Boaz Balachsan

During Berlin’s 2017 Art week we presented Boaz Balachsan (aka BZB), the multidisciplinary Israeli artist.

10-17 September // PASAŽ //

Inspired by Street art, Folk art, Typography, Ethnography and Berlin’s contemporary subculture, The Passage is a place of transition, a place in between homes, memories and experiences.

A place in between the old and the new, referring to the experience of intercultural fusion and immigration as a constant state of the human experience.

The exhibition consists of original artwork and musical soundscapes, created specifically for the exhibition, expressing an atmosphere of a passageway through a hive of patterns, compiling a continuously forming new and unspoken language, which is a mixture of modern and ancient Various Scripts (Mostly European, middle eastern and some asian scripts), representing a beginning of a new time for connection and expression.

The exhibition begins and ends with a “Rite De PasaŽ” : A ceremony for the opening and closing of the space inbetween, allowing the visitors to go through a collective experience of reflection and observation, while providing a place for change.

During the opening and closing, the artist will document “one-word wishes” by the visitors and translate them into the new language.

About the Artist :

Boaz Balachsan is an Israeli multidisciplinary artist and designer. Fascinated by the human condition and its connection with nature, Boaz enjoys in creating work that tells a story and still allows plenty of room for interpretation. A former Anthropology student and a graduate of the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem, his work exhibits bright and playful ideas through fascinating characters, imaginary Flora, and geometric patterns, all of which are inspired by folktales, philosophy, and his own personal view on life and culture.

Boaz is currently based in Berlin, where he manages the Werkstatttraum art & design collective and continues to showcase his talent for beautifully stylized ideas through various mediums such as Illustration, Graphic Design, Tape-art, Street-art, and Animation. His animated works have been screened in many festivals around the world and received numerous awards.

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Eine Einzelausstellung von Boaz Balachsan // BZB

Berliner Kunstwoche 2017 (10-17 Sep)

Während der Berliner Kunstwoche 2017 wird Boaz Balachsan, ein Berliner Künstler aus Israel, in der Premarts Galerie in der Oppelner 34 ausstellen.

Inspiriert von Streetart, Folk art, Typografie, Ethnografie und Berlins zeitgenössischer Subkultur, ist diese Ausstellung ein Ort des Wandels und der Veränderung. Die „Passage“ bildet einen Raum für alles was dazwischen liegt – zwischen den Erinnerungen, Erfahrungen und all den Orten die Heimat bedeuten; ein Raum zwischen dem Alten und dem Neuen, in dem die Erfahrung der Immigration und der Verschmelzung von Kulturen als ein immerwährender Zustand des Menschseins liegt.

Die gezeigten Kunstwerke und Klanglandschaften wurden speziell für die Ausstellung erstellt. Sie erzeugen die Atmosphäre eines Wegs durch vielschichtige Muster, die sich zu einer neuen und sich stetig formenden nicht gesprochenen Sprache zusammensetzen. Diese stellt eine Mischung aus verschiedensten modernen und alten Schriften dar (vor allem aus dem europäischen Raum, dem Mittleren Osten und Teilen Asiens) und repräsentiert den Beginn einer Zeit neuer Verbindungen und Ausdrucksformen.

Die Ausstellung beginnt und endet mit dem Ritual „Rite De Pasaž“ – eine Zeremonie für das Eröffnen und das Schließen des Zwischenraums. Durch die Zeremonie bekommen die Besucherinnen und Besucher die Möglichkeit an einer kollektiven Erfahrung teilzuhaben, welche durch Reflektion und Beobachtung geprägt ist. Auch wird ein Raum geschaffen, der Veränderungen zulässt.

Sowohl zu Beginn als auch am Ende wird der Künstler „Einwort-Wünsche“ der Besucherinnen und Besucher dokumentieren und diese in die neue Sprache übersetzen.

Über den Künstler:

Boaz Balachsan ist ein multidisziplinärer Künstler und Designer aus Israel. Er studierte Anthropologie und erwarb einen Abschluss an der Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem. Fasziniert vom Wesen des Menschen und seiner Verbindung zur Natur kreiert Boaz Kunstwerke, die Geschichten erzählen und dennoch viel Raum für Interpretation lassen. Seine ideenreichen und verspielten Arbeiten sind besonders durch faszinierende Charaktere, fiktionale pflanzliche Formen und geometrische Muster gekennzeichnet. Sie sind inspiriert von Philosophie, Volksmärchen und der Sichtweise des Künstlers auf Leben und Kultur.

