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To Find Authenticity; Saber Interview

 

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One of the most passionate, articulate and important individuals ever to grace an art form Saber needs very little introduction, his intricate and giant style find form in everything from pure abstraction to confrontational political action. Whilst the glory days of record breaking pieces may be behind him, he retains an honesty whose clarity is a cutting as ever. I had the pleasure of speaking to him about progress, parenthood and politics.

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VNA 32 Limited Edition Launch – Thinkspace Gallery

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.

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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

Broken Fingaz Crew – Journey Galactiko – Howard Griffin LA

Broken Fingaz are launching their first US show, Journey Galactiko, in a huge 1000 cubic metre moving temple installation, complete with lightboxes and tonnes of small works and details in the space, at Howard Griffin Gallery in Downtown LA, alongside 16 brand new large scale paintings…

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Shepard Fairey – VNA Interview

VNA Issue 15 interview and art in the streets from Shepard Fairey.

Fresh from the vaults, this never-before-published footage has not seen the light of day, until now… With special thanks to the teams at Studio Number One, Subliminal Projects and Obey Clothing.

Filmed & edited by Charlie Inman – www.charlieinman.com

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MEAR ONE – Urban Analogue – C.A.V.E. Gallery LA

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.

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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.

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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.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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Images courtesy of Birdman

VNA Goes To LA

VNA Magazine is proud to present the release of the Issue 29 Limited Edition Box Set, featuring artwork from world-renowned artist Cleon Peterson.

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We would be delighted if you could join us to celebrate this release at Subliminal Projects on Saturday 14th February, 6-9pm (It’s Valentines Day, so feel free to bring us flowers and chocolate).

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We will be giving away free copies of the regular issue of VNA 29 as our Valentines gift to the first 100 people to arrive and sharing delicious Sixpoint Brewery beers between 6-9pm.

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Available to buy from the LA Launch, the Box Set features a custom screen-printed box, die-cut sticker set, postcards and hand screen-printed copy of VNA 29, printed at White Duck Screen Print in the UK.

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Each set is individually numbered from an edition of /150 and signed by Peterson, they are available exclusively from the live launches in London and LA, with a small number held back for international release online.

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For more information, please email info@verynearlyalmost.com

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Regular copies of the magazine are also available to buy online now:

www.verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-29

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For more information, follow us on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more, all @vnamagazine

VNA 29 – Out Now!

VNA 29 – Same, same, but different…

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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.

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D*Face: One Man and his Dog – LA Launch

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This is a guest post by Birdman Photos and Keisha Raines

The ever busy D*Face graced the States with his presence to celebrate the US launch of his limited edition box, The Art of D*Face: One Man and His Dog and release of pendants with fine jeweler Stephen Webster.

Celebrations began with a private cocktail reception at Stephen Webster’s flagship store in posh Beverly Hills which included a panel discussion with Shepard Fairey, moderated by Stephen Webster. The two legendary artists regaled the crowd with tales from their days adorning the streets. The duo also released a special collaboration print,”FACE TO *FACE”, in an edition of 200.

For the limited edition pendants, Webster translated D*Face’s iconic wing motif into expertly crafted dog tags. While the pieces were innovative and shared D*Face’s signature charm, the must-see work was the painted military helmets displayed throughout the shop. D*Face painted, welded and added intricate touches to the authentic relics, found at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. Also on display, were D*Face’s latest paintings. If you are in the area, check out the exhibition which will run through March 4th.

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