Date: June 7, 2012–July 1, 2012
Location: Gestalten Space, Sophie-Gips-Höfe, Sophienstraße 21, 10178 Berlin
Vernisage: June 7, 2012, 18:00–21:00
In conjunction with DMY Shopping Night
Gestalten is happy to announce “Easy As Pie,” a show by KLUB7. The Berlin-based art collective has made a name for itself with its street art as well as the murals, customizations, and illustrations it creates on various surfaces. Together, the six member artists of KLUB7 have developed a collective trademark style that is a mix of urban, pop, and comic art and that seamlessly melds their diverse backgrounds.The majority of work shown in “Easy As Pie” is drawn with chalk—on walls as well as the ground. The fact that KLUB7 currently loves to work with chalk can be seen in part as a clever response to an increasingly unfriendly environment on the street with increased surveillance, fines, and city campaigns against tagging, posters, stickers, and stencils.
But, as this striking collection clearly demonstrates, chalk is first and foremost a fitting material for KLUB7’s spontaneous artistic interactions. It is not only easily available, but also permitted for use in public space. This aspect is key as many of the chalk drawings documented here are the result of “jam sessions” with children as well as adults—open events that expand the view of graffiti into an acceptable form of public art.
“Easy as Pie” will also feature a new mural by KLUB7 that will be created with chalk on the walls of Gestalten Space as well as a selection of work by individual members Dani Daphne, Diskorobot, Mike Okay, Kid Cash, Lowskii, and Otto Baum. In addition, KLUB7’s latest series of limited silkscreen prints will be displayed and sold at the show.
KLUB7 was born out of the graffiti scene in eastern Germany over 10 years ago and has undergone an amazing transformation. Since its inception, the collective’s five male and one female members have entered their 30s. As they have matured, each of them has developed an impressive range of artistic activities that have evolved beyond their shared creation of graffiti art without completely renouncing their roots. From the subculture of urban art to legal projects, KLUB7 has progressively and continuously expanded its oeuvre. Their 2009 move to Berlin, a melting pot and a centre for contemporary art, has not only supported their creative growth, but also demanded it.
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