David Russell got down to the opening of Backwoods Galleries latest group show, “A Study Of Eyes” – the second in a series of shows (after the wonderful A Study Of Hands) featuring local and international artists producing work around various parts of the human body.
““A Study Of” is a decade-long project by curator Alexander Mitchell aiming to create an archive of anatomical and artistic studies by the world’s leading contemporary artists. The project was launched last year with “A Study Of Hands.”
This year, Backwoods Gallery will present the second installment,“A Study Of Eyes”, an exhibition consisting of 45 pieces of original artwork based on the eye by some of the world’s leading artists.”
I actually never realised it was a decade long project – talk about epic. Check out all the photos from the most recent iteration below, courtesy of David Russell …
Dirty Playground alongside du NORD bar are getting ready to launch 6 Months of Darkness – End of Darkness. The darkness ends with a celebration after a 4 month residency by Marian Machismo, FKN-MAD, Ruskidd and Carlotta Phelan.
From the Press Release: “With mediums such as video, paint and sculpture, the Six Months of Darkness (6MOD) crew has literally lived in the dark, and as the Nordic do, create in manic fervour. The artists will present their works at a launch party on December 5, a weekend of exhibition and a close on December 8.
Works from Marian Machismo, FKN-MAD, Ruskidd and Carlotta Phelan have been developed in the basement to reflect the theme of 6MOD and are for sale over the three-day period. The launch party will feature the static and interactive works alongside Amin Payne, Edd Fisher and Hudson James Jr.”
Check out this great little video preview of some of the work in the show …
Well, it been an epic road, and with two days of painting to go we’re almost ready to celebrate!
We cordially invite you to celebrate with us this Friday night, 29th of November, from 6pm to 9pm as the ALLYOURWALLS team and all the artists present the completion of the project!
ALLYOURWALLS brings together some of Melbourne’s finest graffiti crews/collectives and street artists, in a major makeover of Hosier and Rutledge Lanes, in order to celebrate the significant role street art and graffiti continues to play in Melbournes cultural life.
Located in central Melbourne, Hosier Lane, along with its cobbled ‘anabranch’ Rutledge Lane, first came to prominence as a venue for street art and graffiti in the 1990s. Since then, the walls of the lanes have functioned as an exhibition site for local and visiting international graffiti and street artists.
Over a period of two massive painting sessions during November, both Hosier and Rutledge Lanes have been completely transformed, top to bottom, by over 100 local graffiti and street artists – all of which will culminate this Friday night in an event in Hosier Lane, in homage to Melbourne graffiti and street art.
Huge, massive thankyou to EdInFocus for taking care of all the video media for us – keep an eye out in the next few weeks for the full feature.
Mistys diner will be providing a bunch of the nights entertainment, and there will not only be a chance to check out all the artwork, but there will be some special event-only video-graffiti displays that you have to check out!
Who: At last count, over 100 of Melbournes finest graffiti and street artists. What: ALLYOURWALLS Where: Hosier Lane, Melbourne When: Friday 29th November, 6pm til 9pm
Last weekend ex-Sydney and newly minted Melbourne artist Alexandra Lederman opened up her first solo show here in Collingwood, with LandEscapes. With playful abstractions juxtaposed with imaginative landscapes, this was a great showing by an emerging artist whose work we are particularly keen to follow!
Big thanks to David Russell for all the shots, and congrats to Alexandra on her first Melbourne show!
A combination of Shodo (traditional calligraphy) and graffiti elements Jun’s work it awesome. Being a massive fan of both Japanese calligraphy and graff I’m always excited to hear about new work by Jun. this should be a great show.
From the Backwoods Press Release: “Jun Inoue was raised in regional Kanagawa, Japan, where he studied Shodō (traditional Japanese calligraphy). His grand father, a Zen Monk, became a major influence on his philosophy and aesthetic vision. Upon moving to Tokyo, the energy of the city’s underground – jungle, hip-hop and most importantly, graffiti – played a major role in further shaping his aesthetic development.
At the time, Tokyo graffiti had become focused on distinctive sweeping movements and minimalistic abstract shapes, a stylistic direction inspired by visionary Tokyo artists Kami and Sasu. It was in this scene that Jun found the platform for his unique vision.
Stripping both Graffiti and Shodō back to a single common element, Jun’s artwork combines powerful and energetic movement with contemplative, Zen-line elegance. By finding a balance between the two traditions, Jun has given them both renewed relevance and context. Since his first exhibition with Backwoods Gallery, “New Yellow #1” in 2011, Jun has successfully promoted his unique vision of traditional Japanese aesthetics to a wide audience both within Japan and abroad. His collaborative collection with Tokyo fashion designer Miharayasuhiro culminated in an acclaimed live paint performance at Paris fashion week 2012. While in Australia his installations at the ASSIN boutiques in both Melbourne and Sydney have earned him an impressive list of collectors and private commissions across the country.
