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EXHIBITION | GOMA ‘Kioku – Flashback Memories | Backwoods Gallery | February 5 – 14

KIOKU – Flashback Memories by GOMA Opens Friday Feburary 5th at Backwoods Gallery, Collingwood In his youth, the Tokyo born Goma traveled to the Northern Territory in order to study the didgeridoo under master Djalu Gurruwiwii. Goma lived amongst the Yolngu people and was adopted into the Galpu clan. Under the tutelage of Djalu, Goma became the first non-indigenous person to win the Northern Land Council prize at the Barunga didgeridoo competition. Upon returning to Tokyo, Goma founded the Jungle Rhythm Section, a highly respected musical outfit which blends Jungle and World Music with Goma’s contemporary interpretation of the didgeridoo. In 2009, Goma was involved in a near-fatal car accident resulting in traumatic cerebral damage and a long recovery process. Suffering from anterior grade amnesia, Goma struggled to form new memories. Two days after coming out of his coma, Goma felt the compulsion to paint. Picking up his daughter’s paint set, Goma started work on a series of striking dot paintings. Since 2010, the collection of work has grown in size and complexity, as Goma attempts …

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GALLERY | FINTAN MAGEE “WATER WORLD” | BACKWOODS GALLERY | DECEMBER 4 – 13

Fintan Magee first became involved in Brisbane’s thriving graffiti scene in the late 1990s. An interest in painting gradually led Fintan to break away from traditional graffiti lettering and move towards figurative painting and street art. Even before obtaining his Bachelor degree in Fine Arts in 2009, Fintan was well on his way towards becoming one of the world’s most renowned street artists. Fintan’s success has in part been due to his prolific global campaign of impressive murals and in part due to the emotional depth of his subject matter, which explores contemporary social issues with a relatable subtlety, through muted colours and elements of the mundane. Fintan’s artwork depicts the relationship between man, nature and civilisation. His murals, which are often in industrial or low-income areas, tell stories of struggle, loss, migration and hope. Fintan’s artwork, on either walls or canvas, expertly presents universal struggle and hope from a personal perspective. WATER WORLD Since the 2011 Brisbane floods, which razed large areas of Fintan’s home town, Fintan has been focused on exploring the human …

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“STEREODYNAMICA” BY FELIPE PANTONE | BACKWOODS GALLERY

Since starting this website, some 4 years ago, there are some phrases and a linking of thoughts that have followed me since it’s inception, shared by a number of people who previously or still contribute to it’s culture in the past and present. “The internet killed graffiti”, “You just like that bubble letter stuff”, “I just like good graff, not the tags” just to name a few. But as disturbing as they may seem there is always one that sends a shrill down my spine… “Everything has already been done before”. Really? Graffiti has reached its limits? Baloney! Due to it’s global nature and connectivity, when it comes to graffiti, the winds of change are always in the air. Like any other artform, graffiti is an experience that absorbs everything around it and pushes back onto the “canvas”. Letters can be made new, along with it’s backgrounds, fills and assorted finishing touches. More importantly, the writer can change directions when they see fit, for the purpose of expanding horizons. Today we have 100’s of example or artists stretching their …

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GALLERY | FELIPE PANTONE “STEREODYNAMICA” AT BACKWOODS GALLERY | OCTOBER 16 – 25

On his ongoing journey to explore the notions of a never-ending development of technology at a stunning speed, Felipe Pantone brings us yet another experiment in multistable perception. For his latest show called Stereodynamica, coming to Backwoods Gallery, this talented artist from Valencia will, for the first time in Australia, exhibit a series of stereoscopic works on canvas and paper. In order to add yet another dimension to his vibrant, kinetic, almost three-dimensional works, Felipe Pantone worked with stereograms, a particular kind of imagery which hides a picture within a picture. Working with installations, graffiti, kinetic art and graphic design, all the while covering an impressive range of mediums, Felipe Pantone developed a unique artistic style that has become recognisable around the world. Fascinated with the internet, information and their constantly rising velocity, the artist set out to create his own language of communication, set in the futuristic environment of his artworks. His hyperactive and vivid style continues to evolve into an ultramodern aesthetic, complemented with an array of creative techniques and working methods. With …

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GALLERY | Nelio ‘Back & Forth’ at Backwoods Gallery

