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Urban Spree Music Festival at La Station in Paris

The first Urban Spree Festival at La Station in Paris is a 4-day musical wandering between Berlin and Paris, oscillating between rock and electro, held in the new cultural space La Station in the north of Paris.

On Sunday, for the closing night of the event, the Festival invites the contemporary artist Nicolas Moulin’s record label Grautag with their new project Azuzaria (Vincent Epplay, Ravi Shardja, Pharoah Chromium, Nicolas Moulin).

URBAN SPREE FESTIVAL AT LA STATION PARIS

 

In addition to the musical line-up, Melchior Tersen‘s photographs will be exhibited during the Festival.

Pass festival 20€ + loc
https://www.yesgolive.com/station/urban-spree-festival-la-station

≡ Jeu. 15 sept. — Urban Spree Fest 1/4
18h30—1h30 | 10 € – préventes 8 € + loc
FÖLLAKZOID (Live) • BELLY BUTTON (Live) • ETIENNE JAUMET (Dj)
Event Jour 1 : http://bit.ly/2cFJR2F

≡ Ven. 16 sept. — Urban Spree Fest 2/4
18h30—1h30 | 6 € – gratuit avant 20h
PEINE PERDUE (Live) • DAT POLITICS (Live) • CHRIS IMLER (Live) • DECEMBER (Dj)
Event Jour 2 : http://bit.ly/2bToyJX

≡ Sam. 17 sept. — Urban Spree Fest 3/4
18h30—1h30 | 6 € – gratuit avant 20h
SCOTCH EGG (Live) • RANCUNE (Live) • INFECTICIDE (Live) • DEBMASTER (Live)
Event Jour 3 : http://bit.ly/2cjFQz3

≡ Dim. 18 sept. — Urban Spree Fest 4/4
17h30—00h | 6 € – gratuit avant 19h
Grautag Records: Azurazia
Event Jour 4 : http://bit.ly/2ccGvCa

infos : www.lastation.paris
photo cover : Vladimir Besson

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Urban Spree Festival at La Station Paris

The first Urban Spree Festival at La Station in Paris is a 4-day musical wandering between Berlin and Paris, oscillating between rock and electro, held in the new cultural space La Station in the north of Paris. On Sunday, for the closing night of the event, the Festival invites the contemporary artist Nicolas Moulin’s record label Grautag with their new project Azuzaria (Vincent Epplay, Ravi Shardja, Pharoah Chromium, Nicolas Moulin).

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In addition to the musical line-up, Melchior Tersen‘s photographs will be exhibited during the Festival.

Pass festival 20€ + loc
https://www.yesgolive.com/station/urban-spree-festival-la-station

≡ Jeu. 15 sept. — Urban Spree Fest 1/4
18h30—1h30 | 10 € – préventes 8 € + loc
FÖLLAKZOID (Live) • BELLY BUTTON (Live) • ETIENNE JAUMET (Dj)
Event Jour 1 : http://bit.ly/2cFJR2F

≡ Ven. 16 sept. — Urban Spree Fest 2/4
18h30—1h30 | 6 € – gratuit avant 20h
PEINE PERDUE (Live) • DAT POLITICS (Live) • CHRIS IMLER (Live) • DECEMBER (Dj)
Event Jour 2 : http://bit.ly/2bToyJX

≡ Sam. 17 sept. — Urban Spree Fest 3/4
18h30—1h30 | 6 € – gratuit avant 20h
SCOTCH EGG (Live) • RANCUNE (Live) • INFECTICIDE (Live) • DEBMASTER (Live)
Event Jour 3 : http://bit.ly/2cjFQz3

≡ Dim. 18 sept. — Urban Spree Fest 4/4
17h30—00h | 6 € – gratuit avant 19h
Grautag Records: Azurazia
Event Jour 4 : http://bit.ly/2ccGvCa

infos : www.lastation.paris
photo cover : Vladimir Besson

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≡ Jeu. 15 sept. — Urban Spree Fest 1/4
18h30—1h30 | 10 € – préventes 8 € + loc
Event Jour 1 : http://bit.ly/2cFJR2F

lien prévente : https://www.yesgolive.com/station/follakzoid-belly-button-urban-spree-fest

