Street art is no new thing to most of us, but is that true for all parts of the world? This last summer painter and street artist Conor Harrington took a trip to Vardo, “a half abandoned fishing village” off the coast of Norway. He was followed by filmmaker Andrew Telling who documented not only Connor’s work but the landscape itself. Conor sums up their journey quite nicely.
I was invited to the far reaches of Norway during the summer and I took the opportunity to make my 3rd film with film-maker supremo Andrew Telling. I think this is by far our best film. Pared back and super minimal he really captured the atmosphere of one of the most Northerly and isolated parts of Europe.
I think it’s a lovely portrayal of what street art can be. It seems like a lot of people think of street art as graffiti, not art, but Conor’s work definitely fits into the category of art, painting these huge sword fighting gentlemen. While watching the film I wasn’t really sure what Conor was painting or how it would turn out, but I think his imagery and influence work superbly with such an ancient town.