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VHILS – FESTIVAL IMINENTE – LONDON

FESTIVAL IMINENTE NEW ART AND NEW MUSIC FROM EUROPE’S UNDERGROUND OLD TRUMAN BREWERY, LONDON FRIDAY 28 & SATURDAY 29 JULY, 2017

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This Summer, a European cultural invasion hits the heart of Brexit Britain as the very first UK edition of Festival Iminente opens at London’s Old Truman Brewery. A two‐day festival of explosive and experimental Portuguese art and music, Festival Iminente brings the soul of Lisbon to the heart of London, following its successful debut in the Oeiras region of Lisbon in September 2016.

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Curated by Portuguese artist Vhils and Lisbon’s Underdogs Gallery, Festival Iminente not only offers Brits mourning Brexit a chance to immerse themselves in the most innovative new music and art from Portugal but also enlists some of Europe’s most creatively exciting artists to invade the capital with their best work.

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Vhils – ‘Debris’

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‘Debris’ is the first solo exhibition of critically acclaimed Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto AKA Vhils in Macau, the show will further explore the artist’s ongoing reflections on the nuanced relationships between contemporary urbanscapes and their inhabitants. Vhils has become globally recognized for developing a unique visual poetry that exemplifies the interdependent relationship between contemporary life and its urban context. His groundbreaking carving technique, based on removing the surface layers of walls and other media with non-conventional tools, has been hailed as one of the most compelling approaches to art created in the urban art scene. From stencil painting to wall carvings, billboards to screen prints, pyrotechnic explosions to neons, Vhils has been exploring his concept of the aesthetics of vandalism in a plurality of media, continuously pushing the boundary of artistic expression.

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Macau has served as a long-standing source of inspiration for Vhils, where many historical buildings exude the heritage and legacy of local history. At the end of 2016, Vhils was invited by the Consulate General of Portugal and Hong Kong and Casa de Portugal to create a mural of the celebrated Portuguese poet Camilo Pessanha at the Portuguese Consulate in Macau. Extending the commission to a broader context, “Debris” intends to reflect on the convergence of time and history, construction and demolition, arriving at layered compositions that embody a microcosm of the human condition, positioned within the dynamic stimuli imperative to Macau’s identity. New billboard pieces made from posters gathered on the streets of Macau, will be shown alongside door carvings on doors collected in the region. A slow-motion captured video of Macau’s streets will also be featured to create an immersive viewing experience. The themes of “Debris” are similarly manifested outside of the gallery context in the form of four public murals by Vhils throughout the city, two artworks will be presented at Macau Portuguese School (Avenida de D. João IV, Macau), whilst walls at Rua dos Clérigos (Old Taipa Village, Taipa, Macau) and KEI TAC Grocery (Rua Direita Carlos Eugénio, Taipa, Macau) will also be endowed the artist’s creative innovations. Through these interventions, the artist draws a connecting line between the city and the artworks, and firmly ties his artistic practice to his origins as an artist making markings in the streets.

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Vhils’ show in Hong Kong was listed by CNN as one of “2016’s most visually inspiring moments”. Building on last year’s momentum, “Debris” in Macau will further unveil the often-forgotten collective memory and history of the city through the lens of the artist, exposing a specific moment in global development and the artist’s own history and identity alongside his subjects. The show continues to represent HOCA’s vision and mission to promote awareness and access to contemporary art.

Featuring more than 20 works including four new public murals, inspired by Macau, ‘Debris’ opens on Wednesday May 31 at 6:30pm at Navy Yard No.1 – Contemporary Art Centre, Rua de S. Tiago da Barra, Macau.

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ALL GOOD THINGS – LAUNCH PHOTOS

A huge thanks to everyone who came down last night for the show opening!

It was great to see so many familiar faces and so much love and support for VNA.

Massive thanks to all the artists who contributed to the show – 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, INKIE, 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

Bidding is well underway and we look forward to raising thousands for Macmillan Cancer Support. All items are available for worldwide shipping, tracked and insured, but we cannot calculate this until we have the winning bidder’s details so please don’t be put off by misleading info on the listings! Hit us up with any questions – info@verynearlyalmost.com or via artFido

All items are up online here and bidding closes at 12 midday Monday 1st May (GMT):

www.artfido.com/vnamagazine

Special shout outs to the Macmillan Cancer Support team, Eve, Jay and Lauren at StolenSpace, the superhuman Andy Vasy for his stellar work getting the work on the walls, Simon at Luardos for the delicious tacos, James Grant for shooting these great pics below, Soffles for providing tasty snacks and the legends from Sailor Jerry for pumping out wicked cocktails all night long.

