The Blender Studios Laneway
From the time the Blender first opened its doors. The laneway next to the Blender has slowly turned into one of Melbourne's best stencil and graffiti spot. As artists cut stencils, they need to put them up. And over the last 8 years the wall have been preserved and are still in great condition.
Art at the Blender
Many artists from the Blender have achieved great success in their research and practice.
There has always been a heavy research influence at the Blender. Their is a lot of discussions and constructive criticism.
Over the years there has been many Blender artists working in a variety of mediums, who have achieved major critical success.
In early 2004 the Blender closed, to be opened again in 2007 in the same place.
The climate of the Australian art scene had changed and as the Blender re-opened its doors it was clear that the Blender was also going to be different.
We still have a strong link to street art with some of the most famous and prolific street artists calling the Blender home.
The Blender has changed now, it has become more of an art complex with 18 studios, an artist in residence program, the Blender laneway street art project, the Melbourne Propaganda Window, Dark Horse Experiment and The Melbourne Street Tours.
In 2001 the Blender Studios became a major centre for the emerging Melbourne street art scene.
As the USA invaded Iraq, so too, did many of the Blender artists, invade the streets of Melbourne.
It was the hub of the street art movement with many of the most prolific street artists either calling the Blender home or using it as a base to colour in the city.
Street artist who have been closely associated with the Blender Studios:
The street scene grew quickly. It was constantly transforming, as people experimented with different images, locations, technologies and media.
Sometimes there would be as many as 30 people all heading out at the same time to different places, to do a variety of artwork.
We had about 20 artists at the Blender back then, about half were street artists. The influence that the research artists at the Blender had on the street movement was extraordinary. Street artists began to consider context, form and concept. Street art gave the other artists in the Blender a chance to play with an immediate and ephemeral art form and many made the move to the street.
There was a real blend.
In 2003 the first stencil gallery was opened: Early Independent Space
EIS was ran above Kent Street cafe in Smith street by Blender artists Regan Tamanui and Dan Sibley.
This art space gave many successful artists their first break and was closely linked to the Blender.