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ALL GOOD THINGS

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As the saying goes, ALL GOOD THINGS must come to an end and, after 10 amazing years, Very Nearly Almost Magazine is shutting up shop.

Finishing on a high that has seen the front cover graced by some of the brightest stars of the contemporary art world, including D*Face, Invader, Shepard Fairey, Futura, Swoon, Martha Cooper and more, the team behind VNA have made the difficult decision to draw this chapter to a close with an exhibition and forthcoming book.

In celebration of the incredible people that have made the magazine what it is, VNA are presenting their 10th Anniversary group show with some of the team’s favourite featured artists. 50+ artists make up this hand-picked selection of the world’s top talent, showing in one of East London’s longest-running contemporary urban art institutions, StolenSpace Gallery.

Showcasing work from all over the world, ‘ALL GOOD THINGS’ is comprised of original artworks, exclusive artist proofs and hand-finished prints from some of the leading international artists – artists who have helped shape the scene as we know it today. The VNA team has also assembled a tailored collection of some of the brightest new painters making waves across the globe.

The exhibition is all up for grabs, with artwork auctioned off on artFido and all proceeds from the auction sales donated to Macmillan Cancer Support. Bidding will begin at midday Thursday 27th April, closing at midnight on Sunday 30th April at:

www.artfido.com/vnamagazine

On the opening night, our VNA Newsstand will be bursting with back stock, including tees, stickers and other goodies – all at bargain prices. Hidden in amongst the stand, there will be a complete set of the VNA archive, from 1 to 35, available to buy from our private collection, including limited edition PP’s – strictly one archival item per person to keep things fair!

As with anything VNA-related, there will of course be a drink or two. Our friends at Sailor Jerry have kindly furnished us with a choice of delicious bespoke spiced rum cocktails and a deuce of their finest mixologists.

As if that wasn’t enough, we’ll be providing some of the lovely Soffle’s Pitta Chips to soak up some of the booze and giving away over a hundred free tacos from Luardos – served from Insa’s hand-painted taco truck.

The show opens for public viewing from 6-9pm Thursday 27th April and daily until the 30th April 11am-7pm at: StolenSpace Gallery, 17 Osborn St, London E1 6TD

Artists include:

45RPM, AJ FOSIK, ARYZ, BLEK LE RAT, C215, CAM SCALE, CHLOE EARLY, CONOR HARRINGTON, CYRCLE, D*FACE, DAN KITCHENER, DAVE WHITE, DAVID SHILLINGLAW, EELUS, EINE, ELK / LUKE CORNISH, ERMSY, FAILE, FINTAN MAGEE, GAIA, GEORGIA HILL, GHOSTPATROL (DAVID BOOTH), HERAKUT, INSA, INVADER, JAMES JEAN, JOE HOLBROOK, KID ACNE, LISTER, M-CITY / MARIUSZ WARAS, MOBSTR, MR JAGO, MYSTERIOUS AL, NIELS ‘SHOE’ MEULMANN, PAUL INSECT, REMI ROUGH, RONE, RONZO, RUFUS DAYGLO, SHEPARD FAIREY (OBEY), SICKBOY, STENDEC, STEVE CROSS, TOASTER, THE LONDON POLICE, TILT, TIZER, TODD FRANCIS, TOM FRENCH, TRISTAN EATON (TRUSTO CORP), VHILS, WILL BARRAS

POW! WOW! Hawaii 2017 Photo Round Up

After touring globe and beautifying the streets of eight different cities, contemporary art initiative POW! WOW! returned to its hometown in Oahu, Hawaii for its 2017 festivities. Taking place between February 11th and the 18th, artists headed over to the Kaka’ako neighbourhood to create a bunch of new murals and installations. As much as the festival is about art, it’s also about music, community and culture.

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These images tell the story of the island life behind the murals, as well as showing some of the brightest and best artistic talent out there right now. Some images are from a trip to Papahana Kuaola, a non-profit organization in Waipao that provides aina based learning experiences focused on connecting the area’s past with a sustainable future.

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Artists from overseas this year included: Careaux, Cinta Vidal, Dan Witz, Defer, The Draculas, Drew Merritt, Evoca, Glazed Paradise, James Jean, Joram Roukes, Kevin Lyons, Maya Hayuk, Michelle Tanguay, Mr. Jago, Oakoak, OG Slick, Ouizi, PichiAvo, Shok-1, Tara McPherson, Tavar Zawacki (Above), Telmo Miel and Woes, alongside local Hawaiian artists Beak, Ckaweeks, Dak1ne, Devour, Gavin Murai, Hoven, Jasper Wong, Jeffrey Gress, Kai Kaulukukui, Kamea Hadar, Kaplan Bunce, Katch, Lucky Olelo, Maek, Mason Rose, Mung Monster, Ran Noveck, Prime, Puff, Rolando Venegas, Solomon Enos, Soker, Uglykids, Whomu and Wooden Wave.

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Mr. Jago x Eric Haacht – Working with Explosives

Mr Jago and Eric Haacht, two of the UK’s leading abstract expressionist artists, will be brought together next month in an unforgettable new show by Fluorescent Smogg. Following on from Fluorescent Smogg’s successful run of multidisciplinary exhibitions, this one will focus solely on the medium of painting, with both artists offering something completely fresh on the abstract expressionist genre and bringing a potent blast of colour to Bristol.

