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Top 5 street art & graffiti books of 2016

2016 saw a number of excellent book releases related to street art and graffiti in an ever expanding universe of specialized publications. Berlin-based gallery and bookshop Urban Spree chose 5 outstanding books published in 2016.

 


Wall Writers – Graffiti in Its Innocence

Edited by Roger Gastman

Published by Gingko Press

c01 Wall Writers fills an important gap in the segment of the historical approach to graffiti as it seeks to document the very origins of modern graffiti and wall writing at the source – New York City and Philadelphia in the late 1960s – and features in-depth research and interviews with major pioneer writers such as Taki183 and Cornbread with a lot of previously unpublished photographic archive.

Wall Writers explores graffiti’s foray into mainstream society in a period of social turmoil and tries to replace it in the culture of the time and up to its current status of a greater acceptance by the society as a popular art form. Alongside the 2012-published “bible” curated by Andrea Caputto “All City Writers“, Wall Writers is a reference book and research on the topic of the origins of the movement.

Wall Writers is also a documentary film written by Chris Pape and directed by Roger Gastman, released in 2016.

 


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by Boris Tellegen / Delta

Published by A Paper Book

15034715_1785472801691571_2663648574205591552_n8697 by the dutch writer & artist Boris Tellegen a.k.a. Delta is a comprehensive time-travel journey encompassing 11 years of black book production. The black books are sketchbooks where a writer sketches, pastes photographs of his pieces, polishes his style and makes research for future pieces. Those notebooks, oscillating between training and memorabilia, are rarely seen by the public and are however an essential part of the writer’s style evolution.

Boris Tellegen started graffiti in 1984 at 14 in Amsterdam and caught the virus while visiting the USA with his father and discovered Seen, Quik, Blade… and later Bando in Paris.

“Between 1986 and 1997, I kept a black book. It was an A4-sized book with a hard cover in which I made sketches and pasted photos of my own grati work. Particularly in the early years, I had the book with me wherever I went. The black book allowed me to show other writers what I’d done. Not everything made it into the book, only the work I was proud of. Gradually, the function of the book changed from portfolio to personal logbook. The black book stayed at home more and more often and I began pasting all kinds of stu in it. However, instead of using suitable glues to paste the photos and sketches, I used poor quality glue such as rubber cement, blue 3M photo mount and adhesive tape. My first book, a Daler, had paper of reasonable quality. When this was full in 1992 I bought another sketchbook. The paper of this one was of very poor quality and yellowed very quickly. Gradually the books began to fall apart. With this publication I intend to give my black books a longer life. For that reason, I have not made a selection of my work, but instead every page from both black books is photographed and accompanied by annotations in the back.”

The book is a luxury object with a thick leather cover and biographical notes where the artist traces the origins of his graffiti style as well as moments and cities which were critical to his formative years.

 


Conor Harrington: Watch Your Palace Fall

Published by Heni Publishing

conor-harrington-227x300Released by a british art publisher usually specialized in Francis Bacon or Gerhard Richter’s monographs and catalogues raisonnés, Watch Your Palace Fall is a well-deserved achievement for the London-based Irish street artist and painter, whose original graffiti practice evolved to street art and wall painting to a work more focused on studio paintings, influenced by the movement and gesture of graffiti, classical painting from the Siècle d’Or and modern english painting.

The monograph is organized between outdoor works and indoor pieces and is a comprehensive and high-quality book retracing Conor Harrington’s career to date, and is a good example of a successful trajectory from street art to contemporary art circles.

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Saeio 2009 – 2014

Published by Editions Peinture

saeio-2009-2014Earlier in the year, French independent publishing house Editions Peinture published the first monograph of the French post-graffiti artist Saeio.

Spanning 5 years of street works from the member of the Parisian PAL Crew, the books distinguishes itself by an elegant and sober layout (rightfully inspired by the seminal CAP Crew book of 2007), and the originality of the paintings. Saeio’s graffiti style and paintings are redefining the practice of wall painting, tagging, and the way public spaces are utilized.

Saeio is blurring the lines of graffiti, deconstructing patterns, and fostering a modern and innovative approach of the genre.

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Ericailcane 2000-2015: “Come Quando Fuori Non Piove”

Published by Z000 Press

ericailcane-2000-2015-come-quando-fuori-non-pioveEricailcane 2000-2015 is the first anthology of all the wall paintings by Ericailcane.

Ericailcane is an Italian street artist and painter versed in anthropomorphic, poetic and fairytale wall painting style. Often associated with Blu, Ericailcane brings a sense of wonderment to street painting and the book is an artistic tour de force that follows 15 years of activity with over 250 murals in more than 20 countries.

 

 

 

 



PICTOPLASMA ACADEMY ALL STARS GROUP SHOW

The most extensive show of the 13. Pictoplasma Festival is held at Urban Spree, with works by the 22 alumni of the Pictoplasma Academy 2016.

