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VNA Goes To LA

VNA Magazine is proud to present the release of the Issue 29 Limited Edition Box Set, featuring artwork from world-renowned artist Cleon Peterson.

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We would be delighted if you could join us to celebrate this release at Subliminal Projects on Saturday 14th February, 6-9pm (It’s Valentines Day, so feel free to bring us flowers and chocolate).

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We will be giving away free copies of the regular issue of VNA 29 as our Valentines gift to the first 100 people to arrive and sharing delicious Sixpoint Brewery beers between 6-9pm.

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Available to buy from the LA Launch, the Box Set features a custom screen-printed box, die-cut sticker set, postcards and hand screen-printed copy of VNA 29, printed at White Duck Screen Print in the UK.

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Each set is individually numbered from an edition of /150 and signed by Peterson, they are available exclusively from the live launches in London and LA, with a small number held back for international release online.

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For more information, please email info@verynearlyalmost.com

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Regular copies of the magazine are also available to buy online now:

www.verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-29

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For more information, follow us on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more, all @vnamagazine

VNA 29 – Out Now!

VNA 29 – Same, same, but different…

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Buy your copy here: www.verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-29

As the art world continues to grow and develop, we’re trying to age gracefully too, with a move towards the broader culture that surrounds street art and graffiti.

This issue we go all out with a cover featuring the work of LA-based Cleon Peterson, whose violently bacchanalian work echoes the brutality he sees in society at large.

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‘The Genuine Anti-Cool’ – Backwoods Gallery

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Backwoods Gallery will be kicking off the 2015 calendar with a huge 5-year retrospective exhibition; ‘The Genuine Anti-Cool’ curated by Sean Carroll and featuring Backwoods artists.

The exhibition will also include some never before seen pieces. Featuring; Shun Kawakami, James Reka, Stabs, Miso, Ghostpatrol, Slicer, TwoOne, Shohei Otomo, Shohei Takasaki, Lush, Fred Fowler, Yusk Imai, Jun Inoue, Stephen Ives and Shida.

‘The Genuine Anti-Cool’ will be a unique insight into the current state of Australia’s maturing street art and urban contemporary scene. Backwoods Gallery will also be using the exhibition to present their latest book, ‘The Genuine Anti-Cool.’

Friday 6 February, 6pm. Backwoods Gallery.

Experience Stendhal Syndrome With Katrin Fridriks @ Circleculture Gallery

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Stendhal Syndrome or Florence syndrome is a psychosomatic condition caused by viewing certain artistic or historical artifacts, especially when the art is particularly beautiful or a large amount of art is in a single place. With that in mind, Icelandic artist Katrin Fridriks, named an entire series of works after this phenomenon, and finally, her current solo show @ Circle Culture gallery in Berlin. The landmark show opened on 21st of November and is one of her most significant projects to date by many accounts.

The significance of this event can be seen through the fact that this particular exhibition will be the core of Fridriks’ first monograph that’s gonna be released through Skira Publishing later this year. Focused on 13 years of creation & evolution of her distinctive style and technique, the book will be explaining and showing her work through pieces now showing in Berlin.

One of the main characteristics of Fridriks’ abstract paintings and conceptual installations are limitless ways of viewing the works. Her unique expressive technique that include thick layers of paint flowing and splattering over canvas, results in complex visuals that can be seen as a whole, but also, examined in almost limitless macro perspective. In order to present this sensation, the artist produced an interactive installation titled Perception of the Stendhal Syndrome vs. Gene&Ethics – Master Prism. Consisting of an over sized magnifying glass and a large canvas, this piece allows the observer to immerse into the artwork and experience it in a way that wasn’t possible before. This groundbreaking approach to presenting her work, secured Fridriks participation at the 56th Venice Biennale, so after closing of the show on 15th of February, this installation will be on view at the Palazzo Bembo in Venice.

Almost simultaneously, another piece from the show, Riding Awareness – Noble Eye-Catcher, will be shown at Reykjavik Art Museum as a part of a big group show titled Just painted (Contemporary Painting In Iceland). This historic exhibition will feature works by most important contemporary Icelandic artists, and Fridriks will be represented with this signature colorful installation, that is balancing between painting and sculptural work.

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‘Kalabaw’ – Kaff-eine

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Kaff-eine is one of Australia’s premiere female street and contemporary artists. She paints her distinctive characters on walls around the globe, immersing herself in local communities and sharing their stories on their walls. While painting street murals in Manila shantytowns in 2013, Kaff-eine learned that some of Manila’s most impoverished slum communities lived on Manila’s garbage dumps, scavenging wood to burn for charcoal, picking through the toxic garbage, selling recyclables or creating recycled products from waste.

