Photographer: Kevin Vo
MEET THE ARTISTS
DAVID 'MEGGS' HOOKE
David ‘MEGGS’ Hooke (b. 1978, Melbourne, Australia) is a mural, street and fine artist recognised for his large scale murals and detailed paintings that combine elements of nature, industry and abstraction to create imagery that evokes a sense of flowing movement and change.
His work explores core themes of sustainability, consumerism and duality in an evolving exploration of connectivity and the harmony found between beauty and decay.
Adnate is an artist that realises his portraits in spray paint. He has moved past his roots in Street Art, utilising the medium to carry his realist style into the fine art realm.
Adnate has worked closely with indigenous people of their native land, especially with Indigenous Australians. He paints large scale murals around Australia and the world, creating a statement of reclaiming the land that was always theirs.
He endeavours to capture the stories and emotions of each subject he paints, encouraging the audience to feel through their own experience.
Kitt Bennett is a Melbourne based artist, specialising in illustration and murals. Coming from a strong illustration background Kitt works primarily as a large-scale muralist creating some of the biggest and most innovative murals in Australia.
Kitt has designed and executed work for silos, walls, floors, skateparks and wharfs and finds every part of the process an important piece of the big picture. In his studio Kitt also explores his passion for traditional painting and drawing techniques.
MIKE 'MAKA' MAKATRON
Mike Maka is primarily a painter who works in a variety of media, mainly on walls, canvas and illustration on paper. He has travelled and created work around the world, painting the Berlin Wall to the River Ganges. At 20, he received a scholarship to study art in New York, which led to working as a bike messenger for 10 years in 10 cities, and leaving his mark on many walls. An active member of Everfresh Studio since 2006, Mike has exhibited extensively through Australia as well as group shows in Brazil, Japan, Miami and New York, and has works in private and public collections locally and abroad, including acquisitions by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, as well as working in institutions such as National Gallery of Victoria and MONA Tasmania.
His artwork captures a world in which the natural forces fight back against humanity, reclaiming the earth from the uncaring advance of civilisation. Focusing on the friction point between man, beast and machine, Maka presents a message to mankind to step foot outside of the concrete jungle and reconnect with mother nature and the animal in all of us.
He is based in Melbourne Australia, but has been known to wander in other dimensions.
Russell Fenn, better known as Sofles, is an Australian graffiti artist originating from Brisbane. Self-taught, he has been honing his skills for over 20 years, exploring various mediums such as spray paint, acrylic, drawing and brush painting, as well as digital and illustration works.
Sofles’ large scale murals have taken him around the world ten times over and now grace many of the world’s largest cities, including Berlin, Copenhagen, Oslo, Las Vegas, and LA.
Jimmy Dvate is a renowned Australian contemporary artist, specialising in large scale public murals. Since painting on the streets of Melbourne since 1997 his name has since become synonymous with the graffiti and street art scenes. Through this dedication to his craft, his work can now be found all over Australia and the world. Formally trained in graphic design and visual arts at Monash University, Jimmy’s work shows a strong sense of design combined with the accuracy and eye for detail of photo-realism.
Nyoongar hip hop artist, Flewnt, has performed at numerous rallies and festivals and is heavily involved in his community. His anthemic celebration of Nyoogar culture, Kya Kyana, put Flewnt on the musical map, garnering the runner up prize for WAM Song of the Year in 2018. His follow up track, Black Boy, confirmed his status, taking out Best Song and Best Hip Hop Song at the 2019 NAIDOC Music Awards.
Flewnt's music video will be featured in the month of October.
A sensuous, enigmatic six-piece hailing from Geelong's northern suburbs, CRY BABY sings songs of love, loss and redemption, and pulls no punches in delivering them in their own unique style. Fervent vocals twist through razor-sharp riffs, roaring bass lines and thundering drums that back a piercing horn section. Drawing inspiration from a cosmic array of genres and styles, CRY BABY will take you on a journey through a fusion of soul, doom, post-punk and funk. CRY BABY’s sonic turbulence will leave you addicted to the thrill of a sound indescribable, one that’ll leave you crying, baby.
Srisha is a Tamil artist who began her musical journey after claiming the title of the Australian Poetry Slam Sydney & NSW Champion in 2018. Srisha uses her platform to discuss socio-political issues through her poetry, music and art curation ("Diaspora" (2018) & "Exodus" (2019)). Her controversial verses on "Colonise My Melanin" and "Tamil Genocide" saw her rise in Sydney's underground hip-hop scene, and debut single "Euphoria" gained local and international recognition. Srisha continues to push boundaries for minority groups across varying industries and hopes to open doors for young Tamils locally and globally.
KrookLetter comes from humble beginnings in the beautiful South Pacific Island of Samoa. As a first generation kiwi being raised in the cultural melting pot and concrete jungle that is South Auckland NZ.
KrookLetter's artistic expression is a continuation and amplification of Polynesian voices that were deeply steeped in & instrumental in the foundation of NZ hip-hop culture.
KrookLetter wants to set the standard and put a fresh twist on what it means to compete and create into today's climate.
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (The MSO) is Australia’s longest-running orchestra, having been the sound of the city of Melbourne since 1906. The MSO performs over 160 concerts a year – predominantly from their home at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne.
Love is a Temporary Madness was filmed in February 2021 at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl as part of the MSO’s free concert series held every summer. Vanessa Perica's world premiere, Love Is A Temporary Madness takes its name from Louis de Bernière's novel, Captain Corelli's Mandolin.
‘Love is a Temporary Madness’, The Symphonic Suite
Composed by Vanessa Perica
Performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra & Vanessa Perica Orchestra
Conducted by Benjamin Northey