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Jan Kaláb: “Point of Space” – Book Release and Signing

 

Urban Spree and Jan Kaláb invite you at Urban Spree Galerie next Saturday 24.11 at 18:00 for the Berlin release of the much-awaited first published monograph of the influential Czech post-graffiti artist Jan Kaláb.

Published in November 2018 by Prague-based Trafo Gallery on the occasion of the artist’s new solo exhibition in Prague (02.11-20.12-2018), the 320-page book – edited by the artist himself with the support of critic Petr Volf and graphic designer Jan Novák – encompasses the many different aspects of Jan Kaláb’s artistic career, from the early graffiti bombings as CAKES and POINT to his versatile works in public & indoor spaces, murals, sculptures, installations and paintings.

Signed copies will be available in our Berlin shop and online after the event. Please make your order on our webstore now to reserve a signed copy. All orders placed before 25.11.2018 will receive a signed copy.

In addition to the book signing event, Urban Spree Prints and Jan Kaláb releaseShine Around Blue 1118“, a very limited silkscreen print on Saturday 24.11.2018 at 18:00.

Edited by Urban Spree Prints and printed by Dolly Demoratti (Mother Drucker/Urban Spree Studio), the print is a 6-colour, 70 cm x 70 cm hand-pulled screen print, with vibrant colors and a hologram glitter layer.

The print is edited in a very limited run of 18 prints. 9 prints are reserved for the Berlin event while the remaining 9 prints are available to the subscribers of the Urban Spree newsletter (you can join our newsletter by signing in on the bottom of this page and by clicking on any of the sub-categories).

 

Jan Kaláb: Point of Space

Book Release and Signing

Saturday 24.11.2018 from 18:00

Urban Spree Galerie
Revaler Str. 99
10245 Berlin

 

Jan Kaláb: Point of Space

Book Release and Signing

Saturday 24.11.2018 from 18:00

Urban Spree Galerie
Revaler Str. 99
10245 Berlin



Jan Kaláb: “Point of Space” – Berlin Book Release & Signing

Urban Spree and Jan Kaláb invite you at Urban Spree Galerie next Saturday 24.11 at 18:00 for the Berlin release of the much-awaited first published monograph of the influential Czech post-graffiti artist.

Published in November 2018 by Prague-based Trafo Gallery on the occasion of the artist’s new solo exhibition in Prague (02.11-20.12-2018), the 320-page book – edited by the artist himself with the support of critic Petr Volf and designer Jan Novák – encompasses the many different aspects of Jan Kaláb’s artistic career, from the early graffiti bombings as CAKES and POINT to his versatile works in public & indoor spaces, murals, sculptures, and paintings.

Signed copies will be available in our Berlin shop and online after the event. Please make your order on our webstore now to reserve a signed copy. All orders placed before 25.11.2018 will receive a signed copy.

In addition to the book signing event, Urban Spree Prints and Jan Kaláb releaseShine Around Blue 1118“, a very limited silkscreen print on Saturday 24.11.2018 at 18:00.

Edited by Urban Spree Prints and printed by Dolly Demoratti (Mother Drucker/Urban Spree Studio), the print is a 6-colour, 70 cm x 70 cm hand-pulled screen print, with vibrant colors and a hologram glitter layer.

The print is edited in a very limited run of 18 prints. 9 prints are reserved for the Berlin event while the remaining 9 prints are available to the subscribers of the Urban Spree newsletter (you can join our newsletter by signing in on the bottom of this page and by clicking on any of the sub-categories).

 

 

 

Jan Kaláb: Point of Space

Book Release and Signing

Saturday 24.11.2018 from 18:00

Urban Spree Galerie
Revaler Str. 99
10245 Berlin



Opening of the “No More Crew” Show on May 18th

Urban Spree Galerie proudly presents the new body of works of 3 of the most influential contemporary urban artists, Jan Kaláb, Pasta Oner and Michal Škapa, hailing from Prague, Czech Republic.

“No More Crew” is not a crew, but 3 artist friends, whose friendship has been rooted in graffiti at an early age in the streets of Prague after the fall of the Iron Curtain and later worldwide. Cakes/Point (Jan Kaláb), Tron (Michal Škapa) and Pasta Oner are graffiti heroes and teenage friends but their artist trajectories have been maturing and, while the friendship remains strong, their styles and achievements have been separate, although in a complementary way.

Today, we are proud to present in Berlin their latest bodies of works in a 3-figurehead solo show.

With the soul of an architect, Jan Kaláb easily conquers the third dimension not only in his murals, but also in his canvases. He has grown to embrace the painter within, and although his forte is the creation of objects he has been chiseling away at geometric abstraction, discovering spaces interior and without, regardless of the clichéd expression “that’s been done.”


