Aside from the odd stencil or tag, that could be on a wall, Melbourne’s street art has rarely colonised the sidewalks. On the sidewalks you are more likely to encounter industrial graffiti, markings put there by council or utilities workers. That makes Astral Nadir’s paintings an exception.
Resembling ancient symbols, crop circles or Nazca lines, these patterns on the ground refer to the stars and sky. Attractive small abstract patterns of circles and curves connected with straight lines. They are a kind of tagging using images instead of an alphabet. They are also signs mapping a linear trail taken by the artist around Fitzroy and have a relationship with fire hydrants, poles and edges of the sidewalk.
Recently, I discovered that I was walking the same path as Astral Nadir when I was out looking at art galleries and street art. As I walked along Gertrude Street and up Smith Street I started to look for and photograph for the next piece but I didn’t see them all. On returning home and reviewing my photographs I noticed another one, on the pavement next to a wall with a piece by Shida that I was focused on.
After posting some of my photos on Facebook, I was told that it was the work of Astral Nadir. (Thanks Liz Sonntag.) The rock’n’roll aspect of Astral Nadir’s name combine the high with the low in a synthesis where contradictions are resolved. I’m not sure how long ago these were done but the Instagram photos @astral_nadir are all from this year.
Although it is not great art, it is an exception to the ordinary and I do look forward to finding more.
October 16th, 2017 at 11:30 AM
Hi Mark, I’ve seen these markings around town as well, and was also intrigued by them. Thanks for the post.
October 16th, 2017 at 11:31 AM
Thanks Eugene, they are definitely intriguing.
January 14th, 2018 at 10:07 AM
[…] notable street artists had pieces or often whole rooms to work with. It was good to see Astral Nadir working on a large scale. To see LucyLucy again on a large scale without the rest of the AWOL crew. […]
July 8th, 2019 at 12:23 AM
I have about 80 separate images from footpaths between here and East Melbourne. It is great art. Apart from that article showed a lot of places and eorks I haven’t seen yet so thank you for that and also for not ascribing a gender to rhe artist.
July 8th, 2019 at 12:18 PM
You are welcome. I have learnt from my mistakes and those of others not to ascribe a gender to an unknown artist.