“Graffiti is no destruction”- 1up graffiti crew Berlin

Remember that green mushroom from Super Mario Bros.? Well this “1up” is giving “an extra life” to that original outlaw spirit of grafitti art.5wdg7 The German capital has always been a melting pot of alternative and unconventional forms of rebellion, and graffiti art has been an important component of its underground art and culture scene. “One united power” is a graffiti crew based in Berlin, but you can find their tags on walls, roofs, subway trains and abandon buildings all around a globe.gdfg6 ghfjh9 They have been doing their thing for 14 years, and to become a member you need a certain doze of insanity, as these guys are shifting boundaries. Both large-scale and throw-up graffiti are usually made by spray cans and color rollers. There is no unique and recognizable signature of the group, as they use different font styles like sculpture, fire extinguisher tags, bubble tags, and rollers.brooklyn-street-art-1up-jaime-rojo-berlin-08-2016-web-5 1UP_rooftop The graffiti art of the group is meant to be thought-provoking and political. Mysteriously their 1up tags can be found in absurd places such as rooftops of skyscrapers or moving subway trains. As graffiti art is illegal and usually considered vandalism, “1up” has been criminally charged more than 300 times, but Berlin police have not been able to catch the group since 2003. Sometimes to make a tag, facade climbing and fast running from police are necessary. Crew members, both men and woman, are cover their faces with masks and wear gloves during “the crime”  leaving little traces that would lead to their capture.fgg6 brooklyn-street-art-1up-jaime-rojo-berlin-08-2016-web-1 Most of their activity is being video documented and can be watched on AGGRO.TV YouTube channels. In 2011 the adrenaline driving film “One United Power” was released, documenting their actions around the world including Berlin, Paris, Istanbul, Thailand and India. Being part of Berlin hip-hop scene, the group has been portrayed in book “KING KOOL CITY BERLIN – From hip-hop to graffiti” published in 2016. The group is driven by idea that “the urban space belongs to all and may be painted” and that “graffiti is not destruction”.

The gang’s prolific work has been more and more stepping from dark abyss of underground culture scene. Martha Cooper, photojournalist who has been documenting graffiti scene since 1970s, gave thumbs up to their work and will be collaborating with the group in the future. After opening of museum “Urban Nation for Urban Contemporary Art” on 16th September 2017. crew become part of  “the collective memory of urban contemporary art” as manifesto of museum claims it to be.gjvg6 nvzxv4 The idea of this new museum is to narrow boundaries between indoor and outdoor wall art, so all the surfaces of museum building have become canvases for many street artists.

  1. TV hyperlink- https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2yt9TY3ZomOBjlwoN23H7bh329ub-he5
  2. Urban Nation hyperlink- https://urban-nation.com/
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The Louvre Abu Dhabi brings priceless art to the Middle East

The Louvre in Paris is a world-renowned institution – but not everyone has access to it. Although the internet has given people access to thousands of works of art, Abu Dhabi has set up a collaboration with the Louvre, aptly entitled the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The exhibition will open in November.

06louvre-brief-master768 Some works of art will be in Abu Dhabi for a short amount of time, while some will be on display for longer. The Louvre, along with other French institutions like the Centre Pompidou, Bibliothèque Nationale and Musée du Quai Branly will loan works of art.

louvre-abu-dhabi.jpg.size.custom.crop.1086x649 “This is not a museum that will stay the same for 10 years and it’s not a museum that will change completely like an exhibition – it’s somewhere in between and I think that is interesting,” Agence France-Muséum’s scientific director, Jean-François Charnier, said to The National.

Leonardo da Vinci’s La Belle Ferronnière, Claude Monet’s La gare Saint-Lazare, and Jacques-Louis David’s Napoleon Crossing the Alps are among the paintings on loan. La_belle_ferronnière,Leonardo_da_Vinci_-_Louvre


Jacques-Louis_David_-_Napoleon_Crossing_the_Alps_-_Schloss_Charlottenburg Dealing with these works of art will be no simple task – especially paintings by da Vinci, which are part of a five painting collection in the Louvre. Although moving these paintings while maintaining their museum condition will be difficult, Charnier said the priceless paintings will be one of the things that defines the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

“We are not working on totally permanent galleries, they are semi-permanent galleries where the changes will be important year-on-year [and] this mobility, this flexibility, this volatility is a key element of the identity of Louvre Abu Dhabi,” Charnier said.

The revival: ceramics and porcelain as the new black.

When we think about modern art – we often think of new stuff: technologies, materials, media-driven themes and hot social topics. It seems almost impossible tocompare archaic and artisan materials like ceramics and porcelain. However, the following three artists have been proving that clay is still a powerful and imaginative tool in the world of contemporary art, when it’s placed in a skillful hands. To see the depth of these materials, we have to examine each author’s approach to the possibilities and reinvention of these long-forgotten components of the creative practices.large From the first sight it might seem that British artist Rachel Kneebone is heavily influenced by the Rococo aesthetic; but on a closer look, it rather resembles some kind of surrealist human-structure made of amorphous body parts. The philosophical embodiment of the life, love and death inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphosis, Kneebone reflects on the most essential parts of human existence.

12007418af2fd24eea4697372bdece9b Her sculptures, while resembling bizarre frosted anthropomorphic cakes, reach to the complex and vast topics, the impact of which could be seen on the pedestals of her works – they have cracks and seem to be “damaged” by the weight of the existential struggles depicted above. The porcelain in Kneebone’s work transforms the work to a referential tool which triggers associations with the Ancient Greek sculptures and those of the Rodin, at the same time offering a new, surrealistic tones to the world-old subjects.

wje2016-001_after_awhile_you_could_get_used_to_anything_v1_plh.600x450 Stretching the possibilities of the media, Jesse Wine explores the mixture of humor, everyday objects and self-portraits all done in clay. Breathing new life into the ceramics, the artist tries to eliminate the “planned process” of creating a clay based object, when you aim at the particular shape; instead Wine gives a green light for the experiments, the unexpected behavior of the material itself.

DSC0904-copy-1500x960 It unlocks the full potential of the medium and brings an unconventional results. Ceramics done by Jesse Wine certainly looks very up to date, usually have a narrative installed, and certainly proves to be a good choice of material for the contemporary artists.

KK1103 Another fascinating artist working with ceramics does not aim at completely breaking the conventional perception of this material. Klara Kristalova primarily focuses on the making of the small statuettes of boys and girls, that seem to fit in the tradition of 18th century Meissen porcelain figurines. However, the artist also bring in the folk motives of merging with flora and fauna, and as a result the viewers observe quite interesting blend of mystical and decorative motives.


sera1 Slightly cartoonish, the sculptures give away dream-like vibe, hinting at the existence of their own unique worlds and universe, especially when displayed in a “Cabinet of Curiosities”, small wooden boxes. This creates a notion that these are artificial creatures, but also give a strong impression of some kind of magic working, with the possibility of revival or at least some hidden secrets. The perfect blend of whimsical and vintage with the modern illustrative pinch makes Kristalova’s oeuvre yet another example of the ceramic’s relevance in the modern art world.