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Upcoming solo show: Futura “The 5 Elements”

Urban Spree Galerie and Art-Together are proud to announce “Futura: The 5 Elements”, a solo exhibition of new works by Lenny McGurr, a.k.a. Futura 2000.

The Opening Reception will be held in Berlin on Friday January 11th, 2019, in presence of the artist, at Urban Spree Galerie.

The exhibition is one of the largest solo exhibitions of Futura to date with more than 60 original paintings on display.

 

“The 5 Elements” is not a retrospective show. On the contrary, Futura worked specifically on a large museum-style conceptual exhibition, tackling the ambitious theme of the Creation of the Universe, confronting himself to the cosmos, the planets, the infinitely small, the Big Bang and the fundamental elements, producing a corpus of works that becomes a path to the exploration of the universe as well as providing a backdoor into Futura’s internal galaxy.

The works have been produced in early 2018 in Lille, France, during a  residency organized by Art-Together, a newly launched ambitious platform for the development of urban contemporary arts.

A set of 4 silk screen prints are being released on the Opening Night. The set is based on the painting series “Pure”. Each 8-color screen print is hand-pulled by Dolly Demoratti (Mother Drucker/Urban Spree Studio), signed and numbered by Futura. The 50 x 50 cm prints are only sold as a limited edition of 100 sets.

A 128-page companion book titled “Futura, les 5 éléments”, will also be released in Berlin on the Opening Night and will be signed by the artist. More than an exhibition catalogue, the book intends to share the creative path of the residency and provides scientific guidance to the series of paintings.

 

About the artist:

Futura is an American visual artist, born Lenny McGurr in NYC in 1955. He is recognized as one of the first modern-era graffiti writers, and the pioneer of the abstract graffiti genre. Passionate about science fiction, he chose his moniker “Futura 2000” when he started graffiti at 15 in reference to Stanley Kubrick’s movie “2001 – A Space Odyssey”.

He started painting the NYC subways in the 1970s and was the first writer to paint a whole car in the abstract graffiti style which became his signature. He was part of the famed exhibition “New York/New Wave” in 1981 at the P.S.1 (Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Inc.) together with Basquiat (a.k.a. SAMO), Haring, Blade, Crash, Quik, Dondi and Kenny Scharf. Futura has often collaborated with music labels and bands  (The Clash, Unkle) and is quite active in streetwear (collaborations with Nike, Supreme, Converse, Bape, Stussy…), toys (Medicom), and also though his own brand, Futura Laboratories. He had numerous solo and group exhibitions and is widely collected.

 

 

Futura: The 5 Elements

11.01.2019 – 24.02.2019

Opening Reception: Friday, January 11th, 2019 from 18:00 in presence of the artist

Opening Hours: Tu-Sa 12:00-19:00 // Su: 12:00-18:00

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

D-10245 Berlin

Info & Catalogue: pascal@urbanspree.com



Futura: The 5 Elements

Urban Spree Galerie and Art-Together present: “Futura: The 5 Elements”, a solo exhibition of new works by Lenny McGurr, a.k.a. Futura 2000.

The Opening Reception will be in Berlin on Friday January 11th, 2019, in presence of the artist.

The exhibition is one of the largest solo exhibitions of Futura to date with more than 60 original paintings on display.

 

“The 5 Elements” is not a retrospective show. On the contrary, Futura worked specifically on a large museum-style conceptual exhibition, tackling the ambitious theme of the Creation of the Universe, confronting himself to the cosmos, the planets, the infinitely small, the Big Bang and the fundamental elements, producing a corpus of works that becomes a personal path to the exploration of the universe and of course of Futura’s internal galaxy.

The works are displayed starting by the Big Bang, going through the birth of the solar system and to our perception of the 4 elements.

 

The works have been produced in early 2018 in Lille, France, during a  residency organized by Art-Together, a newly launched ambitious platform for the development of urban contemporary arts.

A set of 4 exclusive silk screen prints are being released on the Opening Night. The set is based on the painting series “Pure”. Each 8-color screen print is hand-pulled by Dolly Demoratti (Mother Drucker/Urban Spree Studio), signed and numbered by Futura. The 50 x 50 cm prints are only sold as a limited edition of 100 sets.

A 128-page companion book titled “Futura, les 5 éléments”, will also be released in Berlin on the Opening Night and will be signed by the artist. More than an exhibition catalogue, the book intends to share the creative path of the residency and provides scientific explanation to the series of paintings.

