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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/



New York Perspectives

Urban Spree Galerie presents New York Perspectives, a duo show featuring Chris « Daze » Ellis and Joe Conzo, curated by Mode2. The vernissage will be on Friday, November 22nd, at 18:30, in presence of the two artists.

    Through the work of two New York City-born artists, a painter and a photographer, this exhibition is an attempt to show aspects of New York City life, through the eyes and the work of two very different individuals; though both come from a part of its counterculture.

    The drawings and paintings of the artist Chris “Daze” Ellis, and those many moments and people captured by the photography of Joe Conzo show us how the youth that were more in osmosis with the steel, the concrete, the glass, the streets and the city’s subway system, could develop new forms of visual dialogue that could form a bridge between their own social and cultural background, and a movement that would infiltrate the artworld and become a global phenonmenon.

   Coming from different neighbourhoods and cultural backgrounds, both have lived long enough to have witnessed first hand the huge transformations that the city has gone through over these last decades, while their “work”, which was actually their hobby, passion and life pretty much, has documented seminal eras during that time.

  These tumultuous years of cultural flux; of blossoming, blooming, destruction and rebirth, are often overlooked by today’s focus on the “now” of street art, and the way through which this eclipses the very alchemy that gave birth to the way in which artists express themselves in the street today, or the way in which they document city life.

    It is doubtful that much of what is happening today in visual art, music, dance and written or spoken word ever would have happened, if generations of youth in New York City had not lived what they did many decades ago; and we can count ourselves lucky that a few rare individuals happened to be there and have the instinct to document it.

  Here then, are views of New York from two different perspectives, they themselves being a complex accumulation of all of life’s experiences, and how they shape each individual’s understanding of the world around them; and the ways by which they choose to express and share this with us.

Urban Spree Prints will release two 18″x 24″ silk screen prints by Daze on the opening night and online.

The gallery and the curator heartily thank Henry Chalfant for letting us show his documentary movie “From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale.”

Poster Artwork by Tyler Askew.

 

“New York Perspectives »

Christopher « Daze » Ellis / Joe Conzo

Curated by Mode2

22.11 – 21.12.2019

 

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

10245 Berlin

Opening: Friday 22.11.2019 at 18:30

Exhibition: Tu-Sa – 12:00 – 18:30

Info & Catalogue: contact@urbanspree.com

 

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BIOGRAPHIES: 

 

Chris « Daze » Ellis

Growing up in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Chris Daze Ellis (b. 1962) was aware from early on of the names and the odd characters that would be dancing along the trains that wove their way through the city. When he started out at the High School of Art & Design in 1976, he found that there was a whole community of very diverse yet like-minded individuals there, also involved with this scene; some of whom would go on to make a name for themselves in the art world.

Being a fan of drawing and comic books already, Daze camouflaged his nighttime activities under his parents’ gaze, exploring and expanding his visual vocabulary, combining the traditional with the dynamism of a new and challenging environment, with stimulus of its own.

Having mastered the medium and the environment, Daze would go on to shape his own personal vision of the world, looking as much inwards as outwards, in the relationship between the trains and walls, and what he could further explore in the studio. The strength of his successful life as an artist in his own right would develop from then on.

From his participation in his first group show, Beyond Words, at the Mudd Club in 1981, before having his own solo show at Fashion Moda (the historical South Bronx art space that bridged the established art world with the raw talent and energy coming out of New York City), Daze embraced the wide horizon that opened up before him.

From then on, Daze began to show in many different cities around the world, whether it be galleries and museum, in solo shows as well as group formats. He has participated in many public or educational art projects around the world, working with students and communities from South Korea to Brazil via Haiti, while often visiting Europe as well, and contributing to New York mural initiatives like the Leap Arts Program or Thrive Collective.

From his appearances in the film Style Wars, to being an art consultant on the Netflix series The Get Down in 2017, to participating in public painting projects from the Star Ferry Terminal in Hong Kong in 1993, painting an entire Hannover train station with fellow artists Lee Quinones and John Crash Matos, or being commissioned for murals by private clients like the law firm, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in Washington D.C. 2018; Daze has constantly had his hands on a whole range of different projects.

Daze’s paintings have found themselves in many private collections including Eric Clapton, Natalie Imbruglia, and Madonna. His work can also be found in the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum, NY, Museum of Modern art, NY, The Museum of the city of New York, The Ludwig Museum, Aachen, Yale University art Gallery, New Haven, Addison Museum of American Art at the Phillips Academy, Andover.

Chris Daze Ellis continues to live and work in New York City.

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Joe Conzo

Joe Conzo was born in the Bronx during an era of great upheaval, when the construction of the Cross Bronx Expressway was nearing its end, having destroyed the communities that lay in its path, and condemning those parts of the borough around it to social and economic decline. The apocalyptic landscapes of urban devastation, and the high criminality associated to it are emblematic of that era.

President Truman’s Urban Renewal announced in 1949, ruthlessly applied by Robert Moses, targetted the more modest and ethnically diverse neighbourhoods of New York City whose resistance to forced removal would fall on deaf ears, as private developers grabbed the prime lots. The Bronx represented both the laboratory and the collateral damage for these extreme experiments of urban renewal.

And yet, out of what looked like an urban war zone, the city’s youth began to pick up the pieces, and, out of the desolation around them, began to build their own road out of it. Realising that the state was not going to do anything positive for them, their survival instincts eventually kicked in; and out of the gang culture, the drugs, and the sheer nihilism that had reigned for a while over much of the borough, new and greener shoots were beginning to break through.

Joe Conzo’s cultural capital, and that of his peers, was probably key to his survival and his blossoming during those harsh years; grandson of Dr. Evelina López Antonetty, a political activist who played a huge role in developing educational programmes for Puerto Rican children, and son of Joe Conzo Snr., who was in the thick of the huge Latin music scene of that bridged those decades; hanging with all the main players of that era, and having been the biographer of Tito Puente.

While studying at the Agnes Russell School on the campus of Columbia University, he discovered photography, the medium that would enable him to document what went on around him; from the world of latin culture through his father’s connections, to the collision of art forms that would later be called Hip Hop; a word that eclipses the sum of its parts.

Having lived many ups and downs in the eighties, to a rebirth of sorts, Joe Conzo went on to become a qualified medical nurse, then worked for the New York City Fire Department, being among the first responders on 9/11. At some point along the way, he was reunited with the camera, and began shooting again…

Whether as the photographer of rap crew The Cold Crush Brothers, a hugely influential group of MCs from the early days, or just a boy from the Bronx who had a camera and curious eyes, Joe Conzo’s photos provided reference material to Henry Chalfant ‘s documentary “From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale.”, and were documented in a book called “Born In The Bronx: A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop”.

His negatives have been digitalised and archived at Cornell University, providing a unique and indispensable resource for those wishing to research the those eras.



Arabs Do It Better Berlin • 19.10.19 • Urban Spree

rabs Do It Better
Electronic Hafla • حفلة الكترونية

19.10.2019 | Saturday
١٩.١٠.٢٠١٩ | يوم السبت

Urban Spree
Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin

DOORS OPEN : MIDNIGHT
افتتاح الابواب: الساعة ٢٤:٠٠

Tickets at the entrance
10 euro
الدفع على الباب

ELECTRONIC HAFLA FLOOR
ساحة الحفلة الاكتروني
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DAVID PEARL (Arabs Do It Better)
Hadi Zeidan (Beirut Electro Parade)
MARWAN HAWASH (Arabs Do It Better)

SOUL KEBAB FLOOR | Funky sexy vinyls
ساحة السول كباب | موسيقى على اسطوانات
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O-wais (Recordat)

The summer is long gone but Arabs Do It Better are bringing the sun back to Berlin with yet another warm and shiny party with the best electronic tunes from the Middle East and beyond spread on 2 floors featuring exciting guests.

In the ELECTRONIC HAFLA FLOOR the Arabs Do It Better crew – Marwan Hawash & David Pearl will host our very special guest:
Hadi Zeidan (Beirut Electro Parade)
who will take us to a special musical trip through his influences and futuristic Middle eastern sounds from his birth town Beirut.

