The Dirty Art: A Celebration of Norwegian Urban Art, VOL VI
Opening Reception: 18.01.2019 18:00 - 21:00
On Friday, January 18th, 2019, Blank Space is opening its newest show, The Dirty Art: A Celebration of Norwegian Urban Art, Vol 6, which is their sixth year highlighting Norwegian urban art and artists.
This time we do something a little different, and feature the award-winning series “Drabant” by Mikael Noguchi and Øyvind Holen.
The public is welcome Friday January 18th from 18:00 – 21:00, and every Sunday from 11:00 - 17:00 and Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 17:30 - 20:00 until February 28th 2019.
Curated by artist David Stenmarck
In our 6th installment of this yearly show, where we focus on active public artists whose main focus is to bring art directly to people, if not in unconventional (or legal) ways, we try something a little different.
This year we bring in creators Mikael Noguchi and Øyvind Holen to show off their work creating the award winning comic book Drabant. Drawn from a feeling of being on the outside, both in location and in society, this atypical series of growing up in a world where you feel invisible has found acclaim across genres. A critical look at Norway’s authoritative stance on the art form of graffiti, and the safe space it creates for those who yearn to feel a part of something, the moving writing of Holen is only matched by the incredible art provided by Noguchi.
In addition to the focus on the comic book itself, we invite the actual artists mentioned in the book to come and pay tribute to the book’s morals: Of creating a space for yourself in a world that doesn’t always care if you exist. Local and international street artists (from the controversial taggers to the more accepted muralists) join together to decorate Blank Space with their own personal expressions, for a chance to create a space where everyone - no matter how outside they may feel - can feel accepted.