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

Curator , Alexander Mitchell  - alex@backwoodsgallery.com
Manager,  Sean Carrol – sean@backwoodsgallery.com

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SHOHEI OTOMO &
KOSUKE KAWAMURA
FLAT BLEND

OCT 24 – NOV 2

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HYBRID MINDS by JUN INOUE

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HYBRID MINDS by JUN INOUE

Jun Inoue has returned to Melbourne to present his latest collection of work, Hybrid Minds.

In Hybrid Minds, Jun Inoue presents a series of andrenaline-charged works, minimalist works which reconcile the art of pre-meiji Japan with modern Tokyo street culture. Inoue’s unique brand of abstract expression is born of two seemingly opposed art forms: the traditional calligraphy learnt from his grandfather, a zen monk, and the Tokyo graffiti of the early 2000s.

Anyone who has been lucky enough to see a live paint can attest to the metaphysical dimension of his works, which are as much performances as paintings. The solidity and grace of the forms which fall from his brush are evidence of the deeper philosophical foundation behind the gesture. 

Hybrid Minds opens Friday 7th of November at Backwoods Gallery. From 6pm.

A live paint performance is set for 7pm.

 





Backwoods artist profile video : Shohei Otomo.

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Tokyo through the eyes of one of it’s leading young illustrators and artists, Shohei Otomo.

Working mostly in ballpoint pen, Shohei Otomo’s insightful depictions of Japan expose both its commercial facade and deepest underground culture. Delivered with an unmistakable level of biting political analysis and technical perfection, Shohei’s work straddles the worlds of art, graphic design, anime and punk.

Check the Backwoods vimeo channel for more artist profile videos.

SHOHEI OTOMO PRINTS

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A new series of ten prints by Shohei Otomo will be available this Friday at the opening of FLAT BLEND at Backwoods Gallery. Signed and Numbered, risograph print edition, 1/30 for only $110 each.

The prints are also available as collections of 5 for $450.

Email sales@backwoodsgallery.com for a full catalogue or work, or just arrive early on Friday.

FLAT BLEND print collection. 5 x Risograph prints, signed and numbered only $450.

OTOMO print collection. 5 x Risograph prints, signed and numbered only $450.

LIGHT MY FIRE, Risograph print, by Shohei Otomo. 1/30, signed and numbered, $110

SPACE YAKUZA, Risograph print, by Shohei Otomo. 1/30, signed and numbered, $110

SUBCULTURAL GIRL, Risograph print, by Shohei Otomo. 1/30, signed and numbered, $110

 

Maruoka Kazuware

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As part of FLAT BLEND at Backwoods Gallery. Shohei Otomo & Kosuke Kawamura have collaborated with Tokyo based ceramist and skull artist Maruoka Kazuware.

Ontop of the collection of original and remixed artwork, a series of 13 ceramic skulls based on Shohei Otomo’s illustrations and warped into Kosuke’s grotesque collage style will be on display this Friday at FLAT BLEND.

 

FLAT BLEND by SHOHEI OTOMO & KOSUKE KAWAMURA

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FLAT BLEND by SHOHEI OTOMO & KOSUKE KAWAMURA

Flat Bend is series of collaborative works by Tokyo artists Shohei Otomo and Kasuke Kawamura. Together, these two artists present a “stereoscopic” vision of the twisted underbelly of Japanese society. Shohei Otomo is one of the most high-profile names of Tokyo’s independent illustration scene. His hyper-realist ball-point pen illustrations combine traditional japanese and pop-culture imagery to present a biting commentary on contemporary Japanese culture.

Kawamura is a pivotal figure in Tokyo’s underground art scene, spending most of his time and energy curating for other artists. His monthly magazine, ERRECT, has become an institution for those who work is too subversive for the traditional publishing circuit. Kawamura approches his collages as an exercice in curation. He chooses images created by other artists and, with the aid of a photocopier, knife and glue-stick, disects and distorts them to create a “stereoscopic” vision. This often grotesque evolution evokes themes of contamination and deformation already hinted at in Otomo’s ultra-polished images.

The resulting series of portraits present such an unforgiving image of the decadence of Japanese society that they are difficult to present within Japan. By exhibiting his work overseas, Otomo hopes to bring an outsider’s gaze that will shake his compatriots out of their stupor. Failing that, it’s always a good way to “give the finger” to his home country from afar.

