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Interview with VINZ FEEL FREE and Vernissage @ INOPERAbLE Gallery

Last week I attended Vinz Feel Free’s Vernissage „Usual Misdeeds“ @ INOPERAbLE Gallery in Vienna. Vinz is a street artist from Valencia, Spain. The artist paints animal heads on large-scale photographies of human bodies and pastes them on the streets. His studio works show a similar approach: with collage technique he creates a background out of old documents such as certificates, love letters or bills, prints on them and finally paints the animal heads using enamel or gouache.

I met Vinz at the Vernissage last friday and wanted to know more about his artistic approach…

Enjoy my interview with Vinz Feel Free!


artpjf: To begin, please introduce yourself briefly.

V.F.F.: Who I am is not important. I think the really interesting thing is the message of my work, not the messenger.
artpjf: Do you remember the first piece you did on the streets? What was it, and where did you do it?
V.F.F.: The first piece was a wheatpaste of a nude man squatting with his eyes looking the viewer. I pasted the piece on a wall of an abandoned lot where should be a school.
artpjf: You use different kinds of animal heads for your protagonists. Parrots for free/naked women and men and reptiles for businessmen and police officers. Could you briefly go into a bit more detail about this kind of iconography?
V.F.F.: This is related to the iconography of various religions. Birds and naked people are extracted from the book of Genesis in the Bible. Mayas, Aztechs, Sumerians etc. talk about the figure of reptile as the animals which take control over us, like police in our world. And the frog appears in Apocalypse scenes and is responsible for Humanity disasters. This is why I use them to build men in suit characters.
artpjf: A couple of month ago there were big riots in Valencia with police brutalizing peaceful student protesters. As you explained me at the vernissage, your work refers at some point to this happening. Could you try to declare why this situation in Valencia is so tensed up? Why does the police act in such an inhuman and brutal way? How is the situation for students in Valencia now?
V.F.F.: Education in Valencia is a delicate theme. They have cut budgets and most students lack of equipment and infrastructure such as heating or media. Teachers have spent months without collect sallary, and decided to hold a peaceful strike to attract media attention.
Police, who serves the government instead of the citizens, used brutal force to prevent a repetition. They were so aggressive that most of the population sided with the students. I tried to document and report the situation in a wall and some of the works exhibited in „Usual Misdeeds“ in INOPERAble Gallery.
artpjf: What makes you feel free?
V.F.F.: Personal freedom ends when another one begins. It is very difficult to perform acts of freedom without bothering anyone, so, up to what point my freedom reaches? I think from my skin to inside, I rule.
artpjf: Upcoming projects?
V.F.F.: I usually work into 3 or 4 projects at once, most of them still secret. My next solo exhibition will be in July at Andenken Gallery, Amsterdam. And… I can talk up here!
For more pics check out VINZ FEEL FREE’s and INOPERAble flickr photostream.
The exhibition at INOPERAbLE Gallery runs till 05.05.2012. If you are in Vienna, make sure to check it out!

Vernissage and Interview with Pure Evil and Crossie

Two weeks ago a friend of mine advised me to visit a vernissage in the first district of Vienna. Actually all I knew was  „Pure Evil will do a live painting“ and that it will take place in spaces of „Dialog im Dunkeln„. The event wasn’t announced at all and I didn’t really know what to except, but it turned out to be quite exciting.

After finally having found the location, I still wasn’t quite sure to be at the right place. Everybody was pretty well-dressed, and couple of people I didn’t even know shook hands with me. Anyway, after clearing up the problem with the guest list and taking a glas of sparkling wine, I finally had a look at the exhibition.

The space was amazing! It was a huge basement made out of bricks, apparently being the crypt of the monastery Schottenstift, filled up with lot’s of Street Art hanging on the walls and people in dresses and suits talking all kinds of languages (as well as taking down couple of pictures pretty fastly).

