Storhaug Part 2

Take a tour along Pedersgata and the surrounding areas, a lively and dynamic multi-cultural part of Stavanger.

By Nuart

Pedersgata stretches from Vinkelgata by Nytorget in the center of Stavanger and all the way to Vindmøllebakken in the eastern part of the city. It is a short walk from Tou and host to significant works from world leading names. Pedersgata is a bustling and diverse area, characterised by cafes, restaurants, independent stores and takeaways. The side streets are a colourful gallery of tags, pieces, stencil art and larger murals.

[click on an artwork title, top left, for further details about a piece]

Untitled (September 2019) by 1UPNuart

1UP (DE)

Untitled (2019)

Berlin based 1UP Crew have been challenging preconceptions of what graffiti is, and what it can do, since the early 2000’s.

Well known for their aerosol interventions and large scale public installations and projects, 1UP maintain the visual vocabulary of graffiti writers, as seen here, with multiple repetitions of their name.

Untitled (September 2019) by 1UPNuart

Here, the water in Svankevigå harbour reflects their finished work.

Story of a word (September 2018) by Said DokinsNuart

Said Dokins (MX)

Story of a word (2018)

Said Dokins conducts intensive research for his pieces, approaching each one in a scholarly manner.

For his time in Stavanger with Nuart, Dokins conducted multiple interviews with both locals and immigrants to the area, in a quest to distil meaning into one impactful word which represented the shared experience of both parties.

Ultimately he isolated the term "Nærhet" – "closeness" or "proximity" in English – which references how our individual reality is shaped by our environment, and how this can be disrupted by displacement and migration.

Said Dokins (MX)

Said Dokins is an internationally recognized and formally trained calligrapher and multi-disciplinary artist. He draws inspiration from his Mexican roots, graffiti, Mesoamerican Pre-Hispanic symbolism and elements from adaptations of multiple forms of calligraphy to create his unique visual signature.

Dokin’s work focuses on the aesthetic potential of words and letters, allowing them to morph into overlapping patterns and textures. He conducts intensive research for his pieces, approaching each one in a scholarly manner.

Untitled (September 2019) by EdwinNuart

Edwin (UK)

Untitled (2019)

London based artist Edwin takes his wry and critical eye to the streets of Stavanger to raise awareness of pending sea levels due to climate change.

Look Mum, I'm Painting Walls Legally Now (September 2012) by MobstrNuart

Mobstr (UK)

Look mum, I'm painting walls legally now (2012)

In perhaps a playful bite at the notion of having been invited to, then painting at a world-renowned street art festival, Mobstr (UK) responded with this subversive tongue-in-cheek piece for the 2012 edition of Nuart.

The work also references the rapidly shifting laws and societal norms on what defines art worth keeping in the public arena and what is deemed as vandalism and warranting removal.

The TOY (September 2010) by DotmastersNuart

Dotmasters (UK)

TOY (2010)

This piece by English artist Dotmaster is loaded with a double meaning, but only if you have knowledge of the slang used by graffiti writers.

At first glance, the image is what it says on paper, a toy with a roller brush, writing its name. But for writers, a toy is a mocking term used to describe an unskilled graffiti writer who generates poor work.

This piece from 2010 was created at a time when some writers were starting to work in a more commercial world as Street Artists, and were in consequence regarded as ‘toys’ by some of their graffiti peers.

Untitled (September 2010) by ROANuart

ROA (BE)

Untitled (2010)

Although macabre in subject matter, there is a gentle push for us to reconnect with nature embedded in ROA’s artwork.

Mostly using animals native to the walls he paints, the Belgian artist combines three stages of what a living body goes through in the biological cycle during life, death and after-life.

Untitled (September 2010) by ROANuart

With his signature style and detailed black linework, ROA’s larger than life animals occupy walls around the globe and are easily recognisable, despite the anonymity of ROA himself.

Untitled (September 2010) by ROANuart

At the time, this piece from 2010 was ROA’s most detailed mural to date.

Curtains of Hope (September 2019) by Jad El KhouryNuart

Jad El Khoury (LB)

Curtains of Hope (2019)

Curtains of Hope (September 2019) by Jad El KhouryNuart

In 2019, Nuart partnered with Venice’s Arte Laguna Prize to offer an art residency during the festival. This was awarded to Lebanese interior architect and street artist, Jad El Khoury.

The site specific installation which Jad created in Stavanger was the continuation of a powerful previous project, Burj el Hawa (The Tower of Wind).

This first iteration in his series of structural interventions saw the artist breathe life into an abandoned building in downtown Beirut, using fabric and the wind itself to create movement in the otherwise desolate space.

Curtains of Hope (September 2019) by Jad El KhouryNuart

For his Stavanger based counterpart, he repurposed the very fabric which hung in Beirut, as seen here. El Khoury’s point of view has been fine tuned by his direct awareness of the long term effects of war and conflict. In a gentle yet pointed continuation, the artist explores concepts of memory and healing. 

