Urban Spree Prints will be releasing a silk screen print designed by Jan Kaláb on Saturday 24.11.2018 on the occasion of the czech artist’s book presentation and signing at Urban Spree Berlin.
Edited by Urban Spree Prints and masterly printed by Dolly Demoratti (Mother Drucker/Urban Spree Studio), the print is a 6-colour hand pulled screen print on Hahnemühle 300 g/sm paper and comes in a very limited edition of 18 prints, signed and numbered. The outer layer of the print is printed with a subtle green hologram glitter.
9 prints are reserved directly for the Berlin book event whereas 9 other prints are available by subscribing to the Urban Spree newsletter at the bottom of this page until Saturday 24.11.2018 at 12:00 (noon). Subscribers will be then informed about the ordering process.
2016 saw a number of excellent book releases related to street art and graffiti in an ever expanding universe of specialized publications. Berlin-based gallery and bookshop Urban Spree chose 5 outstanding books published in 2016.
Wall Writers – Graffiti in Its Innocence
Edited by Roger Gastman
Published by Gingko Press
Wall Writers fills an important gap in the segment of the historical approach to graffiti as it seeks to document the very origins of modern graffiti and wall writing at the source – New York City and Philadelphia in the late 1960s – and features in-depth research and interviews with major pioneer writers such as Taki183 and Cornbread with a lot of previously unpublished photographic archive.
Wall Writers explores graffiti’s foray into mainstream society in a period of social turmoil and tries to replace it in the culture of the time and up to its current status of a greater acceptance by the society as a popular art form. Alongside the 2012-published “bible” curated by Andrea Caputto “All City Writers“, Wall Writers is a reference book and research on the topic of the origins of the movement.
Wall Writers is also a documentary film written by Chris Pape and directed by Roger Gastman, released in 2016.
by Boris Tellegen / Delta
Published by A Paper Book
8697 by the dutch writer & artist Boris Tellegen a.k.a. Delta is a comprehensive time-travel journey encompassing 11 years of black book production. The black books are sketchbooks where a writer sketches, pastes photographs of his pieces, polishes his style and makes research for future pieces. Those notebooks, oscillating between training and memorabilia, are rarely seen by the public and are however an essential part of the writer’s style evolution.
Boris Tellegen started graffiti in 1984 at 14 in Amsterdam and caught the virus while visiting the USA with his father and discovered Seen, Quik, Blade… and later Bando in Paris.
“Between 1986 and 1997, I kept a black book. It was an A4-sized book with a hard cover in which I made sketches and pasted photos of my own grati work. Particularly in the early years, I had the book with me wherever I went. The black book allowed me to show other writers what I’d done. Not everything made it into the book, only the work I was proud of. Gradually, the function of the book changed from portfolio to personal logbook. The black book stayed at home more and more often and I began pasting all kinds of stu in it. However, instead of using suitable glues to paste the photos and sketches, I used poor quality glue such as rubber cement, blue 3M photo mount and adhesive tape. My first book, a Daler, had paper of reasonable quality. When this was full in 1992 I bought another sketchbook. The paper of this one was of very poor quality and yellowed very quickly. Gradually the books began to fall apart. With this publication I intend to give my black books a longer life. For that reason, I have not made a selection of my work, but instead every page from both black books is photographed and accompanied by annotations in the back.”
The book is a luxury object with a thick leather cover and biographical notes where the artist traces the origins of his graffiti style as well as moments and cities which were critical to his formative years.
Conor Harrington: Watch Your Palace Fall
Published by Heni Publishing
Released by a british art publisher usually specialized in Francis Bacon or Gerhard Richter’s monographs and catalogues raisonnés, Watch Your Palace Fall is a well-deserved achievement for the London-based Irish street artist and painter, whose original graffiti practice evolved to street art and wall painting to a work more focused on studio paintings, influenced by the movement and gesture of graffiti, classical painting from the Siècle d’Or and modern english painting.
The monograph is organized between outdoor works and indoor pieces and is a comprehensive and high-quality book retracing Conor Harrington’s career to date, and is a good example of a successful trajectory from street art to contemporary art circles.
Saeio 2009 – 2014
Published by Editions Peinture
Earlier in the year, French independent publishing house Editions Peinture published the first monograph of the French post-graffiti artist Saeio.
Spanning 5 years of street works from the member of the Parisian PAL Crew, the books distinguishes itself by an elegant and sober layout (rightfully inspired by the seminal CAP Crew book of 2007), and the originality of the paintings. Saeio’s graffiti style and paintings are redefining the practice of wall painting, tagging, and the way public spaces are utilized.
Saeio is blurring the lines of graffiti, deconstructing patterns, and fostering a modern and innovative approach of the genre.
