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OLEK: Wishes And Hopes For 2018

OLEK: Wishes And Hopes For 2018

As we draw closer to the new year we’ve asked a very special guest every day to take a moment to reflect on 2017 and to tell us about one photograph that best captures the year for them. It’s an assortment of treats to surprise you with every day – to enjoy and contemplate as we all reflect on the year that has passed and conjure our hopes and wishes for 2018. This is our way of sharing the sweetness of the season and of saying ‘Thank You’ to each of you for inspiring us throughout the year.

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Poland-born Brooklyn-residing crochet innovator OLEK devises and implicates and eradicates and constructs and executes abstract emotions and socio-politically charged strategies into her public performance pieces and installations in places as far-flung as India and Stockholm and Raleigh, North Carolina. Few fools are suffered, local volunteers are engaged, and heroicism seems always within reach as the crocheted crusader takes on issues of inequality, systemic-institutional bias, alienation, discrimination, immigration, the war machine, the refugees that are created by it, the psychic wounds created by it. Sometimes it feels like each day we get to see a different expression of OLEK’s heart and creativity in the public arena. Today she shares with us a chance encounter she had with two women this year and how it inspired her to have courage and to spread its message.


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A conversation between Lama and Sarah:

Lama: When I saw them, I was really scared.
Sarah: I started thinking: “How did we do it?  How did we find the courage to do something like that?”
Lama: Do you think one of our vests might be there?
Sarah: I don’t know.
Lama: Can you imagine if one of them is ours?
Sarah: When I first saw them I felt the chills all over my body. I immediately remembered everything and felt that someone is thinking about us.

I met these two brave women while working on an exhibition in the Avesta Museum in Sweden. They have became a huge inspiration for my work and recently I’ve decided to shoot a documentary about their ability to create a new life in a strange country after being forced to flee their home in Syria. On September 18th, 2017 we took a train from Berlin to Stockholm, and this journey became the set for a dialog about their very difficult and dangerous trip. During our 2 hour stopover in Copenhagen, we decided to leave the train station and wander around the city. This is how we coincidently arrived at Ai Weiwei’s installation ‘Soleil Levant,’ created out of 3,500 life jackets.

With this image, I wish everyone in the upcoming year deep, resilient and unlimited courage. Courage to step outside of one’s comfort zone; Courage to start all over again if necessary; Courage to chase your dream; Courage to speak out; Courage to listen to your heart; Courage to succeed.

Olek. Lama and Sarah in front of Ai Weiwei’s installation ‘Soleil Levant’ created out of 3,500 life jackets, Copenhagen, Denmark, September 18th 2017. (photo courtesy of Olek)

 

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Gola Hundun Creates a “Tree of Life” for “Land-Shape Festival” in Denmark

Gola Hundun Creates a “Tree of Life” for “Land-Shape Festival” in Denmark

Virtually every human culture has an allegorical image that illustrates the Tree of Life. Street Artist Gola Hundun is growing his own in Denmark on the Jutland peninsula – one that he has named the Yggrdasil Crómlech.

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Gola Hundun “Yggdrasil Crómlech” Land Shape Festival. Vrå, Højeskole. Denmark. October 2016. (photo © Gola Hundun & Emil Schildt)

The Land-Shape festival in Vrå, a railway town of 2,500 people in the Hjørring municipality of Denmark, is inspired by the American Land Art movement that some trace back to 1960s minimalism and the growth of “installation art”. For many, this geological art hybrid is still a curiosity and Denmark is taking advantage of its rich coastal countryside by opening the land here to 50 or so artists such as street art culture-jammer/rural land portraitist Jorge Rodriguez Gerada, the performance/installation artist Sandro Masai and the color-mapping stone artist Maja Gade Christensen.

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Gola Hundun “Yggdrasil Crómlech” Land Shape Festival. Vrå, Højeskole. Denmark. October 2016. (photo © Gola Hundun & Emil Schildt)

The Italian Mr. Hundun has been creating earth science and pagan tradition-inspired hybrids of his own with murals, installations, and sculpture in the last decade and here he takes inspiration from the Norse mythology and its stories that were once more often told in this part of the world.

