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His production is as rare and precious as his materia prima is common: the cardboards he uses are invisible and soon-to-be-discarded materials. But don’t be mistaken: finding the perfect cardboard for an artwork is a difficult quest, where color, hue, logos and stamps, fractures, accidents and scratches, must align to give birth to his extremely detailed stencils.
If walls could speak, they would tell stories of what once was, stories of buildings, of inhabitants, in these very Berliner « Kiez » that are nowadays so fast remodelled by the unforgiven tempo of construction.
EVOL: Gelbes Gefahr – Helsingforser Str. – #2 – Spray Paint on Cardboard – 78 x 87 cm – framed – 2021
A 6-colour screen print « Blockprint 04 » (now sold out) has been published on the occasion of the exhibition. « Blockprint 04 » is the 4th print in the Blockprint series after 2 runs in 2010 (BP 01 / BP 02) and 1 in 2014 (BP 03).
Revaler Str. 99
Urban Spree Galerie proudly presents « LETTERS », an international group show featuring 10 artists engaged in the practice of urban calligraphy.
The Exhibition will take place starting on Friday, April 23rd, 2021 at Urban Spree Galerie and online
LETTERS focuses on European and Mediterranean artists whose practice is strongly influenced by their graffiti years, past or current, their passion for painting, lettering, abstraction, and the use of brushes.
This first chapter covers artists nourished by the classical European calligraphy tradition (roman, runic or cyrilic scripts) as well as arabic calligraphy, but first and foremost by their contemporary practice of muralism and abstraction: muralism or « street art » is an integral part of the practice of « calligraffiti » – the holy alliance of calligraphy and the urban landscape, shaped by graffiti, whereby speed, precision and abstraction converge to give birth to this particular urban flow.
Whereas letters and alphabets are consubstantial to graffiti, urban calligraphy diverges with the use of a particular reference to traditional calligraphy and use of specific contact tools like brushes instead of aerosols.
Artists are using calligraphy as a materia prima. However, the final result is a substantial evolution from the traditional corpus of calligraphy with serious inroads into abstraction, where letters are turned into abstracted shapes and signs, dissolved, essentialized, obfuscated and cyphered.
LETTERS is a show about post-calligraphy and post-graffiti. About signs, mutations, strokes and freedom.
LETTERS feature new works by:
Niels « Shoe » Meulman
Lukas K Stiller
23.04.2021 / 12.06.2021
Opening: Friday, April 23rd 2021
Wednesday – Friday: 14:00-18:30
Saturday 13:00-18:30 and by appointment
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Urban Spree and Hatje Cantz invite you to the indoor/outdoor photobook launch of Romeo Alaeff’s, “In der Fremde: Pictures from Home,” published by the esteemed German arthouse publisher, Hatje Cantz.
Romeo Alaeff is a Berlin-based artist from Brooklyn, NY. After moving to Berlin eight years ago, he began a long-term photographic series about migration, belonging, and the universal search for home. Through haunting, cinematic images of Berlin, he charts a new city topography in the context of a complex family history spanning from Yemen to USSR, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Israel/Palestine, and the United States.
The photobook « In der Fremde: Pictures from Home » is composed of eerie nightscapes and Kiezszene in familiar Berlin neighborhoods, but, as the oxymoronic title suggests, strangeness and unfamiliarity lurk in the shadows.
The nocturnal photographs are framed by inspiring essays from Romeo Alaeff, Yuval Noah Harari, Eva Hoffman, Joseph Kertes, Rory MacLean, Christian Rattemeyer, and Charles Simic.
The artist will present his new photobook at Urban Spree, which will unveil an outdoor exhibition consisting of three mural-size photographs (300 x 200 cm) and a series of medium format photos disseminated throughout the garden. The photographer will sign his book and engage with the audience in partnership with the publisher.
The exhibition will be on display in the garden until January 23, 2021.
Saturday, November 7th
17:00 – 21:00
Outdoor Event / Free Entry
Romeo Alaeff, « In der Fremde: Pictures from Home:
Hardcover, 180 pages.
Editor: Nadine Barth
Graphic Design: anschlaege.de