I Live Across the Road From the Future
Solo show @ Dark Horse Experiment, Blender Studios, Opening Night Nov 19, 6-9pm
Out of the dark alleyways of yesteryear, collaged creatures traversed realities from the archives of art history and comic books pages. Reimagined into projected concoctions of present day uniqueness, they become fantasy driven visual poetry, a collection of stories set to surprise, amuse and challenge the world from the creator’s perspective.
In “I live across the road from the future”, artist Drasko Boljevic changes the walls and pavement of our Melbourne laneways, and for The Dark Horse Experiment canvas brings us new 3-D stencil works.
Opening Night | Friday 19 November, 2021 6pm – 9pm
Gallery Hours | 12pm-5pm, Wednesday-Saturday
Dark Horse Experiment Gallery | 33-35 Dudley st. West Melbourne Enter via Maloney Lane
New publication in France Street Art XXS: 50 Artistes Maîtres du Petit Format (50 Artists Masters of the Small Format)
Thanks to author Edith Pauly for featuring my work on her latest book Street Art XXS: 50 Artistes Maîtres du Petit Format (50 Artists Masters of the Small Format), published in 2021 in Paris through Editions Alternatives and just arrived at my door. It is an honour to share pages with great street artists from around the globe.
In a halo of white light adorned with primary colours similar to those of road signs, his creations float at our feet. Green, black, and white complete his palette. A child takes care of an injured dog, men come out of manholes, others paddle in a canoe or on a raft. Even stranger faces appear partially from the sidewalks, like the living dead trying to get out. The atmosphere is heavy, somehow anxiety-provoking.
New publication: Street illusions: Trompe-l’œil et jeux d’optique dans le street art
(Street Illusions Trompe-l’œ and optical games in street art)
by Chrixcel and Codex Urbanus just published in Paris by Editions Alternatives (in French).
Drasko has been selected as one of the 23 artists showcased in this new book on street art illusions authored by the pair Chrixcel and Codex Urbanus. just published in Paris by Editions Alternatives (in French).
In the chapter titled Anamorphoses or the Art of Secret Perspective, Chrixcel describes Drasko’s street visual poetry with a literary trace and sensitivity towards the the compositions, which she calls “mini-mirages”.
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“At times, the antithetical subjects found in the array of sketches, playing between life and death, have an anxiety-provoking side to them. When placed at the same level, these jarring juxtapositions remind the spectator that anything can happen from all corners of the world at any given time. The worst as well as the best. Carelessness and seriousness, quirky humour and inversion of perceptions are the very heart of this stencil art, to say the least. Particularly, when considering of the enormousness of most urban trompe-l’œil works”.
“In a febrile urbanity that is always going faster and faster, where everything needs to be extremely visible and enlarged, the stencil artist incites the passer-by to stop for a moment, to lean in to observe the works closely, to take some time to breathe. The submerged, stretched, and suspenseful postures of these characters generate an appeal to the conscience and the refocusing on one’s self.”
Urban Scrawl: The Written Word in Street Art, by Lou Chamberlin
Lou Chamberlin does it again. The prolific stencil art writer and photographer brings our attention to the written word in street art around the world in this beautiful new volume published by Hardie Grant Travel.
“Much resistance art is anonymous, for obvious reasons. This holds true for four of the five messages in this pages, all of which react to the international human rights issue of the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers. Melbourne artist Drasko’s multi-layered stencil at left was sprayed in responde to the Australian government’s stance on non-acceptance of asylum seekers arriving by sea.” p124
The Melbourne Critique, by Jessie Lewis
By 2050, the global community could see an added 2.5 billion people entering already densely-built environments. In this mess of concrete, steel and glass, it can sometimes be true that these environments could be seen as bereft of true life force and an imagination, becoming simply lonely wind tunnels with disconnected communities extended up into the sky. In recent years, and with pride here in Melbourne, like a radical dandelion sprouting from a crack in this black of the asphalt, street artists have turned these once black streets into places of political protest, social commentary and complete whim. Drasko Boljevic is an urban Melbourne artist whose name is hot on the lips of many. Infamously causing controversy not so long ago, one of his works was removed from an inner city location.
Coming soon to Off The Kerb is Boljevic’s latest exhibition. He spoke with The Melbourne Critique about impermanency, future desire, and how his approach and appeal transcend artistic genre. Read full article
OTK 2017 akemi ito drasko barek tinky, All Those Shapes
Many Ninjas* will be making their way to The Kerb Friday 20th of October 2017: Chief stencil cutter / toy maker Akemi ito and 3D shadow master Drasko with their ‘Hard Boiled Wonderland & The End of The World’ exhibition. Read full article
Toorak Times by Brad Whitehouse
The world that lives under our feet and around us and always in a part, right in front of us appear as the images for Melbourne artist, Drasko Boljevic’s stencil 3D paintings at the Arts Town 2015 of Stonnington City Council. Arts Town 2015 is currently exhibiting numerous local artists presenting a story of the community at the Chapel off Chapel Gallery.
Drasko’s works are not necessarily eye level immediate or as expected in a gallery space but rather are displayed as carpets on the floor… Read full article