Backwoods Gallery
25 Easey Street, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia. 3066

Director , Alexander Mitchell 
Curator,  Sean Carroll

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Phone – (03) 9041 3606

Backwoods Gallery
Thursday ~ Friday : 15:00 ~ 18:00
Saturday ~ Sunday : 12:00 ~ 18:00

 

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Opening Review: Flashback Memories by Goma

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Opening Review:
Flashback Memories 
by GOMA

 

Opening night of ‘Kioku – Flashback Memories’ by GOMA at Backwoods Gallery

Last Friday at Backwoods we opened ‘Kioku – Flashback Memories’ by Goma. It was a great start to the year and a big thank you to all of you who made it to the opening.

The Age newspaper visited the gallery last week in the days leading up to the opening to interview Goma, you can read the full article online here.

Please join us next Sunday afternoon, February 12th, for the closing party of ‘Kioku – Flashback Memories’. Goma’s final large golden mandala piece will be on display and Goma will be performing on Didgeridoo. The gallery will be open as usual with the performance from 5pm onwards.

KIOKU – Flashback Memories
by GOMA
Open  Feburary 5th – 12th at Backwoods Gallery, Collingwood

 

 

 

 

Opening night of ‘Kioku – Flashback Memories’ by GOMA at Backwoods Gallery

Opening night of ‘Kioku – Flashback Memories’ by GOMA at Backwoods Gallery

Opening night of ‘Kioku – Flashback Memories’ by GOMA at Backwoods Gallery

Opening night of ‘Kioku – Flashback Memories’ by GOMA at Backwoods Gallery

Opening night of ‘Kioku – Flashback Memories’ by GOMA at Backwoods Gallery

Opening night of ‘Kioku – Flashback Memories’ by GOMA at Backwoods Gallery

Opening night of ‘Kioku – Flashback Memories’ by GOMA at Backwoods Gallery

Opening night of ‘Kioku – Flashback Memories’ by GOMA at Backwoods Gallery

Opening night of ‘Kioku – Flashback Memories’ by GOMA at Backwoods Gallery

Opening night of ‘Kioku – Flashback Memories’ by GOMA at Backwoods Gallery

Opening night of ‘Kioku – Flashback Memories’ by GOMA at Backwoods Gallery

Opening night of ‘Kioku – Flashback Memories’ by GOMA at Backwoods Gallery

Opening night of ‘Kioku – Flashback Memories’ by GOMA at Backwoods Gallery

Opening night of ‘Kioku – Flashback Memories’ by GOMA at Backwoods Gallery

Opening night of ‘Kioku – Flashback Memories’ by GOMA at Backwoods Gallery

Opening night of ‘Kioku – Flashback Memories’ by GOMA at Backwoods Gallery

Opening night of ‘Kioku – Flashback Memories’ by GOMA at Backwoods Gallery

Opening night of ‘Kioku – Flashback Memories’ by GOMA at Backwoods Gallery

Opening night of ‘Kioku – Flashback Memories’ by GOMA at Backwoods Gallery

Opening night of ‘Kioku – Flashback Memories’ by GOMA at Backwoods Gallery

Opening night of ‘Kioku – Flashback Memories’ by GOMA at Backwoods Gallery

Opening night of ‘Kioku – Flashback Memories’ by GOMA at Backwoods Gallery

Opening night of ‘Kioku – Flashback Memories’ by GOMA at Backwoods Gallery

Opening night of ‘Kioku – Flashback Memories’ by GOMA at Backwoods Gallery

Opening night of ‘Kioku – Flashback Memories’ by GOMA at Backwoods Gallery

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Snowing 0_4
By GOMA
Acrylic on Illustration Board. 2013
41.6 x 29.3 cm

The world began to open 1
By GOMA
Acrylic on illustration board. 2014
51.5 x 72.8 cm

Silver Water
By GOMA
Acrylic on illustration board. 2013
72.8 x 103 cm

Root 134
By GOMA
Acrylic on Illustration Board. 2014
72.8 x 103 cm

KIOKU – Flashback Memories by GOMA

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KIOKU – Flashback Memories

by GOMA


In his youth, the Tokyo born Goma traveled to the Northern Territory in order to study the didgeridoo under master Djalu Gurruwiwii. Goma lived amongst the Yolngu people and was adopted into the Galpu clan. Under the tutelage of Djalu, Goma became the first non-indigenous person to win the Northern Land Council prize at the Barunga didgeridoo competition.