I didn’t quite had the chance to talk to the organisers Stephen and Tom but luckily I was introduced to the artists Pure Evil and Crossie so I asked them some questions about the exhibition and their work.

Check out my interviews with the artists and the great shots of the exhibition by Dimitri Aschwanden on flickr.

Interview Crossie:

artpjf: Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your work.

Crossie: I mainly work with stencils and paint onto canvas, wood, mirror, paper and antique pages. I previously worked as a knitwear designer and therefore hugely influenced by my textile / fashion background. I’m not interested in being pigeon holed, I do what I do.
I’m currently exploring winged creatures of all kinds. I’m especially drawn to butterflies – I love their fragile beauty & vibrant colours.
artpjf: What do butterflies mean for you as a recurring motive of your works?

Crossie: I’ve just moved back to London after living in gorgeous Birghton which is on the South coast of England. Like the stripes of a stick of Brighton rock – I love things to look visually pleasing, with flashes of colour. I’ve always wanted to collect butterflies in cases – but it seemed so cruel. This way I’m the creator & the captor. Just like a butterfly collector the art collector is also seeking beautiful specimens for his collection.

When talking about my work you could say my butterflies have a distressed edginess to them.

I love bleeding lines and blended colours. The musical layers build up to create pattern & texture. I love the idea of giving them a second life. I find them in dimly lit secondhand bookshops off the beaten track and hidden away. By extending their life, and bringing them out, they are preserved in my artwork.

My chapter & verse date back to between 1906 – 1910.  There’s something quite rebellious in destroying the books which strangely appeals. My aim is to create something more beautiful out of them. There’s a history to those pages, I like to wonder who may have picked them up, read the words or played the notes. The musical pages add a different dimension and a kind of secret language to my Glitter & Twisted pieces as the notes dance across the page.

Some have Notes & Annotations – I wonder who would have used them to play music? I find this all very fascinating. There’s a sort of organised chaos in my painting. The fragile way that the glitter adheres to the fast drying spray paint is reminiscent of their delicate wings, as I only have moments before the paint dries.

artpjf: Tell us about your latest show in Vienna with Pure Evil. How did that happen? I was pretty amazed by the bigness of the show. The space was fantastic!

Crossie: A friend of mine organised our show in Vienna – I agree with  you the show was fantastic! And the venue blew me away, all very impressive in the vaults of a church and lots of fun!

artpjf: What was your best experience in Vienna or the most appreciable impression of the city?

Crossie: I fell in love with Vienna for all sorts of reasons – the old cafes and smiley folk. The Rococo & Baroque architecture I found utterly exquisite – and there’s so much of it! The love of the Arts and all things cultural. I think one of my favourite experiences was visiting Kunsthistorisches Museum for the Gustav Klimt exhibition. What an incredibly ornate building full of beautiful paintings. Hugely inspiring.

Crossie will have her first solo show ‚Metamorphosis‘ at the Pure Evil Gallery, London on 5th April.


Interview Pure Evil:

artpjf: Please introduce yourself briefly.

