Melbourne Fringe 2011

In The Cut: Volume 3

0 Comments 14 October 2011

Impressive street art, dope DJs, MCs and then, for good measure, throw in a few sexy saxophones.

In The Cut Volume 3 took place in a Carlton basement – its walls covered in artwork – all created by Melbourne street artists. Ranging from impressive full-scale prints of beautiful, curvaceous Native American babes, to cardboard-based political statements, to complex psychedelic images – all pieces kept everyones eyes admirably transfixed.
Some of the works were by up-and-coming artists, while others were created by those more established, however all certainly well-worth eye-time.

Backgrounded by the dope DJs, the night began with fresh and edgy, yet sophisticated, art viewing. Following a few free beers/wines, In The Cut began to bust out the big moves with a young and very talented MC, sided by a band. As the MC took a breather, the band’s brass group took over, reeling the funk and raising most from their milk-carton seating and onto their dancing feet.

Despite being marketed as displaying street art, the work wasn’t what many imagine ‘street art’ to be – spray painted stencils, tags and the like. However, In The Cut’s works were neat, interesting and full of talent – sketches, prints, sculptures and light box demonstrations – something that most people would appreciate and enjoy.

Though In The Cut ran from 8pm until 1am, it wasn’t a big enough exhibition to spend that long there. Despite this, it was the perfect event to spend a couple of hours at, enjoying the art and music, and free beers – how could you go wrong? A fun and well-organised event, I have high hopes that In The Cut will return next year for volume 4. If so, pop on your monocle, your best dancing shoes and head down for a funky arts overload.

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