By combining the symbols of the Yggdrasil, a common name for the tree of life that you may see today in full-back or arm tattoos, and the Crómlech, a concentric circle typically made of standing stones, Gola creates the Yggdrasil Cromlech. In this case, the cromlech is more of a moat than a wall.

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Gola Hundun “Yggdrasil Crómlech” Land Shape Festival. Vrå, Højeskole. Denmark. October 2016. (photo © Gola Hundun & Emil Schildt)

Quite opposite of the Street Artist’s common expectation of ephemerality, Gola expects his new piece to grow into something magnificent over the next decades. “Yggdrasil Cromlech is a living piece, which every year will look different,” he tells us.

“In 3 to 5 years the climbing plants that I planted on the main structure will grow on all of the element, and in about 30-50 years the young trees will start to look like a column. The central part will be completely transformed by vegetation. It will be interesting to go and check the process from time to time. I promise myself to go and visit it every 5 years.”

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Gola Hundun “Yggdrasil Crómlech” Land Shape Festival. Vrå, Højeskole. Denmark. October 2016. (photo © Gola Hundun & Emil Schildt)

The current shape of the installation is already arresting, and you are invited to step inside the enclosure to experience the energy – you may not be alone however. “The underlying idea that inspires this project is to create a sustainable sanctuary for Jutland’s wildlife with a permaculture approach,” he says. “The installation’s goal is to increase resources for local fauna, especially during winter time but also in the summer season, providing food sources and opportunity for refuge.”

Inspired by Norse mythology and his own study of various designs of the Yggdrasil throughout history to design and construct the new and unique holy place/ art installation.

“The Yggdrasill is an immense tree that is central in Norse cosmology and it functions in connection to nine worlds which constitute the entire universe. My structure also has nine branches that symbolize these worlds.”

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“The Ash Yggdrasil” (1886) by Friedrich Wilhelm Heine

He speaks of the many depictions and variations of the Yggdrasil in history and cultures, and describes the one he is inspired by for this work.

“The Yggdrasill is populated by and related to the many animals that protect it, take life from it and menace it. On Yggdrasill’s top an eagle with a hawk perch inside his eyes, four deer between its branches, a squirrel moving up and down its trunk and a snake on its bottom.,” he explains. “In my piece Yggdrasil is the core of the Installation, and the audience can reach it by jumping on two step stones on the water ring that hug the structure. The structure has a small door that invites anyone who wants to get inside it, to find some isolation or a relaxing atmosphere.”

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Gola Hundun “Yggdrasil Crómlech” Land Shape Festival. Vrå, Højeskole. Denmark. October 2016. (photo © Gola Hundun & Emil Schildt)

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Gola Hundun “Yggdrasil Crómlech” Land Shape Festival. Vrå, Højeskole. Denmark. October 2016. (photo © Gola Hundun & Emil Schildt)

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Gola Hundun “Yggdrasil Crómlech” Land Shape Festival. Vrå, Højeskole. Denmark. October 2016. (photo © Gola Hundun & Emil Schildt)

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Gola Hundun “Yggdrasil Crómlech” Land Shape Festival. Vrå, Højeskole. Denmark. October 2016. (photo © Gola Hundun & Emil Schildt)

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Gola Hundun “Yggdrasil Crómlech” Land Shape Festival. Vrå, Højeskole. Denmark. October 2016. (photo © Gola Hundun & Emil Schildt)


 

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David Walker in Aalborg during Karneval, and “Snaps”

David Walker in Aalborg during Karneval, and “Snaps”

Here is a full face is out in the open on the side of a building here in Denmark, where David Walker has just completed this mural for a project described by organizers to get high quality art out to the many and not just the few.

Now through June 25th Galleri KIRK is bringing some of the artists they represent to Aalborg, Absalonsgade and Nørregade. Just in time for the Aalborg Karneval, the largest in Scandinavia, which draws nearly 100,000 people to see a parade of 60,000 costumed revelers each year and culminates this weekend, Walker and BEZT from Etam Cru completed their painted contributions to the celebrations.