She was struck by the creativity, resilience, positivity and skill of these communities, who created beautiful objects and valuable resources in the most challenging conditions; she wanted to work with them, to share their strengths, stories and humanity with audiences far from the Manila slums.

‘Kalabaw’ is the special prelude to two extraordinary collaborative projects Kaff-eine will soon undertake with Manila’s garbage-picking and charcoal-making communities. For ‘Kalabaw’, Kaff-eine has created a collection of powerful portraits combining her signature street-based style with intricate realism, her human and kalabaw characters radiating the same resilience, tenderness and dignity that they do in reality.

All proceeds from the ‘Kalabaw’ exhibition will support Kaff-eine’s two subsequent collaborative projects with the communities who live from Manila’s garbage.
Opening this week at ‘fortyfivedownstairs’, Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

‘Get Rich or Try Dying’ – Marian Machismo

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This (Australian) summer Marian Machismo brings you ‘Get Rich or Try Dying.’ A coming of age exploration of a non-linear generation, visually characterised by Sub-Cultural Symbolism and Generational Drag.

The Cultural Huckster has returned to Just Another Project Space with a new term she has affectionally coined ‘Generational Drag’.

‘Get Rich or Try Dying’ stands as an exploration of a previously undefined cultural phenomenon, a visualisation of an idea and an account of the fashion and stylisation of a generation undefined by accepted norms.

With puns so sweet you will want to lick the wrapper, references that borderline nostalgia and a flair for performance, this is one show that you will not want to miss.

Ludo is releasing a new print

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One month after closing his London solo show, Ludo is releasing a new lithograph edition with Print Them All studio in Paris. Marking the end of the big project Chaos Theory that featured travels to Asia, Caribbean and all around Europe, as well as the successful show @ Lazarides, “344” will be available on Thursday, 11th of December.
The image for this fine art edition produced at Idem Studio in Paris, is first introduced in St Marteen back in August, showing a large butterfly with gun for a body. This creation is artist’s vision of the human influence on nature like most of his mutilated half mechanical animals and insects he’s been creating. The contrast between the fragility of the butterfly and lethalness of a gun is Ludo’s witty comment on the strength of the chaos theory and butterfly effect. The image was further elaborated for his show through a series of smaller canvases, and the one used for the print is fully hand drawn.
This lithograph is gonna be released in an edition of 99, and we’re told that some hand finished copies might be available at some point in the future.

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Adrian Falkner aka Smash 137 new solo show and new print release

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Swiss artist Adrian Falkner aka Smash 137 recently opened his solo show @ in Germany. Ex graffiti artist who entered the fine art world back in 2008, introduced the new body of work titled Neue Farbe. Staying true to his roots and strong influence of NYC wild style, Smash137 created an impressive series of heavily abstract works. With noticeable spraycan strokes, fat cap lines, and all the other elementary components of classic graffiti, these works still have an undeniable aesthetics of contemporary fine art abstract works.

Along with introducing his solo show, Basel-born artist recently finished working on his upcoming print release @ Idem Studio in Paris. Here is what Adrian says about the release:

It took me almost one year to find the right painting, which I wanted to use for my first Lithograph. Finally I chose this painting on paper because it’s closest in size and material. I preferred not to take a large painting and scale it down to the size of the Lithography. For me the lines loose a lot of strength and energy when they are put out of proportion.

Available through Print Them All, Steel Blue will be released in an edition of only 70 pieces on Wednesday, 3rd of December @ 2pm GMT.

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Phlegm new piece and new limited edition etching

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Phlegm recently finished making his long time coming DIY limited edition release – Fight or Flight (see the video bellow). The etching will be available very soon in an edition of 100 copies, and is produced using traditional techniques by the artist himself.

After finalizing this production that he was working on for a long time between his frequent travels, Sheffield-born artist took a much needed break and visited his home town. During one of his walks through the forest, he came across this abandoned farm house that seemed like a perfect setting for his work. So, inspired with the surrounding, he came up with a new character built of leaves and branches, named Green Man. Painted with his signature black and white colors, this solitary creature is standing out in his environment by holding up this lonely brick wall in the middle of the forest.

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“& Friends the UK collective” group show @ Galerie Le Feuvre, Paris

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On November 13th Galerie Le Feuvre in Paris held an opening of their final event of the year, group show titled “& Friends the UK collective”. Featuring works by some of the UKs biggest stars from the street and urban art scene, the visitors could meet and see works of Paul Insect, Andrew McAttee, Sickboy, Xenz, Mr Jago and Word to Mother.

Curated with an idea to give a chance to experience the diversity and singularity of the British current art, the show included artists that to this day never exhibited in France. With all of them in attendance, the opening night turned into quite a party, while the quality of the works exhibited proved the show to be a great success on all levels. (photo © Marion Patoret)

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