Donnerstag, 26. März 2015

Untitled Drawing Performance


The "Untitled Drawing Performance" was realized for "Fakt ist… aus Dresden: Graffiti – Ist das Kunst oder muss das weg?" This TV-discussion was moderated by Andreas F. Rook.
Guests of the show were Peter Sodann, Lucie Freynhagen, Lutz Beberhold, Dr. Patrick Gau and me. Here is the link to the video of the discussion

The Performance happend in 3 parts
1st "Amnestie ! Wie ?";
2nd "Welcome To Trainbombing 2025"
3rd " Mash Up Moniker History"

Thanx a lot to the "Fakt ist ... aus Dresden" Team for the arranging of the wall and the opportunity to take part in this show.

Dienstag, 3. März 2015

Entrance to Utopia

My second work was inside a sculpture. „The accident“ is a sculpture at corniche road along the coastside of Jeddah. „The accident“ by Julio La Fuente is part of a public art program, or better urban beautification program,  in Jeddah done in the 70s. Jeddah claims to be the biggest urban art museum in the world. You can find on all roundabounds another strange sculpture - a huge carpet with car on top, a big tap, big cisterns or a huge fist. This city is full of big weird sculptures.

And Everybody knows „the accident“. It’s extremly visible and in a city without public transport - cars are a special theme. 

When we first passed by this sculpture i told the driver to stop. This work had such a strange and strong impact on me, that a needed to look closer. I realized that it was possible to enter inside. I climbed through the broken car window and discovered a hidden place - perfect for drawing and right in the central public view. I found a lot of waste inside. It reminded me on a typical abandoned factory where you could find needls or beer bottles . I discovered writings from 2000. I decided to do an drawing piece inside.

Entrance To Utopia - Jeddah/Saudi Arabia The next day i went for working inside. A friend of mine was checking outside, if police comes, or something else happens. During my drawing session outside a lot cars, even police and some workers passed by. The workers cleaned the streets around the sculpture. If policemen had asked me what i did i would carefully explain them my work, because i did nothing illegal in my eyes. But nobody discovered me during my daytime work inside.

Entrance To Utopia - Jeddah/Saudi Arabia Being inside i remembered some drawing sessions in abandoned places in Dresden and Milan. I thought about a work i did in end of 2013 which was called „Welcome 2 Utopia“. These hidden places are full of Freedom and Anarchy - utopian places. This is where i started my drawing. First i primed the wall at some spaces in black, later i continued drawing over the black spots with spontanous ideas. I did a drawing of the sculpture, another one of the real Kaba , some coffeemaker - these works dealed with circles. Then - Because of being thirsty i drew a bottle of water. I continued a house, Birds flyig outside the sculpture. I added some connections, a hidden room and comments. A sign „back to public reality".  Finally i called the work „Entrance to Utopia“. 

Entrance To Utopia - Jeddah/Saudi Arabia
Entrance To Utopia - Jeddah/Saudi Arabia
Entrance To Utopia - Jeddah/Saudi Arabia After leaving the sculpture i went straight to the car where the driver waited outside - for 2 hours in heavy sunlight. Just thirty minutes later we passed by again. Local artists and me did a tour through Jeddah about art and Street Art in Jeddah. They where extremly amazed about my story and the idea of the work inside the sculpture.

Sonntag, 1. März 2015

Jeddah days & nights


In February i was invited by Goethe Institut Kairo to give workshops in Jeddah/Saudi Arabia. Saudia-Arabia is a country you can only enter with an official Visa. As a non - muslim there is the only opportunity to enter Saudi-Arabia with an invitation. I thought i should use this rare opportunity to see a country where people have really bad thoughts about. It finally turned out as a really good decision.

Originally it was planned to partcipate in Janadriyah Festvial in Riadh - but the festival was canceled. So I ended up in giving a workshop for street kids and another workshop for young designers and street artists from Jeddah. These workshops happend at a „Street Art“-show organized by Athrart gallery in a former garage in Al-Balad - the most beautifull area of Jeddah. Al-Balad has a high population of foreign people - it’s much more livley then other parts of the city, because of it’s narrow streets and old beautiful houses.

Before I gave the workshops i met up with local writers and we went out drawing in public space.



This is the biggest work i did there. 4-5 meters high, around 10 meters wide, done with stick and spray. It shows a former King from Saudi Arabia. You should know this King from Saudi Arabia let build a trainline used for public transport between Riad and the northern coast of Saudi Arabia which is still in use. You can imagine how angry the oil companies went out when they heart about these plans. A train in the country of oil&cars ? But take care - it’s only a tribute to the trainline in the City of missing public transport called Jeddah ;) More works follow soon !

