Behind the Scenes: KIRPY’s Archetypes


Melbourne is in constant evolution, with the gentrification of iconic suburbs spreading further and deeper in response to market demand. Kirpy’s latest exhibition, Archetype, critiques this process, asking ‘what is at stake’ and ‘what is left behind’. Empty buildings, whose tenants were pushed out by property prices, their windows pasted up with layers of old decaying posters – Kirpy documents the way that gentrification eats away at the unique culture of Melbourne’s streets. If Melbourne is known for its rich culture and the buildings that play host to it, is the architecture of gentrification unraveling Melbourne’s archetypes?

This May exhibition is fast approaching and in the lead up, we’re thrilled to share with you these behind the scenes photographs by p1xels, of Kirpy at work in the studio. Kirpy’s technical process is as dynamic as the works he creates – with each requiring a large number of stenciled layers to achieve his celebrated photorealistic street-art style. Taking it’s cues from the abandoned buildings that are the victims of gentrification, this latest body of work borrows its materials and imagery from diverse sources – from paste-up posters to the shells of buildings themselves. We hope you enjoy this glimpse into Kirpy’s world.

Archetype will run from 2nd – 23rd May, with the opening reception on Saturday 6th May 2-4PM

Image credit: p1xels