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Exhibition Review ‘Direction / Instruction’ at Paradigm Gallery

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‘Direction / Instruction’ is a traveling group exhibition boasting an outstanding lineup of artists.

Having already enjoyed successful stops in Denver at Svperordinary and at CAVE Gallery, Venice Beach, Cali, ‘Direction / Instruction’ is currently on expo thru September 17th at Paradigm Gallery in Philadelphia.

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Half a Dozen Questions with Graphic Surgery

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Recently I sent over a few questions, half dozen to be exact.  GS is a duo of Dutchies, Erris Huigens, and Gysbert Zijlstra.   I sent each the questions independently, and asked them to answer them ‘blindly’ ..a kind of  The Dating Game ,  questionaire, just to see how congruent is the party line.  Turns out…pretty much on target.

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French – ‘Brainfade’

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Richard ‘French’ Sayer is an artist and illustrator originally from the UK who now resides and works in Melbourne, Australia. French’s iconic style has allowed him to create artwork across a wide range of fields from illustration and graphics for the music industry to advertising and fashion for the skateboard industry. In his new exhibition ‘Brainfade’, French further explores the his classic dark illustration style with an injection of vivid fluorescent colour, propelling his artworks into a retro future fantasy.

‘Brainfade’ is influenced by in part by the black light metal posters of the 70s fused with French’s strong connection to skate graphic language, creating a new world where the medieval meets science fiction. French exhibits continuously around the world in both group and solo exhibitions.

‘Brainfade’ opens at Backwoods Gallery this Friday Aug 26th from 6-10pm.

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Sam Yong – ‘K E E P S A K E S’

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Sam Yong is an artist and illustrator from Melbourne. He works across different traditional mediums. As a self-confessed introvert, Sam has a love of nature and solo adventure. He is often found booking a last minute flight to a far away land. This love of solitude, the unknown and the natural world manifests itself through his artwork. Sam’s work has been exhibited in Paris, the United States, New Zealand and Melbourne, along with a multitude of private commissions across the globe.

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Premiering his highly anticipated second exhibition, ‘K E E P S A K E S’ Yong’s new work explores the complexity of the human condition, with focus on how seemingly temporal emotions can manifest themselves as everlasting memories. The collection uses allegorical subject matter to take the audience on an immediate journey of emotion, evoking and creating memories on sight. The contrast between the emotional human psyche being portrayed by the cruel unforgiving reality of the natural world is a beautiful yet tragic and intriguing relationship.

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Senekt – ‘Spectrum’

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Backwoods Gallery warmly welcomes SENEKT for his debut solo exhibition, titled SPECTRUM.

Following up his explosive arrival on Melbourne’s street art scene SENEKT is presenting a collection of vivid paintings and sculptures that explore the relationship between emotion and color.

Opening Friday 12th of August at 6pm.

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Pejac – “Law of The Weakest” solo show

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Since 22nd of July Londonewcastle Project Space in Shoreditch is showing “Law of The Weakest”, a self produced solo show by the Spanish artist Pejac. Coincidentally, his first major London show will also be the last art event held at the legendary venue.

Artist who raised a lot of attention with his engaged public works that speak about environmental, social, political, racial and other important subjects, created a large new body of work for this showing. The works currently on view in London are continuing his interventions created everywhere from his hometown of Santander in Spain to Norway, Jordan, Japan, Seoul and other places he’s been working at.

The exhibition consists of some 35 new works that include drawings, paintings, sculptures, installations as well as a limited edition released for the event. Using wide range of techniques and materials, each piece Pejac produces carries a strong message. From Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” stained glass replica on an astronaut helmet, to a large canvas depicting a landfill full of books, his work criticize current state of the world and cleverly point out subjects other tend to ignore. The entire show is installed in a coherent showing, giving each piece enough place to be enjoyed and admired. Special focus was definitely put on his remake of Monet’s “Poppies” by hanging it on a wall covered with Victorian wallpaper. “Hunter”, a round oil on panel also got a prominent spot displayed on a large wall full of bullet holes, while one of his more famous images, “Meadow” got a special room being displayed along one of the sculptural pieces “Bunker”.

The show will stay on view only until 31st of July, so make sure you visit this landmark exhibition if you’re in London.

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RAW INC.

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We took 5 with Raw Inc bossman and all round nice guy Kalis recently to talk all things Inc! Check it out below!

What is Raw Inc and how did it come to be?
It started back in 1987, by myself (KALIS) messing around with a few crew name ideas, while hanging with friends getting up to no good late at night walking the streets on the outer Western Line as you do. Raw originally stood for Real.Aussie.Writers or Read.And.Weep among a few others…

Raw is a collective of artists starting from Australia, England, Germany, France and America. The guys support and rep us all the time and we try to support them in anyway we can as well. We’re all on the same path.

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BSIDE Gallery

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BSIDE Gallery is set to open on the 15th of July with an electrifying group show celebrating the talent and diversity within Fitzroy’s creative scenes.

The show features an incredible lineup of both emerging and established Australian artists including Ben Frost, Abyss 607, Swerfk, Hancock, Frosk, Mike Eleven, Gigi, Goodie, Aaaron Grech, Kenz and Zamara Robison.

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From street art and graffiti to fine art and installation this show will present the birth of a new era in the local arts scene: promoting an open and inclusive platform for both the artists and the audience that defies the norm of the traditional gallery setting. We want to challenge the existing paradigm and celebrate a diverse array of artistic practices and new conversations that keeps the Fitzroy art scene alive.

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THE MORTAL DRAMA by YUSK IMAI

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‘Life’s absurdity and the inevitability of death are the central themes of The Mortal Drama by Yuske Imai. In 2015, after temporarily relocating studios from Berlin to Sao Paulo, in order to be closer to his family, Yuske found himself confronted by a series of personal tragedies. It’s from within this confrontation that the themes of The Mortal Drama were formed. After staring into the chimeric eyes of existence, life and death, Yuske returned to the canvas, each time, with a visceral and profound message, touched by his experiences. Life is beautiful, it is sad, it gives and it takes and any sense of control might just be an illusion.

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The Mortal Drama is an story of existence, told across twelve paintings on canvas, from the most symbolically expressive and profound artists that Backwoods Gallery has been lucky enough to work with. We hope that our community has time to visit The Mortal Drama between the 15-26th of July at the Backwoods Gallery main space in Collingwood.’ Alexander Mitchell, 2016. Director – Backwoods Gallery.

Cam Scale – ‘State of Mind’

Growing up in Sydney and influenced by the trackside graffiti throughout the suburbs, Melbourne-based multidisciplinary artist Cam Scale was motivated to create his own art. “I grew up drawing. My parents encouraged me and tried sending me to art classes when I was young, but it wasn’t until I hit high school I showed a real interest. A close mate and I used to hang out creating mischief, mainly blowing stuff up, until we discovered graffiti,” says Scale. “After that, I was hooked. I tried to maintain some form of grades at school, but much of the time was spent out until the early hours, and then battling to stay awake in class!”

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After an attempt at graphic design, Scale realised that he wanted to be drawing the pictures, not moving them around. A ten-month graffiti binge around Europe followed, and upon return Scale moved to Melbourne and began an illustration course. As an artist, Scale admits, “Melbourne just had all the opportunities and a fresh start.” The rest as they say, is history.

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Considered a renowned graffiti writer and large-scale photorealist, Scale has now called Melbourne home for almost a decade. His first major solo show, ‘State Of Mind’ explores the viewer’s attitude towards graffiti, street and urban art and delves into the previously unexplored parallels of the urban and contemporary art world.

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