• Föllakzoid (Live — Bym Records / Sacred Bones Records — CL)
Surgi de son Chili natal, Föllakzoid nous incite à ouvrir bien le grand le troisième œil. Fortement influencé par l’héritage musical de la Cordillère des Andes, Föllakzoid est une expérience de transe psychédélique entre amis d’enfance et en tournée permanente. Ils ont invité l’un des maîtres de la musique électronique allemande, Atom TM, pour un coup de pouce sur leur album.
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• Belly Button (Live – FR)
Au milieu des années 90, un duo déboule sur la scène rock bordelaise à une époque où celle-ci cherche à s’écarter des poncifs grunge ou power pop. Belly Button a marqué les 90’s et la scène noise post-punk française en prenant sa liberté vis à vis des standards de l’époque, Belly Button rafle la mise. Cet ensemble asymétrique, noisy et vocalisé déclenchera évidemment la valse des étiquettes : de trashcore free, on finira tout simplement par parler de jazz-core.
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• Etienne Jaumet (Dj — Versatile — FR)
Etienne Jaumet a commencé sa carrière de musicien avec le groupe Married Monk. Mais c’est en devenant “l’homme aux synthés analogiques” de Zombie Zombie qu’il se révèle. avec Cosmic Neman (batteur de Herman dune), Zombie Zombie sort deux albums influencés autant par le kraut-rock experimental des années 70s que l’avant-garde new-yorkaise. le premier album solo d’Etienne est mixé par la légende techno Carl Craig et depuis, il enregistre, joue ou remixe Emmanuelle Parrenin, Richard Pinhas, Turzi, Alan Howarth, François and The atlas Mountains, Discodeine, Yuksek…
url = soundcloud.com/etienne-jaumet

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≡ Ven. 16 sept. — Urban Spree Fest 2/4
18h30—1h30 | 6 € – gratuit avant 20h
Event Jour 2 : http://bit.ly/2bToyJX

• Peine Perdue (Live — Medical Records LLC — FR/DE)
Peine Perdue naît de la rencontre de Stephane Argillet, artiste et musicien installé à Berlin (La Chatte, France Fiction) et de Coco Gallo. Leur pop synthétique, délicate et sensuelle retient l’attention de la scène minimal wave et la notre aussi.
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url = soundcloud.com/peineperdue

• Dat Politics (Live — Shitkatapult / Tigerbeat — FR)
“Hot wired dance smash”. Depuis 1999, Dat politics fait partie, sans discontinuer, de l’un des duo électro les plus excitants de la planète, avec des shows à l’énergie déployée sans retenue aucune…
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• Chris Imler (Live — Staatsakt — DE)
L’un des meilleurs batteurs sur le marché à Berlin, Chris Imler a joué avec Peaches, Maximilien Hecker et Oum Chatt avant de se distinguer aux côtés de Patric Catani au sein de Driver & Driver. Seul aux commandes, il broie de la musique électronique avec du krautrock et il tape toujours aussi bien. C’est son premier concert à Paris (à l’exception d’une belle performance à la Fondation Cartier…).
url = youtube.com/watch?v=sZ9NIaZyRcs

• December (Dj — Blackest Ever Black / Jealous God / In Paradisum / Mannequin / Where To Now ?
— FR)
Après des sorties remarquées sur Items & Things et My Favorite Robot, Tomas More lance December en 2014, side-project passé depuis au premier plan dans lequel il distille des ambiances sombres et radicales mâtinées d’une touche de New Wave et d’Electronic Body Music.
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url = soundcloud.com/tomasmore

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≡ Sam. 17 sept. — Urban Spree Fest 3/4
18h30—1h30 | 6 € – gratuit avant 20h
Event Jour 3 : http://bit.ly/2cjFQz3

• Dj Scotch Egg (Live — Load Records — JP)
DJ Scotch Egg (born Shigeru Ishihara) est un producteur japonais de gabber à tendance chiptune (en français, ça veut dire qu’il fait de la grosse techno avec des petites game boys). Pour la petite histoire, a signé sur Load Records après avoir impressioné Lightning Bolt sur scène (qui soit dit en passant en connait un rayon en matière d’impression sur scène). Il a collaboré notamment avec Hrvatski (Keith Fullerton Whitman), Mike Paradinas (Planet MU), The Pipettes ou The Go! Team.
url = youtube.com/watch?v=j1EpOqe-Ym0

