Today saw the launch of a project that will enrich both Berlin’s diverse cultural landscape and the international art scene: the start of building work on the future URBAN NATION MUSEUM FOR URBAN CONTEMPORARY ART. In the coming months, a globally unique new centre for exhibitions, research and exchange focussed on one of the most important art forms of the 21st century will emerge.
TWOONE teamed up with Urban Spree and Mother Drucker to produce an exceptional hand painted screen print using only traditional techniques.
Hunted Hunter’s Head-Panther is a large format 4 colors screen print in a limited edition run of only 25 copies.
The print will be released on March 15th, 10:00 C.E.T.
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CLET (Brittany, 1966) is an Italian artist with Breton origins working in the urban context with installations over buildings and (always removable) modifications to road signs.
The artist’s main purpose is to actively claw back public spaces.
Ten years in the making this book brings you visual intensity from one of the most travelled and dedicated artists of Melbourne – Mike Makatron.
Featuring murals, canvas, installations and sculpture works plus behind the scenes images and tongue in cheek quirky stories from the streets to the jungles in over 50 diverse locations from around the world.
New York, Singapore, Miami, Melbourne, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Cape Town, Rio De Janeiro and Berlin are just some of the places featured in this visual journey through the colourful life of Mike Maka.
To celebrate the launch of the book, head on down to Chopper Lane / Everfresh Studio
1 Perry Street, Collingwood 3066 on Friday 4th December 201 from 6pm.
URBAN NATION One Wall: Onur & Wes21 evoke the destruction of the world with a massive mural in Kreuzberg, Berlin.
The object of art is to depict an unfiltered vision of contemporary life, to give a face to our desires, to draw attention to misunderstandings. Street artists Onur & Wes21 pursue just this goal. In their work, the two Swiss artists explore the idea of the ecosystem of the planet Earth as infested by human parasites. Their public art aims to grab peoples’ attention and encourage them to think.
A few months ago when we were back in Berlin during Urban Nation we had a chance to go out on a mission with one of Berlin’s most prolific graffiti crews, the Berlin Kidz. Take a look closer and you’ll see them abseiling down the wall to catch their tags. As that was going on Alaniz had his mile-high roller brush working on the middle finger from the ground. What’s crazy about this spot is Blu had buffed the entire wall black a few months prior to this as he didn’t like the real estate developers idea of having new condos that would have a great view of the local art hot spot. This was the message the Berlin Kidz and Alaniz had to say about that. Check out the time lapse and action photos shot by Birdman.
Part of the ongoing curated projects by Urban Nation in Berlin, Germany project M8 was curated by Stolenspace Gallery and featured just about every major contemporary artist. First of many postings from this project is the beautiful and quite massive mural by Shepard Fairey and the Obey team. Take a look at their process in the pics we got while hanging out with the crew for a couple of days.
Pics by: Birdman Photos
Our favourite Berlin-based Aussie, Reka is opening his latest show, OLYMPVS at Avantgarden Gallery.
Renowned for his graffiti, Reka’s work is populated by figures from anthropomorphic forms, playful but disturbing as it combines contradictory emotions: humour and foreboding menacing. These abstract and surreal figures, constructed from sharp lines, dynamic movements and bold colours, invade the streets of the city, “climbing” on brick walls and giving the urban environment a new layer of ‘literary colours’
The subjects by Reka, perfectly inserted in the Berlin metropolitan context, promote dialogue between the viewer and the surrounding environment. Reka’s art is not limited to the studio work he has been producing, but will overspill to the walls of the gallery too, spreading from the confines of the canvas to to the real world as his characters cross over the boundaries of fantasy and reality.
For artwork enquires and exhibition catalogue please contact:
AVANTGARDEN GALLERY www.avantgardengallery.com
Via Cadolini, 29 – 20137 Milano
Brooklyn Street Art recently kicked off the 7th part of Urban Nation’s Project M series. We caught up with BSA directors Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo to get the lowdown on their part of the project.
VNA: So, why did you guys put this together?
Steve: We had a couple of goals when putting ‘Persons of Interest’ together – one was to counter the cultural imperialism that can happen in these large street art/mural festivals around the globe right now. It is sort of in response to a critique we have heard in the last few years as an international circuit of recurring Street Art “names” go into a host city and leave work that people can’t relate to personally. We wanted to leave work that people in Berlin could feel connected to.
Jaime: We also asked each of the 12 artists to do research and produce a portrait of someone who lived in Germany or who lives in Brooklyn and is from Germany – a cultural exchange that highlights the real connection that Brooklyn and Berlin artists communities have had for decades, something we’re both personally familiar with as artists. The results have been nothing short of amazing (and gratifying) to us, because each of the artists chose people who they also relate to – realist and Dadaist artists, social and political activists, a writer and poet, an icon of the silver screen, Turkish immigrants, even a German photographer who lives next door to one of the artists in Brooklyn.
“Time flies when you’re having fun,” was Bart Smeets’ aka Smates’ reaction when we first told him it had been a whole five years since we last covered him here at VNA. In the meantime he has managed to achieve that closest held dream of every creative mind, to make a living from his love. Although, as he later mentioned, such an achievement has come at a cost. With an interview that was five months in the making, we touched bases with him again after all this time for an update on how things have progressed.