SELF IMPOSED RULES
BY CRAIG COLE
Opening Night | Friday 22nd January 2020 6pm-9pm
Exhibition Runs | 22nd January - 13th February
Gallery Hours | 12pm-5pm, Wednesday-Saturday
Love street art; hate the tagging. This solo exhibition by Craig Cole presents fine art paintings and drawings offering deep respect for the graff writers and artists he has depicted. This collection demonstrates unparalleled skill in capturing the places and spaces these artists work their magic, and offers new perspectives into these unseen sites across Melbourne.
Cole has a unique ability to bridge graffiti and urban art with fine art. His years in the western suburbs of Melbourne as a graff kid has given him insight into this secluded and secretive world. His technical ability combined with unusual choices of location and composition gives him the ability to convey this world in a sensitive and almost nostalgic way.
Self Imposed Rules is a gift to hip hop, a cry for expression in the face of suppression, and is a rap on a canvas so fresh it’s dripping with Morning Dew. It’s through his brush that Cole weaves universal magic, a story, a vision, a swagger and a stoic lens into a life that most are afraid of.
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Please join us on Friday the 22nd January 2020 for the opening night, 6pm-9pm. All are welcome.
Dark Horse Experiment Gallery | 33-35 Dudley st. West Melbourne. Enter via Maloney Lane
EXHIBITIONS - 2020
Blender Studios Presents:
Well, we made it. After an upside-down year, we have made it to the other side, and couldn't go past the opportunity to send 2020 off in style. To celebrate Melbourne’s incredibly resilient creatives, we are throwing a Mask’uerade party and exhibition showcasing the artists at Blender Studios. And you’re invited!
GROUP EXHIBITION OF 24+ BLENDER ARTISTS
FULL OPEN STUDIOS TO EXPLORE
LIVE MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE ART
DRINKS SUPPORTED BY PIGEON LAGAR
The Blender Xmas Show has become a tradition over the decades, so please join us for this landmark event celebrating our shared successes with all of our artists. Today, the studio is home to 24+ artists practising across both street art and fine art mediums and genres. Come and see what the artists have been working on and peer into the eclectic world that is Blender.
Exhibition Dates | Dec 27th -Jan 9th
This is a Tier 3 COVIDSafe Event in accordance with the Victorian Governments Health Regulations. Contract tracing and masks will be required for attendees and guest numbers will be monitored.
Please find our COVIDSafe Event Checklist HERE.
EXHIBITIONS - 2019
Blender Studios PRESENTS:
THE BLENDER CHRISTMAS EXHIBITION
END OF YEAR SHOWCASE
IT'S BEEN A HUGE YEAR IN OUR NEW STUDIO!
Join us to celebrate the achievements of our artists over 2019
at our annual end of year party.
It goes without saying that moving studios is a big job, but we have now settled into our new digs in West Melbourne. We have ironed out the kinks, fixed the drips, and also - made a lot of art. To celebrate, we plan to round off the year with a good time and invite you to join us for our annual Blender Xmas Showcase.
This exhibition and event has become a marked tradition over the years and we are excited to invite you to the 2019 instalment of this event. Every year we open our studio doors and welcome the public to roam through the labyrinth of over 24+ studio spaces that is The Blender Studios. A curated group show will fill our gallery and communal spaces, plus there will be live music, performance art and cold beers courtesy of Carlton United Breweries!
Opening Night | Friday 29th November 6pm-Late
Exhibition Dates | Nov 29th - Dec 14th Dec 2019
Gallery Hours | Weds-Sat 12pm-5pm
All welcome to our final end of year celebration, see you there!
GOING DOWN SWINGING PRESENTS:
RETURN FLIGHT MEL>HKG
CURATED BY ELIZAVETA MALTSEVA, EDITED BY MAGENTA SHERIDAN & RENATA CARLI, AND DESIGNED BY JACQUI HAGEN
OPENING & PUBLICATION LAUNCH | 9TH AUGUST 6PM - 9PM
EXHIBITION RUNS | 9TH AUGUST - 25TH AUGUST
FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS! RETURN FLIGHT IS PREPARING TO LAND.
