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ALL GOOD THINGS – LAUNCH PHOTOS

A huge thanks to everyone who came down last night for the show opening!

It was great to see so many familiar faces and so much love and support for VNA.

Massive thanks to all the artists who contributed to the show – 45RPM, AJ FOSIK, ARYZ, BLEK LE RAT, C215, CAM SCALE, CHLOE EARLY, CONOR HARRINGTON, CYRCLE, D*FACE, DAN KITCHENER, DAVE WHITE, DAVID SHILLINGLAW, EELUS, EINE, ELK (LUKE CORNISH), ERMSY, FAILE, FINTAN MAGEE, GAIA, GEORGIA HILL, GHOSTPATROL (DAVID BOOTH), HERAKUT, INKIE, INSA, INVADER, JAMES JEAN, JOE HOLBROOK, KID ACNE, LISTER, M-CITY (MARIUSZ WARAS), MOBSTR, MR JAGO, MYSTERIOUS AL, NIELS ‘SHOE’ MEULMANN, PAUL INSECT, REMI ROUGH, RONE, RONZO, RUFUS DAYGLO, SHEPARD FAIREY (OBEY), SICKBOY, STENDEC, STEVE CROSS, TOASTER, THE LONDON POLICE, TILT, TIZER, TODD FRANCIS, TOM FRENCH, TRISTAN EATON (TRUSTO CORP), VHILS, WILL BARRAS

Bidding is well underway and we look forward to raising thousands for Macmillan Cancer Support. All items are available for worldwide shipping, tracked and insured, but we cannot calculate this until we have the winning bidder’s details so please don’t be put off by misleading info on the listings! Hit us up with any questions – info@verynearlyalmost.com or via artFido

All items are up online here and bidding closes at 12 midday Monday 1st May (GMT):

www.artfido.com/vnamagazine

Special shout outs to the Macmillan Cancer Support team, Eve, Jay and Lauren at StolenSpace, the superhuman Andy Vasy for his stellar work getting the work on the walls, Simon at Luardos for the delicious tacos, James Grant for shooting these great pics below, Soffles for providing tasty snacks and the legends from Sailor Jerry for pumping out wicked cocktails all night long.

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ALL GOOD THINGS

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As the saying goes, ALL GOOD THINGS must come to an end and, after 10 amazing years, Very Nearly Almost Magazine is shutting up shop.

Finishing on a high that has seen the front cover graced by some of the brightest stars of the contemporary art world, including D*Face, Invader, Shepard Fairey, Futura, Swoon, Martha Cooper and more, the team behind VNA have made the difficult decision to draw this chapter to a close with an exhibition and forthcoming book.

In celebration of the incredible people that have made the magazine what it is, VNA are presenting their 10th Anniversary group show with some of the team’s favourite featured artists. 50+ artists make up this hand-picked selection of the world’s top talent, showing in one of East London’s longest-running contemporary urban art institutions, StolenSpace Gallery.

Showcasing work from all over the world, ‘ALL GOOD THINGS’ is comprised of original artworks, exclusive artist proofs and hand-finished prints from some of the leading international artists – artists who have helped shape the scene as we know it today. The VNA team has also assembled a tailored collection of some of the brightest new painters making waves across the globe.

The exhibition is all up for grabs, with artwork auctioned off on artFido and all proceeds from the auction sales donated to Macmillan Cancer Support. Bidding will begin at midday Thursday 27th April, closing at midnight on Sunday 30th April at:

www.artfido.com/vnamagazine

On the opening night, our VNA Newsstand will be bursting with back stock, including tees, stickers and other goodies – all at bargain prices. Hidden in amongst the stand, there will be a complete set of the VNA archive, from 1 to 35, available to buy from our private collection, including limited edition PP’s – strictly one archival item per person to keep things fair!

As with anything VNA-related, there will of course be a drink or two. Our friends at Sailor Jerry have kindly furnished us with a choice of delicious bespoke spiced rum cocktails and a deuce of their finest mixologists.

As if that wasn’t enough, we’ll be providing some of the lovely Soffle’s Pitta Chips to soak up some of the booze and giving away over a hundred free tacos from Luardos – served from Insa’s hand-painted taco truck.

The show opens for public viewing from 6-9pm Thursday 27th April and daily until the 30th April 11am-7pm at: StolenSpace Gallery, 17 Osborn St, London E1 6TD

Artists include:

45RPM, AJ FOSIK, ARYZ, BLEK LE RAT, C215, CAM SCALE, CHLOE EARLY, CONOR HARRINGTON, CYRCLE, D*FACE, DAN KITCHENER, DAVE WHITE, DAVID SHILLINGLAW, EELUS, EINE, ELK / LUKE CORNISH, ERMSY, FAILE, FINTAN MAGEE, GAIA, GEORGIA HILL, GHOSTPATROL (DAVID BOOTH), HERAKUT, INSA, INVADER, JAMES JEAN, JOE HOLBROOK, KID ACNE, LISTER, M-CITY / MARIUSZ WARAS, MOBSTR, MR JAGO, MYSTERIOUS AL, NIELS ‘SHOE’ MEULMANN, PAUL INSECT, REMI ROUGH, RONE, RONZO, RUFUS DAYGLO, SHEPARD FAIREY (OBEY), SICKBOY, STENDEC, STEVE CROSS, TOASTER, THE LONDON POLICE, TILT, TIZER, TODD FRANCIS, TOM FRENCH, TRISTAN EATON (TRUSTO CORP), VHILS, WILL BARRAS

