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All in a Day's Work // Craft workshops at Urban Spree!

On October 11th, 2014, Urban Spree is excited to host the 1st edition of “All in a Day’s Work“, a workshop & get-together platform for Arts, Craft & Design.

Powered by Urban Spree resident artist Dolly Demoratti, (expert screen printer and organizer of the Druck Festival Berlin), the event will gather over 30 different professional artists and makers who share their special craftsmanship in short back‐to​‐back workshops, all happening under one roof, all day long. 

Offering you the opportunity to try your hand and taste a number of different techniques, such as Risograph, Letterpress, Watercolour, Kite-making, Carpentry, Screen printing, Tattooing, Whip & Leather work, Blacksmithing and much more. 

days work_PROMOPOSTER

Urban Spree

Revaler x Warschauer

Saturday, October 11th, 12:00 – 20:00

More info and contact on: 

https://www.facebook.com/events/291636324353368/

http://druckberlin.com

https://www.facebook.com/screenprintfestivalBerlin

http://urbanspree.com/blog/

 



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



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



Mode2 and Urban Spree release “Never Too Late…”

10 years after its publication, we are happy to re-release the second edition of Mode2’s legendary book “Never Too Late…” in 2 different editions.

The book will be released exclusively on the Urban Spree webshop here on Friday April 3rd at 18:00 CET (Berlin time).

Originally published in 2008 in a 64-page hardcover version, the book sold out instantly. A second, revised softcover edition of 80 pages was commissioned in the wake but was never properly released.

Since it’s “Never Too Late…”, we are finally releasing the book for its 10th Anniversary Year.

To celebrate the return of the prodigal book, in addition to the regular trade edition, Mode2 has designed a Special Edition of 100 copies. Each of the 100 book covers has been spray-painted and each copy is signed and numbered.

Numbers 001-050 come with a screen-printed tee-shirt of the cover’s motive, printed in-house at Urban Spree (Earth Positive brand, organic, fair trade cotton) while numbers 051-100 will be only the signed and numbered edition of the book.

 

Published by Lazarides Gallery, London, in April 2010

Book Design by Mode2

Second Edition

Softcover

80 pages

16,5 x 24 cm



Urban Spree Summer Sessions w. Laura Guidi Trio

Our last Summer Session of the season! Let’s enjoy latesummer melancholia together…

Vibes provided by

Laura Guidi Trio

Bab al-Jinan will offer the delicious and popular meal, Falafel, in a way your mouth never tasted before, and other light vegan meals. Get your nourishment!

Inside we will have Off The Radar Booking at Urban Spree presenting K-the-I? with some live electronica and live rap in a way that has hardly been offered so far.
https://www.facebook.com/events/218909152133825/

Let’s celebrate the end of the season with sensational outdoor live-music and the best vibes & bites.

See you in the beergarden!
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The Urban Spree Summer Sessions are acoustic live concerts that happen every Friday & Saturday late afternoon in our fabulous beergarden. We will host live performances from the best Jazz, Soul, Funk, R&B and street bands Berlin has to offer. After sunset we take the party inside for the MILK ME club nights with secret DJ’s to keep you dancing all night long.

Come and join us for smooth outdoor vibes with the best of Berlin’s street musicians, alongside selected local street food vendors varying each week.

Let’s celebrate summer together and see us in the garden!

TATTOOSHOP will be open by Amor de Madre #Berlin

 

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Urban Spree participates to Berlin’s first “Urban Art Week”

From 05 to 12 September 2018, Urban Spree will be part of the first URBAN ART WEEK, a new format for the Urban Art movement, which will be launched throughout Berlin. The Opening Night will happen at Urban Spree on the 05/09.

The Urban Art Week presents a comprehensive program and insights into the participating locations and projects under one roof. The format serves both to make Urban Art visible and to mediate, as well as to improve networking between local actors.

The URBAN ART WEEK provides insights into the locations and work of the participants, who present their own program for the URBAN ART WEEK. This gives visitors the opportunity to get to know Urban Art, Street art and Graffiti Writing within one week. The art program includes numerous exhibitions in galleries, project rooms, art spaces and institutions as well as performances, live painting and artistically designed walls.

A supporting program accompanies the URBAN ART WEEK: workshops by experts offer professional training and useful information for the daily work of artists and cultural workers. The two-day film program shows experimental films, portraits and documentaries about the French and German scene. Daily Street Art tours by local experts give visitors an insight into Urban Art in Berlin. Artists offer workshops for all ages to try out different techniques.

In Berlin, Urban Art has become an integral part of the cityscape, and large murals and surprising interventions in urban space can be found regularly. The city and its marketing is also adorned with the colourful paintings of its Urban Art artists, as is the local creative industry. But is there a dialogue between the scene and the city? Where is the line drawn between professional art and exploitation through increasingly fast-moving advertising purposes? Do we still have to ask the question whether Urban Art is art at all? The first URBAN ART WEEK pursues these thought-provoking impulses. In addition to discussions with representatives from city politics and local art institutions, the scene meets at workshops and symposia to discuss the concept of Urban Art and its own self- image. The week should leave something behind for the Berlin scene, it should convey a lasting value to the fast-moving Urban Art and create a basis for future communication.

Urban Art in Berlin has been around for decades and the media attention for it has increased. Berlin’s claim as an Urban Art Mecca is not only demonstrated by the last major exhibition projects with record attendance. The many small and independent art venues, project spaces and freelance artists who have been active in Berlin since the 1980s, have created the breeding ground for the subversive Berlin mix, that now makes the capital so attractive. URBAN ART WEEK is committed to their recognition and networking and ennobles the local scene with a gold medal – because Urban Art has actually earned this here for a long time. The program booklet with a city map, a website and a broad publicity campaign in German and English will accompany the week from 5 to 12 September 2018.

Further information under www.urbanartweek.de