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Backwoods Gallery: ‘A Study of Camouflage’

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Backwoods Gallery proudly presents ‘A Study of Camouflage’ – a new show within the A Study of… exhibition series. This is the fourth exhibition in row in the long-term project consisting of annual shows that focus on different study subjects.

With this series of exhibitions, Backwoods are creating a vivid archive of works by renowned artists from around the world whose works intersect on the same subject-matter. No matter the artistic style or technique used, a magnificent plurality of different approaches and representations of a single subject contextualises it, and places it in a dominant understanding of both the artists’ and audience’s views. Logically, this library becomes a diverse overview of different representations of a single subject, as seen and created by leading contemporary artists.

A Study of Camouflage brings together some of the leading contemporary artists whose art, in some way, touches the subject of camouflage. The concept seeks to deconstruct the dominant perception of camouflage from its military driven narrative, and to bring back the camouflage patterns to its natural roots. Camouflage is usually linked with military uniforms and inherently with violence and rigorousness. However, camouflage patterns are much more than a simple military feature. Its different forms can be observed and understood as an artistic product, both in terms of aesthetics and conceptuality. Aesthetically, camouflage can assume different shapes and forms, creating beautiful design and art products, while conceptually, it may be detached from its military connotation, and transformed to different purposes depending on the given context. Always depending on artistic approach towards it, camouflage has enormous potentials for being a perfect medium for countless interpretations of contemporary society. The use of camouflage in art may lead to more abstract forms, while on the other hand it can serve as the perfect material for figurative and conceptual approaches as well.

The exhibition will open on Friday, May 29th, and will be on view until Sunday, June 7th. It will take place at a warehouse space, just next door to Backwoods Gallery, at 5 Easey Street, Collingwood.

Rewire – Art x Audio – Exhibition & Kickstarter

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

VNA 26 LTD Edition Launches – London and Bristol

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For the cover of VNA 26, we’ve returned to the UK to chat to a hugely influential artist and a bit of a personal hero of ours, Robert Del Naja, a character from the art world perhaps better known by his musical moniker; Massive Attack’s 3D. Featuring our first ever glitter screenprint, this is a milestone in VNA history and we’re pretty stoked with this collaboration with the Bristolian artist.

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VNA 26 Release! – Online and in stores!

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In VNA 26 we’ve managed to cram in large-scale muralists, fine art, graff writers who’ve transitioned to galleries, abstract art and even some skateboarding. From London and California, to New York and Penang by way of Bristol, we’ve scoured the world to bring you a mix of awesome artists we’ve just discovered alongside some of our old favourites who haven’t yet had their time to shine in VNA.

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As for the cover artist, we’ve returned to the UK to chat to a hugely influential artist and a bit of a personal hero of ours, Robert Del Naja, a character from the art world perhaps better known by his musical moniker; Massive Attack’s 3D.

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After our inaugural visit to Pow! Wow! Hawaii, we made the most of our contacts there, staying in touch with Augustine Kofie and going back to dig in the crates with Buff Monster. We’ve pulled out the stops to bring you some gallery talk with Jonathan LeVine, as well as crossing over to Australia to catch up with James Jirat Patradoon and Numskull.

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We also feature 10101010101010101010, or Ten Ten for short, the mystical eastern styles of Calma, London-based print wizard, Aida, and US-artist, Greg Lamarche. To keep things fresh, we’ve also gone large with Lithuanian street painter Ernest Zacharevic and a little abstract too by chatting to Icelandic mark-maker, Katrin Fridriks.

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Photo features focus on London, Singapore and Los Angeles, with contributions from NoLionsInEngland, Claude Crommelin, Mark Rigney, Chasing Ghosts and Birdman.

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With cover shots from the talented photographer James Sharrock, we’re stepping up our game all round and pushing the boat out with no less than 4 different covers available over the next couple of weeks.

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VNA 26 Is available to buy online from www.verynearlyalmost.com or you can pick up a copy in your awesome local Newsagent – we’re now stocked at WHSmith in the UK and Barnes & Noble in the USA, as well as a whole host of smaller, independent stores.

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As usual, it wouldn’t be a VNA launch without a big party to celebrate the release of the LTD Editions, and this time we have another dual-city launch in both London at Lazarides Outsiders and Bristol, at Weapon Of Choice Gallery, with delicious, beery support from our buddies at NYC’s Sixpoint Brewery.

