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

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

General inquiries and press – info@backwoodsgallery.com 
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Backwoods Gallery
Thursday ~ Friday : 15:00 ~ 18:00
Saturday ~ Sunday : 12:00 ~ 18:00

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KEEP IT SIMPLE

by STABS

Friday 18th of April.

Berlin Kloster str

Posted by: TwoOne

I have left Japan a week ago, and Just Arrived Berlin.

staying with this guy! 

 

we haven’t seen much of the city yet as I got to paint this huge wall..

I had 4days to finish it, so I have raced with the sunset for 4days, and on the final day I just beat the sunset, so I still haven’t got the final shot, but here is some work in progress shot. I will post the finish photo soon.

I like it here already!!

 

 

Working Progress

Posted by: KOAN

Behind the laughter.

Stabs preparing for his opening next Friday at Backwoods.

 

  

STICK FOLK by TOM CIVIL

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The art of Tom Civil is about hidden worlds in the Australian landscape, where punk spirits dance, ordinary lives are lived and a new mythology is being born.

The young Tom Civil and his brother Ned, cubby house creating collaborators, spent their holidays at their Dad’s place in country New South Wales, exploring the bush around the area where they were born and grew up as little kids. They returned to the city at the end of each break with a sense of freedom and imagination that helped them look past the walls and fences to a world waiting to be explored, where strong personal connections could be found in every hidden place and abandoned building.

Tom moved to Melbourne in 2001 and fell in with Melbourne’s punk and graffiti scenes. Inspired by DIY publications, zines, posters, reclamation of public spaces and the culture of freedom. The ultimate expression of this came through projects such as the Empty Show, where Melbourne street artists including Civil would host exhibitions in abandoned buildings.

To Tom and his brother, who was based in Sydney, graffiti became a way for them to continue to personally explore the urban landscape while also contributing to a cultural movement. Tom’s brother died late 2010 and since then Tom’s work has reflected notions of grief and loss, and a searching for beauty in death.

Central to Tom’s current work are the Stick Folk, who manifest themselves as diminutive sprites which live hidden in the composition of his paintings or as bold tags across walls. The Stick Folk are representations of Tom’s personal connection to the land and the city. They live, hangout, protest, dance and move across the landscape, an Aussie punk mashup of May Gibbs and Michael Leunig.

Since his arrival in Melbourne, Tom has become one of Australia’s leading street artists, a social activist, community leader, a printmaker and a writer whose work has given a new dimension to Australian art. He is one of the few street artists who maintain the purity and rebellion which made Melbourne famous as a centre for street art.

We hope you can join us on Friday the 2nd of May for the opening of Stick Folk at Backwoods Gallery, 25 Easey Street, Collingwood.

 

 

 

 

 

OUR ANCESTORS WALK AMONGST US. ETCHING, EDITION OF 18. 390mm x 530mm

THE WANDERERS. ETCHING, EDITION OF 12. 530mm x 780mm

THE RED FOREST. AEROSOL ON CANVAS. 126cm x 207cm

RIVER RED GUM STICK FOLK 1. AEROSOL ON CANVAS. 88cm x91cm

RIVER RED GUM STICK FOLK 2. AEROSOL ON CANVAS. 88cm x91cm

YELLOW PLAIN 1. AEROSOL AND ACRYCLIC ON CANVAS. 92cm x 91cm

TOM CIVIL SEA SHORE WALK. AEROSOL ON CANVAS. 207cm x 86cm

 

 

A Neighbourly Visit

Posted by: KOAN

KEEP IT SIMPLE is the story of Stabs’s graffiti road trip through Jakarta, told in his own language of glyphs. The same language that he’s been developing on the street of Melbourne over the past ten years. The story was recorded, in glyph form, in his journal, which in turn is the center piece of the exhibition. It is accompanied by ten paintings depicting key moments from the trip.

Here is one of the original works “A neighbourly visit” explained by Stabs.