The same could be said of PASTA ONER. It is possible to cite the clearly visible sources of inspiration, identify the specific paraphrases. Yet one must also take into account the force and accuracy with which he mirrors the conservative Central European mindset. How spot-on is his commentary on the bad habits of consumerism, or the directness with which he tackles the large format through his short post-pop messages.

Michal Škapa, by contrast, works with the moment of replication, the multiplication of a graphic element, with a hand patently the descendant of an expert graffiti artist. His style is ornamental, rhythmic, abstract and concrete at the same time. He is the draughtsman of his canvases, the transmitter of symbols, creator of expansive mural-format comics with unsettling subject matter.

The exhibition No More Crew at Urban Spree Galerie presents a trio of disparate and yet splendidly and mutually complementary artists. Their work defies being simply the result of the overused epithet “drawing on street art”, and at the same time any confrontation with their work requires such a label. Space, place, city, symbol, sign. Something for everybody.

No More Crew

A solo group show by Jan Kaláb, Pasta Oner and Michal Škapa

Opening Reception on Thursday, May 18th at 18:30

Exhibition: May 19th to June 11th,

Tu-Su: 12:00-19:00

press enquiries: diana@urbanspree.com

gallery enquiries: galerie@urbanspree.com

instagram: @jankalab / @pastaoner / @traun834

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No More Crew: Jan Kaláb, Pasta Oner, Michal Škapa

NO MORE CREW

KALÁB / PASTA / ŠKAPA

A strong trio. Grew up together. Long-standing friendships. Shared experience. Rocket engines. Parallel beginnings. Trajectories that have diverged over time, but remain firmly connected, consecrated by the code of graffiti. The No More Crew brotherhood.

An exhibition built around the confrontation of its participants – a trio of friends, all distinct figures, and not only in terms of the Czech art scene. The mutual confrontation comes at no risk. Jan Kaláb, Pasta Oner and Michal Škapa are equals. What they share is tenacity, ambition, drive, vigor, audacity, humor, and every now and then also a wall, as well as mutual friends and their common age. What distinguishes them is their approach, form, tools, the venues of their solo exhibitions, the locations of their respective studios, and the number of their children.

With the soul of an architect, Jan Kaláb easily conquers the third dimension not only in his murals, but also in his canvases. He has grown to embrace the painter within, and although his forte is the creation of objects he has been chiseling away at geometric abstraction, discovering spaces interior and without, regardless of the clichéd expression “that’s been done.”

The same could be said of Pasta Oner. It is possible to cite the clearly visible sources of inspiration, identify the specific paraphrases. Yet one must also take into account the force and accuracy with which he mirrors the conservative Central European mindset. How spot-on is his commentary on the bad habits of consumerism, or the directness with which he tackles the large format through his short post-pop messages.

 

Michal Škapa, by contrast, works with the moment of replication, the multiplication of a graphic element, with a hand patently the descendant of an expert graffiti artist. His style is ornamental, rhythmic, abstract and concrete at the same time. He is the draughtsman of his canvases, the transmitter of symbols, creator of expansive mural-format comics with unsettling subject matter.

The exhibition No More Crew at Urban Spree Galerie presents a trio of disparate and yet splendidly and mutually complementary artists. Their work defies being simply the result of the overused epithet “drawing on street art”, and at the same time any confrontation with their work requires such a label. Space, place, city, symbol, sign. Something for everybody.

 

Biographies:

Michal Škapa (*1978) alias TRON belongs to the most expressive wave of Czech (Prague) writers with many achievements to his credit. He is engaged in countless graphic activities with the magazines “Free Magazine” and “Upstream”, ranging from festival visuals, books, CD covers for bands, web design, and the creation of original fonts, to the design of posters and invitations to arts events. His graphics projects of the recent period include Names Festival, Kick the Shit! Bitch!, OBR, the Thick-skinned Moviegoers’ Festival for the Aero Movie Theater, IFP, visuals for the Bigg Boss label, etc. In addition to computer graphics, who also produces drawings and airbrush works. He brings his vivid imagination to bear on graffiti and visual effects. Member of CAP, NUTS, DSK a TOYZ!

www.834.cz

 

Pasta Oner is one of the most original figures on the Czech contemporary art scene. Ever a creative mind, Pasta Oner has, in the recent years and in keeping with his graffiti and street art roots which go back to the turn of the millenium, focused on asserting himself within the system of independent and publicly funded galleries. He weds pop-art to cartoon, transcending both categories.

Although he touches, at the core of his philosophy, on the principles of post-production, Pasta Oner stands apart from the current trend of post-conceptualism and blazes his trail in the Czech art world as a media-savvy and widely known, if slightly controversial artist.

