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‘Satellite’ – Kyle Hughes-Odgers

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Australian Kyle Hughes-Odgers’ newest solo show opens at Turner Galleries (Perth, Australia) this week.

Turner Galleries have said “In the five years since we first worked with Kyle Hughes-Odgers, his career has taken a meteoric rise. From fairly humble beginnings as a street artist, this career has evolved rapidly to include major public art commissions, three children’s books, gallery exhibitions in Australia and overseas, and of course the (now international) street art has continued unabated. The spindly limbed characters that populate his artworks have certainly struck a chord with his viewers. They have a universal narrative; they struggle with their lives, carry their burdens, face difficult choices and are not afraid to dream.

Hughes-Odgers’ most important commissions include an eighty meter building exterior (including LED lighting design) at the new Perth international airport. Other recent career highlights include winning the Crystal Kite Award (Australia/New Zealand) with Meg McKinlay for their children’s book Ten tiny things, a forty meter mural for Murdoch University, a three storey building exterior in Washington DC, an interior mural for Jamie Oliver’s Perth restaurant, a four storey mural overlooking the Mitchell Freeway in Perth, solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, Amsterdam and Berlin, plus his third children’s book is due to be published in November 2015.”

The show consists of new drawings, works on linen and small sculptural works and if you can make it, is unmissable!

Exhibition runs June 26 – July 25 2015.

www.turnergalleries.com.au
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@kylehughesodgers

DEM189 – ‘Ricochet’

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Born in the late 70’s in Beirut (Lebanon), DEM189 was quickly confronted to chaos and hysteria. Tarek aka Dem189 had to learn the limits of a city at war. Confined at home, during most of his free time outside school, he had to develop his own creative universe. From Lego to drawing, he built his own fantasies. Fascinated by war, he also lays on paper his fantasised weapons and war crafts, genesis to his future work.

In 1989 Dem moved to Paris, and discovered a whole new biotope with different rules and cultures. Ecstatic and overwhelmed by the prospect of this new life, Dem launched into graffiti in his early teens. Integrating various movements from punk rock to heavy metal, electro to hip-hip, switching from one to the other, he developed his own style.

Over the last 7 years, Dem has been working on paintings and installations in an abstract style, parallel to his graffiti world. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Moebius, Lebbeus Woods, Crumb… as well as urban architecture and decay.

His style is unpredictably diverse. Passed 30, Dem still refuses to limit himself to any particular movement. His inspirations and influences are countless. He focuses on exploring many sub-cultures. Urban by essence, he finds what inspires him roaming the streets, and allows himself to experiment with any technique and tools. His work in recent years has left the shores of lettering to venture into the realms of illustration and abstraction.

DEM189’s show ‘Ricochet’ opens at Backwoods Gallery Friday June 19th from 6pm and continues until Sunday July 5th.

Art Of One – MyneAndYours

Myneandyours is an artist who was born and raised in the UK to Iraqi parents. He now resides in Dubai and lives with his ‘head in the clouds’. He creates colourful, layered artwork with powerful underlying messages, which has placed him at the forefront of a rapidly growing UAE art scene. His instantly recognizable style can be seen more and more in cities around the region.

www.cargocollective.com/saikoprod

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www.myneandyours.com

‘The Great Beyond’ – Joram Roukes

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This new body of work by Joram Roukes touches subjects of exploration and escapism. His predominantly large scaled oil paintings reflect everyday life situations, observed, filtered and reassembled in a collage like fashion. The resulted paintings pose a fragmented yet cohesive view on today’s society and human behaviour.

Originally from The Netherlands, 32-year-old painter Joram Roukes is inspired by his unique and ever-evolving view of the world. Inherently nomadic, Roukes has travelled to, and lived in many places across the world, and is an adventurous explorer by nature. His juxtaposed style of painting reflects that exploratory trait, as it also never can remain stagnant. His artwork often shifts and changes perspective, subject or style, and in turn, forces the viewer’s perception to shift and change, provoking the viewer to question what they see vs. what they know. His narratives are complex and layered, much like his aesthetic. With an extensive background in art history and global cultures, Roukes often pulls from a wide range of popular culture references and influences, readily seen in his schizophrenic painting habits. With his varying qualities and techniques taking turns in his collage-style painting, he is able to utilize his many influences in art and in culture, to represent his take on the world, while confusing the viewer just enough to make them see the many realities of Roukes’ painted world.

This exhibition is now showing at StolenSpace Gallery until 28 June 2015.

