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‘Berlin 2014-2016’: instant portraits by Twoone

Urban Spree and Twoone release a limited edition 3-colour risograph book.

Designed during his Residency at Urban Spree in July 2016, the 60-page risograph book ‘Berlin 2014-2016’ is the result of 2 years of intense portrait sketches by the Japanese artist in the german capital. Quickly executed in U-Bahn and S-Bahn, on street corners, in bars and parks, the fast portraits of Twoone capture a vivid reality of the Berlin life.

Capture d'écran 2016-08-22 21.45.00The choice of risograph printing was made for its capacity to reproduce the colors and texture of the original drawings. 3 colors, i.e. 3 layers have been printed sequentially.

The project was made possible owing to the printing skills of Drucken 3000 in Berlin and Kelly Jewell’s book design skills.

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The book comes as a limited edition of 200 hand-numbered and signed copies and is available in the Urban Spree bookshop in Berlin and online here.

 

 



Toums: New Portraits Series

French photographer & experimental visual artist Toums​ is now represented in Berlin at Urban Spree Galerie.

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Toums works directly on negatives to create his photographs, altering his negatives with chemicals and various handmade interventions which result in stunning twisted portraits in full blast, layered textures, fine details, sharp contrast and a free flow energy.

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See the portfolio of available editions here and at the Galerie upon request.



Documentary Donnerstag #3 – Portrait of Jason

Starting on March 28th and every Thursday evening for 8 consecutive weeks, BFS will present each night 1 thought-provoking, award-winning documentary movie curated from festivals such as Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, Berlinale, and Raindance.

DOCUMENTARY DONNERSTAG #3: 11.04.2013

PORTRAIT OF JASON (1967)

TICKETS – Reserve your ticket via email: info@berlinfilmsociety.com

Available online now:

http://portraitofjason-eorg.eventbrite.co.uk or on the door

1 Film || €8 / €4 BFS Members

 
PORTRAIT OF JASON

Shirley Clarke | USA | 1967 | 105mins

Shirley Clarke’s fourth feature, Portrait of Jason (1967), is a pure documentary without adornment. Portrait was created from a single, 12-hour-long interview with Jason Holliday, a gay African American hustler and aspiring nightclub performer. Holliday’s stories of racism, homophobia, parental abuse, drugs, sex and prostitution would have been shocking if not for his candor, humor and acerbic charm. The film was a revelation and remains one of the most respected LGBT films.

http://projectshirley.com/portraitofjason.html

 

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Anthony Lister’s solo show until 20.10.2018

Anthony Lister‘s solo show at Urban Spree Galerie – “Sneaky Bit In” – which opened last week in Berlin, will be on display for 1 month until 20.10.2018 and will be our flagship exhibition during the Berlin Art Week (26-30.09.2018).

 

 

The exhibition is the outcome of 3 weeks of an intense residency in Berlin, during which the Australian artist produced a painting cycle based around the 1973 cult movie “The Holy Mountain” by Alejandro Jodorowski and incorporating mythological & biblical elements, as well as clear references to Picasso and Damien Hirst. Lister has been obsessively confronting himself to Picasso during the last 6 months and his new production marks a step away from his most famous cycles (superheroes, ballerinas), albeit retaining some aspects of the recent flower cycle (sunflowers in the “Pan As Pimp” painting), and incorporating some lister-esque elements and details, which makes a Lister painting a Lister painting.

3 very large paintings (each 280 x 300 cm) compose the backbone of the exhibition, including a revisitation of Picasso’s “Les demoiselles d’Avignon” (“Pan As Pimp“). 3 medium-sized portraits of women complete the painting cycle. Besides this new series of paintings, Lister produced a sculpture and a short movie hacking the Jodorowski film by incorporating the artist’s face, voice-over, subverting it, self-editing on his cell phone.

 

In addition to the exhibition, Anthony Lister painted the Urban Spree Artist Wall (15 x 8 m). The mural tells of an alternative narrative to the painting “Tearing at the Bit” whereby the two characters of the ram and the tiger are being cast in a different manner, as well as in the painting style, this time reminiscent of Egon Schiele, painted only with a small roller fixed on top a a 6m extension pole. a paint-fueled fire extinguisher, and touches of spray paint.

The residency itself implies a lot of uncertainties as the artist is brought out of his comfort zone and the creative alterations, urgency, and risk-taking thereof are part of the process. For this residency, Lister created a studio full of references, sketches, citations, while numerous canvases were laid on the floor and painted, expanding the initial corpus set by the 3 major paintings. None of these paintings made it to the exhibition but were an essential part of the creative process and part of the artist’s universe for a part of the journey.

 

The gallery is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 12:00-19:00 or by appointment (galerie@urbanspree.com).

The catalogue of the show is available here.

The video has been filmed and edited by Gabriel Sousa (Devir Producoes, Sao Paulo) while photographs are shot by Gabriel Sousa and Lara Beins.

Great article/recension by BSA here.



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



Martha Cooper’s interview on Tracks

arte/Tracks was at the Opening of Martha Cooper’s exhibition “One Week with 1UP” at Urban Spree Galerie, documenting the Berlin 1UP Crew. They have now released a 6′ portrait of Martha Cooper with images from the show as well as some historical perspective and of course an interview about her Berlin experience.

It is available in French hereabove and in German as well (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQFXFGLG6b4).