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

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FRAGMENT

STEPHEN IVES

3 APR – 5 APR

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.

 

FRAGMENT by STEPHEN IVES

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ANNOUNCING, PART 2 OF STEPHEN IVES’ SHOW

 

FRAGMENT:

Drawings from a lost Graphic Novel

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.

 

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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.

 

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

SILENT LANDSCAPE by MISO

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SILENT LANDSCAPE by MISO

Silent Landscape represents the way a city exists in the air : lights, reflections, fog, condensation, frost, electrical static, fireworks, bombs, dust. The result is a continuous, back lit scroll with images drifting into each other, mixing in the atmosphere, slowly forming land.

The exhibition of twenty six works was produced at the Westminster Artist Residency in Tokyo, and is strongly inspired by filtering experiences of the city, as well as by Japanese scroll and landscape traditions. Stanislava’s previous exhibition, Bright Night Sky, sold out before it even opened to the public.

Feature pieces from the show were acquired by the NGV, securing Stanislava’s position as one of Australia’s most collectible young artists with work in both the NGV and NGA public collections. Since then, Stanislava has created work for Chanel, a collaborative line for Gorman, a sold-out book edition with La Chambre Graphique in Paris and a custom album cover for Lorde. She has spoken at every Semi-Permanent, had her work stolen in a heist and shattered her elbow. This busy year will culminate with the opening of Silent Landscape at Backwoods Gallery. We’re glad to have her back.

 

 


 

Artist Profile Video : Jun Inoue

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Backwoods Artist Profile : Jun Inoue from Alexander Mitchell on Vimeo.

Jun was raised in regional Kanagawa, where he studied Shodo (traditional calligraphy) and where his grand father, a Zen Monk, became a major influence on his philosophy and aesthetic vision.

When Jun moved to Tokyo, and became involved in the city’s growing underground scenes, jungle, hip-hop and most formatively, graffiti. At the time, Tokyo graffiti had become distinctively focused on sweeping movements and minimal abstract shapes, a stylistic direction inspired by a visionary pair of Tokyo artists, Kami and Sasu. It was in this scene that Jun found the platform for his unique vision, adding to the vivid artistic dialogue that was buzzing across Tokyo’s streets and walls.

 

Hybrid Minds setup

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Setting up Hybrids Minds by Jun Inoue at Backwoods Gallery.

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.