Photo: Deb Carr Instagram
I recently attended the launch and preview of IKEA Art Event 2015 Street Art.
Ikea invited artists from all around the world to share their inspired expressions.
EACH ARTIST WAS ASKED; WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND THE POSTER FOR IKEA ART EVENT?
CRASH: “I don’t consider myself a street artist, I began to do graffiti, very simple lettering in the early ‘70s,but I never did anything on the streets or the subways until 1975”.
SOBEKCIS: “We wanted to use all the elements from our street art to make an abstract and figurative image as an artwork”.
NEVERCREW: “The artwork ‘Message in a Bottle’ is part of a path that we’ve been following for years. We call the theme living structures and we like to see them as models of living systems”
CAROLINA FALKHOLT: “The image is a development of a figure I first started to experiment with in summer 2013, when I had the opportunity to work on a big gable in the Swedish town Avesta. The idea for IKEA Art Event was to use only part of the symmetrical body from the Avesta wall painting and see how it would turn out in poster format. The overall theme of my work is as always feminism.”
KORALE SUPAKITCH: “Each of us has a personal universe and a recognizable style, but our work goes very well together. When we put our two characters “Superanimal” and “Geishka” side by side they merge into one and tell a new story.”
NURIA MORA: “Abstract ideas”
M-CITY: “I grew up in the north of Poland, in Gdynia on the Baltic coast. There are lots of shipyards, cranes, chimneys, brick factories and railroads, which is what first inspired me. Second was the rising of the independent street art scene against the communist ideology in the ‘80’s and early ‘90s.”
EKO NUGROHO: “I always enjoyed drawing as a child, and I particularly loved drawing on the walls in my home. After high school I began drawing, painting and pasting images anywhere I could find a place on the streets. After that, my desire to make street art grew. And I haven’t stopped yet.”
ELLE: “I saw street art for the first time when I move to New York City several years ago. I was stunned by the work that I found and considered it a gift to the passerby, like hidden gems in the dirt. I immediately wanted to participate and so I did; adding colour and life to the drab grey city streets.”
EROSIE: “In Idaho than we've had a booming graffiti seen since around 1984, so I was confronted with graffiti as a kid. Around 1993 I started doing graffiti myself.”
HUA TUNAN: “Almost immediately I had the idea about an Eagle. It represents the courage that I think many street artist have. The eagle is free, colourful and brave. It's also one of the traditional animals of China.”
TFREAK: “It’s about a person who believes in his dreams and will not give up pursuing happiness.”
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