Upon returning to Tokyo, Goma founded the Jungle Rhythm Section, a highly respected musical outfit which blends Jungle and World Music with Goma’s contemporary interpretation of the didgeridoo.

In 2009, Goma was involved in a near-fatal car accident resulting in traumatic cerebral damage and a long recovery process. Suffering from anterior grade amnesia, Goma struggled to form new memories. Two days after coming out of his coma, Goma felt the compulsion to paint. Picking up his daughter’s paint set, Goma started work on a series of striking dot paintings.

Since 2010, the collection of work has grown in size and complexity, as Goma attempts to commit his life to paper while undergoing rehabilitation. Goma’s artwork bears a strong resemblance to indigenous dot paintings, but is infused with classic Japanese aesthetics and landscapes. Goma’s intention is not to appropriate indigenous art. Instead, as with the didgeridoo, Goma is attempting to embrace it as a source of inspiration and strength while creating a cultural bridge. In 2013, director Tetsuaki Matsue released Flashback Memories, an award winning documentary on Goma’s life, music and art.

The success of the documentary resulted in international recognition of Goma’s remarkable story. On the 5th of February, 2016, Backwoods Gallery will be presenting KIOKU – flashback memories, an exhibition of key work from Goma’s personal collection, alongside a diary of his life since his accident.

We hope that KIOKU – Flashback Memories will be a rewarding exhibition for our community and collectors. The show explores the nature of memories, the mind, self, music, art and strength. We feel that it is a strong and poetic start to our 2016 calendar.

Goma will also be performing at the exhibition opening on Friday the 5th of February, from 8pm. 

 

KIOKU – Flashback Memories
by GOMA
Opens Friday Feburary 5th at Backwoods Gallery, Collingwood

 

 


 

 



 

Opening night of Water World by Fintan Magee.

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OPENING NIGHT

WATER WORLD

by FINTAN MAGEE

Massive thanks to everyone who visited the Backwoods for the first weekend of Water World by Fintan Magee.

The exhibition is open until the 13th. Here are shot’s from the opening night, artwork and exhibition installation.

Enjoy.

WaterWorld by Fintan Magee, opening at Backwoods Gallery. December 4th, 2015

WaterWorld by Fintan Magee, opening at Backwoods Gallery. December 4th, 2015

WaterWorld by Fintan Magee, opening at Backwoods Gallery. December 4th, 2015

WaterWorld by Fintan Magee, opening at Backwoods Gallery. December 4th, 2015

WaterWorld by Fintan Magee, opening at Backwoods Gallery. December 4th, 2015

WaterWorld by Fintan Magee, opening at Backwoods Gallery. December 4th, 2015

WaterWorld by Fintan Magee, opening at Backwoods Gallery. December 4th, 2015

WaterWorld by Fintan Magee, opening at Backwoods Gallery. December 4th, 2015

WaterWorld by Fintan Magee, opening at Backwoods Gallery. December 4th, 2015

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Pray for rain.
By Fintan Magee
Oil & Acrylic on Canvas. 2015
140 x 140 cm.

The Sacrifice.
By Fintan Magee
Oil & Acrylic on Canvas. 2015
122 x 183 cm.

The Crossing.
By Fintan Magee
Oil & Acrylic on Canvas. 2015
122 x 183 cm.

The Removalist.
By Fintan Magee
Oil & Acrylic on Canvas. 2015
91 x 122 cm.

The Rider.
By Fintan Magee
Oil & Acrylic on Paper. 2015
70 x 96 cm.

The Harvest.
By Fintan Magee
Oil & Acrylic on Canvas. 2015
91 x 122 cm.

