We found – 28 articles for letters

Rylsee’s new monograph “How to Play with Letters” available at Urban Spree

In parallel with his solo show “Other Inbox” at Urban Spree Galerie until Sunday 03.09.2017, the Swiss-born and Urban Spree-based artist Rylsee has just published a new book with Moleskine in Milan.

His first monograph, “How to Play with Letters” is a tour de force in modern typography, illustrating his past 5 years in Berlin with playful, witty & catchy lettering experiments.

For Rylsee, after stations in Geneva and Vancouver, Berlin marked a shift away from his early illustration days to a focus on designing, polishing and scratching letters, a field which is the main focus of this book.

Rooted in graffiti and skateboarding, infused by hiphop, Rylsee’s universe is cool fantasy supplemented by a sharp sense of composition and balance.

His notorious sketchbooks reveal his everyday practice of finding catchy sentences and creating new styles and fonts where letters – unlike the classical art of calligraphy – become glitchy, virused, and melt, albeit always irresistible and funny.

This distorted universe or « dystorpic » as Rylsee would put it – exists by the will of a typographer who blurs the lines of reality and create his own calligraphic spell.

Rylsee recycles his everyday experiences and thoughts and turn them into proverbial low-fi sentences such as « Never trust someone who doesn’t like pizza », « I wish you could be as cute as your profile picture » or « Too shy to rap » to name but a few.

Using only his drawing skills, Rylsee becomes the modern alchemist, plotting numerous optical illusions in 2D to make them look like native 3D. In Rylsee’s universe, 2D and 3D coalesce, but the craftsman, the pen, and the illusion maker takes the lead.

 

Urban Spree Bookshop in Berlin has signed copies of the book.

Signed copies can also be ordered online on our webshop.



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.



One Week With 1UP: the exhibition

From 09.05.2018 to 27.05.2018, Urban Spree Galerie hosts “One Week with 1UP”.

“One Week with 1UP” is a unique photographic & art project involving the legendary NYC photographer Martha Cooper, the Berlin-based photographer Ninja K. and the Berlin-based, world-famous vandal graffiti crew 1UP (“One United Power”).

The book and the exhibition “One Week with 1UP” forge a unique bond between the most-known documentary photographer of the graffiti and hip hop scenes since the late 1970s and the world’s largest and fearless graffiti crew of the 21st century.

While the show predominantly exhibits photographs, it also shows for the first time art installations and paintings from the crew.

 

Among these, we can mention a stunning triptych painted in situ with a fire extinguisher filled with black acrylic paint – one of the crew’s outdoor signature tools.

 

There is also an impressive wall sculpture compression (“Letters of Power 2.0”) which is made of thousands of used-in-action spray cans, cut with high pressure water for 24 hours, and covered with thick layers of resin. There are only two similar pieces ever made by the crew: one is on display at the Urban Nation museum in Berlin and the other at Urban Spree Galerie.

The exhibition “One Week with 1UP” represents a unique chance for collectors to acquire original works as well as a historic series of photographs of the crew.

The book “One Week with 1UP” is a unique, behind-the-scenes document and is available at Urban Spree Berlin and online on our webstore.

 

 The catalogue of the exhibition is available via this link: http://bit.ly/2G8JZAL

 

  

 

 

Urban Spree Galerie presents: ONE WEEK WITH 1UP

A Project by 1UP, Martha Cooper and Ninja K.

Exhibition: May 10th, 2018 – May 27th, 2018

Tuesday-Sunday / 12:00-19:00

Free Entry

Info: contact@urbanspree.com

 



“One Week with 1UP”: Opening at Urban Spree

One Week with 1UP” is an exceptional exhibition of photographs and artworks by Martha Cooper, 1UP Crew, and Ninja K. to coincide with the publication of the book “One Week With 1UP“.

The show is only the second solo Berlin exhibition ever made by the legendary Berlin-based vandal graffiti crew 1UP after their first show at Urban Spree in 2014 – “I Am 1UP”.

This time, the Kreuzberg crew embarks NYC-based legendary documentary photographer Martha Cooper and Berlin-based photographer Ninja K. in a series of underground actions, through tunnels, rooftops, featuring high pressure fire extinguisher tags, roll-downs, roll-ups, street bombings, whole cars and backjumps…

One Week with 1UP” is a first-hand and behind-the-scenes account of the most important European crew of the 21st century.

The Opening Night will start at 19:00 with the vernissage of the exhibition and the release of the book in presence of Martha Cooper. A new screen print, “Letters of 1UP“, as well as the brand new tees & hoodies will be also released.

Open end outdoor party with Beathoavenz, That Fucking Sara, Sara Wave. At 21:30, special video release. On top: 1UP Flash tatoos in partnership with our resident Amor de Madre #Berlin & African cuisine by DeDeeDe.

 

Urban Spree Galerie presents: ONE WEEK WITH 1UP

A Project by 1UP, Martha Cooper and Ninja K.

Opening: May 9th, 2018, at 19:00 – open end

Exhibition: May 10th, 2018 – May 27th, 2018

Tuesday-Sunday / 12:00-19:00

Info: contact@urbanspree.com



Opening of SP38 Art Residency Exhibition “Post Vandal 2”

Berlin-based street artist SP38 was invited by Urban Spree Galerie and Boddinale for a special gallery residency alongside the film festival (15-25.02.2018).

