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VNA 27 LTD Launch

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We are pleased to announce the launch of our latest issue of VNA, featuring Aryz on cover, shot by Alex Fakso, and many more of our favourite artists crammed in between the pages.

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Last night we partied at Stolenspace Gallery on Osborne St, celebrating the launch of our super limited screen-printed box set from Aryz for a beer courtesy of our friends at Sixpoint and some treats from Tonki plus 4 stunning Stendec originals on uncut VNA 27 sheets.

If you missed the launch and want to be in the runnings for our online lottery to buy a copy of the Aryz LTD Edition boxset, please email ltd@verynearlyalmost.com with the subject header: VNA 27 LTD LOTTERY

As always, regular amgs are in stores and available to buy online now:

www.verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-27-new

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Urban Nation Present: Cheryl Dunn’s Everybody Street

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URBAN NATION, Mobile Kino and Urban Spree present the documentary ‘Everybody Street’ by Cheryl Dunn. Parallel to the film on street art photography, they are showing a selection of works by Martha Cooper, who also plays a prominent role in the documentary.

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About 1300 of her works, curated by URBAN NATION, will be shown in screen installations. Both the artist and the film director will be present. Stay tuned for the After Show Party too!

www.urban-nation.net

Rewire – Art x Audio – Exhibition & Kickstarter

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For 60+ years art has adorned the sleeves of records, a visual expression of what’s inside, but these guys are about to Rewire that relationship.

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An international line up of visual artists have created works which are now being interpreted sonically by audio artists. Effectively reversing the common record model where the artist creates an image to capture the mood of the music.

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The visual works come from a curated line up of abstract urban artists. The audio artists have been selected from the vein of experimental electronic music.

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The project will culminate in a multimedia exhibition, book and vinyl box set. Curated by Rob Swain (Gamma Proforma) and Andrea Parker (Touchin Bass / Aperture).

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We need your support to bring this project to life in the form of a book & vinyl box set. The exhibition will take place irrespective of the kickstarter campaign. Opening night, Saturday 9th August 2014 at Gamma Transport Division, Stockbridge, Edinburgh.

Visual Artists: Augustine Kofie, Jerry ‘Joker’ Inscoe, Poesia, sheOne, Nawer, Stendec, Moneyless, Phil Ashcroft, Derm, Robert ‘Tone’ Proch, Sebastien Preschoux, Sat One, Graphic Surgery, Felipe Pantone, O.Two, Roids, Clemens, Behr, Christopher Derek Bruno, 108, Kidghe, Stohead.

Audio Artists: Luke Vibert, Divine Styler, Mike Ladd, Andrea Parker / Daz Quayle, Cristian Vogel, Arovane, Einoma, Third Shock, Methodblack, Lyken, Monkphat, Plaster, Clatterbox, GFQ, Quinoline Yellow, Evac, Kero, Dalglish, Bogger, Northburg, Ed Devane.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1864803801/rewire-art-x-audio-exhibition-book-and-vinyl-box-s

Same But Different; Darren John and Vents 137 Show

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Our favourite dastardly duo Darren John and Vents 137 have a very cool show coming up, go there!
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‘Same But Different’ | A two-man show from Darren John and VENTS137
Darren John and VENTS137 will be showcasing a selection of self curated works from a variety of series’ of each artists personal work, during the month of August.
Having spent a wealth of time producing ephemeral works together in a  wide array of abandoned, derelict and often unloved spaces, the two have developed very distinct and identifiable styles from a melting pot of similar inspirations.
‘Same But Different’ aims to draw attention to the different outcomes of two individuals who are inspired and immersed in the same subcultures and interests.
The show opens on the 7th August at 6:30pm at The Graffiti Life Gallery, London E2 6EH and will run until 31st August 2014.
Drinks will be provided at the opening courtesy of Auchentoshan Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

 

ATM Takes Wing

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Street art and campaigning are age-old buddies; having gone hand in hand since their gestation and covering a range of topics, from political propaganda to raising awareness against media takeover. However one artist is bringing things a great deal closer to home alongside a slightly offbeat subject. For the past year London-based ATM has been re-inhabiting rundown areas of the capital with the ghosts of times gone by in the form of its forgotten bird species. Having recently featured in some of the big dogs of mainstream media, we put Jodie on the case to see what all the flapping was about. Excuse the pun.

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#CANTSTOPTHECHOP

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‘The Chop Shop’ is here to enliven Canberra’s street culture. They will present the best artists every Friday night and the craziest events every Saturday, we’re talking spray painting, custom car spray off’s, indie music festivals, hip-hop nights and skate jams just to name a few of the events on our crazy calendar.

Coming completely organically from the creative community, championed by Pat Rose and Sancho Murphy; ‘The Chop Shop’ has garnered the support of everyone and everything this side of the Burley Griffin (Canberra) and beyond. ‘The Chop Shop’ smashed it’s crowd funding goal, had polished it’s floors and was ready to party; when a big piece of red tape came along and asked for $80,000 worth of changes and far stricter conditions than those that were originally on the table.

‘The Chop Shop’ need you to get behind them and show that the people are crying out for this project and we aren’t going to let it be soiled by a handful of grinches in the community. Sign the petition and let ‘The Chop Shop’ soldier on as originally planned!

Please share, sign and support ‘The Chop Shop’: https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/andrew-barr-save-the-chop-shop-2

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Lush and Dscreet – Patrick Swayze Graff Game

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Lush and Dscreet teamed up in Amsterdam to make this film about Bodhi, cus Bodhi rules! Lush is currently driving a converted boxtruck mobile gallery through Europe and doing shows whereever he can find free parking. Check the site to find out where hes at;   http://www.lushsux.com/

 

‘The Chop Shop’ – Get Onboard!

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‘The Chop Shop’ will be taking over an abandoned warehouse in the heart of Braddon (Canberra, Australia) for 4 months, with a total of 26 weekends of events, running up to the New Year. Billed as a place to support the arts, music, fashion, and the fringe culture; but without the wank. An independent community based house of fun. In amongst making the venue entirely out of recycled materials, Sancho (of Sancho’s Dirty Laundry fame) took some time to chat with our Canberra correspondent Damo to give us the low down…

DW: What is ‘The Chop Shop’?

Sancho: Oh oh, you know that episode of ‘The Simpsons’ where Bart emancipates himself and moves into a loft downtown and finds that Tony Hawk lives within the building in a max-chillax pad – complete with a skate ramp and throwing a party with Blink 182? Cross that with Hansel’s pad from Zoolander, and that’s the Chop Shop! Haha.

On a more serious note, the Chop Shop is here to enliven Canberra’s street culture. We’re not re-inventing the wheel, just filling a much-needed gap in Canberra. Essentially, we just want to provide a platform where we can showcase Canberra’s creative talent that gives our city character. Friday’s are dedicated Arts nights and Saturday’s are gig nights. A point of differentiation with this initiative is, unlike a gallery, we won’t be charging rent or taking commissions, 100% straight up back to the artists.

We’ll also be focusing heavily on arts from the fringe such as street, graff, tattoo, bike/custom car culture as well as running street food festivals, art markets, independent movie nights to name a few.

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Just Another Project Space turns TWO!

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UPDATED – Alexis Diaz, Master of the Mixture

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Mere hours after hopping off a London-bound flight from Montreal, Puerto Rican animal-splicing artist Alexis Diaz got talking to VNA’s Jodie about how things are looking for his rapidly expanding career. Having made a splash in London’s Shoreditch area last year with his iconic Octophant, Alexis let us in on his upcoming plans for his current return visit and gave us an update on how things are shaping up in the street art scene of his home country.

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