History is presented in a linear fashion often in the university, but in truth it happens in fragments. No life, no personal history adheres to a predictable and rational pattern?
Street Art duo DOURONE has been capturing and displaying a series they call “Fragmented Record” with murals this summer. The first featured friends and family, the second a group of 7 women living in Belgium.
Here in Sweden in Helsingborg they turn the mirror upon themselves for the third in the series. It is “a more intimate and personal stage,” they tell us, in which the artist and his partner Elodie “become protagonists of the work and reveal their feelings in the present moment that they are living.”
The palette is saturated with deep blues and blood orange, the harsh lines of a bright sun soaked summer day. While the progression of images and events may be clear to the authors, a passerby will agree that the story is, without a doubt, fragmented.
When Street Art passes into the realm of public art it takes on the character of permanence that will withstand time. While that may happen with the occasional graffiti burner or mural, more conventional Street Art is illegal and will be crossed over by a rival or eroded by the elements.
Spidertag, whose work we began documenting for you years ago when his tools were a hammer, nails, and yarn, has just created his first permanent mural in the city of Helsingborg, Sweden – and he’s more than pleased.
“I’m very happy cause it was a difficult one and a dream come true!” he tells us of the 300 meter long cable on the side of a multi-story building is meant to last for a number of years. The abstract geometry is best seen during nighttime hours, giving it an ethereal quality that occupies an area, rather than simply a wall. Spidertag says that he has his own special cables and this is the largest he’s done.
The installations on the ground, on walls, on ship docks and piers, and levitating in the air were not always simple to achieve, he tells us, and he required the help of three assistants and a car lift.
“I´m super glad of the result, the effort and the levels that I pushed myself to during this amazing week,” he says, of the multiple configurations that lit the night during Artweek, curated by Peter Erikson for Kulturhotellet. Every day at nightfall his temporary, installations suddenly lit up hidden places, many in concert with the beautiful views of Helsingborg.
The images here show the works in situ, some from multiple angles, without photo manipulation. As his electrified tags and geo-webs continue to evolve, one can imagine more complex pieces developing into the future while Spidertag tests the limits of the medium and his imagination.