• Rancune (Live — Juvenile Delinquent Rec — FR/DE)
Rancune oscille entre garage rock, electronic body music et à peu près tout ce qu’il y a entre les deux. Ces trois français perdus à Berlin déclament leurs hymnes autant en allemand qu’en anglais, tout en jouant d’un assemblage de synthés analogiques, de boîtes à rythmes et d’orgue.
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• Infecticide (Live — Da! Heard it Records — FR)
Bagarre générale. Violence gratuite. Musique bien troussée entre punk et proto-techno. Synthés punitifs et sens de l’arrogance. Tout ça d’un coup.
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url = daheardit-records.net/fr/discography/dhr-24#release

• Debmaster (Live — Egotwister / Cock Rock Disco — FR/DE)
D’un « bancalisme » quasi obsessionnel, Julien Deblois aka Debmaster, lui aussi français en exil à Berlin, joue une sorte de tornade de gangsta bleep music trouvant sa force autant dans le hip hop que dans des genres plus obscurs comme le 8bit moldave ou l’accordéon africain.
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url = soundcloud.com/debmaster

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≡ Dim. 18 sept. — Urban Spree Fest 4/4
17h30—00h | 6 € – gratuit avant 19h
Event Jour 4 : http://bit.ly/2ccGvCa

Grautag Records: Azurazia
Avec Vincent Epplay, Ravi Shardja, Pharoah Chromium, Nicolas Moulin…
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≡ Infos pratiques

La Station – Gare des Mines est le laboratoire du Collectif MU consacré aux scènes artistiques émergentes, fondé sur les vestiges d’une gare à charbon désaffectée. Dans le cadre des Sites Artistiques Temporaires, démarche initiée par SNCF Immobilier.

29, avenue de la Porte d’Aubervilliers, 75018 Paris

Agenda ⟶ http://lastation.paris/agenda
Plan d’accès ⟶ http://lastation.paris/infos-pratiques

Depuis la Porte d’Aubervilliers, marchez en direction du périphérique. Une fois le périphérique dépassé, dirigez vous vers les écriteaux rouges (Raboni et Loxam) et empruntez le chemin sur votre gauche.

En Bus ⟶ Parc du Millénaire (L35 et L239) | Porte d’Aubervilliers (L54)
En Métro ⟶ Porte de la Chapelle (L12)
En Tram ⟶ Porte d’Aubervilliers (T3bis)
En RER ⟶ Rosa Parks (E)

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≡ Partenaires de La Station – Gare des Mines
Avec le soutien de SNCF Immobilier et de Point Éphémère, la Région Île-de-France, le département de la Seine-Saint-Denis, la Ville de Paris et la Mairie du 18ème. En partenariat avec Grolsch, Club Maté et Sowprog.

≡ Partenaires médias de La Station – Gare des Mines
Le Bonbon, Time Out, Hartzine, Radio Campus Paris, Kiblind, Noisey et Vice

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Rylsee’s new monograph “How to Play with Letters” available at Urban Spree

In parallel with his solo show “Other Inbox” at Urban Spree Galerie until Sunday 03.09.2017, the Swiss-born and Urban Spree-based artist Rylsee has just published a new book with Moleskine in Milan.

His first monograph, “How to Play with Letters” is a tour de force in modern typography, illustrating his past 5 years in Berlin with playful, witty & catchy lettering experiments.

For Rylsee, after stations in Geneva and Vancouver, Berlin marked a shift away from his early illustration days to a focus on designing, polishing and scratching letters, a field which is the main focus of this book.

Rooted in graffiti and skateboarding, infused by hiphop, Rylsee’s universe is cool fantasy supplemented by a sharp sense of composition and balance.

His notorious sketchbooks reveal his everyday practice of finding catchy sentences and creating new styles and fonts where letters – unlike the classical art of calligraphy – become glitchy, virused, and melt, albeit always irresistible and funny.

This distorted universe or « dystorpic » as Rylsee would put it – exists by the will of a typographer who blurs the lines of reality and create his own calligraphic spell.

