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Öctagon Exhibition: Interview with Maxime Verret

As part of the Öctagon movie premiere night on 19/01/2015, we’ve asked the French skateboarder & photographer Maxime Verret a few questions about his work and the Öctagon-related photographs that will be exhibited in the Urban Spree Galerie.

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How did you start skateboarding?

Like many people, skateboard came naturally into my life. I was like, 10 years old and I met a bunch of guys with their boards on the street and it just whooshed me! Trying out some ollies was just an amazing thing to do! Later, a neighbour lent me a VHS tape about skaters and I was hooked, it became obsessional. At the same time, my brother bought the video game of a well-known skater at that time… I was just into it! Since 12 years now, skateboard is part of my everyday life.

What brought you to photography? 

Photography came also naturally. I was paying a lot of attention to the photographs in skateboarding magazines, you know when you’re a kid, it’s just the right stuff to dream about, so at some point I started to shoot my friends when we were practicing. As time went by, I became more serious about it and started to think about the technique, the composition, the dynamics of the image and all.
Later, I became interested in photography in a broader way, I was digging the photojournalists, artists, I was going to see exhibitions, getting some photobooks as well… I was starting to realize the potential of what photography had to offer. After high school, I studied photography, which enabled me to think about my first photographic series, without necessarily giving away on skateboard.

Your photographic work is not necessarily linked to skateboard. Your work shows an inclination for architecture, shapes & urban signs, topographics and portraits. However, would you say that your skateboarding practice was critical in shaping your vision?

My photographic vision is somehow influenced by my skateboarding practice. When I’m skating, walking or travelling, I’m constantly searching for the right scene, the right idea, in the same way as a skater is endlessly searching for the right spot for his tricks. It’s a bit trite to say but as a skater, we always analyze the environment, we spend a lot of time outdoors, skating in an urban and sometimes derelict environment. Maybe that’s the reason why our vision of the city and landscapes is sharper. It certainly developed my curiosity for the way people get to know their environment and appropriate their surroundings.

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You also publish zines. How important are printed matters to you? 

So far, I’ve published only one photozine, “Addicts“, self-published in a limited edition of 30 copies, a selection of photos of my daily life with my friends, on our skateboards, partying, travelling… After accumulating some materials, I thought it was time to produce something of my own, showing the ever fresh sensations that keep us doing what we do, like it was the first day.
Publishing is an important step to me in my creating process, it gives a different light to my images, how to build a story, a universe, and possibilities of the medium are infinite!

Which series are you exhibiting in Berlin and what can you tell us about it. 

The exhibition will present the environment in which the Öctagon video was shot. In Tokyo for example, we found ourselves in a modern environment, whose culture is also quite different from the West. Ive tried to capture the interactions that skateboard could create in the cityscape, or simply the daily life that unfolded before me.

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Urban Spree presents the Premiere of the movie on Monday, January 19th, 2015 at 22:30 after the exhibition.

Exhibition: 19:00 // Movie: 22:30 // Afterparty: 23:00

Link to the vernissage of the Berlin exhibition: https://www.facebook.com/events/828446947197510



Opening of Mik Shida: “A Conduit Order” on 28.06

Urban Spree Galerie presents “A Conduit Order”, the first solo show in Germany of the Australian visual artist and muralist Mik Shida. The exhibition will open in our Berlin galerie on Thursday, June 28th 2018, starting at 19:00.

Mik Shida was invited to Berlin by Urban Spree for a 2-month Art Residency which culminates into a presentation of a full new body of works, including large format paintings, and installations.

Photographic Credit: Duran Levinson

Shida’s paintings are shamanic “tableaux vivants” in which spiritual, ritualistic and organic elements coalesce, where temporality is transient, boundaries and space indistinct, where portals, alternative dimensions, spells and energy fields abound.

Spirits and movement are the materia prima of Shida’s oeuvre. The artist is a vessel, a conduit, through which sprits awaken, arise, and finally materialize within the paintings, within those transient spaces where the artist is allowed to conduct the dance, and is in turn being directed by the creations his paintings have summoned.

We can also view and understand Shida’s murals as spiritual beacons, large outdoor gateways meant to create an intercession with spirits.

 

Shida (born 1990) is an Australian multidisciplinary artist best known for his large scale mural work. Shida’s practice encompasses video, publishing, public works and murals.

 

“Shida explores the relationship between Ritual, Sexuality and Love. Psychedelic entities are entwined in a ceremonial act transcending the bounds of known reality. Shida works like an ancient shaman with each works being in essence an invocation, an energetic manifestation, a prayer to joy.” (Wikipedia)

In parallel to Shida’s presentation of works in our main galerie space, Urban Spree invites Knarf, Fresh Max and Mafia Tabak for a pop up exhibition in our “Ecke”.

 

 

 

 

 

Mik Shida: “A Conduit Order”

Solo Show

Urban Spree Galerie

Opening: Thursday 28.06.2018 at 19:00

Exhibition: 29.06.2018 – 22.07.2018

Tu-Su / 12:00-19:00

Info: galerie@urbanspree.com

http://www.mikshida.com

https://www.instagram.com/mik_shida/



Mik Shida: A Conduit Order

Urban Spree Galerie presents “A Conduit Order”, the first solo show in Germany of the Australian visual artist and muralist Mik Shida.

