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Graffiti Without Graffiti: a Photobook by The Grifters co-published by Urban Spree

We are happy to announce that on the Opening Night of our next exhibition “Graffiti Without Graffiti“, we’ll be exclusively releasing in Berlin the first monograph published by the notorious collective The Grifters.

Derived from a 10-year practice, GwG is a visual travelogue where the collective distances itself from the traditional iconography associated with graffiti and attempts to delineate the surroundings of it, the lansdcapes, tension, preparation, lifestyle, how to live in the background and disappear in the foregound, to reveal what is usually hidden to the profane.

Graffiti without Graffiti is self-published and co-published by The Grifters and Urban Spree in a collector’s Limited Edition of only 500 signed & numbered copies, published exclusively for the exhibition at Urban Spree Galerie. The book features photographs and artworks from 1992 Collective, BADYEAR85, Eewan, Good Guy Boris, James Hattrick & Thorfine.

200 pages, hardcover, housed in a black book slipcase. 21×26 cm.
Exclusive Internet Presale: Monday, July 13th, 10:00 GMT+1 on www.urbanspree.com
Official Release Date:  Thursday, July 16th, 19:00 at Urban Spree Galerie in Berlin
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Upcoming Exhibition: “Graffiti without Graffiti” by The Grifters

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URBAN SPREE GALERIE is proud to present its next exhibition, “Graffiti Without Graffiti”, a solo project by the European collective “The Grifters”.

THE FIRST PHOTO-BLOG BY THE GRIFTERS popped up on the Internet almost ten years ago, a project drawn from the psyche of a focused Eastern European. With the help of his friends, armed with nothing but point and shoot film cameras, The Grifters began documenting and reporting on the lifestyles of the people that surrounded them. Punctuating these reports with humor and irony, sarcasm and provocation, all the while captured with beautiful photography, The Grifters revealed a wholly new perspective on the current generation. The Grifters took an approach that nobody else was taking at the time, by portraying everything surrounding the act of graffiti, whilst avoiding the resulting graffiti itself. Highlighted by this approach is the realization that there are many more interesting moments and emotions to capture, other than only graffiti…
The Grifters started out as a graffiti-like blog with an alternative and fresh point of view, taking pride in their selection of the most prolific graffiti writers. Within a few short years it had developed into something much bigger than just one photographer’s journal. The Grifters, in establishing one of the most recognizable Internet platforms for urban culture, opened a door for a whole new way of documenting and presenting the stories of people who were once labelled as outcasts. They developed these narratives into something philosophical, romanticized and sophisticated. The Grifters not only showed the darker side of society through their beautiful photography and video, but also added a sense of morality, by way of the provocative messages and quotes that we see in their publications…

IN MAY 2014, AFTER BEING SET UP BY THE FRENCH VANDAL SQUAD, the creator and head of The Grifters was sent to prison, accused of crimes including Terrorism and Conspiracy. Good Guy Boris was to spend four months remanded in custody in the largest European prison, for merely filming people doing graffiti and posting this on the Internet. This “low blow” on behalf of the police, gave way to The Grifters rising even more in popularity.

VERY FEW PEOPLE ARE AWARE that during the time Boris spent in prison, he invited four new people to join the platform of The Grifters. This was the first step taken in developing The Grifters into an art collective. He called upon other young and talented photographers, an illustrator and a writer to join with him to form the collective that The Grifters is currently comprised of today, namely the 1992 CollectiveBadYear85EewanGood Guy BorisJames Hattrick & Thorfine. Quickly after the return of Boris from his “holidays”, The Grifters had organized a series of successful exhibitions in Paris, the capital of art and fashion, and their next target is establishing a milestone before the birth of their latest form of evolution – The Grifters Journal.

