While the majority of Melbourne’s gallery scene continues to support the ever-growing street art community, there are little (to no) spaces open to displaying the counter graffiti scene. But for the last 3 years, the collective teams at GraffixCreative, Revolver Upstairs and DangerFork, a number of this cities best writers and artists have presented a number of works under the Seasons of Change banner. As Autumn transitions into Winter, two of Melbourne’s most accomplished and stylized writers, Fly Crews Skary and OG23, have joined the ranks of an impressive line up that includes: Dvate, Sirum, Duke, Marine, Aeon and many more in presenting a large number of works in the Revolver playroom.
Having been lucky enough to preview a number of these works before it’s opening, I was surprised to see at least 40 or so more from each artists on the gala night. The display wall, which usually features in and around 20-30 artworks, was littered with at least 80 hand-made pieces split between the duo. From OG23’s heavily graphic and measured style to Skary’s most recent and imaginative transformation into tattoo flash. The amount of pieces created is a testament to not only the artists’ craft, but also the capacity their brains can be stretched for their chosen forms. Each piece was just as original as the next and while they may have a visual similarity, each was unique enough to hold their own respectively. The large wall of A5 pieces, while vast, made it hard to focus on and even choose a favourite for purchase, as eye movement in either North, South, East or West would result in another visual distraction. But I’d hardly call that a bad thing.
Despite the duo’s contrasting styles, I never found a real contrast as a collective hanging. With both Skary and OG23 implementing a bold and colourful mixture of letter forms and character based designs, Pieces of Mind is a show that can stand across many artistic borders. While graffiti and tattooing are the two obvious choices, other influences such as typography, design, animation, comic book and even retro video game art forms. It’s a real testament to just how far graffiti is stretching in Melbourne, with two style writers taking in thousands of influences around them and then throwing them back onto the general public. While I never support the general public’s understanding of graffiti, if there was ever an example I had to share with them to back up graffiti’s misconceptions and displaying it as an art, this would be one of them. With it’s broad range of style, easy on the eyes colour palet and overall fun tone, Pieces of Mind is one of the most universal graffiti shows I’ve seen (so far) for 2014.
As you may have already known, The Seasons of Change shows is for just one night only, so if you missed it last Friday, you’ve missed it for good. Stay in touch with all involved at the links below if you would like to purchase any of the pieces seen in these images, good luck!