NUG @ Skalitzers Contemporary Art
Opening Saturday 12th May, 19HR
Exhibition 16 May – 2 June 2012
Skalitzers presents a new solo show by infamous Swedish artist Nug, in participation with the Month of Performance Art.
Taking the energy and abstract expression of writing to new media and contexts, Nug has gained wide recognition in recent years for his graffiti-inspired actions. Nug’s exploration of form, informed by his background as a writer in Sweden, leads him to an artistic territory so pure that it touches upon the very essence of human behaviour – “a total negation of the form and complete rejection of comprehensible behavioural patterns”.
“I’m focusing more on the energy released from performing graffiti, an energy that comes out in irrational lines and moves based upon instinct and feeling.”
The tag, also referred to as handstyle, urban calligraphy or ‘writing’, is a personal statement or signature: an expression of identity. The work of many artists starts and ends with the tag. For some the tag represents the basis from which they developed their style into less abstract art forms. For many of these artists tagging is a relevant part of their work, others’ entire message is contained within their tag. Reaching across culture, class and age, the tag is a global art form: a pure form of self expression and style. Originating in Philadelphia in the 1960s and New York in the early 1970s, for decades it has laid the foundation for a number of related art forms which have developed from the streets to galleries worldwide.