My most recent trip to Berlin is already over a month in the past. A week is far too little time to capture it all, but this collection of favorites should give a pretty good indication of the level of graffiti saturation present in Berlin. Big, highly visible blockbuster rollers have been supplemented by an array of equally as impressive extinguisher pieces. A new addition to the visual landscape are colorful, vertical tags reminiscent of pixação, sprayed by rappeling down the sides of buildings. I finally had the opportunity to ride the Ringbahn once around the periphery of Berlin, an experience I recommend to anyone interested in the intersection of graffiti, architecture, and rail infrastructure. I’m itchin’ to go back.
After an exhilarating and inspiring week in Berlin, I was very pleased to be on hand to document the third iteration of Urban Nation‘s Project M, curated by Nuart‘s Martyn Reed. I’ll be posting more images from Berlin here on The Street Spot soon, but in the meantime, you can check out some of the installations for Project M/3 over on Brooklyn Street Art.
KLUB7 – a 10 year old, Berlin-based, art collective focused on collaborative mural and illustration making – has been in New York for less than two weeks, but already their marks can be found in a number of Brooklyn neighborhoods. The group (represented by four of the collective’s six members on this outing) regularly creates intricate chalk installations on sidewalks in public spaces, drawing on their common vocabulary of hand-painted symbols, characters, and lettering. The pier at Coney Island and the Williamsburg Bridge bike path are but two of the locations the collective has hit. You can follow their New York adventures in real time here.
Of course, their aesthetic is also readily applied to walls, as is the case with this mural, painted on the side of a Williamsburg bakery.
Come see what else KLUB7 have been up to at Pandemic Gallery this Saturday from 7-11pm. The show will feature a signature mural on one of the gallery walls as well as a selection of screen prints and other small works.
Although the city of Berlin may disagree, Kripoe’s ubiquitous, balled, yellow fist has become an icon of Berlin. From what I’ve seen, which is admittedly only a fraction, there is no spot this cat can’t reach. Ride the S-Bahn across town and you’ll quickly lose count of his many fists, roller skates and shooting stars. And his letters? Funky, fresh and a little weird – just how I like ’em.
Having painted large-scale walls in the UK, in several cities across the US, Mexico, Germany, and Denmark to name but a few of places he’s been just this year, Roa’s had an incredibly prolific year. His latest show, Decomposition, just opened at Vienna’s Inoperable Gallery last week and word has it a trip to Australia is in the works. As luck would have it, my recent work trip to Berlin allowed me the opportunity to catch the closing day of Roa’s Transit show at Skalitzers. He also painted a monstrous outdoor wall in the Kjosk lot down the street from the gallery (you can see photos of him in action on Just’s blog).
Below are just a few impressions from the show featuring some his signature interactive pieces. There are more images from Transit over on Skalitzers’ site.
My job unexpectedly took me back to Berlin for a second visit this year and I arrived just in time to experience a flurry of activities in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Berlin Wall being built. I had in fact just gotten off an overnight flight from New York and blearily made my way into the U-Bahn when the transit system ground to a halt at exactly noon on Saturday, August 13th and the entire city paused in remembrance.
A little over a week later at a location alongside the eastern bank of the river Spree, I came across a far more tangible memorial. The Freedom Park exhibition features numerous original segments of the Wall, painted by Nunca, Miss Van, Superblast, McBess, Funny Fun, Low Bros, Dave the Chimp, Kouka, Kiddy Citny, Thierry Noir, Chor Boogie, Erika Eiffel, Pius Portmann, Ezra 1, Mij.k.d0 and Jakob Wagner.
If you can help clear up any of the artist attributions, please leave a comment. I’ll be posting more favorites from Berlin in the coming days.