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Mikołaj Rejs: Habitat

On Saturday 17.09.2016, we are launching a new exhibition in our Galerie Ecke during the Berlin Art Week. “Habitat” by Krakow-based polish street artist Mikołaj Rejs is a tribute to the old slavic folklore and magical creatures. The works of Mikolaj Rejs aim to represent the specific habitat of ghosts, gods and demons, parallel universes and portals and mirrors to our own world.

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Mikołaj Rejs (1984) – involved in street art since the late 90’s. His works are created mostly in the post-industrial areas. Participated in numerous graffiti and street art events (including “20 years of Krakow houser” Nürnberg 2016, Meetings of Styles, Lublin 2011-2014, Street Art Festival, Katowice 2011, Outline Colour Festival, Lodz 2009, Brain Damage, Warsaw, 2003).

Co-founder of artistic and educational projects (Day with art, MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow 2012, the Polish-Ukrainian-Moldovan project Artdrome, Lugansk 2012, Between the Wall, Legnica 2012, Roads to Freedom, MOCAK 2011). Curator of few international street art events. His small format works and photographs have been exhibited in numerous group exhibitions, inter alia: “Bonarka” Center of Contemporary Art, Krakow 2004, “Graffiti vs Street Art”- Zacheta ,Lublin 2011,”Full Moon Art” Warsaw 2014, and individual “Urban Chapels” Onamato gallery, Krakow 2013, “NOUMEN” Krakow 2014.

http://mikolajrejs.pl

 

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 17th, 19:00 – 21:00

Urban Spree Galerie
Revaler Str. 99
10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain
+49 30 / 74078597
www.urbanspree.com

Gallery requests
galerie@urbanspree.com

Press requests
diana@urbanspree.com



Mikolaj Rejs: Habitat

Urban Spree Galerie invites you to the opening of the new solo show of Polish artist Mikolaj Rejs. 

Habitat” opens in the Galerie’s Ecke on Saturday, September 17th, during the Berlin Art Week.

Inspired by old slavic, polish traditions and folklore, the works of street artist Mikolaj Rejs  intends to represent the specific habitat of ghosts, gods and demons, parallel universes and portals and mirrors to our own world.

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About the artist: 

Mikołaj Rejs (1984) – involved in street art since the late 90’s. His works are created mostly in the post-industrial areas. Participated in numerous graffiti and street art events (including “20 years of Krakow houser” Nürnberg 2016, Meetings of Styles, Lublin 2011-2014, Street Art Festival, Katowice 2011, Outline Colour Festival, Lodz 2009, Brain Damage, Warsaw, 2003).

Co-founder of artistic and educational projects (Day with art, MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow 2012, the Polish-Ukrainian-Moldovan project Artdrome, Lugansk 2012, Between the Wall, Legnica 2012, Roads to Freedom, MOCAK 2011). Curator of few international street art events. His small format works and photographs have been exhibited in numerous group exhibitions, inter alia: “Bonarka” Center of Contemporary Art, Krakow 2004, “Graffiti vs Street Art”- Zacheta ,Lublin 2011,”Full Moon Art” Warsaw 2014, and individual “Urban Chapels” Onamato gallery, Krakow 2013, “NOUMEN” Krakow 2014.

http://mikolajrejs.pl

 

About Urban Spree:

Urban Spree is a 1700sqm independent space in Berlin dedicated to urban cultures. Set in a vast postindustrial compound in the heart of Berlin, the gallery promotes a grassroots artistic approach, working closely with street & graffiti artists, urban photographers and contemporary artists. The gallery curates independent art shows on a monthly basis. Artist residencies are at the core of our artistic ecosystem. With a mix of permanent and temporary studios, the residencies irrigate by their creativity and artistic contributions what Urban Spree is about.

 

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 17th, 19:00 – 21:00

Urban Spree Galerie
Revaler Str. 99
10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain
+49 30 / 74078597
www.urbanspree.com

Gallery requests
galerie@urbanspree.com

Press requests
diana@urbanspree.com



The Rebel (ex-Country Teasers) + Spray Paint, Nova Blast

No Culture x Milk Me Present:

THE REBEL (ex-Country Teasers)
SPRAY PAINT

Urban Spree
22.08.17 – 20:00

THE REBEL

The Rebel is best known as the frontman, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for the band Country Teasers. His lyrics often deal with taboo subjects such as racism, sexism, and xenophobia from first-person standpoints–sort of like William S. Burroughs leading Joy Division or The Fall through a setlist of art-damaged country and western songs. With an insane discography on dozens of labels, most notably In The Red, Crypt, Sacred Bones, and Monofonus Press, one could legitimately argue he is the greatest living song writer today.

