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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!

Reka ‘Aus Berlin’ Solo Show in Bristol

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After completing monumental murals in his homeland in Australia, Berlin-based artist Reka is returning to the UK for a new solo show titled ‘Aus Berlin’ at That Art Gallery in Bristol opening on Thursday 18 May.

Surrealist, abstracted creatures emerge from the depths of Reka’s mind, communicating through strong lines, dynamic movement and bold colours. These figures haunt the laneways over three continents, clambering up brick walls and giving the urban environment a literal fresh coat of paint. Their personalities mirror those of their often-decrepit metropolitan context, opening a dialogue between the viewer and their surroundings.

With influences in pop culture, cartoons and illustration, Reka’s style has become known for its fusion of high and low art. This style emerged from his Pop-Art-influenced logo design background, featuring simple but striking lines and colour ways.

With a diligent, almost obsessive attention to detail, Reka has created a new body of work featuring his signature characters and lines on canvas as well as on found objects, often sourced walking the train lines at night or exploring abandoned warehouses.

His art sits somewhere between humorous and menacing, contrasting the two opposing feelings in a way that is unique to his vision. These pseudo-human forms are recognisable but isolating, playful yet eerie. This is Reka’s art: a paradox between sharp design and graffiti, held together with a fuse of passion and spray paint.

James Reka ‘Aus Berlin’
19th May – 10th June 201

17 Christmas Steps Bristol BS1 5BS
PV 18 May 6-9 PM info@thatartgallery.com

www.thatartgallery.com

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Reka’s New Murals @ Melbourne Polytechnic

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Back in Australia after couple of years, Reka is enjoying summer in his homeland but also, working on some new murals down under – he spent the beginning of the year participating in a mural program by Melbourne Polytechnic, which included a massive makeover of their Prahran campus.

For this project, Reka picked Aussie-oriented imagery, creating 2 large bird-focused pieces. Depicting the infamous Kookaburra and Rosella birds, symbols of Australian fauna, these large paintings are slightly less abstract than his recent works we’ve seen. Wrapping them both in rich floral compositions, the artist picked the earthy tones from the outback to create these works. Using signature geo-based forms to patch up the final images, both 5 story pieces are great examples of Reka’s flawless spray-paint maneuvering skills. Along with these pieces, the project produced new works by other Australian urban artists such as Makatron and Cam Scale, Sofles, Guido Van Helten, George Rose, etc.

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Reka – Mirage

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Beginning his journey as a conventional artist in 1999, James Reka – aka RekaOne – is an Australian-born artist, currently living in Berlin. In September 2015, the Parisians familiar with the M.U.R. on Oberkampf Street saw him working on site and discovered his colorful world. That summer, he also produced a 30-meter-high mural painting, in the 13th District of Paris, which can even be seen from the Périphérique.

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THE DEEPEST DEPTHS OF THE BURROW – Nychos x Christian Fischer

THE DEEPEST DEPTHS OF THE BURROW – A Documentary about Lifestyle, Art and Subculture

Nychos is an illustrator, Urban Art- and Graffiti artist, who became known with his street concept RABBIT EYE MOVEMENT (REM) 10 years ago. The icon of the movement is a white rabbit, which has been breeding since then and has been popping up in the streets all over the globe for the past decade. This is exactly what Nychos thrives for – he travels the world to spread his art and his REM concept.

Within the last two years Nychos was accompanied by filmmaker Christian Fischer who recorded these journeys to create a full length movie. ‘The Deepest Depths Of The Burrow’ is a documentary about art, lifestyle and subculture. The movie captures the experiences of Nychos and other members of RABBIT EYE MOVEMENT within the last several years. Exceeding the Austrian scene, they flew from Berlin to San Francisco to Copenhagen to Hawaii and many more places to visit artists who all provide a unique view into their (street) culture – They lead Nychos through the streets of their home cities and show them the deepest depths of their burrows.

‘Travel to paint, paint to travel’ is the motto, which runs like a golden thread throughout the entire movie – words which capture the spirit of RABBIT EYE MOVEMENT. ‘The Deepest Depths Of The Burrow’ shows images which highlight the contrasts between Urban Art and Graffiti from various angles and captures the mutual passion for Urban Art in an unique way.

Film by Christian Fischer, an Austrian production.

Narrated by: NYCHOS, the film features interviews with: BUFF MONSTER I BUSHWICK COLLECTIVE I CONE I CURTIS I DRASTROCK I DXTR I JASPER WONG I JESSE CORY I LAMOUR SUPREME I LOOK I NYCHOS I THE YOK I TRISTAN EATON I VIDAM
Featuring: 123 KLAN | ANGRY WOEBOTS I BASK I BONES I DABS AND MYLA I FRAU ISA I GALO I HRVB I INSA I JEFF SOTO I JERSEY JOE I KID CRAP I THE LONDON POLICE I LOWBROS I MADSTEEZ I MAXXER I MEGGS I REKA I RON ENGLISH I ROOKIE I SHEPARD FAIREY I SHERYO I SMITHE and more…

Thinkspace x Stolenspace LAX/LHR Groupshow

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From LA to London, StolenSpace Gallery & ThinkSpace LA are joining forces to co- curate a group show in London at StolenSpace Gallery, opening Thursday 3rd September.

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With a roster of over 100 incredible artists between us, this is due to be a show to remember!

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www.stolenspace.com

“Street Art, Book Art” – Ingrid Beazley

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Street Art and the Baroque have not always been the closest of partners, be it due to their wildly different demographics, styles or time periods, however teacher turned curator Ingrid Beazley has aimed to change that in a three year long project which began when she collaborated with Stik, an artist who requires no introduction, and asked him to create his own reinterpretations of the old masters’ pieces. Three years and sixteen further collaborating artists down the line, today Beazley is the figurehead of a project that even she states is “more successful than I ever imagined.” Continue Reading →

Reka – OLYMPVS – Avantgarden Gallery

Our favourite Berlin-based Aussie, Reka is opening his latest show, OLYMPVS at Avantgarden Gallery.

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Renowned for his graffiti, Reka’s work is populated by figures from anthropomorphic forms, playful but disturbing as it combines contradictory emotions: humour and foreboding menacing. These abstract and surreal figures, constructed from sharp lines, dynamic movements and bold colours, invade the streets of the city, “climbing” on brick walls and giving the urban environment a new layer of ‘literary colours’

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The subjects by Reka, perfectly inserted in the Berlin metropolitan context, promote dialogue between the viewer and the surrounding environment. Reka’s art is not limited to the studio work he has been producing, but will overspill to the walls of the gallery too, spreading from the confines of the canvas to to the real world as his characters cross over the boundaries of fantasy and reality.

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For artwork enquires and exhibition catalogue please contact:
avantgardengallery@gmail.com

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AVANTGARDEN GALLERY www.avantgardengallery.com
Via Cadolini, 29 – 20137 Milano

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VNA 30 – Out Now

VNA 30 is here, a landmark issue for us, it deserved an extra special artist for the cover – no less than Leonard McGurr, aka Futura, the artist formerly known as Futura2000.

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To get your copy – you can pick one up at your local independent newsagent, national WHSmith’s in the UK, Barnes & Noble stores in the US and of course, online here: www.verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-30

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