This is a Stabsie self portrait.

The story depicts my trip from Yogjakarta through the hills to the Java Coast and the Indian Ocean.

The central character is Stabsie, stripping naked on a public beach, changing into board shorts and about to go swimming. The beach was packed with fully clothed Muslims who had journeyed to the coast to bath for the start of Ramadan.

The many faces represent those I traveled with, members of Hell House Studio expressing different states of emotion throughout the day during our 120km scooter trip from Yogjakarta. The large sun; the welcoming heat in the month of July.

Smiling turtle and stingray represents the troubled sea life of the region from over fishing and the pollution of waterways. Plastics are a big problem in Indo.

The character embraced in a wave, left of Stabsie's legs, is the 'green lady of the sea'. When I started to swim everybody started screaming at me that the green lady of the sea would take me. Very superstitious beliefs.

The two totem characters separated by a bottle, to the right of Stabsie, represent time spent in a local village on route to the coast. Spiritual beings, the region was struck by a huge earthquake that killed eight thousand people a few years ago. I was drinking and eating in a house that had been rebuilt where the kids grandfather had been crushed to death.

At a neighbouring house there was a skinny ass pregnant dog that had a blue and brown eye, hence the lighting bolt, David Bowie.

On return to Yogjakarta I cut a stencil that evening which was a beach comb surrounded by cutting knifes, bottom left with the sleepy eyes.

At one point on the ride back to Yogjakarta, I fell asleep on the back of the scooter, only for a second, that drawing kinda represents the power of the sword/blade in protecting me).

That night I went painting with Hell House guys, I painted the bold iconic Stabsie smile above which is the David Bowie dog.

STABS

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A NEIGHBOURLY VISIT. 2014

KEEP IT SIMPLY by STABS

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KEEP IT SIMPLE by Stabs, opening Friday 18th of April

The frenetic tribalism of Stabs’s artwork is a key element of Melbourne’s visual landscape, especially around Collingwood, where his slaps and posters are omnipresent. One thing that a lot of people haven’t realized when looking at Stabs’s work is that, over the years, his art has developed its own language of glyphs. There is a complex system of logograms at play, with stories encoded in each piece.

Over the last few years, Stabs’s hidden language has gone from being a background pattern to becoming the main focus of his work. It’s if he has confidently taken a magnifying glass to his previous work, allowing us to begin to understand his complex language. Last year Stabs spent a month living in Jakarta, hanging out and painting with Jakarta’s leading graffiti crews, Guardu House and Hell House Studio, as well as Survival Garage in Yogyakarta. The cultural exchange culminated in an exhibition at Guardu House.

While he was in Jakarta, Stabs kept a journal, entirely written in his own language of glyphs. Each mission, meeting and event of the cultural exchange was recorded as art in his own logographic system.

This April at Backwoods Gallery, Stabs will be presenting the journal as well as fifteen original pieces based on key events from the cultural exchange. KEEP IT SIMPLE opens Friday 18th of April and will be on display until Sunday 28th at Backwoods Gallery. 25 Easey Street Collingwood.

 

New Screen Print “Strong Mind II”

Posted by: TwoOne

I have been working on this new screen print while I was staying at my grand fathers house in Yokohama Japan.

“Strong Mind II”

3 color printing ink on 300gsm archival paper.

Hand pulled screen print.

26 x 35.5cm, signed and numbered by artist.

Limited edition of 40.

We ship it to any where in the world! You can oder on Here>

http://twooneelephant.bigcartel.com/product/strong-mind-ii

 


 

2013>2014 March

Posted by: TwoOne

It has been long time since I up date blog.. SO here is some of the stuff it has been happening from this date 2014 march to back 2013.

I’m up dating more regularly on Instagram, so if you like to see things more on time please check this as well>  http://instagram.com/t_w_o_o_n_e

 

So I have been in Japan for a month and half now.

and last week I went to Nagoya for first time, to work on a wall in Nonami.

photo is Day 1 In the rain

 and here is the complete wall.

