After the summer break Pretty Portal shows a series of works from Arno Beck titled "Vertical Ghetto."
Inspired by his travels in Latin America, particularly visits to the Brazilian favelas, Arno Beck sets apart with architecture as an organic process.
In his pictures he creates a new space - architectural landscapes that are not planned, but grow, grow quite abstruse and not functional.
He uses a visual vocabulary that he build up during his artistic creation in the public space, in abandoned factories and industrial sites.
In his working process, he uses a variety of techniques and materials. Graphic elements, photo and print to take drawing and brushwork stressed structures. Spray paint, acrylic, oil, ink, collage and mixed print on canvas, paper and wood.
The exhibition shows three phases of the conflict of the artist with the issue.
The first step: linocuts of photo compositions, then the combination of linoleum prints with painting, collage, drawing, and finally the dissolution of the concrete structures; to Arno Beck the essence and logical consequence of his working process.
Arno Beck studies art since 2006 at the Dusseldorf Art Academy in teacher Markus Lüpertz, Reinhold Braun and Eberhard Havekost.
Vernissage :27.8.2010, 19h
Exhibition from 27.08.2010 to 17.09.2010
In the middle of the summer we are happy to announce a little interlude with Cole Blaq. The Lego-Graffiti pioneer Lego Graffiti Pioneer Cole Blaq was one of the first who build three dimensional styles out of Lego bricks.
Cole Blaq´s work is surprisingly fresh, almost provoking sometimes, and the objects are of high refinement, very well thought to the last detail.
Cole Blaq was represented by the company Lego with an exhibition and a book "Constructed Styles - Lego Bricks in Urban Art"
We are proud to announce a solo show with the international known Streetartist SAM3 in may.
The artwork of SAM3 is ironical, poetic and inspiring. SAM3 is well known for his large scale black and white paintings that remind of shilouttes or shadows.
His paintings focus through the reduction of colours and clear shapes and theirintense presence is like a magnet to the observer.
His works are dominated by figurative elements, which are in the state of metamorphosis. His protagonists are growing from the wall and stick stick to their surrounding by large roots that develop out of them.
SAM3 is born in spain, lives in Madrid, but his artworks can be seen around the world. Besides his paintings he produces experimental stop motion shortmovies.
Exhibition: 07.05. - 04.06.
Vernissage: 07.05. 19-23h
Starting on October 30th the well-known international graffiti artist Peeta exhibits his work at Pretty Portal Düsseldorf and is therefore seen in a German gallery for the first time.
The Italien artist Peeta (alias Manuel Di Rita) made his first graffiti in a small town somewhere between Venice and Padua in 1993. Today, sixteen years later, Peeta's work is an inherent part in the international graffiti scene. Here, at Pretty Portal, Peeta can be seen in a German gallery for the first time.
This artists style is extraordinary: Beginning with organic conceptions in his early work, Peeta soon develops his very own typically typographic style, that is characterized by its impressive visual depth and unique 3D-composition. For some years now Peeta is, next to his wall pieces and murals, also working on canvas and sculptures. In the artists opinion those media don't exclude, they rather inspire each other. Working on a sculpture gives him new ideas for wall pieces, while on the other hand those graffiti inspire him to build the same furious forms in a sculptural way. The wall graffiti are dynamic and outstanding - the works on canvas show the same energy but with more privacy. Peeta shows his skills and experience on all areas.
Not only Italy, but also the Mecca for graffiti, New York City, influenced Peeta's work: In 2003 he became part of the FX crew of New York City and three years later he shall be a RWK crew member. At home in Padua he already was part of the EAD crew. Together with other famous international street artists (for example ecb or Loomit, both already held an exhibition at Pretty Portal) he's always looking for new projects all over the world.
Next to his activity on graffiti and street art, Manuel Di Rita is working as an industrial and product designer. That's another important impulse for his art, which is best expressed in his sculptures. Here polyurethane, wood and cellulose acetate meets leather, paper and cardboard. This combination of design and graffiti is one of the characteristics of Peeta's art, that causes a permanent further development.
30.10. - 27.11
Vernissage: 30.10. /19h - 23h
Last one before summer break: Pretty Portal, the Streetart and Urban Art Gallery in Düsseldorf, presents “4” - the first group exhibition of the young artists Suki Bamboo, Aro, Magic and Biserama.
Ladies first: SUKI BAMBOO (alias Bianca Angela Litscher) started in 1992 developing her own typical style: a mixture of hand drawing and digital design. Her works show both, a romantic but also striking side. Influenced by many different impressions like urban streetart, modern design, belle epoque or art nouveau, Suki Bamboo is always focused on formal aesthetics and color harmony. A free mind, creativity, a focus on the essential and the ability to transfer inner pictures - that are the characteristics of Suki Bamboo and her work.
ARO (alias Christian Schupp), a graphic artist from Koblenz, doesn't really care about conventions, traditions or rules, but rather looks for inspiration everywhere. Using his Computer, ARO brings those inspirations, the everyday experiences, dreams and fantasies to life. At the end of that artistically process, energetic, colorful and exciting works will again inspire the viewers mind.
MAGIC (alias Oliver Räke), a graffiti writer and graphic designer, is mainly influenced by urban culture, architecture and typography. Starting with his early works in the 80th, Oliver Räke is one of the first graffiti artists of Germany.
The fourth member of this group is BISERAMA (alias Alexander Becherer). The young artist keeps an eye on the details and small things in life. His provoking and expressive works show a strong will, fighting spirit, honesty and liberty. For quite some time now BISERAMA is working on special handmade designer toys, known as “The Teeth Project”. The prototype was reduced only on lips and teeth - the mouth with its diverse qualities and possibilities.
A group show with
Suki Bamboo, Aro, Magic und Biserama.
Exhibition:12.6. - 17.7.Vernissage: 12.06. 19h – 23h
with DJ Penelope
Coming full circle
27.9. – 19.10.