GALLERY | Nemco ‘Grand Sale’ Solo Show at Rooftop Bar Gallery Space

It seems like only yesterday that Milan, Nemco, placed his painted covered belongings on Australian soil for an extended vacation painting in and around our popular Eastern plains. But in that time, he has displayed some of the most diversely interesting nuggets of outdoor art that I’ve personally seen in quite some time. Taking influences from turn of the century, pop and modern art, Nemco is a painter who is unafraid to break (or extend upon) the rules, traditional graffiti has placed in front of him. And although his craft has it’s roots on walls, his gallery work is another sight to behold, making for a perfect transition between the fields. While he has contributed to a number of shows across Melbourne and Europe, this ‘Grand Sale’ of sorts is the first complete body of work of his own.

At first glance, it’s clear to see why Nemco has made the impact he has made on Melbourne over the last 12 or so months. Considering the melding of references mentioned before, the executions of these pieces are of the highest standards. As far as line work and mise en place, the quality of work on display here is as alluring as it’s going to get. A bold welding of monochrome and sundown colours allows the viewers to focus on the craft at hand, while not being distracting in the process. Every piece of visuals throughout each work serves a purpose, making it very hard to ignore and explore. While some may call it simplistic or overly graphic, I would call it open and accessible. I’ve recently written about the complications of art being too conceptual today and this is a perfect reason why it doesn’t need to be. It doesn’t always need to be, this is simply work that’s great to look at and open for interpretation, it’s for everybody.

While Nemco’s execution has never been a problem, what is behind all of the local iconography? Granted this has been a show to display some fresh work, but the references extend to his outside work. Being that he is an artist coming from the outside looking in, it’s always fascinating to find Melbourne specific symbols, visual cues and architecture throughout his work. While I think the people of Melbourne are very passionate about their city, from its cobblestone pathways to it’s historic venues (long live The Tote), it’s very difficult to find singular visual representations of it. Before stepping into this show, the iconic Franco Cozzo is featured in the flyer, upon walking in, a recognisable wooden electric pole greets you, look further and you’ll find familiar awnings from every suburb… every suburb. And while it may not be intended, this is the true beauty within this show, as we wonder, how such an artist would come to our small city, he shows us, exactly why.

Make sure you check out this bellezza of a show at Rooftop Art Space before it leaves the building on May 17. The work is extremely affordable (hence the name) and the space is a fine place to share some drinks, so it’s a no brainer.


Rooftop Bar and Art Space