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23rd Key – ‘Keezus’

Melbourne based 23rd Key’s solo show ‘Keezus’ opens next week at Juddy Roller in Melbourne. She took time with Damo to give us the low down on the show.

DW: Tell us more about your upcoming show at Juddy Roller. What is the concept behind it?

23rd Key: The concept behind the show is ‘ego’. I’ve tried to dissect the medium and showcase it in a way that I’ve never seen any one else do it before. It’s about what it is to be a stencil artist and the inner battle we have with who we are, who we are perceived to be, and how the two differ. I feel like there can be a real distance between the artist and the ‘audience’ when it comes to art and exhibitions. With Keezus, the theme is one that’s very close to home for me but I also wanted to do something really different with how things are displayed. I really want to bridge the gap with this show, hopefully anyone who comes to see it will walk away understanding a little bit more about stencil art and have seen it like it’s never been seen before.

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VNA 28 – Mike Giant

It was hard to choose just one standout artist from the people we’ve covered in this issue, but Mike Giant ultimately took the vote with his monochrome illustrations and tattoo-inspired scribblings. With his much-imitated, but never-bettered style, it’s an honour to have the iconic REBEL8 designer on our cover, shot by talented Aussie photographer, Nicole Reed.

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We’ve also taken a look at INSA’s career to date, from his childhood bedroom posters to his very latest app release – a neat little piece of tricknology by the name of ‘GIF-ITI’…

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Alongside this welcome blast from the past, we bring you a world first: an interview with the entire Da Mental Vaporz crew. We gathered the talented crew members to discuss their intricate and entertaining patchworks, what’s kept them going for over a decade and who among them is best equipped to survive the inevitable zombie uprising.

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Also featuring exclusive interviews with NUNCA, DAN HILLIER, SMUG, NICK WALKER, ALEXANDER MITCHELL/BACKWOODS, CHAD MUSKA, 1UP CREW AND INTI…

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And for those of you who skip straight to the pics of cool stuff on walls without words in the way, this issue’s worldwide photo coverage stretches from London to Taiwan via Sydney.

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New Works By Above For Detroit Solo Show

American street artist Above, recently shared this short video giving us a peek at new works for his upcoming solo show @ Inner State Gallery in Detroit. Opening on the 21st of November, “Remix” is gonna be his first solo show in 2 years, and his first US solo show in 5 years.

For this big event the artist came up with all new original works that are completely new direction for him. Mixing his familiar imagery that is screen printed on wood panels, he then cuts these panels and rebuilds/remixes them together creating his signature arrow signage. Comparing his works to DJs mixing parts of existing music in order to create new tunes, he is visually mixing his elements hes been working with for 15+ years, creating all new body of work. What really stands out from the video and photos we’ve received, is the high quality feel of the hand crafted works that he worked on for the last 2 months during his art residency with the gallery.

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The Extinction Project – Walden

In an artistic world where bigger is better, it can be easy to overlook street art’s subtler areas. From an 8-inch, 8-bit invader to a psychedelically coloured rough-and-ready Pidgeon statue brightening up your morning commute, it’s the little things that can sometimes make a big impact. Walden, or Indiana as she is casually known is prolific within the Shoreditch area of London, the local geography saturated with the quiet presence of her eulogy-style pieces, highlighting the extinction of iconic animals in the not so distant past.

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Vhils “Dissection” Museum Show Recap

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From 5th of July until 5th of October 2014, Alexandre Farto aka Vhils, our Issue #22 cover artist, had a big museum show at the EDP Foundation in Lisbon. Being his biggest show so far, the focus of the show was dissecting the elements of what we recognize as urban life. The show included various styles of works, from public pieces through the city, signature scratched doors, paper and wood panels, styrofoam sculptures, to impressive dissected train cars. After 15 years of creating art, 2 years of working on this particular show, 3 months of showing the works to the public, Vhils’ landmark solo show reached a record-breaking attendance of over 65,000 visits!

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L7M – “No Hope, No fear”

In 2001 one thirteen year old Brazilian boy wielded a spray can for the first time… Thirteen years further L7M, now 26, has scarcely looked back. From his home city of Sao Paolo this prolific artist has sent colourful birds migrating onto walls on a worldwide scale. In light of his recent globetrotting, VNA got in touch with L7M for a short interview to find out a little more about his life and work.

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PangeaSeed – Aaron Glasson Interview

Aaron Glasson is the Creative Director for PangeaSeed, an international organization which collaborates with members of the art, science, and environmental activist communities to raise awareness of marine issues. PangeaSeed is dedicated educating people about the current problems surrounding the conservation and preservation of sharks and other marine species in peril. Aaron’s personal creativity also holds its own in the art world, as can be seen from his projects and

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VNA: Tell us more about PangeaSeed?

Aaron Glasson: PangeaSeed is a collective of creative people concerned about the state of the worlds oceans. We’ use art and design as a tool to educate and inspire people to get behind marine conservation and create positive change.

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TwoOne – ‘OUTSIDERS’

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TwoOne is one of Australia’s leading street artists and ‘OUTSIDERS’ is a body of work completed in a new Berlin studio.

‘OUTSIDERS’ opens this Friday at 6pm (Oct 10th) at Backwoods Gallery.

TwoOne has been kind enough to chat and tell us a bit more about he exhibition and his processes. Keep reading as there is a terrific process video too!

Damo: Tell us a bit about yourself, how you got into art, and how you describe your work to someone who hasn’t been lucky enough to encounter it before:

TWOONE: I’m originally from Japan, move to Melbourne at age of 18. I then lived and started working as artist in Melbourne for 10 years. I moved to Berlin early this year.

I work with lots of different material, and form, and my style changes depending on what I use. There is loose theme that goes through my work, which is psychological portrait.
Psychological portrait is visual translation of people’s emotions, and personality, often usings animals as symbols.

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