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Showing: Roa – “Hic Sunt Dracones” @ Backwoods Gallery

Keeping the tradition of having solo shows with the gallery every two years, ROA recently spent some time in Melbourne working on his third solo show with Backwoods Gallery. Hic Sunt Dracones (Here Be Dragons) opened on the 3rd of June and will stay on view for only 2 weeks. The title of the show comes from the imaginary maps that European explorers used from the 15th to 18th centuries documenting unexplored parts of the newly discovered Terra Australis. Filled with curious animals, plants & cultures, the new land hid a lot […]
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Previews: Anthony Lister – “Run Away Ouiji” @ Blackartprojects

On March 5th, Blackartprojects in Melbourne will be presenting new work from Anthony Lister (filmed) in a show entitled Run Away Ouiji. The Australian street artist, who recently made the news after being found guilty of wilful damage by graffiti in Brisbane, was apparently still able to find time to create a fresh series of paintings despite his legal troubles. He states something about the new exhibition  – “Ouiji boards and clowns have always freaked me out. Maybe it’s because I am in control of them these […]

Showing: Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei @ National Gallery Victoria

On the 11th of December, the National Gallery Victoria in Melbourne opened a major international exhibition featuring two of the most significant artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries – Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei. Staying on view through the 24th of April, the show presents more than 300 works, including major new commissions, immersive installations and a wide representation of paintings, sculpture, film, photography, publishing and social media. Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei was organized by the NGV and The Andy Warhol Museum, with the participation of Ai Weiwei himself. The […]

Showing: Felipe Pantone – “Stereodynamica” @ Backwoods Gallery

The residents and visitors of Melbourne have only few more days to check out a solo show by Felipe Pantone closing on October 25th at Backwoods Gallery. For his Australian debut, the Spain-based artist prepared a whole new body featuring his signature stereoscopic works on canvas and paper. Through analog methods of painting, using spraypaint and acrylic, the Argentinian-born is re-creating glitches, mistakes and other digital distortions. Using pixels, QR codes, grids, gradients and spectrums, his vibrant pieces stand out with their contrast of shapes, forms as […]
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Upcoming: “Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei” @ National Gallery of Victoria

Coming up in December of this year, an interesting pairing of Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei will open at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne before traveling to Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum in June of 2016. Surveying the careers of two of the most significant artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the exhibition will feature over 300 works, including immersive installations and a wide representation of painting, sculpture, film, photography, publishing and social media. Most intriguing will be their goal of exploring the parallels and intersections between […]

Upcoming: Hush – “Muse” @ Metro Gallery (Melbourne)

With the opening reception set for May 28th, fans of Hush’s (interviewed) work will be able to enjoy his East meets West aesthetic again in Melbourne at the Metro Gallery. Muse will continue to explore the dichotomy of the UK-based artist’s imagery, mixing his female femme fatales with extracted urban elements. Take a look below at the photos inside his studio as the works are being prepared… Discuss Hush here.

Showing: Matzu / Tomokazu Matsuyama – “Outside Looking In” @ Lesley Kehoe Galleries

After a recent landmark showcase at Harbour City in Hong Kong (covered), Tomokazu Matsuyama (interviewed) headed to Melbourne for his next project. Outside Looking In at Lesley Kehoe Galleries is the second exhibition in their Spring Series focusing on Japanese artists living and creating in New York, making Matzu a perfect choice, especially when considering the East meets West nature of his work. The show, which runs through October 25th, features a selection of Matsuyama’s colorful and kinetic paintings as well as sculptural works which demonstrate nicely his signature aesthetic of putting a […]

Upcoming: “A Study Of Hair” @ Backwoods Gallery

After two shows featuring the study of hands and eyes the last two years in what will be a decade long project, the  series continues with A Study Of Hair at the Backwoods Gallery starting on September 26th. This year’s roster includes C215, Dave Kinsey, Faith47, Inkie, Jonathan Guthmann, Mark Bode, Merda, Miso, ROA (seen above), Stephen Ives, Shohei Otomo, TwoOne, Usugrow, Yusk Imai and Alexander Mitchell, who will each contribute a piece with their unique interpretation of the theme. Make plans to stop by if you […]

Previews: Mark Whalen – “Peculiarities” @ Melbourne Art Fair

On August 13th, blackartprojects will be showing new work from Mark Whalen (aka Kill Pixie) at the Melbourne Art Fair. Peculiarities will see the Australian born, Los Angeles based artist continue his explorations of isolated geometric environments where his strange characters dance, contort, and interact in unusual ways, often beautiful and grotesque at the same time. Included in this exhibition are also some works on banners as well as what look to be paintings on ceramic books. Discuss Mark Whalen here.

Recap: James Reka – “Untold” @ Backwoods gallery

James Reka recently escaped the heat of Berlin where he currently lives and works, and visited his hometown of Melbourne in Australia. During his visit, he opened a solo show with Backwoods Gallery that was on view from June 6th until June 17th, introducing a new series of canvas and works on found objects. The Untold show was his first Australian exhibition since relocating to Europe. This body of work was influenced by artist’s observation of Berlin as it wakes up from its winter hibernation and […]
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