GRAFFITI WITHOUT GRAFFITI
The name of the exhibition reveals the rationale behind the evolution of The Grifters. This work is a comprehensive and psychoanalytical dissection of the experiences found in the graffiti culture and lifestyle, without the graffiti itself, effectively mirroring the credo of The Grifters. This exhibition is the embodiment of something that The Grifters have been documenting and doing, for almost a decade. The highlight of this exhibition is the limited edition book “GRAFFITI WITOUT GRAFFITI”, a landmark in the saga of The Grifters, and the first project released by them as an art collective. Each artist has been challenged with a task, to use only 36 pages to show us graffiti without the ability to depict the graffiti itself.The mix of exclusive footage, confrontational illustration and sophisticated text, helps reveal the charade surrounding Graffiti culture. This photbook will be the closest explanation to date of what The Grifters is truly about, with a limited edition print run of only 500 copies. The book will be presented exclusively during the exhibition “GRAFFITI WITHOUT GRAFFITI” held at Urban Spree Galerie in Berlin, Germany. Save the date of 16 July 2015 at 19h and join The Grifters for this milestone exhibition and book release, where you will have the chance to meet the artists and enjoy the good vibes that The Grifters bring with them wherever they go.

Urban Spree Galerie
Revaler Str. 99
10245 Berlin

http://www.urbanspree.com
http://www.thegrifters.org

Vernissage: Thursday, July 16th, 2015 in the presence of the artists
Exhibition: July 17th – July 31st – 12:00-19:00 and by appointment
Info/Catalogue: galerie@urbanspree.com



The Grifters: Graffiti Without Graffiti

Graffiti_without_graffiti_exhibition-and-book-release-the-by-thegrifters-urban-spree-berlin_1024x1024THE FIRST PHOTO-BLOG BY THE GRIFTERS popped up on the Internet almost ten years ago, a project drawn from the psyche of a focused Eastern European. With the help of his friends, armed with nothing but point and shoot film cameras, The Grifters began documenting and reporting on the lifestyles of the people that surrounded them. Punctuating these reports with humor and irony, sarcasm and provocation, all the while captured with beautiful photography, The Grifters revealed a wholly new perspective on the current generation. The Grifters took an approach that nobody else was taking at the time, by portraying everything surrounding the act of graffiti, whilst avoiding the resulting graffiti itself. Highlighted by this approach is the realization that there are many more interesting moments and emotions to capture, other than only graffiti. The Grifters started out as a graffiti-like blog with an alternative and fresh point of view, taking pride in their selection of the most prolific graffiti writers. Within a few short years it had developed into something much bigger than just one photographer’s journal. The Grifters, in establishing one of the most recognizable Internet platforms for urban culture, opened a door for a whole new way of documenting and presenting the stories of people who were once labelled as outcasts. They developed these narratives into something philosophical, romanticized and sophisticated. The Grifters not only showed the darker side of society through their beautiful photography and video, but also added a sense of morality, by way of the provocative messages and quotes that we see in their publications.
IN MAY 2014, AFTER BEING SET UP BY THE FRENCH VANDAL SQUAD, the creator and head of The Grifters was sent to prison, accused of crimes including Terrorism and Conspiracy. Good Guy Boris was to spend four months remanded in custody in the largest European prison, for merely filming people doing graffiti and posting this on the Internet. This “low blow” on behalf of the police, gave way to The Grifters rising even more in popularity.
VERY FEW PEOPLE ARE AWARE that during the time Boris spent in prison, he invited four new people to join the platform of The Grifters. This was the first step taken in developing The Grifters into an art collective. He called upon other young and talented photographers, an illustrator and a writer to join with him to form the collective that The Grifters is currently comprised of today, namely the 1992 CollectiveBadYear85EewanGood Guy BorisJames Hattrick & Thorfine. Quickly after the return of Boris from his “holidays”, The Grifters had organized a series of successful exhibitions in Paris, the capital of art and fashion, and their next target is establishing a milestone before the birth of their latest form of evolution – The Grifters Journal.
GRAFFITI WITHOUT GRAFFITI.
The name of the exhibition reveals the rationale behind the evolution of The Grifters. This work is a comprehensive and psychoanalytical dissection of the experiences found in the graffiti culture and lifestyle, without the graffiti itself, effectively mirroring the credo of The Grifters. This exhibition is the embodiment of something that The Grifters have been documenting and doing, for almost a decade. The highlight of this exhibition is the limited edition book “GRAFFITI WITOUT GRAFFITI”, a landmark in the saga of The Grifters, and the first project released by them as an art collective. Each artist has been challenged with a task, to use only 36 pages to show us graffiti without the ability to depict the graffiti itself. The mix of exclusive footage, confrontational illustration and sophisticated text, helps reveal the charade surrounding Graffiti culture. This book will be the closest explanation to date of what The Grifters is truly about, with a limited edition print run of only 500 copies. The book will be presented exclusively during the exhibition “GRAFFITI WITHOUT GRAFFITI” held at Urban Spree Galerie in Berlin, Germany. Save the date of 16 July 2015 at 19h and join The Grifters for this milestone exhibition and book release, where you will have the chance to meet the artists and enjoy the good vibes that The Grifters bring with them wherever they go.

