DalEast New Works / Solo Show in NYC

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Chinese artist DalEast is currently in NYC preparing his solo show with Jonathan Levine gallery. Opening on Sept 4th, “The Laten Photon” will be his 2nd show with the gallery. While in the city, the artist took a break from finalizing his works and working on a limited edition print that will be released with the show, and painted some public works that hes been widely known for.

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At St. Marks 1st Street & Avenue A in Manhattan he recently finished this large mural overlooking the neighborhood. Originally based on the eagles mating scene, the dynamic and striking image can be seen both as an sweet, emotive one, or an aggressive one.

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Along with the large mural, DalEast painted thisvan piece somewhere on the streets of NYC. The only info we could find out about this one, is that it will be featured in an exciting video project which will be announced in September.

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Everfresh Studio Opening and Sketchbook

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everfreshsketchThe boys in Collingwood have been working hard recently, and on Saturday 6 September you can see the fruits of their labour.

The new Everfresh studio will be open from 12-5pm with Studio artists Rone, Wonderlust, Tooth, Tom Civil, Mayo and Maka all on hand to show off the new space.

This will be the only time the studio will be open to the public so make sure you get on down and check it out if you can!! 5 Perry Street, Collingwood VIC from 12 noon.

This also sees the launch of the final 60 Everfresh sketchbooks.

Designed as a fund-raiser to help cover the cost of the new space together Everfresh Sketchbook is a customised Ironlak blackbook in a limited run of 120 pieces.

Each sketchbook is A4 in size with 192 pages in 120gsm acid free cartridge paper. 
The books will have 6 unique hand printed, drawn or sprayed pages by all six current studio residents: Rone, Wonder, Tooth, Civil, Mayo & Makatron, with a screen printed cover by neighbours Dangerfork!

The first 60 sold out this afternoon in a matter of hours, so if you want one, get to the opening, VERY early!!

 

21st Precinct

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VNA recently teamed up with Robert Aloia and Suzuki Capital LLC to bring together a groupshow of epic proportions at a derelict police precinct in NYC.

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The show will be in the old 21st Precinct police building, located on 327 East 22nd St. It was built in 1863 and acted as a functioning precinct until 1914. We will have a pop up gallery space and 4 floors of murals, wheatpastes, graffiti and installations by renowned artists from NYC and worldwide. In the tradition of the Outlaw Parties of the late 80′s and early 90′s we will re-invigorate an unused space with a wide range of creative minds working in multiple mediums. Scheduled opening reception is 8/16/14 and will be open for viewing all weekend and a closing event the following weekend. The building is scheduled for demolition the last week of August. This will be the first of an ongoing series with Suzuki Capital at their various properties throughout the boroughs.

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The takeover featured over 50 artists from the US and beyond, including: Adam Dare, Al Diaz, Amanda Marie, ASVP, Bad Pedestrian, Ben Angotti, Beau, Bill Claps, Bunny M., Cash4, Chris RWK, Chris Soria, Coby Kennedy, Curtis Kulig, D. Gaja, Danielle Mastrion, Damon Johnson, Dasic, Dizmology, Duel, ELLE, Erasmo, Esteban del Valle, Faust, Ghost, GIZ, Hellbent, Hue, Icy & Sot, Iena Cruz, Jesper Haynes, Justin Carty, Ket, Lexi Bella, Li-Hill, Lorenzo Masnah, Matt Siren, Mr. Toll, N. Carlos Jay, Nepo, Nick Tengri, Pesu, Phil, Pixote, RAE, Rambo, Ricardo Cabret, SAE, Savior Elmundo, Sheryo & The Yok, Shiro, Tone Tank, URNY, Vexta and X-O.

Hugh Burckhardt was on hand to document the proceedings.

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NYC-based ELLE also produced an epic installation of a burning wax man, filmed by Animal New York

Props to: DJs Miranda Maxwell & Natasha Diggs, Suzuki Capital LLC, Outlaw Arts, Beau, NY St Gallery, Todd Masters, all of the artists and all of the people who showed us some love by passing through and writing up the show.

Image credit Hugh Burckhardt – www.m0rethanusual.blogspot.com

Wear Art Thou

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No Vacancy Gallery will host a unique exhibition featuring over 50 new designs

by Illustrators Australia members with a celebration on September 5th. Wear Art Thou will be

the culmination of a new venture between Illustrators Australia and the online artist

marketplace Redbubble. Redbubble challenged Illustrator Australia members to create

designs specifically for t-shirts and is thrilled to present the results in this exciting exhibition.

Wear Art Thou will feature the works of 52 Illustrator Australia members, hailing from across

the nation, including a new t-shirt design from each artist as well as other works displayed on

a range of mediums from wall art to throw pillows. In addition, the exhibition will be supported

by t-shirt connoisseur Eddie Zammit who will attend the opening night to award a people’s

choice award.

URBAN NATION PROJECT M/5 – PHOTOSET

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A little while back, we kicked off a project in Berlin with 11 UK artists as part of the latest instalment of Urban Nation’s Project M Series in Berlin.

Below is a visual rundown from photographers Birdman, Henrik Haven and Mark Murphy.

Eine painted the facade with his glamorous assistant Christopher Stead, whilst the other 10 artists took out a window each at ground level.