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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

The Hard Rock Stadium murals

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After turning Wynwood into a worldwide street art phenomenon, Goldman Global Arts recently wrapped up the first leg of another big project they are working on @ The Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. Bringing urban art to a new spaces, and giving artists the chance to share their work with a new audience, 18 new murals were created during the last couple of months while the stadium was re branded into a global entertainment venue.

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UNEXPECTED – Arkansas Murals

This was totally UNEXPECTED – huge mural event in Fort Smith, Arkansas, curated by JUSTKIDS, with murals from Vhils, D*Face, Maser, Ana Maria, Bicicleta Sem Freio, Roa and Askew.

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MUSEU DO CÔA COA MUSEUM – CPS 30th Anniversary Show

MUSEU DO CÔA COA MUSEUM – Exhibition: 1/81 – CPS 30th Anniversary

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A central part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of CPS – Centro Português de Serigrafia
( Portuguese Printmaking Centre ) was a group exhibition at the Coa Museum. The exhibition
occupies the museum’s three temporary exhibition rooms, each with its unique focus. The first room displays a total of seven editioned works – one by each participating artist.

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The second and main exhibition room is dedicated to new original works exhibited for the first time, while the third room is a photography and video installation documenting the artists relationship with the printmaking studio.

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Exhibiting Artists include Alexandre Farto ( Vhils ), Miguel Januário, Paulo Arraiano, Pedro Matos, Ricardo Passaporte, Sandro Resende, Susana Anágua and Ana João Romana. Curated by Paulo Arraiano

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Curator Paulo Arraiano, explains “1/81” comes from the correlation of the existing mass between the Earth and the Moon. Being this last one the Earth’s only natural satellite and the fifth biggest of the Solar System, it’s also the biggest natural satellite of a planet in the solar system. Regarding its primary body size, it has a 27% diameter and 60% of Earth’s density, representing 1/81 of its mass.

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“We correlate ourselves in a so-called contemporary society controlled by artificial satellites, where the speed of a post-digital and new media generation dictates time and velocity, and artificially replaces the natural/analogical world. “Scrolling” reality in search of “new stories”, one’s loss of references for contemplation has become constant, increasingly contributing to distance human beings from nature. A reality where the pictorial tradition of landscaping no longer seems adequate to deal with the intricate web of meanings brought forth by the great networks and metropolises.”

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Vhils, Sainer and Nunca new print releases via Under-dogs

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Right after opening Soma group show that features works by leading Portuguese contemporary urban artists, hardworking crew behind the Under-dogs art platform in Lisbon, are continuing their efforts. In order to establish closer relationship between art and the public, they are opening Underdogs Art Shop at Time Out Mercado da Ribeira in Lisbon on 4th of December 2014. The store will offer editions and artistic objects produced by artists with whom they worked in the past, as well as host performance / intervention events from January.

To mark the opening of the Underdogs Art Store, new limited editions by established and new artists, both Portuguese and foreign, will be released and available at the premises and online. Among others, a new hand finished lithograph edition by Vhils, as well as new silkscreen prints by Brazilian Nunca, and Polish Sainer, will be available online on 4th of December @ 5pm GMT.

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Vhils “Dissection” Museum Show Recap

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From 5th of July until 5th of October 2014, Alexandre Farto aka Vhils, our Issue #22 cover artist, had a big museum show at the EDP Foundation in Lisbon. Being his biggest show so far, the focus of the show was dissecting the elements of what we recognize as urban life. The show included various styles of works, from public pieces through the city, signature scratched doors, paper and wood panels, styrofoam sculptures, to impressive dissected train cars. After 15 years of creating art, 2 years of working on this particular show, 3 months of showing the works to the public, Vhils’ landmark solo show reached a record-breaking attendance of over 65,000 visits!

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My Fin Bec 2014 – Etam Cru, C215, Vhils, Herakut

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The winery Cave Fin Bec in Switzerland recently introduced the results of their myFINBEC project for 2014. For the last few years they commission urban artists to paint 672 stacked wood wine crates, or 84 crates for each painting, which are then printed as wine labels for a special limited edition organic wine. This year, their list of artists include VHILS from Portugal, Herakut from Germany, C215 from France and Etam Cru from Poland.

The finished works will be available as separate cases of wine, but also, as a limited edition lithographs printed @ Idem, Paris. Before each of the eight paintings are taken apart, and cases are filled with six bottles of wine and sent to collectors, the finished works will go on a Wine European Tour. This tour is a series of four day pop-up shows held in street galleries, where art lovers will get an unique chance to see these works in person. Starting @ Ruttkowski;68 gallery in Cologne, the works will be exhibited from August 15th – August 17th,  and will than go to Rome, London, etc.

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