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Martha Cooper x VNA Limited Edition Box Set!

It’s been a long time coming… We’ve chased Martha from New York to Berlin, Miami to South America and finally, we are proud to bring you the Martha Cooper x VNA Limited Edition box set.

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We’ve sourced paper, run test prints and bounced proofs back and forth over the course of 6 months to produce an amazingly detailed black & white screen-print of one of Martha’s photos on the cover of issue 34.

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It’s taken us a while to confirm all the components of this set (an edition of /150) – from the special signature camera pin badge, to the screen-printed cover and lovingly signed photo prints – and both ours and Martha’s quality control has been super high throughout – there is even an exclusive list included in each set with caption details of each of Martha’s images in the magazine.

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We’d like to thank Martha publicly for her assistance and co-operation throughout this lengthy and difficult process, as well as special shouts to Louis @ Spraying Bricks, Nina @Joshua Liner Gallery, Rik @ Ripe Digital and Joshua @ White Duck Screen Print – without whom this would not have come together.

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So now, the wait is over, the prints are signed, the sets are numbered and the boxes are packed and they are finally available to buy exclusively, online, from 2pm GMT time today.

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Get your set before they disappear!

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Martha Cooper photograph courtesy of Susan Welchman.

Unwell Bunny – ‘ Super Psychology’

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Urban contemporary artist Unwell Bunny (also known as Ed Bechervaise) opens his new exhibition ‘Super Psychology’ in January 13th 2017 at Besser Space in Melbourne.

A study into the American psyche, the body of work takes part over two time periods. From 6 weeks travelling through New York, LA, San Francisco with observations of American fast food psychology.

And then a second part series, in Melbourne seeing these works for a second time with the figurative edge of the female form.

Its a suggestive dichotomy between the past subconscious experience and the present observational one occurs and takes the viewer into a contemporary lifestyle setting. Whilst still experiencing bursts of subliminal psychology as the American infused imagery punctures the background.

Ed has shown his work in Amsterdam, New York and most recently a solo show in Paris. With its global sensibility and edgy urban undertones, Ed’s motivations are both to be pleasing aesthetically while also disruptive emotionally, triggering questions in the viewer, which is both inward and outwardly focused. A super psychology of self-discovery.

In the lead up to the show, opening Friday 13 January 2017, Ed took some time with our boy in Melbourne, Damo, to chat about all things Unwell.

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Can you introduce yourself, and explain how you came to be where you are now?

Unwell Bunny: I’m Unwell Bunny (also known as Ed Bechervaise). My art story starts in Adelaide in Australia, I was a graffiti artist early on. I did some art study in Adelaide then I moved to Melbourne. In Melbourne I discovered ‘street art’ it was new and exciting, I started following it, and then got into it myself. Over time my graffiti back ground and street art interest has merged. I’m investigating neo cubism and am creating pop expressionism; it’s a bit of a departure from direct graffiti influences but I still use mediums from my graffiti days and will almost certainly always be part of the genre.

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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

‘Vectorized Reality’ – RASHE

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////Transport yourself into virtual reality_______Technology evolves faster than humans.

Coming from a graffiti background Rashe is now making art informed by his work as a graphic designer. This new body of work is inspired by new technologies and how they affect us on a day to day basis.

His process involves sketching on the computer, utilising software to create vectorised shapes. From there he uses an analogue approach, cutting paper by hand and painting shapes to play with composition and colours.

The digital revolution began with the transformation and transposition of as many “real life” activities and functions as possible into a digital entity. Today, the reverse tendency is becoming ever more apparent; the virtual is beginning to reveal itself within the actual.

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What is virtual and what is literal have become intertwined in the minds and everyday lives of people or perhaps we should say Users to the extent that humans born after 1990 no longer distinguish between the two. It is presently undeniable that the Digital domain has fully immer- sed itself into the Physical realm. The construction of self is increasingly becoming conceptual rather than natural, as Jeffrey Deitch correctly prophesied in 1992, and our entire understanding of the meaning of private life has been completely redefined. It seems that a key element of the emerging collective consciousness of western societies is a desire to literally grasp, to make incarnate, the new, ethereal mental technology-driven social constructs into visceral objects, and experiences: interactive button options present in paper magazine ads, physical instagram filter panels cropping up in front of landmark London views, and 3D content being physically rendered, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way.

