Friday, June 21, 2013
7:00pm until 11:30pm
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Idrawalot Gallery & Showroom is proud to present the Solo Exhibition with Wasted Rita!
about the show:
Human Beings – God’s only mistake is a ongoing series of solo exhibitions created by Wasted Rita in 2013 having in common the unceasing desire and interest for exploring, reflecting and collecting emotions, actions, ideas and making up assumptions about the mankind every day.
New theories meeting old theories, overrated cliches becoming more current than ever and tons of boundless speculations about this pretty little thing we call society.
Downs and highs, divergences and congruences, perversity and morality, complexity and (too much) predictability and the thin line between perfection and atrocity.
This project can be seen as a never ending thesis about being a human being and, consequently and bowing to fate, the biggest mistake macrocosm has ever seen. Keep calm blame Holy Spirit.
Conceived in New Jersey, born and raised in Porto, Wasted Rita is a freelance illustrator graphic designer, a natural born agent provocateur, sarcastic as needed and a full-time thinker who must write about life, human behaviors and play with words to keep breathing.
Her biggest specialties are: drawing cool things, being more sarcastic than you, having good ideas everyday and, sometimes, every hour, writing stuff about things, making some people smile and irritate others.
She has collaborated with studios such as Studiobüro, had her work exhibited in Paris, London, Bochum, throughout Portugal, and freelanced for a variety of clients such as Hurley, Samsung, Delta, Diário Económico and punk (or not so punk) bands from all over the world. Her work has been featured in countless art and graphic design websites, several magazines and a few books.
Wasted Rita turned out to be a rough mix between too many hours spent in a religious college, an adolescence distorted by Black Flag and a massive willpower to take over the world.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
7:00pm until 11:30pm
Join us at Idrawalot Gallery/Showroom for a Solo Exhibition with Danilo Omwisye (Zéh Palito) – “We Saw the Future”
“We Saw the Future”
“We Saw the Future” is a conceptual series of paintings by, Brazilian artist Danilo Omwisye (Zéh Palito). The series portrays a world wherein man and animal merge as one. Defining Palito’s archetypal foreshadowing’s of this obscure destiny, each painting illuminates a specific step of the journey. Using his signature color palette of bright reds, royal blues, lime greens, and electric yellows within the contrasting organic shapes against geometric, Zéh Palito takes his audience into this self-conceived dimension. He enhances the cardinal concept of nature’s connectivity by splashing evocative imagery about the canvas: grenades ejecting rainbows, hands possessing hearts, elephants and deers exploring uncharted territory. “We Saw the Future” reinvents the inherent evolution, alludes to the riddance of all things bad, and leaps towards the equality of man and his fellow animal. Yet again, Zéh Palito gives his audience reason to take a second look at the world around them. For, it is man who determines what lay ahead. Perhaps the future is not such a mystery after all.
(Paley Martin- Art Nouveau MAG)
Danilo Omwisye (Zéh Palito)
…is an artist who has exchanged the ruins of castles from childhood dreams, for the broken walls in streets and urban non-spaces. He travels across continents through cities, to remote villages, in all weathers to bring his art to the people and to bring people together.
Zéh Palito is where artist and humanitarian collide. A product of the notoriously marked streets of Limeira -São Paulo-Brazil, the twenty-six year old artist. Started doing tags (Pichação) at streets in 2001 and this days exceeds the typical “street artist” classification; in fact, Zéh Palito has morphed his craft into more so of a communal unification, in a global sense.
His work has been shown throughout the world in places ranging from Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Spain, Germany, Poland, United States, South Korea, Zambia and others more.
Beneath the paint, lives a fantasy world with everything is intertwined; Colors, forms, energies, animals, people and nature merge into a simultaneous existence and breathe together as one. Being also a constant quest to reinvent the evolution inherent to allude to the release of all the bad things, representing the equality of man and nature and animals as our companions in life cycle.
Making your audience stop and look at the world around you, then, is the human being who determines what is to come.Such intentions he has not only mimicked but catalyzed within his art, exemplifying a harmonious state of being where in the colorfully enriched abstract and tangible concrete merge.
