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Ravi Zupa and Anna Miller – Collaboration Prints

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Ravi Zupa is an artist known for his diverse skill set and subject matter. Arna Miller is an artist and Screen printer in Denver. Miller’s printmaking creativity, flexibility and resourcefulness makes her the perfect fit for collaboration with Zupa who often has ambitious and untrodden goals with his media. Together they have developed many techniques and processes to create unique, high quality prints.

Both have released the second pair of collaboration prints over at Blackbook Gallery. With more to come from their new series over the next two weeks, check out http://www.blackbookgallery.com/prints/ravi-zupa/

‘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.

‘Kingbrown’ Issue 10 Launch Party

The newest issue of ‘Kingbrown’ is co-curated by legends Sean Morris and Tom Groves from Black Canyon Projects, with support from their friends at Form WA. Features brown bag art by Future Colors of America, cover by Brendan Monroe, foldout neon poster by Malarko, diecut vinyl sticker by Sheryo, and a glow in the dark patch by Stevie Gee. There’s interviews with all these artists, plus features on Saner, Neck Face, Hellen Jo, Lugosis and many more.

To celebrate, ‘Kingbrown’ are having a launch party this Friday, with artwork from all around the world on denim vests and brown paper, free booze, and music (to quote co-curator Tom, ‘all the good shit’). Get on down and check it out: ‘Spares Store’ Melbourne, Friday 23 January 2015 from 6pm.

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Lister in Miami

We caught up with Aussie artist Anthony Lister back in Miami ahead of his show at Lazarides Rathbone, entitled Hurt People, Hurt People. Love or hate this loose cannon of creativity, he always has some interesting things to say about society at large. We chat about his arrest in Brisbane, freedom of visual speech and the World’s Longest Suicide Attempt.

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Creature Features – Franco Fasoli aka JAZ

Here at VNA we are always receiving updates on artists as they send in the results of their exciting adventures, new walls and experiments. Argentinian artist Franco Fasoli aka JAZ is one such artist who has been busily keeping us refreshed on his escapades around the world from Mexico to the Caribbean and Americas. Both prolific and diverse as an artist, we finally caught up with him to chat about the hidden depths to his work.

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POW! WOW! x RVCA – RVCAloha

Every winter the advocates and artists of RVCA gather on the shores of Oahu to skate, surf and paint. Dubbed RVCAloha, the 2014 edition had RVCA and POW! WOW! painting a new mural at the Keolu Skatepark in Kailua, Hawaii. Battling intermittent showers and the harsh Hawaiian sun, Dmote and Soul completed a stunning piece of art complete with volcanoes and cosmic dolphins.

Here’s a round-up of some of the action of 2014:

www.rvca.com/b/post/rvcaloha-2014

Escif – Elsewhere – Book Kickstarter

Escif has been working on a new book for the last two years, which he wants to publish himself. He has released a crowd funding campaign to raise the money to produce it.

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So far, the first part of Escif’s crowd funding campaign has been a huge success and he has managed to raise enough money to produce the book and send it to those who supported it. The campaign will continue for a little longer and now the aim is to raise €21,000 to be able to:

– Build an online platform to sell and distribute the publication

– Ameliorate the final art of the book (in Rastamouse terms, ‘mek a bad ting good’)

– Buy whiskey and cigarettes (the key part to actually getting the book done)

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Ludo – The Chaos Theory

Ludo – The Chaos Theory – Filmed in Bangkok, the film shows a week, Ludo’s kind of week; fully emerged in Bangkok chaos.

Ludo explains: “Thailand’s capital was an obvious choice to hit for many reasons. First because the city is not over saturated at all with art on walls. That makes a new interesting place to discover and a virgin land to cover. It’s also a new kind of interaction because people there doesn’t get the idea that you don’t sell anything while covering a wall with a poster… Then the second reason is the endless chaos. The unlimited mix of noises, smells, colors,….is first of all incredibly inspiring, but also makes you reconsider some preconceived ideas you had. The city is an incredible playground. Disorder creates order or order motivates our disorganization.

This video filmed in may 2014 was created to be part of my London show at Lazarides Gallery later in the year, as a key to push the global ‘Chaos Theory’ concept and the butterfly [effect] concept.”

www.thisisludo.com

Miami – Scope & Art Basel 2014 Photo-Set

We hit Miami for the art fairs this year and while we were impressed with the overall scale and sheer size of Art Basel, Scope held a few gems too… Here’s a few of our favourite shots.

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