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Pure Evil at ‘The Quin’

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Charles Uzzell-Edwards (born in South Wales 1968), also known as ‘Pure Evil’ is the son of prominent Welsh painter John Uzzell Edwards, and a stablemate of Banksy. 

Inspired by a sojourn into skateboard culture and the west coast character graffiti of San Francisco, he returned to London and spray-painted prolifically.

Having now developed this visual language into a multi decade career Pure Evil exhibits worldwide including recent solo shows in Italy, China, Russia, Brazil, USA and all over the Europe. He lives in London, where he runs 2 eponymous galleries and regularly lectures on Street Art.

This new body of work curated by DK Johnston and presented at New York’s ‘The Quin’ Hotel encompasses fine art on paper as well as canvases and a collection of written words by the artist to be included in the video art installation directed by award winning filmmaker Bill Mack.

Opening reception is this Thursday 21 April, at ‘The Quin’ from 6:30pm. Contact dkj@concllc.com for pre show sales.

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Luke Cornish (ELK) – ‘Vanishing Point’

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Opening this Thursday, 21st of April, at Sydney’s prestigious nanda\hobbs gallery, issue 33 featured artist Luke Cornish aka ELK presents “Vanishing Point”, an exhibition of new works.

Drawing inspiration from travel to over twenty countries within two years, ELK takes the medium of stencil art to a new level. This body of work incorporates over 800 hand cut layers and 200 colours (per piece) into the works, taking up to two months of solitary confinement to bring them into being.

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Blek Le Rat – Paris Urban Art Fair

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Continuing to populate the series of prints he recently launched, the godfather of stencil art, Blek Le Rat is at it again. ‘Rope Pulling’ is a numbered 
3 colour screen print on 250gsm Vélin d’Arches paper. The print is 56 x 76cm and limited to a run of only 60.

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If you’re after something a bit smaller, ‘The Crooner’ is a 2 colour print, edition of 150 on 22 x 30cm 300gsm Arches Paper.

For further information email
blekleratprint@gmail.com or head down to the inaugural Paris Urban Art Fair from 22-24 April 2016.

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Meeting of Styles – Melbourne

Melbourne has been updated with a new coat of paint! Over the first few days of April, nearly 300 artists from all over Australia took over the iconic laneways of Melbourne CBD and surrounds, painting up a storm for the inaugural Australian Meeting of Styles.

Whilst street art was incorporated into the event, the focus of the event was, as with all Meeting of Styles’, graffiti. As such, Melbourne was blessed by visits and work by some of Australia’s biggest crews.

Hailed by all involved as a huge success, there are already talks in place for a bigger and better event in 2017.

For all of you suffering from massive FOMO, check out the pics below, or head over to social media and check out @mosmelbourne and #mosmelbourne to see hundred of photos of all the works from conception to completion.

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Steve Cross – ‘The Black Ocean’

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‘The Black Ocean’ is the first instalment in a series of oil paintings from Issue 30 feature and long-term visual artist, Steve Cross.

Originally from Perth, Western Australia, Steve relocated to Melbourne in 1999 to pursue a career in tattooing. In the ensuing years he honed his craft, cementing a reputation as one of the country’s best artists.

In 2007 he opened his own shop, the acclaimed Korpus Studio, in Brunswick. But he never lost the love for his first creative passion – graffiti.

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Steve has been painting walls both nationally and internationally since 1988. In that time he has created hundreds of large-scale murals, showcasing his varied style and passion for street art.

While both these careers have seen his artwork showcased very publicly – on walls, and skin – this is the first time Steve has exhibited any of his oil paintings.

This selection has been worked on over the past three months, in private, and away from inquisitive eyes. As such, this first selection of work is deeply personal, and perhaps the most revealing of all Steve’s mediums.

The Black Ocean represents Steve’s obsession and compulsion to create; the paintings representative of the internal struggle an artist encounters when immersing themselves fully in the creative process – and the isolation that brings.

The subjects are caught in moments of internal disquiet – floating and falling into an endless ocean of inky blackness.”

Leading up to this, Steve’s first solo show, he took some time out with Damo to talk about ‘The Black Ocean’

This is your first solo show. What made you decide now was the time to bite the bullet (or jump into the black ocean as it may be)?

It’s been a bit of a natural progression to get to this point. I’ve been a part of a lot of group shows since my first in 1988. I’m at a stage now where I guess I’m ready to expose this hidden part of my life. I keep my ‘artist cards’ pretty close to my chest, and I mostly toil away on my own. But it feels like the right time for people to start seeing some of my more personal work, and The Black Ocean is a record of that.

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The Crystal Ship – Belgium

The Crystal Ship is headed for land!

