“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
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.
The artist Coco Bergholm has completed her mural at Urban Spree for the #StillSTAND Project, a local initiative to expose the contextual work of local street artists during the time of the pandemic/lockdown.
Coco Bergholm deals with the public space as a place of communication and addresses questions relating to possibilities of participation, passive resistance and disappearance.
In her mural for STILLTAND the artist is using a part of a quote by Cesar A. Cruz: “COMFORT THE DISTURBED – DISTURB THE COMFORTABLE”.
You can find an interview of the artist in relation to her wall project on the Urban Presents blog.
The Berlin-based artist howtokillagraffiti inaugurated the #StillSTAND Project by painting the first mural of the 4-part series.
The artist uses graffiti to create a structure and then populates it with various figures and shapes, intertwines them, hides them in plain sight. The outcome is a hybrid work between “painting” and graffiti, blurring the lines between the codified form of graffiti and the freestyle element of modern painting.
To learn more about the artist and his background, read the interview of howtokillagraffiti on the blog platform Urban Presents (in English and German).
StillSTAND – Paint the wall of Urban Spree! A project of Urban Spree and Senor Schnu
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Artists of all ages and artistic backgrounds can apply to design the famous 15 m x 8 m wall of Urban Spree, which will get a new facelift every 14 days from mid-May onwards. Materials and an artist fee of € 500,- are provided to the selected artists. “The role and relevance of Art in the time of Corona” is the subject of this Open Call.
Artists and cultural workers bring new impulses, especially in these times, and make clear how important art and culture are for society.
Residence in Berlin
Maximum 2 artists* per application (collaboration work or split work)
Send a proposal on the topic (max. 1 A4 page explanation, with rough sketch if desired)
Not to have painted the wall before
If you are interested, send your application with the subject weSTILLSTAND to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is fixed on the 8.5.2020
The jury of the project: Julia Benz (artist), Johannes Mundinger (artist), Katia Hermann (art historian), Senor Schnu (artist and curator) and Urban Spree.
Many thanks to our active sponsors: Molotow, Neis Design Berlin, Pandemic Healing Arts, We did nothing wrong e.V., Sehr Bueno, Katja Askenenka and Sophie Schermer. To make this project thrive, we are still looking for new partners to provide material and alleviate production costs. Potential sponsors can contact Pascal: email@example.com
StillSTAND – Bemale die Wand von Urban Spree! Ein Projekt von Urban Spree und Senor Schnu
Künstler*innen jeden Alters und jeglicher künstlerischen Herkunft können sich bewerben, um die berühmte 15 x 8 meter Wand der Urban Spree zu gestalten, die ab dem mitte Mai alle 14 Tage ein neues Gesicht bekommt. Gestellt werden Material und ein Honorar von € 500,–.
KünstlerInnen und Kulturschaffende bringen neue Impulse, gerade in diesen Zeiten und machen deutlich, wie wichtig Kunst und Kultur für die Gesellschaft ist. Die Rolle und Relevanz von Kunst in Zeiten von Corona sind Thema des Open Calls.
1. Wohnsitz in Berlin 2. Maximal 2 Künstler*innen per Bewerbung 3. Umsetzungsvorschlag zum Thema (max. 1 A4 Seite Erläuterung, gerne mit grobem Entwurf) und 4. du hast die Wand noch nicht bemalt
Kuratiert wird das Projekt von: Julia Benz (Künstlerin), Johannes Mundinger (Künstler), Katia Hermann (Kunsthistorikerin), Senor Schnu (Künstler und Kurator) sowie der Urban Spree Galerie.
Ein grosser Dank geht an die Supporter: Molotow, Neis Design Berlin, Pandemic Healing Arts, We did nothing wrong e.V, Sehr Bueno, Katja Askenenka und Sophie Schermer. Trotz dieser Supporter sind wir noch auf Support sowie Sponsoren angewiesen, um Material sowie Produktionskosten stellen zu können.
We are extending the “WALLS” Exhibition by a fortnight, until Saturday, March 14th, 2020.
“WALLS” is a collective exhibition curated by Cyrille Gouyette and Fabrice Douar (Le Louvre Museum, Paris) with an additional curation by Pascal Feucher (Urban Spree Galerie, Berlin) and featuring 30 international artists from the comics and street art scenes.
Expanding the historical timeline and geographical scope beyond the Fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago, “WALLS” explores the notion of the wall, from Antiquity to contemporary issues, viewed through the lens of artists committed to the public space and whose work is closely related to walls.
The next exhibition will be a presentation of recent works on canvas by polish calligraffiti artist Sicoer. Created through different sessions between his hometown of Krakow and a residency in Berlin, “Explorations” is the artist’s most ambitious exhibition to date.