Axel Void has made his name as one of the finest exponents of classically-inspired murals whilst, at the other end of the scale, German artist Evol is equally revered for transforming inauspicious electrical boxes and street fixtures into miniature architectural models using intricately-cut, multi-layered stencils.
Nuart Festival is underpinned by the belief that art should be part of peoples everyday lives. In this same spirit, street artist Nipper will present an iteration of his Mission Directives project, which creates alternative zones of communication through the installation of temporary and interactive artworks in and around city centres. Some artworks are free for passers-by to take with them while others come with instructions for the finder to return the gesture by performing an artistic ‘action’ in public space. Visitors to the festival will be able to contribute to the project by making their own Mission Directives using materials provided and posting them at various locations around Stavanger.
By questioning who has the power and authority to communicate messages and create meaning in our shared spaces – and the public’s relationship to their urban environment – Mission Directives becomes part of a broader conversation of social significance.
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Axel Void (born Alejandro Hugo Dorda Mevs) was introduced to graffiti at the age of 13 – an experience which has strongly influenced his forms of expression and the conception of his artworks. Today, he is part of a generation of young painters who derive their dynamics from graffiti culture and urban art but are also strongly influenced by classical painting and drawing.
Born in Miami to a Haitian mother and a Spanish father, and raised in Spain from the age of three, Axel Void has studied at Contemporary Art institutions and Fine Art schools in Cádiz, Granada and Sevilla, where he remained active until moving to Berlin and then Miami in 2013, where he currently resides.
His most recent series of site-specific artworks portray quotidian life, called the ‘Gray series’. These are large-scale artworks derived from narrative stories that reach beyond the boundaries of their immediate surroundings as opposed to what simply fits into the site’s context.
German artist Evol uses a multi-layered stencil technique to transform electrical boxes and street fixtures into miniature architectural models.
Born in Heilbronn, Germany, he attended the Kuopio Acadamy of Arts and Crafts in Finland and has a degree in product design from HFG Schwäbisch Gmünd in Germany. His gallery work includes installations and paintings on reclaimed cardboard, where tears, marks, and folds in the material are incorporated into his compositions as part of the buildings’ façades.
Evol is interested in depicting the urban lives of ordinary people and believes that the character and history of any space is manifest on its surface. Many of his works are narrative or suggestive of the turbulent history of Berlin, where he currently lives and works. These ‘cities within cities’ are rendered so precisely it is often hard to tell whether or not you’re not looking at real buildings when viewing his work in photographs.
Nipper is a Bergen-based artist whose work focuses on social ideals of sharing, creativity and citizen-led communication in public space.
For Nuart 2016 Nipper will present his Mission Directives project, which creates alternative zones of communication through the installation of temporary and interactive artworks in and around city centres. By questioning who has the power and authority to communicate messages and create meaning in our shared spaces – and the public’s relationship to their urban environment – Mission Directives becomes part of a broader conversation of social significance.
The hash-tag #missiondirectives provides hints to the locations of his artworks, which will be situated in three key areas of the city: Storhaug in the east part of the city, the city centre, and along Pedersgata (the main artery that connects the two).