For the past ten years the National Gallery of Australia has dedicated itself to collecting street related art and is now showing their massive collection of Australian street art until February 2011. In Space Invaders. This is a Stick Up you can witness the street-to-gallery-transformation of 40 artists from around Australia.
Space Invaders looks at artists and their iconic street-based works at the point of their transition from the ephemeral to the collectable and from the street to the gallery. From the initial wave, to the first crews, through Neo-Pop, passing political and commercial counter-attacks and the return to handmade labor intensive modes of art making by artists like Anthony Lister, Ghostpatrol, Miso and Twoone.
Besides the fact that action based art has been continuously analized, categorized, highlighted, blow dried, ritualized and hypnotized for the past years this exhibition gives an interesting insight into the art movement’s development in Australia. Featuring interesting artists, two of which being Ghostpatrol and Miso. Two artists -and furthermore really lovely people- that stood out and fascinated me when I’ve spend a month in Melbourne last year.
Who: NGA HOME / AEON / AZLAN / BYRD / CIVIL / DEVIANT / DLUX! / / DODD James / DOYLE Adrian / GHOSTPATROL / HAHA / HOLLENBACH Misha / JUMBO / KEATING Ash / LISTER / MAKATRON / MARCSTA / MEEK / MEGGS / MINI GRAFF / MISO / MONKEY / NUROK / OKIPA / OPTIC / PHIBS / PRISM / PROOF / PSALM / REKS / RONE / SIBLEY, DAN / SIM Robert / SIXTEN / STARK Al / SYNC / TWOONE / VEXTA / XERO / YOK / ZAP
Where: National Gallery of Australia / Parkes Place / Canberra ACT 2600
When: October 2010 – February 27, 2011