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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A STUDY OF CAMOUFLAGE

GROUP EXHIBITION
29 MAY – 07 JUNE
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Announcing: A Study of Camouflage

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A STUDY OF CAMOUFLAGE

Backwoods Gallery proudly presents A Study of Camouflage – a new show within the A Study of… exhibition series.

This is the fourth exhibition in row in the long-term project consisting of annual shows that focus on different study subjects. After more than successful exhibitions A Study of Hands, A Study of Eyes and A Study of Hair, the new show is focusing on a completely different subject – camouflage.

With this series of exhibitions, we are creating a vivid archive of works by renowned artists from around the world whose works intersect on the same subject-matter. No matter the artistic style or technique used, a magnificent plurality of different approaches and representations of a single subject contextualises it, and places it in a dominant understanding of both the artists’ and audience’s views. Logically, this library becomes a diverse overview of different representations of a single subject, as seen and created by leading contemporary artists.

A Study of Camouflage brings together some of the leading contemporary artists whose art, in some way, touches the subject of camouflage. In collaboration with DPM-Studio (Disruptive Pattern Material), our concept seeks to deconstruct the dominant perception of camouflage from its military driven narrative, and to bring back the camouflage patterns to its natural roots. Camouflage is usually linked with military uniforms and inherently with violence and rigorousness. However, camouflage patterns are much more than a simple military feature. Its different forms can be observed and understood as an artistic product, both in terms of aesthetics and conceptuality.

Aesthetically, camouflage can assume different shapes and forms, creating beautiful design and art products, while conceptually, it may be detached from its military connotation, and transformed to different purposes depending on the given context. Always depending on artistic approach towards it, camouflage has enormous potentials for being a perfect medium for countless interpretations of contemporary society. The use of camouflage in art may lead to more abstract forms, while on the other hand it can serve as the perfect material for figurative and conceptual approaches as well.

Each artist participating in A Study of Camouflage uses the concept of camouflage in different ways. The artists featured in the show are:

Aaron de la Cruz, Acorn, Alexander Mitchell, Ashley Wood, Augustine Kofie, Beastman, Clemens Behr, Hardy Blechman, James Greenaway, Jaybo Monk, Jon Fox, Jun Inoue, Kano Hollamby, K-narf, Madsaki, Mark Bode, Mark Drew, Masaho Anotani, MoneyLess, Nelio, O-Two, Petro, Raphael Sliks, Remi Rough, ROA, Senekt, SheOne, Shida, Shohei Takasaki, Shun Kawakami, Slicer, Stabs, Stephen Ives, TwoOne & Yusk Imai.

 

A STUDY OF CAMOUFLAGE, 
Will open on Friday, May 29th, on display until Sunday, June 7th.
A Study Of Camouflage will be presented at Level 2, 5 Easey Street, a pop-up space next door to Backwoods Gallery.

 

Email sales@backwoodsgallery.com for the exhibition catalogue.

 

Nelio: Back & Forth Review

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Nelio: Back & Forth Review

A big thanks to all that made it through Nelio’s recent show ‘Back & Forth’. Here are some selected behind the scenes photographs from the production and opening of the exhibition.

Installation of Back and Forth by Nelio at Backwoods Gallery

Installation of Back and Forth by Nelio at Backwoods Gallery

Installation of Back and Forth by Nelio at Backwoods Gallery

Installation of Back and Forth by Nelio at Backwoods Gallery

Installation of Back and Forth by Nelio at Backwoods Gallery

BACK & FORTH by NELIO

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The latest show here at Backwoods gallery will take us back and forth through nine busy years in the career of French artist Nelio. That’s how long it has been since his first visit to Australia, and as it had an important impact on his life as an artist, he will now try to take down the road of his creativity during that time. This exhibition will put on display the way Nelio’s talent grew and evolved into something meaningful and extraordinary, at the same time looking towards the future which will bring innovation in his work.

Back and forth also represents a demonstration of Nelio’s love of traveling, visiting familiar places which make him feel good and closing the circle of one period of his artistic life and starting a new one. Looking forward to experimenting with new things, Nelio aims to make them progress slowly within his own universe, making his art better in every way it can.

