North West Walls 2015
Artists from around the world came together to paint out their minds, on a set of 3D canvasses, originally shipping containers, stacked randomly and towered to reach the sky.
North West Walls 2015 just finished in time for this year’s Rock Werchter Music festival held at Werchter, Belgium, in June and is turning out be an annual thing. Even after the end of the festival, these installations will stand here, adding significance, character and interest to this public place, impacting many minds that come to these grounds seeking recreation. These marvelous pieces of art will remain untouched until the very next June when a new group comes and paints its own ideas.
Arne Quinze, a world renowned surrealist sculptural painter and also the installation curator, chose art talents, Fintan Magee (Australia), Nychos (Austria), Lula Goce (Spain), Pixel Pancho (Italy), Gamma Acosta (United States) and SmugOne (Australia/Scotland) for this year’s job. As explained on his website, Quinze wanted to “give the audience a taste of the world of street art. Our cities are currently full of beautiful street art. These works are often of the finest quality. In the year 2014, street artists are part of the international art circuit and find their way to the most prestigious art galleries. Yet their art remains open to the public at large, both literally and figuratively.”
The shipping containers allowed the artists to play with space and perspective and hence create illusionary depictions raising the standards of 3 dimensional street art. As described by Fintan Magee, “It was a pretty challenging painting, I had never really done anything like it before but I was stoked to paint something that allowed me to step outside the traditional two-dimensional mural format.”
As the whole 3D canvas cannot be seen at once, an individual walks around and sees it in fragments. Each fragment appears like a single and sensible picture. Adding up these fragments produces a big picture. This is what makes it different from conventional painting styles, where the artist’s work is limited to 180 degrees, and where the observer stands still. Not only will this festival induce life into lifeless containers but also transform the place as a node of international cultural exchange and facilitate art to a new dimension.
By :Kushal Jain