Hellion Gallery – 2nd Annual Ema Show

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Loving the latest show coming up at Hellion, featuring AJ Fosik, Maryanna Hoggatt, Eric Wert, Nosego, Ben Venom, Casey Weldon, Souther Salazar, Olivia Knapp, Jon MacNair, Mary Iverson, Robert Bowen, Jesse Hazelip, Karilise Alexander, Andrew Schoultz, Josh Keyes, Stephanie Buer, KozynDan, Zach Johnsen, Ren Sakurai, Yoskay Yamamoto, Koralie, Jean Jullien, Amandine Urruty, Nicolas Barrome, Alexone, Koleo, JM Ouvry, Haroshi, Tamaki Mori, Nino, MHAK, Renan Santos, Heather Mclean, Kojiro Ankan Takukawa, Ewa Prończuk-Kuziak, Peca, Joram Roukes, Dilka Bear, SAL Jeff P and Yu Maeda.

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AJ Fosik – Beast From A Foreign Land – Tokyo

AJ Fosik has created 12 sculptures that were delivered to 12 artists in Tokyo by Hellion Gallery for a unique collaboration project. Unlike AJ’s normal work, these pieces are unfinished and can be disassembled so that each artist can customize each individual piece of the sculpture. The result will be a unique collaboration between a stellar list of artists in Tokyo and one of Portland’s most well-known artists.

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Featuring collaborations with Imaone, Kaz, Hiro Kurata, Madsaki, Mhak, Nigamushi, Ryuichi Ogino, Tadaomi Shibuya, Shohei Otomo, Koichiro Takagi, Tenga, Usugrow and Yoshi47

HPGRP Gallery, Tokyo, Japan – Opening reception Friday, April 18th from 7 to 9pm (show closes Sunday May 11)

Hellion Gallery – www.helliongallery.com
HPGRP Gallery – www.hpgrpgallery.com
AJ Fosik – www.ajfosik.com
Imaone – www.imaone.com
Kaz – www.kaz-ao.info
Hiro Kurata – www.shiloku.com
Madsaki – www.madsaki.com
Mhak – www.mhak.jp
Nigamushi – www.nigamushi-tsuyoshi.com
Ryuichi Ogino – www.ryuichiogino.net
Tadaomi Shibuya – www.tadaomishibuya.blogspot.com
Shohei Otomo – www.hakuchi.jp
Koichiro Takagi – www.koichirotakagi.com
Yoshi47 – www.yoshi47.com
Usugrow – www.usugrow.com

Win AJ Fosik SOLD OUT Print

AJ Fosik recently released this unique embossed print which draws inspiration from his famed sculpture work. The print is now sold out but Fosik has kindly offered one as a prize to one of you lucky VNA readers.

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Can you tell us a little about your latest print. What was the inspiration behind the character?

I was spending too much time at the OTB and had a bad string of luck with the ponies, this whole print thing is really just a way to pay off my book.

The print is really quite unique in that it’s an embossed piece. Have you done this before?

No it’s a first for me. I was looking for a good way to translate my sculptures to paper and I found this guy who hand carves these amazing brass embossing dies. It’s really a dying art, this type of carving, mostly it’s done by CNC these days, so working with this guy was a great stroke of luck.

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Can you talk us through the process that was used to create the work.

The prints are a three part process, first an initial color is lithographed then the brass die I just mentioned is heated and put into a massive press that creates the embossing, and finally I finished each one by hand spraying on the final gold color.

Did you make the embossing tool yourself?

I wish, that kind of metal working is definitely a 10,000 hour skill.

The print sold out in no time, which you must be stoked about. Is there plans for any more editions in the future?

Yes I’m going to do something again, I’m not sure if it will be an embossing again or something else. I do like the idea of doing another dimensional paper print, I have a few ideas I’m looking into. Plus you know, the ponies.

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To win this sold out print, just SHARE the Facebook link which promotes the competition. Winners will be selected at random on 19th September and contacted via Facebook.

VNA 22 – Sneak Peak

VNA issue 22 launches tomorrow, so here is a sneak peak of what you can expect to find inside. With interviews from Vhils, Aj Fosik, Blaine Fontana, Tizer, Etam Cru, Moneyless, Miss Led, Vexta, Cranio, Soker, Cryptik, Husk Mit Navn & Look.

You can pre-order your copy of the mag now, with an artwork cover exclusively available through our webshop and for subscribers. All pre-orders will be posted out tomorrow and come with a limited edition Vhils postcard!

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VNA Issue 22 – Available for Pre-Order NOW

The latest issue of VNA is released this Thursday 18th April and you can pre-order your copy now, which means if you’re in the UK it will land on your doorstep on Friday morning, ready to be devoured on the weekend.

All pre-orders will come with a limited edition postcard designed by the cover artist Vhils and be sent out on 18th April. This issue is a killer and features interviews with Vhils, Aj Fosik, Tizer, Etam Cru, Blaine Fontana, Moneyless, Miss Led, Vexta, Cranio, Soker, Cryptik, Husk Mit Navn, Look and more.

The artwork cover is exclusive to our online shop and subscribers and you can get your hands on it

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AJ Fosik x Mastodon

James, one of our photographers is a big Mastodon fan and sent this little film over via email. Being a fan of AJ Fosik’s work and not shy of a little Mastodon, I thought the collaboration was pretty cool and definitely worth sharing.

Enjoy…