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Lars Wunderlich: “What Are We Looking For?” Solo Show Opening

Urban Spree Galerie presents “What Are We Looking For?”, a solo show of new works by Berlin-based visual artist Lars Wunderlich a.k.a. “Look the Weird”.

The exhibition will kick off during Gallery Weekend Berlin with an Opening on Friday, April 26th, 2019 from 18:30 in presence of the artist.

The exhibition is the outcome of a 3-month Art Residency at Urban Spree.

What Are We Looking For?” is a vertiginous exploration of our tech-dominated and image-centric world. Our global course to an endless progress, always more distant from the natural order, over-leveraging our resources, using ever-expanding technology to achieve a deeper exploration and understanding. But what are we really looking for? And do we understand better?

In this conceptual journey which is an acute exploration of modernity, Lars Wunderlich crafts and paints visual collages, replicates portraits generated by algorithms, and juxtaposes different time elements which generate collisions, distortions and glitches, to better highlight the unreal nature of those representations and the danger thereof.

His paintings bear some similarities with the “New Leipzig School”, albeit with technology at the core, and aesthetics boosted by Artificial Intelligence and modern faux-semblants. They are representations of non-existing representations, real but fake, distorted, whether by time, space, speed, or truth. A perpetual collision of images.

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Lars Wunderlich (b. 1981 in Neubrandenburg, GDR) is a German post-graffiti artist, member of the 9-member street art crew “The Weird” (Nychos, Low Bros, DXTR, Vidam…) under the moniker “Look the Weird”.

Besides spraypainting/wallpainting and graphic design, Lars is an accomplished painter. “What are we looking for?” is his first solo exhibition with Urban Spree Galerie.

 

Lars Wunderlich

“What Are We Looking For?”

Solo Show at Urban Spree Galerie

Vernissage: Thursday, April 26th, from 18:30

Exhibition: 27.04.2019-19.05.2019

Opening Hours: Tu-Su 12:00-19:00

 

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

10245 Berlin

Infos & Catalogue: pascal@urbanspree.com



Lars Wunderlich: What Are We Looking For?

Urban Spree Galerie presents “What Are We Looking For?“, a solo show of new works by Berlin-based visual artist Lars Wunderlich.

What Are We Looking For?” is a vertiginous exploration of our tech-dominated and image-centric world. Our global course to an endless progress, always more distant from the natural order, over-leveraging our resources, using ever-expanding technology to achieve a deeper exploration and understanding. But what are we really looking for? And do we understand better?

In this conceptual journey which is an acute exploration of modernity, Lars Wunderlich crafts and paints visual collages, replicates portraits generated by algorithms, integrates economic cycles, and juxtaposes different time elements which generate collisions, distortions and glitches, to better highlight the unreal nature of those representations and the danger thereof.

His paintings bear some similarities with the “New Leipzig School”, albeit with technology at the core, and aesthetics boosted by Artificial Intelligence and modern faux-semblants. They are representations of non-existing representations, real but fake, distorted, whether by time, space, speed, or truth. A perpetual collision of images.

 

“It Is And It Isn’t” – Acrylic on Canvas – 172 cm x 137 cm – 2019

 

 

Biography:

Lars Wunderlich (b. 1981 in Neubrandenburg, GDR) is a German post-graffiti artist, member of the 9-member street art crew “The Weird” (Nychos, Low Bros, DXTR, Vidam…) under the moniker “Look the Weird”.

Besides spraypainting/wallpainting and graphic design, Lars is an accomplished painter. “What are we looking for?” is his first solo exhibition with Urban Spree Galerie.

 

Lars Wunderlich

“What Are We Looking For?”

Solo Show at Urban Spree Galerie

Vernissage: Thursday, April 26th, from 18:30

Exhibition: 27.04.2019-19.05.2019

Opening Hours: Tu-Su 12:00-19:00

 

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

10245 Berlin

Infos & Catalogue: pascal@urbanspree.com



Look (The Weird/Peachbeach) x Low Bros

Painted near the back garden of Urban Spree in the Astra/Suicide Club passageway, and most likely to be seen by partygoers getting out from Suicide Circus in the early morning hours, ‘Hangover’s Hot Summer Nights’ is a collaborative piece between Look (Peachbeach/The Weird) and the Low Bros realized in June 2013.

