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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



Toums: Primitive Acids

Urban Spree Galerie presents « Primitive Acids » a photographic exhibition by Toums from 20.10 to 12.11.2017.

« 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



Urban Spree releases a screen print with Toums

Urban Spree releases a 70 x 90 cm screen print in half tones that has been printed in Berlin at Urban Spree on the occasion of the special release of the Bad Destiny video by French experimental photographer Thomas ‘Toums” Gosset, directed by Stéfane Cales.

The video is a comical journey into the photographic world of Toums and focuses especially on his complex chemically enhanced process and analog set of techniques. In the narrative, we follow Toums from the moment where he takes the photograph to the final paste-up of the image in the street of his native Bordeaux, and going through the whole elaborated development process in between.

The image that is the outcome of the process has been screen printed in Berlin for the occasion in a limited edition and is available in our Berlin shop and on our Urban Spree website here: http://bit.ly/2qq0t0x



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.



Urban Spree Galerie at Urban Art Fair NYC

Urban Spree Galerie will be participating to the 1st Urban Art Fair in New York City from June 29th to July 3rd 2017 in the Spring Studios in Manhattan.

After the successful edition of the Paris Urban Art Fair, Urban Spree Galerie is proud to participate to the NYC edition and introduce their artists to the NY and American audience.

Artists exhibited in NY in the Urban Spree booth have all exhibited at the gallery in the past years and include: Kid Cash, Hendrik Czakainski, Klone Yourself, Michal Škapa, Rafael Sliks, Sun7, Thomas Gosset aka Toums, and Yeemd.

If you are interested to meet us in NYC, please get in touch: galerie@urbanspree.com



Urban Spree announces the launch of Winterspree

Spice up your Winter!

Urban Spree is proud to announce the launch of a limited edition hot winter drink that we have been secretly elaborating in the past months with our partner Ostmost and our artist friends! 

Ostmost is a Berlin-based drink company which is committed to reclaim Streuobstwiesen (german organic orchards). Ostmost aims to reintroduce apple biodiversity in Brandenburg and produces 100% BIO juices and soft drinks of the highest quality. In spring 2015, we partnered with Ostmost to plant old varieties of apple trees in our garden and contribute to the environment.

This first cooperation and common vision naturally led to the creation of Winterspree, our new winter drink.

Winterspree is elaborated with old varieties of certified BIO apples like Minister von Hammerstein and Geflammter Kardinal, an artisanal BIO vodka, and a dash of natural winter spices. Winterspree is served hot and will deliciously get you through the whole winter.

But Winterspree is also more than a drink. Faithful to the Urban Spree artistic DNA, we have invited 9 artists from our close circle of friends to design 9 unique bottle labels for Winterspree.

Our contributed artists for this first series are: Above, Andrea Wan, Ben Thé, Fresh Max, Low Bros, Johannes Mundinger, Rylsee, Toums, and Twoone.

Winterspree is based on artistic exchange, creativity and diversity.

Winterspree is a Limited Artist Edition, certified 100% BIO, 100% vegan, 100% Urban Spree!

 

 

Find Winterspree on Facebook.

WINTERSPREE OFFICIAL DRINK LAUNCH

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