Big Thanks to Sand pit Cafe, and Cychedelic, and SAN japan, and everyone I met in Nagoya it was super fun!!

I also visited Osaka for a real quick and got to paint with Osaka legend Veryone in Wakayama.

 

I have also been working on some prints. I will post more about it tomorrow.

before I came to Japan We left my second home Melbourne, where I have stayed 10years. Melbourne has been so good to me, Met lots of great friends and Family, and I got to create a lots, and the city and people have been constantly inspired me.  but now we are going to new adventure, so I can bring back something new to Melbourne and my brain after the new adventure..

This is the studio I was in for 5 years.

There was few deferent people I shared this place with, they all influenced me in deferent ways. And this space was so good I created so much art work, music, lots of drinking and ping pong.  I feel very grateful that I had this space while I was in Melbourne.

Thank you so much for Timba Smits for finding this place for first place!

There is more I want to write but I will continue it to next post.

Have a great adventure.

Magic Weirdo’s Opening Night

Posted by: KOAN

Photo’s from last Friday’s exhibition titled Gold Blood by the Magic Weridos.

Featuring: Ghostpatrol (Aus), Brendan Monroe (USA), Simon Hanselmann (Aus), kozyndan (USA), Sheryo (Singapore), The Yok (Aus), Jean Jullien (France), James Jirat Patradoon (Aus), Mr. Gauky (UK), Mel Stringer (Aus), Wishcandy (USA), Stevie Gee (UK), Kyle Hughes-Odgers (Aus), Will Laren (USA), HTML Flowers (Aus), Benjamin Sea (Aus), Sean Morris (Aus), Eveline Tarunadjaja (Aus), Bei Badgirl (Aus), Ambird (USA), The Seven Seas (Aus), Manuel Donada (Spain), Maddy Young (Aus), Emma Wiesenekker (Aus) & Bafcat (Aus).

Gold Blood, Magic Weirdo’s is open this weekend at Backwoods Gallery. 25 Easey Street, Collingwood, Australia.

From 2-6pm on Friday and 12-6pm on Saturday and Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAGIC WEIRDOS, GOLD BLOOD opening 7th MARCH

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SHERYO & THE YOK DEVILS’ SHARKOFF. INK ON BRISTOL PAPER. 2014. 46x 43cm

SHERYO & THE YOK POW ZOOM TO THE MOON. INK ON BRISTOL PAPER. 2014. 46x 43cm

MR. GAUKY SLAIN WARRIOR. 4 COLOUR (GLOSS) SCREEN PRINT ON SOUTHBANK SMOOTH. 250GSM STOCK. EDITION OF 45 . 30.48 x 68.58cm

 

GHOSTPATROL OBJECTS AND IDOLS TWO. ACRYLIC AND RESIN ON WOOD. 50x 50cm

GHOSTPATROL OBJECTS AND IDOLS ONE. ACRYLIC AND RESIN ON WOOD. 50x 50cm

EMMA WIESENEKKER PEEPING TOM AND THE MERMAIDS WATERCOLOUR, ACRYLIC AND INK ON PAPER. 2014 29.7 x 42 cm

EMMA WIESENEKKER PEEPING TOM AND LADY GODIVA WATERCOLOUR, ACRYLIC AND INK ON PAPER. 2014. 29.7 x 42 cm

BRENDAN MONROE HOLE. ACRYLIC ON PAPER. 2014. 42.5 x 28 cm

JAMES JIRAT PATRADOON. SACRIFICER. SPRAYPAINT AND PAINT MARKERS ON MOTORCYCLE JACKET

MAGIC WEIRDOS. GOLD BLOOD open 7th MARCH

Posted by: KOAN

Curated by Melbourne’s Sean Morris, the Magic Weirdos represent an eclectic collection of world builders, divided by their unique styles and visions but united by the honesty and humanity found in their work.

