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Urban Spree Gallery Presents: Kid Cash “Very Necessary” (Berlin, Germany)

Posted on March 31, 2017

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Date(s) - 03/31/2017
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Urban Spree Gallery Presents: Kid Cash "Very Necessary" (Berlin, Germany)

Read from the press release below:

Christian August alias KID CASH

Opening Reception
31.03.2017 // 18:30h

From the 1st until the 22nd of April, 2017, Urban Spree Galerie proudly presents “VERY NECESSARY”, the new body of work by Berlin-based visual artist Christian August aka KID CASH. The opening reception takes place on March 31st, from 18:30, at Urban Spree Galerie in Revaler Str. 99, Berlin-Friedrichshain.

Visual artist Christian August alias KID CASH belongs to the most active post-urban artists of his generation. The exhibition titled VERY NECESSARY subsumes his work of the last three years and leads to a new body of works which will be on display at Urban Spree Galerie for the first time. The title of the exhibition refers to his work in public spaces and hints comically to the necessity of showing these artworks in a gallery context.

In the middle of the 1990s, KID CASH started to paint on public walls and to analyze surfaces, urbanity and architecture. The enthusiasm therof still inspires his work. The departure point for his imagery are often spontaneous sketches and photographs that result from everyday situations and emotions. His sources are very diverse and range from landscapes and still lifes to letters and quotes from artworks of Picasso, Henri Matisse or Hans Arp. In his artworks, KID CASH transfers something felt into a poetic visibility. 

From line to area, from shape to shape, from shape to line – the action of the body and the dynamics of his body movements play a major role in the compositions of KID CASH’s large-scale artworks which require total commitment and physical strength. The graffiti letters of the 1970s in New York and the German post-reunification subcultures in the 1990s still make an observable impact on his artistic vocabulary. Also, his name derives from common names as KID and CASH within the referred fields of subculture.

The choice of materials stems from those which enable KID CASH to work quickly and spontaneously and facilitate his intuitive and energetic modus operandi such as acrylic and spraypaint, construction materials, wood and canvases. The depicted visual language is dominated by seriality, an important element in KID CASH’s narrative.

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