Deeply expressive. Rebelliously colourful. A joyful jolt of that limitless, spontaneous creative energy of 1950s New York. These are things that Mr Jago and Eric Haacht share. They are also both interested in the power of non-representation. Mr Jago with his expansive, kaleidoscopic looseness. Eric Haacht with his distorted faces and decisive movement away from the familiar human form. Yet the real magic to this show comes from their differences. Colour bursts vs. colour warps. A cyclone of brushstokes vs. a haze of rough smears. A starkly modern response to a landscape vs. a blurred, darkly compelling interpretation of a face. A well-established artist, used to touring the global gallery circuit, vs. an emergent portrait artist and recent entrant to the gallery scene.

You can’t help but be energised by Mr. Jago’s work. It sucks you up and draws you in. While Haacht’s – heavily influenced by his fascination with the artificiality of human life and death, his belief that time is a mere ruse – leaves you interestingly unsure of what to feel. Both artists are as compelling as the other. And they relate to and deeply respect one another’s work. Yet, they draw us into different worlds. This show lights a fuse between these worlds. And it’s going to be explosive.

Private view: 1st December 2016, 7-10.30pm. RSVP for guest list Show open to public: 2nd-4th December 2016, 10am-6pm

www.erichaacht.co.uk

www.mrjago.com

Murals In The Market 2016

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Last year we were lucky enough to be invited out to 1xRUN’s Murals in the Market in Detroit. The event was surprising in so many ways, from the time taken by the team to show us what the city was really about – the once-indomitable motoring capital of the USA, with a thriving industry that birthed a lot of modern Capitalist structure, that has since come back from being slammed into depression and decay – to the amount of heart and community that the organisers put into it. With barber-chair artist chats, a roster of local events and genuine support for the artists and workers involved in the festival and beyond, one message was clear, Detroit got soul.

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VNA 33 – Out Now!

VNA 33 is here and available to buy online – verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-33

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For the cover of this issue, we bring you Seb Lester, a typographer and calligrapher living in the heart of Sussex, UK, who’s literally exploded into the public eye. He’s killing it across social media as well as in that funny old thing they call real life.

Always willing to keep broadening our horizons and testing our readers’ own boundaries and tastes, we have some fresh new talent alongside some of the more established names.

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WE CREATE LIVE – SHOREDITCH

We Create Live is an on-going series of events that host some of the UK’s most talented artists, showcasing their skills live for the audience to enjoy.

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The next We Create Live event will be held at Kachette, East London, on Wednesday 11th November from 7pm till midnight. Painting live on the night will be:

Miss Led, Kid Acne, Mr Jago, China Mike, O.Two, Florence Blanchard and Ryan Kai

Entry is FREE but strictly limited to guest-list only. Get your free tickets and place on the guest list at www.liquitex.com/wecreatelive

Kachette, 347 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LP

Mr. Jago – NIL – Interview

Mr. Jago is a veteran of the contemporary art scene. Often thrown into the catch-all street art category, his work transcends the boundaries of urban art and is more at home in the galleries and museums of the world than the back alleys of his current hometown of Bristol. His latest exhibition, NIL, opens Thursday 22nd October at Unit London.

Mr. Jago’s compositions have progressed dramatically from his character-based illustration to become some of the world’s most defining impressionist artwork. Experimenting with acrylics and oils, his work questions the duality of existence and the environmental impact of the human species.

Mr Jago in his Bristol studio ©Tim Crawley (24)

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Fluorescent Smogg present… COSMOGG

Notorious British artist Sickboy, alongside forward thinking collective, Fluorescent Smogg, has developed an old mechanics yard into a temporary gallery over the course of 6 months. Starting life as his personal studio, he has transformed the space into an immersive installation, featuring an all-star cast of artists.

Arms have been twisted and strings have been pulled all over the world to bring together some of the finest contemporary artists, each with their own unique style and skill-set.

The show will be an independently produced and all-enveloping alternate universe, running over the course of 10 days, with a carefully curated roster of events, timed print releases and originals available throughout the course of the showcase.

Limited editions dropping through to the week include an iridescent foil screen-print, ceramic pipes and enamel pin sets, super-limited micro-edition prints and some other surprises from Sickboy along the way, as well as an artist-curated outdoor cinema.

Exhibiting artists include: Mr Jago – Ben EINE – Xenz – Sickboy – Word To Mother – Broken Fingaz – Roid
MSK – Ekoe – Mudwig – Russell Maurice – Petro

The location of the show will be released 24hrs before it opens – details at www.fluorescentsmogg.com

This is expected to be a busy event, to guarantee entry, please RSVP: info@fluorescentsmogg.com

“& Friends the UK collective” group show @ Galerie Le Feuvre, Paris

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On November 13th Galerie Le Feuvre in Paris held an opening of their final event of the year, group show titled “& Friends the UK collective”. Featuring works by some of the UKs biggest stars from the street and urban art scene, the visitors could meet and see works of Paul Insect, Andrew McAttee, Sickboy, Xenz, Mr Jago and Word to Mother.

Curated with an idea to give a chance to experience the diversity and singularity of the British current art, the show included artists that to this day never exhibited in France. With all of them in attendance, the opening night turned into quite a party, while the quality of the works exhibited proved the show to be a great success on all levels. (photo © Marion Patoret)

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Trick or Treat – Bristol

Third time Unlucky. Trick or Treat returns this Halloween in a new location. Putting the Spiders in your Ciders! Come down if you dare. Friday 31st October.

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45rpm, AllTypeNoFace, Kate Prior, Mr Jago, Nychos, Richt, Sickboy, Smithe & Will Barras will be displaying their evil etchings. Plus the Trick or Treat store will be open once more with all manner of madness.

Prizes for best dressed.

It’s not the cough that carries you off, Its the coffin they carry you off in.

Crypt of St. John the Baptist, Nelson Street Bristol.

After party at The Christmas Steps (Late – Late) – supported by Ironlak and Hangfire.

#buryingfools