Sean Morris describes Gold Blood as the common, intangible thing that flows through each of these artists, “some amazing disease that makes them see the world the way that they do and drives them to express what they see through their art.”

Ghostpatrol, Brendan Monroe, Simon Hanselmann, Kozyndan, Sheryo, The Yok, Jean Jullien, James Jirat Patradoon, Mr. Gauky, Mel Stringer, Wishcandy, Stevie Gee, Kyle Hughes-Odgers, Will Laren, HTML Flowers, Benjamin Sea, Sean Morris, Eveline Tarunadjaja, Bei Badgirl, Ambird, The Seven Seas, Manuel Donada, Maddy Young, Emma Wiesenekker, Bafcat, Jean Jullien.

Magic Weirdos will be opening on Friday the 7th of March 2014 from 6-9pm and will be on display until Sunday the 16th.

 

SHERYO & THE YOK DEVILS’ SHARKOFF. INK ON BRISTOL PAPER. 2014. 46x 43cm

SHERYO & THE YOK POW ZOOM TO THE MOON. INK ON BRISTOL PAPER. 2014. 46x 43cm

MR. GAUKY SLAIN WARRIOR. 4 COLOUR (GLOSS) SCREEN PRINT ON SOUTHBANK SMOOTH. 250GSM STOCK. EDITION OF 50. 12” x 27” cm

 

GHOSTPATROL OBJECTS AND IDOLS TWO. ACRYLIC AND RESIN ON WOOD. 50x 50cm

GHOSTPATROL OBJECTS AND IDOLS ONE. ACRYLIC AND RESIN ON WOOD. 50x 50cm

EMMA WIESENEKKER PEEPING TOM AND THE MERMAIDS WATERCOLOUR, ACRYLIC AND INK ON PAPER. 2014 29.7 x 42 cm

EMMA WIESENEKKER PEEPING TOM AND LADY GODIVA WATERCOLOUR, ACRYLIC AND INK ON PAPER. 2014. 29.7 x 42 cm

BRENDAN MONROE HOLE. ACRYLIC ON PAPER. 2014. 42.5 x 28 cm

JAMES JIRAT PATRADOON. SACRIFICER. SPRAYPAINT AND PAINT MARKERS ON MOTORCYCLE JACKET

DIVISION OF VISION, ZINE LAUNCH

Posted by: KOAN

Opening this Friday. Lloyd Stubber & Jay Dymock’s will launch Division of Vision, a collaborative photography zine and the first title from the new Melbourne publishing house, Bloom.

Division of Vision follows Lloyd and Jay’s view of their respective home towns – Melbourne and Perth. Where despite the 3000 kilometers distance, it’s not all that different.

The 44 page, A5, single edition, risograph zine will be available on the night from 6pm. The first 50 copies will be hand signed.

This Friday, photographers and Lloyd Stubber and Jay Dymock are launching Division of Vision at Backwoods Gallery. A new 44 page risograph zine. From 6pm.

Available on the night for special launch price or online (http://bloompublishing.com.au/) after the 22nd of February.

Backwoods Gallert 2010 – 2012 BOOK. NOW AVAILABLE.

Posted by: KOAN

As part of the Backwoods Retrospective exhibition we’re proud to announce the first in a series of books by Backwoods Galleries.

A 20 × 25 cm, 240 page book, printed in high quality 140gsm premium matt finish paper with duster cover over black linen hard cover and featuring a selection of our best exhibitions from the founding of Backwoods Gallery until the end of 2012.

The book includes artwork and behind the scenes photography from exhibitions by Yone, Petro, Kami and Sasu, James Reka, Jun Inoue, Ghostpatrol, Usugrow, Toshikazu Nozaka, Yuske Imai, Stabs, Lush, French, Beastman, Stephen Ives, Fred Fowler, Hiroyasu Tsuri, Shohei Otomo, A Study Of Hands, Mark Bode and ROA.

