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Hendrik Czakainski’s Upcoming Exhibition: Nonpoint Sources

Imagine that you are a raindrop. It begins to rain and you hit the ground and flow across streets, parking lots, yards, construction sites, farm fields… Along the way, you pick up litter, oil, grease, metals, rubber, dirt, fertilizers, pesticides, animal waste, and other things left behind. All of these pollutants mix with the rain and flow away as nonpoint source pollution. » (Illinois Environmental Protection Agency).

In Hendrik Czakainski’s previous exhibition at Urban Spree Galerie, « Switch Over » (2018), the famed “invisible hand” of Adam Smith finally achieved its predictable self-strangulation and hinted towards the obliteration of the age of Anthropocene. His powerful works laid bare the rusted skeletons of what was once qualified as habitat. A post-architectural world – and beyond -, in which life subsided on the fringes, a derelict, abstract  and borderless Universum, morbidly fascinating.

For “Nonpoint Sources“, his 4th solo show at Urban Spree, Hendrik Czakainski fills his large wall sculptures with the particles and raindrops of our contaminated civilization, building his imaginary constructions only to let them succumb to the invisible and poisonous streams that run through it. Huge fracture lines dislocate high density environments, Earth is scorched beyond repair, structures are flooded with colored poisons that irrigate the veins of our industrial civilization.

We do not only see the structures, we see the flooding and the elements, we see how the artist skillfully paints and distorts the structures he so patiently erected.

Hendrik Czakainski

Nonpoint Sources

Solo Show 

Berlin Art Week Opening: Wednesday 09.09.2020 at 18:00 in presence of the artist

Exhibition Dates: 09.09.2020 – 10.10.2020

Wed-Fri 14:00-19:00 (Sa: 12:00-19:00)

Urban Spree Galerie

RAW Gelände

Revaler Str. 99

10245 Berlin

S+U Warschauer Str.

Info & Catalogue: contact@urbanspree.com

“Check your Privilege”: a new mural by the Low Bros

The Urban Spree Artist Wall is a highly visible wall in Berlin, deploying its painted surface of 120sqm (15 x 8 meters) opposite Warschauer Str.

As is usually the case with most exhibitions, the artists paint the first piece of their show on this wall, resulting in a massive statement work for their indoor exhibition.

“Check Your Privilege” is the 3rd mural painted by the Low Bros at Urban Spree and is perhaps their most significant outdoor work to date as it emphasizes strong cultural and societal points, further developed in their solo show “CON.TXT’ (on display until September 6th, 2020).

In the words of Anna Ptasinska: « With the #BlackLivesMatters movement sweeping the global community, it is now, more than ever, that white people need to acknowledge their responsibility to dismantle oppressive, racist systems. Influenced by the book ‘Exit Racism’ by Tupoka Ogette & Robin DiAngelo’s ‘White Fragility,’ Low Bros have partnered with IDB (Institut für diskriminierungsfreie Bildung), Josephine Apraku and Jule Bönkost for this exhibition. As an educational starting point, this exhibition aims to amplify and continue the conversation surrounding white privilege and asks questions of how it can be better utilized in institutions, as well as private & public spaces. While the search for answers is ongoing, the artworks aim is to highlight the problems of unchecked whiteness, especially when it is being recognized as a default perspective in society. By debunking the concept of privileges and problems, the context of this exhibition aims to engage whiteness as an ally to the BIPOC community.”

LOW BROS: CON.TXT

The Hamburg-based duo LOW BROS (formerly based in Berlin) is no stranger to Urban Spree, having painted the Wall two times and having been regular guests here.

However, “CON.TEXT” is their first solo show with the Gallery. The starting point of the exhibition is to study the white privilege situation enjoyed in the US (and elsewhere) and – again – highlighted by the death of George Floyd, which triggered a worldwide massive awareness and protests.

« With the #BlackLivesMatters movement sweeping the global community, it is now, more than ever, that white people need to acknowledge their responsibility to dismantle oppressive, racist systems. Influenced by the book ‘Exit Racism’ by Tupoka Ogette & Robin DiAngelo’s ‘White Fragility,’ Low Bros have partnered with IDB (Institut für diskriminierungsfreie Bildung), Josephine Apraku and Jule Bönkost for this exhibition. As an educational starting point, this exhibition aims to amplify and continue the conversation surrounding white privilege and asks questions of how it can be better utilized in institutions, as well as private & public spaces...

