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STREET ART AUCTION

Street art auction – Stencibility x Helsinki Urban Art

The auction invites street art enthusiasts to support their favourite artists and in return become a proud owner of an original artwork by a group of Estonian and Finnish artists. We’re encouraging the participation of everyone, so the bidding will start as low as possible: we present two works from each of the artists, one with the starting price of 1€ and another with 100€. Pick out your favourite pieces and join the auction rumble!

The auction takes place on the 12th of September at 18:00 at Pasila Urban Art Center and online via Stencibility (instagram.com/stencibility) and Helsinki Urban Art (instagram.com/helsinkiurbanart) Instagram live. Bidding starts on the opening day, 9th of September on Helsinki Urban Art Instagram page (instagram.com/helsinkiurbanart) where every artwork will have its own post. All auction works can picked up from Tartu or Pasila Street Art Center or shipped via smartpost (in that case transportation costs will be added to the end price). The works of Estonian artists are part of the exhibition and can be picked up or sent to the buyers when the exhibition closes (after the 9th of October).

Participating artists: KAIRO (EE), Acton (FI), müra2000 (EE), Jukka Peltosaari (FI), GUTFACE (EE), Taneli Stenberg (FI), k2rte (EE), Plan B (FI), Stina Leek (EE), Poppamaija (FI).

 

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ESTONIAN ARTISTS

KAIRO

Lady Artist’s Shit
Strawberry Scented Anti Air Freshener / starting price 1€
Dimensions:  7×17,5cm
Medium: acrylic paint, sticker paper and glossy varnish on a half-full spray can.

 

I have been suffering from what I call strawberry mania. Strawberries and the act of eating them is the central symbol of my solo exhibition currently open at the Kondas Centre of Naive Art in the city of Viljandi. Referring to a painting called Strawberry Eaters by Paul Kondas, the symbol as I use it can mean a hard-won shot at artistic self-realization, creative energy (that can run out but also renew) or shared culture itself. 

On this path of autobiographical works both on canvas and the streets I have painted about a thousand strawberries by now, as I lost count after 820. You are what you create and I just canned what I ate. A nod towards Piero Manzoni and probably Jaan Toomik.

Purple Julie / starting price 100€
Medium: paint on A4 acrylic paper, framed.


A re-drawing of one of my most popular paintings Red Julie that I painted after a pregnant fever dream where my unborn baby turned out to be a black trickster cat causing a lot of trouble. A family portrait of sorts.


KAIRO is a self-taught artist who considers 2009 as her starting point. As an artist she prefers the term naive artist as it aptly describes the abundance of colour and detail of her works, and a certain disinterest towards realistic depiction of anatomy, space, etc. Not to mention to signal her lack of formal art education. Kairo is known for covering the utility boxes on her home street in the Supilinn district with gorgeous paintings. It wasn’t an obstacle that she had to act without permission nor having a child and stroller in tow while doing it. She often depicts autobiographical scenes of financial struggles, clashes between self-realization and motherhood, memento mori and her personal bearded male muse.

k2rte

 

k2rte spray can / starting price 1€

Dimensions: 7×17,5 cm

Medium: Paint on a spray can. The background is coated with Black 3.0 – the blackest and mattest acrylic paint on the planet, that is said to absorb up to 99% of visible light.

Everything else is painted using highly glossy Grog Xtra Flow Paint. 

Accents with MTN liquid gold paint. 

birds & bees spray can / starting price 100€

 



Making art has always been about the sensory experience for me. 

As a young kiddo I enjoyed drawing in my grandmother’s quiet living room on the 9th floor of a soviet block building. 

I didn’t really care about the result – today I can’t even recall what I drew. 

Instead I vividly remember the smell of the heavily used coloured pencil box, 

quiet clinks of the pencils as I chose my colours, 

the meditative act of sharpening them into a pile of wood & paint scraps 

and the feel of old yellowed scrap paper that was donated to my art projects.

I stopped drawing for fun when I went to study graphic design. 

I had a vision for myself – I needed to be serious and make money. 

