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Blender Pop Up Gallery Presents
FRAGMENTS BY SUKI
Opening Fioday November 2nd, 6-9pm
Location: The Blender Studios Docklands
Address: Level One, Docklands Arts Precinct, The District, Docklands 3008
Please join us for the opening on Friday 2nd November 6-9pm at The Blender Studios.
Exhibition runs 3rd Nov-24th Nov at the Blender Pop Up Gallery (access through Dark Horse Experiment).
Gallery hours Weds- Sat 12pm-5pm
Throughout her career in the public space, Suki has explored the world through the lens of womanhood and juxtaposes serene images of femininity with the rigid visual landscape of the city. Fragments is a collection of works that delves into femininity and the natural world through the use of found objects and string along with the more traditional mediums of printmaking and drawing
Blender Studios Official Opening Party
Saturday 5th August 2017
Saturday 5th August 6pm - late
Location: The Blender Studios Docklands
Address: Level One, Docklands Arts Precinct, Harbour Town East, Docklands 3008
REOPENING OF DARK HORSE EXPERIMENT | LAUNCH OF BLENDER POP UP SPACE | 30 ARTIST SPACES OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | DRINKS & DJS
It is our pleasure to invite you to the official opening of the new Blender Studios and Dark Horse Experiment gallery in Docklands.
On Saturday the 5th August, the brand new Blender Studios will launch to the public. With the reopening of the Dark Horse Experiment gallery, full open studios and the launch of the new Blender Pop Up Space the night promises to be an exciting showcase for both the future of Docklands and the Blender Studios. All are welcome to attend this free event.
The Dark Horse Experiment gallery will be reopening on the night after a six-month hiatus. The gallery, which predominately focuses on research-based fine art, is an important platform for fine artists in Melbourne. To celebrate the return of Dark Horse Experiment, Adrian Doyle will be presenting a group show on the night with an all-star lineup of artists.
The studios will be fully open to guests to explore on the launch night; expect a labyrinth of studio spaces with work spanning countless mediums and genres from street art to fine art, sculpture to installation.
We are also excited to announce the launch of our newest venture, the Blender Pop Up Space. This space features a rotating collection of artworks, prints and merchandise from some of Melbourne’s most elite artists and street artists. A second group show will also be curated in this space on the night featuring work from some of Blender’s younger street artists and illustrators.
Dark Horse Experiment
Blender Pop Up Space
After being located on Franklin Street in the CBD for sixteen years, The Blender Studios relocated at the beginning of this year to Harbour Town Docklands. This is a major move for the Blender Studios who have been at the forefront of both the Melbourne fine art and street art scenes for close to two decades.
After opening its doors in 2001, The Blender Studios evolved to become one of the largest street art institutions in Australia. With an alumnus of internationally renowned artists, the studios continue to lead the way for Melbourne’s urban art scene. The Blender Studios have also always had a close relationship with Melbourne’s fine art scene; in fact it was the unusual blend of street artists and fine artists that gave the Blender its namesake. With a diverse range of artists and a punk, grass-roots approach to operations, the studios quickly made big waves in the city’s art scenes.
Now, in 2017, the Blender Studios have established themselves as one of the major landmarks in Melbourne’s art scene. The new studios, located in Harbour Town Docklands, is the first residency to be a part of the exciting new Docklands Arts Precinct. The new space is over 1000sqm and is home to over 25 artists across a wide variety of disciplines.
XMAS GROUP SHOW
BLENDER STUDIOS CHRISTMAS PARTY
FRIDAY 2ND DECEMBER 6PM TO LATE
15 years ago the Blender Studios opened its doors for the first time and caused a flurry of movement within Melbourne's creative scenes; out poured a myriad of artistic expression that has gone on to influence the face of Australian art.
The Christmas Group Show is the most highly anticipated show in our annual calendar as we open our doors to showcase the latest research and works by over 17 artists that call the Blender home.
Each individual studio will be set up in a gallery context, with a mini exhibition of works in every space. The two larger gallery spaces will feature a group exhibition curated by Adrian Doyle featuring an incredible lineup of artists. From performance to fine art, space activation to street art this show offers the artists an important avenue to show the public what they have been working on throughout the year.
Come and explore the artistic wonder of Melbourne CBD's largest remaining warehouse studio space.
