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Reka’s New Murals @ Melbourne Polytechnic

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Back in Australia after couple of years, Reka is enjoying summer in his homeland but also, working on some new murals down under – he spent the beginning of the year participating in a mural program by Melbourne Polytechnic, which included a massive makeover of their Prahran campus.

For this project, Reka picked Aussie-oriented imagery, creating 2 large bird-focused pieces. Depicting the infamous Kookaburra and Rosella birds, symbols of Australian fauna, these large paintings are slightly less abstract than his recent works we’ve seen. Wrapping them both in rich floral compositions, the artist picked the earthy tones from the outback to create these works. Using signature geo-based forms to patch up the final images, both 5 story pieces are great examples of Reka’s flawless spray-paint maneuvering skills. Along with these pieces, the project produced new works by other Australian urban artists such as Makatron and Cam Scale, Sofles, Guido Van Helten, George Rose, etc.

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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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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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www.verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-35

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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The Hard Rock Stadium murals

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After turning Wynwood into a worldwide street art phenomenon, Goldman Global Arts recently wrapped up the first leg of another big project they are working on @ The Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. Bringing urban art to a new spaces, and giving artists the chance to share their work with a new audience, 18 new murals were created during the last couple of months while the stadium was re branded into a global entertainment venue.

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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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Advertising Shits In Your Head

Over the past few weeks and months, you may have noticed a new form of activism stealthily creeping in to subvert advertising with different messages and slogans. The disruptive medium, also known as ‘subvertising’, is often as humorous as it is unnerving.

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Anti-advertising book ‘Advertising Shits In Your Head’ is a thoroughly researched and referenced publication and describes in the first part how outdoor advertising is hugely undemocratic as well as incredibly harmful to both the individual and society. In the second part the book looks at the various strategies of subvertising bodies Public Ad Campaign, Brandalism, Dr. D and Special Patrol Group, and explores the history of subvertising as a form of culture jamming that has its roots in the Situationist International.

“Once advertising has shit in your head, you’re going to need something to clean it up with; I couldn’t recommend this book more highly.” – Dr. D

Dog Section Press is currently crowdfunding for the printing costs of Advertising Shits In Your Head – you can get involved here:

www.crowdfunder.co.uk/advertising-shits-in-your-head

We were lucky to get this ace interview from Dog Section Press Editor Vyvian Raoul about the ideas and manifestations of this new wave of artivism.

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Wayne White – Wayne-O-Rama

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – November 7, 2016 – The Shaking Ray Levi Society and Tenn Arts announce the grand opening of Wayne-O-Rama on Saturday, November 19th from 2:00 – 7:00 PM. This yearlong installation by 4-time Emmy Award-winning artist Wayne White will astound and amaze as guests experience a Chattanooga history funhouse.

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Spencer Keeton-Cunningham – FAREWELL SAN FRANCISCO : A 12 YEAR RETROSPECTIVE AT HERON ARTS

Spencer Keeton Cunningham – FAREWELL SAN FRANCISCO : A 12 YEAR RETROSPECTIVE AT HERON ARTS

Born in 1983, Spencer Keeton Cunningham grew up in Portland skateboarding and painting from a very young age. Cunningham graduated from the prestigious San Francisco Art Institute. After leaving San Francisco in 2014, the prolific artist began working from the road on a self proclaimed permanent painting tour which took him all over the world including the North and South Island of New Zealand, Tasmania, Melbourne, Sydney, and the outback of Australia. Other countries Cunningham has exhibited and painted in include China, Japan, Ontario, British Columbia, the Yukon, Mexico, The Netherlands, Cuba, Tasmania, Hong Kong, Alaska, The United States, and Hawaii. Coming back to San Francisco to exhibit frequently, Cunningham has remained on tour for over 29 months and is now forced to pack his things and go. – Heron Arts

This is Cunningham’s first ever solo exhibition in San Francisco. Along with his solo works, there will be paintings for sale from his close friends, painting collaborators and roommates: Erlin Geffrard aka Kid Kreyola, Daisy Ortiz, and their son Daylin Geffrard. The four lived together in their house in San Francisco for numerous years and exhibited frequently in San Francisco and abroad, notably in 2013 at the Wenying Highland Art Museum in Guangzhou, China.

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