FLAT BLEND opens Friday 24th of OCTOBER at Backwoods Gallery. From 6pm. 

 




TWOONE – OUTSIDERS – Michael Danischewski

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Thank you, thank you, to my great friend Michael Danischewski for making this
beautiful digital capture of my new artwork. I’m pretty excited to open my show on
10th October 2o14 in Melbourne at Backwoods Gallery, Collingwood.
See you there from 6pm.

‘OUTSIDERS’ by TWOONE | BACKWOODS GALLERY

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Here is a sneaky peak at my work for my upcoming exhibition, I hope that you like it. I am
currently back in my second home Melbourne and I am looking forward to seeing you at my
upcoming show “OUTSIDERS’ by TWOONE  at the Backwoods Gallery in Collingwood,
Melbourne, Australia. 10th until 19th October 2014.

PRESS RELEASE – OUTSIDER by TWOONE

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OUTSIDER by TWOONE

With a vivid pink nimbus surrounding its head, Hiroyasu Tsuri’s (TWOONE) ‘X-ray of a preying mind’ prompt us to reflect upon the sun-god of the Egyptian pantheon, Ra. Ra, a man with the head of a hawk, was the King of the Gods and patron to the pharaohs, and considered by many as the universal creator. As with modern civilisations, prehistoric cultures linked animals with aspects of humanity. The hawk, a bird of prey, ruled the air and therefore became a symbol for the sun. Important too were the lion, whose mane held the colours of solar rays, and the ram, whose spiraling horns represented the waxing of the sun’s strength.

That there is religious iconography present in his work at all is somewhat of a misnomer as TWOONE has long considered his hybrid creatures to be ‘psychological portraits’, a reflection of the inner characteristics of a particular being, rather than a direct mythological or religious position. Yet the very nature of his portraits, with their spherical halos, their sun discs and their triumphant postures, recalls the emotionally charged art of The Renaissance and Baroque periods.

In his formative years in Japan, reference material came by the way of National Geographic magazines, which perhaps accounts for the ties to these deities, but what has shaped TWOONE’s immediately recognisable figures over the course of his career is his commitment to understanding the limits of the materials with which he works in order to progress his mark-making. His compulsion to push a medium – any medium – sets him apart from the majority of his contemporaries. He had to establish himself after moving from Japan to Australia in 2004, and reestablish himself again since relocating to Germany at the end of 2013. As an outsider in each of these countries, where language has always been an obstacle, TWOONE has turned to his art practice into his voice.

With the introduction of Perspex and fluorescent light in this series, TWOONE has again discovered a new process by which to define his subjects. His treatment of paint on the Perspex surface is in stark contrast to that on his canvases. Working in reverse, TWOONE builds up the paint before pushing, pulling and wiping it away to reveal the image. It has required him to be more physically instinctive and responsive than ever before. It has also left a lot to chance, particularly the tonal range left by a smudge or a scrape that could never be completely controlled and is only revealed in full under the fluorescent lighting. As they glow beyond the outer edges of the frame, these paintings appear to not only to mimic an x-ray in their skeletal framework, but to again fortify the ties to sun gods of light and warmth as radiating beings.

Be it through his large-scale wall works, his deftly crafted ceramic busts or his prolific painting practice, TWOONE’s distinctive take on humanity and the animal kingdom is profound. It is conceivable that TWOONE is intentionally recording these figures as creatures to be worshipped, much like the deities of ancient civilisations. It is also possible that these works are in fact a subconscious, spiritual belief played out through his art practice. Whatever the case may be, TWOONE is an artist resisting categorisation.

HIROYASU TSURI (TWOONE)

Hiroyasu Tsuri (TWOONE) was born in Yokohama, Japan. In 2004 he moved to Melbourne, Australia and in 2013 he again moved, this time to Berlin, Germany. As an outsider in each of these countries, where language has always been an obstacle, TWOONE has turned to his art practice into his voice. Drawing and crafting have been a part of his life for as long as he can remember. He gained an early interest in art though skate board graphics and graffiti culture.