P.E.: I am an artist called PURE EVIL… I do graffiti and street art and run my eponymous gallery PURE EVIL in Shoreditch, London.
To understand a bit about Pure Evil it is illuminating to know that he is a descendant of Sir Thomas More, the Lord Chancellor who wrote the controversial work Utopia and who was later beheaded by King Henry VIII. With this busy background (Sir Thomas was later canonised) it is only natural that Pure Evil should explore the darker side of the wreckage of Utopian dreams and the myth of the Apocalypse, a belief in the life-changing event that brings history with all its conflicts to an end.
Pure Evils ancestry is alleged to include eight saints: Vladimir the Great, Saint Anna of Russia, the Holy Martyrs Boris and Gleb, Saint Stephen of Hungary, Saint Margaret of Scotland and Saint Mathilde together with Saint Thomas More, Humbert III of Savoy and several European royal families.He was also a descendant of the Old English Chieftain Ailric, Kings Thane to Edward the Confessor, who held Cawthorne and much of South Yorkshire before the Conquest.
artpjf: How did you got down to the exhibition in Vienna @ Dialog im Raum? The whole show seemed to have a private function and it wasn’t really announced in any way as far as I know… Could you enlighten me in this point?
P.E.: I have a buddy in Vienna who I have worked with before, and he invited me to present my artworks to a select group of art lovers in Vienna.. I think the city is amazing and it has a long historical association with Art, so I thought..LETS GO..Doing the show in what is probably the crypt of a 666 year old church appealed to my dark humour…
artpjf: You run a gallery in London situated in the heart of Hoxton. Concerning your art do you see a considerable change in the effect of your artworks while being a gallery owner and an artist at the same time?
P.E.: Its so funny being an artist AND running the gallery when people come in and want to discuss PURE EVIL art with me, not knowing that I am the guy who makes the art . Its a good testing ground for my paintings, I can paint something in the morning and sell it in the afternoon in my own gallery… I also work hard to promote other artists, so far we’ve done 50 solo and group shows with emerging artists. PHEW. One funny story was putting a Darth Vader mask on top of a typewriter in the gallery because I needed space. Somebody came in and went „WOW THATS AMAZING“ and suddenly the accident became art.. DARTH TYPEWRITER.. SOLD FOR £666…
artpjf: On your website you state: „Principles before Profit?“. What principles do you mean exactly?
P.E.: Not being a sellout, not ripping off people, not lying or stealing, being honest and helping other people…
artpjf: In what do you pay most attention in art?
P.E.: I like to see where culture is heading and in a small way I try to divert or influence culture with my own art. Its all about having FUN. Going skateboarding sporadically helps. Its a great leveller.. It helps me to control my aggression.
artpjf: Upcoming projects?
P.E.: Its all here baby…

Vernissage BLK River

Ein leerstehendes Haus in der Führichgasse 10 mit 7 Stockwerken und 40 gestalteten Räumen von internationalen Künstlern ist das Konzept der diesjährigen Ausstellung von BLK River; alles unter dem  Thema „Love“. Bevor mit den neuen Renovierungsarbeiten begonnen wird, stellt JP Immobilien das Gebäude als Ausstellungskonstrukt zur Verfügung.

Künstler: Akay, Aram Bartholl, Brad Downey, Christian Falsnaes, Dtagno, Erwin Wurm, Ivan Argote, JR, Leopold Kessler, Marlene Hausegger, Voina Group, Zukclub uvm.

her ARTic impression:

BLK River punktete wieder mit einem großartigen Konzept, sowie einer spannenden Auswahl an renommierten Künstlern. Sosehr auch das Konstrukt stimmte und vielversprechend klang, wurde man von der künstlerischen Schlagkraft nicht gerade „erschlagen“. Das Gefühl von „kommt jetzt noch was?“ begleitete einen immer mehr je höher man die Treppen hinaufstieg. Eine stärkere Konzentration auf das Künstlerkollektiv Voina Group war deutlich spürbar und am besten durchgesetzt. Im Vergleich zum letzten Jahr fehlte auch eine sonst so für das BLK River Festival deutliche Präsenz einer „reinen“ urbanen Kunst, Kunst die auf der Straße passiert und institutions-ungebunden ist.

Zusammengenommen wurde das Potenzial dieses überaus spannungsreichen Konzepts der Gruppenausstellung leider nicht völlig ausgereizt. Schade.

Fotos von Dimitri Aschwanden. Mehr Fotos demnächst.

ROA hits VIENNA [Decomposition @ Inoperable Gallery + Painting Session Naschmarkt]

Der international renommierte Künstler ROA hat zum ersten Mal in Österreich seine Einzelausstellung in der INOPERAbLE Gallery. Durch das Artist-in-Residence Programm des quartier21 verbrachte der Künstler das letzte Monat in Wien, um die Arbeiten für die Ausstellungen, sowie das geplante Projekt des MQ (Gestaltung des Liftturms in der Street Art Passage Wien) zu kreieren.