 

 

About the artist:

Futura is an American visual artist, born Lenny McGurr in NYC in 1955. He is recognized as one of the first modern-era graffiti writers, and the pioneer of the abstract graffiti genre. Passionate about science fiction, he chose his moniker “Futura 2000” when he started graffiti at 15 in reference to Stanley Kubrick’s movie “2001 – A Space Odyssey”.

He started painting the NYC subways in the early 1970s and was the first writer to paint a whole car in the abstract graffiti style which became his signature. He was part of the famed exhibition “New York/New Wave” in 1981 at the P.S.1 (Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Inc.) together with Basquiat (a.k.a. SAMO), Haring, Crash, Quick, Dondi and Kenny Scharf. He had numerous solo and group exhibitions and is also actively involved in street wear and fashion.

 

Futura: The 5 Elements

11.01.2019 – 24.02.2019

Opening Reception: Friday, January 11th, 2019 from 18:00 in presence of the artist

Opening Hours: Tu-Sa 12:00-19:00 // Su: 12:00-18:00

Free Entry

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

D-10245 Berlin

Info & Catalogue: pascal@urbanspree.com



Svartanatt, Mourning Ritual, The Steve Burner Project Experience

Easy Tiger and Electric Avenue Music Present:

Svartanatt – Sweden
Mourning Ritual – Berlin
The Steve Burner Project Experience – Sauerland/ Berlin

SVARTANATT (Sweden – 60’s/70’s heavy rock) – This Stockholm based Swedish band has a classic and timeless sound that can be traced back in time to the 60´s and 70´s. With sharp vocals on top of organ driven heavy guitar rock, the songs come alive and tell a story of their own.

Listen: https://thesignrecords.bandcamp.com/album/svartanatt-svartanatt
Watch: https://youtu.be/f2xHQcrmPTE
Follow: https://www.facebook.com/svartanatt/

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MOURNING RITUAL (Berlin – Doom) – Crushingly heavy Doom/ Sludge band started by 4 degenerates hailing from America and England with only one thing on their minds, creating thunderous music that makes the earth shake and faces melt.

Follow: https://www.facebook.com/MourningRitualBand/

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THE STEVE BURNER PROJECT EXPERIENCE – (Sauerland/Berlin – Hot Rock) – Wer sich da nicht die Finger verbrennt ist selber schuld. Wenn Steve Burner mit seiner Project Experience loslegt gibt es kein entkommen. Mit ihrem Mix aus Hard Rock, Punk und Blues zeigen sie, wie man selbst heute noch den Rock der 70er leben kann.
Live kommt man auch schnell mal in den Genuss einer brennenden Gitarre oder findet sich selbst auf einer gestürmten Bühne wieder. Wo die Fachpresse Ähnlichkeiten zu Turbonegro nennt hört der ein oder andere doch eher den Einfluss von Bands wie ZZ Top oder Motörhead. Fakt ist: Es macht tierisch Bock; und dank Selbstironie und Hingabe entsteht etwas völlig Einzigartiges.
Also folgt dem BURNING WAY OF LIFE!!!

Watch and listen: https://youtu.be/YAa_Fj80VGY
Follow: https://www.facebook.com/TheSteveBurnerProjectExperience/

 

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☼ Berlin Midsommar Festival ☼

#berlinmidsommar

This year’s Berlin Midsommar Festival will take place on Friday, June 22nd at Urban Spree. So come and celebrate the longest day with us!

During the day we’ll have tons of flowers for you to prepare our own midsommar wreath 💐. From experience, try to be there as early as you can to grab enough for yourself. Of course, we’ll dance the legendary Små Grodorna 🐸 around the maypole 🌴, sweat in a Finnish sauna 🔥 and have fun games 🏄 prepared and bands & DJs will perform on stage 🎸💃🏻. A bunch of local food trucks will offer a range of yummy salty 🍜🍤🍲 and sweet food 🍒🍰🍬🍧🍦 , drinks 🍹🍻☕️and ice cream 🍦.

LIVE
Asbjørn (Official)
Tuvaband
Mountain Bird
LALUME

DJs
LINNÉA
Lockereasy

FOOD TRUCKS
Oatly & Brammibal’s Donuts
REFUEAT
Barking Mad Hot Dogs
Nimms Mitchen
Die dollen Knollen-Puffermanufaktur
Paletas Berlin
Green Bear Berlin
Fräulein Kimchi

 

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