In Australia, TWOONE quickly became a prominent part of the rapidly-growing local street art scene, and in 2004 he received diploma of Visual Art New Media from Swinburne TAFE. He began exhibiting in numerous group exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas including at Urban Art, Gallery Scene (Tokyo), Wooden Foundation, No Vacancy Gallery (Melbourne), Space Invaders, National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), In The Absence of Man, China Heights Gallery (Sydney), Ritual, Causey Contemporary, (Brooklyn, NYC) & Au Courant, Tim Olsen Gallery (Sydney). In 2008, TWOONE held his first solo exhibition at Bus Gallery & Global Gallery in Melbourne and Sydney.

He followed this with a solo show at No Vacancy Gallery (Melbourne) in 2008. Since then, he has continued to hold regular solo exhibitions including at Gorker Gallery (Melbourne) 2010, No Vacancy (Melbourne) 2011 and Backwoods Gallery (Melbourne) 2012. A true masterpiece, be it painting, music or cinema, invites its audience into a hidden universe of symbolism, calling for the exploration of its nuanced subtlety and in return rewarding with insight into the artist’s heart and mind. As individual experience and interpretations add to this universe, the resulting cultural dialogue builds a mythology that deepens and extends its original intent.

TWOONE, explores these ideas in his work. TWOONE’s work is informed by the Nietzschean dichotomy and Western psychology synthesized with Zen philosophy and aesthetics. “Within us all there is a battle,” says TWOONE. “The form of fighting and the ferocity is what defines us.” Private commissions by TWOONE include May’s Lane Street Art Project, Sydney, 2008, Two Blue Blocks, Melbourne Central Railway Station, July 2009, 99m long mural collaboration with Scott ‘Bonsai’ Neoh, Grand Lane Project, Perth and Art & About, Sydney 2012. In 2012, TWOONE was a finalist in the Metro Art Award.

 



A STUDY OF HAIR

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This September, Backwoods Gallery is proud to present A Study of Hair, the third installment in what is to be a decade-long project. A Study of… is a series of group exhibitions in which local and international artists are invited to present a contemporary interpretation of a motif drawn from art history.

The 2012 and 2013 exhibitions focused on two of the most important vectors of emotional communication: hands and eyes. This year’s theme, hair, is the most challenging of the series so far, and promises to generate an even more diverse range of interpretations. It is perhaps because hair is one of the most visible signs of our animal nature that it has become one of the primary ways in which we express our desire for artifice. Hair frames the face, and whether it is used to distinguish or to disguise its function is never neutral. No other part of the body is manipulated in as wide a range of ways or subjected to the same degree of public scrutiny.

In the history of art, hair is one of the clearest indications of the evolution of human culture from one decade to the next, and one of the key ways in which artists identify the social identity of their subject. This year’s artists will include C215Dave KinseyFaith47InkieJonathan GuthmannMark BodeMerdaMiso, ROAStephen IvesShohei OtomoTwoOneUsugrow, Yusk Imai and Alexander Mitchell.

In its completed form, the A Study Of… project will document over 350 artworks from all corners of the globe. The curator’s intent is to create an historical source with enough breadth to contextualize a generation of artists, many of whom work primarily outside the framework of established institutions. Whilst Mitchell wishes to leave the thematic path of the project open to evolution, he has indicated that the series will include studies of human anatomy, color, and movement.

We hope that you can join us for the opening of A STUDY OF HAIR on Friday the 26th of September.
A STUDY OF HAIR will be on display until Sunday the 5th of October and admission is free.

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

 

A STUDY OF HAIR - preview by TWOONE

A STUDY OF HAIR - preview by YUSK IMAI

A STUDY OF HAIR - preview by ROA

A STUDY OF HAIR - preview by Alexander Mitchell

A STUDY OF HAIR - preview by FAITH47

A STUDY OF HAIR - preview by MARK BODE

‘Hunted Hunter’s Head’ StolenSpace GALLERY. UK. 11 Sept – 4 Oct.

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I am very excited to announce my first European exhibition at the StolenSpace GALLERY, in London,
opening on 11th September 2014. I will be showing the new series of painting and some sculpture
works. I hope to see you there!


My Studio in Berlin

“Hunted Hunter’s Head II”

“Explorer”

“MALIKA” mural for the “Djerba Hood Project” Tunisia.
“Buffalo Head” Sculpture.

 

OBLIVION opening night

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OBLIVION OPENING NIGHT

Thank you to everyone who made it to the opening of OBLIVION by YUSK IMAI last FRIDAY.

The exhibition is now open until the 7th of September.

