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Nuart Day 3 : Picking Up Pace and Sandra Chevrier’s Dramatic Eyes

Posted on September 3, 2015

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A fever pitch is possibly overstating the tempo but not by much as Day 3 at Nuart continued to be wet and gray and at times a little windy (not typically good for stencil work by the way). A couple of people have gotten a cold – possibly due to painting in the rain for hours on end, possible due to drinking back at the hotel late into the evening, one cannot be quick to surmise. Regardless, the artists are full of industry and the results are appearing right here before your dramatic and alluring eyes.

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Sandra Chevrier. Work in progress. Detail. Aftenblad Wall. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Icy and Sot moved to smaller figurative works in site-specific locations while arriving artists like Pixel Pancho and Martha Cooper began their prospective projects, his ivy covered mural awaiting a robot of some sort and hers a projection of her child’s play photography from the streets that will be on display at the Tou Scene opening. We’re eager to see what museum quality works will be appearing suddenly on Stavanger walls from Julien de Casabianca of the Outings Project, who’s just arrived with a number of figures who are itching to get outside.

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Sandra Chevrier. Work in progress. Detail. Aftenbladet Wall. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Sandra Chevier and her assistant labored with brushes for about 10 hours to complete her new Aftenblad wall despite winds from off the bay – just in time for Thursday’s dedication by the local newspaper, Stavanger’s largest. Bortusk Leer gradually filled his tunnel installation with sculptural and flat childlike/cheerful renderings of people and monsters and Ernest is projecting kids on the walls to begin his similarly juvenile-themed play scene.

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Sandra Chevrier. Work in progress. Detail. Aftenblad Wall. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Futura completed his very large installation and allowed us to shoot some live video of it in process – which we’ll gladly post tomorrow on Film Friday – speaking of which we’re pretty excited about our program tomorrow BSA Film Friday LIVE at the cinema downtown as part of the Nuart PLUS programming where we’ll show video pieces related to this years theme of “Play” under categories of Exploring, Experimenting, and Inventing.

Martin Whatson has been creating a new winged creature and Bodalo II is bringing a horned one to life as the garbage has begun climbing the back walls of the former beer factory and assembling itself into a deer head.

Peering through the garbage bag tree “leaves” is Icy as he attaches the last pieces of green foliage and Isaac Cordal tells us he attached seven new little men on balconies throughout the neighborhood, including a couple on a nearby gas station/carpark overhang – evoking the oil businessmen who are briskly walking through streets here even as the shrinking economy adjusts to lower world oil prices.

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Sandra Chevrier… Meanwhile at Tou Scene… Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Thursday starts to really pick up the pace with Nuart Plus programming kicked off by Carlo McCormick, Evan Pricco (Juxtapoz), Harmen de Koop, and Bortusk Leer squaring off for a lively debate (“Should Art Have a Deeper Meaning?”) starting at beer-o’clock sharp (21:30) at a local pub – just after Harmen’s performance/mural “Permanent Education” on the street with Jan Uboe, a Mathematics and Statistics Professor from the Norwegian School of Economics.

After we tally up the numbers we’ll give you a full account.

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Nafir. Work in progress. Detail. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Nafir. Work in progress. Detail. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Martin Watson. Work in progress. Tou Scene. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Martin Watson. Work in progress. Tou Scene. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pixel Pancho. Work in progress. Tou Scene. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bordalo II. Work in progress. Tou Scene. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bordalo II. Work in progress. Tou Scene. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bordalo II. Work in progress. Tou Scene. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bordalo II. Work in progress. Tou Scene. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bortusk Leer. Work in progress. Tou Scene. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bortusk Leer. Work in progress. Tou Scene. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ernest Zacharevic. Work in progress. Tou Scene. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ernest Zacharevic. Work in progress. Tou Scene. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ernest Zacharevic. Work in progress. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ernest Zacharevic. Work in progress. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ernest Zacharevic has created a work on the wall that mimics a nearby statue “Johanne og Broremann” (Johanne and her little brother) made by Svein Magnus Håvarstein in 1993. Work in progress. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Icy & Sot. Work in progress. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Icy & Sot. Work in progress. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The light appears as the sun peering through the tree at Icy while he works on the installation he is doing with Sot. Tou Scene. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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A local Stavanger resident watches the action from a secured vantage point. Untitled. Stavanger, Norway. August 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Nuart Day 2: Rain Chases Artists into Tunnels, Futura in Action

Posted on September 2, 2015

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Murals and Street Art do not mix well with rain unfortunately so most artists at Nuart headed toward the former beer halls called Tou Scene (or the tunnels) to work on their indoor installations for Saturday’s opening and party here in Stavanger for Nuart 2015. Bortusk Leer had drawn large monsters on plywood to carve out with a handsaw and blasted the completed ones with clouds of fluorescence and primary colors, Icy and Sot were high atop a ladder hanging hundreds of plastic bags from their constructed tree, and Bodalo and Art Ruble rumbled around in a truck with Vegar looking for discarded large pieces of garbage for their deer sculpture.

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Futura at work on his tunnel spot for the Tou Scene exhibition. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Of great interest was to see NYC icon Futura at work on his new abstract piece within the tunnel, clearly his mind “in the zone”, his hands and body motions following an internal rhythm that held him in a zen semi-trance; reaching for the small roller with acrylic and aerosol can alternately to map out gestural and constructivist aspects of his new monochromatic piece. Isaac Cordal was inside as well, installing his small sculptures lonely and aloft upon terraces, later mixing large batches of cement in plastic garbage buckets to dump in piles around the perimeter of the tunnel he is sharing with Ella & Pitr.

