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50 Years of Bodé Style! Cobalt 60 Augmented Reality

Mark Bodé is set to launch a new Augmented Reality Graphic Novel, based on one of Vaughn Bodé’s earliest works, Cobalt 60.

In the late Sixties, Vaughn Bodé was one of the most influential and controversial artists in publishing. Creator of such iconic characters as Cheech Wizard, Da Lizard, and Cobalt 60, Vaughn’s Eisner and Hugo award-winning artwork caught on with the early street artists of New York, as well as with underground comic and satire publishers. This included National Lampoon, who ran his Cheech Wizard strip for years.

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‘WIZARDS, LIZARDS AND BROADS’ – MARK BODE

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Very few people have had as much on an influence on the world of graffiti as the father and son team of Vaughn and Mark Bode.

Vaughn Bode was born, July 22, 1941 in Utica, New York. Upon finishing school Vaughn joined the army, soon went AWOL, was discharged and then went to art school. In 1963 at age 22, Bode self-published Das Kampf, considered one of the first underground comic books.

During the 1970’s, Vaughn Bode became one of the New Yorks most unique comic book artists. He was a young, cross dressing, messiah with a clear artistic vision, sharp sense of humour and captivating presence. As a contemporary to fellow cartoonists, Trina Robbins, Spain Rodriguez, Robert Crumb and Ralph Bakshi, Vaughn went on to become one of underground comic’s founding fathers.

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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.

‘A Study of Hair’ – Alexander Mitchell

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‘Oh Bondage’ – detail – Alexander Mitchell

This September, Backwoods Gallery is proud to present ‘A Study of Hair’, the third installment in what is to be a decade-long project.

The 2012 and 2013 exhibitions focused on two of the most important vectors of emotional communication: hands and eyes. This year’s theme, hair, is the most challenging of the series so far, and promises to generate an even more diverse range of interpretations.

This year’s artists will include C215, Dave Kinsey, Faith47, Inkie, Jonathan Guthmann, Mark Bode, Merda, Miso, ROA, Stephen Ives, Shohei Otomo, TwoOne, Usugrow, Yusk Imai and Alexander Mitchell.

In its completed form, the ‘A Study Of…’ project will document over 350 artworks from all corners of the globe. The curator’s (Alexander Mitchell) intent is to create an historical source with enough breadth to contextualize a generation of artists, many of whom work primarily outside the framework of established institutions.

Damo managed to catch curator and contributor Alexander Mitchell for the down low…

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‘A Study of Hair’ – Backwoods Gallery, September 26th 2014

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Backwoods Gallery is proud to present A Study of Hair, the third installment in what is to be a decade-long project. A Study of… is a series of group exhibitions in which local and international artists are invited to present a contemporary interpretation of a motif drawn from art history.

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The Masked Lizard Rides Again – The Bodé Posse

The Masked Lizard Rides Again – The works of Mark & Vaughn Bodé and posse kicks off at the Aerosol Warfare Gallery, Houston, Texas, Sat Jan 18th 2014.

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Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2013

Bit late on this one, but here’s a round-up of Pow! Wow! creative festival in Hawaii 2013.

Originally founded several years back in Hong Kong, POW! WOW! was brought to Hawaii in hopes of offering a more hands-on approach to exploring art and engaging the community. This year’s artists include Dabs Myla, Askew, Mark Bode, 123KLAN, Rone, Meggs, Yoskay Yamamoto, SLICK, Woes Martin, Roid, Shark Toof, Jeff Soto, Hannah Stouffer, Apex, Poesia and many more.

VNA will be there for the next one in Feb 2014 to give you a full rundown…

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Junkwaffel – The Art of Mark Bode and Cheo

London Westbank Gallery and Hangfire request the pleasure of your company for:

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Junkwaffel – The Art of Mark Bode and Cheo

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MAN UP

One of our favourite Aussie girls, Deb, is putting on a monochromatic melee of art in the name of Prostate Cancer awareness. MAN UP is a show featuring all-male artists from across the globe, all artwork is up for sale, with 100% of the proceeds going towards the Cancer Council’s work on research, prevention and treatment of Prostate Cancer.

The exhibition features work from:

Eyez (USA) | Ghost Cave (USA) | Greg Mike (USA) | Jim Houser (USA) | Mark Bode (USA) Mear One (USA) | Mike Giant (USA) | Mike C (HIT+RUN CREW) (USA) | Nathan Parker (UK) | Phill Blake (UK) | Vyal Reyes (USA) Alex Lehours | Ben Bigeni | Ben Brown | Ben Frost | Dale Bigeni Damien Matter |Danny Young | Dboe | Edward Woodley | Faz | Jacob Morley | Jumbo | Justin Feuerring | Ken Taylor | Luke Shirlaw | Mark Douglas | Martin E Wills | Matthew Gordon | Michael Fikaris | Monkey | Onshow | Paris | Pilfer | RJ Williams | Sarris | Shane Kenning | Shida Steen Jones Sprinkles | Stabs | Teem | and more…

Doors Open: 6pm 11th October, aMBUSH Gallery.

Show continues: 12th Oct – 14th Oct 12-4pm.

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MAN UP is a part of DEB’S 16 week intensive fundraising efforts for PROSTATE CANCER follow her here: www.facebook.com/IHEARTDEB

Donate here: vic.cancercouncilfundraising.org.au/abcdeb

Mark Bodeeeee

Hot off the blocks from his latest shows in Melbourne and Sydney, we managed to sneak a few words with the legendary Mark Bodé. Check it.

So, first off, something that’s been bugging me, how do you pronounce your surname?

Its pronounced BOE DEE, my father put the long E sign over the E but it became Bode in print, so many people pronounce it wrong because of that…

Obviously your father is a big influence on your work, what was it like growing up with all that creativity around you?

I was always around great artists as a child but they never seemed as cool as my dad! But I learned early by being exposed to their works.

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