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Shohei Otomo and Kosuke Kawamura – ‘Flat Bend’

Shohei Otomo is one of the most high-profile names of Tokyo’s independent illustration scene. His hyper-realist ball-point pen illustrations combine traditional japanese and pop-culture imagery to present a biting commentary on contemporary Japanese culture. This video was shot in the lead up to FLAT BEND, Shohei Otomo’s latest exhibition at Backwoods Gallery, Melbourne.

Flat Bend is series of collaborative works by Tokyo artists Shohei Otomo and Kosuke Kawamura. Together, these two artists present a “stereoscopic” vision of the twisted underbelly of Japanese society.

Backwoods Artist Profile : SHOHEI OTOMO from Alexander Mitchell on Vimeo.

Limited edition prints by Shohei Otomo are available online at
backwoods-gallery.myshopify.com/collections/shohei-otomo

Vhils “Dissection” Museum Show Recap

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From 5th of July until 5th of October 2014, Alexandre Farto aka Vhils, our Issue #22 cover artist, had a big museum show at the EDP Foundation in Lisbon. Being his biggest show so far, the focus of the show was dissecting the elements of what we recognize as urban life. The show included various styles of works, from public pieces through the city, signature scratched doors, paper and wood panels, styrofoam sculptures, to impressive dissected train cars. After 15 years of creating art, 2 years of working on this particular show, 3 months of showing the works to the public, Vhils’ landmark solo show reached a record-breaking attendance of over 65,000 visits!

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RONE – ‘Lumen’

Opening next week (October 24), Rone’s first show in Australia in over two year, ‘Lumen’, will include eleven large-scale portraits inside and outside of the gallery and a twelve metre high mural on the building’s adjoining ventilation tower. The space itself – an abandoned office building slated for demolition – has been transformed into a black (and blank) canvas. The artworks will be brought spectacularly to life by lighting designer, John McKissock.

“Lumen explores that pivotal moment in our lives when we realise that we need to believe in what we see [and know to be true] rather than what we’ve been told,”
“It’s that point in your life when it becomes time to think for yourself, formulate your own opinions and develop a sense of personal identity without consideration to the past or outside influences. That’s why I titled the show Lumen – thematically it’s a series of works about seeing or following the light.” Rone.

Check out the teaser video with a full version promised soon!

RONE Teaser from Robot Army on Vimeo.

Project Five – Volume Six

Project Five, an initiative of aMBUSH Gallery, is an award-winning public art initiative featuring a highly successful live art event, public art exhibition and art auction.

Each year since its inception in 2009, growing crowds of onlookers from all walks of life have gathered in Sydney’s public spaces to watch four cutting edge contemporary street artists transform blank canvases into masterpieces, right in front of their eyes.

With the arrival of Project Five Volume Six, located on the grounds of Sydney’s Darling Quarter, comes the inspiring talents of four dynamic artists – Askew One, Kyle Hughes-Odgers, Alex Lehours and 23rd Key.

TwoOne – ‘OUTSIDERS’

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TwoOne is one of Australia’s leading street artists and ‘OUTSIDERS’ is a body of work completed in a new Berlin studio.

‘OUTSIDERS’ opens this Friday at 6pm (Oct 10th) at Backwoods Gallery.

TwoOne has been kind enough to chat and tell us a bit more about he exhibition and his processes. Keep reading as there is a terrific process video too!

Damo: Tell us a bit about yourself, how you got into art, and how you describe your work to someone who hasn’t been lucky enough to encounter it before:

TWOONE: I’m originally from Japan, move to Melbourne at age of 18. I then lived and started working as artist in Melbourne for 10 years. I moved to Berlin early this year.

I work with lots of different material, and form, and my style changes depending on what I use. There is loose theme that goes through my work, which is psychological portrait.
Psychological portrait is visual translation of people’s emotions, and personality, often usings animals as symbols.

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Blek le Rat | Escaping Paris

New York’s ‘The Quin Hotel’ has welcomed Blek le Rat as its artist in residence this fall with an exhibit titled, ‘Blek le Rat | Escaping Paris.’ Curated by DK Johnston, the exhibit features 10 large-scale original Blek le Rat paintings, as well as an edition of 25 unique multiples and lithography the artist is creating at the New York Academy of Art during his tenure. This ambitious exhibition of monotypes and lithography is the result of the artist’s collaboration with the team at NYAA. Presented through the Quin Arts program, Blek le Rat’s latest show opens with an invitation-only reception and artist salon at the Quin on October 8th and will be on display during fall 2014.