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David Walker for Out In The Open – Galleri Kirk. Aalborg, Denmark. May 2016. (photo © Lone Allen)

Formerly a working class industrial city and now working toward becoming known as a “knowledge based” city, Aalborg is ranked number one in Europe for citizens’ satisfaction with the quality of life, according to the 2015 survey by the European Commission.

Murals may have something to do with it Walker tells us. “Aalborg boasts one of the highest concentrations of murals in Europe painted by artists from all over the world.

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David Walker for Out In The Open – Galleri Kirk. Aalborg, Denmark. May 2016. (photo © Lone Allen)

Also, “snaps” may have contribute to the generally positive outlook – including those who have home distilleries. The herbed and spiced liquid of 40% alcohol known as  aquavit that Anthony Dias Blue describes in his book “the Complete Book of Spirits” as something you might drink at a midsummer lunch with “a group of people clustered around a table… including several courses and a clear, fiery drink.” This is something Walker says, “which I found out is very dangerous.”

Possibly that is why his subject has a blue nose?

When you go to Aalborg look forward to finding more murals from the galleri’s “Out in the Open” project from Faith47, Guido van Helten, Wes21, Michal Mraz, Vesod, Linnea Strid, and TelmoMiel.

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David Walker for Out In The Open – Galleri Kirk. Aalborg, Denmark. May 2016. (photo © Lone Allen)

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David Walker for Out In The Open – Galleri Kirk. Aalborg, Denmark. May 2016. (photo © Lone Allen)

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David Walker for Out In The Open – Galleri Kirk. Aalborg, Denmark. May 2016. (photo © Lone Allen)

 

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A ROA Diary Update in Pictures

A ROA Diary Update in Pictures

A ROA update today – with many exclusive photos here for BSA readers with personal pictures taken and selected by the artist himself.

The Belgian Street Artist, whom we long ago christened as an “Urban Naturalist”, has quite defined the category. He’s well traveled and well regarded. He can’t seem to stand still; Borders for him are an imaginary nuisance – or at least he would love them to be. By his own admission he is most at ease while up high on a boom lift battling a wall, or making friends with it.

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ROA. BukRuk. Bangkok, Thailand. 2015 (photo © ROA)

From highly commercial and corporate sponsored events to respected grassroots driven or socio-politically rooted organizations with whom he works, ROA brings the animal world into the conversation, sometimes tragically and other times comically. In an inter-connected view of the world and its various natural systems we somehow blind ourselves to our neighbors in the animal category. ROA makes sure that their voices are being considered in enormous and more subtle ways, giving them center stage and first billing.

Here are new pieces from Hawaii, New Jersey, Tahiti, Copenhagen, Italy, Denmark, Coney Island, Australia, Puerto Rico, Arkansas, Harlem (NYC), Bangkok, Dubai, and Belgium. Our sincere thanks to ROA for bringing us on this massive and glorious tour with him so far.

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ROA. Ødense Harbor, Denmark. 2015 (photo © ROA)

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ROA. Ødense Harbor, Denmark. 2015 (photo © ROA)

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ROA. Perc Tucker Regional Gallery – Townsville City Counsil. Townsville, Australia. 2015 (photo © ROA)

“Thanks Tegen for dancing in front of the Crocodile and Turtle”

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ROA. Perc Tucker Regional Gallery – Townsville City Council. Townsville, Australia. 2015 (photo © ROA)

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ROA. Perc Tucker Regional Gallery – Townsville City Council. Townsville, Australia. 2015 (photo © ROA)

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ROA. Jersey City, NJ. Jonathan LeVine Gallery – Mana Contemporary. 2015 (photo © ROA)

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ROA. Vieques, Puerto Rico. 2015 (photo © ROA)

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ROA. Vieques, Puerto Rico. 2015 (photo © ROA)

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ROA. Just Kids Residency. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 2015 (photo © ROA)

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ROA. Just Kids Residency. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 2015 (photo © ROA)

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ROA. Just Kids Residency. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 2015 (photo © ROA)

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ROA. The Unexpected. Forth Smith, Arkansas. 2015 (photo © ROA)

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ROA. The Unexpected. Forth Smith, Arkansas. 2015 (photo © ROA)

