Middle Daughter, 2013, all artwork by Mantalina Psoma
Just recently the Heinz-Martin Weigand gallery in Charlottenstr. opened the new solo exhibition of Greek painter and former UdK Berlin graduate Mantalina Psoma. Her eerie portraits of women and places caught my attention and was quite impressed by the depth and mystique of her large-scale works. Her realistic style is reminescent of cinema which is also something that fascinated me about the examples that I saw. It’s almost like the scene of a film freezes and the main character looks straight into the camera. Very haunting! The exhibition will be open until April 26, 2014, so you should go have a look. Get some more previews after the jump.
Our big Halloween Event is coming closer and we have yet another post to get you in the right mood. Today I want to show you some of the artworks from the current exhibition at Urban Spree Gallery in Friedrichshain. They have a big installation and a series of really cool silk screen prints by Islraeli street art crew Broken Fingaz on display. They even covered the front of the building with a big mural and the image of that is also available as a limited sticker set. All the prints from the exhibition are also available in the gallery. Have a look after the jump what I’m talking about!
Only a few days ago the urban art fair Stroke closed its gates for this years big exhibition at Alte Münze. Of course we went there for you and took a couple of photos of the many amazing artist and gallery booths. I have to say I really enjoyed this edition. I remember after my last visit of the Stroke when it was still at Postbahnhof I left with mixed feelings about the whole set-up and not so many artworks in my head that had amazed me. But this year it was an exciting expedition with one great discovery after the other. Especially the hall of solo artists was really interesting. Enjoy my impressions of my favorite pieces after the jump.
Kaleidoscopes are a big thing for me, not only because of our kaleidoscopic scarf and legging designs but also because my new passion: The geometric surface kaleidoscopes that you can create with the Berlin-based D3LTA photo app. It’s just so much fun! It takes a while to develope an eye for the kind of photos that are suitable for the different filters in the app. But once you get into it, it’s really interesting what amazing results you can get. I especially love when warm colors get contrasted by cool ones, or when very busy textures unexpectedly meet plain homogenic surfaces. These contradictions can be wonderfully intense. I have a few examples of that after the jump. They are totally The New Blue!
On Friday the makers of the D3LTA app will open their first exhibition with the most amazing results of the submitted kaleidoscope designs so far. To our excitement one of my early designs got selected for this as well, so I’m one of the exhibited artists, yeay! More infos on the vernissage and some more examples of my kaleidoscopes that I took with D3LTA after the jump, as well as the chance to get a sample of the brand new fragrances by Comme des Garçons.
This Thursday the Stroke Art Fair for urban art is opening its big exhibition at Alte Münze with a full program of parties, workshops and live painting sessions. As we are big fans of urban art this is a must-go for us and we are looking forward to the works of all the graffiti, street and comic artists, illustrators, as well as graphic and motion designers from around the world that will be presented. Don’t miss the big opening party hosted by MVSCHI Kreuzberg on Wednesday night and the aftershow party on Friday night and the closing party on Saturday night. The exhibition will be open to the public until Sunday night. Get a little taste of what to expect after the jump.
Every year it’s the same thing with the art week. There is always some job or some trip that I have to go on that leaves me only one day to visit only one of the many amazing art events and exhibitions. And for some reason this ends up always being the opening night of the Preview. And it makes a lot of sense: As with fashion I am particularily excited about young talents. And this is exactly what I will find en mass at the Preview art fair. This year it was the same, only in a new location: The amazing Opernwerkstätten at Nordbahnhof. Enjoy my little review of the fair after the jump with my favorite pieces of art.
photos: Ruben Brulat
Tomorrow the Urban Spree gallery is opening a very interesting solo exhibition by young French photo artist Ruben Brulat. He will be showing the two series Paths and Instants both of which were created during the past 3 years on his extensive travels through Asia. The first series Paths is particularily stunning. It shows breathtaking landscapes with one tiny unexpected detail: A naked body embedded into nature. After the jump you can get a small preview of some of the photos from this amazing series. And don’t miss the opening tomorrow!
RATS is an exciting new temporary store concept that popped up recently at Torstr. 68. With their fine selection of items the charming New Yorker creatives Keren and Gabriel pay tribute to the thriving underground creative culture of the Big Apple. In their cute shop they present an interesting variety of independent and innovative jewelery and product designers, zines and art books, ceramics and hand made products and unique objects that they have collected during their travels.
This Thursday, as part of their event program, they host an exhibition opening titled CUSTOMS that features the artwork by David Black, Agnes Karin, Jeremy Liebman, Olivia Malone, Reuben Lorch-Miller, Keren Richter, Ben Roth, Alessandro Simonetti, Justin Sloane, and Tina Tyrell. The works range in media from portrait photography to collage to color silkscreen. Some more impressions of the awesome store and the details after the jump.
Just a few weeks ago I shoke hands the first time with Anton Unai, an artist that I have followed and admired for quite some time now, at an exhibition opening at Urban Spree gallery, where he also happens to have his studio. He was so kind to show me around in his artist liar which was a great joy for me as I could see a lot of his work, published and unpublished. While we spoke about art, fame and furtune I took the liberty to make some photos for you which you can see after the jump. Earlier this month Anton also opened his new solo show Assess the Damage at Open Walls Gallery in Stattbad Wedding which will be open until Saturday July 27th 2013. Some impressions of the opening also after the jump.
Olafur Eliasson is one of the most famous artists living and working in Berlin in contemporary art. But probably not many of you know that he has his own school situated here in Berlin. On Friday we went to explore the Institut für Raumexperimente when its doors opened for the latest exhibition Accidental Accomplishment featuring a bunch of upcoming artists, among them is Raul Walch, whose impressive sculptures got a lot of attention lately. Our impressions from the opening after the jump.