Isle Skateboards: ‘Vase’ Video – Berlin Premiere


We organized the Isle Skateboards video premiere of their full length ‘Vase’, filmed and edited by Jacob Harris. Featuring Nick Jensen, Paul Shier, Sylvain Tognelli, Chris Jones, Jon Nguyen, Tom Knox. It’s a rad skateboard video full of stunning action and amazing art by this creative cat Nick Jensen.

Presented by JB. and Place Magazine, hosted by HVW8 Gallery, Berlin.

ISLE SKATEBOARDS – VASE TRAILER from Isle Skateboards on Vimeo.

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Photobook Release: JB. Paper #07 – 29 Palms (by Car)


JB. Institute Berlin presents JB. Paper #07:
“29 Palms (by Car)”

Photos and artwork by Jenne Grabowski. All photos shot in March 2014, passing through the small town Twentynine Palms and the Mojave Desert. Inspired by Lee Friedlander
24 pages, 19,5 x 27 cm, b/w risograph print by We make it

Release on Friends with Books: Art Book Fair Berlin – 12. + 13. December 2015 at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin.
Opening: Friday 11 Dec, 6pm.



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Photobook Release: JB. Paper #06 – I Heard You Looking


We are pleased to announce the release of one of our new photobooks this weekend!

JB. Institute Berlin presents JB. Paper #06:

We asked six artists to contribute their explorations in public spaces — inhabited, shared, hidden, organized or unknown territories.

Featuring Jonathan Peters (Berlin), Stromer Kid (Berlin), Benjamin Deberdt (Paris), Jenne Grabowski (Berlin), Christian Nilsen (Berlin) & Jai Tanju (San Jose)
60 pages, 17 x 23 cm, full color

Release Friends with Books: Art Book Fair Berlin – 12. + 13. December 2015 at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin.
Opening: Friday 11 Dec, 6pm.
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Summer at Graveyard Point: Corey Arnold, Photographer

The world through the lens of photographer Corey Arnold from Alaska Dispatch on Vimeo.

Here is a video for an Alaskan newspaper featuring our fave photographer Corey Arnold, who has been into fishing since he was a kid. He is not only a superb photographer but also captains a salmon fishing company out of an abandoned cannery complex called Graveyard Point. Watch this clip about his work and photography in South Western Alaska. Read the full article here.

Kitty and Horse Fisherman

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T.SQ Newsstand Newspaper by Juxtapoz Now Available


In October, Juxtapoz set up the TSQ Newsstand – a new take on the iconic NY newsstand, designed by the artist Grotesk (Juxtapoz cover of issue 12/2009). It was located on Times Square and each day it featured surprise visits from some of the publication’s contributing artists and friends who acted as clerks. A project between Juxtapoz & Victory Journal. Now a limited edition of the T.SQ Magazine is sold via their store.

“The T.SQ Newsstand, created by Juxtapoz and Victory Journal, is a dedication to New York City and the transportive power of print media. The T.SQ Newsstand magazine is a limited edition collection featuring unique views of Times Square from photographers and artists like Daniel Arnold, Cheryl Dunn, Charlie Ahearn, Barbara Kruger and more. The T.SQ magazine was sold exclusively at the newsstand and is now available in our online shop until copies run out.”
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Nahawa Doumbia at HAU & Robert Henke’s “Lumière II” at Volksbühne Berlin


We just got a heads up from our friend Zuri on the Nahawa Doumbia concert at HAU Berlin on Sunday night. It’s her first appearance in Berlin thanks to Mr Brian Shimkovitz aka Awesome Tapes From Africa. Brian once started his own label under the same name with a re-release of an album from the ‘80s by Nahawa Doumbia. Sounds more than interesting. It will be followed by an after-show-party with DJ Jimmy Trash at WAU – the café/bar on Hallesches Ufer.

Concert starts at 8pm sharp. Tickets here.

A few days later, Thursday Nov. 26th, Robert Henke (aka Monolake) will perform Lumière II at Volksbühne Berlin. It’s an audiovisual composition for lasers and sound and is a long term artistic research project.


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New Issue of apartamento Magazine, #016


This is a special one, the new issue of apartamento, the everyday life interiors magazine. Feturing the article ‘Growing Up Judd’, an interview with Rainer and Flavin Judd about their father, the American artist Donald Judd, his Texan ranch Las Casas, and their childhoods between Texas, New York, and Europe. Loads of photos of Donald’s ranches around Marfa, Texas and his works. Also featuring an interview with artist and Printed Matter founder AA Bronson, who is currently living and working in Berlin.

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Stephen Powers Exhibition: Coney Island Is Still Dreamland (To a Seagull)


Reasons enough for me to visit NY is Stephen Powers’ upcoming show Coney Island Is Still Dreamland (To a Seagull) at the Brooklyn Museum, November 20, 2015–March 13, 2016.
Stephen aka ESPO: “I’ve been trying to write a few words for a few weeks now on the occasion of my doing a show at the Brooklyn Museum. I put in the work and wrote innumerable false starts, so now I know the right words are this: There are no words. I can only show, I can not tell. Come meet my train of thought when I arrive on November 20th.”

