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Vhils – ‘Debris’

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‘Debris’ is the first solo exhibition of critically acclaimed Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto AKA Vhils in Macau, the show will further explore the artist’s ongoing reflections on the nuanced relationships between contemporary urbanscapes and their inhabitants. Vhils has become globally recognized for developing a unique visual poetry that exemplifies the interdependent relationship between contemporary life and its urban context. His groundbreaking carving technique, based on removing the surface layers of walls and other media with non-conventional tools, has been hailed as one of the most compelling approaches to art created in the urban art scene. From stencil painting to wall carvings, billboards to screen prints, pyrotechnic explosions to neons, Vhils has been exploring his concept of the aesthetics of vandalism in a plurality of media, continuously pushing the boundary of artistic expression.

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Macau has served as a long-standing source of inspiration for Vhils, where many historical buildings exude the heritage and legacy of local history. At the end of 2016, Vhils was invited by the Consulate General of Portugal and Hong Kong and Casa de Portugal to create a mural of the celebrated Portuguese poet Camilo Pessanha at the Portuguese Consulate in Macau. Extending the commission to a broader context, “Debris” intends to reflect on the convergence of time and history, construction and demolition, arriving at layered compositions that embody a microcosm of the human condition, positioned within the dynamic stimuli imperative to Macau’s identity. New billboard pieces made from posters gathered on the streets of Macau, will be shown alongside door carvings on doors collected in the region. A slow-motion captured video of Macau’s streets will also be featured to create an immersive viewing experience. The themes of “Debris” are similarly manifested outside of the gallery context in the form of four public murals by Vhils throughout the city, two artworks will be presented at Macau Portuguese School (Avenida de D. João IV, Macau), whilst walls at Rua dos Clérigos (Old Taipa Village, Taipa, Macau) and KEI TAC Grocery (Rua Direita Carlos Eugénio, Taipa, Macau) will also be endowed the artist’s creative innovations. Through these interventions, the artist draws a connecting line between the city and the artworks, and firmly ties his artistic practice to his origins as an artist making markings in the streets.

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Vhils’ show in Hong Kong was listed by CNN as one of “2016’s most visually inspiring moments”. Building on last year’s momentum, “Debris” in Macau will further unveil the often-forgotten collective memory and history of the city through the lens of the artist, exposing a specific moment in global development and the artist’s own history and identity alongside his subjects. The show continues to represent HOCA’s vision and mission to promote awareness and access to contemporary art.

Featuring more than 20 works including four new public murals, inspired by Macau, ‘Debris’ opens on Wednesday May 31 at 6:30pm at Navy Yard No.1 – Contemporary Art Centre, Rua de S. Tiago da Barra, Macau.

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Ben Frost – ‘Skip Ad >’

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StolenSpace is proud to present ’Skip Ad >’ the new solo show from Australian artist Ben Frost.

Having taken over StolenSpace in 2015 with his incredible sell out solo show ‘The New Pollution’, StolenSpace are excited to have Ben Frost once again in London with his tongue-in-cheek humour and unique style.

Famed for painting over iconic and medical packaging, from McDonald’s to Dior, Frost’s work forces the viewer to look at our modern capitalist society, and our attitudes towards branding, advertisements and blasé approach to medications.

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The tile for the show ‘Skip Ad >’ is an instantly recognisable phrase, one which we click past everyday. Frost invites the viewer to attempt to ‘Skip Ad’; to look past the advertising which engulfs our day to day lives and view it from his twisted perspective.

By subverting mainstream iconography from the worlds of advertising, entertainment and politics, he creates a visual framework that is bold, confronting and often controversial.
His imagery often shows hentai inspired girls, highlighting the hyper-sexualisation which overwhelms modern advertising. Children’s’ characters appear sexualised, Freddy Krueger reigns large over an American flag, In ‘Skip Ad >’ Frost welcomes the viewer into his disturbing American Dream.

Opening Reception : 01.06.17, 6 – 9pm

Exhibition Dates: 02.06.17 – 02.07.17

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DVATE – ‘Thirst’

DVATE is a Melbourne based artist who is well-known for his graffiti art and large photo-realistic images of wildlife. His work can be seen from trackside to galleries, festivals and zoos and his unique lettering which is often integrated into his portraits of the natural world create a dynamic juxtaposition between the figurative and the abstract forms of graffiti.