As any previous visitor would also know, the show is not only an oppurtunity to celebrate the artistic talent of our studio, but also a great excuse to throw the best christmas party in town.
Art | Performance | DJ's | Drinks | And Good Old Blender Times
The exhibition runs for two weeks from the 3rd - 17th December.
Gallery Hours: Weds- Sat 12pm-5pm
Man of Darkness
Presented by Dark Horse Experiment
OPENING FRIDAY 10TH JUNE, 6PM-9PM
EXHIBITION RUNS10TH JUNE - 6TH JULY 201
110 FRANKLIN STREET, MELBOURNE
In his much anticipated first solo show, Melbourne's renowned sticker artist GOONHUGS will exhibit an exciting and alternative side of his art through sculptural dioramas.
Painstakingly created with no detail left unconsidered, Goonhugs' dioramas present a beautiful and raw documentation of his infamous sticker takeovers while embracing all the grime and filth of the urban landscapes that inspire him.
Aptly named 'Tiny Writers', this exhibition is all about considering the relationship between the graffiti writer and the urban environment, visually representing this relationship through miniature recreations of such urban spaces.
Each piece starts as a simple cardboard box, but under the inventive and patient hand of the artist an entire miniature world full of grit and mystery is created; a space you can imagine yourself standing in, where the balance between graffiti and environment is both tumultuous and harmonic at the same time.
The show opens from 6-9pm on Friday the 10th of June and runs for 3 weeks until the 2nd of July
New Work by CREATURE CREATURE
Presented by Blender Pop Up Space
OPENING FRIDAY 6TH MAY, 6PM-9PM
EXHIBITION RUNS 7th & 8th MAY 2016, 11AM-5PM
Entrance through BLENDER laneway
Creature Creature's latest series of work is about bringing inward disposition to the surface with a demonstration of high intensity and romantic drama.
Illustrating the internal with outward displays of armour, weapons, creatures and colours. Symbolic representations of fortitude.
Visual style and motifs comes from both a past and future aesthetics resulting in a series of characters, and sense of narrative and mythology: stories of new/old heroes and superpowers.
DAGGERS will only run for 3 days!
"Never Forget To Remember"
by Adrian Doyle
Presented by Dark Horse Experiment
NITE ART OPEN 23rd July 2015 6pm-9pm
OPENING NIGHT 31st July 2015 6pm-9pm
EXHIBITION 23 JULY - 13 AUGUST 2015
110 Franklin Street, Melbourne 3000
Its been three years since controversial artist, Adrian Doyle’s last exhibition.
This is a long time for an artist that has had over 20 solo shows.
But the Melbourne based urban artist has been busy doing almost everything.
In the last three years Doyle has created his own reality show, created large scale public murals, he offended much of the urban art world by painting Rutledge lane Baby blue, and had one of his public art works changed afterDoyle painted a portrait of his dad on the cross. More recently he created an art project for Disney’s Tomorrow Land.
The award-winning artist will be pushing his well-known critique on the Australian Suburban lifestyle. In his new show. ”Never forget to remember”
In this show, Doyle’s personal suburban experience has been explored through installation, painting and sculpture.
In one of his artworks, Doyle has controversially built a gold bullion house out of dollar coins. ‘The coins have become more valuable in their new context, the coins have changed, they have become an icon of the Australian dream.’ Claims Doyle.
His playful and iconic paintings have underling dark and honest portrayal ofDoyle’s suburban experience. Doyle states, “Most Australian’s are guilty of suburbia, too understand suburbia is to understand Australia.”
Doyle’s craftsmanship and concepts will be sure to create talk. He is one of Australia’s hardest hitting artists.
Love or hate this controversial artist, his show is sure to be one of the most important shows of the year.
Marcus Encel - New Works
One of our newest Blender artists, Marcus Encel, has been working hard in the studio experimenting with a variety of discourses and mediums in the lead up to his show scheduled for late August. Here are some sneak peaks of what he's been working on...
Christopher Hancock presents DEPRESSIONISM
Depressionism is a new body of work by Perth born, Melbourne based artist Christopher Hancock. Created over the past six months, this body of work marks a significant shift in the artists practice. This series has seen Hancock develop an exhilarating new painting style, using complex figurative abstractions to explore dark and raw subject matter.
Opening Night, 4th of May 2015. Running until the 18th of May