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‘ZERO TO THE LEFT’ – Luke Cornish (ELK)

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For many years, Cornish has challenged himself and others with his art. Often confronting and always compelling, he never ceases to spark conversations around race, religion, conflict and the human condition,. His work sees him travel to some of the most dangerous conflict zones in the world. The artists most recent trip abroad was a venture to Syria. In one of the artists most significant bodies of work to date, ‘ZERO TO THE LEFT’ intends to:

‘Put a human face on the effects of this war and raise awareness for the people caught in the middle of this conflict…It’s these people I want to support, the ones that left and the ones that have stayed…the ones that have no say in how their government fights this war, the ones who have no say in the sanctions that are crippling their lives and the ones who have no say in foreign invaders bent on destroying their secular society; the everyday people just trying to get by.’ – Luke Cornish

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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.’

MARINE.ONE CKA.TSF 

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‘Spitting Blood’ – C215

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StolenSpace is proud to present ’Spitting Blood’ the new solo show by C215.

Parisian street artist C215 (Christian Guémy) has been working within the scene for over 20 years. Having taken over StolenSpace previously with his solo show ‘Back to Black’ and shown work in multiple solo shows (Reasons for the Seasons, LAX/LHR) StolenSpace are excited to see what he has instore with this new series of works.

This new body of work focuses on popular and influential musicians, painted directly onto vinyl records; incorporating both his iconic portrait style and use of found materials.
His elaborate stencil work can be found in cities around the world, including New Delhi, London, Istanbul, Fes, Rome, Barcelona, and his home town of Paris.

“I try to interact with context, so I place in the streets elements and characters that belong especially to the streets. I like to show things and people that society aims at keeping hidden: homeless people, smokers, street kids for example.”

His striking portraits of local people, children and famous characters and personalities are expressive and distinctive in style. His subjects are portrayed with a proud dignity, something which has become as recognisable to his style as his delicate stencil work.
The opening of ‘Spitting Blood’ will also include a new limited edition print release by the artist.

Opening Reception : 4 May 2017, 6 – 9pm Exhibition Dates: 5 – 28 May 2017.

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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Pixel Pancho – “Hold You Up Forever” print release

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On 26th of April Pixel Pancho will be releasing his brand new print “Hold You Up Forever”. Produced @ Sericraft studio, this 9 layer hand pulled screenprint comes in low edition of only 50 examples, all signed and numbered by the artist.
The image was originally created as a sketch for Valentines day and later developed into a print. Slightly simpler than his usual designs, it still covers his signature imagery that mixes retro robotic and human parts, showing human and robotic hand holding each other. This print comes on Fabriano Rosaspina Avorio 250gr paper measuring 18×26″ (45x67cm) with rounded corners to give that Pixel Pancho signature artwork look.

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Lister Shop – New Print Release

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Good friend of VNA and adventure painter extroadinaire Anthony Lister now has a shop!! That’s right, an opportunity to buy all things Lister. The shop holds various works and experimental products of accessible price points providing an entry-point into becoming an art collector. Lister Shop is the only place to buy “SUCKY DIP” which is an an affordable and fun way to get an original artwork by Lister with a random selection lucky dip of original artworks on paper (valued between $300-$900).

It is also the place to pick up small works on paper which are often created through observation and life moments and are the beginning point of many canvas works shown in exhibition. These drawings are an insight into Lister’s process and owning one can be seen as a token of Anthony’s initial ideas and mapping for larger works.

Lister has today launched a new unique multiple print in a limited run of only 100. ‘Warm Yellow Dancer’ is a screen print, hand embellished with ink on 300mm x 210mm 245gsm museum quality archival paper. you can cope one here, but as always, don’t sleep!

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Seth – “In My Head” Lithograph

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Paris-based art agency AgenceSixPM will be releasing a new lithograph by French artist Seth on March 30th, produced @ legendary Idem Studio. Based on his image previous painted outdoor in China and indoor in Lyon, “In My Head” is a classic Seth image inspired by the world of children.

Depicting the back of the head of a young boy, the image shows a colorful portal inside kid’s mind. Representing their playful (rainbow colors), and unrestricted imagination (blue skies), the piece is somewhat more minimal, sharper and more focused than Seth’s usual works. The whole concept is accented with juxtaposition against the grim grey foreground that the subject is facing, symbolizing the real world around. Hand signed and numbered 15 colors lithograph will be available from March 30th and will be released in an edition of 125 pieces measuring 103,5 x 71 cm (40.75 x 27.95 inches).

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Blek Le Rat – ‘Ratical’

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Vertical Gallery celebrates their four year anniversary with Blek le Rat, the founder of the international stencil art movement. The exhibition “Ratical” opens on Saturday April 1, 6:00 – 10:00pm. The artist will be in attendance.

Blek Le Rat (Xavier Prou) was born in Paris, France in 1951. Considered one of the originators of the European street art movement, Blek le Rat inspired hundreds of artists around the world with his stenciled style. He is frequently cited as a major influence of artists like Banksy and Shepard Fairey; and through his work in Paris he established a style of urban art that quickly spread through Europe and the United States.

Blek describes his early work as apolitical, explaining that he just wanted a way to stand out and to free himself from the feeling of anonymity caused by living in a major city. He was one of the first people to use stencils to make public art on the street using icons instead of writing his name. He started decorating the streets of Paris in 1981 with a rat stencil, hoping to create an invasion of rats – “the only free animal in the city”, while creating a style that would suit Paris and not copy the American style. His street name is said to originate from a childhood cartoon “Blek Le Roc”, also using “rat” as an anagram for “art”.

He studied fine art and architecture at Beaux-Arts in Paris, graduating in 1982. Before his graduation, Prou visited New York City and developed a fascination with the city’s graffiti and street art. “To me, the most interesting aspect of street art is the constant opportunities to be surprised and/or amazed. I lose interest when something becomes routine”.

Blek has created street art around the world, and has had exhibitions in Paris, London, New York, Milan, Melbourne, San Francisco, Munich, and Los Angeles.

Blek le Rat – “Ratical”
April 1 – 29, 2017
Opening reception with artist, Saturday, April 1, 6:00 – 10:00 pm.
Vertical Gallery, 1016 N Western Ave., Chicago

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Headset Apparel Exhibition

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Cycling and mental health awareness project Headset open their first show, Wednesday 29th March 6pm – 9pm. The exhibition shows until Sunday 2nd April at M2 Gallery 4/450 Elizabeth St Surry Hills

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