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SoulKebab Festival | Open Air Music & Food

 

Arabs Do It Better + Urban Spree
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SOULKEBAB FESTIVAL
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Arabs Do It Better • Summer Edition 06.07.19 • Urban Spree

06.07.2019 Saturday | 17:00
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Urban Spree
Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin

Beautiful Berlin,
We are happy to invite you all to our first-time Music, and Food Festival ‘Soul Kebab’, From the creators & founders of Arabs do it Better’ family and the Urban Spree, on Friday 6 of July 17:00
A day full of Arabic influenced Music and Food.
An Outdoor breeze with live performance & Dj set by Moody Kablawi and Mohammad Jabali.

and right after – Arabs Do It Better • Summer Edition 06.07.19 • Urban Spree is starting at midnight!

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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



ADM Solidarity Festival Opening

Opening night of the ADM Solidarity Festival

Join us for the opening night of the ADM Solidarity festival in order to help raise money for 130 people evicted from their homes on the 7th of January 2019 –

Multi Subcultural Art Fair opening, featuring the sculpture garden. Mechanical installations by Luka Minotti (CH), Bastiaan Maris (NL), Robocross Machines (D/UK), and more.

Arson art by Eddie Egal (Berlin) , Bands, Dj’s, circus and theatre performances along with a sub cellar cinema, all presented over three stages at Urban Spree.

For full information about the ADM and the festival itself, visit the festival website – http://www.adm-soliparty-berlin.de/

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Opening of Toums’ solo show “Primitive Acids”

Urban Spree Galerie presents « Primitive Acids » a photographic exhibition by Toums from 20.10 to 12.11.2017. The Opening Reception will be held on Friday, October 20th from 19:00 to 22:00.

« Primitive Acids » is the first German solo show of the French experimental analog photographer Thomas Gosset a.k.a. Toums.

Wandering between his native Bordeaux and Berlin, Toums redefines the medium of analog artistic photography by attacking his negatives with acids, ink, paint and other physical alterations and combining his skillsets with a dark contemporary mythology.

Working in darkroom and strictly excluding all forms of modern technique, his practice lurks in the footsteps of the late 19th century pioneers and early 20th century surrealist avant-gardes.

Portraits are his preferred genre. Toums destructures them until they achieve the transmutated vision that the artist has assigned to them. Like a deus ex machina, the photographer creates the portrait with his camera and subsequently creates the final image through his manipulations ex-post.

Utterly disrespectful of the medium, desacralizing it in order to provide a new meaning, Toums is a rare breed of an iconoclast photographer, with filiation looking towards Joel-Peter Witkin, Pierre Molinier, and Roger Ballen.

His direct and deadly intervention on the film, the materia prima of his work, procures a highly unstable result. Soon to be destroyed by acids, slowly corroding the matter, the films are revealed in the darkroom process and printed on silver gelatin. As the film returns to dust, the portraits become fugitives, trying to escape their own fate, living in a printed dimension and refusing mortality. It is no accident that most Toums compositions are building a new mythology with some elements borrowed from the Greek corpus of myths.

« I destroy my own films with the intention of entering in the very heart of the photosensitive material, which allows me to have a direct control over the frozen reality that I destructure at will. The goal being to understand this matter as painting with the intention of pushing back the normal process of photography to expand my own field of investigation and thus regain an imaginative and narrative freedom. For years I wanted to freeze absurd moments in reality. »

Urban Spree Galerie
Revaler Str. 99
10245 Berlin

20.10-12.11 2017

Tu-Sa : 12:00-18 :30

Galerie enquiries: pascal@urbanspree.com

Press enquiries: diana@urbanspree.com



Danny Figueroa (Wesr) new solo show opening “Hits and Flops”

Urban Spree Galerie is proud to invite you to the opening of “Hits and Flops“, a new solo exhibition in the Galerie’s Ecke of works on paper by Peruvian-born and Berlin-based artist Danny Figueroa alias WESR.

“Hits and Flops” is a new series of works on paper, sketches and drawings presented by Danny Figueroa. Also known for his large street art pieces, Danny Figueroa’s drawing practice and experiments have always been an integral part of his artistic life.

The drawing series presented at Urban Spree Galerie are mainly figurative in nature but are made of an ever-changing matter, a fragile essence where transformation is occurring relentlessly, where nothing can be properly fixed, like a fugitive steam slipping out of a defaulting pressure cooker. This evanescence comes up with their perceived defaults and successes, or as the artist calls them, their “hits and flops”.

About the artist:

Danny Figueroa was born in 1980 in Chiclayo, Peru and grew up in the capital Lima where he has been active as a graffiti artist since 1996 under the pseudonym “Wesr”. He was strongly affected in his youth by the cultural clash between Peru’s traditions and the overwhelming americanization. This is also reflected in his art, in which he brings together the aesthetics of traditional and contemporary japanese graphic illustrations with elements of Peruvian indigenous art. Figueroa often reproduces masked figures revealing their innermost part beneath the masks and allowing for a variety of interpretations. The texture of narrow lines defining the structure of his works like scars grant access to the histories behind the unique personality of every singular character. His oeuvre ranges between muralism, painting and illustration and is marked by abstract figures with mask-like faces that might remind of early 20th century futurism. Since 2008, he lives and works in Berlin.
https://www.instagram.com/w3sr/

Urban Spree Galerie Ecke:

The “Ecke” (for “corner” in german) is the second exhibition space of Urban Spree. Located in the galerie on the opposite side of the main gallery space, the Ecke is focused on works on paper, drawings, illustration, and photography, albeit on a scale that reveals a more intimate facet of the artists.

Danny Figueroa aka Wesr

“Hits and Flops”

Urban Spree Galerie’s Ecke

8th of April – 22nd of April 2017

Opening reception: 8th April, 2017, 18:30 – 22:00

Exhibition hours: TU – SU 12:00 – 18:30

Enquiries: galerie@urbanspree.com



Klone’s new solo exhibition “Everything is happening”

Urban Spree Galerie is particularly happy to announce Klone’s new solo exhibition “Everything is happening”, opening on 11.08.2016.

Tel-Aviv based artist Klone was the first to ever exhibit at Urban Spree, back in summer 2012, where he produced an epic 50-meter long installation of paper cuts and painted characters in the whole gallery space, as can be seen in the video below.

Four years later, Klone comes back to Berlin and Urban Spree with his new solo show entitled “Everything is happening“. As with the seminal exhibition, some work was prepared in his Tel-Aviv studio but finalized in Berlin over a 2-week residency.

While the first installation was entirely paper-based, the new installation extensively combines painting with digital techniques such as stop motion animation, loops and mapping to vividly translate the artist’s longstanding obsession with memory. “Everything is happening“ showcases random memories and experiences, imagined and real ones, which are sensed through a series of projections. Stop motion animations are depicted onto the wall by painting and erasing, and in this way constantly giving up and away moments and experiments, a constant process.

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According to Klone, we are constantly bombed by the mass media with a visual overload, to the point where we can’t be sure anymore which of our memories are real and whether we actually experienced them. Thus, the artist refers to the psychological phenomenon of “false memory“ in which a person recalls a memory that did not occur.

The exhibition has been built specifically for this space and moment in time.

 

“Everything is happening”

A solo show by klone at the Urban Spree Galerie, Berlin

Opening Night: 11.08.2016 at 19:00

Exhibition from 12.08 to 04.09 (Tu-Su / 12:00-19:00)

http://www.kloneyourself.com