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Live Stenciling in Berlin with Street Artists for “Cut It Out”

Live Stenciling in Berlin with Street Artists for “Cut It Out”

The stencil has been a steady presence on the street since the beginning of graffiti and Street Art. Possibly picked up from commercial or military methods of labeling shipments, machinery, signage, and weaponry – it has remained a foundational technique of creative expression since the early days of the modern graff scene even as it’s use continues to expand stylistically.

The simple one color stencil captures the imagination of many first time artists working in the public sphere because it enables you to quickly spray your message on a wall and run. And replicate it. With time your cuts may become more sophisticated or not but its up to you; it’s not entirely necessary to labor for hours over a stencil for it to have a worthwhile impact, but it can help.


M-City. Urban Nation van. (photo © Nika Kramer)

In the 2000s the Street Art scenes in many cities have been teeming with stencil art, and a number of practitioners have developed the art form into one that expresses high degrees of artistry, complexity, and warmth, as well as conveying the bluntest of sentiments and slogans, with and without irony.

“Cut It Out” is a new exhibition in the Urban Nation Gallery in Berlin that pulls together an interesting collection of folks who have used stencils on the street across mainly Europe and the US and in the case of artists like Jef Aerosol, Epsylon Point, and Stencil King (Hugo Kaagman), across more than three decades, almost four.


M-City. Urban Nation van. (photo © Nika Kramer)

Curated by Olly Walker and Henrik Haven, the international group was on display in Berlin, and many of the participating artists were in attendance – and as is their wont they hit the walls inside and outside the gallery around Berlin, including the Urban Nation van. BSA is happy to share these exclusive shots of the honored stencillists in action = procured to us by Henrik Heaven and shot by Nika Kramer.

”Cut It Out!” features new works by: Above, Adam 5100, Aiko, Alessio-B, Artist Ouvrier, B-Toy, C215, Canvas, Don John, Eins92, Eelus, EismannArts, Epsylon Point, Icy & Sot, Jana & Js, Jef Aerosol, Joe Lurato, Logan Hicks, M-City, Mobstr, Nick Walker, Orticanoodles, Paul Insect, Pisa 73, RekoRennie, Rene Gagnon, Snik, Stan & Lex, Stencil King, Stew, STF, Stinkfish, Tankpetrol and XooooX.


M-City. Urban Nation van. (photo © Nika Kramer)


Jeff Aerosol. Urban Nation van. (photo © Nika Kramer)


Ken. Urban Nation van. (photo © Nika Kramer)


Ken Urban Nation van. (photo © Nika Kramer)


Amsterdam’s Hugo Kaagman, or Stencil King, did his first stencil on the street in 1978. Urban Nation van. (photo © Nika Kramer)


Kurar. (photo © Nika Kramer)


Kurar. (photo © Nika Kramer)


Kurar (photo © Nika Kramer)


M-City (photo © Nika Kramer)


Eismann (photo © Nika Kramer)


Eismann (photo © Nika Kramer)


Alessio B (photo © Nika Kramer)


Hugo Kaagman (photo © Nika Kramer)


Hugo Kaagman (photo © Nika Kramer)


Canvaz (photo © Nika Kramer)


Canvaz (photo © Nika Kramer)


Eins92 (photo © Nika Kramer)


Eins92 (photo © Nika Kramer)


Jeff Aerosol (photo © Henrik Haven)


Jeff Aerosol (photo © Henrik Haven)


Above (photo © Henrik Haven)


Above (photo © Nika Kramer)


“Cut It Out” is currently on view and free for the general public in Berlin. Click HERE for further details. To inquire about works click HERE


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