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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THE GENUINE ANTI-COOL

5 YEAR EXHIBITION

6 – 15 FEB

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

“Phycological portrait Edition II” 96 page book

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I’m Happy to announce the releasing of my new A5 size, 96 page Lithography print book.

“Phycological Portrait II”

Order here !

This is Second Edition of the “Phycological Portrait” zine.
First edition of “Phycological Portrait” has been Published in 2013 July, and it has sold out.

So here is the New edition with All new contents!
Contains sires of drawing, and painting I did under the concept of Phycological Portrait, in the period of 2013 Aug- 2014 September.

It is only Limited edition of 200.

all the copy has been Signed and Numbered by artist.

Hope you enjoy this zine!

Available From here

 

 

psycological-portrait-IIlowpage2lowpage1low page3lowI’m Happy to announce the releasing of my new A5 size, 96 page Lithography print book.

“Phycological Portrait II”

This is Second Edition of the “Phycological Portrait” zine.
First edition of “Phycological Portrait” has been Published in 2013 July, and it has sold out.

So here is the New edition with All new contents!
Contains sires of drawing, and painting I did under the concept of Phycological Portrait, in the period of 2013 Aug- 2014 September.

It is only Limited edition of 200.

all the copy has been Signed and Numbered by artist.

Hope you enjoy this zine!

Available From here !

 

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.

 

 


 

LONDON 2014

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Photos from recent London Trip.

I was there of my very First EURO exhibition at Stolen Space Gallery!

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Collaboration piece with Legend Remi Rough london-tate london-sky

Thank you So much for all the Bright people in London! Special Thanks to Timba smits and Nas for having us! it was great to see you guys!

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. 

 




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.

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.