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DotDotDot Paints “Analogram” in Kristiansand, Norway

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Couple of weeks ago DotDotDot was in Kristiansand, Norway, painting new large mural for KRS Gadekunstlaug. The fresh piece titled “Analogram” is a great example of using unusual structure to create almost sculptural piece of public art.

Working on a large curved wall, the Norwegian artist saw an opportunity to use it’s peculiar shape and form to accent the image, so he painted this effective piece depicting an analog film frame with hand gesture for excellence. The image is artist’s commentary on the ways that social media keeps putting the pressure on creative work. Though powerful and effective tool in general, DotDotDot believes it shifted the focus from quality to quantity, with speed of producing becoming an important parameter. Mixing the vintage technology of analog film with universal sign of approval or excellence (instead of popular “like” symbol), “Analogram” is sort of a tribute to the “good ol days”, which is further underlined by golden background.

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Clever New Pieces by DotDotDot in Oslo

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DotDotDot recently spent some time working on new pieces on the streets of his hometown. Working on some new concepts and images, Norwegian artist painted 4 new pieces, including this large stencil piece of a rhino carrying a safety ring.

Along with large rhino in Scandinavia being kind of a glitch in the matrix, the idea of dangerous animal holding a life saving symbol is probably the key element of this piece. The artists left the interpretation to the observer as usual, but climate change and Norway’s new, strict policy towards refugees come to mind when looking at this work.

The other two piece are more focused on the modern technology and the ways it affect and form our reality. The first one is showing a beehive with drones buzzing around it, referring to drone craze that’s been taking over the world. The 2nd one is a simple thinking bubble with recognizable “loading” graphic inside, that comes to life once a random passer-by is next to it. The last one is a small intervention on a traffic sign, showing a driver tossing a bottle through the window as a reminder of Norway’s tough DUI laws.

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NUART Box Set – Win A MOBSTR Artist Proof Print!

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Featuring exclusive, signed limited edition screenprints from 15 of the worlds leading names in Street and Urban Art, NUART have released this limited edition boxset to celebrate 15 years of NUART, with 15 of the finest artists:

Bortusk Leer (UK, Jamie Reid (UK), Dotdotdot (NO), Isaac Cordal (ES), Martha Cooper (US), Futura (US), Fra Biancoshock (IT), Martin Whatson (Handfinished) (NO), Icy & Sot (IR), Ella & Pitr (FR), Sandra Chevrier (CA), Dotmasters (UK), Mobstr (UK), M-City (Hand-sprayed original) (PL), Pixel Pancho (IT)

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Here’s your chance to get your hands on an exclusive anniversary boxset featuring 15 of the worlds leading names in Street and Urban Art. Hugely collectible and desirable works from the likes of Futura, Martha Cooper, Jamie Reid and Sandra Chevrier amongst many others presented in a hand embossed bespoke presentation box.

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NUART 2015

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

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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
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Urban Nation – PM7 – BSA Persons Of Interest

Brooklyn Street Art recently kicked off the 7th part of Urban Nation’s Project M series. We caught up with BSA directors Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo to get the lowdown on their part of the project.

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VNA: So, why did you guys put this together?

Steve: We had a couple of goals when putting ‘Persons of Interest’ together – one was to counter the cultural imperialism that can happen in these large street art/mural festivals around the globe right now. It is sort of in response to a critique we have heard in the last few years as an international circuit of recurring Street Art “names” go into a host city and leave work that people can’t relate to personally. We wanted to leave work that people in Berlin could feel connected to.

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Jaime: We also asked each of the 12 artists to do research and produce a portrait of someone who lived in Germany or who lives in Brooklyn and is from Germany – a cultural exchange that highlights the real connection that Brooklyn and Berlin artists communities have had for decades, something we’re both personally familiar with as artists. The results have been nothing short of amazing (and gratifying) to us, because each of the artists chose people who they also relate to – realist and Dadaist artists, social and political activists, a writer and poet, an icon of the silver screen, Turkish immigrants, even a German photographer who lives next door to one of the artists in Brooklyn.

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NUART PLUS Festival – Photo Round-Up

VNA were invited to check out NUART Festival in Norway, apart from being rainy and £10-a-beer expensive, it was also pretty good. These are some of the shots from Henrik Haven and Butterfly of what went on (mainly because they’re heaps better photographers than any of the VNA team)

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This years event featured a mostly Euro-centric line-up, including Andreco, Borondo, Fra.Biancoshock, Dotdotdot, Etam Cru, Icy & Sot, Levalet, Martin Whatson, Mathieu Tremblin, Strøk, Spy, Tilt, M-City, Maismenos and John Fekner, as well as a rad wonky Scandi-house collab from Liam Hayhow & Epifany.

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Urban Nation – Project M/3 – Berlin

Urban Nation’s Director, Yasha Young, had a few words to say about the latest installation of their Project M series, part 3:

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MARTHA COOPER ⁄ DOTDOTDOT ⁄ ERNEST ZACHAREVIC ⁄ VARIOUS & GOULD ⁄ M-CITY ⁄ LEVALET ⁄ PLOTBOT KEN ⁄ DAVID HOCHBAUM ⁄ MARTIN WHATSON ⁄ EVOL ⁄ BUFF DISS

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Urban Nation – PROJECT M/3 Berlin

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Project M is a temporary art project with the objective to improve the neighborhood, to push creativity and to connect people. At regular intervals Urban Nation with director Yasha Young invites a group of internationally acclaimed contemporary urban artists to re-design the facade and shop windows of a prominent residential building in Berlin, while it is being reconstructed.

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