In SOULKEBAB FLOOR dedicated to vinyl music, from funk and disco beats to the Mediterranean rhythm. In charge by o wais (Recordat).
The person behind and in front of the series of recording sessions, a collective and a record label for DJs and electronic music producers from across the Mediterranean.

Get ready to dance and sweat until the morning!


الصيف يمكن خلص، بس فريق ‘ارابز دو ات بطر’ راجعين ومرجعات معنا الشمس لبرلين مع حفلة الكترونية مع اجدد موسيقى من الشرق الاوسط والمنطقة، مع ساحتين رقص وموسيقيين برفعوا الراس!

في الساحة الالكترونية فريق الارابز دو ات بطر – مروان هواش ودافيد پيرل رح يستضيفوا عازف ومسوطن مميز:
هادي زيدان (Beirut Electro Parade)، اللي رح يوخدنا لرحلة موسيقية بتأثير عالمه الموسيقي من الشرق الاوسط وبالاخص مكان الولادة – بيروت.

ساحة الSoulKebab رح تتخصص لموسيقى على اسطوانات من عالم الفانك، الديسكو، الكلاسيكيات والايقاع الشرقي مع جامع الموسيقى الرائع O-Wais (Recodat).
ابراهيم هو مؤسس ‘ركوردات’, سلسلة جلسات تسجيل موسيقية، فريق مبني من عدة مسوطنين ومنتجي موسيقى الكترونية.

حضروا حالكو لليلة ملانة رقص وحب للصبح!

Listen • استمعو
HADI ZEIDAN > https://bit.ly/2kIKCwA
O-WAIS > https://bit.ly/2m2O0SY
MARWAN HAWASH > https://bit.ly/2oNWwUJ
DAVID PEARL > https://bit.ly/2C82Xeh

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Krake Festival Day III: Undertow + Vinyl & Synth Market

Vinyl & synth market
with djs, live performances & tombola
Special: Circuit Bending installatation by Moon Armada

nighttime
22:00 B-Movie
movie screening w/ the main protagonist Mark Reeder
line up:
Schwefelgelb – live
The Horrorist – live
PETRA FLURR & 89st – live
Moon Armada – live
Ickmachwelle – live
MAX DURANTE
Mark Reeder
MELANIA .
Bonnie
Chris_Topicdrift
Cristian Marras
Philipp Drube
Polygraphic Hate Alliance
Squallfront
Anna Bolena alias Sunset Motherfucker

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KRAKE FESTIVAL is a festival for challenging electronic music organized by the Berlin based Killekill crew. As the name implies, the festival spreads its tentacles out over multiple days and venues across the city, presenting different styles of music. KRAKE is not about hype, it’s about music, that dares to step off the beaten track, about surprising performances and a down-to-earth attitude, far off the mainstream.

A festival for music lovers.

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The Krake weekend begins on FRIDAY daytime with the legendary Label & Synth Market, a record fair bringing together almost 100 of Berlin’s underground record labels and a small selection of synth brands to present their products in the lively garden area of Urban Spree. Next to DJ sets and surprise performances rounding off the day, the raffle is a chance to win electronic music production equipment and other cool stuff once again. All profit of the raffle will go to Ickmachwelle, a project which aims to empower and teach people with cognitive disabilities to learn how to make electronic music. Ickmachwelle will also perform live directly after the raffle!
FRIDAY night sets the stage for a series of concerts and performances in pure punk attitude! Dig through wild West-Berlin’s archives of the ‘80s with scene expert Mark Reeder and ‘B- Movie’, followed by a Q&A and dj set with and by the protagonist himself. Synth-punk Petra Flurr & 89st is opening for Schwefelgelb, Berlin’s most prolific duo in classic body music tradition, while The Horrorist is gearing up for one of his raging and devastating live performances.
On top of this we are delving deeper into DIY synth art and Circuit Bending throughout the day and night with Lithuanian Moon Armada being one of the most impressive artists in the field. He builds experimental musical devices using doll heads and other objects to create an unreal and spooky atmosphere and has prepared an installation and a performance for our festival.