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.

PICTOPLASMA ACADEMY ALL STARS

May 10-14, 2017

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 10th, 16:00-19:00

 

Featuring the works of:

 

Ana Jiménez (SP)

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Ana Jiménez is a Spanish game artist, currently based in Berlin. Her main field of experience is in casual games for companies like Digital Chocolate or King. ‘Mercrominah’ is Ana’s alter ego—a personal project she started when spending a year in Sweden. The project has meanwhile acquired quite a following in social networks, and Ana hopes it will continue to make people laugh for a long time.

Anna (PL)

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Anna is a Polish illustrator and designer based in London, and a fan of mixing digital and traditional techniques. She is interested in visual structures, life drawing and the expression that different tools imply. It can be a brush, a potato stamp or drawing software—each unfolds its particular aesthetics.

Brian Neong San (MU)

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Brian Neong San is a character animator and designer. Born in Mauritius, he currently lives in Australia; as digital nomad, he is often found freelancing remotely from other places. This mobility inspires his inventive work, and he is passionate to bring characters to life through motion, emotion and storytelling. Frequently referred to as a digital character puppeteer, Brian delivers the artistic creation and animation of 2D characters for short films, motion graphics and interactive projects.

Camilo Vanegas (CO)

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Camilo Vanegas is an animation artist from Colombia based in California. He holds a BFA in Visual Arts from Pontifical Xavierian University in Bogotá, and a MFA in Character Animation from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. For Camilo, exploring the characters’ personalities and how they deal with their internal conflicts has been the main source of inspiration. He currently works at Supergiant Games, where he has created characters for ‘Transistor’ (2014) and ‘Pyre’ (2017).

Christina Reck (DE)

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Christina Reck is an art director based in Berlin where she works in digital advertising. She developed a huge fascination for drawing and painting at an early age, and illustration became her favorite form of expression while studying communication design. In her professional work, she focuses on digital design and infographics. Her personal work is more experimental, she is exploring different styles and techniques, both digital and analogue.

Eloi Costilludo (SP)

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Eloi Costilludo is a video artist from Barcelona, where he works as video producer and VJ at legendary Razzmatazz nightclub. He started his career as computer engineer and graphic designer for the Barnamob collective for urban performance. Today, he is mainly producing video installations, and exhibits regularly in galleries.

Erika del Pino (UY)

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Erika del Pino is a theater designer from Montevideo, where she encounters and plays with strange and rare characters. Inspired by animals and taxidermy, her creations are born from her inner world to explore the sensation of a distorted reality. She believes that everything that once had life can live again—transformed, deformed.

Ifiyenia Kamperi (GR)

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Ifiyenia Kamperi is a painter and illustrator working in her studio in Athens. Her work ranges from painting and printmaking to comics, fanzines and doll making. She draws inspiration from her cats and dogs, politics, rockumentaries, the subconscious and life’s banality. Ifiyenia is co-founder of the drawing collective Urban Pencils, she has been featured in exhibitions and illustrated books, taught art to children and produced crafts under the brand Birds On Lemons.

Inga Seidl (AT)

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Inga Seidl is an Austrian graphic designer and illustrator. For a decade, she has been running her independent corporate design agency for clients with an environmental focus. Inga has a strong relation to nature, where she spends as much time as she can. Obviously, her character design is influenced by her life long experience with animals— and especially horses.

Janine Krieg (DE)

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Janine Krieg aka Jane War creates art to communicate with the world. Currently based in Munich, she works in post-production for movies, TV and advertisement, both in 2D and 3D. Jane is haunted by crazy creatures, which make her see characters everywhere. Her personal illustration and animation is all about her emotions, and as she stays curious to explore different styles and media.

Jon Dunleavy (UK)

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Jon Dunleavy is a director of animated films, working in multiple genres with a particular love for characterizing. His narrative themes range from greed to comic tragedy and phone-based love triangles. His films have been honored with awards from the British Animation Awards to the Cannes Short Film Corner.

Kami Goertz (CA)

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Kami Goertz is a self-taught multidisciplinary fiber artist who creates plush characters and soft sculptures for humans to enjoy. Forest walks and gardening, moods, textures and animals (real or imagined) all inspire her creative process. Her work has been exhibited in the US and Canada as well as published in magazines focusing on the creation of plush toys.

Larissa Honsek (DE)

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Larissa Honsek aka Novemberkind is a Berlin-based graphic designer, photographer and illustrator exploring the intersections of these fields. Her tribe of bright and colorful characters is born from experimenting with a multitude of mixed media: clay sculpting, photography, digital and analogue collage, painting, drawing, printing, scanning… Larissa is currently working as a graphic design freelancer, and she is the co-founder of NiNo kreativ, a small company that produces kids stationary and creative school supplies.