The Dreamer.
By Fintan Magee
Oil & Acrylic on Paper. 2015
56 x 76 cm.

The Aftermath.
By Fintan Magee
Oil & Acrylic on Paper. 2015
56 x 76 cm.

The Bonfire.
By Fintan Magee
Oil & Acrylic on Paper. 2015
70 x 96 cm.

The Vandal.
By Fintan Magee
Oil & Acrylic on Paper. 2015
56 x 76 cm.

The Lighthouse.
By Fintan Magee
Oil & Acrylic on Paper. 2015
56 x 76 cm.

The Rebuild.
By Fintan Magee
Oil & Acrylic on Paper. 2015
56 x 76 cm.

The Plague.
By Fintan Magee
Oil & Acrylic on Paper. 2015
56 x 76 cm.

The Lookout.
By Fintan Magee
Oil & Acrylic on Paper. 2015
56 x 76 cm.

Moving the pointless monument.
By Fintan Magee
Oil & Acrylic on Paper. 2015
56 x 76 cm.

WATER WORLD by FINTAN MAGEE

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WATER WORLD

by FINTAN MAGEE

 

FINTAN MAGEE

Fintan Magee first became involved in Brisbane’s thriving graffiti scene in the late 1990s. An interest in painting gradually led Fintan to break away from traditional graffiti lettering and move towards figurative painting and street art. Even before obtaining his Bachelor degree in Fine Arts in 2009, Fintan was well on his way towards becoming one of the world’s most renowned street artists.

Fintan’s success has in part been due to his prolific global campaign of impressive murals and in part due to the emotional depth of his subject matter, which explores contemporary social issues with a relatable subtlety, through muted colours and elements of the mundane.

Fintan’s artwork depicts the relationship between man, nature and civilisation. His murals, which are often in industrial or low-income areas, tell stories of struggle, loss, migration and hope. Fintan’s artwork, on either walls or canvas, expertly presents universal struggle and hope from a personal perspective.

WATER WORLD

Since the 2011 Brisbane floods, which razed large areas of Fintan’s home town, Fintan has been focused on exploring the human cost of environmental issues and disasters.

Embarking on a series of large murals in Russia, Ukraine, Ireland, UK, Germany, Tunisia, Indonesia, Belgium, Norway, US, Mexico, Colombia, Hong Kong, China, Argentina and New Zealand, Fintan has explored concepts of resilience and hope across the world. During his travels the concepts behind his murals have expanded to include his observations on the lives of people living in poverty, of refugees and the effects of climate change.

His global painting campaign established Fintan as one of the world’s leading street artists while providing him with a platform to refine his message and technique. From December 2015 at Backwoods Gallery, Fintan will be presenting the culmination of his experiences in an exhibition titled Water World.

Water World is a collection of 13 paintings, presented along side a large central installation and a collection of studies. It will be on display from the 4th to the 13th of December. A printed exhibition catalogue will also be available at the gallery.

Backwoods Gallery is extremely proud to present this important summary of Fintan’s journey and we hope you can join us in appreciating the collection in person.

WATER WORLD
by FINTAN MAGEE
Opens Friday December 4th at Backwoods Gallery, Collingwood

 

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening Recap: Doomsday Song by Guy Mathews

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Opening Recap: DOOMSDAY SONG by GUY MATHEWS

What a pleasure it was to join Guy Mathews again in his marvellous warehouse space at number 5 Easey Street. His new solo exhibition ‘Doomsday Song’ references the poem of the same name by W.H. Auden. The works, painted on board and framed in steel, hang in the space perfectly, more than at home in the industrial space. The exhibition continues until Sunday the 22nd of December. This is definitely one you don’t want to miss!

