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Twoone: 100 Faces

After his residency at Urban Spree in July, Twoone is having a solo exhibition at Backwoods Gallery in Melbourne. 100 Faces presents 100 portraits on canvas made by the Japanese artist over the past 2 years, since he relocated to Berlin in 2014.

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“It all started when I began to capture people that I saw or met in the streets, public transport, bars, and cafes in my little sketchbook’s, using color pencil, and with my Olympus PEN EE-3 and Olympus PEN Trip, analog camera’s given to me by my friends and family.
I officially commenced work on this project when I left Melbourne in 2014 to relocate to Berlin, Germany and before that I had an extended stopover with my family in Japan. During this time a studio space wasn’t available for me to be able to make my larger works so I started to make my small watercolor pieces, without any intention to make this the large series that it is now.
I arrived in Berlin in April 2014, where I started to travel much more than ever thanks to the offers of mural projects and exhibitions all over Europe and abroad.

 

 

I was painting subjects that I saw in newspapers and magazines and then I started to feel the need to collect / or find my own subjects because after a while I struggled to find enough thought provoking images in this material, and I had a sort of feeling that I needed to record images from my real life experiences.
My practice of capturing people in public, then translated from my A5 Sketchbook to larger watercolor paintings which started to become my everyday habit, as I visited many new places, and could meet new people passing by, it became one of the important ways for me to capture not just the person I was drawing but also to capture that time and atmosphere of each place that I visited.”

The exhibition opens on October 21st until October 30th in Melbourne.

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Twoone is also releasing a limited edition book with the 100 portraits, designed by Timba Smits. The book is a companion to the Berlin 2014-2016 published by Urban Spree and available here.

 

 



The Teufelsberg Series

The Teufelsberg Series was engineered as a spin-off  project from the Dubl Trubl collaborative group exhibition at Urban Spree (18 September 2014 – 30 October 2014), which gathered the works of 90 artists, but only artworks resulting from a collaboration with another artist, therefore excluding solo pieces and blurring the lines of style and hierarchy.

The print series stems from the same collaborative spirit, however in a different way: this time, it consists of individual hand painted variations but on the same support, i.e. a hand pulled screen print of a drawing designed by german artist and illustrator Chrisse Kunst and printed in the Mother Drucker Ateliers at Urban Spree. 

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The black-and-white print was offered as a common playground for each artist, with ample white space (blank space has been widened on purpose during the print process and accounts for about 50% of the print), in order for each artist to have enough space to project their universe and vision with minimal existing constraints.

imag0252The project was launched just before the vernissage of the show and all 19 over-painted prints have been collected over time and eventually displayed in the gallery for the finissage of the show on October 30th.

Among the different drawings of Chrisse Kunst, Teufelsberg retained our attention owing to its incredible and multi-layered story: this iconic West Berlin dreamscape starts in 1945 when the US Army decided to destroy with explosives the foundations of a nazi Technical University in the Grunewald Forest, west of Berlin, near the ominously-named Teufelssee (The Devil’s Lake).

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 However, the walls were so thick (8 meters of reinforced concrete) that it proved impossible to blow away. In order to erase the remnants of this nazi symbol, the Americans decided to use the site as a wasteland and piled up the rubble of 25.000 destroyed houses from Berlin, resulting in a 120-meter high, all artificial hill, actually the highest “natural” elevation of the city. The name “Teufelsberg” (Devil’s Mountain), derives from the name of the nearby lake and cast an ominous and mysterious glow on that area.

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Furthermore, in the 1960s, the NSA built on top of the plateau a hearing station to spy on the Soviets and East German administration . These are the buildings portrayed in the print, nowadays abandoned and decayed, and known as a famous graffiti spot, which is the present-day connection to our story.

A million thanks to our crew of Teufelberg warriors who participated in the project:

1UP/One United Power Crew | 44flavours | Andrew Gillman Aeon & Billy | Ben Thé | Dave the Chimp | Dscreet | Ebot |Eoin | Malarky | Mark McClure | NTDC (Nothing To Do Crew) | Paul Insect |Pure Evil | Rylsee | Reka | Thierry Noir & Christiaan Nagel | Timba Smits | Twoone

The artworks of the series are available in Urban Spree Berlin or on our website here.