Dienstag, 16. Dezember 2014

Berlin Teufelsberg


Yesterday i went to Berlin to meet Fars from Varna. We went on top of Teufelsberg to paint a quick winter collabo. Fast and simple ... a great day in Berlin with a good painter colleague.

Donnerstag, 11. Dezember 2014

Neun Görlitz Share

This Friday we launch the first share (German: Aktie) of Neun Görlitz . We offer this share for 25€. The share gives you the opportunity to be part of the exhibition project. In future you can decide about shows & artist to exhibit at Neun Görlitz . The first share is limited to 50 pieces and printed live at Neun Görlitz by myself.

The live screenprinting starts at 4p.m. on friday 12th December and runs till 8p.m., on saturday I print live again. Between 2p.m. and 8 p.m.. Adresse: Fischmarkt 9 - Görlitz/Germany

Montag, 17. November 2014

From Gütersloh to Ayia Napa

This is "Refugien V.xx" in Gütersloh/Germany. The "Woldemar-Winkler-Stiftung" of Sparkasse Gütersloh invited me to paint a temporary mural on the facade of the "Sparkasse" Headquarter-Building in downtown Gütersloh. Because of its short lifetime, we had no discussions about content or colors with anybody. I really liked that idea and I'm happy with the result ... pure drawing , 2d & 3d mixed, huge size ... Thanx a lot to Christoph Winkler !


This is my latest work for Ayia Napa Street Art Festival on Cyprus. A long wall full of sketches on "black paper". Thanx a lot to the organizers of the Festival - the paparazzi Studio in Ayia Napa.

Sonntag, 21. September 2014

TIME FOR MURALS

This is a print for an upcoming muralist meeting in Dresden Friedrichstadt. riesa efau and urban script continues present this first symposium about muralism - more infos here riesa-efau.de/kunst-erleben/zeit-fuer-wandmalereien-time-...
and here www.anartchy.com/urbanscript/2014-2/time-for-murals/
This screenprint is available for 50€ (plus shipping) and the half of it (25€) goes to the project ! The print is limited on 25 pieces and printed on acid free Hahnemühle Nostalgie paper (40x60cm) - feel free to contact me.

DIE KUNST DES WEGLASSENS

This is a drawing of a series called "Refugien" done in 2014. Some of these drawings and some older ones are shown at the upcoming "DIE KUNST DES WEGLASSENS - Zwanzig Positionen zeichnerischen Arbeitens rein aus der Linie" exhibition at Neue Sächsische Galerie in Chemnitz.

Sichtbetonung 2014

This year i took again part at Sichtbetonung project in Dresden. The Sichtebtonung-crew, formally known as Friedrichstadtzentral group, moved to a new building called Zentralwerk. Zentralwerk is a big porject and i hope they are able to realize it. If you have time to support the group - feel free to help them.

Mittwoch, 2. Juli 2014

Some Dates

Some upcoming events this year i take part in:

"pecha kucha night", lecture at Zentralwerk - Dresden - tomorrow - 3.July

"LackStreicheKleber" - Urban Art Festival in Dresden at various locations in Dresden - 4.-10.August During the Festival i offer a workshop called "reclaim the street" about urban art techniques I exhibit as well and paint some wallstuff.

"Wallcome"- I hold a lecture about mural-art there - Schmalkalden - 12.September

"Time For Murals" - urban script continues in cooperation with riesa efau e.V. Kulturforum Dresden - international mural project and muralists meeting in Dresden-Friedrichstadt - 2.-8.October

"On Architecture - Facing the Future" - Congress and exhibition by strand - Belgrad/Serbia - 1.-15. December

Überzeichnungstour - Last work this year in Bulgaria

The wall is done in Poduyane district of Sofia - the capital of Bulgaria. It's located between a huge mural of Etam crew (PL) and Nasimo (BG) - "Big Thanx" to Iasen of urban creatures who organized the wall.I had a great time in Bulgaria painted around 15 murals - not all are published online yet.I hope to be again in Bulgaria ... next year maybe !!! Thanx to all the supporters of my tour - especially Mr. Bartsch of Goethe Institut Sofia Some more walls are shown at the upcoming Festival "LackStreicheKleber" in Dresden. And later on in other cities and towns...

Freitag, 13. Juni 2014

Jens Besser & Alexi Iwanow @ Contemporary Space - Varna

This is my latest artwork in Varna - a collaboration with Alexi Iwanow from Varna. The work is located right next to the contemoporary space - most probably the best place for contemporary arts and art workshops in Varna. Thanx a lot to the contemporary space team! If you like to see the work more detailed just click on the foto.

