisco.
Thanks to all who came through to show their support opening night, and to the gallery crew for hustling hard with me during install to make this show possible. TLTV for life!

Arch:Angels is part exploration, part celebration and part personal release about the roles of both individual and the state in the currently uncertain social climate and economy of both America & Australia. This new body of work, produced during Meggs’ (currently un-official) relocation from his home-town of Melbourne (Australia) to the West Coast of America, continues his exploration and fascination with the role of super powers, heroes and duality.

“During the time of creating this work I have been dealing with a lot of questions about place relocation, the pros vs cons and the inevitable issues that one faces whilst dealing with beauracracy like Immigration. It raises questions of borders, security and place in general, having to consider when change is necessary and where this change might lead you. It’s an interesting time in social trend where both American & Australian policy and politics and border security is under crises and scrutiny. Interestingly its also a time when pop-culture fascination with the role of heroes, particularly that of classic comic book super heroes is on the rise. Citizenship and security is designed to protect us, but at what point is that too inhibitive of our creative freedom and experiences.”

Part reference to fictional mythological and pop-culture heroism, part reference to current social climate, Arch:Angels implies an ideological fall from grace and looming worldwide shifts of power & state. The idea of the hero, especially the inner torment they face, has always been an underlying inspiration and theme in Meggs’ work. Along with exploring the ideals of traditional morals and gender roles in mythology and pop-culture. “This body of work is a very literal reaction for me to everything thats been on my mind these past few months and directly references my comic book influences and exploring identity issues.”

In Arch:Angels Meggs re-interprets, re-mixes and collages several of his favourite comic book frames and heroic characters, juxtaposing them with classically emotive gestures and iconic symbols such as circles, hands and roses. Both as a homage and nostalgic obsession to the archetypes and artwork which has inspired Meggs since Childhood, when his fascination with the role of masculinity and heroes began in the pages of Phantom comics, superhero cartoons and 1980′s sci-fi fiction. Creating a mixture of solid forms and painterly abstraction, iconic heros, depicted in moments of vulnerability or distress, Meggs creates dramatic composition, dynamic textures which imply both aggressive movement & passive emotion. A continual visual search for that dial balance in life of order vs chaos.

MORE PHOTOS OF THE INSTALL & ARTWORKS ONLINE AT: HOUSEOFMEGGS.COM

PLEASE CONTACT: WHITEWALLSSF GALLERY FOR ARTWORK ENQUIRIES & AVAILABILITY

Photography below courtesy of Derek Macario, Randy & Whitewalls Gallery.
Black & white photography by Barrett Moore:

www.bmoorephoto.tumblr.com / www.barrettmoorephotography.com

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Jul 25, 2013

Rone – ‘Hell Raiser’

Rone – ‘Hell Raiser’

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$160.00

Hell Raiser

- 7 Colour Screen Print

- Edition of 60

- Hand signed and number

-70 cm x 50 cm

- 300 gsm Fabriano Artistico HP paper

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Jul 15, 2013

Goodbye Collingwood

After 7 years, 7 months and 7 days we are going to be leaving our beloved Collingwood space.

Not to worry, we are planing on moving somewhere bigger & better but we have a hell of a lot stuff to pack up.

Here’s a few picks just before we pack up:

More news soon.

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Jul 14, 2013

SUBURBAN Ian Strange ⋅ 26 July 2013 ⋅ National Gallery of Victoria

We are super excited to finally see this project come to life- if you are anywhere on the 26th of July it should be the NGV.OK enough talk, just watch:

Ian Strange: SUBURBAN from Ian Strange [KID ZOOM] on Vimeo.

Delivering his largest and most ambitious project to date, Australian born, New York based artist, Ian “Kid Zoom” Strange presents SUBURBAN, a multifaceted photography, film and installation exhibition opening at the National Gallery of Victoria on July 26.

Since recreating a full-scale replica of his childhood home inside Cockatoo Island’s Turbine Hall in Sydney, 2011, Strange has continued his ongoing investigation of suburbia. For the past two years Strange has travelled across the East Coast of the United States working with a film crew and volunteers in Ohio, Detroit, Alabama, New Jersey, New York and New Hampshire to create, photograph and film eight site specific interventions incorporating suburban.