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Dubl Trubl

Curated by Dscreet, the Dubl Trubl exhibition at Urban Spree gathered 90 street and graffiti artists predominantly from the London scene to work in duos and display artworks made on a collaboration basis.

The outcome is a vivid, free-spirited, and grassroots street art show where most artists have displayed a more graffiti-oriented vision, both on the walls painted outside or in the works shown in the gallery. “Back to the roots of street art” in a way, this spirit being also embodied in the dubl trubl dark humored series of videos.

For instance, on the big Urban Spree Wall (12 meters long on 7 meters high), Paul Insect sprayed 2 stoned cute characters on the bottom sides while Reka painted the 2 characters on top inspired by double dragon arcade gaming style, featuring local heroes Super Kotti vs. Friedrichshain Megapunk. This very joyous, no pressure, and often dark & gritty humored dubl trubl spirit (as if powered remotely by Lush) infused the whole place during a fantastic week that culminated with a wonderful and massive opening.

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Collaborative Wall feat. Aeon, Cone, Darren John, Dscreet, Ghettoblaster, Paul Insect, Reka & Sumo. September 2014

 

This concept clearly reflects on the artworks exhibited inside (see below). Left side: Reka vs. Dscreet and right side: Paul Insect vs. Dscreet.

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Out of the 90 dubl-trubl-crew members, about 25 artists have made the trip to Berlin to participate to the whole repainting of the Urban Spree compound.

Montana Cans offered 500 cans for the show and it was decided to limit the color range to only 3 colors: power yellow, white & black, – the colors of the dubl trubl logo – to induce a massive impact on visitors and make it more cohesive.

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Inside, the show goes in the gallery space and in the new section with about 50 artworks, both from emerging and confirmed artists.

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Another milestone of the show was the epic erection of Christiaan Nagel‘s biggest realization so far, the mega mushroom! A 7-meter high electric blue mushroom, grown out a dead tree.

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For the finissage on October 25th, a dubl trubl zine is currently in the making which documents the adventure and spirit of the show.

The whole series of hand-painted prints of Teufelsberg drawn by Chrisse Kunst will be on display for the finissage. More artists are working currently on the ongoing project and the result will be an exceptional rendering of this mythical place west of Berlin, today a prime graffiti spot inside an abandoned NSA spying station (dubl trubl vs. the Soviets), built on a 120 meters artificial hill itself made from the rubble of WWII bombed Berlin houses, erected to cover the location of a Nazi building whose walls were so thick (8m concrete and steel) that it couldn’t be blown up by explosives!

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Dubl trubl is powered by: Aeon, Alex CF, Alex Fakso, Andrew Gillman, Anthony Lister, Base 23, Billy, Birdseed, BO 130, BRK 192, Chips, Chips For The Poor, Christiaan Nagel, Chris Stead, Chum101, Cityzen Kane, Civil Civic, Cone, Conor Harrington, Crack, Creeps, Crilly Smalls, Cyclops, Dabs & Myla, Dan Speight, Darren John, Dave the Chimp, Deus, Dmote, Drax, Dscreet, Ebot, Eazel E, EMA, Eoin, François Jenssard, Fred Fowler, Gemma White, Ghostpatrol, Girl In The Cartoon, Jumble, Kasio, Kid Acne, Kid Crow, Kirpy, Lucas Dupuy, Ludvig, Lush, Malarky, Mark McClure, Matt Sewell, Merda, Microbo, Olivia Skalkos, Party, Paul Insect, Phil Ashcroft, Phlegm, Pure Evil, Rainman, Rask, Reka, Richt, Rone, Rowdy, Run, Rylsee, Sinic, Skary, Skewville, Skip WD, Sumo, Thierry Noir, Tim Head, Timba Smits, Tizer, Trico, TwoOne, Vents 137, Vinnie Nylon, Xeme, Word To Mother, Ziggy Grudzinskas, 44 Flavours, 45RPM and 616.

Dubl Trubl says hi! Left: Cone (The Weird), Darren John, Sumo // Right: Dscreet, Paul Insect

 

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Dubl Trubl: A collaborative street art group show

During the Berlin Art Week and until the 26th of October 2014, Urban Spree Galerie presents the collaborative group show “Dubl Trubl“.

