This is the 2nd or 3rd time i have donated to my good friend Martin Whatson’s appeal for works for the Eco Moyo Education Center in Kenya. Its a worthy cause and great auction . Martin has been around for a while and has a great deal of friends in the street based art world.
The piece i’ve donated is one of the most complicated i have made. Its a 40 colour image out of the “Stick em Up!” series called ‘Bunch’ was framed by 2b gallery in Mallorca.
So… i said, ” you know i don’t use a computer when i make these gaffa taped objects to the wall. I just print them out 9 times usually in black and white and then cut each colour registering each to the one before it.
Ourtypes said “You should make a film that explains that”
It was nice to be asked back to Nuart after a few years away from Stavanger. As i used to work on production for the festival, the visit was radically different to my previous years experiences. Coupled with the fact i was painting my new Gaffa-tape “Stick em” up series, it gave me a fresh pair of eyes to see the town and festival. No cherry pickers, no assistants and no confirmed walls meant i was free to wander the town and paint these little pieces on doors and electrical cabinets at my own pace.
In my opinion, the placement of art on the street is often key to the work’s success, both visually and, often, in terms of its longevity. It’s a dynamic that is hard to re-create during a festival, as artists from all over the world descend on a town or city with pre-ordered paint, ideas and walls. With artists wanting to go large, festivals wanting a mark worthy of the booking and a city wanting eye-candy to brighten its darkest corners, that placement is often overlooked. As a producer, i am only too well aware of the conflict between all the interests, the art form and its roots. So it was great when Martyn Reed offered a retro way of working for my trip to Nuart 2019.
A map showing the spots painted over the 4 days in town.
Nuart is a festival close to my heart, it’s always great fun and the shows in the beer halls at Tou have been some of my proudest production moments. It’s always a great crew thats easy to work with and a real party feeling for the week or two that you’re there. Loved a lot of the work around me and it was a pleasure to be asked back to take part
Above Oscar and Gabriel, local rude kids who have grown up with Nuart and who i’ve know through the festival since birth. This year they made it into the show.