Graffiti as we know it today was virtually non-existent in Poland until the early ’90s, but after the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, ideas and influences from outside the Eastern Bloc started to flood in. Adam Klodzinski aka Soap saw New York street art for the first time in a magazine as a teenager in the mid-’90s and joined the first graffiti crew in his home city of Bydgoszcz soon after.
Most graffiti that we witness day-to-day resembles schoolboy scrawl hurriedly finished before being busted by the teacher. But Polish-born Adam Klodzinski, aka SOAP, takes the art form into hyperreality, with photo-realistic images of anything from celebs like Rihanna and Naomi Campbell to abstracted montages and urban landscapes.
SOAP, aka Adam Klodzinski is een Poolse artiest die de afgelopen jaren in Londen naam heeft gemaakt. In Polen was hij onderdeel van de B2 Crew, de eerste graffiti crew in zijn geboorteplaats Bydgoszcz. Deze zomer heeft hij zijn grootste solo expositie tot nu toe in de befaamde Londense West Bank Gallery. Tijd voor een interview op RELOAD.
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In the last decade graffiti art has been attributed with a new moniker, street art and urban art being the most circulated, as well as a newfound authorized status. Typically, the fabric of a city is a graffiti artist’s gallery space, public and rather significantly, democratic, street surfaces of all descriptions are gratis canvases for the diversity of eclectic visuals and culturally powerful messaging. And whilst London’s urban landscape may appear embellished with tags, 3d lettering and character-driven tableaus, nothing compares to the panoramas in Europe and especially the mural-adorned vistas in Poland.