Mural Festival 2017

An encounter with Montreal artists Dodo Ose and Fluke

The Mural Festival team, as usual, invited ten Canadian and local artists to participate to the creative event this year. Amongst them, Dodo and Fluke. These two artists are at their second participation to the Festival. The first time, in 2013, they painted as members of the AShop crew.

It’s hard to forget the gorgeous wall that the group created on the first year of the Festival, the ”old lady” is still there. Observing people and time passing by at the corner of St-Laurent and des Pins.

©Nickie Robinson
©Nickie Robinson
©Nickie Robinson

But five years have gone by since. Mural and AShop both grew a lot. They now both have a brilliant international visibility. If Mural rapidly became an essential stop on the worldwide circuit of Street Art festivals, the AShop crew (”at the Shop” – quebecer expression meaning at the factory, at work) on their side, thanks to the quality of the work of its artists and of experience (founded in 2009), now has an important influence on the global scene.

This year, it isn’t AShop that has been invited to the party but two artists part of the crew : Dodo and Fluke. They will each realize a wall alone. The two man are so linked up professionally to their collective, that we can sometimes forget that they each have a brilliant solo career as much on the local scene as internationally.

The collaborator of Mural met up with them to learn more on them and to make you discover them.

*** The artists are presented in alphabetical order.

Doryan « DoDo » Ose

(2016) -– Solo – Mural Festival ©Nickie Robinson

Doryan (Dodo) is an artist from France who considers himself from Montreal. In 2010, he moved to Montreal to evolve his artistic career because it is a nice place to live.

The ”Ose” part of his name comes from his roots as a graffiti writer when he was younger.

”It is my mother that influenced me. She is the one who bought me my first sketchbook, my first spray can.” says an emotional Dodo. Because this artist is very sensitive. And it is that sensibility that shows up in his work. Dodo’s mother most be very proud of her kid today.

©AShop

Dodo is part of a very talented happy bunch from Montreal named K6A (pronounced ”qué cé ça?”). An informal crew of creators of all kinds regrouping many well known figures of the Montreal scene whether from the graffiti, art or rap scene.

”K6A is a bit like my family. It is them that welcomed me and their influence has shaken my career.”

The artist is a guy that enjoys being in a gang. He likes people and the recurrent artistic proximity that the crew injects quite an energy into him. Dodo has been so attached that he even got a tattoo of the group’s visual on his arm.

©Nickie Robinson

 

©Nickie Robinson

The multi-disciplinary artist, now in his mid-thirties, describes himself as an artisan more than as an artist.

”Artisan because I put my art, the techniques that I have mastered and my expertise in the service of others.”

Working Class Hero” (2015) – Solo – Hochelaga ©Nickie Robinson

 

To finish up, Doryan wanted to mention his big respect for Fluke who has guided him through his career and pushed him to develop his creativity. As Fluke gives a lot to others, it is important for Dodo to give him back in return and to say thank you. ”But this year, for Mural, I will kick his ass” he says with his usual smile.

To follow the work of Dodo:  facebook | instagram

 

Fluke

©Nickie Robinson

The 33 year old artist from Polish origings was born in Montreal. He is considered by some as one of the old guys in the Montreal graff scene. He is part of the pioneers. Not surprising when we learn that the founder of AShop started handling the spray can at nine years of age. Slowly, a can in his hand, he made is place and his signature gradually became known by all.

©Fluke
©Wall2Wall

Contrary to the majority of the artists on the scene, the man is pratically always called by his alias by his peers. Fluke explains it by the fact that his mother tongue is Polish – his English/French were not the best. Hence to facilitate his integration, he chose the name which was easy to say.

”Back then I didn’t really know what it meant but I liked the resonance of it and the combination of letters. And today, it goes really well with the life I lead. I consider that I go forward in life with a lot of luck.”

And now the name is completely a part of myself, it has become fully become my identity. I am Fluke!”

His path was drawn by his hard work and patience.

”Nowadays, many artists are impatient. They want everything and they want it now. You have to learn to take your time and continually challenge yourself.”

© Wall2Wall

The one who describes himself as an art extremist doesn’t sleep much. Very demanding of himself, he works almost by a military process. Obsessed by details, he proceeds by trial and error and can redo his work a hundred times.

 

©Fluke

A loner, he spends the majority of his time at the Ashop studio. Its hiw own Ali Baba’s cave. A bit like a scientist in his lab, that where he does his research of colors, shapes and movement.

 

For the past two years, he has been reflecting on his work. Influenced by the Arts, he seems to be drifting away slowly from graffiti. However he does admit that he is still looking for his own style. ”If the secret is in the sauce, I still haven’t found the recipe!” he says very seriously. Because the man is usually all smiles, he releases a huge joie de vivre and contagious vitality.

The artist’s main goal is to convey a message.

”I am not expecting people to remember me ten-twenty years from now. But if I can change people’s days, even just for a short instant, I will have accomplished my goal.”

 

To follow Fluke’s work: facebook | instagram

A’shop : site web | facebook | instagram

**Translation FR to EN:  Mel Reno.

Mural Festival 2017

MURAL Festival 2017

Kevin Ledo – Canada

4000 Rue Saint Dominique

 

Ruben Sanchez – Espagne

3440 Avenue du Parc

Onur – Suisse

1018 Rue Saint Urbain

Miss Me & Aydin Matlabi – Canada

4328 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

 

Fintan Magee – Australia

200 Avenue des Pins Est

 

Dodo Ose – Canada

3591 Rue Clark

 

Mad C – Allemagne

262 Avenue des Pins Est

 

1010 – Allemagne

2175 Rue Victoria

Ricardo Cavolo – Espagne

3547 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

 

INSA – United Kingdom

3527 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

Ron English – United Kingdom

3522 Rue Saint-Dominique

Hoarkoar – Canada

1071 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

Jason Wasserman – Canada

4021 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

 

SbuOne – Canada

3991 Rue Clark

 

Scribe – Canada

3828 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

 

Ola Volo – Canada

258 Rue Saint Viateur Ouest

 

Nuria Mora – Espagne

4321 Rue Clark

 

Mort – Canada

365 Avenue des Pins Est

 

Monosourcil – Canada

14 Rue Prince Arthur Ouest

 

Fluke – Canada

3953 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

 

Aaron Li-Hill – United States

3884 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

Mural Festival 2017

The doors through 1010’s imaginary abstraction

Even though originally from Poland, 1010 is considered as a German artist as he’s been leaving in Hamburg since the age of eight.

The name 1010 originates from the relation with binary numbers which he used at the start of his career In an interview for a California gallery, Hashimoto Contemporary, the artist explains that early in his career, a photographer was having fun taking photos of his work and publishing them on Flickr writing 1010 to identify him. Liking the idea, he decided to start using it as his alias.

Despite the fact that he has a big international career, the artist remains very discreet and doesn’t like being photographed. It is why he always hides his face in front of the camera. This deliberate anonymity contributes to making his work even more mysterious.

1010 & Tatiana Suarez (2016) – PowWow Hawaii, HonoluluPhoto © Nickie Robinson

Over the years, the work of the artist has evolved a lot from a universe filled with slightly weird abstract animals to the famous trompe-l’œil murals which made him famous.

1010 - Blgra, (2010Photo ©1010
1010 2010Photo ©1010

Indeed, for a few years now, he has been working on developing quite a particular and unique art style. Still in the abstract world but now focusing on using perspective to create the illusion of emptiness, almost like 3D.

1010 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2016) Photo ©1010

Some will simply see holes in the wall while for others, the artwork will remind them of the abyss, a portal or a passage to another dimension.

But whatever people see, the effect is very realistic. It really seems like the wall is imploding from the inside.

In order to achieve his huge murals, the artist uses quite an unusual process which deserves to be examined a little.

First of all, he chose a range of colours aligned not only with the wall which will be the support but also with its surrounding environment. Then, he proceeds by numbering. He starts drawing the main shape – the hole. Afterwards, he adds layers all around which will give the illusion of depth. Each layer is represented by a number on the wall from darkest to lightest.

PowWow Hawaii, Honolulu (2016) © Nickie Robinson

When everything is in place and only at that moment will the artist start painting starting with the hole, usually black.

1010 - PowWow Hawaii, Honolulu (2016)

Afterwards, he paints each layer, colour by colour separating them with large black strips.

1010 - PowWow Hawaii, Honolulu (2016© Nickie Robinson

Those strips will be used to create the shading effects which link up the shapes together merging them into the perspective of depth.

1010 - PowWow Hawaii, Honolulu (2016) © Nickie Robinson

The end result is usually quite surprising by its realism and the impact it creates.

1010 - PowWow Hawaii, Honolulu (2016) © Nickie Robinson

The artist’s murals are found all over the world : Delhi, Dubai, Marseille, Miami, Panama City and Paris to name only a few cities.

1010 - “Mural for Memorie Urbane” - Fondi, Italy (2015) © Widewalls_ch
1010 Paris, France (2015) © Galerie Itinerance

His work can be found in many magazines and his artwork shown in numerous galleries and as part of international exhibitions since the muralist enjoys working on a smaller scale as well such as paintings on canvas, plexiglass and aluminium, installations and smaller medias.

