Urban Spree Galerie announces the upcoming first solo show of Berlin-based post-graffiti artist Christian August alias KID CASH.
Christian August, born in 1977 in Halle (Saale), is a graduate of the Burg Giebichenstein University of Fine Arts in Halle in the class of Gerhard Schwarz and a founding member of the renowned KLUB7 Berlin artist collective.
The exhibition, entitled VERY NECESSARY, crystallizes his artistic direction of the last three years and displays a brand new corpus of works which will be on display at Urban Spree Galerie for the first time.
The title of the exhibition refers to his primary work in the public space and hints to the necessity for him of showing his artworks in the context of a gallery space.
In the middle of the 1990s, KID CASH started graffiti and paintings on public walls and to analyze surfaces, urban landscapes and architecture. components which are still at the core of his artistic practice. The departure point for his imagery are often spontaneous sketches and photographs that result from everyday situations and emotions, from landscapes and still life to letters and quotes from artworks of Picasso, Henri Matisse or Hans Arp.
The action of the body and his dynamics play a major role in the compositions of KID CASH’s large-scale artworks which require total commitment and physical strength. The graffiti letters of the 1970s in New York and the German post-reunification subcultures in the 1990s still make an observable impact on his artistic vocabulary. Also, his name derives from common names as KID and CASH, popular within the subculture.
The choice of materials stems from those which enable KID CASH to work quickly and spontaneously and facilitate his intuitive and energetic modus operandi as acrylic and spray paint, construction materials, wood and canvases. The depicted visual language is dominated by seriality, an important element in KID CASH’s narrative.
Opening reception: 31st of March 2017, 18:30 – 22:00
Exhibition: 1st of April – 22nd of April 2017
Urban Spree Galerie
Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain
TU – SU 12:00 – 19:00
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