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Feel Free at Urban Spree: Berlin

Feel Free at Urban Spree: Berlin

Long live Urban Spree!

This hippie/punk/skater/poets/artists haven of graffiti, street, urban and postmodern all splayed across a complex of buildings that are seemingly abandoned but teaming with life, food, music, and free thought. Also, a sense of community.


Bordalo II, Two One and 1UP Crew at Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

There are opportunities for rock climbing, biergartening, dancing, tattoo shops, outdoor mix sessions, a furniture restoration shop, a mini- beach, the famed outstanding art gallery with a solid array of graffiti and urban art books, and if you know where the switch is, you can blow 6 foot torches of fire into the night sky from atop a tiki bar.


Icy & Sot. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

On the day we were there recently there was even a wedding party in one of the secreted outdoor spaces with two spinning turntables, a basement bar, a bonfire, and, naturally, cake.

Also, naturally, you can go and paint, wheatpaste, slap stickers, spray a stencil, or in the case of Bordalo II, collect together enough local garbage to create a sculptural installation of a long-billed aviary friend.

Scenes like these are always transitory so visit Berlin-Friedrichshain and Urban Spree before the moment passes.


Two One. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Low Bros. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Low Bros . Mr. Penfold. Iggy . Billy . Berlin Bandits. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


1UP Crew. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


1UP Crew . Viva La Resolucion. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Zero Cents. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


ZOLA. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Rallitox. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Unidentified Artist. Bader . Blate, Maoro, Komt. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Unidentified Artist. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Unidentified Artist. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


OBEY. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Unidentified Artist. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Cranio. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Unidentified Artist. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Iron Chola. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Christiaan Nagel. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


E. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


KA feeling a certain kind of blue. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


E. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Aloha. Urban Spree Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BSA Images Of The Week: 07.20.14

BSA Images Of The Week: 07.20.14




Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring 907 Crew, Ainac, Aero, Afrodoti Galazios, Blanco, Bleeps, Cash4, Daek, Dasic, Elbow-Toe, Fecks, Icy & Sot, IDT Crew, Mike Makatron, Miss 17, Mr. Penfold, Overunder, Seth, Sheryo, Smells, Sonni, Sweet Toof, The Yok, Tripel, UFO 907, Wolftits, and You Go Girl!.

Top Image >> IDT Crew. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


IDT Crew. IDT is a Chinese Crew. It reads on the background “5ive” to celebrate their 5th anniversary piece. Miss 17 on top was a later addition. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


You Go Girl (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Sweet Toof. Smells. Cash4. UFO907. Please help ID the rest of the tags. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Mike Makatron with an assistant at work on his recent mural in Williamsburg. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Mike Makatron  (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Elbow Toe. The stencils below are by Ainac and Tripel. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Icy & Sot (we think) (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Bleeps new piece in Athens, Greece. (photo © Afroditi Galazios)


Blanco new piece in Saratoga Springs, NY. (photo © Blanco)


Blanco. Detail from the piece above. (photo © Blanco)


The Yok, Sheryo, Daek and Fecks for Zoetic Walls in Cleveland, Ohio. (photo © Pawn Works)


DAEK for Pawn Works/NY (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Sheryo with Sonni on the background for Pawn Works/NY  (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Sonni for Pawn Works/NY. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Mr. Penfold for Pawn Works/NY (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Aero for Pawn Works/NY (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Dasic (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Wolftits is even more Art Brut than ever. 907 Crew. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Rarf! Seth in Baton Rouge for The Museum Of Public Art. (photo © Overunder)


Untitled. Gowanus Canal. NYC. July 2014 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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Images of the Week: 05.12.13

Here’s our weekly interview of the street, this week featuring B.D. White, Col Wallnuts, Dan Witz, Greg LaMarche, Jon Hall, Josef Kristofoletti, JR, Mr. Penfold, Mr. Toll, and W.

The inaugural wall from a new program called “The Big Brush” by commercial outdoor advertising company Colossal went up this week in Brooklyn featuring a work by 1980s/90s New York graffiti writer SP One,  who is now better known as collage fine artist Greg LaMarche. The company figures at least tangentially into the street art scene by virtue of the sheer amount of work they provide for a large number of painting artists who create about 300 walls per year, all hand-painted. They even have an apprenticeship program for painters who would like to learn how to do this work. “Big Brush” will be unleashing a slew of new art on walls that are not zoned to be commercial, so they’re actually inching a little closer to Street Art than before.

For his part, LaMarche told us he was pretty blown away as he watched his original small collage go up over the course of a couple of days, painstakingly recreated on this same wall that had the D*Face piece not too long ago – with the view of the Williamsburg Bridge to the right. We can’t wait to see the video that was created, as we hear that some interesting techniques were employed in the shooting.

“Basically it’s a re-creation of a collage I made last year – it was on the cover of a magazine from Paris called Graffiti Art magazine,” said LaMarche as he guided himself up and down in a cherry picker to get shots of his work. “So it’s crazy that it was on the cover of that magazine this spring and now it’s on the side of a building in Brooklyn. The last year or two has been pretty amazing. I’ve painted some large murals myself but to have some of my smaller work, the collage work, realized in this larger format is really incredible.

Greg Lamarche. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

BSA: The original work was made with all hand-cut small pieces that are glued to canvas, right?
Greg LaMarche: Onto a board, yeah. It’s funny because when we did the ratio calculations – the actual piece is 15″ wide by 20″ tall and the way they set this up the width was actually perfect. These guys are professional and they know what they are doing. And artists like this are a dying breed – it seems like there’s no challenge that they can’t handle.

JR. The culmination of the “Inside Out” project that drew to a close Friday in Times Square, NYC. Congratulations to all the volunteers. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

B.D. White (photo © Jaime Rojo)

W (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mr. Toll (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dan Witz (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Dan Witz. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mr. Penfold (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Josef Kristofoletti. Panama City. (photo © Josef Kristofoletti)

Jon Hall (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Col Wallnuts (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. New York City. May 2013 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Top image > Greg Lamarche (photo © Jaime Rojo)



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