 

THE EXHIBITION
From 16 to 31 July The Grifters will occupy the space of Urban Spree to expose artworks and installation to expand the story of the book – “GRAFFITI WITHOUT GRAFFITI”.
The opening night and the book release will take place on 16th from 19h, in presence of the artists.
You can request the exhibition catalogue by emailing to galerie@urbanspree.com

 

THE BOOK – GRAFFITI WITHOUT GRAFFITI*

Graffiti without Graffiti is self-copublished by The Grifters and Urban Spree in a collector’s Limited Edition of only 500 signed & numbered copies, published exclusively for the exhibition at Urban Spree Galerie. The book features photographs and artworks from 1992 Collective, BADYEAR85, Eewan, Good Guy Boris, James Hattrick & Thorfine.

200 pages, hardcover, housed in a black book slipcase. 21×26 cm.

The book can be ordered on the Urban Spree webshop here and in our store in Berlin.

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Info

Urban Spree is a 1700 sqm artistic space in Berlin-Friedrichshain dedicated to urban cultures through exhibitions, artist residencies, DIY workshops, concerts, an art store and a large Biergarten.

Within Urban Spree, the Urban Spree Galerie is a 400 sqm independent contemporary urban art space. Set in a 70.000 sqm postindustrial compound in the heart of Berlin, the gallery benefits from its large urban grassroots ecosystem and offers its invited artists and photographers an ideal space for experimentation through ambitious on-site residencies. The gallery curates independent art shows on a monthly basis, which most likely include the painting of the whole compound and its flagship “Artist Wall“, a 15 m long x 8 m high wall surface facing Warschauer Str., one of the busiest arteries of Berlin, counting 100.000 visitors/day. Artists who painted the wall in the past include Above, Klone, Zevs, Broken Fingaz Crew, Twoone, Low Bros, Nychos, 1UP Crew, The Grifters, Peachbeach, Rylsee, m-city, Johannes Mundinger, Jim Avignon, Mik Shida, Anthony Lister and many more.

The Urban Spree Bookshop is located in the gallery and displays a hand-picked, organic selection of street art, graffiti and photography books whose common thread is a vision of cities, post-industrial & decayed spaces. The shop includes a large selection of screen prints made by local & international street artists whom we personally know. The Print Shop also offers an array of locally-designed and produced screen printed T-Shirts. To accompany our rich selection of zines and self published books, we launched Urban Spree Books in 2017 as a new venture to promote self-publishing.

Artist Residencies are at the core of our artistic ecosystem. A mix of permanent, medium term and guest studios, the residencies irrigate by their creativity and artistic contributions what Urban Spree is about. Currently, our residents include Andrea Wan, Rylsee, Tavar Zawacki/Above, Johannes Mundinger, Tine Fetz and the screen printing activities of Dolly Demoratti’s Mother Drucker.

Regular DIY workshops such as the monthly Make Your Own Sign powered by Rylsee and Klub7’s Otto Baum, engage our guests in creative activities.