UNTITLED. ACRYLIC AND AEROSOL ON WOOD. 100 X 200CM by YUSK IMAI. OBLIVION at BACKWOODS GALLERY

MUTANT MEMORIES - HE. INK ON PAPER. 64 X 98CM by YUSK IMAI. OBLIVION at BACKWOODS GALLERY

 

MUTANT MEMORIES - HE. INK ON PAPER. 64 X 98CM by YUSK IMAI. OBLIVION at BACKWOODS GALLERY

LOST OR FOUND. INK ON PAPER. 150 X 150CM by YUSK IMAI. OBLIVION at BACKWOODS GALLERY

OBLIVION by YUSK IMAI

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Acclaimed Brazilian artist, Yusk Imai (YUSK) returns to Melbourne after a three-year hiatus for his forthcoming solo exhibition Oblivion. In that time Imai has exhibited within galleries, at art fairs and on the streets across Europe and South America.

Widely regarded for employing a contemporary view of the Viennese Secession artists, Imai’s most recent series sees him wrestle with the notion of oblivion as a fractured state of unconsciousness.

Much like the collection of short stories of the same title, Oblivion by influential author David Foster Wallace, that expose the rawness of humanity through surreal landscapes and nightmarish tales reeking of maniacal behaviour, insomnia, suffering and self-defeat, Imai’s paintings and drawings lure us into state of self-consciousness and questioning. These ostensibly post-apocalyptic works tread warily between sci-fi apparitions, threatening premonitions and horror stills. Like a séance, they speak to Dali’s technique for creative thinking; a thinking that was founded on the moments in which we begin to fall asleep. When this sleeping pattern is interrupted and we are awoken, we find the subconscious rise to the conscious as a definitive form through either image or word.

While the works in Oblivion have a definitive starting point, they materialise organically. Beginning as a simple line, circle, or pattern, Imai’s hand is governed by the impromptu recollection of forgotten dreams and mislaid memories. It moves in reaction only to the mark that follows the last. Like the part human, part robotic hands within his images which appear to orchestrate the spectacles that unfold before us, Imai’s acts as if it too is guided by a puppeteer – an ascendant body, be that a ruling power or spiritual leader.

What may seem like a risky game of ‘chance’ is anything but. Imai is an artist whose feet are firmly planted on the ground. Over the course of his career he has increasingly distanced himself from the use of preparatory images when undertaking his work, revealing a self-trust that not many of us can claim to demonstrate. What this trust uncovers as a result is a very deep and personal introspection of a unique mind.

We hope that you can join us for the opening of OBLIVION on Friday the 22nd of August. OBLIVION will be on display until Sunday the 31st of August and admission is free.

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

 

 

YUSK IMAI

Yusk Imai was born in the U.S.A. in 1982, to a Japanese descendent family. At the age of 6 months his family migrated to São Paulo where he lived until recently. Since 2007, Yusk has exhibited extensively within galleries, at art fairs and on the street across Europe, U.S.A., Australia and South America.

He is currently undertaking a two-month residency in Melbourne, Australia, before travelling to Tokyo, where he is planning a new collection of illustrations based on Japanese folk lore and then Europe, where he will establish a studio.

LOST OR FOUND. INK ON PAPER. 1500MM X 1500MM

DISCIPLINE DEMON (LAST DEMON BEFORE YOKAI SERIES 2015-2016). INK ON PAPER. 298MM X 420MM

 

REMEMBERED. INK ON PAPER. 1350MM X 910MM

MEMORIES. ACRYLIC ON PAPER. 1285 X 760MM

EMPTY. INK ON PAPER. 545 X 450MM

UNTITLED. INK AND AERSOL ON WOOD. 1000MM X 2000MM

PERMANENT STATE 2. ACRYLIC ON RICE PAPERBOARD. 243 X 273MM

INTRODUCTION 1. ACRYLIC ON RICE PAPERBOARD. 243 X 273MM

 

BRIGHT LIGHTS by NUMSKULL (OPENING)

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Opening Night.
BRIGHT LIGHTS by NUMSKULL.
Friday 1st of August at Backwoods Gallery

BULLSEYE. ACRYLIC ON WOOD .42CM X 42CM by NUMSKULL. BRIGHT LIGHTS at BACKWOODS GALLERY

REDHOT 2. ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 45CM X 45CM by NUMSKULL. BRIGHT LIGHTS at BACKWOODS GALLERY

