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PHANTOM PAIN by YUSK IMAI and DANTE HOROIWA


“During one of our many discussions in the studio, we came across a hidden sensation, something that is always present, yet its causes or even the meaning of its existence still felt very abstract, but we agreed in describing it as a dull but constant pain.

This is our attempt to interpret this well of abstract sensations, and during this process we hit many notes, but one in particular kept showing up over and over for both of us, death. Maybe the fear of it, maybe what it leaves behind for the living, whatever it is, it exists.

This phantom pain keeps us going, fuelling our actions in life, always present, like gravity flowing through us and all things, always wise, reminding us, ironically, that everything is impermanent.

We hope that you may welcome this pain with warmth, and that it may feel less abstract now, as it does for us, through our exhibition Phantom Pain at Backwoods Gallery from June 8th to June 24th 2018.”

– Yusk Imai and Dante Horoiwa

YUSK IMAI

Yusk Imai is a contemporary artist who was born in the U.S.A. in 1982, to a Japanese descendent family. At the age of 6 months his family migrated to São Paulo where he currently lives and works.

Since 2007, Yusk has exhibited extensively within galleries, at art fairs and on the street across Europe, U.S.A., Australia and South America. The flat perspectives and dramatic curves demonstrated in Imai’s work is reminiscent of Art Nouveau greats such as Gustav Klimt.

Imai’s paintings and drawings lure us into state of self-consciousness and questioning. These ostensibly post-apocalyptic works tread warily between sci-fi apparitions, threatening premonitions and horror stills. Like a séance, they speak to Dali’s technique for creative thinking; a thinking that was founded on the moments in which we begin to fall asleep. When this sleeping pattern is interrupted and we are awoken, we find the subconscious rise to the conscious as a definitive form.

DANTE HOROIWA

Dante Horoiwa is a self-taught contemporary artist who was born in São Paulo, Brazil in 1988, to a Japanese descendent family. Recently, Horoiwa has exhibited his paintings at the El Centenario Museum in Mexico, with further features in United States, South and North American galleries, as well as large scale murals on the streets of East and West Europe.

His work frequently deals with themes closely connected to the foundations of human existence, which are universal to all living beings. Using a placid colour scheme of neutral shades, Horoiwa’s paintings, drawings and murals possess a mysterious, spiritual and soulful tonality. His work delves into the depths of human experience to explore the seen and unseen, using familiar devices such as long hair, textiles, plants and threads to connect the various forms, and evoke our sense of something magical and supernatural.

Exhibition catalogue available on request from: sales@backwoods.gallery

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Taylor White – Physical Phenomena

Taylor White presents her latest solo exhibition, Physical Phenomena, opening at ABV Gallery, Atlanta, on Saturday 26th May. 

“The human form is an exquisitely expressive conduit through which we may depict conversations, explore fields of consciousness, and realize the cathartic points at which the soul confronts its physical form. I am endlessly inspired by the movement of the body, particularly as it represents itself through improvisational dance. I consider the dance floor a fantastic microcosm in which one can observe a very deep aspect of human connection; one that explores trust, boundaries, and relationships, and the graceful instinct of the human body to move through space.”

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‘Lonesome Souls’ – Loretta Lizzio

“Occasionally one wakes at 4 am. With the urge to drive south in the dark and feel the dawn peek back. To stop at the deserted beach and swim into the chill of anonymity with no obligation to anyone or anything, salved in a loss.”
Brett Whitely

With a style that’s developed from pen and line drawings, through realistic pencil drawings and blossomed into painting, ‘Lonesome Souls’ explores people. People who soothe themselves by being alone and enjoying solitude in natural places enticing the viewer to feel still and a little more tranquil.

After developing an obsession with water, Lizzio was captured by the underwater photography of Janaka Rodrigue, something which she knew she had to paint. This body of work forms the main theme of ‘Lonesome Souls’, exploring the feeling of weightlessness, the feeling being completely immersed in nothingness. ‘Lonesome Souls’ is the culmination of months of hard work, non-stop creating and no social life, but Lizzio states, “It’s the most natural thing to me, the best release andsomething that makes me happier than anything else.”

