Video: Nug Pushes the Boundary Between Vandalism and Abstract Expressionism

By - Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Nug’s gestures in his latest video are primarily contained to canvas. But that wasn’t the case in his more widely known video video from 2008 “Territorial Pissing” posted below. Tell ’em Wikipedia: Nug is a Swedish graffiti artist. He has been active in the Stockholm area and been called one of the worst Graffiti vandals in Sweden but his works have also been shown at places like the art fair Market. Nug studied art at the art college Konstfack where he earned a Master of Arts degree in 2008. His degree project, presented in 2008, was called “Territorial Pissing”, a film showing a masked man spraying a subway car and the stockholm station entrance, where he broke in to make one of the scenes in “Territorial Pissing”. The project attracted attention when it was exhibited by an art gallery in February 2009, and led to widespread criticism of Konstfack. The criminal investigation against Nug was dropped in April 2009 because it was not clear if he is the masked man in the film. Konstfack has stated that regardless of the criminal nature of the project, basic administrative law regulations do not permit his degree to be revoked but the school is investigating if they made any errors when they let him use this work for graduation.

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