Broken Promises (September 2014) by John FeknerNuart

John Fekner (US)

Broken Promises (2014)

Fekner daubed the words “Broken Promises” in a derelict Brooklyn location in the 1980s in an effort to highlight the inadequate housing and poor services afflicting the neighbourhood. He used the same stencil in Stavanger in 2014, 32 years later, creating a parallel between the two locations.

John Fekner (US)

Spurred on by social and environmental issues, American artist John Fekner relentlessly campaigned through the five boroughs of NYC with his ‘Warning Signs’ and later ‘Word Signs’ projects during the 1970s and 1980s. Using spray paint, he wrote out words, signs and symbols to shine a light on environments, buildings and structures which had been left to decay, creating hazardous conditions for locals.

In doing so, Fekner hoped to lead city officials, agencies and residential communities to be more responsible and to take action. His work represented a distinct category from other graffiti on the streets of NYC at the time, which led public figures such as John Russell of the New York Times to comment that, “John Fekner is an artist who works not only in New York but with New York.”

I Had to Cage You, 'cause I Envied You to Much (September 2011) by HerakutNuart

Herakut (DE)

I Had to Cage You, 'cause I Envied You to Much (2011)

Long time collaborators Hera and Akut have been creating public artwork together since 2004 under the alias Herakut. The contrast in their respective styles is dramatic, however each piece they create is united by the unquestionable skill of both artists.

Akut’s photorealist abilities are softened by Hera’s more illustrative and story-telling style.

This outdoor mural was one gleaming facet of the work that Herakut created for Nuart in 2011. This body of work included a large immersive installation with a common thematic reference point, also featuring caged monkeys and a disgruntled child with an ill-fitting crown. 

I Had to Cage You, 'cause I Envied You to Much, Herakut, September 2011, From the collection of: Nuart
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Google Internal Server Error (September 2016) by MTONuart

MTO (FR)

Google Internal Server Error (2016)

Usually known for his greyscale photo realistic portraiture, French artist MTO made waves by exploring the intersection between street art, public space and augmented reality in this full street takeover installation located in a Stavanger neighborhood.

Looking closely, you can see glitched and multiplying windows, an acid green hued chipped wooden lawn, oddly placed street signs and a white picket fence that looks as if it's been trapped on the loading page of an overheating computer, amongst other abnormalities.

The aim was to create a bug, or a hack, on Google’s location viewing platforms, Google Street View and Google Earth.

Untitled (September 2014) by Martin WhatsonNuart

Martin Whatson (NO)

Untitled (2014)

In this piece, Whatson joined forces with Thai artists Mua Bon and Alex Face.

In dividing their canvas, the Thai artists worked within the space where Whatson’s colourful details normally take hold, and filled it with their own stylised and recognisable work.

Martin Whatson (NO)

Norwegian artist Martin Whatson has a unique ability to straddle both the masculine and feminine in his work. Largely composed of more uniform greyscale layered stencils, and embellished in a flourish of colourful details, ranging from graffiti tags to hearts and doves, Whatson references the visual duality and playfulness that animates street art.

Whatson often uses his platform to poke fun at society, sometimes leaning into deeply political territory while retaining a visually engaging form.

Matryoshka x 3 (September 2013) by HushNuart

Hush (UK)

Matryoshka (2013)

English artist HUSH merges Western graffiti styles and tagging with a more refined Japanese aesthetic, creating a mashup of East-meets-West.

HUSH paid a particularly sensitive tribute to local graffiti artists with his piece in Stavanger.

Creating a set of nesting-dolls, HUSH used the negative space of his artwork to create a window which allowed for a dialogue between the graffiti that existed on the wall before he arrived to paint and his own work.

Hush (UK)

Matryoshka (2011)

In this piece from 2013 HUSH continues his exploration of the female form with a nod to the traditional Russian matryoshka shape, using a mixture of techniques including painting, collage, and paste ups.

Untitled (September 2011) by TellasNuart

Tellas (IT)

Untitled (2011)

Inspired by the natural world around him and maintaining a unique balance between heavily detailed work and minimalism, Italian artist Tellas has a penchant for simple repeating shapes.

With a muted palette and poetic aesthetic, Tellas was one of the earliest street artists to develop a more modernist visual in the scene, with his use of interlinking geometric shapes and quieter abstract illustrations.

After this piece for Nuart in 2011, Tellas manipulates gradients and organic pattern work masterfully, carving himself out a distinct place in the urban art scene. An early stab at this impending development can be seen here, with his persistent yet gentle, naturally tessellating school of fish.

La fonte des glaces / Melt Down (September 2015) by Ella & PitrNuart

Ella & Pitr (FR)

La fonte des glaces / Melt Down

You can find French duo Ella & Pitr’s Giants, a series of illustrated comic-book stylised characters playfully snoozing their way around the globe, adorning rooftops, runways, homes, shipping containers and even fields.

