Monday, May 20, 2024

Juxtapoz Journal – SNIK Presents “Exhale” On the Distant Norwegian Island Utsira and Metropolis of Stavanger


Earlier this month, SNIK introduced their mission EXHALE, a multi-site mural mission spanning the distant Norwegian island Utsira and mainland metropolis Stavanger. Because the duo famous, “EXHALE explores our connection to nature, a notion Utsiran locals are nicely accustomed to – the small neighborhood lives in respectful concord throughout the surrounding surroundings’s cycle of development, bloom and decay.” SNIK’s curiosity within the pure world and its timeless encroachment into our lives discovered poignancy in that intertwinement.

With a inhabitants of solely 200, the island has beforehand performed host to the works of quite a few up to date artists (Icy & Sot, Issac Cordal, Pichiavo, Borondo), and acted as a very becoming location for the primary half of SNIK’s ten-day, four-mural journey. SNIK had been delighted to be invited by UtsirArt to affix this spectacular roster of artists, which has been ever rising for the previous ten years.

Three murals had been painted throughout the island to discover and amplify these associations – Pathways, Afterthought and Exhale – every chronicling the pure world overrunning and overwhelming calmly accepting topics, the inevitability of floral abundance reclaiming the scene.

Pathways, painted onto a storage silo on the island, acts as a reminder that whilst we construct routes to develop and journey, nature is at all times part of that course of, and our shut connection is eternally important to that development. Afterthought discovered a house on a now-unused WWII bunker, a discarded, pointless constructing given again as much as nature to be reclaimed. This piece is a reminder that usually the consequences of our actions on the pure world come as an afterthought.

Exhale, painted on a harbour wall, displays on a second of calm inside a busy world, a considerate soul taking the time to discover and embrace communion with nature. Every intricate, powerfully visible piece was designed with the atmosphere and pure environment in thoughts – SNIK used deliberately-muted color palettes to protect and respect the peaceable partnership between the island and people who select to name it residence.

A remaining piece, Overcome, was painted in Stavanger, a Norwegian metropolis no stranger to up to date artwork and beforehand internet hosting two of SNIK’s works. On this piece, created on a constructing sited in parkland, the regular creep of overgrowth has adopted the duo from the island and again to the town, a placing reminder of nature’s inescapable reclamation.

The mission was documented, and a brief movie created, by filmmaker and Radio Juxtapoz’s Doug Gillen, longtime collaborator and good friend of SNIK, capturing the essence and vitality of the murals alongside the island’s distinctive pure magnificence.


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