We found – 15 articles for contemporary urban art

Praha-Berlin Barter

In March/April 2019, Urban Spree Galerie invites Prague-based Trafo Gallery for a group show and gallery exchange.

„Praha-Berlin Barter“ will take place from 28.03.2019 to 21.04.2019 and will display the works of 8 prominent Czech artists from the Trafo gallery.

Curated by Trafo Gallery Director Blanka Čermáková, the group show oscillates between contemporary urban arts (Jan Kaláb, Michal Škapa), pop surrealism (Jan Vytiska), contemporary drawing, sculpture, digital art, animation (Jakub Janovský, Michal Cimala, Jakub Nepraš), and geometric abstraction paintings (Robert Šalanda, Ira Svobodová). All artists have been involved in the old Trafacka space in Prague before its destruction and are actively involved into the new Trafo Gallery.

This group exhibition marks the first exchange between 2 independent European galleries sharing the same values and a similar history.

Trafacka was created in 2006 as a gallery and residential space located in an old power station in an industrial district of Prague.
After a couple of years, the place was occupied by more than 100 living and working artists in 36 studios, exhibiting in Trafo Gallery. More than 200 projects took place over the course of 8 years, until the place was finally destroyed in 2014. In 2016, the gallery managed to relocate in a former slaughterhouse (Vietnamese market of Prague, across the river from the historical center). Trafo Gallery was reborn with a 200 sqm gallery space and 4 artist studios. The artist-run gallery presents six exhibitions and six books per year with a focus on the new contemporary Czech art scene and the genres of street art, sculptures, abstraction painting, and digital art.

In the words of Blanka Čermáková, Director of Trafo Gallery: „One exhibition per year is a sort of barter with international projects and galleries which this year leads us to Berlin, city of art, angels and friends. Eight artists based in Prague, united with a long term bond to Trafo Gallery and our history, – Ira Svobodová, Jan Kaláb, Jakub Nepraš, Michal Cimala, Michal Škapa, Jan Vytiska, Robert Šalanda and Jakub Janovský – represent strong personalities and different art expressions. Ira Svobodová paints exact architectural compositions and builds perspective with colors and shadows, Jan Kaláb, a well known artist to Urban Spree with strong street art roots and perfect color and shapes styles, Jakub Nepraš shape sculptures as a platform for his vivid videocollages of microscopic worlds of nature and human babylons, Michal Cimala composes sculptures made often from collected material to existentialist compositions. Graffiti legend Michal Škapa works with urban scenery, apocalyptic and architecture destruction or using expressive colors when writing his crypted rune texts on canvases. Jan Vytiska is a painter of zombie romantic and surrealistic stories often based in forest neighbourhood or in postapocalyptic times. Robert Šalanda works with paper collages of abstract color shapes and transpose it to canvases where playfully upgrades new compositions with gradient colors. Last but not least Jakub Janovský is recognizable with his figurative drawings and often black and white coloring, silicon, enamel or airbrush outlines and ironic reflecting of society problems and characters.

All of these artists, whether picturing abstract motives, displaying the view of their world around or in their visions, are the subatomic particles bonding Trafo Gallery fluidum together. Without them, Trafo Gallery would never exist“.

In June 2019, Urban Spree’s artists will be hosted in Prague by Trafo Gallery.

 

Praha-Berlin Barter

Urban Spree Galerie

Opening: Thursday, 28.03.2019 from 19:00

Exhibition: 29.03.2019 – 21.04.2019

Tu-Su: 12:00-19:00

Revaler Str. 99

10245 Berlin

Info & Catalogue: galerie@urbanspree.com



Berlin Food Art Week: Dance Performance with InCorpo

12th July 2017 – 18:30h Urban Spree

InCorpo / Impro n. 4 – Eating or not eating (2017)

The dance improvisation performance belongs to a series of site specific performances that are taking place in public locations. “Impro n. 4 – Eating or not eating” has been commissioned by Entretempo Kitchen Gallery and is presented within the Berlin Food Art Week Festival 2017. Having the dance improvisation as a solid base, the performance is also characterised by the projection of recorded texts that will be directed in space through the dancers bodies. The texts are made of interviews: InCorpo brings to the public the Berliner citizens‘ opinions and reflections about food and in particular about meat consumption. This subject brings together a wide variety of opposite ideas really debated nowadays. All these thoughts are expressed both in English and German. InCorpo’s interest about site specific performances comes from the belief that dance is a physical art form that can be accessible to everyone, finding inspirations and creative influences from the environment in which is presented.