‘Lonesome Souls’ opens this Friday 27 May 2018, at 226A Johnston St, Fitzroy.
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Wandelism – Berlin

From the 17-24 MARCH 18 an old car workshop in Wilhelmsaue 32 in Wilmersdorf, Berlin, is being transformed by over 60 Berliners – a week before the demolition.  With some of the proceeds, the AWO Kita Kinderwald day care centre is being established for children.
Featuring artists:
ONUR / WENU / FINO / LOOMIT / 1UP / BERLIN KIDZ ÜF / DXTR / DAVE THE CHIMP / RAWS / BASE 23 / BOA1 / TOBO / BEN ONE / OUPS / TOY CREW / VIDAM / STEREOHEAT / STAN / NASCA UNO / WESR / BOA1 / AKTE ONE / KUZB 136 / ANNE BENGARD / HAGEN SCHÖNFELD / OSTAP SELFMADE CREW / YAT / BILL KNOSPI / SENOR SCHNU / CAROLINA AMAYA / JEROME GRAFF / HÜLPMAN / PARISUR PART / OLLY / POTATO / ILL. / STAN / MARINA ZUMI / KITRA / KISH / WANDBRAND / AIRBIOS / DRINK & DRAW / GOMES / CLAIRE CHAULET / 75SCON / PAIN / FARIBA LENZEN / SATO / SKENAR 73 / ZVENZVEN / DEJOE / TAPE FABIFA / SPOARE / CATHERINE LUPIS THOMAS / ROSKO / DUTER / SKALMO / TACK / RON MILLER / CANION. BERLIN / ANDREAS GEBALLER / RENZO BAYER / BEROL 377 / EMMA RYTOFT / LARA MINERVA / TOMEKK / RIOT1394 / THYM’ART / MR SASA / RISER / ALICE GREEN / AEROSOLICZ / COKYONE / C 0MPUTERJAN

KASSO+SMOGG presents Spring Affair

‘A week-long happening in the historic heart of Bristol, featuring a shimmering constellation of UK artists.’

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As its 6-month residency in Bristol’s historic Stock Exchange district draws to a close, progressive pop-up gallery and concept store KASSO+SMOGG invite you to celebrate the Spring Equinox with a microcosm of happenings over the course of 7 gradually lengthening days.
In keeping with the spring theme of renewal, each day will see a new mix of work from a stellar line-up of artists alongside featured products from the archives, including works from long-since sold out editions.

Featured artists will include:

Mr. Jago, Mudwig, Anna Marrow, Vinnie Nylon, Lucy McLauchlan, Sickboy, Paris, Russell Maurice, Matt Eko, Anna Higgie, Penfold, plus more guests TBA.

Spring Affair opens with a preview reception on March 22nd from 6 – 9:30pm at 34 St. Nicholas St. Bristol BS1 1TG and will continue through March 29th from 10am – 5pm, at which point the space will stay true to its mantra and ‘disappear here’.

Space for the preview is limited and RSVP is essential via: hello@kasso.smogg.com

Visit www.kasso-smogg.com and @kasso.smogg for more information and teasers.

‘Scarlet’ – James Reka

‘Du bist verrückt mein Kind, du mußt nach Berlin.’ (Franz von Suppé)

Have you ever felt that things are not within your power? Meekness is a fiendish strategy to hold intact all that is dreadful and extreme. Self-subversion and asceticism hold strong, but quietly and softly the eyes of the charming and innocent boggle upwards at the hedonist. She unveils the dark ritual of work, eat, sleep, repeat – the catalepsy caused by first world existence; escalating the desire for pleasure to it’s all mighty destruction. She is Scarlet.

From the roaring 1920’s, to the second World War, and the Berlin Wall that divided the German Capital for 28 years – Berlin has historically been a dark dystopia, juxtaposed between desire and destruction. The fate this city bore has given birth to unique cultural grounds, where the lines between high life and underground are inescapably blurry. Nourished by street art, punk culture, techno music, sexual laxity and hedonism – a new generation has transformed the artefacts of Berlin’s dark past to create a Scarlet utopia of the post-war state.

Following a journey of influence in Berlin, Reka returns to Melbourne for his first solo exhibition in 4 years – Scarlet. Metaphoric notions of reconstruction are actualised through the post-cubist, industrial stylisation of the female form that features throughout Reka’s latest works – both painted and sculptural. His ‘Scarlet’ collection bears Reka’s iconic visual language, with hints of a modern romance amidst historical sculptural artefacts, erotic art forms and Berlin’s unavoidable pleasures.

Surrender to the hedonist, wander the darkness and experience James Reka’s ‘Scarlet’ at Backwoods Gallery from March 23rd to April 8th 2018. Enquiries: sales@backwoods.gallery

James Reka stands as one of Australia’s most respected young contemporary artists, having earn’t his place in the National Gallery of Australia’s permanent collection. While currently based in Berlin, Germany. His origins lie in the alleyways and train lines of Melbourne’s inner-suburbs, where he spent over a decade refining his now-emblematic aesthetic and pioneering of a new style of street art in Australia as part of the original Everfresh crew.