I was very miserable and depressed for a long time. 

Eventually I found my way back. 

Practising art is a mix of therapy and playtime. 

Just like the sci-fi novels I got lost in as a kid, today I am happy to be lost in the process of exploring art in all its formats. 

It’s still not so much about the result for me, but the experience of creating. 

You’re welcome to join me: instagram.com/k2rte

GUTFACE

OKAY / starting price 1€

Can size: 7×17,5cm

Box size: 15x24x8,5 cm

Medium: spray paint and marker on an empty spray can.

2020

We live in uncertain and hectic times where the media acts as an echo chamber for negative events and drama. It is becoming frequently more important to be able to step back and calm the mind to fight the anxiousness. To say to yourself that it is okay and to be able to keep going. Let this work be a reminder of this moment of clarity.

FLICK/ starting price 100€

Dimensions: 33x40x2 cm

Medium: plywood, acrylic paint, marker. 

2020

My works are very often introspective, this is no exception. The work seems naively simple and positive. But while working on it my thoughts were on the subject of how and why sometimes keeping motivated, positive and moving on seems as hard as carrying a rock up a mountain and other times it’s as easy as flicking a finger.


GUTFACE is a low-brow artist whose roots are deep in the soil of East Estonia. You may find him rolling away under a bridge in Tartu, working on plywood cut-outs in his studio in Jõhvi or behind the wheel of a car that’s always packed with paint, on his way to another wall. Hear someone playing drums in the basement? It’s probably also him. GUTFACE is fascinated by mythology and symbolism and often finds himself talking a bit too much about battles and world history. His natural curiosity is mixed with personal reflections that manifest in luscious forms and colours with a strong kick. GUTFACE started his conquest of Tartu by doing paste-ups and rooftops, but soon found his way to rollers and big-scale works as well as sculpture. In addition to working in public space, he often switches between digital mediums such as video, music and graphic design.

Stina Leek

 

I Hope I Don’t Forget Anymore / starting price 1€ 

Dimensions: 6,5×18,5 cm
Medium: marker, spray paint and paper on an empty spray can.

This artwork is painted on one of the spray cans the artist has used to cover Estonia in her eyeball flowers. She likes to think that the positive energy and enthusiasm she has inside her while doing street art will flow into the room this art piece is placed in. The eyeball flowers represent reincarnation and growing into something new, opening our eyes for the first time – and that is the message she wants to spread using different mediums and techniques. It is a feeling that she’s personally felt and what gives her hope when times are rough – sometimes we have to die before we can truly live. The message on the can – “ma loodan, et ma enam ei unusta” can be translated to “I hope I don’t forget anymore”, and it serves as a reminder that this too shall pass – the tough times are what form the base of our growth and we should never forget this.

Metamorphosis / starting price 100€

Dimensions: 12×22,5x14cm
Medium: marker, spray paint, paper, clay and wire on a recycled sculpture.

This “canvas” was bought from a second hand shop as the artist likes creating new life out of something that has lost its use. The eyeball flowers represent reincarnation and growing into something new, opening our eyes for the first time – and that is the message she wants to spread using different mediums and techniques. It is a feeling that she’s personally felt and what gives her hope when times are rough – sometimes we have to die before we can truly live. The texts “ma pidin nii lõplikult surema, et alles siis päriselt elada” can be translated to “i had to die so completely before i could actually live” serves as a reminder that sometimes it has to get bad before it can get better.


Stina Leek is a young and furious freelance artist, founding member of the art collective Ajuokse and the organiser of underground art gatherings. Her work is recognizable by its thick and undulating graphic line and bountiful eyeballs. If she had to categorise her work stylistically, she’d go with low-brow art. Stina showed some of the older players how it’s done with her seven part street art comic strip the viewer had to piece together from all over Tartu. For her, street art is communication without direct contact and exposing face, every introvert’s dream. It’s communication with other street artists, the surrounding space and the people moving through that space. Stina stresses that both the visual elements she creates and the location picked for the piece have a meaning – sometimes you need to delve deeper, think along and maybe even seek them out. Although Stina’s relationship with street art is new and developing it’s clearly meant to be.

