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Anthony Lister to face Brisbane Magistrates Court

In November 2014, renowned artist Anthony Lister appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court on 12 charges of wilful damage, dating back to 2009. “I thought what I do is art. Apparently it’s a crime,” said Lister, who reportedly spent 10 hours in Brisbane Watchhouse after being picked up by police.

The matter has been listed in the Brisbane Magistrates Court for 27 January 2016, and Lister has released the following statement:

‘Wish me luck for my trial this week in the Brisbane Magistrates Court. I love Brisbane and have always believed in the artwork I make. I am being charged with wilful damage 🙁 If you’d like to show your support for public art… I will be wearing a suit this Wednesday 27th at 363 George Street BNE – 9am – Court 20’Anthony Lister

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‘Life Is Sweet’ – Buttons

Opening tomorrow night at Sydney’s Goodspace Gallery is Brisbane-based artist, Buttons’ solo show ‘Life is Sweet’.

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“My work has always been strongly influenced by Japan, pastel colours, desserts and female characters. Every piece I create always relates back to how I’m feeling at the time and what I’m interested in. Different things in my life influence my colour palettes, objects I draw, and how I draw them. I think its really important in life to indulge in things that make you happy, and to surround yourself with positive people and things. The idea for my show was to simulate my mind and way of life. Painting and creating is when I feel most content. LIFE IS SWEET is me sharing with you all of the things that make me happy.” Buttons

Check it out from 6pm, 27 January 2016. Goodspace – Level 1, 115 Regent St Chippendale.

@cheriebuttonss

CLET – Street Interventions

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CLET (Brittany, 1966) is an Italian artist with Breton origins working in the urban context with installations over buildings and (always removable) modifications to road signs.
The artist’s main purpose is to actively claw back public spaces.

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Nicholas Ganz – Global Graffiti – The Globalisation of an Artform

Nicholas Ganz is the author of some of worlds definitive books on graffiti and street art culture. The German writer and photographer began spraying graffiti himself in the 90s, capturing his own work and that of other artists on camera. A self-taught photographer, he created the pseudonym Keinom in 1997, eventually going on to publish his seminal book ‘Graffiti World’ in 2004. In this essay, he explores the impact of graffiti globally and tracks the development and subsequent globalisation of the artform.

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Gaia – 2015 Walls Recap

American artist Gaia has had a busy year! In his own words, here’s a recap of some of his biggest murals from 2015…

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1 – What Are the Aesthetics of Reinvestment, Gainesville
Finished piece for @352walls in#Gainesville Florida. Entitled ‘What Are the Aesthetics of Reinvestment’ the mural seeks to develop a portrait of downtown Gainesville and locate the theoretical framework behind New Urbanism and its influence upon gentrification. The piece begins with a portrait of the one and only Jane Jacobs with an adjacent picture of a tenement typical of New York’s Lower East Side. It continues with an image of the newly constructed @ufcontinuum paired with a church from Porters, a historically black neighborhood on the south side of downtown. Finally the piece is concluded with an old photo of Union Academy, the second accredited all African American high school in Florida, and the school’s founder A Quinn Jones. Lastly there is a person on their laptop drinking coffee in the corner.

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Laser 3.14 – Interview

Our man in Amsterdam, Hyland Mather of Andenken Gallery, recently caught up with Laser 3.14 for an interview. Remaining anonymous, Laser 3.14 is the pseudonym of a poetic painter, also from Amsterdam. Writing his short socio-critical messages on fences and construction site hoardings all over the world, his pen-name is a reference to his love for Sci-fi. The 3.14 in his name stands for the numerical denomination for Pi, the letters of which also represent an abbreviation for Public Image. As well as working on the streets, he is an exhibiting artist and cartoonist, with a book, ‘Are You Reading Me’, published in 2009.

Here’s Laser’s take on the world…

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The Jaunt AKACorleone Print

With The Jaunt’s last trip to the island of Sicily, they bring 2015 to an end. And now they have the final result from AKACorleone to show you. A vivid print which speaks to the imagination while capturing the rich variety and history of Sicily. As AKACorleone himself explains:

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‘I tried to go to Sicily with very few expectations, to not be disappointed. Obviously I expected to discover a place full of history, not the pretty fairy tales kind, but the gritty, heavy history of Sicily. Catania was the first surprise. I knew very little about this harbor city and I found a city filled with a beautiful decay. It’s a mix of history, monuments, statues and dark alleys. Because of the harbor it feels like a place where different kinds of people pass by, each with their own influences.’

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Mik Shida x Zheani Sparkes

This is the first collaboration between Mik Shida & Zheani Sparkes.
The magic properties in Z’s marks translated into wearable art by shida. Proceeds will go towards funding an independent Australian film production.

The film will be a contemporary tragedy situated within the frame of Australia’s traditional “Lad” sub culture. It addresses the power dynamics at play between homeless youth and seeks to shine a light on a social issue that is rarely addressed.

www.mikshida.com

VNA x Thinkspace x Audrey Kawasaki Launch Pics

Thanks to the lovely guys at Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City, California, we had a cracking launch of our latest limited edition, issue 32 in collaboration with Audrey Kawasaki.

Here’s a few snaps from the party taken by the talented @chopemdownfilms. Big thanks to everyone who came down to support, despite the rain, and for the people who helped make this happen – Thinkspace Gallery, Kii Arens and all the crew, cheers legends!

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Audrey Kawasaki Limited Edition Box Sets – Pre-Sales Online Now!

The time has finally come, Audrey Kawasaki Box Sets are finally available to buy online now. However: PLEASE NOTE! DUE TO THE HOLIDAY SEASON, THESE WILL NOT BE SHIPPED UNTIL EARLY JANUARY

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VNA Magazine are proud to present the Limited Edition VNA 32, working closely with Audrey Kawasaki, we have produced this beautiful screen printed set.

http://verynearlyalmost.com/shop/audrey-kawasaki-limited-edition-vna-32-box-set/

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Each imprint comes complete with a screen printed sleeve, enamel badge and signed mini giclée print.

Stamped and numbered, this is an edition of 150, with each giclée signed and numbered by Audrey.

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Screen prints by White Duck Screen Print in the UK, giclées printed by Static Medium in the USA.

Due to the expensive, delicate nature of this Limited Edition, we are sending all orders tracked, so apologies in advance for the relatively high shipping costs, we want to guarantee your order arrives at your door.

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*Screen printed box sets are delicate in nature and may discolour sometimes in transit*

Audrey Kawasaki – www.audrey-kawasaki.com

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White Duck Screen Print – www.whiteduckscreenprint.co.uk

Static Medium – www.staticmedium.com