(VIDEO) Shohei Otomo at Backwoods Gallery.

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.

A Study Of Hair at Backwoods Gallery

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 C215, Dave Kinsey, Faith47, Inkie, Jonathan Guthmann, Mark Bode, Merda, Miso, ROA, Stephen Ives, Shohei Otomo, TwoOne, Usugrow, 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.

A STUDY OF HAIR opens on Friday the 26th of September and is on display until Sunday the 5th of October. Admission is free.

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

A Study Of Hair preview from Alexander Mitchell

 

A Study Of Hair preview from Faith47

 

A Study Of Hair preview from Mark Bode

 

A Study Of Hair preview from ROA

 

A Study Of Hair preview from TWOONE

 

A Study Of Hair preview from Yusk Imai

 

Oblivion with Yusk

I’m always blown away by Yusk’s vision, the guy is tapped into something very deep.
Here are some previews from his show in August, enjoy.

Oblivion, mixed media on 60 x 40cm paper.

 

A shade to rest, for those who enjoy resting in the comfortable shade of the dead, or soon to be. pencil on 30x45cm paper

 

Lobotomy, mixed media on 3 x A3 size paper.

 

Untitled, 110 x 60 cm paper

 

Freedom over safety, mixed media on 240x210cm wood panel.

 

Hand study 3, acrylic on 24x27cm japanese paperboard

 

 

Memories.
Acrylic on 140 x 100cm paper.

 

Keep It Simple by Stabs.

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.

KEEP IT SIMPLE opens Friday 18th of April and will be on display until Sunday 28th at Backwoods Gallery. 25 Easey Street Collingwood.

A neighbourly visit

Dead Heads From Sea Beds

Ghosts above watery graves

The Jakarta Glyph Journal

 

MISO STUDIO VISIT

Was in Melbourne for the opening of the Eyes show and was lucky to spend time hanging out with Miso and GP. Miso has just moved into a new space (once the studio of Vali Myers) and I got a chance to field test Backwoods new lights (which fucking rule).

Shots like this make me think that i’m ready to start calling myself a photographer.

A Study Of Eyes 1 by MISO for A STUDY OF EYES

 

 

 

A Study Of Hands at Backwoods Gallery

“A Study Of” is a decade long project of annual group exhibitions based on subject studies. The goal is to create an archive for future generations, a library of references and also a collection consisting of some of the best artists that I have access to.

It’s an ambitious project, thats growing slowly and I think will result in something unique to give to future generations. We launched the project with A Study Of Hands last year and continued it with A Study Of Eyes this year at Backwoods Gallery. Next years subject is hair which should be cool.

Some photos from A Study Of Eyes at Backwoods Gallery below.

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Backwoods Gallery room 2 at A Study Of Eyes

Wallowing by Anthony Lister

Smug by Anthony Lister

Seeing by Al Stark

Eyes 2 by Dave Kinsey

 

 

Eyes 1, 2, 3 by Dave Kinsey

Jedda 2 by Ian Stange (Kid Zoom)

Dark Eyes on Sepia 1 by Miss Van

Dark Eyes On Sepia 2 by Miss Van

Astigmatism by Stephen Ives

Astigmatism by Stephen Ives

Eyes of Runner by Hiroyasu Tsuri (TwoOne)

Eyes of Hunter by Hiroyasu Tsuri (TwoOne)

Eyes of Savior by Hiroyasu Tsuri (TwoOne)

Pearl Eye by USUGROW

Silver Eye by USUGROW

Sight Becomes Perception 1 by Yuske Imai

Sight Becomes Perception 3 by Yuske Imai