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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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Twoone’s hand-painted interventions on his upcoming print

In this video, Berlin-based Japanese-Australian artist Twoone is hand-painting his new screen print “Hunted Hunter’s Head-Panther” at the Mother Drucker print studio at Urban Spree. 

 

Each of the 25 copies of the 4-printed layers’ print has been hand-painted before the last layer was screen printed. On the background stands the acetate foil used by the artist to create his motive, painting it backwards with intense and dynamic brush strokes to create matter and texture.

The print incorporates a lot of embellished details such as hand-painted motives (pencil for the eye, spray cans, marker) and each one is different.

In addition, while the final layer is being processed, Twoone intervenes directly with ink on the screen, disrupting the process and creating a truly unique print.

The print is being released on March 15th on the Urban Spree webstore.



Exclusive Screen Print Release: Urban Spree x Twoone

Urban Spree is proud to announce the upcoming release of a large format screen print by Twoone in a limited edition run of only 25 copies.

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The screen print will be officially released on Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 at 10:00 CET in Berlin, available online on the Urban Spree webstore.

The Berlin based Japanese-Australian street artist teamed up with Urban Spree and Mother Drucker to produce this art edition print, using only traditional techniques.

Each print is a hand-painted multiple.

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Off The Radar Booking at Urban Spree

Off The Radar Booking presents:
Serengeti from the legendary label Anticon and K The I???.

The alternative Hip Hop artist Serengeti from Chicago/Illinois, a member of Sisyphus along with Son Lux an Sufjan Stevens.
With his Serengeti solo show he brings his sharp depature from most mainstream Hip Hop to Europe. Serengeti has been active since the early aughts and is known among cerebral rap nerds for his seemingly flippant insight, hilarious characters and sloppy perfectionism.

K The I ???
The grand sympathetic is live electronica and live rap in a way that has hardly been offered so far.
One of the strongest voices and most powerful (underground) rappers of our time, all beats are self-produced and constantly improvised at the shows. The work of art K-The I ???, is
headnicker sound for advanced!

 

 

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Urban Spree participates to Berlin’s first “Urban Art Week”

From 05 to 12 September 2018, Urban Spree will be part of the first URBAN ART WEEK, a new format for the Urban Art movement, which will be launched throughout Berlin. The Opening Night will happen at Urban Spree on the 05/09.

The Urban Art Week presents a comprehensive program and insights into the participating locations and projects under one roof. The format serves both to make Urban Art visible and to mediate, as well as to improve networking between local actors.

The URBAN ART WEEK provides insights into the locations and work of the participants, who present their own program for the URBAN ART WEEK. This gives visitors the opportunity to get to know Urban Art, Street art and Graffiti Writing within one week. The art program includes numerous exhibitions in galleries, project rooms, art spaces and institutions as well as performances, live painting and artistically designed walls.

A supporting program accompanies the URBAN ART WEEK: workshops by experts offer professional training and useful information for the daily work of artists and cultural workers. The two-day film program shows experimental films, portraits and documentaries about the French and German scene. Daily Street Art tours by local experts give visitors an insight into Urban Art in Berlin. Artists offer workshops for all ages to try out different techniques.

In Berlin, Urban Art has become an integral part of the cityscape, and large murals and surprising interventions in urban space can be found regularly. The city and its marketing is also adorned with the colourful paintings of its Urban Art artists, as is the local creative industry. But is there a dialogue between the scene and the city? Where is the line drawn between professional art and exploitation through increasingly fast-moving advertising purposes? Do we still have to ask the question whether Urban Art is art at all? The first URBAN ART WEEK pursues these thought-provoking impulses. In addition to discussions with representatives from city politics and local art institutions, the scene meets at workshops and symposia to discuss the concept of Urban Art and its own self- image. The week should leave something behind for the Berlin scene, it should convey a lasting value to the fast-moving Urban Art and create a basis for future communication.

Urban Art in Berlin has been around for decades and the media attention for it has increased. Berlin’s claim as an Urban Art Mecca is not only demonstrated by the last major exhibition projects with record attendance. The many small and independent art venues, project spaces and freelance artists who have been active in Berlin since the 1980s, have created the breeding ground for the subversive Berlin mix, that now makes the capital so attractive. URBAN ART WEEK is committed to their recognition and networking and ennobles the local scene with a gold medal – because Urban Art has actually earned this here for a long time. The program booklet with a city map, a website and a broad publicity campaign in German and English will accompany the week from 5 to 12 September 2018.