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Arabs Do It Better • Summer Edition

 

Arabs Do It Better
Electronic Hafla • حفلة الكترونية
Summer Edition • نسخة الصيف

COME EARLY CUZ BEFORE THE PARTY WE GOT SOME FOOD AND MORE MUSIC FOR YOU!
SoulKebab Festival | Open Air Music & Food 6.7
https://www.facebook.com/events/446622022844113/

ELECTRONIC FLOOR | Electronic Hafla
الساحة الرئيسية | حفلة الكترونية
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MARWAN HAWASH (Arabs Do It Better)
DAVID PEARL (Arabs Do It Better)
HIBA SALAMEH

SOUL KEBAB FLOOR | Funky sexy vinyls
ساحة السول كباب | موسيقى على اسطوانات
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katscha & show kati (radio reudnitz / minibar)

Visuals by Oriana

Berlin, Arabs Do It Better are back in town for another round of some amazing electronic hafla and Jaffa realness spread on 2 floors.
SOULKEBAB FLOOR dedicated to funky sexy vinyl from all around the Middle East and beyond played by katscha & show kati ((radio reudnitz / minibar)
ELECTRONIC FLOOR with our special electronic hafla played by the Arabs Do It Better crew: Marwan Hawash & David Pearl and our very special guest from Haifa: Hiba Salameh!
Get ready to dance and sweat until the morning to our special mixture of Arabic and Middle Eastern Electronica, Funk and Classics from all around the world!

Listen • استمعو
HIBA SALAMEH > https://bit.ly/2W1FHnC
SHOW KATI > https://bit.ly/2Hy7tlx
KATSCHA > https://bit.ly/2WNViYn
MARWAN HAWASH > https://bit.ly/2oNWwUJ
DAVID PEARL > https://bit.ly/2C82Xeh

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Basement Bash Vol. XIX & TDWF- Headliner: The Molochs

 

Basement Bash and The David Watts Foundation are proud to announce that they will be joining forces for this special edition of your favorite Berlin concert series, with a kick-ass line-up!

THE MOLOCHS (USA)

It’s not a surprise to see that the Molochs are on the same label that brought the world the Allah-Las. Like their fellow Los Angelenos, the Molochs are in thrall to that point in the mid-60s where beat groups, garage bands and psychedelic outfits began to merge into each other. There’s a drowsiness about their music – they tend towards the mid-tempo, Lucas Fitzsimons drawls his vocals, and the guitars jangle more than growl – that means they don’t quite tip over into Pebbles/Nuggets territory. Which means they can’t just get by on sneers and snarls; they need melodies, too. And when they hit the sweet spot, they’re a treat: Charlie’s Lips, powered by none-more-Shindig! organ, is terrific; The One I Love sounds like a lost demo from the Leaves; No More Cryin’ ups the energy, crossing over into early Stones-styled R&B. Genre fans will love it – it’s the perfect soundtrack to pulling on your Chelsea boots and black crew-neck sweater.

THREE MARIAS (DE)

Previously and briefly known as Thee Dropp, Three Marias is a trio (you guessed right) of expats based in Berlin. Stranded on the Spree shores while sailing from their homelands with the winds of change at their backs, the three boys – yes, boys – bonded through their common inspiration from the sound of 60s garage and surf rock, as well as the fuzzy growls of today’s wave of neo-psychedelic rock. Through reverb-drenched chords and dissonant, roaring riffs, Three Marias will take you on board in their cruise amongst punchy irony and dreamy melancholia.

PALM SQUIRREL (DE)

Palm Squirrel are a Berlin-based noise rock trio formed by Mathew Johnson, Paul Laburre and Jason Gold. Their debut EP is coming out on Baby Satan Records.
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20:00 – Doors
21:00 – Palm Squirrel
21:45 – Three Marias
22:30 – The Molochs
23:15 – Basement Bash X David Watts Foundation DJ set

Early Bird: 5€
Entry/AK: 10€ / 5€ with valid student ID
Link: https://bit.ly/2UOqwle

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Basement Bash | an Indieberlin event
The David Watts Foundation

Friends and Partners:
dq agency, Drum Candy and #PommerenkeDrums

 

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