Urban Spree Galerie is proud to introduce the new body of works by the Berlin-based visual artist Christian August alias KID CASH, one of the most active post-graffiti artists of his generation.
The exhibition, entitled VERY NECESSARY, crystallizes his artistic direction of the last three years and displays a brand new corpus of works which will be on display at Urban Spree Galerie for the first time.
The title of the exhibition refers to his primary work in the public space and hints to the necessity for him of showing his artworks in the context of a gallery space.
In the middle of the 1990s, KID CASH started graffiti and to paint on public walls and to analyze surfaces, urban landscapes and architecture. The enthusiasm thereof still inspires his work. The departure point for his imagery are often spontaneous sketches and photographs that result from everyday situations and emotions. The sources of these are very diverse and range from landscapes and still life to letters and quotes from artworks of Picasso, Henri Matisse or Hans Arp. In his artworks, KID CASH transfers something felt into a poetic visibility.
From line to area, from shape to shape, from shape to line – the action of the body and the dynamics of his body movements play a major role in the compositions of KID CASH’s large-scale artworks which require total commitment and physical strength. The graffiti letters of the 1970s in New York and the German post-reunification subcultures in the 1990s still make an observable impact on his artistic vocabulary. Also, his name derives from common names as KID and CASH within the subculture.
The choice of materials stems from those which enable KID CASH to work quickly and spontaneously and facilitate his intuitive and energetic modus operandi as acrylic and spray paint, construction materials, wood and canvases. The depicted visual language is dominated by seriality, an important element in KID CASH’s narrative.
About the artist:
Christian August alias KID CASH, born in 1977 in Halle (Saale), Germany, graduated at Burg Giebichenstein University of Fine Arts in Halle as a student in the class of Gerhard Schwarz. Since 1994, KID CASH has been painting on walls and canvases. He is also a founding member of the KLUB7 artist collective which is active since 1998. In 2017, the Art Foundation of Saxony-Anhalt grants him a scholarship. He lives and works in Berlin.
Exhibition: 1st of April – 22nd of April 2017
Opening reception: 31st of March 2017, 18:30 – 22:00
Urban Spree Galerie
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