“Straight outta Lockdown / The Freedom Prints” is a series of vintage Mode 2 prints (from the mid 2000s to the early 2010s), hand-painted or hand-sprayed in 2020, and re-numbered in very limited runs.
We inaugurate this summer with a series of print releases from the Berlin-based graffiti “legend” (he HATES that term!) Mode 2.
Published originally by Pictures on Walls, Lazarides, MHI or Sergeant Paper, most prints sold out quickly, some runs were never released, and the artist recently came across much of these print archives that had been stashed away years ago; some from his personal quota and the rest returned by the publishers.
The idea came to release them again, though not without hand-finishing each series; even the ones that had already been through this process. Each print has therefore been custom-painted by Mode 2, to embellish the works with matching Belton spray colors or acrylic paint. Those HPMs have been re-numbered to create a new edition, with added aesthetic value and a marked difference from the original release.
The first print of the series is called “Sofa Spank”, originally released in 2010
The first series of 3 HPM prints will be available on Thursday, July 9th, at 18:00 CET on the Urban Spree online shop and in the galerie in Berlin.
Urban Spree Galerie will participate to the 3rd Edition of Urvanity Art (28.02-03-03.2019) at COAM in the center of Madrid.
The fair is dedicated to urban contemporary arts and for its first participation to a Spanish art fair, the gallery has designed on 60 sqm a program with 9 artists, mainly based or linked to Berlin, as well as a solo show of works from Hendrik Czakainski.
As for the graffiti part, we are showing photographic works from Martha Cooper/1UP of the acclaimed series “One Week with 1UP”, whose exhibition about the Berlin-based graffiti vandal crew was created at Urban Spree in May 2018 and toured worldwide ever since.
Cpt_Olf is joining the roster as well with an iconic image about the Berlin Kidz/Os Cururu.
Bisco Smith (NYC) and Sicoer (Krakow) will be showing their calligraffiti/handstyle skills, both on canvases as well as on paper, through a series of medium-sized inks.
EVOL is a German artist renowned for his detailed stencils on cardboard, his large installations, and his outdoor works on electric boxes, depicting Berlin cityscapes and houses, Plattenbau, and the constant evolution and fragility of the metropolis.
We will also be showing new works on paper from Marion Jdanoff (the half of of French duo Palefroi) and from Victor Ash, adding some portraits painted by Anthony Lister under the influence of Picasso during his Berlin residency at Urban Spree in September 2018.
Last but not the least, we will introduce 3 new paintings from Lars Wunderlich (a.k.a. Look The Weird) as a preview to his upcoming solo show with the gallery in April 2019.
Bisco Smith designs 2 exclusive t-shirts and hoodies for Urban Spree.
Following his Residency in Berlin earlier this year, the Brooklyn-based calligraffiti artist adds his signature handstyle to our Artist Series.
The series is limited to a run of 50 hoodies and 50 t-shirts only.
They are manually screen printed in-house at Urban Spree in Berlin.
The back motive reads “Urban Spree” in a complex, free flow handstyle which is the trademark of the American artist, while the front medallion represents a simplified version of the motive – also called “throw-up”. The black hoodies and t-shirts are printed with a gunpowder shimmering water-based grey ink.
The Urban Spree Artist Series is a limited edition of screen printed calligraphic t-shirts and hoodies in collaboration with graffiti and visual artists.
The series will be available on our website on Thursday, November 29th at 12:00 (noon) NYC time and 18:00 in Berlin.
Starting on Friday 01.06 at 19:00, Urban Spree Galerie invites you to the Opening of “Balance“, a solo presentation of new works by the famed belgian duo Hell’O Collective in our main galerie space and their first solo show in Germany.
Running in parallel with their 10-year retrospective museum solo show at the BAM in Mons (“Enjoy the Show” at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Mons, Belgium, until 29.07.2018), “Balance” brings a brand new series of paintings on canvas and on paper to the Berlin audience.
For the Brussels-based duo, “Balance” reflects upon the constant search of the equilibrium between shape, color, and momentum in their painting practice and the need to achieve a new balance occurred as a renewed necessity after the hefty preparations for the museum show
Hell’O will also sign their new complete monograph “Untitled Oddyssey“, published in early May by CFC Editions.
Hell’O is a belgian artistic duo consisting of Antoine Detaille and Jérôme Meynen, active in murals as well as studio works and installations.
Several characteristics of their art indicate a filiation with the middle-age universe close to Jerome Bosch: an elegant and precise graphism, a taste for multiple, intertwined universes, and abundant references to a corpus of grotesque iconography, albeit perfectly mastered. Abstracted human bodies are among the many recurrent elements that are present in their paintings together with abstract, geometric signs, creating an overall rich personal mythology.
Urban Spree Prints will also release 2 screenprints specially made by the duo for the occasion.
Opening on Friday 01.06, we start the evening with the Opening of “Balance”, a solo presentation of new works by the famed belgian duo Hell’o in our main galerie space. Running in parallel with their retrospective museum solo show at the BAM in Mons (Musée des Beaux-Arts de Mons, Belgium), “Balance” brings a new series of paintings on canvas and drawings on paper to the Berlin audience. Hell’o will also sign their new monograph “Untitled Oddyssey”, published early May by Maison CFC – éditions & librairie. Urban Spree Prints will also release 2 screenprints specially made by the duo for the occasion.
The Brussels-based collectives Farm Prod and Ice Screen will display recent original works and prints in our Galerie “Ecke” and run various screen printing workshops during the weekend.
Fred Penelle & Yannick Jacquet from the collective Antivj will present “Mécaniques discursives”, an immersive installation mixing etchings, prints and video projections.
On Saturday evening, the visual and street artist Vincent Glowinski a.k.a. BONOM and the drummer Teun Verbruggen will present their performance “Duo à l’encre” in our garden. Bonom will sign his 2 published monographs on Saturday in our bookshop.
Urban Spree returns for the third consecutive year to the Paris Urban Art Fair from 12th to 15th of April 2018.
We will be presenting a duo show with two Berlin-based artists represented by the gallery, Hendrik Czakainski (GER) and Tavar Zawacki (USA). Both artists will be present during the Fair.
One of the highlights of the Urban Spree booth will be the presentation of a triptych by Hendrik Czakainski (see below). This artwork in 3 framed panels has a size of 288 cm long by 160 cm high. The german artist is known for his 3D surreal visions of urban and industrial settlements, prone to chaos, uncertainty and destruction, however reaching a formal and hypnotic abstracted beauty.
Urban Spree Prints will also release a limited edition 15-colour screen print set of the triptych work, masterly crafted at the Urban Spree Studios by Dolly Demoratti. This release is exclusive to the fair and will be launched at the Opening.
Urban Spree will also be presenting 6 new medium-sized works on canvas (120 x 90 cm) by Tavar Zawacki aka ABOVE. A further step away from his iconic “arrow” motive towards geometric abstraction and hard-edged painting, Tavar’s new works are subtle trompe l’oeil and variations perfectly executed in a muted color range. We will also introduce a new series of resin cut-out works from the Californian artist.
Tavar will sign copies of his book Metamorphosis – published by Urban Spree Books in September 2017 – on Saturday 14.04 at 16:00 on the Urban Spree booth.
We will also show some calligraphic works on paper by Bisco Smith and Jonas “Sun7” Bournat.
URBAN ART FAIR | PARIS 2018 LE CARREAU DU TEMPLE
4, Rue Eugene Spuller
75003 Paris, France