Never ending story - particular

Martin Whatson2015

Outdoor Project

Outdoor Project
Rome, Italy

Stencil and spray. These are the two methods used by the Norwegian artist for his work here at Outdoor – one method precise and technical, the other impulsive and chaotic. The room, on a smaller scale than others, allows the spectator a quick panoramic view, triggering the dynamic rhythm of the work. The two figures are engaged in an endless chase – one intent on painting, the other covering his tracks with white paint. It’s a mystery who started the chase and who will finish it. These two opposing gestures exemplify the ephemeral nature of urban art and the dynamics that occur while working in an urban context. The artist reserves judgment in this fight between opposing forces, limiting his involvement to the expression of this necessary game between opposing forces.


  • Title: Never ending story - particular
  • Creator: Martin Whatson
  • Date: 2015
  • Location Created: Ex Caserma Guido Reni
  • Productions: Outdoor - Here, Now.
  • Photographer's name: Alberto Blasetti
  • Bio: Martin Whatson was born in 1984 in Norway and he still lives there. He shows a continue urgency in the beauty research in what is usually considered ugly, out of fashion or simply not interesting. His finds his inspiration in people, urban scenes, old buildings and scratched walls. He developed his style around what's crumbling. His artistic expression was influenced by political themes first but then it evolved in a study of interactions between graffiti and stencil art. Martin creates abstract graffiti and stencil using grey tones as the base and adding to that vibrant colors to break the monochromatic esthetic.
  • Type: mural painting
  • External Link: https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/manage/u/0/items/146768166?q=OHNmw4&itemIds=bwErhbDV1fGuog

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