VNA Issue 31 – OUT NOW!

VNA 31 is out now. Get your copy online and in stores, with the inimitable Los Angeles duo CYRCLE gracing the front cover.

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This all-new, bigger, bolder issue has been redesigned for a larger format so that we can better show off the brilliant art that makes VNA what it is.

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Some things haven’t changed: we’re still committed to bringing you the finest artwork we can find from the furthest flung places. Touching down in Australia, Portugal, France, New Zealand, USA and Switzerland, we cover the most hottest artists, photographers and gallerists we could find, from the more established elite to some up-and-coming stars in the making.

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Get your copy now! verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-31

Thinkspace x Stolenspace LAX/LHR Groupshow

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From LA to London, StolenSpace Gallery & ThinkSpace LA are joining forces to co- curate a group show in London at StolenSpace Gallery, opening Thursday 3rd September.

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With a roster of over 100 incredible artists between us, this is due to be a show to remember!

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www.thinkspacegallery.com

www.stolenspace.com

NUART: PLUS

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NUART Festival in Stavanger, Norway kicks off a strong line up of panels and discussions today, starting off with the inaugural Pub Debate, headed up by team captains Evan Pricco, Editor in Chief at Juxtapoz, and writer Carlo McCormick, the two go head-to-head with artists Harmen de Hoop and Bortusk Leer to explore the subject: Should Art Have to Carry a Deeper Meaning?

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ARTURb: imprisonment is a beautiful way to free art on the streets.

This summer we chose Lagos for our holiday destination. We were looking for beautiful, quiet beaches,  nice hot stretches in the sun, cool places for drinks before dinner, and, yes, a little bit of buzz.  No more expectations.  The truth is we had much more than that: we ended up being struck by what we found on the city walls. 

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As you start to wander the alleys you literally bump into pieces from international artists such as ROA, BEZT, SAINER, ARYZ, SEPE, ONUR or BORONDO, to mention some, in addition to works from well known Portuguese ones as MÁRIO BELÉM, MAISMENOS, ADDFUEL, amongst others. It wouldn’t be as dazzling if we were in Berlin or Buenos Aires; the thing is it takes place in Lagos, a tiny spot on the Portuguese map, a small picturesque village. How the hell is this happening here?

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AnyForty – ‘Art is Our Weapon’

AnyForty. One word, two caps. An independent streetwear and artist collaboration brand, based in the UK but repped worldwide. Damo took time to chat with King Crayon, Chief Coin Counter and driving force of AnyForty, Al Wardle.

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Damo: Who is AnyForty?
Al: AnyForty is a homegrown brand, that specifically works with artists from all over the world, from unknown to globally established, on a range of artist collaboration products ranging from tees, to pin badges and self published coffee table books to sticker packs. I run everything in the business myself apart from dispatch and distribution which my pops handles for me from our Gateshead office!

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VIDEO: Berlin Kidz x Alaniz’s Message to Berlin on Gentrification

A few months ago when we were back in Berlin during Urban Nation we had a chance to go out on a mission with one of Berlin’s most prolific graffiti crews, the Berlin Kidz.  Take a look closer and you’ll see them abseiling down the wall to catch their tags. As that was going on Alaniz had his mile-high roller brush working on the middle finger from the ground. What’s crazy about this spot is Blu had buffed the entire wall black a few months prior to this as he didn’t like the real estate developers idea of having new condos that would have a great view of the local art hot spot. This was the message the Berlin Kidz and Alaniz had to say about that. Check out the time lapse and action photos shot by Birdman.

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“Bitetime” – Ian Mutch

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Celebrating the release of a brand new ‘superzine’, “Bitetime” is a selection of artworks, drawings, random travels and experiences by Ian Mutch.

The exhibition explores beauty through nature and narrative, capturing snippets of the artist’s life. As a child in Africa, and travels through Asia and Japan, to the surrounds of his coastal studio in south-west Australia. The artworks immerse the viewer into a detailed view on the world.

“Bitetime” is both an exhibition and a mini journal – an intriguing colourful art booklet, neatly packaged with a build-yourself bitetime character and vinyl sticker. Ian Mutch is no stranger to print. As co-founder of Kingbrown Magazine, Mutch continues to drive the magazine’s design and packaging, experimenting with hand crafted layouts, embellishments, publishing ideas and inserts.

Opening September 3rd 2015 from 6-9pm at Just Another Project Space – 2A/127 Greville Street, Prahran

CURSES

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Black Canyon is proud to present CURSES – a group exhibition at OKLA in Collingwood, Melbourne, Australia.

CURSES brings together the work of 5 prolific young graphic artists – Nathan Alexis Brown (Canada), Georgia Hill (Sydney), James McKenna (Perth), Sean Morris (Melbourne), and Melissa Grisancich (Melbourne.) It’s a celebration of both grim and delicate art spanning painting, prints, sculpture, animation and murals. Curator Sean Morris took time to talk to Damo.

What was the concept and the brief to the artists?
All of the group exhibitions that I’ve curated up until now – the 3 Magic Weirdos shows, the Black Canyon shows with Tom, and the Kingbrown Mag launches – have been pretty big, at least 20 artists. The Kingbrown Perth show in March had 60 artists. I wanted to change it up and work on something smaller and less planned out, where the artists had more room to flex. There was no brief, but I encouraged everyone to explore installation work if they were up for it. We’ve ended up with a mix of paintings, drawings, print work, sculpture, animation and murals.

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