müra2000

 

The Can-Can of müra2000 / starting price 1€

Dimensions: 11,5×18,5x7cm, length of the chain: 25cm
Medium: spray paint on spray cans, chain


An abstraction of scrap metal depicted on a twin set of cans (hook included). The cans were crushed vertically to obtain the last remnants of paint, and to horizontally form a sculptural artwork. One can notice the traces of use from the time when they still used to be functional containers of paint.


müra2000 is a (street)art project that deals with the subject of civilization and human nature through decay and its aesthetics. Active since 2005 with varying levels of productivity. The project started with depicting airplanes as a symbol of our changing worldview and perception of reality and how civilization is shaping it. Think about it, we can travel long distances in a short time while being in a metal tube 10000 meters in the sky and not even raise an eyebrow.

The name “müra (noise)” reflects the artist’s visual interests and “2000” as some kind of retrofuturistic addition plays with the idea of an idealized vision of a future that will never come. It is also a tribute to classic graffiti writers like Futura 2000 and therefore also self-ironic since the artist uses stencils as the medium. Recurring motifs in müra2000’s works are crashed cars, excavators, general destruction and decay.    

Audi S3 / starting price 100€

Dimensions: 52,5×45,5x1cm

Medium: spray paint on plywood


“A car is a machine that has strongly influenced the world and how people  view the world. It can be a useful commodity or an object of desire, symbol of freedom or environmental collapse. 

The object of aesthetic and practical aspirations of designers and engineers turns into a unique work of art at the moment when a person loses control and the most creative force in the universe – chaos – takes over.” – müra2000


müra2000 is a (street)art project that deals with the subject of civilization and human nature through decay and its aesthetics. Active since 2005 with varying levels of productivity. The project started with depicting airplanes as a symbol of our changing worldview and perception of reality and how civilization is shaping it. Think about it, we can travel long distances in a short time while being in a metal tube 10000 meters in the sky and not even raise an eyebrow.

The name “müra (noise)” reflects the artist’s visual interests and “2000” as some kind of retrofuturistic addition plays with the idea of an idealized vision of a future that will never come. It is also a tribute to classic graffiti writers like Futura 2000 and therefore also self-ironic since the artist uses stencils as the medium. Recurring motifs in müra2000’s works are crashed cars, excavators, general destruction and decay.    

FINNISH ARTISTS

Acton

Acton & Oggy / starting price 1€

Dimensions: 12 x 12 cm, with frames 23 x 23 cm

Medium: spray and acrylic paint on paper 

2020

“This piece does  not really have a story to tell. It follows the idea of graffiti works, that is the repetition of one’s own name spiced up with some generic and simple figures.”

Acton / starting price 100€

Dimensions: 30 x 40 cm, with frames 40 x 50 cm 

Medium: spray and acrylic paint on paper 

2019

 

“In some exhibitions the piece has been called “Be chrool to your scuel, pt.2″ (pt.1 is sold). The name is a quotation from the title of one of the Twisted Sister’s songs. The song was released in 1985 on the Come Out and Play album. The back cover of the album features graffities from New York which were painted to order for that album. That was my first touch to the world of graffiti. Therefore, the figurative language of this art piece borrows a lot from the back cover of that album. The quoted song, on the other hand,is about the “challenges” of attending school (which is why it is misspelled on purpose) from the perspectives from the students and the teachers as well. 

Acton is a graffiti artist born in Espoo, now residing in Helsinki. He works and creates art under the moniker Acton. He has been using this very moniker since late 1989. During the 90’s his art was very visible part of the scenery of his hometown Espoo. The main theme in the works of Acton are letters, the very core of graffiti. Acton is one of the few finnish graffiti artists whose works have been on display in private exhibitions in art galleries as well as group exhibitions in art museums.