Montag, 9. Juni 2014

@ стенографика - Burgas

This is my final work in Burgas at Stenografika - it s a mixture of a recent drawing ( a recent drawing ) I posted and the snail drawings i did in Russe ... The work is done at "стенографика" a place for legal painting in Burgas. Thanx again to hamalogika Click on the image to see it in higher resolution !

Samstag, 7. Juni 2014

It's chalk and sketch time

In Russe I painted the window facade of Dom Elias Canetti. The work is inspired by a snail that passed by in the local park along the river danube. Originally i planned to write Russe on the snail house, but the snail moved inside the house and i thought "hmm,maybe the snail is from Giurgiu , the romanien town on the other side of the river." I left the snail alone and continued my walk in the park.... Instead i made a drawing of lot's of "train and housing snails" in Dom Elias Canetti
During my stay in Burgas , i went to the Stara Zagora. In Stara Zagora is a really huge and impressive monument of the socialist era. It's an amazing place. just some minutes before i arrived at the monument Idecided to make a spontanous chalk drawing on the ground in front of monument. I thought about things (objects, buildings, factories) I saw in the recent years which are still left from this era.
the city of Stara Zagora - seen from the monument
When i hanged out at the beach of Burgas i got some ideas that could come from some friends from Sofia ( the transformatori group ) . I thought about reusing old ships, like Costa Concordia as huge blockhouses ... this could win an architectural award of sustainability for sure ;))))

Freitag, 30. Mai 2014

presentations and artist talks in Bulgaria

My schedule for presentations of my work get's more and more clear.

Ruse 3.6.2014, 6p.m. - Dom Elias Canetti

Burgas 6.6.2014 (time is not set yet)- geo milev/goethe - school

Varna 12.6.,7.30 p.m. - contemporary space

Sofia 16.6., 3p.m. - Goethe Institut Sofia

After Bulgaria I'm back in Germany invited for a discussion called "Kulturpolitischer Salon" in Leipzig - 26.6., 8p.m. Halle14 (Spinnerei Leipzig)

Kresna - Pampa - Varna

The last two stops brought me in two directions. For my first stop i went to the south of Sofia in direction to Greece. Along the trainline I found a nice abandoned old stop. As most people know ( who follow my works constantly ) I'm a bit fanatic about trains and public transport. That's why I used the opportunity to paint the first station named after me - gara beser. After that i moved in direction to the coast to meet up with the most talented street artist (in my eyes) from Bulgaria - Fars. He is not just talented , he is extremly active. While my stay of 4 days in the city of Varna, we went out painting every single day. He showed me a lot of different sights of Varna. We painted at the beach, inside a socialist monument , along the trainline and on a well frequented underpass. All the works were done without permission, but the people enjoyed our works - they offered us drinks (at the beach) or just said "nice work and good luck". Here just one impression - more follow soon, after I hold my final presentation in Sofia at Goethe Institut on 16th of June. An eventlink is coming soon. I'm in Varna again on 12th at the contemporary space to show some of my works in an artist talk. My next stop is Russe - Here i hold my presentation on 3rd of June at Dom Elias Canetti - all infos you can find on the link ( infos exist as well in Български )

Mittwoch, 21. Mai 2014

Geo Milev/Goethe School in Burgas

Some Details of the work I finished in Burgas at Geo Milev &Goethe School - thanx a lot to Hamalogika and Martin Pavlov I'm again in Burgas for a lecture during the 6th of June - to present some of my mural projects and works I did in the recent years. My Next stop is Plovdiv!

Freitag, 16. Mai 2014

First mural finished ...

Yesterday I finished the first wall on my tour at Concordia in Sofia. The materials , small roller and acrylic paint, made me work different then usually. It's a connection of abstract forms and drawings. Thanx a lot to my local support - Desi, Diki and Valo!

Mittwoch, 14. Mai 2014

Bulgaria - Here we go !

After a lot press articles about a request for more "legal walls" in Dresden I 'm back in my favorite country - Bulgaria. This year I do a mural and public drawing tour through the country. My trip will lead me to Sofia, Burgas, Plovdiv, Russe, Varna and some more unknown places. The whole tour is supported by Goethe Institut Sofia. Today i start a wall in Sofia... Let's see what happens.

Dienstag, 29. April 2014

"Refugien" - new mural in Dresden

Just recently I finished my first official mural this year. It is located in Dresden-Friedrichstadtand painted on private property. Thanx a lot to the owners of this huge Blockhouse.

