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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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Rustam Qbic “After School” Mural in Bodo, Norway

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Russian artist Rustam Qbic has been very busy lately traveling the globe and painting recognizable surrealist murals. He recently flew back to Norway, this time to take part @ Upnorth festival in Bodo.

Visiting the quaint and remote parts of Norway for the first time, the artist was impressed with the nature and the peaceful life there. This inspired him to create more playful image than what we’re used from him. “After School” depicts a young boy spraying the Northern Lights onto the sky with his spray paint. The finished piece nicely blends his love for graffiti, the movement that opened the doors of the world for him, along with this beautiful local phenomenon, adding the local townscape to the image. Keeping his illustrative aesthetics and attention to detail, as well as creating surrealist imagery, Qbic certainly justified his 2nd invitation to Norway in less than 2 months with this piece.

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Ernest Zacharevic – Studio Visit – Henrik Haven

Henrik Haven recently took a trip to Ernest Zacharevic’s studio in Penang to snap some shots of him and Martin Whatson working on a new series of collaboration pieces for the Different Strokes group show.

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Different strokes is a large group show curated by Giancarlo Petrucci (Graffiti Prints) in conjunction with Hin Bus Depot, which features new work by Ernest Zacharevic (Lithuania), Sandra Chevrier (Canada), Icy and Sot (Iran/NYC), Martin Whatson (Norway), Beejoir (UK), Alexface (Thailand), BON (Thailand), Snik (UK), Nafir (Iran), Sabek (Spain), Levalet (France), Roamcouch (Japan) and Gabriel Pitcher (UK) – more coverage of that coming soon!

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NUART FIGHT CLUB 2014

Fight Club is an alcohol fuelled panel debate held at a local pub. The intent being to loosen the tongues, morals and attitudes of artists, panellists and audience alike.
This years fight club was hosted by Eirik Knudsen with participants Evan Pricco, Managing Editor of Juxtapoz, Rj Rushmore, founder of Vandalog blog and activist and interventionist based artists Maismenos (PT) and Mathieu Tremblin (FR).

This year’s Nuart Plus program tackled the two ends of the street art-continuum, “safe murals” on the one hand and street art and activism on the other. While activism was an essential part of the early street art scene, we have over the last decade or so seen a gradual gravitation towards large scale council/institution and sponsor approved murals. Is this a development we should embrace as a natural development of the scene, or should it be vigorously contested?

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New Phlegm Mural in Moss, Norway

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Couple of weeks ago Phlegm was in Norway as a guest of Urban Samtidskunst and Galleri Lauritzen, painting a huge mural in an industrial town on Moss. Being at the premises of one of the biggest paper factories in the area, the artist was influenced with the old industrial architecture, and the present situation at the closed facility. Instead of ghostly halls, the artist witnessed new life being brought to these spaces through creative events, music, and great upcycling projects.

For the massive 25x35m he was painting, he decided to go with an entire new complex composition, using the wall sections as comic windows, instead of one large image. The idea was to use the architectural shapes and elements from his surrounding, which resulted with this impressive mural titled Totems. Along with painting one of the biggest walls in his career, this was a breakthrough concept for the artist and chances are we’ll be seeing more such murals from him in the future.

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