SPRAY PAINT

Austin, Texas-based trio Spray Paint deliver a discordant squall of no-wave guitars and stomping rhythms with a bitter, sardonic attitude. Their biting, jarring songs are inspired by the bleakness and desolation surrounding their habitat and human neglect of the environment in general. Spray Paint debuted in 2012 with an angular sound which quickly gained attention throughout the underground noise-rock scene. They’ve toured Japan, Australia, Europe, Mexico, and the United States, all the while releasing six LPs and five 7”s on Goner, Upset the Rhythm, Monofonus Press, Homeless, and S-S Records.

 

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Hendrik Czakainski: “Urban Investigations Redux” Solo Show

Urban Spree Galerie proudly presents „Urban Investigations – Redux“, the new body of works by Berlin-based visual artist Hendrik Czakainski. The opening reception takes place on October 22nd, from 18:30, at Urban Spree Galerie, Revaler Str. 99, Berlin-Friedrichshain.

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“Architecture is for me a reflection on our times. We live in a world of discrepancies.“ Hendrik Czakainski

After his widely acclaimed “Urban Investigations“ solo exhibition at Urban Spree Galerie in 2015, Hendrik Czakainski returns to Urban Spree Galerie to further deploy his artistic vision of contemporary urban environments.

Czakainski’s large-scale artworks stem from his vision of globalization, industrialization and demographic chaotic movements. His works define urban agglomerations from the bird’s eye perspective and create a tension between the representation of harsh living conditions and its resulting idiosyncratic aesthetics through his unique abstract vocabulary.

The urban habitats in Czakainski’s works are not faithful replicas of specific places but artistically transformed tableaux.

This change of perspective gives a glimpse of the complex interrelationships in Hendrik Czakainski’s subjective view of the world. Ultimately, these artworks display fictionalities based on facts and an aesthetical construction of authenticity.

Urban Spree Galerie will launch on the Opening Night on Saturday 22.10 an exclusive screen print designed by Hendrik Czakainski for his show. Printed at Urban Spree, the one-color screen print is hand-embellished by the artist and is edited in a limited run of 50 copies. The drawing features an elaborate urban settlement drawn in a peculiar alphabet style, reminiscent of the Sao Paulo pixação. The artist then hand-paints each print individually with watercolor.

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Request Hendrik Czakainski’s List of Available Artworks: galerie@urbanspree.com

Press requests: diana@urbanspree.com

 

“Urban Investigations – Redux“

Opening on 22.10 from 18:30

22.10.2016 – 12.11.2016

Tu-Sa / 12:00 – 18:30

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99 (Warschauer x Revaler)

10245 Berlin

galerie@urbanspree.com



Hendrik Czakainski “Urban Investigations Redux”

Urban Spree Galerie proudly presents „Urban Investigations – Redux“, the new body of works by Berlin-based visual artist Hendrik Czakainski. The opening reception takes place on October 22nd, from 18:30, at Urban Spree Galerie, Revaler Str. 99, Berlin-Friedrichshain.

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“Architecture is for me a reflection on our times. We live in a world of discrepancies.“ Hendrik Czakainski

After his widely acclaimed “Urban Investigations“ solo exhibition at Urban Spree Galerie in 2015, Hendrik Czakainski returns to Urban Spree Galerie to further deploy his artistic vision of contemporary urban environments.

Czakainski’s large-scale artworks stem from his vision of globalization, industrialization and demographic chaotic movements. His works define urban agglomerations from the bird’s eye perspective and create a tension between the representation of harsh living conditions and its resulting idiosyncratic aesthetics through his unique abstract vocabulary.

The urban habitats in Czakainski’s works are not faithful replicas of specific places but artistically transformed tableaux.

This change of perspective gives a glimpse of the complex interrelationships in Hendrik Czakainski’s subjective view of the world. Ultimately, these artworks display fictionalities based on facts and an aesthetical construction of authenticity.

