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VNA 30 – Limited Edition – Futura Box Set

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VNA 30 is here. This is a landmark issue with an extra special artist for the cover – a true godfather of graffiti, Futura, formerly known as Futura2000. He talks candidly about the stratospheric highs and crushing lows of his dramatic life and career to date.

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As always, VNA have produced a Limited Edition run of screen-printed magazines, lovingly prepared by our friends at White Duck Screen Print and this issue is no exception. Each boxset features Futura’s artwork screen-printed on the box and magazine cover and inside you’ll find included a set of four die-cut stickers and and an exclusive wooden model of Futura tag on Brooklyn Bridge.

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The box sets will be available to buy excusively at the London launch this Thursday 4th June from Great Eastern Bear, 8a Great Eastern St, Shoreditch, EC2A 3NT. We’ll have some complimentary beers from Brooklyn-based brewmasters, Sixpoint, as well as a few select paintings from some of the artists we know and love and some spicy snacks courtesy of Soffle’s Pitta Chips.

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As if all that wasn’t enough, D*face will be painting a billboard to guide you to the event space, supported by our friends at Ironlak and Chrome & Black, and local dancefloor destroyer, LOL Cool J will be spinning tunes to make you move to.

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JUSTKIDS – It’s Summer Time – Pop Up London

Our friends over at JUSTKIDS are holding a refreshing pop-up group show entitled “It’s Summer Time!” in East London.

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Showcasing brand new exclusive works from both established artists and up-and-coming creative talent, the show shines a light on an eclectic panel of artists from diverse continents, all connected through their eye-catching and prolific street creations.

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Artists include: The Date Farmers (US), Ruben Sanchez (Spain), Ben Eine (UK), Ana Maria (US), Farid Rueda (Mexico), Fintan Magee (Australia), Lakwena (UK), Ella & Pitr (France), El Decertor (Peru) and Deih (Spain). JUSTKIDS are introducing new talents on the scene, as such, lots of these artists will be shown for the first time in Europe.

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The exhibition is curated by Charlotte Dutoit & Rom Levy and produced by JUSTKIDS.

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Exhibition dates: Opening Thursday May 28th 6-9pm
May 29th – 31th, 2015 12p.m. to 6p.m.
16-18 Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ

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www.justkidsofficial.com

VNA 30 – Out Now

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.

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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

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Phlegm painted a new mural in East London

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Few days ago Phlegm rounded up a new landmark piece he’s been working on for about a week in East London. Showing one of his giant characters sadly sitting alone inside a house, this simple but striking piece is painted on a large wall in a private car park just down from Old Street Tube station.

Upon closer inspection one can notice a framed image of a telescope, one of his recurring images being shown inside the house, but also, an old fashioned TV flying outside of the broken window on the side. This detail is actually Phlegm’s nod to a legendary Banksy piece that was painted on the same wall some 10 years ago or so. Upon finishing this wall, which was possible thanks to Red market and AltLondon, Sheffield-born artist packed his suitcase and headed to West Australia where he is gonna work on yet another impressive project.

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Remi Rough Studio Visit…

A couple of weeks ago, I got the opportunity to drop in to the studio of Mr Remi Rough.

Remi  (featured in VNA issue 18) has been involved in the London graffiti scene since the 1980’s and now as well as still being active in the mural scene he has carved a very successful art career with exhibitions in galleries in Paris, Perth, Tokyo, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hong Kong and more.

Nestled deep in South London’s Peckham/East Dulwich area, the studio was bustling with new work and a couple of older gems that where waiting to be taken to his new ‘Previously’ retrospective show at Morgan Furniture. This show is a little different as Remi explained as its a selection of older pieces ranging from 2009 – 2012 with some totally unseen work from that era.

The exhibition runs from the 11th -27th March Mon-Fri, 9.30-5.30

Morgan Showroom
1 Dallington Street, Clerkenwell,
London EC1V 0BH UK

Have a look at some of our exclusive snaps from the studio visit…

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VNA 29 London Launch – Photo Round Up

We launched the VNA 29 Limited Edition in London, featuring a Cleon Peterson box set, printed in the UK by White Duck Screen Print, with support from Sixpoint Brewery, at Number Six, London.

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Thanks to all the support and everyone that came down for a beer with us. Also big ups to the 1xRUN guys for the letterpress Mike Giant prints we gave away on the night!

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We still have a few Ltd. Edition box set’s for sale on the web store, don’t sleep!

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Slinkachu – Miniaturesque – Andipa Gallery London

Slinakachu | Miniaturesque – 13 March – 11 April 2015

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Miniaturesque, a major new exhibition by Slinkachu, will launch at Andipa Gallery on 12th March 2015. Shot in London during different seasons over the past year, Slinkachu’s new body of work draws upon our desire to seek out and recreate the natural world amongst the urban metropolis. His miniature people, photographed on the streets of London and then left in situ – or ‘abandoned’ – by the artist, explore the hidden enclaves of the wild within our city.

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Slinkachu captures idyllic glades and green pastures, in reality weeds and moss that appear through cracks in the concrete, and comment on our modern society’s detachment from nature.

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Using tropes from art and popular culture, Slinkachu’s new works employ irony, humour and a healthy dose of reality; despite their fantastical situations, the miniature figures we observe are not so dissimilar to ourselves, living in the shadows between the real and artificial.

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www.andipa.com/exhibitions/slinkachu/miniaturesque

VNA Limited Edition – London Launch

We are proud to announce the launch of our Cleon Peterson Limited Edition box set, printed in the UK by White Duck Screen Print, with support from Sixpoint Brewery, at Number Six, London. To attend, please email: rsvp@verynearlyalmost.com

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The first 25 people to arrive will get a free copy of the regular edition of the latest magazine, featuring interviews with Ricky Powell, Ron English, Blek Le Rat, Persue, James Bullough, Travis Price, Jessica Albarn, 1xRUN / Inner State Gallery, Tony Arcabascio and Mattis Dovier.

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With photography in SanJuan by Charlotte Dutoit of Justkids, Birdman, Nicole Reed, Tim Hans and more, it’s packed full of the worlds finest art culture.

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To purchase copies of the magazine, visit our online store:

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

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