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Introducing Andrew J. Steel

Damo: Can you tell us a little about yourself and your style?
AJS: My name is Andrew J. Steel, I’m a little over 10,000 days old and I’m a creative. I create some of the largest scale public artworks in New Zealand and I try to be a key influencer in the creative sector here. My style is ridiculous, anti-style and looks like your little brother did it. If you do anything long enough people start to care.

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Photo: Matt Queree

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Goma – ‘Kioku – Flashback Memories’

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In his youth, the Tokyo born Goma traveled to the Northern Territory in order to study the didgeridoo under master Djalu Gurruwiwii. During his stay, Goma lived with the Yolngu people and was adopted into the Galpu clan. Under the tutelage of Djalu, Goma became the first non-indigenous person to win the Northern Land Council prize at the Barunga didgeridoo competition.

Upon returning to Tokyo, Goma founded the Jungle Rhythm Section, a highly respected musical outfit which blends Jungle and World Music with Goma’s contemporary interpretation of the didgeridoo.

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‘Life Is Sweet’ – Buttons

Opening tomorrow night at Sydney’s Goodspace Gallery is Brisbane-based artist, Buttons’ solo show ‘Life is Sweet’.

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“My work has always been strongly influenced by Japan, pastel colours, desserts and female characters. Every piece I create always relates back to how I’m feeling at the time and what I’m interested in. Different things in my life influence my colour palettes, objects I draw, and how I draw them. I think its really important in life to indulge in things that make you happy, and to surround yourself with positive people and things. The idea for my show was to simulate my mind and way of life. Painting and creating is when I feel most content. LIFE IS SWEET is me sharing with you all of the things that make me happy.” Buttons

Check it out from 6pm, 27 January 2016. Goodspace – Level 1, 115 Regent St Chippendale.

@cheriebuttonss

CLET – Street Interventions

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CLET (Brittany, 1966) is an Italian artist with Breton origins working in the urban context with installations over buildings and (always removable) modifications to road signs.
The artist’s main purpose is to actively claw back public spaces.

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The Jaunt AKACorleone Print

With The Jaunt’s last trip to the island of Sicily, they bring 2015 to an end. And now they have the final result from AKACorleone to show you. A vivid print which speaks to the imagination while capturing the rich variety and history of Sicily. As AKACorleone himself explains:

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‘I tried to go to Sicily with very few expectations, to not be disappointed. Obviously I expected to discover a place full of history, not the pretty fairy tales kind, but the gritty, heavy history of Sicily. Catania was the first surprise. I knew very little about this harbor city and I found a city filled with a beautiful decay. It’s a mix of history, monuments, statues and dark alleys. Because of the harbor it feels like a place where different kinds of people pass by, each with their own influences.’

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Cam Scale – ‘To The Unknown Mariner’

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Recently, Melbourne-based painter Cam Scale completed a huge mural in Geelong, 75km south-west of Melbourne, Australia. Whist he painted, the entire process was documented by issue 32 featured instgrammer @p1xels. Cam chats with us, while @p1xels generously provided some dope images.

Can you talk us through your mural and the inspiration behind it?

The piece is titled ‘To The Unknown Mariner’ and is dedicated to sea farers past and present. It’s painted on the side of the old Port Authority Building in Geelong and looks out over the bay.

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photo: p1xels
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DEB – Calendar Launch- Melbourne

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After a tour spanning the United States, Australia welcomes back one of our favourite exports, Melbourne-born artist Deb to her hometown for the launch event of her new 2016 Calendar.

Showcasing 12 original works created exclusively for the calendar, as well as a number of original sketches and studies for the project, don’t miss your chance to pick up a limited edition Deb calendar just in time for Christmas (and even get it signed)!

Come along on Friday 18th December and partake in the radness with Deb. This is one event you don’t want to miss!

Head on down to Work-Shop Melbourne at 195 Argyle Street, Fitzroy from 6pm.

@deb

VNA 32 Limited Edition Launch – Thinkspace Gallery

VNA 32 launches at Thinkspace Gallery this Saturday 19th December, 6-9pm. Providing a little seasonal cheer and a few beers, this is the first opportunity worldwide to get your hands on a copy of the brand new, Limited Edition box set, featuring Audrey Kawasaki.

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VNA Magazine are proud to present the Limited Edition VNA 32, working closely with Audrey Kawasaki, we have produced a highly-collectible screen-printed set. Each imprint comes complete with a screen-printed sleeve, enamel badge and signed mini giclée print.

Stamped and numbered, this is an edition of 150, with the first sets available to buy in person directly from the gallery. Perfect for last minute presents and personal treats, it doesn’t matter if you’ve been naughty or nice this year, come down for some holiday drinks and a few tunes courtesy of neighbourhood superhero DJ, Kii Arens.

Thinkspace Gallery are throwing the doors open wide from 6pm, but get down early to make sure you get a copy! For international fans and those who can’t make this worldwide exclusive launch, a few issues will be held back to buy online after the launch.

*Apologies to our loyal London fans – we are putting all of our resources into the LA launch, so there will be no London launch this issue*

Screen prints by White Duck Screen Print in the UK, giclées printed by Static Medium in the USA.

Thinkspace Gallery, 6009 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / Saturday 19th December, 6-9pm

Thinkspace Gallery – www.thinkspacegallery.com

Audrey Kawasaki – www.audrey-kawasaki.com

Kii Arens – www.lalalandprints.com

White Duck Screen Print – www.whiteduckscreenprint.co.uk

Static Medium – www.staticmedium.com

Facter X Uppercup X That One Shot

TONIGHT! Don’t miss That One Shot x Uppercup exhibition!

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Name / tag:
Facter (Fletcher Andersen)

Where are you from / based:
I grew up in Perth, Nhulunbuy (Arnhem Land In the Northern Territory) and Cairns (Australia). I’ve spent time living in Boston, London and Singapore – but Melbourne is home.

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