Urban Spree Galerie will launch on the Opening Night on Saturday 22.10 an exclusive screen print designed by Hendrik Czakainski for his show. Printed at Urban Spree, the one-color screen print is hand-embellished by the artist and is edited in a limited run of 50 copies. The drawing features an elaborate urban settlement drawn in a peculiar alphabet style, reminiscent of the Sao Paulo pixação. The artist then hand-paints each print individually with watercolor.

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Request Hendrik Czakainski’s List of Available Artworks: galerie@urbanspree.com

Press requests: diana@urbanspree.com

 

“Urban Investigations – Redux“

Opening on 22.10 from 18:30

22.10.2016 – 12.11.2016

Tu-Sa / 12:00 – 18:30

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99 (Warschauer x Revaler)

10245 Berlin

galerie@urbanspree.com

 



Urban Ornaments | Exhibition and Round Table Discussion

urban ornaments announcementUrban Ornaments” at Urban Spree is a photographic group show with selected hungarian artists (Ruth Zuntz, Bence Bakai, Viktor Hodobay, Péter János Novák) who also have a regular practice in the urban arts as well as a roundtable discussion on public space and urban imaginaries organized by TACT (International Research on Art and the City) in co-operation with the Georg Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies of the Humboldt University of Berlin.

An ornament – originating from the Latin “ornare” – signifies a material element that is added to a structural form through the process of adornment or decoration.

In contrast to this minimalistic definition, however, the concept of ornaments also became to encompass a much broader understanding: social and political considerations are now essential parts of ornaments. Identifying itself with this latest turn of the interpretation of the ornament, the exhibition uses Adolf Loos’ provocative text “Ornament and crime” (1908) as a starting point. The photographic works displayed at the exhibition not only aim to reflect, thus, the Loosian argument from a contemporary perspective, but also try to shed light on the various types of logic behind the aestheticization of urban space.

Roundtable Discussion // 17:00:

– Ayse Nur Erek (Department of History, Yeditepe University, Istanbul)
– Nicole Huber (University of Washington)
– Oleg Pachenkov (European University, Sankt Petersburg)
– Dr. Heike Oevermann (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Georg-Simmel-Zentrum für Metropolenforschung)
– Júlia Székely (CEU Budapest)
– Lilija Voronkova (CISR, Sankt Petersburg) 

Artists: 

Bence Bakai : “Since 2000 I am a street art enthusiast. Taking photos since I know myself. From 2008 on, I live in Berlin”.

Viktor Hodobay : “Basically what I do is street photography. Most of my work is focusing on people and their relations to their artificial habitat, the way they use public space and how their appearance merges into and forms our urban environment.”

Péter János Novák: The hungarian photographer-illustrator Péter János Novák is taking photos about urban landscapes since more than two decades. The presented black and white photos are shots from various european countries, taken with his pocket digital camera short barrelled, pancake lens.

Ruth Zuntz: With her artistic work, Ruth aims to overcome boundaries and forge links between people and communities. Her photographs show the familiar features in strangers as well as the unknown in neighbors. In 1998, she co-founded Walkscreen and continues to work on international artistic collaborations. She has exhibited in China, Germany, Italy, Israel, Japan and Finland.

TACT / International Research on Art and the City is an international network that brings together research on art, artists and the city. Involving academics, artists, activists and students, it creates a platform for investigating urban imaginaries from the perspective of art and the city, artists and public space, and the urban interventionism of street art and grassroots activism.

Within TACT, the event is organized by:

Ayse Erek: Assistant Professor of Art History at Yeditepe University, Department of History in Istanbul. Post-doctoral research fellow at Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies of Humboldt University in Berlin (Oct 2012 – Jan. 2014). Her research focus is on the notion of urban imaginary of metropolitan cities in the context of political and cultural discourse, contemporary art and urban visual culture.

Eszter Gantner: PhD in History, currently Post-doctoral research fellow at the Institute for European Ethnology, Humboldt University of Berlin and post-doc fellow at the Herder-Institute (Marburg). She is member of the Georg Simmel Center for Metropolitan Research, Humboldt University of Berlin. Her research deals with urban history of Central and Eastern Europe, but also includes the issue of urban interventions and the transformation of urban public space, with a special focus on post-socialist cities.

Juli Székely: PhD student at the Central European University in Budapest at the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology. Her research focus is on the intersection of art and city, with a special interest in public art and memory in urban spaces. Right now she is working on her dissertation elaborating the memorial culture of Berlin and Budapest.

http://theartistandthecity.blogspot.de/
http://g-s-zentrum.de/

 

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