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ROA. Surface with Soren Solkaer. Copenhagen, Denmark. 2015 (photo © ROA)

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ROA. Monument Art. El Barrio. East Harlem. 2015 (photo © ROA)

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ROA. Festival ONO’U. Tahiti – Papeete. 2015 (photo © ROA)

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ROA. Coney Art Walls. Coney Island, Brooklyn. 2015 (photo © ROA)

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ROA. POW WOW 15. Hawaii. 2015 (photo © ROA)

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ROA. Muratista. Sadali – Sardinia, Italy. 2015 (photo © ROA)

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ROA. Muratista. Sadali – Sardinia, Italy. 2015 (photo © ROA)

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ROA. Dubai Walls. Dubai. 2016 (photo © ROA)

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ROA. Dubai Walls. Dubai. 2016 (photo © ROA)

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ROA. Chrystal Ship Festival. Ostend, Belguim. 2016 (photo © ROA)

 

 

 

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Tuna Hanging By Tail, Heron By a Leg, ROA By a Heart String in Denmark

Tuna Hanging By Tail, Heron By a Leg, ROA By a Heart String in Denmark

Out in the open on an old grain silo in Odense Harbor the urban naturalist ROA has just completed two sides of an enormous former grain silo with suspended fowl and finfish. The hanging animals are a reminder of the wildlife and industry this coastal area of Denmark has been known for historically.

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ROA. Odense, Denmark. June, 2015. (photo © Nicolai Frank)

“The harbor is being converted to a residential area,” says photographer Nicolai Frank, who shares with us these images of the 47 meter high murals. “The building will stay up though as a landmark to remember old industrial times and the main building currently houses temporary exhibitions and music festivals.”

For ROA it is another opportunity, perhaps his largest ever, to draw attention to the often marginalized species we live with, depend on, exploit, and at times celebrate. Here in plain black and white at a scale that can be seen for great distance he reminds viewers of the fish that is now being endangered by commercial over-fishing worldwide as well as a the heralded heron, one of which he saw by a small pond in a park nearby.

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ROA. Odense, Denmark. June, 2015. (photo © Nicolai Frank)

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ROA. Odense, Denmark. June, 2015. (photo © Nicolai Frank)

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ROA. Odense, Denmark. June, 2015. (photo © Nicolai Frank)

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ROA. Odense, Denmark. June, 2015. (photo © Nicolai Frank)

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ROA. Odense, Denmark. June, 2015. (photo © Nicolai Frank)

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ROA. Odense, Denmark. June, 2015. (photo © Nicolai Frank)

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ROA. Odense, Denmark. June, 2015. (photo © Nicolai Frank)

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ROA. Odense, Denmark. June, 2015. (photo © Nicolai Frank)

 

We wish to thank Nicoali for sharing these exclusive photos with us. For more photos on this project please go HERE:

 

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Sweden Starts “No Limit” Mural Festival in Borås

Sweden Starts “No Limit” Mural Festival in Borås

It isn’t just Nuart any more.

Scandinavia is taking their mural festivals seriously thanks to buoyant economies, arts programming support, and a growing global appreciation for art in the streets in general. Included in the list of recent festivals are Denmark’s Galore (Copenhagen) and We Aart (Aalborg) and Sweden’s Artscape (Malmö) as well as the more graffiti-inflected Örebro, Helsinki’s Arabia and of course the one-kilometer long graffiti/Street Art slaughter that accompanies the mammoth music festival Roskilde.

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ECB. No Limit Borås, Sweden. September 2014. (photo © Anders Kihl)

This month humbly began No Limit in the small city of Borås, Sweden, and artist / curator Shai Dahan hopes to enliven the daily views for this population of 66,000 with his curated collection of international artists from street / graffiti / fine art backgrounds.

An artist and entrepreneur who moved here from New York three and a half years ago, Dahan has been rallying local building owners and government institutions to aid in his idea of mounting a show on walls in the city that emulates the success of such festivals elsewhere.