Zeh Palito shares its new visual mythology and thoughts about the future, celebrating the vitality and dynamism of this chaotic world, however poetic, here composed of bright colors, geometric structures, organic abstraction, dimensional variations full of exotic and mystical dreams.
Louise Bird. (Arts Council of Wales Research and Development Grant.)
2012- Mystical Dreams-독립문화공간 아지트/ AGIT Gallery-Busan-South Korea
2012-’신비한 삶’- Grand Hilton Hotel- Seoul-South Korea
2011-“Amarillo Oniríco”-Galeria Belle Artes-Cáceres-Spain
2011- “Peace Love and Unicorns” FB Gallery-New York-United States
2009- “Devaneio”- Galeria Moto-Santiago-Chile
2008- “O Maravilhoso Mundo do Zéh Palito”- Atelier Vó Zuzu- Porto Alegre-RS- Brazil
2013- “CINCO” – Galeria Sebastião Orlando da Silva-Limeira-SP-Brazil
2012-”M.C.1- Movimentos Convergentes”- O.F Carlos Gomes-Limeira-SP-Brazil
2012-”1* Mostra Graffiti e Street Art”- Galeria Vitória- Limeira-SP-Brazil
2011-”FRESH PRODUCE”-Anno Domini Gallery- California-United States
2011-“Unbenannte Frauen”-Galerie KLOT-Berlin-Germany
2011-“Pop up Gallery”-Brooklynite Gallery + FB Gallery-New York -United States
2010- “The Minority Coalition’s Tenth Annual International Festival” – Cassopolis-United States
2008- “Expo Amores”- Faal-Faculdade de Artes e Administração de Limeira- Limeira-SP- Brazil
2007-“Mostra de Artes Visuais -O Moderno e o Contemporâneo”- Centro Cultural Palacety Levy – Limeira-SP-Brazil
Graduated of Graphic Design ( FAAL- Faculdade de Administracao e Artes de Limeira)
Certificated in Fine Art EMCEA (Escola Municipal de Cultura e Artes)
Certificated in Development Studies at Humana People to People (United States and Zambia)
In part with First Thursday Berlin – Art Walk: http://www.facebook.com/FirstThursdayBerlin
Thursday, May 23, 2013
7:00pm until 11:30pm
DanaDamki was born near Frankfurt in the countryside. She studied communication design in Wiesbaden and during / after her studies, lived in Japan for all in all 3.5 years. There she worked at a printing company and started to make
damki-magazine, draw cute things with faces and spend hours at toy-stores.
She also spent some time in Australia and Hong Kong.
In 2008 she moved back to Germany, settled in Berlin and focused on drawing more cute things with faces.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
7:00pm until 11:30pm
Join us at Idrawalot Gallery/Showroom for “Cuteness Is Over” – Official Book Release With Mike Friedrich.
About The Book:
This book/zine contains selected works by Berlin born and based Artist Mike Friedrich in the fields of Custom Art, Illustration, Apparel Design, Toy Design, Wall design, Exhibitions and Fine Arts.
About Mike Friedrich:
Mike Friedrich is an Berlin based illustrator & artist. Born (1977) and raised in this awesome city, he made his first steps in the commercial world of illustration and design in the 90’s by selling his dark fantasy illustrations to Berlin based tattoo studios. Always interested in graffiti, he merged his fantasy roots with the elements of character design and urban art. The result – a sick, slimy mix with strong dark themes. Cuteness is over!
Super LIMITED EDITION 20 Artist Copies will be available that are signed and numbered by the artist – distinguished artist copies come with round corners. Only available at Idrawalot and for 10/euros!
In April, 2013 we were invited to come to Phoenix, Arizona as the début back the the US for JBAK largest mural to date. We had the pleasure to do a mural in Scottsdale, Arizona as a collaboration with artist Julia Benz (http://juliabenz.de/).