Boaz lebt aktuell in Berlin, wo er das Kunst und Design Kollektiv Werkstatttraum leitet und weiterhin seiner Kreativität durch Illustrationen, Graphic Design, Tape-art, Street-art und Animationskunst Ausdruck verleiht. Seine Animationsfilme wurden international auf Festivals gezeigt und erhielten zahlreiche Preise.

Vielen Dank an: Shay Gov hari (Production), Kfir Harbi (Photography), Roi Assayag aka The Tropikal Camel, Sascha Knoch aka HashII von Sonnemondundmango (Music), Manuela Garcia Aldana (Ritual), Werkstatttraum Kollektttiv (Bar) und ein großer Dank geht an die Tape That Crew für all ihre Unterstützung.

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Joe Hayes

 Hype by Joe Hayes

Artist and Bronx-native, Joe Hayes, aka “Joe By Joe”, makes his international debut.

The journey from the Bronx to Berlin has been a process as Joe partnered with PremArts to participate in a summer residency – turning the gallery into an open working artist studio. He landed in Berlin on June 6th with nothing but his paint brushes, passion and ideas.

Almost two months into his residency he has produced a truly powerful body of work that is alive with spirit. His latest subject, HYPE, is something close to his heart as Joe is a product of the NYC underground scene and has seen how the idea of fame and power has shifted the focus of the young creatives. With this exhibit Joe discusses how “hype” has affected culture both positively and negatively.

HYPE reflects on the fact that we live in a time of rapid change where we need the wild thinking and making of artists. Images of pictures, language, videos, stories, and bodies inundate us daily. Artists are responsible for that sliver of images that are made only for cultural, spiritual, political, and emotional rather than commercial reasons – art and entertainment do different things: entertainment distracts our attention and art focuses, highlights, and questions it.

HYPE will  address youth and media culture. The overwhelming need to be popular on social media, to “be cool” and buy the trendiest clothing has a serious impact on youth and taken commercialism into new realms. Hypebeasts are people who obsess about the latest brand or trend in fashion, and will do whatever it takes to obtain that desired hype. However, not everyone that wears these brands are hypebeasts. HYPE addresses the impact of this trend on youth culture, while hyperbolizing the fine line between being a slave to the brand and the brand abusing hype-culture.

Joe Hayes is a Bronx born painter, chef, creative consultant, and cultural provocateur. Hayes has made a name for himself displaying public art throughout Manhattan and curating shows, as well as using the culinary world as a vehicle for his raw and authentic form of expressionism.

The Bronx native turned heads with his solo show “WHITE” in 2015 at Caelum Gallery, “Untitled” at Rogue Space, and “Don’t Die”. Whether it is his past history with Interscope Records, being brand manager for fashion designer Brian Wood, or his extensive work in the culinary arts, Hayes has his hand in a variety of artistic mediums which fuels his primary focus in the fusion of painting, street art, and cooking. All mediums reveal his deep understanding of love, struggle, pain, intense emotion and human experience.  JoebyJoe.com

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Stephan Andreas

Exhibition and Drawing Workshops

Painter and sculptor Stephan Andreas was born in the fringes of East Berlin at a time when the first plaster crumbled down the Berlin Wall. His work explores greed, crisis and downfall as well as human convention. It has been exhibited at Spring Studio New York; Alchemical Theatre Laboratory and Funkhaus Berlin amongst others. He completed his undergraduate studies in social work at the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences Berlin. He is a recipient of the Fulbright scholarship, which has enabled his arts studies at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Studies, where he majored in arts and public policy.  stephanandreas.com

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Sloppy Handjob ist eine Ausstellung die sich einer Malweise widmet die da eben schlampig und luderig ist, die sich keine Platte macht und der es egal ist was sie sagt. Sie ist jedoch nicht abstrakt. Nicht weil es ihr nicht beliebt, sondern weil sie sich eben der Form und der Anatomie verpflichtet fühlt. Auf spritzig, kleckriger Weise will sie die Leichtigkeit wiederentdecken und der alltäglichen Freude über Hände und all das was wir mit ihnen bewegen das schlechte Gewissen nehmen.

