My latest triptych “Undisciplined tribe I-III” and some old portraits of Yangon Finest aka YSA crew was just published in the latest issue of the online art magazine Platform58. The magazine is managed by Mark Longbottom and I am very happy he gave me the opportunity to be part in the latest issue. Below you will see some screenshots of the pages where my art is represented but I suggest that you checking out the COMPLETE ISSUE – 041 – December 2013 since it contains a lot of great art and artist. Enjoy and thanks for having me!
I also found my good friend and fellow artist Deadline on page 19 with some of her amazing pieces from the streets of Kathmandu.
As for now I am building my permanent studio in order to get back to the lab and start painting. Stay tuned for updates. Respect.
Last week I got the great news that I was accepted for Liljevalchs spring salon 2014 (read more in Swedish). Out of 8805 pieces of work sent to the jury (mixed media but mainly paintings) 4 of my recent drone stamps was accepted. I will display my art together with 152 other emerging and amazing artists starting on the 24th of January 2014. The show is open until 23rd March.
With their own words Liljevalchs art gallery and their the spring salon is:
“The Liljevalchs exhibition programme is directed at both the wider public and those especially interested in a particular artistic output or art and design currents. The opening of each new artistic year is marked by the famous jury-selected Spring Salon.
The Liljevalchs art venue belongs to the City of Stockholm and was opened back in 1916 as the first independent, public museum for contemporay art in Sweden. The building is the work of Carl Bergsten and is situated amidst the captivating natural surroundings of Djurgården Island in Stockholm.
Liljevalchs konsthall is under the direction of Mårten Castenfors.”
Liljevalchs is located at: Djurgårdsvägen 60, Djurgården, Stockholm
This is one of the paintings I will display at the spring salon opening. The piece is titled “Iranian Airmail” (2013) and is part of the “Distance of War” series I have been working on during 2013. The basic concept for these painting is to remake exciting airmail stamp from countries dealing with and developing drone technology. It is about a computerized and de-humanized military complex where even soldiers on the ground becomes alienated in their role as saviors. The paintings are made up by compositions of words that are being stamped, using rubber letter stamps and multiple layered stencil and rebuilt into an re-sized modified airmail stamp. This painting measures 52 x 74 cm on aquarelle paper.
More information about the Spring salon exhibition in a bit. Click for further contacts. Hope to see you at the opening, welcome!
While in Nepal for my exhibition “Mark my Words” at Image Ark Gallery I also got the chance to meet some amazing and talented artists. Especially Sadhu-X aka Aditya Aryal and Deadline aka Shraddha Shresta from the art collective Artlab who I did a collaboration with (see below). I am also very grateful and honored of having them as opening speakers at my exhibition. Big up for the sweet words. Also, thank you very much for sharing everything with me about your work and the art scene in Nepal. I really hope that our paths will cross in a near future. For those of you not familiar with the urban art scene in Nepal I suggest you to check out their work. They got some sweet skills and good hearts. Below you will also find some random shots from the Artlab studio. But first our little collaboration in the streets of Kathmandu. check it.
Cap and Sadhu-X opposite the National stadium
Cap and Sadhu-X collab on unknown street of Kathmandu
Sadhu-X in action, Street unknown
Tattoo machine/satellite detail of above piece
various pieces from Artlab studio. I got myself some screen prints from the collection in the lower part of the photo!
Some more words about my exhibition “Mark my Words” published in The Kathmandu Post on the 21st October 2013. Thanks for the support.
KATHMANDU, OCT 21 -
Stories of everyday struggles in a rapidly changing society are soon to come to the fore in an explosion of innovative visual art, courtesy of Casper Johansson aka Cap, at the Image Ark Gallery in Patan starting October 27. Cap, an artist from Sweden, will be presenting his distinctive and thought-provoking artworks under the title Mark my words, which will comprise illustrated conversations wherein images words and symbols coalesce in new and unexpected ways, and where, as the curators describe, the ‘perception of the image’ will come in deliberate conflict with the message.
Cap, who has a background in graffiti, had been living and working in Myanmar since 2007 until this year, and in that time, had had the chance to observe the country’s transformation in various spheres. His work therefore documents and comments on contemporary life in Myanmar, through a range of colours, shapes and styles rooted in graffiti. “Contradictions, pronounced colouring and sharp outlines; using the urban landscape as a point of departure I want my art to stir up questions with the audience,” the artist states on his website.
It is this very visual debate, “a sphere between private and public, assumed truth and the untold, processed and encapsulated in the magnetism of art”, that Mark my words will aim to put forth for viewers in Nepal.
The exhibition will
continue at Image Ark until October 29
Here are some sweet words about my exhibition “Mark my words” at Image Ark gallery published in The Himalayan Times. Thank you very much for the support and for showing interest in my art. The complete article can be found here or read it below. The exhibition is open until 29th of November 2013, Enjoy!
KATHMANDU: When writers put together words, readers gain knowledge while understanding the writer’s perspective. Nevertheless, playing with words and creating painting out of the words surpass the ordinary thinking of creating art. Working with words on a sheet of paper using the basic technique of stencil, Casper Johansson aka Cap from Sweden has outshone himself as an artist.
And the evidence is his exhibition ‘Mark My Words’ at Image Ark Gallery, Kulimha Tole, Patan that began on October 27. Here, you can witness portraits of children, young people, Bay of Bengal and more, mainly in black-and-white or in colours like blue, yellow, and red.
A quick look at those works will give you an impression that they are all portraits. But as you observe them, you will start noticing words like ‘food’, ‘freedom’, ‘screen’, ‘escape’ and more which together bring out the ‘whole picture’ of these portraits.