Jukka Peltosaari

Two colour silkscreen dissolution -print / starting price 1 €

Dimensions: 14,8 x 21 cm (A5)

Medium: 250g Fabriano Unica paper
Limited edition of 8

Hand printed, signed and numbered by artist

2020

Block -sculpture / starting price 100 €

Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 4 cm

Medium: cast concrete sculpture

Open edition

Hand made and signed by artist

2020

 

Subjects that i often deal with in my works are the physical and mental limitations of humans, the relationship between an individual and a community, the animal nature of humans and group behaviour. The constant movement and ongoing transformation of all matter is also a theme that I am interested in.

Jukka Peltosaari, born in the 80s, works in Helsinki. His work shows influences on comics, graffiti and street art. His style is colorful and graphical and varies from reduced to rich. Peltosaari deals with humans’ inner and external world and the interaction of these two. 

Plan B

Koulutuslupaus / starting price 1 €

Dimensions: 60 x 45 cm

Medium: spray paint on paper

2020

This stencil was actually created a few years ago, but it was never painted in this size. The same picture ended up painted on plates in smaller size, so it felt that painting it just like that wasn’t needed. The picture is based on a photo where the previous prime minister Juhani Sipilä is taking part in a “No cuts to education” campaign. But when he became prime minister he actually made big cuts to the education budget. The starting price of the artwork is 1 € more than the value of his promise.

Drop colors, not bombs / starting price 100 €

Dimensions: 40 x 50 cm 

Medium: spray paint on canvas

2020

This airplane has been painted on the streets of several cities (including Helsinki and Tartu). Usually the paint spots are painted on the ground under the plane, but this time they work as a background for the plane. The artwork turns a war plane into something positive, a plane that brings color to the city, like street artists do. It also includes a reference to graffiti bombing, an act of painting many walls inside one area within a short timeframe.

Plan B creates political art that often criticises societal issues and consumerism. Plan B’s artworks have taken a stand on for example Brexit and Juha Sipilä’s governmental issues. The artworks’ sizes vary, and one might stumble across a small piece on traffic signs or electrical boxes. Plan B works mostly on streets, but makes also art for exhibitions in similar style.

Poppamaija

Flashbacks / starting price 1€

Dimensions: 55 x 55 cm (five-part)

Medium: acrylic paint, spray paint and marker on canvas

2019

This five-part piece is the result of improvisation and mixing different techniques. It discusses public art on the boundaries of illegality and legality. What is acceptable and what is not? Who is paying and who gets paid?

Moods / starting price 100€

Dimensions: 55 x 45cm

Medium: acrylic paint and marker

2018

We all experience different moods and emotions. Sometimes multiple feelings are appearing to us at the same time, when they are regulating the intensity of our feelings in different ways. In the case of Moods the viewer has the power to decide which kinds of feelings the piece is arousing. Are the feelings appearing at the same time or one by one? Are they good or bad?

Poppamaija is a freelance artist who has focused on street arts in recent years. In 2019, she won the Hämeenlinna street art competition with her piece “I’m not alone anymore”. Alongside of that Poppamaija is active in the Mimmit Peinttaa collective. Strong lines and colors and fictional characters are recurring themes in Poppamaija’s paintings, which have been seen at many festivals.

Taneli Stenberg

Sketch of a face / starting price 1€

Dimensions: 50 x 25 cm

Medium: oil on MDF-panel 

2020

 

“This one I made this spring. It is about exploring the face, it illustrates the expressions and the choices of colors.”

Mysterious death of M.J. / starting price 100€

Dimensions: 40 x 30 cm

Medium: oil on MDF-panel

2015

“I got inspired for this painting when I found himself wondering of the murder mystery which seemed like a solved case at first glance. But what really happened and when or by whom? Or was it all just his speculation and there is really nothing suspicious on the case? Even though the connection to the murder mystery is obvious, the painting still has a light and soft atmosphere.”

Taneli Stenberg is a visual artist from Helsinki, Finland. He works mostly in the mediums of oil paint and large scale mural.

Tanelis style in painting could be described as contemporary magical realism with elements rooting from graffiti and street art. His work always carries philosophical meanings behind the punchy colors and luring urban approach to his subject matters.