KIRK Gallery is showcasing the works of 10 leading international urban artists at its latest group exhibition, titled “Up the Wall.” Many of the exhibiting artists participated in KIRK’s Out in the Open mural project, as they have moved from working on canvases and panels to outdoor walls. Exploring their indoor work as well, “Up the Wall” includes the works of Ian Francis, who creates multi-layered and highly contrastive paintings and VHILS, who has developed a unique aesthetic based on vandalism and “destroys as a means to create.”
A highlight of the exhibition is Australian artist Joshua Smith’s miniature work in collaboration with Polish street artist Bezt. Well-known for his miniature-sized sculptures of urban houses or scenes from big cities, Smith drew inspiration from Bezt’s Polish background to recreate an abandoned-looking building from Lodz, Poland. He sent a section of the building’s wall to Bezt to paint and then attached the mural to the rest of the building.
The finished model boasts plaster details, an exterior made of miniature bricks and a finished interior. Bezt’s mural of a man and woman set against an abstract background adorns the decaying structure, while graffiti reads “nieoczywiste piękno,” which translates to “no obvious beauty.” “The more decrepit or run-down the building is, the more I want to build it,” Smith told Juxtapoz Magazine. “New and clean buildings are generally boring. Those that are covered in graffiti or have broken windows–in this case, crumbling plaster–are a lot more visually interesting and tell much more of a history and story.”
Take a closer look at Joshua Smith and Bezt’s miniature structure in the gallery above. “Up the Wall” is currently on view to the public until January 18, 2020.
9000 Aalborg, Denmark
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Very excited to finally officially announce my latest project! International artist @bezt_etam from Etam Cru approached me in April of last year with the idea of doing a collaboration. The concept was for me to create a large scale miniature for him to paint a miniature mural onto. Working in secret the two of us worked on the project on and off since then. Initially I created a section of wall to ship to Bezt to paint then have it sent back to attach to the rest of the building. For the last 2 months I’ve been working non stop working up to 18 hour days building the rest of the building going so far as to build the interior and creating actual miniature bricks and making moulds to cast exterior details in plaster. As Bezt has been based in Lodz, Poland with a lot of his mural work there we decided to recreate a building from that city. When we started the project we had no idea where it would be exhibited. The final work will be shown in a group exhibition at @kirkgallery in Denmark opening on the 30th of November. There are many people I want to thank who helped me get to this point including @bezt_etam Matt from @sanemakerspace @_jackfran and especially to my partner who without her help none of this would have come together @disc0_rice This will be the first of a series I plan on doing with high profile artists worldwide. Photos by Andrew Beveridge @asbcreative_pro_photo #miniature #urbandecay #abandoned #shopfront #facade #scalemodel #scratchbuilt #iknowjoshuasmith #joshuasmithminiature #dollhouse #graffiti #bezt #kirkgallery #lodz #poland #urbex