Xplosif presents: Lo&Behold
ADAMS (S), E.B. ITSO (DK), PØBEL (N), RIDDER (N), COPE2 (US), INDIE 184 (US), HONET (F), INXS (F), ATLE ØSTREM (N)
Graffiti, paintings, installations, photo documentation, video, performance
Adams & E.B.Itso: End of the Line /DSB3
The ultimate thrill in art is when I feel I have experienced something unique, something few others have experienced, something that rarely happens, something that makes you look at things differently, something that gives great inspiration, something that goes beyond my expectations. This describes my feelings after the opening of the "Lo&Behold" exhibition at Kinokino.
The exhibition is arranged as part of the Xplosif hip-hop festival, and for the first time the exhibition is held in Sandnes, in the experiment hall at Kinokino. It contains canvases, photos, videos and installations of major artists deep rooted in graffiti culture. Here are graffiti pieces transferred to canvas, figurative murals transferred to installations, text-and-figure murals evolved on canvases. Here are urban interventions documented in photos and videos. And the climax: Performances and lectures about artistic expeditions and urban interventions.
Ridder: Ridder Treeman Watching Oslo Destruction
Atle Østrem: Royal With Cheese + Animal Kingdom
The graffiti roots are easily found in the works of Cope2 and Indie184. Atle Østrem has evolved his own unique style paintings of text and personalities. Pøbel has created a fairytale from a broken can of paint. Ridder both presents paintings and a rather disturbing video of a shaman in the vicinity of Oslo, maybe in the controversial newly opened femininity sculpture park at Ekeberg. Adams and E.B.Itso have documented a project of a movable home on rails through Sweden. And Honet takes us on a crazy journey through famous buildings, baths and underground tunnels.
At the opening two lectures or performances were held. Inxs presented, or DJ’ed, a great video&music story about the conquest of ghost ships. And my personal absolute favourite: Adams and E.B.Itso talked and showed pictures about their past and present projects about alternative quarters nearby or on the railroad. The artists who have been underground both literally and symbolically, suddenly appear on the stage of Kinokino, presenting projects so intriguing and impressive I still have trouble believing they are true. A shed built by found material close to the railroad in Finland. An apartment under the Central station in Copenhagen. And when that was discovered, another one even more hidden, still in central Copenhagen. And a shed, still made by found material, moving on railroad tracks through Sweden. The climax was a video documenting how to reach the Central station apartment and their life inside it.
Inxs: Ghost Ships
I feel privileged to have experienced this. A huge thanks to Kinokino, Xplosif and all involved in arranging and pulling this through!