InCorpo / Impro n. 4 – Eating or not eating (2017)
http://incorpo.org/artists/index.html
Concept and direction: Raffaella Galdi
Dancers: Laura Giuntoli and Marie Rechsteiner
Text-interviews: Berliner citizens

Support a cause: Make a DONATION to empower Food Art Week and its community to grow!

About InCorpo:
It is a receptive ground in which contemporary dance operates in relationship to other art-forms.
It has been established by Raffaella Galdi, who conceives and guides the activities and who is developing a dance methodology to share and pass on her experience and knowledge in dance.
InCorpo stands not only to promote and support the choreographic and dance-pedagogic work of its founder, but also collaborates on projects initiated by other artists. InCorpo nourishes a field on which artists, often dealing with different languages, get in contact and create together. InCorpo has an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach.
The name InCorpo (”into the body”) comes from the understanding that anything which is created and expressed comes into “embodiment” within a form, so it “takes a body”: from dance to plastic art, from video to painting or drawing, from music to writing or spoken language. Any creative act is an expression of the invisible, present everywhere and in each of us. It manifests itself within a body, however this form may be or appear.
http://www.incorpo.org/

For the whole program and more informations about BFAW go to
https://www.facebook.com/events/1720713954910236/?fref=ts



El Rass Hip Hop Show

For the first time: El Rass in Berlin!

/AL\ Berlin presents El Rass (Live hiphop and DJ) directly from Tripoli/ Lebanon and Shins-k (DJ, Tokyo/ Berlin)!

Line Up:
19:00 Doors open
20:00 DJ set | Shins-k
21:30 Live | El Rass
22:30 DJ set | Shins-k
23:15 DJ set | El Rass

\\El Rass\\
In Arabic means (The head), also known as Mazen El Sayed, he is a rapper and a music producer from Tripoli Lebanon. He already has in his discography 5 albums, the newest being “Baad Al Hazimeh” (After defeat), in addition to more than 200 singles in collaboration with many other music-makers and rappers from the region. He is a member of the “MSKH” collective and co-founder of the label “Hamim”.

El Rass’s work has gained fame during the last 7 years around the Arab world, especially for his dense lyrical content and the rejection of being confined to a limited set of topics or approaches. But also for an uncompromising spirit of expression, intertwined with a vision of rap as a free space for nuance and detail. He interacts with heritage as a source of inspiration, from within it, in continuity. While in form, El Rass makes his musical choices with a drive to push out of conventional formats, on the levels of arrangement and diversity in performance between singing and rapping.
LINKS:

https://soundcloud.com/el-rass-the-head
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHmiKKdcd5E
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlAB1o5zxkQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbI0oZ02uJg

\\Shins- k\\
Hailing from the land of rising sun, SHINS-K has a unique musical taste and you never know what to expect next from him.

He plays effortlessly between the borders of Bass Music, Hip Hop, Jungle, Dub, Techno, Noise or even traditional african and the middle eastern sounds, avoiding genre-fication and stylistic limitations.

One of the curator of Arabic Hip-hop event/project, “AIWA“ (supported by MusicBoard Berlin in 2016/2017).

https://www.facebook.com/aiwaberlin/

LINKS:
http://www.soundcloud.com/shins-k

\\About /AL\ Berlin\\

/AL\ Festival Berlin is on the Music Board Berlin Festival Funding list for 2019.

The /AL\Festival aims to connect Berliners who are interested in the Contemporary Middle Eastern Music Scene with musicians and music acts from the region, to create a temporal spatial opportunity to develop this scene in Berlin as a Contemporary Moment, regardless of margin spots on Eurocentric festivals or programs promoted for their empowerment value alone. We want to promote and empower this scene for its artistic value, while giving it its deserved unique space to develop further sustainably.



