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Urban Spree Prints releases “Animal Spirit” by Marina Mika

Urban Spree Prints releases the first screen print of the Croatian-born, Berlin-based visual artist Marina Mika.

Mika’s illustrations are always hand-drawn and her universe is a composite world inspired by art nouveau, anime & manga, lores and fantasy.

Titled “Animal Spirit“, the hand-pulled screen print comes in a limited edition of 35, all signed and numbered by the artist. The print has been manually produced at Urban Spree on a Somerset 310g/sm paper and bears 2 deckle edges (the left and right sides of the paper have been torn on purpose to reveal the white structure of the paper through the black ink.

The print will be released this coming Wednesday 24.06 at 18:00 C.E.T. on the Urban Spree webstore and in our Berlin shop.

Marina Mika

Animal Spirit

1-colour screen print on Somerset Satin 300 g/sm

17″ x 24″ (43,2 x 57,6 cm)

2 deckle edges

Limited Edition of 35 hand-pulled prints

Signed and Numbered 

2020



RAWS and Urban Spree Prints release “Through the Slits”

Urban Spree Prints and RAWS release a 5-colour screen print on the occasion of the first solo show of the German artist.

Through the Slits” comes in a regular black edition of 80 prints printed in Berlin by Oliver Nerlich Siebdruck, signed and numbered by the artist. The size is 60 x 60 cm.

In addition to the regular edition, we are releasing a special hand-sprayed version. This 4-colour Special Edition has a red background and the middle slit gradient is individually sprayed by RAWS, making each print a unique variant. This run comes as an edition of 20 prints only.

You can purchase the screen print at Urban Spree Berlin during the exhibition (official launch at 19:00 on May 23rd, 2019) or order it on the Urban Spree website here for the regular edition and there for the Special Edition.

 



Urban Spree Prints release a new 1UP screen print

Keep Smiling” is a 14-colour screen print based on the most iconic photograph of the Martha Cooper exhibition “One Week With 1UP” in a limited edition of 100 hand-pulled screen prints.

This highly technical art edition was crafted by Dolly Demoratti (Mother Drucker/Urban Spree Studios) and is released for the closing of the exhibition “One Week With 1UP” at Urban Spree Galerie.

In addition to the regular “Black Smiley” print, we offer 4 variations in a very limited run of 5 prints per edition: gold, chrome, mint, and pink.

The prints are available on the Urban Spree website here.

The screen-print produced for the Opening of the exhibition – “1UP Letters” – is still available here.



Mode 2 x Urban Spree: “Straight Outta Lockdown” HPM prints to be released

“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

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“Sofa Spank” Part of the “Straight Outta Lockdown; the Freedom prints” series. Vintage 3-colour silkscreen print; customised and renumbered as an edition of 20. . When the pandemic hit us all, and our plans were either postponed or cancelled; I realised that I should hold back with originals, looking back into my archives, to see what hidden gems had been stashed away for years. I had reclaimed many of my prints back years ago, knowing that I would re-release them at a later date; transforming them into something a little special, to completely differentiate them from the original releases. . “Sofa Spank” was a double-page drawing in an old A3 sketchbook, from early 2004; a nudge and a wink of sorts to the kind of games that consenting adults get up to in private. I have been attracted to erotica probably since seeing the “Abraxas” cover from Santana as a child, or been exposed to @heavymetal comics maybe a little TOO early. In all my public work though, I have always tried not to cross that line separating sensuality or erotica on one side, from vulgarity and sexism on the other. . In other words, and given the tensions created by the lockdown, this image is more to do with the rediscovered intimacy during prolonged periods of time spent with one's partner, than any kind of allusion to domestic violence; apparently on the rise these past months. . Looking through the chronology of images, “Sofa Spank” was redrawn then made as a pastel drawing on wallpaper for my “A Matter Of Taste” show at the Dragon Bar, late October 2004, as well on 70cm X 100cm heavy card, for “Santa's Ghetto” on Charing Cross Road the following December. No idea WHAT happened to ANY of these pieces! . The drawing was made into a print for my 2010 WeSC show at Galerie Issue in Paris, as one of four erotic print editions, which I withdrew after having sold a third of the run. . I spent some days mid-June customising this and two other prints, with spray-paint supplied by @legacybln ; transforming “Sofa Spank” into a special limited edition that will go on sale via @urban_spree VERY soon… . #mode2official #mode2 #sofaspank #vintageprints #handfinished #erotica #urbanspree

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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.

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Mode 2

“Sofa Spank”

3-colour screen print on archival paper

Originally printed in 2010 by Sergeant Paper

Hand-sprayed with 3 spray colours in 2020

56 x 76 cm

Edition of 20

Signed and re-numbered 1-20



Jan Kaláb: new print release with Urban Spree

Urban Spree Prints will be releasing a silk screen print designed by Jan Kaláb on Saturday 24.11.2018 on the occasion of the czech artist’s book presentation and signing at Urban Spree Berlin.

Edited by Urban Spree Prints and masterly printed by Dolly Demoratti (Mother Drucker/Urban Spree Studio), the print is a 6-colour hand pulled screen print on Hahnemühle 300 g/sm paper and comes in a very limited edition of 18 prints, signed and numbered. The outer layer of the print is printed with a subtle green hologram glitter.

9 prints are reserved directly for the Berlin book event whereas 9 other prints are available by subscribing to the Urban Spree newsletter at the bottom of this page until Saturday 24.11.2018 at 12:00 (noon). Subscribers will be then informed about the ordering process.

 



New screen prints released with Hell’O

Urban Spree Prints release 2 new screen prints on the occasion of “Balance”, the solo show of the Brussels-based duo Hell’O Collective at Urban Spree Galerie.

Both prints are 4-colour, 50×70 cm, hand-pulled, and printed at Urban Spree on Somerset 300 g/sm paper by Mother Drucker in a limited edition of 35 prints.

Both prints are available in Berlin at Urban Spree and online on our webstore. The exhibition of new paintings and drawings of the belgian duo goes on until 24.06 in our galerie space.