Fred Fowler, “Decorating The Apocalypse” at Backwoods Gallery
Posted by: KOAN
Fred Fowler is a Melbourne based contemporary artist with a background in street art and graffiti. After living in Paris and travelling throughout Europe for a year in 2009 – 2010, Fred returned to Melbourne to study at the Victorian College of the Arts, he is currently completing his second and final year of the Master of Contemporary Art degree under the supervision of Jon Cattapan. Decorating the Apocalypse is his third solo exhibition and is a culmination of work completed over the last four years.
Decorating the Apocalypse is a playful investigation of themes related to cultural identity. Images of masks and faces function as the primary signifiers in Fowler’ work. Through sculpture, painting and printmaking, he is questioning the ‘mythologies’ or artificial constructs surrounding issues of identity. Cheap, plastic, Chinese-manufactured toys are sourced locally before being deconstructed and re-configured, to finally emerge – through the ancient process of casting – as intricate, bronze masks. Kitsch wooden ‘primitive’ masks, found in flea markets in Paris and Melbourne, are methodically vandalized, painted and re-presented as cultural artifacts of contemporary society.
Also on display at the exhibition will be a 72 page book showing selected works from 1996 – 2012 both on and off the streets.
Selected solo and joint exhibitions include Raiders of the Lost Art, A.R.T Gallery Eden, Melbourne 2001; Productivism, Fine Art Gallery of Ballarat, 2003; No Comply, Federation Square, Melbourne, 2006; Refil 7, MTV Gallery, Sydney, 2007; Bootlegger, Until Never Gallery, Melbourne, 2007; Highland Chamber, Until Never Gallery, Melbourne, 2008; The Outsiders, Kristian Pithie Gallery, Melbourne, 2009; Surface, Michael Koro Gallery, Melbourne, 2009; Space Invaders, National Gallery of Australia, 2010; Larger Than Life, The Substation, Melbourne, 2011; South of the Border, Lo Fi Gallery, Sydney, 2011; VCA Graduate Exhibition, Melbourne, 2011.
Fowler’s work is held in the National Gallery of Australia collection, as well as various private collections in Australia and overseas.
Backwoods Gallery presents Decorating the Apocalypse
New works by Fred Fowler
17th August – 26th August 2012
Opening night 17th August 6 – 8pm
Australia’s leading street art gallery curated by Alexander Mitchell.
25 Easey St Collingwood Vic 3066
Gallery Hours 3 – 6pm Thurs – Fri 12 – 6pm Sat – Sun