Distel + Alvar live in Berlin

[aufnahme + wiedergabe] presents:

Distel (NL) live
(ant-zen / [aufnahme + wiedergabe])
www.aufnahmeundwiedergabe.de/wapens Alvar (SWE) live
(Daft Records / Beläten)
www.facebook.com/ALVAR-1426441654247820/ The Brvtalist (US)
www.thebrvtalist.com Philipp Strobel (D)
www.aufnahmeundwiedergabe.de
„underneath DISTEL’s third full length release lies a thorough personal re-evaluation of truth, unveiling and being. ‚wapens‘ is the dutch word for ‚weapons‘ and also translates to ‘family crests‘ or ‘coats of arms‘. however, a third sense, more specifically related to the kindred word ‘wapenen‘, is explored in the title track’s lyrics which propose a state of being wherein the self becomes an existential monolith – becomes focally reinforced in the sense that its presence refers first and foremost to only its own individual being instead of the networks of meaning that we tend to define ourselves by.
DISTEL’s intention while working on this album was to achieve a more direct, massive and monolithic sound than before: to channel most energy through an insistent impulse within the rhythmic and melodic movement – from stomping stabs to legato motion – and make every other embellishment secondary. this initial thought is the core of the music on this album and an overall synthesised modern classical mode is the guideline for new tracks. another aim is to show more colour, truth and openness – and this openness is obviously echoed in the sound of the album itself. thematically ‚wapens‘ includes many references to end times, apocalyptic visions, embodiment and authenticity towards death. while its predecessors presented the ‘muffled sounds from within’, now the pandora‘s box has been opened for all to gaze upon its vast spectrum of horrors.
the self-applied tag ‚ultra / angst pop‘ could now be redefined from the original industrial-based minimal electronics into a unique contemporary strain of high energy synth-pop-noir, or ‚dark energy‘. a quite evocative mixture of excellent subliminal rhythm machine programming, predominant purging keyboard lines and swirling spectral vocals result in twisted dark wave pieces with a catchy approach carrying an overwhelming, coercive energy.“

„After the highly successful first album ‘Guilt Kollektion’ – sold out almost immediately – here comes the long awaited brand new album by the still young Swedish EBM institution, containing 11 tracks of amazing darknoise and EBM! ALVAR: pulsing, shadows, thrilling rhythms, furious loops and a feeling of total takeover of your soul.
ALVAR from Öland/Sweden, ‘discovered’ by Dirk Ivens (Klinik, Absolute Body Control, Sonar, Dive… & founder of Daft) 2 years ago, making music inspired by deserted places, forgotten houses and old legends. Alvar offer a clash between techno, old school industrial and EBM in a unique combination that makes this fresh new act extraordinary!“

Urban Spree (RAW-Area)
Revaler Str. 99/Warschauer Str.
10245 Berlin
www.urbanspree.com www.facebook.com/urbanspree Tickets: http://aufnahmeundwiedergabe.bigcartel.com/product/distel-alvar-live-23-03-urban-spree www.aufnahmeundwiedergabe.de



Futura: The 5 Elements

Urban Spree Galerie and Art-Together present: „Futura: The 5 Elements“, a solo exhibition of new works by Lenny McGurr, a.k.a. Futura 2000.

The Opening Reception will be in Berlin on Friday January 11th, 2019, in presence of the artist.

The exhibition is one of the largest solo exhibitions of Futura to date with more than 60 original paintings on display.

„The 5 Elements“ is not a retrospective show. On the contrary, Futura worked specifically on a large museum-style conceptual exhibition, tackling the ambitious theme of the Creation of the Universe, confronting himself to the cosmos, the planets, the infinitely small, the Big Bang and the fundamental elements, producing a corpus of works that becomes a personal path to the exploration of the universe and of course of Futura’s internal galaxy.

The works are displayed starting by the Big Bang, going through the birth of the solar system and to our perception of the 4 elements.