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Futura. Tou Scene exhibition Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Undaunted by inclemency, the expansive French duo braved the rain to work on their new large character wrapped around two sides of a small building, taking a break to eat hot Thai soup from large plastic containers while standing in their raincoats on a scissor lift during a light downpour from the sky.

If their spirits were dampened you would not know it from the lively discussions on logistics between them and from Pitr’s enthusiastic descriptions of a new technique they hoped to try soon which will feature their characters upside down, feet resting on the sky.

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Futura at work on his tunnel spot for the Tou Scene exhibition. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

In preparation for her single-wall Aftenblad project on Thursday, fine artist Sandra Chevrier began her collage/painting during the hour or so when rain paused, and Harmen de Koop strolled around town looking for an acceptable location for the live performance he is planning with a renowned economist that involves simple economic theory and a lot of chalk.

In short, the rain is stopping no one at Stavanger and guests and participants keep arriving!

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Fra Biancoshock left a message for Martha Cooper before he left town. She promptly found it and shot it when she arrived mid-day. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sandra Chevrier at work on her tunnel spot for the Tou Scene exhibition. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sandra Chevrier at work on her tunnel spot for the Tou Scene exhibition. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Icy & Sot at work on her tunnel spot for the Tou Scene exhibition. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Icy & Sot at work on their first mural. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Icy & Sot at work on their first mural. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sandra Chevrier work in progress. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Martin Watson. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ella & Pitr at work on their third mural. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ella & Pitr at work on their third mural. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ella & Pitr at work on their third mural. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bordalo. Who, me?. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Art Ruble and Bordalo ready to hunt for trash for their Tou Scene installation. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Isaac Cordal work in progress for his Tou Scene exhibition. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Isaac Cordal work in progress for his Tou Scene exhibition. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Isaac Cordal work in progress for his Tou Scene exhibition. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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Nuart Day 1: Isaac Cordal Installs His Preoccupied Little Businessmen

Posted on September 1, 2015

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Tor (@toris64) picked us up at the airport using his hand-made faux-Banksy Nuart sign, wearing his fresh Dismaland t-shirt, and we immediately knew we were home here in Stavanger. Born and raised in this town Tor knows it’s every turn and twist and because he travels extensively for his regular profession, he also gets to explore other cities and take photos of Street Art and share them on Instagram. Luckily there is a pretty notable festival right here and his enthusiasm grows with the opportunity to meet so many of his favorite artists each year.

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Isaac Cordal. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. 09-15 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

This small Norwegian town is again hosting a kick-ass mural/street art/graffiti festival again this year and its sort of rainy today but Icy & Sot are painting anyway, as are Ella & Pitr.  Ernest Zacharevic has arrived and Martin Whatson has finished his piece, as have Pejac and Dot Dot Dot. Harmen de Koop is devising a live performance with an economist giving a lecture on a wall Thursday (not kidding), Bordalo is gathering garbage and throwing it into the back of a truck for his trash installation, and Martha Cooper just arrived this morning and Tor took her to find a hidden conceptual piece in a doorway by Fra. Biancoshock that says “Martha Please Take a Picture of Me”.

Once settled in yesterday we immediately began tooling around town with Isaac Cordal, the Northern Spanish activist with a big heart in these small sculptures of desperate/guilty/soulless little corporate men who he positions in precarious locations wherever he travels. We carried a bag full of these fellows yesterday while he shouldered an expandable ladder and marched though the hilly streets looking upward, scanning battered Noregian industrial architecture for opportune ledges for his little men to teeter off the edge of.

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Isaac Cordal. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. 09-15 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

As we have featured his work numerous times over the years on BSA, it was finally great to meet Cordal and accompany him on his interventions – which sort of magically transform a mundane spot into a stage for his “figurativos” to contemplate their lives. Cordal says they are meant to symbolize many things – one of them being the corrupt wolves in business suits who are running much of the world today, and you immediately know of whom he speaks. Comedic in placement, dastardly in deed, you want them to fall, or jump, but somehow it is better that they are frozen in the midst of their drama, frozen with fright and fear.

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Isaac Cordal. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. 09-15 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Cordal also talks about the current romance that many public art fans are having with the mural as a means of public expression (which we can verify) and how he feels like his very small concrete (now resin) men can be just as powerful as a large mural. And in a way we can entirely agree – the placing of these figures transforms the space by engaging your imagination, and you KNOW where that can take you; the key unlocks a part of the viewer that he or she once accessed regularly as a child when wild stallions and robots and Jesus and pop stars and Darth Vader all seemed like plausible characters in the same play. Seeing Isaac and his enthusiasm will assure you that art in the streets can have a formidable impact on a passerby, no matter its diminutive scale.

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Isaac Cordal. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. 09-15 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Isaac Cordal. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. 09-15 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Isaac Cordal. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. 09-15 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Isaac Cordal. Nuart 2015. Stavanger, Norway. 09-15 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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Pixel Pancho Briefly in Bushwick, Now On to Stavanger

Posted on August 31, 2015

The new Pixel Pancho piece in Bushwick is the last mural we cover before we begin our Nuart 2015 coverage in Norway, where Pixel Pancho is also a scheduled artist. Such is the life of the international and traveling Street Artist these days.

This wall is mid-sized in comparison to others he has done for his customary human/robot figures. This wireframed female is looking over her shoulder perhaps, her bottom half swallowed in a botanical swell of blossoms and leaves.

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Pixel Pancho for The Bushwick Collective. August 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pixel Pancho for The Bushwick Collective. August 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pixel Pancho for The Bushwick Collective. August 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pixel Pancho for The Bushwick Collective. August 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pixel Pancho for The Bushwick Collective. August 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pixel Pancho for The Bushwick Collective. August 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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