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Ravi Zupa and Anna Miller – Collaboration Prints

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Ravi Zupa is an artist known for his diverse skill set and subject matter. Arna Miller is an artist and Screen printer in Denver. Miller’s printmaking creativity, flexibility and resourcefulness makes her the perfect fit for collaboration with Zupa who often has ambitious and untrodden goals with his media. Together they have developed many techniques and processes to create unique, high quality prints.

Both have released the second pair of collaboration prints over at Blackbook Gallery. With more to come from their new series over the next two weeks, check out http://www.blackbookgallery.com/prints/ravi-zupa/

Todd James Is Opening “Pump Pump” @ Alice Gallery

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On 22nd of January, Todd James will be back @ Alice gallery in Brussels for his second solo show with them titled “Pump Pump”. The new body of work is focused on criticizing the American way of life, by glorifying it’s values and behavior.
His colorful guache works depict a schizophrenic society, mixing together phenomenons and elements that make it specific and recognizable. By intertwining the clichés of an American happiness and hedonism with images that represent the violence and war politics, he creates a contrast that is bordering between humorous and shocking. Primarily focused on the colors and minimal shapes and forms, his works feature lots of explicit images that are “hidden” within his naive aesthetic. Naked voluptuous blondes, deadly weapons, grim reaper, wounds and blood, video games, terrorists, gangsters, are some of repeating elements that will be presented in this show which will stay on view until the end of February 2015.

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Experience Stendhal Syndrome With Katrin Fridriks @ Circleculture Gallery

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Stendhal Syndrome or Florence syndrome is a psychosomatic condition caused by viewing certain artistic or historical artifacts, especially when the art is particularly beautiful or a large amount of art is in a single place. With that in mind, Icelandic artist Katrin Fridriks, named an entire series of works after this phenomenon, and finally, her current solo show @ Circle Culture gallery in Berlin. The landmark show opened on 21st of November and is one of her most significant projects to date by many accounts.

The significance of this event can be seen through the fact that this particular exhibition will be the core of Fridriks’ first monograph that’s gonna be released through Skira Publishing later this year. Focused on 13 years of creation & evolution of her distinctive style and technique, the book will be explaining and showing her work through pieces now showing in Berlin.

One of the main characteristics of Fridriks’ abstract paintings and conceptual installations are limitless ways of viewing the works. Her unique expressive technique that include thick layers of paint flowing and splattering over canvas, results in complex visuals that can be seen as a whole, but also, examined in almost limitless macro perspective. In order to present this sensation, the artist produced an interactive installation titled Perception of the Stendhal Syndrome vs. Gene&Ethics – Master Prism. Consisting of an over sized magnifying glass and a large canvas, this piece allows the observer to immerse into the artwork and experience it in a way that wasn’t possible before. This groundbreaking approach to presenting her work, secured Fridriks participation at the 56th Venice Biennale, so after closing of the show on 15th of February, this installation will be on view at the Palazzo Bembo in Venice.

Almost simultaneously, another piece from the show, Riding Awareness – Noble Eye-Catcher, will be shown at Reykjavik Art Museum as a part of a big group show titled Just painted (Contemporary Painting In Iceland). This historic exhibition will feature works by most important contemporary Icelandic artists, and Fridriks will be represented with this signature colorful installation, that is balancing between painting and sculptural work.

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‘Kalabaw’ – Kaff-eine

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Kaff-eine is one of Australia’s premiere female street and contemporary artists. She paints her distinctive characters on walls around the globe, immersing herself in local communities and sharing their stories on their walls. While painting street murals in Manila shantytowns in 2013, Kaff-eine learned that some of Manila’s most impoverished slum communities lived on Manila’s garbage dumps, scavenging wood to burn for charcoal, picking through the toxic garbage, selling recyclables or creating recycled products from waste.

She was struck by the creativity, resilience, positivity and skill of these communities, who created beautiful objects and valuable resources in the most challenging conditions; she wanted to work with them, to share their strengths, stories and humanity with audiences far from the Manila slums.

‘Kalabaw’ is the special prelude to two extraordinary collaborative projects Kaff-eine will soon undertake with Manila’s garbage-picking and charcoal-making communities. For ‘Kalabaw’, Kaff-eine has created a collection of powerful portraits combining her signature street-based style with intricate realism, her human and kalabaw characters radiating the same resilience, tenderness and dignity that they do in reality.