 

DOOMSDAY SONG
by GUY MATHEWS
Open from November 13th to 22nd at 5 Easey Street, Collingwood

 

 


FINTAN MAGEE: 2015 MURALS

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2015 MURALS

by FINTAN MAGEE


‘Moving the pointless monument’ North-West Walls, Belgium


‘Road to Nowhere’ Public Festival, Perth


‘The Dreamer’ Kiev, Ukraine


‘The Spear Fishermen’ Cozumel, Mexico


Berlin, Germany


‘Chasing the long white cloud’ Dunedin, New Zealand


‘Chasing the long white cloud’ Dunedin, New Zealand


‘Housing Bubble’ Sydney


Perth, Australia


‘The Cloud Beserker’ Rockhampton, Australia


‘The Refugee’ Melbourne, Australia


‘The River Crossing’ Kiev, Ukraine


‘The Storm’ Bunbury, Australia


‘The Torch Carrier’ Sydney, Australia


‘The water carriers’ Sydney, Australia

DOOMSDAY SONG by GUY MATHEWS

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DOOMSDAY SONG

by GUY MATHEWS

Doomsday Song

Widely considered the pioneer of industrial furniture in Australia, having had more than thirty years of experience in the fields of its curation, design and art-making, Guy Mathews is a visual poet of sorts. His upcoming exhibition with Backwoods Gallery, entitled Doomsday Song, will present his intriguing art practice in the medium of bricolage, drawing influence from W.H Auden’s poem of the same name. The show will take place at Guy’s warehouse space adjacent to the gallery space, opening on November 6th at 5 Easey street in Melbourne. His works seem to perfectly reflect his philosophic nature and compliment the traits of someone who collects, restores and trades vintage industrial furniture from places like France, the US and Australia.

Fascinated by vintage industrial furniture, Guy Mathews had an immense influence of revealing the artistic side of the craft. It all started in 1985, when he started the first industrial showroom ever in his country, in Sydney’s Taylor Square. Since then, he’s built quite a reputation, as the point of reference for anything regarding bricolage, commercial interiors, but also architecture and design in general. During his trips in search of new objects, materials and inspiration, Guy Mathews often finds himself in places neglected by others, ruined industrial landscapes that provide him with everything he needs. Over the last few years, he focused on the techniques of bricolage, in order to create unique original pieces.

For some people, advertising signs become garbage once they’ve fulfilled their purpose. But for Guy Mathews, that’s when they become what they’re meant to – works of art. He often hand-paints and prints them, then cuts them up and reassembles them to create large wall paintings and site-specific installations, which became widely sought after by people interested in interiors and decorating their own homes. His advertising signs, vintage posters, lights and smaller items bring back time and add a unique, cool touch of the vintage to contemporary design.

Guy Mathews

Guy Mathews’ impressive career in industrial furniture design started back in 1985, when he started Australia’s first showroom dedicated to the craft in Sydney’s Taylor Square. The same thing happened only a short while later, on Melbourne’s Chapel Street. Ever since then, this artist, curator and designer has been reaffirming his position as one of the pioneers of industrial design, creating unique and original artworks from different materials he collects during his worldwide travels.

For more than twenty years, Guy Mathews has been collecting and trading Australian, European and American vintage industrial furniture, predominantly from the 19th century. His artistry covers an impressive number of mediums, which includes large scale bricolage artworks, site-specific installations, furniture elements, sculpture, and much more. His attention to individual pieces, as well as the relations among different kinds of them, resulted in the establishment of his own shop and turned him into one of his country’s most sought after consultants regarding interior design, architecture and space planning.
 

DOOMSDAY SONG
by GUY MATHEWS
Opens Friday November 13 at 5 Easey Street, Collingwood

 

 

 

     

 

 

rockGroup by SheOne & O.Two Exhibition Recap

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rockGroup

by SheOne & O.Two

Exhibition Recap


rockGroup™ was formed from the NOGODSTUDIO in London, 1999, in order to give an international identity to O.Two and SheOne’s collaborative brand of work. Originally sharing walls writing graffiti, then sharing a studio making canvas work, and eventually, sharing gallery space exhibiting work together.

Work for the ‘rockGroup’ show at Backwoods was undertaken by the artists completely separately. With sheOne in Barcelona, and O.Two in the countryside outside London, the artists set themselves parameters – work on paper, one size, limited colour palette – and let the work unfold naturally across their unique painted language and abstract dialects.