The work is called "Refugien" ( engl. hideaways). It shows different types of housing in the down part of the mural. Coffee-machine, piano, drink-box - all transformed into Buildings. The Buildings are located on artificial iles - like Venice houses build on artificial ground. In the back of the buildings you see the ocean.

The upper part is more open. It is filled by symbols of time (differnt types of clocks), travel ( ship and backpack) and sketching ( pencil and pencil sharpener). My idea was to bring ideas to the wall , why people live in such a Building - an old, nearly unrenovated Blockhouse.

Maybe it's because they found space in this Buildung where the could just live their lifestyle.
The House has a great mixture of people - students, poor people, immigrants, old people who like the view from their flat in the 6th floor. Most of the visitors think that this Building is really ugly and people inside are kind of frustrated to live in such a Building. But I think it's not true. If you live in a posh area you have to be silent, don't make any dirt, you're only welcome if you wear expensive clothing.
In this Blockhouse - everbody can just live his way. You can look fucked up, you don't need to care to much about noise and the rent is low ... That's why this Builidng can be kind of a shelter for refugees from all the other districts of the city.

Weird but maybe true ... more pictures about the work here

Donnerstag, 3. April 2014

Abandoned Painting 2014

After a long winter break - spring arrives and painting murals starts again ... Aris at work on our collaboration wall in the dark factory. Click on the foto to see the collaboration in higher resolution. Just a detail.

Mittwoch, 5. Februar 2014

Hidden Publics - publication

"Jens Besser is known for his extensive work as a graffiti artist. Many of his works can be seen while walking around Dresden, but he has left traces of his passage throughout the world. His photographic work is not as well known and is also based on graffiti. Some of his murals were created intentionally to be photographed, especially on sites to which spectators would not usually come,like abandoned houses. Photography allows the oft-transient graffiti to be preserved and documented. Many of his photographs are artworks in their own right. He integrates his interventions in buildings, on burned walls or train cars as compositional elements in them. Jens Besser also uses the special properties of the photographic medium: for example´, dark areas form a counterpoint to his colorful painting and so contribute to the meaning of the photo. Besser's wonderful graffiti works outdoors, the animal and human figures that Jens Besser evokes on the wall, in dialogue with the immediate environment and his own consciousness could be understood literally as "hidden publics". The areas of light and dark in his photographs can also elicit secret feelings, even fantasies." Text by Andrea Domesle. Published in Hidden Publics - exhibition catalogue. Publisher: Andrea Domesle & Walter Seidl , ISBN 978-3-9807388-4-2 , efau Verlag, Dresden The catalogue is available e.g. at riesa-efau Dresden .

Mittwoch, 8. Januar 2014

Taichung Timelapse

Thanx to the Goethe Institut Taipei, Goodot Village and Dr.Karsten Steinmetz I was invited to paint the facade of the former Honolulu Club in Taichung/Taiwan for Face Off art project. I had nice days there and would like say "Thanx a lot" to the whole Face Off crew. The place was incredibily nice. An old abandoned club in the middle of the old downtown. 5 minutes to Taichung mainstation and a lot scooters, cars and buses passing by. I really enjoyed to breathe the atmosphere while painting at this extremly crowed corner. Unfortunatly the Face Off project officially ends on january 12th, but the painting will be there in the future. Hopefully there will be more projects like Face Off in Taichung - the old downtown has lot's of places and space to fill up with experimental art.

Mittwoch, 11. Dezember 2013

From Görlitz to Taichung

This friday the international group show "coming from the yard - straight out Verschiebebahnhöfe" opens at Neun Görlitz. It's the first show in the european city of Görlitz/Zgorzelec that features a special part of contemporary urban art. Contemporary urban art which is connected to trains. In the City of Waggonbau Görlitz ( now Bombardier Transportation ) it surprises me a lot. I hope in the future we hear more of these specials from Görlitz.
After this opening I'm invited to paint a mural during the show "Face Off" in Taichung/Taiwan. Thanks to Dr. Karsten Steinmetz and Goethe Institut Taipei.

Montag, 2. Dezember 2013

"Travel Of Infinity"- Calender 2014

"Travel Of Infinity -2014 " ( pictures in better quality you can find here) is a silkscreen printed calender i printed this year. The calender is made of 8 sheet of differnt type of paper . The monthly sheets are printed on both sides. Edition of 30. Size 32cm x 50cm - price 150€ (plus shipping) available in Dresden @ Art&Form or via contact form
 

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