The work of Pasta Oner presents an original, ironic commentary on contemporary popular culture. Pasta Oner’s traditional themes of obsession with money, sex, religion, luxury goods and the consumerist notions of beauty are translated into new contexts characterised by the technologisation of life, the increasing speed of information and the short attention-span aesthetics of today’s culture. It is into this world, of which Pasta – like all of us – is a part, that he brings his engaged art.

www.pastaoner.cz

 

When Jan Kaláb was born in 1978 in Czechoslovakia, graffiti was not to be seen in the Eastern World. In the nineties, as the country was opening itself to western influences, he became one of the pioneer of the local scene, and founded an iconic crew, the DSK. Sleepless nights around train yards, light tubes at police stations and above all hard work on his style: he went through all the classical steps of a writer’s career. Through Europe, he made a name for himself as Cakes. Next step to the Hall of fame: New York, where he made a big impression by painting whole cars in 2000, alongside with Key and Rome. Around the same time, he found a new way to push his own limits and under the name Point, he sculpted and installed huge abstracts letters in the streets and on the walls. This was another form of graffiti, in daylight, and without a spray, but truthful to the spirit of competition and innovation of the urban scene. Those sculptures lead him to abstraction, a path he’s been exploring through canvas from 2007, using acrylic painting and brushes. In the meantime, this admirer of Kupka graduated from the Academy of fine Arts of Prague – becoming the first Czech writer to do so.

Jan Kaláb had his first solo exhibition in 2008 in Prague. Others solos took place in Romania, Argentina, Germany or in the United States.

www.jankalab.com

 

Škapa, Kaláb and Pasta often exhibited together (for example: 2009 –Storage, Prague, The Chemistry Gallery, 2011 – Boutique, Prague, The Chemistry Gallery, 2011 – Can You Dig It?, Brussels/Belgium, Pragues House) and they organised shows or met many times together at group shows (2008 – City Celebrities, Brno, Moravská galerie in Brno, 2008 – Names (streetart festival), Prague, Trafacka, 2010 – Metropolis, Shanghai/China, EXPO 2010, Czech pavilion, 2010 – Corners, Shanghai, Beijing/China, Source, 2010 – Metropolis, Prague, DOX, 2012 – Possessed by the City, Prague, Galerie hlavního města Prahy – Městská knihovna).

 

No More Crew

A solo group show by Jan Kaláb, Pasta Oner and Michal Škapa

Opening Reception on Thursday, May 18th at 18:30

Exhibition: May 19th to June 11th,

Tu-Su: 12:00-19:00

press enquiries: diana@urbanspree.com

gallery enquiries: galerie@urbanspree.com

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Fête de la Musique

Open Air // Urban Spree
16:00 XLNT (HipHop) www.facebook.com/xlnt846
16:30 Dazzle (HipHop) – www.dazzleberlin.de
17:00 DO I SMELL CUPCALES (Indie) – www.doismellcupcakes.de
17:30 Meilenweit (Deutschrock) www.wirsindmeilenweit.de
18:00 Teflon & Barney Millah
18:30 Ganjaman (Reggae/HipHop) www.ganjaman.info
19:30 Jahcoustix (Reggae/HipHop) www.jahcoustix-music.com
20:30 Riders Connection (Reggae/Pop) – www.ridersconnectionmusic.com
21:00 Tanga Elektra Live (ElektroSoul) – www.tanga-elektra.com
21:30 Schatten & Helden

Indoor // Ambulatorium
16:00 M.J. and the students (Kidsrock) www.traumstation.net
17:00 Kinderprogramm “Die Suche nach dem Ich” (Kinder/mitmachzirkus) http://vuesch.org/zack/
18:00 Theo Phil (Singer/Songwriter) – keine Seiten
18:30 Filmriss (Deutschrock) – www.facebook.com/filmrissband
19:00 Phase X (Crossover) – www.phase-x.de
19:30 Felidae Trick (Alternative Rock) www.felidaetrick.bandcamp.com
20:00 AFTERTHERIOT (Alternative Rock) – www.aftertheriot.com
21:15 Stop Eating Robots (Alternative Rock) www.stopeatingrobots.com

All Areas
17:00 Pirates of Percussion & Afojuba (Samba) www.percussionspiraten.de

 

 

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A MAZE. Jump'n' Run Party

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.

https://soundcloud.com/ultrasyd
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ultrasyd/187003148018697
http://ultrasyd.free.fr/

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.

http://www.sfa-zentrale.de/

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.

http://soundcloud.com/computadora
http://www.bleepstreet.com/

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.

http://www.debmaster.org/
http://soundcloud.com/debmaster

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.

http://jmaa.bandcamp.com/
http://www.facebook.com/JMAAMusic

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