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Martha Cooper’s interview on Tracks

arte/Tracks was at the Opening of Martha Cooper’s exhibition “One Week with 1UP” at Urban Spree Galerie, documenting the Berlin 1UP Crew. They have now released a 6′ portrait of Martha Cooper with images from the show as well as some historical perspective and of course an interview about her Berlin experience.

It is available in French hereabove and in German as well (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQFXFGLG6b4).

Kid Cash interviewed by Widewalls ahead of his solo show

Kid Cash was interviewed by Widewalls ahead of his solo show “Very Necessary” at Urban Spree.

Widewalls: Let’s start with the title of the show at Urban Spree, “Very Necessary”. It points out the necessity of showing street artworks in a gallery context: what can you tell us about this necessity?

KID CASH: At the end of the 1970s, the works of graffiti artists like Dondi, Lady Pink and Futura were exhibited in galleries. From today’s perspective it seems that the undertaking didn’t work. Around 2005 there was a veritable street art boom and again, there was the will to bring art from the streets into galleries. This development is still going on. Some artists have managed to exhibit their works regularly in white-cube galleries. But in my view, their reputation as „being authentic“ results from their work in public spaces. One fundamental finding is for me that it’s hardly possible to bring authenticity from the streets into the gallery. The reason for this is that is very simple: The space is just different. That’s why the artworks in galleries differ so much from those in the streets. I chose this simple fact to become the theme of my exhibition.

I want to describe an example: When I paint on a wall in the street, the wall tells me some stories. It is full of traces and has different surfaces. It is raw, full of holes, rock-hard, sprayed, and also full of insects. On the streets, people just take a glimpse at walls. The viewers pass by quickly and therefore the murals are quickly recognisable. They were painted to be seen from a distance or sometimes only for being photographed only. That’s why they tend to be relatively rough.

In contrast, when I paint on a canvas in my studio, the canvas is usually smaller than the walls outside in the streets. The surface of the canvas is smooth and it gives way. The fine structure is perceptible. At an artwork hanging in a gallery can be looked at from very close and intensively. The exhibition visitors can take a lot of time to look at the artworks.

For me it’s clear that my artworks on canvases differ from those I paint on walls in public spaces. In a gallery context, I just can’t do the same that I do on the streets! But both approaches get mutually inspired. That’s how I came to the title which became at the same time my topic. (…)

Read the full interview on Widewalls here.

Andrea Wan interview

We reproduce herebelow parts of the interview made in March 2016 by Urban Spree Resident Artist Andrea Wan to the zuccaBlogZine. After 4 years in Berlin, the talented HK-born, canadian illustrator speaks in-depth about her education, artistic path, move to Berlin, experience and techniques.



Berlin based Visual Artist Andrea Wan, has been an active member of the bustling Berlin art scene for the past four years. She is currently working out of the Urban Spree studios where she commits herself to the wonders of her magical ink techniques, that extend to her dreamlike themes.

zBZ // You were born in Hong Kong, China and grew up in Vancouver, Canada, can you share a bit of your experience coming to setup your new life in Berlin, Germany, for the
first time?

Andrea Wan // It was back in 2012, I decided that I wanted to move to Europe for a change but didn’t know where. After a visit to Berlin I felt that it’s a potential place to live. I told my Vancouver friend all about Berlin after my first visit here, and one month later she told me that she just quit her job and got her visa to move to Berlin. At that time she had never even been to Berlin before. So after that I made up my mind and felt that I also had to come. I initially moved here with my ex-boyfriend Cyril, who is now also my studio mate. We were really excited about moving here, we didn’t know what to expect it was kinda of a spontaneous choice. The first experiences was that it’s a huge city with a lot to offer, and everything was really new and exciting and very different from back home, just like a new playground to explore. After 4 years I still love it here and want to stay longer.



















zBZ // How has the German language effected or influenced your daily life here in Berlin? How do you find Berlin as a city to live and work in?