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Will Barras, Steff Plaetz, Nick Walker, Sickboy, Ben Frost, Pam Glew, SheOne, O.Two, Mark Lyken and Xenz painted a panel each, which will stay in place until the next part of Project M in October.

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VNA would like to extend a huge thanks to everyone involved in the project – the Urban Nation team, all the artists, Montana Cans for helping out with the paint, the guys at Vantage Point Radio, LUSH and his posse for passing through on their boxtruck spraycation, everyone at the Michelberger Hotel for making us comfortable and lastly to Berlin for letting us get away with it all in your city.

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Additional props to Yoh, Twoone, Wurstbande, 45RPM, Strøk and the other people that painted the Urban Nation HQ.

For more information, visit:

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Herakut “Flaw Circus” @ Ruttkowski;68

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Jasmin Siddiqui and Falk Lehmann, or Hera and Akut, the members of internationally known artist duo known as Herakut, are opening their solo show @ Ruttkowski;68 gallery in Cologne on August 29th. Through 10 years of collaborating on both large, outdoor murals and indoor exhibitions, they created a recognizable style which they’ve been known for. Strongly influenced by graffiti and street art, their unique signature style is famous for its melancholy and gratification. By mixing raw, expressive brush/line work, with realistic elements, along with text and messages, their new work kept the signature poetic and emotive feel. Using pastel, dimmed colors, they achieve more direct and honest impact as well as vintage feel to their work.

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Earlier this year they created a a project in Syria and north Jordan, continuing their exploration social injustice which is often a theme of their work. Their exhibition, Flaw Circus, presents a selection of their most recent outlooks on the world based on the experiences they have accumulated during their travels.

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Faith 47 New Murals in Durban

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South African artist Faith 47 recently finished this impressive series of six murals in Durban, SA. Painted on four of the supporting columns of the main freeway overpass adjacent to the Early Morning Market in Warwick, these were created as part of the cultural program of the 25th World Congress on Architecture, UIA2014.

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The early Morning Market in Warwick is a hub of transport and informal trade, incorporating taxi ranks, buses, Nyama market, Muti market, Lime, Mphepo, Indian food market and Sangoma markets. With her murals, the artist wanted to pay respect to these traditional forms of trading and people that gravitate around the area. The pieces are actually portraying traders whose life strongly depends on Warwick triangle.

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“The paintings are portraits of actual traders in the area. Perhaps the Inyanga looks like an everyday person, he is not dressed in a traditional manner signifying his vocation; its true to life. We don’t always know who someone is when we see him or her on the street, but there is a great wealth of stories hidden within each of us.”

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“The atmosphere of Warick triangle is wild and chaotic, allot of people are scared to even venture into that area.This is a potent high energy zone which really reaches the people on the street.”

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“I needed to dedicate these walls to the individuals who work there, to the strength and importance of informal trade within our economy. It is the people of warick who have made it so alive. The architecture truly belongs to them.”

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The first three walls were finished in early July, and the last three were painted mid August.

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Photos taken by the artist, Kierren Allen , Mark Edwards, Michelle Hankinson, Luca Barausse

VNA 27 LTD Launch

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We are pleased to announce the launch of our latest issue of VNA, featuring Aryz on cover, shot by Alex Fakso, and many more of our favourite artists crammed in between the pages.

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Last night we partied at Stolenspace Gallery on Osborne St, celebrating the launch of our super limited screen-printed box set from Aryz for a beer courtesy of our friends at Sixpoint and some treats from Tonki plus 4 stunning Stendec originals on uncut VNA 27 sheets.

If you missed the launch and want to be in the runnings for our online lottery to buy a copy of the Aryz LTD Edition boxset, please email ltd@verynearlyalmost.com with the subject header: VNA 27 LTD LOTTERY

As always, regular amgs are in stores and available to buy online now:

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Eddie Colla “Atavisms” @ Ian Ross Gallery

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Eddie Colla is an interdisciplinary artist and designer based in Oakland, CA. After graduating from California College of the Arts in 1991, he went on to pursue a successful career as a commercial photographer and photojournalist for the New York Times before turning his focus to his personal studio and street art practice.

Over the past several years his work has been developing around the idea of what would happen if life as we knew it began to deteriorate? Would human’s uglier instincts surface as we’re trying to survive? This apocalyptic scenario of is the main theme of his upcoming show “Atavisms” that is opening @ Ian Ross Gallery on August 22nd. With these new works the artist invites us to examine the primitive instincts that exist within us all.

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His body of work reflects real-world fear that plague America as the income gap widens and resources become less accessible.  Colla is examining this idea with his large-scale portraits. Rendered on metal with muted colors and rusty textures, these works appear as though they were created on the walls of long time abandoned buildings. With subjects looking similarly rugged they lock the viewer in with their gazes as they prepare themselves for whatever awaits on the horizon.

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Colla envisions these people neither heroes nor victims. This uncertainty is noticeable through their eyes, but also their general looks. Placed in time and situation where society’s moral code no longer applies juxtaposition of elements of good and evil becomes normality.

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“For all our refinement, technology and wisdom, there is really only a thin, fragile membrane between who we are today and who we were in the past,” said Colla. “That membrane is preserved by a structure and a set of circumstances that could break in a very short time.”

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While Colla’s previous work placed the figures in megalopolises on the brink of collapse, these new works invite viewers to connect with them on a more direct, human level, rather than interpret them as symbols of a larger narrative.

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