Photo by Yasmin Al-Ani Spence
Photo by Yasmin Al-Ani Spence
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!
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
Very Nearly Almost is here with its twenty-second issue bursting full of interviews with some of the most talented artists from around the world. This issue features Vhils (Alexandre Farto) on the cover, an artist we have been desperate to feature in VNA for a while now. With a stunning street art technique, unlike anyone else in the world, it’s hard not to want to know more about the artist who actually chisels off plaster on walls to create images and portraits.
VNA 22 not only features the technical wizardry of Vhils but also the work of American 3D woodwork artist AJ Fosik who creates striking and unique pieces, as well as geometric madness from Moneyless. We’re also lucky enough to feature some great graffiti in this issue from the UK’s finest, Tizer fresh from his first London solo show and Soker from Bristol. Eager to cover the best of what we have to offer in Britain we also caught up with long time VNA friend Miss Led and took a visit to her studio to capture her at work. We also spoke to Vexta from Australia who is flying the flag for female artists everywhere, iconic imagery based Cryptik and American design extraordinaire Blaine Fontana. As if our pages weren’t bursting with enough colour we also spoke to Look from The Weird Crew, large scale Polish graffiti crew ETAM, Cranio from Brazil and illustrator Husk Mit Navn. We’ve got a street section jam-packed full of images from Copenhagen, Buenos Aires and London, products from The Candy Store and a great little selection of the latest books.
VNA 22 is available with two alternative covers; one is exclusive to our web store and subscribers, while the other is available through our network of stockists. Pre-orders will be available in our shop from 2pm GMT on Friday 12th April and will all come with a limited edition postcard, these will be sent out on Thursday 18th April.
We will be celebrating the release of this issue at The Outsiders gallery, Greek St on 18th April where drink will be provided by Desperados. Screen-printed copies of the magazine with artwork designed by Vhils will be available to buy in limited edition packs on the night, these will come with a screen printed envelope and four limited edition postcards. You will also be able to purchase both covers of the magazine and any back issues. Cash only.
Another 20 of these will be available through our online lottery for those unable to make the launch, please email LTD@verynearlyalmost.com before 6pm on 18th April to register your interest.
By now you’ll have probably seen or heard about all the blue Amazonian characters which popped up around London a few weeks ago when Brazilian artist Cranio was in town for his show ‘Lost in London’ at Red Bull Studios.
Check out what he got up to when he was here.
This week we are spoilt for choice with exhibitions, a delicious melting pot of styles, cultures and approaches! Here are our top picks for the week..
Cranio – Lost in London
Anyone who has walked the streets of London in the last few weeks will have been pleasantly surprised to see an army of blue Amazonian characters taking over our walls. Cranio is from Sao Paulo, Brazil and has come over to London to see how his indigenous men will be perceived by us, as he paints light hearted pieces with deeper underlying questions oabout consumerism, identity, corruption and the environment. He explains: “I want to show things that are happening with the indigenous people living in Brazil. Some of them are trying to adapt; others have adapted really well to capitalism; others are trying to sell the Brazilian rainforest to grab some money and a cool iPhone.”
The exhibition itself opens at Red Bull Studios, Tooley St tomorrow night, 15th and runs until Monday 19th.
Louis Masai – AfroFabRicatiOn
We’ve been a fan of Louis’ beautiful large-scale personified animals for a while now and can’t wait to see what his solo show has in store. Louis has an incredible love and respect for nature and his place in the world and that passion shines through in his work. His work currently focuses on African fabric patterns and animals, this concept has crept seamlessly into this exciting new collection in the form of the Pencil Case Thieves.
Expect taxidermy and reclaimed materials galore among other things. This promises to be like nothing you’ve ever seen before. It opens tomorrow night, 15th at Nancy Victor Gallery, Charlotte Place, W1T 1SG and runs until 7th December. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org to attend the opening night.
Check out this video of Louis talking about his work, shot by Tee Byford.
More recommended exhibitions below..
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Zero Cool Gallery and Red Bull have teamed together to bring Brazilian artist Cranio to the UK for his first ever solo show. The exhibition titled Lost in London will open on the 15th of November 2012 at Red Bull Studios London and will showcase his latest body of work which sees his characters much like himself venture into London for the first time… interacting with its people and places.