It’s already May and Backwoods Gallery has hosted a handful of local and globe trotting artists, from the darkly ambient drawings of Kes Acorn to the intricate sculptures of Stephen Ives. And for all of its high-grade exhibitions, the gallery has never slept on its variety within the rotating space. For every 2-week display, Backwoods provides the conceptually minimal, along with the vastly intricate, providing art fans multiple reasons to return on a regular basis. The beginning of the 5th, explores the work of travelling Frenchman Nelio, as he displays a new body of work scattered with signature Western European elegance. The Backwoods space has been covered with pieces that range from the obscurely small to the traditionally large, showcasing the distance in diversity within his craft. Nelio has not only given us a trademark collection of pieces to oggle over, but he has also further established himself as a calculated painter with universal appeal.  Back and Forth is a fitting title for this adventurous show for a number of reasons, the artists consistent travel log, the battle of creating art and the struggle between old & new. …

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GALLERY // Shohei Otomo and Kosuke Kawamura ‘Flat Bend’ at Backwoods Gallery

Melbourne’s Backwoods Gallery split their second October showing this year with two talented artists from Japan in, Shohei Otomo and Kosuke Kawamura. Two prominent artists in the burgeoning Japanese alternative art scene, the duo presented a 99.9% colourless show with over 30 pieces (and prints), showcasing an intriguing mixture of traditional and modern slices of art. It’s been just over two years since Shohei Otomo displayed a number of works in Melbourne, with this (from my knowledge) being the first for Kosuke Kawamura. A lot can happen in that time, perspectives can change and crafts can become even more refined. And while both artists know their way around their forms, Otomo still amazes with his all biro technique, while Kawamura digitally scrambles it all, it’s your truly who has made a significant transition. For this show in particular, my experiences across Japan (mid-last year) has made me look at it in a different light. After being a mark for Japanese culture for a large part of my life, going to the (in scale, but big in personality) island and …

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VIDEO // Backwoods Artist Profile: Shohei Otomo

Shohei Otomo is one of the most high-profile names of Tokyo’s independent illustration scene. His hyper-realist ball-point pen illustrations combine traditional japanese and pop-culture imagery to present a biting commentary on contemporary Japanese culture. This video was shot in the lead up to FLAT BEND, Shohei Otomo’s latest exhibition at Backwoods Gallery, Melbourne. Flat Bend is series of collaborative works by Tokyo artists Shohei Otomo and Kasuke Kawamura. Together, these two artists present a “stereoscopic” vision of the twisted underbelly of Japanese society. Catalogue of original illustration is available, email info@backwoodsgallery.com to request a copy. Shohei Otomo – Backwoods Gallery

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GALLERY // Beastman ‘Future Origins’ | Backwoods Gallery

For the second consecutive year, Backwoods Gallery has invited Sydney street artist Brad Eastman, better known as Beastman, to display another colourful, graphically inclined body of work for 2014. Known for his vividly rich paintings, matched with precision clean line work, Beastman’s productions cross a vast range of fields from graphic design to contemporary art, along with the outdoors scene. Working on canvases, ranging from the small to the extra large, ‘Future Origins’ is another solid collection of work from one of this small countries most unique and talented craftsmen. While the primary source of artwork on display is on canvas, the first pieces presented came from two seperate LCD screens. Falling rain drops and a spinning core were slightly animated on loop in the artists signature style. While it wasn’t the focus of the show, they worked fantastically, allowing the artist to break new ground in a new medium. But the traditional canvas work itself was, once again, on a whole ‘nother level. It’s fair to say that Beastman’s work still fits well as in the ‘urban gallery’ environment, which …

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GALLERY // Stabs ‘Keep It Simple’ | Backwoods Gallery

It’s been a hell of a long time since we’ve seen, Melbourne street artist, Stabs’ work being displayed in a gallery setting and while you can still catch a ton of his work outside, it’s sometime comforting to be able to sit back, relax and analyse one of this cities best and most original stencil cutters from the last decade. While Stabs has previously shown some of the most intricate stencils I’ve personally ever seen, the last 12 months has seen the artist scale it down to epic minimal proportions, with a visually super simple style that presents more story telling rather then design and a single idea. ‘Keep It Simple’ is one of the first official exhibition pushing this style of work, allowing those who come to see it, a personal look into the mind and travel log of one of its cities most elusive artists. I was lucky enough to see the show prior to the soft opening on Thursday night, completely aware of how busy this one was going to get, in terms of the opportunity for …

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GALLERY | DrewFunk & Otis Chamberlain ‘Coalescence’ at Backwoods Gallery

