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Denial – Studio Visit

While we were out in the States, Canadian artist Denial was recently over the border in Detroit for his part in the 1xRun ‘Murals in the Market’ project. We caught up with him there and skipped back over the border to check out his studio in Windsor, just across the water from the Motor City. Currently he shares his artist’s playground of a studio with the director of Australian print company Stupid Krap, Ben Frost, when he’s in the country.

In his own words, Denial takes us on a photo tour through his studio and neighbourhood…

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Urban Nation – PM7 – BSA Persons Of Interest

Brooklyn Street Art recently kicked off the 7th part of Urban Nation’s Project M series. We caught up with BSA directors Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo to get the lowdown on their part of the project.

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VNA: So, why did you guys put this together?

Steve: We had a couple of goals when putting ‘Persons of Interest’ together – one was to counter the cultural imperialism that can happen in these large street art/mural festivals around the globe right now. It is sort of in response to a critique we have heard in the last few years as an international circuit of recurring Street Art “names” go into a host city and leave work that people can’t relate to personally. We wanted to leave work that people in Berlin could feel connected to.

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Jaime: We also asked each of the 12 artists to do research and produce a portrait of someone who lived in Germany or who lives in Brooklyn and is from Germany – a cultural exchange that highlights the real connection that Brooklyn and Berlin artists communities have had for decades, something we’re both personally familiar with as artists. The results have been nothing short of amazing (and gratifying) to us, because each of the artists chose people who they also relate to – realist and Dadaist artists, social and political activists, a writer and poet, an icon of the silver screen, Turkish immigrants, even a German photographer who lives next door to one of the artists in Brooklyn.

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Above – Remix – Interview

Above’s latest show, Remix, opened recently in Detroit at Inner State Gallery. In his own words, Above describes his mission in his explorative new pieces:

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“The intention for my most recent body of artwork is to explore new directions and re-invent the arrow icon I have been creating for over the past 15 years.

The arrow icon is sharp and constructed of straight lines and angles, void of any curved elements. My intention is to contrast the existing sharp angles of the arrow, with the curved and circular cut lines, achieving a dynamic balance between the two with a new fresh look. Similar to that of a hair stylist making a perm on a head of hair that has always been straight.

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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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Spraying Bricks – ARTSCAPE MALMÖ 2014 – ABOVE

Spraying Bricks are BACK with this coverage of ABOVE at ARTSCAPE MALMÖ 2014

ARTSCAPE – is Sweden’s first ever street art festival. Spraying Bricks were fortunate enough to be invited out to Malmö for this historic affair. We caught up with Above whilst out there, painting a monstrous wall. He is the first of our ARTSCAPE series. This is the making of his piece METAMORPHOSIS

Above was born in California in 1981 and has been creating art in the streets since 1995. He is known for his multi-layer, full colour stencils, spinning wooden arrow-shaped kinetic art installations, and large text-based painted murals.

Above’s artworks regardless of medium usually have a strong message or awareness about social, political or international current events. Above began painting graffiti on freight trains in California in 1995. At the age of 19, Above moved to Paris, France, where he started painting his, decade long, trademark arrow icon pointing ‘above’.

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Timing is Everything – Above

Brilliant concept and video from Above, it took nearly 7+ months searching the streets at night for a fixed shadow that was positioned perfectly against a wall.

“The break dancer stencil comes to life at night. I am attracted to the concept that the stencil and its context can change literally from day to night. Timing is everything!”

TIMING IS EVERYTHING from ABOVE on Vimeo.

VNA Issue 20 – Everything you need to know..

Very Nearly Almost is proud to release its twentieth issue. After six years and hundreds of artists featured, issue 20 is brought to you with an extra 32 pages, bigger and better than ever. This 164-page beast is brimming with features and beautiful images from some of the most talented artists in the world and the cover is graced by a living legend; the one and only Retna.

Producing some of the most visually stunning street art in recent history, Retna explains his signature style and the intricate processes behind his work. Not content with featuring one of the most exciting artists from across the pond we’ve also got interviews with the USA’s master of eco-surrealism painting Josh Keyes, the infamous skateboarding graffiti artist Neckface and the master of mystical worlds Greg Simkins.

No issue would be complete without an Australian artist and this time round we caught up with the man behind some of the most controversial pop-art and mash-up paintings, Ben Frost. But as usual we’ve also packed in some talented Brits in the forms of Guy Mckinley, with his anime-inspired characters and photographer Will Robson-Scott. Alongside them are chats with graffiti king Smash137 of Switzerland, street artists Ozmo and Above and German newcomer DeeDeeKid.

Alternative Covers & Limited Editions

To celebrate the release of this milestone issue, VNA 20 will be available with two alternative covers; one, gold, is exclusive to our web store and subscribers, while the other, black and white, will be available through our network of stockists. Pre-orders of the online copy will be available to buy from 11th October and will be sent out on 12th October.

As always there is a screen-printed edition of the magazine, with artwork designed by Retna, 100 of which will be available at our London launch party alongside a screen-printed envelope and limited edition postcards. 20 of these limited packs will be up for grabs through an online lottery, and 30 screen printed magazines will be sent out at random to those purchasing copies of VNA 20 through our website.

To register your interest in the online lottery please send an email to LTD@verynearlyalmost.com – images of the limited edition coming soon.

Please join us at Moniker Art Fair at Village Underground on Friday 12th to celebrate the release of this issue.

Check out some of what VNA 20 has to offer..

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Above in Spain

As a reaction to the highest unemployment rate in the world being recorded in Spain this September, Above created this 40m long piece at the 7th annual International art festival, ASALTO. With the help of local Spanish people, Above had them pose as models and traced their silhouettes on paper, which he later cut into a stencil that was painted on the wall.

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