This year’s festival featured work from: SHEPARD FAIREY, BEZT (ETAM CRU), CRYSTAL WAGNER, DULK, FAFI, FELIPE PANTONE, AMANDA PARER – INTRUDE, MARK DREW, MARTIN WHATSON, TRISTAN EATON, MIKE ROSS, ISI GROUP, CRIME ON CANVAS, D*FACE and JUSTIN FAVELA
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!
VNA 32 launches at Thinkspace Gallery this Saturday 19th December, 6-9pm. Providing a little seasonal cheer and a few beers, this is the first opportunity worldwide to get your hands on a copy of the brand new, Limited Edition box set, featuring Audrey Kawasaki.
VNA Magazine are proud to present the Limited Edition VNA 32, working closely with Audrey Kawasaki, we have produced a highly-collectible screen-printed set. 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 the first sets available to buy in person directly from the gallery. Perfect for last minute presents and personal treats, it doesn’t matter if you’ve been naughty or nice this year, come down for some holiday drinks and a few tunes courtesy of neighbourhood superhero DJ, Kii Arens.
Thinkspace Gallery are throwing the doors open wide from 6pm, but get down early to make sure you get a copy! For international fans and those who can’t make this worldwide exclusive launch, a few issues will be held back to buy online after the launch.
*Apologies to our loyal London fans – we are putting all of our resources into the LA launch, so there will be no London launch this issue*
Screen prints by White Duck Screen Print in the UK, giclées printed by Static Medium in the USA.
Thinkspace Gallery, 6009 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 / Saturday 19th December, 6-9pm
Thinkspace Gallery – www.thinkspacegallery.com
Audrey Kawasaki – www.audrey-kawasaki.com
Kii Arens – www.lalalandprints.com
White Duck Screen Print – www.whiteduckscreenprint.co.uk
Static Medium – www.staticmedium.com
This year, we decided to give you a little helping hand with those last minute stocking fillers and cool bits and pieces… Here’s the first of our Christmas gift guides to give you some ideas!
Keep checking back on the blog, we’ll update the guides over the next week or so with some of our favourite things to spend beer tokens on.
1 – BLOCK HEAD – Compressed Energy Gum – blockheadenergy.com
2 – Penfield – Aluminium Water Bottle – penfield.com
3 – Lightning Bolt – Nine Iron Beanie – lightningbolt-usa.com
4 – Shepard Fairey – Covert To Overt – Rizzoli International Publications – obeygiant.com
5 – Björn Borg – Boxer Shorts – bjornborg.com
6 – Vans – Sk8 Hi – vans.com
7 – Filson – Travel Kit – filson.com
VNA 30 is here, a landmark issue for us, it deserved an extra special artist for the cover – no less than Leonard McGurr, aka Futura, the artist formerly known as Futura2000.
To get your copy – you can pick one up at your local independent newsagent, national WHSmith’s in the UK, Barnes & Noble stores in the US and of course, online here: www.verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-30
This series of monotypes titled Urban Analogue by MEAR ONE was created over a seven-year period between 2003-2009 with the late great Southern California master printer, Pat Merrill.
Each work from this series is unique, they are based on the artist’s subconscious exploration of his everyday structural and psychological environment growing up on the streets of LA. The spontaneous and liberating process of experimentation and execution inherent in this art form allows ad-libs of thought and subversive irony to flourish and which feature prominently in these works. Though more like his live art than his graffiti and tags, MEAR ONE draws from both practices to bring to this series a certain energy, speed, and fluidity from the streets that translate into remarkable movement, texture, and abstraction onto the surface.
MEAR explains “As an artist one of the many interesting aspects of this personal journey is the ability to explore different mediums, and a great teacher recognizes these abilities and helps you do exactly that.”
“Pat Merrill understood my natural affinity for the graphic arts and language that resonated seamlessly with monotyping. In printmaking you have to think outside of the normal realm of color, shape, shadow, and light gradients because everything becomes limited and decisive. Pat confronted me with several technical challenges, stripping me down of my traditional process, providing a new palette and tools, which in this case gave birth to the discovery of mark-making by scraping and removing as opposed to adding and applying. Through this reductive process I recognized in this medium something special and unique unto itself that even my studio paintings could not achieve.”
“It was only when I accepted it couldn’t be like my paintings that I decided to make my printing reflect my process. With finished works you don’t want to show people your process, but if the intention IS the process itself then it suddenly makes the work far more exciting. And that’s exactly the point. If I’ve created something new and unique that no one was expecting, and that isn’t necessarily referenced by me, then I’ve done my job. Otherwise everything becomes a monotonous montage of what you are used to and nothing sticks out, nothing is spectacular. But Pat was insistent that I get outside of myself, find new ways of doing what I already knew so well, if only to renew and refresh the spirit.”
“Pat Merrill was a master printer, artist, curator, teacher, scholar, philosopher, Vietnam veteran, a critical mind, an advocate for the peace movement. We shared similar world views that allowed us to vibe off one another throughout the creation of this series, and in many ways that dialogue is captured in this work. The end result, what it does for me as an artist, when I come back to my paintings it amazingly improves my realism, my structural design, or my understanding of the physical form so that there exists a symbiotic relationship wherein one supports the other. When Pat passed in 2010 he left behind this legacy of discovery. With the recent passing of another great master printer, Richard Duardo, a huge hole in Los Angeles culture was exposed and it is to these great teachers I dedicate this exhibition.”
Images courtesy of Birdman
A few shots from Birdman of our LA launch at Subliminal Projects with the Limited Edition VNA 29 by Cleon Peterson, printed by White Duck Screen Print. It was great to see so many awesome people come down, thanks to everyone that passed through and special shouts to Sixpoint Brewery for the delicious beer!
VNA 29 – Same, same, but different…
Buy your copy here: www.verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-29
As the art world continues to grow and develop, we’re trying to age gracefully too, with a move towards the broader culture that surrounds street art and graffiti.
This issue we go all out with a cover featuring the work of LA-based Cleon Peterson, whose violently bacchanalian work echoes the brutality he sees in society at large.
Recently JustKids teamed up with Life Is Beautiful Festival to produce this amazing mural event. Ambitious in scope, some of the best artists from all over the world converged to transform 15 blocks of Downtown into a one-of-a-kind open-air urban gallery.
Curated by Charlotte Dutoit (JustKids) for the second year, the artists transformed the festival landscape into a magical art-inspired playground to give people a playful and unexpected escape into art. A huge abandoned motel was turned into an interactive playground and 6 installations were placed throughout the premises.
After two weeks of intense work, the murals and installations seamlessly integrate into the festival’s footprint which was visited by over 100,000 people over the course of three days, turning it into the largest North-American Street Art event.
Even though Life Is Beautiful 2014 is now finished, the murals are still visible in Downtown Las Vegas.
Contributing artists include Borondo, D*Face, Fintan Magee, Misaki Kawai, Maser, Lakwena, Roa, Li-Hill, Saner, Cyrcle, Thomas Dambo, Edoardo Tresoldi and Spencer Olsen.