 

 

 

  

STEREODYNAMICA: Opening Recap

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Stereodynamica

Exhibition Opening Recap

by Felipe Pantone

 

We would like to extend a warm thanks to all involved in the preparation and delivery of last Friday’s excellent exhibition opening of ‘Stereodynamica’ by Felipe Pantone. Special mention to Selina Miles for her huge efforts and flawless video skills, our good friends at Grand Scheme and the DJ’s Deer and Oliver Francis for providing the vibes all night long in the laneway!

Promising to be a unique viewers’ experience, Felipe Pantone’s new exhibition at Backwoods Gallery will present a series of works on canvas and paper, for the first time in Australia. Entitled ‘Stereodynamica’, the show will once again reflect the unique futuristic visions of this versatile artist from Spain, whose fascination with modern-day technology and its rapid development continues to influence his vibrant artistic style. Adjoining Felipe Pantone’s recognisable aesthetic composed of acid colours and black and white elements, there will be stereograms, contributing to the spectacular three-dimensional feel of these otherwise flat artworks.

 

Stereodynamica
by Felipe Pantone
Open Wednesday to Friday from 3pm – 7pm & Saturday & Sunday from 12pm – 6pm.
‘Stereodynamica’ closes Sunday October 25th, Don’t miss it!

 

 

 

OPENING NIGHT OF STEREODYNAMICA by FILIPE PANTONE at BACKWOODS GALLERY

OPENING NIGHT OF STEREODYNAMICA by FILIPE PANTONE at BACKWOODS GALLERY

OPENING NIGHT OF STEREODYNAMICA by FILIPE PANTONE at BACKWOODS GALLERY

OPENING NIGHT OF STEREODYNAMICA by FILIPE PANTONE at BACKWOODS GALLERY

OPENING NIGHT OF STEREODYNAMICA by FILIPE PANTONE at BACKWOODS GALLERY

OPENING NIGHT OF STEREODYNAMICA by FILIPE PANTONE at BACKWOODS GALLERY

OPENING NIGHT OF STEREODYNAMICA by FILIPE PANTONE at BACKWOODS GALLERY

OPENING NIGHT OF STEREODYNAMICA by FILIPE PANTONE at BACKWOODS GALLERY

OPENING NIGHT OF STEREODYNAMICA by FILIPE PANTONE at BACKWOODS GALLERY

OPENING NIGHT OF STEREODYNAMICA by FILIPE PANTONE at BACKWOODS GALLERY

OPENING NIGHT OF STEREODYNAMICA by FILIPE PANTONE at BACKWOODS GALLERY

MAIN ROOM OF STEREODYNAMICA by FILIPE PANTONE at BACKWOODS GALLERY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow Landscapes: The art of Kakejiku

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Snow Landscapes:
The art of Kakejiku

 

‘Snow Landscapes’ by Shun Kawakami is a series of photographic images taken in Tokyo’s Imperial Gardens in February 2014. It was during February last year that Tokyo experienced some of the heaviest snows recorded in the last decade, if not more, depending on the area.

Shun photographed this important historical event within the walls of the Tokyo Imperial Garden, adjacent to Tokyo Station. In this series, the bustling atmosphere of Tokyo seems temporarily transformed into a sparse and quiet white washed woodland, with only small hints of a great city poking through the seemingly endless tree line.

Shun’s Kakejiku Scrolls made specifically for the ‘Snow Landscapes’ exhibition were each handmade in Kyoto, Japan by a Kakejiku master – one of the most highly regarded Kakejiku craftsmen alive. Each scroll is handwoven silk and with each taking upto a month to complete, no detailing was overlooked. Have a look through through the unboxing of the Kakejiku below:

 

Snow Landscapes
by Shun Kawakami
is open daily until Sunday 4th October. 