Urban Spree’s Concert Room is dedicated to live music with a high level programming and a large musical spectrum from garage, psych rock to cutting-edge electronic music. In addition, Urban Spree organizes the Urban Spree Summer Sessions, showcasing the best street musicians that Berlin has to offer every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening in the Biergarten.

Urban Spree is home to many festivals and events, such as the Pictoplasma Festival, Krake Festival, ComicInvasionBerlin, Berlin SeaFood Festival, Amaze Festival, Midsommar Festival, Druck Berlin Festival, Berlin Graphic Days, outdoor screenings, diner events and many more.

The Biergarten is the place to chill in summer with its own selection of local and german craft beers.

Resident street food container units provide our guests with homemade food around the clock.

The Galerie and Bookshop are open Tu-Sa from 12:00 to 18:30.

Please kindly note that the gallery doesn’t consider at the moment submission of portfolios and exhibition projects. Contact: galerie@urbanspree.com

For all questions pertaining to the rent of Urban Spree for festivals, conferences, caterings and workshops, or for any general queries, please write to contact@urbanspree.com

For all questions relative to musical programming, please write to booking@urbanspree.com. We don’t reply to booking requests submitted through social networks.

Press and Communication : contact@urbanspree.com

For internship applications, please write in english or german to internships@urbanspree.com. A good level of german is compulsory for applying to a gallery’s internship.

Other useful emails:

lost@urbanspree.com

jobs@urbanspree.com

 

 

Urban Spree – Revaler Strasse 99 – 10245 Berlin – Allemagne

Office Phone Number: +49 30 740 78 597

 



Metroidz: Graffiti Group Show Opening & Exhibition

Flyer WebUrban Spree Galerie proudly invites you to the opening of the first show of the 2015 season, “Metroidz”.

After the successful series of hand painted variations on the Teufelsberg print last year, we wanted to launch a new print series focused on subways and graffiti, with a first edition rooted in Berlin.

The choice of the artist responsible for the drawing was cast on French artist Niklos for his capacity to create an original drawing based on a real & imaginary Berlin cityscape with high density backgrounds, sci-fi elements “à la Moebius” and lots of attention to details.

An edition of 40 prints was screen printed by Dolly at her Urban Spree studio in an edition of 2 colors, black and ‘yellow U-Bahn’ on 270 gsm archival paper, in a large 100 x 70 cm format.

Against this backdrop, French photographer Thorfine, curator of the show, has asked 20 Berlin-based & still active graffiti writers to be part of the project and project their art and vision on the print.

The resulting line-up is one of the strongest Berlin has to offer:

Fach – Trik – Spirit – Roza – 1UP Crew – Poet – Fino – Quis – Tour -Shade – Bas2 – Chika – Igid – Inka – Leroy – Roger – Pesd – Eshok -Stereo – Tin

The Metroidz series can be viewed as a historic slice of the Berlin subway graffiti culture of the past decade as well as a strong artistic manifesto for Berlin style writing, in a format never attempted before.

The 20 prints will be presented on Saturday, February 28th, 2015 at the Urban Spree Galerie, with 3 additional A/P prints hand painted by Niklos himself.

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Niklos will draw directly on the gallery walls to create an original scenography for the print show.

The regular, 2 color edition print series will also be available at the galerie in a limited run of 20 prints.

Exhibition curated by Thorfine, supported by Montana Cans and The Grifters.

Vernissage; Saturday, February 28th, 2015
Urban Spree Galerie
Warschauer x Revaler Str.
10245 Berlin Friedrichshain
Doors: 19:00

Exhibition: 01-20 March, 2015
12:00 – 19:00 or by appointment

http://urbanspree.com/blog/gallery/
http://www.niklosbeach.com/
http://www.montana-cans.com/
http://thegrifters.org/
http://cargocollective.com/Thorfine/Flash-1

The Teufelsberg series:
http://www.urbanspree.com/46-the-teufelsberg-series

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