Surface by Søren Solkær
Surface by Soren Solkaer
Opening Reception: September 30, 6 - 9 p.m.
SURFACE is the definitive portrait anthology of the street art community, a worldwide exhibition and book project by internationally renowned Danish photographer Søren Solkær. Part of the Fotofocus Biennial, this is the first time the exhibition will travel to the Midwest. This fall our shared passions for creativity and collaboration intertwine to tell a new narrative of Urban Contemporary art. Together, we'll rip away the surface, and let the world of street art that Solkær captures – the raw, dynamic, dramatic, provocative, bold and beautiful – shine through.
Exhibition dates: September 30 - November 11, 2016
After two decades of photographing the world's leading musicians, Solkær set out to do a large scale portrait project about individuals who create art in the public space. The exhibition tells the story of a three year journey across roof tops, back alleys, train stations and studios capturing momentary glimpses of the most significant street artists in the urban contemporary scene and its pioneering icons. The expansive project features portraits of 135 artists including Shepard Fairey, Blek Le Rat, Seen, Ron English, Swoon, Faile, Space Invader and Vhils among others.
Solkær's creates images with an atmosphere of hyperrealism – his signature style is influenced by cinema and painting and uses artificial lighting and a strong element of storytelling. Each artist is portrayed with their own art work, often using masks or props to obscure the identity of the artists.
Søren Solkær is Danish photographer working internationally with a base in Copenhagen. During the past twenty years he has photographed leading personalities within the world of music, film and art including: David Lynch, Jack White, Christopher Walken, Björk, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Michael Douglas, Patti Smith, Julian Schnabel, Pharrell, U2, Samuel L. Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Damon Albarn among many others. His work has been exhibited at museums and galleries in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Cologne, Milan, London, Prague, Reykjavik, Oxford, Copenhagen, Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne.