Brian Roettinger Book Signing at HVW8 Berlin

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 Stylemag.net

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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 Stylemag.net, 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Photography: New Issue of Romka Magazine

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Joscha, founder and publisher of Romka Magazine, just sent me the recent issue — #09. Again, it was about time for him to change the format of the mag. The concept remains the same, the various participants are sharing their personal stories behind a favorite photograph, one each. You can order a copy on their website, but the mag is available in every well selected magazine/book store around.
“Romka is a collective photo album in which people from all over the world share the stories behind their most cherished photographs.”
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Preview for Juxtapoz May 2015: Chris Ware

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Our fave magazine Juxtapoz is putting one of our favorite graphic illustrators/artists on their cover for the May 2015 issue: Chris Ware. How cool ist that?!

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Photography and Resin Sculptures by Eric Cahan

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That’s my man! Somebody who’s hanging out for sunrises and sunsets to capture the light and colors during those magic transitions must be on the same page like me. Eric Cahan is a photographer and sculptor based in New York. He titles every work with the time and location of its conception. “My work is meant to capture a moment in nature, asking and empowering the viewer to be fully present, involved, and uplifted. I want the viewer to be drawn in, and be completely absorbed by, rather than separate from, that fleeting moment in time.”

Eric’s liquid glass works are stunning, also check out his incredible prism-like resin sculptures that are made from the same surface material as surfboards. They are kind of like 3D-interpretations of his photographs.
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Geometric Paintings by Daniel Mullen

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Daniel Mullen is a Scottish painter, currently based in Amsterdam. “I make images that deal with space as potential while questioning how this can be represented. […] Contradiction plays an important role.”
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New DRAW A LINE Print by Osif Seiksuh

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Trying to catch up with everything after working on Sergej Vutuc and Rich Jacob’s show at HVW8 Berlin last week. A follow-up post with some images will be online later this week.
In the meantime, the Osif Seiksuh lithograph for our friends from Draw A Line has finally been released. Osif is originally from NY – born and raised – living in Berlin since 1996. He spent most of his time in the streets doing graffiti but gathered all his experience to work in a studio as a painter and sculptor nowadays.
For Draw A Line, he created a lithograph at Tabor Presse in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Watch this short clip and read the artist feature to get more insight. Also you can order his print on the DAL website.
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Andy Rementer’s ‘San Marino Stamps’

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Classic Andy Rementer goodness, a series of stamps about 3D printing for the Republic of San Marino.
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Artist Talk at HVW8 Berlin: Sergej Vutuc in Conversation With Jenne Grabowski

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The Sergej Vutuc & Rich Jacobs show ‘I don’t have to know you to wave to you’ at HVW8 Berlin just opened on March 12th. Jenne Grabowski of JB. Magazine will host an artist talk with Sergej at the gallery space on Linienstr. 161, Berlin.

It will be about the collaborative works of Sergej and Rich, layered experimentations in the darkroom and xerox explorations, putting zine pages behind museum glass and the sociological processes of a zine production.

Zines and art pieces including a special risograph print, that Sergej produced for that show are available for purchase!

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New Book: Sergei Sviatchenko — “Collages”

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I met Ukrainian artist Sergei Sviatchenko a couple of years ago on a magazine conference for indie publishers in Luxembourg. A very prolific and enthusiastic person and artist whose early output was based on collage which still remains central to his practice. He made excursions in abstract painting, photography always was and is a core element in his works. He founded Senko Studio in the early 2000s, a non-profit exhibition space in Viborg, Denmark. He is also running Close Up and Private, an Internet-based photography project dedicated to the visual language of classic style in clothing.

Sergei recently put out a new book with Vienna based publisher schleebrügge editor of which he sent me a copy. “Nice to hear from you, Jenne. I have been working on a book with Rick Poynor, it has been a wonderful journey for me. Partly because I had to go through my archive of the images, partly because of Rick´s knowledge in the world of images and his interest in my work.”

It is the first monograph to focus on the collage output of Sergei Sviatchenko, who still is a leading figure in the contemporary collage world and to quote his other publisher Gestalten from Berlin: “One of the most influential innovators of modern collage.” The book gathers his most significant work from the past decade and shares little seen collages from his early years in the Ukraine. Very good work!
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Photography: Bruce Gilden — Brighton Beach, NY

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Nothing beats the facial expressions of protagonists in Bruce Gilden‘s photographs. The surreal setting, caused by a nasty flash light Gilden is literally shooting into people’s faces, the high contrast and the fast moving, is something that is instantly identifiable in his images. Here is a series he shot in Brighton Beach, NY, a predominantly Russian neighborhood.
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SKATE HEADS — Video Clip from Zenga Bros

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That’s a real fun skate video clip with Vancouver locals, directed by Zenga Bros and produced by Jeff Hamada of Booooooom and FlexFit with tons of good skating and creative obstacles. An exceptional example of how far you still can take it with skateboarding.

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Serena Mitnik-Miller: S W I R L @ Joshua Liner

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Another opening today, far out west across the Atlantic Ocean. Serena Mitnik-Miller, straight out of the fog and beautiful sunsets at Ocean Beach, SF, has a new show at Joshua Liner in New York with all new works, exploring pattern and repetition with just pencils and watercolors.

“Joshua Liner Gallery is pleased to present S W I R L, an exhibition of new watercolor works on paper by San Francisco-based artist Serena Mitnik-Miller. This is the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery after a year exhibiting both nationally and internationally in California and Japan. The artist will be in attendance for the opening reception on Thursday, February 19, 2015.”
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Vivian Maier Exhibition in Berlin

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No big surprise that this would happen some day, but the news a week ago came a bit unexpected that a Vivian Maier exhibition is about to start this week in Berlin. I guess, I don’t have to introduce her as a person with her exceptional story anymore, her body of work she left behind is still as breathtaking as after John Maloof randomly found her legacy of about 150,000 images, negatives and undeveloped film rolls some years ago. About a year ago we interviewed John Maloof during Berlinale. The feature including a presentation of Maier’s work can be found in the current issue of JB.‘Same Space/New Light’

The exhibition is at Willy-Brandt-Haus, Stresemannstr., Berlin-Kreuzberg. Opening on Feb 18th, 2015, 7:30 pm. The show goes until April 12th.

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Show Opening: Julie Oppermann

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Our friend Julie Oppermann, the silent star of our group show is currently residing in sunny LA and created some rad new pieces for her upcoming show at Mark Moore Gallery in LA. The opening is tomorrow, Thursday 19th of February. If you’re out there you should definitely see her mesmerizing work and say hi for us!
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David Maisel: The Lake Project

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Visual artist David Maisel from San Francisco creates large-scaled photographs, capturing the relationships between human culture and natural systems. The Lake Project is a work from around 2002/2003 and includes a monograph published by Nazraeli Press.

The Lake Project comprises images from Owens Lake, the site of a formerly 200 square-mile lake in California on the eastern side of the Sierra Mountains. Beginning in 1913, the Owens River was diverted into the Owens Valley Aqueduct, to bring water to Los Angeles. By 1926, the lake had been depleted, exposing vast mineral flats and transforming a fertile valley into an arid landscape.”
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