Black, white, day, night, love, hate, left, right, these are just some of the things that divide our lives on a daily basis and while they are seemingly seperate, there’s always a fine line between both. This theory certainly relates to this, the latest, bodies of work from Melbourne’s DrewFunk and Otis Chamberlain, two painters who have broken out of the street art mold to stand as artists, in their own right. Working together on this one-of-a-kind show, the artistic duo [and friends] display some heavily contrasting works, while showcasing a perfect example of why ying and yang equals peace. While I had seen a lot of this show before it was released last Friday, there’s always something to be said about seeing large scale work like this together in the confines of a gallery. The layout for this show suits the theme perfectly, with Otis Chamberlain’s working sitting the left, while DrewFunk’s is on the right, with atomic sculptures and the center piece laying in between.  There’s a clear distinction between the two styles …

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INTERVIEW | Otis Chamberlain and DrewFunk ‘Coalescence’ Interview

The prehistoric saying of two being better then one is one of the oldest in the book and while it’s, sometimes preferred, to go into some situations alone, it never hurts to bring a mate or two along the way for a journey. Combining talents can often create an amazingly good or terrifyingly bad experience for those involved and us on the sidelines looking in. This theory can be glued to the culture of art, where a duo of incredible talents, blend their work together to horrific or brilliant results. That’s what Melbourne artists Otis Chamberlain and DrewFunk decided to test for their latest collaborative show at Melbourne’s Backwoods Gallery. Landing in Melbourne some years ago, from two seperate regions of the world, the artists have painted together and individually since their time here, but have decided to combine their talents for this one-of-a-kind show, a perfect meld of coalescence. I sat down with the two artists earlier this week to discuss the show and their current movements in the art world. Arty Graffarti: Hey …

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GALLERY | TwoOne ‘Define Nothing’ at Backwoods Gallery

It’s been just under a year since Japanese born, Melburn raised street and contemporary artist, TwoOne displayed an amazing show at Backwoods Gallery, based around characters from Akira Kurosawa’s samurai epic, Seven Samurai. I always worry that too much work over a short period of time can be enough from one artist, street art and graffiti in particular, as the internet and Melbourne’s city streets can make it pretty easy to see what everyone is up to. But I can’t say that’s the case with TwoOne, this is an artist who is consistantly impressing me, his recent outdoor work has seen him paint on a much larger scale and this solo show alone is further proof that this man is a master of his craft. I often think that Melbourne’s street art scene has been flooded by a number of artists hell bent on tickling your nostalgic/youthful bone, at times, it feels a bit played out, delibrate and superficial. But then there are artist like TwoOne, who approach their work in new and different ways …

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GALLERY // Shida ‘Ectasy In The Abyss’ at Backwoods Gallery

If there was one show I was looking forward to this year, it was this. I don’t know the full story but from my understanding, Shida has been a street artist who has truly earned his spot at Collingwood’s Backwoods Gallery and by that I mean, he has put in a lot of work [illegally] across Melbourne’s streets, making it hard not to notice his presence. But above all of that, his style of work is currently unmatched and has proven to be very popular across a variety of street artists and fans, along with some graffiti writers too. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this one, it was the second show I had been to of Shida’s and was kind of expecting something above the norm, especially after the video preview was released. After climbing the Backwoods steps and getting a chance to walk in, I was greeted with darkness along with floating pieces of neon, very psychedelic stuff. Amongst all the hi-vis imagery sat a actor covered in her own pieces of neon, surrounded by new …

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GALLERY // Lush ‘Evolution of a Graffiti Shit Cunt’ at Backwoods Gallery

Another year goes by and we’re opening with the latest show by none other then one of Melbourne’s favoured/unfavoured writers/artists/street terrorists, Lush. With each one being more notorious then the next, whether it be locally or internationally, this is a guy who certainly knows how to stir the pot. But if you look at this stuff from a different angle, you can see that there’s more then meets the eye, along with a lot to agree with. It should probably be noted from the get go, I technically missed this one, finishing work at a later time made me come, literally just after the shenanigans finished, after talking to a couple of mates and watching the video posted previously, its obvious to say that I missed half of this one. From what I can tell you, frames and art were destroyed, walls were punch, Rort blew everybodies ear drums and the pit wasn’t bad for a gallery. But lets be honest here, Backwoods and Lush [respectively] certainly now how to create some buzz, but if …