A topographic-landscape-painted

44 flavours
La Villanueva

With the collaboration of Goethe-Institut Madrid

Discovering cities, embracing the architecture from the perspective of a painter, a skater or a graffiti writer is different, because they none of them would go to the same places as a typical tourist or traveler.
The way of observing their surrounding is different: every corner is a potential spot, an inspiration or something that leads to a new idea. It could be a new board trick or a way to scan the different structures and colours of those particular surfaces.

As someone who’s into painting, skateboarding and writing, you look for niches and read the surfaces of buildings. You try to define the potential of theses urban landscapes.
Each surface is an opportunity to re-imagine or redefine it.

This brings us to the concept of how we thought about our project in Logroño, how can we intervene, how can we occupy or reclaim the city by applying our philosophy.
Where skaters, writers or artists are relates to where life is.
We saw this so many times already, areas that were abandoned that didn’t have much quality of life about them, there we were always the first people to discover the potential and to improvise and make the best out of it on a limited budget. All theses social micro interventions can’t really be planed, they grow naturally  point to the potential of the location.
The creativity and endurance to try again and again, to fail, to make mistakes and to eventually achieve your goals. To be open to learning and enduring. The loyalty, cohesion, the exchange, it’s all a part of a philosophy that we absorbed by being part of the graffiti and skateboard scenes. This was supplemented and enhanced by our work as artists.

With this project we would like to give something back, to find the potential of this area in Logroño, to hopefully bring life back to this place. We want do this with our work ie. via the power of color. We want to broadcast the idea that this place is more than just a parking lot…

44 flavours

The artist duo 44flavours consists of Sebastian Bagge and Julio Rölle, who have been working together since 2003. Their artistic proposals include painting, ceramics, sculptures, prints and objects. The painted object can be a piece of cardboard, stone, wood, a vase from a flea market or any wall from somewhere in the world.

In a seemingly perpetual creative development, the duo spontaneously uses and processes randomly available materials. While the painting on canvas plays with different perspectives and illusions of space, the objects and sculptures function as an appropriation of space.

Appropriation and localisation: It is the diversity of artistic manifestations (in public space, in painting, in sculptural work) that introduces us to the philosophy of 44flavours to life. Every action of appropriation in every day and in every place in the world raises anew the question of where and how, of personal and social identity and of anchorage in this world.

Photo: Nikita Teryoshi
Text excerpt by: Elke Giffeler

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