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JUSTKIDS x D*Face & Shepard Fairey – Plaza Hotel Las Vegas

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Global art curator, Justkids, in partnership with Life is Beautiful Festival, continues to infuse art to the ever-growing outdoor art gallery in Downtown Las Vegas. This time choosing the 21 story tower of the iconic Plaza Hotel & Casino as the playing field for American artist Shepard Fairey and UK artist D*Face.

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CMMNTY: Wearable Art That Helps The Homeless

CMMNTY LAUNCHES ETHICAL AND SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE BRAND TO CHAMPION ARTISTS WHILE SUPPORTING HOMELESS PEOPLE

A collective of artists have devised a new global platform for contemporary artisanal merchandise, with every sale ensuring a fair deal for artists whilst helping to support homeless communities.

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CMMNTY has been launched to encourage collaboration by bringing a wide variety of artists together to produce limited edition and ethically produced clothing and art together. The new ethical platform is jointly-owned with the artists, meaning that contributors claim a fair share of proceeds each time one of their products is sold. Wear it or hang it, every print is super exclusive and limited. Not only that, but five per cent of profits on each CMMNTY sale will be donated to homeless charity Emmaus, which supports people who have experienced homelessness by providing them with a home and meaningful work in a community setting.

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CMMNTY has a rich background and long history. Initiated by established fashion design and art professionals with real streetwear credentials and thousands of hours of experience in the industry, the idea is to do things differently and give something back. David Newman, CMMNTY’s founder, said: “Unlike many brands, artists don’t just license their designs to CMMNTY; they are CMMNTY. Jointly-owned with artists, CMMNTY’s aim is to use products to promote art rather than art to promote products. It’s a model that means a fairer deal for artists, whilst also ensuring we do our bit to address the important issue of homelessness.”

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He also adds: “As well as being an ethical platform, CMMNTY offers products that reflect the attention-to-detail, cut and construction that we pride ourselves on. Each product is strictly limited edition, designed by the artists and made to order by the CMMNTY team. This means that everything we sell is a truly collectible piece-of-art.” The artist roster have all earned their stripes worldwide and include true forefathers of street art such as; David Walker, sheOne, Will Barras & Ornamental Conifer as well as other participating artists; Mr Penfold and Mr Incognito.

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Further underlining the ethical philosophy of CMMNTY, every art print is produced using Vegan-friendly bamboo paper, while t-shirts feature organic, long fibre, triple washed Portwood Cotton™.

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CMMNTY’s official Kickstarter campaign will launch on 8th February with an exclusive film explaining the project in further detail and encouraging people to support the vision. In return supporters will receive a range of product from prints to tees and highly sought after one off pieces from the artists involved. To find out more information ahead of the campaign, please view their preview page here. To view the current collection, artists involved and to see the current range of tees and prints please visit:

www.cmmnty.co

www.kickstarter.com/projects/484131904/cmmnty-art-to-wear-and-hang?token=27277c74

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Miaz Brothers – Hazy state of affairs – Wunderkammern Gallery

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The Miaz Brothers (Milan, 1965 and 1968) live and work in Valencia, Spain. Winners of the prestigious 5th Arte Laguna Awards Painting section in 2011, they boast exhibitions in important galleries and international art fairs. The artists are nowadays well-known for their innovative and original approach in portrait painting: through a skilful use of acrylics on canvas they produce enigmatic and evocative artworks, in which the representation appears completely blurry and out-of-focus. Stimulating mnemonic and personal associations in the viewer’s mind, their work aims to engage our visual and cognitive perception.

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Martha Cooper x VNA Limited Edition Box Set!

It’s been a long time coming… We’ve chased Martha from New York to Berlin, Miami to South America and finally, we are proud to bring you the Martha Cooper x VNA Limited Edition box set.

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We’ve sourced paper, run test prints and bounced proofs back and forth over the course of 6 months to produce an amazingly detailed black & white screen-print of one of Martha’s photos on the cover of issue 34.

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It’s taken us a while to confirm all the components of this set (an edition of /150) – from the special signature camera pin badge, to the screen-printed cover and lovingly signed photo prints – and both ours and Martha’s quality control has been super high throughout – there is even an exclusive list included in each set with caption details of each of Martha’s images in the magazine.

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We’d like to thank Martha publicly for her assistance and co-operation throughout this lengthy and difficult process, as well as special shouts to Louis @ Spraying Bricks, Nina @Joshua Liner Gallery, Rik @ Ripe Digital and Joshua @ White Duck Screen Print – without whom this would not have come together.

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So now, the wait is over, the prints are signed, the sets are numbered and the boxes are packed and they are finally available to buy exclusively, online, from 2pm GMT time today.

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Get your set before they disappear!

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Martha Cooper photograph courtesy of Susan Welchman.

VNA Issue 35 – OUT NOW!

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VNA has grown from it’s humble beginnings as a free black and white zine with the help and support of people like D*Face –who enabled the distribution of the mag at his StolenSpace gallery way back when it first started ten years ago. So it’s only fitting that 10 years on he features on the front cover – shot by Shamil Tanna – for the second time.

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The latest issue is out now and available to buy online before it hits stores next week right hurrr:
www.verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-35

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Inside Issue 35, you can see the philthy skills of Phill Blake, the gravity defying work of Spanish artist Cinta Vidal and the awesome muralism of Canadian young blood, Jarus.

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Also featured is the Japanese skate punk legend, Haroshi, giving an insight into the recycled skateboard sculptures he makes with heart and soul, and Croatian painter Lonac.

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From the Antipodes comes work from Japan-based Aussie artist, Mark Drew, with his blend of hip hop and remixed rap quotes over Peanuts paintings, alongside Melbourne-based Cam Scale, bringing a homegrown history of his life growing up in the bush.

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Great Dane Søren Solkær gives a look through the lens into music photography and artist portraiture and Floridian Tatiana Suarez highlights her local background and a glimpse into the world of her haunting characters.

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Last but not least are Shepard Fairey – return of one of our previous cover stars to give the lowdown on some highlights and milestones of his career – and Wayne White – master of puppets and tongue in cheek painter, fresh off the back of his latest epic show, Wayne-O-Rama, in his hometown of Chattanooga.

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Heerlen Murals – Photo Round-up – Henrik Haven

Henrik Haven has been kind enough to share his coverage of Heerlen Murals, which has been organising a wide range of interventions, murals and activities from August to December 2016 in and around the centre of Heerlen, Netherlands.

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This year’s theme is called “There’s more than meets the eye” and it deals with the diversity and the ‘do-it-yourself’ mentality of the artform. The artist were challenged to produce work that have either a worldly or local context.

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Standing with Standing Rock – Spencer Keeton Cunningham

Since early November, American artist Spencer Keeton Cunningham has been back and forth visiting
Standing Rock, a place where hundreds of native tribes banded together to halt the Dakota Access
pipeline in North Dakota. While traveling to and from Standing Rock Cunningham painted large
scale murals spreading awareness about the movement of Standing Rock in Massachusetts, San
Francisco, Portland and Seattle. His painting in Seattle, located on the SODO track, is a 200 foot
collaboration with local artist, Josh Keyes.

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While at Standing Rock, Cunningham helped document the actions by water protectors in film and
photo while he also painted signs and paintings on site while at the camp in support of the Standing
Rock Sioux’s battle against what the natives and supporters on camp called the black snake.

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A woman in a man’s game – Ashes57

In a subculture dominated by men, a female street artist defies all convention by getting properly paid and getting good attention.

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In a cobblestone street in Bethnal Green, a series of wooden doors painted in plain pistachio colour line the sidewalk, keeping the mirror-like aesthetic of terraced houses clean and intact. You get to the end of the row and suddenly a surprise: a pitch-black door emerges with white strips reminiscent of tall buildings glistening with city lights.

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Kamea Hadar x Tatiana Suarez – Aloha

This Fall marked the two-year anniversary of the mural painted by Tatiana Suarez and Kamea Hadar in the neighbourhood of Little Haiti. The collaborative mural was organised by ocean lifestyle brand, Olukai, kicking off Anywhere Aloha—a campaign which shares the spirit of Aloha globally. With the unveiling of their follow-up mural along the historic Miami River, the project’s inspiring message comes full circle.

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Mr. Jago x Eric Haacht – Working with Explosives

Mr Jago and Eric Haacht, two of the UK’s leading abstract expressionist artists, will be brought together next month in an unforgettable new show by Fluorescent Smogg. Following on from Fluorescent Smogg’s successful run of multidisciplinary exhibitions, this one will focus solely on the medium of painting, with both artists offering something completely fresh on the abstract expressionist genre and bringing a potent blast of colour to Bristol.

Deeply expressive. Rebelliously colourful. A joyful jolt of that limitless, spontaneous creative energy of 1950s New York. These are things that Mr Jago and Eric Haacht share. They are also both interested in the power of non-representation. Mr Jago with his expansive, kaleidoscopic looseness. Eric Haacht with his distorted faces and decisive movement away from the familiar human form. Yet the real magic to this show comes from their differences. Colour bursts vs. colour warps. A cyclone of brushstokes vs. a haze of rough smears. A starkly modern response to a landscape vs. a blurred, darkly compelling interpretation of a face. A well-established artist, used to touring the global gallery circuit, vs. an emergent portrait artist and recent entrant to the gallery scene.

You can’t help but be energised by Mr. Jago’s work. It sucks you up and draws you in. While Haacht’s – heavily influenced by his fascination with the artificiality of human life and death, his belief that time is a mere ruse – leaves you interestingly unsure of what to feel. Both artists are as compelling as the other. And they relate to and deeply respect one another’s work. Yet, they draw us into different worlds. This show lights a fuse between these worlds. And it’s going to be explosive.

Private view: 1st December 2016, 7-10.30pm. RSVP for guest list Show open to public: 2nd-4th December 2016, 10am-6pm

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