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A STUDY OF EROTICA

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Backwoods Gallery is proud to announce, A Study Of Erotica, curated by Alexander Mitchell. A collection of erotic artwork by their favourite artists: Alexander Mitchell, Alpha Channeling, Anthony Lister, Ashley Wood, Kes Acorn, Kim Hyunji, Kristen Liu Wong, Senekt, Shida, Shohei Takasaki, Susanna Rose Sykes, Takeru Amano & Yone.

A Study Of… is a decade long series of exhibitions which started in 2012 in order to archive artwork from world renowned artists, focused on a common subjects which have a universal importance for artistic practices.

Backwoods’ hope is, that by the end of the project, they will be left with a collection of artwork that can function as an historic document as well as reference and inspiration for future artists.

A Study Of Erotica is the sixth exhibition in the series, following exhibitions on Hands, Eyes, Hair, Camouflage & Darkness.

A Study Of Erotica is on display at Backwoods Gallery from the 10th until the 26th of February.

Miaz Brothers – Hazy state of affairs – Wunderkammern Gallery

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The Miaz Brothers (Milan, 1965 and 1968) live and work in Valencia, Spain. Winners of the prestigious 5th Arte Laguna Awards Painting section in 2011, they boast exhibitions in important galleries and international art fairs. The artists are nowadays well-known for their innovative and original approach in portrait painting: through a skilful use of acrylics on canvas they produce enigmatic and evocative artworks, in which the representation appears completely blurry and out-of-focus. Stimulating mnemonic and personal associations in the viewer’s mind, their work aims to engage our visual and cognitive perception.

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Invader – My Game is … @ Musee en Herbe

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VNA favourite featured artist Invader is returning to Paris for his first show in the French capital since 2011  and invading the Musee en Herbe as his playground for an exhibition titled Hello, My Game is…. 

Featuring over 100 new works, the show retraces his inspirations from the infamous arcade games like Pac-Man and Q*bert and characters from children’s animation including the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Miyazaki’s Ponyo. Visitors from all ages could discover and rediscover and play with the videogames.

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A control board with interactive world map highlights all the 67 invaded cities across the past 20 years as well as life size ‘alias’ mosaics.

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Entering the Rubikcubism room, visitors discover footage from 80’s Rubik Cubes competitions and a series of Disney characters like tiger Shere Khan from the Jungle Book, or Peter Pan. This particular work is made from 1,320 Rubik’s Cubes making it his largest such piece to date. Children and fans can recreate their own 8-bits mosaics on a ‘pixel’ magnet wall.

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Entering the top level of the exploration game, visitors can enjoy the series of masks used during Invader’s streets interventions and have a glimpse of the artist’s studio.

We are pleased to see that Invader is wearing the limited edition collaborative scarf and some nice gems to be found in his studio.

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The exhibition is very playful and aims to engage with the inner children within us all.

Invader explains – ‘I have myself often drawn inspiration from the world of childhood. Besides, who other than an adult with a child’s soul could devote his life to invading the world with video game characters? Also, this exhibition is very close to my heart because children represent the future. Education and dialogue with children are the key to a good future for humanity and tomorrow’s world.’

A 40-page book containing games and stickers published by Casterman also accompany the exhibition.

Hello My Game is…
26 Jan – 3 Sept 2017
From Monday to Sunday (10am to 7pm; 9pm on Thursdays)
23 rue de l’Arbre-Sec, 75001 Paris.

Photo credit: Butterfly Art News

Unwell Bunny – ‘ Super Psychology’

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Urban contemporary artist Unwell Bunny (also known as Ed Bechervaise) opens his new exhibition ‘Super Psychology’ in January 13th 2017 at Besser Space in Melbourne.

A study into the American psyche, the body of work takes part over two time periods. From 6 weeks travelling through New York, LA, San Francisco with observations of American fast food psychology.

And then a second part series, in Melbourne seeing these works for a second time with the figurative edge of the female form.

Its a suggestive dichotomy between the past subconscious experience and the present observational one occurs and takes the viewer into a contemporary lifestyle setting. Whilst still experiencing bursts of subliminal psychology as the American infused imagery punctures the background.

Ed has shown his work in Amsterdam, New York and most recently a solo show in Paris. 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. A super psychology of self-discovery.

In the lead up to the show, opening Friday 13 January 2017, Ed took some time with our boy in Melbourne, Damo, to chat about all things Unwell.

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Can you introduce yourself, and explain how you came to be where you are now?

Unwell Bunny: I’m Unwell Bunny (also known as Ed Bechervaise). My art story starts in Adelaide in Australia, I was a graffiti artist early on. I did some art study in Adelaide then I moved to Melbourne. In Melbourne I discovered ‘street art’ it was new and exciting, I started following it, and then got into it myself. Over time my graffiti back ground and street art interest has merged. I’m investigating neo cubism and am creating pop expressionism; it’s a bit of a departure from direct graffiti influences but I still use mediums from my graffiti days and will almost certainly always be part of the genre.

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VNA Issue 35 – OUT NOW!

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VNA has grown from it’s humble beginnings as a free black and white zine with the help and support of people like D*Face –who enabled the distribution of the mag at his StolenSpace gallery way back when it first started ten years ago. So it’s only fitting that 10 years on he features on the front cover – shot by Shamil Tanna – for the second time.