While the search for answers is ongoing, the artworks aim is to highlight the problems of unchecked whiteness, especially when it is being recognized as a default perspective in society. By debunking the concept of privileges and problems, the context of this exhibition aims to engage whiteness as an ally to the BIPOC community ».  Anna Ptasinska

About the artists:

Low Bros are a German post-graffiti artist duo made up of brothers Christoph (b.1984) and Florin Schmidt (b.1982). With a background in street culture and an interest in contemporary developments, they explore a self coined ‘Retro-Futuristic’ vibe. From their collective memory of the 80s and 90s, the Low Bros create a vantage point from which to reimagine the present future; a perception which refocuses the conflicts they embody in the modern age. The Low Bros live and work in Hamburg, Germany.

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Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99 – 10245 Berlin

7.08.2020 – 06.08.2020

Opening Hours:

Wednesday – Friday: 14:00-19:00

Saturday – Sunday: 12:00-19:00

Sicoer: Rooftop Exploration

As an extension to his solo exhibition “Explorations” – on display at Urban Spree Galerie until Sunday, August 2nd 2020, SICOER has created a large rooftop fresco, writing his name on 700sqm of rooftop surface atop the gallery.

The piece is a fierce representation of the “calligraffiti” genre as it mixes the outdoor element, the typical block letters of graffiti and the handstyle, alphabet and brushstrokes of calligraphy.

Arbeitstitel completes the 4th and final wall of the StillStand Project

The Berlin artist duo Arbeitstitel (Robert Westphal | Laurent Wians) has completed their mural at Urban Spree, the 4th of the StillStand series and the final wall of the project.

The duo painted an abstract composition, made essentially from fragmented elements and visually impressive with a bright palette, enhanced by sparks of fluorescent yellow.

The AT20 mural at Urban Spree, facing Warschauer Str., will be visible until around the end of July 2020. Photos by Lukas K. Stiller.

“THIS!”: 3rd Print in the Mode 2 “Lockdown” Series

“Straight outta Lockdown / The Freedom Prints” is a series of vintage Mode 2 prints (from the mid 2000s to the early 2010s), hand-painted or hand-sprayed in 2020, and re-numbered in very limited runs.

“THIS!” is the third release of the series and by far the oldest print, having been published in 2003 by PoW in London.

Based on a flyer for the “THIS!” parties at Bar Rumba initially drawn in Mode 2’s blackbook, the motive was digitally printed in quadtone and has been hand-sprayed by Mode 2 in June 2020 with 3 matching tones of Belton.

The final run of this new series amounts to 24 prints only, signed and numbered.

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“THIS!” 68cm X 45cm One of three series of vintage prints, a full colour digital print, customised and renumbered edition of 24. . I met @swifty_grafix with @robiwalters a show at the Blue Note club in London, December 1996. He had @kambhogal_  and @freddeak.in working with them up in Ladbroke Grove, at #studiobabylon . They plugged me in to a part of the London club scene, connected to labels like Talking Loud or to (Straight No) Chaser magazine and so on. . @mitchy_bwoy joined springtime 1997, running the London club flyer scene; from Jah Shaka, to Passenger, or Movement at Bar Rumba itself among many others. . Discovering “That's How It Is” at Bar Rumba was love at first sight. In 1993, @janinedingwalls and @gillespeterson were offered a night at a West End venue, and Gilles suggested Mondays, a clean break from the weekend crowd. He suggested to have @unkleofficial join him, while @beesayed backed Janine up on all her club sessions. @ben_wilcox99 later joined the team, and then there were also illustrious guests. . My blackbook drawing (photos by @louis_curiosities ) shows the parachute on the ceiling, hiding the @funktiononeofficial speakers delivering an eclectic serving of music that attracted the faithful from the world over. . I did a few banners over the years (the one at the door getting stolen!), with paint reacting to black light, but the drawing was first used in 1999, when the name switched to “THIS!”; and from it came a bunch of other drawings of club scenes and dancing crowds. . When @stevelazarides asked me to join PYMCA in 2003, the flyer became one of four prints I did for him. I rescued what I could carry of all remaining ones from Pictures On Walls in October 2018, then decided during the lockdown that we should re-release them; not without enhancing each one with matching Belton colours from @legacybln , and transforming them into something much more personalised. . “Sofa Spank”, “Oh Sh…” and “THIS!” go on sale at @urban_spree this Thursday 9th of July at 18:00 CET. Link in bio. . That's it. There will be no more left stashed away after that. . #mode2official #mode2 #londonnights #clubnights #vintageprint #customised #straightnochaser

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The first series of 3 HPM prints will be available on Thursday, July 9th, at 18:00 CET on the Urban Spree online shop and in the galerie in Berlin.

Mode 2

“This!”

Digital print on 300g/sm archival paper

Originally published by Pictures on Walls (PoW) in 2003

Hand-sprayed and re-numbered in 2020

Each print is different

45 x 68 cm

Edition of 24

Signed & Numbered 1-24