He released a new screen print in an edition of 40 (and 20 more with his pencil doodles) for the impatient.



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Lens Culture Street Photography Awards 2015

Andrea Alfano

Lens Culture have just announced their winners and finalists of the Lens Culture Street Photography Awards 2015. Here is a small selection, lots more in the full list of winners and finalists on their website.
The online photography magazine Lens Culture is one of the most authoritative resources for contemporary photography, promoting the best of the global photography community.
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Draw A Line — Group Show During Berlin Art Week


Our good friends from Draw A Line are presenting a group show with a heavy line-up during Berlin Art Week. Cleon Peterson (LA), Ken Sortais (Paris), Eike König (Berlin), Andrew Gilbert (Berlin), Markus Mai (Berlin) and Daniel Jackson (Berlin) will show works like paintings, light or sculptural installations specifically created for this exhibition.
State of Mankind is commenting and questioning our responsibility as individuals. Opening on Tuesday Sept, 15th from 6 – 10 pm, Potsdamer Str. 102, Berlin. Be there!

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Photos: By The Lake Festival Berlin


A recap of the really sweet By The Lake Festival in Berlin two weeks ago is now up on Groove magazine (in German). Text by Christin Bolte and photos by Jenne Grabowski. More photos by Jenne from the event and especially the impressive energy during the Omar Souleyman show here in this post on JB.
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New Show: Geoff McFetridge @ Joshua Liner, NY


The ever progressing Geoff McFetridge is presenting new paintings and sketches at Joshua Liner Gallery NY. Geoff is a true master of “take everything away until you can’t take anything away”. The opening of It Looks Like It Says is on Thu, Sept 10th 2015. Wishing NY to be a little closer now.
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Recap: JB. Paper #05 Book Launch & Exhibition


Thanks a lot to all who came out last Friday and made this day a special one. Great to see you all hanging out and spreading good vibes on this warm summer night, chatting, drinking, reading or buying our new books at Zabriskie book store in Kreuzberg. Thanks to Lorena and Jean for hosting us.

The exhibition can be viewed until 03.09.2015, the books and zines from JB. Paper plus a few of the prints (framed) are available for purchase.

Manteuffelstr 73
10999 Berlin

You can order our books and the print edition in our webshop:
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August 21, 2015: JB. Photobook Release — ‘L.A. IS ROUND THE CORNER’ by Tobias Bärmann


We’re back from a long (digital) summer break and want to invite you to the release of our recent project this week. Upcoming Friday, we are going to present the photo book ’L.A. IS ROUND THE CORNER‘ with JB. Paper by Hamburg-based photographer Tobias Bärmann at the lovely book store Zabriskie in Berlin-Kreuzberg. They will host the release and a small exhibition. The book and a limited print edition will be available for purchase.

Release of ’L.A. IS ROUND THE CORNER‘, JB. Paper #05
Friday, August 21, 5 pm
Manteuffelstr. 73

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Brian Roettinger Book Signing at HVW8 Berlin


LA based artist and designer Brian Roettinger is in town to present his exhibition (May 18 – June 24, 2015). There will be a book signing tonight at HVW8 Berlin from 6-8 pm.

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New Magazine: Solo Skate Mag


Our friends have buried the most traditional and oldest skateboard mag of Germany — Monster Skateboard Magazine R.I.P. — as the publishing house was no longer willing to support this print project. Oli Tielsch, editor-in-chief and Oli Klobes, creative/art director of the magazine were sure about continuing with a real new skateboard mag, with love for skateboarding to the core and in German for the local scenes of the German-speaking regions.
They started their own adventure some weeks ago – SOLO Skate Mag – which is now online. They keep it simple: a fresh, stylish and solid skate mag from the inside of skateboarding. The printed issue will be inaugurated with a release event and small art show this Saturday in Cologne at SSZ Sued including the screening of Vans’ ‘Propeller’ video.

The JB. Institute will present the SOLO Mag launch event in Berlin next week. Stay tuned for more information following up in the next few days.


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Evan Hecox, ‘Far’ — New Show at Joshua Liner Gallery


Evan Hecox is one of those artists who are incredibly good at what they do and how they progress, like Geoff McFetridge for example. One of JB.‘s all-time favorites now has a show coming up this week in NY’s Joshua Liner Gallery with amazing new work on paper, wood panel, and canvas, employing numerous combinations of acrylic paint, ink, gouache, watercolor, and colored pencil.

