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Hendrik Czakainski returns to Urban Spree with his 3rd solo show “SWITCH-OVER”

Urban Spree Galerie presents “SWITCH-OVER“, the third solo exhibition of the Berlin-based visual artist Hendrik Czakainski at Urban Spree Galerie.

Hendrik Czakainski’s materia prima is the urban matter captured at different stages of dereliction. Adopting a bird’s eye view, the artist creates large-scale post-architectural panels which are dark anatomical explorations of the urban body.

The artist becomes a forensic architect, collecting evidence of disasters, past, present and future, incorporating them in surreal compositions of large proportions, creating 3-dimensional landscapes which have become void of human presence and frightfully beautiful at the same time. His creations bring us to a state of contemplation and fascination, owing to the combination of shape and colour.

His monumental cuts, holes, and excisions to his fantastic architectural matter reach us beyond the scope of architecture and strip down those man-made artefacts to the minimum, lay them bare, and essentially on the brink of abstraction.

In SWITCH-OVER, the artist distantiates himself from the highly densified housing settlements he has been creating in the past years to pursue a more radical approach. His apocalyptic tableaux give away few clues as to when the mutations happened, what exactly happened, how was it even possible to switch from one state to the next, and which situation we are actually in, leaving the spectator forging his own clues. Are we investigating a foregone reality, are we already processing the next move, or are we trapped in between ?

In his new compositions, we ask ourselves if humanity is still part of the global equation or if the tipping point has been already reached; if a reversal is even possible.

Most works of the show are constructed in two or three parts, creating a dynamic impulse, searching for life in interstitial space, infusing tension, and establishing a mutual dialog, a new social contract of what’s left.

 

Hendrik Czakainski

SWITCH-OVER

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Opening: Friday 26.10.2018 at 18:30 (FB Event)

Exhibition Dates: 26.10.2018 – 24.11.2018

Tu-Sa 12 :00-18:30

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

10245 Berlin

 


Galerie Enquiries:

Pascal Feucher: pascal@urbanspree.com

www.urbanspree.com

Press Enquiries:

Wayra Gonzalez: press@urbanspree.com


http://www.hendrikczakainski.com

https://www.instagram.com/hendrik_czakainski/



Urban Spree celebrates 10 years of the Astronaut Cosmonaut Wall

To mark the 10-year anniversary of the iconic “Astronaut Cosmonaut” mural painting in Berlin Kreuzberg, Urban Spree Galerie invites the French street artist Victor Ash for a special pop up exhibition.

The exhibition will be centered around the cult figure of the Astronaut with numerous original/stenciled works on paper and a mural at Urban Spree. A series of screen prints is expected to be released as well.

Alongside Blu’s now gone white characters on the Cuvrybrache, Victor Ash’s “Astronaut Cosmonaut” has achieved a cult mural status for Berlin.

Standing in Berlin-Kreuzberg near Kottbusser Tor and painted during the legendary Backjumps Festival #3 in 2007, the painting of a floating astronaut on 22 x 14 meters strikes a particular chord in Berlin.

For the parisian artist born in 1968 and fascinated by the Cold War, space exploration, graffiti, subcultures & electronic music, Berlin was to become from the mid to late 80s and since then a focal point of his attention, with regular trips to the city alongside artistic projects and residencies.

Victor Ash photographed by Soren Solkaer in 2013

In 2007, the Backjumps Festival – brilliantly curated by Adrian Nabi, gives Victor Ash the occasion to paint a big wall. Victor wants to concentrate and express his past experiences and vision of Berlin, the space race between the USSR and the USA but also the different Berlin subcultures and the desire to escape reality. “I got inspired by the song from David Bowie “Space Oddity” from 1969 in which he tells the story of a astronaut who gets lost in space and later on with the song “Ashes to Ashes” in 1981 where Bowie tells us that the spaceman was in fact a junkie on a trip”.

For the artist, the “Astronaut/Cosmonaut” represents the will to escape to other universes, “like as a little child, I escaped to a fantasy world with my space drawings and as a teenager, I escaped to subcultures to find my identity in the urban environment where I grew up”.

 

Urban Spree celebrates 10 years of the Astronaut Cosmonaut Wall

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

10245 Berlin

Opening Reception: 17.11.2017 from 18:30

Exhibition: 17.11.2017 to 10.12.2017

Tuesday-Saturday 12:00-18:30 or by appointment

Gallery and Press enquiries: galerie@urbanspree.com



Urban Spree celebrates 10 years of the Astronaut Cosmonaut Wall

To mark the 10-year anniversary of the iconic “Astronaut Cosmonaut” mural painting in Berlin Kreuzberg, Urban Spree Galerie invites the French street artist Victor Ash for a special pop up exhibition.

The exhibition will be centered around the cult figure of the Astronaut with numerous original/stenciled works on paper and a mural at Urban Spree. A series of screen prints is expected to be released as well.

Alongside Blu’s now gone white characters on the Cuvrybrache, Victor Ash’s “Astronaut Cosmonaut” has achieved a cult mural status for Berlin.

Standing in Berlin-Kreuzberg near Kottbusser Tor and painted during the legendary Backjumps Festival #3 in 2007, the painting of a floating astronaut on 22 x 14 meters strikes a particular chord in Berlin.

