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PUFFS opening night at The Alex Theatre

images & text by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

Opening night of PUFFS at the Alex Theatre was a roaring success with a full house of Potter enthusiasts and a red carpet soiree that attracted Melbourne’s stalwart theatre buffs.

Among the many dignitaries to attend where Master printmaker and sculptor Adrian Spurr who currently has works in the piano room of The Alex Theatre for the duration of the PUFFS session, as well as artist Tommy Langra who has been exhibiting his works at Punchinello Pop-Up at 33 Fitzroy St, St Kilda.

Artist's Tommy Langra, Susan Popov & Adrian Spurr image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

Artist’s Tommy Langra, Susan Popov & Adrian Spurr 

Host Alex Vass with resident artist Adrian Spurr

Heidi Victoria, Alex Theatre Aleks Vass with resident artist Adrian Spurr

Artist Emily Jane Pappas with local identity Freddie Warschauer image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

Artist Emily Jane Pappas with local identity Freddie Warschauer

Shooters Jim Lee, Matt Doller & the man with the moves Sam Tabone

Shooters Jim Lee, Matt Doller & the man with the moves Sam Tabone

 

 

Pop-Up Art Gallery in the middle of Fitzroy Street St Kilda

Known as Punchinello Pop-Up  this extraordinary gallery will remain open till Sunday 3 June from 12 – 7.30pm.

Photographs Michael Kluge, text Kerrie Pacholli

With 23 empty shops along Fitzroy Street St Kilda waiting to be rented, there has been much debate in state and local government, as well as among property developers and on the streets, as to why Fitzroy Street; from Grey Street down to the beach has become a tumble-weed zone.

Mobile artist Tommy Langra working at his draughtsman buggy image © Michael KlugeMobile artist Tommy Langra working at his draughtsman buggy 

Inspired by the May St Kilda Art Crawl and with assistance from owners of 33 Fitzroy Street, Jenny Li and husband Rob Semple, GRID ART SPACE (GAS) organized a group of local artists to join forces.  The result is an outstanding high-end pop-up art gallery in the middle of this neglected zone, to show what can be done with talent and teamwork.

Adrian Spurr. The second manifestation of Zeus, 'The Pariah', Sandstone, Steel table and Chariot wheels, 2018.

Adrian Spurr. The second manifestation of Zeus, ‘The Pariah’, Sandstone, Steel table and Chariot wheels, 2018.

This is the second time GRID ART SPACE in association with St Kilda Art Crawl hosted a pop-up art gallery in that space. GAS is a collaboration between Shakespeare Grove artist Adrian Spurr and producer / publicist Kerrie Pacholli with the aim to fill empty spaces with art and culture to bring about growth.

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With encouraging sales on both occasions, the organizers received much praise from delighted visitors with encouragement to keep it open. But this of course can only happen with the community support of both local and state government.

65 Skull Series by Marko Maglaic image © Michael Kluge

65 Skull Series by Marko Maglaic image © Michael Kluge

With the debate still open most would agree that this collaborative artistic and cultural inclusion added much needed prestige to an otherwise depressed local economy.

Ceramics by Salvatori Lolicato image © Michael KlugeCeramics by Salvatori Lolicato image © Michael Kluge

Exhibiting artists include: Master printmaker and sculptor Adrian Spurr, ceramicist Salvatori Lolicato, photographer Michael Kluge, painters’ Tommy Langra and Marko Maglaic.

Images of Port Phillip by Michael Kluge

Images of Port Phillip by Michael Kluge

Punchinello Pop-Up presented by Grid Art Space

Punchinello Pop-Up presented by Grid Art Space

Punchinello Pop-Up presented by Grid Art Space

GAS EXHIBITIONS – FITZROY STREET, ST KILDA 25, 26 & 27 MAY

During this St Kilda Art Crawl May 25, 26 & 27 starting from 10am GAS will be working in collaboration to showcase the works of sculptures, painters, photographers, filmmakers and local businesses in Fitzroy Street.  Artists include:

The Alex Theatre – Level 1/ 135 Ftzroy Stree, St Kilda an exhibition by Sculptor Adrian Spurr and Stonemason Calthestoner

At Punchinello Pop-Up – 33 Fitzroy Street St Kilda – Master printmaker & sculptor Adrian Spurr, Stonemason Calthestoner, Salvatori Lolicato with ceramics. Photographer Michael Kluge, painter & poet Tommy Langra and painter & curator Marko Maglaic.

