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Urban Spree at UAF Paris 2018

Urban Spree returns for the third consecutive year to the Paris Urban Art Fair from 12th to 15th of April 2018.

 

We will be presenting a duo show with two Berlin-based artists represented by the gallery, Hendrik Czakainski (GER) and Tavar Zawacki (USA). Both artists will be present during the Fair.

 

One of the highlights of the Urban Spree booth will be the presentation of a triptych by Hendrik Czakainski (see below). This artwork in 3 framed panels has a size of 288 cm long by 160 cm high. The german artist is known for his 3D surreal visions of urban and industrial settlements, prone to chaos, uncertainty and destruction, however reaching a formal and hypnotic abstracted beauty.

 

Urban Spree Prints will also release a limited edition 15-colour screen print set of the triptych work, masterly crafted at the Urban Spree Studios by Dolly Demoratti. This release is exclusive to the fair and will be launched at the Opening.

Urban Spree will also be presenting 6 new medium-sized works on canvas (120 x 90 cm) by Tavar Zawacki aka ABOVE. A further step away from his iconic “arrow” motive towards geometric abstraction and hard-edged painting, Tavar’s new works are subtle trompe l’oeil and variations perfectly executed in a muted color range. We will also introduce a new series of resin cut-out works from the Californian artist.


 

Tavar will sign copies of his book Metamorphosis – published by Urban Spree Books in September 2017 – on Saturday 14.04 at 16:00 on the Urban Spree booth.

 

We will also show some calligraphic works on paper by Bisco Smith and Jonas “Sun7” Bournat.

 

 

URBAN ART FAIR | PARIS 2018 LE CARREAU DU TEMPLE
4, Rue Eugene Spuller
75003 Paris, France

12 >15 avril 2018

Tché Ruggi: Deep

Urban Spree and A7MA (Sao Paulo) present an exhibition in Urban Spree Galerie’s Ecke of new works by Sao Paulo based artist Marcelo Ruggi a.k.a. Tché.

Tché created some of the works of his series “Deep” as an Urban Spree Resident Artist in March 2018.

Tché Ruggi and “Submercidade”, his latest series, is the result of a profound dive into “Sea of Perceptions”, his first body of works, when he had the chance to meditate and seek deeper meanings. In the midst of darkness, his forms reflected silvered lights and unveil this submerged city.

Time made the triangular geometries defragment and unraveled what was behind their pyramidal assemblies, finding a new universe of possibilities to explore. “Deep” portrays the current moment of the artist who in his deep immersion, looks at the light and returns towards the surface. Exploring his sensations, senses and memories, he deciphered the “Enigma” and reached the maturity expressed in dynamism and gesture, in his representative aquatic structures.

Text: Enivo
Translation from Portuguese: Marina Zumi

 

About the artist:

In 2004, Tché visited an old house in ruins. The mud and the aggressive action of nature over the construction’s remains seemed like saying , “do not paint in here”.

The space, where in and outside were in harmony as a chess game. The sky was part of the roof and the ground was the soil. The artist waited for an omen.

The sunset arrived touching the destroyed windows, cutting it self through the broken pieces of glass and projecting its own paint of light and shadow over the surfaces as an invisible event, drawing on the walls calling the night.

From this day, the geometry of the shapes projected by the light, small triangles, pointed shapes, hard waves, dry cuts, they all became raw material for the artistic process.

Tche adopted the fragments of this mysterious answer to spread it little by little on his repertory casted in iron, overlaying the layers, pressured on paint, magnetizing fields. It was built the enigma of an impossible pyramid.

Tche Ruggi, graduated at Faculdade Belas Artes de São Paulo, on 2009.

On 2008, he was one of the founders of Atelier 132, that originated the “Coletivo 132”, a collective of graffiti artists. Tche has done exhibitions in Austria, Germany and Brazil. On 2012, he founded with his partners the A7MA Space of Art and Culture, which is growing until today and hopefully for a long time.

 

Opening: Thursday, May 29th
19:00 – 22:00
Urban Spree Galerie
Revaler Str. 99
10245 Berlin

Urban Spree at Outdoor Festival 2018 in Rome

Urban Spree will participate to the upcoming edition of the Outdoor Festival in Rome.

Powered by nufactory, Outdoor festival 2018 is the largest multidisciplinary festival in Italy dedicated to urban cultures, with conferences, exhibitions, concerts, and markets.

The Festival’s main theme for this 8th Edition is around the notions of “heritage” and “disobedience”, coupled with the historical perspective of revisiting the legacy of the French student revolts of May 68 on the occasion of their 50th anniversary.

