Aalborg Surreal Festival EXHIBITIONPERIOD 3
EXHIBITIONPERIOD 3 - The artists are:
Self-taught painter since 2012.
Uses traditional stencil methods as a base for making highly detailed paintings with acrylics on canvases. The idea behind the paintings is to take things we know, and twist them to show thoughts about society and ourselves.
When the inspiration have settled, there is countless hours of hand cutting multiple layers of stencil in every piece, before the painting can start.
Raise your head and drink the sky. Drink the peace, calmness, serenity...
- Can you break through the lid?
- I am trying... One more push...I can already feel the fresh air...
- One second, last try...We are out! Finally! Free! Floating with the stream...floating with the life...
The painting portrays clouds, flowing out from the bottle. The 'vodka' bottle is painted in details, whereas the background is blurred; therefore making the location unclear, allowing the viewer to make his own story.
The clouds represent peace, which we miss in everyday life. People never stop and raise their heads to watch the sky, so the sky inhabitants came down...When was the last time when I looked into the sky?
"Hydrodeepism" (hydro deep ism) is a personal ideology, artistic method developed and a term conceived by the artist from the words "hydro dipping", a traditional technique of printmaking which are commonly known as marbling, swirling, water transfer, etc. This method was used for a thousand of years, it is called "Suminagashi" in Japan and "Ebru" in Turkey. Regardless of the terminology used, it is the basic idea of dropping a special paint or pigment on the surface of the water and transferring the aqueous surface design or carefully manipulated patterns to the paper or any material by the process of dipping.
Whilst it is commonly used for its aesthetic and decorative appeal, the artist's interest is only focused on the spontaneity and randomness of the output. His main objective is subverting the old, accessible and almost mass produced practice into something high art and contemporary. The subversion of the technique gave the artist a surrealistic and unique distinction between a painting and a printing.
"Selfie" series is a body of works that were done by the contrasting integration of the different techniques like hydro dipping, stenciling, collaging, taping and brush works. It is the artist's idea of portrayal of the daily constraining battles on how a modern day artist make and develop artistic ways or ideals that can best represent his generation, in connection to the modern world of internet and social media.
Cody Lukas Anderson is a young Danish / Canadian interdisciplinary artist based out of Aalborg (Denmark), currently studying Art and Technology at AAU. His work often focuses on/ incorporates elements of symbolism; abstracting concepts and designs, narrowing in on their core meaning, only in order to manipulate it and extracting new meaning. Having exhibited in various festivals and exhibitions in Canada, Denmark and most recently France, Cody is most interested in how one is able to alter public perception through the arts and break social stigma.
Kim Stig Andersen
I am Kim Stig Andersen. Grown up in Vendsyssel, and after a little break in Copenhagen moved back to the island, in Nørresundby. I've studied Danish, but now I study history. I call my art naive and constructivistic, while still throwing questions into the political debate.
My whole life has centred around artistic expression. Through photography, drawing, painting and creative pursuits, I have rooted myself and found an outlet for my inner self. Since 2006 I have focused on producing disparate universes on canvas, which could be experienced in Gallery Inuit and Huset, amongst others. My inspiration spans from photographs, dreams and other artists to experiences, words and fantasy. My art is both detailed and abstract, and always expresses a quest for beauty and harmony. My wish is to give the viewer a visual experience where the story is created behind their own eyes. There, it is only the imagination that sets the limits.
Værkerne er alle lavet med inspiration fra eksistentiel angst og forvirring. De repræsenterer den dødelige krops nådesløse fængsling af sindets følte indadvendte uendelighed. I værkerne udtrykkes således de frustrationer som skabes af sindets uopnåelige trang til opløsningen og overskridelse af kroppen, og den angst som skabes af den smertelige erkendelse af kødets fasthed og lurende forfald.
I flere af værkerne udtrykkes desuden, under stadigt samme tema, den uoverkommelige og umuligt store mængde indtryk der pludseligt kan ramme mennesket, idet virkeligheden indtages i sin helhed og filterløst.
Det er denne enorme mængde af indtryk der tilbydes af virkeligheden og disses tilsyneladende tilfældighed og nøgenhed, der fremprovokerer den menneskelige angst, som fremstilles i alle værkerne.
Værk #6 er et udtryk for en ofte foretrukken eskapisme, idet den eksistentielle angst og forvirring tilnærmes af mennesket. Heri fremstilles de skyklapper der er det kropslige forfald. Den legemlige depravation; flugten fra virkelighedens renhed gennem kødelig tilfredsstillelse i et hedonistisk hybris af beruselse og seksuel tilgængelighed. Forhåbentligt fornemmes heri dog også den sagte nytteløshed og tomhed der unægteligt følger.
EXHIBITIONPERIOD 3: december 11. - december 16.