 

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Juliane Vonna Schönhauser

Juliane Vonna Schönhauser
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Juliane Vonna Schönhauser is an artist from Berlin. Her paintings show people in their daily lives, from yesterday to today. Her art is precise and yet abstract. The view is directed mostly onto the human being and beyond into eternity.

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Juliane Vonna Schönhauser ist eine Künstlerin aus Berlin. Ihre Bilder zeigen Menschen aus dem Alltag, von Heute und Gestern. Ihre Malereien sind konkret und doch abstrakt. Der Blick fällt immer auf den Menschen und dahinter in die Ewigkeit.

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Bernard Bolter

The Gates of Perception / Die Tore der Wahrnehmung

As a conclusion to his DIY residency in Berlin, Bernard Bolter presented his new series of mixed media paintings of the historical Gates of Berlin.

A contemporary American artist, Bernard is working primarily between the mediums of paint and photography. He is a Cityscape artist; from growing up skating in the streets to traveling international streets, cities have been his inspiration and material.

‘To be human, is in itself an art, as seen through the creative problem solving everyone uses to survive. Art can be so specific and specialized that we’re not even sure sometimes if anybody is making any new art. It can be such a mystery that no matter what time period you were to have lived in, there was always somebody saying that it’s all been done before. I work to contribute somewhere in the middle of this spectrum, with a nod to what has been built upon in the past with a sense of the universal.’   http://bernardbolter.com

Hallesches Tor 1894

 

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Woods – an incomprehensible passion

Woods – an incomprehensible passion

Project Photography Class Neukölln have been cultivating the special relationship to the woods which Germans are said to have. Artists Annekatrin Buhl, Angelika Dierkes, Andrea Höhne, Christine Kurka, Ulrike Ludwig, Andreas Machate, Konstanze Müller-Kitti, Judith Pfannenmüller, Anna Rittweger and Susanne Schmidt illuminate mutiple aspects of this relationship in this compelling photographic series.  Chaotic and unstructured; fairytale-like and mysterious; romantic and nostalgic – the continual mystery of the woods is unveiled.

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Wald – eine unverständliche Leidenschaft

Die Projekt-Fotoklasse “Wald – eine unverständliche Leidenschaft” unter der Leitung von Ulrike Ludwig hat sich mit dem besonderen Verhältnis zum Wald auseinandergesetzt, das man den Deutschen gemeinhin nachsagt. Ganz unterschiedliche Aspekte haben Annekatrin Buhl , Angelika Dierkes, Andrea Höhne, Chrsitine Kurka, Andreas Machate, Konstanze Müller-Kitti, Jutdith Pfannenmüller und Susanne Schmidt in ihren Bildserien umgesetzt. Mal ist es das Chaotische und Unstrukturierte, dann auch wieder das Märchenhafte und Unheimliche oder Romantische, das in den Bildern zur Sprache kommt.

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Everything Woman is Alien to Me

This week-long exhibition and event series was curated by Angel Callendar, Aggie Davies and Femina Non Grata. 

(http://feminanongrata.tumblr.com/woman-is-alien)

A group of the exiled and outcast have assembled in Berlin to reclaim their voice. Descendents of witches, heretics, persecuted people – we are here to tell our side of the story.

Those who live independently of authority are considered a threat to the established order. The figure of the witch, for example, is that of a woman who is dangerous for her associations with evil, that is, for her hidden knowledge, her rejection of Puritanism, her autonomy in patriarchal society. Today, some social conditions remain the same, women are still discounted and disbelieved. The tides are now changing. It is time for those who have been silent and silenced to speak and be heard. For if you do not define yourself, you will be swallowed by the definitions of others.

 

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Stranger Portraits – Pop Up Photo Project

Marga Meydenberg

Every human being is unique and therefore a piece of art.

This Dutch photographer living in Berlin makes portraits of strangers in temporary photo studios under the name Pop-Up Photo Studio by Meydenberg – one month in different areas in Berlin.

The goal is to make improvised portraits from people who walk by and visit. These spontaneous photo sessions often result in alienated and beautiful portraits of total strangers.

It is also an experiment to find out how far she can go making these pictures and how much people are willing to pay.

During the 4 weeks the gallery window slowly grows into a small exhibition.

After Neukölln, Kreuzberg, Wilmersdorf and Mitte, Marga’s pop-up continues in Friedrichshain, Schöneberg, Wedding and Prenzlauer Berg.

www.meydenberg.com

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