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NUART 2015

NUART FESTIVAL 2015
Festival: 3 – 5 September; Exhibition: 6 September – 11 October

Isaac Cordal_image courtesy of the artist

Celebrating its fifteenth anniversary, Nuart Festival – the world’s leading celebration of street art – will take place on the first week of September, 2015.

For the fifteenth year running, renowned artists from around the world will descend upon Stavanger, Norway with murals, installations and interventions popping up across the city. Tou Scene centre for contemporary arts, a former 19th century brewery, will host the festival’s indoor exhibition.

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Nuart Plus, the festival’s annual symposium of academic and industry debates, artist presentations and film screenings will take place at Scandic Stavanger City hotel from Thursday 3 – Saturday 5 September. Here, key figures such as Evan Pricco (Juxtapoz), Jaime Rojo and Steven Harrington (Brooklyn Street Art) and critic and author Carlo McCormick will come together with artists and academics to delve into the culture’s roots and reflect on its place within the wider contemporary art canon. The three day programme is open to everyone, free of charge, and central to Nuart’s efforts to encourage critical discourse around street art in an accessible and democratic way.

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Alongside the recurrent theme of Situationism, this year’s festival will explore notions of play and the ludic tendencies within street art and urban culture. From Jamie Reid – pioneer of the punk visual aesthetic – to conceptual artist Harmen de Hoop, photographer Martha Cooper and abstract graffiti pioneer Futura, leading practitioners from across the spectrum of street art will demonstrate how they approach their craft within the subject of play.

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Nuart’s education programme – the largest street art education programme in the world – reaches out to over 2,600 children to teach them how to make their own artwork using techniques such as stencilling and wheatpasting. Devised in partnership with Den kulturelle skolesekken (a Government funded initiative for art and culture), the programme aims to inspire the next generation of street artists, thus ensuring the culture’s sustainability.

Founder and Director, Martyn Reed says:

“The focus of this year’s festival is once again Situationism, which initially inspired punk and more latterly the street art and activist movements we see today. We’re looking to establish where the culture of street art comes from and where it could potentially go: we want to get deeper and attach this culture to a long tradition of unsanctioned creativity on the streets, so that the powers that be don’t brand it as a “fad” as they did with graffiti in the 1980’s. The DIY aspects of Situationism, punk, graffiti and street art are closely aligned with traditions of play, and their connection all the more pertinent this year with the likes of Jamie Reid and Futura confirmed.”

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Nuart is initiating a number of satellite projects to mark the festival’s landmark 15th Anniversary:

In collaboration with the newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad, Nuart will launch The Aftenblad Wall: a 6m x 3m billboard erected in the east of the city and a new permanent site for art in Stavanger. Contemporary artists unaccustomed to working in the streets will be invited to adopt the scale and visibility of advertising to present their work in the public domain, with Canada’s Sandra Chevrier the first participating artist.

Nuart is also attempting a world’s first with the French artists Ella & Pitr who, alongside partners Block Berge Bygg, are set to create the world’s largest outdoor mural in Klepp on the outskirts of Stavanger. The finished work will cover 21,000m2, the equivalent of 5 football pitches.

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Join us in celebrating 15 groundbreaking years: both for Nuart and the thriving, important and enduring art form we represent.

A full programme of events and schedule will be announced in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please visit www.nuartfestival.no for more information on this year’s artists and check back soon for updates on Nuart Plus, workshops, street art walks and satellite projects.

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Nuart Festival 2015 artists:

Bordalo II (PT), Bortusk Leer (UK), Dolk (NO), Dotdotdot (NO), Ella & Pitr (FR), Ernest Zacharevic (LT), Futura (US), Harmen de Hoop (NL), Icy & Sot (IL), Isaac Cordal (ES), Jamie Reid (UK), Martha Cooper (US), Martin Whatson (NO), Outings Project (FR), Pejac (ES), Pixelpancho (IT) and introducing The Aftenblad Wall, with Sandra Chevrier (CA)

Exhibition opening date:
Saturday 5 September at 19:00, Tou Scene
Exhibition period: Sunday 6 September – Sunday 11 October
Opening hours: Wednesday – Friday 12:00 to 17:00 / Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 to 16:00
Closed Monday and Tuesday
Entrance fee: 70kr adults/40kr concessions

Website: www.nuartfestival.no
Facebook: www.facebook.com/nuartfestival
Instagram: www.instagram.com/nuartfestival
Twitter: www.twitter.com/nuartfestival

Just Another Collection

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Over the last decade Just Another has been collecting a diverse range of artwork from a myriad of emerging and established artists from across the globe. Now is not only your chance to check out a portion of it, but you could also purchase a piece and end up owning a part of history!

