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Mysterious Al – Blinking Into The Sunlight

World renowned contemporary urban artist Mysterious Al presents walk-through interactive art experience in a disused warehouse in Melbourne.

Following successful art exhibitions in London, Sydney and Los Angeles, Mysterious Al is back in Melbourne for his solo show: ‘Blinking into the Sunlight’, opening Friday 24th May 6pm – 9pm.

Rising to fame in the early 2000s in the UK, with the emergence of street-art alongside D*Face and Word to Mother, Mysterious Al has worked with Vans, Yahoo!, Carhartt, Volvo and Levi’s, even creating custom designed shoes with Adidas.

After the controversial backlash to his ‘Amy Winehouse – Bride of Frankenstein’, a chance encounter with some African masks at a London museum gave the artist new-found inspiration;

“I was desperate for a piss so popped into the museum to find a toilet. I went the wrong way and ended up in a room full of African masks. These crazy dudes were simple and crudely made yet they had so much character and expression. It was a time in my life when I was feeling lost and trapped within my work, and the vibe of these masks gave me a newfound energy. I made my first mask painting that night.” – Says Al.

Mysterious Al is returning to his roots to create an unforgettable, one weekend-only exhibition showing brand new canvases and installations.

His new solo exhibition will showcase over 30 new works through an experiential journey from darkness to light.

‘Blinking into the Sunlight’ is open to the public Friday 24th to Sunday 26th May at 16-20 Langridge St, Collingwood, VIC.

www.mysteriousal.com

Backwoods Gallery Launches Annual Fundraiser

Backwoods Gallery is an independently run commercial gallery that began as an Artist Run Initiative in 2010. From humble beginnings as a platform for its artist owners to exhibit artwork of their own, Backwoods has grown to become world recognised, working with the likes of MONA and The Japan Foundation.

As a small commercial gallery, they do not receive funding from government arts grants, nor do they have the support from another commercial business. In most cases galleries rely on one or the other for funding due to the volatile nature of the industry.

Backwoods’ unique situation means the gallery relies on sales from exhibitions to rent the space, run projects, workshops, produce exhibitions, pay wages and more. The reality of hands-on collaboration with their artists and community has helped them forge strong and long-lasting relationships all the artists with whom they work, all of which they consider to be good friends, as well as their community of friends and collectors.

Backwoods Gallery only exhibits artists they really believe in, have relationships with, and who are a part of their community, such as Minna Leunig, Shohei Otomo, Reka, Twoone, Roa, Fintan Magee, Georgia Hill and more. They are dedicated to working, developing and growing with the artists they represent to ensure long-lasting, professional relationships.

Due to rising overheads, the gallery requires significant financial assistance to run smoothly. To meet these ongoing challenges they have planned an annual fundraiser which aims to take the pressure off day-to-day operations to allow them to continue to produce great exhibitions.

The online fundraiser auction will feature significant artworks from artists they’ve worked with closely over the past 9 years. The artworks will be hung in a special weekend exhibition at the gallery, with all funds raised going to help pay overheads for the space.

The exhibition will run from the 24th to the 26th May, and will be a silently auctioned online, open to all collectors and guests both locally and internationally.

Backwoods Gallery first annual fundraiser auction
Opening Night: Friday May 24th from 6-10pm.

Auction begins: Friday May 24th, 6pm AEST
Auction Closes: Sunday May 26th, 6pm AEST

Auction open Friday 24th, 6pm AEST – Sunday 26th, 6pm AEST

Happy bidding!

Mayonaize – ‘Memento’

This Friday, join Melbourne’s infamous Mayonaize as he opens his solo show ‘Memento’ at the incredible KSR Art Bar space. The space itself is a historic site – built around 1850, and at one point was a butter factory, now incorporated into the Rialto Piazza.

Mayonaize is a contemporary fine artist specialising in a unique calligraphy script style of lettering. Since moving to Australia in 2001, graffiti has been a major influence on his eclectic oeuvre,creating a well established profile within the Melbourne street-art scene with a multitude of public works.