Suburban presents eight large-scale photographic works, a multi-channel, surround sound video installation along with carefully selected fragments of the original buildings that Strange has saved and re-presents as both sculptural objects and social artefacts.

On the exhibition, David Hurlston, Curator of Australian Art, National Gallery of Victoria, said, “We are excited to be able to present this ground-breaking exhibition of work by Ian Strange. From his early work as a street artist in Australia he is now a noted contemporary artist with a developing international standing. Strange is fast becoming recognised, both locally and internationally, for his distinctive practice and, in particular, for this new and unique body of work.”

Cinematic in both tone and scale, SUBURBAN investigates the iconography surrounding the family home and its place in the current economic climate. Through the work, Strange articulates his own conflicted relationship with suburbia he experienced growing up in the Australian suburbs, juxtaposed with living in New York City and the United States.

“This project has been all consuming for the past two and a half years of my life”, said Strange. “I wanted to create a body of work that reacted to the icon of the suburban home and to the suburbs as a whole. The suburbs have played an important role in shaping who I am as a person and an artist. The suburbs have always been home, but I have always found suburbia isolating. SUBURBAN is my reaction to that.”

SUBURBAN opens at NGV Studio, located at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square on July 26.

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Jul 14, 2013

Stolen Space – VII . London

Stolen Space has just opened their new gallery space in London.

Reka, TwoOne & Myself were lucky enough to contribute to the amazing line-up of artists.

Full details & pics below

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VII’

Group Show

12.07.13 – 28.07.13

With a bit of luck, and a lot of talent, StolenSpace has entered its 7th year as London’s primary authority in Contemporary Urban Art. Having started to feel the 7-year itch for bigger and better projects and exhibitions, we have made the exciting decision to move to a new venue:

StolenSpace

17 Osborn Street

London E1 6TD

Our new 1400 sq ft gallery space, steeped in local history as it was once a stonemason’s workshop, is still within the vibrant creative hub of East London’s Brick Lane and The Old Truman Brewery. So although we have itchy feet we haven’t moved too far!

In this year’s 7th month, we are feeling very fortunate for our past successes and exciting new beginnings, therefore, for the premier exhibition at StolenSpace’s new home, we would like to introduce a Group Show, ‘VII,’ inspired by this lucky and symbolic number.

Whether or not you are of a superstitious persuasion, the number 7 carries with it a myriad of significant connotations. Since the beginning of time, this number has held a powerful place in theological, historical, scientific and cultural memory. According to the Old Testament, the Earth was created in 7 days, in Hinduism there are 7 Chakras, in Christianity there are 7 deadly sins, in Islam there are 7 levels in heaven, and in Judiasm there are 7 blessings and 7 days of mourning. Furthermore, there are 7 days in a week, 7 colours in a rainbow, 7 seas, and 7 wonders of the world. A recurrent motif in art and literature, this number signifies Shakespeare’s 7 Ages of Man and the 7 notes in a traditional musical scale. The associations go on and on, and the potential for creative investigation is almost endless.

On 11th July 2013, StolenSpace will open its brand new doors to the public with ‘VII,’ a group show exhibiting longstanding favorites and fresh newcomers. With tasty refreshments courtesy of Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen, we would like to extend a warm welcome to our new location, inviting you to share in this celebration of our lucky 7th year.

artists:

Aaron Rose

AndrewMcattee

Arth Daniels

C215

CharlieAnderson

Cope2

Cyrcle

D*Face

Dave Kinsey

David Bray

David Shillinglaw

EINE

Greg Lamarche

Jack Murray

Jim Houser

Joram Roukes

Josie Morway

Julie Impens

Kai & Sunny

Kelly Allen

Kelly McCallum

Kirsty Whiten

Maya Hayuk

Michael De Feo

Mysterious Al

Paul Stephenson

Ramon Maiden

Reka

Rone

Ronzo

Ryan Callanan

Sally Fuerst

Simon WG Butler

Stefan Strumbel

Toshi

Twoone

Usugrow

Vinnie Nylon

Word To Mother

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Jul 2, 2013

Phoenix Empire – Solo Show – Friday 5th July

The Vic Bar is proud to announced his next art exhibition, salve  ”The Wolf and the Rabbit” by Phoenix Empire.

Self taught Illustrator and Graphic Artist, Creates Mono toned images using ballpoint pen and fine liners.
Phoenix Empire’s style has developed through many external influences including Tattoo culture, Japanese Anime, Nature and Female Innocence, with traces of dark horror and gore. There is always darkness in beauty.