 

 

 

 

    

Shun Kawakami: Recent commercial works

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Shun Kawakami:
Recent commercial works

Shun Kawakami

Japanese artist and designer Shun Kawakami was born in Fukagawa, Tokyo in 1977. This versatile artist has been involved in many creative endeavours, including design, branding, video, installation, interactive art and space production. In 2001, his curiosity and interest into different spheres of life has lead him to become the founder and director of artless Inc, a branding and creative agency for art, design and business. Through his agency, Shun Kawakami has worked with brands and clients like B&B Italia, H&M, Nike, Starbucks and the V&A Museum, among many others.

Shun Kawakami is the recipient of many prestigious international awards, including the 2010 Gold Award at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, for a video he created for a Finnish TV channel. He is also a member of the New York Art Directors Club (NY ADC), D&AD (London) and the Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc. Shun Kawakami is also very dedicated to sponsoring and curating exhibitions and artistic projects in his homeland Japan and overseas. In 2008, he participated in the Kansei-Japan Design Exhibition” at Les Arts Décoratifs (Musée du Louvre, Paris), to mark the 150th year of Japan-France exchange.

 

  

Snow Landscapes
by Shun Kawakami
opens Friday 25th of September from 6pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SNOW LANDSCAPES by SHUN KAWAKAMI

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Snow Landscapes

by Shun Kawakami

 

Snow Landscapes

 

For his latest show coming up at Backwoods Gallery, entitled Snow Landscapes, Japanese artist Shun Kawakami will present a series of digital works presented on a variety of supporting materials, such as hand-crafted gold and silver leaf, custom-made wood paper and Washi – the traditional Japanese paper. What’s printed on those papers is the artist’s recognisable pieces which play with light and shadows masterfully. Inspired by the longstanding Japanese love for empty spaces (Yohaku) and intervals (Ma), Shun Kawakami creates images that are juxtaposed by subjects and their surroundings, complex and condensed in their own right.

The sharp borders of subjects in Shun Kawakami’s images appear as works of calligraphy, clearly outstanding from their bright backgrounds, alluding to the existence and, at the same time, non-existence of everything within the boundaries of the artworks. Focusing on the “filled-out” spaces as much as on the “shallow” ones, Shun Kawakami looks to express his visions through his concepts, but also his mediums. He finds the different kinds of paper he uses in his work to be of crucial importance in carrying the message, as his subjects interact with each of them in a very unique way. In a balanced state between light and darkness, the artist places own imagination and reality, making them happen in a single moment.

The works of Shun Kawakami wonder somewhere between the abstraction and tension placed in the splatters of liquids across his digital canvases, and the realism and peacefulness of his forms, which suggest perfectly possible scenarios. Although these are individual works, sometimes it would seem as if they’re only building a bigger picture that the viewers are left to imagine, triggered by settling visual hints.

 

Shun Kawakami

 

Japanese artist and designer Shun Kawakami was born in Fukagawa, Tokyo in 1977. This versatile artist has been involved in many creative endeavours, including design, branding, video, installation, interactive art and space production. In 2001, his curiosity and interest into different spheres of life has lead him to become the founder and director of artless Inc, a branding and creative agency for art, design and business. Through his agency, Shun Kawakami has worked with brands and clients like B&B Italia, H&M, Nike, Starbucks and the V&A Museum, among many others.

Shun Kawakami is the recipient of many prestigious international awards, including the 2010 Gold Award at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, for a video he created for a Finnish TV channel. He is also a member of the New York Art Directors Club (NY ADC), D&AD (London) and the Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc. Shun Kawakami is also very dedicated to sponsoring and curating exhibitions and artistic projects in his homeland Japan and overseas. In 2008, he participated in the Kansei-Japan Design Exhibition” at Les Arts Décoratifs (Musée du Louvre, Paris), to mark the 150th year of Japan-France exchange.

 

Snow Landscapes
by Shun Kawakami
opens Friday 25th of September from 6pm

 

 

 

 

 

       

ISETAN : the stage / “bokusho” (new year 2011) from shun kawakami on Vimeo.

Video Installation with Keiichiro Shibuya + 7 shuffles, Reception Party for The Westminster Roppongi at Grand Hyatt Tokyo from shun kawakami on Vimeo.

