New to the heart of Melbournes oldest suburb, BSIDE Gallery challenges traditionalgallery conventions. BSIDE reflects a new generation of young and passionateindividuals driven to reclaim and maintain Fitzroys artistic territory. Demonstratinghonest charm, BSIDE provides support to artists involved with the gallery and itsadjoining studios, while inclusively exposing guests to compelling works from bothestablished and emerging artists.
Located on the first floor of a creative studio complex, BSIDEs multi-purpose exhibitionand events space can be hired for varied artistic practices. The gallerys open, loft-likespace with white walls, floorboards, and a large window overlooking Brunswick Street sits within a physically raw structure and presents a dynamic and versatile platform toengage with both artworks and like-minded creatives.
Kicking off with BSIDE Begins, a grand opening party and exhibition on July 15 this year,the gallery set its tone from the get-go. Celebrating talent and diversity, the showfeatured impressive and eclectic works by Ben Frost, Abyss 607, Swerfk, Frosk, Hancock,Caper, Mike Eleven, Gigi, Goodie, Kenz, Zamara Robinson, and Tim Coleman. Given thisepic line-up and mix of accessible street art and graffiti, fine art, and installations, thehuge turnout was no surprise.
Curated by Melbourne based artist Heesco, BSIDEs second group exhibition Undercurrentfeatured another stellar line-up, with works by Silk Roy, Cezary Stulgis, Conrad Bizjak,Sebastian Fransz, Christopher Hancock, Putos, Craig Cole, Bode Klein, Sam Octigan, andHeesco. Undercurrent focused on the diverse concepts, influences and studio processesthat shaped each artists work.
The idea was born to exhibit these heavily considered, conceptual and refined studio works in their own light, detached from any street derived labels.” BSIDE
In line with BSIDEs ethos, this allowed the artists to respond to the changing nature ofthe street art genre, and their place within it. By initiating new conversations that teardown generalisations and distinctions between urban and fine art, BSIDE is truly at theepicentre of Melbournes grassroots creative movement.
Since opening, BSIDE has hosted a range of events including the locally recorded Up Camels Up! album launch, and a Rukus Biscuits event that featured raw word-based performance works from a variety of Melbourne based creatives. BSIDE recently presented Initiation a series of personal and reflective works by Chuck Mayfield that invited consideration and open discussion of what it means to be a man.
BSIDE has shown it is more than capable of marrying professional gallery elements withthe diversities of Melbournes creative youth culture. Embodying the collaborativenature of Melbournes creative scenes, BSIDE reflects the eagerness of artists to worktowards a communal ambition.
If you are yet to visit BSIDE, I urge you to head down mid November for Polarity a solo exhibition by Christopher Hancock. As an established Melbourne based artist, Hancock is deeply immersed in the creative scene and is known for his serious talent in figurative abstraction and emotionally powerful subject matter.
BSIDE is located at121 Brunswick Street. Fitzroy,Victoria.
By Postcoder contributorAlyssa Nuttall