His pieces are distinctive for his deliberate handwork and swift,
yet precise execution of a complex and elaborate style of monochromatic text.

He lives and works in Melbourne, also working as a highly sought after tattoo artist working out of Tattoo Magic in Fitzroy.

‘Memento’ opens 4pm Friday 17 May at the KSR Art Bar Space. 525 Collins Street, Melbourne.

@mayonaize

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OBJECT – Hiroyasu Tsuri / TWOONE

OBJECT by HIROYASU TSURI 釣 博泰 / TWOONE opens Nov 23 – Dec 9 at Backwoods Gallery, 25 Easey St, Collingwood.

“There are ideas that you simply can’t express in words, logic or a singular object. Rather, the idea needs to be expressed through a story, a series of works or a collection of objects.” 

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‘The Mountains We Climb’ – Ed Bechervaise

Urban contemporary artist Unwell Bunny (also known as Ed Bechervaise) opens his new exhibition ‘The Mountains We Climb’ on September 28th 2018, at Marfa Gallery in Melbourne.

‘The Mountains We Climb’ is a new body of work in which Ed explores Japan and its sensibilities. It has layers of feelings, from the chaos of Tokyo to the stillness of Kanazawa Hills. Each image is broken down into fragments, with slabs of colour, texture and tone that symbolise the experience, whether by night or day, dusk or dawn. This is a time capsule of travel, but also of the struggle and exploration each of us go through in growing as people and evolving beyond what we know.

‘The Mountains We Climb’ is about pushing the limits of understanding. Exploring that place that brings discomfort and pushing the elements of your processing ability. Ed has done this with his exploration of abstraction and reinterpretation, pushing forward a more sophisticated pallet. Deconstructing the elements he has recorded and reshaped through memory and feeling of Japan. Finding new cords with colour and with textual mediums that join together to form landscapes. With its global sensibility and edgy urban undertones, Ed’s motivations are both to be pleasing aesthetically while also disruptive emotionally, triggering questions in the viewer, which is both inward and outwardly focused.

Discover more at www.unwellbunny.com or Marfa Gallery http://www.marfagallery.com/exhibtion/

D*FACE: ‘HOME IS WHERE THE heART IS’

Internationally celebrated street artist D*FACE has been at the forefront of his practice since his initial breakthrough in 2005. Having grown up amidst the streets of London, he cultivated a keen interest in graffiti art and its disaffected mindset from an early age. As a teenager his artistic attentions turned to skate culture and the iconic skate deck designs of Jim Phillips and Vernon Courtlandt Johnson that he found in Thrasher Magazine. Inspired by their punk DIY aesthetic, D*Face attended an illustration and design course before beginning work as a freelance artist. Taking the public domain of the street as his canvas, he blended art, design and graffiti in a manner that pre-dated the emergence of street art as it is known today. Here the artist gained a great deal of attention, quickly rising to fame for the vivid nature of his designs. Despite now working in the gallery as well as the open canvas of the streets, D*Face continues to approach his work with the same anarchic energy that drove him to begin his career from the outset. His vibrant pop style and D*Dog logo have become synonymous with British street style and are recognized the world-over.

In addition to collaborating with the likes of Shepard Fairy and Banksy, D*Face has collaborated with Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II on a project that involved the customization of banknotes and coins and their secret reinsertion back into public circulation. In 2005 the artist was also commissioned by the Vatican to produce a portrait in commemoration of Pope Benedict XVI’s instatement.

“HOME IS WHERE THE heART IS” is D*Face’s first ever exhibition in the Pacific Northwest. The exhibition will highlight some of his most iconic works to date including his depictions of recognizable females in the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Queen Elizabeth II.

The majority of D*Face’s work is centered around the heart throbbing, push-pull affections of love and loss, most notably visible in his series of painted romance novel book covers. Using the name of the book as context, the paintings compliment the artist’s inter- pretation of the titles. Other notable works in the exhibition will include his iconic use of Coca Cola bottles and the repetitious use of the word “RIOT.” The word is a reference to the anti-authoritarian roots of street art culture and represents the self-described “poor man’s grenade,” an object associated with dissent. The RIOT series explores the use the objects as means to instill change through protest and revolution.