Die Vernissage der Ausstellungver „Decomposition“ fand am Freitag statt und war ein voller Erfolg. Viele der Arbeiten waren schon vor der Eröffnung mit dem roten Punkt markiert.

ROAs Arbeiten konzentrieren sich auf die lokale Tierwelt der jeweiligen Stadt. Der Künstler verwendet bereits gebrauchtes Material als zeichnerische Unterlage, welche er aus den örtlichen Flohmärkten, Second-Hand und Antiquitäten Läden entnimmt. Aufgrund der eher sauberen Erscheinung der Stadt Wiens, hat ROA Präparatoren-Ateliers besucht und Giraffen-/Nilpferdschädel für die Ausstellung genommen. Die Arbeiten sind primär schwarz/weiß gehalten. Eine korrekte Anatomie der jeweiligen Tiere spielen für den Künstler ebenfalls eine Rolle.

Während der Ausstellung durfte ich den publikumsscheuen Künstler kennenlernen. Mit seinen tiefen Augenringen, eher introvertier Haltung und in blauem AGE OF THE MAMMALS Shirt sprach er mit mir über seine Zeit in Wien, was ihn inspiriert und welche Projekte in den kommenden Tagen anstehen. Sein nächstes Ziel führt ihn nach Austrialen. Um sein Gesicht zu bewahren, fotografierte ich nur sein Shirt.

Sonntag Nachmittag traf ich ROA nochmals bei seiner Mal-Session am Naschmarkt.

Mehr Fotos auf flickr und facebook.

Vernissage SILVER MOON @ . (Galerie Lisa Ruyter)

Silver Moon ist ein Aufbau, ein hypothetisches singuläres Werk beruhend auf Architektur, Film, alltäglichen Objekten und Oberflächen. Der vorgeschlagene Aufbau lässt neue Formen entstehen indem jedes Werk in den Raum des anderen eintritt. Die funktionale und autonome Eigenschaft des Werkes wird hinterfragt.

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her ARTic impression:

Die Bezugnahme der einzelnen Werke zueinander war spürbar, jedoch nicht klar.
Interessant waren vielmehr die verschiedenen Darstellungsformen (Zeichnungen, Leinwände, raumgreifende Projektionen, sowie ein Film) der Strukturen und darausfolgend ihre Bezugnahme zueinander. Spannend minimalistisch.

Mehr Fotos auf flickr und facebook.


Die Ausstellung „Reise nach Jerusalem“ zeigt überarbeitete Fotografien des Künstlers Alexander Jakhnagiev in Mischtechnik mit Malerei.
Während seines Aufenthaltes in Jerusalem versuchte Jakhnagiev besonders eindrucksvolle Augenblicke und Stereotype der hochspirituellen Stadt festzuhalten. Ihn beeindruckte vor allem das dichte Zusammenleben drei verschiedener Religionen, Menschen christlichen, orthodoxen und jüdischen Glaubens. Einzelne Fotografien wirken stilistisch allmählich wie Urlaubsfotos. Er fotografierte die Kultur der Stadt, seine Architektur, die Menschen, das Essen, und setzte sich sogar selbst in Szene. Im Gegensatz und gleichzeitig in Symbosie zu den Fotografien steht eine malerische farbig, expressive Akzentuierung. Jakhnagiev, besonders im Bereich der Malerei tätig, präsentiert in der Ausstellung auch einige Werke ohne fotografischen Elemente.

her ARTic impression: 

Alles in allem ein gelungener Versuch für einen Maler sich im Gebiet der Photomontage zu bewegen. Bedingt durch die schwarz-weiße Dekoration war es leider nicht möglich die Autonomie des Bildes hervorzuheben. Eine stäkere Betonung hätten die Werke in einer schlichteren Umgebung gefunden.