The exhibition “Hello Mister Police Officer” tells a story about small-town Robin Hoods breaking the law to bring art to the streets and make the environment more meaningful, fun and personal. The exhibition focuses on the work of four artists from Tartu, European Capital of Culture 2024, who share a common interest in working in public space: KAIRO, Stina Leek, GUTFACE and Edward von Lõngus. In June, the artists will be working both in the gallery and on the streets of Aberdeen.
Kairo is a self-taught artist that has been making work since 2009. She prefers the term naive artist as it describes the abundance of colour and detail in her works and a certain disinterest towards a realistic depiction of anatomy, space, and the like. Not to mention to signal the lack of a formal art education. Kairo is known for covering the utility boxes on her home street in the Supilinn district with paintings, even when working without permission while having a child and stroller.
Stina Leek is a young and furious freelance artist, founding member of the art collective Ajuokse (which translates to Brain Vomit) and the organiser of underground art gatherings. Her work is recognisable by the thick and wonky graphic line and bountiful eyeballs. For her, street art is communication without direct contact and showing yourself, every introvert’s dream.