EUROPAEUROPA BY PENNY BYRNE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Penny Byrne’s first ever European solo exhibition titled “#EuropaEuropa” opened on Friday, October 6th in Berlin, Germany. Seeking to highlight the perilous journey undertaken by large numbers of migrants across Europe, “#EuropaEuropa” aims to recreate the sheer quantity and desperation of those risking their lives by crossing the Mediterranean.  Adrift in an assortment of porcelain antique household serving plates, gravy boats, cups, and bowls, the figures are stranded around the gallery in various states of safety.  The crudely constructed bright orange rings that hang around the necks of the figurines are clumsily constructed, a statement from Byrne on the worrying trend of refugees being given fake or faulty lifejackets.  A number of solo figurines, often without floatation aids, lay separated from the main groups across the gallery floor and attached to nails in the walls; a tribute to those left behind and those who have become victims of such a perilous journey.

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#EuropaEuropa” will be on view until the 4th of November, 2017.

CALCULATED PRECISION BY NIELS DE JONG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Niels de Jong was born in the Netherlands and currently living and working in Berlin, Germany. Growing up in a family of creatives Niels was always surrounded and influenced by different elements of art. From visiting his grandparents and their wood working shop to watching his father paint and sketch day in day out.

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His history in Architecture and his love for nature and the outdoors is projected onto his current paintings and art works. Niels uses both these elements by combining geometric and organic shapes, looking for the perfect composition where the result is close to calculated precision.

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THE WORK OF BENE ROHLMANN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Bene Rohlmann was born in 1985 in Münster, Germany and is currently living and working in Berlin. In 2007 he started his formal training in Design, with a major in Illustration at FH Münster and graduated with his diploma in 2012. His artwork combines various traditional techniques such as collage and drawing, and incorporate a random assortment of themes which interest him, such as Mexican death cults, traditional art from native tribes, lots of nature related themes like moths and plants, classic Disney movies and old advertisements.

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THREAD ENVIRONMENTS BY CHIHARU SHIOTA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Berlin, Germany based Chiharu Shiota is a Japanese performance and installation artist best known for creating room-filling, monumental yet delicate, poetic environments. She weaves human-size webs from thread, turning entire galleries into labyrinthine environments and often enclosing personal objects or even herself.

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Central to the artist’s work are the themes of remembrance and oblivion, dreaming and sleeping, traces of the past and childhood, and dealing with anxieties. Shiota finds diverse visual expressions for these subject matters, the most celebrated being impenetrable installations made of thread which often enclose various household and everyday, personal objects: a burnt-out piano, a wedding dress or a lady’s mackintosh.

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‘EGO ERECTUS’ BY MARIO MANKEY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mario Mankey is a Spanish artist now living in Berlin who is challenging himself to study and learn from artists and culture to find his own distinctive voice. Combining elements of comics, animation, primitivism, deconstructed graffiti, abstraction, Miro, Picasso, and Basquiat, the energy powering his assembled exploration is a professed desire to learn from and to talk to an audience.

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In his new monumental installation, giant legs tear through the ceiling. Titled ‘Ego Erectus’, the sculpture takes the form of two enormous feet stomping through the roof of the Haus exhibition venue in Berlin. Standing in the middle of the room, the limbs engage with the architecture of the site, with pieces of the ceiling scattered across the floor.

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NEW MURAL BY 1010

by Ariadna Zierold

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German street artist 1010 (previously featured here) has been creating these mysterious, portal-like street art illusions on walls around the world. Originally from Poland, 1010 moved with his parents to Germany, when he was eight years old. For more than a decade, the artist has been painting walls and making papercuts. Now he just finished a new amazing piece in Berlin. Check it out.

SINISTER THEMES BY RIIKKA SORMUNEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Berlin based Riikka Sormunen is an artist and illustrator. With her amazing eye for detail and color, and a slight flare for dark comedy, Sormunen has landed herself projects including being a contributor for The New York Times. She creates beautiful illustrations with the finest attention to detail. Her patterns and style are clearly inspired by her background in fashion design, but beneath the surface her illustrations often hold more sinister themes.

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ALUMINUM FOIL GARDEN SCULPTURES BY TOSHIHIKO MITSUYA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Berlin based Toshihiko Mitsuya‘s main work is sculpture made from Aluminum foil. The first part of the current series consists of 300 small sculptures made from normal kitchen Aluminum foil. Having collaborated with architects testing its durability in various forms of construction, Mitsuya created life-size equestrian or standing statues made of special wide aluminum foil. The motifs of each work is based on the mixture of various countries cultures in this highly-networked information society. It relates to images common all over the world.

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He has also produced flat works, composed of reflections from boards of scratched stainless steel with angle grinder, which can be said to stand between a sculpture and a painting. These shining works with light will be a novel challenge against sculpture and the history of painting.

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PENCIL WORLDS BY JOSEPHIN RITSCHEL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Josephin Ritschel is an illustrator living and working in Berlin. In Josephin’s illustrations, fine lines, dark lines, little lines, lines on lines, and a few blocks shading all build up to make these incredible images full of life. Whether its spooky or sombre, funny or lonely, the scenes she creates have a real sense of energy and all tell their own, often bizarre, story. The illustrations are colored in with the kind of precision that children can only dream of when they try to stay within the lines of their coloring books.

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