Surrealist, abstracted characters emerge from the depths of Reka’s mind, communicating through strong lines, bold colours and post-cubist styling. These figures live in the homes and laneways of three continents, clambering up walls and enriching the urban environment with his iconic visual language.

With influences in pop culture, cartooning and illustration, Reka’s studio style emerged from his early design practice, featuring striking lines and colour ways. Over time, the logos and symbols he created evolved into more structured, animated forms and evolved to new mediums: murals, photography, and most recently sculpture.

Through these origins, Reka has developed an incredibly diligent, almost obsessive attention to the technical proficiency of his studio work, which has elevated him to produce meticulously detailed, collected pieces. His art sits somewhere between humorous and menacing, contrasting the two opposing feelings in a way that is unique to his vision. These pseudo-human forms are recognisable but isolating, playful yet eerie.

This is Reka’s art: a paradox between fastidious design and graffiti.

Recently, Reka has held solo shows in London, San Francisco, Paris and Milan, has exhibited at the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) in Bristol, as well as pieces appearing in New York, Munich, Denver and Cologne exhibitions. On the streets, his characters adorn the walls of cities around the world from Japan to Buenos Aires, Montreal to Brooklyn, Rome and Berlin.

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DENIAL – CONTROL + ALT + DELETE

Does the world as we know it need a hard reset? International street artist DENIAL explores this question with his newest collection of visual subversions for Control Alt Delete, his inaugural exhibition at Melbourne’s Vs. Gallery.

CONTROL+ALT+DELETE examines the current corporate power structures that seek to control our thoughts and lives and, ultimately, our wallets. Through advertising and branding techniques, these companies attempt to alter how we perceive the world in order to encourage consumerism at any cost. The pieces in the exhibition work to alter our perception of these branded images in an effort to interrupt their function and to create a new dialogue about the nature of our capitalistic lives. DENIAL works to develop bold new meanings by taking these household names and iconography and reimagining their structure and purpose to foster alternative modes of thinking. How long can our society coexist with corporate values and aspirations? Is it time to reboot?

The exhibition will feature a broad collection of works across a variety of mediums. From 3-D laser-cut assemblages, to original limited edition screen prints and wood-panel aerosol paintings, DENIAL takes his signature street style and boils it down to ironically consumable artworks that are as visually stunning as they are thought-provoking.

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Herakut’s RENTAL ASYLUM

On Saturday, February 24, downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) will proudly present the latest exhibition from leading German graffiti artists and storytellers HERAKUT — HERA (Jasmin Siddiqui) and AKUT (Falk Lehmann). Titled “Herakut’s RENTAL ASYLUM,” the exhibition of all new works will inhabit CHG’s 4,500 square-foot main gallery, with the artists in attendance.

Regarding their newest creations, HERAKUT states: “The show is called ‘Rental Asylum’ — as we all need to rent a place somewhere far from today’s actual reality, don’t we? And all our creatures on canvas are the happy patients of our rental asylum. They all have different reasons for checking in with us, for a bit, before facing the shit show our world has become.”

After joining forces in 2004, the artists merged their names and styles to collaborate as HERAKUT. Since then, the duo have been painting murals all over the world, along with additional works on canvas, paper and film for gallery and museum shows. Beyond international exhibitions around the world (France, Gaza, Germany and Jordan, among many others), live festival showings at Glastonbury (U.K.), Coachella (U.S.) and an appearance at the Happy 80th Birthday, Dalai Lama celebration (U.S.), this marks HERAKUT’s second exhibition at the gallery.

HERAKUT consider themselves “storytellers” who want to share their thoughts and questions with the public, so their figurative work is always accompanied with text. Their process of painting is also a dialogue with both artists adding their individual techniques to the piece. Jasmin uses her drawing skills on finding the form and proportion of their characters, while Falk specializes on painting the photorealistic elements.

In addition, HERAKUT are also involved with a variety of charity organizations — where the two work with children in schools and youth programs teaching young people to create a world for themselves — inside their minds. A collection of their work can be found in their books HERAKUT – the perfect merge and After The Laughter.

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Spencer Keeton Cunningham – ARRIVAL

In his current solo exhibit, artist & activist, Spencer Keeton Cunningham addresses the first point of contact between European colonists and indigenous peoples. In his distinct style, he has created a new mural, installation, film festival & art exhibit at Space Gallery in downtown Portland, Maine. The opening reception is Friday Feb 2nd, 5-8pm 2018

“I’m really happy about this exhibit. It’s something new for me,” Cunningham stated. “The legendary Jonathan Richman of The Modern Lovers is actually coming to play a live musical set inside my art show, so it’s a big honour to be a part of something like that.”

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