Further information under www.urbanartweek.de



5th Pictoplasma Academy Group Show

For the 5th consecutive year, Urban Spree welcomes the alumni of the Pictoplasma Academy for a 1-week group show from May 2nd to May 6th, 2018, on the occasion of the 14th Pictoplasma Festival.

The vernissage will be held on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018, between 16:00 and 19:00.

 

The Academy All Stars Group Show is the highlight show of the 14. Pictoplasma Festival, with works and installations by the alumni of the Pictoplasma Academy 2017.

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.

This is 1 of 17 exhibitions of Pictoplasma’s Character Walk 2018 (but it’s important): Expose yourself to the best in contemporary Character Art and Design!
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2018 Pictoplasma Character Walk exhibitions and group shows:

01 | Verwalterhaus, Prenzlauer Allee 1:
Ged Sia & Jogo (LT) – Deadly Seduction
Victor Castillo (CHI) – Jungle Boogie
Moki (DE) – Swamp Land
>>> www.facebook.com/events/169197433738177/

02 | Bold Room Berlin, Torstraße 68:
Moomin (FIN) – Moomins on the Riviera
>>> www.facebook.com/events/2038514429756741/

03 | Instituto Cervantes, Rosenstraße 18/19:
Alberto Vázquez (ES) – Antifable
Tartaruga Feliz (BRA) – Over the Cloud
>>> www.facebook.com/events/2074436076134345/

04 | Collegium Hungaricum, Dorotheenstraße 12:
Réka Bucsi (HU) – Retrospective
>>> www.facebook.com/events/177877099529570/

05 | Neurotitan, Rosenthaler Straße 39, 2nd backyard:
James Curran (UK) – Gifathon Live
Kévin Gemin (FR) – Expressions
Jim Stoten (UK) – My Important Drawings
Cachetejack (ES) – Think Twice Before…
>>> www.facebook.com/events/396769167401606/

06 | Freedom, Gormannstraße 12 (basement):
Matt Jones aka Lunartik (UK) – Lunartik Open Studio
>>> www.facebook.com/events/789071161295738/

07 | Whiteconcepts, Auguststraße 35:
Various Artists – Face-Off
(project1324.com/challenge/faceoff)
>>> www.facebook.com/events/2069629653323094/

08 | Kunsthaus Kule, Auguststraße 10:
Benjamin Vedrenne/GLKT (FR) – Playful Randomness
>>>www.facebook.com/events/546720009055433/

09 | Fata Morgana, Torstraße 170:
Various Artists +++ Pictoplasma Garage Sale +++
(pictoplasma.com/archives/exhibition/)
>>> www.facebook.com/events/166702660814214/

10 | 2 Agenten, Schröderstraße 3:
Charlotte Mei (UK) – Make Up
>>> www.facebook.com/events/182681229028090/

11 | Gallery pavlov’s dog, Bergstraße 19:
Otros Yo Collective – Espectro
>>> www.facebook.com/events/2048093805441533/

12 | MFI—Ministerium für Illustration, Chausseestraße 110:
Edel Rodriguez (USA) – Freedumb.
>>> www.facebook.com/events/2034776133511070/

13 | Rainbow Unicorn, Anklamer Straße 50:
Alex Norris (UK) – Oh No: A Webcomic Name Collection
>>> www.facebook.com/events/1787614171259183/

14 | Volume, Brunnenstraße 2:
Smithe (MX) – Automat
>>> www.facebook.com/events/215863535814809/

15 | imago fotokunst, Veteranenstraße 20:
Tiny Hands Collective – Tiny Creatures
>>> www.facebook.com/events/2043280082577181/

16 | KLUB7 cube, Veteranenstraße 14a
(on the corner of Fehrbelliner Straße)
KLUB7 (DE) – All That Jazz
>>> www.facebook.com/events/229983207556694/

17 | Urban Spree, Revaler Straße 99:
The Pictoplasma Academy 2017 Alumni – Academy All Stars
www.facebook.com/events/217563632345523/

More information on all exhibitions and a map with all locations >
conference.pictoplasma.com/exhibitions2018/
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Main Pictoplasma locations:

BABYLON
Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 30, 10178 Berlin-Mitte
(Animation Screenings, Conference Lectures)

ACUD
Veteranenstraße 21, 10119 Berlin-Mitte
(Character Lab Workshop, Immersive Media Lab, Festival Performance Night)

URBAN SPREE
Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain
(Academy Group Show + Post Pictoplasma Party)

More information on the conference and animation screenings >
berlin.pictoplasma.com

 

PICTOPLASMA ACADEMY ALL STARS

May 02-06, 2018

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 2nd, 16:00-19:00