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AVSTAMPET (THE TAKE-OFF)

Vernissage: 11th of May 2012, Greta Garbos torg (Stockholm)

As we’ve written before – there is no stagnation around Sanna-Lisa Gesang-Gottowt. She is not only a talented artist but an innovator with great visions and enthusiasm. Last Friday, Sanna-Lisa opened Galleri Fotfolket, a mobile gallery consisting of three “art boxes”, carried around by people strolling in public spaces —  on streets, squares and in parks. The aim of the gallery is to show alternative ways of exhibiting art as well as stimulating thoughts and questions about the role of art in public spaces. Even thought the gallery has no problem of being a part of the discussion on what street art is and can be, Sanna-Lisa and her team do not see Gallery Fotfolket as a part of the street art genre. Rather — the gallery wants to explore the opportunities of public spaces and let the art become a part of / and seen by everyone that use these spaces.

The idea of the gallery grew from Sanna-Lisa’s frustration of not feeling artistically involved in the city. Moving home to Stockholm (after living in Portland, Oregano, for 8 years) Sanna-Lisa was surprised over the differences of  what is and isn’t allowed in the public spaces of those two cities. Portland has a vivid art scene including everyone who want’s to be a part of it — while Stockholm is known for its zero tolerance when it comes to street art and graffiti (see more here & here). And as a consequences, this makes the whole debate of art in public spaces even more complicated.

However and beside “zero tolerance” Galleri Fotfolket’s take off seemed successful and many people showed both interest and positive responses on the opening night (read articles in Swedish here and here). The first exhibition, “Avstampet” (The take off) shows artwork by 12 artists from Sweden and USA and will be on-going during the month. So — if you’re in Stockholm, keep your eyes open for “two-legged” art boxes!

Konsthopp loves the initiative and sends Sanna-Lisa a big congratulations!

Photographs by Sophie Koch (Thank you Sophie!)

Artists: Shora D. Goldkuhl, Stefan Niklasson, Gustav Engström, Hello Jenka, JoAnn Kneedler, Max Magnus Norman, Mack McFarland, Michael Chambers, Ola Carlberg, Rickard ”magOwl” Falk, Rochelle Kulei.

Date: Over a one month period – starting from 11th of May 2012

Place: Greta Garbos Torg (or other public spaces in Stockholm)

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“SO I COULD PUNCH PABLO PICASSO”

Artist talk: Sanna-Lisa Gesang-Gottowt (Sweden)

Political and without borders is how you could describe Sanna-Lisa — and with an attitude that doesn’t call everthing her grandmother.

This is how the artist describes her style:

“I usually mix mediums and sometimes include found objects for their symbolic value. In general I am attracted to and use a lot of texture, colour and shape. I always have a social and/or political message but it can be hard to decipher. To sum it up I guess my style is a socio-political discharge of colour and texture”.

There is no stagnation around Sanna-Lisa either, and soon she is opening up a public space gallery in Stockholm. The gallery (Galleri Fotfolket) is being built already and will have its first show in May 2012 – with an exhibition consisting of a number of pedestrian powered boxes. And that is something to be excited about!

We are happy to have Sanna-Lisa join us in our latest “Artist-talk”. Click here to read the whole interview!

Photograph belong to Sanna-Lisa Gesang-Gottowt

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DEFRAGMENTATION

Last chance: ROA in Stochkolm!

Photographs by Konsthopp

If you won’t be able to make it this weekend, you can also see his work in one of Stockholm’s suburbs, Alby


Artist: ROA

Date: 16th of February (hour: 16.00 – 19.00) & 17th of February (hour: 12.00 – 16.00)

Place: Hornbruksgatan 4, T-bana Hornstull (Högalidsparken), Stockholm

More info: The Scarlett Gallery

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VÄGGER

On-going: 28th of January – 26th of February 2012, Norræna húsið (Reykjavik)

In recent years there has been an increasing interest in a certain form of art, that is marking urban settings across the world and has even developed a specific sub-culture. In next few weeks Konsthopp is going to attract special attention to this kind of art — in other words — street art.

But what is street art? As most art forms, there is no simple definition of street art. The following definition is taken from Art Radar Asia:

It is an amorphous beast encompassing art which is found in or inspired by the urban environment. With anti-capitalist and rebellious undertones, it is a democratic form of popular public art probably best understood by seeing it in situ. It is not limited to the gallery nor easily collected or possessed by those who may turn art into a trophy. Considered by some a nuisance, for others street art is a tool for communicating views of dissent, asking difficult questions and expressing political concerns.