FOR OUR THIRD AND FINAL EDITION, RETURN FLIGHT GATHERED TEN ARTISTS AND TEN WRITERS FROM MELBOURNE AND HONG KONG AND PAIRED THEM UP IN A BLIND COLLABORATION, RESPONDING TO THE THEME ‘AWAY’. THE RESULT IS A PUBLICATION, AN INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION AND A CROSS-CULTURAL EXCHANGE OF WILD NEW WORKS.
JOIN US FOR A NIGHT OF VISUAL ART, WRITING, DISCUSSION AND IN-FLIGHT REFRESHMENTS AT THE BLENDER STUDIOS. GRAB A COPY OF THE NEW EDITION (PLUS A BACK ISSUE OR TWO) BEFORE WE HIT THE TARMAC ONE LAST TIME.
RETURN FLIGHT MEL>HKG CELEBRATES WILD NEW WRITING, ART AND INTERVIEWS FROM:
ARTISTS: HUGO MATHIAS, RONA GREEN, JESS LAU CHING-WA, LEE KAI CHUNG, OLIVIA MRÒZ, KIM HYUNJI, MICHAEL PECK, ANDY LI, LAI ANDIO, KINCHOI LAM
WRITERS: LAI WAI-LEUNG, ELEANOR JACKSON, JOEL MA, SASKIA DOHERTY, WONG PUI YI HEIDI, LO LAI LAI NATALIE, LAURA JEAN MCKAY, DING CHEUK-LAAM, JACOB BOEHME, WINNIE YAN
VIEW MORE ABOUT THIS PROJECT AND PREVIOUS EDITIONS AT:
FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE: HERE
THE BLENDER STUDIOS ARE FINALLY HOME!
WE HAVE RETURNED TO OUR ROOTS IN A GRUNGY FACTORY IN THE HEART OF MELBOURNE'S CBD AND WOULD LIKE TO INVITE YOU TO COME AND CELEBRATE OUR NEW STUDIO LOCATION. LET'S INITIATE THE SPACE IN TRUE BLENDER FASHION, WITH A BIG OLE' ART PARTY.
BLENDER STUDIOS LAUNCH
FRIDAY 10TH MAY FROM 6PM
33-35 DUDLEY STREET, WEST MELBOURNE
GROUP EXHIBITION OF 20+ BLENDER ARTISTS
FULL OPEN STUDIOS TO EXPLORE
LIVE MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE ART
DRINKS COURTESY OF GAGE ROADS BREWING CO & REMEDY DRINKS
THE BLENDER STUDIOS IS ONE OF THE LARGEST AND LONGEST RUNNING ART STUDIOS IN MELBOURNE'S CBD. WITH 20 YEARS OF HISTORY AND AN ALUMNI OF HUNDREDS OF ARTISTS, OUR SPACE IS AT THE HEART OF MELBOURNE'S CREATIVE COMMUNITY! AMID THE NEVER ENDING DEVELOPMENT AND GENTRIFICATION OF OUR CITY, BLENDER CONTINUES TO STRIVE TO RETAIN AFFORDABLE SPACES FOR ARTISTS IN AN INSPIRING AND COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENT. OUR NEW SPACE HAS OVER TWENTY INDIVIDUAL STUDIOS, A GALLERY VENUE AND COMMUNAL SPACES (AKA THE DANCEFLOOR) AS WELL AS OUR OWN PRIVATE LANEWAY!
WE WILL ALSO BE LAUNCHING OUR LATEST VENTURE, THE BLENDER INSTITUTE (WWW.THEBLENDERINSTITUTE.COM) ON THE NIGHT, A PUBLIC PROGRAM OF WORKSHOPS RUNNING EVERY WEEKEND AND OPEN TO ALL!