UNTITLED 1 ACRYLIC ON WOOD by NUMSKULL. BRIGHT LIGHTS at BACKWOODS GALLERY

THE DEFEATED 1. ACRYLIC AND AEROSOL ON CANVAS 100 CM X 120 CM by NUMSKULL. BRIGHT LIGHTS at BACKWOODS GALLERY

THE DEAFEATED 2. ACRYLIC AND AEROSOL ON CANVAS 100 CM X 120 CM by NUMSKULL. BRIGHT LIGHTS at BACKWOODS GALLERY

UNTITLED 2. ACRYLIC ON WOOD by NUMSKULL. BRIGHT LIGHTS at BACKWOODS GALLERY

BLACK INTERIOR 1. ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 45CM X 45CM by NUMSKULL. BRIGHT LIGHTS at BACKWOODS GALLERY

BLACK INTERIOR 2. ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 45CM X 45CM by NUMSKULL. BRIGHT LIGHTS at BACKWOODS GALLERY

BRIGHT LIGHTS 2. ACRYLIC AND AEROSOL ON CANVAS. 100 CM X 120 CM by NUMSKULL. BRIGHT LIGHTS at BACKWOODS GALLERY

BRIGHT LIGHTS 2. ACRYLIC AND AEROSOL ON CANVAS. 100 CM X 120 CM by NUMSKULL. BRIGHT LIGHTS at BACKWOODS GALLERY.

UNTITLED 3 ACRYLIC ON WOOD by NUMSKULL. BRIGHT LIGHTS at BACKWOODS GALLERY

BRAIN FREEZE 4. ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 80CM X 90CM by NUMSKULL. BRIGHT LIGHTS at BACKWOODS GALLERY

BRAIN FREEZE 3. ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 80CM X 90CM by NUMSKULL. BRIGHT LIGHTS at BACKWOODS GALLERY

BRAIN FREEZE 2. ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 80CM X 90CM by NUMSKULL. BRIGHT LIGHTS at BACKWOODS GALLERY. ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 80CM X 90CM by NUMSKULL. BRIGHT LIGHTS at BACKWOODS GALLERY

BRAIN FREEZE 1. ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 80CM X 90CM by NUMSKULL. BRIGHT LIGHTS at BACKWOODS GALLERY

THE SMALLER GOOD 2. ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 45CM X 45CM by NUMSKULL. BRIGHT LIGHTS at BACKWOODS GALLERY

BEHIND THE COUNTER 1. ACRYLIC AND AEROSOL ON CANVAS 100 CM X 120 CM by NUMSKULL. BRIGHT LIGHTS at BACKWOODS GALLERY

Yuske Imai – Studio Visit

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Yuske Imai working on some for his upcoming exhibition at Backwoods Gallery.

Sorry that there’s no mid shots. For some reason, which I just can’t understand, our curator and occasional photographer Sean, really hates mid shots. It’s weird. More photos soon (with mid shots hopefully)

OBLIVION by Yusk opens August 22nd at Backwoods Gallery.

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BRIGHT LIGHTS by NUMSKULL at Backwoods Gallery

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BRIGHT LIGHTS

Having not exhibited in Melbourne for over a decade, Numskull’s long awaited return also marks his first showing with Backwoods Gallery. Bright Lights is a series of paintings and sculptures that continue on from his recent residency at the Museums Quartier in Vienna where he celebrated our memories of popular comic book characters by reinterpreting them as a collection of museum busts. 

Much like the works from Vienna, where the compositional arrangements of objects partially masked the identity of the characters, this new suite aims to subjugate the obvious. In Bright Lights, the immediately recognisable figures have disappeared. In their place are silhouettes of headless beings devoid of any distinctive personality, anonymous and statuesque. Their bodies are jolted by the blows of arrows piercing their skin as they float amongst a wreckage of irregular patterned objects.

Are these creatures under attack, and if so, by whom?

What is the reason for their undoing? Numskull’s methodology is driven by a life long fascination with social conditioning, philosophy and the impulse of desire. In particular, it brings into question the notion of perfection. Numskull’s aspirations to create the perfect painting – a futile task given one’s ambition to continually better themselves and their practice – begins by way of finding a harmonious balance of formal elements, as would be the case for the majority of painters across the history of art. What stands him apart from his contemporaries however, is his ability to break down the structure of what would otherwise be considered a resolved work in order to provoke his audience to reflect on the beauty in its imperfections. In this way we begin to comprehend Numskull’s intentions of addressing not only the social behaviors of the subjects within the picture plane, but also the subject outside of it – the audience – by forming a participatory interaction between both.