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London Launch: www.facebook.com/events/456982974436187

Bristol Launch: www.facebook.com/events/672665359467071

More information to come next week!

For further information, email – info@verynearlyalmost.com

Or follow us online:

VNA – Web – www.verynearlyalmost.com – Instagram: @vnamagazine

3D – Web – www.lazinc.com/artist/3d – Instagram @ROBERT3DELNAJA

James Sharrock – Facebook – /jamessharrockphotographer – Instagram – @jamessharrock_photo

Head over to our shop to grab a copy here: www.verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-26-new/

NAWER & AUGUSTINE KOFIE – FORUMATION

Loving this sick new video – NAWER & AUGUSTINE KOFIE | FORUMATION by Radek Drozdowicz, filmed in NAWER’s native Poland.

ARTWORK:

NAWER www.behance.net/nawer
AUGUSTINE KOFIE www.keepdrafting.com
MUSIC – SKALPEL www.skalpel.net

You can catch more of Kofie’s work in the latest copy of VNA – Issue 26, alongside a whole host of other awesome artists:

http://verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-26-new/

Augustine Kofie x Moneyless – ASSIOMA

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With ASSIOMA Moneyless and Augustine Kofie meet at the Avantgarden Gallery to explore a new theory, finding together all the similarities and differences in their works, juxtaposing them. Moneyless takes care of building a solid foundation and Kofie begins a process of research combing Geometric and Hyperuranic Platonic perfection with the virus of reality. The work of Augustine Kofie therefore becomes one of the possible variables directly connected with Moneyless’ axiomatic purity.

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POW! WOW! Hawaii 2014 – Photo-set

So, now the dust has settled after the amazingness that was POW! WOW! Hawaii, we’ve collated our favourite images from the event. Big ups to all the artists, press and people behind the scenes. Special shouts to Jasper Wong, Kamea ‘Dirty Thirty’ Hadar, Amy Luu Wong, all the drivers, Miya, Larry, Maria, TheSeventhLetter crew, Pangea Seed, RVCA, Werehaus, Arrested Motion, Hypebeast, the 1xRUN boys and the rest of the awesome people that made this happen. We can’t wait for next year!

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POW! WOW! Hawaii Block Party

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Here’s a few shots from the POW! WOW! Hawaii Block party that kicked off in downtown Honolulu last night. Lots of fun had by all and big ups to the sponsors and organisers for making such a great event come together! For the latest instagram updates, follow @rolyvna and @vnamagazine

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1xRUN x POW! WOW! Hawaii 2014

The team at 1xRUN have joined forces with POW! WOW! Hawaii. This February 1xRUN will arrive in the Kaka’ako district of Honolulu, kicking off on February 3rd at 3pm EST with a series of 40+ print releases by participating 2014 Pow Wow artists, on a limited run until February 18th.

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With over 50 artists descending on the island to paint murals over two weeks, Pow Wow Hawaii is looking huge this year. As things come to a close, 1xRUN will host a special print exhibition on February 14th at Loft in Space / Fresh Cafe. 1xRUN has also partnered with Pangea Seed, a local non profit organisation, to exhibit prints from their archives and their new Sametan figure, customized by over 30 global artists.

Featured Artists attending this year include: Roids, Ron English, Tristan Eaton, Aaron De La Cruz, BASK, Meggs, Persue, Angry Woebots, Dave Kinsey, 123 Klan, Insa, Brendan Monroe, Gold & Silver, Hannah Stouffer, Inti, Prime, Estria, Cyrcle, Defer, Cope2, Indie 184, Augustine Kofie, Gage Hamilton, Ekundayo, Mimi Pond, Wayne White, Tatiana Suarez, Reka, Spencer Keeton Cunningham, Gaia, Glenn Barr, Nychos, Apexer, Madsteez & Roids, Kamea Hadar and Dabs Myla.

Plus local Hawaiian artists curated by Estria, Prime, Jasper Wong & Kamea Hadar, Aidan Monahan, Meleanna Meyer, Ckaweeks, Beak McFlaps, Brook Parker and Carl Pao.

www.1xrun.com/runs/Pow_Wow_2014_Featured_Artists

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