By working with different mediums and using various techniques for this show, such as acrylic and spray paint on canvas, wood construction, and drawing, Nelio reconnects with his past. That being said, on view there will be 11 paintings on canvas, 3 paintings on wood, 7 spray paint on paper and several small graphite on paper drawings.

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Nelio was born in 1982 in France. Now a multimedia artist, he began making graffiti in the late 1990s. Since then, he has developed a unique artistic approach, influenced by illustration, graphic design architecture and photography. His minimalistic, yet complex style floats between figurative and abstract, incorporating colourful geometric shapes into a true collage of different elements. His murals grace a variety of buildings, from public to abandoned ones, turning them into the canvas of joyful works.

Besides his spray paint murals, Nelio’s other passions are installations, made of found objects such as metal and wood. Following the lines of his trademark way of creating, these pieces are composed of cleanly cut symbols, primary forms and sometimes letters, landscapes or facial features. Using black and white or a vibrant colour palette, Nelio speaks his own language of art, combining a number of impressions into remarkable compositions. 

 

Heavy Leisure Prints and Zine

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Backwoods Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of illustrations by two young artists, Evie Cahir & Gemma Topliss, who are representative of the bright future of Australia art.

Backwoods Gallery is pleased to be releasing a limited run of A3 Giclée art prints. 2 from each artist on Hahnemühle cotton rag. Each print will be hand signed and numbered by the artist. Please email us to secure prints ahead of the show.

Evie and Gemma have also compiled a limited edition risograph zine ‘Heavy Leisure’ to be released at the show. The zine outlines the various processes the artists went through to produce the final works, including test sketches, swatches and disposable photographs. Be sure to get in early to secure a copy as stock won’t last long.

 

Evie Cahir – ‘Three PM’
A3 giclée print on Hahnemühle cotton rag
297 x 420mm

Evie Cahir – ‘Four PM’
A3 giclée print on Hahnemühle cotton rag
297 x 420mm

Gemma Topliss – ‘In Their Beauty’
A3 giclée print on Hahnemühle cotton rag
297 x 420mm

Gemma Topliss – ‘Smother’
A3 giclée print on Hahnemühle cotton rag
297 x 420mm

 

We hope that you can join us for the opening of Heavy Leisure at Backwoods Gallery on Friday the 17th of April from 6 – 9pm.

The exhibition will be on display until the 26th of April.

 

STUDIO VISIT: Evie Cahir & Gemma Topliss

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Backwoods recently caught an exclusive glimpse of Evie Cahir and Gemma Topliss at work in their Melbourne studios. We will be exhibiting both artists together this week in HEAVY LEISURE, opening Friday evening from 6-10pm and continuing until April 26th. 

This will be the first major exhibition from both artists and a great opportunity to invest in the future of Australian art. Don’t miss this chance to support rising talent in Melbourne.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephen Ives FRAGMENT Review

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FRAGMENT by STEPHEN IVES

OPENING NIGHT REVIEW

Following Stephen Ives’ jaw dropping exhibition BLEAK, we presented a one weekend only show of illustrations from the depths of Stephen’s mind and the pages of a lost graphic novel, FRAGMENT.

Here are some photos from the opening night. Enjoy.

BLEAK REVIEW

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BLEAK by STEPHEN IVES

  

OPENING NIGHT REVIEW

A MASSIVE THANKS to the many folks who came to the opening of BLEAK by Stephen Ives as well as the record number of visitors that we received over the last two weeks. It was a true pleasure for us to present an amazing show by such a truly talented artist. Hopefully we see you all again this weekend for the one weekend follow up show by Stephen Ives, FRAGMENT, Images From A Lost Graphic Novel.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BLEAK HERE

Some photos from the opening night. Enjoy.

 


Heavy Leisure by Evie Cahir & Gemma Topliss

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COMING SOON TO BACKWOODS

HEAVY LEISURE

Backwoods Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of illustrations by two young artists, Evie Cahir & Gemma Topliss, who are representative of the bright future of Australia art.

