UAM Visits… Berlin

Recently Maryam, one of the UAM team, went to Berlin for a few days, obviously she had to check out the urban/street art scene….

“After spending the last few days in Berlin I have one word ‘unique’! A city which was a focal point for tensions between the Allies and the Soviets is now of an urban, retro and very bohemian city, with yellow retro 50’s trains to colourful high-rise flats. After the wall came down the city’s streets have become artists empty canvasses on which to experiment with and create new art.

The art critic Emilie Trice has called Berlin “the graffiti Mecca of the urban art world” and it certainly is. The street graffiti art work in Berlin represents Germany’s history, the struggle when divided and marginalized groups within the country. With many artists travel from afar to get involved such as JBAK  who have been pushing the scene out in Berlin for awhile now, check out the video for some of their work!

Street art in Berlin is a big industry. It attracts thousands of tourists and of course tourists bring money to a city deep in debt. This is why many say the city looks very urban and not modernised unlike other European cities. A lot observers call Berlin as the “bombed” city in Europe.

The Berlin wall is a big tourist attraction. Many street artists from the West saw East Berlin as a new playground . The extensive artwork, mostly done by paints and spray cans is a representation of people political views surrounding Germany, notions of anti capitalism, freedom as well as so rather interesting paintings of creatures, political figures and psychedelic objects.

The city is filled with art made by Swoon, TLP, C215, Neozoon, Rowdy, Miss Van, Above, Rero, Blu, Shepard Fairey, Muga, M-City, Armsrock, Mr. André, Primo, Invader, Swoon, Os Gemeos and Pure Evil to name a few.

As usually with street art there is a big argument within Berlin in terms of what art work would be considered as legal and illegal. Many locals believe that gang/crew tagging should be illegal in the country where as other artists argue differently, saying that street art including tags derives its power from being on the margins of society…

The pictures are just a few highlights of what I saw, get yourself over there to explore!”

Toasters toasting EVERYWHERE!

On Tuesday night we went down to the first screening of Toasters film ’Everywhere’. Getting there an hour early and queuing meant a long wait, but this was worth it to receive our free toaster popcorn box.

We have always been a fan of Toasters, (especially Alex!) the simpleness and quirk that toaster has taken over the world over for the last 13 years has made us smile and follow their antics, always keeping an eye out where we might spot our next Toaster.

The film showed the Toasters (Toaster A, B and D) journey over the last decade featuring a variety of famous artists such as D*face giving thier thoughts and opinions on the toaster movement. Highlights being toasters at the Tour de France and World Cup… those toasters are everywhere!

We wont give to much away.. get down to one of the other viewings if you can, if not we’re sure it’ll be up online in the next few months. Check out the video preview of the show to wet your appetite.

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Purchase some of their work from Nelly Duff 

On the wall: ©opy®ight

We recently had a chat with Copyright and found out all about him…

Introduction about yourself?
Hey my alias is Copyright, im an artist working out of Bristol, painting anything I can get my hands on.

How would you describe your work?
Kinda bitter sweet, deadly tattooed hot chicks, dripping, melancholy, pop chop Chinatown.

What is your favourite medium to work in?
Acrylic, love that shit.

How did you develop/find your own style?
Just years of practice, lots of destroyed canvases, painted over pieces, screwed up work. Eventually themes started to emerge and develop themselves. It took years tho, doesn’t happen overnight.

What/who are your biggest influences?
Love cartoons, cant unwind without watching something. Love all that comic book shop aesthetic. Love art, Audrey Kawasaki, Ben Frost, Faile, Sylvia Ji, Miss Van, Adam Neate, too many great artists to mention. Love coffee. Love Gin.

How has the internet and social media sites such as Facebook helped you as an artist?
Certainly helps me rant if ive had a crappy day.

Where would you like to see yourself in five years time?
Pretty much doing exactly what im doing right now, looking to start exhibiting more outside the UK, so something in the states would be cool.

What advice would you give to artists looking to break into the scene and develop a name for themselves?
Ive thought about this before, if anybody can be a good artist just by putting enough effort in, truth is I dunno, but to be good at anything takes passion and dedication. If your passionate enough about art youl sacrifice everything else, and practice, like every day for a few years, then see where your at.

Where can we see your work, upcoming shows?
I have a colaboration show coming up in Bristol in March with my other half Gemma Compton at the Upfest gallery. Then a joint show in London with Rone in April.

Visit Copyright’s website

On the wall: Snub

We recently sat down with SNUB a urban artist from Brighton..

Who is SNUB?
I’ve been creating artwork as SNUB for ten years or so, a variety of stencil and spray can art. I live and work in Brighton. SNUB is sponsored and powered by KOBRA spray paint.

How would you describe your work?
Relentless.
Diverse.
Hand Crafted.

What is your favourite medium to work in?
Spray paint, either freehand or stencil. My favourite tool is my scalpel, Swann Morten with a 10a blade.

How did you develop/find your own style?
It found me. It’s an addiction, if I could I’d paint and create work all day everyday. The more you do the more your style expands.

What/who are your biggest influences?
I read a lot of comics as a kid, mainly 2000AD and especially Judge Dread and the ABC warriors (Hammerstein, Deadlock, Joe Pineapples, Blackblood, Mongrol, Steelhorn, Mek-Quake, Ro-Jaws). I gather inspiration from rusty bits of metal and peeling paint, the music I listen to and the people I meet. I’m influenced by life. My friends. My family.

How have the Internet and social media sites such as Facebook helped you as an artist?
My work reaches a wider audience; I can paint something in the morning and post it to a buyer in Australia that afternoon. A gallery just can’t compete with that. I can paint a wall, upload it from my phone and have feedback and comments before I even get home.

Where would you like to see yourself in five years time?
Still creating artwork bigger and better than I have before.

What advice would you give to artists looking to break into the scene and develop a name for them selves?
Don’t try to break into a scene just keep painting and developing ideas. The rest will just happen.

One worders…

Pen or can?
Pencil
Wall or wood?
Metal
Belton or Montana?
Kobra

Where can we see your work, upcoming shows?
Upfest Festival 2012 – Bristol
Latitude Festival 2012 – Suffolk
Outlook Festival 2012 – Croatia
And many more yet to be confirmed

Visit Snub’s blog
Add Snub on Facebook
View Snub’s Flickr