Negyedy Virág (HU)

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Negyedy Virág is currently studying animation at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest. Her passion is character design, and she finds it very exciting to bring her creations to life in animated form. She likes to experiment with different media and techniques, and she is committed to learn as many things as possible while searching for her place in the world.

Oliver Téllez (MX)

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Oliver Téllez is an architect and illustrator from Mexico City, who has liked to spend his time drawing and day dreaming since childhood. He is keen to create wild places with saturated imagery in order to test the behavior of his characters—and understand his own. Oliver usually incorporates elements of architecture into his illustrations as his interest extends to constructing visions of time and space.

Paulina Rasińska (PL)

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Paulina Rasińska is an artist from Warsaw, living and working in Antwerp. After graduating at Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts in animation and photography, she focused on creating picture books for children. Until today, children are her favorite audience, whose knowledge and sensibility she aims to expand. She finds her strongest inspiration in the world of curiosities nature provides, and she loves telling stories about animals and plants.

Sabina Karasegh (AT)

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Sabina Karasegh is an Austrian graphic designer and artist. Informed by her hometown Vienna and its particular attitude she always looks for recurrent patterns in every day life and correspondences between the micro- and macrocosm. Her graphic prints transform perspectives into black and white, working out contours and considering the white spaces.

Silvia Panicali (IT)

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Silvia Panicali is a multifaceted creative talent born in Italy. Always looking for new forms of visual expression, she tries to represent the growth of her personality and her feelings by looking at them from the point of view of a child. Silvia has been strongly influenced by Belgian comics thanks to her mother’s origins, and she developed her style starting from photography and moving later to illustration and 2D animation.

Sjors Houkes (NL)

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Sjors Houkes is a Dutch illustrator and voice over artist living in Berlin. As a film scholar interested in all aspects of visual culture he curated, promoted and exhibited independent video games and animation. These elements have found their way into his own work. Besides occasionally making games, voice acting or writing, most of his creative time is spent drawing: His honest ink and watercolor drawings are inspired by people, videogames, the beauty of nature and the quirks of the human mind.

Tomás Pichardo-Espaillat (DOM)

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Tomás Pichardo-Espaillat is a Dominican illustrator and animator, with a profound love of telling stories. He sees his work as magic-realism, evoking his surreal experience of growing up in the Caribbean. His world is personal and intimate, with characters full of colors and textures, drawn into situations outside of their comfort zone.

Zarella Solís (PER)

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Zarella Solís is a graphic designer from Lima. Her toys, designs and art pieces are handmade with the traditional techniques of sewing, embroidery and textile application. The intention of her work is to further the interest in and appreciation for crafts in the digital age.

Zeynep Solakoglu (TUR)

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Zeynep Solakoglu is an artist and illustrator based in Istanbul. She is inspired by mythologies, fairytales, and indigenous stories from all parts of the world. She believes they all represent universal themes and connect us holistically, so when people look at her work, they will all find parts of themselves. Zeynep has been drawing characters and writing stories since she was a child, and she likes the idea of having one part of her in every character, evolving with them as years pass.

 

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Various & Gould: Identikit Generator

In 2007, the Berlin-based artist duo Various & Gould launched the Identikit series, a reflection on multiple identities, through a choice of faces & words composing endless variations and contradictions.

10 years later, the duo is invited by the Leipzig Book Fair 2018 to introduce an updated version of the series, focused on Europe and its numerous crises and issues.

This project discusses the topic of immigration, identities and clichés. Identities are highly complex and always diverse whereas clichés are the embodiment of simplification.

To visualize this issue, Various & Gould have chosen a technique known from children’s books. Portraits of prominent personages and words are horizontally cut into strips enabling to rearrange them in endless variations. There are numerous different options – some make sense, some do not, but most invoke images confronting the viewer with own stereotypes and clichés.

The duo has developed a digital version, where users can compose their own motives and then publish online. So far, the version uses only german words but an english version should be available soon.

You can access the generator here: http://variousandgould.com/identikit-generator/



“Berlin Calling” Book Launch Party and Discussion

The American, Berlin-based author Paul Hockenos will present his latest book Berlin Calling: A Story of Anarchy, Music, the Wall and the Birth of the New Berlin (The New Press) at Urban Spree Galerie on June 17, 2017.

An exhilarating journey through the subcultures, occupied squats, and late-night scenes in the anarchic first few years of Berlin after the fall of the wall Berlin Calling is a gripping account of the 1989 “peaceful revolution” in East Germany that upended communism and the tumultuous years of artistic ferment, political improvisation, and pirate utopias that followed. It’s the story of a newly undivided Berlin when protest and punk rock, bohemia and direct democracy, techno and free theater were the order of the day.

