TRAGICOMIC FIGURES BY FREDRIK RADDUM

by Ariadna Zierold

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Oslo, Norway based Fredrik Raddum works with sculpture, installation, photo and performance related journeys. He has exhibited at various spaces since 2001. Raddum popularizes serious themes and embodies them in tragicomic animal and human figures resembling cartoon characters. Clichés and icons are twisted and turned in to new settings. Without obvious display of critical attitude, Raddum’s sculptures drop subtle hints encouraging the viewer to think beyond the initial encounter.

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EXPRESSIVE WATERCOLORS BY TINE ISACHSEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Oslo, Norway based Tine Isachsen is an artist that works with line drawing, watercolor, photography and video-art. She studied at Central Saint Martins – London and The National Academy of The Arts in Oslo.

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Isachsen’s work has always been focused on faces and the human body with an emphasis on expression and emotion. Her work has a distinctive and expressive style, seducing the viewer into a dreamlike world where unsettling beauty emerges.

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CHILD-LIKE ILLUSTRATIONS BY OSCAR GRONNER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Norway-based graphic designer Oscar Grønner’s illustrations introduce us to a strange cast of characters. Rendered in a naive style at odds with the more polished aesthetic of his design work, Oscar draws weighty figures in white worlds. Some pose sphinx-like in the desert whilst others gaze out to sea. The almost monolithic quality of Oscar’s childlike illustrations almost recalls the tubular style of Fernand Léger’s semi-abstract paintings.

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ELLA AND PITR FINISH THE LARGEST ROOF PAINTING IN THE WORLD FOR NUART FESTIVAL IN NORWAY

by Ariadna Zierold

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For the 2015 edition of the Nuart Street Art Festival in Norway, French artist duo Ella & Pitr have completed the largest rooftop painting in the world. This is located in the Block Berge Bygg construction company located in the municipality of Klepp in Rogaland county.

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The piece is titled “Lilith and Olaf” and depicts a curled up girl with painted toenails dropping a small king from her hand. The work is a tongue-in-cheek depiction of King Olaf I of Norway whose birthplace is cited as an islet in Frøylandsvatnet — a lake just meters distance from the paintings’s location.

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Passing planes overhead can spot the monumental painted work from the sky, offering onlookers an unconventional look at the landscape through the quirky and creative intervention. Ella & Pitr are known for their ambitiously large paintings in a similar illustrative style.

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All images via the artists.

Video via Brooklyn Street Art.

 

Nuart 2014 Coverage: Tou Scene’s Ølhallene

This year’s Nuart Festival in Stavanger, Norway is once again buzzing with street artists from around the globe including:

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)±MAISMENOS± (PT)SPY (ES)STRØK (NO)TILT (FR).

In addition to the outdoor public works, Nuart stages one of the most anticipated exhibitions of the year at Tou Scene’s Ølhallene.  The exhibition runs until October 12th. Photographer Henrik Haven sends us the latest photos:

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NUART EXHIBITION

Venue: Beerhalls, Tou Scene

Opening hours:

WED – FRI: 12.00 – 17.00
SAT – SUN: 11.00 – 16.00
MON – TUE: CLOSED

For more info visit nuartfestival.no

 

DOT DOT DOT debut solo exhibition at Reed Projects

In 2007, after almost a decade of graffiti writing under various names and guises, Norwegian artist DOT DOT DOT (NO) took to stencil art with a passion. Since then he has become well known for his distinctive stenciled style recognized around the world. As someone schooled on the streets in Oslo’s Graffiti community, Dot Dot Dot drew inspiration from the worlds of contemporary art and politics and took full advantage of the social contexts as material for his work.

The show, While you slept , presents a body of work that combines both well known key works from his career with a series of original works created for the occasion. Dot Dot Dot’s clever angle on the contemporary art world and its politics is brought together finally in one place for a debut solo exhibition at Reed Projects and open to the public until June 28th.

Dot Dot Dot
While You Slept…
Skur 2 Skansenkaien, Stavanger, Norway.
Until June 28th
www.reedprojects.no

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