The Phoenix mural was a challenge and a massive undertaking. Days before we started painting we were still in discussion as to the actual composition and who we would be painting. We had spent several weeks going over ideas remotely from Berlin to Phoenix. Once we had the opportunity to all meet in Person at the location of the mural with Bob Karber and Tim O’Neil we were able to bounce around ideas and came up with two very important people to paint. The first being Chris Neito, a local to Phoenix due to generations of his family as well one of the biggest supporters of love and dedication for his city. The second was my very own Grandmother. The chance to give something back to a woman who has been in my entire life with nothing but support and love for every decision I have made in life. The chance to show her in person what she has meant to me is one of the rarest chances we get in life.
With the concept of the two people underway we quickly got to work taking reference photos for the composition. We spent a few hours taking photos of both Chris and my Grandmother at her house. During this process we had a little bit of a surprise. Thanks to the organization of Chris he had managed to talk “Kitch Sink Studios,” specifically Brandon Barnard in to working with us to produce a documentary of the whole process and painting of the mural.
It’s part of our process with the murals we paint to challenge ourselves and see what else we can do. For this piece we wanted to try a new painting theory between the two styles of our Photorealism and linear hatch lines. For this piece we wanted to overlap each other instead of dividing our sections. The linear hatch lines would create the shape of the two figures and paint their silhouetting to give texture and the foundation of the value range. James would then paint the photorealistic parts on top creating another layer to give the actual definition and details of both Chris and Grandma Maxine.
Phoenix is well known for the colors in the skies vs the colors found in the city of browns and more browns. The colors in the sky at twilight makes the most intense sunsets you could ever see in your life. The hues are bright and blend from yellows, oranges, magentas, blues and purples. This was the bases for the color theory behind this project. To represent a part of the natural skyline. It was the largest color range we have worked with around 23 colors. Creating another challenge for us to work with. We broke up the color range in two parts – one of lighter tones that would paint the first layer with the hatch lines for the Arizona Sunset. The second part would be the darker tones painting in the details. As the progression of the mural and sunset goes up so does the two color tones, with the details always being a few tones darker in the color changes.
As we were ready to paint it became very cold and windy. There were times we sat in the lift 5 stories high waiting for the wind to die down. The wall was very porose corrugated brick, proving another challenge to overcome as we test painted it to make sure we did not need a prime coat first. Brandon from Kitchen Sink Studios and his team spent day and night with us for 6 long days to capture everything. He interviewed both James and I separately to create a narration for the documentary.
The last day when we had finished painting the 6 story — 53 feet high by 25 feet wide mural. We both knew we painted something that we could be very proud and happy with. A piece of art privately commissioned as turned in to a mark for the city of Phoenix to be seen by. As well something beautiful for the community and it’s people to enjoy for years to come.
From us, JBAK – we can not say it enough to thank everyone that was involved and made this whole mural possible in the first place. Chris Neito for organizing the whole thing and putting the people together for us city. Bob Karber and Tim O’neil for believing in us with the chance to paint something larger and permenate on their building. My Grandmother Maxine for being their and inspiring everyone single person she has met in life. James for being the other half of JBAK. Chuck for your support helping and Mandi. My family, Chris and Amanda for bringing coffee and food to keep us going. Nash and Sheldon my two nephews for helping painting and being incredible. Chad and Janell my other brother and sister. My Mom for everything. Bandon for working so hard with us to make sure people all over the world could see this mural. As well, the entire team of Kitchen Sink Studios for being incredible and supportive. And lastly, Julia Benz for taking the risk to come to Arizona with me on a big adventure, have the courage to fly despite being very afraid of planes, meeting my entire family and having the energy to deal with me during times of happiness and work and stress.
Much love – we will be back.
- addison karl
Kitchen Sink Studios presents “The Tallest Mural in Arizona,” a documentary film on the creation of a new mural in central Phoenix by Berlin-based JBAK.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
5:30pm until 7:00pm in MST
815 N 2nd St., Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Love. Art. Family. Rebirth. All of them converge in one place in central Phoenix as James Bullough and Addison Karl, the American-born and Berlin-based graffiti artist duo known as JBAK, create a stunning piece of public art as part of the revitalization of a high-rise office building into a creative hub. Chris Nieto, who commissioned an Addison Karl mural on his downtown Phoenix building a year prior, was enlisted by JBAK to find a building owner willing to commission another work. Nieto connected with building owners and developers Tim O’Neil and Bob Karber, whom recently purchased an office high-rise on a very busy intersection in Downtown Phoenix. O’Neil and Karber saw this as a rare opportunity to commission a very special piece of public art and jumped on the opportunity to commission the artists to paint a mural.