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His interest in conservation and climate change issues led him to be commissioned as the first artist to paint a wall for the festival, Climate+Art=Change a partnership between CLIMARTE (the not-for profit organisation aimed at creating awareness of climate change issues through art) and the City of Port Phillip in St Kilda, Melbourne.

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‘Absolute Mayhem’ – Mitch Walder

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Home grown in Melbourne, Mitch Walder is an artist who works out of The Arts Hole studio in Caulfield. An upbringing that involved mainly drawing on anything he could get his hands on, Walder was destined for an artistic career. After graduating from a Bachelor of Design Arts degree 2011 at the formerly known Australian Academy of Design he hit the ground running, forging a career in illustration, painting, graphic design, gallery installation and artist workshops. An internship at The Age beginning in 2010 proved to be a crucial stepping stone for an art practice that now hosts cliental such as Facebook, Adidas x Glue Store, Red Bull, Linked In, Lonely Planet, Splunk, Ray Ban x Boiler Room, AFL & White Night among many others.

Walder’s style lends itself to chaotic cartoon scenery with content often formed through a mix of observational & subconscious techniques. A vibrant colour palette washed over an entropic composition has been a signature display for Walder as he looks to develop this style into a number of different elds alongside painting and mural work including apparel, sculpture and animation.

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DEAMS – ‘Transition’

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Painter, designer and geometric visionary Deams has been influencing the Melbourne street art scene for over a decade. A founding member of the infamous Melbourne collective AWOL Crew, his work can be found in both galleries and street contexts around the world.

Deams has an intuitive approach to painting and process, which allows for his work to oscillate between tangible and intangible forms and realities. He approaches his practice with a studious dedication to his past and the immediacy of his present, discovering links between the impressions of his childhood and his current ideas and experiences.

His work continues to explore aesthetic and interpersonal relationships through compositional conversations in form and texture.

Following on from his hugely successful 2016 exhibition, ‘In The Fold’, Deams returns to Backwoods for his second exhibition with the gallery. ‘Transition’ marks a further progression and sophistication of his distinctive approach to painting and abstraction. This new body of work encapsulates the seemingly chaotic yet clearly directed nature of energy and form in a state of transition.

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‘Spitting Blood’ – C215

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StolenSpace is proud to present ’Spitting Blood’ the new solo show by C215.

Parisian street artist C215 (Christian Guémy) has been working within the scene for over 20 years. Having taken over StolenSpace previously with his solo show ‘Back to Black’ and shown work in multiple solo shows (Reasons for the Seasons, LAX/LHR) StolenSpace are excited to see what he has instore with this new series of works.

This new body of work focuses on popular and influential musicians, painted directly onto vinyl records; incorporating both his iconic portrait style and use of found materials.
His elaborate stencil work can be found in cities around the world, including New Delhi, London, Istanbul, Fes, Rome, Barcelona, and his home town of Paris.

“I try to interact with context, so I place in the streets elements and characters that belong especially to the streets. I like to show things and people that society aims at keeping hidden: homeless people, smokers, street kids for example.”

His striking portraits of local people, children and famous characters and personalities are expressive and distinctive in style. His subjects are portrayed with a proud dignity, something which has become as recognisable to his style as his delicate stencil work.
The opening of ‘Spitting Blood’ will also include a new limited edition print release by the artist.

Opening Reception : 4 May 2017, 6 – 9pm Exhibition Dates: 5 – 28 May 2017.

ALL GOOD THINGS

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As the saying goes, ALL GOOD THINGS must come to an end and, after 10 amazing years, Very Nearly Almost Magazine is shutting up shop.

Finishing on a high that has seen the front cover graced by some of the brightest stars of the contemporary art world, including D*Face, Invader, Shepard Fairey, Futura, Swoon, Martha Cooper and more, the team behind VNA have made the difficult decision to draw this chapter to a close with an exhibition and forthcoming book.