Mik Shida was invited to Berlin by Urban Spree for a 2-month Art Residency which culminates into a presentation of a full new body of works, including large format paintings, and installations.

Photographic Credit: Duran Levinson

Shida’s paintings are shamanic “tableaux vivants” in which spiritual, ritualistic and organic elements coalesce, where temporality is transient, boundaries and space indistinct, where portals, alternative dimensions, spells and energy fields abound.

Spirits and movement are the materia prima of Shida’s oeuvre. The artist is a vessel, a conduit, through which sprits awaken, arise, and finally materialize within the paintings, within those transient spaces where the artist is allowed to conduct the dance, and is in turn being directed by the creations his paintings have summoned.

We can also view and understand Shida’s murals as spiritual beacons, large outdoor gateways meant to create an intercession with spirits.

Shida (born 1990) is an Australian multidisciplinary artist best known for his large scale mural work. Shida’s practice encompasses video, publishing, public works and murals.

“Shida explores the relationship between Ritual, Sexuality and Love. Psychedelic entities are entwined in a ceremonial act transcending the bounds of known reality. Shida works like an ancient shaman with each works being in essence an invocation, an energetic manifestation, a prayer to joy.” (Wikipedia)

In parallel to Shida’s presentation of works in our main galerie space, Urban Spree invites Knarf, Fresh Max and Mafia Tabak for a pop up exhibition in our “Ecke”.

 

 

 

 

 

Mik Shida: “A Conduit Order”

Solo Show

Urban Spree Galerie

Opening: Thursday 28.06.2018 at 19:00

Exhibition: 29.06.2018 – 22.07.2018

Tu-Su / 12:00-19:00

Info: galerie@urbanspree.com

http://www.mikshida.com

https://www.instagram.com/mik_shida/



URBAN SPREE BOOK RELEASE: “WILD”

Urban Spree Books invites you to the release party of our first curated book, just in time for Christmas.

“WILD” is an exploration of wilderness in illustration, uniting 33 illustrators and artists from the Urban Spree universe in an oversized black-and-white, 30 x 40 cm book.

“WILD” is the first book curated and published by Urban Spree Books, the first in an upcoming series of thematic large format books.

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Join us for the release event and meet the artists!

Urban Spree Galerie, Berlin
Saturday, December 10th, from 18:00
Hot Drinks powered by Winterspree

WILD is available online here. First 25 copies will be signed by as many artists as possible during the release event in Berlin on December 10th.

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Participating artists:

Thomas Gosset (Cover)
Victor Ash
Julia Benz
Klone Yourself
Boris Pramatarov
Kid Cash
Fresh Max
Knarf
WESR
Tamar Moshkovitz
Billy
Tine Fetz
Base23
Mik Shida
Twoone / Hiroyasu Tsuri (Urban Spree Wall)
Bene Rohlmann
Andrea Wan
Zero Cents
Hendrik Czakainski
Diskorobot
Dolly Demoratti
Look (The Weird)
Rylsee
Jim Avignon
Johannes Mundinger
Mafia Tabak
DXTR
Vidam
Addison Karl
Tavar Zawacki / Above
Onio
Various & Gould
Michal Skapa



Urban Spree Book Release: “Wild”

Urban Spree invites you to the release party of our first curated book, “WILD”.

“WILD” is the first book curated and published by Urban Spree Books, the first in an upcoming series of thematic large format books.

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“WILD” is an exploration of wilderness in illustration, uniting 33 illustrators and artists from the Urban Spree universe in an oversized black-and-white, 30 x 40 cm book.

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The book will be released in Berlin at Urban Spree on December 10th, 2016 with most of the artists of the book present for signature and talks. The book is available at Urban Spree in Berlin and on the Urban Spree webstore here.

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Join us for the release event and meet the artists!

Urban Spree Galerie, Berlin
Saturday, December 10th, from 18:00
Hot Drinks powered by Winterspree

Participating artists:

Thomas Gosset (cover)
Victor Ash
Julia Benz
Klone Yourself
Boris Pramatarov
Kid Cash
Fresh Max
Knarf
WESR
Tamar Moshkovitz
Billy
Tine Fetz
Base23
Mik Shida
Twoone / Hiroyasu Tsuri
Bene Rohlmann
Andrea Wan
Zero Cents
Hendrik Czakainski
Diskorobot
Dolly Demoratti
Look (The Weird)
Rylsee
Jim Avignon
Johannes Mundinger
Mafia Tabak
DXTR
Vidam
Addison Karl
Tavar Zawacki / Above
Onio
Various & Gould
Michal Skapa



Mafia Tabak x Urban Spree release a new t-shirt

Mafia Tabak has designed a limited edition t-shirt for the Urban Spree Artist Series 2016.

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Mafia Tabak is a young austrian graffiti and urban artist hailing from Vienna. Member of the Irga Irga Crew together with Knarf, Mik Shida, and Fresh Max, his painting and murals are explicit references to tv series, cartoons, animes, video games, software, remixes, photoshop, italo-disco etc…

His graffiti style is semi-abstract, with partially erased letters, blur lines, flowers and palm trees, definitively fresh. Each year, the tour embarks on a drinking and painting binge across Europe and publish a zine called “Wandblatt”.

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The t-shirt is available in the Urban Spree webstore here and in our Berlin shop.