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"Burning Down the House" Special Edition Release

As part of Norman Behrendt‘s upcoming solo show at Urban Spree, we will receive a few copies of the Special Edition of the photobook “Burning Down the House“.

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Issued in January 2015, the normal edition sold out in only a couple of months and now fetches high prices on the secondary market.

bdth-specialedition-03The Special Edition is limited to 30 copies, signed and numbered.

Unlike the regular U-Bahn edition, the book cover of the Special Edition is made of the original and historic S-Bahn Berlin anti-graffiti upholstery fabric and housed in a unique black slipcase signed by the graffiti writers.

The Special Edition also comes with a signed inkjet print on Hahnemühle Photorag 308g (19x19cm, paper: 21×29,7cm), 3 possible images for choice in an edition of 10, each to be chosen within the 3 portraits below:

The book will be available for order directly on the photographer’s website early July => http://www.burningdownthehouse.de



Urban Spree Galerie presents « Burning Down the House »

unnamed « Burning Down the House » — subtitled “A photographic study of Berliner graffiti writers 2007—2012 – is Norman Behrendt’s new solo show in Germany at Urban Spree Galerie.

Norman Behrendt’s photobook won the Dummy Award 2013 at the prestigious Kassel Fotobookfestival and was published in January 2015 to successful acclaim by Seltmann + Söhne as the 700 copies of the first edition were rapidly sold out.

Urban Spree Galerie is now proud to present in Berlin the exhibition « Burning Down The House » from June 5th to July 4th, 2015.

The photograhic series offers an intimate and unusual foray into the most secretive artists of the german metropolis.

Graffiti writers belong to a fast track, invisible legion of subway, train yards & street roamers who usually operate without anyone in sight, a nocturnal secret society shrouded in mystery and whose anonymity is vital for their self preservation.  Their name travels widely across the whole city train lines but their identity is never revealed.

burning-down-the-house-03“To be a writer is a big secret. It’s the biggest secret that I keep from my parents. You don’t tell many people, you only tell people who you can trust. There’s a big impulse to maintain secrecy.”
– Duko.

Over a period of 5 years, Behrendt has gained a prime access to graffiti writers, train and rooftop burners, exposing the mundane portraits of the many anonymous writers of Berlin.

burning-down-the-house-02Behrendt’s “tour de force” is to depict the inner face of this closed society without showing much of graffiti itself, staying away either from the usual adrenaline, action-driven iconography or the documentation process, but rather opting for the portrait, photographing young men in an environment and background that they have specifically chosen, taking out the excess and drama, leaving the quintessence of the writer.

Portraits come along sometimes with more scenic backgrounds, but mostly writers chose to expose something different, during the usual routine of daily life, in students’  apartments, sometimes even in the countryside, probably not far from train lines, maybe where the writers started to paint for the first time. With the portrait, there is something deeper that can here be touched, where the background sometimes reveals more of the personality and drama of the writer than the portrait itself.

untitledThe exhibition at Urban Spree Galerie includes more than 40 portraits, including a unique series of Polaroid portraits that were sent to the writers and returned to the author with some add-ons, drawings, interventions, cut-outs and whose series adds to the show the point of view of the writers themselves and offers a low fi “contrepoint” to the main portrait series.

 At Kassel Fotobookfestival, the jury observed: “This dummy impressed the jury the most as it felt that not only had a great deal of work gone into photographing and compiling the extensive book as a whole, but that its »packaging« perfectly suited its subject matter on Berlin graffiti writers, i.e. in that the paper used for the cover was based on the design of the seating material used in Berlin S-Bahn trains. A well-conceived and striking object!

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

10245 Berlin

Vernissage : Friday, June 5th, 19 :00
Exhibition : June 6th to July 4th

Tuesday to Sunday 12:00 / 19:00 or by appointment

Contact: Pascal Feucherpascal@urbanspree.com

 



Norman Behrendt: “Burning Down the House

BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE

   A Solo Photographic Exhibition by Norman Behrendt

at Urban Spree Galerie Berlin

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« Burning Down the House » — subtitled “A photographic study of Berliner graffiti writers 2007—2012 – is Norman Behrendt’s new solo show in Germany.