1010 - Print for XRun - PowWow Hawaii, Honolulu (2016) © Nickie Robinson
1010 - “Void” - PowWow Hawaii, Honolulu (2016) © Nickie Robinson
1010 - At Knotenpunkt14, Hamburg, Germany ( 2014)© Nickie Robinson

1010 loves the international scene and all the artists it has allowed him to meet. For him, sharing is important and it allows evolution. He also loves people intrigued by his work. Even if the artist wants to remain anonymous as we mentioned earlier, the man is very friendly and quite funny. So don’t hesitate to stop by while you visit the 2017 Mural Festival and to spark a conversation. It will be an enjoyable moment.

To follow the work of 1010: Web Site | Facebook | Instagram

Felipe Pantone @ Mural Festival 2016 Mural Festival 2017

¡Y viva España!

This year, Mural Festival will welcome a trio of Spanish artists : Nuria Mora, Ricardo Cavalo and Ruben Sanchez. It isn’t the first time that Mural offers our walls to artists from the Iberian peninsula.

We should remember the hommage to homelessness by Axel Void (2015), the political satire of Escif (2013) and the linear abstraction of Felipe Pantone (2016).

Axel Void in front of his wall (2015) – Mural Festival, Montréal © Nickie Robinson
Felipe Pantone (2016) & in the background Escif (2013) © Nickie Robinson

Mural loves the artists from the Spanish scene. It is very understandable as it is a prolific source in constant evolution. Not surprising with an important artistic legacy such as Francisco Goya, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro or Salvador Dali whom all contributed to changing Art History.

The walls of cities in Spain are an appreciated playing ground for artists from all over the world. More and more festivals are competing to attract them such as Asalto (Zaragoza), Bloop (Ibiza), M.I.A.U. (Fanzara), Graffitea (Valence), Meeting of Styles (Madrid)

For decades now, the country has been creating renowned and talented artists. Coming from different backgrounds and using various techniques, most of them have a very vibrant and colourful style.

Here are a few names, to add to the ones already mentioned, that you should know about as they are an important part of the international scene : Borondo, Btoy, Deih, El Pez, Hyuro, PichiAvo and Sabek.

Now let’s take a closer look to what we can expect from this year’s artists.

Ladies first, let’s start with Nuria Mora. This artist born and raised in Madrid not only creates murales but also paints on canvases, does sculptures as well as visual and audible installations. She already exhibited in Montreal in 2015 as part of a collaboration with Miss Van at ArtGang Gallery. We can expect a mural with very colourful geometric shapes, a style she is known for.

Nuria Mora © Nuria Mora

Her very meticulous style can be described as abstraction, elegance, precision and integration of the surrounding architecture. Nuria also adds floral elements to some of her work. It will be very interesting to see what she has in store for us.

Nuria Mora © Nuria Mora

Ruben Sanchez is also born in Spain and started his career in Barcelona, though he now lives and works in Dubai. He is very active in the Middle East, especially in Jordan, Turkey and the Syrian border.

Ruben Sanchez - “The roots of education are bitter but the fruits are sweet”, (2016), Dubai © Ruben Sanchez

If the artist is also a fan of abstraction, his style is quite different. Coming from the graffiti and skateboard scene, he integrates a very current graphic design to his cubism heritage, all of it enhanced with some tribal elements. The result is often colourful and often quite amusing.

Ruben Sanchez © Ruben Sanchez

Last but not least is Ricardo Cavalo. Ricardo is well known by the Montreal public as it will be his second participation at Mural Festival. In 2013, he created a piece on St-Laurent street as well as a mural for the Montreal airport.

Ricardo Cavalo (2013) – Mural Festival, Montréal © Nickie Robinson
Rcardo Cavalo (2013), Aéroport YUL, Montréal © LNDMRK

The artist, now based in England also visited Montreal in 2014 for a solo show at the Station 16 gallery, ” Gol, Carajo!”

Ricardo Cavalo (2014), Station 16, Montréal © Nickie Robinson

It is thus for likely Mr Cavalo will offer us a very colourful mural in the Naive style we know him for.

This fifth edition of Mural will bring back another Spanish artist. Yes a fourth one! Indeed, Felipe Pantone, who participated in last year’s edition, will have a solo show at the Station 16 gallery throughout the duration of the Festival.

Felipe Pantone (2017), Station 16, Montréal © Station 16

Wishing you a happy Festival and ¡Y viva España!

To follow their work: Nuria Mora | Ruben Sanchez | Ricardo Cavolo | Felipe Pantone