Anders Gjennestad

Arendal / Norway

Norwegian-born Anders Gjennestad previously known as Strøk is a stencil artist living in Berlin. His cutouts are based on photographs that he takes before executing the stencils, and his finely detailed work can be found as oversized murals on the streets of Europe, as well as in exhibition spaces. Gjennestad’s work is featured in the URBAN NATION 2018 exhibition, ‘UN-DERSTAND The Power of Art as a Social Architect’. […]

Biography / Anders Gjennestad

Norwegian-born Anders Gjennestad previously known as Strøk is a stencil artist living in Berlin. His cutouts are based on photographs that he takes before executing the stencils, and his finely detailed work can be found as oversized murals on the streets of Europe, as well as in exhibition spaces. Gjennestad’s work is featured in the URBAN NATION 2018 exhibition, ‘UN-DERSTAND The Power of Art as a Social Architect’.

The stencil art of Anders Gjennestad is a gripping experience. His subjects are frozen in seemingly surrealistic bodily contortions; the artist achieves this effect through basing his cutouts on self-made photographs of bodies in action. Gjennestad’s art appears on carefully selected places in the open space to emphasise the artworks’ emotional impact. Same goes for his indoor-works, in an approach that can be viewed as an update to the Objet-Trouvé-tradition of the early 20th century, Gjennestad first collects his ‘canvasses’ in the urban wilderness. Scratched metal panels, used wooden surfaces, old blackboards, anything that is capable of transporting the impact his art has in the streets into the confined space of an exhibition room. Each stencil Anders produces finds multiple usages, one version for outdoors, and three versions for the galleries.