Evol

Berlin-based street artist Evol populates Stavanger with his miniature tower-blocks.

By Nuart

Evol has participated in the Nuart Festival twice. For the tenth anniversary in 2010, the theme was "The Landmark Series". To match the idea of scale, instead of painting a monumental mural, Evol was allocated an entire street, populating Pedersgata, with numerous stencil works on electrical boxes along the pavement.

Pedersgata is among Stavanger's most well-known thoroughfares, connecting the city centre to eastern Stavanger, where you find the venue for Nuart's indoor section, Tou.

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Berlin-based street artist Evol, real name Tore Rinkveld, employs a multi-layered stencil technique to transform electric boxes, street fixtures, and other familiar urban elements into miniature architectural models.

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Seeing architecture as a mirror for society, Evol is interested in depicting the urban lives of ordinary people.

Untitled (September 2010) by EvolNuart

The artist is particularly interested in the postwar socialist architecture of former East Germany, which he photographs on his walks around Berlin.

These buildings were initially intended as fixtures of a functional socialist society but have morphed into hulking monuments to failed government programmes.

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The buildings' functional style has fallen out of favour with the public and is commonly seen as the antithesis to the expressive and creative. By reclaiming their aesthetic in his artistic practice, Evol suggests we take another look.

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When transforming the scale from the monumental to the miniature, the artist invites us to engage with the now seemingly harmless structures while reminding us of the harsh realities of the real-world environments the original buildings occupy.

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Working from detailed reference images, the artist presents these cities within cities with such meticulous detail that they can come across as actual buildings when looking at photographs of the work.

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Camouflage is a critical element of the artist's practice, and he incorporates the weathered appearance and inherent flaws of the surfaces in the final piece.

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Devoid of people, the buildings still contain signs of life — from parabolic dishes to lived-in balconies and miniature graffiti.

Evol believes that a space's character and history manifests on its surface, with his works frequently speaking to the turbulent history of his home town Berlin.

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Untitled (September 2010) by EvolNuart

Untitled (September 2010) by EvolNuart

Untitled (September 2010) by EvolNuart

Biography

Born in Heilbronn, Germany, EVOL attended the Kuopio Acadamy of Arts and Crafts in Finland and has a degree in product design from HFG Schwäbisch Gmünd in Germany. His gallery work includes installations and paintings on reclaimed cardboard, where tears, marks, and folds in the material are incorporated into his compositions as part of the buildings' façades.

Credits: Story

Photography: B/W by C.F.Salicath
Design and project management: Studio Bergini
Copy: Erik Sæter Jørgensen

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