[First filed: Oct 31, 2010 @ 17:21]
The National Gallery’s Space Invaders exibition of Australia street art opened on Friday night. The exhibition is as striking and iconoclastic as you would expect from a premium collection of stencil and zine art.
As the launch was a ticketed event open to the public it’s worthy of review in it’s own right.
It can perhaps best be described by saying that by 11.30pm at the after party my date was stumbling drunk and had disappeared to smoke cones with a German, and three women had given me their phone numbers.
(normally I’m the sort of guy who goes home wishing he’d remember to ask for a number from the women I’ve been speaking to).
So it was a pretty sensational blow out and by the time I went home around 2am it was still going strong at the after party venue in New Acton.
With a younger crowd of around 500 and an open bar, including a vodka bar smashing out cocktails there was a lot more broken glass than the gallery is used to.
With a DJ pumping and the exhibition’s art work projected onto the side of the building the new gardens and Gandel Room made a great setting.
The canapes were sensational.
The artists visiting to see their work go on exhibition were trying to play it as cool as only big city street artists can be “oh well, I’ve had my work exhibited at galleries in Melbourne you know”.
But when their own pieces were projected up 10 metres high on the wall there was still some jaw droppage.
The after party at New Acton was a paid bar but still a sensational shindig with desert theme hor d’oeuvres something I’ve never seen before.
For $50 it was pretty good value.
Well worth keeping your eye out for future similar events at the Gallery.
Also check out the exhibition if for nothing else than the chance to buy some very cool t-shirts based on the art.