Rylsee recycles his everyday experiences and thoughts and turn them into proverbial low-fi sentences such as « Never trust someone who doesn’t like pizza », « I wish you could be as cute as your profile picture » or « Too shy to rap » to name but a few.

Using only his drawing skills, Rylsee becomes the modern alchemist, plotting numerous optical illusions in 2D to make them look like native 3D. In Rylsee’s universe, 2D and 3D coalesce, but the craftsman, the pen, and the illusion maker takes the lead.

 

Urban Spree Bookshop in Berlin has signed copies of the book.

Signed copies can also be ordered online on our webshop.



Krake Label Boutique 2017

Once again we invited lots of independent music labels to spend the day together at our Label Boutique in order to create a familiar space for Berlins vibrant electronic music scene. Come by for some record shopping or just for a little chat with your favourite labels. The market will be accompanied by DJ sets throughout the day and goes directly over to the Krake night event on three floors.

After last years success we’re also organizing a raffle (tombola) again. There will be a lot of prizes contributed by the generous participating labels and our partners:

Akai ProfessionalElektronGemini SoundJustMusic BerlinKORGNATIVE INSTRUMENTS and Stanton DJ.

Lots will be sold at the venue during the day and prizes given out before the end of the market. All profit will go to these two organizations who help refugees:
www.cadus.org // www.medibuero.de

Entry:
3€ label boutique only
15€ including night programming
w/ live performances by ADULT. “Official”group ABeta EversKamikaze Space Programme & Geso and many more…

https://www.facebook.com/events/229792280838500
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participating labels:

47
Abstract Animal
And Vinyly
Arboretum
[aufnahme + wiedergabe]
Avian
Banlieue Records
Beste Modus
Black Sun Records
Blacksilk
Bodyvolt Records
Boidae
Candela Rising
Charmin
Chronicle Records
CiciTiara
Cocktail d’Amore Music
Corresponding Positions
Counterchange
CrimeCityDisco
Crossing
Death By Rainbow
Diffuse Reality
Discos Atónicos
DRED
DSNT
Elzo Durt / Teenage Menopause RDS
Enfant Terrible
Escapism
ETUI Records
Evod
Exterminador Records
FIGURE •
FINE
Fleisch
FlexiWave
Foul-Up
Fruit Company
Gooiland Elektro
Graffiti Tapes
HANDS
Headless Horseman
I/Y
Infrastructure New York
Instruments of Discipline
Jealous God
JTseries
Killekill
Killekill House Trax
Killekill VANTA Series
Klasse Wrecks
Kuzurura
Kynant Records
LAN Records
Laubenpiepers Finest
Love On The Rocks
MAGIC POWER
Mannequin
Mechanical Thoughts Records
Mechatronica
Metabanana Airforce Distribution
Midgar Records
Midnight Shift
Monolith Records
Monosoul
Overdraw
PicNic34
Pole Group
RAND Muzik Recordings
Reach Another System
ready made Distribution
Ressort Imprint
Schenkelspreizer
Schneidersladen
Secret Crunch
She Lost Kontrol
Shite Music
Sonic Groove
STAUB
Stratosphera Records
Stroboscopic Artefacts
Subsist Records
Syncretism Records
Tanstaafl
Temporize Records
Terminal Operations
the29nov films
Thema Recordings
Tiefenrausch
Tieffrequent
Topic Drift Recordstore
Tresor.Berlin (OFFICIAL)
Tropical Goth Records
UFO Station Recordings
UNKNOT
User Experience
Varvet
Voitax
WarmUp Records
Wolfskuil Records
Zodiac 44

 

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PICTOPLASMA ACADEMY ALL STARS GROUP SHOW

The most extensive show of the 13. Pictoplasma Festival is held at Urban Spree, with works by the 22 alumni of the Pictoplasma Academy 2016.

Challenged by renowned illustrators, artists, animation filmmakers, and sculptors, participants explored and developed their personal, character-driven projects. The Academy All Stars group show presents their diverse talents and features sculptures, paintings, drawings, interactive installations, and a multitude of new character worlds.

