John Reiss’s Graffiti and Street Art documentary, Bomb It traces the development of the movement from the early writers in Philadelphia and New York to the adoption of Street Art imagery in mainstream advertising and exhibitions in galleries.
Berlin features along with other cities with an Urban Art heritage and by talking to artists active in these places the film examines the roots of the culture and different motivations of the players.
Reiss also speaks to the people who are trying to buff and arrest their way to ‘cleaner streets’.
Bomb it is a must see documentary for Street Art and Graffiti enthusiasts.
When I first visited Teufelsberg in August 2010 there was plenty of graffiti about and the odd bit of Street Art but thanks to the aborted Berlin Artbase 2012 event the former NSA Listening Station is a veritable Street Art Gallery.
The climb up the Teufelsberg (Devil’s Mountain) in the Grunewald is worth it for the views and the opportunity to walk around the former NSA facility alone (find out more about my latest visit here) but the quality of the Street Art is an added bonus.
PAOD may be familiar to Berlin Street Art fans for the piece painted with Hannes Höhlig on Utrechter Strasse for Wedding Walls.
SAM Crew is a Berlin Street Art collective comprising John Reaktor, Hazard Hope, Duke Cuke, Billo and Fogeljunge.
SAM Crew featured in my post re:MMX – Art Exhibition in Berlin.
JBAK is a collaboration between James Bullough and Addison Karl. Like SAM Crew, their work featured in my re:MMX – Art Exhibition in Berlin post.
Mein Lieber Prost
It is difficult to do justice to this huge mural by ALANIZ that covers the whole of one wall of the main building.
There were a number of pieces by ALIAS and as I have seen before with his work on the streets of Berlin some had been attacked. The features of his ‘Body Body Head’ paste up had been painted out and the scrawl across this ‘Headless’ piece suggests animosity that the spot had been reserved for ALIAS.
Thanks to James of JBAK for commenting to let me know that this piece is by KEN (aka Plotterroboter or Plotbot). Ironically, there were other pieces by KEN at Teufelsberg that I had kept back for a post just about his art.
KEN’s art was the highlight of the Stattmarkt Christmas Art Market at Stattbad Wedding for me and also featured in my post about the abandoned laundry and dyeing factory of Rewatex.
Thanks to Ambush for getting in touch to let me know that this Bending Berlin Baby piece based on the character Bender from Futurama is his work. You can see more of what he’s up to on his website.
If anyone knows the artists for any of these pieces please let me know in the comments so that I can give the proper credit.
It’s time for another instalment of some of the best Street Art Berlin has to offer and I think I’ve managed to find some gems over the last few weeks – I hope you agree.
Where a Street Artist has featured on andBerlin before I’ve linked to those posts, just click on the artist’s name.
Prostie is a permanent fixture on Berlin’s streets, smiling from walls, doors and street furniture. On this building by the Landwehr Kanal Prostie is playing dress up – first he’s Picasso then he’s a magician.
Whether it’s Little Lucy’s attempts to kill Kitti or his Citizen series, I’m always to delighted to come across a new El Bocho on the streets of Berlin.
Lake was one of the artists exhibiting at Stroke Urban Art Fair 2012 in Berlin so I was delighted to come across this street piece when I was wandering around Schöneweide a couple of weeks ago.
Colombian artist Stinkfish was in Berlin last year and left a few of his distinctive portraits, including this one at Urban Spree. I also saw one of his pieces in an abandoned military base last week, which will feature in a future post.
I was back at the RAW Tempel last week so I took the opportunity to snap this MTO portrait of Michael Jackson. I’m really annoyed that I can’t find the photos I took of this piece before the spliff was added.
NETHER made an appearance in Berlin Street Art Vol 6 – Various Artists and is back here again with a great piece on a Crépes van.
If anyone knows anything about the artists for these last two pieces please leave the details in the comments so that I can give the proper credit.
MTO is a French street artist who bases himself in Berlin and recently posted the documentary FL – Unpremeditated Movie on Vimeo.
Art has always had its detractors and modern art will always attract the most controversy. Street Art suffers doubly so because it is attacked from within as well as from the traditional opponents.
Over the past decade there has been increasingly intense interest in Street Art, an artform that owes much to graffiti and youth culture.
MTO, as I outlined in a recent post has brought photorealistic art to the streets and no more controversially so than in Sarasota, Florida.
His Fast Life mural, painted as part of the Sarasota Chalk Festival attracted much criticism for what was seen by some as a glorification of gang culture.
In this documentary, MTO presents his version of how events played out.
FL – Unpremeditated Movie