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

 

Opening: Backwoods Gallery retrospective – Melbourne

Backwoods Gallery is hosting a ‘Retrospective’ this weekend. On show will be works by Shida, James Reka, Jun Inoue, Stabs,Stephen Ives, Miso, Fred Fowler and two new collaborative pieces byTwoOne and Ghostpatrol. For more info, visit their website.

‘Backwoods Gallery Retrospective’ group show
Opening: Saturday 8 February
Backwoods Gallery

Backwoods Gallery

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.

Email sales@backwoods to see the full catalogue.


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

 

Opening: Miso, Ghostpatrol & Sean Morris – ‘Short Stay’ Brisbane

Tomorrow night in Brisbane is the ‘Short Stay’ exhibition by Mild Manners Gallery, marking the culmination of a short term residency program that included Melbourne’s Ghostpatrol and Miso, Perth based Sean Morris and Brisbane publisher Small House Books. Each artist is showing new material and launching new publications by ‘Mild Material’ small run publication arm by Mild Manners and Small House Books.

Opening 6pm Thursday, October 31st
Current until November 2.
Fish Lane Studios – Level 2, Fox Hotel, Melbourne St. South Brisbane

Miso –

Ghostpatrol –

Sean Morris –

Bright Night Sky by MISO

As a tattooist and street artist, working under the name MISO, Stanislava Pinchuk’s artwork spans the globe, on people and in cities everywhere.

After so many years traveling, Stanislava has resettled in her Melbourne studio and in a process of dreaming and mapping, Stanislava has begun retracing her life through delicate pinprick maps on white paper detailing the cities she has called home.

Hidden within each map are her memories, routines and experiences, as well as pathways leading to her friends houses across the world.

Recently The National Gallery of Australia acquired two of her pinprick works, making Stanislava one of the youngest artists in the Australian national collection.

Bright Night Sky will be an exhibition of fourteen pinprick maps on paper and large installations by Stanislava on display at Backwoods Gallery, Melbourne.

OPENING FRIDAY 18TH OCTOBER – UNTIL SUNDAY 3RD NOVEMBER
BACKWOODS GALLERY, 25 COLLINGWOODS, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Web (Tokyo). 11 x 18 cm. Pinprick on paper 2013.

 

Detail from “Walking to All My Friends’ Houses in the World I”. 1.1 x 1.5 m. Pinprick on paper 2013.

 

“Walking to All My Friends’ Houses in the World I”. 1.1 x 1.5 m. Pinprick on paper 2013.

 

Detail from “Constellation Map (Walking through Melbourne)” 58 – 75 cm. Pinprick on paper 2013.

 

Detail from “Constellation Map (Walking through London Fields)”. 58 – 75 cm. Pinprick on paper 2013.

 

 

 

Photos: No Vacancy 5 year anniversary

In the low brow art world, some galleries stay, some go, some linger and grow old, but there’s one gallery in Melbourne that has stayed true and has always been at the forefront of the Melbourne gallery circuit. That’s No Vacancy.

The gallery, who’s main space is in the heart of the city, and also has two satellite spaces, has recently just celebrated their 5th birthday!

Featuring a stellar line up that was Meggs, Ghostpatrol, Ben Frost, Miso, Two One, Nior, Beastman, Makatron, Tom Vincent, Jasper Wong, Max Berry, Numskull, Adnate, Sheryo, Nails, Stephen Ives, Luke Lucas, and many many more (too many for me to re-type)… the show was packed full of both recent work and un seen old work that the artists contributed to a killer show. For us, we think there needs to be more of these group shows. Big celebrations of what’s happening right now in the young art world.

Thanks to the NV team for sending over the great photos (taken by Caitlin Muscat). Click below for the full set (there are ALOT of photos)…

No Vacancy

No Vacancy

No Vacancy

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Hey spungoz, Hamishi here. It’s my first day @ #theopeninghours thought I’d celebrate by curating an exciting show in Melbourne on the grey area between high + lowbrow art and the relevance of lowbrow art in a contemporary discussion.

Please join us for opening celebrations on the 27th of September at 6pm.

Curated by Hamishi

Where is the middle ground between high and lowbrow art in Australia’s regressive commercial contemporary art scene? “Sup Brow?” is an exhibition presenting an informed discussion on the relevance of “Juxtapoz Art” in contemporary art and the border between Lowbrow and Mainstream Australian painting through the lens of Australian and international painters, illustrators and mixed practice artists.

Tom O’Hern (TAS)
Hiroyasu Tsuri (TwoOne)
Dylan Martorell
Miso
Henry Gunderson (USA)
Lola Dupre (FRA)
Sean Morris (WA)
Hamishi

 

13 Somerset Place, Melbourne CBD (near little Bourke and Elizabeth)

https://www.facebook.com/events/486735828012684

Show White – blackartprojects

kelsey brookes

Blackartprojects present another exciting group show in Melbourne entitled “Show White”. “Show White” looks to continue the admirable exhibition history of the non-defined space with this ambitious project in spite of a somewhat regressive commercial marketplace.

SHOW WHITE

We cannot bury her
in the black earth

 

Louise Blyton
Kelsey Brookes
PJ Hickman
Kathleen Kngale
Emma Langridge
Miso
Elisabeth Weissensteiner

 

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André Piguet

 

 

Opening 19 September, 7-9pm

Building 6, Palmer Parade
Cremorne, Victoria 3121
19 – 30 September, 2012

Photo recap 2: The Hours Launch Exhibition Sydney

See below for a full view of the gallery and also ALL of the artworks that were on display.
Download a copy of the catalogue here.

The Hours Gallery

The Hours Gallery

The Hours Gallery

The Hours
Edward Woodley

The Hours
Sean Morris

The Hours
Jumbo

the-hours-manman
Manman

The Hours
Ben Frost

The Hours
Ghostpatrol

The Hours
Roach

The Hours
Jae Copp

The Hours
Beastman

The Hours
Mark Alsweiler

The Hours
Trent Whitehead

The Hours
Joel Birch

The Hours
Kyle Hughes-Odgers

The Hours
Two One

The Hours
Thomas Jackson

The Hours
Vans the Omega

The Hours
Max Berry

The Hours
Numskull

The Hours
Kyle Montgomery

The Hours
Phibs

The Hours
Miso

The Hours
Slug

The Hours
Ears

The Hours
Bennett