The Buddhist term “KUH” means to understand nothingness. This concept is keenly expressed through the interplay between negative and positive space in much of Jun’s artwork. KUH is also the title for Jun Inoue’s upcoming exhibition at Backwoods Gallery, where he will be presenting a collection of new paintings on paper and canvas. During the opening night the gallery will become the stage for a live paint performance, as Jun completes the final piece of the show in front of our guests.”
Jun Inoue – Kuh
Jun Inoue – Kuh
Jun Inoue – Kuh
Jun Inoue – Kuh
Who: Jun Inoue
Where: Backwoods Gallery. 25 Easey st. Collingwood.
When: Friday the 15th of November. 6 – 10pm. Live performance at 7pm. On display until Sunday 24th of November.
We headed down to Backwoods Gallery last Friday night to check out Misos show, Bright Night Sky, and got a whole bunch of photos from the opening – great turnout, and the show was already sold out before it even opened! Nice.
Big thanks to DCats and David Russell for all the pics, nice one boys!
On Saturday Lou Chamberlain released her labour of love “Street Art Melbourne”. Lou has been collecting shots of Melbourne’s amazing street art in our streets and lanes for the last 6 years or so, and the result is this great new book, showcasing some of Melbourne’s best along side interstate and international visitors. Lou also invited a bunch of artists down and provided some paint to help colour the lane. Thanks to Dave Russell as usual for the great shots.
The book will be on sale from Friday this week and is published by Explore Australia (a subsidiary of Hardy Grant). You can grab a copy at all good bookstores, or online here.
Gary Seaman was here in Melbourne not too long ago, and, catching up on our snapshot backlog, we have all the photos from his show down at Just Another Project Space in Prahran! He also recently had a show this week up in Sydney, head over to The Opening Hours to check that one out!
For now, take a look at what he did whilst he was here in the ‘Burn, mad shit …
Just got this one in the mail, and wow, what a lineup in this epically mega femme block party coming up from the crew at aMBUSH Gallery – looking at this list of artists, DJs and other entertainment has me pretty envious of Sydney right now.
"In an industry dominated by male influence, only the toughest, edgiest and most prolific female street artists have a voice. With the launch of new collaborative initiative, the Stayfly Sydney Block Party, all that is about to change.
A battalion of fierce female street artists are carving out a space for themselves – a movement within a movement – and they are set to launch their first strike on the street art boys’ club at an exhibition and party on Friday 20 September at aMBUSH Gallery.
The exhibition will feature works by both local and international female artists, with particular focus on our Australian heroines including Ala Paredes, Alexandra Lederman, Alisha Hinds, Amy Sutho, Atong Atem, Averie Harvey, Ayla the Caveman, Evah,Gunnzel,Josephine Tesauro,Ksenia Ishenko,Ladie Killerz Crew, LadyJ, Lotte Smith, L’Ove Ariel, Maiden,Meghan Byrne,Nikki Vajjas,Opals,Rebecca Murphy, Sally Gottlieb, Sarah Musa,Sear, Zeke’s Lunchbox +Underground Appearance M.I.D
International artists and crews include Dani Dillinger (UK), F.E.M. WRS (USA), Gurls Love Vandal crew (Colombia), HeLa Xact Art (USA), Ladies In Da Game Crew (Poland), Maybe (France), Pam Photos (Italy) and Pekoe (UK).
However, the Stayfly Sydney Block Party is more than just an art exhibition. The event is an all encompassing urban experience, headlined by female hip-hop artists Coda Conduct, Dawn Laird, Femecee, DJ LouLou, Ines, MC Thorn, Mirrah Reflect, Sarah Connor, Shereene,Thraxxy Harlem and Vcee.
The Block Party marks the launch of a new community of passionate women who are defining the girls’ corner of the urban movement and exploring Sydney’s potential as a canvas for like-minded ladies.
Join aMBUSH Gallery this Friday from 5-10pm to welcome Stayfly to the Sydney scene. Complimentary Mountain Goat Beer and Alibi American Whiskey will be served on the night."
Check out a little preview video below, and head on down to the show this Friday night – damn, another show I wish I was in Sydney for!
Who: Ala Paredes, Alexandra Lederman, Alisha Hinds, Amy Sutho, Atong Atem, Averie Harvey, Ayla the Caveman, Evah, Gunnzel, Josephine Tesauro, Ksenia Ishenko, Ladie Killerz Crew, LadyJ, Lotte Smith, L’Ove Ariel, Maiden, Meghan Byrne, Nikki Vajjas, Opals, Rebecca Murphy, Sally Gottlieb, Sarah Musa, Sear, Zeke’s Lunchbox +Underground Appearance M.I.D – Dani Dillinger (UK), F.E.M. WRS (USA), Gurls Love Vandal crew (Colombia), HeLa Xact Art (USA), Ladies In Da Game Crew (Poland), Maybe (France), Pam Photos (Italy) and Pekoe (UK) What: Stay Fly Exhibition & Block Party Where:aMBUSH Gallery, 4A James Street, Waterloo Sydney When: Show opens Friday 20th September from 5pm til 10pm
Well it has been another busy month; so much to see and do in Melbourne, we are so fortunate to have such a diverse range constantly evolving walls, here are just a few of my favourite images while getting my street safari on.
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