“THE WALL” by Da Mental Vaporz

“THE WALL” by Da Mental Vaporz

extinguished corpse by dmv

DMV

Extinguished Corpse, 2014

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acte 2 escene 2 by dmv

DMV

Acte 2 Escene 2, 2014

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sankukai by sowat

Sowat

Sankukai, 2014

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urban kontortion #09 by bom.k

Bom.k

Urban Kontortion #09, 2014

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acrylics and spraypaint on canvas by jaw

Jaw

Acrylics and Spraypaint on Canvas, 2014

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spoutnik 1 by lek

LEK

Spoutnik 1, 2014

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Saturday, April 26, 2014Saturday, May 31, 2014

Libauer Street 14
Berlin, 10245 Germany

BC Gallery is proud to present “THE WALL”, a group show with the DMV crew. From the 26th of april to the 31st of may the gallery will display brand new art works by Kan, Gris1, Jaw, Sowat, Blo, Lek, Bom.k and Brusk.

Opening Reception
Saturday, 26th April, 6pm
Registration: rsvp@bcgallery.de


Duration of the exhibition
April 26th to May 31st

Opening Hours
Wednesday to Saturday
1 pm – 6 pm





About the Collective:
The France based artist collective, DMV “Da Mental Vaporz” consists of ten members: Bom.k, Blo, Brusk, Iso, Dran, Kan, Lek, Gris1, Jaw and Sowat. The works of these artists can speak for themselves independently, differentiating from each other mostly in medium as in style and technique that which as soon as they are shown in a common context, creates an extraordinarily interesting and thrilling relationship. As can be deduced from the name “Da Mental Vaporz”, which, translated, means “The Vapors of the Psyche” it is for the artists a matter of concern to make the observer aware of the abyss of the personal psyche. This is translated by each individual member of the collective in their own way and leads to a multifaceted wealth of style, which, collectively, puts its mark on the important tides of the art of the 20th century. During a visit to a DMV show or by observing the walls created by them in an urban setting, everything is offered to the beholder, from old school Graffiti to Pop Art and all the way to Surrealism, abstract Expressionism, Cubism and pore Abstraction. As different as these styles seem, the artists are, nevertheless, able, in their commonly created works, to bring together a harmonious symbiosis, which, although marked by tension, remains balanced. Their preferred media are spray cans, acrylic, mixed media. The artists also attempt to bring to life installations that are created in the urban environment (where they create most of their art) into a gallery framework.

About the Show:
The title of the show “The Wall” explains in one word the most passionate part of most urban contemporary artist today. The public wall space has been a platform to all different kinds of art forms for decades now. From Harring and Basquiat to Banksy and Kaws, thanks to diversity and quality the “Graffiti” or “Mural” art form has well established itself in the contemporary art scene. For the DMV big murals are a way to express their collective creativity and have enough room for each artist to bring in his personal style without getting cramped or overloaded.

About the artists:

Blo
French artist BLO started his career as a graffiti writer and street art artist in Lyon, were one of his main intents was not only the necessity to paint, but also a to use it as a form of destruction and vandalization. Even though over the years BLO has started to concentrate more on producing art that fits in a gallery space, not only concerning the medium but also contextually, instead of for the urban landscape, this raw and angry spirit from his beginnings is still reflected in his style of putting the lines, His recent work is often coined by christian iconography and also occult symbolism of other religionsas much as by other well-known artists like Egon Schiele.

Bom.k
Born in Paris in the 70’s, Bom.k discovered graffiti during his youth, as the southern suburbs he grew up in covered themselves with the tags and throw ups of the movement’s first generation. After moving to the South of France for a few years, Bom.k returned to live in Paris and created the Da Mental Vaporz in 1999 with Iso and Kan. In 2005, Bom.k started developing his style in the comfort of a studio, with the same aesthetical insanity and ambition as in his exterior works. Finally, his 2008 book ‘HB Blacktrace’, earned him a solid international reputation, making him one of the major names of post graffiti.

Brusk
Brusk‘s first encounter with the French graffiti and Hip Hop scene dates back to the year 1991. After graduating from St. Etienne‘s School of Fine Arts, he started working with unconventional, atypical media as photo, video and computer and developing new techniques which also lead him to exhibit his work in unusual places. His style developed over the years and combines calligraphic work, 3D characters and stagings. The balance of his compositions is based on a subtle interplay of space management, voids and accumulations, materials and overlays plans.

Gris1
Born in the south of France in the 80s Gris1 found his vocation for art during his studying time in 1996. From the current point he can look back to a long history of being active as a graffiti artists. What started as simple mural paintings on highway walls has, over the past 15 years, become a concise style. As a member of Da Mental Vaporz group he maintains his passion by making huge frescoes and increasingly innovative and fun collective canvases

Jaw
Born in 1982 in Reims, Jaw soon moved to Algeria where he grew up for seven years. Back in France he discovered graffiti at the age of 15 before he went to to Marseille for studying illustration, graphics and multimedia design which helped him to develop a more enhanced style. After graduating he was working on his first book which contains illustrations, cover mountings and more and he also appeared in various other books and press articles. In 2003 Jaw joined the DMV crew which pushed his natural talent to move toward a more elaborate and thoughtful work.

Kan
Initially from the south of France, Kan was immersed by graffiti after a trip to Paris, followed by another one to Los Angeles. Moving to Paris, he joined Bom.K and the Da Mental Vaporz crew in 2000.Combining his passion for computers, video and design to traditional graffiti techniques, Kan has distorted his name a thousand ways, from throw-ups to digitalised block letters to pixel art, halftone graffiti and dripping QR codes. With the DMV crew, they embarked in the production of large-scale murals internationally.Since then Kan has participated to many graffiti jams and steadily exhibited his work collectively and individually in galleries across the world, from Paris to London, New York and Melbourne.

Lek
The Parisian contemporary artist and graffiti writer LEK grew up in the 19th Arrondisment, Paris, an area that in 1980’s cradled many graffiti artists. In 1994, together with other writers of the LCA, a group of graffiti artists, he developed his ‘messy’ style which is coined by deconstruction, stratified and minimalist in color. During this time he also started exploring new places to paint, places of experience and inspiration such as the industrial zone and abandoned places where life has buggered off.

Sowat
Sowat is a Franco-American graffiti artist who matured in the surroundings of Marseille and Los Angeles, inspired by Chaz Bojorquez, one of the major figures in Californian graffiti who developed “Cholo writing”, a calligraphy created in the 1940s and intended to mark out the territories of Latino gangs. Together with Lek he was taking over places that are derelict but with a powerful history. In their large-scale frescos, the typographical motifs traditionally used in graffiti are taken toward a form of architecturally influenced abstraction.

About the Gallery:
BC Gallery for Urban and Contemporary Arts is a newly Berlin based outlet for high-end urban and contemporary art to feature regular solo and group exhibition by internationally renowned urban artists.