The other half of Peachbeach, Vidam, was in the meantime sketching his piece with Rylsee, a mural that was  painted in the next few days in the Urban Spree Artist Wall (covered here).

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Die Neuen Schweden 2019

DIE NEUEN SCHWEDEN returns this summer for the 5th time!
On Wednesday 28th of August, we are hosting a showcase at Urban Spree with three newcomer bands from Sweden.
The entrance is free for everyone.

20.00 DOORS
Sophia Tako
Julia Rakel
Kape Yeel

Together with Swedish educational institute Sensus Musik, we invite three Swedish up-and-coming bands to Berlin for three days at the end of August, take them on a fantastic and interesting music industry crawl through the city and as the absolute highlight, present a showcase evening with them.

DIE NEUEN SCHWEDEN will take a close look behind the scenes of the Berlin music industry and meet local tour operators, labels, agencies, radio stations, and journalists. As this is an educational project, the young musicians will also take part in workshops to learn useful tips & tricks regarding press work and profiling. The highlight of these exciting days is the showcase called DIE NEUEN SCHWEDEN, which the bands will play on August 28th as a free event at Urban Spree.

An exclusively for DIE NEUEN SCHWEDEN assembled booking group selected the three Swedish artists out of all applicants. The booking group consists of:

Melanie Gollin (FluxFM)
Anna Dungal (owner & booking Basement Bash)
Daniel Gerhardt (author at SPIEGEL ONLINE, ZEIT ONLINE, DIE ZEIT)
Kristin Michalek (Kobalt Music)
Patrick Pan Daniel (Snowhite, Synästhesie Festival)
Darya Kulinka (Nordic by Nature)

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Shameless Berlin Presents: Pussy Powered Protest – Berlin

(Video of Lady Daisy who will perform at our after party)

It’s a Pussy Powered Protest!

Shameless Berlin is a showcase of some of the best known and most prolific alternative comedy acts in the scene. Through cabaret, comedy, music, burlesque and puppetry, the artists tackle sexuality, immigration, queerness, body politics and power.

From Colombia, Lebanon, Australia and the USA, these power femmes deliver a vulvacious smack to the funny bones with a special blend of razor sharp wits and juvenile jokes.

Entry includes our high energy 1 hour show plus an after party with live music, DJs and special international burlesque headliners!

***PUSSY POWERED PROTEST***
Liliana Velásquez dominatrix turned kabarettist
Duckie L’Orange queer puppeteer
Carmen Chraim high-energy comedy
Crystal Tassels glamorous showgirl brat

***SPECIAL GUESTS***
Purdy Hölsom tasteless twangy musical songbird
Gorjeoux & the Corsetts queer ukulele with a voice as sweet as cherry pie
Batsauce spinning 45s

***AFTER PARTY***
The Wynstrumentt Live harmonica loop wizard
Lady Daisey & Batsauce Seductive live vocals with smooth summer beats

TICKETS
Presale €5 / 10
On the night €8 / 12

20:00 Doors
20:30 Gorjeoux & the Corsetts
20:45-21:45 Pussy Powered Protest – early show
21:45-22:45 Vinyl DJ Batsauce spinning 45s
22:45 Purdy Holsom
23:00-24:00 Pussy Powered Protest – late show
24:00 – After party with Wynton Kelly Stevenson, Batsauce & Lady Daisy LIVE

ARTISTS

Liliana Velasquez M. has crossed borders all her life. Raised in Miami Medellin and New Jersey there is no role she cannot play and her comedy reflects this extravagant mix in her Latina-tude, Catholic guilt and American dreaming. As an adult, Liliana recklessly explored NYC, slipping in and out of different art forms, costumes, and jobs. She has so many outrageous stories to tell, it would horrify her proud parents, Only now do they admire her comedic outlook on so many mistakes. Always hungry for new challenges, Liliana soon found other platforms for the performance that is her life: Berlin Neukölln. She is proud to be queer and not perfect and enjoys waking up in the afternoons.
As if that isn’t enough, she is also leading lady at Freudian Slip Club, producing hundreds of shows in Germany every year.
http://freudianslipclub.wordpress.com

