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Urban Spree celebrates 10 years of the Astronaut Cosmonaut Wall

To mark the 10-year anniversary of the iconic « Astronaut Cosmonaut » mural painting in Berlin Kreuzberg, Urban Spree Galerie invites the French street artist Victor Ash for a special pop up exhibition.

The exhibition will be centered around the cult figure of the Astronaut with numerous original/stenciled works on paper and a mural at Urban Spree. A series of screen prints is expected to be released as well.

Alongside Blu’s now gone white characters on the Cuvrybrache, Victor Ash’s « Astronaut Cosmonaut » has achieved a cult mural status for Berlin.

Standing in Berlin-Kreuzberg near Kottbusser Tor and painted during the legendary Backjumps Festival #3 in 2007, the painting of a floating astronaut on 22 x 14 meters strikes a particular chord in Berlin.

For the parisian artist born in 1968 and fascinated by the Cold War, space exploration, graffiti, subcultures & electronic music, Berlin was to become from the mid to late 80s and since then a focal point of his attention, with regular trips to the city alongside artistic projects and residencies.

Victor Ash photographed by Soren Solkaer in 2013

In 2007, the Backjumps Festival – brilliantly curated by Adrian Nabi, gives Victor Ash the occasion to paint a big wall. Victor wants to concentrate and express his past experiences and vision of Berlin, the space race between the USSR and the USA but also the different Berlin subcultures and the desire to escape reality. « I got inspired by the song from David Bowie « Space Oddity » from 1969 in which he tells the story of a astronaut who gets lost in space and later on with the song « Ashes to Ashes » in 1981 where Bowie tells us that the spaceman was in fact a junkie on a trip ».

For the artist, the « Astronaut/Cosmonaut » represents the will to escape to other universes, « like as a little child, I escaped to a fantasy world with my space drawings and as a teenager, I escaped to subcultures to find my identity in the urban environment where I grew up ».

 

Urban Spree celebrates 10 years of the Astronaut Cosmonaut Wall

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

10245 Berlin

Opening Reception: 17.11.2017 from 18:30

Exhibition: 17.11.2017 to 10.12.2017

Tuesday-Saturday 12:00-18:30 or by appointment

Gallery and Press enquiries: galerie@urbanspree.com



Urban Spree celebrates 10 years of the Astronaut Cosmonaut Wall

To mark the 10-year anniversary of the iconic « Astronaut Cosmonaut » mural painting in Berlin Kreuzberg, Urban Spree Galerie invites the French street artist Victor Ash for a special pop up exhibition.

The exhibition will be centered around the cult figure of the Astronaut with numerous original/stenciled works on paper and a mural at Urban Spree. A series of screen prints is expected to be released as well.

Alongside Blu’s now gone white characters on the Cuvrybrache, Victor Ash’s « Astronaut Cosmonaut » has achieved a cult mural status for Berlin.

Standing in Berlin-Kreuzberg near Kottbusser Tor and painted during the legendary Backjumps Festival #3 in 2007, the painting of a floating astronaut on 22 x 14 meters strikes a particular chord in Berlin.

For the parisian artist born in 1968 and fascinated by the Cold War, space exploration, graffiti, subcultures & electronic music, Berlin was to become from the mid to late 80s and since then a focal point of his attention, with regular trips to the city alongside artistic projects and residencies.

Victor Ash photographed by Soren Solkaer in 2013

In 2007, the Backjumps Festival – brilliantly curated by Adrian Nabi, gives Victor Ash the occasion to paint a big wall. Victor wants to concentrate and express his past experiences and vision of Berlin, the space race between the USSR and the USA but also the different Berlin subcultures and the desire to escape reality. « I got inspired by the song from David Bowie « Space Oddity » from 1969 in which he tells the story of a astronaut who gets lost in space and later on with the song « Ashes to Ashes » in 1981 where Bowie tells us that the spaceman was in fact a junkie on a trip ».

For the artist, the « Astronaut/Cosmonaut » represents the will to escape to other universes, « like as a little child, I escaped to a fantasy world with my space drawings and as a teenager, I escaped to subcultures to find my identity in the urban environment where I grew up ».

 

Urban Spree celebrates 10 years of the Astronaut Cosmonaut Wall

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

10245 Berlin

Opening Reception: 17.11.2017 from 18:30

Exhibition: 17.11.2017 to 10.12.2017

Tuesday-Saturday 12:00-18:30 or by appointment

Gallery and Press enquiries: galerie@urbanspree.com

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Danny Figueroa (Wesr) new solo show opening « Hits and Flops »

Urban Spree Galerie is proud to invite you to the opening of « Hits and Flops« , a new solo exhibition in the Galerie’s Ecke of works on paper by Peruvian-born and Berlin-based artist Danny Figueroa alias WESR.

« Hits and Flops » is a new series of works on paper, sketches and drawings presented by Danny Figueroa. Also known for his large street art pieces, Danny Figueroa’s drawing practice and experiments have always been an integral part of his artistic life.

The drawing series presented at Urban Spree Galerie are mainly figurative in nature but are made of an ever-changing matter, a fragile essence where transformation is occurring relentlessly, where nothing can be properly fixed, like a fugitive steam slipping out of a defaulting pressure cooker. This evanescence comes up with their perceived defaults and successes, or as the artist calls them, their « hits and flops ».

