Melbournians are invited to experience ART+MEL, an immersive two day art event without the white walls on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November 2014. ART+MEL will take local art out of the galleries and onto the streets, with two interactive ‘hot spots’ in the heart of the CBD. ART+MEL is designed to bring art into the everyday, encouraging people to experience art through unique creations. An unexpected bedroom setting and floating gallery at Federation Square will display the original work of over 100 Melbourne artists, with live art courtesy of local illustrator Justine McAllister and a pop-up installation by prominent street artists Kaitlin Beckett and Matthew Dunn, and watch as they add another layer of vibrance to one of Melbourne’s infamous laneways.
Very Nearly Almost Magazine launches the VNA 28 Limited Edition, featuring a screenprinted box set from Rebel8’s head clothing designer, Mike Giant.
Curated by London’s Fragile Ventures and rendered in concrete, metal and wood; the cubes are their first project, URBAN[E], depicting Eine’s letter ‘E’ in Shutter, Tenderloin and Circus fonts. The Eine edition launches at Megumi Ogita gallery in Tokyo on Friday, 5 December with a simultaneous global launch online at www.fragileventures.com
Today the team behind OFF LIFE and One Thing I Know launches Yellow – an exciting project that will see 52 artists illustrate a whole year of news over the course of 52 weeks.
The idea is that artists can bring a different angle than written journalism, and by giving 52 separate artists a single week of news to illustrate, we can begin to chronicle and analyse a whole year from 52 unique perspectives.
So, we’re looking forward to this years Art Basel Miami Beach, where we’ll be checking out the finest art to date, with the added bonus of some of our favourite artists lined up to take on the Walls of Wynwood, including Nychos, Vexta and Elle.
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.
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’…
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.
Also featuring exclusive interviews with NUNCA, DAN HILLIER, SMUG, NICK WALKER, ALEXANDER MITCHELL/BACKWOODS, CHAD MUSKA, 1UP CREW AND INTI…
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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Recently JustKids teamed up with Life Is Beautiful Festival to produce this amazing mural event. Ambitious in scope, some of the best artists from all over the world converged to transform 15 blocks of Downtown into a one-of-a-kind open-air urban gallery.
Curated by Charlotte Dutoit (JustKids) for the second year, the artists transformed the festival landscape into a magical art-inspired playground to give people a playful and unexpected escape into art. A huge abandoned motel was turned into an interactive playground and 6 installations were placed throughout the premises.
After two weeks of intense work, the murals and installations seamlessly integrate into the festival’s footprint which was visited by over 100,000 people over the course of three days, turning it into the largest North-American Street Art event.
Even though Life Is Beautiful 2014 is now finished, the murals are still visible in Downtown Las Vegas.
Contributing artists include Borondo, D*Face, Fintan Magee, Misaki Kawai, Maser, Lakwena, Roa, Li-Hill, Saner, Cyrcle, Thomas Dambo, Edoardo Tresoldi and Spencer Olsen.
Having resurrected what was Hackney Wick’s first exhibition space in Queens yard, Prompt>Gallery_ presents it’s debut show ‘Meanwhile Back In The Wick’ which previews on the 14th November, on the 5th floor of Mother Studios.
To reinforce the locations reputation of being one of the most exciting and creative artist communities in the whole of Europe, we are delighted to feature the work of three Wick based artists, Aida, John Atherton and OKO. Aida and John Atherton left the hustle and bustle of Brick Lane in 2008 in search of a more affordable and less saturated solace, to live and work.
Since then, they have progressed individually, with Aida growing as a seminal printmaker and Atherton establishing his business in the area as well as developing his creative practice. OKO uses the world as her canvas; she has been a permanent fixture in the street art revolution since 2005, traveling extensively, skating or painting her intricately drawn work. Dubbed a ‘National Treasure’ in Croatia and working with clients such as Adidas, we are delighted that she has decided to call Hackney Wick her new home.
Exhibition opening, 14/11/14 from 7pm until 10pm
5th floor, Mother Studios,
Queens Yard, White Post Lane,
Hackney Wick, London E9 5EN
Stack are having a Christmas cover challenge! Draw them a Christmas magazine cover and you could win £150 cash in time for this year’s Christmas shopping.
Stack are asking you to create a Christmas cover for your favourite Stack magazine. You could go for a subtle twist on a real cover they produced this year, or you could let your imagination run wild with an orgy of Santas and snowmen – the choice is yours.
They will pick our favourite cover and will print it full size on the December envelopes. The winning artist will also receive a free year’s subscription to Stack, plus a £150 cash prize to help take care of their Christmas shopping.
Interested? Here are the rules…
1. The magazine you choose must be in the current Stack line up.
2. Your artwork must include the magazine’s logo.
3. You can only use one colour – black. You can use pens, Illustrator, or any other tools you want, as long as we can print it in black on our envelopes.
4. Your design should work to the aspect ratio of the magazine you choose, and will be printed at approximately 300mm tall.
5. Your artwork should be emailed to us as a high resolution flattened jpeg by 12pm GMT on Thursday 20th November. The winner will be announced and the artwork sent to print on Friday 21st.
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Over the last couple of weekends, VNA was invited to curate artwork for the Vans store and a small exhibition at TwentyTwentyTwo, Manchester. We hand picked some of our favourite artists to work with on the project, as well as some fresh new faces from up north.
Will Barras and Cbloxx stepped up to take on the window of the Vans store in the Arndale Centre with this killer piece inspired by the classic Vans Sidestripe.