German artist Christian August aka KID CASH belongs to the most active post-urban artists of his
generation. The exhibition titled VERY NECESSARY subsumes his work of the last three years and
leads to a new body of works which will be on display at Urban Spree Galerie for the first time. The
title of the exhibition refers to his work in public spaces and hints comically to the necessity of
showing these artworks in a gallery context.
In the middle of the 1990s, KID CASH started to paint on public walls and to analyze surfaces,
urbanity and architecture. The enthusiasm therof still inspires his work. The departure point for his
imagery are often spontaneous sketches and photographs that result from everyday situations and
emotions. His sources are very diverse and range from landscapes and still lifes 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 referred fields of 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 such as acrylic and
spraypaint, construction materials, wood and canvases. The depicted visual language is dominated
by seriality, an important element in KID CASH’s narrative.
Christian August alias KID CASH – VERY NECESSARY
1st of April – 22nd of April 2017
Opening reception: 31st of March 2017, 18:00 – 22:00
Urban Spree Galerie
TUE – SUN 12:00 – 18:30