In Heavy Leisure, opening on the 17th of April, Cahir and Topliss will present a series of delicate, illustrative works. The collection re-evaluates the seemingly mundane moments, objects and routines of daily life, imbuing them with emotional undertones.

Gemma Topliss explores the connection between the interior and the exterior, both spatially and emotionally. Her charcoal and graphite drawings are intimate, fragmented and personal. At only 19, Topliss is the youngest artist that we’ve exhibited at Backwoods.

Evie Cahir’s illustrative works offer a new, more attentive regard on the banal but precious objects and moments encountered in daily life. Cahir is fascinated by the hidden meanings of routine and the interplay between light and shadow. Her artwork employs sophisticated composition, refined techniques and subtle humour to present her point of view in a truly unique and beautiful way.

We hope that you can join us for the opening of Heavy Leisure at Backwoods Gallery on Friday the 17th of April from 6 – 9pm.

The exhibition will be on display until the 26th of April.

 

 

 

GEMMA TOPLISS

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Gemma Topliss was born in Melbourne, Australia, currently completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at RMITUniversity. In 2014, she participated in a group show titled TopArts: StArt Up at the National Gallery of Victoria.

 

 

EVIE CAHIR

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Evie Cahir was born in Ballart, Australia. In 2012, she obtained an Associate Degree in Illustration from RMIT in Melbourne. She has had two solo and five group exhibitions so far, as well as a number of collaborations and projects, focusing on Comic Anthologies. She works for publications such as VICE Magazine, WW Magazine and The Lush Scoop, as well as the ANTI Music Label.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

FRAGMENT by STEPHEN IVES

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THIS WEEKEND AT BACKWOODS.

 

FRAGMENT:

Drawings From A Lost Graphic Novel

 

Following Stephen Ive’s jaw dropping exhibition BLEAK, we will be presenting a one weekend only show of illustrations from the depths of Stephen’s mind and the pages of a lost graphic novel, FRAGMENT.

Stephen Ives is best known for his sculptural works but from a very early age he only drew. Early childhood influences were the comic books of Asterix and Obelix and Tintin, later came the legendary Jean Giraud (Moebius) and Frank Frazetta later still masters of line and print such as Félix Vallotton, Hokusai, Milo Manara, Lyonel Feininger, Egon Schiele and Heinrich Kley.

Here now he celebrates those first loves and despite his inability to write clear narrative has pulled together a kaleidoscope of images some reworked from old ideas, some new, some plays on classic favourites to bring you FRAGMENT, drawings from a lost graphic novel.

 

FRAGMENT OPENS FRIDAY 3RD, 6pm – 10pm.

ONE WEEKEND ONLY.

 

 

 

 

DAZZLE by CLEMENS BEHR

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DAZZLE

This Saturday the 14th of March, Berlin artist Clemens Behr (assisted by Buff Diss) will be launching DAZZLE, his latest installation at Backwoods Gallery.

The installation will demonstrate the artistic possibilities inherit in camouflage and commemorate the launch of the documentary film ‘Dazzle: The Hidden Story of Camouflage’.

DAZZLE will be open for one weekend only! Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th from 12 – 6pm.

CLEMENS BEHR

Clemens Behr is a German artist who creates site-specific complex sculptural installations composed of discarded materials and imposing geometric murals that reflect the architecture of the surrounding environment.

Clemens Behr (Koblenz 1985) currently lives and works in Berlin. He has studied both Graphic Design and Fine Art in Germany and his world has been exhibited worldwide.

Read an interview with Clemens via Widewalls here.

 

BLEAK by STEPHEN IVES

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BLEAK

For his third solo exhibition at Backwoods Gallery, Stephen Ives dives into a raw purgative interpretation of death and fate on the personal as well as grand human scale. Drawing inspiration from the iconic equestrian figures of classical Europe, their heroic portrayal of Great Men and the symbiotic relationship with their mounts carrying them unwittingly onward, Ives attempts to create moments of truth expressing the corruption and purity of the human situation as well as the diminutive nature of our endeavours.

Each sculpture is like an apocalyptic harbinger, a tale within itself of human-kinds majesty and failure and yet also a structure on which to examine his own fallibility by peeling back the layers of his own existence and emotions.

