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RJ Rushmore – Viral Art

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“What is more famous? Is it the Banksy stencil on the wall, or is it the photo of the Banksy stencil on the wall? The answer nowadays is the photo, obviously.” – Ian Strange, aka Kid Zoom.

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In the truly digital age we live in, the internet seems to hold the answer to all things, including publishing. Vandalog’s RJ Rushmore has released his first e-book, ‘Viral Art’, designed as an evolving, interactive publication that can be commented on and updated as it progresses, much in the same way as artwork in the streets evolves and conversations develop between writers and taggers on the walls.

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More than just a simple history of street art, this book tackles the subject of how communication and technology have developed in sync. The release covers a broad range of topics, including the increasing reliance we have on the internet, the ways in which technology has diminished the distance between artists and ideas, the adaptations and developments of the art-form and an exploration of what lies ahead for graffiti and street art.

Complete with a moving .GIF cover, you can read and download it here:

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Vexta – Trading Places

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Vexta is one of the most interesting artists to come out of Australia. She was picked up by some guy called Banksy to feature in his ‘Cans’ Festival and subsequent film, Exit Through The Gift Shop. Recently, while every other wannabe was shamelessly networking at Miami Basel, Vexta was over on the other side of the world, working hard at India’s first Contemporary Art Biennale. Despite some near catastrophic events and a very temperamental internet connection, we managed to connect with her for a few words while she painted…

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Open Street Art

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Curated and produced by aMBUSH Gallery, in conjunction with Darling Quarter, OPEN offers large-scale, captivating public art exhibitions. The precinct’s debut exhibition runs from Friday 21st September, til 26thOctober. OPEN STREET ART, featuring some of VNA’s favourite Australian artists; Anthony Lister, Beastman , Shannon Crees and Hiroyasu Tsuri (aka TWOONE).

OPEN STREET ART explores the changing relationship between street artists, their work and their audiences, as the most significant art movement of the last ten years continues to grow. Darling Quarter is gearing up to become a premier cultural hub in the city, supporting the arts, partnering with cultural organisations such as aMBUSH Gallery to connect with the community.

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"Wonder Club" by Sickboy

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Sickboy is in San Francisco producing a show of sick and twisted dreams, childhood imaginations, and hopes and fears. The show includes heavy installation pieces and a series of original paintings, low edition screen prints on wood, painted metal boxes, and the iconic Sickboy temple pieces on wood and book covers. I have here exclusive photographs shot by Colin M. Day, along with some questions and tid bits into the current life of Sickboy. This show is uncurated by Ben Eine. If you’re in SF make sure to stop by White Walls, Saturday March 17th from 7-11pm. Stay tuned for more shots of the opening, and walls with Sickboy and Eine.

Below are some brief questions with Sickboy and Eine:

VNA: What has been your experience of the Tenderloin, SF so far?

Sickboy: It’s pretty insane on the surface, but behind the crackheads and alcoholics there is a nice strong connected community. Although, some of the craziest things I’ve seen here so far was on the first day of the month when the homeless got their government checks and it was like Night of the Living Dead on the streets.

VNA: Why are you excited about this show?

Sickboy: It’s my first US show in a city I’ve never been, but always wanted to go to. I’m able to make new ideas come to life. Since this is my first solo show in the states and in San Francisco, I really want to smash it.

VNA: Your shows are based heavily on installation. Tell us about the theme for this installation?

Sickboy: The gallery has two separate rooms and themes. The back room I’m turning into a psychedelic child’s room. Since I’ve been here I have collected little bits from the Tenderloin, and also brought bits from the UK which will all be included in the room. In the main front room will be a resurrection of one of my cartoon coffins underneath dirt, surrounded by rainbows, and lit up with a one of a kind light box. Sick!

VNA: Hello Ben. How are you? How long have you been in San Francisco for?

Eine: Ya, cool. Been here for three days.

VNA: How long have you known Sickboy?

Eine: I’ve known of Sickboy for years and years, but I’ve known him personally since he moved to London.

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