Showing a range of work from some of the world’s best artists head down to the Just Another Project Space in Melbourne, this Thursday 6 August, to check it out!

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‘A Feature Presentation’ – Hanna Newman and Joshua Smith

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The USA based Unearthed film production studios were a horror film studio at large in the 1970s. Rivaling the Amicus and Hammer Horror film studios, the company, formed by Hanna Newman and Joshua Smith was big hit in Grind-house theatres until an explosion occurred on the set of the unreleased film ‘The Sisters of Satan’ in 1979 engulfing the entire film studios in fire.

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‘Post-Graffiti Pacific’ – Benjamin Work

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Part three in our ongoing ‘Post-Graffiti Pacific’ roles out today, with a comprehensive chat with artist Benjamin Work. Benjamin is of mixed Scottish and Tongan ancestry, and intially struggled to find a sense of belonging and gravitated towards the pop-cultural influences emanating from Los Angeles in the 1990s, such as skate, fashion, gang and graffiti culture. Today, Benjamin’s journey to learn more about his Tongan ancestry has led him to discover images of antique Tongan weapons finely carved with often overlooked symbols of warriors and royalty. These key figures in motion, form the majority of Benjamin’s works with strength and power and occasionally, the Lupe, a pacific bird of peace, feature in his works. He continues to explore the power of kula (red) and uli (black) and their connections to titles, Christian beliefs and youth gangs in Tongan thinking and practice.

Damo: What does it mean to you to be part of ‘Post-Graffiti Pacific’?
Benjamin: It’s a statement from a group of creatives that marks a place in time (tā) and space (vā). We are situated in a unique and rich part of the globe that has been subject to many misconceptions throughout the ages, so we are one part of that voice telling our stories from this region of the world. Just like our forefathers who were explorers venturing into uncharted waters, also with us, as we explore what it looks like to be Post graffiti in the Pacific Region.

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‘Post-Graffiti Pacific’ – Route52

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Next up in our ‘Post-Graffiti Pacific’ series is Route52. Route52 (Brendan Kitto) expanded from the activities of skating and graffiti to the documentation of what he perceived as important youth culture. With age, this concept was further refined. His need to document process and happenings, capturing a time and place, became his point of difference in graffiti documentation, since most people at the time would only photograph the final result. This patience to capture THE shot in urban popular culture and fashion, has enabled him to exhibit his photos in both group and solo shows. With respect to the past and moving forward with the future, Route52 embraces medium format, 35mm and digital photography, with his own in-house black and white development dark room.

Damo: What does it mean to you to be part of Post-Graffiti Pacific?
Route52: Being able to take the next step into the art arena with friends I have been doing graffiti with over the past 10 – 15 years.

Damo: Can you talk us through your piece, and how you responded to the brief from conception to finalisation?
Route52: There was no brief really, apart from bring your best. I concentrated on a body of work that that I have been working on over the last 4 – 5 years, which is the protests that have been happening regularly over that time.

I chose to work with images from the deep sea oil drill protests and visited parts of New Zealand’s West Coast to shoot images of the landscape that would be affected if a oil spill was to happen.

Damo: How does your piece reflect the ‘dawn of a new movement in art’?
Route52: I wouldn’t say my piece is the dawn of a new art movement, I would like it to make people think of the larger issues rather than their favourite contestant getting voted off a reality TV programme.

Damo: How do you define street art? Has your inclusion in Post-Graffiti Pacific changed your view on this?
Route52: I have no idea on how to define street art , I painted graffiti.

Damo: How does it feel to be included in an exhibition among several of your contemporaries?
Route52: It is great to be alongside people I now call my friends, people I looked up to whilst learning the ropes of graffiti and to be here with them now is surreal sometime.

