Last year we were lucky enough to be invited out to 1xRUN’s Murals in the Market in Detroit. The event was surprising in so many ways, from the time taken by the team to show us what the city was really about – the once-indomitable motoring capital of the USA, with a thriving industry that birthed a lot of modern Capitalist structure, that has since come back from being slammed into depression and decay – to the amount of heart and community that the organisers put into it. With barber-chair artist chats, a roster of local events and genuine support for the artists and workers involved in the festival and beyond, one message was clear, Detroit got soul.
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Ten years in the making this book brings you visual intensity from one of the most travelled and dedicated artists of Melbourne – Mike Makatron.
Featuring murals, canvas, installations and sculpture works plus behind the scenes images and tongue in cheek quirky stories from the streets to the jungles in over 50 diverse locations from around the world.
New York, Singapore, Miami, Melbourne, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Cape Town, Rio De Janeiro and Berlin are just some of the places featured in this visual journey through the colourful life of Mike Maka.
To celebrate the launch of the book, head on down to Chopper Lane / Everfresh Studio
1 Perry Street, Collingwood 3066 on Friday 4th December 201 from 6pm.
To celebrate Singapore’s 50th Anniversary, and under the ’50 Bridges’ programme, the Australian High Commission arranged for Australian street artists to paint murals on walls in 50 heartland locations across Singapore.
One of these artists was Melbourne based Mike Maka aka Makatron. Makatron has traveled and created work around the world, painting the Berlin Wall to the River Ganges. Makatron’s work is preoccupied with the interface between man, beast and machine. Presenting a visual riot that stimulates the mind, his art conveys an imperative message to those confined in the concrete jungle to stay connected to the natural world.
Damo: How did you get involved with the 50 Bridges programme? Who else was involved?
Mike: I was actually a late invite to the event, the idea came from an old friend, Regan Ha-Ha, on a visit to Singapore some years earlier. The other artists involved were Adnate, Yok + Sheryo, Vexta, Tom Civil and locals artists Trase and Zero.
Damo: What was it like painting in Singapore? It is a country known for its strict rules – did this affect what you were able to paint in anyway?
For the cover of VNA 26, we’ve returned to the UK to chat to a hugely influential artist and a bit of a personal hero of ours, Robert Del Naja, a character from the art world perhaps better known by his musical moniker; Massive Attack’s 3D. Featuring our first ever glitter screenprint, this is a milestone in VNA history and we’re pretty stoked with this collaboration with the Bristolian artist.
Our favourite pop-bashing Aussie artist, Ben Frost, launches his latest solo show, The Perfect Drug, in Singapore.
In an exploration of social obsessions and relationships with mass-consumerism, Frost questions products we’ve grown up loving, whilst harbouring addictions for.
Painting directly onto fast food and pharmaceutical packaging, Frost plays with themes of sex, drugs and the darker side of popular culture.
The show runs from 22nd Feb – 18th March 2013 at Kult Gallery, Emily Hill, Blk C2-5, 11 Upper Wilkie Rd, Singapore 228120