Phoenix Empire works as a Freelance Artists and Collaborating all throughout Australia. Wether it be on paper or sprayed across walls. Show starts at 5pm, Happy hour 6pm-9pm.

6pm-9pm: Dj Likweed (FRA)
9pm-1am: Sammy the Bullet (NZ) feat Badcrop

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Jun 18, 2013

‘Work In Progress’ – Hong Kong

Last week we (Rone, Meggs & Beastman) travelled to Hong Kong to take part in the ‘Work in Progress’ art project in Taikoo Place, Island East, HK.

Hitting the ground running the three of us had 48 hours to complete a large wall mural/installation each, dine in HK style, drink beers and pose for photos in the lead up to Friday night’s launch party – which attracted more than 1,400 people, a lot of vodka drinking and some impromptu crowd bombing/building trashing! Thanks to May, Lauren, Swire, Cyrcle, Spencer, all the artists, all the Dougs & all the local crew who made this whirlwind, sensory overload trip a lot of fun!

“Curated by Hong Kong gallery Above Second, ‘Work in Progress’ is a three-week exhibition which transforms the loading bay and entire 13th floor of a now defunct office space into one of the biggest street art exhibitions ever to be presented in Asia, which aims to change the perspective of individuals about the artistic credibility of street art. Featuring artists from around the world (U.S., Australia, Portugal, France, England, & Denmark) including Beastman, Cyrcle, Meggs, RONE, VHILS, Victor Ash & Cannonball Press. As well as local artists, Xeme, Mark Goss, 4Get, Pantone C, Peter Yuill, brought togetehr by Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation (YAF).”

LINKS:
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http://www.houseofmeggs.com/

http://www.beastman.com.au/

http://blog.above-second.com/

Rone, Meggs & Beastman at Work in Progress – Hong Kong from Everfresh Studio on Vimeo.

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Jun 17, 2013

New Hunting Ground

Looks like there is great new gallery popping up in the hood this week:

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New Hunting Ground will open its doors for the first time at 7pm on Friday 21st June, cheap 2013. The brand new street and contemporary art gallery is located in a unique warehouse space in one of Fitzroy’s last industrial laneways.

New Hunting Ground will showcase the best emerging and established talent from around the world. Located within Juddy Roller Studios, sick a well-known hub for both local and international artists, New Hunting Ground will draw together a varied selection of artists from an extensive global network, in an effort to expose the public to a highly varied range of works they may have otherwise never been exposed to.

New Hunting Ground is Directed by Shaun Hossack, the founder of Juddy Roller Café and co-founder of the annual ILL-Logic Outdoor Art Exhibition.  

The first show, also called New Hunting Ground, will feature artists from Europe, Australia , Canada and the USA. The lineup includes John Aslanidis, E.L.K, Jaws (Da Mental Vaporz), Ears, Does (Love Letters), Adnate (AWOL), Taylor White, Max Berry and more. The full line-up can be viewed on the New Hunting Ground website.

NEW HUNTING GROUND

Gallery Launch

Friday 21st June, 7pm

www.newhuntingground.com

Corner Johnston & Chapel Street, Fitzroy.

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Jun 5, 2013

Unit44 Gallery – INTO THE DARK – Newcastle UK

I am stoked to be included in Unit44′s INTO THE DARK group show, launching June 12th, The Victoria Tunnel, Newcastle.
This yearly event featuring the finest international artists and the most iconic forgotten locations and the line-up for this show is pretty incredible to say the least. – Meggs

Exhibition info:

“Inspired by the incredible project from New York we pay tribute to a slice of North East England history in the form of our Victoria Tunnel. Dating back to 1842 the tunnel facilitated the need to transport goods from one side of Newcastle to the other during a thriving industrial boom in the region. However it was during wartime that the tunnel found true providence and purpose. During the Second World War the tunnel was fitted out for use as an air raid shelter to protect those from falling shells. The structure would provide shelter for over 9,000 people at one time during times of fear and hardship.

Now the tunnels provide a completely unique backdrop and prologue to a new body of works from some of our favourite artists. Known for creating a story, a scenario, and true depiction of character we have chosen the true dream weavers to bring this show to life. We invite you to pay tribute to Industry, Resilience, and the Human Spirit in the face of dark times.”