Cap explains, “I love words. Words and language for me is power. If you can control them, it means you can gain knowledge and power. As an artist, I can’t write as writing doesn’t work for me. Still I love words. So, I use them in my paintings to make images out of words.”
In one of his works ‘Shipped Away’, Cap has painted an image of a young boy lying calmly on a bamboo raft where a packet of cigarette and a spray can are scattered. It is the portrait of local graffiti artist, who despite having a desire create artwork, has less chances of expressing himself due to political and economical situation around him.
Another is a series of paintings that narrates story of how the Internet is being used in Burma. He has used interesting metaphors like pirate, ship, wires, rat and more that are preventing people from accessing the Internet and information.
His artworks have contradictions — the portraits look clam and resilient but the message that he is conveying is revolutionary. The messages urge people to fight for their rights, which symbolises struggle. Some of the experiences required to create such works were gathered during his six years’ stay in Burma.
The exhibition is on till November 29.
The newspaper also published a picture of my new triptic piece titled “Undisciplined tribe”, 2013, Ink on paper, 3 x 56 x 76 cm
You are all cordially invited the our art discussion:
URBAN ART: THE MERGING OF ART IN
THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SPHERES
Image Ark Gallery
Thursday 31 October at 5:30 pm
Kulimha tole, Patan
Urban Art is a steady growing form of artistic expression. Rooted in Graffiti and Street Art, it has now expanded to a wide range of techniques and art forms found in most parts of the world. The common factor defining Urban Art is the city: Colors, shapes and the physical structure of the city together with the everyday life and the vibrations of the people living in, create the foundation for what is known as Urban Art.
Urban Art, usually in the public sphere is step-by-step getting access to the private sphere, such as art galleries, homes or the commercial sector. This conversation will focus on the transition of Urban Art from the public to the private spheres.
Casper Johansson, fulltime artist, lived and worked in Burma for 6 years. He will share with Shradda Shrestha, aka Deadline, and Aditya Aryal, aka SadhuX, his experience, technique, and process of creation. Together, they will explore on how this technique can be inspiring while creating a debate on today’s society.
Join us and get updates at the Facebook eventpage. Welcome!
Also, according to Fr!day Events and Entertainment weekly magazine my exhibition “Mark my Words” came Top 3 on the weekly events. The blurb was published in issue 191 on 16th October 2013.
Thank you for the support.
Thank you very much for showing up at the opening of my exhibition “Mark my Word” at Image Ark Gallery the other day. A special big up to Aditya Aryal aka Sadhu-X and Shraddha Shresta aka Deadline for the kind words at the opening. I really am looking forward to further collaboration in the future. I had a blast and it means everything to me. You should really check out the work of Sadhu-X and Deadline and their work with Artlab. An artistic group of people which have the purpose of creating a meeting point for emerging urban artists in Nepal. Great stuff. While on the subject have a look and follow the Prasad project of portraying local heroes in the streets of Kathmandu.
As this is a continuation of the exhibition “A thousand words say more than a picture” I only displayed a few new works at this show. Have a look below and let me know what you think. Previous work you will find on the main page.
Undisciplined tribe I-III (triptic), 2013, ink stamped on paper, 56 X 77 cm
Cash is Queen, 2013, ink stamped on paper, 56 X 77 cm
The Change (Saturday night fever version), 2013, ink stamped on paper, 56 X 77 cm
Bay of (Bengal) watch, 2013, ink stamped on paper, 56 X 77 cm
The exhibition will be open until 29th of November at Image Ark Gallery.
Kulimha tole, Ward no. 9 – Lalitpur, Nepal
(+977) 9851 016 572
(+977) 01 500 6665
If you are in the area please come have a look at my latest work. Respect.
You are all cordially invited to my upcoming solo exhibition titled Mark my Words at Gallery Image Ark in Kathmandu, Nepal. The opening will be held on Sunday the 27th of October at 5:30 p.m. The gallery is located at Kulimha Tole, Ward No.9, Lalitpur. My work will be displayed at the gallery until 29th of November. Welcome.
Here are some few word about my exhibition.
Manipulated images, fractions of a context and repetition of words thousands of times – and you start to get the whole picture. The exhibition Mark my words at Image Ark Gallery tells stories of everyday struggles in a rapidly changing society. It is an extract of endless conversations, visualized with words, where the perception of the image conflicts with the message. The result is an illustrated debate where images, words and symbols coexist. With inkpads and alphabetic rubber stamps, using multiple layered stencils, Casper’s art can be defined as ‘retouched realism’. Silent shouts embedded in elements of hope, struggle and resistance.
Mark my words is a prolonged testimony of the transformation in Myanmar/Burma and an extension of the exhibition A thousand words says more than a picture.
For updated and further details pls join us on our facebook event.
Beside from being an art gallery, Image Ark is also a creative studio. In their own words “We are a team of communication professionals and artists whose objective is to find effective and modern solutions for our clients’ communication needs. We share a passion for original, meaningful and contemporary communication through graphic design, photography, film production and interactive web design”. If you have the chance you should definitely go visit the gallery/studio. For inquiries they can be reached here.
I just submitted this piece to Saachi online Showdown. The theme for the showdown is “Painted faces”. Well, you can´t actually see the face because he is an #Artistanonymous #Homeboy. You can find my submitted work here:
Voting begins 10/29/13 12:00 am.
Pls drop by http://www.saatchionline.com/showdown/view/showdown/16 and support my art. Your investment is my playground.