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Kyle Hughes-Odgers

Kyle Hughes-Odgers is an Australian visual artist. For over a decade he has exhibited and created artwork throughout Australia and internationally: New York, Los Angeles, London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Berlin and Cambodia.  Damo was lucky enough to chat with Kyle at Sydney’s ‘Project 5′ and he has shared some inspirational videos.

First up we have ‘A Thousand Lights’. The concept for this work is based around an abstract aerial view of flying across the globe over Western Australia into Perth city. Abstract geometric pattern areas showcasing the environment with various colour changes from oranges, yellows of the desert to blues of the ocean and rivers. Bursts of colour highlighting life and activity within the growing metropolis of Perth and surrounding areas.
 
Keep checking back for more of Kyle’s work and an interview soon!

Kyle Hughes Odgers – A Thousand Lights (Perth Airport) from Peacock Visuals on Vimeo.

‘A Study of Hair’ – Dave Kinsey

In the ongoing series interviewing contributors to ‘A Study of Hair’ opening at Backwoods Gallery on Friday, we speak today with Dave Kinsey….

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‘Michelle, Ma Belle’ – detail – Dave Kinsey

Damo:  for the uninitiated, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

DK:  Dave Kinsey, full time painter, part time designer, living la vida loca in the Sierra Nevada mountains north of Los Angeles.

Damo:  Can you tell us about your piece, and how you have responded to the artistic brief?

DK:  “Michelle” by The Beatles was playing while I was sketching the piece. I’ve always loved that song, and since my wife’s middle name is Michelle too, I had that all in mind. Such a calming sound to it.

Damo:  What medium have you used?  Why did you choose this medium?

DK:  I really enjoy working with acrylic and collage utilizing old books, discarded postal envelops. etc., which I feel melds nicely together on the canvas. I especially love working with vintage book pages because of their interesting visual tonality, fragility, and personal histories.

Damo:  Why did you agree to be part of the ‘Study Of’ project?  It is a very ambitious task – how do you think it will be viewed on completion?

DK:  I really liked the concept—it’s one of the few thematic group showings that really makes sense to me. It’d love to see a book produced after 10 years or so of this continued series.

Damo:  On a more personal note, what can we expect to see from you in the next 18 months?

DK:  I just finished a huge show that opened at Library Street Collective in Detroit and now I’m back in the studio working on new pieces for Miami in December and Cologne, Germany in 2015.

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‘A Study of Hair’ – Miso

In the lead up to Backwoods Gallery ‘A Study of Hair’ Exhibition this Friday, 26 September we have been lucky enough to talk to some of the contributing artists.  Keep checking back as there will be drops for the next few days, and don’t forget if you want to see all of the work to contact sales@backwoodsgallery.com.  Today, we speak with Miso…

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‘Tangled 2’ – detail – Miso

Damo:  For the uninitiated, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Miso:  I’m so, so bad at answering this question!

Damo:  Can you tell us about your piece, and how you have responded to the artistic brief?

Miso:  Well, errr… I actually suggested the ‘hair’ idea to Alex, the curator, a while ago… and I think I found making the work actually a lot harder than any of the other artists, funny enough!  My hair is a bit of a bird’s nest, so I liked the idea of making a paper fold map of tangled hair, seeing how it got to that stage. A very clean map of something very messy.

Damo:  What medium have you used?  Why did you choose this medium?

Miso:  The work is a new experiment for me, making folded paper works – that are a little bit more sculptural.  The details are pin-pricks hammered into the paper, one by one, between the folds. It’s a medium I’ve been working with for a while now, and I really love the idea of drawing with nothingness – taking back from a blank sheet of paper, sculpting back – rather than adding on.

Damo:  Why did you agree to be part of the ‘Study Of’ project?  It is a very ambitious task – how do you think it will be viewed on completion?

Miso:  I suppose it’s really nice to be asked! It’s a very cool line-up to be a part of.  And it’s been a really, really great challenge – I think it’s a curatorial brief that made me make very different things, but work that I’m incredibly proud of – it’s not every day that a curator pushes you do that.

Damo:  On a more personal note, what can we expect to see from you in the next 18 months?

Miso:  Lots of publishing! More solo shows, and hopefully some architectural projects too.

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