THE BLENDER STUDIOS IS A SIGNIFICANT CULTURAL INSTITUTION FOR MELBOURNE AND WE ARE EXCITED TO CONFIRM WE HAVE A FIVE YEAR LEASE AT THE NEW LOCATION, MEANING WE CAN OFFER SECURITY TO THE ARTISTS WHO CALL BLENDER HOME.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU ALL TO THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH ON THE 10TH OF MAY. WE HAVE AN EXCITING LINE-UP IN STORE INCLUDING LIVE MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE ART AS WELL AS FULL OPEN STUDIOS OF OVER 20 LOCAL ARTISTS FOR YOU TO EXPLORE AT YOUR LEISURE. DON'T MISS THIS UNIQUELY MELBOURNE EVENT!!
COME FOR THE BEERS, STAY FOR THE ART.
VIVA LA BLENDER!
THE GALLERY EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR TWO WEEKS AFTER THE LAUNCH NIGHT. GALLERY HOURS 12PM-5PM WEDS-SAT.
LOCATION: WE ARE LOCATED A FIVE MINUTE WALK FROM FLAGSTAFF STATION. NO PARKING AVAILABLE ON SITE.
TRUE COLOURS | TRUE COLORS
MIND-WARPING ART-SCIENCE LIVE ARTWORK BY CASEY JENKINS
OPENING - APRIL 5TH, 6-9PM
APRIL 5- APRIL 18, WEDS-SAT, 12-5PM
DAY OPENING EVENT- APRIL 6TH, 12PM
DARK HORSE EXPERIMENT GALLERY - 33 DUDLEY ST. WEST MELBOURNE
A NEW MIND ALTERING, BODY MODIFICATION, TRANSFORMATIVE, DURATIONAL PERFORMANCE ARTWORK BY CASEY JENKINS (SH) IN COLLABORATION WITH NEUROSCIENTIST DR MARC SEAL OF MURDOCH CHILDREN’S RESEARCH INSTITUTE.
HOW FIXED ARE OUR PERCEPTIONS AND OUR PREJUDICES? FOR TWO WEEKS IN A MAKE-SHIFT GALLERY LAB, JENKINS WILL UNDERTAKE INTENSE LIVE PERCEPTUAL TRAINING TO MORPH HER MIND WITH THE GOAL OF PERCEIVING PREVIOUSLY IMPERCEPTIBLE HUES AND DEVELOPING SYNESTHESIA.
TRUE COLOURS | TRUE COLORS IS THE FIRST OF A SERIES OF INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE MALLEABILITY OF THE MIND’S EYE, HOW OUR PERCEPTIONS CORRUPT IN A MEDIA-SATURATED AGE AND WHAT IMPACT THIS HAS ON OUR ATTITUDES AND BELIEFS. BY CREATING NEW, ARBITRARY LANGUAGE CATEGORIES AND ASSOCIATIONS AND DRILLING THEM INTO HER BRAIN, JENKINS AIMS TO WARP HER PERCEPTIONS AND CHANGE THE WAY SHE VIEWS THE WORLD. MONITORED BY MRI SCANS WITH THE SUPPORT OF NEUROSCIENTIST, DR. MARC SEAL OF THE MURDOCH CHILDREN’S RESEARCH CENTRE, TRUE COLOURS | TRUE COLORS DRAWS ON THE RICH OEUVRE OF BODY-MODIFICATION ARTWORK BUT EXPLORES NEW TERRITORY AS THE BODY PART BEING MODIFIED IS THE BRAIN.
TRUE COLOURS | TRUE COLORS IS THE FIRST EXHIBITION TO BE HELD IN DARK HORSE EXPERIMENT’S NEW WEST MELBOURNE GALLERY, 33 DUDLEY ST.
FULLY ACCESSIBLE SPACE (ACCESS VIA COBBLESTONE ALLEYWAY)
MANY THANKS TO THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF - DR. MARC SEAL AND THE MURDOCH CHILDREN’S RESEARCH INSTITUTE, DR GREG WADLEY OF MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY, THE CITY OF MELBOURNE, CREATIVE VICTORIA AND THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT THROUGH THE AUSTRALIA COUNCIL, ITS ARTS FUNDING AND ADVISORY BODY.