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Isaac Cordal. The small scale installations by the Spanish artist provide a welcome answer to the ever more massive tendencies of wall installations in mural programs. No Limit Borås, Sweden. September 2014. (photo © Anders Kihl)

“I’ve been on quite a journey and accomplishing this project has been something I have been working on personally for over a year,” he says. With participation and funding from the city of Borås, No Limit this month invited and hosted artists from countries such as The Netherlands, Brasil, France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Spain and Sweden and included artists like Natalia Rak, ETAM Cru, Peeta, ECB, The London Police, Kobra, Ollio, Ekta, Carolina Falkholt, Issac Cordal and one of the earliest Street Art stencilists, Blek le Rat.

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Isaac Cordal. No Limit Borås, Sweden. September 2014. (photo © Anders Kihl)

“And best of all, we had no bad weather. The day Natalia landed (she was the first to arrive) the sun came out, and it stayed out until the very last day,” says Dahan of the festival that he deemed “phenomenal” and included guided tours for over 200 people at a time.

“After everyone left, it began raining, ” he smiles.

For countries that have a so-called “zero tolerance” for illegal art or any kind like Sweden, mural festivals like these effectively circumvent the rigid approval process that typically characterizes public art projects and many make inroads into engaging public space with art in a new way that is emblematic of a vibrant global movement. It may be a tenuous line to walk, but more cities seem willing to embrace this swing of the pendulum with art in the streets.

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The Brazillian Street Artist named Kobra created a portrait of Alfred Nobel, the Swedish chemist, engineer, industrialist, and inventor of dynamite. No Limit Borås, Sweden. September 2014. (photo © Anders Kihl)

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Kobra. No Limit Borås, Sweden. September 2014. (photo © Anders Kihl)

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The London Police began stripping because of the hot sun and of course, Jane Fonda. No Limit Borås, Sweden. September 2014. (photo © Anders Kihl)

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The London Police. No Limit Borås, Sweden. September 2014. (photo © Anders Kihl)

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Natalia Rak. No Limit Borås, Sweden. September 2014. (photo © Anders Kihl)

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Natalia Rak. Detail. No Limit Borås, Sweden. September 2014. (photo © Anders Kihl)

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The graffiti writing artist from Venice named Peeta basically killed his wall with a signature three dimensional tag that floats off of the wall. No Limit Borås, Sweden. September 2014. (photo © Anders Kihl)

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Simple. No Limit Borås, Sweden. September 2014. (photo © Simple)

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Ollio. No Limit Borås, Sweden. September 2014. (photo © Anders Kihl)

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Carolina Falkholt. No Limit Borås, Sweden. September 2014. (photo © Anders Kihl)

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Ekta. No Limit Borås, Sweden. September 2014. (photo © Anders Kihl)

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Etam Cru. No Limit Borås, Sweden. September 2014. (photo © Anders Kihl)

 

Click HERE to learn more about No Limit Borås.

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BSA Film Friday: 05.30.14

BSA Film Friday: 05.30.14

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Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening :

1.”Cast A Shadow”- Hiroyasu Tsuri (TWO ONE)
2. Spring Fling/ Rural Mural (Scotland)
3. The Pony Thief (Denmark)
4.Puddles Swings from the “Chandelier”

BSA Special Feature:
“Cast A Shadow”- Hiroyasu Tsuri (TWO ONE)

Visual storytelling and psychological portraiture here by film maker Michael Danischewski as he conjures the interior/exterior of Japanese graffiti/fine artist TWO ONE.

How the innerworld manifests – whether in sculpture, mural, or quickly rendered on a corrugated pulldown gate in the commercial district, Cast a Shadow  remains enigmatic and bouyant, occupying a layer between the conscious and subconscious.

 

Spring Fling/ Rural Mural (Scotland)

A further integration, a further erosion, a further foundation. Urban is meeting rural increasingly, if still tentatively, and in the process these artists and others like them are engaging a new audience and beginning conversations about what we may more comfortably refer to as Contemporary Art.

Last month artists were paired off for and event called Spring Fling Rural Mural in South West Scotland to create new works on architecture in the rural areas – barns, farm buildings, substations.

The film by Fraser Denholm and Richard Watson gives a broad and specific overview of the events and a number of the organizers, artists, and new works.