Norman Behrendt’s photobook won the Dummy Award 2013 at the prestigious Kassel Fotobookfestival and was published in January 2015 to successful acclaim by Seltmann + Söhne as the 700 copies of the first edition were rapidly sold out.

Urban Spree Galerie is now proud to present in Berlin the exhibition « Burning Down The House » from June 5th to July 4th, 2015.

untitledThe photograhic series offers an intimate and unusual foray into the most secretive artists of the german metropolis.

Graffiti writers belong to a fast track, invisible legion of subway, train yards & street roamers who usually operate without anyone in sight, a nocturnal secret society shrouded in mystery and whose anonymity is vital for their self preservation.  Their name travels widely across the whole city train lines but their identity is never revealed.

“To be a writer is a big secret. It’s the biggest secret that I keep from my parents. You don’t tell many people, you only tell people who you can trust. There’s a big impulse to maintain secrecy.”
– Duko.

Over a period of 5 years, Behrendt has gained a prime access to graffiti writers, train and rooftop burners, exposing the mundane portraits of the many anonymous writers of Berlin.

Behrendt’s “tour de force” is to depict the inner face of this closed society without showing much of graffiti itself, staying away either from the usual adrenaline, action-driven iconography or the documentation process, but rather opting for the portrait, photographing young men in an environment and background that they have specifically chosen, taking out the excess and drama, leaving the quintessence of the writer.

burning-down-the-house-02Portraits come along sometimes with more scenic backgrounds, but mostly writers chose to expose something different, during the usual routine of daily life, in students’  apartments, sometimes even in the countryside, probably not far from train lines, maybe where the writers started to paint for the first time. With the portrait, there is something deeper that can here be touched, where the background sometimes reveals more of the personality and drama of the writer than the portrait itself.

The exhibition at Urban Spree Galerie includes more than 40 portraits, including a unique series of Polaroid portraits that were sent to the writers and returned to the author with some add-ons, drawings, interventions, cut-outs and whose series adds to the show the point of view of the writers themselves and offers a low fi “contrepoint” to the main portrait series.

At Kassel Fotobookfestival, the jury observed: “This dummy impressed the jury the most as it felt that not only had a great deal of work gone into photographing and compiling the extensive book as a whole, but that its »packaging« perfectly suited its subject matter on Berlin graffiti writers, i.e. in that the paper used for the cover was based on the design of the seating material used in Berlin S-Bahn trains. A well-conceived and striking object!”

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As part of the exhibition, Urban Spree Galerie will introduce the special edition of the book, limited to 30 copies with a black tagged slipcase and an analog c-print.

www.burningdownthehouse.de

Urban Spree Galerie Revaler Str. 99 10245 Berlin

Vernissage : Friday, June 5th, 19 :00 Exhibition : June 6th to July 4th

Tuesday to Sunday 12:00 / 19:00 or by appointment

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Burning Down the House

01Norman Behrendt’s first published photobook “Burning Down the House” — subtitled “A photographic study of Berliner graffiti writers 2007—2012” — offers an intimate and unusual foray into the most secretive artists of the german metropolis.

Graffiti writers belong to a fast track, invisible legion of subway, train yards & street roamers who usually operate without anyone in sight, a nocturnal secret society shrouded in mystery and whose anonymity is vital for their self preservation.  Their name travels widely across the whole city train lines but their identity is never revealed.

“To be a writer is a big secret. It’s the biggest secret that I keep from my parents. You don’t tell many people, you only tell people who you can trust. There’s a big impulse to maintain secrecy.”
– Duko.

97c2b968bd424fd14d76b4248f703599-mediumOver a period of 5 years, Behrendt has gained a prime access to graffiti writers, train and rooftop burners, exposing now in his book the mundane portraits of the many anonymous writers of Berlin.

Behrendt’s “tour de force” is to depict the inner face of this closed society without showing much of graffiti itself, staying away either from the usual adrenaline, action-driven iconography or the documentation process, but rather opting for the portrait, photographing young men in an environment and background that they have specifically chosen, taking out the excess and drama, leaving the quintessence of the writer.