O’Neil and Karber suggested painting local Phoenicians as the subject matter, which excited JBAK. Karl chose his Grandma Maxine as one subject, and O’Neil suggested Nieto as the other. As the project unfolded, it became more than just a piece of public art. It became an expression of love not only for painting, but for family and friends as well. The film will be unveiled approximately June 11th — so keep an eye on Kitchen Sink’s social media feeds for more information.
We (JBAK aka James Bullough and I, Addison Karl) just got back from a week in Magdeburg. Created a mural for the Mystique Art Festival starting June 1st, 2013. With weather not being our friend we still made it work.
Big thanks to Karsten, Alex, Michel, Felix, SKAM, Vegan Kitchen and the rest of everyone we met that was so nice to help us and host us.
Thursday May 16th – 2013
6:00pm until 10:00pm
JBAK and the ‘Winters Hotel Berlin Mitte The Wall at Checkpoint Charlie’ are happy to announce the long awaited official viewing of “Berlin Portraits”.
“Berlin Portraits” is a series of large format paintings by American born Berlin based painting duo JBAK that tells the stories of 13 Berliners whose lives have been affected in various ways by the division and reunification of East and West Germany. The wide variety of ages and backgrounds, as well as the different location, and gender of each subject in the paintings is reflected in the diversity of the stories each has to tell. From a dramatic and very public flee from East to West Germany as part of a nationwide scandal to a simple and enjoyable childhood growing up in a Marzahn Plattenbau, the stories told and the lives lived by the subjects of these paintings give insight to a vast range of different perspectives on life before, during, and after the fall of the wall.
The portraits are painted in the trademark style of JBAK on discarded wood collected from the streets of Berlin and are now part of the permanent collection of the Winters Hotel Berlin Mitte The Wall at Checkpoint Charlie.
Please join us for the official public introduction of the paintings on Thursday, May 16th at 6:00pm.
Wir, JBAK (Addison Karl und James Bullough) und das “Winters Hotel Mitte / The Wall at Checkpoint Charlie” freuen uns eine unserer neusten Arbeiten “Berlin Portraits” präsentieren zu können.
“Berlin Portraits” ist eine Serie von grossformatigen Malereien von dem in Amerika geborenen Künstlerduo JBAK. Die Arbeiten zeigen und dokumentieren 13 Berliner Personen, deren Leben durch die Spaltung Berlin in Ost und West und die Wiedervereinigung stark beeinflusst wurde.
Besonders an dieser Gruppe von Menschen sind der Altersunterschied, die verschiedenen Herkünfte und die Unterschiedlichkeit ihrer persönlichen Geschichte.
Die Ausstellung erzählt die Geschichten von Menschen, die mit vielen anderen aus Berlin geflohen sind und Anderen, die relativ “behütet” in einem Marzahner Plattenbau aufgewachsen sind. Das Erlebte der gezeigten Personen erzählt weiter ihre verschiedenen Erfahrungen von ihrem Leben vor-, waehrend- und nach dem Fall der Berliner Mauer.
Die Portraits auf verworfen Holz aus den Straßen von Berlin gesammelt zeichnen sich durch JBAK’s typischen Stil aus: Addison Karl ist bekannt für das herausarbeiten von Details durch grafische Strukturen und James Bullough verbindet diese mit seinem “Realismus aus der Dose”. Die Werke werden im Winters Hotel in Berlin Mitte präsentiert als “The Wall at Checkpoint Charlie”.
Wir laden Sie herzlich zu unserer Vernissage am 16. Mai ab 18.00h im Winters Hotel Berlin Mitte ein und freuen uns auf Ihr kommen!