Bates and Niels Bjorndahl | Appreciation for letters in Paris

May 14 2012 . 08:33pm

Maquis-art Shop & Gallery and Maurice Grinbaum presents:
“Appreciation for letters” coming up next in Paris
By: Bates & Bjorndahl.

Here’s the story behind the upcoming exhibition:

Bates and Niels Bjorndahl first met in 1984 when the graffiti scene was still in its infancy in Denmark.
They became fast friends and ran together thru 1986 when Bjorndahl was forced to put an end to his
graffiti career due to numerous run-ins with the local authorities.
Bjorndahl then changed his focus to abstract art while Bates continued on with graffiti.

In 2009 the two met again and started exchanging ideas and creative inputs and in the fall of 2011 they
decided to try to work on some canvases together merging abstract art and graffiti in a new style. The
result became a number of pieces where the artists experiment with different color dogmas and unusual
types of canvases. The first selection will be showcased at the exhibition ‘Appreciation for Letters’ in Paris
in the spring of 2012 in collaboration with Maquis-Art. Among the experiments, one series very much defines
the show ‘Appreciation for Letters’, namely the ‘Typograffiti’ pieces where each canvas represents a specially
selected font, which has then been spray painted onto the canvases by hand without the use of stencils. This
intricate technique and focus on the very basics of letters defines some of the purest form of graffiti that exists:
Strong letter structures that move and bend with a good flow…

Official opening:
15 of May opens at: 11:00 o’clock

MAQUIS-ART Shop and Gallery
42, rue Quincampoix
75004 Paris
Métro chatelet
(entre Agnès B et le citadium beaubourg)

and also next door Gallery:
38 rue quincampoix
75004 Paris

Sponsor: Ironlak
Music: Diamond Messages – Liquid Summer
Video editing by: Wen cod 2012

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THE EXCHANGE book is available now!

June 08 2010 . 09:07pm

The Exchange: Acclaimed graffiti collective The Exchange has created a stir with a dynamic style dialogue. The idea behind the project is for members to pair up, trade sketches and rock diverse styles outside of their usual comfort zones. These experiments are then posted online to be applauded and critiqued by members. A verbal and visual style assault from some of the finest active writers across the globe: EWOK, REVOK, RIME, PERSUE, YES 2, POSE, STAE 2, SNOW, BATES, SERCH, POET, KACAO 77, SCOTTY 76, ASKEW (just to name a few). This book is jam-packed with expert style antics. You might want to get your sketchbooks out and start taking notes.

Have a look inside the book here: Teaser PDF

Get your copy here:

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THE EXCHANGE | Book Release and tour

April 03 2010 . 12:19am

The Exchange
is a verbal and visual style assault from some of the finest active writers from across the globe: RIME, REVOK, EWOK, PERSUE, YES 2, POSE, STAE 2 and SNOW (USA), BATES (Sweden), POET and KACAO 77 (Germany), ASKEW (New Zealand) just to name a few.

THE EXCHANGE Exhibition / Common Ground Gallery / Berlin

Vernissage / book release party / book signing
9. April 2010 / 7 pm

With special guests: Rime (USA) / Bates (Sweden) / Poet (Germany) / Kacao 77 (Germany) / Jurne (USA)

DJs: Dejoe / Seagel Silver / Serch

A selection of artworks from The Exchange members from around the globe: Rime (USA) / Bates (Sweden) / Yes2 (USA) / Poet (Germany) / Kacao 77 (Germany) / Jurne (USA) / Askew (New Zealand) / Host 18 (USA) / Taboo (USA) / Sirum (Australia), just to name a few.

Exhibition 10. – 23. April 2010 / Mo – Sa , 2-7

The Exchange Book Events:

1st – 3rd April – Dublin
All City Dublin Tivoli Jam: exhibition / painting session / book sneak preview / book signing with RIME (USA) and Scotty 76 (Germany)

9th April 2010 – Berlin
Common Ground Gallery: The Exchange exhibition / book launch / book signing with Rime (USA), Jurne (USA), Bates (Sweden) Poet (Germany) and
Kacao 77 (Germany) and with contributions from other members of The Exchange including: Askew (New Zealand), Host 18 (USA) and Taboo (USA)

13th April
MTN: live painting session / book signing with Rime (USA) from 7pm – 10 pm

May/ June/ July 2010
LA (check our website for an update on the dates)

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