Urban Art at Agroturismo Atzaró

Posted on August 13, 2016

Images: La Skimal

The already splendid Agroturismo Atzaró takes on a wave of art and music this August, with the largest exhibition of urban art in Ibiza being displayed at the heavenly hotel for the next couple of weeks. The 8th edition of Urban in Ibiza opened on Monday, August 8, under the name of Norte And South, bringing together two parts of Europe while being soundtracked by fine electronic music in the breathtaking grounds.

In a powerful display of impressive names in street and contemporary art, the first night of Norte and South at Atzaró Ibiza revealed one of the most original, interesting and enriching events on the island. Adding to the previous seven editions of Urban in Ibiza, the event has now grown to include more talent than ever before with a firm focus on art and music.

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Barcelona’s Montana Colours Gallery joined London’s Westbank Gallery to present the work of leading artists from southern as well as northern Europe and beyond. Showcasing works from some of the finest urban artists out there, the two leading art galleries bring a unique event to the White Isle. As guests made their way around the enviable art collections, Evika Blue and the Sound Thieves had the place feeling even more surreal than usual. Among the most mesmerizing electronic acts out there, their spellbinding live deep house added an aural dimension to the exhibit’s visual art.

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Curated with great care, both art collections brought a motley assortment of styles and artists, with paint, acrylic spray can canvas, collages, multi-media, stencils and more. The southern half of the exhibition showcased artists from Spain, Mexico, Argentina, France and Italy. Barcelona’s Montana Colours manager Anna Dimitrova highlighted a few, such as the very special floor-to-ceiling tapestry by Six Dimensiones who traveled to Peru to work with locals to master traditional weaving techniques. Several female street artists, rare to find, were also represented, including the refined Miss Van France, one of the first women in graffiti art; the Spanish Btoy and her illustration of women in the military; and the very young and promising Mexican Paula Delfin, who works with women’s bodies enveloped by natural roots and branches.

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Featuring 80% UK-based artists, as well as Dutch, German and French creatives, the Norte side saw artistic statements of both contemporary and eternal themes. Organiser and director Paul ‘Dizzi’ Saunders pointed to some particularly remarkable pieces, such as Schoony’s ‘Bruiser’. Recently having created the weapons for Star Wars, Schoony generated his latest artwork using a special handheld 3D scanner to create two differently coloured life cast sculptures of his eight year old niece, suggesting the constant face-off between humanity’s light and dark sides. Expressing current events, Pure Evil’s ‘Brexit (Red Tear)’ provides an artistic representation of England’s present state of affairs, with guests already seeking to buy it and a couple of Mau Mau’s screen prints.

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As the sun set behind the hills, live art performances added a further colourful element the evening and Scott Gray took to the decks with his signature funky soulful house sound. While guests dined under the majestic palm trees or enjoyed the barbecue station, Bristol artist Inkie created an ink-nouveau painting in the garden using black UniPosca paint followed by acrylic spray paint as a curious crowd gathered on sofas around him. Said to be responsible for the infamous Banksy’s career after introducing him to mainstream Bristol artists – ‘Without Inkie there would be no Banksy’, Paul echoed – the talented artist completed the piece over the course of the evening. In the Art & Music Lounge area, children were the protagonists of an interactive art segment, using water guns to turn what appeared as a blank canvas of a live water painting by Lucas Milá into Marilyn Monroe in a bathing suit.

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Running until August 22, Norte & South brings both promising and well-known artists to this one-of-a-kind event. Paul, ever the rebel in typical UK fashion, is already arranging for surprise artists – who will be announced on the event’s website and social media – to create live urban art, including a Mick Jagger bust to be painted live. Whether you are there to buy or simply appreciate the contemporary pieces, Norte & South provides a unique opportunity to enjoy high-end art in the heart of Ibiza.

 

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