PICTOPLASMA ACADEMY ALL STARS

May 10-14, 2017

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

10245 Berlin

Wednesday-Sunday: 12:00-20:00

Saturday: 12:00-22:00. Nocturne for the Club Character Party

Vernissage on Wednesday, May 10th, 16:00-19:00

 

Featuring the works of:

 

Ana Jiménez (SP)

mercrominah.com

Ana Jiménez is a Spanish game artist, currently based in Berlin. Her main field of experience is in casual games for companies like Digital Chocolate or King. ‘Mercrominah’ is Ana’s alter ego—a personal project she started when spending a year in Sweden. The project has meanwhile acquired quite a following in social networks, and Ana hopes it will continue to make people laugh for a long time.

Anna (PL)

iconbaking.com

Anna is a Polish illustrator and designer based in London, and a fan of mixing digital and traditional techniques. She is interested in visual structures, life drawing and the expression that different tools imply. It can be a brush, a potato stamp or drawing software—each unfolds its particular aesthetics.

Brian Neong San (MU)

neongsan.com

Brian Neong San is a character animator and designer. Born in Mauritius, he currently lives in Australia; as digital nomad, he is often found freelancing remotely from other places. This mobility inspires his inventive work, and he is passionate to bring characters to life through motion, emotion and storytelling. Frequently referred to as a digital character puppeteer, Brian delivers the artistic creation and animation of 2D characters for short films, motion graphics and interactive projects.

Camilo Vanegas (CO)

camilovanegas.com

Camilo Vanegas is an animation artist from Colombia based in California. He holds a BFA in Visual Arts from Pontifical Xavierian University in Bogotá, and a MFA in Character Animation from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. For Camilo, exploring the characters’ personalities and how they deal with their internal conflicts has been the main source of inspiration. He currently works at Supergiant Games, where he has created characters for ‘Transistor’ (2014) and ‘Pyre’ (2017).

Christina Reck (DE)

instagram.com/christina.reck

Christina Reck is an art director based in Berlin where she works in digital advertising. She developed a huge fascination for drawing and painting at an early age, and illustration became her favorite form of expression while studying communication design. In her professional work, she focuses on digital design and infographics. Her personal work is more experimental, she is exploring different styles and techniques, both digital and analogue.

Eloi Costilludo (SP)

costilludo.com

Eloi Costilludo is a video artist from Barcelona, where he works as video producer and VJ at legendary Razzmatazz nightclub. He started his career as computer engineer and graphic designer for the Barnamob collective for urban performance. Today, he is mainly producing video installations, and exhibits regularly in galleries.

Erika del Pino (UY)

cargocollective.com/ErikadelPino

Erika del Pino is a theater designer from Montevideo, where she encounters and plays with strange and rare characters. Inspired by animals and taxidermy, her creations are born from her inner world to explore the sensation of a distorted reality. She believes that everything that once had life can live again—transformed, deformed.

Ifiyenia Kamperi (GR)

ifiyeniakamperi.com

Ifiyenia Kamperi is a painter and illustrator working in her studio in Athens. Her work ranges from painting and printmaking to comics, fanzines and doll making. She draws inspiration from her cats and dogs, politics, rockumentaries, the subconscious and life’s banality. Ifiyenia is co-founder of the drawing collective Urban Pencils, she has been featured in exhibitions and illustrated books, taught art to children and produced crafts under the brand Birds On Lemons.

Inga Seidl (AT)

ingaseidl.com

Inga Seidl is an Austrian graphic designer and illustrator. For a decade, she has been running her independent corporate design agency for clients with an environmental focus. Inga has a strong relation to nature, where she spends as much time as she can. Obviously, her character design is influenced by her life long experience with animals— and especially horses.

Janine Krieg (DE)

jane-war-art.tumblr.com

Janine Krieg aka Jane War creates art to communicate with the world. Currently based in Munich, she works in post-production for movies, TV and advertisement, both in 2D and 3D. Jane is haunted by crazy creatures, which make her see characters everywhere. Her personal illustration and animation is all about her emotions, and as she stays curious to explore different styles and media.

Jon Dunleavy (UK)

jondunleavy.flavors.me

Jon Dunleavy is a director of animated films, working in multiple genres with a particular love for characterizing. His narrative themes range from greed to comic tragedy and phone-based love triangles. His films have been honored with awards from the British Animation Awards to the Cannes Short Film Corner.