This limited run collector’s item is only available directly from Backwoods Gallery and is priced at $130.

The book will be on display all month at Backwoods Gallery as part of the retrospective – come in and check it out if you have time. We’re really proud of it and hope that everyone gets a chance to flip through it.

 

SHIDA, TWOONE & GHOSTPATROL

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Shida, TwoOne and GP painting the entrance to Backwoods. Feb 4th 2014.

  

BACKWOODS RETROSPECTIVE

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Opening this Saturday (2pm – 8pm) and on display for the rest of February.

New work from Shida, James Reka, Jun Inoue, Stabs,Stephen Ives, Miso, Fred Fowler and two new collaborative pieces byTwoOne and Ghostpatrol.

We are also presenting a collection of unseen artwork and prints from past exhibitions by Shohei Otomo, Yuske Imai,TwoOne, Shohei Takasakiand Usugrow.

Open Thursday to Sunday and by appointment.

Curated by Sean Carrol.

 

 

Jonathan Guthmann. Live Paint this Saturday.

Posted by: KOAN

Jonathan Guthmann will be wrapping up his excellent exhibition, The Existential Vacuum by live painting this Saturday, from 12-3pm at Backwoods Gallery.

A Study Of Eyes update. James Reka; Blue Eye, Red Eye.

Posted by: KOAN

Better late than never.

Red Eye and Blue eye by James Reka for the A Study Of Eye’s show have arrives.

Email sales@backwoodsgallery.com for more info.

Risograph Zine – The Existential Vacuum by Jonathan Guthmann

Posted by: KOAN

Limited edition 55 page risograph zine by Jonathan Guthmann available only at the exhibition opening, Friday 17th of January.

Printed by Dawn Press, each is hand signed, hand stamped and hand numbered.

Only 50 made and only $30 each.

Get in early or email to reserve a copy.

The Existential Vacuum, by Jonathan Guthmann.
Opening Next Friday the 17th of January, 6-9pm.
On display until Sunday the 26th of January.

Jonathan Guthmann Installation Video

Posted by: KOAN

Jonathan Guthmann breaking in the wall for 2014.

We consider ourselves lucky to have neighbors who are cool enough to see the humour in staring at a 15ft penis every time they wheel their bikes out of the garage.

The Cherub of Ezekiel’s Vision

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From rationalisation to realization, here is a great video by Jonathan Guthmann showing the making of The Cherub Of Ezekiel’s Vision.

The Existential Vacuum by Jonathan Edward Guthman opens Friday the 17th of January 2014.

REQUEST A COPY OF THE CATALOGUE

 

The Existential Vacuum by Jonathan Guthmann

Posted by: KOAN

NEXT AT BACKWOODS GALLERY.

Jonathan Guthmann rose to fame through the (currently suspended) facebook page ‘Drawing Dicks On The Herald Sun’. His contributions won so many awards that the community gave him the title of “Sir” and eventually needed to withdraw him from “competitive dick drawing” and subsequently renamed the award the “Sir J.E. Dick of the Week award” . However, “Sir” Jonathan Guthmann’s humour, cock work and legions of fans are only a small part of the picture. Guthmann is an accomplished artist and illustrator with academic qualifications in theology, mythology and associated ancient languages.

In “The Existential Vacuum”, his debut exhibition, Guthmann will draw on his academic studies to present a body of work based on sacred and religious iconography, with a focus on near eastern ancient civilization. Through this language of archaic symbolism, stripped of religious signification and presented in a new context, he will explore the philosophical commonality between ancient and modern man; a bond which he believes has greater relevance than the one formed by the religious interpretation which the same symbols have accumulated since their ancient origins.

There will also be cocks.

“The Existential Vacuum” will open on January the 17th 2014 at Backwoods Gallery, featuring a collection of original work in pigment ink, pencil, pen and aerosol, as well as a collection of lithographs and etchings.

Backwoods Promo no.2 (Whore) from Alexander Mitchell on Vimeo.