In 2019 they claimed a world record for the largest outdoor mural with a piece in Paris, beating out their initial record breaking mural created in Stavanger in 2015 which saw two of their characters cradling each other across a series of rooftops.

Wake Me Up When it's Done (September 2015) by Ella & PitrNuart

Ella & Pitr (FR)

Wake Me Up When it's Done (2015)

In 2015, Ella & Pitr created a three dimensional wrap around diptych on two homes situated 100 meters apart. A male and female giant are cramped and contorted to fit within the wall space allotted to their bodies by the scale of the houses they are painted on.

Upon closer inspection, site-specific symbolism is evident in the pattern work upon their clothing, rising storm clouds, and embellishments of Norwegian currency.

Untitled (September 2016) by JauneNuart

Jaune (BE)

Untitled (2016)

Since 2011 Jaune’s mischievous characters can be found ganging up on the obstacles around them, and wrecking tiny chaos with their actions.

During the 2016 edition of Nuart Festival Jaune ensured that the people of Stavanger received a troupe of miniature workers of their own to find in the streets.

Untitled (September 2016) by JauneNuart

Jaune (BE)

Belgian artist and satirist Jaune has made a name for himself by painting a troupe of characters that are easy to spot alongside their larger counterparts in urban art, as they playfully interact with their surroundings.

With a twist of irony, Jaune created this series after working in sanitation, where he noticed that these workers were largely ignored by the general public despite their high-vis vests and service to the city.

Jonny Rotten (September 2015) by DotDotDotNuart

DotDotDot (NO)

Jonny Rotten (2015)

Jonny Rotten (September 2015) by DotDotDotNuart

Anonymous Norwegian artist Dot Dot Dot created this piece for the 2015 edition of Nuart Festival.

This freehand piece visually links punk rock frontrunners of the early UK scene, the Sex Pistols, and Stavanger, by giving singer Johnny Rotten a traditionally Norwegian trapper hat.

Untitled (September 2009) by Chris StainNuart

Chris Stain (US)

Untitled (2009)

American artist and purveyor of social-realist stencil based work, Chris Stains has been creating artwork in public spaces since witnessing what NYC subway graffiti had to offer in the 1980s.

Having studied printmaking techniques in high school, Stains’ work retains a graphic feel, not unlike one you would normally associate with screen-printed posters.

His artwork often discusses the lives of those from underrepresented environments, both rural and urban, seeking to illustrate the triumph of the human spirit in spite of our physical or social conditions.

Untitled (September 2016) by Robert MontgomeryNuart

Robert Montgomery (UK)

Untitled (2016)

Scottish-born, London-based poet, artist, and sculptor Robert Montgomery is well known for his large typographic installations and site-specific public space poetry, often emphasized by fire and light.

Regarded as a leading figure in the contemporary conceptual art world, Montgomery’s work is instantly recognisable. His melancholic words break larger issues into dreamscapes with an undercurrent of urgent socio-political issues.

For the 2016 edition of Nuart, Montgomery focused on supporting the Refugees Welcome campaign with his visual poetry gracing a variety of surfaces.  

Untitled, Robert Montgomery, September 2016, From the collection of: Nuart
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Disobedience Needed Now (September 2017) by Carrie ReichardtNuart

Carrie Reichardt (UK)

Disobedience Needed Now (2017)

Working as a self-titled ‘craftivist’, Carrie Reichardt (UK) is an outspoken, politically charged and ceramic slinging artist.

Leaving a trail of poetry and prose in her wake, Reichardt employs the techniques of a muralist, but the tools of a mosaic artist, screen printing her own tiles to use rather than paint. Having been involved in community and public art projects for decades, her intricate work sings songs of solidarity and activism. 

Seen here is one of Reichardt’s stand out pieces for Nuart 2017, a quote from the American historian, playwright, philosopher and socialist thinker, Howard Zinn.

Disobedience Needed Now, Carrie Reichardt, September 2017, From the collection of: Nuart
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Monsters (September 2015) by Bortusk LeerNuart

Bortusk Leer (UK)

Monsters (2015)

Self-proclaimed pioneer of the ‘art-comedy’ genre, UK artist Bortusk Leer adorned Stavanger with an army of his neon monsters in 2015. These happy and childish figures epitomise Leer’s slogan, ‘Cheer up you Bastards'.

They can be found all over the city, serving their sole purpose in creation by bringing smiles to the faces of passersby.

Painted opposite to a children's play area, Bortusk’s menagerie of happy acid monsters have found the perfect home.

Credits: Story

Curator: Martyn Reed 
Design and project management: Studio Bergini
Photography: Brian Tallman, Ian Cox, John Rodger, Kalevkevad, CF Salicath, Linn Heidi Knutsen
Videos: Fifth Wall, MZM Projects, Saft Film
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