About the artist:

Danny Figueroa was born in 1980 in Chiclayo, Peru and grew up in the capital Lima where he has been active as a graffiti artist since 1996 under the pseudonym « Wesr ». He was strongly affected in his youth by the cultural clash between Peru’s traditions and the overwhelming americanization. This is also reflected in his art, in which he brings together the aesthetics of traditional and contemporary japanese graphic illustrations with elements of Peruvian indigenous art. Figueroa often reproduces masked figures revealing their innermost part beneath the masks and allowing for a variety of interpretations. The texture of narrow lines defining the structure of his works like scars grant access to the histories behind the unique personality of every singular character. His oeuvre ranges between muralism, painting and illustration and is marked by abstract figures with mask-like faces that might remind of early 20th century futurism. Since 2008, he lives and works in Berlin.
https://www.instagram.com/w3sr/

Urban Spree Galerie Ecke:

The « Ecke » (for « corner » in german) is the second exhibition space of Urban Spree. Located in the galerie on the opposite side of the main gallery space, the Ecke is focused on works on paper, drawings, illustration, and photography, albeit on a scale that reveals a more intimate facet of the artists.

Danny Figueroa aka Wesr

« Hits and Flops »

Urban Spree Galerie’s Ecke

8th of April – 22nd of April 2017

Opening reception: 8th April, 2017, 18:30 – 22:00

Exhibition hours: TU – SU 12:00 – 18:30

Enquiries: galerie@urbanspree.com



Danny Figueroa (Wesr): Hits and Flops

Urban Spree Galerie is proud to invite you to the opening of « Hits and Flops », a new solo exhibition in the Galerie’s Ecke of works on paper by Peruvian-born and Berlin-based artist Danny Figueroa alias WESR.

« Hits and Flops » is a new series of works on paper, sketches and drawings presented by Danny Figueroa. Also known for his large street art pieces, Danny Figueroa’s drawing practice and experiments have always been an integral part of his artistic life.

The drawing series presented at Urban Spree Galerie are mainly figurative in nature but are made of an ever-changing matter, a fragile essence where transformation is occurring relentlessly, where nothing can be properly fixed, like a fugitive steam slipping out of a defaulting pressure cooker. This evanescence comes up with their perceived defaults and successes, or as the artist calls them, their « hits and flops ».

About the artist:

Danny Figueroa was born in 1980 in Chiclayo, Peru and grew up in the capital Lima where he has been active as a graffiti artist since 1996 under the pseudonym « Wesr ». He was strongly affected in his youth by the cultural clash between Peru’s traditions and the overwhelming americanization. This is also reflected in his art, in which he brings together the aesthetics of traditional and contemporary japanese graphic illustrations with elements of Peruvian indigenous art. Figueroa often reproduces masked figures revealing their innermost part beneath the masks and allowing for a variety of interpretations. The texture of narrow lines defining the structure of his works like scars grant access to the histories behind the unique personality of every singular character. His oeuvre ranges between muralism, painting and illustration and is marked by abstract figures with mask-like faces that might remind of early 20th century futurism. Since 2008, he lives and works in Berlin.
https://www.instagram.com/w3sr/

Urban Spree Galerie Ecke:

The « Ecke » (for « corner » in german) is the second exhibition space of Urban Spree. Located in the galerie on the opposite side of the main gallery space, the Ecke is focused on works on paper, drawings, illustration, and photography, albeit on a scale that reveals a more intimate facet of the artists.

Danny Figueroa aka Wesr

« Hits and Flops »

Urban Spree Galerie’s Ecke

8th of April – 22nd of April 2017

Opening reception: 8th April, 2017, 18:30 – 22:00

Exhibition hours: TU – SU 12:00 – 18:30

Enquiries: galerie@urbanspree.com



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



WALLS

For their first show of 2020, Urban Spree Galerie presents « WALLS », a collective exhibition featuring 30 international artists and dedicated to the notion of the « wall ». 

Curated by Fabrice Douar and Cyrille Gouyette (Le Louvre Museum, Paris) and co-curated by Pascal Feucher (Urban Spree Galerie, Berlin), « WALLS » invites prominent artists from both the comics scene and the street art scene to create graphic works of fiction related to walls, interpreted either as simple architectural elements, ominous symbols of segregation, canvases and vessels to convey meaning, textures, or imaginary playgrounds and labyrinths. 

Fragment of an antique wall, Pompeii. Courtesy Galerie David Ghezelbash

 

While some antique artefacts appear in the show to testify of their immortal, silent presence, in the 21st Century, the Minotaur doesn’t wait at the center of his realm but has clearly moved outside, demultiplied its presence, and is building more walls.

The exhibition’s direction is therefore resolutely multifaceted, contemporary and graphic-oriented, spanning several topographies (Europe, South Korea, Middle East, Hong Kong, Cuba…), and art forms (painting, photography, installations, videos). 

Levalet: « Voie de contournement », China ink on paper, 70x100cm, 2019

30 Artists: Alias, Andreas, Jim Avignon, Bault, Enki Bilal, Broken Fingaz Crew, Isaac Cordal (installation), Hendrik Czakainski, Christian Durieux, Philippe Écharoux (mapping installation), EVOL, Jean Faucheur, Flix, Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, Miles Hyman, Kim Jung Gi, Levalet, Stéphane Levallois, Loustal, Marc-Antoine Mathieu, Mode2, Alexandra Novosseloff, Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Michal Škapa, Pen So, Thom Thom, Sam Tse, Santiago Valenzuela, Lars Wunderlich, Zevs.

 

Enki Bilal. Excerpt from the Portfolio « Die Mauer Berlin », Futuropolis 1982

 

In cooperation with Galerie David Ghezelbash, Galerie Huberty & Breyne, and Galerie Lelong & Co.

 

WALLS

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

10245 Berlin

Vernissage: Friday, January 17th, 2019 from 18:30

Exhibition: 17.01.2019 – 29.02.2019

Wed – Sat –  12:00-18:30 or by appointment

info and catalogue: galerie@urbanspree.com

To download the Press Kit: https://www.urbanspree.com/press/