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This great new festival is about to set sail in Ostend, Belgium, with a whole bunch of awesome artists across the city, stay tuned for more info from us and FifthWallTV

The Crystal Ship is a contemporary art festival with a focus on art in public space which launch last week, on the 28th March with artists painting until the 10th April 2016 in the city of Ostend. An all star line up of 25 international and national artists are descending on the city to create large scale murals and installations which will form an artistic trail across Ostend. Artists taking part in this first edition of the Crystal Ship Festival include:

1010 (DE) – AGOSTINO IACURCI (IT) – CYRCLE (US) – DISORDERLINE (B) – ELIAN (AR) – ELLA & PITR (FR) – EVERSIEMPRE (AR) – FAITH47 (SA) – FINTAN MAGEE (AU) – GUIDO VAN HELTEN (AU) – HERR SEELE (B) – JAUNE (B) – JAZ (AR) – LOCATELLI (B) – MISTER FIKSIT (B) – NOIR (B) – NUART PRESENTS BIANCOSHOCK (IT) & ISAAC CORDAL (ES) – PIXELPANCHO (IT) – POL COSMO (B) – ROBERT MONTGOMERY (UK) – ROA (B) – SIEGFRIED VYNCK (B) – SMATES (B) – ZIO ZIEGLER (US)

Check out the website for more and check the VNA and FifthWallTV Instagram for updates…

www.thecrystalship.org

VNA x Seb Lester Limited Edition Available Online

These awesome Seb Lester limited edition box sets will be available online to purchase from 4pm GMT on our website: www.verynearlyalmost.com

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Featuring a limited edition ‘Passion’ foil block print, signed and numbered by Seb Lester, the set includes a screen-printed copy of VNA 33 and comes in unique screen-printed presentation wrap.

The edition is of /150, priced at £50GBP, with 50% of the profits going directly to the artist.

Get yours while they last, these gorgeous editions will sell out immediately…

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Fieldnotes Hong Kong – Nicole Reed and Leigh Ryan

The collaborative work ‘Fieldnotes’ began development when Nicole Reed and Leigh Ryan began exploring and documenting their travels together. Centred on the city of Hong Kong, ‘Fieldnotes’ engages a uniquely tailored adaptation of their travel experience, blending the insights of Reed’s photography along with Ryan’s soundscapes.

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“Hong Kong has always been a place that has held a massive interest for us, and when we visited, we naturally documented our travels as much as we could. We fell in love with Hong Kong and what we captured exceeded our expectations which lead us to the idea of Fieldnotes.”

“I have always wanted to produce a book of my photography and people have always asked me when I’ll be working one. The images I took in Hong Kong have really inspired me to pursue this. We brainstormed the idea of using field recordings and thought the music created from them made an incredible backdrop for the images.”

“We wanted to combine our work in a unique and complimentary way, and as a creator of records and a fan of collecting them, the idea of inserting a vinyl record into the back seemed a perfect way of creating something tangible, analog and beautiful.

The project’s end result is an amalgamation of mediums, aimed to entice both audio and visual stimulation. Field Notes uses the platforms of print and recorded vinyl, developed into one distinctive package. Reed’s photography is displayed throughout a 80 page hard bound book, while Ryan’s music inspired by his field recordings & sounds of Hong Kong, have been masterfully woven into a percussive electronic soundtrack, pressed onto limited edition 10 inch vinyl.

This rare mixture of mediums highlights how varied travel experiences can be, with the physical result being not only that of cultural diversity and intrigue but also a delicate and respectful gratitude from the collaborators as they pay homage to the cities they visit and the impressions they leave.

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Prior to its official release next Thursday 24 March 2016, at
Union Heights (136 Chapel Street, Melbourne, Australia 3181) we spoke to the super talented duo about their experience releasing such an ambitious project.

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LIMITED EDITION MTN AUSTRALIA CREW TEE

MTN are extremely excited to release a new limited edition MTN Australia T-shirt in collaboration with T-world.

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Photo: Nicole Reed

T-world is the only T-shirt journal in existence and this year marks their 10-year anniversary. They’ve recruited Travis Price, a local illustrator, known for his T-shirt design work worldwide. It’s not the first time Mr. Price has collaborated with T-world, having also created art for Johnny Cupcakes, REBEL8 and Santa Cruz, just to name a few. MTN now joins that list and they are beyond rapt.

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Photo: Nicole Reed

‘Buying this tee means you’re part of the CREW. We have your back and you have ours. Loyalty in the graffiti game is more important than ever and we want you to paint the town red – or whatever MTN Australia colours you choose!’ MTN AUSTRALIA

The black tee is available with a white or blue back print and a front pocket print. These T-shirts are extremely limited, so be sure to get yours while they’re hot. Run, don’t walk!

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Photo: Nicole Reed

VNA 33 – Out Now!

VNA 33 is here and available to buy online – verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-33

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For the cover of this issue, we bring you Seb Lester, a typographer and calligrapher living in the heart of Sussex, UK, who’s literally exploded into the public eye. He’s killing it across social media as well as in that funny old thing they call real life.

Always willing to keep broadening our horizons and testing our readers’ own boundaries and tastes, we have some fresh new talent alongside some of the more established names.

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