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‘A Study of Hair’ – Alexander Mitchell

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This September, Backwoods Gallery is proud to present ‘A Study of Hair’, the third installment in what is to be a decade-long project.

The 2012 and 2013 exhibitions focused on two of the most important vectors of emotional communication: hands and eyes. This year’s theme, hair, is the most challenging of the series so far, and promises to generate an even more diverse range of interpretations.

This year’s artists will include C215, Dave Kinsey, Faith47, Inkie, Jonathan Guthmann, Mark Bode, Merda, Miso, ROA, Stephen Ives, Shohei Otomo, TwoOne, Usugrow, Yusk Imai and Alexander Mitchell.

In its completed form, the ‘A Study Of…’ project will document over 350 artworks from all corners of the globe. The curator’s (Alexander Mitchell) intent is to create an historical source with enough breadth to contextualize a generation of artists, many of whom work primarily outside the framework of established institutions.

Damo managed to catch curator and contributor Alexander Mitchell for the down low…

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Kid Acne – Rap Traffic

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Back in 2001 with the help of Req One and his trusty ‘Drum Computer’ Kid Acne released his first rap album – RAP TRAFFIC.

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In his own words he tells us the story: ‘Although I released a bunch of other rap records over the years, this one is still my favourite. If you like beats programmed off-kilter and lyrics in a stream of consciousness – you might like it too!

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TWOONE – Studio Visit & Interview

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Hiroyasu Tsuri, aka TWOONE, was born and raised in Japan. At the age of 18 he moved to Melbourne, Australia where he was awarded a Distinguished Talent Visa. He now lives in Berlin with his Australian wife and makes awesome art based around impressionist paintings of animals. His latest show opens alongside Reka’s at Stolenspace on Thursday 11th September. When VNA was in Berlin for the Urban Nation Project M series, we caught up with Hiro at his studio to talk about his journey so far.

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Reka Studio Visit & Interview

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Reka is an Australian artist, now based in Berlin. His style is iconic already, but he still considers himself to be at the early stages of his career. We caught up with him at his Berlin studio while he was working on his latest show opening at Stolenspace Gallery, in London’s East End on Thursday 11th September.

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OnePoint – Interview

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Development and evolution are some of the most important elements within every artist of every art form however they are perhaps most tangible in the work of the Czech artist, Point. With a collected wealth of experience, inspiration, ability and execution, his prolific art dominates the Prague art scene from subtle hidden “Pointies” on street corners to gigantic geometric behemoths in the middle of the street. We touched base for a chat with him and covered the important issues, inspiration, growing older and the colour red.

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E.L.K (Luke Cornish) – Louder Than Words (Charlie Foxtrot) – Interview

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Following a successful 2013, where he achieved the highest ever auction record for an Australian street artist, Luke Cornish will again use his desire to bring social awareness and change through his work. Charlie Foxtrot, in his latest exhibition to be held at Metro Gallery in Armadale Victoria opening on 12 June 2014, will be opened by controversial Catholic Priest, Father Bob Maguire.

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The exhibition follows Cornish’s journey to the Middle East where he wanted to gain access to Syria to photograph the ongoing civil war and highlight its humanitarian impact.

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Kamea Hadar x Defer: Paradise Lost

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During POW! WOW! Hawaii 2014, artists Kamea Hadar and Defer (K2S) collaborated on a mural that marked the start of a year-long series of collaborative walls, gallery shows and other creative projects between the two artists entitled “Paradise Lost”. The second installment of the series are two large-scale murals in San Francisco and a viewing of canvas pieces at First Amendment Gallery, San Francisco. The show at First Amendment Gallery opens Thursday August 7th, 2014.

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ATM Takes Wing

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Street art and campaigning are age-old buddies; having gone hand in hand since their gestation and covering a range of topics, from political propaganda to raising awareness against media takeover. However one artist is bringing things a great deal closer to home alongside a slightly offbeat subject. For the past year London-based ATM has been re-inhabiting rundown areas of the capital with the ghosts of times gone by in the form of its forgotten bird species. Having recently featured in some of the big dogs of mainstream media, we put Jodie on the case to see what all the flapping was about. Excuse the pun.

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UPDATED – Alexis Diaz, Master of the Mixture

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Mere hours after hopping off a London-bound flight from Montreal, Puerto Rican animal-splicing artist Alexis Diaz got talking to VNA’s Jodie about how things are looking for his rapidly expanding career. Having made a splash in London’s Shoreditch area last year with his iconic Octophant, Alexis let us in on his upcoming plans for his current return visit and gave us an update on how things are shaping up in the street art scene of his home country.

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