EN: Street Art Oslo is proud to present a group exhibition by I.T. Hammar, Emil Ellefsen & Martin Massiv exploring their individual and collective relationship to illustration and graffiti.
The exhibition brings together three different personalities, styles, and stories under one roof to highlight the commonalities between them. It’s immediately apparent how their expression complements one another despite each having taken a very different route to get here: Martin who started with graffiti and later also began painting; Emil who as an illustrator later became interested in graffiti; and I. T. as a visual artist who began to depict graffiti.
The synergy of their work is perhaps best illustrated in the wall painting/installation that forms the focal point of the exhibition. Here Martin (below) and Emil (above) have brought the outsider world of graffiti into the gallery by painting directly on the wall. The four I.T. Hammar oil paintings which hang on top serve the same purpose, in their own unique but complimentary way.
The remainder of the exhibition is dedicated to showcasing more than 60 works on paper and canvas.
By demonstrating the time and care each artist commits to drawing and painting, and how it shapes their understanding and appreciation of graffiti, we invite the audience to see graffiti in new and different ways.
With oil paint and ink I.T. Hammar (b.1989) makes meticulously-detailed drawings of tagging, graffiti and fly-posting, while her painted works allude to the boundary between fantasy and reality, and the subjective nature of our shared experiences.
Emil Ellefsen (b. 1989) is an Oslo-based illustrator, draftsman and graffiti artist. His studio-based practice involves making painstakingly detailed drawings and paintings, while his graffiti consists mainly of abstract letter forms.
Martin Massiv fell in love with graffiti in 2002, and has painted continuously over the last 21 years. In 2020 he moved to Sortland in northern Norway, where the immense boredom drove him to pick up his old habit of painting and drawing detailed and weird letters on paper.