Art

You Gotta Love Berlin – Illustrations by Xuehka

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We’ve recently published a little collection of some of our favorite Berlin illustrations and received a couple of submissions since then which we would love to share with you. This one comes from artist and illustrator Xuehka who is half Colombian and half Italian and now living in Berlin. Obviously it didn’t take very long for some of Berlin’s special qualities to become inspiration for Xuehka’s work and so we find a lot of references to the city in these works. Enjoy some views on the nightlife, the subway, the creative scene and the Berliner’s favorite drink after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on February 17th, 2015
in Art

The Bizarre Mask Workshop

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photos: Ale in Wonderland

This weekend a very special workshop is happening at the amazing Urban Spree gallery in Friedrichshain where you can get your freak in the most creative way. The workshop is about creating masks from scrap material and strange objects – cleverly timed to coincide with the upcoming carnival season. Led by artist Ambra Rosedorne you will be equipped with tools and basic materials, but you also have to bring some abandoned objects that you or other participants can use for their masks. It’s definately going to be bring your creativity to the next level. Enjoy the haunting photos by Ale in Wonderland of some of the previous masks of Ambra and be inspired for your own mask creation of Saturday.

Frank by Frank
on February 4th, 2015
in Art, Events

Exploring Berlin: The Hotspots of Potsdamer Straße

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photo: Uwe Walter

For the longest time, Potsdamer Straße in Tiergarten has been a forgotten place famous only for its theatre and a couple of national museums. But in recent years, the street has developed into a melting pot for contemporary art with countless new galleries, and a few additions to the world of avant-garde fashion as well. In this guide we will discover all the new and exciting places, along with a few classics. Click on to tour the hotspots of this bustling street.

Skylar by Skylar
on January 30th, 2015
in Art, Bars, Cafés, Fashion, Galleries, Shops, Tiergarten

The Cloud: A Cosmo-Choreography

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Fifteen minutes into the performance, I finally came to understand the relevance of its name, The Cloud. A smoke machine puffed out a billowing mass, which slowly engulfed the audience as the piece progressed. I watched, swayed by the condensed water vapor that was swirling and gliding through the atmosphere of the Sophiensaele theatre. A few audible sounds soon amalgamated with the clouds and brought the audience to places seldom travelled. Drone-like music preluded the cinematic soundscapes, which were followed by indecipherable dialogue. The cloud engulfs you until you feel alone in the theatre, but the rustling and chirping assure you of close company. Soon I began to realize that with every breath I took, I was holding in the cloud, causing a disturbance in the atmosphere. But that’s exactly what this is about—everything disturbs, influences and creates something else. Catch a glimpse of this immersive performance piece with our photos after the jump. Also we are raffling 2×2 tickets to our readers. Find out how to participate after the jump.

Skylar by Skylar
on January 30th, 2015
in Art, Theater

Fashion Illustration by Nicola Napoli

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While Berlin Fashion Week is pretty focussed now on young designers and upcoming labels, Paris Fashion Week is pretty much about the big brands and famous designers. Berlin-based artist and illustrator Nicola Napoli has taken a look over to the French side of fashion and created a set of 3 fashion illustrations inspired by Balmain, Comme des Garcons and Gareth Pugh. Enjoy his vision after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on January 23rd, 2015
in Art, Fashion

Exhibition Opening Lichtrotor // Hautskizzen

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You probably know Backyard in Kreuzberg from various parties and events such as the Last Days parties, but Backyard’s origins are that of an art gallery.  Tonight they open a new exhibition called Lichtrotor // Hautskizzen with an installation by upcoming industrial designer Danai. The project she did with three other artist shows a hypnotizing kinetic installation that rotates and creates an interaction between humans and the object. In addition, artist Suzan Rinow who you might happened to see at Berghain bar during the weekends, is going to present her beautiful tattoo sketches, right now available in a tattoo studio in Torstr. So tonight, at the opening, you might stumble about your next tattoo motive ( which you can chose exclusively from Suzan ) and get hypnotized by the Lichtrotor installation at the same time. Of course there will be music and we have seen these exhibition openings eventually turning into an after party. You can join the Facebook event here and get an impression of the tattoo sketches after the jump.

