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GAS Exhibitions – Fitzroy Street, St Kilda

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Shakespeare Grove Artist Studios

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Local Art at Masters Pool Hall

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Veg Out opens for the St Kilda Art Crawl

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Co Work Me

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Maureen Williams Glass Studio

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Sorsi e Morsi – The “Magical Flying Tomato”

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Sorsi e Morsi are open right throughout the St Kilda Art Crawl and they are celebrating the installation of their amazing new mural by Hayden Dewar, “Magical Flying Tomato”‘ that now adorns their restaurant wall, opposite Pumpkin Lane in The Arts Triangle Precinct.

" Magic flying tomato delivers delicious produce, and good times, to the rest of world " Magical flying tomato delivers delicious produce and good times to the rest of world. It is a bit of a mouthful but that is the key sentence we use to describe the philosophy of Sorsi e Morsi. It's a wonderful moment when you realise you have turned words into artwork for all to see.

Sorsi e Morsi will be remembered in Crawl history as the place where the Gershwin Room decided to open its doors to us to help celebrate the future of St Kilda arts, comedy and music.

Hayden Dewar – Hayden is a visual artist producing work of both a commercial and personal nature. Mediums include Painting, digital illustration & design, and animation. Commercial pursuits include illustration for advertising and publishing, concept art & storyboard art for film & TV, and animation. Hayden’s personal work draws on inner narrative, Exploring perceived reality, recurring dreams and childhood memories, using the fragments of life in its many stages as the basis for visual story-telling.


Sorsi e Morsi was opened by the team at I Carusi II in 2013

The vision was to create a rustic cafe and bar serving breakfast, lunch, aperitivo and dinner.

Home made dishes from our large recipe book and several of Nonna’s back in Italy.

You can sit under the tree on the outside terrace, sip on Italian wine or a negroni,

share a carefully chosen aperitivo board, and let yourself be transported to the other side of the world. 

The passionate staff will greatly enhance the experience.

A little piece of Italy in St Kilda.


7:30am till late - All Day Breakfast / Lunch / Aperitivo / Dinner

7:30am till late – All Day Breakfast / Lunch / Aperitivo / Dinner

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Body Gallery

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Marko Maglaic, Artist

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 Croatian born artist Marko Maglaic (1972- ) believes his paintings come from a spiritual, logical, yet simultaneously chaotic, place. As an artist he strives to depict fact, myth, life, love, death and the eternal struggle of mankind. For Maglaic the enemy is time, as love or hate are of no consequence with its passing. He demands his art be thoroughly scrutinised by the viewer, to discover the works’ truthful emotions. To act as a kind of raw sub-conscious, opening up new truths and providing evidence of a higher existence.

Maglaic’s art is tribal and graffiti-like. It has drawn comparison with Australian painter David Larwill and the American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988). Like Larwill, Maglaic’s humanoids are angry, sullen and bewildered, yet somehow manage to possess serendipity. Their connection to each other is a kaleidoscope of irrational relationships.

His picture plane is crowded with animated human figures, often mask-faced, arrows, words, phrases, numbers, dogs and urban decay. Likewise with Basquiat, Maglaic creates a dense, rich, glamour-strange mix of graffiti. The images and words lunge at the viewer with striking faces and figures, colour strong and random, yet subtle and convulsively sophisticated.

Historical references to Marko’s Maglaic’s art can be found in the abstract figuration of the late 1940s and 1950s through Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, Jean Dubuffet, Pierre Alechinsky and Adolph Gottlieb. From this group it is the work and philosophy of Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), the French pioneer of anti-cultural art, which should be thoroughly examined before evaluating Maglaic’s painting. Dubuffet’s canvases were scribbled and scratched like the surfaces of old walls: ‘to bring all disparaged values into the limelight’.

The French artist was fascinated by the graffiti emblazoned on slum dwellings, which he believed read of personal experience uninfluenced by cultural traditions. He claimed such works were evidence of a power of originality which many people possess, but has been stifled by educational training and social constraints.

British art historian Edward Lucie-Smith described the significance of such painting as: ‘giving a priority to the inner world of the artist and the rejection of the traditional values of art’.

Dubuffet termed it Art Brut: ‘Works executed by people free from artistic culture, for whom mimesis, as opposed to intellectuals, plays little or no part, so that their creations draw up everything from their own depths and not from the stereotypes of classical and modish art. We have here a chemically pure artistic operation, an uncut diamond, re-invented in all its phases by its creator, touched by his impulses only.

In the spirit of Larwill, Basquiat and ultimately Dubuffet, Marko Maglaic’s paintings establish themselves through their unique post-modern beauty, making odd things work with an extraordinary force. He has his own nomadicism covering a kaleidoscope of expressionism and figuration. Maglaic explores the complexities and diversities of modern urban life by embodying his pictures with a jarring psychological strength.

All buyer, dealer and personal enquiries please email : markomaglaic@gmail.com