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Jacob Ovgren – SEX (Sick Emotions X-ibit)

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One of the main graphic artists behind European skateboard powerhouse Polar Skateboards, Jacob Ovgren’s work is skate-art in it’s purest form. influenced by classic, golden-era board graphics for Blind and World Industries by the likes of Mark McKee, Sean Cliver and Todd Bratrud, Ovgren retains the crude, adolescent humour (rollerbladers getting their legs guillotined off, obese children fighting over scraps of cake…) of those artists, but eschews the overtly direct, comic-book-narrative that those artists used: Instead we find individual characters trapped in a dialogue only with themselves – snippets of a story that, only when brought together – perhaps as a series of boards, or, in this case, a body of work form part of a wider commentary on a subject.

SEX (Sick Emotions X-ibit) will be an exhibition of new drawings, paintings and prints by Malmö based Ovgren. With his trademark dark humour, the work in SEX provocatively sees child-like characters in a range of disturbing sexual scenarios. Check it out at Beach London, 20 Cheshire Street,  this Thursday 27th February.

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Street Art Reality TV Show…

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Well, it’s finally happening, they’re making a ‘Street Art Reality TV Show’

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The call goes out: “Hey it’s J.R. Pittman, Casting Producer for a new show on a major cable network! We are looking for AMAZING Street Artists who want to get their work seen on a GRAND SCALE, get their MESSAGE OUT TO THE PUBLIC and in the process WIN $100,000!!”

As of right now, they are casting Street Artists that live on the West Coast (Southern & Northern California, Portland, Vegas, Seattle, Arizona, and New Mexico) BUT THIS IS A NATIONWIDE CASTING!!

If you know of any sellouts one that would be desperate up for the show, please feel free to spread the word about this ‘fantastic’ opportunity!

JR Pittman
Casting Producer
Pitman Casting – “Street Artists”
818-666-3606 Office
323-784-0353 Fax
JR@PitmanCasting.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/1409458799304801/?notif_t=plan_user_invited

D*Face: One Man and his Dog – LA Launch

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This is a guest post by Birdman Photos and Keisha Raines

The ever busy D*Face graced the States with his presence to celebrate the US launch of his limited edition box, The Art of D*Face: One Man and His Dog and release of pendants with fine jeweler Stephen Webster.

Celebrations began with a private cocktail reception at Stephen Webster’s flagship store in posh Beverly Hills which included a panel discussion with Shepard Fairey, moderated by Stephen Webster. The two legendary artists regaled the crowd with tales from their days adorning the streets. The duo also released a special collaboration print,”FACE TO *FACE”, in an edition of 200.

For the limited edition pendants, Webster translated D*Face’s iconic wing motif into expertly crafted dog tags. While the pieces were innovative and shared D*Face’s signature charm, the must-see work was the painted military helmets displayed throughout the shop. D*Face painted, welded and added intricate touches to the authentic relics, found at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. Also on display, were D*Face’s latest paintings. If you are in the area, check out the exhibition which will run through March 4th.

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LTD edition issue 24 lottery winners

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If anyone who entered the VNA lottery draw for issue 24 was notified as winning and has not received a payment request from paypal, please get in touch with sophie@verynearlyalmost.com to resolve. Please include proof of notification in the email.

For anyone who has not yet received their LTD edition VNA 24 magazine after paying via paypal, we know who you are and are working to resolve it asap. If you have any concerns please get in touch with sophie@verynearlyalmost.com.

We’re hoping to resolve this as quickly as possible. Thanks for your patience.

Olek – There Is No Such Thing As Part Freedom – NYC

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VNA caught up with NY-based Polish yarn-bomber, Olek as she braved the coldest day of the century (it was literally minus 15ºC) in Manhattan to put up this piece as part of the continuing Little Italy Street Art (L.I.S.A.) Project.

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Amanda Marie – I Was Just Thinking

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White Walls present the first solo exhibition in San Francisco by American painter and stencil artist, Amanda Marie. Amanda plays with stencils and paint to place evocative characters in her work. The childlike illustrations explore deeper, more sophisticated themes of sexuality, envy, elation and greed.

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Drawing on illustrations and characters that reference popular mid-20th century children’s books, Amanda has appropriated these ideals of an Americana childhood to her own contemporary devices. Playing with the notions of wholesome American innocence, her characters are then lifted out of context into a surreal state of stasis, dislocating them from their comfortable surroundings.

For more information on Amanda, visit her site:

www.seeyouthroughit.com

Follow Amanda on Instagram: @seeyouthroughit.

Opening Reception – Saturday, January 11, 7-11pm

at White Walls, 886 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

www.whitewallssf.com

RVCAloha

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The boys and girls at RVCA recently hit Hawaii to wrap up their RVCAloha project, featuring Dmote and Remio.

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