The Linden Tree – 11 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda – exhibits by Emily Humphries and Calthestoner

St Luja – 9 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda a pop-up poetry event featuring Marian Webb, Hamish Danks Brown, Yoram Symons & singer Lisa Wood

HQ Gallery and Bar  – 7 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda – A collective Aboriginal exhibition featuring Pop Indigineous artist Dino Damiani

For more details on the Crawl go to  Map Download

20th Anniversary of Shakespeare Grove Artist Studios

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Adrian Spurr sculpture exhibition at Alex Theatre

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Adrian Spurr sculptor / master printmaker at his Shakespeare Grove Artist Studio image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

Presented by GAS (Grid Art Space) courtesy of Vass Productions & Alex Theatre: 

24 February – 18 March 2018

To coincide with the Australian premier of the Robert Askins stage production of Hand to God  by Vass Productions, sculptor / master printmaker  Adrian Spurr  is exhibiting his extraordinary  sculptures  currently on display in the piano lounge / art space of the Alex Theatre in Fitzroy Street, St Kilda.

Originally from the UK Adrian has lived in Australia for over 20 years and is a local artist in residence at Shakespeare Grove Artists Studios which is part of Veg Out in St Kilda.

During the September 2017 St Kilda Art Crawl Adrian was invited to curate and exhibit his work along with 10 other artists at 33 Fitzroy Street St Kilda known as Punchinello Pop Up.  The exhibition was so well received  by locals and visitors, it remain open for a further two weeks on invitation by shop owner Jenni Li.

Adrian is committed to exhibiting his work and the work of other local artists to continue to enrich the St Kilda spirit and in turn landscape.

‘Art and its glorious influence is not fully realised until it is taken out of the studio and displayed for public viewing’. Adrian Spurr

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‘Birnam Wood’

By Adrian Spurr
Sculptor / Master Printmaker
Carved red flowering eucalypt with pyro graph markings.

80 X 45 cms 2018
$6,500

The title of this artwork is taken from Shakespeare’s play Macbeth.

The third prediction Macbeth is given by the witches is that he should not fear until Great Birnam Wood should move to high Dunsinane.

Of course, Macbeth cannot imagine that a wood might advance upon his fortress, but it does when Malcolm, the rightful heir to the throne, orders his soldiers to cut down the trees of Birnam Wood and move them as camouflage toward Dunsinane Hill.

Macbeth rightly starts to fear for his life…

The sculpture is of a man in Malcolm’s force, standing amidst the trees on a bright morning with the shadows of branches and leaves upon his face. The man is contemplating the endeavor he is about to undertake, the defeat of a tyrant.

Ecce homo! Behold the man!

By Adrian Spurr
Sculptor / Master Printmaker Rosewood & anatomical foot 50 x 35 x 35 cms
2016
$4,500

A found life sized anatomical model skeleton of the human foot.

Daniel Defoe’s fictional protagonist Robinsen Crusoe (1719) comes across a footprint in the sand and knows he is not longer alone.

The most memborable photographs of the first Moon landing are of the astronauts footprint,  Mary Leakey’s discovery of the 3.7 million year old Laetoli footprints in Tanzania or our contemporary concern regarding our ecological footprint. The references are multitudinous.

This particular skeleton of a foot is encased in a sealed nugget, a pod or a capsule with a glass front that emphasizes the act of observing, of visually recognising, perhaps even assessing. The beautiful colour and grain of the reclaimed Rosewood (which itself comes from ever increasingly endangered rainforest) felled in 1994, softens the hard edged geometry of their machined wooden shapes.