This is avant-garde story telling. Through suggestion, provocation and disguise Numskull turns us upon ourselves by implying that we, in fact, are the headless beings in these works, pierced by the poison darts of our own expectations, influences and longing for perfection.

 

NUMSKULL

Numskull is a Sydney-based artist whose practice spans painting, sculpture, illustration and large-scale murals. His involvement in the graffiti and street art movements is highly acclaimed and has led to numerous international exhibitions and performances, in both public spaces and private galleries.

More recently, Numskull has focused his energies on his fine art practice where his unique imagery can be seen as a collage of his life studies, drawing attention to colour hierarchy, typography, abstract heroism and idolism within modern contemporary culture. Numskull’s work is held in private collections throughout Amsterdam, Australia, Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris, Singapore, Tokyo and Vienna.

Opening night
6-10pm, Friday 1st of August, 2014
On Display until Sunday 10th of August, 2014
Backwoods Gallery
25 Easey Street Collingwood, Victoria Australia


Shida mural Collingwood

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SHIDA, Collingwood, June 2014.

INNER MYTHS opens Friday at Backwoods.




Modern-Classic by Shun Kawakami

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Press Release : Modern-Classic by Shun Kawakami at Backwoods Gallery

Modern-Classic

That the art and design practices of Shun Kawakami are inextricably linked shouldn’t surprise those familiar with his work, for he is, more than anything, a visual communicator whom cares not to be defined by the one marker. Born in Fukagawa, Tokyo in 1977, Kawakami’s creative output spans art, design, video, music, installation and spatial interventions. His aesthetic language leans as heavily on negative space as it does the depiction of a particular subject. Through his masterful equilibrium of light and shade, the existent and non-existent appear to intertwine, neither fighting for nor hiding from distinction from the other, rather melding as a proclamation of artist’s poised state.

And it is in this balanced state that we find the translucency, the grain, the texture and the reflectivity of the ground material so crucial in forming the image as an object in itself.One immediately senses energies at play here, both real and imagined. The physicality of mark-making in the inclusion of calligraphic strokes and splatters of a liquid, albeit digital, hint at movements driven from Kawakami’s subconscious, at pace and perhaps even before our eyes, as if we are witnessing a transient moment.

These dream-like, organic subjects could be stills from a video – a fragment of a greater landscape that we are familiar with, but cannot place. In this way, there is a fleeting sense that Kawakami is provoking us through these singular marks of permanence by suggesting they are but one part of something much grander. In doing so he is manufacturing suspense in the drama of his much broader artistic practice.Yet, in complete contrast, these are settling works. They speak to us quietly, without urgency, instead inviting and encouraging the luxury that time spent will afford us when viewing them.

 

SHUN KAWAKAMI

Shun Kawakami is a highly awarded art director & artist living in Tokyo. He is also the founder and chief of Artless Inc. Kawakami has won several prestigious international awards including NY ADC: Young Gun 6, NY Art Director’s Club (ADC), NY Type Directors Club (TDC), The One Show and the London International Award. In Japan, Kawakami has won numerous awards including the Tokyo Type Directors Club (TDC), iF Design, Good Design Award and the Tokyo Interactive Ad Award. His professional membership includes the New York Art Directors Club (NY ADC) and the Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc.In 2008, Kawakami was selected to participate in the Kansei-Japan Design Exhibition” at Les Arts Décoratifs (Musée du Louvre, Paris), sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to commemorate the 150th year of Japan-France exchange. For this occasion, he produced a unique art book. In 2010, he won the Gold Award at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival (video for a TV channel in Finland (ch4).
Media Opportunities:

Interview with Shun Kawakami & High-resolution images available upon request

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Event Information:

Modern-Classic
Opening night 6-10pm, Saturday 19th of July, 2014
On Display until Sunday 27th of July, 2014

NoVacancy Project Space
The Atrium, Federation Square
Melbourne, Victoria
Australia


Drawing Blood by ENO at Backwoods Gallery

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Press Release : Drawing Blood by ENO at Backwoods Gallery

DRAWING BLOOD

An interest in the controversy surrounding early 20th century painter Charles. F. Goldie forms the basis for Drawing Blood, a body of work by Eno (Mikaere Gardiner) that confronts dogmas surrounding truth, taboo and the effects of colonization. Goldie’s paintings of Maori chiefs and princesses were a far cry from the typical portraiture of that era.

