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Todd James Is Opening “Pump Pump” @ Alice Gallery

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On 22nd of January, Todd James will be back @ Alice gallery in Brussels for his second solo show with them titled “Pump Pump”. The new body of work is focused on criticizing the American way of life, by glorifying it’s values and behavior.
His colorful guache works depict a schizophrenic society, mixing together phenomenons and elements that make it specific and recognizable. By intertwining the clichés of an American happiness and hedonism with images that represent the violence and war politics, he creates a contrast that is bordering between humorous and shocking. Primarily focused on the colors and minimal shapes and forms, his works feature lots of explicit images that are “hidden” within his naive aesthetic. Naked voluptuous blondes, deadly weapons, grim reaper, wounds and blood, video games, terrorists, gangsters, are some of repeating elements that will be presented in this show which will stay on view until the end of February 2015.

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‘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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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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Wynwood Walls 2014 – Day Shots

As we were were over for Art Basel and Scope, catching up with the homies and checking out the art, we couldn’t help but take a few photos of the best that Wynwood had to offer in the daylight… Including work from Pixel Pancho, Vexta, Reka, Elle, Li Hill, Nychos, Lister, Maya Hayuk, Cleon Peterson, Retna, Shepard Fairey, Shark Toof, Miss Van, Bicicleta Sem Freio, Faith 47, Seth Globepainter, Martin Whatson, Adnate, James Bullough, Shiro, Opire & Bonar, Herakut, Daleast, Sheryo & The Yok, Fin DAC, MTO, Bikismo and Alexis Diaz.

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Beau Stanton – Elegant Decay

Combining unshakably meticulous imagery alongside flawless displays of colour and deep, brooding themes of industrialism, religion and decay is a tall order for any artist. Yet Beau Stanton, with a tweak of his facial hair and ream after ream of recorded patterns and shapes, carries it off very well indeed. In light of his recent work with 1xRun, his muralism and solo show, Tenebras Lux, VNA got talking to Stanton in an exclusive interview on religion, architecture and the humble moustache.

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NUART FIGHT CLUB 2014

Fight Club is an alcohol fuelled panel debate held at a local pub. The intent being to loosen the tongues, morals and attitudes of artists, panellists and audience alike.
This years fight club was hosted by Eirik Knudsen with participants Evan Pricco, Managing Editor of Juxtapoz, Rj Rushmore, founder of Vandalog blog and activist and interventionist based artists Maismenos (PT) and Mathieu Tremblin (FR).

This year’s Nuart Plus program tackled the two ends of the street art-continuum, “safe murals” on the one hand and street art and activism on the other. While activism was an essential part of the early street art scene, we have over the last decade or so seen a gradual gravitation towards large scale council/institution and sponsor approved murals. Is this a development we should embrace as a natural development of the scene, or should it be vigorously contested?

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VNA 28 Launch – Nelly Duff

Big thanks to everyone who came down to support the launch the other day! Special thanks to the Nelly Duff guys for hosting, REBEL8 and Out Of Step for the goodies and Sixpoint Brewery for the delicious beer. We were supposed to have some 1XRUN x Mike Giant prints but the UK customs guys made us wait, so we’ll be running a competition for those soon, stay tuned…

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Zeus – Streetopoly

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Our favourite fabricator of all typography, Zeus, has been beavering away in Amsterdam working on some projects. This is his latest creation, Streetopoly, featuring a board with all the biggest players in the street art world. You can play as Kaws, Banksy, Paul Insect, Invader, Zeus, Beejoir.

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The game features all the key names in the business as ‘properties’ on the board to purchase and, of course, the ever-present threat of ‘jail’ for those pursuing the more illicit activities.

Watch this space for more information, you can now pre-order a set and check out Zeus’ other work here:

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Stika – Phwoar Yeah

London-based artist, Josh Stika, aka Stika, has just opened his latest show in London’s Hoxton Hotel. Neon typography is in abundance, heavily influenced by lyrics from ’90s dance tunes. We got a few words from him about his career to date, the haters, ‘selling out’ and who he’d love to work with in the future.

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VNA: So can you tell us a bit more about your new show, where, when, etc?

Stika: The exhibition is at The Hoxton Hotel, Shoreditch. It launches on the 19th of November is up for 3 months in the build up to the bespoke ‘Stika’ hotel room opening in late January.

As a solo show I aimed to make it as diverse as possible to ensure that anyone visiting doesn’t feel like they’re looking at the same piece/style 30 times over. I dabbled with the idea of a ‘group solo’ show – then I just realised this made it look like I had multiple-personality disorder so I let that one go…

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