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USUGROW – ORGANIC CONTRACT

A skull and flower motif, dynamic pointillism, fine attention to detail, original calligraphy that transcends cultural borders. This is the long-awaited second Japan solo exhibition of USUGROW,a cult-favourite in the world’s underground art scene…

DIESEL ART GALLERY is pleased to announce ORGANIC CONTRACT ‒ Artworks of Usugrow, opening August 21st (Fri.) and running until November 13 (Fri.). Usugrow started working as an artist in the early 90′s, while engaged in the underground music scene. Through art related to music, skate culture, and apparel design, Usugrow’s artistic activity steadily expanded worldwide. His work couples a dynamic and delicate pointillism and line work depicting a motif of skulls and flowers, with an original calligraphic style developed over years and overflowing with a feeling of statelessness. He takes skulls, which typically bear a negative connotation, and draws them from a different perspective as a thing of beauty; and he takes letters, something that people come in contact with routinely every day, and adds to them an extraordinary sensation and feeling of elation. Those who set foot in this space Usugrow creates may each find their own new sense of value and beauty in this feeling of discomfort.

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‘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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A Study Of Eyes

“A Study Of” is a decade-long project by curator Alexander Mitchell aiming to create an archive of anatomical and artistic studies by the world’s leading contemporary artists. The project was launched last year with “A Study Of Hands.”

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More jump off after the jump off…
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Oriental Elements opening

I blogged some preview shots of the “Oriental Elements” show that opened at Melbourne’s Backwoods Gallery last week. Thanks to the gallery here’s some shots of Usugrow and Nozaka-san’s work/prep for the show. As with the work they produced for the StolenSpace show this looks absolutely stunning.

Oriental Elements – Usugrow and Toshikazu Nozaka

This new show opening tonight at Melbourne’s Backwoods Gallery looks like a winner, combining the immense talents of Japanese artists Usugrow and Nozaka-san. With both having a similar approach to their art, based on traditional Japanese methods and styles it makes perfect sense to get them together.

If you’re not familiar with either of their art, it is definitely worth checking out – the refinement and pen work of both is sublime. Usugrow’s caligraphy mixed with his roots in underground punk and its imagery make for a winning combination. While ex pro-skater Nozaka’s take on traditional Japanese tattoo art is mind blowing in person.