Ericailcane 2000-2015: “Come Quando Fuori Non Piove”
Published by Z000 Press
Ericailcane 2000-2015 is the first anthology of all the wall paintings by Ericailcane.
Ericailcane is an Italian street artist and painter versed in anthropomorphic, poetic and fairytale wall painting style. Often associated with Blu, Ericailcane brings a sense of wonderment to street painting and the book is an artistic tour de force that follows 15 years of activity with over 250 murals in more than 20 countries.
Urban Spree Summer Sessions is a celebration of music, Summer and culture.
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday we will host live performances from the best Jazz, Soul, Funk, R&B and street bands Berlin has to offer outside in our fabulous Biergarten. After sunset we take the party inside for the MILK ME club nights with secret DJ’s to keep you dancing all night long. With music, food from our 2 resident restaurants Tommis Burger Truck and Couscous der Welt, Urban Spree Summer Sessions is not to be missed.
Freitags, Samstags und Sonntags laden wir die besten Jazz-, Soul-, Funk- und R&B Street Bands die Berlin derzeit zu bieten hat, in unseren Biergarten ein. Dabei sorgt Chez Mehdi Couscous und Tommi’s Burger Joint für das leibliche wohlergehen und frischgezapftes für die Entspannung!
The official closing party of the A MAZE. Indie Connect Festival in collaboration with Bleepstreet celebrates with an amazing lineup the rise of the Indie Games.
Ultrasyd (FR) – LIVE
After several years of lurking around, Ultrasyd has been active in the Demoscene (as a member of Brainstorm) and the Chiptune scene since 2009. He produces music in various styles, ranging from classic demoscene Chiptunes to Electro and Metal. For 8bit music, he uses Amstrad CPC, Amiga, Game Boy, Master System, MT32, Commodore 64 … with a slight preference for the sweet sound of the Atari ST. He made his first steps on stage at Blip Festival New York in 2011. Since then, he has played several chip shows like Bit’Em All [CH], Eindbaas [NL], Supergalactic Microparty [FR], various demoparties or Blip festival Tokyo 2012 [JP]. On stage, he delivers a mix of chippy melodies, energic basses and electro beats, all composed on an Atari STe and a Game Boy.
SFA (DE) – VISUALS
SFA is an animation bureau that was founded in 2006 by Jon Frickey and Till Penzek. We focus on developing new concepts and scripts for animated productions. To date, we have written and produced over 50 satirical shortfilms on political issues. We also produce explanatory animations on scientific or cultural topics. Apart from commissioned work, we make shortfilms for festivals, the web and for the sake of it. And if you happen to visit an evening event that offers VJing by SFA, you’re in for some terrifying fun.
Computadora (DE) – DJ
The sounds come from C64, Amigas & Ataris and the passion comes from the early computer demoscene fanaticism and extensive performing as part of various punk / hardcore / IDM / electro-constellations through the years. Born in Hamburg, 1976 he discovered the illegal computer scene in Germany and was quite obsessed with it until the mid-90s when he began producing with Amiga computers and focusing primarly on music. In 2008 he takes over Bleepstreet Records and starts DJing and promoting dancefloor Chiptune sets mashed up with sweaty Electro and Techno around European Party Nights.
Debmaster (FR) – LIVE
Julien Deblois may look like a gifted chemist trying to find the answer to the universe origins in his test tubes. Mixing crazy beats from all kinds of music movements, he offers intense dancefloor anthems. Let him alone in a studio for a week and you’ll get a new series of them. Let him there with his mates Curse Ov Dialect, Thavius Beck, Subtitle and you’ll get a full EP ready to rock your world. Along with Débruit, Fulgeance, Nil Hartman and, before them, dDamage, Debmaster belongs to a neglected era of French Touch. Far from cheasy and catchy tracks as well as from dark IDM, these artists prove that you can dance, sweat and be curious at the same time.
JMAA (ES) – LIVE
Juan Manuel Arroyo Alcon (JMAA for short) is an independent music and general artist born in September 4th 1989, in San Sebastian, Spain, raised as a person with Asperger Syndrome. His musical career was actually a hobby around and since 2010, where he produced alone albums and tracks. His step into internet recognition came with Inferno, where he composed tracks based on Electronic Arts’ and Visceral Games’ “Dante’s Inferno” game, mentioned in Twitter by Visceral itself. Later, his music has been known by tracks as Pain is Cupcakes or Saxton Hale. After that, he was influenced on homosexuality in his tracks, as in Paint the World Pink in 2012. He dedicates mostly to the remix culture, breaking the taboos of copyrights in music to contribute to the Internet culture. And yet he keeps going as a quite potent internet figure rising from anonimity.