In a society wrought with structural inequality, rigid uncertainty and a plethora of laughable politicians, expression through contemporary art is often the final refuge. At least, this is the staunch belief of two rather obscure Icelandic artists – Örn Tönsberg and Margeir Sigurdsson – who are set to bring their vigorous collaboration to Newcastle’s Abject Gallery this month.
With a combined repertoire of vivacious street art that has been said to ‘illuminate the streets of Reykjavik’, Tönsberg and Sigurdsson form a rather extraordinary pair. Flow is both their UK debut and the latest project from Breeze Creatives: it draws influence from that of ideological realism, a daring movement in which the ‘socially responsible’ creatives of 19th century Russia rebelled against artistic elitism with politically-fuelled works.
Unsurprisingly, the collaboration itself is set to be a positively theatrical one, as Abject Gallery actively invites visitors to view its creation between Thursday 26th and Friday 27th January. During this time, the two artists will work opposite one another to craft two seamless pieces that will inevitably collide: resulting in an explosive culmination of notions and styles that blur the boundaries between realism and abstraction. This fascinating creative process will span just four days – luckily, it’s also set to be showcased throughout the month of February.