Over 60 internationally recognised street & visual artists including Hyuro, Escif, David De La Mano and Robert Montgomery have taken part in the world’s first coordinated ad takeover in 12 countries as part of #SubvertTheCity – a week of creative action that saw artists and the public imagining a world beyond consumerism. The artworks installed in advertising spaces share images and ideas of hope & solidarity in order to challenge the politics of fear and division that is gripping western societies.
Australian born and Brooklyn based, Ian Strange’s practice includes large-scale multifaceted projects resulting in; photography, sculpture, installation, site-specific interventions, film works and exhibitions. His studio practice includes painting, drawing and on-going research projects.
Cinematic in both tone and scale, SUBURBAN investigates the iconography surrounding the family home and its place in the current economic climate. The exhibition presents eight large-scale photographic works and a multi-channel, surround sound video installation. This work documents site-specific interventions directly incorporating suburban homes undertaken by Strange in Ohio, Detroit, Alabama, New Jersey, New York and New Hampshire. These involved painting onto suburban homes and in some cases, burning them to the ground. Strange then worked with his production team to meticulously document these interventions in film and photography.
Charles Uzzell-Edwards (born in South Wales 1968), also known as ‘Pure Evil’ is the son of prominent Welsh painter John Uzzell Edwards, and a stablemate of Banksy.
Inspired by a sojourn into skateboard culture and the west coast character graffiti of San Francisco, he returned to London and spray-painted prolifically.
Having now developed this visual language into a multi decade career Pure Evil exhibits worldwide including recent solo shows in Italy, China, Russia, Brazil, USA and all over the Europe. He lives in London, where he runs 2 eponymous galleries and regularly lectures on Street Art.
This new body of work curated by DK Johnston and presented at New York’s ‘The Quin’ Hotel encompasses fine art on paper as well as canvases and a collection of written words by the artist to be included in the video art installation directed by award winning filmmaker Bill Mack.
Opening reception is this Thursday 21 April, at ‘The Quin’ from 6:30pm. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for pre show sales.
VNA 33 is here and available to buy online – verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-33
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.
CLET (Brittany, 1966) is an Italian artist with Breton origins working in the urban context with installations over buildings and (always removable) modifications to road signs.
The artist’s main purpose is to actively claw back public spaces.
Ten years in the making this book brings you visual intensity from one of the most travelled and dedicated artists of Melbourne – Mike Makatron.
Featuring murals, canvas, installations and sculpture works plus behind the scenes images and tongue in cheek quirky stories from the streets to the jungles in over 50 diverse locations from around the world.
New York, Singapore, Miami, Melbourne, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Cape Town, Rio De Janeiro and Berlin are just some of the places featured in this visual journey through the colourful life of Mike Maka.
To celebrate the launch of the book, head on down to Chopper Lane / Everfresh Studio
1 Perry Street, Collingwood 3066 on Friday 4th December 201 from 6pm.
VNA exclusive! Here’s a sneak peek at Brooklyn-based artist Beau Stanton’s studio ahead of his latest show with Logan Hicks in New York, ‘Calm Before The Storm’, curated by Lori Zimmer and Natalie Kates. In his own words, Beau tells us a little bit about each image…
1) The large glass palette where I mix up a specific range of colors for each painting. This streamlines my painting process while also allowing me to strategize the overall color key that the painting will take on in the end. I buy a lot of my paint from a colorist in Brooklyn named Robert Doak who works with rare pigments that you can’t find anywhere else.
Big ups to all the people that made it down to the VNA Issue 30 Limited Edition London launch at East London’s Great Eastern Bear, featuring original screen-printed box sets from New York’s finest, Futura.
It was an amazing turnout with lots of love for one of the seminal New York graffiti artists. Supported with beer from Brooklyn-based brewery, Sixpoint, as well as some Soffle’s pitta chips to soak up the sauce, and DJ LOL Cool J providing the tunes.
Ironlak and local paint supply store, Chrome & Black came through with materials for local legend D*face to put up a billboard overlooking Shoreditch with a positive message to the people, ‘Think Bike’ – a nod to all the bikers in London and one of D*face’s own personal passions.
The Public Ad Campaign has been underway for a while now. Founder Jordan Seiler has finally finished the website for PublicAccess, marking the next stage of the project and providing a solid infrastructure for the open source project. You can now buy keys online, or download 3D print files for bus shelters worldwide. Some of the artists have already been taking advantage of the keys, with artwork from ELLE, Icy & Sot, Lister, Pac and more popping up all over the globe.
Read more below from Seiler on the ideas behind the project.