With the growing rise of Muralism, it was a breath of fresh air to see activist artists pursuing their actions, whether through interventions in the streets of Stavanger or through the heated debates at NuArt Plus.
±MAISMENOS± (PT) played with letters to highlight political and media issues: Norway becomes No Way, the Medium is the Mess Age, while SPY (ES) uses blacklight to show T error.
Icy & Sot (IR) stencils depicted images of war, peace and society issues.
The floating rocks from Andreco (IT) paid tribute to nature and ecology, while Levalet (FR) created installations with reference to the oil issue.
Media is also a hot topic for activist artists like John Felkner (US), and Fra.Biancoshock (IT) provocative piece on social media definitively generated a multitude of reactions, while the Facebook wall from Mathieu Tremblin (FR) in a tunnel of Stavanger invited the public to interact.
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September 7-October 12
Tou Scene (Kvitsøygaten 25, 4012 Stavanger, Norway
Known for his large scale expressionistic portraiture and his “glass scratching’ painting technique, Spanish artist Borondo created an oudoor mural as well as an indoor installation for the Nuart Festival.
The indoor installation features a quirky wooden house which lines look like they come out of a Scandinavian fairy tale.
In parallel a selection of scratch-painted windows have been suspended. Playing with light and shadows, viewers can see an image on the window, while its shadowy reflection on the wall shows added or different elements. For example a skull projects a shadow of a face, a tree of life comes out of a female body, and so on. The public reaction is impressive as they are left confused and wondering how did this happen?
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Sainer and Bezt of the Etam Cru kick started the NuArt Festival in Norway, illustrating a little school boy fallen asleep. Looking at the content of his bag, it seems to have been a busy day, between the lessons from his storybook and some spraypraint activities. So tired that he left his lunch half eaten, much to the delight of a little mouse posing on top.
The Paradise Gardens is a free family festival and a feast for all the senses in the new London Pleasure Gardens site. Featuring a vintage fair, performance arts, live music, pyrotechnic galore and all kinds of entertainment, this is definitively a destination for the summer. But a festival wouldn’t be the same without street art and graffiti…
Fresh from Paris, Shepard Fairey and the Obey Giant team finished a large scale mural.
To top it all, celebrated US street and graffiti artists Risk, Ron English and TrustoCorp are joining in and completing outdoor intallations, as part of Letters of America. The project then continues its UK invasion with an all-American Independence Day celebration – in association with Corey Helford Gallery LA on Wednesday, July 4 at Black Rat Gallery.
Full set of pics by Butterfly here
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London Pleasure Gardens
Gate 1, North Woolwich Rd, London