If there is one thing going on in Berlin right now that I recommend to absolutely everyone doing it’s this year’s edition of the Olympus Photography Playground that’s currently taking place at the Opernwerkstätten. What it is is a big exhibition with nine amazing artworks by international artists AlexandLiane, 3Destruct [ANTIVJ], Clemens Behr, Dean Chamberlain, Leandro Erlich, Philip Beesley, Anna Bruns & Thomas Brown, Transforma and Maser that are actually more than artworks, they are entire sets. And the fun part about it, is that you can walk into these sets and do something that so many exhibition in museums and galleries strictly forbid: taking photos. And boy is this fun. You can either focus on the artwork and explore it from every angle with your camera, or you can jump into the picture and become a part of the artwork yourself. Let’s call this #artselfie.
To give you the best possible experience at the Olympus Photography Playground you can borrow one of the new Olympus OM-D E-M10 cameras for the exhibition and keep the SD card afterwards. Last week I took a bunch of friends to the opening and we all tried out one of these babies. While the design is reminescent of old analog cameras, the technology is slick and new. This system camera has way to many great features for me to name here, but the one that I enjoyed the most was the wireless transfer of the photos directly onto my smartphone so I could post them on Instagram. What a blessing!
After the jump you can enjoy some of our photos that we took with these super cool cameras. If you wanna play around yourself you still have time until May 25 daily from 11-19h (also on the Easter holidays). In addition to the exhibition there is also a program of panel talks, workshops and live sessions for you to enjoy.
This Saturday the Open Walls gallery at Stattbad Wedding is opening the group show Positions with artworks by OX, BR1 and Vermibus, three artists that challenge the world of public advertising with their amazing adbusting interventions.
Vermibus is a street artist that has been on my radar for a while since I discovered his work at the subway stop Schönleinstraße a few years back. I think his transformation of glamorous advertising models into scary demonic creatures is really fascinating. To give you an impression and to get you excited about the exhibition tomorrow I have a few samples of his work for you after the jump.
Fans of street art should check out the opening of Narrative Urban Poland tomorrow at the Urban Spree gallery in Friedrichshain. It will showcase the artworks and a mural by four prominent street artists and painters from Poland: M-City, Magda Drobcyzk, Otecki and Zbiok. After the jump you can get a preview of the show, but you should definately enjoy it in the amazing space of the gallery.
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!