Urban Spree is invited in the arts section to present the works of the Berlin graffiti and parkour crew “Berlin Kidz” with an exhibition consisting of different materials, videos, photographs and artefacts.

The Festival is located at the Mattatoio Testaccio, in the center of Rome.

Outdoor Festival will take place from April 14th, 2018 to May 12th, 2018 in Rome.

5th Pictoplasma Academy Group Show

For the 5th consecutive year, Urban Spree welcomes the alumni of the Pictoplasma Academy for a 1-week group show from May 2nd to May 6th, 2018, on the occasion of the 14th Pictoplasma Festival.

The vernissage will be held on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018, between 16:00 and 19:00.

The Academy All Stars Group Show is the highlight show of the 14. Pictoplasma Festival, with works and installations by the alumni of the Pictoplasma Academy 2017.

Challenged by renowned illustrators, artists, animation filmmakers, and sculptors, participants explored and developed their personal, character-driven projects. The Academy All Stars group show presents their diverse talents and features sculptures, paintings, drawings, interactive installations, and a multitude of new character worlds.

 

PICTOPLASMA ACADEMY ALL STARS

May 02-06, 2018

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

10245 Berlin

Wednesday-Sunday: 12:00-20:00

Saturday: 12:00-22:00. Nocturne for the Club Character Party

Vernissage on Wednesday, May 2nd, 16:00-19:00

Beyond the Streets L.A.

Beyond the Streets is Roger Gastman’s follow-up show to Art in the Streets, the graffiti and street art retrospective that broke MoCA Los Angeles’ attendance record with 220,000 visitors.

7 years since the MOCA’s groundbreaking exhibition, Roger Gastman invites 100+ artists to showcase their art and create immersive installations over 4000 sqm of industrial indoor and outdoor space in Los Angeles for what will surely become 2018’s most ambitious show: Beyond the Streets.

Beyond the Streets will be opening in Los Angeles on May 6, 2018. Gastman will not only be looking into the roots and historical figures of Graffiti and Street Art, but also take an in-depth look at just how expansive street culture has become in the worlds of contemporary art, photography and other mainstream pop and art movements.

Beyond the Streets will focus on artists with a documented history of mark making and rule breaking as well as a current, robust studio practice primarily derived from the graffiti and street art movements.

Beyond the Streets is not intended to be an historical retrospective but rather an examination of cultural outlaws who embody the spirit of the graffiti and street art culture. The exhibition includes well known artists whose work is influenced or inspired by these risk takers and whose efforts have elevated the movement to new heights.

Among the installations, we can mention a handball court complete with site-specific artwork by famed NYC artist Lee Quiñones drawing inspiration from his lion mural in 1982, FAILE’s Temple, is a highly interactive, life size construction of ceramic, steel, mosaics and prayer wheels that re-conceives historical references from sacred structures that invite play and contemplation from the audience, as well as a historical recreation of the Venice Pavilion, the legendary graffiti and skate destination in Venice Beach, in partnership with adidas Skateboarding.

Roger Gastman is a curator, graffiti historian, urban anthropologist and collector. Gastman founded and co-published Swindle magazine with Shepard Fairey, co-authored The History of American Graffiti and co-produced the Oscar-nominated Banksy documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop.

 

Release of “Navigations”

Urban Spree Prints is happy to announce the release of “Navigations“, an 18″ x 24” one-color screen print hand-pulled at the Urban Spree Studios by Dolly on the occasion of “Journey“, the 3-week Berlin residency and solo show of Bisco Smith.

The print has 2 specific white vertical deckled edges.

The print will be released on Wednesday, March 14th, at 12:00 (noon) NYC time and 17:00 Berlin time on the Urban Spree website here.

 

About the Artist:

Bisco Smith’s roots lie in music, hip hop, graffiti, and street art. He works in a variety of formats, including canvas and large outdoor murals, and his style can be characterized as a blend of graffiti deconstruction, gestural abstraction, and lyric-based stylewriting. Made predominantly with a black and white color palette, his art visually captures the rhythms of music and the energy of the moment through its spontaneous marks and abstracted text.

His work is regularly exhibited in major markets and is collected by both national and international collectors.

“Journey” is his first solo show in Germany

https://biscosmith.com

instagram: @biscosmith

 

Bisco Smith: Navigations

Hand-pulled 1-color Screen Print on Somerset 300 g/sm White Satin

18″ x 24″ (45 3/4 cm x 61 cm)

2 vertical white deckled edges

Limited Edition of 50

Signed, Numbered

2018