Curated by Dscreet, the show invites street and graffiti artists predominantly from the London scene to Berlin to work in duos and display artworks made on a collaboration basis. The whole Urban Spree compound is being repainted as well in a variation of only 3 colors (yellow, white, black).

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Aeon, Alex CF, Alex Fakso, Andrew Gillman, Anthony Lister, Base 23, Billy, Birdseed, BO 130, BRK 192, Chips, Chips For The Poor, Christiaan Nagel, Chris Stead, Chum101, Cityzen Kane, Civil Civic, Cone, Conor Harrington, Crack, Creeps, Crilly Smalls, Cyclops, Dabs & Myla, Dan Speight, Darren John, Dave the Chimp, Deus, Dmote, Drax, Dscreet, Ebot, Eazel E, EMA, Eoin, François Jenssard, Fred Fowler, Gemma White, Ghostpatrol, Girl In The Cartoon, Jumble, Kasio, Kid Acne, Kid Crow, Kirpy, Lucas Dupuy, Ludvig, Lush, Malarky, Mark McClure, Matt Sewell, Merda, Microbo, Olivia Skalkos, Party, Paul Insect, Phil Ashcroft, Phlegm, Pure Evil, Rainman, Rask, Reka, Richt, Rone, Rowdy, Run, Rylsee, Sickboy, Sinic, Skary, Skewville, Skip WD, Sumo, Thierry Noir, Tim Head, Timba Smits, Tizer, Trico, TwoOne, Vents 137, Vinnie Nylon, Xeme, Word To Mother, Ziggy Grudzinskas, 44 Flavours, 45RPM and 616.

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Please request the catalogue/price list to: galerie@urbanspree.com



Dubl Trubl: Ich bin in Berlin

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During the Berlin Art Week and until the 30th of October 2014, Urban Spree Galerie presents the collaborative street art group show “Dubl Trubl“.

Curated by Dscreet, the show invites street and graffiti artists predominantly from the London scene to Berlin to work in duos and display artworks made on a collaboration basis. The whole Urban Spree compound is being repainted as well in a variation of only 3 colors (power yellow, white, black).

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Aeon, Alex CF, Alex Fakso, Andrew Gillman, Anthony Lister, Base 23, Billy, Birdseed, BO 130, BRK 192, Chips, Chips For The Poor, Christiaan Nagel, Chris Stead, Chum101, Cityzen Kane, Civil Civic, Cone, Crack, Creeps, Crilly Smalls, Cyclops, Dabs & Myla, Dan Speight, Darren John, Dave the Chimp, Deus, Dmote, Drax, Dscreet, Ebot, Eazel E, EMA, Eoin, François Jenssard, Fred Fowler, Gemma White, Ghostpatrol, Girl In The Cartoon, Jumble, Kasio, Kid Acne, Kid Crow, Kirpy, Lucas Dupuy, Ludvig, Lush, Malarky, Mark McClure, Matt Sewell, Merda, Microbo, Olivia Skalkos, Party, Paul Insect, Phil Ashcroft, Phlegm, Pure Evil, Rainman, Rask, Reka, Richt, Rone, Rowdy, Run, Rylsee, Sickboy, Sinic, Skary, Skewville, Skip WD, Sumo, Thierry Noir, Tim Head, Timba Smits, Tizer, Trico, TwoOne, Vents 137, Vinnie Nylon, Xeme, Word To Mother, Ziggy Grudzinskas, 44 Flavours, 45RPM and 616

The whole Urban Spree compound was repainted with the help of Montana Cans with interventions from: Aeon, Dscreet, Dave the Chimp, Paul Insect, Citizen Kane and Gav, Cone (The Weird), Eoin, Reka, Sumo, Ghettoblaster, Mark McClure, Kirpy, Party, Billy, Rainman, Andrew Gillman, Birdseed, Ludvig, Christiaan Nagel…

Group Show Finissage: Thursday, October 30th from 18:00 | Free Entrance
Exhibition: 19.09.14 – 26.10.14
Tuesday – Sunday: 12:00 – 19:00 | Free Entrance

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