Following a hectic month of work, travel, art fairs and a dose of the flu we have finally found some time to process a selection of images from our travels to this years Nuart Festival.
The brainchild of Martyn Reed, this annual indepandant street and urban art festival has been on our radar for a number of years but 2014 marked our first visit to the festival, in the city of Stavanger on the Norwegian West coast. Our journey to Nuart has been a long one, our first planed visit in 2008 unfortunately never happened as the lure of italian food and September sunshine saw a trip to the southern italian festival Fame win over that year. The subsequent years, the festival always seemed to clash with work or other events previously planned, so with a free weekend it was with great excitement that we finally made it to Nuart six years after our first planned visit.
With a strong european vibe, this years invited artists included Andreco (IT), Borondo (ES) Dotdotdot (NO), Etam Cru (PL), Fra.Biancoshock (IT), Icy & Sot (IR), John Fekner (US), Levalet (FR) M-City (PL), Martin Whatson (NO), Mathieu Tremblin (FR), SPY (ES), Strøk (NO) Tilt (FR) and ±Maismenos± (PT)
We have previous shared a selection of the cities extensive street art collection across two blog posts. If you missed the posts about this street art hot spot you can view the collection of images here and here.
Below is a selection of some of what took place at this years edition. Stayed tuned for part 02.
Etam Cru (PL) Tilt (FR) SpY's Error mural
Martin Whatson's collaboration with BON and Alex Face who also happened to be in town for the duration of the festival created this work on the side of Stavanger’s Scandic Hotel, the official Nuart Festival Hotel where many of the artists and invited guests stayed during their visit.
Friday, October 31, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
London based artist Ben Slow and Carl Cashman teamed up to work on a collaborative mural which was part of this years Moniker Art Fair program of events. Their mural was of three walls painted in and around the Old Truman Brewery in East London over the weekend of the fair. We have already featured work produced by street artists Phlegm on Hanbury Street, if you missed it you can see our pictures of his new mural here.
We caught up with the two artists as they were working on the piece together, fusing one of Ben's portrait pieces with Carl's signature geometric-based pattern works. With the fair running over a weekend they both spent a few days painting this mural, taking occasion breaks to talk to friends and festival goers. What with all the other events happening over the few days we have only just found time to capture the finished wall, pictured above. We have also included a few progress shots below of the artists at work.
Car Cashman and Ben Slow at work. Ben Slow's sketch for the mural.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
London graffiti artist Mr. Cenz has been making some noise on the streets of Shoreditch for some time now hitting up a number of walls in last few months around the neighbourhood, including this recent piece painted earlier this month on Curtain Road in East London. Drawing on his years of experience painting letterforms, the artists current body of work has seen him fuse his different influences and technical skills to create these much loved colourful female portraits seen across the city.
Mr. Cenz was captured at work on this mural in the short film posted below, produced by videographer Perry White who caught up with the artist ahead of his upcoming solo exhibition.We have also shared some additional photographs of the artists other works that are still to be seen around Shoreditch including one on Fashion Street and another located on New Inn Broadway.
You can catch Mr Cenz's latest body of canvas work at his upcoming solo show Distortions, which will be the artists first solo in number of years. 'Distortions' goes on show from October 16th and will run at the gallery space until November 9th at Pure Evil Galleries' The Department Store.
The Department Store, 96-98 Leonard Street, London.
Want to find out more about Mr. Cenz?
Mr. Cenz Instagram
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Following on from his installation and mini exhibition with the Royal Opera House in London ( covered here) street artist Phlegm has had a busy few weeks working on some large scale murals in Cardiff for this years edition of the Empty Walls Festival as well an intricate indoor installation in Sheffield created for Sheffield Bazaar, which was part of the festival of the mind.
Yesterday saw the artist back once again in London to start work on a new piece on Hanbury Street in East London. Working late into the evening, we caught the finished mural from Phlegm this morning. Below are a selection of images of the finished work.
X marks the spot for Paris based street artist LUDO has been in London the last week for his UK solo debut, The Chaos Theory which opened Thursday 10th at Lazarides Rathbone gallery space. The exhibition includes a unique site-specific showcase across Lazarides first floor exhibition space, with large-scale canvases in the artist's idiosyncratic neon green and monochrome colour palette alongside an experiential installation. (Photos to follow).
It looks like Ludo is making the most of his London visit and has also taken to the streets, as we came across this huge pasteups earlier this morning from the artist. We expect we will be seeing some more from the artist so stay tuned.
Ludo ‘Chaos Theory’ Exhibition
10 October until the 13th November 2014.
Lazarides Gallery, 11 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1HR (Google Map)
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Hookedblog called out to a Hackney Wick studio to catch up with Mexican artist Pablo Delgado and London based Hong Kong artist HIN as they were putting the finishing touches to their contributions for the upcoming group show Consequences.
Following a successfully funded Kickstarter, "Consequences" will be the first event of Alessia De Pasquale's Qabinet Project. The forthcoming exhibition set to open at East London's Hoxton Gallery will showcase unique art collaborations between 10 international street artists who include 2501, Broken FIngaz, EMA, HIN, MILLO, Ozmo, Pablo Delgado, Pakal, Run, Zio Ziegler.
Her project researches the importance of sharing, questioning how we relate to each other in the current digital era, where technology has become a substitute for face-to-face conversations. She says "Everyone around me was constantly on a device, and that made me realise how much the way we share has changed; I felt many conversations were replaced by the digital entertainment that technology offers us. Acknowledging social media as the biggest sharing platform, I started to question how we can reconnect with sharing in the physical world".