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Head of a (Blind) Prophet’

By Adrian Spurr
Sculptor / Master Printmaker Adrian Spurr

Carved limestone and stucco 60 x 30 x 30 cms
2015
$4,500

The work itself pays tribute to the face in Medieval sculpture of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, work made by sculptors for the great Gothic cathedrals of France and Germany.

Many of the sculptures were smashed during bouts of iconoclasm and their heads now reside in museums across the world having been disinterred by archaeologists in latter years.

This work, Head of a (Blind) Prophet is set in an old wooden draw that I found in a dilapidated chicken shed in the Wimmera. The draw was a nesting box but formerly came from a Spice cabinet. The intention of the drawer is to reference the museum exhibit / item status of so many of these heads.

This head of a prophet though, also wears ear protectors, a necessary item of safety equipment for sculptors but metaphorically for this prophet, a defense against all the noise that litters our modern world.

‘Patrizia’
By Adrian Spurr Sculptor / Master Printmaker

Found antique chair and macracarpa wood. 2017
$4,500

This sculpture is a portrait of an elderly lady, a mother or grandmother.

The chair is representative of the woman and sitting in her lap is the sum total of a life’s experience.

Memories, sensations, echoes, reminiscences; the souvenirs of a long life that by necessity are ordered, collated and fixed.

But when the time eventually comes all this body of experience will separate and disperse back into the universe from where it was derived.

For expressions of interest: Kerrie Pacholli 0423 308 005 or kerrie.pach@gmail.com

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The Crucifixion by Adrian Spurr ‘me human’ exhibition

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Helena by Adrian Spurr image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

me human’ exhibition by Master print maker , painter and sculptor Adrian Spurr, now showing at The Gallery,  St Kilda Town Hall until the 22 November 2017.

A must see for all serious artists, enthusiasts and art collectors.

Where: The Gallery, St Kilda Town Hall – 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda.

When: October 25 to 22 November 2017

Times: 8.30 am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Adrian Spurr’s ‘me human’ exhibition opening the Gallery St Kilda Town hall.

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Bell’uono (Handsome man) $4,500 by Adrian Spurr image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

The opening of Adrian Spurr’s ‘me human’ exhibition at the Gallery St Kilda Town Hall along with Ann Ryan’s Cacophony exhibition was attended by hundreds of supporters and art enthusiasts.

Comedian and MC Brian Nankervis kick started the night with an entertaining session of Rock Quz evoking an atmosphere of unity,  fun and celebration.

Between the two artists there was over $30,000 of sales on the night leaving  the artists and the Gallery staff feeling very satisfied with their efforts.

This joint exhibition will be open to the public Monday to Friday 8.30 to 5pm. The address is 99a Carlisle Street St Kilda.

This is an extraordinary exhibition not to be missed.

by Kerrie Pacholli

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Charles Makula at ‘me human’ exhibition at the Gallery image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

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Freddie Warschauer, Josephine Celeste & Adrian Spurr image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

 

 

 

‘me human’ Adrian Spurr exhibition, the Gallery – St Kilda Town Hall

25 October to 22 November 2017 – Opening Thursday night 26 October 6 – 8 pm

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The head of Zeus, standing almost a metre high, king of the gods of Mount Olympus by sculptor Adrian Spurr image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

I first met and interviewed Adrian Spurr at his St Kilda, Shakespeare Grove Studio #16 in the lead up to the St Kilda Art Crawl. Within minutes I knew I had found a local artist with a clear light connection to his environment and his art.  It was the first Saturday of the month and his studio was open to the public to coincide with the Farmers Market. The studio was busy with visitors which made taking photographs of the artworks tricky. Many of the people had been to the studio previously. In fact they regularly visited to see what new work was underway and how other works had been resolved. Adrian welcomes visitors to his stone carving sculpture studio and enjoys the conversing with all ages and particularly with visitors from other countries that come to enjoy the St.Kilda vibe.

