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The What Gives Project

The What Gives Project is part of a 4 day creative program run by Noonie Productions in partnership with Work-Shop Melbourne aimed at creating awareness and raising much needed funds for HoMie – a Melbourne based social enterprise that provides training and job opportunities to people experiencing homelessness.

The exhibition will feature works by emerging and established artists, all proceeds from the sale of artworks on the night will go towards supporting Homie.

Opening October 21st 6-9pm at Work-shop Melbourne 195 Argyle St, Fitzroy

MARK GRAY – PHOTOGRAPHER

I would have to say Mark Gray is one of my favourite photographers. He takes stunning photos of  landscapes from all around the world as well as locally. I first found out about Mark in NSW in his store but since then he has moved down to the Mornington Peninsula where he now has a store in Mornington. All of Marks works are so detailed and contain so much colour in them, they are breath taking to look at and make you look at the location of the photo differently, because of this. Most of Marks works are actually captured on a panoramic film camera, instead of a normal digital camera, this why he is able to capture so much detail in a single image.

Written by Nicole Newman

50s SCIFI MOVIE POSTERS

Tentacles! Spacemen! Aliens! Lurid intergalactic colours! Damsels in distress! What is not to love about the flurry of B-Grade Science Fiction movies that blessed us with the hideously wonderful posters that have become a staple for all those who appreciate so-bad-it’s-good design. Kitschy and campy in all the right ways (that is, apart from the rampant misogyny – we must remember that in the 50s, political correctness was sadly non-existent), here’s a collection of some posters for your aesthetic enjoyment.

Written by Grace Reeves

Rone is Empty

2016 is a great year for exhibitions, and to add to that is Rone‘s first solo show in 2 years, to be held in October.

The exhibition, ‘Empty‘, opens October 14th in the soon-to-be-demolished former Star Lyric Theatre building in Fitzroy’s Johnston Street.

“After a busy few years travelling and focussing primarily on outdoor murals, its been great to be back in the studio working on canvas again. The show consists of a selection of works on paper, canvas and for the first time I will be exhibiting some photographic pieces.” – Rone

Dates: Friday 14 October – Sunday 23 October. Hours: 12pm to 5pm.
Opening Night: Friday 14 October, 2016. 6pm to 9pm.

SPREEPARK

Spreepark, (or Kulturpark Plänterwald, as it was previously known,) was a theme park north of the Plänterwald district in south-east Berlin that closed its doors in 2002 after 33 years of operation. A year after Germany’s reunification, Norbert Witte privatised and renamed the park in 1991. Witte was already infamous for an accident that resulted in 7 deaths and 15 injuries that occurred while he was operating a crane that crashed into a ride, and he eventually drove the park to bankruptcy and was convicted for attempting to smuggle drugs in one of the rides. The graffiti laden broken dinosaurs, derelict rides and smashed windows make for an eerily picturesque setting. It’s heavily advised that you don’t go there, as the ferris wheel’s foundations are rotting and it’s been known to move on particularly windy days – there’s also been numerous disappearances at the site since its’ closure.

Written by Grace Reeves

GHIBLI LANDSCAPES

Part of what makes Hayao Miyazaki films as popular as they are is the picturesque backgrounds that frame the setting of his films. Drawing inspiration from experiences traveling through European countryside, the breathtaking scenery maintains its’ old fashioned craftsmanship through Miyazaki’s insistence that they are all drawn by hand. People associate Studio Ghibli films with a warm, pleasant brand of nostalgia normally reserved solely for pleasant childhood memories. Miyazaki’s characters are frequently left standing awestruck in front of the idyllic landscapes that inhabit their worlds, inviting us to get lost with them and heighten our ability to see the beauty around us.

Written by Grace Reeves

SLINKACHU

Since 2006 Slinkachu has been creating little scenes in the streets of London with miniature model train characters he has remodelled and painted. The scenes he creates are for an actual reason not just to look cool, he wants to them “reflect the loneliness and melancholy of living in a big city” as well for people to see the humour in them and for people to actually “empathise with tiny people”. The little scenes are really funny and all have a little story to tell in them, because of this you can see the thought put into each one, which is quite amazing.

Written by Nicole Newman

FRAN RODRIGUEZ

Fran Rodriguez is a graphic designer from Spain, who create composite images. All the composite images have a vintage feel to them mixed with an element of outer space, this is really awesome and gives a interesting twist to each image. The textures and tones Fran creates makes the different images work really together, but because the images are so different they still stand out, in a unique way. There is something a little crazy about each piece but I think that what makes them work so well.

Written by Nicole Newman

CAO HUI

Cao Hui’s “Visual Temperature” series peels back the skin of every day objects provoke both repulsion and intrigue. Through their exposed interiors, Hui’s sculptures reveal a vulnerability that one would only associate with sentient objects – throwing the very question of what constitutes living into the air. The hyper-real fleshiness of the works is even more effective when the materials used to produce them – resin, fibre and other mediums not commonly associated with the soft and meaty objects, are examined.

Written by Grace Reeves

GOSHA BONDAREV

After having to do a class in calligraphy, you cant help but appreciate people who do hand lettering and Gosha Bondarev is one these amazing people who creates stunning pieces centred around type. The fact that he can draw the type so well and then add watercolour over the top is amazing and something I am seriously jealous of since, I struggle with going over drawings with a fine liner.

He rarely uses bright colours in his work, making them all have a sort rustic feel about them and also gives them great contrast as it either or on black or white paper. Gosha also has illustrations sometimes that go with his type and these never really take the spot light, but blends soundlessly with the type, making them feel connected to each other effortlessly.

Written by Nicole Newman