Inspired by the urban environment of East London where she has lived for almost a decade, she felt that street art has become one of the most dynamic and democratic form of sharing in the physical space, whilst it is simultaneously using the digital space as a platform for sharing with communities worldwide, finally finding a balance between the physical and digital realm making the most of both forms of interaction. "It's all down to how we use technology, and how we can make the most of it without losing ourselves".
Using this as a point of departure, Alessia had the idea of inviting 10 international street artists to gather under the same roof in London to collaborate on something unique. She gave them a framework for creating a series of works in collaboration, based on the old paper "game of consequences".
The artworks which will be exhibited saw two or more artists working across both paper and wood pieces, with each creating a piece of work and passing it on to the next artist who would add to the work without having seen what the previous artist had created. Each of the sections were covered as each new artist added their contribution to the work and it will only be when all sections are complete that the final pieces will be revealed at the exhibition opening.
If you missed the Kickstarter you can watch the video below:
Private View: 11th October, from 7pm
Exhibition opens 12th — 19th October 2014.
Hoxton Gallery, 9 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8AA
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
We last saw South Africa-based artist Faith47 in London back in May of this year when the artists was visiting London locking down the details of her forthcoming London show. It was also during this summer visit that Faith47 took some time to hit the streets and redecorate a number of walls around the city (covered here).
Returning to the city earlier this week, the artist has teamed up with Moniker Projects who will present her first solo show in London 'Aqua Regalia' at the Old Truman Brewery in East London. For us lucky Londoners this is the first stop for Faith47's exploration, Aqua Regalia, which will travel to Rome in 2015, and thereafter to the USA in 2016.
The exhibition title Aqua Regalia or ‘royal water’ is the alchemical name for a highly corrosive mixture of nitric and hydrochloric acid that transmogrifies, dissolves and changes the most powerful substance - gold.
"In Aqua Regalia, the artist embeds found and created objects in an enshrined space and thus, in a manner of the reliquary, pays homage to the sacramental within the ordinary. Torn up begging cards, betting sheets, discarded eviction notices suggest the fall-out of a lost struggle, while visions of supplicants insist upon the power of faith. Eclectic in its mash-up of art as fetish and art as rebooted trash object, it reprises the core question which drives the artist at odds with the cynical neo-liberal force at work today. Such affinities and discordances between hope, yearning and faith seek to restore value and re-inscribe new meaning to the rejected, discarded, the lost or the overlooked."
The Aqua Regalia exhibition is on display from the 10th – 19th October 2014.
Exhibition Location: Shop 12, Dray Walk, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL, United Kingdom
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
As promised here is the second of our two part post covering a selection of the street art we managed to capture on a recent visit to Stavanger in Norwary which plays host to the annual International Street Art Festival NuArt. For those who missed the first part of our coverage of this street art hot spot, the post featured work from Vhils, Evol, Dan Witz, Dolk, JPS, Martin Whatson, C215 and Pobel. You can catch up and see it here.
Continuing with our coverage of Stavanger street art we will be sharing work in this second post below from Dan Witz, David Choe, Swoon, Nick Walker, Hush, Herakut, Dolk and Eine. For a city of its size, Stavanger has a surprisingly extensive collection of quality street art on display on the streets that grows a little more each year with large scale murals, stencils, pasteups and stickers from some of the worlds leading international street artists all of whom have all passed through the city since the festival's inception in 2005.
With the festival organisers locating new walls each new year for these visiting artists, a large portion of the works from previous NuArt editions are still on view around the city. Some aged by the towns costal climate, others still looking surprising fresh considering their age. With works from as far back as 2008 still to be seen, Stavanger is unlike other urban centres were street artists often compete for a small number of wall spaces. This results in shorter live spans for many works which are on occasion painted over within 24 hours of their creation. While we are not in favour of seeing these empheral works protected or preserved behind perspex sheets, we do love seeing street pieces such as those in Stavanger that have been aged by time and the elements such as this weathered looking paste up below from D*face who was invited to Stavanger way back in 2008!
HUSH's vibrant mural from the 2013 edition of Nuart brightened up our day on a wet and windy afternoon as we took a stroll around the city with Natalie Hegert from Artslant who was invited as part of this years Nuart Plus program which saw her on the panel for a discussion on Street Art and Activism.
A few pieces from stencil artist Nick Walker are still to found on the city wall including a censored version of his iconic Mooning Lisa piece which is very impressive considering these stencils were created in 2009.
Beautiful hand painted large scale paste-up from Swoon sits alongside the work of David Choe on this city centre wall.
The work of Dotmasters at Tou Scene, a multi-levelled former brewery and venue for the NuArt exhibition and Nu Music, Norway’s underground music festival which happens to takes place the same weekend Nuart begins.
For the street art enthusiast visiting the city there is a link to Google Maps available on NuArt festival website (and below) pinpointing some of the location of the work. The team at the festival have also created its own iPhone app powered by Geo Street Art that allows you to locate Nuart's street work on your iPhone from previous years around the city.
Stavanger city itself is only a short jump from London serviced with flights from Heathrow and Gatwick airports making this a great destination for lovers of street art and with us having only scratched the surface of the cities street art in our few short days in town we look forward to our return to the city.