66449404071f821a1d8418edf8049747-mediumPortraits come along sometimes with more scenic backgrounds, but mostly writers chose to expose something different, during the usual routine of daily life, in students’  apartments, sometimes even in the countryside, probably not far from train lines, maybe where the writers started to paint for the first time. With the portrait, there is something deeper that can here be touched, where the background sometimes reveals more of the personality and drama of the writer than the portrait itself.

The book includes more than 80 portraits, long interviews, and a series of Polaroid portraits that were sent to the writers and returned to the author with some add-ons, drawings, interventions, cut-outs and whose series adds to the book the point of view of the writers themselves and offers a low fi “contrepoint” to the main portrait series.
 
0fc0f95a8cbe131139eaee5ffadd7e7f-mediumBurning Down the House won the Dummy Award 2013 at the prestigious Kassel Fotobookfestival. The jury observed: “This dummy impressed the jury the most as it felt that not only had a great deal of work gone into photographing and compiling the extensive book as a whole, but that its »packaging« perfectly suited its subject matter on Berlin graffiti writers, i.e. in that the paper used for the cover was based on the design of the seating material used in Berlin S-Bahn trains. A well-conceived and striking object!” Notwithstanding that the cover is based on the infamous U-Bahn seat upholstery and not S-Bahn, the jury clearly awarded the dummy to a photographic work of considerable quality and commitment. 
 
Released late December 2014 by the Berlin based publisher seltmann+söhne in a limited edition of only 700 copies (with a book cover made with exactly the same seat upholstery as the Berlin U-Bahn!)the book is available in the Urban Spree webstore and in the shop on Warschauer Str. (opened by appointment only until end of February).

 



Urban Spree Galerie in Paris for Urban Art Fair

Urban Spree Galerie returns to Paris for the Urban Art Fair. After a successful first edition in 2016, Urban Spree will attend the Fair from 19 to 23.04.2017 with a dual presentation.

On the one hand, Hendrik Czakainski will present a selection of recent artworks as well as an large installation in the public space of the fair.

On the other hand, we’ll introduce the work of Norman Behrendt to the Parisian audience with a selection of analogue photographs from his award-winning photographic series “Burning Down the House“.



Urban Spree at La Vallée in Brussels

From 01.09 to 04.09.2016, Urban Spree is invited by La Vallée in Brussels to celebrate their first anniversary over 4 days with a group show curated by Urban Spreeworkshops by our Urban Spree resident artists, a neon installation and a mini book- and print- shop.

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La Vallée is a cultural center located in Brussels-Molenbeek with 6000 sqm, exhibition rooms and 70 artist residencies.

For the Group Show, we have selected 18 artists, including 3 Urban Spree resident artists (Andrea Wan,  Johannes Mundinger, Rylsee). Most artists are Berlin-based artists, and artists whom we feel really close and have worked together on several projects. If the show has obvious street & graffiti roots, most artists have evolved into more abstract & contemporary territories.

Artist Line-up: Andrea Wan, Charlie Anderson, Hendrik Czakainski, Jan Kaláb, Jim Avignon, Johannes Mundinger, Kid Cash, Klone, Low Bros, Mafia Tabak, Michal Škapa, Norman Behrendt, Onio, Rylsee, Mik Shida, Sosek, Twoone, Various & Gould.

Andrea Wan - Sensations - Ink on Paper - 50 x 70 cm - 2016

Andrea Wan – Sensations – Ink on Paper – 50 x 70 cm – 2016

Norman Behrendt will exhibit in the mezzanine space of La Vallée as a solo show his photographic series “Burning Down the House” while Rylsee, Kid Cash & Various and Gould will travel to Brussels to prepare site-specific installations & wall paintings. Last but not the least, Jim Avignon will play for the opening night with his one-man band & visual show Neo-Angin. Expect some workshops with our artists on Saturday 03.09.

With the Urban Spree BXL pop up shop, we will also bring a selection of our Berlin shop, books, t-shirts and screen prints, a special street corner by Sneeer (Rylsee’s new clothing line) for the belgian public to discover.

La Vallée x Urban Spree

01.09 – 04.09

Opening on 01.09 at 19:00

www.urbanspree.com

www.lavallée.com