Indoor, Outdoor goes hand in hand for me... I've just finished work on three festivals here in Denmark, so now my current projects include getting married, some walls in Copenhagen and travelling a bit. I love travelling and painting in new places. So far my work has been up throughout Europe in places such as: Athens, Barcelona, Berlin, Bristol, Copenhagen, Dublin, Leipzig, London, Manchester, Newcastle...more to come!
You've just done a big international Graffiti jam we gather. What was it all about and what was you involvement?
Each year there's an event in Valby, Denmark (a suburb to Copenhagen) called Galore.The idea of Galore is to have an uncensored exhibition where everything goes. Both established artists and completely new ones can take part of this.
Dreyk - The-Pirate
Anyways, last year I was sitting in a bar with the two main guys behind Galore. We began talking about different artists and how it was a shame you never saw the kind of work they do in Denmark. So after a few more beers we came to the conclusion that we should try and raise money to do a project where we invited foreign artists which mainly worked with spraypaint, but not in the traditional letter based way. Obviously I didn't think that this would amount to anything as bar talk usually doesn't, but the next week we where well on our way.
I was in charge of currating the event. Choosing and contacting the artists and getting everything arranged before their trip and while they where here. So it all ended up with 16 artists, a double sided wall which was 40 x 4 meter's high...and a tower!
Which artists impressed you most and why?
In general I was really happy to see the end result of this project. So many different styles represented and well executed. But I guess the ones who impressed me the most where Da Mental Vaporz.
8 people on a 40 x 4 meter wall. Each one had a completely different style, but still everything fitted together nicely. They had a very good concept and executed it perfectly.
What are your views on the future of graffiti? How would the scene in Denmark compare to the likes of Bristol, where artists are being commissioned to paint large public buildings?
Well in Denmark it's a bit more difficult to get permission to do projects like this as a lot of our buildings are not privately owned, but by the city, different banks and companies. Also we have a strict no tolerance view on graffiti, which have been active since the beginning.This means that a big part of the public has been givin a very negative view on Graffiti through politicians and the media.
Another good example is the event we just held. The event is a fundraising event, so we try and collect money where ever it's suitable. We tried applying for money at the Danish Arts Council, but where denied. The reason for this was that the level of this kind of art was not high enough for them to get involved. With this said, it's not impossible to get murals done here in Denmark. Over the last few years people have become more open. We have a few murals up by artists such as Husk Mit Navn, Herbert Baglione, Blu and recently Shepard Fairey/Obey. So it's not impossible, but not easy.
I think over the next couple of years this might change. When you see how it gets more and more accepted and appriciated throughout the world, i think it could happen here as well. But Denmark has always been slow with these kind of things, so we will have to wait and see...fingers crossed!
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