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Backwoods Gallery: ‘A Study of Camouflage’

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Backwoods Gallery proudly presents ‘A Study of Camouflage’ – a new show within the A Study of… exhibition series. This is the fourth exhibition in row in the long-term project consisting of annual shows that focus on different study subjects.

With this series of exhibitions, Backwoods are creating a vivid archive of works by renowned artists from around the world whose works intersect on the same subject-matter. No matter the artistic style or technique used, a magnificent plurality of different approaches and representations of a single subject contextualises it, and places it in a dominant understanding of both the artists’ and audience’s views. Logically, this library becomes a diverse overview of different representations of a single subject, as seen and created by leading contemporary artists.

A Study of Camouflage brings together some of the leading contemporary artists whose art, in some way, touches the subject of camouflage. The concept seeks to deconstruct the dominant perception of camouflage from its military driven narrative, and to bring back the camouflage patterns to its natural roots. Camouflage is usually linked with military uniforms and inherently with violence and rigorousness. However, camouflage patterns are much more than a simple military feature. Its different forms can be observed and understood as an artistic product, both in terms of aesthetics and conceptuality. Aesthetically, camouflage can assume different shapes and forms, creating beautiful design and art products, while conceptually, it may be detached from its military connotation, and transformed to different purposes depending on the given context. Always depending on artistic approach towards it, camouflage has enormous potentials for being a perfect medium for countless interpretations of contemporary society. The use of camouflage in art may lead to more abstract forms, while on the other hand it can serve as the perfect material for figurative and conceptual approaches as well.

The exhibition will open on Friday, May 29th, and will be on view until Sunday, June 7th. It will take place at a warehouse space, just next door to Backwoods Gallery, at 5 Easey Street, Collingwood.

AJ Fosik – Beast From A Foreign Land – Tokyo

AJ Fosik has created 12 sculptures that were delivered to 12 artists in Tokyo by Hellion Gallery for a unique collaboration project. Unlike AJ’s normal work, these pieces are unfinished and can be disassembled so that each artist can customize each individual piece of the sculpture. The result will be a unique collaboration between a stellar list of artists in Tokyo and one of Portland’s most well-known artists.

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Featuring collaborations with Imaone, Kaz, Hiro Kurata, Madsaki, Mhak, Nigamushi, Ryuichi Ogino, Tadaomi Shibuya, Shohei Otomo, Koichiro Takagi, Tenga, Usugrow and Yoshi47

HPGRP Gallery, Tokyo, Japan – Opening reception Friday, April 18th from 7 to 9pm (show closes Sunday May 11)

Hellion Gallery – www.helliongallery.com
HPGRP Gallery – www.hpgrpgallery.com
AJ Fosik – www.ajfosik.com
Imaone – www.imaone.com
Kaz – www.kaz-ao.info
Hiro Kurata – www.shiloku.com
Madsaki – www.madsaki.com
Mhak – www.mhak.jp
Nigamushi – www.nigamushi-tsuyoshi.com
Ryuichi Ogino – www.ryuichiogino.net
Tadaomi Shibuya – www.tadaomishibuya.blogspot.com
Shohei Otomo – www.hakuchi.jp
Koichiro Takagi – www.koichirotakagi.com
Yoshi47 – www.yoshi47.com
Usugrow – www.usugrow.com