EVERFRESH – MELBOURNE

EVERFRESH Studio is a collective of artists that have been working out of the inner city Melbourne suburbs of Collingwood and Fitzroy for more than 10 years.

The repurposed warehouse space was infamous in street art circles as a hub of creativity and the guys were regularly seen on the streets around Fitzroy putting up their work for local shops and cafes and being warmly received by the locals.

The invitation to be the first creative team at the inaugural NGV studio was a prestigious coup and propelled their collective and individual futures forward by presenting them to a new mainstream gallery audience.

The juxtaposition of Hosier Lane, and its infamous street and graffiti history perfectly positioned off Flinders Street, seemed to glance sideways to the NGV Australia and the studio space. The street noticed as the boys inched inside the gallery, to a pristine studio and the installation of their work desk, carpets, pinball machine and graff van for the month long residency.

CUTBACK interviewed Mike Macca’s twice between 2011- 2013. As an animal lover Makatron’s imagery was intriguing, often gentle and sometimes surrealist. The prolific worker has developed a vast range of mural and commissioned work across Australia and internationally, his presence seen from Europe to Miami to NYC. The original interviews with Makatron, Rone and Meggs are a glimpse of the ‘boys’ club’ den that was the old Everfresh studio in Collingwood. It was late on a Friday afternoon when the first interviews were captured, there was a surge of activity preparing for the “Young and Free” show about to be shipped to San Francisco.

While the work of Rone, Meggs, Reka and Phibs and the other studio friends are conceptually diverse in style , technique and medium, they are a core Melbourne street art and graffiti collective.