Monday, April 26, 2010

Vancouver Gig Poster

A recent poster design that I did for a friend Kyle. He is putting together a concert in Vancouver on May 19th. I remember doing posters for Kyle (and Khol) like 5-6 years ago, it was some of the first paid design jobs I had. I always appreciated their support when I was first starting out.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Ocsabs Journey Zine

Finished the new zine "Ocsabs Journey". It's a 16 page zine show casing paintings from my recent show. You can pick it up at Helvetikat, or purchase it online after May 4th. A fuller preview with be posted closer to online date.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Live Painting

Did a live painting at Helvetikat, had a nice day hanging out, drinking coffee and joking with friends and people who dropped by. Photos by Magnus Jølner

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Friday, April 09, 2010

Being a Public Artist is Strange at Times

Being an artist who shows his work to the public creates these strange situations for me. I find that having a fairly consistent flow of people telling me how much they like my work makes it hard for me to judge how good my stuff really is. The compliments can get to my head, making me think I’m “larger” then I am. In Copenhagen, within certain sub cultures that I move in, my stuff is popular, or at least know. It’s common place for people who I have never met before to know who Basco5 is. I end up having repetitive conversations that are new for the people asking questions but a repeat for me. Sometimes it makes me feel like a actor repeating certain lines over and over again. I feel there are certain expectations from people who are fans or admires of my work, if I am not accessible to them, or if I’m not polite to them I am judged harsher and can quickly be labeled the “arrogant artist”. People have built a connection with my art, and so naturally would like to have some short of connection with me, even if it’s just one act of a brief well rounded conversation. I sometimes am forced to be “on” even when I want to hide in a corner, or perhaps am feeling very irritated. I don’t always want to talk about my art, and I don’t always feel like engaging with strangers......and this is a very human feeling.

I think in a strange way I have entered into a social contract by being a public figure (even at the small scale of a street artist), if someone has taken the time to appreciate my art work, or feels inspired by it, then I can offer them the respect and time to listen. Nothing will ruin love for art then a bad experience with the artist. If the creator is unwholesome then the creation will surely start to seem rotten.

I ask though that people be patient with me, if I do not reply to messages, do not agree to projects, or seem stand offish in person.... please know that this is not to hurt or personally insult you. I care, and I read every message, but am human with only so much energy to give, and sometimes that well runs dry. I hope you can still look at my art and see something in it, it represents my hopes, thoughts, and life.....and If it inspires or touches you in any way then it has served it’s ultimate purpose.

Remember that a big part of why I create work is for you, the viewer.....and that is important to me.


Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Price/Image List

Thanks to everyone who came out to Helvetikat to see my art show Ocsabs Journey. If you missed it or just want browse the show digitally there is a price list and panorama to view. The show will be up til May 4th, the gallery is open Tuesday 17-20 and Saturday 12-15. Contact for purchasing inquires.

Please note we'll be holding a live painting/zine launch on the 20th April at the gallery.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Large Bird Painting

Been waiting to post this til after the show, large acrylic on canvas, 1 meter by .5 meter, nice to do something big.

Thursday, April 01, 2010