The works have been produced in early 2018 in Lille, France, during a  residency organized by Art-Together, a newly launched ambitious platform for the development of urban contemporary arts.

A set of 4 exclusive silk screen prints are being released on the Opening Night. The set is based on the painting series „Pure“. Each 8-color screen print is hand-pulled by Dolly Demoratti (Mother Drucker/Urban Spree Studio), signed and numbered by Futura. The 50 x 50 cm prints are only sold as a limited edition of 100 sets.

A 128-page companion book titled „Futura, les 5 éléments“, will also be released in Berlin on the Opening Night and will be signed by the artist. More than an exhibition catalogue, the book intends to share the creative path of the residency and provides scientific explanation to the series of paintings.

 

About the artist:

Futura is an American visual artist, born Lenny McGurr in NYC in 1955. He is recognized as one of the first modern-era graffiti writers, and the pioneer of the abstract graffiti genre. Passionate about science fiction, he chose his moniker „Futura 2000“ when he started graffiti at 15 in reference to Stanley Kubrick’s movie „2001 – A Space Odyssey“.

He started painting the NYC subways in the early 1970s and was the first writer to paint a whole car in the abstract graffiti style which became his signature. He was part of the famed exhibition „New York/New Wave“ in 1981 at the P.S.1 (Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Inc.) together with Basquiat (a.k.a. SAMO), Haring, Crash, Quick, Dondi and Kenny Scharf. He had numerous solo and group exhibitions and is also actively involved in street wear and fashion.

 

Futura: The 5 Elements

11.01.2019 – 24.02.2019

Opening Reception: Friday, January 11th, 2019 from 18:00 in presence of the artist

Opening Hours: Tu-Su 12:00-19:00

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

D-10245 Berlin

Info & Catalogue: pascal@urbanspree.com



Anthony Lister: Sneaky Bit In

Urban Spree Galerie presents „Sneaky Bit In„, a solo show by the Australian visual & street artist Anthony Lister. The Opening of the show will be on Friday, September 14th, 2018 in the presence of the artist.

Invited by Urban Spree as part of our Artist-in-Residence program, Lister spent 3 weeks at Urban Spree between August and September 2018 to create in situ a whole new body of large scale works, installations, media art, and a large mural.

For this residency project, Lister incorporated a large palette of references stemming from cubism, Picasso’s „Les Demoiselles d’Avignon“ and „Guernica„, Alejandro Jodorowski’s „The Holy Montain„, African masks, religion, divination and tarot, Aboriginal trans women, and direct references to Damien Hirst.

Lister’s outdoor mural at Urban Spree is a variation and alternate narrative on the theme of the main painting of the exhibition, in a style reminiscent of Egon Schiele and incorporating elements of Picasso’s Guernica. The wall was executed with a 6m long extension pole, and signed with a paint-filled fire extinguisher.

Anthony Lister (b. 1979 in Brisbane) is a contemporary Australian-born painter and installation artist, best known for his merging of “high” and “low” cultural imagery. Particularly well known as a street artist, Lister is considered amongst the best in the field with graffiti art legend Banksy even commenting that Lister appears to piss great art in his sleep.

He studied at the Griffith Queensland College of Art and was further educated under mentor Max Gimblett in New York City. Lister helped pioneer the street art movement in his home city as a teenager and is considered Australia’s premier street artist.

Lister employs multiple media including charcoal, acrylic, spray paint, oil pastels to create his scrawling, figurative style.

Lister has exhibited nationally and internationally including at the Lazarides Gallery in London, Underdogs Gallery in Lisbon, New Image Art Gallery in Los Angeles, Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami, Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York, Olsen Gallery in Sydney, Black Art Projects in Melbourne, Fireworks Gallery in Brisbane, and Allouche Gallery in New York City.

Lister currently lives and works between Sydney and New York City.

 

Anthony Lister

„Sneaky Bit In“

Solo Exhibition at Urban Spree Galerie

Opening: Friday 14.09 from 19:00

Exhibition: 15.09 – 20.10.2018

Tu-Su: 12:00-19:00

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

10245 Berlin

http://www.anthonylister.com

https://www.instagram.com/anthonylister