LUSH Secret laneway show

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LUSH Secret laneway show

Last Fridays, we launched a guerrilla operation in the middle of Melbourne. The location of LUSH’s secret show was announced only minutes before it opened and the show was pulled down just before darkness fell over the city. Even still, hundreds of people managed to find and make it to opening.

Respected Swiss arts-journal widewalls.ch was quick to pick up on the event (read the article here) as was the The Age.

LUSH’s recent work as part of Banksy’s new Dismaland project has propelled him into the spotlight of collectors around the world. All the work on display had sold before launching. We do, however, have some good news for Backwoods Gallery collectors, LUSH will be working on a brand new series for us in the very near future.

Request a catalogue now to avoid missing out.

     

LUSH at Banksy’s Dismaland

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LUSH at Banksy’s Dismaland

Our good mate LUSH has some great new work in Banksy’s latest work ‘Dismaland’ over in the UK. LUSH has been busy secretly working on the project for months. Check out some new photos of his work below.

rockGroup by SHEONE & O.TWO

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Announcing rockGroup
by SHEONE & O.TWO

rockGroup

Announcing rockGroup, the first ever Australian exhibition from two of the world leaders of the post-graffiti/graffuturism movement, SheOne and O.Two. A striking collection of original aerosol and stencil work on paper and canvas, rockGroup opens this Friday, 4 Sept until the 13th.

SheOne

 

SheOne’s unique brand of Abstract Typography is rooted deep in the new wave graffiti era of early eighties New York, however his trademark strokes and bold expressive approach to image making put him firmly in the present. His paintings are a constant re-rendering of now. Hip, data injected splats and over sprays, accurate spills and bloodloss ornamentation reveal a deliberate and complex layered story. His works relay an emotional argot, mapped out in a highly personal and stylised shorthand, derived from years of acute mark making.

SheOne is of the pioneering generation of English artists to work exclusively in spray paint, committing works to unruly curator free environments and eventually transferring this aesthetic style and medium to canvas.

SheOne began to make works on canvas in tandem with his wall painting as a reaction to the transient nature and short lifespan of such works in the early 90’s. In recent years he has managed to successfully transfer the scale and energy of illegal street painting into the well lit confines of the gallery creating international exhibitions and site specific installations.

He says “I was fortunate to start making graffiti as a teenager, fortunate because spray paint and the application of graffiti, unlike today, had no legitimate artistic legacy and so I was free from any preconceived critique of my approach to image making”.

O.Two
James Carey, also known as O.Two, creates work based on abstractions of the written type-form. Working initially with spray-paint on large scale murals, the artist has built a working process that when applied to canvas, lures the viewer into mists of dark, ambient colour illuminated by bold, abstract gestures, appropriated slogans and wordplay, offering glimpses of the guilty rhythms, hooded themes and veiled motives layered within the work – intricate adaptations of distant teenage delinquency, off-key philosophies and blurry mementoes.

rockGroup
by Sheone and O.TWO
opening at Friday 4th from 6pm
4-13th Sept.
Backwoods Gallery

 

 

New Twoone mural work

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New Twoone mural work

Our good friend Hiroyasu ‘TWOONE’ Tsuri has been busy painting in the European summer. He’s sent us some great new photos, check them out below.


‘Run till die/Sink or swim’
Urban Spree, Berlin. 2015.


‘Run till die/Sink or swim’
Urban Spree, Berlin. 2015.

 

 

‘Run till die/Sink or swim’
Urban Spree, Berlin. 2015.


Istanbul, 2015.


Istanbul, 2015.


Istanbul, 2015.

Istanbul, 2015.

New Stockroom Catalogue Acquisitions

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New Stockroom Catalogue Acquisitions

 

We have just acquired a fantastic collection of artwork by the Japanese painter Kenta Senekt. Senekt relocated to Melbourne from Tokyo in 2013 and has since become an active member of Melbourne’s street art scene, painting large murals across the city. These new works stem from Senekt’s new found inspirations in Melbourne, and express the change he has felt existing in this new city, inter-mixing with his existence and experience in Japan.

