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Kai & Sunny – Lots of Bits of Star – Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Kai & Sunny (born 1975 and 1977, respectively) are a London-based artist duo. They both graduated from the Epsom School of Art in Surrey, United Kingdom with degrees in Art and Design. They have collaborated with Alexander McQueen, Shepard Fairey and have won numerous accolades, including a 2012 D&AD Design Award. Works by Kai & Sunny have been exhibited internationally at institutions such as Haunch of Venison, and are included in the Victoria & Albert Museum Print Archive Collection.

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Jonathan LeVine Gallery, NY, is pleased to present Lots of Bits of Star, a series of new works by the London-based artist duo Kai & Sunny in what will be their first solo exhibition in New York. In conjunction with the exhibition, the artists will release a new print edition, available for purchase at the opening reception.

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Stika – Phwoar Yeah

London-based artist, Josh Stika, aka Stika, has just opened his latest show in London’s Hoxton Hotel. Neon typography is in abundance, heavily influenced by lyrics from ’90s dance tunes. We got a few words from him about his career to date, the haters, ‘selling out’ and who he’d love to work with in the future.

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VNA: So can you tell us a bit more about your new show, where, when, etc?

Stika: The exhibition is at The Hoxton Hotel, Shoreditch. It launches on the 19th of November is up for 3 months in the build up to the bespoke ‘Stika’ hotel room opening in late January.

As a solo show I aimed to make it as diverse as possible to ensure that anyone visiting doesn’t feel like they’re looking at the same piece/style 30 times over. I dabbled with the idea of a ‘group solo’ show – then I just realised this made it look like I had multiple-personality disorder so I let that one go…

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VNA 28 LTD EDITION LAUNCH

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Very Nearly Almost Magazine launches the VNA 28 Limited Edition, featuring a screenprinted box set from Rebel8’s head clothing designer, Mike Giant. The regular cover features an iconic shot of Giant by Melbourne-based photographer, Nicole Reed.

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The issue drops at Nelly Duff Gallery on Columbia Rd, East London, from 6-9pm, with free beers from Sixpoint Brewery, clothing giveaways from REBEL8 / Out Of Step and prints from 1XRUN.

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EINE x Fragile Ventures – Objets D’Art

Curated by London’s Fragile Ventures and rendered in concrete, metal and wood; the cubes are their first project, URBAN[E], depicting Eine’s letter ‘E’ in Shutter, Tenderloin and Circus fonts. The Eine edition launches at Megumi Ogita gallery in Tokyo on Friday, 5 December with a simultaneous global launch online at www.fragileventures.com

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OFF LIFE x ONE THING I KNOW – YELLOW

Today the team behind OFF LIFE and One Thing I Know launches Yellow – an exciting project that will see 52 artists illustrate a whole year of news over the course of 52 weeks.

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The idea is that artists can bring a different angle than written journalism, and by giving 52 separate artists a single week of news to illustrate, we can begin to chronicle and analyse a whole year from 52 unique perspectives.

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Meggs – Rise Up – Detroit

‘Rise Up’ is Dave ‘MEGGS’ Hooke’s largest solo mural to date. At over 6,000 square feet, it towers over the eastern section of Detroit’s Russell industrial district and serves as an iconic symbol of the city’s ups and downs. The mural, which features an image of a tiger and the text ‘Rise Up,’ reveals a constant symbol of hope and strength that the city can identify with as it moves into a new era of change and regrowth.

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“I hoped to convey the energy and momentum of self-empowerment and moving forward,” MEGGS explains regarding this milestone in his mural career. “The tiger is a symbol that all Detroiters relate to and feel proud ownership of – it’s a symbol that’s born from Detroit’s glory days and one that survived its unfortunate downfall.” MEGGS also expresses his respect for Detroit graffiti, “It was great to be able to share this wall with three local Detroit heavy hitters – props to Tead, Elmer, and Rawr.”

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The ‘Rise Up’ mural, which concludes MEGGS’ five-week residency and solo gallery exhibition with Inner State Gallery and 1XRUN, was created as his homage to the city of Detroit. “It was my way of giving back to a city that had welcomed me, inspired me, and allowed me to take from it to create my own artwork and experience,” he says. Aside from being his largest public piece of artwork, MEGGS’ eclipses his previous works with new textural techniques and intricate details to reference the multi-faceted landscape of Detroit.

