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Jim Avignon: Permanent Jetlag

Urban Spree is proud to invite you to a special summer program around the Berlin-based artist Jim Avignon.

In the first part, Urban Spree Galerie will show “Permanent Jetlag“, a new solo show by Jim Avignon, his first exhibition since 2 years in the german capital. The Opening Reception will be on Friday, June 30th and the exhibition will run until July 23rd.

In the second part, “Spectacular” is a special music festival over 4 days designed & curated by Jim Avignon, Urban Spree, and Sylvie Astii with live performances in the Galerie on a custom-built stage designed by Jim and in the Concert Room. The Festival will be on July 5th to July 8th.

The exhibition “Permanent Jetlag” and the music program “Spectacular” illustrate and combine the two facets of Jim Avignon, a recognized visual artist, musician and performer through his moniker Neonangin.

Jim Avignon is a painter, illustrator and conceptual artist. Always ready to confront the establishment he is torn between pop art, street art, Picasso on acid or simply being the fastest painter in the world. His signature style consists of vivid colours, a biting humor, unpretentious materials and a mind numbing output.

Jim Avignon’s exhibition „Permanent Jetlag“ at Urban Spree Galerie is about the balancing act of virtual life and real life. He depicts how the internet and social media have gradually changed society, and he also addresses man’s tragic, and often comical attempts to keep up with technology. On one hand the world is getting smaller yet in our minds it keeps getting bigger, making it difficult to be everywhere at the same time.

Avignon’s narrative motives are a potpourri of political and societal topics, art, pop culture and characters from fairytales and fables. His paintings serve as a stage for diverse protagonists from figuration, cartoons, anime and a fantasy world. Animals embody the human condition while the unknown lurks behind a façade of cheerfulness.

In Avignon’s fantasy world interchangeable freaks from the catalogue of postmodern society stand around, as their lively inanimate facial expressions reveal a mix of emotions, boredom, indecisiveness and resignation.

Sampling, cover versions and epiphenomena, like gamification, are central concepts in his creative work, they are references to the conflicting poles of visual art, music, mass media and the industry.

Jim Avignon curated a music festival that will happen alongside his exhibition „Permanent Jetlag.” Longtime comrades will perform in the middle of the exhibition space. Jim Avignon created a stage specifically for this occasion. The entire show will be transformed into a walk through installation.

Jim Avignon has been living and working in Berlin for more than 20 years. In the 1990s he adorned clubs with his decorations and became known as the ‘painter of the techno scene’. In 2013 he unleashed controversy when he staged a flashmob to paint over his landmark mural on the East Side Gallery without permission. Velocity and change have always been key issues in his creative work. The title of one of his first exhibitions was “highspeedworld.” In 1993 he already titled a painting “spoilsport in the internet.”

 

Permanent Jetlag

Urban Spree Galerie

Opening Reception: 30.06.2017 at 19:00

Exhibition: 01.07.2017 – 23.07.2017

Finissage on 23.07.2017 from 16:00 with the artist

Tu-Su / 12:00 – 19:00

Galerie Enquiries: galerie@urbanspree.com



PICTOPLASMA Birthday Party: 10-Year Anniversary

a0026755312_2The Festival culminates in the spectacular Pictoplasma Birthday Bash at Urban Spree. Get into the groove of characters in motion with a live concert by LA-based experimental band Big Butter, fronted by Pictoplasma guest Tim Biskup and his brother Mike, plus the german premiere of the Radio Minus Senior Sound System, the brand new DJ/VJ project brought to you by the inimitable French duo Gangpol & Mit.

“Taking advantage of several travel opportunities through the years, from the bowels of deep France to the shores of South-east Asia. sonic and visual duet Gangpol & Mit have turned their outtsider-records-collecting activity into a brand new webradio project for children – Radio Minus – freshly launched in company of various other fellow Djs and diggers. Apart from their regular live activities, they also like to occasionally teleport this radio’s record collection to spin it during several vinylish DJ playtimes, sustained by a brand new whole video setup: this is the Radio Minus Sound System, but one can expect the “Senior” version to operate a serious upgrade, with heavy acoustic pressures, deviant clubbing, lascivious exoticism and explicit lyrics.”

DJs: Neele & Liebkos (Bingo, G-Edit, HW Rhapsody)

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Jagwa Music live + DJ Zhao / Saal-C

jagwamusicurbanspreeTonight, straight from Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Crammed Discs’ Jagwa Music will play live at Urban Spree: Jagwa Music is a crew of 8 youngsters playing intricate grooves at breakneck speed on traditional & makeshift percussion, a keyboard player going wild on a battered vintage Casio, two breathtaking, spectacular dancers & a charismatic lead vocalist/MC, belting out songs about survival in the urban maze, unfaithful lovers & voodoo.

Known as Mchiriku, their music derives from popular dance styles, which underwent a mutation when the band adopted low-cost electronic keyboards and their gritty, distorsion-laden sound. Jagwa Music are not only immensely popular in the poor suburbs of their hometown: their electrifying appearances at European festivals such as Roskilde have created a sensation.

Saal-C and Ngoma Sound’s DJ Zhao will cast their spellbinding african beats before and after the show.