If you are looking for something to do friday night, then get along to Backwoods Gallery, and check out Bright Lights featuring Sydney artist Numskull
“Having not exhibited in Melbourne for over a decade, Numskull’s long awaited return also marks his first showing with Backwoods Gallery. Bright Lights is a series of paintings and sculptures that continue on from his recent residency at the Museums Quartier in Vienna where he celebrated our memories of popular comic book characters by reinterpreting them as a collection of museum busts.
Much like the works from Vienna, where the compositional arrangements of objects partially masked the identity of the characters, this new suite aims to subjugate the obvious. In Bright Lights, the immediately recognisable figures have disappeared. In their place are silhouettes of headless beings devoid of any distinctive personality, anonymous and statuesque. Their bodies are jolted by the blows of arrows piercing their skin as they float amongst a wreckage of irregular patterned objects.”
What: Bright Lights.
When: This Friday the 31st of July at 6pm to August the 10th.
Where: Backwoods Gallery, at 25 Easey street Collingwood, Melbourne, Victoria.
Last Friday, we attended the Kult gallery exhibition, Girls of the underworld. The show showcased works of 34 female artists of various backgrounds. It featured works such as paintings, sculptures to installations, they had it all. Although the gallery is a fair bit of a walk from the main road it was worth it.
Below are some of the photographs of the exhibition.
Make no mistake, we’re fans of the shit that Kult Gallery does up in Singapore – we had a chance to visit there last year, and meet some of the crew involved, and they were fantastic. so whenever we see a show on there, we’re more than happy to tell you all about it-if you’re in the area, you should always make it to see one!! This time up, its an all-female lineup with Girls of the Underworld.
“Kult Gallery presents ‘Girls of the Underworld’, a group show of young female artists that examines what it means to be female in today’s Asian society. Kult invited 34 Singapore-based female artists to create a new piece of work that captures their perspective on living and working in fast-paced modern Asia. This is done through exploring subjects such as music, identity, pop TV & movie culture. Artists were given freedom to create their works using various mediums, such as painting, drawing, silkscreening, collaging, and even animated GIFs as a form of artistic conversation. The show features local female artists such as Adeline Tan, Dawn Ang, Inkten, Kristal Melson, Soph Ong and Tiffany Tan. Says Kult’s Curators, “We are currently witnessing a boom of creativity in Singapore, especially amongst the female community. ‘Girls of the Underworld’ aims to capture and celebrate this phenomenon.” Catch this female phenomenon of 33 new artists. The jilted generation of brought up on Asian pop culture, the age of mass communication and information overload. See them join forces in a special dedicated show marking the rise of this movement. Come and see how these girls are rocking the world of illustration, graphics and contemporary art.”
It’s not easy as an artist to make a career in Singapore doing what it is you love, and although its getting (somewhat) better for creatives there in recent times, its shows like this are an important part of pushing new artists out into the public eye – so you should check it out, and go and support it, the artists and Kult!!
Who: Mightyellow (Adeline Tan), Allison M Low, Amanda Ang, Carmen Chen, Caramelaw, Cherryn Yap, Dawn Ang (Aeropalmics), Dewi Marie Vincoy, Ella Zheng, Emma Maxwell, Esther Goh, Farah Hannah, Fleecircus, Inkten Sufina, IVILS, Izziyana Suhaimi, Joyce Lee, Kristal Melson, Lui Yiling, Lydia Bindi, Marilyn Goh Yun Jin, Mary Bernadette, Yu Michelle, Moon Malek, Nataliette, Nazneen Aziz @seeulteriormotifs, Sharmila Roseli, Sheryo, Sheryl Yap, Sharon Yang (PAYNK), Soph Ong, Tiffany Tan, Winnie Wu What: Girls Of The Underworld group show Where: Kult Gallery, C2-5, 11 Upper Wilkie Road, Singapore 228120 When: The exhibition opens on Friday, 30th May 2014, 5pm at Kult Gallery and will run until Saturday 28 June 2014.
What can we say about Adnates show at Metro Gallery thats on right now? Beautiful. One of the best shows from a Melbourne street artist we’ve seen. Respectful. All the things that others have said many times over the past two weeks … but, really, what we feel about this show is that we’re pretty proud, not only of Adnate himself and the gorgeous work he did for it, but proud that Melbournes general public has seen fit to fall in love with his work, and truly validate all the countless hours that he has spent striving over the years to make his way as an artist. If a sold show at Metro Gallery doesn’t show that a graff artist, with enough hard work and unfaltering determination, can really live the dream and do what he loves doing, then we don’t know what does.
The opening for Beyond The Lands was amazing – from the speeches, to the traditional dancers, to the sheer amount of people attending, to the massive, but humble, smile we saw on Adnates face. It’s still on, and you should go see it.
The following are a bunch of shots that Dave Russell got of the works himself, as well as the awesome video that Michael Danischewski did for the whole thing.We loved it, and can’t wait to see what Adnate does next.
Last Friday night we had the honour of attending one of the coolest shows we’ve been to in some time – the joint group exhibition by none other than Ha Ha, Sync and Dlux (aka James Dodd, who we interviewed last week).
There was something really intriguing about this exhibition – walking in, you got the sense of stepping back in time, but knowing that you were firmly rooted in the present. Old stencils (the actual acetate themselves), covered in layers of paint adorned the walls – many, very familiar icons that had been seen on the street of Melbourne many times.
New works, vibrant and clean sat alongside them. Where it all began, and where it all ended, well, I don’t really know – it was hard to see any real transition point between the time frames, which is how it was intended – it was one, beautiful though – Now & Then was, indeed, an uplifting experience. Throughout the room you could sense the joy oozing off the walls, from a group of artists who have continued, unrelenting, to create and pursue their passions for the past decade.
Perhaps the thing that it gave to me most, was hope for the next decade, and for those artists who have just started out, those who are still working – if this show was anything to go by, the progress of time, the unrelenting politics and bullshit of scene, and the progression of work from walls outside to walls inside does nothing to diminish, and everything to enhance, the veracity of art produced by those who have a background in street based art.
Thanks to David Russell, we have a whole bunch of photos from the show below – enjoy!
The other week we got down to Backwoods Gallery to check out Tom Civils latest show, Stick Folk. This was such a beautiful exhibition from Tom, and a great progression of his work we saw in his last exhibition, Long Story.
David Russell got down there to get a bunch of shots of the show, check them all out below!
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