Facing Deconstruction is somewhat of a self-portrait for Unwell Bunny otherwise known as Ed Bechervaise.
A point of reflection both on himself and an art movement he has a lengthy relationship with.
It is a pivotal point in an art career emerging from graffiti, growing through street art and moving into the urban contemporary art world. The road to this show has taken many twists and turns arriving to almost ponder through a deconstructed analytical view.
Facing deconstruction, looks at many of the faces that have played a part in not only inspiring an urban contemporary art path, but have been instrumental in evolving an entire movement in Australia. De bunking the faces that Ed grew up on through fifteen year and longer journey in the urban arts. Captured are faces of Ed’s contemporaries, mentors, figure heads and new breed of an independent dis establishment art movement. Each person is an individual, unique and forward focused. A provocateur, instigator, rebel ideologist. These are the portraits of the anti establishment, that in time should be considered in new established importance. They are the new change.
This body of work is much a moment in time, as it is a reflection on the influential figure heads in an ‘Unwell Bunny’ career. A documentation of thinkers that will no doubt go on to influence the next generation of artists, art books and with all hope, The Australian Museum establishment.
It creates a new point of view for the artist, one that analyses its surrounds, through a deconstructed frame. Focused on the immediate reality, but infused with the emotion of the past, this aesthetic documents reality now, rather than dancing off into experience, as Ed has done in previous shows. We see the artists studio, his home, and his subjects through his reality.
A view that continues to be influenced by the deconstructive traits of past artists such as Miro, Picasso, Magritte, Lichtenstein,but with the ferocity of the new urban, the electric city and the rapid consumer mindset.
In recoding this time through urban faces and compositional moments, Ed has laid his focused on the now, and emerged confidently to move forward in a way that looks to further simplify reality boldly, striking, un a bashed and deconstructed into something unique. The simplified constructs of a new urban life and the future of a movement paved by pioneers with distinct and striking vision, of which will no doubt evolve into the next evolution as the view forward continues.
Unwell Bunny's artist history begins in Adelaide, Australia as a young 16 year old teen spraying walls and train lines. His initial ideas grew from 90's graffiti following a mix of both letter and character based aerosol art.
He moved to Melbourne in 2002 and began showing his work in Melbourne galleries. He became active in the Melbourne street art scene leaving paste up and graffiti works through the lanes and suburbs of Melbourne.
He had his first solo exhibition at Per Square Meter in Melbourne, which was run by LA based duo Dabs Myla at the time. In 2012, he lived in Amsterdam and spent time with London graffiti and street art heavy weight D*Face and Parisian pop graffiti icon Tilt. There he painted projects for Amsterdam street artists the London Police.
In early 2015, he had a solo show at Galerie Lacroix in Paris, which continued the theme of figurative, abstract painted works based on subconscious dialog and drawings based on a build-up of popular culture imagery. He is currently focusing on further investigation into the popular subconscious.