Gris1 and Kan are opening “Humanity” in Geneve

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Atelier des Bains gallery in Geneve will be opening two men show featuring Kan and Gris1 from Da Mental Vaporz crew (interviewed in issue #28). “Humanity” will include 5 new paintings of each of the artist, one collaborative piece as well as a piece painted on the wall of the gallery.

The theme of this body of work created exclusively for the show are human values and the ways everyday exposure to violence is influencing them. Through their distinctive style, French artists are depicting their vision of this phenomenon. Using fat markers Kan is dotting images taken from news channels, stripping them off details and creating pixelated screenshots of mainstream media imagery. Gris1 on another hand is combining different symbols, visual languages, mediums and techniques from urban and popular art, creating collages that form emotive images about the subject. The idea of exhibition is to invite the viewer to question the issue of violence that shapes up our humanity.

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Photo credit Terez (Gris1) & Nicolas Gzeley (Kan).

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VNA 30 – Out Now

VNA 30 is here, a landmark issue for us, it deserved an extra special artist for the cover – no less than Leonard McGurr, aka Futura, the artist formerly known as Futura2000.

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To get your copy – you can pick one up at your local independent newsagent, national WHSmith’s in the UK, Barnes & Noble stores in the US and of course, online here: www.verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-30

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Swoon’s “The Road By Walking” Benefit Gallery Show for the Heliotrope Foundation

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Our cover artist Swoon (issue #25), recently started a new non-profit organization, the Heliotrope Foundation, dedicated to using art to create lasting social change. These days she joined forces with Dean Collection, for an exclusive event that will be opened on 13th of May in NYC @ 287 Gallery (287 Tenth Ave, NYC).

The Road By Walking is a gallery show of Swoon’s prints, drawings and scale models, based on her community projects in Haiti, New Orleans and Braddock, PA. Through her projects Swoon and her team are using art to make lasting social change in communities recovering from natural disasters and other urgent social crises. This show will be unique opportunity to have a look behind-the-scenes of these unique projects, showing never before shown sketches, architectural models and signature portrait prints.

The attendees of VIP reception on 13th of May have a chance to receive a limited-edition print only available at this event along with their ticket purchase. All proceeds from this event will benefit The Heliotrope Foundation, and a selection of works will be available on Paddle8.com starting on May 1.

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Anthony Lister paints a large mural in Detroit

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During his current US tour that included a solo show in Miami, Anthony Lister recently visited Detroit to work with 1xRun and Inner State Gallery. Along with other projects that are yet to be announced, Australian artists painted this 100 foot long mural just down the street from their offices.
Working his way with rollers and limited palette, our cover artist (issue #19), created this great signature piece continuing his superheros series of works. Through repetition of shapes and contours, Lister created the illusion of dynamics in this expressive piece. Bordering with abstraction, this large mural is an example of his creativity and refreshing style to be seen on the streets.

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Evie Cahir and Gemma Topliss: ‘Heavy Leisure’

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This week, Backwoods Gallery presents an exhibition of illustrations by two young artists, Evie Cahir & Gemma Topliss, who are representative of the bright future of Australia art.
In ‘Heavy Leisure’, opening on the 17th of April, Cahir and Topliss will present a series of delicate, illustrative works. The collection re-evaluates the seemingly mundane moments, objects and routines of daily life, imbuing them with emotional undertones.

Evie Cahir’s illustrative works offer a new, more attentive regard on the banal but precious objects and moments encountered in daily life. Cahir is fascinated by the hidden meanings of routine and the interplay between light and shadow. Her artwork employs sophisticated composition, refined techniques and subtle humour to present her point of view in a truly unique and beautiful way.

Gemma Topliss explores the connection between the interior and the exterior, both spatially and emotionally. Her charcoal and graphite drawings are intimate, fragmented and personal. At only 19, Topliss is the youngest artist that has exhibited at Backwoods.

In the lead up to the exhibition, they both took some time to speak with VNA.

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Aryz Is Opening Paral-lel Solo Show in LA

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Almost precisely 2 years since his last solo show in San Francisco, Aryz is back in California, working on his LA debut show – Paral-lel. Our cover artist (issue #27), created a whole new body of work exclusively for this show, as a follow up to his most recent murals.

Transferring the beauty and rawness of sketch to a large scale, the artist is further exploring his distinctive style with this show, focusing on the imperfections and personal side of art. Paral-lel will consist of two separate show rooms, symbolizing two geodesic lines that never meet in the same plane. The first one will be exhibiting classic style paintings in which Spanish artist mixes academic painting along with contemporary techniques and mediums, while the other one will consist of high energy, expressive works. The artist who established himself as a respected muralist is rarely showing in galleries, so this unique event is expected to get a lot of attention from his fans and general audience.

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