— Art Radar Asia, 21st of January 2012

Wall work by Gebes, Örn Tönsberg and Andrea

Art work by Ólafur Guðmundsson

Art work by Ólafur Guðmundsson

“Vägger” is a group exhibition of nine artists which links together two generations of street artists in Reykjavík along with a street artist from Denmark.

Street art exhibitions, specially in traditional exhibition space (“the white box”) have been up to this point — a quite rare sight in the Icelandic visual art scene. This is the third exhibition which Muses.is represents but the gallery was launched last year. According to the gallery the aim of the exhibition is; to reflect the development of last years and to show how street art has gone into traditional exhibition space with appropriate adjustments.

And for the brave ones, Muses.is have already started an online auction for the artworks from the exhibition. The prices are decided by the artists.

Date: 28th of January – 26th of February 2012

Artists: Andrea Helgadóttir, Björn Árnason, Gebes, Margeir Dire Sigurðarson, Orri, Ólafur Guðmundsson, Skúli Árnason, Þorsteinn Davíðsson and Örn Tönsberg

Place: Norræna húsið, Sturlugötu 5, Reykjavik

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STREET LIFE

Net stroll: 16th of February 2012

London, Paris, Rome …

Writing on walls has been a part of the humanity for centuries. Wherever you go, you find street art, graffiti or what some people might consider — art crimes. Since my teenage years, I have always admire this kind of art. Street art can even make structures like bus stops, bridges and subways look more interesting.

The pictures below shows street art around the world.

Los Angeles

Athens

Berlin

London

New York

Photos are taken from Etsy.com

I´m going to end this net stroll with an old time favorite. Ladies and gentleman, let´s play Street Life!

I play the streetlife, because there’s no place I can go
Streetlife – it’s the only life I know
Streetlife – and there’s a thousand parts to play
Streetlife – until you play your life away

You let the people see, just who you wanna be
And every night you shine, just like a super star
That’s how the life is played a temptin masquerade
You dress, you walk, you talk
You’re who you think you are

Streetlife …

Streetlife …

— (Randy Crawford)

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STOCKHOLM IS BUZZING WITH ROA

So I got a little urban ‘scoop’ for you guys.

There is a rumour going on that we have ROA — an international urban artist — coming in to town. Well, he is actually already here and will be producing a show (with The Scarlett Gallery), putting up installation and art in secret locations around Stockholm. Those who don’t know who ROA is should not worry, cause his work speaks for itself (see here). He was recently voted top artist 2011 on the Banksy Forum in London and has been traveling all around the world, where his most recent shows include Gambia and Australia (see ROA around the world here).

The public event will take place the 17th of February (don’t forget to RSVP) but ROA has already put his mark on Stockholm. And I’m posting a ‘leaked’ photo from the Stockholm’s archipelago as a proof!

Photograph in courtesy of The Scarlett Gallery

For some people this might not be big news, but for us in ‘Zero Tolerance’ Stockholm — where it’s nowhere to legally paint — this is a real treat!

As this is all a big secret, be sure you drop The Scarlett Gallery a mail with your name to let them know about your coming (they’ll release the location later in the week).

And trust me. If you are at all interested in arts, you DO NOT want to miss this show. I’m pretty sure it will be spectacular — a once in a life time experience.

I’m so excited!

xx Írena

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TOP TEN ART EVENTS OF 2011

Highlights of the year

The first year of Konsthopp has been challenging, exciting and certainly eventful. Over the last couple of months we have visit over two hundred art exhibitions in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland and U.K. These exhibitions have been in three descriptive words; wicked, weird and wild. The list below, our highlights of the passing year, includes the three w — and everything in between.

We are already turning our eyes to 2012 and looking forward to it.

Dear readers, thank you for your trusty support and happy new year!

/Írena & Ingunn

#1 Suitable Suits

(Elin Eng; Galleri KG52)

#2 Dreams of Salikon

(Lindalovisa Fernqvist; Meeting ROOM)

#3 Lord of the castle itch yes

(Leif Holmstrand; CHRYSTAL)

#4 De gamla grekiskorna

(Christian Sandell; ID:I galleri)

#5 Back and Forth

(Gatëan Rusquet; ANTI Festival)

#6 Dance Drawings

(Meghann Snow; Young Art)

#7 Devoured

(Johnny Boy Eriksson; Wetterling gallery)

#8 Pure Evil

(Pure Evil; The Scarlett Gallery)

#9 Help Young Worlds

(Ad de Jong; Gallery 1857)

#10 Again words will pass through our bodies, above our heads

(Jenny Grönvall; Studio 44)

Photographs by Konsthopp

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DO NOT ENJOY ART

The day of none-art: 1st of November 2011 (Reykjavik)

THE FIFTEEN COMMANDMENTS

1. Do not go to museums, design museums or galleries that holds any art works.

2. Do not look at art works, including paintings, photographs, sculptures and installations — whether it is inside or outside.

