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‘Surface Tension’ – Silk Roy

Celebrating over a decade of creativity, Melbourne artist Silk Roy brings his debut solo show ‘Surface Tension’ to Melbourne. In the lead up to the show (opening this Friday), Silky was kind enough to chat with us.

How and when did you get into art and why?

I always enjoyed drawing when I was a kid, but it wasn’t ever something I thought I’d pursue until I moved to Melbourne in ’98. I’d never seen graffiti before having come over from Singapore, which in comparison was/still is a spotless city. I’d take the train to school and back everyday and it was hard not to notice the smashed insides and the walls on the line changing nightly. For a 13 year old, the idea of having an alias that people identified you by and going out on missions was pretty appealing. It wasn’t until years later that I’d realize this daydream, but of course now being an active writer, artist, creative is much more that, it’s given me a sense of ‘self’, and outlet to express my ideas and thoughts and a platform to continue my creative journey.

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You run two identities, Kid Silk and Silk Roy, How did this come about?

Basically I arrived at a point where I needed to let my graffiti and studio practise have their own shine as trying to put all my work under one name was confusing and felt forced. Silk is an old nickname I was given a long time ago so it was a no-brainer as far as putting it up as a writer.

‘Kid Silk’ came about because of my insta handle, other writers would meet me and ask who I was, I’d reply ‘Silk’ and they’d ask ‘Like Kid Silk?” It also works in terms of me keeping graffiti for myself, I don’t intend to profit from it or ever make it feel like work, it’s fun and I get to go out and essentially be a kid.

Silk Roy on the other hand is the name I work under when I’m showing / producing studio work. Two identities works for me now as I’ve started getting opportunities for both which is cool as far as keeping things varied creatively.

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“Slither Between the Blinds Shows Our Fears” – Anthony Lister + NEW PRINT!

“As a child, I was repeatedly told by my father that I had an Aboriginal uncle. I grew up until the age of 14 believing that in fact I was partly Aboriginal by blood and in turn embraced my perceived heritage. It wasn’t until I asked for more details as a young teenager that I was confronted by an amused and dismissive father, laughing as he said: “I never said that”. In this exhibition I take a closer analysis of what it is to be influenced by misguiding role models and the potential psychologically damaging effects on misguided youth. These works are atheistic explorations analysing identity, culture, mythology, heritage, parenting and stereotypes.” – Anthony Lister

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Based on this particular sense of misdirection drawn from his own experience and memories, “Slither Between the Blinds Shows Our Fears” sees Anthony Lister conveying a reflection infused with a range of vivid emotions which, while personal in origin, are also universal enough to resonate deeply with us all.

Expanding on previously explored themes, the artist has created an entirely new body of works for this exhibition, comprising a series of painted canvasses and a central installation of a sculptural nature. Conveying the habitual instinctual urgency of his visual language – tumultuous and mordant on the surface, yet imbued with a captivating poetic uniqueness – these works feature a wide range of symbolic references from his personal life along with others that play with some key (and stereotypical) elements of Aboriginal and Australian iconographies.

Constituting a personal journey of reflection, “Slither Between the Blinds Shows Our Fears” thus presents an intimate portrait on revelation, identity and purpose while also expressing the artist’s own approach to contemporary mythology.

“Slither Between the Blinds Shows Our Fears” is on show at Lisbon’s Underdogs Gallery from 16 June – 15 July 2017.

Lister has also released a new print, available exclusively from LISTER Shop.

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‘LADY ENTITLEMENT’ is a unique multiple,signed and numbered, edition of 100. A 300mm x 210mm screen print hand embellished with ink on 245gsm museum quality archival paper available for AU$120.

For all things Lister, keep an eye on his instagram story as he preps for his Lisbon show over at @anthonylister and @lister_shop for all your LISTER needs!

Seasons of Change – ‘Illmatic’

‘Seasons of Change’ has been showcasing local and international artists at Melbourne’s Revolver for over six years. The elements of each event are dictated by the artists, however all feature a large scale mural and a one night only exhibition.

This Friday 2nd June, Seasons of Change presents ‘Illmatic.’ Spearheaded by Poise, ‘Illmatic’ has VNA’s good friend p1xels shadow Style, Marine and Poise on a secret Melbourne mission. Canvases and photographic prints (signed by all members of the mission) will be available at the show.

For those not lucky enough to be able to attend the event, we have got your back! Featured below are several exclusive photos from p1xels and bios on some of the characters involved in the mission.

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‘I started in 1995 after finding Hype Magazine that was Australian produced, and finally the book ‘Subway Art’ that I stole from my local library and soon became my bible.

Since then I’ve joined crews such as TSF and CKA both of which have long histories in the Melbourne graffiti scene, and with CKA being a local crew to me and where I grew up, I lived and breathed their graffiti everyday via trains/train lines, and local secret walls that were covered in master pieces. This is something to this day, still drives me to be better.