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The latest issue is out now and available to buy online before it hits stores next week right hurrr:
www.verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-35

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Inside Issue 35, you can see the philthy skills of Phill Blake, the gravity defying work of Spanish artist Cinta Vidal and the awesome muralism of Canadian young blood, Jarus.

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Also featured is the Japanese skate punk legend, Haroshi, giving an insight into the recycled skateboard sculptures he makes with heart and soul, and Croatian painter Lonac.

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From the Antipodes comes work from Japan-based Aussie artist, Mark Drew, with his blend of hip hop and remixed rap quotes over Peanuts paintings, alongside Melbourne-based Cam Scale, bringing a homegrown history of his life growing up in the bush.

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Great Dane Søren Solkær gives a look through the lens into music photography and artist portraiture and Floridian Tatiana Suarez highlights her local background and a glimpse into the world of her haunting characters.

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Last but not least are Shepard Fairey – return of one of our previous cover stars to give the lowdown on some highlights and milestones of his career – and Wayne White – master of puppets and tongue in cheek painter, fresh off the back of his latest epic show, Wayne-O-Rama, in his hometown of Chattanooga.

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Heerlen Murals – Photo Round-up – Henrik Haven

Henrik Haven has been kind enough to share his coverage of Heerlen Murals, which has been organising a wide range of interventions, murals and activities from August to December 2016 in and around the centre of Heerlen, Netherlands.

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This year’s theme is called “There’s more than meets the eye” and it deals with the diversity and the ‘do-it-yourself’ mentality of the artform. The artist were challenged to produce work that have either a worldly or local context.

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Standing with Standing Rock – Spencer Keeton Cunningham

Since early November, American artist Spencer Keeton Cunningham has been back and forth visiting
Standing Rock, a place where hundreds of native tribes banded together to halt the Dakota Access
pipeline in North Dakota. While traveling to and from Standing Rock Cunningham painted large
scale murals spreading awareness about the movement of Standing Rock in Massachusetts, San
Francisco, Portland and Seattle. His painting in Seattle, located on the SODO track, is a 200 foot
collaboration with local artist, Josh Keyes.

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While at Standing Rock, Cunningham helped document the actions by water protectors in film and
photo while he also painted signs and paintings on site while at the camp in support of the Standing
Rock Sioux’s battle against what the natives and supporters on camp called the black snake.

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New Translations at Subliminal Projects by Scott Albrecht

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Exhibition Review by Hyland Mather

This show New Translations, by Scott Ablrecht (instagram @scottyfivealive) has been getting lots of attention online, and why not… a) It’s at Shepard’s gallery, duh, and b) this new work from Scotty is quite freaking stellar.

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‘Onwards & Inwards’ – Kitt Bennett

‘Onwards & Inwards’, Kitt Bennett’s latest solo exhibition explores sensations of life and consciousness. This series of small and large works on paper aims to create meaning in what we perceive to be unrelated phenomena around us. Bennett is driven to explore how our possessions inform our individuality, and of how our internal and external worlds connect. In this series, Bennett uses his trademark illustrative comic style, in an attempt to maintain a playful balance between both the humorous and the darkly thought provoking aspects of our existence.

Bennett uses his illustrative style of storytelling in an attempt to maintain a playful balance between both the humorous and the darkly thought provoking aspects of our existence.

Can you introduce yourself, and talk a little about how you got to where you are?

My name’s Kitt. I’m an artist/illustrator working out of Juddy Roller studios.
Since completing a Bachelor of Illustration I have worked as a freelance illustrator dabbling in animation.
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‘Vectorized Reality’ – RASHE

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////Transport yourself into virtual reality_______Technology evolves faster than humans.

Coming from a graffiti background Rashe is now making art informed by his work as a graphic designer. This new body of work is inspired by new technologies and how they affect us on a day to day basis.

His process involves sketching on the computer, utilising software to create vectorised shapes. From there he uses an analogue approach, cutting paper by hand and painting shapes to play with composition and colours.

The digital revolution began with the transformation and transposition of as many “real life” activities and functions as possible into a digital entity. Today, the reverse tendency is becoming ever more apparent; the virtual is beginning to reveal itself within the actual.

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What is virtual and what is literal have become intertwined in the minds and everyday lives of people or perhaps we should say Users to the extent that humans born after 1990 no longer distinguish between the two. It is presently undeniable that the Digital domain has fully immer- sed itself into the Physical realm. The construction of self is increasingly becoming conceptual rather than natural, as Jeffrey Deitch correctly prophesied in 1992, and our entire understanding of the meaning of private life has been completely redefined. It seems that a key element of the emerging collective consciousness of western societies is a desire to literally grasp, to make incarnate, the new, ethereal mental technology-driven social constructs into visceral objects, and experiences: interactive button options present in paper magazine ads, physical instagram filter panels cropping up in front of landmark London views, and 3D content being physically rendered, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way.

What does it mean to “Like” something nowadays? Does preference hold any value without explicit declaration? What mnemonic purpose does photography hold in a social context where images must be viewed within a 6-second time frame before self-destructing?
Vectorized Reality is the place where Rashe attempts to explore such questions and possibly reveal new insights into our new cultural and socioeconomic environment of multiple realities and multiple perceptions.

‘Vectorized Reality’ opens Friday 2nd of December at Lane’s End in Fitzroy.

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