3. Do not go to concerts.

4. Do not listen to music — either from CD´s, vinyl records, cassettes, digital music players or smart phones (ringtones included).

5. Do not play video games with graphic images.

6. Do not go to dance performances.

7. Do not read novels, poetry or any other text that might be considered literature.

8. Do not go to theaters.

9. Do not watch a film — neither in a cinema, nor in computer, television or at any other screen.

10. If any kind of artwork is displayed on television; f. ex. in the news or in some advertising — you should close your eyes or look away.

11. If you hear music on the television or in the radio — you should turn it down.

12. Do not look at buildings which are designed by architects.

13. Do not watch or walk in gardens which are designed by landscape architects.

14. Do not watch or wear clothing by fashion designers.

15. Do not do anything or enjoy anything that could be interpreted as art or have artistic value, including work of dancers, designers, actors, artists, writers and musicians.

This text is translated by Konsthopp from the Sím homepage (The association of Icelandic visual artists).

Could you live without art?

A society without art is bound to be truly poor.

Photograph by Konsthopp

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REMAKE, REBUILD AND RENEW

ANTI-Contemporary art festival:

29th of September – 2nd of October 2011 (Kuopio)

Finland was the last destination on our first alternative art tour around Scandinavia. Instead of inhaling the capital, we went straight to Kuopio – a smaller city on the east coast, where the 10th anniversary of ANTI- festival was celebrated. The theme of this year’s festival was; REMAKE, REBUILD and RENEW.

“The city center of Kuopio is undertaking a great reconstruction”

Since this was my very first time in Finland, I’d been wondering about the country and its people. Who were these Finns and what were they like?

It´s hard to infer about a nation after only staying there for couple of days. But at least I got some hints about the Finnish social behavior;

The standard greeting for Finnish people is a handshake. Hugs and kisses, even on the cheek, are only exchanged between family members and close friends. And the Finnish language. Unfortunately, it lacks a specific word for “please”, so Finns sometimes forget to use it when speaking English, even when they don’t mean to be rude.

And why do I think this is interesting? Simply, because it sounds like Iceland; my country and its people.

“The typical Finn eats a lot of potatoes (and so does the Icelandic’s)”

Over a crisp cool weekend, we got the opportunity to meet some of the world’s best performance artists, party with locals and learn couple of words in the weirdest language on earth.

If you want to see some more photos from Kuopio click here!

Kiitos paljon

“This does not need any further explanation”

Photographs by Konsthopp

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JÆGERSBORGGADE

Our favorite street in Copenhagen

We were regular guests at Jægersborggade on our recent trip to Copenhagen. The street has a reputation of being the city’s second largest market for cannabis after Christiania, where drug dealers visibly operate around the clock. However, our purpose there was not to buy cannabis or any other drugs but to satisfy another addiction — with a cup of a quality coffee.

In fact, the street ended up being highly appreciated as a starting point for most of our daily actions.

It´s all in the coffee!

The Street find its Way

To tell you a little bit more about the street we have to revert to the year of 2009. Back then, several shops at Jægersborggade were shut down as a result of the global financial crisis. The drug trade on the street was blooming, controlled faithfully by Hells Angels and their affiliates in the AK81 gang. One night, when 33 gunshots were fired in the street between rival dealers, two architects, Saskia Mia Peinow and Lise Bjerre Schmidt, sat down and developed the project; The street find its way. The team grabbed the opportunity and decided to transform vacant shop windows and unrented basements into temporary exhibition spaces for art and architecture. Over a period of almost two years, more than 60 artists contributed to the project and turned the chaotic and empty image of the street into a blooming cultural venue.


So as you’ve hopefully realized by now, Jægersborggade has more to offer than good coffee. But if you need to satisfy your coffee addiction, we can easily recommend Lyst and Retro.  Additionally, the street has many interesting specialty stores, filled with design/vintage clothing and objects, spots for gourmets like Ro Chocolate and of course art galleries — not to mention its trendy residents and colorful characters.

If you are on your way to Copenhagen don´t let this historical street pass by!

Sunday flea market on Jægersborggade

Photographs by Konsthopp

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