I’m lucky enough to have travelled with my work and met some of best friends networking within the graffiti scene. Places such as NYC and Canada are personal favourites.

Currently still in Melbourne and painting, doing shows, and pushing my work/style forward.’

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Artist profile: BAILER

Bailer has been a leading proponent of the Melbourne graffiti and public art scene for over a decade.

Actively contributing artistically for nearly twenty years he has dedicated the best part of his adult life to creating public works and supporting other creatives. Growing up with a graffiti addiction constantly painting letter after letter line after line he now wants to focus on progression. Pushing his style outside the boundaries and confines of the traditional graffiti structure Bailer hopes to continually increase the scale of his works and to paint them on new surfaces. 

Mid mural, Damo had the opportunity to go one on one with Bailer, to talk about the current lay of the land in Melbourne, what makes him tick, and also what pisses him off.

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Damo: Thanks for taking the time to chat today. I just was wondering if we could start at the beginning. Who or what is Bailer?

Bailer: I guess Bailer was a separate entity to myself. I think you build an ethos around the name that you create in the graffiti world, so for a while Bailer was a name that I tried to live up to.

This was quite detrimental to my life as I was doing violent and extreme things. You create hype around your own bullshit and then you have to live up to it. You do a few stupid things and your dirty washing on line gets aired down the grape vine. It got quite strange at one point, meeting people who would say shit like “You’re not Bailer, I know him.” Or “I heard he was 7 foot tall.” This that and the other. Bizarre really.

I’m at a point in my life where I’m sick of having multiple facets, divided up: a real identity, a fake identity, a graffiti entity, a business persona etc. I’ve been trying to simplify my life cutting out many of the negative aspects and focusing on art, music and health. I have been creating artwork, rap as well as graffiti under the same name instead of constantly shifting between split personalities. I guess that’s what it is; a projection of the creative self mixed with the ego.

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Artist profile: Mic Porter

Mic Porter is synonymous with graffiti, urban and contemporary art in Melbourne. Having been beautifying Melbourne’s streets since the early 2000’s, Mic has recently returned with a vengeance. Speaking from his new studio in Melbourne’s inner north, we took ten minutes with Mic to discover a little more.

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Damo: Could you introduce yourself and tell us a little about your art?

Mic: My name is Mic Porter and I am a painter and sculptor, with a background in a few other mediums as well. I have been practicing for several years and really enjoy what I do. I am based on Melbourne but have travelled quite a bit and manage to experience many cultures. More recently I lived in Auckland for three years.

I don’t exactly know how to classify my style whether or not it is a style or not. I try and jump around a little bit from being like really loose and free with my line work and then make it really tight, either way I tend to be fastidious. I mostly create figurative painting and sculpture but I’ve also done a lot of installation sculpture.

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DEAMS – ‘Transition’

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Painter, designer and geometric visionary Deams has been influencing the Melbourne street art scene for over a decade. A founding member of the infamous Melbourne collective AWOL Crew, his work can be found in both galleries and street contexts around the world.

Deams has an intuitive approach to painting and process, which allows for his work to oscillate between tangible and intangible forms and realities. He approaches his practice with a studious dedication to his past and the immediacy of his present, discovering links between the impressions of his childhood and his current ideas and experiences.

His work continues to explore aesthetic and interpersonal relationships through compositional conversations in form and texture.

Following on from his hugely successful 2016 exhibition, ‘In The Fold’, Deams returns to Backwoods for his second exhibition with the gallery. ‘Transition’ marks a further progression and sophistication of his distinctive approach to painting and abstraction. This new body of work encapsulates the seemingly chaotic yet clearly directed nature of energy and form in a state of transition.

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ALL GOOD THINGS – LAUNCH PHOTOS

A huge thanks to everyone who came down last night for the show opening!

It was great to see so many familiar faces and so much love and support for VNA.

Massive thanks to all the artists who contributed to the show – 45RPM, AJ FOSIK, ARYZ, BLEK LE RAT, C215, CAM SCALE, CHLOE EARLY, CONOR HARRINGTON, CYRCLE, D*FACE, DAN KITCHENER, DAVE WHITE, DAVID SHILLINGLAW, EELUS, EINE, ELK (LUKE CORNISH), ERMSY, FAILE, FINTAN MAGEE, GAIA, GEORGIA HILL, GHOSTPATROL (DAVID BOOTH), HERAKUT, INKIE, INSA, INVADER, JAMES JEAN, JOE HOLBROOK, KID ACNE, LISTER, M-CITY (MARIUSZ WARAS), MOBSTR, MR JAGO, MYSTERIOUS AL, NIELS ‘SHOE’ MEULMANN, PAUL INSECT, REMI ROUGH, RONE, RONZO, RUFUS DAYGLO, SHEPARD FAIREY (OBEY), SICKBOY, STENDEC, STEVE CROSS, TOASTER, THE LONDON POLICE, TILT, TIZER, TODD FRANCIS, TOM FRENCH, TRISTAN EATON (TRUSTO CORP), VHILS, WILL BARRAS