 

The Pony Thief (Denmark)

According to Wikipedia, “Horse theft was very common throughout the world prior to widespread car ownership. Punishments were often severe for horse theft, with several cultures pronouncing the sentence of death upon actual or presumed thieves.”

Aren’t they nice in Denmark? The artist tracked down the three meter high pink pony that had disappeared. See how it all ends up.

 

Puddles Swings from the “Chandelier”

Awww, let’s have a pity party for poor Puddles. Except that he is an emotive and stunning performer with a gorgeous golden voice. Poor Puddles.

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Don John Does Hans Christian Andersen in Denmark

Danish Street Artist Don John is typically known for his fluorescent ferocious, if stylized, stencilled illustrations of beasts and bearded men (or combinations thereof) on the street and in doorways. Today we see a more reverent side of the artist as he completes a portrait of the Danish author and poet Hans Christian Anderson. The creator of Fairy Tales is best known world wide for his childrens stories including “The Tinderbox”, “The Princess and the Pea”, “Thumbelina”, “The Little Mermaid” and “The Emperor’s New Clothes“.

Not only that, he lived right around the corner from this new giant likeness. “He was born in Odense and the mural is located across from the house where he grew up, in the direction he is looking,” says the artist.

Don John. Odense, Denmark. (Photo © Nicolai Frank)

Don John. Odense, Denmark. (Photo © Nicolai Frank)

Don John. Odense, Denmark. (Photo © Nicolai Frank)

Don John. Odense, Denmark. (Photo © Nicolai Frank)

Don John. Odense, Denmark. (Photo © Nicolai Frank)

Don John. Odense, Denmark. (Photo © Nicolai Frank)

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Street Art of the Subtler Sort in Denmark

New Danish Street Art / Public Art Festival Retains the Simplicity of “Play”

In the past few years major cities have begun to sport Street Art festivals that boast and blare themselves with branding, t-shirts, press releases and 90 second video trailers touting the event like an Olympics with spray cans; hosted in the city center with declarations by officials and featuring live DJs, face painting, urban dance troupes, hashtags and corporate sponsorship.

Then there are the quieter ones. These invite you to think and discover your town in an integrated way, conjuring the  meandering route of the creative spirit as expressed upon walls dispersed among streets in town and around it’s periphery in a manner that might strike you as cleverly sane. A recent one just completed in Denmark reminds us of the latter approach that somehow challenges you with its lack of the obvious.

Pøbel. Horsens, Denmark. June, 2013. (photo © Henrik Haven)

The name “Public Art Horsens” is not about horses. You would be forgiven for flinching at the thought of one more beating of that near dead “Public Art” trope from the last 20 years where identical statues of apples or pigs or ardvarks are used as canvasses by all manner of artists and scattered around a city in a big cheerful way.  No, this Horsens is the name of a mid-sized waterside town in Denmark of about 55,000 that didn’t really have much of a reputation for most of the last century aside from it’s prison and the convicts who lived there, according to Henrik Haven, who co-organized and co-curated this art event with his good friend Simon Caspersen.

Portrait of Pøbel with a “No Tresspassing” sign across the channel from his piece. Horsens, Denmark. June, 2013. (photo © Henrik Haven)

“Horsens State Prison housed some of the worst criminals since it opened in 1853 and the released population had a tendency to stay in the city when they got out jail,” says Haven of one of the factors that soured outsiders to the idea of Horsens. “People linked Horsens with social problems, violent people and crime,” he remembers as he recounts some rough years in the 1980s and 90s. But that is all behind Horsens since the prison closed in 2006 and Haven says the city began a cultural rehabilitation of the city’s reputation by putting a strong focus on music, art and cultural events.

Pøbel. Horsens, Denmark. June, 2013. (photo © Henrik Haven)

As far as art in the street goes, the newly completed series of walls and installations for “Public Art Horsens” is one of the least flashy and most conceptual, almost understated – you may have to focus your efforts to see it and appreciate it but you are rewarded for the effort. Check out the work of American public artist Brad Downey, who uses a circular saw to switch chunks of public pavement with one another. You won’t see his work unless you are looking down at the street, and Mr. Downey is satisfied that you will enjoy the discovery of bricked patches swapped and recontextualized. Have a look at Sam3 from Spain, who incorporates the heaping steaming pile of garbage at a dump into a one-color portrait he completes on its retaining wall.

