Their art project is based on decorating abandoned houses and farms in the Lofoten Islands, Northern Norway. Due to increased centralization, several homes have been left alone and certain areas lose market value and liveliness. Well, perhaps not anymore!
Along with Dolk and Pøbel’s ‘Ghetto Leper’, the region of Lofoten is now getting its renaissance. The area consists of mostly fisheries and export harbors with a limited labor potential, but today the tendency is more cultural initiatives and exploration. More and more people from all over Norway are now thinking of moving to the Lofoten Islands because of the vivid artistic and rural scene.
Dolk’s street art combines dark humor with graffiti done in a distinctive stenciling technique, and he has got a big international name when it comes to street art. Pøbel’s works is shown all over Europe, and have been documented in a number of books. His stencil paintings are mostly sight gags. As example, one series portrays superheroes such as Superman and Batman as decrepit old men. (See photo)
If you ever go to Lofoten, be sure to look for Superman or a young girl picking a gigantic mushroom, or a sailor gazing out to the sea. Using this quirky type of canvas – you just can’t miss it – it’s a spectacular sight!
Text by: Anette Broteng Christiansen, ThorNews
Photos: On top: Espen Systad, below:lena