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Ironically, the mural commenced a week after Mayor Mike Duggan announced a controversial crackdown on graffiti, forcing the city to fine numerous business owners who had actually commissioned artists to paint murals on their buildings. MEGGS faced logistical hurdles and numerous encounters with police and city workers, but the response was overwhelmingly positive and he was allowed to proceed and complete the largest wall in his street art career.

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Photo’s courtesy Mike Popso, Miya Tsukazaki & Sal Rodriguez

VNA 28 – Mike Giant

It was hard to choose just one standout artist from the people we’ve covered in this issue, but Mike Giant ultimately took the vote with his monochrome illustrations and tattoo-inspired scribblings. With his much-imitated, but never-bettered style, it’s an honour to have the iconic REBEL8 designer on our cover, shot by talented Aussie photographer, Nicole Reed.

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We’ve also taken a look at INSA’s career to date, from his childhood bedroom posters to his very latest app release – a neat little piece of tricknology by the name of ‘GIF-ITI’…

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Alongside this welcome blast from the past, we bring you a world first: an interview with the entire Da Mental Vaporz crew. We gathered the talented crew members to discuss their intricate and entertaining patchworks, what’s kept them going for over a decade and who among them is best equipped to survive the inevitable zombie uprising.

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Also featuring exclusive interviews with NUNCA, DAN HILLIER, SMUG, NICK WALKER, ALEXANDER MITCHELL/BACKWOODS, CHAD MUSKA, 1UP CREW AND INTI…

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And for those of you who skip straight to the pics of cool stuff on walls without words in the way, this issue’s worldwide photo coverage stretches from London to Taiwan via Sydney.

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To order your copy online, go to our webstore:

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JustKids x Life Is Beautiful Festival

Recently JustKids teamed up with Life Is Beautiful Festival to produce this amazing mural event. Ambitious in scope, some of the best artists from all over the world converged to transform 15 blocks of Downtown into a one-of-a-kind open-air urban gallery.

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Curated by Charlotte Dutoit (JustKids) for the second year, the artists transformed the festival landscape into a magical art-inspired playground to give people a playful and unexpected escape into art. A huge abandoned motel was turned into an interactive playground and 6 installations were placed throughout the premises.

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After two weeks of intense work, the murals and installations seamlessly integrate into the festival’s footprint which was visited by over 100,000 people over the course of three days, turning it into the largest North-American Street Art event.

Even though Life Is Beautiful 2014 is now finished, the murals are still visible in Downtown Las Vegas.

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Contributing artists include Borondo, D*Face, Fintan Magee, Misaki Kawai, Maser, Lakwena, Roa, Li-Hill, Saner, Cyrcle, Thomas Dambo, Edoardo Tresoldi and Spencer Olsen.

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Meanwhile Back In The Wick – Prompt>Gallery_

Having resurrected what was Hackney Wick’s first exhibition space in Queens yard, Prompt>Gallery_ presents it’s debut show ‘Meanwhile Back In The Wick’ which previews on the 14th November, on the 5th floor of Mother Studios.


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To reinforce the locations reputation of being one of the most exciting and creative artist communities in the whole of Europe, we are delighted to feature the work of three Wick based artists, Aida, John Atherton and OKO. 
Aida and John Atherton left the hustle and bustle of Brick Lane in 2008 in search of a more affordable and less saturated solace, to live and work.

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Since then, they have progressed individually, with Aida growing as a seminal printmaker and Atherton establishing his business in the area as well as developing his creative practice. 
OKO uses the world as her canvas; she has been a permanent fixture in the street art revolution since 2005, traveling extensively, skating or painting her intricately drawn work. Dubbed a ‘National Treasure’ in Croatia and working with clients such as Adidas, we are delighted that she has decided to call Hackney Wick her new home.

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Exhibition opening, 14/11/14 from 7pm until 10pm
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5th floor, Mother Studios,
Queens Yard, White Post Lane,
Hackney Wick, London E9 5EN

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