Shida’s work explores the interlinked relationship between ritual, sexuality and love. Psychedelic entities are entwined in ceremonial acts, transcending the boundaries of known reality. In a world where society’s issues are becoming increasingly gendered and people are seemingly more divided than ever due to the rise of identity politics, Shida seeks to turn this tide like an ancient shaman with each of these works being, in essence, an invocation, an energetic manifestation, a prayer to joy.
The crew over at Studio 615 bring to you ‘Dark Times’; a collection of black and white works. Opening this Friday at the RVCA Cnr Gallery in Collingwood from 6pm. Head on down to see black and white works Sam Octigan, Silk Roy, Michael Danischewski, Doug Aldrich, Brendan Davies and Melissa Grisancich.
The new Everfresh studio will be open from 12-5pm with Studio artists Rone, Wonderlust, Tooth, Tom Civil, Mayo and Maka all on hand to show off the new space.
This will be the only time the studio will be open to the public so make sure you get on down and check it out if you can!! 5 Perry Street, Collingwood VIC from 12 noon.
This also sees the launch of the final 60 Everfresh sketchbooks.
Designed as a fund-raiser to help cover the cost of the new space together Everfresh Sketchbook is a customised Ironlak blackbook in a limited run of 120 pieces.
Each sketchbook is A4 in size with 192 pages in 120gsm acid free cartridge paper. The books will have 6 unique hand printed, drawn or sprayed pages by all six current studio residents: Rone, Wonder, Tooth, Civil, Mayo & Makatron, with a screen printed cover by neighbours Dangerfork!
The first 60 sold out this afternoon in a matter of hours, so if you want one, get to the opening, VERY early!!
Backwoods Gallery, often referred to Australia’s best ‘street art’ gallery, sits in a quiet industrial back street of Collingwood (Victoria, Australia) at the end of a passageway just wide enough to fit a car. It is the stuff of art collectors’ dreams – regularly holding shows with artists from all over the globe.
Our man in Canberra, Damian Wardle, recently caught up with Backwoods Gallery driving force, Alexander Mitchell for an interview, here’s the latest word from the Melbourne studio.
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Returning to Melbourne after a huge worldwide expedition touring four continents, Shida is currently working on his latest installation at Backwoods Gallery in Melbourne. Exploring fractal, cataclysmic colours and a constantly evolving mythology, Shida weaves an intense mythology in his work.
Congruous with his work, Shida’s name embodies flow, movement, and vivid colours. Enhanced by graphic lines, he pushes ideas of socio-sexual aspects of the body, his characters sprawling across buildings, wrapped in chaotic embraces, manic laughter spilling from their lips.
Ecstasy in the Abyss opens on the 19th April at:
25 Easey street
Dirty rotten legends, Rone and Meggs, recently hit up this piece in Melbourne for the new ‘Everything Goes’ Venue / Bar / Eatery and Marketplace – The People’s Market.
Built in a carpark in Collingwood from old shipping containers, the pop up space runs til April 2013.
Big ups to Montana94 and The Peoples Market.
Music by Dr Piffle and The Burlap Band.