“Mark my Words” in Himalayan Times

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!

Himalayan times

 

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

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Urban Art: The merge of art in the public/private sphere @Image Ark

You are all cordially invited the our art discussion:

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URBAN ART: THE MERGING OF ART IN
THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SPHERES

at
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!

 

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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.

New pieces from Mark my Words exhibition

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.

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Undisciplined tribe I-III (triptic), 2013, ink stamped on paper, 56 X 77 cm

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Cash is Queen, 2013, ink stamped on paper, 56 X 77 cm

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The Change (Saturday night fever version), 2013, ink stamped on paper, 56 X 77 cm

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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

www.image-ark.com

If you are in the area please come have a look at my latest work. Respect.

Invitation to Mark my Words exhibition at Gallery Image Ark

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.

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My exhibition was also covered in today’s issue of The Kathmandu Post both in the printed and the epaper version

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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.

 

Saachi Online Showdown

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:

http://www.saatchionline.com/art/Painting-Artistanonymous-Homeboy/84794/1386521/view

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.

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September uprising

Today it is six years since I witnessed the September uprising in Yangon in Burma. It was one of the most horrific yet inspiring moments I have experienced and I think this moment will shape and guide me as well as my art for the rest of my life. My thoughts goes out to all of those who lost their lives, to the persons that are still missing and to all the brave people that are continuing the struggle for justice, dignity and peace in Burma. The paining “We want the airwaves” I made a few years back. It is the painting that I am most proud of and it keeps reminding me of everyone I meet in Burma. Reminding me about what you are doing and that it is important.

We Want The Airwaves

We want the airwaves, 2010, mixed media on canvas, 3´x 4´

 

Corrupt, corrupt (Sold)

Gotta love Monday mornings. Corrupt, corrupt, 2012, ink on paper, 56 X 77 cm just sold. Thanks for the support and remember that your investment is my playground.

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From now on I will call the painting Korupsi, korupsi instead since I have a feeling that it will end up in Indonesia at some point. Terimah kasi banyak Bapak!

Cash is Queen

Cash is Queen

This is my first work coming out from my new studio after a long break for summer. It is titled Cash is queen, 2013, ink on paper, 56 X 77 cm (cropped) and is one of many painting that I will exhibit at my upcoming show in Kathmandu, Nepal at Gallery Image Ark by the end of October. I don´t have the details yet but will inform you as soon as I know more. I am really excited about this show because it gives me the opportunity to share my experience and spread knowledge about todays Burma to a wider audience. It is my way of giving back to all the good friends and brave people that are daily working for a new Burma where all people have the same rights and were the word justice finally will mean something.

Cash is queen in progress

Cash is queen (in progress)

Pre-work Cash is queen

Cash is queen (digital pre-work)

Since the trip to Nepal for the exhibition will be self financed I would really appreciate if you supporting me by sending microcredits using flattr. Just click the green icon below and I am one step closer to the top of the world and do not hesitate to share my art for friends and family. #Respect

toiR (8-8-88) decrypted

Tomorrow it is 25 years since the rise of the 88 movement and a long struggle for peace and justice in Myanmar. It is also one of the first times it will be honoured open and public nationwide in the country. Something that would have been impossible and even dangerous a few years back. Even during my stay in the country. I became very inspired by the brave people of Myanmar, some dating back to the 8-8-88 movement, but also people of the September uprising in 2007 and all the people who are struggling daily but continue to be unheard of.

I did this painting in 2009. Inspired by Myanmar artists; their incredible talent of conveying political messages, document the history, spreading hope through their art using encrypted messages. I made this painting which is titled “toiR”. Read the title from right to left and it says “Riot”. It is a play with words, a hidden message, which carries a lot of symbolism. Riot can be read as Rangoon Institute Of Technology. The institute was an important centre for students to organize the protest against the regime during the uprising. But it was also the ground where some of the first clashes took place between people and the military that feed the violence and left thousands of innocent people killed in the aftermath.

To the left in the painting I have written binary code with spraypaint. It says 08-00-08-08-88, an encrypted message saying eight o´clock in the morning on the 8th of august 1988 and it is a tribute to the all people who stands up against oppression, then, today and tomorrow. Never forgotten, this painting is for you.

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toiR, 2009, mixed media on canvas, 3 X 6 feet

 

SOLD, In darkness I shine

In darkness I shine

 

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In darkness I shine, 2013, ink on paper, 56 X 77

Photo credit: http://www.botric.fotosidan.se/