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.



See you all there!

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Jul 4, 2013

Meggs x Steen Jones, ‘Year of the Snake’ Mural

At the begginning of 2013, Myself & Young blood Steen Jones, decided to collaborate on a large-scale ‘Year of the Snake’ themed mural to comemerate the 2013 Chinese Zodiac.


Serpents are one of the oldest mythological symbols, quite often used to depict duality, life-cycles & wisdom, which has made them a interesting recent subject for me to explore.

Referencing these elements of the coiled snake, duality and the ‘sacred garden’ we came up with a composition of hands reaching through flora in attempt grasp and take control of a multi-headed snake. For me this was also reflective of the (2013) year ahead, opportunity & excitement with a great deal of risk!

The actual location of this wall has been somewhat hidden in back-street factory carpark, in the suburb of Northcote, Melbourne. I’ve always liked the idea of pieces being seen by those willing to search or randomly stumble across. So to see this wall in person, you’ll have to do some hunting!

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Jun 17, 2013

New Hunting Ground

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


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.


Gallery Launch

Friday 21st June, 7pm


Corner Johnston & Chapel Street, Fitzroy.

Entrance on Chapel St.


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Jun 4, 2013



Things that seem too good to be true often aren’t, so We are sorry to say the Open Studio won’t be happening on the 9th of June.

The response has been huge, in fact it was so large we had to start consulting with the council about permits and thats when we found out our studio isn’t capable of hosting this event without a huge amount of changes. So unfortunately this may not happen anytime soon.

We just wanted to say thank-you so much for your support and we are as disappointed as you are that it has come to this.

If you ever want to visit the studio to view artworks for sale or meet with individual artists feel free to contact the artist direct or for general enquiries : [email protected]


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Apr 27, 2013

Unstoppable take 2

Wonderlust & Rone Unstoppable take 2:






Corner of Rose & Brunswick St, prostate Fitzroy

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Feb 3, 2013

Phibs X Rone – Canvas for Pow Wow

As part of raising funds to cover our flights to PowWow, sale Phibs & I made this canvas based on the recent collaboration we did in Sydney (see here)


Title: ‘Phibs x Rone’ 2012

Medium: Mixed Media on Canvas

Size: 34” x 54”

Price: 2 x return flights to Hawaii from Melbourne

If interested please email: info AT everfreshstudio DOT com

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Jan 27, 2013

Once Bitten, Twice shy

Over this long weekend we had a few interstate friends around so it looked like a good time to head down to Hosier Lane to paint one of the biggest productions ever done there.

And it all happened in one day…

See pics below

Work by Rone, cheap Meggs, viagra Wonderlust, Sofles, Roach & Numskull

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Oct 9, 2012

Meggs – Truth in Myth II – Melbourne

‘Truth in Myth II’, Opening on Friday 19th October at Backwoods Gallery in Collingwood is Meggs last show for 2012, returning to his home town of Melbourne after a successful internship and solo exhibition ‘Truth in Myth’ at Whitewalls Gallery in San Francisco, and time spent painting in SF, LA and Hawaii.

With the support of Backwoods, Everfresh and MTN Australia, ‘Truth in Myth II’ will feature new paintings, works on paper and installation; exploring the theme of mythology.
“My work has always explored the idea of ‘self-identity’ and particularly the duality of human nature as well as the reference to morals and human interaction. Truth in Myth continues to explore this theme with a more direct reference to ancient mythology and the ‘timeless’ moral lessons and codes that these stories reflect.” – Meggs.

See flyer below for full details:

Photo by Hartleyphoto

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Jun 27, 2012

Reka: OPEN STUDIO – Review

Last week hundreds of people came down to Backwoods Gallery to see off one of Melbourne’s most prolific street artists, buy cialis James Reka. Before moving to Europe next month, nurse he put on a pop up show that tied together all of the loose ends of his decade long career. Featuring a final fresh body of exhibited work alongside selected works from 2004 to 2006, fans came down in hordes to pay their final respects to one of Melbourne’s finest.

The new body of work was exclusively painted on rusted found objects such as spray cans, corrugated sheet metal and antique gold-mining pans that were found walking the train lines and salvaged from abandoned warehouses. Referencing his beginnings as a graffiti artist, the walls were strewn with scrunched butchers paper to create texture and act as an urban framework for the works. It was a process-driven concept, with Reka organically using every aspect of the spray cans to create artworks, from turning the paper labels into collages to painting the shell of the can itself.

In addition to this new body of work, Reka pulled a large collection of old works out of the vault from some of his original shows in the early to mid 2000s. Many of these canvases haven’t been seen for six or seven years and produced a huge, esteeming response from the crowd. Displaying works that have been painted over a decade apart, the audience could see Reka’s transformation from being known as having the strongest graffiti inspired line-work in Australia to his now renowned free-form canvases. Whether it is one of his iconic characters from the early 2000s or an incredibly intricate new work, Reka’s style is revered within the community and has continues to influence younger artists. There is no doubt it is commendable to already have such a strong retrospective of work and such a huge turn out of admirers in what is guaranteed to be a long and illustrious career.

Australia is losing one of their best to the bright lights and bigger walls of Europe, but there is no doubt that Reka’s legacy will continue both on the laneway and gallery walls for years to come. Gone, but not forgotten.
- Text by Georgia Frances King.

Some images courtesy of Everguide & Kompound blogs.

A selection of works from the exhibition:

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Apr 30, 2012

Kid Zoom x Reka

After battling the elements for over a week, doctor Im happy to announce that I Just finished this collaborative wall with Kid Zoom in Prahran, Melbourne.
We decided to collaborate on a large side profile of one of my characters. Kid Zoom worked on the eye mask and the top row of the teeth, while I worked on the rest of the face. I’m amazed that the contrast of styles really compliment each other. – Reka

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Feb 14, 2012

Primary Suspects – Reka

Good to see Reka’s been working hard for the money…

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Feb 4, 2012

The Green Period

A few shots taken from Reka’s blog of one of his new big walls in Fitzroy.
Check his website out for more pics and info>






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Jan 9, 2012

Low Rez.

Spent a fair bit of time wandering around the neighborhood this summer, prostate have uploaded a few phone shots to the Tumblr. Check them out here.

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Nov 22, 2011

Am I ever gonna see your face again

So I’ve been posting some process shots of this as iv’e been painting it. I glad to say it is finally finished.

It is off to a private collection where I have no doubt it will be looked after.

Painted over 5 canvasses they will hang together on one wall.

It gave me a opportunity to push my work on a much bigger scale than I had really considered possible. I think in future i’ll be making much bigger works, maybe not this big, but this scale allows me to put so much more texture into the work without losing the rendering.

(Click image for large size image)


Rone 2011

‘Am I ever gonna see your face again’

12m X 2.3m (pentaptych)

Mixed media on canvass


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Also Wonderlust produced this canvass to go with the collection:


Wonderlust 2011

‘Don’t Stop’

3m X 2.3m

Mixed media on canvass

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