What does it mean to “Like” something nowadays? Does preference hold any value without explicit declaration? What mnemonic purpose does photography hold in a social context where images must be viewed within a 6-second time frame before self-destructing?
Vectorized Reality is the place where Rashe attempts to explore such questions and possibly reveal new insights into our new cultural and socioeconomic environment of multiple realities and multiple perceptions.

‘Vectorized Reality’ opens Friday 2nd of December at Lane’s End in Fitzroy.

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Everfresh Studio – Open Day

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That’s right, it’s that time of year. The day that Everfresh open their doors to Melbourne!

This is the chance for everyone to meet the artists and to buy new and old works. The hot tip is to get in early to pick up some amazing works that have been hidden at the back of the studio draws!

The studio can only handle about 50 people at a time so there will be a one in one out policy.

The studio will be open from 12-5pm, this Saturday 3 December, with Rone, Wonder, Callum Preston, Tom Civil, Mayo and more all on hand.

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Wonderwalls

Back for its fifth instalment, Wonderwalls Festival is returning to Wollongong from the 25th-27th of November, to paint the town from end to end.

With over 20 walls set to be blanketed with art by local, national and international street and graffiti artists, some much needed colour will spill out to the West end of Wollongong.

Live murals will be painted by artists…

45RPM, BEASTMAN, CHERIE BUTTONS, CHRIS BANKS, CLAIRE FOXTON, DAVID CRAGG, E.L.K, JARUS, ENES, FRANK AND MIMI, GARY, GEORGE ROSE, GEORGIA HILL, JESS COCHRANE, JESSEE LEE JOHNS, JOHN KAYE, JYIRO, KRIMSONE, MAID, MARSH, MAYO, MIKEY FREEDOM, PHIBS, SAGE, SCOTT NAGY, SID TAPIA, SIMON THOMAS, SION GRIFF, SIRUM, STEVE CROSS, VANS THE OMEGA

Coinciding with the festival will be the Wonderwalls Exhibition and Artist Q&A – Australia’s first ever exhibition curated by 1XRUN from Detroit, USA. Showcasing works by Wonderwalls Alumni and acclaimed artists.

Date: Friday 25th, Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th November
Time: Each day from 10am
Location: Throughout Wollongong city, see map for individual locations

Cecil Street Mega Wall

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Leading Australian mural artists Rone, Adnate, Sofles, Dvate, Cam Scale, Heesco and Jason Parker have teamed up to create an epic, large-scale mural on the streets of Fitzroy.

Curated by Juddy Roller, and supported by Yarra City Council and the Department of Justice, the project showcases the talents of the seven well known, and highly respected, artists.

Each artist, all unique in style, has been given creative license to paint a dedicated section of the wall, with the only limitation being that all artworks will be portrait based.

Says artist Adnate of the upcoming project, “I’m stoked to be a part of it, I respect all of these artist so much so to have the opportunity to collaborate with them on such an awesome project is really cool. Add to that, I’ve always thought a mural on this wall would be great so the fact the Juddy Roller has managed to secure it for us is really impressive.”

The wall is located on the Rear of Fry’s Storage on Cecil Street, Fitzroy.

All images by @p1xels

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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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Sowat ‘Tempus Fugit’ @Galerie Lefeuvre

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From the urban wastelands of the Mausolée project to the underground ventilation shafts of the Palais de Tokyo, Lek and Sowat are the first graffiti writers to be welcomed as artists in residence in the villa Medicis, the prestigious Academy of France in Rome.  During  his 12 months residency,  Sowat created a new series of work that will be exhibited for his solo show ‘Tempus Fugit’ at the Galerie Lefeuvre in Paris opening tonight.

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