Goldie saw a race dying as a result of war and colonisation. Despite their precise detail, his works were considered by many critics at the time to be anthropological studies that belonged in a museum, not an art gallery. Yet these works are now regarded as the pinnacle of high art of that era, and Goldie himself as one of New Zealand’s most important artists.Eno draws on Goldie’s enduring will to capture the truth by reinterpreting the often solemn, weathered expressions in his subjects as a device to illuminate the dichotomy between the throwaway nature of celebrity culture and the retrospective acknowledgment of the disdained.

In Eno’s works we find the facial Ta moko (a traditional tattoo practice symbolic of high status) have been embellished with sailor tattoos – at once a candid remark on the harrowing effects that European colonisation had on the traditional values and cultural beliefs of the Maori people and a wry comment on the passing nature of trends in contemporary society. Having recently begun Ta moko, Eno fuses both his painting and tattooing practices to investigate the cultural significance of his Maori and European genealogy.

Acclaimed for his large scale murals, Drawing Blood sees the artist work on an intimate scale, using acrylic paints, tattoo inks and aerosol across various sized paintings on industrial boxing card as well as a number of smaller sculptures that reference Pataka, traditional Maori houses used to store food.

ENO

Born in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1986, Mikaere Gardiner’s career began at the age of 8 when he sold his first etching. Both his mother and father were practicing artists in his formative years and encouraged him to pursue his interest in cultural identity through the fabric of Maori traditions, both historical and contemporary.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the Western Institute of Technology, New Plymouth, NZ in 2010 and has gone on to exhibit extensively throughout New Zealand, Australia and Europe. In 2012, Eno was awarded the Eike Boehme Foundation Artist in Residency in Vienna, Austria. This August he will participate in the Kolor Kathmandu Artist in Residence Street Art Festival, before undertaking a further residency through AS220 (New York, USA) in January 2015.

Media Opportunities:

Interview with ENO & High-resolution images available upon request

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Event Information:

DRAWING BLOOD
Opening night 6-10pm, Friday 19th of July, 2014
On Display until Sunday 27th of July, 2014

Backwoods Gallery
25 Easey Street
Collingwood, Victoria
Australia




(PREVIEW). SHIDA. INNER MYTHS. JULY 4 – 13TH.

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SHIDA. INNER MYTHS. JULY 4 – 13TH.

Opening next Friday at Backwoods Gallery. Inner Myths is a large collection of new paintings and sculptural works by Australia’s most prolific young street artist, Shida.

MORE INFORMATION HERE.

Here is a preview of some of the pieces from the Inner Myth. A full catalogue of work is available on request. Email sales@backwoodsgallery.com

 

MOVEMENT 3, salvaged hardwood and screws, 2014

THE DARK POOL. acrylic and enamel on salvaged wood, 2014.

CEREMONY. acrylic and aerosol on salvaged wood.

THE WAKER. Acrylic and aerosol on salvaged wood, 2014.



 

 

A CARNAL PLACE. Acrylic and aerosol on wood.


VISIONS. Enamel on wood, 2014.

 

New Landscapes by Fred Fowler. Opening.

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NEW LANDSCAPES by FRED FOWLER

Thank you to everyone who helped celebrate the launch of New Landscapes last week at Backwoods Gallery and congratulations to Fred Fowler for putting together such a massively successful exhibition.

Photos from the opening.

MERGING OF DIVERSIFICATION. Oil on Masonite 2014. by Fred Fowler.

NSW/QLD BORDER. Oil on Masonite 2014. by Fred Fowler.

SYDNEY HARBOUR (SUPERBOATS). Oil on Masonite 2014. by Fred Fowler.

 

 

FIRE CORAL (COLONIAL MARINE ORGANISM). Oil on Masonite 2014. by Fred Fowler.

INVASIVE ANIMALS COOPERATIVE RESEARCH CENTRE. Oil on Masonite 2014. by Fred Fowler.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF COLONISATION. Oil on Masonite 2014. by Fred Fowler.

QLD/NT SAND MIST. Oil on Masonite 2014. by Fred Fowler.