For the parisian artist born in 1968 and fascinated by the Cold War, space exploration, graffiti, subcultures & electronic music, Berlin was to become from the mid to late 80s and since then a focal point of his attention, with regular trips to the city alongside artistic projects and residencies.

Victor Ash photographed by Soren Solkaer in 2013

In 2007, the Backjumps Festival – brilliantly curated by Adrian Nabi, gives Victor Ash the occasion to paint a big wall. Victor wants to concentrate and express his past experiences and vision of Berlin, the space race between the USSR and the USA but also the different Berlin subcultures and the desire to escape reality. “I got inspired by the song from David Bowie “Space Oddity” from 1969 in which he tells the story of a astronaut who gets lost in space and later on with the song “Ashes to Ashes” in 1981 where Bowie tells us that the spaceman was in fact a junkie on a trip”.

For the artist, the “Astronaut/Cosmonaut” represents the will to escape to other universes, “like as a little child, I escaped to a fantasy world with my space drawings and as a teenager, I escaped to subcultures to find my identity in the urban environment where I grew up”.

 

Urban Spree celebrates 10 years of the Astronaut Cosmonaut Wall

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

10245 Berlin

Opening Reception: 17.11.2017 from 18:30

Exhibition: 17.11.2017 to 10.12.2017

Tuesday-Saturday 12:00-18:30 or by appointment

Gallery and Press enquiries: galerie@urbanspree.com

FB Event

www.victorash.net

instagram: victor__ash // #victorash

#urbanspree #urbanspreegalerie



URBAN SPREE BOOK RELEASE: “WILD”

Urban Spree Books invites you to the release party of our first curated book, just in time for Christmas.

“WILD” is an exploration of wilderness in illustration, uniting 33 illustrators and artists from the Urban Spree universe in an oversized black-and-white, 30 x 40 cm book.

“WILD” is the first book curated and published by Urban Spree Books, the first in an upcoming series of thematic large format books.

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Join us for the release event and meet the artists!

Urban Spree Galerie, Berlin
Saturday, December 10th, from 18:00
Hot Drinks powered by Winterspree

WILD is available online here. First 25 copies will be signed by as many artists as possible during the release event in Berlin on December 10th.

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Participating artists:

Thomas Gosset (Cover)
Victor Ash
Julia Benz
Klone Yourself
Boris Pramatarov
Kid Cash
Fresh Max
Knarf
WESR
Tamar Moshkovitz
Billy
Tine Fetz
Base23
Mik Shida
Twoone / Hiroyasu Tsuri (Urban Spree Wall)
Bene Rohlmann
Andrea Wan
Zero Cents
Hendrik Czakainski
Diskorobot
Dolly Demoratti
Look (The Weird)
Rylsee
Jim Avignon
Johannes Mundinger
Mafia Tabak
DXTR
Vidam
Addison Karl
Tavar Zawacki / Above
Onio
Various & Gould
Michal Skapa



Urban Spree Book Release: “Wild”

Urban Spree invites you to the release party of our first curated book, “WILD”.

“WILD” is the first book curated and published by Urban Spree Books, the first in an upcoming series of thematic large format books.

p1010841

“WILD” is an exploration of wilderness in illustration, uniting 33 illustrators and artists from the Urban Spree universe in an oversized black-and-white, 30 x 40 cm book.

p1010851

The book will be released in Berlin at Urban Spree on December 10th, 2016 with most of the artists of the book present for signature and talks. The book is available at Urban Spree in Berlin and on the Urban Spree webstore here.

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Join us for the release event and meet the artists!

Urban Spree Galerie, Berlin
Saturday, December 10th, from 18:00
Hot Drinks powered by Winterspree

Participating artists:

Thomas Gosset (cover)
Victor Ash
Julia Benz
Klone Yourself
Boris Pramatarov
Kid Cash
Fresh Max
Knarf
WESR
Tamar Moshkovitz
Billy
Tine Fetz
Base23
Mik Shida
Twoone / Hiroyasu Tsuri
Bene Rohlmann
Andrea Wan
Zero Cents
Hendrik Czakainski
Diskorobot
Dolly Demoratti
Look (The Weird)
Rylsee
Jim Avignon
Johannes Mundinger
Mafia Tabak
DXTR
Vidam
Addison Karl
Tavar Zawacki / Above
Onio
Various & Gould
Michal Skapa



Johannes Mundinger completes the first Urban Spree mural of 2016

As part of his upcoming solo show ‘Unterm Nebel’ at Urban Spree Galerie (opening on March 4th, 2016), Berlin based street artist Johannes Mundinger completed the Urban Spree Artist Wall in February 2016. The wall becomes the first visible part of the exhibition, introducing the main theme of the show, the exploration of early childhood’s first and long forgotten memories, .


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Then exhibition ‘Unterm Nebel’ (Unter the Fog) will present a new series of large size paintings as well as a 8,50 meters long canvas, painted directly in the gallery in the weeks before the opening of the show by the Urban Spree Resident Artist.

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Photographs by Johannes Mundinger and Lucky Cat. More information about the show here.

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