198 Gertrude St Fitzroy

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For three weeks during the first Melbourne lockdown, multi-disciplinary artist Soul Mckenzie ate, slept and painted in our gallery, with both art and artist existing as a living, breathing human experience. Shared in real time across social media and live stream, in-house artists from at the above and design studio space between interacted with soul’s work, working remotely to re-interpret and create their own art in isolation.

You can see this body of work here on the microsite we created SOUL.ATTHEABOVE.COM.AU

During his period of residency, soul created 11 works - colourful pieces brought to life in full view of a digital-only audience. These works were exhibited in an immersive, virtual gallery that was live during his residency and after completing to allow the external world to interact with him and his time at the above — it was an exploration of at the above as soul’s studio, home and gallery.

Intended to offset the economical, emotional and practical impact of covid-19 on soul’s practice, this project grew from a desire to maintain an artistic human connection, bringing creative minds together at a time of physical distance.

All of soul’s works created in isolation were able to be viewed in our store and purchased online, with 15% of the proceeds going to headspace, in support of those struggling with mental health during these challenging times.

This was a sold out show within just days of his work being available to the public in the virtual exhibition.