His complex works show great artistic skill and embody different initial impulses into majestic individual pieces.

 

 

 

STEPHEN IVES

Stephen Ives was born in England in 1970 and grew up in idyllic surrounds in the historic town of Lewes. Throughout his childhood he was surrounded by opportunities to be creative whether it was drawing, cooking, sculpting, Lego or making model kits.

Before becoming a professional artist in his mid-twenties, Ives worked as a a chef, barista, barman, waiter, market porter, grocer, cheese hand, carpenter’s assistant, mudbrick maker, paste up artist in a small advertising agency, food stylist’s assistant and forklift driver. He is the creator of an up coming toy-sculpture series titled “Mr. Dictator”.

Ives’ works have been exhibited in many private exhibitions in Melbourne and Denmark (his home of several years), he has participated in numerous group exhibitions and art fairs; Art Brussels, Affordable Art Fair (London, Paris, New York), Santa Fe Contemporary Art Fair, and Copenhagen Art Fair. He has work in collections in Australia, England, America and Germany as well as some of the foremost art collectors in Denmark including Christian Stadil (Hummel Sport), Lars Christian Brask (EFG International) and the Danske Bank.

 

SLOE TRAILS by KES ACORN

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SLOE TRAILS REVIEW

We’ve had a busy week at Backwoods installing and opening Sloe Trails with Kes Acorn. We were treated to an eerie soundscape of field recordings, a star lit pitch black atrium and a staggering amount of effort, patience and detail in each of Kes’ works. Here are some images from the installing process and the opening.

If you’d like to see more of Kes’ work, email us for a catalogue.

Read Chris Johnston’s article about Kes in The Age newspaper online here.

More information and images on the show courtesy of Widewalls here.

SLOE TRAILS prints by KES ACORN

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Kes Acorn has produced four limited edition prints for the Sloe Trails show. They are available from our online web store here.

  

SHUN KAWAKAMI at SATOYAMA JUJO

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SHUN KAWAKAMI at SATOYAMA JOJO

Last week, we visited the SATOYAMA JOJO, (the luxury Onsen in the Niigata prefecture of Northern Honshu, Japan),  featuring artwork from one of our artists, Shun Kawakami. 

It felt amazing to see artwork from our gallery presented in such a perfect environment, so we wanted to share these images with you.

If you’d like to see more, email us for a catalogue of Shun Kawakami’s work.

SLOE TRAILS by KES ACORN

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SLOE TRAILS.
by KES ACORN.

Sloe Trails will Acorn’s first appearance at Backwoods Gallery. In the five years since he last exhibited in Australia, Acorn has been exploring the world, setting up temporary studios in various cities and finally settling down to a permanent space in Berlin.

Sloe Trails is an exhibition about exploration, it is also a show about the parallels between the physical travel and an artists journey. In Sloe Trails, Acorns focus shifts away from characters and towards landscapes as he meditated on his travels and personal development since leaving Melbourne.



 

 

 

Anthony Lister – Adventure Painter

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COMING SOON

ANTHONY LISTER
ADVENTURE PAINTER

Anthony Lister will launch his new book ‘Anthony Lister – Adventure Painter’ at 1 Perry Street, Collingwood. Saturday 20th February, 6-8pm.

5 YEAR EXHIBITION

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THE GENUINE ANTI-COOL.
5 YEAR EXHIBITION.

Coinciding with the launch of our first annual Japanese Culture exhibition in Backwoods Lane, we will be kicking off the 2015 calendar with a huge 5-year retrospective exhibition. The Genuine Anti-Cool is a retrospective collection, curated by Sean Carroll and featuring the Backwoods artists.

The exhibition will also include some never before seen pieces. Featuring; Shun Kawakami, James Reka, Stabs, Miso, Ghostpatrol, Slicer, TwoOne, Shohei Otomo, Shohei Takasaki, Lush, Fred Fowler, Yusk Imai, Jun Inoue, Stephen Ives and Shida.

The Genuine Anti-Cool will be a unique insight into the current state of Australia’s maturing street art and urban contemporary scene. We will also be using the exhibition to present our latest book, which is also titled, The Genuine Anti-Cool.