In celebration of the incredible people that have made the magazine what it is, VNA are presenting their 10th Anniversary group show with some of the team’s favourite featured artists. 50+ artists make up this hand-picked selection of the world’s top talent, showing in one of East London’s longest-running contemporary urban art institutions, StolenSpace Gallery.

Showcasing work from all over the world, ‘ALL GOOD THINGS’ is comprised of original artworks, exclusive artist proofs and hand-finished prints from some of the leading international artists – artists who have helped shape the scene as we know it today. The VNA team has also assembled a tailored collection of some of the brightest new painters making waves across the globe.

The exhibition is all up for grabs, with artwork auctioned off on artFido and all proceeds from the auction sales donated to Macmillan Cancer Support. Bidding will begin at midday Thursday 27th April, closing at midnight on Sunday 30th April at:

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On the opening night, our VNA Newsstand will be bursting with back stock, including tees, stickers and other goodies – all at bargain prices. Hidden in amongst the stand, there will be a complete set of the VNA archive, from 1 to 35, available to buy from our private collection, including limited edition PP’s – strictly one archival item per person to keep things fair!

As with anything VNA-related, there will of course be a drink or two. Our friends at Sailor Jerry have kindly furnished us with a choice of delicious bespoke spiced rum cocktails and a deuce of their finest mixologists.

As if that wasn’t enough, we’ll be providing some of the lovely Soffle’s Pitta Chips to soak up some of the booze and giving away over a hundred free tacos from Luardos – served from Insa’s hand-painted taco truck.

The show opens for public viewing from 6-9pm Thursday 27th April and daily until the 30th April 11am-7pm at: StolenSpace Gallery, 17 Osborn St, London E1 6TD

Artists include:

45RPM, AJ FOSIK, ARYZ, BLEK LE RAT, C215, CAM SCALE, CHLOE EARLY, CONOR HARRINGTON, CYRCLE, D*FACE, DAN KITCHENER, DAVE WHITE, DAVID SHILLINGLAW, EELUS, EINE, ELK / LUKE CORNISH, ERMSY, FAILE, FINTAN MAGEE, GAIA, GEORGIA HILL, GHOSTPATROL (DAVID BOOTH), HERAKUT, INSA, INVADER, JAMES JEAN, JOE HOLBROOK, KID ACNE, LISTER, M-CITY / MARIUSZ WARAS, MOBSTR, MR JAGO, MYSTERIOUS AL, NIELS ‘SHOE’ MEULMANN, PAUL INSECT, REMI ROUGH, RONE, RONZO, RUFUS DAYGLO, SHEPARD FAIREY (OBEY), SICKBOY, STENDEC, STEVE CROSS, TOASTER, THE LONDON POLICE, TILT, TIZER, TODD FRANCIS, TOM FRENCH, TRISTAN EATON (TRUSTO CORP), VHILS, WILL BARRAS

Lister Shop – New Print Release

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Good friend of VNA and adventure painter extroadinaire Anthony Lister now has a shop!! That’s right, an opportunity to buy all things Lister. The shop holds various works and experimental products of accessible price points providing an entry-point into becoming an art collector. Lister Shop is the only place to buy “SUCKY DIP” which is an an affordable and fun way to get an original artwork by Lister with a random selection lucky dip of original artworks on paper (valued between $300-$900).

It is also the place to pick up small works on paper which are often created through observation and life moments and are the beginning point of many canvas works shown in exhibition. These drawings are an insight into Lister’s process and owning one can be seen as a token of Anthony’s initial ideas and mapping for larger works.

Lister has today launched a new unique multiple print in a limited run of only 100. ‘Warm Yellow Dancer’ is a screen print, hand embellished with ink on 300mm x 210mm 245gsm museum quality archival paper. you can cope one here, but as always, don’t sleep!

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MANDO MARIE: ‘Can it be?’ as curated by Hyland Mather and DK Johnston

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American artist Amanda Marie, also called MANDO, uses stencil, traditional painting, and mixed-media collage to create works that harken back to imagery from classic childhood story books, yet slightly askew and out of traditional context.

Based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, educated at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, her large scale street pieces and intimate studio works create narratives with recurring characters of children and animals.

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