Bidding is well underway and we look forward to raising thousands for Macmillan Cancer Support. All items are available for worldwide shipping, tracked and insured, but we cannot calculate this until we have the winning bidder’s details so please don’t be put off by misleading info on the listings! Hit us up with any questions – info@verynearlyalmost.com or via artFido

All items are up online here and bidding closes at 12 midday Monday 1st May (GMT):

www.artfido.com/vnamagazine

Special shout outs to the Macmillan Cancer Support team, Eve, Jay and Lauren at StolenSpace, the superhuman Andy Vasy for his stellar work getting the work on the walls, Simon at Luardos for the delicious tacos, James Grant for shooting these great pics below, Soffles for providing tasty snacks and the legends from Sailor Jerry for pumping out wicked cocktails all night long.

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ALL GOOD THINGS

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As the saying goes, ALL GOOD THINGS must come to an end and, after 10 amazing years, Very Nearly Almost Magazine is shutting up shop.

Finishing on a high that has seen the front cover graced by some of the brightest stars of the contemporary art world, including D*Face, Invader, Shepard Fairey, Futura, Swoon, Martha Cooper and more, the team behind VNA have made the difficult decision to draw this chapter to a close with an exhibition and forthcoming book.

In celebration of the incredible people that have made the magazine what it is, VNA are presenting their 10th Anniversary group show with some of the team’s favourite featured artists. 50+ artists make up this hand-picked selection of the world’s top talent, showing in one of East London’s longest-running contemporary urban art institutions, StolenSpace Gallery.

Showcasing work from all over the world, ‘ALL GOOD THINGS’ is comprised of original artworks, exclusive artist proofs and hand-finished prints from some of the leading international artists – artists who have helped shape the scene as we know it today. The VNA team has also assembled a tailored collection of some of the brightest new painters making waves across the globe.

The exhibition is all up for grabs, with artwork auctioned off on artFido and all proceeds from the auction sales donated to Macmillan Cancer Support. Bidding will begin at midday Thursday 27th April, closing at midnight on Sunday 30th April at:

www.artfido.com/vnamagazine

On the opening night, our VNA Newsstand will be bursting with back stock, including tees, stickers and other goodies – all at bargain prices. Hidden in amongst the stand, there will be a complete set of the VNA archive, from 1 to 35, available to buy from our private collection, including limited edition PP’s – strictly one archival item per person to keep things fair!

As with anything VNA-related, there will of course be a drink or two. Our friends at Sailor Jerry have kindly furnished us with a choice of delicious bespoke spiced rum cocktails and a deuce of their finest mixologists.

As if that wasn’t enough, we’ll be providing some of the lovely Soffle’s Pitta Chips to soak up some of the booze and giving away over a hundred free tacos from Luardos – served from Insa’s hand-painted taco truck.

The show opens for public viewing from 6-9pm Thursday 27th April and daily until the 30th April 11am-7pm at: StolenSpace Gallery, 17 Osborn St, London E1 6TD

Artists include:

45RPM, AJ FOSIK, ARYZ, BLEK LE RAT, C215, CAM SCALE, CHLOE EARLY, CONOR HARRINGTON, CYRCLE, D*FACE, DAN KITCHENER, DAVE WHITE, DAVID SHILLINGLAW, EELUS, EINE, ELK / LUKE CORNISH, ERMSY, FAILE, FINTAN MAGEE, GAIA, GEORGIA HILL, GHOSTPATROL (DAVID BOOTH), HERAKUT, INSA, INVADER, JAMES JEAN, JOE HOLBROOK, KID ACNE, LISTER, M-CITY / MARIUSZ WARAS, MOBSTR, MR JAGO, MYSTERIOUS AL, NIELS ‘SHOE’ MEULMANN, PAUL INSECT, REMI ROUGH, RONE, RONZO, RUFUS DAYGLO, SHEPARD FAIREY (OBEY), SICKBOY, STENDEC, STEVE CROSS, TOASTER, THE LONDON POLICE, TILT, TIZER, TODD FRANCIS, TOM FRENCH, TRISTAN EATON (TRUSTO CORP), VHILS, WILL BARRAS

Bom.K – ‘Effets Secondaires’ Solo Show (Paris)

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Four years after his last solo show in Paris, featured graffiti artist Bom.K  from the DMV crew is returning to Paris for a solo show entitled Effects Secondaires (Side Effects) at Galerie Itinerrance opening on April 21st. The title of the exhibition refers to the sensations we managed to grasp from an artwork after enjoying the technique and subject. In addition, it also refers to one of the works in wood bearing the same name on the subject of overconsumption and the exhaustion of natural resources.

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