After 2 weeks of daily indoor work and street interventions in Friedrichshain, we invite the public to discover the outcome of the art residency over the upcoming weekend together with the artist. 

The exhibition opens on Saturday, February 24th from 14:00 to 23:00 and will continue on Sunday February 25th from 12:00 to 23:00. Visitors will be able to acquire the original works on canvas and paper produced during the residency in addition to a selection of screen prints and stickers.

SP38 will also screen print “Post Vandal” tote bags live on Saturday!

Post Vandal 2“, explores the notion of vandalism at the age of post-graffiti.

A relentless urban wanderer and street typographer, SP38 (b.1960) uses different lo-fi techniques (collages, paste-ups, stickers, screenprints, paintings) to imprint his vision of the city and his letters to the walls. Involved at an early stage with the “Figuration Libre” movement in Paris and participant to the first graffiti and street art meeting in 1985 with Vive la Peinture, Speedy Graphito, Futura, Miss Tic, and Blek Le Rat, SP38 has navigated in different squat scenes (including the infamous Berlin’s Tacheles) before moving to Berlin in 1995.

A prime witness of the fast-paced gentrification of the metropolis, his art subtly reveals the fractures of the city through successive campaigns and catchy slogans (“Who kills Berlin?”, “Erased”, “Escape”, “Occupy”, “Vive la Bourgeoisie”, Vive la Crise”…), where the intimate, personal level often collides with the bigger scale.

 

SP38: “Post-Vandal 2”

Art Residency at Urban Spree Galerie

12-02-2018 – 25-02-2018

Opening of the Exhibition: Saturday 24.02.2018 // 14:00 – 23:00

Exhibition: Sunday 25.02.2018 // 12:00 – 23:00

Free Entrance

https://www.instagram.com/sp.38/

http://www.sp38.com



Heavy Mental: Nadja – Sannhet – Sum of R

Swamp Booking and Urban Spree presents
Heavy Mental concert series : #2

Nadja is a duo of multi-instrumentalist Aidan Baker and bassist Leah Buckareff active since 2005 and credited as one of the progenitors of the genres ‘drone doom’ or ‘metalgaze’—heavy atmospheric music which combines the darkness and volume of doom metal and industrial with the textures and melodicism of shoegaze and ambient/electronic music.

The project has released numerous albums on many different underground labels—Alien8 Recordings, Daymare Records, Robotic Empire, Hydrahead Records, Gizeh Records, and Important Records, to name a few—and have toured extensively with appearances in Europe, Japan, Russia, Australia/New Zealand, North and South America, including appearances at such festivals as SXSW, FIMAV, Roadburn, Donaufest, Le Guess Who, Incubate, and Unsound.

Originally from Toronto, Canada, the duo now resides in Berlin, Germany.

web links:
http://www.facebook.com/luvnadja
http://www.nadjaluv.ca/
http://nadja.bandcamp.com/

https://youtu.be/7RceyHAz9Jk
https://youtu.be/nzL7nJZOlGs

Sannhet have always been hard to classify. Since 2010, the Brooklyn trio’s played instrumental music that’s heavy and light, cinematic and intimate, dense but minimal. You could call them “post” something, “experimental metal,” or “math rock,” but none of that’s quite right and the band has thrown another
wrinkle into the mix with So Numb.
While they don’t write lyrics, they do write subtexts. They pen love letters, extended epistles, and suicide notes, all without words. With So Numb, Sannhet create a new
world out of very few ingredients.
The cover of Sannhet’s third album, So Numb, features a mother shielding her son’s eyes with her hands – an allegory depicting the protection one receives from their parents, but it isn’t meant to be sentimental.
As the mother shelters her child, she inadvertently creates a false sense of safety. The child, in turn, spends it’s life seeking comfort and escape in temporary solutions.
Though Sannhet meditate on life’s imperfect escapes, So Numb’s nine songs showcase the band facing
life’s pain and joy with their eyes wide open. The collection’s emotional landscape is one of existential
dread, melancholy, and loss – ammunition for escapists. Despite these existential conundrums, So Numb
has an uplifting, euphoric feel.

web links:
https://www.facebook.com/sannhet
Twitter: @sannhetbk
Instagram: @sannhetbk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyLX9BhEqDc

Switzerland’s Sum Of R R exists since 2008 and was created by Reto Mäder (URAL UMBO, RM74) to construct/deconstruct sound in ways that infest and cloud the interior of the mind. Sum Of R creates slow moving instrumental music with a sensibility for hypnotic and complex song structures.
Their intense and pulsating sound is influenced by lumbering doom, drone, post-metal, ambient, noiserock, psychedelic and cinematic post-rock. Sum Of R’s ritualistic take on expanding sound layers is deepened by the rawness of an unconventional metal atmosphere plunged into darkness, light and its reflection.
Their live performances as a duo are characterized by a cyclical process involving bass guitars, drums, effects, samples and drones to create a unique and dense whole which is more than the sum of its parts.

web links:
https://www.facebook.com/sumofr/

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