 




 


 
 
 
 
 
 

BACKWOODS JAPANESE CULTURE FESTIVAL

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WARAI.

JAPANESE CULTURE FESTIVAL.

Over the past five years, we’ve been extremely lucky to have formed a strong community of Japanese creatives around our gallery. Anyone who follows our gallery would know that we have a strong connection to Tokyo’s art scene. And as a result of this connection some great Japanese artists, musicians, tattooists, chefs & designers have made Backwoods their home.

This year, with the help of Sapporo and Wabi Sabi Salon, we will be kicking off WARAI., a Japanese Culture Festival. The Festival’s goal is to promote emerging Japanese culture, art, music & food with a massive annual laneway party.

Music will be supplied by Oxa-Naxx, Matumotozoku, Mc Atom, Jake Savona, DJ Fumi, DJ Wanko & Digital Movidence. There will be food stalls by Wabi Sabi Salon, Disco Beans & Horse Bazarr. Also a flea market, horimono and tebori demonstrations.

TwoOne, Jun Inoue, Tommi Arm & De Keyzer will be live painting in the laneway throughout the event.

WARAI. also coincides with the Genuine Anti-Cool Exhibition and Backwoods Gallery Book Launch. Check the links for more details.

WARAI.
Friday 6th of February, from 5-11pm.
Backwoods Lane, 25 Easey Street, Collingwood.
Free entry.

 



 
 
 
 
 
 

The Genuine Anti-Cool

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THE GENUINE ANTI-COOL.

A companion to A Guerrilla Operation, The Genuine Anti-Cool features highlight exhibitions and artwork from the third and fourth years of Backwoods Gallery  (2012-2014).

The Genuine Anti-Cool is being presented, for the first time on Friday the 6th of Feb at Backwoods Gallery, coinciding with the launch of The Genuine Anti-Cool group exhibition and our first annual Backwoods Japanese Culture Festival. Check the links for details.

 

THE GENUINE ANTI-COOL.

– 240 pages
– 148 GSM premium lustre paper Black Linen hard cover
– Dust jacket featuring artwork by Miso
– $130
– Self published with a very limited run
– Featuring artwork and exhibitions from; Lush, Slicer, Shida, Stephen Ives, HiroyasuTsuri (TwoOne), Shohei Takasaki, Stanislava Pinchuk, Jun Inoue, Kid Zoom, Dave Kinsey, Miss Van, James Reka, Anthony Lister, Jay Rankine, Yusk Imai, Jonathan Guthmann, Stabs, Tom Civil, Beastman, Fred Fowler, Shun Kawakami, Numskull, Faith47, ROA, Alexander Mitchell, C215, Shohei Otomo & Kosuke Kawamura. 

 

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Jun Inoue live painting

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JUN INOUE, LIVE PAINTING ARTWORK

Last weekend Jun Inoue gave two private live painting performances, one at Backwoods Gallery and the other at the ten year anniversary of WabSabi Gardens. Both of the great created during these live paints are now available for private viewing, contact sales@backwoodsgallery.com for more information.

To join our private invite list and get invites to future private events email info@backwoodsgalley.com

JUN INOUE LIVE PAINT AT BACKWOODS GALLERY

JUN INOUE LIVE PAINT AT BACKWOODS GALLERY

JUN INOUE LIVE PAINT AT BACKWOODS GALLERY





JUN INOUE LIVE PAINT AT BACKWOODS GALLERY. FINAL ARTWORK

JUN INOUE LIVE PAINT AT WABI SABI GARDENS

JUN INOUE LIVE PAINT AT WABI SABI GARDENS

JUN INOUE LIVE PAINT AT WABI SABI GARDENS

JUN INOUE LIVE PAINT AT WABI SABI GARDENS

JUN INOUE LIVE PAINT AT WABI SABI GARDENS

JUN INOUE LIVE PAINT AT WABI SABI GARDENS

JUN INOUE LIVE PAINT AT WABI SABI GARDENS

JUN INOUE LIVE PAINT AT WABI SABI GARDENS. FINAL ARTWORK