“Continuing an exploration and documentation of unfamiliar cities, the artist broadens his horizon in Far, drawing inspiration from trips to New York, the remote Mojave Desert, Santa Fe, Los Angeles, and Tokyo. Experimenting with representational depictions of cityscapes and remote towns paired with abstract geometric forms, Far incorporates a collection of vastly different scenes, unified by Hecox’s attention to detail, and fascination with landscape.”

May 7 to June 6, 2015 at Joshua Liner, New York
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An Ikebana Installation by Camille Henrot


My friend introduced me to the work of Camille Henrot which really reminds me of the small installations my kid is creating with all these branches and leaves he is collecting on our strolls and bike rides. I should definitely connect them someday. Camille is an artist living in New York and is best known for her videos and animated films. In her more recent work, she adapts diverse media of sculpture, drawing, photography and film.
This installation called Is it possible to be a revolutionary and like flowers? is about the translation of an entire library into ikebana, a Japanese tradition that was originally created to “console the soul”.
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Photography: Arnold Odermatt — 90th Birthday (Selected Works) at Galerie Springer Berlin


Swiss photographer Arnold Odermatt, trained as a baker and confectioner, joined the police force in the Swiss Canton of Nidwalden in 1948. In 1990 he retired with the rank of First Lieutenant, Head of the Traffic Police and Deputy Commander of the Nidwalden police. During his time as police officer he started to photograph the accidents he attended and soon set up a darkroom at the police station. It was his son Urs who discovered Arnold’s archive of traffic accidents from decades and became editor of all of his father’s photo books as he was impressed by the quality of the work.

Arnold Odermatt is celebrating his 90th birthday, and Galerie Springer is joining in: For this very special occasion, the gallery will host an exhibition displaying a selection of his masterpieces. In addition to his well-known work, ‘Karambolagen’, the exhibition will feature some of the masterful works from his series ‘In Zivil’ and ‘Im Dienst’. Books of all three series are published by Steidl.

Opening: May 1, 2015. 6 pm at Galerie Springer, Fasanenstr. 13, Berlin. Running time: May 2 – July 18, 2015
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Sergej Vutuc Interview on


Here is a nice interview with Sergej Vutuc that happened around his and Rich Jacobs’ art show I curated at HVW8 Gallery Berlin past March (‘I don’t have to know you to wave to you’). He spoke to Teresa Köster from, a JB. fellow writer. It’s in German though, so if you understand Deutsch, it’s well worth a read! —Jenne

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Berlin: Street Zine, Issue Uno


Yesterday was the release of Berlin’s street zine, probably the first of its kind, initiated by Sergej Vutuc. Street Zine, Issue Uno includes photos and artworks by Sara Parson-Texas, Lars Noll, LeLe, Sergej Vutuc, Jenne Grabowski, Jo Peters and more, the zine is tangible and walkable in a free space – a little skatepark/playground – in Berlin-Neukölln.
Nothing new that every other corporation is sucking out artforms, claiming to be part of a movement to polish their image. In times like these, it remains even more important to create free art with simple ideas and put it out there.
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New DRAW A LINE Print by Andrew Schoultz — Interview in JB. Magazine #03


The first thing you will notice about the work of LA-based artist Andrew Schoultz is repetition. Repetition of shapes within a single painting, and the repetition of motifs within a series of images, such as iconography from old German maps. Combined with the often political nature of his work you are getting a strong statement. It’s about how even though every generation brings a new light to solving problems, political history is pretty much damned to the same space.
“I strive to achieve more than just pretty pictures in my art. I explore global politics and social issues,” he says.

Read the full interview in JB. Magazine #03 “Same Space / New Light”.

Andrew Schoultz most recently created a new print DRAW A LINE: “Horse Stampede”. View the release here. The first 20 orders of this edition come with a free copy of JB. Magazine #03.

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Musicdesign: New Artwork for Also by Give Up Art


Our good friend Stuart Hammersley aka Give Up Art created this superb, minimal design for a collaborative new music project by Appleblim and Second Storey on R&S Records that has been released a while ago. Great signature style by the Hammer, I’d say.
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Fresh New Mural by Stephen ESPO Powers


Been following the progress of Stephen ESPO Powers’ new mural he painted in Miami Beach just a few weeks ago. He was Poet-in-Residence at The Carlton Hotel, provided with “sweet sweet creative freedom to spray some Espoetry”. Powers is selling a screenprint of the rough composition he made for the mural Looking and Telling for $50. Maybe there are still a few copies left, you better be quick!

“Miami, a destination and destiny. I was working inside the service industrial complex, so a lot of what I wrote was about the everyday life of the hotel, and what people get from the hotel experience. I like that its a box of sin and a place of peace, that its always in a state of change but maintains stability, like the tides a block away.”
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Fresh Art: Michael Bennett


Artist Michael Bennett creates these beautiful abstract and minimalist paintings. Michael was born in England and currently lives and works in Berlin. He has been working on something with our friends recently – the art publishers Draw A Line.
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