 

Pøbel. Horsens, Denmark. June, 2013. (photo © Henrik Haven)

So subtle and integrated is the nature of “Public Art Horsens” that you may never discover the birdhouses by Thomas Dambo or the mind-tricking duplication of a pizzeria façade right next to the original.  Less subtle fare is available of course; you will probably slow down to contemplate Pøbel’s stencil of a moose mating with a unicorn, or the be struck by the gentle environmental activism of his lounging fisherman at the industrial waterside who appears to be catching a mutated fishbottle.

Pøbel. Horsens, Denmark. June, 2013. (photo © Henrik Haven)

Pøbel. Horsens, Denmark. June, 2013. (photo © Henrik Haven)

Spains Escrif is similarly cryptic in a big way with his depiction of figures demonstrating techniques of self-defense that are humorously old-fashioned, while Örnduvald simply installs a quite oversized and glittering GPS map pin on the side of an impressive example of Danish historical architecture.

In a way, the scope and the tenor of the “Public Art Horsens” is refreshing because of it’s lack of hype. You can also see the roots of the D.I.Y. movement that spawned much of the modern Street Art scene at play here – particularly with Brad Downey sifting through the refuse to construct a waving wall of found canisters or swinging off a crane while messing around with some objects on a concrete lot. When it comes to the public sphere at Horsens, the experimental nature of Street Art still feels like play.

Örnduvald. Horsens, Denmark. June, 2013. (photo © Henrik Haven)

Örnduvald. Horsens, Denmark. June, 2013. (photo © Henrik Haven)

Brad Downey sifting through the refuse for material to create one of his installations. Horsens, Denmark. June, 2013. (photo © Henrik Haven)

Brad Downey. Horsens, Denmark. June, 2013. (photo © Henrik Haven)

Brad Downey gets carried away with his experimentations with a crane. Horsens, Denmark. June, 2013. (photo © Henrik Haven)

Brad Downey. Horsens, Denmark. June, 2013. (photo © Henrik Haven)

A temporary installation by Brad Downey. Horsens, Denmark. June, 2013. (photo © Henrik Haven)

Brad Downey removes a square of pavement, and rotates it, and places it back into its original spot. Horsens, Denmark. June, 2013. (photo © Henrik Haven)

Brad Downey. Horsens, Denmark. June, 2013. (photo © Henrik Haven)

Here the artist Brad Downey replaces a sample of bricked walkway with one from a nearby neighbor. Horsens, Denmark. June, 2013. (photo © Henrik Haven)

Brad Downey. Horsens, Denmark. June, 2013. (photo © Henrik Haven)

Incorporating a temporary configuration of garbage, Sam3 imagines it as contiguous with a larger art piece. Horsens, Denmark. June, 2013. (photo © Henrik Haven)

Sam3. Horsens, Denmark. June, 2013. (photo © Henrik Haven)

Sam3. Horsens, Denmark. June, 2013. (photo © Henrik Haven)

Sam3. Horsens, Denmark. June, 2013. (photo © Henrik Haven)

Sam3. Horsens, Denmark. June, 2013. (photo © Henrik Haven)

Thoma Dambo. Horsens, Denmark. June, 2013. (photo © Henrik Haven)

Thomas Dambo. Horsens, Denmark. June, 2013. (photo © Henrik Haven)

Escif. Horsens, Denmark. June, 2013. (photo © Henrik Haven)

Escif. Horsens, Denmark. June, 2013. (photo © Henrik Haven)

Escif. Horsens, Denmark. June, 2013. (photo © Henrik Haven)

Escif. Horsens, Denmark. June, 2013. (photo © Henrik Haven)

This Turkish pizzeria looked so nice they created it twice.

Escif. Horsens, Denmark. June, 2013. (photo © Henrik Haven)

“Public Art Horsens” features Pøbel, Escif, Sam3, Thomas Dambo, Örnduvald and local talents.

‘Public Art Horsens’ was created by the Municipality of Horsens along with organizer Simon Caspersen from ArtRebels, photographer Henrik Haven and the local creative community called ‘Stormsalen’.

