»For years now, I document street art in Berlin and other European metropolises. What I learned is, when you are deep in that multicultural and highly creative public art scene, you want to get in touch with its protagonists ...« says Brenna.
»With the people behind those sometimes funny or political street artworks. You want to know faces, want to see how they work, want to feel the adrenalin.«
West Berlin Gallery present the photography of Jan Brennenstuhl, the brain behind the blogs www.urbanartcore.eu and www.urbanart-photography.eu. For the first time, the gallery will show not the result but the fascinating process of urban art, the secret of which so many artists are at pains to conceal.
Jan Brennenstuhl, aka Brenna, is a computer science master-student at University Potsdam by profession. By passion he is a priceless contribution to the graffiti scene with his international street art and graffiti blog www.urbanartcore.eu, which spreads the urban Berlin voice loud and clear to metropolises far and wide. As founder and author of www.urbanartcore.eu, which launched in 2009 and has now become a well-known source for news about urban art forms and its artists, Brenna provides a platform of communication for both artists and enthusiasts alike, presenting international news about urban art activities, interventions, street art, urban-inspired design, exhibitions and a lot more goodies as well up to the last minute essential happenings.
His close knit, almost family bonds with prominent street artists from both Berlin and around the world including Buff Diss, Morten Andersen, FinDAC and Remi/Rough naturally developed into a large collection of intimate photographs following studio visits and street actions of some of his, and our own favourite heroes. A virtual home was desperately needed for all the precious documentation so the blog www.urbanart-photography.eu was born. West Berlin Gallery could not help but pick up on the photograhic talents of this multi-talented multi-tasker and decided that it would be an absolute crime not to realise his documentations in 3-D and offer a temporary roof to give him a chance to share his experiences with the world.
The show will feature a selection of 49 photographic works from Brenna’s large portfolio focusing on the brilliant people behind street art and graffiti works that we all know and love but have always wondered….who and how? Some of the artists documented include Buff Diss, Titi Freak, Czarnobyl, Dan Kitchener, Ben Eine, Emess, FinDAC, Herakut, Augustine Kofie, Mode2, Nychos, Run Don't Walk (RDW), Remi/Rough and Morten Andersen.
Brenna, born 1988 in the Eastern-part of Berlin, Germany, grew up in between mortal remains of the real socialism and multicultural, subcultural ideas of squatting and creative designing of public space. Influenced by those two contrary mindsets, he started photographing street art in 2006 to document this breaking new, but totally temporary form of urban art.
This new addiction lead to contact with urban artists and new friends from all over the world, and for this reason he got the rare chance to take a look behind the scenes of street art and graffiti. The resulting photo-series gives another view on street art and graffiti by focusing not on the artwork but on the artist.
In 2009, he started, with the aim to establish a daily source for street art and graffiti news, which developed the blog www.urbanartcore.eu, today famous for urban art forms and the latest developments news. Brenna lives in Berlin-Friedrichshain, studies at the University Potsdam and extends his “Urban Artists in Action” series steadily and daily.
Urbanart-Photography.eu is a research, science, teaching and art project. The objective is to make available a special sphere for everybody. Adapted from article 5 break 3 of the German constitution, art, science, research and teaching are free. Therefore, this project enjoys a unique status of special dignity and righteousness. Urban artists in action. Private studio visits. The unique chance to see how street art work is produced.
23.06.2011 – 02.07.2011, Vernissage 23.06.2011, 7pm