 

 

James Reka in Paris

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Reka Mural in Paris

Our good friend James Reka has just completed his largest work to date. A mural spanning over 30 metres tall and 10 metres wide in Paris’ 13th District. Reka’s mural has drawn a lot of attention in the city over the last few days and has been featured in the popular newspaper ‘Le Parisien’. Read the full article here.

Check out the process photos below.

 

 

APOCALYPSE by JONATHAN GUTHMANN

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NEXT AT BACKWOODS GALLERY

This body of work, simply but appropriately titled “Apocalypse” consists of a series of images based on the last book of the Bible: Revelation. This late first century visionary text purports to describe a series of prophetic visions delivered to an imprisoned Christian apostle, who reveals himself in the text as “John”. The visions contain some of the most vivid, powerful and at times disturbing images in our literary heritage. Guthmann, himself a student of the critical study of religion, is currently working on a written thesis which evaluates the cultural and literary background of the text of the Apocalypse, and he now gives new life to this story in a series of dynamic illustrations created over a two year period.

The artist first gained significant notoriety for his crudely themed yet meticulously executed drawings of penises on newspapers, documented in the infamous phenomenon of Drawing Dicks on the Herald Sun, and has in this body of work opted for the inclusion of a minor deviation from traditional representations of the Apocalypse.

The moderate twist? Guthmann’s Apocalypse is replete with images of erect phalluses. At times their appearance is incidental, at others they have seem to have become instruments of divine wrath, and in yet others they appear to be the primary object of dynamic end-time theophanies or appearances of God. Here the Apocalypse is, with the aid of the artist’s hand, transfigured into an Acockalypse; the implications for interpretation are limitless.

Interestingly, Guthmann insists that while the work could very easily be construed as merely poking fun at the Biblical text, and appears to betray an overt subversion of the claimed authority of the text, it is a mistake to think that for him the Biblical text has become the object of derision or ridicule. Rather, the text requires new modes of interpretation, which the addition of the male reproductive organ allows for.

The series has been created using a traditional and time-consuming medium, the use of which extends back to the late renaissance: etching. Etching involves embedding an image onto a sheet of metal using a variety of instruments and chemicals, the sheet then becoming a sort of template from which prints are made by applying ink to it and manually running it through a large Intaglio press.

 

Melbourne-based fine artist, Jonathan Guthmann, will explore the idea of the Apocalypse, especially that described by the book of Revelation at his sophomore exhibition “Apocalypse” at Backwoods Gallery, Collingwood, opening on the 14th August 2015.

Guthmann says although he would not describe himself as a religious person, his studies and academic qualifications in theology, mythology and associated ancient languages, allow him to examine and convey through his art some of the perennial questions behind conventional religion.

My imagery borrows heavily from the worlds of ‘mythical forms and phenomena’, because behind them lies the story of humanity’s relentless quest to both find and create meaning for itself,” he says. “Whether we come from a religious background or not, it doesn’t mean the questions that surround religion aren’t there. Because many of us are no longer satisfied with the conventional religions’ answers to existential problems, that doesn’t necessarily imply these questions no longer exist or warrant being addressed. Put in simple terms, much of my work is an attempt to get people thinking about the fact that theology once served as the primary means of addressing the great existential problems such as life beyond death, the existence of a deity or supernatural entities, our place within the cosmos etc.

It is the artist’s hope that the work is at once informative for those with an interest in mytho-religious symbols, and that it ultimately encourages viewers to examine how they themselves address these questions.

 

‘Apocalypse’ by Jonathan Guthmann opens at Backwoods Gallery Friday August 14th from 6pm and continues until Sunday August 23rd.

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TWOONE: NEW BERLIN STUDIO WORKS

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TWOONE, BERLIN STUDIO CATALOGUE



A new catalogue of previously unseen work from Twoone’s Berlin studio is now available. Included is a range of work on paper, wood and glass produced in 2015. Twoone’s latest offerings explore a range of new themes like psychology, anthropology and the structure of nature, all inspired by his memories.