Duckie L’Orange is a Berlin based performance artist with a twist.
She does weird and wacky interactive performances for kids, and equally wacky but significantly dirtier shows for adults. She’s been all around town like a hipster on a vintage bicycle – from performing at the Sydney Opera House, barking in a steam punk carnival with Antigua i Barbuda at Sydney Festival, touring Germany with the Puppetry Slam Berlin to creating shows in the jungles of Kalimantan and Timor Leste.
www.duckielorange.com

Crystal Tassels, “The American Brat Queen,” is a burlesque artist, chanteuse, and fetish performer from Seattle, USA. After making her burlesque debut in South Korea, Tassels spent six years performing in the USA and Canada and is now based in Berlin. When she’s not singing or stripping, you’ll usually find her impersonating her cat.

Carmen Chraim is a beloved comedian in the Berlin English comedy scene. After five years of performing stand-up comedy, she is now recognized on the train by strangers at least 20 times a year! She performs mainly in Berlin but also manages to leave her bubble and delight many boring German cities (both West and East). She’s also had her name pulled from a bucket for at least four NY open mics; flyered and performed tirelessly for an entire month at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; and found performing on stages in Amsterdam and Warsaw to be very enjoyable.
And now you’re asking yourself, “Great, but where is she from?” Born and raised in Lebanon, she wins over crowds with her high energy presence & rapid-fire anecdotes. Thanks to her Middle Eastern background, passion for hummus, deep experience with corporate Germans and sarcastic political views, she’s often seen as an alternative Arab success story that hasn’t yet been discovered by the media.

Purdy Hölsom is a singer-schlongbiter, rapper wrong-righter. She is a comedy musician from North Carolina (US). She’s a four-time finalist in the International Songwriting Competition. In 2018, her “Gay Money” music video was screened at the Palm Springs Film Fest & the Berlin Music Video Awards. She recently performed at Edinburgh Fringe Fest, and learned that Scotland is very, very cold.Holsom has released two albums, Purdy Holsom (2014) and Vageezus: Voice of a Generation (2016), several singles, and nine music videos (depending on what you count).

Gorjeoux is a Corset wearing, KitKat loving, Ukulele playing, Gorgeous, Queer, Non Binary Femme Goddess who likes to play around with new imaginings, queerifications and mashups of pop songs.

Wynton Kelly Stevensonn is a musical storyteller with a twist. His musical journey is crafted with vocals, harmonica, beats and live looping. Sponsored by Hohner Music he has been touring and living in Europe for 10 years.

Lady Daisey is a soul/funk singer who spent her childhood touring the U.S. with her parent’s band. Raised on the road, home-schooled and surrounded by music, it was natural for her to blossom into the artist that she is. Since then, she’s been following her musical path and developed her own playful style, ranging from sultry love songs to powerhouse feel-good old-school soul. Lady Daisey has played venues and festivals around the globe, spreading her message of love and positivity, soulfully presented over head noddin’ Batsauce beats. A small woman with a huge voice, Lady Daisey is sure to grab the attention and steal the hearts of everyone within ear’s reach.

She’s opened for Sharon Jones, Mayer Hawthorne, Chali 2na, Roxanne Shante, Bahamadia, the Perceptionists. She’s rocked festivals around the world alongside the Roots, Method Man, Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Muse, Typical Cats, Souls of Mischief, Zion I. Lady Daisey’s voice can also be heard on recordings with Qwazaar, Typical Cats, Asamov and Marc Hype.

Batsauce is a musician/producer/DJ from Jacksonville, Florida. Following his well received EP & LP with Qwazaar, Batsauce debuts his instrumental intergalactic love saga entitled “Starcrossed.” Batsauce is also one-third of the Smile Rays (along with Paten Locke & Lady Daisey). He has worked with Mr. Lif , Akrobatik, The AB’s, Paten Locke, Lady Daisey, Surreal, Dillon, Chop, Boog Brown, and MassInfluence. Not to mention, the likes of Bahamadia, George Clinton, Vinnie Paz, and Dumbtron have appeared on his tracks. As well as an avid beatmaker, Batsauce is a multi-instrumentalist and DJ. He resides mostly in Berlin, when he isn’t couch-surfing elsewhere.

Cover image by Toby K

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