On Wednesday 22 October 2008 I went to the ‘Nesting and Dying’ exhibition and book launch of Melbourne artists Miso (more on her background) and Ghostpatrol at the Metro 5 gallery in Armadale. The exhibition is on until 9 November. You’d more regularly see their work in galleries and on the streets in Melbourne and Fitzroy, and it was curious to see some familiar Fitzroy faces (on the walls and in the crowd) at an unfamiliar location.
ThreeThousand joked in their article that people needed advice on how to get there, and Meet me at Mikes also commented on the cultural differences between Metro 5 and somewhere you may have seen their work before, such as Gorker or Per Square Metre: “It’s a bit swish there – no plastic tubs full o lager, no skinny jeaned hipsters sitting on the floor…”
Fenella Kernebone and an ABC Sunday Arts crew were there recording, so expect to see a segment on the launch on a future issue of the program. To see street art on High St in Armadale suggests that it has become mainstream and collectible for a general arts audience (not that there’s anything wrong with this – read more about this topic in an interview with artist Meggs).
There is a great complementarity in Miso and Ghostpatrol’s work that demonstrates the strength of their collaboration. Ghostpatrol’s delicate figures with their serious, sombre and even maudlin expressions are extremely moving, and Miso’s figures also have great expressive power. Works on rough board (Miso) and a row of pencils (Ghostpatrol) demonstrate ingenuity while other works evoke environmental themes. It’s a fabulous show.