• born under the sign of aquarius
• fresh but no loger dewy
• movable but no longer fast
• wide interests
• a new hobby since 2013
• heavily infected by a virus called street art
• end incalculable
In August 2019, one of the biggest art projects of Berlin was launched at the construction site of a new skyscraper. At Alexanderplatz, in the direct vicinity of Park Inn Hotel, over a total period of two years, 4 artists will be allowed to paint the 160m long site fence. The project, which is curated by the former director of URBAN NATION Museum for Urban Contemporary Art in Berlin, Yasha Young, was kicked off by Australian-born artist James Reka aka REKAONE, who lives and works in Berlin. His design currently is changed by AGAGE and Ron Miller.
„A-FENCE“ – AGEAGE 07/2020 (work in progress)
„A-FENCE“ – Ron Miller „True Heroines“ 07/2020 (work in progress)
Raised eyebrows, frowning and puckered lips, thats the comment of STICKERMAID for an advertising poster of the construction industry, to recruit new staff with a little play upon words „BAGGERN OHNE TINDER“. In German language the word „baggern“ is ambiguous: On the one hand it means „excavate“ and in slang it means „to turn on someone“. So try yourself in a self-experiment and flirt without your smartphone, or response to that job advertisement.
Mezy is a street artist based in Berlin and I don’t know that much about him. As in street art and graffiti a common method of style is to play with the name, it took me some time to realize, that MEZY, MEZI, MESY, MESI and MESIASONERS are one and the same person. For me it started all with a funny chick which wears half of its egg shell still on the head. My first encounter with that chick and the artist MEZY was 2018 at Deutsche Oper Berlin during the first Paste-Up Festival Germany. In the course of the time the chick emerged on different media, like tiles or vinyl records – and it got company of a number of strange guys.
The first stencils of celebreties I have found on vinyl records since 2019 and since then his stencils have made a continuous development. My Berlin friend has found MEZY’s latest works at Bülowstraße and Gleisdreieck Park.
I can literally hear it in advance: an outcry will went through those of my friends who are railway fans. They hate painted trains. I have to confess, my feelings due to painted trains are splitted. It depends – do I sit inside and want to look out, or do I stand outside and observe – and, of course, on the qualiy of the painting – and on the fun I have, watching it. My Berlin friend knows and accordingly, the pictures of painted trains he sends are rare. In times of Corona (#FUCKCORONA), painted trains are booming and there’s no way around them. So I ask you for your understanding for my decision to show a painted train of the Berlin Underground.
Since 1974, when Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik invented it, the magical cube, which is a 3-D combination puzzle, is an evergreen. It reached its height of mainstream popularity in the 1980s and I’m pretty sure that the most of my grey hair was caused by this instrument of torture. My Berlin friend has found a new version, designed by CMYK DOTS for his own purposes, somewhere in Kreuzberg.
DARK, a German Netflix TV series, which was produced mostly in Berlin and Brandenburg, starts to its 3rd and final season. Netflix has made an open call to invite fans and creators around the world to help Netflix celebrate the show through large scale artworks inspired by its iconic look and feel, imagery, story, and characters. And so Berlin has got a number of new advertising murals. One of them, which is based on a draft of Amaury Filho (Brazil), my Berlin friend stumbled across today at Adalbertstraße in Kreuzberg.
HoF Mauerpark, that’s something like an outdoor living room for graffiti artist EME FREETHINKER; and as the host of that living room, he frequently recieves illustrious guests. Only recently Jean-Michel Basquiat, Angela Davis, Yoda, Darth Vader and Catwoman stream in and out. His latest visitor was one of his extraordinary apes.
After a very long period of 4 months, my Berlin friend has made a flying visit at Haus Schwarzenberg, where he has stumbled across the stencils of an artist, he doesn’t know anything about, except his street name. NAT@ART seems to be Berlin based, as his/her Instagram account reveals. That is all, except his work, which speaks for itself.
Project STILLSTAND, which is meant to underline how important art and culture are for society especially in times of Corona, has produced the third mural. This time my Berlin friend is sure that the mural was finished. The mobile platform was removed after he had taken his pictures.
Coco Bergholm is a Berlin based artist; I don’t know that much about her background. Painting that wall, she was wearing a t-shirt, showing the slogan „IF YOU KNOW HOW TO LISTEN EVERYONE CAN TEACH YOU“. She has painted a black wall, in a state of renovation. The original black wallpaper has already been partially torn off and hangs in tatters. The raw wall comes out behind it – and an inscription „COMFORT THE DISTURBED – DISTURB THE COMFORT“ That is what art should do always, not only in times of crisis.