I had an artist residency in Vienna for the month of August 2014 – the quietest month of the year there.

Packed with a suitcase full of art materials and a backpack with a few personal belongings I arrive in Wien for a month long residency where I got to paint everyday and night. Here’s a few photos of the studio and work-in-progress….

I’ve joined forces with Alesh 1 as his assistant for Urban Art Clash gallery and Street Art Meeting here in Berlin. Alesh 1 is a bit of a legend here and after doing his wild thing all his life, he is now for the past 8 years, the creator, director and curator for these 2 happenings and our first project together was the Street Art Meeting – Winter Edition warm up event in Urban Spree.

It went something like this:

>> STREET ART MEETING // Winter Edition 2014 <<
Street Art Festival & Exhibition with Street Artists and like-minded Individuals from All Over the Globe, including some Berlin Street Art Legends, Graffiti Kings and City Heroes… Curated by Alesh One / DZT!

DAY 1 >> Fr 21. Februar 2014 / 13:00h till late
STREET ART MEETING 2014 / Winter-Edition
Urban Spree Gallery, Revaler Str. 99, Berlin-Fhain
http://www.urbanspree.com/
Open from 1pm till late
>> During the night: Party in the Club till you can’t dance!
On the wheels of steel: MITCH ALIVE (Funkstation) & some special guests!

>> OPEN STUDIOS / GALLERY 21.-23.02.2014
(open daily from 1pm till late)
We are transforming the whole location into one huge open studio and gallery, where artists will be working and exhibiting during the event from friday till sunday.
Come by and visit us to catch some original art works or just to have a look over the artist shoulder…
Support your local vandals! There will be a small corner shop where you can get some stickers, tshirts and other merch from your favorite artists.

>> SCREENPRINT CLASH / 14:00h / 17:00h / 21:00h
We are holding screen print sessions and workshops with selected artists from friday till sunday (3 times a day / registration necessary).
Some of the artists are screenprinting on your favorite tshirts and stuff you bring…
There is a limited capacity for the daily screenprint sessions in the studio – early registrations welcome! But dont worry – there are plans for some “wild-sessions” in the gallery.

>> SKETCH CLUB
Bring your BlackBooks and get em signed or just sketch with us. There will be a corner where kids and addicts can sketch their latest ideas. > OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS! < Show us your stuff (Sketchbook, Portfolio, Photos) and become a part of the Street Art Meeting / Main Event in the Summer of 2014.

>> STICKERIA 1.0
Some of us are Sticker-Maniacs and we won´t stop… Share or trade your stickers with others. There will be a peep-show of selected stickers during the SAM event powered by attending artists. Please dont cry if you miss it!

>> STREET ART TOURS // Day´n Night
We are holding guided Street Art Tours > twice a day 15:00 / 21:00 (registration at the SAM Info-Point necessary). Walk the streets of Berlin to check out the latest Pieces / Guided by Artists.

>> DARKROOM CINEMA
(Screenings will be announced during the event in our “DarkRoom Cinema”)
Step into the world of street art and graffiti and slide into the night. Peep behind the scenes and have a look through the artists eyes. We are screening some dope flix and exclusive movies.

DAY 2 >> Saturday 22. Februar 2014 / 13:00h till late
STREET ART MEETING 2014 / Winter-Edition
Urban Spree Gallery, Revaler Str. 99, Berlin-Fhain
Open from 1pm till late / Admission 3.00

Exhibition / Open Studios / Screenprint Clash / Sketch Club / Stickeria / DarkRoom Cinema / Party with Live-DJs
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DAY 3.0 >> Sunday 23. Februar 2014 / 13:00h – 18:00h
STREET ART MEETING 2014 / Winter-Edition
Urban Spree Gallery, Revaler Str. 99, Berlin-Fhain
Open from 1pm till 6pm / Admission 3.00
Exhibition / Open Studios / Screenprint Clash / Sketch Club / Stickeria / DarkRoom Cinema

From 8pm PIANO CONCERT @ Urban Spree Gallery
Check www.urbanspree.com for info and admission!

MOVIE NIGHT from 18:00 till open end
>> we hope you join the long movie night and afterparty in the club with Sketch Battles and fun!
Open from 6pm till the morning!

Our team at Urban Spree:

DAY 3.1 >> Sunday 23. Februar 2014 / 7pm till late
STREET ART MEETING 2014 / The Exhibition
Art Show on 2 Floors / UAC Art Space
Generator, Oranienburger Str. 65, 10117 Berlin-Mitte

After 3 days of action, crea(c)tivity and collaborations, there will be a final exhibition of the STREET ART MEETING
23. Februar – 25. May 2014 at the UAC art space in Berlin Mitte.

Another action packed day working with the team on the 2nd ‘PROJECT M’ here in Berlin, where top street artists from around the world meet at the space and fill the large windows with their work. See post: PROJECT M 1 – Berlin. This time features R.O.N.E (exterior wall), Ron English, Know Hope, Crajes, Klone Yourself, Sandra Chevrier, Strok, Lucy Mclauchlan, David Shillinglaw, Eric Jones. Yeow!!

Visit: www.urban-nation.net

Feeling the love from: Hi-FructoseStreet Art NewsThisIsColossal.

R.O.N.E

Inside the project:

Eric Jones

Know Hope

..and back outside:

Ron English

Ron English

Sandra Chevrier
Strok

Lucy McLauchlan

David Shillinglaw

I was invited to my first Sketch Circle night in Berlin where you meet in a small Berlin bar every wednesday with other artists (mainly graf heads) and just sketch, listen to tunes and drink beer.

