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.
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.
Seminal Australian art supplies brand, Ironlak, has proudly launched a fresh new retail space in the heart of Sydney. Located on the ground floor of Central Park in Chippendale, the Ironlak Art & Design flagship store aims to create an innovative retail experience for artists and designers.
With the brand traditionally catering to graffiti writers with spray paint and markers, the Ironlak Art & Design store marks the launch of Ironlak’s vastly extended product range, providing a wider selection of art tools to allow all artists to express their creativity. New additions to the line include acrylic & oil paints, watercolour paint, colour pencils, technical drawing pens, gel pens, canvas, charcoal, pastels, sketchbooks, pads and easels. Apparel needs a mention too.
The store was designed and built by Blake Ibbotson and the team at Fat Projects.
To kick things off with a bang, Ironlak hosted a private launch party at the store on Thursday night, inviting a handful of Sydney creatives to enjoy a beer (thanks to Vale), wine, food and good times with the Ironlak team. Artist Mik Shida was in the building, blessing the feature wall with a fresh lick of paint, while DJ Harry Hunter filled the air with dope tunes.
The store is open 363 days a year, 10am–8pm. You can find it on the ground floor of Central Park – 28 Broadway, Chippendale, NSW, 2008, Australia. Get in today and check out the new digs and extended range of quality art supplies and apparel.
Visit the new look ironlak.com for more information about Ironlak. Mik Shida is over here:
Photography: Luke Shirlaw
Long-running, LIVE, public art incubator, Project Five, is returning for Volume 8 – promising edgy artists, an outdoor studio, a month-long exhibition, school holidays urban art workshops, and an art-auction, for art-curious audiences including kids, at Darling Quarter, Sydney.
From late September (Friday 30), four of Australia’s hottest urban artists will bring their studios outdoors thanks to aMBUSH Gallery, Darling Quarter and City of Sydney’s Art & About for a LIVE weekend workshop (Friday 30 September – Sunday 02 October).
Join criminal lawyer turned urban art-maker Kaff-eine (Melbourne), prolific monochromatic illustrator Georgia Hill (Sydney), psychedelic multi-media artist Brett Chan (Bondi based New Zealand ex-pat), and street graffiti artist Mik Shida (Brisbane), as they create land-mark works of art.
Shida is an Australian artist specialising in murals, monumental in scale, spread across the east coast Australia and around the globe.
In ‘Summoning Lovers Out of Time’ Shida explores the relationship between ritual, sexuality and love. Psychedelic entities are entwined in a ceremonial act transcending the bounds of known reality.
A reaction to incidents in other states of being. Caught in an ancient battle and aligning at a balance between order and chaos. Shida seeks to turn a tide like an ancient shaman with each works being in essence an invocation, an energetic manifestation, a prayer to joy.
This new project will utilise a new industrial space to create large-scale, site specific paintings and drawings on display for one weekend only.
In Melbourne in the lead up to the show, Damo caught up with Shida to chat and learn more about him and his show:
Damo: Thank you very much for taking the time to talk to us. I was just wondering if you could just start by talking about yourself a little bit, how you got into art… define your style a little.
Shida: My entire life I’ve been an artist; I was always a very introverted kid, always drawing always stuck in my head in my own fantasies. I guess around the age of 13 I discovered street art and that channeled my introversion into… into something that I could actually connect with people and something where I could get feedback and get fuel from there. It’s just been a straight line. It’s been constant.
Shida is an Australian artist, specialising in large-scale murals, painting, sculpture, video work and installation. On Friday March 4, 2016, Shida launched his new book entitled ‘The Lost Conscious’ at Backwoods Gallery, Collingwood.
Through this publication – Shida becomes a conduit, recording an inter-dimensional consciousness adrift in our universe.
Along with copies of ‘The Lost Conscious’ book, new original illustrations and T-shirt’s are available over at Backwoods. Check it out!
This is the first collaboration between Mik Shida & Zheani Sparkes.
The magic properties in Z’s marks translated into wearable art by shida. Proceeds will go towards funding an independent Australian film production.
The film will be a contemporary tragedy situated within the frame of Australia’s traditional “Lad” sub culture. It addresses the power dynamics at play between homeless youth and seeks to shine a light on a social issue that is rarely addressed.
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.
The guys over at Black Canyon have stayed busy since collaborating on the new issue of Kingbrown Mag – they’re kicking off a new print series (Black Canyon Editions) with a release from the mighty Shida, who is currently based in Poland. Available here.
To mark the occassion Mik Shida put together a photo diary, featuring recent snow covered European painting adventures… here are a select few photos….
The exhibition will also include some never before seen pieces. Featuring; Shun Kawakami, James Reka, Stabs, Miso, Ghostpatrol, Slicer, TwoOne, Shohei Otomo, Shohei Takasaki, Lush, Fred Fowler, Yusk Imai, Jun Inoue, Stephen Ives and Shida.
‘The Genuine Anti-Cool’ will be a unique insight into the current state of Australia’s maturing street art and urban contemporary scene. Backwoods Gallery will also be using the exhibition to present their latest book, ‘The Genuine Anti-Cool.’
Friday 6 February, 6pm. Backwoods Gallery.