At the first exhibition of this year Pretty Portal shows Morten Andersen and Base23, two artists who both tend to Urban Art. Morten Andersen attracted the public attention by using rhythmic forms and expressive, whirling colours. Base 23 hypnotized people creating characters, that remind indian totems ot the 23. century.
The vigorous and graphical pieces of Base 23 build a strong contrast to abstract works by Morten Andersen. As a result the visitors/viewers will experiece great tension caused by the confrontation of the both artists.
"Hell Hounds From The North"
Base 23/ Morten Andersen
Opening 25.03.2011, 19h
Show: 25.03. - 29.04.2011
Morten Andersen paints and stretches his lines artistically within the neo form of abstraction known today as urban abstract contemporary.
In his artwork Morten channels an intense relationship and obsession for crooked lines, abstract forms, transparent overlaying techniques, and graphically styled patterns into a universe of tones, complemented and sparked by the flow of a few contrast colors and powerful visual elements.
Marker work is a strong player in Morten's work, and although it's very time intensive, it gives the final work a delicate hand styled skin.
Energetically, expressively, everything is detailed to the extreme through hard contrasts, it's stretched, twisted, and bears a raw energy similar to that of graffiti. Morten continues to stylistically pursue this point of origin in his visuals, building on a decade of aerosol calisthenics that paved his way into the fine arts.
In the first glimpse the line work displays a resemblance to an abstract letter of the alphabet, proposing an immediate visual communication that is accentuated by unexpected color bursts. The works offer a depth of layering and variety of elements, offering ways into the painting to create an outlet for the observer to understand their own style, thoughts, personal emotions, and states of mind.
Besides showing his works in selected group shows and solo shows in numerous galleries and exhibitions in Denmark, the last couple of years has seen Morten's work travel to quite a few places abroad, both single handedly, but also showing with his artist crews, OSC Click and AOS (Army Of Snipers). Berlin, Munich, Barcelona, London, Malmö, Washington D.C, Denver, Portland, Paris, Miami (Art Basel), Cologne (Bloom 21 Art Fair) and more...
The RAL-Galaxia and their life forms were discovered by aerosol scientist BASE23 two and a half years ago after doing research in the laboratories for about 17,5 years in the aerosol universe.
Since then the color machines and animals have landed on planet earth to make our daily environment more colorful. You can find them in the streets, abandoned areas and hall of fames around our globe.
BASE23 lives and works in Berlin and has exhibited in Barcelona, London, Melbourne, Paris, Berlin and several German cities. BASE23 started with graffiti in 1989 and went on to study, majoring in graphic design/typography.