Kami Goertz (CA)

kmelaingoertz.com

Kami Goertz is a self-taught multidisciplinary fiber artist who creates plush characters and soft sculptures for humans to enjoy. Forest walks and gardening, moods, textures and animals (real or imagined) all inspire her creative process. Her work has been exhibited in the US and Canada as well as published in magazines focusing on the creation of plush toys.

Larissa Honsek (DE)

instagram.com/larissahonsek

Larissa Honsek aka Novemberkind is a Berlin-based graphic designer, photographer and illustrator exploring the intersections of these fields. Her tribe of bright and colorful characters is born from experimenting with a multitude of mixed media: clay sculpting, photography, digital and analogue collage, painting, drawing, printing, scanning… Larissa is currently working as a graphic design freelancer, and she is the co-founder of NiNo kreativ, a small company that produces kids stationary and creative school supplies.

Negyedy Virág (HU)

behance.net/negyedyvirag

Negyedy Virág is currently studying animation at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest. Her passion is character design, and she finds it very exciting to bring her creations to life in animated form. She likes to experiment with different media and techniques, and she is committed to learn as many things as possible while searching for her place in the world.

Oliver Téllez (MX)

olivertellez.com

Oliver Téllez is an architect and illustrator from Mexico City, who has liked to spend his time drawing and day dreaming since childhood. He is keen to create wild places with saturated imagery in order to test the behavior of his characters—and understand his own. Oliver usually incorporates elements of architecture into his illustrations as his interest extends to constructing visions of time and space.

Paulina Rasińska (PL)

paulinarasinska.com

Paulina Rasińska is an artist from Warsaw, living and working in Antwerp. After graduating at Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts in animation and photography, she focused on creating picture books for children. Until today, children are her favorite audience, whose knowledge and sensibility she aims to expand. She finds her strongest inspiration in the world of curiosities nature provides, and she loves telling stories about animals and plants.

Sabina Karasegh (AT)

skgh.at

Sabina Karasegh is an Austrian graphic designer and artist. Informed by her hometown Vienna and its particular attitude she always looks for recurrent patterns in every day life and correspondences between the micro- and macrocosm. Her graphic prints transform perspectives into black and white, working out contours and considering the white spaces.

Silvia Panicali (IT)

behance.net/silviapanicali

Silvia Panicali is a multifaceted creative talent born in Italy. Always looking for new forms of visual expression, she tries to represent the growth of her personality and her feelings by looking at them from the point of view of a child. Silvia has been strongly influenced by Belgian comics thanks to her mother’s origins, and she developed her style starting from photography and moving later to illustration and 2D animation.

Sjors Houkes (NL)

sjorshoukes.nl

Sjors Houkes is a Dutch illustrator and voice over artist living in Berlin. As a film scholar interested in all aspects of visual culture he curated, promoted and exhibited independent video games and animation. These elements have found their way into his own work. Besides occasionally making games, voice acting or writing, most of his creative time is spent drawing: His honest ink and watercolor drawings are inspired by people, videogames, the beauty of nature and the quirks of the human mind.

Tomás Pichardo-Espaillat (DOM)

tomatico.net

Tomás Pichardo-Espaillat is a Dominican illustrator and animator, with a profound love of telling stories. He sees his work as magic-realism, evoking his surreal experience of growing up in the Caribbean. His world is personal and intimate, with characters full of colors and textures, drawn into situations outside of their comfort zone.

Zarella Solís (PER)

zarellasolis.com

Zarella Solís is a graphic designer from Lima. Her toys, designs and art pieces are handmade with the traditional techniques of sewing, embroidery and textile application. The intention of her work is to further the interest in and appreciation for crafts in the digital age.

Zeynep Solakoglu (TUR)

zeynep-solakoglu.com

Zeynep Solakoglu is an artist and illustrator based in Istanbul. She is inspired by mythologies, fairytales, and indigenous stories from all parts of the world. She believes they all represent universal themes and connect us holistically, so when people look at her work, they will all find parts of themselves. Zeynep has been drawing characters and writing stories since she was a child, and she likes the idea of having one part of her in every character, evolving with them as years pass.

 

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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