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Galeria Javier Lopez opening Phil Frost’s “Intuitive Mathematics”

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New York-based artist Phil Frost is opening his upcoming solo show with Galeria Javier Lopez in Madrid on 26th of November 2014. Being his first solo show with the gallery, as well as first in Europe, we’re very excited to see the works that legendary artist created for this event.

Frost became famous for his street installations around NYC back in 90s. He would find a perfect location, take measures of the place, and than carefully create work in his studio before placing and leaving them in public. Usually painting on panels this is where he shaped up his recognizable imagery that he’s been famous for. Though flat and intuitive at first, his complex works have a lot of depth he achieves with layering numerous coats of paint with his iconic forms and imagery. Mixing different mediums, different techniques and ways of applying and manipulating paint, his visual language consists of unique typography as well as repetitive mask-like shapes that float over bright colored background. “Intuitive Mathematics” will stay on view until 4th of February.

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ART+MEL

Melbournians are invited to experience ART+MEL, an immersive two day art event without the white walls on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November 2014. ART+MEL will take local art out of the galleries and onto the streets, with two interactive ‘hot spots’ in the heart of the CBD. ART+MEL is designed to bring art into the everyday, encouraging people to experience art through unique creations. An unexpected bedroom setting and floating gallery at Federation Square will display the original work of over 100 Melbourne artists, with live art courtesy of local illustrator Justine McAllister and a pop-up installation by prominent street artists Kaitlin Beckett and Matthew Dunn, and watch as they add another layer of vibrance to one of Melbourne’s infamous laneways.

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Dean Sunshine’s ‘Street Art Now’

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Following the success of ‘Land of Sunshine’ published in 2012 comes the next book titled ‘STREET ART NOW’. An updated snapshot of the Melbourne street art and graffiti scene over the last two years is once again, all shot by Dean Sunshine on his travels across Melbourne and beyond.

‘STREET ART NOW’ is a larger, hardback book with 206 pages highlighting over 100 local artists and international artists who have painted in Australia.

All sales from ‘STREET ART NOW’ will be put towards any future editions, furthering Dean’s wish to provide ongoing documentation of Melbourne street art online and via printed media.

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VNA 28 LTD EDITION LAUNCH

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Very Nearly Almost Magazine launches the VNA 28 Limited Edition, featuring a screenprinted box set from Rebel8’s head clothing designer, Mike Giant.

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The issue drops at Nelly Duff Gallery on Columbia Rd, East London, from 6-9pm, with free beers from Sixpoint Brewery, clothing giveaways from REBEL8 / Out Of Step and prints from 1XRUN.

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A Blank Canvas Is A White Flag – David Walker

As we draw into a grey, monochrome winter a splash of colour feels much needed. That splash of colour comes to us in London next week in the form of David Walker’s upcoming solo show at the Lawrence Alkin Gallery, “A Blank Canvas Is A White Flag”. The show is heralded not only to be an all new collection of Walker’s trademark expressive portraiture but also groundbreaking for David as an artist as he explores new techniques and styles alongside collaborations with other amazing artists such as Ryan Callanan and Schoony. Ahead of this new development we sent Jodie to interview Walker for the lowdown on what to expect and where these new territories will lead him.

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Meggs – Rise Up – Detroit

‘Rise Up’ is Dave ‘MEGGS’ Hooke’s largest solo mural to date. At over 6,000 square feet, it towers over the eastern section of Detroit’s Russell industrial district and serves as an iconic symbol of the city’s ups and downs. The mural, which features an image of a tiger and the text ‘Rise Up,’ reveals a constant symbol of hope and strength that the city can identify with as it moves into a new era of change and regrowth.

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“I hoped to convey the energy and momentum of self-empowerment and moving forward,” MEGGS explains regarding this milestone in his mural career. “The tiger is a symbol that all Detroiters relate to and feel proud ownership of – it’s a symbol that’s born from Detroit’s glory days and one that survived its unfortunate downfall.” MEGGS also expresses his respect for Detroit graffiti, “It was great to be able to share this wall with three local Detroit heavy hitters – props to Tead, Elmer, and Rawr.”