 

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Asbjørn Skou “Science Fiction Archaeology” SDU / Centre for Art and Science (Odense, Denmark)

”Science Fiction Archaeology”

7. feb – 2. april 2013.
Opening: Thursday february 7th. 15.00
SDU, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M.

”Science Fiction Archaeology” er inspireret af en forelæsning v/kemiker Kaare Lund Rasmussen. Forelæsningen omhandler forsøget på at datere et meget kraftigt meteornedslag på øen Saaremaa (tidligere Øsel) i Estland, som i lang tid har været umuligt at tidsbestemme kemisk. Projektet bringer forskeren vidt omkring: Fra kemiske målinger af strata, til lakmustest i historisk materiale, fra krateret på Saaremaa, over Tacitus Germania, Pytheas fra Massalia, Kybele – Gudernes moder, Estlands tidligere præsident Lennart Meri og den mulige oprindelse af myterne om Thule og ragnarok.

”Udstillingen er en undersøgelse af videnskabelige og mytologiske præmisser for tro, identitet og billedliggørelse, siger Asbjørn Skou”. ”Den er en form for kunstnerisk kulstof 14-prøve. Akkurat som de første kulstof 14-prøver på Saaremaa er den lige dele dokumentarisk og associativ. Den samler et sammensurium af informationer i et fluktuerende rum mellem fakta og fiktion, i et grænseland mellem kunst og videnskab.”

Udstillingen består af store collager, objekter og semifiktivt arkivmateriale. Collagerne er opbygget af udvalgt billedmateriale fra en omfattende researchproces og sammensat i overlap, udsnit og brudstykker. De enkelte collager, hvoraf den største måler 2 x 5,5 meter, er opbygget af A4-ark, der er sammensat til store vægtæpper. Objekterne tager deres udgangspunkt i det dagligdags håndgribelige. Det er materialer som flamingo, cement, isolering, træ og plastik. Objekterne er alle blevet skulpturelt modificerede, så de på en gang bekender sig til deres oprindelige materialitet, og samtidigt søger mod en anden form for stoflighed end deres oprindelse.
Arkivmaterialet består af en længere tekst, der er opsat på plancher, og som i sin form på en gang er informerende og uigennemtrængelig. De samme metoder som finder sted i opbygningen af billederne gentager sig i teksten, hvorigennem den prøver at binde det mulige og umulige sammen.”

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Recap of Galore Urban Art Festival in Copenhagen

This summer festivals around the globe like Galore in Copenhagen have given many a Street Artist and graffiti artist a new shot at an audience in the last decade or so. While the old skool graff heads and Street Artists may deride these affairs as illegitimate bastards of a legitimately illegit scene, more artists seem to just care about getting up and are happy to not look over their shoulder doing it. But let’s admit that it’s a fine line many are treadin to not let the event fall into a “community craft fair” feeling or into a logo-filled “lifestyle” brand jam of products and to still keep it fresh. No matter what, haters gonna hate and you just gotta do your thang, and for us, it’s all about the creative spirit.

So the Galore Urban Art Festival just ended and photographer Henrik Haven has just sent us some of his images of the happenings on the ground as many of the artists were busy completing their pieces. You may have seen the huge mural from Gr170 on Images of the Week yesterday and a couple of weeks ago we featured a full description of Aryz big mural for Galore. Special thanks to Henrik for all the exclusive images just for BSA readers.

Nelio (photo © Henrik Haven)

Zoer (photo © Henrik Haven)

Zoer (photo © Henrik Haven)

Gary (photo © Henrik Haven)

Blank (photo © Henrik Haven)

Blank (photo © Henrik Haven)

Mr. Wany working on his piece and on the right Semor and Dais at work on their piece. (photo © Henrik Haven)

Vizie on the left with Mr. Wany completed piece on the right.  (photo © Henrik Haven)

Sobek and Kcis at work on one of their pieces. (photo © Henrik Haven)

Sobek and Kcis (photo © Henrik Haven)

Sobek and Kcis (photo © Henrik Haven)

Galore Urban Art Festival, Copen (photo © Henrik Haven)

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