Just a heads up that the NuArt 2011 catalogue is ready to print and available online here. It gives a good run down of the artists invited the program of workshops taking place and the films and talks we have scheduled during the weeks of NuArt. We print 3000 and distribute the paper from the gallery for those of you than can’t make it to Stavanger download the link from above.
So, it’s that time of year again! I’m off for the 6th time to Nuart 2011, this year sees a great line up of friends old and NU. The location is the beer halls at Tou Scene. An old and favorite location in Stavanger. The show opens on the 1st of October, with a wild night of dubstep from Hyperdub in the machine room next door it promises to be an outstanding opening night party. Details of who’s playing at numusic.no
My show production starts from the 18th, although there has been folk who have been hard at it for a long time already! I will of course update here, my take on the proceedings.
This year we release a book Eloquent Vandals with the history of the festival in glorious print, put together by back bone of the festival Victoria & marte (sounds like a song by the fall). Anyhow it will be released at the launch party in the gallery on the last weekend of the show (end of October). Although i am not on the official line up i am sure there will be some Dotmasters stuff up on the streets of Stavanger this year.
It’s been a hard week, 16 hour days in the wind and the rain, and all too seldom the sun. After 3 days helping Ben Eine in Bergen (traditionally the wettest city on the west coast) in the blazing sunshine, i was hopeful that Stavanger would deliver the same. WRONG! The building above is the Lervig brewery, yes i got given the keys of a brewery and painted a bloody wall. Talk about couldn’t organise a piss up in a… Mike, the master brewer even offered me use of the company fridge! Hard to get enthusiastic for getting drunk in the rain 8m in the air in a cherry picker…..DAM. Dodging raindrops the size of 50mm shells meant working through the night, in the vain hope that the forecasts were right. WRONG! But its nearly there and i”ve only a day more tweaking and introducing some stencil elements. The still above is from Martin Hawks, (Saft films) during the week he road tested some new camera equipment out and produced some stunning time lapse (with a difference!!) . He must of shot 1000’s of frames and each nights brought its own weather logistics, cameras don’t seem to like the rain much either. But wait till you see it…..beautifully filmed. Thanks to Carl for the shots below…again stunning, and of course the Nuart crew, and Reed productions for setting the whole thing up.
Arrived and had 24hrs to paint the stuff i was going to show. An all nighter and some of the next day and the wall was hung with minutes to spare. Busy beyond belief, the prizes left over from Glastonbury selling out in minutes. Sold allot of work, funny been working in Stavanger for 6 years now and never really had an product to sell, suppose the folk here have been waiting cos there’s not much left.
Thanks to all who came and supported the event, thanks to all those who bought some work, and thanks to Tore, Randi, Susan, and of course Reed Projects who made it all possible.
you can check out more photographs of the show at the nuart flickr page here
So in Stavanger again, this time for a different reason, Nuart happens later in the year. This time for Reed productions first sale show at Skur 2 in downtown Stavanger (do they have a downtown?) Anyway a great line up for this sales show featuring allot of work from Martyns own collection as well as work by Dolk and myself made especially for the show. Opens the 1st of july and looks to be a busy night. There are a few other events happening over the next two weeks in Bergen and stavanger but will post more as they happen.
So…Here’s your first chance to watch “Eloquent Vandals” the film about the Nuart’s festival 2008. Half an hour long and made with a hell of allot of good will. Its not a bad snapshot of what happens at Nuart (if you ignore the horrid lies that i break our artists noses). Any how you can watch it Monday January 31st at 10.00 GMT at the brooklynite gallery site. The film was directed and shot and lit by Martin Hawkes with myself conducting all the interviews and doing the sound . There is a fantastic soundtrack by Nick smith and the whole thing was put together at Saft films under the watchful eye of Mr Nuart himself Martyn Reed. Its worth a look and features footage of Nuart 2007 plus in depth interviews and a general look and feel at what we do at Nuart. There are lots of free give aways available on the day so turn on, tune in, and Get up!
A cool interactive map for Nuart has been made by an unlikely source Aftenbladet you can see it here.
When i say unlikely it is because, as Stavangers widest read local paper it was astonishing to find absolutely no coverage of the event with in its pages during the weeks that it occured. The paper refused to cover the event stating (from an unnamed source) “that the paper had covered the festival for the last 9 years and didn’t see why it should cover the festival in its 10th year” of course this sort of logic is obvious to a provincial paper, ignoring the fact that the event was covered from the 4 corners of the planet by papers, magazines blogs and the like.
I’d like to thank Aftenbladet for the map, better late than never. Its a cool Map and shows each of the locations of the works as well up as pop up pictures of the works.
Well this blog has been somewhat short of entries the last couple of weeks, mostly due the amount of work involved in Nuart and the subsequent partying. For those of you that don’t know i am the head of production for Nuart, so not only do i paint in the festival but i solve problems for the artists, fix cherry pickers, gather equipment and generally give the crew a hard time….they love it though 🙂 The weather for the last week of Nuart has been awful, some days saw 50mm of rain and despite this we managed to produce a hell of allot of large landmark works around the town. Sten & Lex were the worst hit, pasting a 11m by 6m poster then cutting it on the wall is not the easiest thing in driving rain, although Dolk came in as a easy second, my god it rained. Spent Friday up a cherry picker with Dolk sketching out his piece 12m in the air on the Norwegian coast in a full gale. Had to do the same job the next night as he was painting on water and nothing stuck to the wall. Roa, Blu and Eric il Cane had the best of the weather although they didn’t get off lightly. In the end we succeeded, The crew were amazing, the organisation faultless and the artists persevered through all that Stavanger could throw at them, both on and off the cherry pickers. I can still see Vhils and Joal wide eyed and dancing at the K-bar at the after party of Numusic an hour before their filghts. Allot of fun and allot of work, a good mix.
A blitz spirit developed among the crew and artists during the extended festival with all becoming great friends in the face of adversity. Big love to all involved
So its over for another year, there are still a few loose ends to tie up there are rumors of a book and there is a planned release of the film Eloquent vandals soon to be realeased, shot in 2008 its a backstage look at the festival. stay tuned