Aarhus, Denmark (PRWEB UK) 3 April 2012
The city of Aarhus in Denmark is the venue for some of the absolute biggest names in mural art and graffiti with 15 artists from five countries installing themselves in an empty building at the city’s harbour. The artists are painting the 3000 m2 exhibition space from floor to ceiling with murals played out against the raw concrete architecture of the former industrial building. An exhibition with the artists’ mobile paintings is running simultaneously. Bids can be placed on these works of art as they are at auction at Lauritz.com from 30 March-12 April 2012.
The exhibition Paintopia at the Port of Aarhus can be experienced from 30 March to 4 April 2012 in the disused building Mindet 6, first floor, Port of Aarhus. Afterwards the paintings will be at Lauritz.com Aarhus.
The participating artists are:
From South Africa: Faith47 and DALeast
From New York: Duro and James Top
From Germany: ECB and Loomit
From Sweden: Ikaroz and Puppet
From Denmark: Clean, Bates, Storm, Tweb76, Anders Reventlov Larsen, SwetOne and Bill Bach
Among the artists are two pioneers from New York’s graffiti movement, Duro and James Top, who today are in their 50s and still active in the scene. Another rare sight for this part of the world is Faith47 from South Africa and DALeast, who is originally from China. Both mainly do figurative work and are in demand the world over both in the museum world and commercially.
This is the first time so many big name street artists visit Aarhus. Besides the building at the harbour the artists will be painting other building facades elsewhere in the city.
Mette Rode Sundstrøm, Lauritz.com’s CEO, explains why the auction house has created a project like Paintopia:
”We’ve long been involved in supporting mural art and graffiti as it ties in so well with Lauritz.com’s own view on art dissemination. We think art should meet people there where they’re living their everyday life –in the home, at work and on the street. Art shouldn’t only be enjoyed in galleries and museums. It should live among people. Mural art and graffiti confronts its public at eye level, allowing you to make up your own mind about it. It sparks creativity and energy in the public space, and reflects both the society and times we’re living in. Having said this we can require graffiti has something to say and has artistic value. All the artists in Paintopia have these in abundance”.
Behind the project:
The title Paintopia refers to the reality the street artist often experiences – the desire to paint freely on the street and in public spaces as well as the longing for a response to his or her art. Goals that often collide head-on with society’s partial criminalization of this art form on the one hand and the wall of acceptance and institutionalization put up by galleries and museums on the other – all combining to place restraints on their art.
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