The camouflage pattern is usually linked with military or police uniforms. That’s completely understandable, since uniforms of security forces personnel worldwide are characterized by camouflage. However, can we imagine camouflage being used for other purposes? Why not? Camouflage patterns have amazing aesthetical potentials, but they also can be used within the conceptual art movement. And, indeed, when it comes to camouflage, it is not only about aesthetics – it’s about its dominant understanding. And dominant understanding is that camouflage is only reserved for military purposes. Well, this is not quite true. Camouflage is used in art practices as well, no matter what style or technique an artist prefers. So many beautiful and amazing artworks have been created by using the patterns of camouflage. And, the most amazing ones will be part of the A Study of Camouflage group exhibition that is organized by Backwoods Gallery from Melbourne.
Backwoods Gallery from Melbourne has been conducting a great project by organizing shows that consist of annual shows that focus on different study subjects. With this series of exhibitions, Backwoods Gallery is 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 is the fourth exhibition in row within this series, after successful exhibitions A Study of Hands, A Study of Eyes and A Study of Hair. The basic idea for the A Study of Camouflage exhibition is to deconstruct the dominant perception of camouflage from its military driven narrative, and to bring back the camouflage patterns to its natural roots.
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. In collaboration with DPM-Studio (Disruptive Pattern Material), Backwoods Gallery’s show seeks to deconstruct the dominant perception of camouflage from its military driven narrative, and to bring back the camouflage patterns to its natural roots. 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 perspectives are diverse. An amazing list of artworks will be featured in A Study of Camouflage show. The artists featured in the show are: Aaron de la Cruz, Acorn, Alexander Mitchell, Ashley Wood, Augustine Kofie, Beastman, Clemens Behr, Hardy Blechman, James Greenaway, Jaybo Monk, Jon Fox, Jun Inoue, Kano Hollamby, K-narf, Madsaki, Mark Bode, Mark Drew, Masaho Anotani, MoneyLess, Nelio, O-Two, Petro, Raphael Sliks, Remi Rough, ROA, Senekt, SheOne, Shida, Shohei Takasaki, Shun Kawakami, Slicer, Stabs, Stephen Ives, TwoOne and Yusk Imai.
A Study of Camouflage group show is a must-see event for all art lovers. Camouflage patterns indeed may have amazing aesthetical and conceptual values. Just look at the list of participating artists. A Study of Camouflage group exhibition will be on view from May 29th until June 7th, 2015, at Level 2, 5 Easey Street, a pop-up space next door to Backwoods Gallery, Melbourne.
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Featured Image and Image in Slider: A Study of Camouflage exhibition (detailed image)
All Images courtesy of Backwoods Gallery.