His sculptures are iconic and dynamic. How often does one encounter a 250 kg hand carved sandstone head of Zeus? The answer is, not often! Stone carving is an art form of incalculable antiquity and few artists currently work in this medium in a figurative way. As summer approaches he will be conducting stone carving classes for no more than four people at a time to run over four consecutive weeks. The course will end with an opportunity to display work in his studio on Farmer’s Market day.

But Adrian not only cuts stone, he also assembles sculptures, some made of huge quantities of small wooden pieces that he cuts, shapes and glues together into three dimensional forms that often encrust and consume other objects associated with humanity. Some of these sculptures have over 4000 small wooden pieces painstakingly stuck together.

Being a keen recycler myself I love the fact that Adrian chooses found objects and materials to incorporate in his art and discovered that Adrian has large quantities of found material just waiting for transformation.

Originally from the UK, Adrian has lived and worked across the globe and decided to settle in St Kilda some 20 years ago. He is hugely energised by the St. Kilda dynamic and the beautiful Community Gardens and Veg Out friends where his studio is to be found. He also finds inspiration in the wide open spaces of the Wimmera, which is known for its resilience and pioneering attitude and Italy, for it’s fine art and culture.

Human foot by sculptor Adrian Spurr image by Andre Le Coz © pationpics.com

The prints that are also on display at his exhibition me human’ were made at the Sunshine Print Artspace (SPA) which is an open access print workshop and where Adrian is a co-founder and co-director. This incredible space is closely allied with the Fundere Fine Art Foundry where the four extraordinary, one and a half times life sized bronze mounted Boer War horsemen were poured. These horsemen by the sculptor Louis Laumen are now on Anzac Parade in Canberra.

I had the opportunity to work with Adrian in creating a pop up gallery at 33 Fitzroy Street St Kilda Through that rich experience I discovered that Adrian is at the top of his game as a master print maker, sculptor and educator. Significantly, I also discovered that Adrian is an energetic powerhouse and prolific creator of art with an exceptional and expansive community vision.

Invitation to closing celebration at Punchinello art space 33 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda

Art lovers, investors, artist supporters and friends are all welcome to our closing celebration at Punchinello pop up art space at 33 Fitzroy Street St Kilda as part of the inaugural St Kilda Art Crawl.

Exhibiting artists include Charles Mikula, Laurie Miller, Faye De Pasqualie, Pamella Dias, Dino Damiani, Josh Birtwistle, Salvatori Lolicato and Adrian Spurr.

WHEN – THURSDAY 5 OCTOBER @  6 PM

WHERE – 33 FITZROY STREET, ST KILDA

WHY – TO CELEBRATE THE EXPERIENCE

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Laurie Miller exhibiting at – 33 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

For more information call Kerrie on 0423 308 005

 

 

 

 

 

 

Punchinello Art Gallery, 33 Fitzroy St, St Kilda Open 2 – 6 Oct. 11 – 5pm

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Salvatori Lolicato @ Punchinello Art Gallery, 33 Fitzroy St, St Kilda

Where: Punchinello pop up art gallery 33 Fitzroy St, St Kilda

When: Thursday evening from 5.30 pm on 5 October.

Why: Closing celebration

Punchinello pop up art gallery located at 33 Fitzroy St, St Kilda will remain open from 2 – 6 October for your viewing a buying pleasure.

The exhibiting artists include Salvatori Lolicato, Pamella Dias, Faye De Pasqualie, Dino Damiani, Josh Birtwistle, Charles Mikula and curator and exibiting artist Adrian Spurr.

Donated by owners Jenny and Rob Semple in support of the inaugural St Kilda Art Crawl this amazing space is a successful vehicle in bringing dedicated and talented artists back to Fitzroy St and the heart of St Kilda.

We invite all art lovers, investors and local supporters to join us on Friday evening starting at 5.30 to celebrate this dynamic period in the history of Fitzroy St, St Kilda.

produced by Kerrie Pacholii © pationpics.com

filmed and edited by Andre Le Coz