Damo: Did this influence you in any way?
Route52: It totally did, started from the bottom now we are here.

@route52
www.route52.co.nz

‘Post-Graffiti Pacific’ is now on show at aMBUSH Gallery, Central Park, Sydney.

‘1+1=0′ – DSCREET

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Dscreet’s first Australian show in over 10 years opens this Thursday the 23rd of July at Dangerfork, 1-5 Perry Street, Collingwood.

There will be a glow in the dark print release to coincide with the exhibition and to see this print in all its element and as well as other glow works the atmosphere will be quiet dark.

The show itself has developed into an installation of Dscreet’s teenage life which gives an insight to his warped decision making process.

@dscreetsheet

@dangerfork

Risk – Old Habits Die Hard – Monograph

Legendary Graffiti Writer RISK has released a 350-page monograph. Detroit printmakers, 1xRUN & cultural curator Roger Gastman have joined forces to publish the definitive book on one of the pioneering Los Angeles graffiti originators.

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1xRUN is pleased to present the definitive book on Los Angeles graffiti originator and icon RISK. Old Habits Die Hard recounts a career spanning over four decades with RISK detailing his history, failures, success and of course the many brushes with the law. Old Habits Die Hard is available for purchase online now from – href=”http://www.1xrun.com/runs/Old_Habits_Die_Hard”>www.1xrun.com/runs/Old_Habits_Die_Hard

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‘Post-Graffiti Pacific’ – Askew One

As part of ‘Post-Graffiti Pacific’ currently on show at aMBUSH Gallery in Sydney’s Central Park we have been lucky enough to have a quick Q&A with some of the contributing artists. To begin this ongoing series we present to you, Askew One.

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With a strong self-taught background in graffiti, graphic design and videography, Askew One’s geographical isolation of Auckland, New Zealand, hasn’t held him back from presenting his work to the world and he is now considered to be one of the leading figures of graffiti and urban contemporary art from the Pacific region.

Using skills in photography, graphic design, graffiti and traditional painting, Askew One captures his audience with visually complex and pleasing paintings whilst drawing attention to the economic and environmental issues affecting the smaller Pacific nations of Oceania.

Damo: What does it mean to you to be part of Post-Graffiti Pacific?
Askew One: I’m stoked to see this show come to fruition. From many late night debates amongst my friends over drinks, trying to define who we are as artists to first connecting with the aMBUSH guys and them giving this chance to share this revelation.

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Post-Graffiti Pacific

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Post-Graffiti Pacific is not just another graffiti exhibition. It’s a statement and a definition – a bold assertion of language, history, culture, expression and the significance of place in art making. Curator Olivia Laita and her line-up of seven leading Post-Graffiti Pacific artists are proposing, with conviction, the dawn of a new movement in art.

Post-Graffiti Pacific seeks to clarify the way we discuss urban contemporary art. Today’s urban contemporary artists have evolved to straddle the divide between public and studio practice and terms like ‘graffiti’ and ‘street art’ have become insufficient to describe their activities and motivations. ‘Post-Graffiti’ is now a recognised term, used to describe the work of artists whose backgrounds in graffiti inform their professional artistic practice.

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Arkham Knight – Cape & Cowl Exhibition

For those of you who missed it…

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WB Games UK teamed up with twenty of the most exciting contemporary artists and media celebrities to celebrate the launch of Batman: Arkham Knight with a new exhibition reimagining the Caped Crusader’s iconic Cape and Cowl headpiece, running at Kachette, Shoreditch, London back in June.

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Using life-sized replicas of Batman’s famous costume as a blank canvas, each artist and celebrity will produce their own unique interpretation of the Dark Knight’s attire.

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Featuring celebrities from the worlds of TV, film, music and fashion, such as Jonathan Ross, Noel Clarke, Eliza Doolittle and Jodie Kidd and high profile artists such as Nancy Fouts, Lauren Baker, Hayden Kays, Inkie, Pam Glew, INSA, The Connor Brothers, Zeus, Matt Small, Jon Burgerman, Case, CRASH, Cyclops, Kid Acne, Logan Hicks and Pure Evil, the exhibition will run through the launch week of Batman: Arkham Knight.

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Produced and curated by Moniker Projects.

Picture: Tom Dymond/REX Shutterstock