All proceeds from the ‘Kalabaw’ exhibition will support Kaff-eine’s two subsequent collaborative projects with the communities who live from Manila’s garbage.
Opening this week at ‘fortyfivedownstairs’, Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

‘Kingbrown’ Issue 10 Launch Party

The newest issue of ‘Kingbrown’ is co-curated by legends Sean Morris and Tom Groves from Black Canyon Projects, with support from their friends at Form WA. Features brown bag art by Future Colors of America, cover by Brendan Monroe, foldout neon poster by Malarko, diecut vinyl sticker by Sheryo, and a glow in the dark patch by Stevie Gee. There’s interviews with all these artists, plus features on Saner, Neck Face, Hellen Jo, Lugosis and many more.

To celebrate, ‘Kingbrown’ are having a launch party this Friday, with artwork from all around the world on denim vests and brown paper, free booze, and music (to quote co-curator Tom, ‘all the good shit’). Get on down and check it out: ‘Spares Store’ Melbourne, Friday 23 January 2015 from 6pm.

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Ed Templeton Released a Special Edition of “Wayward Cognitions” Book

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American skateboarding legend, photographer and artist, Ed Templeton, recently released “Wayward Cognitions”. While his previous publications were usually focused on a certain subject (Teenage Smokers, Teenage Kissers, Deformer, etc), the photographs in this book are randomly chosen from his archives spanning 20 years, hence the title. After regular edition that was released on November 30th 2014, and is widely available, Templeton recently released a special edition that is available directly through the publisher – UmYeahArts.com.

The special edition is limited to only 50 pieces and each of them is coming with a hard cover slip case and specially printed cover, extra printed edition page that is hand numbered by Ed Templeton, unique drawing, second edition page with image that is only in the 50 special edition books, and finally, a 8 x 10 custom signed, numbered and stamped fiber based photo print. As a fan and supporter of DIY culture, the artist created the layout and design, printed all the photographs in his darkroom, building the book himself from scratch in his home studio.

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Lister in Miami

We caught up with Aussie artist Anthony Lister back in Miami ahead of his show at Lazarides Rathbone, entitled Hurt People, Hurt People. Love or hate this loose cannon of creativity, he always has some interesting things to say about society at large. We chat about his arrest in Brisbane, freedom of visual speech and the World’s Longest Suicide Attempt.

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Creature Features – Franco Fasoli aka JAZ

Here at VNA we are always receiving updates on artists as they send in the results of their exciting adventures, new walls and experiments. Argentinian artist Franco Fasoli aka JAZ is one such artist who has been busily keeping us refreshed on his escapades around the world from Mexico to the Caribbean and Americas. Both prolific and diverse as an artist, we finally caught up with him to chat about the hidden depths to his work.

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‘Get Rich or Try Dying’ – Marian Machismo

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This (Australian) summer Marian Machismo brings you ‘Get Rich or Try Dying.’ A coming of age exploration of a non-linear generation, visually characterised by Sub-Cultural Symbolism and Generational Drag.

The Cultural Huckster has returned to Just Another Project Space with a new term she has affectionally coined ‘Generational Drag’.

‘Get Rich or Try Dying’ stands as an exploration of a previously undefined cultural phenomenon, a visualisation of an idea and an account of the fashion and stylisation of a generation undefined by accepted norms.

With puns so sweet you will want to lick the wrapper, references that borderline nostalgia and a flair for performance, this is one show that you will not want to miss.

Borondo Working On London Debut Show

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Spanish-born artist Gonzalo Borondo, is currently in London working on his upcoming solo debut organized by Rex Romae. From limited information we could get about this event, Animal will be a complex installation/show focused on conflict between our innate animal instincts and our present lives, which are coated with the dependence of technology and our fear for the unknown. With this in mind, the artist will divide the huge space into 8 different sections, covering different themes, all relating to dramatic nature of the humans.

Known to work with all kind of mediums, from fire (seen above), to scratching, acrylic, spray paint, and pretty much anything that leaves physical mark, Borondo will also be presenting video installations and painting animations in collaboration with Carmen Maín (Spain), and sculpture installations, created together with Edoardo Tresoldi (Italy) and Despina Charitonidi (Germany). The show curated by Rom Levy, founder of RexRomae, and noted art curator, Charlotte Dutoit from JustKids, will will take place at a pop-up location in Shoreditch, and will be open to visitors from the 5th through the 28th of February.

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