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The ‘Rise Up’ mural, which concludes MEGGS’ five-week residency and solo gallery exhibition with Inner State Gallery and 1XRUN, was created as his homage to the city of Detroit. “It was my way of giving back to a city that had welcomed me, inspired me, and allowed me to take from it to create my own artwork and experience,” he says. Aside from being his largest public piece of artwork, MEGGS’ eclipses his previous works with new textural techniques and intricate details to reference the multi-faceted landscape of Detroit.

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Ironically, the mural commenced a week after Mayor Mike Duggan announced a controversial crackdown on graffiti, forcing the city to fine numerous business owners who had actually commissioned artists to paint murals on their buildings. MEGGS faced logistical hurdles and numerous encounters with police and city workers, but the response was overwhelmingly positive and he was allowed to proceed and complete the largest wall in his street art career.

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Photo’s courtesy Mike Popso, Miya Tsukazaki & Sal Rodriguez

VNA 28 – Mike Giant

It was hard to choose just one standout artist from the people we’ve covered in this issue, but Mike Giant ultimately took the vote with his monochrome illustrations and tattoo-inspired scribblings. With his much-imitated, but never-bettered style, it’s an honour to have the iconic REBEL8 designer on our cover.

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We’ve also taken a look at INSA’s career to date, from his childhood bedroom posters to his very latest app release – a neat little piece of tricknology by the name of ‘GIF-ITI’…

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Alongside this welcome blast from the past, we bring you a world first: an interview with the entire Da Mental Vaporz crew. We gathered the talented crew members to discuss their intricate and entertaining patchworks, what’s kept them going for over a decade and who among them is best equipped to survive the inevitable zombie uprising.

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Also featuring exclusive interviews with NUNCA, DAN HILLIER, SMUG, NICK WALKER, ALEXANDER MITCHELL/BACKWOODS, CHAD MUSKA, 1UP CREW AND INTI…

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And for those of you who skip straight to the pics of cool stuff on walls without words in the way, this issue’s worldwide photo coverage stretches from London to Taiwan via Sydney.

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To order your copy online, go to our webstore:

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New Works By Above For Detroit Solo Show

American street artist Above, recently shared this short video giving us a peek at new works for his upcoming solo show @ Inner State Gallery in Detroit. Opening on the 21st of November, “Remix” is gonna be his first solo show in 2 years, and his first US solo show in 5 years.

For this big event the artist came up with all new original works that are completely new direction for him. Mixing his familiar imagery that is screen printed on wood panels, he then cuts these panels and rebuilds/remixes them together creating his signature arrow signage. Comparing his works to DJs mixing parts of existing music in order to create new tunes, he is visually mixing his elements hes been working with for 15+ years, creating all new body of work. What really stands out from the video and photos we’ve received, is the high quality feel of the hand crafted works that he worked on for the last 2 months during his art residency with the gallery.

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JustKids x Life Is Beautiful Festival

Recently JustKids teamed up with Life Is Beautiful Festival to produce this amazing mural event. Ambitious in scope, some of the best artists from all over the world converged to transform 15 blocks of Downtown into a one-of-a-kind open-air urban gallery.

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Curated by Charlotte Dutoit (JustKids) for the second year, the artists transformed the festival landscape into a magical art-inspired playground to give people a playful and unexpected escape into art. A huge abandoned motel was turned into an interactive playground and 6 installations were placed throughout the premises.

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After two weeks of intense work, the murals and installations seamlessly integrate into the festival’s footprint which was visited by over 100,000 people over the course of three days, turning it into the largest North-American Street Art event.

Even though Life Is Beautiful 2014 is now finished, the murals are still visible in Downtown Las Vegas.

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Contributing artists include Borondo, D*Face, Fintan Magee, Misaki Kawai, Maser, Lakwena, Roa, Li-Hill, Saner, Cyrcle, Thomas Dambo, Edoardo Tresoldi and Spencer Olsen.

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