Suz by Suz
on January 23rd, 2015
in Art, Kreuzberg, Tattoo

Fashion Week and Islam: Princess Hijab

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Five years ago I wrote for the first time about Princess Hijab – a street ad-busting artist (like Vermibus from Berlin)  who changes the look of advertising fashion campaigns by painting a veil over the pretty photoshopped faces of the models. Because of the current Fashion Week I was looking back into old articles and realized how on the edge her art is in this particular time. Even if she seems not active as an artist any more, I wanted to look deeper into the meaning of her artwork to see if it could help me with my thoughts about the current political situation.

Read the results of my thinking after the veil. ;-)

Claudio by Claudio
on January 20th, 2015
in Art, Fashion

The Dreamy Phantasies of Andrea Wan

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artwork: Andrea Wan

On Thursday a very charming exhibition will open at BC Gallery with the work of Berlin-based artist Andrea Wan and we would like to give you a little preview of it. Andrea’s new show titled Fleeting Seasons centers around the theme of the circle of life and death. In her drawings she incorporates humans surrounded by elements of nature and surrealistic symbolism. The surrealism has also been a significant part of her previous works and shows and the playful union that she creates with humans, nature and animals is for me the heart and soul of her art. There is dreaminess and gentleness in her work that I find really fascinating. And even though death is such a dark topic you find yourself thinking, oh how lovely, a cute little skull. Get a preview of the upcoming show as well as some samples of previous works after the jump. Some of her work is available as art prints in her online shop.

Frank by Frank
on January 12th, 2015
in Art

We Never Existed – A Photo Love Story in Berlin

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I think especially in sad and confusing times as these we all need a little bit of love and hope. To give you some positive thoughts today I would like to show you this wonderfully romantic photo series by Ines Kotarac. She create a little love story of two people that actually never met. Taken with an analogue camera on various locations in Berlin including the Tempelhof field she blends these two individuals together as if their story actually really belongs together. Enjoy the photo series after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on January 9th, 2015
in Art, Photos, Stories

You’re Just Too Good to be True – Juergen Teller & Tal R

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photo: Meike Männel

There’s a new exhibition in town, and this is one you don’t want to miss. Not only is this show curated and organized by Juergen Teller and TAL R, but it features the work of both of their students from the last couple of years. Juergen Teller is a German fine art and high fashion photographer leading the fashion-photography game right now, as the creative mind behind unforgettable ad campaigns for designers such as Helmut Lang, Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, Vivienne Westwood and Marc Jacobs. Teller has been working with Marc Jacobs (likely his most recognized collaborator) for almost 20 years, and the photographer has since brought his raw and uncommissioned images to the public eye through magazines such as i-D, W Magazine, Dazed & Confused and “All the Vogues.” (Remember when his refusal to photograph Miley Cyrus made headlines?)

TAL R is a Copenhagen-based artist who works with an experimental variety of mediums. TAL R’s paintings initially struck me as pieces that one must truly immerse themselves in—seemingly lacking in aesthetic detail while concurrently speaking volumes of subcultural influence. Whereas in the past, the artist was known to apply oil paint to canvas, he now defines his work as a hot pot in which he throws in ‘all kinds of material.’ (Said materials range from animal glue mixed with pigments to pencils, chalk and wax crayons.) His pieces and style act as a fresco commentary on the seemingly mundane, ordinary life.

Together with the Contemporary Fine Arts gallery here in Berlin, the two artists and professors are set to co-host and organize an exhibition in which the works of their students will be on display. Teller will be showing works by his Nuremberg Academy class, while Tal R will be featuring a selection of his favourites from the entire period in which he has been lecturing, spanning 9 years. Considering the artists come from two different backgrounds, it will be exciting to see the considerable variation in the works presented. Click on to see some of the photographs, paintings, sculpture and mixed-media pieces that will be on display! On the night of the opening Juergen Teller himself asked the visitors to undress and get photographed naked (and quite a lot of them did so) . The pictures of the naked Berliners are on display until the end of the exhibition. More impressions after the jump.

Skylar by Skylar
on January 6th, 2015
in Art