In a story stocked with fascinating characters from Berlin’s highly politicized undergrounds—including playwright Heiner Müller, cult figure Blixa Bargeld of the industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten, the internationally known French Wall artist Thierry Noir, the American multimedia artist Danielle de Picciotto (founder of Love Parade), and David Bowie during his Ziggy Stardust incarnation—Hockenos argues that the DIY energy and raw urban vibe of the early 1990s shaped the new Berlin and still pulses through the city today.

Just as Mike Davis captured Los Angeles in his City of Quartz, Berlin Calling is a unique account of how Berlin became hip, and of why it continues to attract creative types from the world over.

Paul Hockenos is an American journalist and author who writes for The Nation, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Foreign Policy, the New York Times, and many other media outlets. He has held prize fellowships with the American Academy in Berlin, the European Journalism College, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is the author of three books, including Joschka Fischer and the Making of the Berlin Republic, and lives in Berlin.

“Can unruly artists change the world? Or do they just provide the soundtrack to history? The Berlin of the 1980s is famous for two things: a wild counterculture and the surprising end of the Cold War. Paul Hockenos, who knows the city inside out, brings them together in a fast-paced, sometimes astonishing story of underground clubs, squatters, and dissidents.” Brian Ladd, author of The Ghosts of Berlin.



Book Release: Risomania

As part of the 1st Berlin Risofest, Urban Spree invites you to the Book Release of the english version of Risomania on Friday 05.05.2017 at 19:00.

Risomania is a book project of Berlin-based book designers Vetro Editions and is the first complete monograph on the topic of Risograph and the unexpected renaissance in graphic and analogue printing.

The book provides a thorough overview of the history and development of the technique and looks at other, earlier stencil-duplicating machines, which are also being used more and more widely, among them the Mimeograph and Spirit Duplicators. Filled with beautiful examples of print series, postcards, zines, yers, and other experimental prints, Risomania is the bible of Risograph and DIY printing.

The book is available on the Urban Spree webstore here.

One example of a risograph print by Bene Rohlmann featured in the book can be found in the store here as well as the first risograph book of Urban Spree Books, ‘Twoone: Berlin 2014-2016“, a 3-colour riso zine printed in Berlin by Drucken 3000.



1st Berlin Risofest at Urban Spree

Urban Spree is proud to host the 1st Edition of the Berlin Risofest, the first event to bring together the city’s top Risograph printers, artists and studios, in a day of exhibitions, workshops, performances, booklaunches and parties.

The Risofest will be held at Urban Spree Galerie on Friday, May 5th from 14:00.

Organized by Berlin-based book designers Vetro Editions, the Festival exhibits and features the works of artists, printers and studios involved in the Risograph movement. Germany is the country in Europe where Risograph is the most developed and the Risofest intends to reflect the diversity and creativity of the scene.

Risofest will showcase the work of:
Colorama
Drucken3000 Risografie
Lucky Punch Press / Die Brueder
PogoBooks / Outer Space Press
Zirkumflex
We make it
BLINKBLINK
Penthaus für schöne Formate / Kunst Werk Stadt Berlin
Riso Club Leipzig
Inkwell Press

The events confirmed so far include:

– a Riso-printed wallpaper installation curated by Luca Bogoni Design Studio, with guest artist Bene Rohlmann, Guillaume Kashima, Anna Niestroj

– the launch (at long last) of the English version of the book RISOMANIA, a project by Vetro Editions, published by Niggli Verlag

– a live mimeograph printing/poetry reading performance by poet Martin Jackson, among many other things the author of what may be the only poem ever written about the Riso

Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee‘s mimeographed artworks

– DJs Stella Zekri and Dj Die Soon playing during the day and night, as well as more special guests. Live music performance by Infinite Livez (Big Dada).

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PROGRAM:

14.00: LIVE VINYL SETS from Stella Zekri and LaGazo.

15.00: RISOGRAPH WORKSHOP 1 with Drucken 3000 and Colorama.

15.00: LIVE DRAWING from Guillaume Kashima, fusing illustration and Riso printing.

1600: RISO WALLPAPER INSTALLATION.

1700: LAUNCH of Spektrum Crush zine 2, a Riso-printed visual anthology of artists working with video games or digital garbage as a medium.

18.00: RISOGRAPH WORKSHOP 2 with Drucken 3000 and Colorama.

19.00: BOOK LAUNCH the English version of the book RISOMANIA, a project by Vetro Editions, published by Niggli Verlag.

19.30: MIMEO/POETRY with live mimeograph printing and poetry reading performance by Martin Jackson.

20.00: RISO PRINT AUCTION, all proceeds going to The Source Berlin – Sustainable Food Projects.

21.00: LIVE MUSIC from the legendary Infinite Livez (Ninja Tune/Big Dada)

22.00: DJ SET from Dj Die Soon.

23.01: DJ SET from DJ Scotch Bonnet (Small But Hard)

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