Here’s my first Sketch Circle sketch:

Boards without Borders is a great initiative that I came across when painting at the S.A.M graffiti jam at YAAM (see previous post here) where this non-profit group will sell the skate decks adorned with artworks to raise funds to build a skate park in India. (Mission statement below)

I joined forces with old skool legend graffiti artist Dejoe to make this black and white minimal line-work skateboard deck for the cause. To see both designs upright – my design is on the top right and Dejoe’s is bottom right.

Here is their mission statement:

“Boards without Borders” is a creative and social skateboarding and boardsports non-profit association. The association engages young people through sports, and offers cross-cultural interaction, education, and personal empowerment opportunities.

The students come from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. They develop skills in different styles of boardsports civic responsibility, multimedia, and creative arts. The students themselves decide what they want to learn; we connect them with a safe space and opportunities for them to develop the skills that they consider important.

In the end of 2013 our first skatepark will be built in Khajuraho which is located 650 km Southeast of New Delhi in India. We also working on a surf park in Berlin.

Got a chance to paint at this year’s Street Art Meeting (Urban Art Clash) where top painters from around the world re-covered all the walls at YAAM.

MTO (photo credit link)

Dr. Drax

El Bocho

New York artist David Hochbaum moved into the Strychnin Gallery for a week to install his show Nephelococcygia. All about the process this artist gets stuck in while we wonder if he ever had a 1st nights sleep there. Extremely hard working, David presents a piece of his world for you to step into and walk around.

The flyer:


The Install:



Another lovely busy week installing a new show – ALL (MY) STARS – Strychnin Gallery’s 10 Year Anniversary show.

Floor to ceiling inventory featuring:

David Hochbaum, Mandy Tsung, Pisa 73, Monika Viktoria, Naomi Nowak, Alaric Hammond, ABCNT, Colin Burns, Allen Douglas, Mimi S., Hsiao Ron Cheng, Miss Mindy, Miss Van, Archer Dougherty, Kristen Ferrell, Chris Dean, Dilka Bear, Liz McGrath, Nomi Chi, David Stoupakis, Marina Bychkova, Virginie Ropars, Sophie Bastien, Wee Flowers, Redd Walitzki, Chris Collins, CarolinaToscano, Daniel Van Nes, Raf Veulemans, Miraschi, Ocoze, Cliff Wallace, Skeleton Heart, Seymour, Bethany Marchman, Christian Rothenhagen, Christine Polis, Doktor A., Elena and Ekaterina Popovy, Fancois Escalmel, Luisa Catucci, Benjamin Vierling, Jon Jaylo, Lisa Mei Ling Fong, Yosuke Ueno, Chet Zar, Seiko Kato, Lydia Dekker, Erica Rose Levine, Kris Kuksi, Sonya Fu, Brian Horton, Adam Oehlers, Yoko D’Holbachie, Scott Holloway, Monique Ligons, Greg Haberny, Elmer Presslee, Mark Ryden, Scott Radke, Bijoux, Katya Tal, BORIS+NATASCHA, David Thierree, Marcus Poston, Chris von Steiner, Nathalie Shau, Jason Limon, Marco Rea, Niark1, Chris Brett, Carisa Swenson, Richard Kirk, Hara Katziki, Nanami Cowdroy, Nick Sheehy, Sean Pierce, Ver Mar, Saturno Butto’, Annie Bertram, Heather Gargon, Jbak, Meredith Dittmar, Kathryn Carr, Eliza Bolli, Akiza, Virginia Mori, Leila Ataya, Robert Tirado, Nom Kinnear King, Forgotten Hearts, Chris Guarino, Citron Rouge, Kasey Tararuj, Maria Rubinke, Wolfgang Petrick, Lola, Scott Hove, Fernanda Veron, Squp, Ben Godi, Duma, Louis Fleischauer, ELLE, Sit, Reka One & many more…

IN THE VAULT:

Strychnin Galerie will be unveiling Marco Mazzoni’s and Saturno Butto’s latest series of works. A beautiful selection of studies, drawings and illustrations. Small in size, big in excecution.

Miss Van

Photos of opening night – HERE

This was a great buzz to be a part of this project where 10 artists came together for the day and covered large windows with their impressive artwork – RekaOne joined us too and painted the wall at the entrance door, making it 11 artists in total.

‘PROJEKT M’ 10/08/2013 from Strychnin Berlin on Vimeo.

Elle – Sage Vaughn – Jbak

Faile

Sit – BeerBLN – Mimi S. – Raemann – Luisa Catucci

RekaOne

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I have moved to Berlin in the hope of finding work in the creative field (like so many other people here) and have started by interning at Strychnin Gallery in Berlin, after meeting gallery director Yasha Young – www.strychnin.com and http://yashayoung.com – in New York at Ron English’s bbq birthday at his house and studio in Beacon, summer 2011.

I arrived in Berlin Friday night and started work at the galley on the Monday, where we started the full-on week of installing (creatively choosing and coordinating what work and where/how we hang it) a show in the 3 rooms at the gallery in Friedrichshain. Here are some photos I took during the install up to opening night.

We built these crates to ship off work to a show in Amsterdam while installing Monster’s Lullaby

I'm figuring out which way I want to hang Chris Brett's work

Chris Brett

David Hochbaum

Opening night