Andrea Wan // I think because I’m a freelancer that makes it easier, to not be able to speak the language, right away and Im still in the process of learning German. It kinda gets in the way, everyday, but it’s not a huge problem for me right now.
Living and working here is very flexible because it’s a very laid back city, filled with a lot of musicians, artists, freelancers and writers. I find that this city pushes you to focus on yourself and really think about what you want, without external influences. And, also there’s a sense of freedom here. I want to be able to speak German though it’s going to take quite a while, because whilst having a job, it’s hard for me to split the time. Ideally, I would want to have proper conversations with people in German.

Read the full interview on the zuccaBlogZine

Widewalls interviews Hendrik Czakainski

Swiss-based urban and contemporary arts blog Widewalls just released an in-depth interview with Hendrik Czakainski on the occasion of his current solo show at Urban Spree Galerie.

Hendrik explains his vision, process, atelier work and connexions to our modern environment.

You can read the interview here.

The exhibition is on display until 17.10 in Berlin.

You can request the catalogue by writing an email to: galerie@urbanspree.com



Öctagon Exhibition: Interview with Maxime Verret

As part of the Öctagon movie premiere night on 19/01/2015, we’ve asked the French skateboarder & photographer Maxime Verret a few questions about his work and the Öctagon-related photographs that will be exhibited in the Urban Spree Galerie.


How did you start skateboarding?

Like many people, skateboard came naturally into my life. I was like, 10 years old and I met a bunch of guys with their boards on the street and it just whooshed me! Trying out some ollies was just an amazing thing to do! Later, a neighbour lent me a VHS tape about skaters and I was hooked, it became obsessional. At the same time, my brother bought the video game of a well-known skater at that time… I was just into it! Since 12 years now, skateboard is part of my everyday life.

What brought you to photography? 

Photography came also naturally. I was paying a lot of attention to the photographs in skateboarding magazines, you know when you’re a kid, it’s just the right stuff to dream about, so at some point I started to shoot my friends when we were practicing. As time went by, I became more serious about it and started to think about the technique, the composition, the dynamics of the image and all.
Later, I became interested in photography in a broader way, I was digging the photojournalists, artists, I was going to see exhibitions, getting some photobooks as well… I was starting to realize the potential of what photography had to offer. After high school, I studied photography, which enabled me to think about my first photographic series, without necessarily giving away on skateboard.

Your photographic work is not necessarily linked to skateboard. Your work shows an inclination for architecture, shapes & urban signs, topographics and portraits. However, would you say that your skateboarding practice was critical in shaping your vision?

My photographic vision is somehow influenced by my skateboarding practice. When I’m skating, walking or travelling, I’m constantly searching for the right scene, the right idea, in the same way as a skater is endlessly searching for the right spot for his tricks. It’s a bit trite to say but as a skater, we always analyze the environment, we spend a lot of time outdoors, skating in an urban and sometimes derelict environment. Maybe that’s the reason why our vision of the city and landscapes is sharper. It certainly developed my curiosity for the way people get to know their environment and appropriate their surroundings.


You also publish zines. How important are printed matters to you? 

So far, I’ve published only one photozine, “Addicts“, self-published in a limited edition of 30 copies, a selection of photos of my daily life with my friends, on our skateboards, partying, travelling… After accumulating some materials, I thought it was time to produce something of my own, showing the ever fresh sensations that keep us doing what we do, like it was the first day.
Publishing is an important step to me in my creating process, it gives a different light to my images, how to build a story, a universe, and possibilities of the medium are infinite!

Which series are you exhibiting in Berlin and what can you tell us about it. 

The exhibition will present the environment in which the Öctagon video was shot. In Tokyo for example, we found ourselves in a modern environment, whose culture is also quite different from the West. Ive tried to capture the interactions that skateboard could create in the cityscape, or simply the daily life that unfolded before me.


Urban Spree presents the Premiere of the movie on Monday, January 19th, 2015 at 22:30 after the exhibition.

Exhibition: 19:00 // Movie: 22:30 // Afterparty: 23:00

Link to the vernissage of the Berlin exhibition: https://www.facebook.com/events/828446947197510

A Tribe Called Red – Live and Interview

Last month, we had the privilege to receive the Ottawa based DJ Crew ‘A Tribe Called Red’ and their energetic electro pow wow sounds. ARTE was here to conduct an interview and film parts of the concert for TRACKS. Here it is. Enjoy.