This is the first time the space will have been used for an exhibition of this nature, with only twelve participants able to go ‘Into The Dark’ at any one time, we have limited thirty-minute slots on June 12th. Online tickets will be released twelve days before the event at twelve midday (June 12th).

Check the following links for more info:

https://www.facebook.com/Unit44IntoTheDark?fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/Unit44Gallery?fref=ts
http://instagram.com/unit44gallery
https://twitter.com/Unit44Gallery
www.unit-44.com

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May 28, 2013

Meggs – Lion of Venice – LA

viagra Verdana, no rx Tahoma, nurse sans-serif; line-height: 22px;”>During April/May time in LA, I stayed in Venice Beach, an area with a traditionally diverse artistic community and history surf/skate culture. Thanks to Brandedarts I had the opportunity to paint a wall at the ‘Love Shack’, a well-recognised Venice Beach local-institution located on Lincoln Boulevard. We decided to paint one of my recent ‘Lion’ pieces as a tribute to the culture of the area and I place I consider my homebase in LA.

Special mention to my homies in the Rose Street house where I stayed, known as the ‘Rosebuds’, the inclusion of the rose on this wall is for you guys! Photography by @birdmanphotos.

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May 23, 2013

Meggs X TheHundreds – Downtown LA

First mural post, albeit a little late, was for TheHundreds new warehouse HQ in Downtown LA (April 2013).

Bobby Hundreds & co came by to film a preview of my ‘Heavenly Creatures’ solo show at Thinkspace, which you can view here, and gave me the opportunity to come see thier new huge warehouse compound and pick a wall to hit-up alongside other talented artists such as our Everfresh bro Madsteez. After Bobby and I were talking about our love/obsession with skulls I decided to do a piece which reflected the phantom comic book pieces from the exhibition and coincidentally tied into the Hundreds new ‘Grateful Dead’ range. Thanks again Bobby & Crew. – Meggs.

Original post on TheHundreds website found here.

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May 22, 2013

Meggs USA Recap April/May 2013

I’ve never been one for journal writing and to be honest am a fairly lazy ‘tourism’ photographer. Most of my ‘personal life’ experiences go undocumented and exist purely in the memories and stories I can tell on a face to face basis. Even with the expansion of social media I like to keep personal life (ie. party shenanigans) off of twitter and instagram and instead be a lot more consistent about documenting my artistic milestones and achievements. And this is the way I prefer it. If you were there then you were there, if not, prob no need to see what it was I was eating, drinking, buying, breaking or falling over.

With that in mind the following is a short and sweet photo recap on the last 2 months spent in LA, DC and SF (mostly LA), where I focused for the most part on painting, partying and hanging in Venice (your imagination can fill in the blanks.)

Following this post will be individual posts specifically documenting the murals I painted in Downtown LA (Hundreds HQ), Culver City, Washington DC (Abandoned Church) & Venice Beach as well a secret California desert location, soon to be revealed…

Thanks again to all my good friends, without whose generosity and hospitatlity, this kind of constant travel adventure would not be possible. Heres to the road more or less travelled! Cheers – Meggs.

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May 21, 2013

Cancelled — EVERFRESH: OPEN STUDIO

For the first time ever we will open our doors to the public.

Sunday June 9, capsule 12-5pm

This will be your chance to meet the artists behind the works you have seen on the streets of Melbourne and your chance to purchase works directly from the artists.

FRED FOWLER, try MEGGS, MAKATRON, TOM CIVIL, TOOTH, RONE, MAYONAISE, STABS, WONDERLUST+ MORE

Please register below for the address or click here to register

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Apr 23, 2013

‘Knock it out’ Recap

I submitted 4 artworks on found objects for the recent charity exhibition in Denver called Knock it Out.
If you’re in Denver be sure to check it out. I think its on for 2 more weeks.
Check Blackbooks gallery has photos of the opening and a catalogue of the show…

 

Lost Thoughts
Mixed media on rusted corrugated Iron
2013

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Left Vision
Mixed media on rusted corrugated Iron
2013

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Fleeting Moments
Mixed media on found vintage paper
2013

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Nine Times
Mixed media on found vintage paper
2013

 

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Apr 15, 2013

Rone X Victoria’s Secret

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