“I want to encourage people to not just to see, but to look at what surrounds them and their lives, re- ecting our increasingly bizarre popular culture, re-thinking and reworking cultural gures and genres to comment on our ethos of conspicuous consumption.”D*FACE

Opening reception on Thursday, August 2nd from 6pm-9pm at TREASON Gallery located in Pioneer Square, 319 3RD AVE S, Seattle, WA 98104.

More info available: WWW.TREASONGALLERY.COM

Pure Evil – ‘Sleepwalking Towards the Apocalypse’

Internationally renowned British artist Charley Uzzel-Edwards (PURE EVIL) returns to Australia with a new exhibition of his bold and engaging dystopian-pop artworks. Entitled ‘Sleepwalking Towards the Apocalypse’, his new show explores the cult of celebrity and the darker side of our utopian dreams an age where we’re immersed in social media.

“We are so bombarded with images and information” says EVIL, “that we are sleepwalking through our lives – there is just too much to process. I don’t think it’s the end of times, or the end of empires, but I do think that the times – they are definitely changing. Are we moving into a new utopian technology-driven age? Or are we sleepwalking towards the apocalypse?”

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‘Utopia’ – Adam Kinninmont

Since their beginnings, our friends at Backwoods have always fostered local and young artists. As they move into the future, Backwoods Forewoods aims to stay true to this ethos, fostering relationships with the next generation of up and coming Australian artists. Through this program, Backwoods Forewoods will spotlight young and local talent through a series of weekend exhibitions designed to support and promote our favourite emerging artists.

Backwoods are pleased to launch the program with their long time friend of the gallery, Adam Kinninmont, and his collection titled ‘Utopia.’

Adam Kinninmont, formerly known as Swerfk, is a Melbourne-based graphic artist. In his earliest memory of drawing, he is a four year old, pausing a Disney cartoon in order to trace over the character on the screen. This childhood exposure to TV animation and comic books, and later the skate and graffiti scene of his youth, has all played a role in the development of his artistic vision and unique graphic style. Since completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Printmaking and Drawing at the ANU in Canberra, Kinninmont has exhibited throughout Australia and internationally. His focus has recently shifted from graffiti to fine art graphic work. ‘Utopia’ is his first exhibition under his real name.

Kinninmont’s latest series claims its title somewhat ironically. In this body of work, the Western mirage of a sublime suburban existence is dissolved, and seen to be degraded, used, worn down over time by the grind and grit of everyday life. These street moments are composed from his own observation and exploration of Melbourne suburbia, in particular the older industrial suburbs of Collingwood and Brunswick. They are inspired by his interest in art deco and European style architecture, and of the tradition of architectural design illustration, which provides the backdrop for the ephemeral graffiti conversation irrepressibly expressed onto the scene. With inspiration drawn from the late Howard Arkley’s bright, highly stylised Melbourne suburbia paintings, Kinninmont’s illustrations have an added element of unease and mischievousness, a nod to the lively street culture here. Characterised by a bold 80s colour palette, his energetic, gestural style is balanced with technically executed detail and stylised abstraction. The presence of people is noticeably missing from each scene, leaving the natural and designed elements to be admired. However, this is no House & Garden magazine dream: you can see the cracks. – Helani Laisk

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‘A Forgiving Sunset’ – Scott Albrecht

First Amendment Gallery is proud to present ‘A Forgiving Sunset’, a solo exhibition of new woodworks, works on paper and steel sculptures by Scott Albrecht.

‘A Forgiving Sunset’ exhibits Albrecht’s most recent body of work offering an evolved approach to his unique graphic languages. Largely rooted in typography, his work reconsiders the relationship of message and viewer. With each work being made up of dozens, sometimes several hundreds of individual pieces that are cut, sanded, painted and re-assembled, often at varied depths, the works shift the conversation to a more visual language of relationships starting with form and color.



The narratives of Scott’s work often pull from or reference his own experiences and distill them into a more universal interpretation to allow the viewer to relate their own experiences, and in turn showing how we are more connected by these shared events.

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