CONTEMPORARY DRINSCH BY MARK GMEHLING

by Ariadna Zierold

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Dortmund, Germany based artist Mark Gmehling studied art, graphic design and marketing, worked in advertising for a while then got selfemployed as an illustrator. Nowadays he is exhibiting his personal artwork around the world.  He  loves to travel and paint murals everywhere possible.

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Inspired by pop culture, he developed his photorealistic style. “Contemporary Drinsch” is how he names his characters and sculptures. Important for Mark, every work tells its own story. He is expecting from the society, by looking at his characters, to start thinking or at least it should give them a little smile on the face.

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EXPERIMENTAL ABSTRACTION BY SIGMAR POLKE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sigmar Polke was a German painter and photographer who experimented with a wide range of styles, subject matters and materials. In the 1970s, he concentrated on photography, returning to paint in the 1980s, when he produced abstract works created by chance through chemical reactions between paint and other products.

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Polke launched Capitalist Realism in response to Pop art, exhibiting the first works in this genre in Düsseldorf. Polke took as his motifs such ordinary food items as chocolate, sausages or biscuits, isolating them and apparently depriving them of their tactility in order to elevate them to the status of aesthetic signs.

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IRREVERENT ILLUSTRATIONS BY JAN ROBERT DUENNWELLER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jan Robert Duennweller is an illustrator based in Passau, Germany and occasionally working from Berlin. His work has a content–driven approach with a focus on humor and versatility. His innocent-looking drawings disguise his ability to condense complex subjects into engaging and amusing images. Having first studied industrial design, Jan then took a masters in visual communications in Istanbul and at the Bauhaus in Germany.

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ABSTRACT ARCHITECTURES BY TIMO LENZEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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German graphic designer Timo Lenzen makes posters and cover design with a personal language that mixes references from different epochs and styles. His simple and direct 3D drawings play with pure forms or simple architectural references transforming them into visual presences with a surreal touch.

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With his subtle designs, that are always on point, Timo creates sometimes abstract, sometimes disturbing and always visually stimulating moods. In both his applied as well as his purely Graphic Arts you’ll be absorbed by the worlds he creates.

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JUSTKIDS and StreetArtNews presents Project M/9 Colors at Urban Nation

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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.

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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.

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ASTONISHING INSTALLATIONS BY SONJA VORDERMAIER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sonja Vordermaier was born in 1973 in München, Germany. She now lives and works in Hamnburg. Her sculptures look like amorphous growth on the ceilings and in corners. At first glance, this seems nature-like, if not necessarily natural. It is as if one had been beamed through an electron microscope to another level of perception.

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Although she has no constant visible style, she has a consistent way of thinking about sculpture, of using material to form images, and re-formalizing this from one work to the next. In the broader sense, this really entails the idea of recycling: Vordermaier develops sculptural shapes from the alienating appropriation of a material and the meaning of its customary use. By juxtaposing and combining mass and material she creates a tension that the sculpture can then exude, affecting its entire surroundings.

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FUTURISTIC NATURE BY LOW BROS

by Ariadna Zierold

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The Low Bros is an artist duo, which is made up of brothers Christoph and Florin Schmidt – formerly active as graffiti writers Qbrk and Nerd. Their work most often centers around stylized animal characters with human features, and addresses graffiti, hip hop, skateboarding and other elements which influenced and shaped the artists’ youth in the 1980s and 1990s.

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The use of contemporary methods gives thematic glimpses into the future. The protagonists of their work embody codes and attitudes of city life, which are in contrast to the natural purity of the animal and nature motifs, also integral to their work. This tension drawn from the ambivalence between urbanity and nature gives rise to a whole Low Bros universe.

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The Sound of Silence | ANGELA DALINGER

“Swimmin’ in The Playground” is a new Group Exhibit at FIFTY24SF GALLERY, next to our flagship UPPER PLAYGROUND store curated by SFSWIM. The show is currently displaying work from artist, Angela Dalinger.

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A quick glance at Angela Dalinger’s work committed me to hours of independent study that offered more than just dystopian images that made my dark side grin, but a crash course of investigation into her soul. A resiliency; a depth of mystery that felt like the real sense of “cool”- exploded from the imagery and interviews I read. Unexploited, raw and genuine.

It was so refreshing to feel the images of her Art Brut style paintings encapsulate a deeper knowing of suffering on an individual, societal and even fictional level.

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This is my perception of the dark, witty drawings and paintings rendered by German born illustrator, Angela Dalinger. At 32 years of age, Dalinger knows what she wants and it’s not the big city, bars and heavy metal shows. It is the peace and silence of a small village outside Hamburg, with 100 occupants, that offers sounds of nature and silence, allowing her creativity to flow.

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Dalinger’s Comic book, “The Werewurf,” explicitly showcases the delectable irreverent wit and and re-contextualization of a man/werewolf that is actually a Weremole musician shape shifting into a mole at the dawn of a full moon heavy metal show.

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Getting absorbed into the snapshots of life and tragedy in Dalinger’s work took me into a reverberating silence. The kind of silence where everything is visible and invisible at the same time. The sound of silence that makes no apologies when it greets darkness, an old friend, coming to talk to me again. (Thanks, Simon & Garfunkel).

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Check out Angela Dalinger’s work in person:

FIFTY24SF

218 Fillmore St

San Francisco, CA 94117

Gallery Opening: May 21, 2016

FEVERISH ATMOSPHERES BY HENNING WAGENBRETH

by Ariadna Zierold

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Berlin based artist Henning Wagenbreth is a German illustrator and graphic designer, who works on both commissioned and personal art projects.

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He makes illustrations and designs for books, posters, newspapers and magazines and also designs his own typefaces. He has also worked in animation, film, theater and music, and works as a professor in Illustration at the University of Arts in Berlin since 1994. His refined printing technique produces very powerful and colorful images that provoke a feverish atmosphere. His art lends itself well to illustrating poems as well as for creating graphic novels.

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