Berlin based Maren Karlson makes drawings of powerful Amazonian women interfacing in a world of recurrent tropes that range from dominatrix Mickey Mouse, hyper-geometric interiors, and half-burnt cigarettes. The character is mammoth, with undulating arms and an anthropomorphic braid; badass, aggressive and splendid. Her ladies hold their fists high, they’re vulgar and violent and unapologetically beautiful.
Berlin-based Andrea Wan is a Hong Kong-born illustrator and visual artist, known for the dream-like illustrations created in her unique surrealist style. Andrea’s work is often inspired by the subconscious mind as well as her daily life and travels. Her surrealist ink drawings often combine emotional states with dreamscapes and characters that represents people that plays various roles in her life.
Through an emotional landscape, people, animals and ghosts, Andrea communicates her most private emotions and thoughts, conveying them on watercolor paper. A distinctive visual language emerges from her illustrations, made from acrylic ink.
The grotesque and the mystical provide the subject-matter for the majority of Berlin-based artist Jonas Burgert’s work. Bold, sensuous and opulent, the atmosphere in his paintings is of a world of destruction and decay. Working in luminous colors glowing amidst a backdrop of pale hues, the artist depicts an apocalyptic mood of an end time, visions of a netherworld, an unknown myth or a peculiar dream.
His works describe the inexhaustible theatre play that Burgert considers to be human existence: man’s need to make sense of his purpose in life. It is a quest that seems inconclusive, but which opens doors to every sphere of reasoning, imagination and desire.
Berlin-based artist Marion Jdanoff is involved in Palefroi, an art collective in Germany. She currently focuses her work on silkscreen printings and papier-mâché sculptures – two ancestral techniques whose premises originate from China.
“Drawing is a way to make mountains when one is bored in the plains, to construct armies and send them dying, or not, on the battlefield, to do extremely dangerous and scientific experiments and saturate the rest with animals, for the sport and/or the mythology. To make it short, drawing is really very practical. And silkscreen puts new challenges to it.” Marion Jdanoff
Paul Paetzel lives and works in Berlin where he was also born. He likes taking the metro and observing people. He searches for the mystic in everyday life and the normal in the abnormal. Paetzel is a member of the comic collective Édition Biografiktion which he founded with Ana Albero and Till Hafenbrak in 2008.
The first zines (Biografiktion) they published were comic stories about celebrities adding fictional elements. They decided to start a second series called Human News whose theme varies in every issue and which is more focused on Illustration. To produce their artwork they use the printing techniques which are easily at their disposal: silkscreen, linocut and reprography.
From June 6th to 12th, JUSTKIDS, in association with StreetArtNews, was invited by Urban Nation Berlin to take over their notorious signature event Project M. Bringing summer ﬂavors to Berlin they selected six internationally acclaimed artists, including 1010, Askew, Bicicleta Sem Freio, Borondo, Eron and Faﬁ to create murals around the German capital for Project M/9 “Colors”. The painting week was ﬁnalized with a group exhibition showcasing the works of eleven artists including Tristan Eaton, Felipe Pantone, Okuda San Miguel, Crystal Wagner, Maser, Jan Kaláb, and the six muralists.
Whether in large-scale murals in urban environments around the world, or on smaller scale pieces on paper and canvas, the featured artists—hailing from around the globe—converge to investigate the speciﬁc way a high-octane color palette can produce an intense visual experience. In some of the works—shown for the ﬁrst time in Berlin—this emerges from the interactions between colours and their tensions and contrasts; while other works inquire into the expressive qualities of colours in the context of visual culture today.
“Void Season” is a fashion project by the Berlin, Germany based design studio known as Zeitguised. This digital magic is a study of algorithmic textiles and procedural surfaces. Their mesmerizing visuals are crafted as a unique blend of tantalizing design, handmade algorithms and bespoke generative processes.
French artist Matthieu Bourel, creates handmade, digital and animated collages focused on strong images and the diversions of various visual combinations. Bourel, currently living in Berlin, slices up old photos, multiplying figures into forms that appear as both sculpture and human. He creates characters and scenes that look strangely familiar and dreamlike, but have never existed before. The artist says he hopes “to evoke a fake history or inspire nostalgia for a period in time that never truly existed.”
“A piece often becomes about the search and desire to combine those emergent narrative symbols that seem charged with a familiar yet distant emotion” – Matthieu Bourel