The Berlin based artcollective KLUB7 is creating art on various surfaces, make murals, customizations and illustrations throughout the world. Together they developed a collective trademark style that combines the diverse backgrounds of the six members.
KLUB7 has been around for more than 10 years. Born out of the graffiti scene in the east of Germany, this collective has undergone an amazing transformation. Since the group’s inception, all five men and its one female member have entered their 30s and developed a very diverse range of activities, that leave the collective creation of graffiti art behind, although they have not completely renounced those roots. From the subculture of urban art to projects under legal conditions KLUB7 has progressively and continuously expanded its network. Alongside, Berlin as a melting pot and a centre for contemporary art has become their home – and it demands as much as it supports.
The fact that KLUB7 uses chalk, appear to be a tricky consequence on unfriendly experiences. Increased surveillance, fines and numerous campaigns against tagging and other media, including posters, stickers and stencils, have seen a real boom in developed countries. Official advertizing campaigns trying to avoid juristic debates or even punishment with using chalk spray. This should feel and look like rebellion without being subject to criminal charges. KLUB7 is motivated for other reasons in using chalk. They work on walls and the ground. First of all, this simple drawing and painting material is easy available and seems particularly fit for spontaneous artistic interactions. Most often, their activities involve children as well as the adult public in a sort of “jam session” that expands the view of graffiti art to an acceptable public act.
Thu 7.06.12 – Sun 01.07.12, Vernissage 18:00 - 21:00, GESTALTEN SPACE, Sophie Gips-Höfe, Sophienstraße 21, 10178 Berlin, Germany. In conjunction with DMY Shopping Night.